It’s no secret that a large part of the WordPress publishing platforms power comes from its modular design and the ability to extend the systems core functionality with plugins. With the number of commercial and free plugins available, there’s almost nothing that’s impossible. WordPress has been used for everything from blogging to content management, from a social media platform t ao project management application. The only tough part is keeping track of all the great new plugins which are added to the mix on a weekly basis. So, with that in mind, here’s a rundown of some great new plugins which launched recently.
Ultimate Member Profile
If you’ve ever wanted to add community features to your existing WordPress site, the Ultimate Profile Widget may be worth looking at. According to the author, this widget is the easiest way to create powerful online communities and beautiful user profiles with WordPress. You can find more information here
Recent Posts Slider Responsive
If you’re currently looking for a way to display your recent posts in an attractive slider, then you’ll want to test the Recent Posts Slider Responsive plugin. It allows you to display your recent posts in a flexible carousel, which is also mobile friendly. The slider displays via a shortcode and comes with a plethora of customization options which are all available via the slider’s settings panel. You can find more information here
WP Portfolio Gallery
If you’re looking for a way to display a filterable portfolio of gallery and your theme doesn’t support it, then WP Portfolio Gallery may be the plugin you’ve been looking for. WP Portfolio gallery allows you to categorize your gallery images and then allow them to be displayed on the front end with handy filtering options. The most notable feature is the support for Pretty Photo and the developers say there is plenty more cool stuff in the works. You can find more information here
If you collaborate on projects, and need to share assets with contributors or collaborators, then Site Assets is worth taking a look at. The Site Assets plugin allows the sharing of assets on a per page basis and also supports the ability to set permissions on who can add or view the assets. The plugin comes with a set of predefined styles, or can be customized to integrate neatly into your existing front-end design. You can find more information here
Simple Post Info Widget
The final WordPress plugin worth noting is useful if you need a way to display the post info of a specific post, or set of posts, in the WordPress sidebar. You can easily do this using the post ID’s. You can find more information here
With these plugins above, you’re able to add some pretty swanky enhancements to your existing blog or website, so crack those knuckles, grab a coffee and put some of these plugins to work. But, as always, avoid diving straight into deploying them on a live installation. Always test them on a development server first, or at least make a backup of your site before testing them in a live environment. What other new plugins should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments!