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Useful WordPress plugins – Part 3

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Useful WordPress Plugins – Part 3

For the final part of the Useful WordPress plugins series, we have focused on some slightly advanced plugins and also added a couple of other Security plugins which would help add additional security to any WordPress site. Enjoy !!

1.Insert php

PHP code cannot be executed by default in WordPress posts and pages.

Insert Php is a WordPress plugin to run PHP code inserted into WordPress posts and pages. After installation, simply wrap your php queries inside the shortcode.

This plug-in works like a normal text widget except that it allows execution of PHP Code. You can create up to 9 instances of this widget.

The PHP code should be written in between special tags ("[insert_php]" instead of "<?php" and "[/insert_php]" instead of "?>").

example

<?php
function writeMsg(){
echo "Hello world!";
}
?>

You end up with the following code:

[insert_php]
function writeMsg(){
echo "Hello world!";
}
[/insert_php]

Examples Usages:

  • Publish local time.
  • Insert output of another PHP script, or just to run a PHP script whether or not it generates output.
  • Check/manipulate cookies or other actions when using JavaScript is undesirable.
  • Insert content generated by other software.

Features

  • An easy-to-use and light-weight plugin which allows direct embedding of PHP codes
  • Insert PHP takes very little plugin space in the WordPress software.
  • No need to worry about the plugin itself slowing down your page loads. The actual PHP code for the plugin is less than 30 lines.
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2.All in one Wp security & firewall

All In One WordPress Security and Firewall is a comprehensive and a very user-friendly security plugin that will take your WordPress site’s security to an extreme new level.

Features

  • This plugin is easy to use and understand.
  • It reduces the security risk by checking for vulnerabilities, and by implementing and enforcing the current WordPress security practices and techniques.
  • Provides User Accounts Security, User Login Security, Brute force login attack prevention, Database Security, Comment SPAM Security and File System Security
  • It has blacklist and firewall functionalities.
  • WP Security plugin can be translated to many languages such as, English, German, Spanish, French,
    Hungarian, Italian,Swedish, Russian etc.
  • The security and firewall features are categorized as “Basic”, “Intermediate” or “Advanced”. As soon as you activate the plugin, these features lets you to safely enable a group of security features without breaking the functionality of your website.
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3.Social Login

WordPress Social Login is an open-source plugin, which allows your website users to register using their existing social accounts IDs, eliminating the need to fill out registration forms and remember the usernames and passwords.

This plugin simplifies the login process for end users, engaging your website visitors and customers on a social level. It also allows you to import users contact list from Gmail, Facebook, Windows Live and LinkedIn.

WordPress Social Login gives you absolute control over users access to your website. It helps to increase site registrations and generates referral traffic to your site by allowing users to easily register and login via an existing social network or email ID.

Features

  • Free, unlimited and white-label
  • Wide variety of providers
  • Built on top of an open source library
  • Easy to customize and integrate

Using this plugin, registration process is made easier by enabling visitors to log in using their social media services such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

It supports the most popular social media networks such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Windows Live, MySpace, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Gowalla, Last.fm, Goodreads, Instagram, 500px, Steam, Tumblr and AOL.

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4.WP Course Manager

WP Course Manager is an innovative learning management system plugin which will turn any WordPress website into an online course delivery platform, while giving you the ability to get all your courses, lecturers and dates on your website or blog.

This plugin also allows you to record profiles of lecturers, manage courses and organize important dates.

Features

It allows you to manage the following details of Lecturers, Courses and Schedule:

  • Lecturers – Name, biography, picture and homepage url
  • Courses – Name, description, lecturers
  • Schedule – Course, date, place, url to page/file with more information.

This plugin has very basic styling with CSS, depending on the current theme to style things like typography, margins, padding and many more.

The plugin style is based on the responsive design, which is suitable for the users who connect through smartphones, iPads and it is tested with the default 2013 theme.

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5.Sucuri

The Sucuri Security plugin is a security suite for website security integrity monitoring, malware detection and security hardening.

Sucuri WordPress plugin makes sure that the integrity of all core files are unharmed. So, if there is an infected file among the mix, it will alert you right away.

Often hackers try to hide the malware inside your wp-config.php file, which is a core file and this plugin perfectly checks all of these.

Features

Sucuri gives you the proficiency to improvise your website’s security by hardening your WordPress install.

It lets you to configure email alerts, twitter alerts, IM alerts, SMS alerts, and RSS alerts.

Sucuri sitecheck scanner scans your website or blog to assure that it is free from malware, suspicious redirects, iframes, link injections etc.

It is one of the best and most cost effective security service in the WordPress industry.

Sucuri offers the following security features,

  • Security Activity Auditing
  • File Integrity Monitoring
  • Remote Malware Scanning
  • Blacklist Monitoring
  • Effective Security Hardening
  • Post-Hack Security Actions
  • Security Notifications
  • Website Firewall (add on)
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Useful WordPress plugins – Part 2

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Useful WordPress plugins – Part 2

Welcome to the second part of the three part series of Useful WordPress Plugins. We have tried to build on the first part and have tried again to share our knowledge about some useful plugins which might help you WordPress users. As always, suggestions and feedback are very welcome.

1.Contact Form DB(CFDB)

The Contact Form DB plugin stores the copies of all Contact form submissions in your WordPress database.

All form entries and leads will be stored safely even if your e-mail goes down or e-mail messages gets deleted.

While displaying saved data in posts and pages, use short codes such as [cfdb-html], [cfdb-table], [cfdb-datatable], [cfdb-value] and [cfdb-json] to view and display the data on a non-admin page on your website. Also, use the short code builder page to set short code options.

Features

All form submissions are stored in the WordPress backend in addition to being sent via e-mail.

E-mail delivery is never 100% reliable and having a backup of all contact entries will ensure you never miss a lead or inquiry.

Export form submissions as CSV for Excel.

Each export entry saves the following details about the submission:

  • Time and date of the entry.
  • E-mail address of the contact form recipient.
  • Subject line of the e-mail that was sent to the contact form recipient.
  • All attachments uploaded to the contact form.
  • Post or page URL where the contact form was submitted.
  • IP address, browser and device information of the submission.
  • Link to the setup page of the contact form that was used for submission.

After installing the plugin, the database schema created would be able to capture data from the following plugins also:

  • JetPack Contact Form plugin
  • Contact Form 7 (CF7) plugin
  • Fast Secure Contact Form (FSCF) plugin
  • Gravity Forms plugin
  • WR ContactForm plugin
  • Quform plugin (BETA)
  • Ninja Forms plugin (BETA)
  • Caldera Forms plugin (BETA)
  • Enfold theme forms
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2.Pure chat

Pure Chat is another simple, yet powerful chatting widget that allows your website visitors to instantly chat with your customers.

Pure chat allows you to chat in real time with the visitors of your WordPress website.

Features

  • Pure Chat makes it quite easy to add Live Chat for WordPress websites.
  • The default Pure Chat window is stylish and commands attention, making it a great way to encourage visitors to interact with you.
  • Using this plugin, you can change the anonymous visitors of your website into leads, with live chat enabled on your website.
  • Save your time by chatting with multiple leads and customers at once instead of talking to them on the phone or waiting for their responses through email.
  • Using the scheduling feature, you can easily set the schedule or set yourself as available or unavailable on pre-planned days and times.
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3.WP Google Maps

WordPress Google Maps plugin is one of the easiest plugins to use, which is used to create unlimited locations, add a customized Google map to your WordPress posts or pages quickly and easily with the supplied shortcode.

This plugin has perfectly responsive maps, Multi-lingual and multisite supported, which made it one of the most advanced WordPress plugin ever. It is a super easy to use plugin with no fuss. This plugin is perfect for contact page maps, routes, maps showing delivery areas and any other use you can think of.

Route your journey across multiple travel location with this plugin and you will start loving them. With the help of pointers you can easily add titles, description and much more details on your travel details on the map.

Make the Google map plugin blend perfectly with your website theme and also structure with correct width and height by inputting them in the plugin options.

Features

  • You can add any number of fields in location details and display them in info window.
  • Assign multiple categories to a location.
  • Choose to redirect to a location or display info window message on marker click.
  • Export and import locations in to CSV, EXCEL, JSON and XML format.
  • Fetch locations from external data source
  • Show any number of google maps on a single map.
  • Searchable listing in the backend to manage the location easily.
  • Fetch the latitude, longitude, city, country, state and zip-code automatically when you type address in input field.
    Responsive maps and Map widget functionality
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4.WP Mega Menu

WP Mega Menu is a powerful and easy to use plugin for creating beautiful, customized menus for your site.

This plugin does not require any setup and it has tons of options to choose from, and the ability to show categories, subcategories and posts.

WP MegaMenu is a must have plugin which boosts the SEO and user engagement.

With a full grid system built in and individual layout controls for each menu item, it’s easier to build gorgeous mega menu layouts using this plugin.

Features

  • Create widgetized and beautiful mega menus using the built in visual mega menu builder.
  • Easily Add Images
  • Custom Content & Widgets
  • Unlimited colors variations, 600+ google fonts
  • Build submenu content dynamically from posts and terms
  • Drag and drop Mega Menu builder
  • Display WordPress Widgets in your menu
  • Awesome responsive menu plugin
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5.Wordfence

WordPress itself is a very secure platform. However, there is always a demand to safeguard your website or blog from potential hackers. By using a security plugin that enforces a lot of good security practices, you can make sure that your site is even more secure. One of the best ways to get rid of these security threats is to use a WordPress security plugin.

The Wordfence security plugin provides free enterprise-class WordPress security and it continuously prevents, patrols and protects your WordPress website(s) against today’s ultra-advanced cyber attacks, hacks and online security threats. It is the most downloaded WordPress security plugin for WordPress websites.

It repeatedly monitors your website or blog and protects it from humans and robots who are trying to harm it.

Wordfence does a deep scan of all your files, posts and comments for any URL that are listed as dangerous on the Google Safe Browsing list. It also scans your site’s entries in DNS (Domain Name System) to make sure that they haven’t been changed and it also alerts you about any changes.

It scans the WordPress base directory and checks for the data which is linked with malicious activity like encoded backdoors and vulnerabilities.

Features

Wordfence is the only plugin which gives high level of diagnostic information and control.
It secures your website and makes it up to 50 times faster.

It offers a Premium API key that provides services like, Premium Support, Country Blocking, Scheduled Scans, Password Auditing and Spamvertize.

Fully IPv6 compatible including all whois lookup, location, blocking and security functions.

Some of the added features are,

  • Blocking Features
  • Login Security
  • WordPress Firewall
  • Monitoring Features
  • Multi-Site Security
  • Caching Features
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Useful WordPress plugins – Part 1

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Useful WordPress plugins – Part 1

WordPress, as we know is one of the most used Content Management Systems used by millions of sites across the world. After successfully delivering more than a few dozen sites in WordPress in the past year or so, we felt compelled enough to share our knowledge on some of the most useful plugins available in the market for WordPress. As always, we encourage any kind of feedback from our readers to make this an even more useful post.

W3 Total Cache

Loading time of a website plays a major part in visitor experience as well as search engine rankings. W3 Total Cache plugin helps you to optimize the speed and performance of your WordPress site. This plugin helps to improve the user experience of your website by,

  • Increasing the server performance
  • Reducing the time for download
  • Providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration

Features
  • Browser caching using cache-control, future expire headers and entity tags with “cache-busting”
  • 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.
  • Caching of pages and posts in memory or on disk or on CDN
  • Caching of CSS and JavaScript in memory, on disk or on CDN
  • Caching of feeds, search results pages and database objects in memory or on disk or on CDN.
  • Non-blocking JavaScript embedding
  • Import post attachments directly into the Media Library

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WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO is the industry standard for SEO plugins and it is the perfect website optimization package. It is a must have WordPress plugin for WordPress websites.

This SEO plugin includes everything from a snippet preview to page analysis, which helps you in optimizing the content of your pages, images titles, meta descriptions and XML sitemaps.

Using this plugin, you can test the important areas of your content for the usage of the focus keyword, so you can exactly optimize your page for the terms you need.

The installation and setup process of this plugin is very easy, and that’s why this plugin is used on most WorPress sites.

Features
  • Post title and meta description meta box to change these on a per post basis.
  • Taxonomy (tag, category & custom taxonomy) title and meta description support.
  • Google search result snippet previews.
  • Control indexing of your blog
  • It has loads of optimization options.
  • It lets you to add open graph metadata, do page analysis, publish XML sitemap, and much more.
  • RSS footer / header configuration.
  • Permalink clean ups, while still allowing for Google Custom Search.
  • Focus keyword testing, easily add noodp, noydir meta tags.
  • Meta Robots configuration
  • Meta control for Taxonomies, author page
  • Supports Facebook Open Graph
  • Helps in Generating Sitemaps
  • Breadcrumbs support, with configurable breadcrumbs titles

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Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is a free, simple, flexible and one of the best contact form plugin for WordPress. This plugin lets you to develop all kind of forms from simple contact form to a fully organized survey.

This plugin can handle multiple contact forms as well and it supports AJAX submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and file uploading. Using CSS, contact form 7 can be styled easily into your WordPress theme.

Features
    Simple and easy to use

  • Complete customizability to support the needs of a website
  • Simple “behind the scenes” interface and options for quick tweaking
  • Useful help documents to answer the questions
  • Incoming emails which are easy to read

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MailChimp

MailChimp is a popular plugin which aids you to add subscribers to your MailChimp lists using various methods. Using this plugin you can develop good looking opt-in forms or integrate with any other form on your website.

It is easy to design and share email campaigns, manage your subscribers lists, and track results through this plugin. You can even retrieve the lists that you have already created under your MailChimp account using MailChimp API key.

Features
  • MailChimp plugin lets you to connect with your MailChimp account in just 1 click.
  • It has user friendly & mobile optimized sign-up forms and gives you complete control over the form fields.
  • You can display sign-up forms in your pages using the form shortcode, or in your sidebar or footer using the MailChimp widget.
  • All fields and messages are customizable so you can translate them into your preferred language.
  • Built-in integration with Contact Form 7, WooCommerce and many other plugins.
    It is a developer friendly plugin and you have full control over the form HTML and there are many available actions and filter hooks.

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Revolution slider

Revolution slider is an innovative, responsive WordPress Slider Plugin which displays your content in a beautiful way. It has acquired huge popularity in the WordPress community due to it’s wide range of features and ease of use.

Features
  • Responsive Layouts
  • It is extremely flexible and totally customizable
  • Powerful Visual Editor which supports drag & drop visual slider building
  • Media/Social Feed Support
  • Optimized Performance
  • Fully responsive solution which renders uniformly on desktops, laptops,
  • tablets and mobile phones

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