WordPress Plugin Roundup – July 2019

In this post, we recap the best WordPress plugins that were added or updated within the last 30 days on the WordPress Plugin Directory.

1. WordPress Hosting Benchmark Tool

WordPress Hosting Benchmark tool

The speed of your WordPress depends on many factors: number of plugins, logic complexity and data amount are those, which impact most of all. But what about raw server power? This project attempts to answer this question. Plugin, that we have developed will run unified tests and measure their execution times. Based on that we will score your server performance, so you can decide, if that is enough for your project or not.

Nathan’s Notes:

2. Visual Admin Customizer

Visual Admin Customizer

Hide almost any part of the WordPress admin area by using a visual, point-and-click editor. You can hide things from all users or only from specific roles. You can also add your own CSS to the WordPress admin (per role).

Nathan’s Notes:

  • We’ve seen lots of WP-Admin editors on our Plugin Roundups, but this is the most unique.
  • Can improve page load speed significantly if you have an image heavy site.
  • Not only hide menu items and metaboxes but change text and even CSS for some or all users.
  • Changes are easily undone with the changes menu and undo/redo icons.

3. Automatic Alternative Text

Automatic Alternative Text

Automatic Alternative Text makes accessible images easy and fast by automatically generating alt text for images with Microsoft’s Cognitive Services Computer Vision API.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Not the easiest thing to set up, but your persistence will be rewarded.
  • Images are recognized and described by Microsoft’s Azure AI.
  • Alt text is better than many humans would write.
  • Potentially some cost for Azure API calls, but you’d have to be uploading a lot of images for that to happen.

4. Post Views Stats Counter

Post Views Stats Counter

This plugin will display how many times post and page viewed. It’s simple stat analytics that also shows total view per day, week, month and all days. Those view are showed with titles and permalink.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Allows you to keep track of your views internally and display your top viewed posts in a widget.
  • Can disallow views from bots and logged in users.
  • Nice addition to a content-heavy website.

5. Shortcode Cleaner Lite

Shortcode Cleaner Lite

An easy way to clean up unused, broken shortcodes from WordPress content automatically, so you can switch between themes and plugins without worrying and keep your content cleanly and fresh all the time, it is dealing with any theme (Divi, Avada..etc) shortcodes that are left when changing themes or plugins or page builders (Visual Composer, Divi, etc)

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Quickly scan your website for unused shortcodes and immediately prevents them from being shown on the front end of your site.
  • Use the links provided to edit the content later to remove the shortcode if you wish.
  • Shortcode Clearner Pro version available on CodeCanyon for $19.

6. PPPT This Month’s Plugin to Watch

PPPT

Archive plugins you don’t need anymore, and get it back when you want it. On the Plugins page, just click on “archive” to deactivate and remove the plugin of your plugins list. The latter will be stored somewhere else. You can access to all the plugins archived and choose to put back in the plugins list the ones you selected, or delete them definitively.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • In general, it’s a bad idea to keep inactive or unused plugins on your WordPress site.
  • This plugin will allow you to archive them without totally removing them.
  • When archived, plugins are copied over to the pppt folder in your uploads directory.
  • A notice on the plugins page tells you that archived plugins exist and gives you options on managing them.
  • One concern: plugin files are stored as is, not zipped. So this could potentially be a security concern should an exploit be found in a plugin you have archived.
  • However, the .htaccess file disallows browsing. You can also disable PHP in uploads using iThemes Security Pro.

7. Grids: Layout builder for WordPress This Month’s Featured Gutenberg Block Plugin

Grids: Layout builder for WordPress

A layout builder is a tool that helps you creating visual structures in your page, from a simple layout made by adjacent columns, to more complex compositions. The Grids plugin is entirely based on the WordPress block editor, which means that you’ll be able to use it together with the myriad of content blocks that developers and designers from all around the World are creating.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A nice addition to the Block Editor. Use predefined columns or create your own.
  • Demonstrated by Matt Mullenweg at WordCamp Europe earlier this month.

8. Force Delete Posts This Month’s Simple but Useful Plugin #1

Force Delete Posts

This lightweight plugin adds the ability for administrators to instantly delete posts by adding a Force Delete Icon to the Post List for Pages, Posts, and all Custom Post Types.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Simply adds a trash can to the post list of any WordPress post type.
  • Bypasses the trash and permanently deletes the post after a confirmation.
  • Very handy when you’re cleaning up an old site or dummy content.

9. Nietzsche – WP Head Cleaner his Month’s Simple but Useful Plugin #2

Jarvis

Light and fast wp_head() cleaner. Just activate it and all unnecessary code will be deleted from site header section. It will improve loading speed of your website.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Removes WP Version, Really Simple Discovery link, RSS feed links, oEmbed support and other items (full list on plugin page) that many sites just don’t need.
  • No settings, just a single plugin file full of functions that remove the specified items.
  • An excellent candidate for an MU Plugin or just harvest the functions for your functions.php file.

10. Automatically Open All External Links In A New Tab This Month’s Simple but Useful Plugin #3

Automatically Open All External Links In A New Tab

This plugin makes every external automatically open in a new tab so your traffic can stay on your site. This will save you so much time as you will not have to do this manually everytime you add a link to your site. It also eliminates all room human error.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • An excellent addition for websites with a lot of external links – especially those for clients who can never seem to remember to take the extra step to make the link open in a new window.
  • Install and activate. No additional settings needed.
  • Runs a jQuery script to check for external links when a page loads, so it could add slightly to load time (likely very minimal).

11. WP Frontend Delete Account This Month’s Featured WooCommerce Add-on

WP Frontend Delete Account

Lets customers delete their account by their own from their My Account page for WooCommerce sites. New ‘Delete Account’ tab will be created automatically in My Account page.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A simple but nice addition to your WooCommerce My Account page.
  • Allows the user to delete themselves after confirming their password.

12. WP Widget in Navigation

WP Widget in Navigation

WP Widget Navigation plugin helps you add widgets to your menu very easily and rapidly.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A hacky but effective way to edit add custom content to your navigation menus.
  • Add widgets to the widget area created by this plugin, then go to your menu and mouse over the items where you want to add the widgets.
  • It’s a little quirky, but it does work. And shortcodes will render in a text widget.
    Lots of possibilities here.

13. WP Better Permalinks

WP Better Permalinks

Set custom friendly permalinks structure: Custom Post Type > Taxonomy > Post and Custom Post Type > Taxonomy instead of default WordPress structure.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Solves the problem many have of tweaking how taxonomies appear in URLs of posts.
  • Works with all WordPress post types.

14. Assign Widgets

Assign Widgets

Assign Widgets plugin for WordPress will help you assign widgets to specific pages or create custom widget areas. Plugin options are located under every WordPress widget area and they will let you control widgets visibility.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A nice new take on the old Widget Logic plugin.
  • Makes it very easy to determine under which conditions a widget displays.

Watch the Webinar: Plugin Roundup – July 2019

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This post is from the recent Plugin Roundup – July 2019 webinar hosted by Nathan Ingram. In this webinar, Nathan demonstrates how to use each of these plugins so you can get a better idea of how they work. Check out the entire series of monthly WordPress Plugin Roundup posts here & register for the next Plugin Roundup webinar here.

https://ithemes.com/wordpress-plugin-roundup-july-2019/

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