4 Very Useful WordPress Plugins That You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Posted in Plugins, WordPress1 year ago • Written by 30 Comments

WordPress plugins have made our lives so, so much easier. In fact, there are already nearly 25,000 plugins developed.

And there are plenty of articles all over the internet featuring the most popular and the most known WordPress plugins that will turn your website into a powerful CMS, blog, forum, etc.

I am here to show you four lesser known plugins that are very useful.

1. Faster Image Insert

Basically this plugin moves the whole media manager over to your post or page editing interface. It is a really useful plugin mainly because you do not have to open an extra window anymore, just add an image to your content.

It is right there, below your text editor or you can drag it anywhere you want. Also, another feature I totally love is multi editing. Here is a great tutorial for you.

Download Faster Image Insert Plugin Here

2. Plugins Garbage Collector

Now, this plugin can actually make your website faster. It increases your website’s loading speed by cleaning up the database of your website.

The official description of this plugin says: “It scans your WordPress database and shows what various things old plugins (which were deactivated or uninstalled) left in it. Cleanup is available.” How does it do it?

Well, this plugin scans the whole database of your WordPress site. And then it shows all the tables from that database to you. It looks just like this screenshot below.

PluginsGarbageCollector

As you can see, there is a lot of green and a lot of red. Mainly you should worry about those red records. As they show you any tables left behind after uninstalling a plugin. Some plugins delete every data and clean up when you delete them. But some do not. So this plugin will solve it for you. Feel free to download it here.

3. Video Thumbnails

Some time ago I was maintaining a video based WordPress site for one of my clients. They were paying for a fast and spacious server.

They used to embed and publish approximately 20 videos a day. 

And the biggest and most time consuming headache they had was manually creating and attaching a thumbnail to their video posts.
I had no idea what to do about it until I found Video Thumbnails. So what does it do so good to deserve to be included in this list? Very simple…

VideoThumbnails

“It simplifies the process of automatically displaying video thumbnails in your WordPress template.”

It supports all of these online players: YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.tv, Justin.tv, Dailymotion and Metacafe.

And also this plugin’s official description says that it will work without a problem with popular video embedding plugins as: Viper’s Video Quicktags, Simple Video Embedder, Vimeo Shortcode and WP YouTube Lyte.

I have to admit – I have not tried to use this plugin together with any of the ones mentioned above.

But for your peace of mind I can assure you that the plugin descriptions are usually reliable sources of information.

Something else I wanted to mention is that this plugin even has some features for advanced WordPress users who would love to customize their theme.

Just head over to Video Thumbnails Official WP page to find out more about it.

4. Search Meter

This plugin is a great weapon to improve your marketing strategy, customer service or in any other way please your visitors.

SearchMeter

This plugin has been made to track what your readers really want, and let me tell you from my own experience, this plugin does it really well. Basically, when you head over to your WordPress Dashboard you will be shown exactly what your readers are searching for, when and how often.

Not only does it show you what terms they search for, it will even tell you if they find what they are looking for.

This kind of search statistics enables you to give your readers more of what they are already looking for and adjust your content accordingly if they are struggling to find what they are looking for.

Last Piece Of Advice

Whenever I am talking about WordPress plugins I always like to remind people that if overused, they can actually do more harm than good.

So please make sure you install only the most essential plugins, instead of any plugin you think will make your site better.

To find out what kind of harm can be done when you have too many plugins read this great article about it over at WP Beginner.

Do you know any useful, yet little known plugin worth mentioning here?

16 Written ArticlesWebsiteGoogle+

Jimmy has been a Graphic Designer for over 5 years. He uses various methods to create and combine words, symbols and images to create the visual representation of ideas and messages.

30 Comments Best Comments First
  • Joana

    Monday, April 22nd, 2013 13:56

    1

    I already use Garbage Colector and is very useful.
    Search Meter seems like a Jetpack plugin.
    But, Video Thumbnails and Fast Insert image i didn’t know, i’ll test :)
    Hey James, nice post dude!

    +2
    • Swan

      Friday, April 26th, 2013 09:42

      16

      Sweet… but how would this work ?
      Search Meter seems like a Jetpack plugin.
      But, Video Thumbnails and Fast Insert image i didn’t know, i’ll test :)

      0
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:08

      7

      Hey Joana
      Thanks a lot for your comment.

      Fast Image Insert will definitely be something you love.
      It will leave you wonder – why don’t WP build it there by default :D

      +1
  • Leigh Jeffery

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 11:00

    25

    Definitely going to get our company using Garbage Collector; sounds like a super useful plugin (much needed!) Thanks for the sweet finds!

    +1
  • vinish

    Thursday, April 25th, 2013 06:51

    13

    Nice Plugins. Thanks for the info. I’ve been using 2 of your mentioned plugins on my site for a while now

    +1
    • James Richman

      Friday, April 26th, 2013 16:18

      17

      Hey Vinish
      Thanks for your comment, mate :)
      It was my pleasure.

      Let me ask which 2 of these plugins have you been using then?

      0
  • WilsonM

    Friday, May 17th, 2013 07:04

    26

    Thanks for suggest good plugins. I will install Garbage Collector and Search Meter.

    +1
  • Victor

    Monday, April 22nd, 2013 20:17

    4

    Search Meter is a great idea – I’ll be adding that to the list of useful WP plugins, thanks guys!

    Garbage collector I’ve been using and is very useful, i usually install it as a standard nowadays on my wp sites.

    +1
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:12

      10

      Hey Victor
      I’m glad you enjoyed these quick list of plugins :D

      Please make sure you let me know how it went!

      0
  • Dillon McCallum

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 14:59

    27

    I don’t know how many times this plugin has saved me : http://envokedesign.com/wordpress-plugin-development/supersized/
    Full screen backgrounds in wordpress = done in just a few clicks. I HIGHLY recommend checking it out.

    +1
  • Jake

    Monday, April 22nd, 2013 14:58

    2

    I honestly thought I would know one of them! But you proved me wrong, never heard of any of them! Will have to give them a try. Thanks for the post.

    0
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:10

      8

      Hey Jake
      Ouh well mate, There’s always the very first time for everything.

      Just make sure how did it work out for you.
      And which ones you liked and which ones you didn’t.

      0
  • Rudd

    Monday, April 22nd, 2013 16:00

    3

    Thanks for introducing the Faster Image Insert. That could save a lot of time. Wondering why it’s not the default UI for WP.

    0
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:11

      9

      Ahoy Rudd
      Hahaa, That’s exactly what I thought when I discovered it.
      “Why haven’t they built it there by default”

      Have you tried any others?

      0
  • Orang Akaun

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 06:25

    5

    I’ve been using 2 of your mentioned plugins on my site for a while now. Faster image insert and Video thumbnails. These two plugins does save me tons of time.

    0
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:13

      11

      Ahoy Orang
      Ouh, I’m glad to hear you’ve already been using 2 of these plugins.

      What about the other two? Have you heard of them before at all?
      Are you at least giving them a try?

      0
  • Jason

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 14:59

    6

    I love Swiftype Search for a search plugin. Basing Searches on relevance. Easier on the DB too I’ve heard if there is a lot of content.

    https://swiftype.com/

    0
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:15

      12

      Hi Jason
      Wow, thanks for your suggestion.
      I’ve actually never heard of this plugin before.

      How long have you used it?
      And do they offer any free plan?

      0
  • Mathew Porter

    Thursday, April 25th, 2013 16:05

    15

    Now the ‘Plugins Garbage Collector’ looks like a great addition, will get this installed, hopefully clean up my database a little, I have been meaning to do a clean up for a while but can never find time.

    0
    • James Richman

      Friday, April 26th, 2013 16:49

      19

      Hi Mathew
      Yes, Plugin Garbage Collector is so tiny and light, yet very useful plugin.
      You wouldn’t think that so many plugins after being uninstalled actually “don’t clean up after themselves :D”

      Let me know how it worked our for you mate ;)

      +1
  • Sandeep

    Thursday, April 25th, 2013 09:57

    14

    Thank you James for discover those valuable plugins. I will use those on my website. My point of view, the last one is very important than others. How ever, have a great day.

    Cheers..
    Sandeep

    0
    • James Richman

      Friday, April 26th, 2013 16:47

      18

      Ahoy Sandeep
      It was my pleasure mate :)
      I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

      Can I ask why do you believe the last plugin is better than the others?

      0
      • Sandeep

        Monday, April 29th, 2013 02:14

        22

        Yeah, James I am happy to answer you. Actually if your website is content oriented website, search meter plugin is very important. Using this plugin you can see what page people love to read in your website. You can see the popularity of the content and add content like this pages to your website and engage audience, get pagerank and also online branding.

        0
        • James Richman

          Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 04:42

          23

          Hey Sandeep
          Totally agree with you, it really is a great plugin.
          And how long have you used it yourself then?

          0
  • Ashraf Kamal

    Friday, June 7th, 2013 16:36

    28

    Absolutely Right ! I did not.. Plugins Garbage Collector is wonderful and its useful for me. Thank for ultimate shear.

    0
  • Sandra

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 04:29

    29

    Thanks for sharing about these Plugins. Hope Garbage collector and Search Meter would do a great deal.

    0
  • Impec

    Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 18:37

    30

    Special thanks for Search Meter. It can really help to suite the visitors wishes. I can’t even imagine that WordPress could have something like this.

    0
  • Paul D. Mitchell

    Sunday, April 28th, 2013 08:02

    21

    I had not heard about Search meter plugin. So far have been tracking search results through statscounter and analytics. Will definitely give a try. Thanks for sharing the new plugin.

    Regards
    Paul

    0
  • Krishna Parmar

    Saturday, April 27th, 2013 15:33

    20

    I will say, all those plugins was just great and I ever came across of such productive plugins in my 2 years of blogging career on WordPress platform. Thanks for sharing this out with us!

    0
    • James Richman

      Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 07:26

      24

      Hey Krishna
      No problem at all it was my pleasure.
      And thanks for your comment.

      Which one of these plugins was your favourite one then?

      0
  • Impec

    Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 18:37

    30

    Special thanks for Search Meter. It can really help to suite the visitors wishes. I can’t even imagine that WordPress could have something like this.

    0
  • Sandra

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 04:29

    29

    Thanks for sharing about these Plugins. Hope Garbage collector and Search Meter would do a great deal.

    0
  • Ashraf Kamal

    Friday, June 7th, 2013 16:36

    28

    Absolutely Right ! I did not.. Plugins Garbage Collector is wonderful and its useful for me. Thank for ultimate shear.

    0
  • Dillon McCallum

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 14:59

    27

    I don’t know how many times this plugin has saved me : http://envokedesign.com/wordpress-plugin-development/supersized/
    Full screen backgrounds in wordpress = done in just a few clicks. I HIGHLY recommend checking it out.

    +1
  • WilsonM

    Friday, May 17th, 2013 07:04

    26

    Thanks for suggest good plugins. I will install Garbage Collector and Search Meter.

    +1
  • Leigh Jeffery

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 11:00

    25

    Definitely going to get our company using Garbage Collector; sounds like a super useful plugin (much needed!) Thanks for the sweet finds!

    +1
  • Paul D. Mitchell

    Sunday, April 28th, 2013 08:02

    21

    I had not heard about Search meter plugin. So far have been tracking search results through statscounter and analytics. Will definitely give a try. Thanks for sharing the new plugin.

    Regards
    Paul

    0
  • Krishna Parmar

    Saturday, April 27th, 2013 15:33

    20

    I will say, all those plugins was just great and I ever came across of such productive plugins in my 2 years of blogging career on WordPress platform. Thanks for sharing this out with us!

    0
    • James Richman

      Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 07:26

      24

      Hey Krishna
      No problem at all it was my pleasure.
      And thanks for your comment.

      Which one of these plugins was your favourite one then?

      0
  • Mathew Porter

    Thursday, April 25th, 2013 16:05

    15

    Now the ‘Plugins Garbage Collector’ looks like a great addition, will get this installed, hopefully clean up my database a little, I have been meaning to do a clean up for a while but can never find time.

    0
    • James Richman

      Friday, April 26th, 2013 16:49

      19

      Hi Mathew
      Yes, Plugin Garbage Collector is so tiny and light, yet very useful plugin.
      You wouldn’t think that so many plugins after being uninstalled actually “don’t clean up after themselves :D”

      Let me know how it worked our for you mate ;)

      +1
  • Sandeep

    Thursday, April 25th, 2013 09:57

    14

    Thank you James for discover those valuable plugins. I will use those on my website. My point of view, the last one is very important than others. How ever, have a great day.

    Cheers..
    Sandeep

    0
    • James Richman

      Friday, April 26th, 2013 16:47

      18

      Ahoy Sandeep
      It was my pleasure mate :)
      I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

      Can I ask why do you believe the last plugin is better than the others?

      0
      • Sandeep

        Monday, April 29th, 2013 02:14

        22

        Yeah, James I am happy to answer you. Actually if your website is content oriented website, search meter plugin is very important. Using this plugin you can see what page people love to read in your website. You can see the popularity of the content and add content like this pages to your website and engage audience, get pagerank and also online branding.

        0
        • James Richman

          Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 04:42

          23

          Hey Sandeep
          Totally agree with you, it really is a great plugin.
          And how long have you used it yourself then?

          0
  • vinish

    Thursday, April 25th, 2013 06:51

    13

    Nice Plugins. Thanks for the info. I’ve been using 2 of your mentioned plugins on my site for a while now

    +1
    • James Richman

      Friday, April 26th, 2013 16:18

      17

      Hey Vinish
      Thanks for your comment, mate :)
      It was my pleasure.

      Let me ask which 2 of these plugins have you been using then?

      0
  • Jason

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 14:59

    6

    I love Swiftype Search for a search plugin. Basing Searches on relevance. Easier on the DB too I’ve heard if there is a lot of content.

    https://swiftype.com/

    0
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:15

      12

      Hi Jason
      Wow, thanks for your suggestion.
      I’ve actually never heard of this plugin before.

      How long have you used it?
      And do they offer any free plan?

      0
  • Orang Akaun

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 06:25

    5

    I’ve been using 2 of your mentioned plugins on my site for a while now. Faster image insert and Video thumbnails. These two plugins does save me tons of time.

    0
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:13

      11

      Ahoy Orang
      Ouh, I’m glad to hear you’ve already been using 2 of these plugins.

      What about the other two? Have you heard of them before at all?
      Are you at least giving them a try?

      0
  • Victor

    Monday, April 22nd, 2013 20:17

    4

    Search Meter is a great idea – I’ll be adding that to the list of useful WP plugins, thanks guys!

    Garbage collector I’ve been using and is very useful, i usually install it as a standard nowadays on my wp sites.

    +1
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:12

      10

      Hey Victor
      I’m glad you enjoyed these quick list of plugins :D

      Please make sure you let me know how it went!

      0
  • Rudd

    Monday, April 22nd, 2013 16:00

    3

    Thanks for introducing the Faster Image Insert. That could save a lot of time. Wondering why it’s not the default UI for WP.

    0
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:11

      9

      Ahoy Rudd
      Hahaa, That’s exactly what I thought when I discovered it.
      “Why haven’t they built it there by default”

      Have you tried any others?

      0
  • Jake

    Monday, April 22nd, 2013 14:58

    2

    I honestly thought I would know one of them! But you proved me wrong, never heard of any of them! Will have to give them a try. Thanks for the post.

    0
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:10

      8

      Hey Jake
      Ouh well mate, There’s always the very first time for everything.

      Just make sure how did it work out for you.
      And which ones you liked and which ones you didn’t.

      0
  • Joana

    Monday, April 22nd, 2013 13:56

    1

    I already use Garbage Colector and is very useful.
    Search Meter seems like a Jetpack plugin.
    But, Video Thumbnails and Fast Insert image i didn’t know, i’ll test :)
    Hey James, nice post dude!

    +2
    • James Richman

      Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 06:08

      7

      Hey Joana
      Thanks a lot for your comment.

      Fast Image Insert will definitely be something you love.
      It will leave you wonder – why don’t WP build it there by default :D

      +1
    • Swan

      Friday, April 26th, 2013 09:42

      16

      Sweet… but how would this work ?
      Search Meter seems like a Jetpack plugin.
      But, Video Thumbnails and Fast Insert image i didn’t know, i’ll test :)

      0

Comments are closed.

50.17.21.7 - unknown - unknown - US