Recommended Plugins

Some of the best free WordPress plugins from the official open source wordpress.org plugin library.

These are my personal recommendations from experience, all installed, tried & tested. I keep an eye on them and remove any plugins if they are not updated for over two years, as they lack sufficient support, as software needs to be kept up to date. Full plugin details are pulled in automatically from the official library, including: Last updated, Compatibility (latest version), Tested up to (WP version), Download count and Rating.

See “Jason’s comments” after plugin details, for tips & suggestions related to the plugin.

I’ve listed about 50 recommended plugins here, for various solutions. I usually install about a dozen WordPress plugins by default.

Read more about WordPress website security, protection, prevention, where I list a few good plugins to assist.

I’ve expanded my recommendations to the Premium WordPress market which has exploded over the last few years to provide some quality standalone products and worthwhile upgrades.

Read more about WordPress installation service

Please contact me for further assistance.

Sep 032014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Rename wp-login.php
http://wordpress.org/plugins/rename-wp-login/

Plugin Author: avryl
WordPress profile: avryl
Contributors: avryl
Version: 2.4
Last updated: August 29, 2014 (3 weeks ago)
Compatibility (latest version): 100% (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.0
Download count: 70,879
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Rename wp-login.php is a very light plugin that lets you easily and safely change wp-login.php to anything you want. It doesn’t literally rename or change files in core, nor does it add rewrite rules. It simply intercepts page requests and works on any WordPress website. The wp-admin directory and wp-login.php page become inaccessible, so you should bookmark or remember the url. Deactivating this plugin brings your site back exactly to the state it was before.

Compatibility

Requires WordPress 3.8 or higher. All login related things such as the registration form, lost password form, login widget and expired sessions just keep working.

It’s also compatible with any plugin that hooks in the login form, including

  • BuddyPress,
  • bbPress,
  • Limit Login Attempts,
  • and User Switching.

Obviously it doesn’t work with plugins that hardcoded wp-login.php.

This also works with multisite! Activating it for a network allows you to set a networkwide default. Individual sites can still rename their login page to something else.

If you’re using a page caching plugin you should add the slug of the new login url to the list of pages not to cache. For W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache this plugin will give you a message with a link to the field you should update.

Benefits

Not only does it allow you to further customise your login page, it also prevents brute force attacks that are targeted specifically to wp-login.php. Both the wp-login.php page and the wp-admin directory (if not logged in) become inaccessible.

While you could use this plugin to prevent a lot of brute force attacks, it does not mean you don’t need a strong password. Read this codex article for more information on how to protect your website.

Of course, if you want to keep your login page secret, you should make sure there aren’t any links pointing to it on your website.

GitHub

This plugin has a mirror on GitHub.



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Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • WordPress 4.0 compatible.


Tags:


brute force attacks, custom login URL, login, rename, security, wp-login, wp-login.php

Jason's Comments:


Consider this plugin together with a few others I recommend for website security and protection.


Aug 222014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Better WordPress Minify
http://wordpress.org/plugins/bwp-minify/

Plugin Author: Khang Minh
WordPress profile: Khang Minh
Contributors: OddOneOut
Version: 1.3.1
Last updated: August 9, 2014 (1 month ago)
Compatibility (latest version): 0% (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 3.9.2
Download count: 188,491
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Allows you to combine and minify your CSS and JS files to improve page load time. This plugin uses the PHP library Minify and relies on WordPress's enqueueing system rather than the output buffer, which respects the order of CSS and JS files as well as their dependencies. BWP Minify is very customizable and easy to use.

Useful resources to help you get started and make the most out of BWP Minify

Some Features

  • Uses enqueueing system of WordPress which improves compatibility with other plugins and themes
  • Allows you to move enqueued files to desired locations (header, footer, oblivion, etc.) via a dedicated management page
  • Allows you to change various Minify settings (cache directory, cache age, debug mode, etc.) directly in admin
  • Allows you to use friendly Minify urls, such as http://example.com/path/to/cache/somestring.js
  • Allows you to use CDN for minified contents, one CDN host for JS and one for CSS with SSL support
  • Allows you to split long Minify strings into shorter ones
  • Offers various way to add a cache buster to your minify string such as WordPress's version, Theme's version, Cache folder's last modified timestap, etc.
  • Supports script localization (wp_localize_script())
  • Supports inline styles
  • Supports RTL stylesheets
  • Supports media-specific stylesheets (e.g. 'screen', 'print', etc.)
  • Supports conditional stylesheets (e.g. <!--[if lt IE 7]>)
  • Provides hooks for further customization
  • WordPress Multi-site compatible

Please don't forget to rate this plugin 5 shining stars if you like it, thanks!

Get in touch

Languages

Please help translate this plugin!



Screenshots:


  1. bwp-minify screenshot 1

    Basic Functionality

  2. bwp-minify screenshot 2

    Advanced Settings

  3. bwp-minify screenshot 3

    Enqueued files management

  4. bwp-minify screenshot 4

    Minify in action!



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • Enhancements
    • Added an option to leave external enqueued files at their original positions.
    • Added compatibility for Maintenance plugin (BWP Minify will be inactive when Maintenance mode is on).
    • Improved settings on Manage enqueued files admin page to allow better control over enqueued files. Take a look at this updated section of official documentation for more details.
    • Improved friendly minify url feature to work better with cache plugins: friendly urls should show up on first load.
  • Bugs fixed
    • Fixed an issue where CDN hosts don't replace the original host properly
    • Fixed an issue with SSL on wp-login.php page

Important Note: After updating to 1.3.1, users of Simple Google Maps Short Code plugin (or similar ones) and Avada theme should go to BWP Minify > General Options and turn on Leave external files at their original positions? setting to make map shortcodes work.



Tags:


CSS, javascript, JS, minification, minify, minify css, minify javascript, minify js, minify stylesheet, Optimization, optimize, stylesheet

Jason's Comments:


To combine the features of this plugin with others like Hyper Cache plugin, Far Future Expiry Header plugin, I recommend W3 Total Cache plugin.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 222014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: W3 Total Cache
http://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/

Plugin Author: Frederick Townes
WordPress profile: Frederick Townes
Contributors: fredericktownes
Version: 0.9.4
Last updated: April 4, 2014 (6 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): 33% (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 3.9.2
Download count: 3,821,924
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed.

Recommended by web hosts like: Page.ly, Synthesis, DreamHost, MediaTemple, Go Daddy, Host Gator and countless more.

Trusted by countless companies like: AT&T, stevesouders.com, mattcutts.com, mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, makeuseof.com, yoast.com, kiss925.com, pearsonified.com, lockergnome.com, johnchow.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com, css-tricks.com and tens of thousands of others.

W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.

An inside look:

Benefits:

  • At least 10x improvement in overall site performance (Grade A in YSlow or significant Google Page Speed improvements) when fully configured
  • Improved conversion rates and "site performance" which affect your site's rank on Google.com
  • "Instant" subsequent page views: browser caching
  • Optimized progressive render: pages start rendering quickly
  • Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site; visitors view more pages
  • Improved web server performance; sustain high traffic periods
  • Up to 80% bandwidth savings via minify and HTTP compression of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and feeds

Features:

  • Compatible with shared hosting, virtual private / dedicated servers and dedicated servers / clusters
  • Transparent content delivery network (CDN) management with Media Library, theme files and WordPress itself
  • Mobile support: respective caching of pages by referrer or groups of user agents including theme switching for groups of referrers or user agents
  • Caching of (minified and compressed) pages and posts in memory or on disk or on CDN (mirror only)
  • Caching of (minified and compressed) CSS and JavaScript in memory, on disk or on CDN
  • Caching of feeds (site, categories, tags, comments, search results) in memory or on disk or on CDN (mirror only)
  • Caching of search results pages (i.e. URIs with query string variables) in memory or on disk
  • Caching of database objects in memory or on disk
  • Caching of objects in memory or on disk
  • Minification of posts and pages and feeds
  • Minification of inline, embedded or 3rd party JavaScript (with automated updates)
  • Minification of inline, embedded or 3rd party CSS (with automated updates)
  • Browser caching using cache-control, future expire headers and entity tags (ETag) with "cache-busting"
  • JavaScript grouping by template (home page, post page etc) with embed location control
  • Non-blocking JavaScript embedding
  • Import post attachments directly into the Media Library (and CDN)
  • WP-CLI support for cache purging, query string updating and more

Improve the user experience for your readers without having to change WordPress, your theme, your plugins or how you produce your content.



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  • Latest Change log entry:


    • Fixed undefined w3tc_button_link
    • Fixed support and other form submissions
    • Fixed extension enabled key error
    • Fixed Test CDN errors
    • Fixed trailing slashes in custom wp content path and Minify
    • Fixed WP_PLUGIN_DIR not being available when object-cache.php is loaded and W3TC constant not set
    • Fixed Minify Auto and restructuring of JS code placement on page
    • Fixed remove / replace drop in file on plugins page
    • Fixed false positive check for legacy code
    • Fixed deprecated wpdb escape
    • Fixed Fragment Caching and APC anomalies
    • Fixed cached configs causing 500 error on interrupted file writes
    • Fixed readfile errors on servers with the functionality disabled
    • Fixed false positives for license key verification
    • Fixed debug information not printed on cached pages
    • Fixed backwards compatibility and flushing and added doing it wrong notification
    • Fixed "Prevent caching of objects after settings change"
    • Fixed "Use late init" being shown as enabled with Disc:Enhanced
    • Fixed missing param in APC cache method declaration
    • Fixed user roles property not begin an array
    • Fixed adding empty Vary header
    • Fixed notice on failed upgrade licencing check
    • Fixed Database Cache description text
    • Fixed duplicate bb10 agents
    • Fixed settings link in Minify Auto notification
    • Fixed notice with undefined constant
    • Fixed nginx configuration and Referrer, User Groups setting
    • Fixed Genesis settings and Suhosin field name limit error
    • Fixed Genesis and Fragment Caching (caching categories etc)
    • Fixed CDN being enabled when creating NetDNA/MaxCDN pullzone
    • Fixed NewRelic related notice in compatibility popup
    • Fixed trailing slash issue in filename to url conversion
    • Fixed issue with wp in subdirectory and relative Minimal Manual urls
    • Fixed issue with widget styling
    • Fixed issue with Purge All button action
    • Fixed issue with exporting of settings
    • Fixed issue with plugin interferring with preview theme
    • Fixed issue with malformed config files
    • Added caching of list of posts pages (tags, categories etc) to Genesis extension a long with flush it checkbox
    • Added typecasting on expiration time in object cache drop-in
    • Added capability check for save options
    • Added FeedBurner extension
    • Added woff support to Browser Cache
    • Added new CloudFlare IPs
    • Added support for WordPress defined charset and collate in CDN queue table creation
    • Added WordPress SEO by Yoast extension
    • Added *.less to CDN theme uploads and MIME
    • Added default settings for MaxCDN Pull Zone creation
    • Added call to change MaxCDN canonical header setting to match plugin setting
    • Added one button default pull zone creation to MaxCDN without refresh
    • Added MaxCDN authorization validation
    • Added whitelist IPs notification for MaxCDN
    • Added support for use of existing zones without refresh
    • Added new mime types
    • Added support for separate domains for frontend and admin backend
    • Added CloudFlare as an extension
    • Added nofollow to blogroll links
    • Added DEV mode support to PRO version
    • Added EDGE MODE functionality
    • Improved wrapper functions in plugins.php for plugin / theme authors
    • Improved reliability of NetDNA / MaxCDN API calls by using WP HTTP and not cURL
    • Improved Fragment Caching debug information
    • Improved preview mode, removed query string requirement
    • Improved FAQ structure
    • Improved empty minify/pgcache cache notification when using CDN
    • Improved default settings for MaxCDN zone creation
    • Improved CDN queue performance
    • Improved blogmap url sanitation
    • Improved MaxCDN automatic zone creation process
    • Improved license key saving and Pro mode activation on Pro license purchases
    • Updated EDGE MODE: Full site mirroring support for MaxCDN
    • Updated translations


    Tags:


    akamai, amazon web services, apache, apc, availability, AWS, batcache, buddypress, bwp-minify, cache, caching, cascading style sheet, CDN, Cloud Files, cloudflare, cloudfront, combine, compress, content delivery network, CSS, css cache, database cache, db-cache, disk cache, disk caching, eacclerator, elasticache, google, google page speed, google rank, gzip, http compression, iis, javascript, JS, js cache, limelight, media library, merge, microsoft, microsoft azure, minify, mod_pagespeed, mysql, new relic, newrelic, nginx, optimize, optimizer, page cache, performance, plugin, quick cache, RackSpace, rds, s3, scalability, scaling, sns, speed, unobtrusive javascript, user experience, varnish, w3 total cache, web performance optimization, wincache, wp minify, wp-cache, wp-super-cache, wpo, xcache, yslow, YUI

    Jason's Comments:


W3 Total Cache plug-in has multiple caching & optimizing functions, including the specialized features several other plugins. For this reason it is incompatible with Falcon Engine by Wordfence, Hyper-cache plugin, Far Future Expiry Header plugin and Better WordPress Minify, which need to be disabled first.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 052014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Hyper Cache
http://wordpress.org/plugins/hyper-cache/

Plugin Author: Stefano Lissa
WordPress profile: Stefano Lissa
Contributors: satollo
Version: 3.1.0
Last updated: September 15, 2014 (2 days ago)
Compatibility (latest version): 100% (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.0
Download count: 540,639
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


New! Version 3.0 has been rewritten. Be patient if some bugs are present and report me any issue. Thank you.

Hyper Cache is a new cache system for WordPress, specifically written for people which have their blogs on low resources hosting provider (cpu and mysql). It works even with hosting based on Microsoft IIS (just tuning the configuration). It has three invalidation method: all the cache, single post based and nothing but with control on home and archive pages invalidation.

More can be read on the official plugin page.

Thanks to:

  • Amaury Balmer
  • Frank Luef
  • HypeScience, Martin Steldinger, Giorgio Guglielmino for test and bugs submissions
  • Ishtiaq
  • Gene Steinberg
  • Marcis Gasun
  • Florian Höch
  • Quentin
  • Mckryak
  • Tommy Tung


Screenshots:


  1. hyper-cache screenshot 1

    The main configuration panel

  2. hyper-cache screenshot 2

    Configuration of bypasses (things you want/not want to be cached)

  3. hyper-cache screenshot 3

    Mobile devices configuration



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • Fixed the cookie bypass
  • Removed a debug notice
  • Added HTTPS separated cache
  • Improved code performance


Tags:


apache, bandwidth, Boost, cache, Compression, gzip, htaccess, Optimization, performance, server load, speed, staticizer, tidy, tuning

Jason's Comments:


This plug-in is the full cache version and now includes the features of the simpler Lite cache plugin. To combine the features of this plugin with others like Far Future Expiry Header plugin and Better WordPress Minify, I recommend W3 Total Cache plugin.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 042014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Lite Cache
http://wordpress.org/plugins/lite-cache/

Plugin Author: Stefano Lissa
WordPress profile: Stefano Lissa
Contributors:
Version: 2.3.4
Last updated: August 23, 2014 (4 weeks ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 3.9.2
Download count: 28,416
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


New! The Lite Cache technology is now part of Hyper Cache. You should migrate to Hyper Cache, Lite Cache won't be update anymore (other than important fixes).

Lite Cache is an ultra efficient cache plugin. It's small and lite because it does only one thing: caching.

Lite Cache is compatible with gzip compression and handles it automatically.

Lite Cache can detect mobile devices and use a different theme for them creating a separate cache.

Lite Cache works even with commenters, people who left a comment in the past. Other caching plugin usually are not able to serve cached content to commenters creating performance issues on higly partecipative blogs.

Usage of .htaccess rules is possible using the code generated inside the administrative panel (but pay attention that a too much complex .htaccess seems to slow down more than serving cached pages via PHP).

Install it and go to the options panel to find how to configure it.

Lite Cache official page: http://www.satollo.net/plugins/lite-cache

Lite Cache official forum: http://www.satollo.net/forums/forum/lite-cache

Tanslations

  • Russian by Artnikov


Screenshots:




Other notes:


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Latest Change log entry:


  • Russian translation


Tags:


apache, bandwidth, Boost, cache, Compression, gzip, htaccess, Optimization, performance, server load, speed, staticizer, tidy, tuning

Jason's Comments:


This plug-in is a lite version to reduce server load and easier to setup. The full Hyper Cache plugin now includes the functions of this Lite cache plugin.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 042014
 

Version: 1.3
Last updated: September 5, 2014 (2 weeks ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.0
Download count: 3,912
Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Description


This plugin offers a few lightweight features to speed up your WordPress site without much hassle.

Far Future Expiry

When the feature is enabled, this plugin will modify your .htaccess file by inserting code which will add expires headers for common static file types.

Expiry header specifies a time far enough in the future so that browsers won't try to re-fetch images, CSS, javascript etc files that haven't changed (this reduces the number of HTTP requests) and hence the performance improvement on subsequent page views.

Gzip Compression

You can also enable Gzip compression on your site using this plugin. Gzip compression will speed up your WordPress site by compressing the page output and sending it to your visitors browser.

When enabled, the plugin will do gzip compression if the visitor's browser can handle it.

This feature may conflict with a few other plugins. So disable this feature if you need to use a plugin which doesn't work with gzip compression.



Screenshots:


Visit the plugin site at http://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/wordpress-far-future-expiration-plugin-5980 for screenshots and more info.



Other notes:


Usage

To use this plugin do the following:

1) Ensure that the "mod_expires" module is enabled from your host's main configuration file

2) Check with your hosting provider or if you have access to the httpd.conf file the following line should be uncommented: LoadModule expires_module modules/mod_expires.so

3) Enable the "Far Future Expiration" checkbox

4) Set the number of days till expiry

5) Select the file types you wish to enable the "far future expiration" feature for by using the checkboxes in the "File Types" section

NOTE: When you use this plugin, the file selected file types are cached in the browser until they expire. Therefore you should not use this on files that change frequently.



Latest Change log entry:


  • Added a new feature to enable gzip compression on the site


Tags:


cache, Compression, CSS, expires header, expiry, expiry header, far-future expiration, gzip, javascript, minify, speed, wp-cache

Jason's Comments:


This plug-in modifies a special access file to inform web browsers to use their previously loaded images and files, to speed up page loading. Google Page Speed acknowledges the browser cache reminder as a faster method. Made by Tips and Tricks who have some pretty nifty premium plug-ins.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 042014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Autoptimize
http://wordpress.org/plugins/autoptimize/

Plugin Author: Frank Goossens (futtta)
WordPress profile: Frank Goossens (futtta)
Contributors: futtta, turl
Version: 1.9.1
Last updated: September 10, 2014 (1 week ago)
Compatibility (latest version): 100% (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.0
Download count: 195,329
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Autoptimize makes optimizing your site really easy. It concatenates all scripts and styles, minifies and compresses them, adds expires headers, caches them, and moves styles to the page head, and scripts to the footer. It also minifies the HTML code itself, making your page really lightweight. There are advanced options available to enable you to tailor Autoptimize to each and every site's specific need.

If you consider performance important, you really should use a caching-plugin such as e.g. WP Super Cache or HyperCache to complement Autoptimize.



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Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:




Tags:


aggregate, booster, cache, CSS, data-uri, html, javascript, JS, minification, minimize, multisite, optimize, pagespeed, performance, speed

Jason's Comments:


This plugin catches the output buffer to collect scripts. After some rendering problems, I now recommend a Better WordPress Minify plugin which collects the scripts from WordPress’s enqueueing system rather than the output buffer.

 

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 042014
 
WordPress Plugin Name: WP-Optimize
http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-optimize/

Plugin Author: Ruhani Rabin
WordPress profile: Ruhani Rabin
Contributors: ruhanirabin
Version: 1.8.9.7
Last updated: September 8, 2014 (1 week ago)
Compatibility (latest version): 83% (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.0
Download count: 1,324,680
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


WP-Optimize is an extensive WordPress database cleanup and optimization tool. It doesn't require PhpMyAdmin to clean and optimize your database tables.

Please show your support for this plugin by giving it a rating :)

Now hosted at GitHub.

I do not monitor wp forums, so use plugins(at)ruhanirabin.com for support questions.

Please join GitHub and collaborate.

MAJOR FEATURES:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for all published post
  • Enable/Disable comments for all published post
  • Removal of stale post revisions
  • Removal of stale unapproved and spam comments
  • Removal of trashed comments
  • Removal of akismet metadata from comments
  • Removal of other stale metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly, now you can optimize your site on the go
  • Removal of all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Cleaning up auto draft posts
  • Removal of transient options
  • Clear out the post trash
  • Automatic cleanup of all the integrated options (also uses retention if enabled)
  • Ability to keep selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Option to add or remove link on wp admin bar.
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • Apply native WordPress MySql optimize commands on your database tables without phpMyAdmin or any manual query.
  • Display Database table statistics. Shows how much space can be optimized and how much space has been cleared.
  • Enabled for Administrators only.

All the potentially dangerous clean up options are marked RED.

When you use this plugin for the first time or just updated to major version, make a backup of your database. It is always the best practice to make a database backup before using this program first time.

How this could help you?

  • Every-time you save a new post or pages, WordPress creates a revision of that post or page. If you edit a post 6 times you might have 5 copy of that post as revisions. Imagine if your post or pages are long and big. It is a huge number of bytes that's on your MySQL overhead. Now WP-Optimize allows you to optimize and shrink your posts table by removing not necessary post revisions from the database. As example, if you have a post which is approximately 100KB data and you have 5 revisions of that post, the total space wasted is about 500KB. And if you have 100 posts similar to it, you have 50MB database space wasted.
  • Similar to the scenario described above, there might be thousands of spam and un-approved comments in your comments table, WP-Optimize can clean and remove those in a single click
  • WP-Optimize reports which database tables have overhead and wasted spaces also it allows you to shrink and get rid of those wasted spaces
  • Automatically cleans database every week and respects the "Keeps selected number of weeks data" option.

Are you interested to be a contributed developer of this plugin, join with me at GitHub. Or email plugins(at)ruhanirabin.com

You will be credited inside the plugin screen and the plugin listing at WordPress.

Requirements:

  • WordPress 3.8+
  • PHP 5.1.xx
  • MySql 5.1.xx

Translators are welcome to send their Translated Files to be included. Existing translators should join Translation Utility to submit their translations.

You must have an account in order to edit translation - Get the free account here.

Once you get your account password in your email Log in here to edit language

WP-Optimize Translators:

** Some languages are removed from the above list, because translators did not update the languages for current version ** See a list of currently editable available languages at



Screenshots:


  1. wp-optimize screenshot 1

    Optimizer Screen

  2. wp-optimize screenshot 2

    Settings Screen

  3. wp-optimize screenshot 3

    Table Report

  4. wp-optimize screenshot 4

    Mobile View Top (Actual screen from Galaxy Note 3)

  5. wp-optimize screenshot 5

    Mobile View Bottom (Actual screen from Galaxy Note 3)



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • BUGFIX for Settings screen
  • Enable/Disable trackbacks / comments buttons removal and use select box instead. Extra button caused the Auto Scheduler to get into reset mode.


Tags:


automatic, clean, comments, database, meta, mobile, optimize, phpMyAdmin, postmeta, posts, responsive, revisions, schedule, spam, trash, users

Jason's Comments:

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Jul 282014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Social Media Feather
http://wordpress.org/plugins/social-media-feather/

Plugin Author: Synved
WordPress profile: Synved
Contributors: Synved
Version: 1.6.9
Last updated: September 7, 2014 (1 week ago)
Compatibility (latest version): 100% (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.0
Download count: 378,152
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


WordPress Social Media Feather is a super lightweight free social media WordPress plugin that allows you to quickly and painlessly add social sharing and following features to all your posts, pages and custom post types.

Now the only social sharing and bookmarking plugin with full support for the Retina and high resolution displays as used in iPad 5 and other devices!

The primary goal behind the plugin is to provide very lightweight WordPress social sharing and following that doesn’t add any unnecessary burden to your site and especially on your users.

What sets WordPress Social Media Feather aside from the plethora of other social sharing and following WordPress plugins is its focus on simplicity, performance and unobtrusive impact.

In order to achieve this the plugin makes no use of JavaScript and as a consequence it’s really fast while still providing all the social media functionality you might need.

By keeping load times at a minimum, you ensure that all the social sharing aspects of your site don’t interfere with those visitors who just want to access the content but are not interested in sharing on social platforms.

On the other hand, given the widespread focus on WordPress social media integration, your site will still provide social bookmarks to improve visibility of your posts and content and improve your overall global reach.

The WordPress social media sharing offered by the plugin includes all major social sharing providers like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, reddit, Pinterest, tumblr, Linkedin and even e-mail.

It will show social buttons that your users can click to share to facebook or tweet your posts and pages on your site or submit it to reddit and google plus and all other social sharing networks.

The WordPress social media following offered by the plugin includes all major social network providers and tools like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, YouTube, tumblr, instagram, flickr, foursquare, vimeo or RSS.

The plugin also offers widgets for sharing and following buttons that you can place in any widgetized area in your site. Widgets also expose some settings to tweak appearance.

You can disable automatic rendering of social icons for specific posts by using Custom Fields. Simply set a custom field of synved_social_exclude_share to "yes" (without quotes) to disable rendering of sharing buttons on the post/page or synved_social_exclude_follow to "yes" (without quotes) to remove following buttons from the post or alternatively synved_social_exclude to disable both.

Features

  • Integrated WordPress social sharing
  • Full support for Retina and high resolution displays
  • WordPress social sharing and following widgets
  • Supports all major providers of social features
  • Sharing with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, reddit, Pinterest, tumblr, Linkedin and e-mail
  • Following on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, YouTube, tumblr, instagram, flickr, foursquare, vimeo or RSS Feed
  • Each social provider can be enabled or disabled
  • Ability to select what services each provider will be exposed for
  • Full customization for titles and URLs for each provider
  • Super lightweight social sharing and following
  • Fast unobtrusive social bookmarks for your site
  • Comes with a default modern icon set
  • For further customization more social icons skins are available
  • Available skins can be customized with cool effects like fading and greying out social icons
  • If you like them you can get social sharing counters that load dynamically, only when necessary, thus not weighing in on visitors who don't use them

Example Shortcodes

This shortcode will create a list of social sharing buttons to share content on your site:

[feather_share]

This shortcode will create a list of social sharing buttons to share content on your site using the "Wheel" icons skin:

[feather_share skin="wheel"]

This shortcode will create a list of social sharing buttons to share content on your site using the "Wheel" icons skin with a size of 64 pixels:

[feather_share skin="wheel" size="64"]

The next shortcode will create a list of social following buttons that allow visitors to follow you:

[feather_follow]

The next shortcode will create a list of social following buttons that allow visitors to follow you, using the "Balloon" icons skin:

[feather_follow skin="balloon"]

The next shortcode will create a list of social following buttons that allow visitors to follow you, using the "Balloon" icons skin with a size of 64 pixels:

[feather_follow skin="balloon" size="64"]

Template Tags

If you don't want to use shortcodes but instead prefer to use PHP directly, there are 2 PHP functions/template tags you can use.

For sharing buttons you can use:

if (function_exists('synved_social_share_markup')) echo synved_social_share_markup();

For following buttons you can use:

if (function_exists('synved_social_follow_markup')) echo synved_social_follow_markup();

Related Links:



Screenshots:


  1. social-media-feather screenshot 1

    An example of how the sharing or following buttons appear in the front-end at 64 pixel resolution

  2. social-media-feather screenshot 2

    An example of how the sharing or following buttons appear in the front-end at 24 pixel resolution

  3. social-media-feather screenshot 3

    An example of how the sharing or following buttons appear in the front-end using the Extra Social Icons addon

  4. social-media-feather screenshot 4

    Showing how using the Grey Fade addon transforms the sharing or following buttons in the front-end

  5. social-media-feather screenshot 5

    A demo of how providers can be customized in the back-end

  6. social-media-feather screenshot 6

    An view of some of the settings that can be customized in the back-end

  7. social-media-feather screenshot 7

    This shows the available social sharing and following widgets and their settings



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • Added url_trimmed variable that trims extra slashes off of the URL


Tags:


bookmark, bookmarking, bookmarks, button, buttons, content, CSS, edit, Facebook, filter, flickr, follow, following, foursquare, free, google, high resolution, icons, image, instagram, iPad, Like, link, linkedin, links, list, mail, manage, media, page, pages, permalink, permalinks, pinterest, plugin, Post, posts, profile, Reddit, retina, seo, Share, sharing, shortcode, shortcodes, shortlinks, social, social follow, social following, social media, social share, social sharing, Style, time, title, tumblr, twitter, url, vimeo, widget, youtube

Jason's Comments:


Fast loading button links for people to follow you on your social network and share your posts and pages on their social networks.


Jul 252014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Imsanity
http://wordpress.org/plugins/imsanity/

Plugin Author: Jason Hinkle
WordPress profile: Jason Hinkle
Contributors: verysimple
Version: 2.2.8
Last updated: August 19, 2014 (4 weeks ago)
Compatibility (latest version): 100% (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 3.9.2
Download count: 130,197
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Imsanity automatically resizes huge image uploads down to a size that is more reasonable for display in browser, yet still more than large enough for typical website use. The plugin is configurable with a max width, height and quality. When a contributor uploads an image that is larger than the configured size, Imsanity will automatically scale it down to the configured size and replace the original image.

Imsanity also provides a bulk-resize feature to selectively resize previously uploaded images to free up disk space.

This plugin is ideal for blogs that do not require hi-resolution original images to be stored and/or the contributors don't want (or understand how) to scale images before uploading.

Features

  • Automatically scales large image uploads to a more "sane" size
  • Bulk-resize feature to selectively resize existing images
  • Allows configuration of max width/height and jpg quality
  • Optionally converts BMP files to JPG so image can be scaled
  • Once enabled, Imsanity requires no actions on the part of the user
  • Uses WordPress built-in image scaling functions


Screenshots:


  1. imsanity screenshot 1

    Imsanity girl will cut you

  2. imsanity screenshot 2

    Imsanity settings page to configure max height/width

  3. imsanity screenshot 3

    Imsanity bulk image resize feature



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:




Tags:


auto image resize, auto image resizer, automatic image resizer, automatic resize, automatic scale, image, image cruncher, image resizer, image scaler, image shrinker, image skruncher, images, imsanity, space saver

Jason's Comments:


This plugin resizes images uploaded too large by reducing width and height. Follow resizing with optimization through compression, I recommend EWWW Image Optimizer plugin.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Jul 252014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: EWWW Image Optimizer
http://wordpress.org/plugins/ewww-image-optimizer/

Plugin Author: Shane Bishop
WordPress profile: Shane Bishop
Contributors: nosilver4u
Version: 2.0.1
Last updated: September 8, 2014 (1 week ago)
Compatibility (latest version): 100% (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.0
Download count: 433,253
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can optimize the images that you have already uploaded, convert your images automatically to the file format that will produce the smallest image size (make sure you read the WARNINGS), and optionally apply lossy reductions for PNG and JPG images.

Why use EWWW Image Optimizer?

  1. Your pages will load faster. Smaller image sizes means faster page loads. This will make your visitors happy, and can increase ad revenue.
  2. Faster backups. Smaller image sizes also means faster backups.
  3. Less bandwidth usage. Optimizing your images can save you hundreds of KB per image, which means significantly less bandwidth usage.
  4. Super fast. The plugin can run on your own server, so you don’t have to wait for a third party service to receive, process, and return your images. You can optimize hundreds of images in just a few minutes. PNG files take the longest, but you can adjust the settings for your situation.
  5. Best JPG optimization. With JPEGmini integration, nothing else comes close (requires an API subscription).
  6. Better PNG optimization. You can use pngout, optipng, and pngquant in conjunction.
  7. Root access not needed Pre-compiled binaries are made available to install directly within the Wordpress folder, and cloud optimization is provided for those who cannot run the binaries locally.
  8. Optimize almost anything Using the Optimize More tool, and the wp_image_editor class extension, any image in Wordpress can be optimized.

By default, EWWW Image Optimizer uses lossless optimization techniques, so your image quality will be exactly the same before and after the optimization. The only thing that will change is your file size. The one small exception to this is GIF animations. While the optimization is technically lossless, you will not be able to properly edit the animation again without performing an --unoptimize operation with gifsicle. The gif2png and jpg2png conversions are also lossless but the png2jpg process is not lossless. Lossy optimization is available for PNG files. While pngquant tries very hard to maintain visual quality, lossy compression always has the potential for quality loss.

Images are optimized using the jpegtran, optipng, pngout, pngquant, and gifsicle image tools (available for free). For PNG files, optipng or pngout can be used for lossless compression, and pngquant is available for lossy compression. If you want the best optimization, install all three, set optipng to level 3 (beyond that is just crazy and rarely yields significant gains) and pngout to level 0. Images are converted using the above tools and GD or 'convert' (ImageMagick).

EWWW Image Optimizer calls optimization utilities directly which is well suited to shared hosting situations where these utilities may already be installed. Pre-compiled binaries/executables are provided for optipng, gifsicle, and jpegtran. Pngout can be installed with one-click from the settings page. If none of that works, there is a cloud option that will work for those who cannot run the optimizers on their own server.

If you need a version of this plugin for cloud use only, see EWWW Image Optimizer Cloud. It is much more compact as it does not contain any binaries or any mention of the exec() function.

Bulk Optimize

There are two functions on the Bulk Optimize page. One is to optimize all images in the Media Library. The Scan and Optimize is for everything else. Officially supported galleries (GRAND FlaGallery and NextGEN) have their own Bulk Optimize pages.

Skips Previously Optimized Images

All optimized images are stored in the database so that the plugin does not attempt to re-optimize them unless they are modified. On the Bulk Optimize page you can view a list of already optimized images. You may additionally choose to empty the table, remove individual images from the list, or use the Force optimize option to override the default behavior. Before running the Bulk Optimize the first time, you must run an import operation that scans your Media Library for any previously optimized images (from before version 1.8.0). The re-optimize links on the Media Library page also force the plugin to ignore the previous optimization status of images.

WP Image Editor

All images created by the new WP_Image_Editor class in WP 3.5 will be automatically optimized. Current implementations are GD, Imagick, and Gmagick. Images optimized via this class include Meta Slider, BuddyPress Activity Plus (thumbs), WP Retina 2x, Imsanity, Simple Image Sizes and probably countless others. If you have a plugin that uses WP_Image_Editor and would like EWWW IO to be able to optimize previous uploads, post a thread in the support forums.

Optimize Everything Else

As of version 1.7.0, site admins can specify any folder within their wordpress folder to be optimized. The 'Scan and Optimize' option under Media->Bulk Optimize will optimize theme images, BuddyPress avatars, BuddyPress Activity Plus images, Meta Slider slides, WP Symposium images, GD bbPress attachments, Grand Media Galleries, and any user-specified folders. Additionally, this tool can run on an hourly basis via wp_cron to keep newly uploaded images optimized. Scheduled optimization does NOT include Media Library images, because they are already optimized on upload.

NextGEN Gallery

Features optimization on upload capability, re-optimization, and bulk optimizing. The NextGEN Bulk Optimize function is located near the bottom of the NextGEN menu, and will optimize all images in all galleries. It is also possible to optimize groups of images in a gallery, or multiple galleries at once. NOTE: Does not optimize thumbnails on initial upload for legacy (1.9.x) versions of NextGEN, but instead provides a button to optimize thumbnails after uploading images. No further updates will be provided for NextGEN legacy support, use NextCellent instead.

NextCellent Gallery

Features all the same capability as NextGEN, and is the continuation of legacy (1.9.x) NextGEN support.

GRAND Flash Album Gallery

Features optimization on upload capability, re-optimization, and bulk optimizing. The Bulk Optimize function is located near the bottom of the FlAGallery menu, and will optimize all images in all galleries. It is also possible to optimize groups of images in a gallery, or multiple galleries at once.

Image Store

Uploads are automatically optimized. Look for Optimize under the Image Store (Galleries) menu to see status of optimization and for re-optimization and bulk-optimization options. Using the Bulk Optimization tool under Media Library automatically includes all Image Store uploads.

Translations

Translators: Romanian translation by MediasInfo.ro Spanish translation by Manuel Ballesta Ruiz Dutch translation by Ludo Rubben Polish translation by Grzegorz Janoszka Russian translation by Elvis of turkenichev.ru

If you would like to translate this plugin, get more information here: http://www.shanebishop.net/ewww-io-plugin-translators/



Screenshots:


  1. ewww-image-optimizer screenshot 1

    Plugin settings page.

  2. ewww-image-optimizer screenshot 2

    Additional optimize column added to media listing. You can see your savings, manually optimize individual images, and restore originals (converted only).

  3. ewww-image-optimizer screenshot 3

    Bulk optimization page. You can optimize all your images at once and resume a previous bulk optimization. This is very useful for existing blogs that have lots of images.



Other notes:


Contact and Credits

Written by Shane Bishop. Based upon CW Image Optimizer, which was written by Jacob Allred at Corban Works, LLC. CW Image Optimizer was based on WP Smush.it. Jpegtran is the work of the Independent JPEG Group. Hammer designed by John Caserta from The Noun Project. Images designed by Simon Henrotte from The Noun Project.

optipng

Copyright (C) 2001-2014 Cosmin Truta and the Contributing Authors. For the purpose of copyright and licensing, the list of Contributing Authors is available in the accompanying AUTHORS file.

This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty. In no event will the author(s) be held liable for any damages arising from the use of this software.

pngquant.c

© 1989, 1991 by Jef Poskanzer.

Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation. This software is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.

pngquant.c and rwpng.c/h

© 1997-2002 by Greg Roelofs; based on an idea by Stefan Schneider. © 2009-2014 by Kornel Lesiński.

All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

  1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

  2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

    THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

WebP

Copyright (c) 2010, Google Inc. All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

  • Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

  • Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

  • Neither the name of Google nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Webhosts

In general, these lists only apply to shared hosting services. If the providers below have VPS or dedicated server options, those will likely work just fine. If you have any contributions or corrections to these lists, please contact me via the form at http://www.shanebishop.net

Webhosts where things work out of the box.

Webhosts where the plugin will only work in cloud mode or only some tools are installed locally.



Latest Change log entry:


  • fixed: naming conflict with webp when jpg/png files have identical names, read NOTE above
  • fixed: folders to optimize are not retrieved properly on settings page
  • fixed: undefined variable in permissions check for cwebp on Mac OSX
  • fixed: prevent excess calls for cwebp
  • fixed: wpdb->prepare should have two arguments
  • updated: Spanish translation
  • added: Russian translation
  • changed: alternative binaries for jpegtran and cwebp use -alt suffix to avoid conflict with user-compiled binaries
  • removed: deprecated import process from bulk optimize page
  • removed: empty table option from bulk optimize page, use the Force checkbox instead
  • changed: force re-optimize checkbox applies to Media Library AND the Scan and Optimize function
  • changed: plugin status auto-collapses to save screen space, unless something needs your attention
  • changed: settings tabs have been moved below the status section (directly above the settings area) to enhance usability


Tags:


Attachment, Compression, cwebp, flagallery, gifsicle, gmagick, gmedia, image, image editor, image-store, imstore, jpegmini, jpegtran, lossless, lossy, meta-slider, metaslider, nextgen, Optimization, optimize, optipng, photo, picture, pngout, pngquant, seo, slider, tinypng, webp, wp-symposium

Jason's Comments:


This plugin works it’s optimization magic on image sizes greater than 1Mb (Smush it plugin can’t). To resize width and height, I recommend Imsanity bulk image resizer.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Jul 252014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Portfolio Slideshow
http://wordpress.org/plugins/portfolio-slideshow/

Plugin Author: Raygun
WordPress profile: Raygun
Contributors: daltonrooney
Version: 1.5.1
Last updated: February 22, 2013 (2 years ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 3.5.2
Download count: 347,395
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Add a clean, responsive javascript slideshow to your site. The slideshow integrates well into any design, supports fluid-width themes, and offers lots of options for power users, too.

For more advanced features, please be sure to check out Portfolio Slideshow Pro. Portfolio Slideshow Pro includes:

  • Unlimited custom slideshow sizes
  • Standalone slideshow editor
  • Graphical navigation
  • Additional pagers: bullets, carousel, numbers, and slide titles
  • Inline video
  • Full-screen mobile galleries
  • Touch/swipe and keyboard navigation
  • Much more!

If you have any problems getting the plugin to work, please post to the forum and let us help before leaving a negative review! Most problems are caused by incorrectly coded themes or plugins, and can be solved quite easily.



Screenshots:


  1. portfolio-slideshow screenshot 1

    Example gallery.

  2. portfolio-slideshow screenshot 2

    Use the "Upload and Manage Images" button to add, sort, and delete your photos.

  3. portfolio-slideshow screenshot 3

    Insert the slideshow by using this shortcode, exactly as shown. Do not insert the photos into the post.

  4. portfolio-slideshow screenshot 4

    Settings control panel.

  5. portfolio-slideshow screenshot 5

    Finding the attachment ID for your images.

  6. portfolio-slideshow screenshot 6

    Adding an external URL to a slide.



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:




Tags:


cycle, gallery, images, iphone, jquery, mobile, photographs, photos, portfolio, responsive, slider, slideshow

Jason's Comments:


This is the basic lite version, a no hassle slideshow with thumbnail navigation – it does the job with enough options. For a slider plugin I recommend .


Jul 182014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Lazy Social Buttons
http://wordpress.org/plugins/lazy-social-buttons/

Plugin Author: Godaddy.com
WordPress profile: Godaddy.com
Contributors: Godaddy
Version: 1.0.7
Last updated: October 8, 2012 (2 years ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 3.4.2
Download count: 20,377
Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Description


Social buttons attract more visitors to your site. When users +1, Tweet, or Like your page, it advertises your page to their friends and followers. This plugin adds social buttons to your posts as a small sprite at first and delays loading the real buttons until the user hovers over the social buttons. It delays ~300KB of social button components by loading <6.5KB of our own script and sprite. onMouseOver activates the load of the ~300KB of social button components.

Our current version is limited to +1, Tweet, and Like and has the horizontal display with the spinning wait indicator.

Features

  • Loads small sprite of +1, Twitter and Facebook Like button
  • Horizontal small button style
  • onMouseOver activated switch to spinning icon
  • onMouseOver activated load of heavy social buttons
  • Improves performance by delaying load of Social Buttons until onMouseOver
  • Choose position above or below content, or manual
  • Pick from google, twitter and facebook buttons
  • Pick whether to display facebook share or just like
  • Optionally use Google CDN for load of jquery
  • Have suggestions? Visit and leave comment at:
  • http://inside.godaddy.com/onhover-activated-social-buttons/


Screenshots:


  1. lazy-social-buttons screenshot 1

    Social Buttons transition to real

  2. lazy-social-buttons screenshot 2

    Settings->Lazy Social Buttons options



Other notes:


MIT License

Copyright (c) 2012 Go Daddy Operating Company, LLC

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.



Latest Change log entry:




Tags:


+1, Facebook, google, lazy load, lazy social buttons, Like, Share, social, social buttons, tweet, twitter

Jason's Comments:


Fast loading links to share your posts and pages on their social networks. For combined share and follow I recommend, Social Media Feather plugin.


Jul 142014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC)
http://wordpress.org/plugins/tac/

Plugin Author: builtBackwards
WordPress profile: builtBackwards
Contributors: builtBackwards, blobaugh
Version: 1.5.2
Last updated: May 3, 2014 (5 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 3.9.2
Download count: 339,216
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Scan all of your theme files for potentially malicious or unwanted code.

What TAC Does

TAC stands for Theme Authenticity Checker. TAC searches the source files of every installed theme for signs of malicious code. If such code is found, TAC displays the path to the theme file, the line number, and a small snippet of the suspect code. As of v1.3 TAC also searches for and displays static links.

Then what do you do? Just because the code is there doesn't mean it's not supposed to be or even qualifies as a threat, but most theme authors don't include code outside of the WordPress scope and have no reason to obfuscate the code they make freely available to the web. We recommend contacting the theme author with the code that the script finds, as well as where you downloaded the theme. The real value of this plugin is that you can quickly determine where code cleanup is needed in order to safely enjoy your theme.

History

TAC got its start when we repeatedly found obfuscated malicious code in free WordPress themes available throughout the web. A quick way to scan a theme for undesirable code was needed, so we put together this plugin.

After Googling and exploring on our own we came upon the article by Derek from 5thiryOne regarding this very subject. The deal is that many 3rd party websites are providing free WordPress themes with encoded script slipped in - some even going as far as to claim that decoding the gibberish constitutes breaking copyright law. The encoded script may contain a variety of undesirable payloads, such as promoting third party sites or even hijack attempts.



Screenshots:


  1. tac screenshot 1

    TAC Report Page



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:




Tags:


admin, javascript, security, theme authentication, themes, verification

Jason's Comments:


For scanning of themes, I recommend for extra security, Theme Authenticity Checker plugin, which can find suspicious or malicious code and embedded outgoings links. TAC plugin found code which Wordfence security didn’t.

Read up on other WordPress security related plugins and strategies.


Jun 272014
 

WordPress Plugin Name: Scheduled Content
http://wordpress.org/plugins/scheduled-contnet-by-streama/

Plugin Author: ThatBlogger
WordPress profile: ThatBlogger
Contributors: Danny159
Version: 2.1
Last updated: May 8, 2014 (4 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 3.9.2
Download count: 752
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


After installing and activating the plugin you can use the shortcode [schedule]. You can pass upto 4 parameters, the date and the time to show the content and the date and time the content will expired and disappear from your page or post. You have to pass at least one parameter from the scheduled or expired.

Sample -

[schedule on='2014-12-01' at="10:01" expon='2014-12-01' expat="13:15"] the content you want to hide here [/schedule]

The 4 parameters are "on", "at", "expon" and "expat". "on" accepts a date, until that date is arrived the content will be hidden. "at" accepts a time. Time has to be set in 24hrs format. (date should be yy-mm-dd if you only pass time) "expon" accepts a date, the content will disappear from the page on this date. "expat" accepts a time. Time has to be set in 24hrs format. (date should be yy-mm-dd if you only pass time)

The time is compared with your blog's time zone settings, if you set your time zone to local time zone it would be easy for you. Go to "General" settings of your wordpress dashboard, under "Time Zone" you can set the time zone you prefer.

Shortcodes will also run inside this shortcode!!



Screenshots:




Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:




Tags:




Jason's Comments:


This is an in post / page content scheduler, start and finish dates & times.