WPwatercooler

EP96 - What are the best free WordPress plugins?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTZM60IYDMI

On this episode of WPwatercooler we will be sharing with you the best free WordPress plugins for your website. There are plenty of paid plugins that are staples in our plugin collections but there are plenty of free plugins out there that do just as much and sometimes better.

Show airs July 21 at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 7PM UTC

Simple Custom CSS
Code Snippets
Google Analyticator
Broken Link Checker (don't leave it activated, but run frequently)
Rainbowify (Suzette and Se love it!)
Photon (part of Jetpack)
Types Plugin (custom post types)
Codepress Admin Column (great for managing all the columns that get added by Yoast SEO)
The Events Calendar (Modern Tribe) - Se's favorite
Buddy Press
Debug Bar Shortcodes
What template file am I viewing
What The File
Event Organizer (Chris Lema)
Updraft Plus (for backups)
Convert Post Types (Steve Z) (for converting Posts to Products, for instance)
Edit Flow
Post Forking
Conditionals (for showing different menus to different kinds of users
 If Menu
Google Analyticator (don't authenticate through Google)
Woo Commerce
Exchange
Shopp (Se says its free!)
Regenerate Thumbnails
Query Monitor

Special thanks to Celeste Epstein for the show notes!

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5 responses to “EP96 - What are the best free WordPress plugins?”

  1. Anne H Avatar
    Anne H

    Nice episode.

    If anyone is interested, below are the links to the mentioned plugins, minus 2.. Se mentioned something called "shop" and Suzette mentioned something called "simple media links".

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-custom-css/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/code-snippets/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/custom-post-type-ui/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/types/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/codepress-admin-columns/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/the-events-calendar/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/bbpress/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/buddypress/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/debug-bar/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/what-template-file-am-i-viewing/
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/event-organiser/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/advanced-custom-fields/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/updraftplus/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-backup-to-dropbox/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/convert-post-types/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/edit-flow/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/post-forking/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/if-menu/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analyticator/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/click-to-tweet-by-todaymade/
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/addthis/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/ridiculously-responsive-social-sharing-buttons/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/genesis-visual-hook-guide/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-slider/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/responsive-slider/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/testimonials-by-woothemes/
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/projects-by-woothemes/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-social-icons/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-super-cache/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/rainbowify/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/regenerate-thumbnails/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/query-monitor/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-google-maps/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-redirect/

  2. Kevin Avatar
    Kevin

    Are there any show notes with links to the plugins discussed in this episode?

    1. Jason Tucker Avatar

      We've updated the post to include the notes from the show.

      1. Kevin Avatar
        Kevin

        Thanks Jason!

  3. Celeste Epstein Avatar

    Hey, I just listened (again) to EP96 - What are the best free WordPress plugins? because I'm looking for a 'subscribe to my blog' plugin that isn't getting a bad rap for spamming. I couldn't find the show notes, so I made some of my own. Here they are in case someone would like to clean them up and post them. This is such a great and useful topic! (p.s. didn't hear a plus 1 for a subscribe plugin so I'll keep looking )
    Simple Custom CSS
    Code Snippets
    Google Analyticator
    Broken Link Checker (don't leave it activated, but run frequently)
    Rainbowify (Suzette and Se love it!)
    Photon (part of Jetpack)
    Types Plugin (custom post types)
    Codepress Admin Column (great for managing all the columns that get added by Yoast SEO)
    Event Calendar (Modern Tribe) - Se's favorite
    Buddy Press for forums(?)
    Debug Bar Shortcodes
    "What template file am I viewing"
    What The File
    Event Organizer (Chris Lema)
    Updraft Plus (for backups)
    Convert Post Types (Steve Z) (for converting Posts to Products, for instance)
    Edit Flow
    Post Porking (?)
    Conditionals (for showing different menus to different kinds of users
    also "If Menu"
    Google Analyticator (don't authenticate through Google)
    Woo Commerce
    Exchange
    Shoppe (Se says its free!)
    Regenerate Thumbnails (part of Jetpack?)
    Query Monitor

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