10 Fresh Free WordPress Plugins (August 2016)

There are thousands of plugins and themes out there in the WordPress directory, but only a few of them can be identified as absolute champions, which have gained popularity and build a solid community of users around them. Sometimes, however, some newly-released plugins also manage to make a splash in the WordPress directory and generate an impressive number of installs within a short period of time.

I was consciously watching out for such plugins since the start of the year and the good news is that I have compiled a short list of some great ones that really boomed WordPress.org and skyrocketed the number of their installs shortly after being released. Here you have them!

WP Broken Links Status Checker

WP Broken Links Status Checker

Scan your website content, images, comments and custom fields for broken links, link redirections and no-follow warnings with WP Broken Links status Checker. It is a new, yet advanced tool, which allows you to perform full and thorough scans of your website and inspect links that are not working properly. The plugin crawls your website with the pre-configured scan settings that you’d defined and has tons of scan configuration options and filters to make the most out of it.

First you set the general scanning options, then you’re free to choose which content and post types you want to scan. You don’t have to wait until the scanning is complete to dive into the results as they are shown immediately. Are there any broken links detected ? Easily change the link URL or anchor text, replace/unlink the URL, insert no-follow attributes, etc, right from the results section. Judging from the number of its installs users found it truly useful.


Tabs Responsive

Tabs Responsive

What new Tabs Responsive plugin is best at is letting you create unlimited responsive tabs with WYSIWYG editor. You can add image, music and videos to the tabs and spice them up with some cool animation effects. All the features of the tabs are highly customizable so that you can give them the coloring, style, alignment, animations, description font size that you’d like. You can also configure how the tabs are displayed on mobile devices, set margin space between two tabs, choose an icon for every single tab, etc.

With the available shortcodes you can insert the tabs anywhere on your website, and if you also want to feature the tabs on your sidebars just add the tabs widget to any of the widget areas. Maybe it is its simple use with drag and drop functionality that made the users like it.


File Manager

File Manager

File Manager made quite a really big splash in the WordPress directory. Since the day it was added to the directory back in February, hundreds of users got to downloading it on a daily basis. It basically enables you to fully manage every single file on your website from the comfort of your dashboard. You can perform all types of operations with files and folders such as upload, download, delete files and folders, create/copy/edit/rename/archive/extract files.

The best thing about the plugin is that it supports user specific permissions and roles for the file/folder management, so that you can control who can access your files and perform any operations. The major drawback of the plugin, however, is that most of its features are available only in the paid version.


Elementor Page Builder

Elementor Page Builder

As the developers claim, Elementor Page Builder provides the easiest way to turn your ideas and thoughts into a live website. With its intuitive and clean interface, instant drag and drop functionality and live frontend preview options building pages will be as simple as writing a blog post. The created pages are responsive, so you’ll not have to spend twice as much time on creating desktop and mobile versions of a single page.

You can add high-end design elements, such as, parallax scroll effect to the pages, and also create slide in forms, custom buttons and header, full-width background images, etc. Without any single HTML code or CSS you’ll be able to create cool pages that perform out of the box on any WordPress theme.


Social Pug

Social Pug

Yet another new but truly advanced social sharing plugin that has generated an impressive number of installs shortly after it made its first appearance in WordPress.og. It enables you to add retina-ready social sharing buttons to your posts in various locations. The floating social bars will follow the users as they scroll up or down the page, and the share counts will give you valuable insight about which of your posts get the most shares and engagement.

Moreover, with the integrated Google analytics UTM you can track where your traffic comes from. The share buttons support custom coloring and shortcodes so that you can place them anywhere on your blog or website. However, the free version of the plugin is somewhat limited in its functionality and you’ll have to pay to get all of its cool features.


Google Maps WD

Google Maps WD

Google Maps WD is a truly advanced WordPress plugin, which allows you to add unlimited responsive Google maps to your website. With such a great number of Google map plugins out there, this one stands out with its high customization options, unique and advanced features. Once you install the plugin the configuration wizard will take you through some of the basic settings to help you get started. The plugin supports Road, Traffic, Satellite, Terrain and Hybrid map styles and comes with the essential Google maps controls. You can add unlimited markers to the maps and spice them up with colorful overlays, skins, themes and various icons that you can custom create with the available icon builder.

Add bicycle, traffic and transit layers to the maps to show the situation on the roads in a particular area. One of its most advanced features is the store locator functionality, perfect for pinpointing several locations in within a specific area of interest. Want to suggest directions to the marked locations? Not a problem. Enable the directions feature in the settings and it will suggest driving, walking,bicycling or transit routes to the destination point. What sets this plugin apart is its live preview feature which allows you to see in real time what your maps look like before they go online. It saves much time and helps you create outstanding Google maps with ease.


Duplicate page

Duplicate page

Want to cut the time on creating similar posts and pages? Meet Duplicate Page WordPress plugin, a super-fast and easy to use tool that allows you to duplicate your website posts and pages with literally a single click. Once you instal and activate the plugin a “duplicate this” feature appears below the post/page editing options.

The duplicated posts and pages preserve the preset options, such as status, visibility, categories and tags. The plugin also duplicates custom post types, such as calendar events, reviews, etc. Isn’t this cool? I know it is. That’s the reason the number of the installs of this plugin skyrocketed within a short period of time.


Social Share

Social Share

With such a great number of social sharing plugins out there, one should really stand apart to capture the users’ interest. That’s exactly what Social Share plugin did, as it is a really cutting edge plugin worth giving a try. Within a short period of time it was able to generate a considerable number of installs. What it basically offers are responsive social sharing buttons with some awesome features, such as, various icon designs, over 15 icon themes, animations, placement options and live preview possibility.

You just select the social networks that you want your content to get shared on, and get down to configuring the buttons. Choose from the available skin options, select the icons position and alignment, create a call to action message with the preferred typography font and you’re good to go.


WIP Custom Login

WIP Custom Login

Tired of boring login pages that look so much alike? Well, get distinguished! New WIP Custom Login plugin provides an easy way to transform the login page of your website and give it a unique look. Once you install the plugin you’ll get a great deal of customizing options. I managed to create a beautiful login page within a matter of a few minutes with a custom background color, image background, login form font, login box text color and width, and other settings that most fitted my website. It’s not surprising how this super cool plugin beat thousands of installs in literally a couple of weeks since it was released.

Conclusion

It’s not easy to embrace the label of a “best” plugin at once. If you really want to stand out you’ll have to demonstrate an exceptional quality and super advanced functionality. These WordPress plugins are a great example of both and the number of their installs speaks from itself. If you have used or currently using any of these plugins on your website, please let us know which of their features you like the most and why you’ve chosen that one over the other available options.

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