In this article we will review 10 very interesting WordPress plugins. All the plugins are free and hopefully will help with some particular tasks!
There are plugins for tweaking the look of your site, for SEO and for security improvements. There is no doubt that every web developer will find something useful for himself/herself in this list. Enjoy!
1. Q2W3 Fixed Widget
This plugin will make sure that all important widgets in your sidebar will be noticeable to your readers. Q2W3 Fixed Widget is very useful plugin because your widgets will be seen 100%. Here is an example of its usage: Let’s say you have a subscription button. You place it on the top of your sidebar. A visitor comes to your site and if he/she scrolls down to the bottom the widget will scroll as well! You can use it with all your widgets – contact information, galleries, shortcodes, etc.
2. OTW Portfolio Light
OTW Portfolio Light is very easy and excellent plugin for creating portfolio. For everybody who loves to show off with his/her work (portfolio, images, pictures) this plugin is a MUST!
The plugin is responsive and all your images and pictures will be visible on all mobile devices. You can also add a description and place links. It has shortodes so you can put them in your posts or pages. The plugin has 2 options of showing the images. You can arrange them by categories or specific groups.
3. Easy Image Gallery
The default WordPress gallery is constantly improving but still is not very flexible. If you want to have more room for your imagination this plugin is your choice! Easy Image Gallery allows you to add galleries on your posts and images with specific shortcodes.
After you add your images you can change their location and add links to their full-sized versions. The plugin is compatible with the LightBox scripts and you can modify them and add filters.
4. Sucuri Security – SiteCheck Malware Scanner
This plugin will scan your site and eventually (hopefully not!) will find any type of viruses, trojans, etc. It will also give you suggestions how to repair your site. The plugin can locate: URL injections, site errors, black lists, etc. The plugin itself is not enough to secure your site 100%, but I highly recommend it! You can also use another plugin (PAID ONE) with similar functions. SEE THE TUTORIAL HERE.
5. Simple Custom CSS
With the help of Simple Custom CSS you will be able to easily manage your CSS files. You will be able to change the CSS styles of the plugins as well. If the plugins are updated – the styles will remain untouched! If you change the WordPress theme – the styles won’t change again!
6. All In One Schema.Org Rich Snippets
Rich Snippets allows you to manage the snippets of your site and to increase their functionality. You will be able to add a photo, a review system (you can view another review WP plugin HERE).
Moreover, you will be able to choose where and what to show on your site by managing different type of content. This, of course, will improve your on-page SEO and the overall SEO perforamnce.
7. Recipe Card
Marvelous plugin for cooking blogs! Recipe Card allows you to choose from many different layouts for your recipes! The plugin automatically improves the recipes for the search engines (!) and adds a nutrition information table. Your readers will have the ability to save, print and review your recipes.
8. WP Image Borders
If you are not good at CSS and managing images’ borders then this plugin is for you! You will be able to control the borders of the images with ease!
9. Comment Images
With the help of this plugin, your readers will be able to add images when posting their comments. They will be able to use: PNG, GIF, JPG and JPEG formats. It will automatically compress and re-size big images.
Comment Images is not compatible with JetPack, IntenseDebate and Disqus comments. However – It works flawlessly with the default WP comment system.
10. Yith Maintenance Mode
Very easy to use, and yet very useful plugin for creating pages in maintenance mode. Whenever you are updating your site this plugin will do the job with it’s numerous styles and layouts.