Tutorial Guide of Free WordPress Plugins

Written by MyPLReBook

January 7, 2020

Edit Flow
Description: “Edit Flow empowers you to collaborate with your
editorial team inside WordPress.”
• Go to Plugins, then type in “Edit Flow” on the search box. Click
“Install Now”
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
click the newly created “Edit Flow ” button on the Dashboard
• Click on “Edit Flow” to see all the features of the plugin
including Calendar, Custom Statuses, Dashboard Widgets,
• Editorial Comments, etc. It is designed in a way you can pick
and choose from the features you will use:
Calendar: Edit Flow’s calendar allows you to see your posts in a
customizable date rage. Published posts are in gray, and blue for
unpublished posts.
Custom Statuses: You can create new posts, pitch ideas, mark
articles as in need of editing, etc.
Dashboard Widgets: Enable dashboard widgets to quickly get an
overview of what state your content is in.
Editorial Comments: It allows you to leave comments and feedback
on articles within WordPress. You can hold a private discussion
regarding a post and communicate directly with your writers or
Editorial Meta Data: You can create as many fields as you would
like to suit your workflow; from due date to location to contact
information to role assignments.
Notifications: Keep everyone updated when changes are made to a
Story Budget: Views the status of all your content at a glance. It’s a
traditional alternative to the calendar.
User Groups: Configure user groups to organize all of the users on
your site so that you can send notifications to only the relevant
Better WP Security
Description: “It takes the best WordPress security features and
techniques, and combines them in a single plugin thereby ensuring
that as many security holes as possible are patched without having
to worry about conflicting features of the possibility of missing
anything on your site.”
• Go to Plugins, then type in “Better WP Security” on the search
box. Click “Install Now”
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
click the newly created “Security” button on the Dashboard
menu. (Tutorial Guide)
• Click on “Security” tab in your WP dashboard. You will be asked
to take back up of your database.
• Click on “Create Database Backup” if you don’t have backup of
your website. But if you already have a backup, just click on
the “No, thanks. I already have a backup” button.
• Then the plugin will ask for your permission to edit WordPress
Core files. If you don’t want to authorize this plugin to edit
core files of your WP Installation, simply click on “Do not allow
this plugin to change WordPress core files” button and proceed
• You will be taken to the Better WP Security main dashboard.
You’ll see different tabs like Dashboard, User, Away, Ban,
Backup, Hide, Detect, Login SSL, Tweaks and Logs. There is a
description or guide you can read on each tab.
• This is also where you can choose to secure your site from
basic attacks, change admin username, change user 1 ID, Add
Host and Agent Blacklist, enable banned users, create database
backup, and so on.
WP Security Scan
Description: “Checks your WordPress website/blog for security
vulnerabilities and suggests corrective actions such as Passwords,
file permissions, database security, version hiding and more.”
• Go to Plugins, then type in “WP Security Scan” on the search
box. Click “Install Now”
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
click the newly created “WSD security” button on the
Dashboard menu. Here you will see 6 links: WSD security,
Scanner, Password Tool, Database, Options and Support.
Scanner: This option can scan your WordPress files permission.
Password Tool: Here you can test the strength of your passwords.
Database: Here you can backup your database or Change database
table prefix to mitigate zero-day SQL Injection attacks.
Options: Here you can choose to show or hide the Website Defender
News dashboard widget.
Description: “Akismet protects your blog from comment and
trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while
you sleep.”
• Go to Plugins
Akismet comes pre-installed in all WordPress blogs but there is still
and API required for this plugin to be activated.
How to Get API for free?
• Click on “enter your Akismet API key” link.
• Then go to Akismet.com signup page, and click “Personal
Signup.” Enter all the information needed such as First name,
Last name and Email.
• On the right side under “WHAT IS AKISMET WORTH TO YOU?”
shift the slider to the leftmost point until it shows $0.00/yr.
• Just click on the “Continue” button and you’ll get your own
Akismet API key for free in your inbox. Simple copy then paste
the key in you WP installation.
Use Akismet and stay spam free forever. (Tutorial Guide)
All in One SEO Pack
Description: “All in One SEO Pack optimizes your WordPress blog
for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization)”
• Go to Plugins, and then type “All in one SEO Pack” on the
search box. Click Install Now and activate the plugin.
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
you can see it under Settings on the dashboard menu.
• It is important to go through the main settings. You’ll notice a
number of default values and checkboxes are already active.
Home Title – Is the Meta title of the blog. This will be the title that
all users will see in their browsers.
Home Description – Also known as Meta description. The
description should be no longer than 160 characters.
Home Keywords – This is where you can add keywords that you
want to target.
Canonical URLs – check the box if your site should use canonical
Rewrite Title – check the box if the titles of the posts, pages,
category pages and archive pages should be written as determined
on the other title settings.
Other Title Settings: Post Title Format, Page Title Format, Category
Title, Archive Title Format, Tag Title Format, Search Title Format
• Formats are given on the field. All you have to do is to supply
the needed details. It uses vertical bar to separate the titles
instead of hyphens.
Description Format – Format of the Meta description of a post or
404-Title Format – This can have a specific type of Meta Title
Paged Format – It is relevant for multi-paged posts and entries
Other Options: SEO for Custom Post Types, Use Categories for Meta
keywords, Use Tags for Meta keywords, Dynamically Generate
Keywords for Posts Page, Use noindex for Categories, Use noindex
for Archives, Use noindex for Tag Archives, Autogenerate
Descriptions, Capitalize Category Titles
• Check the box depending on what you want with your blog/
Exclude Pages – You can list here all the pages that you don’t want
to be indexed by Google
Don’t forget to click on the “Update Options” button after making all
the changes.
Social Media Widget (Tutorial Guide)
Description: “Social Media Widget is a simple sidebar widget that
allows users to input their social media website profile URLs and
other subscription options to show an icon on the sidebar to that
social media site and more that open up in a separate browser
• Go to Plugins, and then type “Social Media Widget” on the
search box. Click Install Now and activate the plugin.
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
go to Appearance then click Widgets. The Social Media Widget
is one of them.
• Drag the “social media widget” into the sidebar of your choice.
Once it’s in place, it will open a very long page of options. Like
Simply put in your social media website profile URL if you want an
icon to be visible on the sidebar to the social media site.
For example:
• In Social Networking, under Facebook URL paste in your
Facebook profile URL then click Save at the bottom of the page
of options.
• After saving the changes, visit the site and you’ll see the social
media icon on the sidebar that open up in a separate browser
• It also gives you an option to change or edit Icon size, Icon
pack, Type of animation (fade in, scale, bounce,combo), Icon
alignment, default icon opacity and on/off rel=”nofollow” for
• You can create custom icons or include an icon by simply
putting in the link URL to the custom icon.
Force Strong Passwords
Description: “Force Strong Passwords is a WordPress plugin which
duplicated the WP JavaScript password strength check in PHP, and
forces users to use a strong password.”
• Go to Plugins, and then type “Force Strong Passwords” on the
search box. Click Install Now and activate the plugin.
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
it will take care of the rest. So now, any user must have a
strong password in order to publish posts, upload files, or edit
published posts.
Digg Digg
Description: “With Digg Digg, you can display all popular social
sharing buttons nicely on your blog and make it look amazing just
like Mashable.” (Tutorial Guide)
• Go to Plugin, and then type “Digg Digg” on the search box.
Click Install Now and activate the plugin.
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
click the newly created “Digg Digg” button on the Dashboard
Global Config
The first thing you want to do is go to Global Config. There are
options on the Global Configuration that you might want to edit or
change such as: Facebook Like configuration, Official Twitter
configuration, Buffer configuration, Flattr configuration, TweetMeme
configuration, Topsy configuration, Reset Global Configuration
Settings and Reset Everything.
Normal Display
• Here you can setup buttons if you want to display in horizontal
or vertical order.
• Display buttons in Home, Post, Page, Category, Tag Archive
• Enable Digg Digg to modify your post excerpt
• Choose and customize button layout to display
Floating Display
• If you enable Floating Display, buttons are always displayed in
vertically in the floating bar.
• Set how far from the left of the of the content Digg Digg is
• Let Digg Digg bar float past the end of the post
• Choose which buttons to display and how they should appear
• Include extra services at the end of the floating buttons like
email button and Print button (Tutorial Guide)
• Enable Credit Link
Manual Placement
In this area you’ll find various codes that you can use to display
button to everywhere you want.
Wordpress SEO by Yoast
Description: “WordPress SEO by Yoast is written from the ground up
by WordPress SEO consultant and WordPress developer Joost de Valk
to improve your site;s SEO on all needed aspects.”
• Go to Plugins, and then type “WordPress SEO by Yoast” on the
search box. Click Install Now and activate the plugin.
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
click the newly created “SEO” button on the Dashboard menu.
• On the Yoast Dashboard, you’ll be able to take a tour to learn
about the use of the plugin. Just click on the “Start Tour”
button and you will be taken to different pages with popup
that contains the explanation. You can also restore a site to the
default WordPress SEO settings.
• Also, under the dashboard you can disable the advanced part
of the WordPress SEO meta box and use SEI by Yoast plugin to
easily authorize you Webmaster Tools account(S).
Titles and Metas
• On the Titles & Metas, you’ll see different tabs such as General,
Home, Post Types, Taxonomies, Other and Help. The General
tab allows you to edit the SEO features, and show or hide parts
of the panel.
• On the Home tab, you can set the Meta title and description of
your home page.
• Post Types, Taxonomies and Other tabs enables you to set
Meta titles and descriptions across pages, posts and different
taxonomies on your site. You’ll also have the chance to
completely disable author and date-based archives.
• Help tab contains the list of available tags. (Tutorial Guide)
• Your first option in this area is to add OpenGraph Meta data to
your site. You can also set front page and default images, add
Twitter card meta data if you have a Twitter account, or add
yourself as a Facebook admin in order to access Insights for
your site.
XML Sitemaps
• By having SEO by Yoast plugin, creating a sitemap that
automatically updates is possible with just a click of a button.
Here you can enable XML sitemap functionality, check boxes if
you want your content to ping other search engines, exclude
posts, pages, media, etc in your sitemap, and if there’s a
taxonomy that you don’t want to include in your sitemap.
Permalinks (Tutorial Guide)
• You don’t have to change anything here. But you might want to
try the options available on the Permalink settings.
Internal Links
Here you can enable Breadcrumbs for your site. There are also
varieties of options you can set up for the presentation of the
breadcrumbs. Once you have set the breadcrumbs, you have to
insert the relevant code into the appropriate theme file of your site.
With Yoast’s RSS feature, you can automatically add content to the
beginning and end of your posts into your RSS feed.
Import & Export
This plugin enables you to import and export SEO data from other
plugins/themes. It also says that you can import first, check if it was
imported correctly, and then import & delete. You can even export
your WordPress SEO settings using this plugin. (Tutorial Guide)
Edit Files (Tutorial Guide)
By having this plugin, you can have the ability to edit 2 important
files for SEO; robots.txt and .htaccess. You don’t need to touch
anything here unless you know what you’re doing.
W3 Total Cache
Description: “W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your
site by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of
your site, reducing the download times and providing transparent
content delivery network (CDN) integration.”
• Go to plugins and type “W3 Total Cache” on the search box.
Click “Install Now”
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
click the newly created “Performance” button on the Dashboard
• On the General settings tab you’ll see that W3 Total Cache is
only in Preview mode. So to make it active on your site, click
on either “deploy” or “disable.”
Or (Tutorial Guide)
• Once you’ve changed settings, you’ll see some speed
• Page Cache – Enabling the Page Cache will reduce the
response time of your site and increase the scale of your
server. You can then choose what Page Cache Method you’ll
want to use.
• Minify – If you choose to enable Minify, the extra spaces will be
removed automatically.
• You can also click on the Minify tab on the left to enable
some extra settings.
• Database Cache – This is just like the Page Cache setting but
it’s focused more on the information in your database like
content and comments. Enabling Database Cache can reduce
post, page and feed creation time.
• Browser Cache – It allows you to reduce the server load and
decrease the response time by using all the cache available in
site visitor’s web browser. On the browser cache general
settings, you can specify browser cache policy as well as for
CSS & JavaScript files
• Any updates you made on your site are being cached and the
changes don’t show instantly. But if you want to see them, just
click on the “empty all caches” button above the general
settings box.
Google Analytics for WordPress
Description: “Google Analytics for WordPress allows you to track
your blog easily and with lots of metadata. Simple installation
through integration with Google Analytics API: authenticate,
select the site you want to track and you’re done.”
• Go to Plugins, then type in “Google Analytics for WordPress” on
the search box. Click “Install Now”
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
click on settings and you’ll find Google Analytics link at the
• You’ll see a popup text that says “Google Analytics is not
active. You must select which Analytics Profile to track before it
can work.” Click on there and sign in with you Google
Analytics account, and then choose the profile to display.
• On the Google Analytics Settings, you can click on the “Click
here to authenticate with Google” button to retrieve your
tracking code.
• Then once installed, go to your dashboard and look for the
Google Analytics widget. You’ll see a graph displaying the
entire visit you’ve had for the past month.
• It also includes some information such as number of visits,
pageviews, and pages per visits, top posts, referrers and top
searches like this:
• This graph by Google Analytics gives some good basic
information about what’s been popular recently on your blog/
Broken Link Checker
Description: “This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken
links and let you know if any are found. It monitors links in your
posts, pages, comments, etc.”
• Go to Plugins, then type in “Broken Link Checker” on the search
box. Click “Install Now”
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
navigate to the plugin’s setting page. Settings >> Link Checker
• On the Link Checker Options > General tab
There’s a few settings that are important to set up once you install
the plugin.
• Check each Link: we can leave this defaulted to every 72 hours.
• Also, you check the box “Send me e-mail notifications about
newly detected broken links”
• You can also check the box “Apply custom formatting to
broken links” and “Stop search engines from following broken
• After making all the changes, click on “Save Changes”
Look For Links In tab (Tutorial Guide)
This is where you can decide which areas of your site you check for
links. These setting are really up to personal preference, so it’s up
to you which of the boxes should be checked.
Which Links to Check tab
This is where you can choose which types of links to check whether
it is HTML, plain text or videos from outside sources. The exclusion
list allows you to create a list of words that will not be checked.
Protocols and APIs tab
This is where you can decide which protocol to use.
Advanced tab
• Timeout is the limit in which if the links take longer to load in
the specified time, it will be marked as broken.
• Link monitor allows you to run the Dashboard while open and
wun in the background hourly.
• Max.execution time enables you to set for how long the link
monitor may run each time before stopping.
• Server load limit allows you to set a limit to suspend link
checking when the average server load rises above the limit.
• Forced recheck allows you to make the plugin empty its link
database and recheck the entire site from scratch by clicking
on the “Re-check all pages” button.
Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer
Description: “This plugin not only automatically changes any
Amazon link on your site to use you affiliate Id, but it also changes
the link to point to the user’s Amazon store.”
• Go to plugins and type “Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer” on the
search box. Click “Install Now”
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
navigate to the plugin’s setting page. Settings >> Amazon
Affiliate IDs
• This plugin is very simple and straight forward. All you have to
do is to activate it and provide your regional affiliate IDs, no
need to do anything in Amazon.
• For example, your visitor is from UK, they’ll get a link to
If you don’t have an affiliate account with one of the Amazon
countries, the plugin will automatically inserts the owner’s code.
SEO Data Transporter
Description: “SEO Data Transporter plugin allows you to transfer
your inputs SEO data from one theme/plugin to another.”
• Go to Plugins, then type in “SEO Data Transporter” on the
search box. Click “Install Now”
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
go to Tools >> SEO Data Transport
• On the SEO Data Transporter page, you can choose the
platform you wish to convert from and the platform you wish
to convert to.
• Click Analyze to get a list of elements you are able to convert,
and click Convert to perform the conversion.
Regenerate Thumbnails
Description: “Regenerate Thumbnails allows you to regenerate the
thumbnails for your image attachments.”
• Go to Plugins, then type in “Regenerate Thumbnails” on the
search box. Click “Install Now”
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
go to Tools >> Regen. Thumbnails
• This is very easy, all you have to do is to click on the
“Regenerate All Thumbnails” button and it will automatically
regenerate thumbnails for all images you have uploaded to
your blog.
• You can also regenerate specific images by hovering over the
image’s row, and then click the link to resize. You can use the
checkboxes and “Bulk actions” dropdown to resize multiple
Widget Logic
Description: “This plugin gives every widget an extra control field
called “Widget logic” that lets you control the pages that the widget
will appear on.”
• Go to Plugins, then type in “Widget Logic” on the search box.
Click “Install Now”
• Once you have installed and activated the plugin in WordPress,
go to Appearance >> Widgets
• If you look on each widget, you can see a box named “Widget
Logic.”This field lets you control how your widgets appear on
the sidebar.
You need to know the conditional tags that can be used if you want
to display or hide widgets in WordPress pages.
Displaying Widget
• If you want to display the widget is a specific page, all you
have to do is just paste the code is_page() in the widget logic
box under the corresponding widget.
• But if you want to display the widget in 2 or more pages, use
the code is_page(array(5,6)) where 5 and 6 is the page ids of a
certain pages.. You can also use the page titles instead of page
Hiding Widget
• If you want to hide the widget in all pages, use the code !
is_page(). The “!” symbol denotes “don’t display.”
Here are just some of the conditional tags that you can use:
• is_page() – to display or hide widgets
• is_single() – for wordpress posts
• is_category – for category archive pages
• is_tag() – for tag archive pages
• is_date() – for daily, monthly, yearly archive pages
• is_author() – for author archive displayed
• is_404() – is 404 page shown
• is_active_sidebar() – if sidebar in active
• is_plugin_active() – is a plugin is active
Click here to learn more about conditional tags.

(Tutorial Guide)


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