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Google Events Calendar

Produced By: Ross Hanney
Price: Free

If your events are all in a Google calendar, then this plugin will help you display them with ease.

There are a variety of options for display from a full calendar, a mini calendar to a list which can be used in a widget.

This calendar is quite easy to set up and use and should be enough to get you up and running.

Here are a few more details of what this plugin can do:
- multiple Google calendars in one view
- customize what is displayed for each event
- limit number of events, change date format and more
- can be added with a shortcode to a post/page or widget


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My Calendar

Produced By: Joe Dolson
Price: Free

For anyone looking to show upcoming events on their website, this is a great place to start.

It has two view options (large and mini) with the ability to tweak what is shown (day, week, month) and more.

You can also categorise events, as well as add details such as recurring and location.

Events can also be shown in a list and lists can be filtered by some of the above criteria (location, category).

You can also get more technical and buy extensions and a manual if you wish to really dive into it's functionality (and as a developer extend it.)


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Disable Comments

Produced By: Samir Shah
Price: Free

Disable comments is a simple plugin for helping WordPress site administrators to disable comments on the whole site.

A very straightforward plugin with a simple goal, this plugin is easy to use.

It can also remove all comment related fields from pages/posts helping keep things tidy and works on Multisite.


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Editor's Choice

Smart Podcast Player

Produced By: SPI Labs LLC
Price: Free and Pro Versin

This is a plugin developed by Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome, which arose from a need for a better and more feature-rich podcast player.

It has since evolved into a player, episode list player (with great options) and a bunch of other features like social sharing, fast episode play, download etc.

Not only does this plugin come with all the podcast player features you could wish for, it also looks great with a modern flat design and the ability (pro version) to customize to your branding.

If you are a serious podcaster, I would certainly check this one out as it will take your podcast playback to the next level.


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Blubrry Powerpress

Produced By: Blubrry
Price: Free

One of the most popular podcasting plugins for WordPress, I have also used this to run my podcast on Mad Lemmings.

It is relatively easy to set up, although I would personally follow a tutorial to make sure you get it right. This is why, although I have not yet tried it, the Serious Simple Podcasting plugin looks simpler and in many ways more powerful. Check that out too.

The main power of such a plugin is getting your RSS feed set up so you can pass that (ie inform) to places like iTunes and Stitcher.

The plugin also gives you a panel to fill in on each post that enables you to hook in your media file (from Libsyn, Soundcloud etc) and turn your blog post into a podcast episode.

They also give you a shortcode to add to your page to position a podcast player, which is actually pretty good. Although there is a better player around developed by Pat Flynn if you can get hold of it.


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Seriously Simple Podcasting

Produced By: Hugh Lashbrooke
Price: Free

Not the most well known Podcasting plugin around, but certainly one with enough features to get your attention.

Seriously simple podcasting can help you turn your WordPress website into a podcasting machine by helping you create your iTunes RSS feed (key to getting listeners) , separating your podcasts from your other content by creating specific post types and allowing you to display them separately too.

It also comes with a built in podcast player built on top of the WordPress audio player, which means it is quite robust.

So if you are considering starting a podcast, I would investigate this plugin as your one stop shop to getting up and running.


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Imsanity

Produced By: Jason
Price: Free

If big images are a problem on your WordPress website, then this might be your savior.

Imsanity can automatically resize, scale and convert uploaded images to stop people from accidentally uploading crazy large images to your website.

And if you have heard me rant about this before, this is the number one killer of websites. So if you don't know how to scale, compress and convert images, then just install this.

It will save your skin more than once and make your visitors happy with your speedy website.


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Brute Protect

Produced By: Automattic
Price: Free

Brute Protect (which is now part of Jet Pack) is a great plugin for blocking those nasty bots from attacking your website.

It is a very simple plugin to install (like it's brother Akismet) and only needs an API key which they show you how to get (it's like a license key).

This plugin simple helps protect your website from unwanted, automated attacks and is made more powerful by communicating with a central server where all known attacks are registered - result: a community based approach to stopping such attacks.

Give it a shot, and your site will thank you.


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Safe Redirect Manager

Produced By: 10up
Price: Free

A simple yet powerful redirect plugin that helps you manage all the redirects on your website.

It allows you to do simple redirects, or more powerful Regular Expression (regex) based ones if you need something to do multiple files/folders etc (although you will need some knowledge to do that - Google Regex Redirect).

This gives you a simple overview of all your redirects and the ability to control them without going inside the htaccess file on your server. So great for non techies or people with no access to the server!

Note: this plugin also works on multisite which is awesome!


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Optimus Image Optimiser

Produced By: KeyCDN
Price: Free (with PRO upgrade)

This is a relatively new player in the image optimization market and their offering is good.

I have not had a chance to test it extensively yet, but wanted to put it here as an option.

The big difference to Kraken (the other major player) is that they only do LOSSLESS compression (ie no quality loss) although I still find in most cases this does not make a difference on the web.

The other difference is they have unlimited FREE image uploads, BUT only for images less the 100kb. This is not bad, but many people will have blog post header images or others that are over 100kB

So ultimately you will have to upgrade to PRO to get seamless use of it


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