22 Free And Useful Google Chrome Extensions For WordPress

Browser extensions can improve our browsing efficiency. With right kind of extensions you can boost  productivity or automate certain repetitive tasks in some way. Right now Chrome has more than 59% browser market share that means more people use Chrome. Good thing is that there are several chrome extensions for WordPress to make your blogging more easier.

It would certainly be an overkill to do everything the same way for years when browser extension can certainly make it more convenient for us. Surely there are more popular browser extensions for Chrome but this list is focused mainly on WordPress.


1. WordPress Plugin Search


You can search plugins by relevance, ratings, update and installs. Install plugins in a 60-minutes sandbox for free with registration, comes with 6 languages. Although I’m not sure about why there’s a codecanyon link and it’s confusing.  As stated in the app description –

“This extension replaces the default search for plugins on WordPress.org with the search engine from Addendio.com. It also provides additional information about the plugin you are viewing, including related items and whether the plugin has a freemium model. Through the “TRY NOW” button you can also immediately test drive any plugin in the WordPress repository on a FREE sandbox.”

You can filter your plugin search by  less than 1,000, 1,000 – 10,000 and more than 10,000. Last update with less than 6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years and more than 2 years filter. Pricing model filters are Free, Fremium and Paid. On individual plugin page you can see the all the plugins same author have created (If any).


2. Search WordPress Codex


If you need to frequently check codex for documentation this is extension would be perfect match for you. Once installed you need to type ‘wp’ in the address bar of Chrome broswer type your query and enter. This extension makes it so much easier to search codex, a real time saver. You can also right click any word and search for that specific term in codex via the contextual menu.


3. WordPress Commentify


WordPress Commentify  runs in the background and periodically checks configured blogs for new comments. If a new comment appears on any of the monitored blogs, WordPress Commentify will instantly inform you about it, by displaying a small pop-up. Using WordPress Commentify you can easily approve (or disapprove) a comment, delete, mark as spam or simply reply to it.
You get instant notification on your broswer whenever someone adds comment or reply, you can also reply back, delete comment, move it to spam from your browser. This a great way to manage your blog’s comments but I’m not sure how to configure it. There’s no written documents and the website doesn’t load.


4. Version Checker For WordPress


Check what version of WordPress a web page is powered by. Version Check for WordPress determines if web pages are powered by WordPress, what version they are running, and indicates if the version in use is outdated.



5. Wpsniffer


Detects active WordPress theme and host being used on current WordPress website. If you want more about themes and plugins any wordpress site use you might wanna check this article – 18 Free WordPress Theme Detector Tools Tested and Compared


6. WP This


The extension description says – “WordPress “Press This” directly in chrome. This extension allow you to use the new “Press This” tool released with wordpress 4.2 directly from chrome. Use the option to set your site/blog url, and you are good to go.” But seems like it doesn’t work or may be I’m missing something.



7.WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts


Gives a complete list of keyboard shortcuts for WordPress. Keyboard shortcut includes Visual Editor shortcuts, Comment moderation shortcuts and Advance shortcuts.





8. Scan WP Detect WordPress


After you install the extension, an orange WordPress logo will be added to your browser. Clicking on that button will show whether the site was built with WordPress and just press that logo. Within a few seconds you will know everything there is to know about the theme and plugins.



9. WordPress Checker


Checks for one or more WordPress blogs for unapproved and spam comments. Although the extension hasn’t been update for a long time, might not work in most cases.




10. WordPress Admin Switcher


This extension is great for power users who want to skip the manual steps of always having to type “wp-admin” into the address bar to log in to a WordPress site, or always having to reach for their mouse/trackpad and click a link in the WP admin bar in order to switch to/from the admin; those processes are replaced with a single keyboard shortcut instead.



11. WordPress Admin Bar Controller


If you have love/hate relationship with the “Admin Bar” of WordPress with this extension you can hide it. It can be handy when jumping between the front and backend of a site or when writing content but it can also get in the way when doing design or trying to build the aesthetics of a site.



12. WordPress Site Manager


If you manage more than one site this is a plugin you should check out. It stores your WordPress site information and allows quick and easy access to your sites main pages, Also provides more functionality to the WordPress theme editor by turning it into a CodeMirror editor.



13. WordPress Style Editor


If you’re doing too much style changes on your live site it can get pretty boring, changing the styles in inspector and then adding it later into stylesheet. But with this extension you can save CSS changes made in developer tools, directly to the WordPress stylesheet.

14. WordPress Theme and Plugin Detector

Detects the theme and plugins used in WordPress and display information about them.Plugins detection is done on a remote server and then sends the result to your browser.


15. WordPress Plugin SVN

As simple as it gets, On WordPress plugins pages show a button linking to the plugin’s SVN repository under the .zip file download button. Note – SVN repository can be directly accessed from plugin page without any additional extension. 4/5 years ago this extension would have been useful but not now.



16. WordPress Stats


A real time WordPress visit counter, You can check easily who visits your WordPress.com blog.

17. WP Content Discovery

Discover content on WordPress sites, using the WordPress REST API. This extension uses the WordPress REST API that was introduced in WordPress 4.7 to fetch almost all posts and pages on almost any site with WordPress 4.7 or above – even pages that are not linked from menus or posts. Pretty useful for developers that wanna check that the websites they build do not leak any private or sensitive information.



18. WP:inline Screenshots for WordPress

WP:inline enables visual feedback for any WordPress project. Your clients or team get a dead-simple user interface for submitting visual tickets and comments. On the backend, you get the screenshot, the comment and a bunch of other stuff required for debugging the issue, including: -Users’ click trail leading up to the issue report -WP username -Plugins and version numbers installed at the time of the report -Server information

19. WordPress Query Monitor

This extension bring the WordPress plugin Query Monitor on Chrome Dev Tool.


20. GlotDict

Improve the workflow on translate.wordpress.org. https://translate.wordpress.org enable to the users to translate plugin, themes and WordPress itself. This extension implements many new feature to improve the quality of translation and speed up that process!


21. Go To WP Admin

This extension helps you to visit a WordPress powered website’s Admin Panel quickly. It makes it easier to go to a WordPress website’s Admin or Login page quickly in one click.


22. WordPress Switch

Helps you to switch between different WordPress blogs, easily.


Final Thoughts

Some of these extensions haven’t updated for over one year, therefore some extensions may or may not work for you. Browser extensions receive less attention than any other WordPress tools. But surely they are handy and useful in most WordPress circumstances. What are the extensions you use ? Did you find this list useful ? Leave a comment and share your opinion

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