WordPress Plugin Roundup – February 2020

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Each month, we recap the best WordPress plugins that were added or updated within the last 30 days on the WordPress Plugin Directory. Here’s a list of our favorite new or recently-updated plugins for February 2020.

A Notice for Those Who Use CodeCanyon Plugins

  • For some time, plugin purchases on CodeCanyon have supplied automatic updates in the standard WordPress update process.
  • At least one plugin recently has begun to restrict this to only those with an active support subscription.
  • CodeCanyon promises access to updates but not automatic updates.
  • It is not clear on plugin pages which ones will require you to have an active support license for updates and which will not.

1. Disable Login

Disable Login

An advanced maintenance mode tool that will prevent all users (except you, the developer) from logging into the WordPress backend. Your users will see a nice message just below the WordPress logo informing them that you are in the process of fixing their website.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Handy tool to keep clients away from a website you’re currently working on.
  • Does not automatically log out users who are currently logged in (feature request for the author).
  • Be careful you don’t accidentally lock yourself out (it defaults to the first user ID alphabetically in the pick list).

2. Mihdan: No External Links

Mihdan: No External Links

No External Links converts external links to internal links. Featuring Full Page or Targeted Content Filtering, Custom Redirect Page/Message, Encoded Masks, External Link Click Logging, Individual Link Exclusion, Post/Page Specific Exclusion, and many more.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Nice plugin to track external links on your website.
  • Integrates with bit.ly and a few other link shorteners.
  • Can display a customizable redirect message.

3. WooCommerce Cart This Month’s Featured WooCommerce Add-on #1

WooCommerce Cart

Side Cart WooCommerce adds a site wide basket icon that displays the number of products in the cart. Customer can see all the cart items directly from the side cart & also remove items. Plugin has ajax add to cart feature on single product pages too.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A pretty slick cart add-on that positions an off-canvas cart on your site.
  • Ajax powered cart feels very app like.
  • Lots of settings to customize the look and behavior of the cart.
  • Pro Version adds a lot of valuable features, and at $45 for unlimited lifetime license, it’s a decent deal.

4. Product Attachment for WooCommerce This Month’s Featured WooCommerce Add-on #2

Product Attachment for WooCommerce

Product Attachment for WooCommerce Plugin will help you to attach/ upload any kind of files for a customer orders. You can attach any type of file like Images, documents, videos and many more.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A nice way to supply an additional file download with a WooCommerce product.
  • Link can be provided at any point in the purchase process, or even just show up on the product page in the description.
  • Great for adding a how-to video, manual, etc.
  • Pro version includes external links for attachments and other features.

5. Booter – Bots & Crawlers Manager

Booter – Bots & Crawlers Manager

Booter – Bots & Crawlers Manager is a preventative measure (treatment in advance) and treatment of damages caused by crawlers and bots. The plugin uses a number of existing technologies which are known by crawlers and bots and takes them one step forward – smartly and almost completely automatically.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A powerful set of tools to help you manage how bots crawl your site.
  • Lots of settings to help “good” bots and limit “bad” bots.
  • Definitely be sure to read the HELP tab as you get started with this plugin.

6. Sortable Word Count Reloaded This Month’s Simple But Useful Plugin #1

Sortable Word Count Reloaded

Adds a sortable column to the posts and pages admin list with the word count of each page/post. With this plugin you can see the word count for the posts and pages in the list view and sort them.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Adds a sortable word count column to all post types in WordPress.
  • Works with custom post types but the column is not sortable.

7. WP Page Post Widget Clone This Month’s Simple but Useful Plugin #2

WP Page Post Widget Clone

With one click on ‘Duplicate’ button, this plugin can create a duplicate, replica or clone of an element, a post or a page. No need to do styling of a duplicated new element from the scratch.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Quickly duplicate any page, post or elements in WordPress (basically anything that displays like “All Posts”).
  • Duplicates the post and all content, even meta like Yoast SEO settings.
  • Also allows you to clone widgets in a widget area to another widget area.
  • Works on Beaver Builder content as well.

8. Move Admin Menu Items

Move Admin Menu Items

Are you annoyed of an unorganized and overcrowded admin menu? Do you wish to provide a well-arranged admin menu to the users of the WordPress backend? In this case, we have
the perfect solution for you: Move all of your admin menu items, that you don’t use regularly, into a condensed and clear admin menu.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • If you have sites with super long admin menus, this could be a nice way to re-organize things.
  • Essentially moves menus and submenus onto a grid rather than placing them in a vertical menu.

9. Old Style Admin UI This Month’s Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin

Old Style Admin UI

From the plugin author: “After I updated WordPress to 5.3, I thought something had gone wrong with the update when I saw those borders in the admin area, the blue color of texts on the form elements and the lack of design subtlety of the UI. So I decided to create a plugin that would undo that.”

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Any time a feature of core WordPress is added or removed by a version release, there will always be a plugin to make it the way it was before.
  • I actually like this one better …

10. Dummy Images

Dummy Images

Dummy Images provides functionality for generating image placeholders which can be used for various purposes – set temporary feature images, filling blank spots, test and play around with different image sizes and etc.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A helpful plugin to quickly create dummy images in the media library for placeholders.
  • Has a page that shows all the dummies you’ve created.
  • Would be nice if it allowed you to delete them all at once when you’re finished.

11. Plugin Report

Plugin Report

Adds a sortable column to the posts and pages admin list with the word count of each page/post. With this plugin you can see the word count for the posts and pages in the list view and sort them.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A really handy at-a-glance overview of plugins install on a site and their state.
  • Useful as part of a site audit process.

Watch the Webinar: Plugin Roundup – February 2020

This post is from the recent Plugin Roundup – February 2020 webinar hosted by Nathan Ingram. In this webinar, Nathan demonstrates how to use each of these plugins so you can get a better idea of how they work. Check out the entire series of monthly WordPress Plugin Roundup posts here & register for the next Plugin Roundup webinar here.
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