Top 10 WordPress Plugins of the Month – August 2012 Edition - ManageWP

Top 10 WordPress Plugins of the Month – August 2012 Edition

Top 10 WordPress Plugins of the Month – August 2012 Edition

I am painfully aware of the problem that is inherent when bigging up any plugins of the month post.

The problem is the next month. If you hit a real peak, what are the chances of it being sustained? What are the chances of being able to turn up next month and say, “Hey – I just found a whole load more awesome plugins!”

Given that last month’s selection was rather special, I thought that I would be coming across that very problem this month. Fortunately, that has simply not been the case. Before I had even started trawling through the most downloaded (with a 100,000 download cap) and highest rated plugins that have been released or updated in the last month, I already had 4 plugins for the list that were a shoe-in. Picking out just 10 plugins to showcase this month has perhaps been more difficult than ever before.

So it is fair to say that next month has got a hell of a lot to live up to. But forget that for the time being – let’s look at this month’s picks!

10. WP Sidebar Login

If one were ever to get excited about a WordPress login plugin, this would be it.

WP Sidebar Login allows you to place an ajax-ified login form anywhere on your blog (either via the built-in widget or template tag). The login process occurs without a change of page, leaving the user where they were before they logged in.

Download WP Sidebar Login

9. Lazy Widget Loader

Lazy Widget LoaderI’m a fan of the Facbeook like boxes that you see scattered across the blogosphere. There’s just one problem with them – they can stall your site’s loading speed.

Given that we featured a plugin last month that lazy loads images, it seems rather appropriate that feature another lazy loading plugin this month. This time around, widgets have to wait their turn before loading, which means that Facebook like boxes and other resource hogs won’t slow down the rest of your site.

Download Lazy Widget Loader

8. Drop Shadow Boxes

CSS can help you achieve all sorts of fancy graphical effects, but that isn’t much use if you don’t know CSS.

However, you can have your cake and eat it too with Drop Shadow Boxes:

Drop Shadow Boxes

With this plugin, you can pick out any piece of text on your blog to highlight with CSS styling. It includes both a widget and the shortcode builder that you see above. You can see a collection of effects possible with Drop Shadow Boxes here.

Download Drop Shadow Boxes

7. Easy Tweet Embed

In the interests of full disclosure, I should say that I co-developed this plugin. But then I would feature it even if I had nothing to do with it, which rather evens out the playing field.

In a nutshell, Easy Tweet Embed allows you to embed pre-populated tweets within links on any blog post or page, like this. I have found time and time again that by including “embedded tweets” like this into your blog posts, you can boost your re-tweet rate dramatically. You can find multiple examples of me using this strategy on my own blog, such as here:

Easy Tweet Embed

Download Easy Tweet Embed

6. Google Drive for WordPress

There are seemingly hundreds of backup plugins available for WordPress. At ManageWP we of course offer our own automated backup tool, but that doesn’t mean we’ll simply ignore the available alternatives.

In case you don’t know, Google Drive is a free (up to 5gb) storage facility, similar to Dropbox. It is also where Google Docs will soon reside permanently. It is also a place where you can save backups of your WordPress site with Google Drive for WordPress. Just follow the instructions you can find here.

Download Google Drive for WordPress

5. Vimeography

I’ll leave it to the plugin’s blurb to accurately explain Vimeography:

Vimeography is a WordPress plugin that allows you to create beautiful, custom video galleries in 30 seconds, tops!

Not only that, but the plugin author took the liberty of producing a video showing you just how easy it is:

Download Vimeography

4. Gallery Carousel Without JetPack

Since we’ve featured a video gallery plugin, it seems fitting that we take a look at a photo gallery plugin too. More notably, the JetPack Gallery Carousel without one ingredient – JetPack itself.

Gallery Carousel Without JetPack

There are plenty of people out there who don’t like JetPack – whether its because of the manner in which it games the system, or enforces changes on users’ WordPress installations. So if you like the Gallery Carousel but don’t like JetPack, here’s your chance to take the pros without the cons.

Download Gallery Carousel Without JetPack

3. Wordfence Security

It seems fitting that we feature a security plugin this month, given our security article published the other day. And Wordfence Security is quickly gaining popularity, with nearly 70,000 downloads and a near-perfect star rating at the time of writing.

It comes complete with a whole host of security features that you can check out in full on the plugin’s page. There is also a premium version which includes even more options.

Download Wordfence Security

2. HTML5 jQuery Audio Player

It puzzles me that WordPress doesn’t come equipped by default with audio embedding options, but HTML5 jQuery Audio Player is ready to step into the fray with an extremely functional and attractive interface:

HTML5 jQuery Audio Player
Katy Perry helps too.

You have control over the image, description, rating, and track listings. You can even insert “Buy” buttons.

Download HTML5 jQuery Audio Player

1. SlideDeck 2 Lite

SlideDeck is without a doubt the best premium slider plugin available for WordPress, and SlideDeck 2 Lite offers up enough functionality to show you why.

SlideDeck 2 Lite

With multiple content sources, lenses, and a wealth of customization options, SlideDeck really is the ultimate slider plugin for WordPress.

Whilst SlideDeck 2 Lite can be used as a standalone tool in its own right, if you want the full selection of content sources, you will have to go premium.

Download SlideDeck 2 Lite

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. Abhi

    Hi Thanks for the post.

    I Love WP Sidebar Login plugin . i wanna use it

  2. Alan

    Excellent list of plugins, some I use for my projects, thanks a lot.

  3. miniclip

    nice collection admin, i have used 2 of your recommendation. I like plugins, easy to maneuver and your got great result. a satisfaction that is!

  4. Pierre | Internet Business Generation

    Best audio player I’ve seen Tom, might just use that for podcasting. Thanks!

    1. Tom Ewer

      No problem Pierre! :)

  5. enigmaweb

    Nice list Tom – personal fav is 6. Google Drive – wow those guys over at Google really know what they’re doing and are one step closer to world domination with this plugin! ;-p

    *and thanks for the review of my plugin (html5-audio) Tom – much appreciated.

    1. Tom Ewer

      No problem! Yeah, Google Drive looks pretty good.

  6. Mitchell Espina

    Good list, but I haven’t tried using those plugins. 😀

    I was expecting a plugin that will allow to display the latest blog post on a static page, just like the TPG Get Posts plugin.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Tom Ewer

      Hi Mitchell,

      It’s a list of the best plugins (as chosen by me) released and/or updated in the previous month. If such a plugin is released and is good enough, it’ll get on there!



  7. LendingWanted

    All WordPress plugin are fantastic but i love the Easy Tweet Embed one.

    thanks Tom Ewer for sharing!!!

    1. Tom Ewer

      My pleasure :)

  8. Slick Remix

    Dang our plugin didn’t make it on the top! Maybe next month!? :)

    Let us know if you review it!

    The Slick Remix Team

    1. Tom Ewer

      I’ll bear it in mind for next time :)

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