WordPress is the CMS of choice for many web developers, web designers and businesses thanks mainly to its flexibility, extendibility and sheer ease-of use. One of the most powerful features is definitely the ability to extend the core functionality with plugins, which make just about anything possible. That said, it’s sometimes tough to keep up-to-date with cool, shiny new releases. In this post, let’s have a look at five new WordPress plugins you should definitely consider checking out.
Flexible AB Results
It’s no secret that sites which make use of A/B testing enjoy better conversion rates, but sometimes, conducting these tests can be a little tricky. Fortunately, there’s the new Flexible AB Results plugin which is an easy to use plugin that will help you get underway with your own A/B Testing in a jiffy. It simplifies the task of creating tests within your WordPress site, using a campaign based approach. Find out more here
Keep My Theme
If your blog has been running for some time, it’s quite possible that some of your posts were created to fit perfectly within your theme which was in use at the time. Problems arise when updating your site by modifying the theme and it can result in ‘display issues’ or changes in rankings within the Search Engines. One way to avoid this is to make use of a plugin such as Keep MY Theme to ensure that older posts retain the theme used at the time of creation when your current theme changes. Keep My Theme detects theme changes and displays your WordPress single posts using the theme which was active at the time of writing, provided it’s still installed. Find out more here
TT Social Icons
Almost every site owner likes to display a list of links to their social networks, but sometimes coding it by hand is a pain in the neck. Stop wasting time and simplify the job with the new TT social Media Icons plugin. TT Social Media Icons plugin makes it easy to display a neat grid of small, medium, or large linked social media icons in the WordPress sidebar. This plugin supports the 17 major social networks and makes use of elegant color coded social icons. Find out more here
WPX Maintenance Pro Light
When performing maintenance on your WordPress site, it’s always a good idea to let your visitors know so that they can come back at a later time. An easy way to display a ‘maintenance message’ is to make use of a plugin such as WPX Maintenance Pro Light. One of the great features of this new plugin is that it allows admins to schedule maintenance starting and ending times, while allowing access to the site to certain users or IP addresses during this time. WPX Maintenance Pro also allows site administrators to quickly and easily customize the look and feel of the maintenance page. Find out more here
Skype Status Multisite Widget
If you display a link to your Skype ID as a way for people to get in touch with you on your website, you need to take a look at the new Skype Status Multisite Widget. This plugin allows admins to select one of many Skype button themes which will display your online status in any widget, post or page, and make it easy for users to know if you’re available. Find out more here
New plugins are added on a daily basis, and there’s no shortage of additional functionalities which are available to developers and site administrators. Hopefully you’ll find some of these new plugins useful and put them to work for you in the future. If you’d like to stay up to date on plugins to extend the functionality of your WordPress site, stay tuned for more future posts which will highlight cool, new WordPress plugins and help you make your website more functional, user friendly and profitable. Are there any others released recently that people need to know about? Tell us in the comments below!