The best thing about WordPress is its adaptability. Everything you can think of is generally possible, and a lot of it can be done very fast. You just need to search through the official WordPress plugin index to find the features of your desire and even more. Just install a plugin and your website becomes a bit better and more functional. But be careful: you shouldn’t use every plugin. You need a guide through the repository. That’s why I present ten free WordPress plugins every month. They are the best plugins of the last four weeks and with them, you’re always on the safe side.1 – WordPress Next Post by errnio
Next Post is a plugin that is interesting for the mobile view of a website, which is why it only works on mobile devices. When swiping to the right on a smartphone or tablet, the next article will be displayed. The plugin offers real added value for the mobile visitors to your website.
The Pingu Sharing Buttons are inspired by the well known Mashshare button solution. However, Pingu offers a lot more options to edit the buttons. The buttons can be placed on the side as “floating buttons” but also on top or below the content.
“Off Your Site” is a maintenance mode plugin without any nonsense. It shows the visitor of the website a simple maintenance mode page while the administrator of the WordPress site still sees the full interface of the website. This is an ideal solution for testing your new design before going live with it.
Vulnerabilities Check checks your website for known security issues. It receives its knowledge data from the “WPScan Vulnerability Database“, sponsored by the well-known security service provider Sucuri. The plugin scans the complete WordPress installation, including plugins and themes.
Create DB Tables is especially attractive for developers as it allows the creation of new database tables within an existing WordPress database. Thanks to the plugin, those tasks can now be completed easily from the WordPress backend without needing to log into phpMyAdmin or similar solutions.
Stylish Notification Popup is a plugin that displays beautifully designed popups. These can contain text as well as call-to-action buttons. The popups are responsive and thus adapt to various screen resolutions. The plugin is intentionally lightweight and does not slow down the website.
My Custom Login adds a login and register option to your website’s main navigation menu. To do that, the plugin uses native WordPress features, namely wp-login.php for login and wp-register.php for registration.
A simple, yet useful plugin to display text and banner-based advertisements. It adds a widget that is filled with the required information for the ads. Afterward, you can make it display the ads in every widget area of the website.
The LWD Clean Plugin cleans your WordPress database and deletes double entries and things that are not needed anymore. It promises to increase the website’s speed through its actions. You can individually choose what should be cleaned and what not. Additionally, it is supposed to optimize the database. Although the database is not the most important influencer when it comes down to performance increases you should still keep an eye on it.
The Owl Carousel WP plugin is a simple plugin to integrate the popular carousel in any article or page. Just create a carousel and tie it into any place you want via shortcode. The carousels adjust to any screen resolution, meaning they are responsive.
This month was pretty rich with new interesting plugins. I like the »Pingu Sharing Buttons« a lot, and I will surely use »Off Your Site« on my website. I like the clear, simple design without any nonsense.
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InstantSearch.js is a library of UI widgets to help you build the best instant-search experience with Algolia’s Hosted Search API. Your code is easy to write and maintain. instantsearch.js provides the glue between the different parts of your search page.
Everything is packaged in one library. Every website is different. The modular design of instantsearch.js allows you to configure, rearrange and combine the widgets to build your own experience. Sometimes you want to build a custom feature. You can do that by forking a pre-built widget or coding your own.
License: License Free
SMIL is short for „Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language“ and presents a simple way to animate SVG elements in many different ways. To do so, one of the SMIL elements „<animate>“, „<animateMotion>“ or „<animateTransform>“ is used as a “child” of the element you want to animate. Next to simple movements, rotation, scaling and shapeshifting are also possible.<rect x="0" y="0" width="100" height="100"> <animate attributeName="x" from="0" to="500" dur="5s" /> </circle>
The above example shows how a rectangle is moved on the x-axis via an „<animate>“ element. Although SVG animations have only gained popularity lately, the first SMIL approaches are more than 15 years old. 1999, SMIL 1.0 was passed by the W3C and in 2008, the current version 3.0 was passed.
SMIL is not only suitable for the SVG format and creation of animations. As the name already tells, the markup language is used to implement multimedia content. That’s why SMIL can also be used for audio and video formats. The HD DVD format, for example, uses SMIL to provide interactive content via HTML, CSS and SMIL.
Version 2.0 added animation options for the SVG format in 2001.SMIL: Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd.
Despite the simple syntax and the rather long history of SMIL, Google has decided to no longer support the markup language in its Chrome browser. Those that open an SVG graphic with SMIL animation on Chrome 45 will see a screen that says that SMIL is deprecated and that you should switch to CSS or web animations.
Tips in the Chrome Developer Tools
The reason Chrome forgoes SMIL is the lack of support for all big browsers. Neither Internet Explorer nor the new Edge can work with SMIL, and they won’t be able to do so in the future. That’s why the users of Microsoft browsers are always excluded when SMIL is used.
In addition to that, there are two other ways of animating SVG shapes. Namely the popular CSS3 animations „transition“ and „animation“ in combination with „@keyframes“ are available for the SVG format as well.
The lacking Microsoft support and the existing alternatives have made Google quit its SMIL support.Disadvantages of Relinquishing SMIL
CSS3 and Web Animations can do a lot of what SMIL can do. Simple movements on the x- and y-axis, scaling and rotation can be realised with CSS3 without any issues. However, one thing poses a problem, at least at the moment. SMIL makes it very easy to create an animated morphing between two shapes.
Even when SMIL is now classified as deprecated, the support is not instantly banned from Chrome. For future projects, however, other animation options and libraries such as SVG.js or Snap.svg should be used.
An Alternative to SMIL: Snap.svg
In the Google group for Chromium, there are some explicitly criticizing voices asking the Chrome developers to continue the SMIL support. Although SMIL is currently not enjoying extended usage, there is no alternative that can replace SMIL’s full scope of features.
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