Easy WordPress Contact Form Plugin – WPForms Lite

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Contact forms are an essential tool for any site owner that wants to keep in touch with their readers. There are a lot of plugins available on WordPress to help you create forms, but they tend to be a little hard to use, especially when you need to create a form to get started. WPForms is here to solve this problem.

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TinyMCE Advanced

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WordPress’ visual editor is simple and easy to use but is far from a complete text editor. Many tools that are very useful to editors are missing, for example copy/paste buttons, adding tables, subscript and superscript buttons and more. Today’s plugin is here to help.

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Editorial Calendar

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Are you in the habit of scheduling posts to be published in future dates on your WordPress site to create a steady flow of content for your viewers? Then today’s plugin is one you surely need to check out.

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Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner and Security Hardening

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One of the most important things you need to take care on your site is its security. If you frequent WordPress related forums or groups you will often run into posts that ask for help after a malware infection or hear about security vulnerabilities discovered in WordPress plugins or, more rarer cases in the WordPress core itself. Many of these issues could be avoided by using a security related plugin on your installation. This is what our plugin of the day is about today.

Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner and Security Hardening

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If you haven’t heard of Sucuri, you will be relieved to hear they are a leading online security brand. WordPress security is among their fields of interest. This free plugin includes an array of tools to help you tighten security on your site and monitor it efficiently. Its activity auditing feature tracks any changes made on your site that might be security related, for example user logins and modifications. Another important thing the plugin does is monitor file integrity. Once its activated it creates a “good” state of all important files on your site and if at some point in the future it notices a modification of these files it will let you know.

Modifications often occur from malicious attacks and knowing about them will help you respond to the issue effectively. A malware scanner is also built in to the plugin making malware detection very easy. The plugin provides effective security hardening options like preventing PHP execution in the uploads folder or restricting access to PHP files in the wp-content and wp-includes directory and many more. Some helpful post-hack tools are also available to you such as creating new security keys, changing user passwords and resetting plugins. All of the above are included in the plugin for free.

There is also an add-on service which is a website firewall (Cloud WAF), this is a subscription based service and provides you with DDOS attack protection, brute force attacks, software vulnerability exploitation and more.

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Price: FREE
Source: https://wordpress.org/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

WordPress Notification Bar

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Sometimes you need to display a message that you want all your visitors to see. Whether it is a sale you are running on your e-shop or an important post you have recently published, you need a way to make your visitors aware. This is where the WordPress Notification Bar plugin comes into play.

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Install the plugin and navigate to Settings > Notification Bar to set it up. You can add some text and create a button that links to a different page if you wish so. The bar can be made to stick at the top of the page when scrolling and its background can be customized to match your site’s color scheme. That’s it, save and enjoy your new bar.

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Price: Free
Source: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-notification-bar/

Image compression utilities and WordPress plugins

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Images are an integral part of any modern site. With the advent of digital cameras and smartphones we are able to snap pictures with great detail, however the size of these images is often very large to be uploaded on a website. Consider a gallery page with, let’s say, 40 images, if these were snapped with a modern phone you might be looking at more than 150MB in total, pretty large for a web page right? This would make the site significantly heavier and may cause data charges to many mobile users. This is something that the site owner needs to address, today we will take a look at some tools that can help you with this task.

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WP Bitly

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Today’s plugin of the day utilizes the popular bitly service to help you generate short-links for your content. To start you will need a free bitly account.

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Setup is pretty straightforward. Install, activate the plugin and go to Settings > Writing to configure it.

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Fill in the OAuth Token, select the desired post types and save. That’s it. Now go to any post, page or custom post type and click the Get Shortlink button and get your bitly short-link from the pop-up window. You are now ready to share on any social network and take advantage of the analytics the service offers.

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Price: Free
Source: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-bitly/