25 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 57% browser market share than means more people use Chrome. Good thing is that there are several chrome extensions to make our WordPress 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.
“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).
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.
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 – How To Detect What WordPress Theme and plugins sites use
A content curation tool for WordPress bloggers. You need to configure it by –
1. Installing free ExpressCurate WordPress plugin
2. Installing ExpressCurate Chrome extension
3. Finally, Restarting your Chrome browser and start curating
- Content discovery – ExpressCurate will analyze web pages as you browse through them and suggest articles to curate — based on your predefined keywords (you can define them within ExpressCurate).
- Curate-as-you-read – You can also curate as you come across an interesting article by clicking on the ExpressCurate button in Chrome toolbar.
- Curation template and tools – ExpressCurate provides a pop up window with predefined fields and tools for you to select a quote from the original article, add a headline, add your annotation, select images, and more.
- SEO Optimization – In the same pop-up window, ExpressCurate enables you to add the essential SEO attributes, such as meta keywords, descriptions, pick categories, and more.
- Publishing – Once done with working in the curation window, click on “Curate Now” and ExpressCurate will generate a post draft in your WordPress blog.
EDIT: The chrome extension works fine but you need to install Expresscurate plugin to make it work. Unfortunately the plugin doesn’t work, upon activation you get various errors. Thank you for the comment “WillD” .
Created by Automattic this extension brings features from WordPress.com to your browser. You can instantly view your WordPress.com notifications, follow sites, and start new blog posts quickly and easily from your browser toolbar.
Another extension from Automattic, with the help of this extension you can start blogging your with ease.
With “Press This” function you can publish on your own blog about anything you found online, This extension helps you to move contents to your own site.
This extension gives you a one-click access to find-out the technologies used on the current page that you are visiting. That includes what WordPress theme the using, what WordPress plugins are active and also WordPress version.
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.
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.
16. WordPress Stats
A real time WordPress visit counter, You can check easily who visits your WordPress.com blog.
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.
It allows users to publish new posts directly from the Chrome. Supports WordPress.com blogs and self-hosted WordPress sites, uses XML-RPC API.
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.
This extension adds a button to wordpress.org plugin pages, when clicked, you’re taken straight to the install page for that plugin inside your blog, You can install a wordpress plugin right from the wordpress.org plugin page!
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.
Gives a complete list of keyboard shortcuts for WordPress. Keyboard shortcut includes Visual Editor shortcuts, Comment moderation shortcuts and Advance shortcuts.
24. 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.
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