Top 10 Free WordPress Plugins of the Month — October 2013 - ManageWP

Top 10 Free WordPress Plugins of the Month — October 2013

Plugins of the Month

I have an eclectic mix of plugins for you this month.

The varied nature of this month’s selection made it difficult to order them, simply because they are all excellent in their own right. If I had to tie them together with a unifying theme, it would be this: these plugins will make your life easier.

There are plugins here that will help you style and tweak your site. There are plugins that help with your SEO and security and there are plugins that will when added to your site will make it look great.

I’ve no doubt that whatever you use your WordPress website for, you will find something in the selection this month that will improve it. Enjoy!

10. Yith Maintenance Mode

Maintenance Mode

This is a very useful and simple plugin for creating a custom maintenance mode page for your website whenever you need to carry out maintenance. The plugin comes with multiple styles and you can also completely customize the page template it to match your current site design.

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9. Comment Images

Comment Image

This plugin allows your readers to include an image in their comments on your site. The PNG, GIF, JPG, and JPEG image types are supported and all uploaded images can be styled to ensure they fit into your theme’s comment area.

Comment Images is not compatible with JetPack, IntenseDebate, or Disqus comments. At the moment it will only work the default WordPress comments system, though development is underway to make it compatible with these other comments systems.

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8. WP Image Borders

Image Borders

Tweaking image border can be a problem if you aren’t comfortable editing CSS. This plugin takes all of the effort out of this making this style choice. It allows you to completely remove image borders with a single checkbox or customize them in multiple ways.

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7. Recipe Card

Recipe Cards

This is an excellent plugin if you run a food blog or if you occasionally post recipes to your website.

Recipe Card allows you to choose from a number of styles for your recipe and allows your readers to print, save, and review them. The plugin also automatically optimizes your recipe for search engines and produces a nutrition guide for each recipe you post.

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6. All In One Schema.Org Rich Snippets

Rich Snippets

Rich Snippets allows you to completely customize your site snippets and add features into them to make them even more useful.

It gives you the option to add photos, a rating system and other features. It also allows you to specify what is shown using different content types that helps to improve your SEO and search engine rankings.

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5. Simple Custom CSS

This is a simple lightweight plugin that allows you to add custom CSS to your site.

The custom CSS overwrites both your theme and plugins style sheets and ensures that any CSS you add will be retained if you update your themes and plugins.

The manner in which the CSS is written by this plugin will also ensure that these style settings are still active even if you change to a completely new theme.

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4. Sucuri Security – SiteCheck Malware Scanner

This plugin allows you to scan your website for malware and other vulnerabilities by using the Sucuri SiteCheck service. It can detect various types of malware, spam injections, website errors, site blacklisting, code anomalies and numerous other potential security issues.

Sucuri Scanner alone won’t be enough to completely secure your website but with all of the features in uses it will go a very long way to keeping your site clean and safe. I highly recommend that you install this plugin.

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3. Easy Image Gallery

Easy Image Gallery

The default WordPress gallery has improved over the years but it still isn’t very flexible. If you need to have more options for your image galleries then this is a great plugin for you.

Easy Image Gallery allows you to add galleries to Posts and Pages using shortcodes and then displays a meta-box on the publishing screen. When the images are added to the gallery, the plugin allows you to re-order them and to have each image link to a larger version of itself.

The plugin is compatible with a few LightBox scripts out of the box, and allows developers to add additional LightBox scripts with hooks and filters. The developer has supplied a handy tutorial to do this.

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2. OTW Portfolio Light

OTW Portfolio

OTW Portfolio Light is a very simple yet excellent portfolio plugin for anyone who needs to display a collection of their work. The plugin is responsive ensuring that your portfolio will look just as good on any screen size.

Portfolios can be added to any post or page using a simple shortcode. Each item in your portfolio can be given a description that appears when you hover over it and will also be linked to an additional page on your site where you can add more details about the portfolio item. These pages can have multiple images added to them that will be displayed in a stylish image slider.

The plugin comes with two distinct display styles. You can categorize and then filter your portfolio items on a single page, or you can use a paginated style that will allow a specified number of items before creating additional portfolio pages.

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1. Q2W3 Fixed Widget

This is a very simple plugin that can be used to make sure one or more widgets from your sidebar are always displayed on the page. This plugin is extremely useful for ensuring that important plugins are always in the eyeline of your readers. The brief video above shows you this plugin in action.

An excellent example of this plugin being used could be to ensure that a widget to sign up for your newsletter is always at the top of the screen, regardless of how far down the page a reader scrolls. Alternatively, freelancers or companies could use the plugin to ensure a widget that contains details on hiring them is always displayed.

It is an excellent plugin for those widgets you want your readers to take action on and displays them in a very simple and non-intrusive way that I really like.

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Tom Ewer

Tom Ewer is the founder of He has been a huge fan of WordPress since he first laid eyes on it, and has been writing educational and informative content for WordPress users since 2011. When he's not working, you're likely to find him outdoors somewhere – as far away from a screen as possible!


  1. Brandon

    Hi Tom! If you ever update this post or make a follow-up, I’d like to suggest WP-Portfolio for you to review:

    Best regards,


  2. Deb

    Nice collection but i still feel few more need to be added in the list like better security, disqus, contact 7 form, custom login and more.. but still really a nice collection :)

    1. Tom Ewer

      Thanks for sharing Deb!

  3. Fabian

    I recommend this plugin

  4. cpsbd

    very good plugin for wordpress website or blog……

    1. Tom Ewer

      Glad you liked it!

  5. Ayuba Solomon

    Nice Job but I’ll like to know the best top 10 maintenance plugins a wordpresser could ever think of. Thanks

    1. Tom Ewer

      Thanks Ayuba, I’ll keep it in mind!

  6. Maddy

    nice post keep sharing

    1. Tom Ewer

      Will do Maddy!

  7. webspikel

    It is really very useful to us and any for person who interested in web design. I have used OTW Portfolio Light. thanks for give information.

    1. Tom Ewer

      Thanks, good to hear!

  8. David

    going in to set up my new site and this helped out tremendously – my favorite is the malware scanner :)

    great stuff.!

    1. Tom Ewer

      Thanks David :-)

  9. Mehreen Ali Syed

    really nice collection

    1. Tom Ewer

      Thank you Mehreen!

  10. babar

    I like this post but i think some of plugins are missing…

  11. Shital Bhalani

    wowl Cool list of plugins man
    I’m still battling with JetPack. Each time I enable it, some key features of my admin don’t function. I’m investigating this and hope to find a solution

    1. Tom Ewer

      Thanks Shital! Let us know how you get on :-)

  12. Jon Tacit

    Thanks a bunch Tom… my site is just used as a personal blog more or less… at least that is what it has turned into. Before i knew it i had some 30+ plugins running all at once, somehow still wondering why my page speed was so slow… LMAO. Its silly i know, but sometimes you just don’t realize how much stuff gets built up over time, and if you are a struggling full time college student like me – its easy to get behind & let your plugins get out of control… so just wanted to say thanks for the great post, i found you by asking google what are the ONLY wordpress plugins i need running, and from reading your post i learned a few extra things i wasnt expecting about w3 total cache… Thanks man

    1. Tom Ewer

      Great comments Jon, thanks! And yes, it is easy for plugins to take over. Glad the post helped :)

  13. Jeri Burtchell

    I just about swooned when I saw the recipe card plugin! That is awesome!

    On number 9, Comments Images, (which would pair nicely with the recipe card plugin) do you know if there is any worry about injection malware or other nefarious activity that could be done with an upload function?

    I’m not too savvy when it comes to WP. I’ve done a bunch of work on various shopping cart software like Zen-Cart however and the images folder and any uploaders were always prime targets for hackers.

    Also, do you know of a built in function or widget for cross promoting other posts at the end of a post? I particularly like the ones that display the “you might also like…” entries in a grid of featured images.

    Thanks for the great info! I’m following for sure.

    1. Tom Ewer

      Good question Jeri. I’m not 100% sure but I think the plugin only allows image file uploads, which means that nothing untoward (i.e. code) could be uploaded.

      As for you other question, there are loads :-) Take a look at this: this:

  14. Ricky

    Great list! What do you think about this plugin – ?

    1. Tom Ewer

      Looks interesting — I’ll add it to next month’s shortlist!

  15. Mehreen

    really nice plz share some plugins with video

    1. Tom Ewer

      Glad you enjoyed it Mehreen — I’ll see what I can do about the video!

  16. Stacie

    Thanks for the information! I’ve been looking for information like this one!

    I hope our plugin – uberoptin will also be included in time :) By the way, we accept affiliates. We would love to have you on board! If you would like to register, you are very welcome here :)

    1. Tom Ewer

      Hi Stacie,

      I’m afraid that this series only lists free plugins, not premium :-)



  17. David Fitzgerald

    Great plugins, thanks for sharing!

    1. Tom Ewer

      My pleasure David!

  18. Umer Iftikhar

    Fantastic Collection. Specially I liked number 10. Sometimes I have to use a custom html page for my wordpress blog. Thanks Tom for letting me know specially about Yith Maintenance Mode plugin.

    1. Tom Ewer

      No problem Umer :-)

  19. Adarsh

    I love them all.

    1. Tom Ewer

      Can’t do better than that! :-)

  20. Hemant

    Hi Tom,

    Your article is really helpful, thanks for writing. I am looking forward to read more articles in future. Keep writing!!! cheers.

    1. Tom Ewer

      No problem Hemant :-)

  21. Impressed

    I would like to try comment images and image borders. Thanks for the information.

    1. Tom Ewer

      Give ’em a go, let us know how you get on!

  22. Marc

    Great stuff!

    1. emma

      Wow….comment images?! That’s great, thank you. I would never find it by myself. Fixed widget another winner. Good job

      1. Tom Ewer

        My pleasure Emma!

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