Welcome to the latest edition of the ManageWP Plugins of the Month series! While the pool of available plugins wasn’t as deep as it has been in previous months, that made no difference to the quality — they are all still excellent.
This month we have plugins that will allow you to make dramatic changes to the look and feel of your website. These range from simple pagination and code additions to remarkably flexible page design options. You will also find a selection of plugins that are designed to give you greater user engagement and social interaction.
There is something for everyone in this month’s plugin selection. As always I leave to hear your thoughts about the plugins we showcase here, so let me know what you think about them in the comments. Enjoy!
10. Page Navi Slider
Page Navi Slider is a fully customizable and responsive plugin that allows you to build better pagination links.
Instead of having the simple page numbers available for you to click on, this plugin creates a slider with jQuery that allows you easily navigate back and forwards through the pages.
The slider works on your desktop and is also fully touch screen compliant, enabling its usage on tablets and smart phones.
The ezPHP plugin for WordPress allows you to add PHP code snippets into your post, pages, and text widgets.
This plugin is more useful for developers and those who like to add additional functionality to specific areas of your site. Using this plugin allows you to add this additional functionality to posts and pages without having to alter the theme templates.
The title of this plugin says it all really.
Awesome Weather Widget allows you to add extremely clean and easily customizable widgets to you your site to show weather forecasts and information about any city in the world. The widgets change color based on the temperature of the city being displayed.
It can be added to your site with the built in widget or by using a shortcode that allows you to display specific information. It updates its data from http://openweathermap.org/ on an hourly basis.
The Compact WP Audio Player plugin is a hybrid between HTML5 and Flash and allows you to embed an MP3 file on your site using a simple shortcode.
The player is very small and compact so it won’t take over the post or page you embed it on. It has been built to work well with major browsers including IE7 and upwards.
It is a great little plugin for people who like to podcast or want to share their music with their community or fans.
Convertable is a marketing platform that automatically tracks the source of conversions from the moment a lead uses your contact form, all the way through your sales funnel.
This plugin won’t be for everyone, but it is a great way to track potential customers as they interact with your site. This is especially useful if you are selling a product or service from your website.
This is a web-based system that will require you to create a free Convertable account so that you can use it.
Smart Layers allows you to add easy-to-use buttons to your content that can increase your visitor engagement. You can add social share buttons, follow buttons, or recommend additional content to your visitors with this plugin.
These social buttons work as layers that overlay your site design and can be turned off for specific content. They also come in three distinct styles: light, dark or transparent.
This is one of my own plugins that I’ve developed with the always awesome Tito Pandu Brahmanto. I use this plugin religiously on Leaving Work Behind to moderate and respond to comments — it makes my life a lot easier.
The plugin adds additional features to your comments moderation window that allow you to hide author comments, pingbacks and comments that have already been replied to. You can also dismiss comments that you don’t want to see again.
In a nutshell, Advanced Comments Moderation allows you to get to “Inbox zero” on your WordPress comments screen. It’s a huge time saver and perfect for people who receive a large number of comments on their site.
WordPress security is very important and should never be taken for granted. There are a lot of security plugins out there and we’ve featured a few of them before.
OSE Firewall Security is part of the Better WordPress Security Project and is designed to protect your website from attacks and hacks. It has a built in Malware and Security Scanner that helps you identify risks and vulnerabilities on your site.
I highly recommend you take a look at this plugin.
Zedity is a powerful and extremely easy to use HTML5 design editor.
The plugin is remarkably flexible and allows you to create page designs any way you want. It gives you complete design freedom with drag and drop functionality. This is a truly excellent design tool that will allow you to make each page on your blog completely unique.
Yes, I have included a second plugin of my own this month and given it the number one spot. Call me biased but I think it deserves its spot
I’ve featured the Evergreen Post Tweeter on the monthly plugin lists before, but it’s recently been updated with an awesome new feature that has made it a real game changer for a lot of people.
Evergreen Post Tweeter allows you to schedule and automatically tweet out links to old posts on your blog. This lets you expose your twitter followers to old content they may not have seen before and boosts twitter referrals and blog engagement at the same time.
The plugin now has the feature to schedule your tweets with a Buffer-style day and time selector. This makes scheduling even more functional than it was before: want to promote old posts every day at 5pm, or every Wednesday at 1pm? No problem!
If you haven’t taken a look at this plugin before, now is the perfect time to check it out.