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Plugin Memorandum, Image Store, Darkroom Facebook Photo Galler and more on WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 59

http://www.johnoverall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Episode59-WPPlugins-A-to-Z.mp3


 

Plugins covered this episode:

Plugin Memorandum, Commission Junction Link Shortcode, Darkroom Facebook Photo Gallery, 404 Redirected 1.2, QR Code Generator Widget, Image Store 3.0.1

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

Let's watch Heros now!!

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Correction from last show, seems I misspoke on the P3 plugin when I said it had a setup issue, I must have been thinking of another plugin. I still stand by the 3 rating due to length of time running and when I went back to double check my work it actually crashed my site.  It does still give nice stats when it finally quits running.

Wow just realized that there are now over 18k+ plugins and when I started this show there was only just over 10k so I thought I would start something just for fun and include at least on plugin from the new batch at the WordPress Codex

Shout Outs:

Thanks Thomas for the great review on iTunes US and in all fairness yes the audio used to suffer greatly. My apologies about that and if you have been listening since the beginning I thank you if you joined late everything before episode about 30 I think the audio is hit and miss.

 

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:


A great mix can't be beatWorld of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordPress attacks try to infect users with dangerous rootkit this sort of thing just add to my personal theory that the larger the target the more malware written for it. This stem from my many arguments with Apple Mac owners that they are more secure than PCs.

Hundreds of WordPress sites compromised impacts 3.2.1 so upgrade many hit by drive by downloading
Virus-slingers abuse WordPress vulns, dose punters with exploit Blogs also infected with information-harvesting Trojan

How To Say Thank You For Your Favorite WordPress Plugins (and Why You Should)

WordPress Security Threats – Jan/2012

How to Create Your Own Super Simple WordPress Plugins

 

—–Johns Plugins——-

404 Redirected 1.2


What they say:
404 Redirected allows WordPress admins to have control over their dead links and redirects from inside the admin panel. 404 Redirected records all URLs that users have visited and allows the admin to easily create 301 and 302 redirects to valid pages on their site. Redirects can also be created based on the best possible match for the URL the visitor was most likely trying to reach.
Features:

  • Get list of 404 URLs as they happen inside the admin panel
  • Easily redirect 404 URLs to existing pages or choose to ignore the 404 error
  • Provides the ability to automatically create redirects based on the URL the visitor was most likely trying to visit
  • Provide visitors with a list of suggested pages on the 404 page when a automatic redirect can not be made
  • Ability to suggest tag and category pages

 

What I have to say about it:
Recently updated of course the fly-out menus still driving me nuts and had to do a search though several to fin the setting for this plugin located under the setting tab.
It is pretty simple but time consuming for many reasons. While it does have a pretty good automated redirect it misses many and you have to pop in and manually redirect many link but it will probably be worth it in the long run. Also discovered something else that is removes any redirects not used.
Rating 3 Dragons

 

We stand on guard for theeImage Store 3.0.1


What they say:

This plugin was created because there was a need in the WorPress community to have an images store that did not required the installation of multiple plugins. Enjoy!! and please support the plugin. :@)

The plugin fully integrated with the WordPress database it only creates a post_expire column on the posts table. so you will not find extra tables on your database(Cool!.. at least for me I hate extra tables).


What I Say:

Ok I had this great idea well one of many, if only I could clone myself I think I would own the world. Anyway the idea was to start sharing my work on the creation of differing headers and start to give them away. So I went looking for an easy way to accomplish this task.

This plugin offers so much promise but only delivers part of the promise about ¾ I would guess. The setup involves creating galleries and albums for your images then adding your images that is the easy part and the promise of ease. It can be run either as a store where folks pay to download or as a catalogue where they can see the images and favorite them. The problems I ran into was getting the images to display proper in the lightbox and figguring out how to download the images or offer them for download.

What I did see what this is great if you are not offering digital downloads but a wasy for folks to buy prints. It has the ability to create packages of difering types but I was looking for a way to manage my digital downloads, maybe after this matures it will work fine. I have left notes in thier form but have not seen answers yet.

Rating 3 Dragons


From The Newest Area

QR Code Generator Widget 1


What They Say:

Very Simple QR Code Generator that allows you to place a QR Code widget on your sidebar.

You can set custom QR code image size as well as create QR code for specific urls or content.

Tool is based on Google Chart Tools.

What I Say:

Just a fun little plugin to make creating a QR code simple.

Rating 4 Dragons

Let's watch Heros now!!—— Marcus Plugins ——–


Plugin Memorandum
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/plugin-memorandum/

Description: Plugin Memorandum makes you can write memo or notes for each plugin in the Plugins page.

Marcus’ Take:
Great feature that lets you make notes as to what plugin functionality is and provides you an ongoing record as to problems, setting notes, etc.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Commission Junction Link Shortcode
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/commission-junction-link-shortcode/

Description: This plugin allows you to customize and insert text links from the Commission Junction affiliate program into a post or page using a simple shortcode. This prevents the WordPress WYSIWYG editor from messing up the links and simplifies your HTML code. Inserting the shortcode [cj] with the parameters below will output the proper link HTML code in your published post or page.

Marcus’ Take: If you’ve ever put links in your WP installation for the sake of generating affiliate sales, this little plugin comes in handy. It will allow you to embed the links within a [cj] shortcode. Often wordpress has difficulty disseminating the link structure out of CJ, thus this plugin was born to solve a common problem within CJ.com links.

Rating 3 out of 5

Darkroom Facebook Photo Gallery
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/darkroom-facebook-photo-gallery/
Description: Why uploading your photos to both facebook and WordPress? With this plugin you can keep them where your friends are already liking them, and displaying them in your website with the best interface neither facebook or WordPress offer. Facebook Darkroom Photo Gallery is a fully animated jQuery photo gallery, inially styled as a darkroom photo drying line, with clothe pins and gravity-hung photos. Each photo features title, SEO keywords and description, as well as album titles and cool effects! Upload them from your mobile to Facbook as usual, and they will show in your WordPress (automated update using cron script).
See features below for a description of the level of customization that enables you to change this “Darkroom” concept/style into your own. This plugin is based on the Fotobook plugin by Aaron Harp and Chris Wright, and was possible thanks to the jQuery tutorial by Manoela Ilic.

Darkroom Features:

  • Option to hang the photos from different corners
  • Option to rotate the photos a fixed amount or using its gravity
  • Option to add random rotation to the photos
  • Option to change the color of overlay, hanging the photos from different corners, using your own clips, pins, or other image and adjust the point of grip, as well as the center of rotation/hanging-point of the photos, using their own gravity or a fixed rotation, and more.

Future features

*Better Internet Explorer compatibility (current version works better in modern browsers, e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari)

Options for sale

  • Fullscreen option (takes over the browser’s window making the effect cooler and animations smoother.
  • In-dashboard css, background, and pin photo editors so you can make your own theme with hanging photos!

Fotobook Features (from Fotobook Plugin)

  • Interfaces with Facebook’s API
  • Displays photo albums on a WordPress page
  • Import photos from mulitple Facebook accounts
  • Sidebar widgets for displaying random or recent photos & albums
  • Creates an album of photos that the user’s tagged in
  • Insert individual photos into posts/pages
  • Easy-to-use Ajax album management panel
  • Frontend validates as XHTML 1.0 Strict


Marcus’ Take: This is a pretty brainless way to get your images from Facebook into your wordpress blog. We’re all about lazy plugins, and this is a pretty cool one that you should absolutely check into if you are an avid Facebook photo poster.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

QR Codes — those boxes with allot of squiggly lines that when scanned with your smart device lead you to strange places.

 

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins


Tea timeHow to Contact Us:


John can be contacted at:

on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/  or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

email: dragon@wppluginsatoz.com


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com  on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

email: marcus@wppluginsatoz.com

 

 

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com


The Guardian Watches over all.

Performance Plugins Reviewed on WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 58

http://www.johnoverall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Episode58-WPPlugins-A-to-Z.mp3

Built for performancePlugins covered this episode:

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) , Lazy Widget Loader, (WP Gift Cert), WP Editor, WP Lead Management, Hide Login, Foursquare Venue

Can now bw found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Well the world is a crazy place.. and I am spending to much time watching Netflix.

Shout Outs:

Couple one to Kento for his plugin I reviewed below, and since the website is new one to our first couple comentaters Thomas at level One Web Design & Chad at Butlerblog.com

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

http://notalwaysright.com/

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordPress Plugin Unblocks Censored Sites, Including The Pirate Bay

Security Flaws Found in WordPress Setup

Increase Your Audience with a WordPress Translation Plugin

List of Plugins:

—–Johns Plugins——-

 

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) 1.1.1

  •             Version: 1.1.1
  •             Author: GoDaddy.com
  •             Last Updated: 19 days ago
  •             Requires WordPress Version: 3.3 or higher
  •             Compatible up to: 3.3.1
  •             Downloaded: 4,628 times
  •             WordPress.org Plugin Page »
  •             Plugin Homepage »

What they Say:
This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time.  Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using the P3 plugin, you can narrow down anything causing slowness on your site.

What we say:
It can take a few for the scan to run so just go get another beer and you’ll be fine. This give some ver nice information on what is or may be causing an issue on your site. I ran it on mine and discovered a plugin that was running slow and slowing down the site turned it off since it was not essential to improve loading time.

Rating: 3 Dragons

 

Ahh the coloursLazy Widget Loader

  •             Version: 1.2.3
  •             Author: itthinx (Karim Rahimpur)
  •             Last Updated: 132 days ago
  •             Requires WordPress Version: 3.0 or higher
  •             Compatible up to: 3.3.1
  •             Downloaded: 2,114 times
  •             WordPress.org Plugin Page »
  •             Plugin Homepage »

What they say:
The Lazy Widget Loader plugin provides lazy loading for widgets to improve page loading. Use it on slow widgets, especially those where external data is loaded, like widgets from Facebook, Twitter, AdSense, …
What this plugin basically does is to postpone loading the content of those widgets you choose, so that their content is loaded after the main content of the page that is displayed.
You can choose which widgets should be loaded like that, by default the plugin does not “impose” itself on any widget. You may also choose to display a throbber while the content of a widget is loaded.

What we say:
Simple install no setting except a box to remove data if you deactivate it.
Then simply go to the widgets in question and apply the plugin.
I tried this plugin on my own site in the hopes I could improve an issue I have been having with extended virtual memory use and excessive resource use. Seems to have improved it a bit..
Rating 5 dragons

(WP Gift Cert) 1.1.1

  •             Version: 1.1.1
  •             Author: Kyle Cox
  •             Last Updated: 376 days ago
  •             Requires WordPress Version: 2.8 or higher
  •             Compatible up to: 3.1.4
  •             Downloaded: 3,155 times
  •             WordPress.org Plugin Page »
  •             Plugin Homepage »

What they say:
A plugin that allows you to sell printable gift certificates for your service based business through your WordPress Blog or website. Fully integrated with the PayPal IPN framework printable gift certificates are e-mailed to your customers upon successful payment. Each certificate includes a QR code allowing you to validate the certificates in the field.

What we say:
This was pretty easy to install as are most plugins but setup did not go completely smoothly. While it was pretty easy to configure it seemed to have issues with paypal sandbox so it was not posting any gift certs to the database and therefore not emailing the cert for printing.

Rating 3 dragon

The promise of a full mooon—— Marcus Plugins ——–

WP Editor
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-editor/

WP Editor is a plugin for WordPress that replaces the default plugin and theme editors. Using integrations with CodeMirror and FancyBox to create a feature rich environment, WP Editor completely reworks the default WordPress file editing capabilities. Using Asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX) to retrieve files and folders, WP Editor sets a new standard for speed and reliability in a web-based editing atmosphere.
Features:

  • CodeMirror
  • Active Line Highlighting
  • Line Numbers
  • Line Wrapping
  • Eight Editor Themes with Syntax Highlighting
  • Fullscreen Editing (ESC, F11)
  • Text Search (CMD + F, CTRL + F)
  • Individual Settings for Each Editor
  • FancyBox for image viewing
  • AJAX File Browser
  • Allowed Extensions List
  • Easy to use Settings Section

Marcus’ Take: Finally! A line counter and full screen editing for theme and plugin editing! This is a great addition to any WP install that you want to hack around with.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Guardian Watches over all.WP Lead Management
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-effective-lead-management/

WP Lead Management turns your WordPress into a fully operational Lead Management CRM and requires no setup.

WP Effective Lead Management system is a lead Management solution for WordPress websites to manage the leads or contact us Emails. This is kind of very tiny CRM for a sales person who follows up with leads. This best fits of someone who is looking for simple and effective solution. If you are small company with few sales guys, this works better, Doing a complete integration of other complex software to handle the leads is a overkill sometime.
Features of WP Effective Lead Management system:

  1. Displays a lead form in the site and administrator.
  2. All the administrators of the website can view the new leads. and they can pick and unpick the leads.
  3. The administrator who picks the lead can view the requirements of that lead but others can’t view it and also he is having an option to delete that particular lead but others cannot.
  4. When the client submits a lead a mail is sent to all administrators of the site.
  5. When the administrator picks the lead a status mail is sent to the client.
  6. The administrator who is already picked the lead then is having an option to unpick the lead if once he unpicks that lead is reset back so that others can pick it.
  7. Display leads information in the administrator based on the time and date.
  8. This plug-in provides an easiest way to handle the leads.
  9. Unlimited number of administrators can be added. 10.The form includes an simple javascript validation.

Marcus’ Take: This is a lead management system with too much back end involvement into wordpress. Most sales guys won’t figure out the WordPress interface to the point of getting their lead information. This is good concept but poor execution.

Rating 2 out of 5

Hide Login
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/hide-login/

Have a Secure Login Page! Allows you to create custom URLs for user’s login, logout and admin’s login page.

Must Have Plugin For Your Personal WordPress Blog

This plugin allows you to create custom URLs for logging in, logging out, administration and registering for your WordPress blog. Instead of advertising your login url on your homepage, you can create a url of your choice that can be easier to remember than wp-login.php, for example you could set your login url to http://www.myblog.com/login for an easy way to login to your website. You could also enable “Hide Mode” which will prevent users from being able to access ‘wp-login.php’ directly. You can then set your login url to something more cryptic. This won’t secure your website perfectly, but if someone does manage to crack your password, it can make it difficult for them to find where to actually login. This also prevents any bots that are used for malicious intents from accessing your wp-login.php file and attempting to break in.

Marcus’ Take: This is a pretty important function that closes one of the biggest holes in WordPress. WordPress is pretty easy to spot and “money with” on the back end to outsiders. This is just one more way to keep one step ahead. I also like the functionality that allows a custom login page for any secondary users.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Foursquare Venue

Foursquare Venue gives you the ability to display any venue’s latest stats on your WordPress site. Using either the widget or shortcode, you will be able to display:

  • People here now
  • Total check-ins
  • Current mayor (along with their picture and number of check-ins)

Marcus’ Take: This is a really cool plugin for business sites that encourage check-ins. I am working on a restaurant site currently. The site boasts two locations and encourages Foursquare at both. This plugin lets me add both location’s Foursquare info into the site for a live, real-time tally of checkins (both current and total), and the current mayor. This is easy to use and set up, but the layout that is output needs a lot of work. It spreads out and doesn’t always align properly.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

Patch it togetherIn closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

scroll plugins or banner tickers

404 redirect plugins

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins

 

How to Contact Us:

 

John can be contacted at:

on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/  or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

email: dragon@wppluginsatoz.com

 

Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com  on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

email: marcus@wppluginsatoz.com

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com

Answer the call to greatness

WordCamp Victoria 2012 — Special Episode of WordPress Plugins from A to Z #57

Let the light shineThis is a special episode of the WordPress Plugins from A to Z Podcast, this contains the audio from my presentation at WordCamp Victoria 2012.

In an effort to help folks understand the simplicity of WordPress this presentation is called WordPress 101 and discusses how and what you can use WordPress for and what to look for during all your initial setup of your WordPress install.

While WordPress has its famous 5 minute install it still take a little bit past that to get it completely up and running. So enjoy the presentation and you can view the slides from the presentation here. Unfortunately some of the questions are a bit hard to here but I did try to repeat them to make them clear for the recording.

Fly the friendly sky

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #56 — Comments & Sliders

http://www.johnoverall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Episode56-WPPlugins-A-to-Z.mp3

Flying the friendly SkysPlugins covered this episode:

Alternate Comment manager plugins, the debate about if you should you let your comments be handled by a third party.

Facebook Comments for WordPress 3.1.3 , IntenseDebate Comments 2.9.3 , Disqus Comment System 2.70 , CommentLuv 2.90.9.3, WordPress Sliding Drawer Plugin, WP Social Slider – Social Activity Viewer Plugin for WordPress, HTML5 Slideshow Presentations


John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

So did the SOPA blackout do any good? I sure hope so. Not one to rest on my laurels too long I am launching a new site to go with this great podcast, the site is ready for preview by those who listen to this podcast so please check it out.

WordCamp Victoria went well I will have the audio up from my talk there soon. Matt made a video appearance and well Matt you need a haircut…

Shout Outs:

Thanks Manny For your inspiration for this weeks plugins..

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Genesis 1.8 dropped today
SOPA seems to have stalled if it is not dead anyway.

Flying the friendly skyList of Plugins:


—–Johns Plugins——-

Comment Plugins:

While there are numerous plugins for enhancing comments I will be focusing here on plugins to manage comments.

Facebook Comments for WordPress 3.1.3

What they say:

This plugin integrates the Facebook commenting system (new, old or both) right into your website. If a reader is logged into Facebook while viewing any comment-enabled page or post, they’ll be able to leave a comment using their Facebook profile.


What we say:

This one necessitate creating a FaceBook app, so if your not real comfortable with the idea of monkeying around best to give this a pass. They do however give some decent instructions on how to create the app so if you can read and follow instructions you might give this a try.

The problem I have with this plugin is the total loss of control of my data, make no mistake comments on your website are part of your data and part of what help search engines index you. If however you like minimal work to maintain your comments this is great for you.

Rating: 2 Dragons – due to work involved in setting it up.

Disqus Comment System 2.70

What they say:

Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.

The Disqus for WordPress plugin seamlessly integrates using the Disqus API and by syncing with WordPress comments.


What we say:

First you will need to go to http://disqus.com/admin/register/ to create an account for your website if you do not already have one. A bit of a pain but seems pretty easy. Again it take total control away from you on handling your comments, it does give you some ways to moderate the comments but they are pretty much the same as in WordPress.

They would however like you to upgrade your free manager to a paid one that would include things like analytics and theme editor.. My questions is why do this when you can have all the same control directly in WordPress.


Rating: 2 Dragons due to work involved in getting it up and running.


IntenseDebate Comments 2.9.3

What they say:

IntenseDebate Comments enhance and encourage conversation on your blog or website. Custom integration with your WordPress admin panel makes moderation a piece of cake. Comment threading, reply-by-email, user accounts and reputations, comment voting, along with Twitter and friendfeed integrations enrich your readers’ experience and make more of the internet aware of your blog and comments which drives traffic to you!


What we say:

Again you need to sign up for a service.. Not a difficult process but again as far as I can tell you loose control of your data and it is maintained on their site. It does seem to work pretty nice and smooth for the most part.


Rating: 2 dragons due to work involved getting setup


Candy StripesCommentLuv 2.90.9.3

What they say:

This plugin will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve their last blog posts which they can choose to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.

It has been found to increase comments and the community spirit for the thousands of blogs that have installed it. With a simple install you will immediately start to find new and interesting blog posts from your own blog and community. You will even be able to build your list/network/community even more by offering your readers the opportunity to register to your site to unlock advanced features of the plugin like being able to choose from any of their 10 last posts when they comment or other features like dofollow links and more.


What we say:

I have actually run this one on my site for a while and found it to be pretty decent. It does not take my comments off my site, what it does do is reward commentators by adding links to their most recent posts from their websites. This one is not too bad to have although I had it turned off for a while while trying to control resource usage of my site.


Rating: 3 Dragons not too difficult to use.


Final thoughts on Commentating Systems:

In my humble opinion here it is never a good idea to relinquish control of your data to a third party. One big reason is you never know what they are going to do with it. I know the argument is that well they have said what their going to do in the Terms of Service, but keep in mind how well companies like Google, FaceBook and other have simply changed the Terms of Service to suite their needs to handle the data. Remember when you agreed to that terms of service you agreed to play the game with their bat, their ball on their field and that they can change the rules anytime they want for what ever reason to help themselves out of a jam or simply to cheat you out of something.

Ok off the soapbox now.. In the end you should simply maintain the built in comment system and enhance it, there are dozens of plugins for that which I will cover in an upcoming episode. There are ways to push your comments to FaceBook and pull back from their without loosing control.

Under the square——Marcus Plugins (Things that “slide”)———-


Sliding Drawer Content Area
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-sliding-drawer-content-area/

Description: The WordPress Sliding Drawer Plugin instantly adds a jQuery powered Sliding Drawer content area to your site.

The WordPress Sliding Drawer Content Area plugin greatly increases the screen real estate of your wordpress site. The sliding content area is jQuery powered and can be configured to slide from the top, bottom, left or right. Everything in the plugin from the position, color and handle text is customizable and easy to setup. Once you setup the plugin, you’ll have up to four newly created widget areas that can take any content that a widget area can. A couple of great suggestions for the sliding drawer content area from 61 designs is to using it as a feedback/contact form or as a sliding media gallery for flickr/picasa. The sliding drawer plugin has been tested across all major browsers.

Marcus’ Take: Very cool way to add extra content in the header area. This has a lot of possibilities that I am still exploring but I love what I see so far.

Rating: 4 out of 5

WP-Social Slider
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-social-slider
Description: WP Social Slider plugin will help you display social activities from facebook, twitter, google +1 in a slick sliding panel. Also you can show social share buttons.

Marcus’ Take: Pretty cool way to show what’s going on in your social streams without a lot of site clutter. This can be stylized in the CSS to merge with your own particular theme preferences. Good start to this plugin. Would love to see further integration with G+ and Facebook fan pages as well (Not just individual profiles).

Rating: 4 out of 5


HTML5 Slideshow Presentations
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/html5-slideshow-presentations/

Description: With this plugin, You’ll be able to create a presentation in no time using WordPress’ familiar built-in toolset, and the best part is, You won’t need to upload to slideshare when you’re done. You’re hosting your own presentations and can share/present them anytime. The presentation template is based on html5slides by Luke Mahé and Marcin Wichary. This plugin was built with CSS3 and HTML5 and is intended to be used on modern browsers.

DEMO: http://j.ustin.co/yZe7Il

Marcus’ Take: This is a pretty amazing new method of showing off a presentation using WordPress. The slideshow type style is something that will become more and more prominent in WordPress as time progresses.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

WordCamp Special next week

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

scroll plugins or banner tickers

404 redirect plugins

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins


Ney York is callingHow to Contact Us:


John can be contacted at:

on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com

2012 the end of time or a Fresh start for WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #55

http://www.johnoverall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Episode55-WPPlugins-A-to-Z.mp3

She DevilJohn’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?


Welcome to 2012 the end of time or so it would seem according to the talk heating up on the web.. I have actually been monitoring the terms Mayan Calendar for a couple of years with google alerts as I have an interest in that ancient civilization. It had been real quite up until about a month ago and just this last week they started coming in like crazy (pun intended)…

I discovered what is missing in that new admin menu is quick links to items such as add new plugin, and the master list for posts and pages. And I realized that I had to throw out Akismet and Hello Dolly again.. very irritating.

And now has WordPress.org been slow the last few days guess everyone is updating..

Shout Outs:

A belated happy new year and welcome to the Year of the Dragon….
And this is out to you Manny for your patience in waiting for the podcast and all our other fans who thought we had disappeared.Marcus says hello to Russ Hayes who will be talked about a bit more on an upcoming show with a premium plugin he will be releasing. Check out more of Russ’ work at gpscraper.com .

Marcus just launched a great new site for his company at http://increasevisibility.com

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:


World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordCamp Victoria is happening on Jan 14 at U-Vic join me there.. http://www.wordcampvictoria.ca

WordPress 3.3.1 Security and Maintenance Release

5 Reasons a Free Blog Could Ruin Your Online Marketing

WordPress.com Storage Limits Increase For No Additional Cost  

Should WordPress.Com Be Blocked In India For Copyright Violations?

The Black PyramidList of Plugins:


—–Johns Plugins——-

Display Posts Shortcode 1.7

What they say:

The Display Posts Shortcode was written to allow users to easily display listings of posts without knowing PHP or editing template files.
Add the shortcode in a post or page, and use the arguments to query based on tag, category, post type, and many other possibilities (see the Arguments). I’ve also added some extra options to display something more than just the title: include_date, include_excerpt, and image_size.What we say:

I found this to be a very simple plugin that solved my need to display post excerpts on a static page using short code so I would not have to mess around creating a unique template for just one page.Rating 4 dragons

Gravity Forms Directory & Addons


What they say:
Turn Gravity Forms into a Directory plugin
Gravity Forms is already the easiest form plugin…now, the Gravity Forms Directory & Addons plugin turns Gravity Forms into a great directory.

  • Completely shortcode based, using the [directory] shortcode
  • Includes built-in searching
  • Allow logged-in users to edit their directory listings
  • Choose to show entries to only the users who created them
  • Sort by column
What we say:
I found this to be a great plugin for showing off you specialized links much better than the blogroll. It is not entirely intuitive to use though it is pretty simple once you understand it. You simply create yourself a form with whatever fields you want then you place that on one page for collecting the info. Then you place the form as a directory on another page and then adjust your columns and voila it works.
Rating 3 Dragons due to issues around setting it up and getting going.

Ultra Hide Comment Box


What they say:
This simple plugin lets you choose which category(s) you want to accept comments on. It has a simple admin interface that is very easy to use. You simple check the category that you don’t want to see comments on and the comment box will not appear on any posts in that category.

What we say:
I was in need of a simple way to stop comments on only certain categories for a site I am developing and this one fit the bill. Simple straight forward install it activate it and choose which categories to not show comments on its great..

Rating 5 Dragons for its simplicity.

To the east it rises——Marcus Plugins———-

Extra Shortcodes
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/extra-shortcodes/

Description: Provides additional shortcodes for internal data functions.

Example Shortcodes:

  • [bloginfo show=”name”] – bloginfo params;
  • [site_title] – Title of the site;
  • [site_desc] – Description of the site;
  • [site_url] – http://site.url;
  • [wp_version] – 3.3.1 (WordPress version);
  • [date format=”Y-m-d”] – php date format params;
  • [time format=”H:i:s”] – php time format params;
  • [year] – 2012, [year plus=”3″] – 2015, [year minus=”2″] – 2010;
  • [month] – 3 (in march), [month plus=”3″] – 6, [month minus=”2″] – 1, [month plus=”11″] – 12 (12 is maximum and it is not looped by default), [month plus=”11″ loop=”1″] – 2 (14, but with loop it becomes 2=14-12);
  • [month_name] – March;
  • [day] – 8, [day plus=”3″] – 11, [day minus=”2″] – 6, [day plus=”30″] – 31 (31 is maximum number of days for current month and it is not looped by default), [day plus=”30″ loop=”1″] – 7 (38, but with loop it becomes 7=38-31);
  • [weekday] – Friday;
  • [hours] – 17;
  • [minutes] – 35;
  • [seconds] – 59;

Marcus’ Take:

This is a great set of parameters in which to dress up your posts, widgets and site theme. Often we need to add this enhanced functionality to business or client sites. This is an easy way to call specific data in posts and pages.Rating: 3 out of 5


Timed Widget
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/timed-widget/
Description:

A plugin for displaying different content on your site at different times of day.The Timed Widget WordPress plugin provides a widget which can display different content at different times of day. For example, suppose you have a WordPress site for your radio station, and you want to display a badge that changes as the different shows come on the air. The Timed Widget plugin provides a way to set up a schedule for your shows, and display different images at different times.

Marcus’ Take: This is a plugin that I’ve been looking for to turn a live help image on and off according to the time, whether the business is open or closed. This plugin works nicely for the job.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Google Add to Circle
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-add-to-circle/
Description:

This plugin let the users to add your Google+ Page to their circle directly from your website.Marcus’ Take: To use the Google Add to Circle just drag it to a sidebar and enter your Google+ Page url. This plugin generates a widget badge on your wordpress blog, that let the users to add your Google+ Page to their circle directly from your website. It has a badge customization, through which you may control the look of the widget/badge. This plugin will definitely help you to increase your fan base and followers on Google. I’m using this in a site that I just built and received 4 circle additions in just under a week of implementing. I’ve been waiting for a plugin like this for a while.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Remove ‘Comments are Closed’
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/remove-comments-are-closed/Description: On posts where comments are closed, the plugin will remove the text ‘Comments are closed.’ The plugin supports any languages/text domains, and will remove the text from themes and plugins.

Marcus’ Take: This is one of those simple little plugins that just plain works. We all have those pesky “comments are closed” notes on our site, which often make it look like we’re unwilling to engage the viewer. This plugin removes the note altogether, assuring a nice clean site without the clutter of unneeded notification about comments.

5 out of 5

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..


In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

WordCamp Special next week

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Commenting plugins

404 redirect plugins

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins


Repent NowHow to Contact Us:


John can be contacted at:

on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

 

 

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com


WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 54, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Enjoy the Solstice, Happy Mid-Winter Feast

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Crazy TimeWordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 54  Dec 23, 2011

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Enjoy the Solstice, Happy Mid-Winter Feast, This is a Christmas special with some holiday plugins or maybe just what we find..

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Just a merry Christmas rambles for the whole podcast.. My beefs with WordPress 3.3, while I love some of the new features a couple just annoy the f*** out of me. Tune in for all the gory details on what I think is great as well as what I have found to be a pain, also tune in to find out if anything broke during the update.

 

Shout Outs:

Ingmar Stotz looking for someone to develop a plugin contact me and I’ll pass along his info.

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Stop Your Clients From Deactivating Important WordPress Plugins

 

List of Plugins:

 

Repent the end is near—–Johns Plugins——-

Ok I couldn’t refuse a couple Christmas Plugins..

 

Christmas countdown clock

 

What They Say:

Christmas countdown clock showing days and hours until Christmas day. Select from several designs, sizes, animations and backgrounds

  • Select from a range of designs
  • Select size, background colours, pictures or animations
  • Full range of designs can be seen at mycountdown.org

 

What we Say:

Was really liking it until I hit 2 snags not able to change to my own picture and its link off my site not opening in a new page.


Rating 2 Dragons

Christmas lights


What they say:

Add nice looking animated Christmas lights to the top of your WP site and enjoy winter. The script has very small footprint (1.6kb only). For more information take a look at the video preview

 

What we say:

Very nice and simple except they fall behind my theme and can only bee seen on a large screen.. Sorry guys..

Rating 3 Dragons


Xhristmas(Christmas) Lights

 

What they say:

Add nice looking animated Xhristmas(Christmas) Lights to the top of site.

Links: Author Homepage

 

What we say:

This one works great simple and elegant..

Rating 5 Dragons..

 

 

MGM LionSnowflakes (and more)

 

What they say:

Snowflakes (and more) falling down your blog! There are snowflakes, leaves, drops – and balloons that can float upwards. You can simply add more images in the pics folder and they will appear on the settings page. I also happily accept images submitted to me as long as they are properly licensed.

You can configure the number of snowflakes and limit the plugin to specific posts or pages.

 

What we say:

Pretty cool has a great choice of snow flakes to choose from. You also get the chance to limit it to certain pages, have multiple types of flakes and even Santa. Love this simple plugin for a short festive season. Plus you can add balloons for other events if you like. Also the snow stops after a set time so you make it less annoying to your visitors if you like.

Rating 5 Dragons.

——Marcus Plugins———-

.htaccess Redirect

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/htaccess-redirect/

This plugin modifies your .htaccess file to redirect requests to new locations. This is especially useful (and intended) to redirect requests to web locations/pages outside of your WordPress installation to pages now in WordPress.Rating 4 out of 5


Very useful plugin that works great. The normal routine of having to download the htaccess file via ftp and hand editing in notepad was a pain in the rear and if you were working remotely or on an ipad, it just wasn’t an option for htaccess editing. Looks like this plugin may have closed that gap.–TWO–

Rock itShow/Hide Content at Set Time

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shortcodes-to-show-or-hide-content/Creates shortcodes which you can wrap around text, which specify at what date or time that content should appear or disappear. Great for competitions

Bear in mind that by just entering a date, it will assume a time of midnight at the beginning of that date. So if you set your expiration date to today, it will expire at the beginning of today (12:00:00AM), not the end of the day. If you would prefer to show the content for the rest of today, then you should set your expiration date to tomorrow.

What We Say
Great concept, but would love to see a plugin that can use time of day for events. Something that I can turn off and on when live help is available, or simply display an OPEN sign for a business that gets phone calls or store traffic.

Rating 3 out of 5

 

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

 

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Commenting plugins

404 redirect plugins

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins


How to Contact Us:

 

SpeedyJohn can be contacted at:

on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

 

 

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #53 — Podcasting Plugins and More

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  Popping your top ehThis episode brings to you some great plugins for podcasting and site motoring. We also review a great plugin for creating your own accordion menu system.

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Just some random chatting about Vegas and the marathon there and cheep beer while playing penny slots..

My thoughts on WordPress 3.3, ever notice when the creators of software are thinking they are making it better they actually bloat it right up. It seems WordPress is doing some of that, the  flyout menu annoyed me fast and I installed the plugin Expanded Admin Menus the only problem is that it does not persist across computers or browsers since it is java driven and does actually disable the menu. This gives the best of both worlds and is how WordPress should have done it. A new menu bar at the top in the admin area and the one on the front I liked better before was faster I thought that this new drop down. What does Automatic have someone there who has a hard-on for unnecessary flyouts and dropdown menus, including the new feature tour and WTF how come I can’t turn off the admin tool bar up top..

Shout Outs:

Jason at paidmembershipspro.com another membership plugin he brought to my attention reviewed below..

Manny with some great suggestions for upcoming plugins.

WordCamp Victoria 2012 happening on January 14 2012..

Check out @runnerskye 2012 YYJ Run for Cancer Calendar at http://www.yyjrunforcancer.com

Travis Smith

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

In case you live under a rock WordPress 3.3 has dropped on Dec 12

List of Plugins:

—–Johns Plugins——-

Paid Memberships Pro

What they say:

Paid Memberships Pro is a WordPress Plugin and support community for membership site curators. PMPro’s rich feature set allows you to add a new revenue source to your new or current blog or website and is flexible enough to fit the needs of almost all online and offline businesses.

What we say:

Pretty easy to get setup one flaw I saw was in payment gateway they offer paypal express and pro but not standard seemed strange to me since many folks starting out do not pay for the extra paypal express or pro. This is a premium plugin where all the functionality of the plugin seems to be there but you cannot access the documentation without payment. A good model but I feel it should be disclosed in the description when you download it from the repository. I felt a little deceived on that front. I do like the way it functions it does have a simple check box when creating a post/page to define if the post is member only. All in all this is a pretty goo plugin except for the issues above.

Rating 4 Dragons

NY in VegasBlubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin 2.0.4

What They Say:

Blubrry PowerPress brings the essential features for podcasting to WordPress. Developed by podcasters for podcasters, PowerPress offers full iTunes support, the Update iTunes Listing feature, web audio/video media players and more. PowerPress is designed as an upgrade to PodPress.

PowerPress is developed and maintained by Blubrry, a podcasting company and community providing tools and resources for podcasters to measure, monetize, publish and host podcasts. Although we’d like you to become a member of Blubrry, no membership is required to use this free open source podcasting plugin.

What We Say:

I have actually been using this plugin for over a year now and felt it was time I reviewed it again since there have been many changes to it and I was recently asked about podcasting plugins.

I still found this pretty easy to setup although it still take time to get it right. Make sure you know if you are going to do more than one type of podcast on the same site there are setting for that. also think though your setting for iTunes before setting them up changing them later can sometimes cause issue there. It also does video in case your planning that.. Make sure to get a Blubrry account so you can use their stats program.

Rating 4 Dragons ease of use but time to get setup.

podPress 8.8.10.12

What they Say:

podPress adds a lot of features designed to make WordPress the ideal platform for hosting a podcast.

podPress 8.8.10.12 includes a bug fix. You can read more about this version in the Changelog and pay attention to the Upgrade section.

Features:

  • Full featured and automatic feed generation (RSS2, iTunes and ATOM and XSPF playlist)
  • Podcast Download stats, with graphs.
  • View MP3 files ID3 tags when your Posting

…. more

What we say:

There where several other podcasting plugins but they seem to have been abandoned so I did this one again sine it was my original choice when I first started podcasting and what I taught in my classes.

I still found this one to be a bit more difficult on the setting up the one good thing i liked was control over how you player looks and where it appears. The one thing I did not like was the lack of control on a per post basis for iTunes and that there is no verification of the media when uploaded it simply pulls it from the directory you assigned in the settings. All in all not too bad just seems more work after install instead of less.

Rating 3 Dragons for extra work.

Harly heaven——Marcus Plugins———-

—ONE–

WordPress Sentinel
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-sentinel/

This plugin acts as a sentinel that watches over your core WordPress programs, as well as installed themes and plugins. It periodically checks things

WordPress Sentinel tracks all files in a WordPress installation (core, themes, plugins) and then periodically rechecks and notifies the administrator of any files that have changed in any way.
Most attacks against WordPress sites will install rogue code wherever they can – in new and existing files in the themes, plugins and even in the WordPress core files. This plugin is designed to tell the administrator exactly what files have been touched and when in order to make hack detection and recovery much easier.

Rating – 3 out of 5

–TWO–

WP DoNotTrack

WP DoNotTrack stops plugins and themes from adding 3rd party tracking code to your blog to protect your visitor’s privacy.

WP DoNotTrack stops plugins and themes from adding 3rd party tracking code to your blog to protect your visitor’s privacy. WP DoNotTrack uses (a slightly modified) version of jQuery AOP to catch and inspect elements that are about to be added to the DOM and renders these harmless if the black- or whitelist says so.
The current version is blacklist-based and stops tracking by media6degrees and quantserve. This can easily be changed in the javascript though. Future versions will include a WordPress admin-page to change these settings.

** This is an interesting model for a plugin, and one who’s overlying concept may one day become an issue in WordPress as a whole. At what point should we / can we be circumventing internal functionality of other plugins and/or scripts?

Rating 2 out of 5

–THREE–

Theme-Check

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-check/
A simple and easy way to test your theme for all the latest WordPress standards and practices. The theme check plugin is an easy way to test your theme and make sure it’s up to spec with the latest theme review standards. With it, you can run all the same automated testing tools on your theme that WordPress.org uses for theme submissions.
The tests are run through a simple admin menu and all results are displayed at once. This is very handy for theme developers, or anybody looking to make sure that their theme supports the latest WordPress theme standards and practices.

**A great theme development tool! I used this to find issues with a hand-coded theme I was working on and it saved me hours of headaches.

Rating 4/5

–FOUR–

NY in VegasWP Accordion Slider
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-accordion-slider/

The WP Accordion Slider plugin allows you to upload images from your computer, which will then be used to generate a jQuery Accordion of the images. Custom titles and content from various sources can be shown. Content, excerpt, and content limits can all be used for posts and pages.
Each image can also be given a URL which, when the image is active in the slideshow, will be used as an anchor wrapper around the image, turning the image into a link to the URL you specified. Images can also be deleted via the plugins Administration page.
NOTICE: Currently in Beta.

This plugin also enables the use of shortcodes in widgets
Features:

  1. Set Auto Play (and thus, slide delay, whether to pause on hover, and auto restart delay)
  2. Create custom titles
  3. Set caption height, delay, and easing
  4. Create custom content for captions or capture content from the post’s or page’s content, content limit or excerpt.
  5. Set accordion navigation key. If set to true, users can use right/left arrows to navigate through the accordion slider.
  6. Custom set the div/ul ids as well as set the image/div sizes.
  7. Ability to Deactivate/Reactivate images/slides without deleting them
  8. Set Caption Background (white/black) transparency
  9. Cross browser tested (IE7+, FF 3.6+, Chrome 10+)

Download

Latest version: Download WP Accordion Slider v1.8b [zip]

Rating 4 out of 5

** I had some interaction with Travis Smith, the plugin’s author. He was really great about giving instant feedback. If you use this plugin, please thank Travis at @wp_smith

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Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

Yes that is a hotel how strange ehIn closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Commenting plugins

404 redirect plugins

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins

How to Contact Us:

John can be contacted at:

on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #52 — Membership Plugins and TOS Plugins

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Alone with thoughtsWordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 52  Nov 30, 2011

Today’s show brings in some great membership plugins as well as a TOS plugin and a couple others that will make your WordPress website the envy of all your friends.

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

making fun of spammers, seems I have been targeted by SEO spammers and others that think I need help ( well I might but not in that way) I figure if they can find me something must be happening otherwise how else do they manage to contact me.. lets take this most recent one and the first spam comment to get though in almost a year “by MarciaDale –http://www.johnoverall.com

The internet has become the world’s marketplace. You can do business all over the world. But you have to stand out from your competition. It’s all in the website, linking, keywords — all the tools of Search Engine Optimization. We know them. Let us show you how we can help you.”

My guess is it got though because they used my own domain as the one in the url box and damn they almost seem sincere….

stepping upShout Outs:

Adam @ Integrity Solutions his plugin theme scheduled themes.

Check out @runnerskye 2012 YYJ Run for Cancer Calendar at http://www.yyjrunforcancer.com

Something new list of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

Ministry of Transportation BC

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordPress the most popular open source CMS for second year running

WordAds Opens Monetization to Free WordPress Blogs

WordPress.com launches WordAds to help you make money from your blog

http://elliottback.com/wp/why-my-wordpress-site-is-so-much-faster-than-yours/

List of Plugins:

—–Johns Plugins——-

Membership

What they Say:
Membership transforms your WordPress website into a fully functional membership site. Provide access to downloads, online content, videos, forums, support and more through flexible membership levels and options. Simple to use, flexible – this plugin will meet all of your membership site needs. Want to create a site like GigaOm, Izzy Video, PSD Tuts? Now you can do it, easy!

You can use Membership lite to create…

  • A WordPress membership site, offering resources, forums, downloads, videos, support and more… with two different levels of membership and complete customizations.
  • Multiple membership sites on a WordPress MultiSite install – so any user of your site can have their own membership site.

What we Say:
This one also has a premium version but in the case of that if I cannot get the free one to work properly I will not spend the money on premium. What I found is that it is pretty easy to get all set up instructions are pretty easy but I ran into one major glitch. Every time I tried to register it would lock up on the second page of registration requesting to select a subscription but unable to select it. Finally had to abandon it due to this issue.

Rating 3 Dragons due to issue around the registration page.

Free WP-Membership Plugin 1.1.8

What they say:

Protect your content with Levels. Levels can protect Posts, Pages and Categories. Levels are not sequential, they are more like groups. Currently the Payment gateways are non-functional due to stripping out the copy-protection during the open sourcing process. These will be restored over time, including: PayPal, Authorize.net and Google Checkout.

The primary repository for Free WP-Membership is at GitHub. The project home page is at Free WP-Membership.

What we say:

Oopppssss this one cause a fatal error on both my test sites so was unable to test it out…

Rating: Epic fail—- 1 Dragon

HotWP-Members 2.6.4

What they say:

WP-Members™ is a plugin to make your WordPress® blog a membership driven site. Perfect for newsletters, private blogs, premium content sites, and more! The plugin restricts selected WP content to be viewable by registered site members. Unlike other registration plugins and WordPress® itself, it puts the registration process inline with your content (and thus your branded theme) instead of the native WP login page. WP-Members™ works “out-of-the-box” with no modifications to your theme, but it is fully scalable for those that want to customize the look and feel, or want to restrict only some content. It is a great tool for sites offering premium content to subscribers, and is adaptable to a variety of applications.

What we say:

I like this one pretty easy to setup and also allow you to request additional info when they are registering. and it works much better than the first one I tried. just a few simple settings and you can block everything by default and ope up or open everything and block as needed. Plus they have some great documentation on their site at http://butlerblog.com/wp-members/

Rating 5 Dragonsfor easy use and actually working.

——Marcus Plugins———-

Twitter Lock

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitterlock/

Download: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/twitterlock.zip

Requires WordPress Version: 2.8 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.2.1

Last Updated: 2011-11-28 Downloads: 83

TwitterLock can easily lock up content, which will only be revealed when the user will follow you on twitter or Tweet using twitter

* Description

* Installation

* FAQ

* Screenshots

* Changelog

* Stats

TwitterLock can be used for locking content on a page or post.

Options for the plugin

1) Unlock Type – Here you can set whether you want users to Tweet and unlock the content or Follow you on twitter and then unlock the content 2) Tweet Message – This is the message which will be tweeted in user profile if you use the Tweet and Unlock content. 3) Twitter user ID to follow – This user id will be followed if you select Follow and Unlock the content 4) Locked Content Text – This content is displayed just above the Twitter button.

Author: Mohit Jawanjal

Rating – 3/5

Has a lot of potential for additional ways to grow your followers. This would really need to have some savvy persuasion skills, or a lot of good content that would support the means for a gateway.

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WordPress Quick Save

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-quick-save/

Download: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-quick-save.zip

Do you habitually press CTRL+S when writing? Do you fear missing posts? There’s help!

WordPress Quick Save adds a CTRL+S keyboard shortcut to trigger the Auto-save functionality in WordPress. If you find that you habitually hit CTRL+S while writing posts, this will stop those annoying popup save site windows from appearing.

No more having to stop and click save to ensure you don’t lose your recent edits. Keep in mind, this saves ONLY as an autosave.

This plugin should work with most versions of WordPress, but has not been tested in versions earlier than 2.9

Author: Aaron Harun

Requires WordPress Version: 2.9 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.3

Last Updated: 2011-11-27 Downloads: 122

Rating – 4/5

This is a simple plugin with basic functionality that just plain WORKS. For those who are continually paranoid about saving your work (as I am) then this is the plugin for you!

Shippng out

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Enable Image Scaling on Upload

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/enable-image-scaling-option-on-upload/

Download: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/enable-image-scaling-option-on-upload.0.1.zip

Requires WordPress Version: 3.3 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.3

Last Updated: 2011-11-26 Downloads: 131

This enables use and display of the image scaling option that comes with the new uploader introduced in WordPress 3.3.

WordPress’s new uploader, Plupload, comes with a an option to scale down images during upload. This plugin makes that option visible on the upload screen, leaving you to choose whether you want to scale on upload or not.

Rating – 3/5

Author: Drew Jaynes (http://www.werdswords.com/ )

Good start at adding some new functionality for the 3.3 upload feature. Plain and simple, this gives out of the box functionality to something that I assume will eventually be integrated as a stock feature in the new upload functions. But for now, this plugin does the job.

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Terms & Conditions

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/member-terms-conditions/

Download: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/member-terms-conditions.2.0.1.zip

This Plugin adds a Terms & Conditions agreement page the first time a user logs in and a welcome message for new members.

The WordPress Terms & Conditions plugin, pops up a Terms & Conditions agreement page the first time a user logs in. In addition the new users are presented with a nice fully customisable welcome message after they agree to your Terms to help them get started using your blog.

For WordPress installations setup with the multiple site option the Terms & Conditions will pop up the first time a user loges into there new site.

Features * Works for both New Blogs and New users.

* Customisable Open Source Terms of Use agreement.

* Customisable Open Source Privacy Policy.

* Customisable Welcome Message.

* Can be integrated into a mature blog.

* Support for both WordPress and WordPress MU.

* No changes need to be made to the Sign up process.

Requires WordPress Version: 2.0.2 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.2.1

Last Updated: 2011-11-26 Downloads: 303

Author: levi.putna

Rating 4/5

This is a great little plugin that covers your bases when laying down the ground rules for other users who may be adding content to a WordPress installation. It forces them to agree to your terms and conditions before allowing them back-end access.

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Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

Possible interview with Casey

podcasting plugins

More Lazy Plugins

How to Contact Us:

John can be contacted at:

on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 51 — Website Portfolio Plugins Plus

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On guard for teeWordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 51 — Website Portfolio Plugin plus

Today’s show brings in a couple of plugins that will help you make life simple on your WordPress website including but not limited to a portfolio plugin, theme management for special events.

John’s Rant: What to rant about?

What a wonderful thing life is since it always seems to provide whenever you need it to. This weeks rant was nicely supplied to me by an……Anal so-called self proclaimed web host reviewer located at hosting-reviews-exposed dot com (why no link well this person will receive enough links from me in my other post about his slanderous opinion of my service), since he has never used or even tried my service it cannot be rightfully called a review and most of his site is this way for full story listen in. As anyone who listens to my show knows I do not shy away from a bad review in fact I welcome them as they are a great way to grow. but what this guy does is slander business based solely on where they have chosen to do some promotions, and after digging into his site it all stems from a bad experience he had with the originating website. What this dink says about me http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/webhostingstuff-com/firedragonhosting.html

Check out @runnerskye 2012 YYJ Run for Cancer Calendar at http://www.yyjrunforcancer.com

Shout Outs:
Hi Manny

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

How to Increase the Maximum File Upload Size in WordPress

WordPress 3.3: The 11 Most Important New Features

Nexcess Announces New WordPress Hosting Platform

WP Engine Secures $1.2 Million in Series A Round of Financing Led By Silverton Partners

WordPress Founder: ‘Enterprise Software Sucks’

WordPress News at WordPress London 17 November 2011

Need a clinicList of Plugins:

—–Johns Plugins——-

WEBphysiology Portfolio:

What They Say:

The WEBphysiology Portfolio plugin was built to provide a clean, current look in situations where an expanded list-style or grid-style portfolio layout is appropriate. The plugin is implemented via a [shortcode] that supports the display of all, one-or-more or all less one-or-more portfolio types. More than one shortcode can be used on a given page, allowing for separating portfolio records between these instances.

The plugin utilizes a Custom Post Type as well as a Custom Taxonomy. It provides an Options page for specifying some customizable settings, like the number of entries to display per page. It also allows one to turn off the provided CSS in place of implementing their own and a lot more.

What We Say:

It uses custom post types helping to provide a cleaner look, it also places its own menu block. You can choose a grid or a list style layout, they have a pretty comprehensive instruction area on their website http://webphysiology.com/plugins/webphysiology-portfolio-plugin/ this make some of the more complex settings easier to understand and setup. I found it necessary to adjust the CSS for the plugin to fit into my site so beware of that issue. Found it a bit of a pain to adjust using a Studio Press theme.

Rating:
3 Dragons due to the issues surrounding setup almost gave it a 2

wp-propagator

What They Say:

wp-propagator will keep track of what plugins are installed and will copy and activate them to a number of other WordPress installs.

It is useful for when you have a set of separated WordPress installs which you want to keep synchronized in terms of plugins.

It does not require XML-RPC enabled or FTP support since the requests are done via HTTP POST requests.

What We Say:

Well its a great idea in theory but I was unable to make it work and there was no documentation on this plugin so it spins down the drain.

Rating:

1 Dragon for being so poorly done.

Christmas is comingWP Scheduled Themes

What They Say:

This plugin allows a wordpress administrator to schedule a different theme to display on the website for holidays or special events for all visitors.

The theme will be overridden on the live site for all people who visit the site. Great for setting a Christmas theme!

What We Say:

Very cool very simple and actually works not too much else to say here, you simply upload additional themes, choose theme choose dates to run and it auto switches on those dates.

Rating:
5 Dragons for it simplicity in everything.

Thar she blowsTop Commentators Widget:

What They Say:

The Top Commentators Widget a sidebar widget to show the top commentators in your WP site. Adapted from Show Top Commentators plugin at Personal Financial Advice, this widget is easier to manage via the control form (no need to edit the PHP file); additional options are also available to make it more flexible. Read the FAQ section on how to customize the widget. Read the Changelog as well as http://webgrrrl.net/tags/tcw for the latest news on this widget.

What We Say:

Just a great simple plugin that make promoting your best commentators on your webpage. Simple install then add the widget and a couple simple configurations and your off.

Rating:
5 Dragons so simple it just works.

——Marcus Plugins———-

On vacation

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Some Terms here for plugins:
Nothing special this week..

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

Possible interview with Casey

Membership Plugins

More Lazy Plugins

How to Contact Us:

John can be contacted at:

on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

How to Contact Marcus:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

Some of the music provided tonight from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com

 

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #50 — Simple and Easy Plugins

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Dancing ProudWordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 50 Tuesday November 16, 2011.

More great lazy plugins that will help you make life simple on your WordPress website and even a premium plugin review.

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?
Announcing the launch of a great new website, www.TourGuideSearch.com a great new place to list and find listing for a tour guide in your area or where you might be heading to.

Mercury is going retro grade yahoo (insert sarcasm here)

This Crazy SOPA thing in the US which can affect many folks across the globe http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/11/16/sopa-is-an-easy-no-these-idiots-are-coming-for-your-internet/ since unfortunately the US actually controls the Internet as we know it.

Shout Outs: Yup a couple
One for Manny thanks again

Something new list of interesting sites that run on WordPress:
None discovered this week.

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:
WordPress Timthumb Attacks Rising

WordPress 3.3 Beta 3 Available or maybe by showtime full release..

11 Top WordPress Tips From The WPMU Team

List of Plugins:

—–Johns Plugins——-

CBPress Plugin

Recently updated it is a preimum plugin

What they say:
From the creators of the popular Clickbank Marketplace analytical and search tool, CBengine, comes CBpress. The most robust and flexible ClickBank and affiliate product management Wordress plugin currently out there.

Current affiliate management plugins require you to MANUALLY enter ClickBank products one by one. CBPRESS allows you to import the ENTIRE ClickBank Marketplace into your WordPress blog in seconds and then manage which ClickBank categories and products you want. The options are MANY.

Push-Button Marketplace Updates

Update your CBpress Marketplace every couple hours or once a  week. The control is in YOUR HANDS. Simply press the import button and in seconds your WordPress ClickBank marketplace will be automatically updated.

What We Say:

I found it easy to install on product listing page have the ability to display more that 10 at a time never mind found the setting in the setting menu, but it does not randomize them on display it need the ability to randomize the listing on the site when choosing to display more that your list number. Also it need a bit clearer instructions on downloading the initial data base for the system.

Rating:
3 Dragons due to time needed to get it setup

iRobots.txt SEO

What They Say:
iRobots.txt SEO (IRSEO) is a fully customizable robots.txt virtual file generator. IRSEO creates a highly optimized and secure robots.txt file straight out of the box. Users may choose to enable or disable specific user agents, directories or files using intuitive options all of which include detailed instructions.

The robots.txt file is a text file located in the root directory of a website. It’s purpose is to direct user-agents (AKA bots) away from or towards specific files or directories. Inhibiting a bot from indexing specific pages will ensure your website remains keyword optimized and all indexed pages are relevant to your potential customers.

IRSEO also inhibits several WordPress system directories and files by default. Doing this ensures that the search bots do not include security sensitive pages within search results. For example, searching for “inurl:wp-content name size description” in Google will produce a list of sites with indexed and open content directories.

What We Say:
This is a pretty easy plugin to use you can do as little or as much configuration as you desire. This plugin insures that you have that all important robot.txt file on your site without the hassle of writing a text file and uploading it and double checking you have blocked all the proper directories.

Rating:4 Dragons for ease of use.

The old barnGravity Forms Subscriptions Add-On

What They Say:
This plugin requires the Gravity Forms plugin. Don’t use Gravity Forms? Buy the pluginand then use this plugin!

Gravity Forms has great PayPal support built in, but…

There’s no way to switch between subscriptions and one-time payments in the same form, or modify the subscription frequency. That’s what this add-on does: it adds two buttons to the Gravity Forms form editor that add a drop-down menu or radio button selection with subscription options.

You can use the presets or enter your own subscription frequency options. You can define options such as:

  • One-Time (non-subscription)
  • Once Daily
  • Once Weekly
  • Once a Month
  • Once Every 6 Months
  • Once Yearly
  • etc.

What we say:
This is a pretty simple plugin to use and make adding subscriptions using gravity forms easy to do.

Rating:4 Dragons for ease of use

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

Nothing this week

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

Possible interview with Casey

Membership Plugins

WEBphysiology Portfolio

More Lazy Plugins

How to Contact Me:
John can be contacted at:
on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

How to Contact Marcus:
Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

Some of the music provided tonight from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com