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It's Episode 332 and we've got plugins for Content Paywalls, Site Search, WooCommerce Fulfillment, Importing and Exporting Customers and Cloning Widgets. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

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It’s Episode 332 and we’ve got plugins for Content Paywalls, Site Search, WooCommerce Fulfillment, Importing and Exporting Customers and Cloning Widgets. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #332

Marcus:           It’s Episode 332 and we’ve got plugins for Content Paywalls, Site Search, WooCommerce Fulfillment, Importing and Exporting Customers, and Cloning Widgets. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the Beachside Bunker in Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great roundup of stuff for you here today and of course as usual, right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. If you’ve got a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over on Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving us a review. And if you have a few minutes, please stop into the YouTube channel where you can catch us live every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. or you can check out there for screencasts, training videos, and more as it’s slowly added to the channel.

Marcus:           That’s right. Got a lot going on there. Also remember, you can follow this show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and we’ve got a great newsletter that we feature all the latest WordPress news. Make sure you go to our website, wppluginsatoz.com, and subscribe to that newsletter.

John:                Absolutely. The newsletter helps – we’re starting to put more and more news and tidbit information in there, so make sure you do subscribe to that. Well, with that all being said, it’s time for us to dive right into the meat and potatoes time and the rest of the show. Off we go.

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, today we have our usual allotment of six great plugins and first up I have one here called WordPress Users WooCommerce and Customers Import & Export, and this plugin here is one that I pulled together for a client who was looking to clean up their user database. They had outdated users and miscellaneous in there and for them, one of the easiest was to do it was get it all into a CSV file so they can do a better search and delete. This downloads a great CSV file of everything that you need, so you can get in there, manually edit it, change it around, and you can then re-upload the CSV file.

But I did find one caveat to this: it doesn’t delete something that’s on the site, so you have to manually delete stuff when you re-upload, so that’s one of the things about it. It’s a pretty decent plugin; it’s great for bringing down that data and it gives you some limitations. Like a lot of these plugins where it brings down everything that is associated with the user, this one helps you determine which columns you want to export such as names, login names, user ID, email, password. You can include them or exclude them during the export, thereby getting just exactly what you need to do all of your editing to this file. Anyway, a great plugin: WordPress Users and WooCommerce Customer Import – and it’s the basic – they do have a pro version, so go check it out. I give this a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! Very good to do that, especially if you’ve got a WooCommerce site that’s been around a long time and you’re going to engage in something like MailChimp or something like that for maybe a newsletter – whatever you want to do — that’s a very vital feature.

John:                Yeah, there’s another great use for it.

Marcus:           Yep. All right, I’m going to stick with WooCommerce here in terms of the subject matter for the moment, and this one is called WooCommerce Customer Care. Now, it’s great to have WooCommerce on board to take different orders, but you know, what’s out there that actually helps you fulfill the order once it comes in? That’s a different story because shipping the product out is the most important part and often also what’s the worst part of dealing with WooCommerce. So this plugin is called WooCommerce Customer Care.

It is billed as a complete customer care system for WooCommerce. You can actually assign users (or assign yourself or other people) within your website that when an order comes in, it actually auto-assigns to a specific person: one manager or say you’re a department head or something like that that you have specific products that you take care of. John, let’s just say you and I had an e-commerce shop together.

It could assign all of the high-end products let’s say to you, all the medium end products to me, and all the low-end products to somebody else. Whoever makes an order, it then goes to say that customer service manager to see it through and make sure that it goes all the way through. So it does both auto-assign and self-assign and it also prevents access. Say John, if you had one that you picked up, it would prevent me from also picking that up because it knows that you picked it up —

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           — which is pretty cool. It also has a running log that tracks all of the changes and everything that happens in between. It’s called WooCommerce Customer Care and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! That’s excellent to be able to track the stuff from start to finish so that it’s always looking the way it needs to be.

Marcus:           Isn’t it something that WooCommerce does so much in relation to the e-commerce end but it forgets to take care of the fulfillment end?

John:                Yeah, well, so fulfillment is very important. It’s one thing to collect the money but it’s another is you better deliver on the product.

Marcus:           Yeah. I’ve even had to do it with actual live clients. I’ve had to actually use Zapier and make it go to a Google Sheet online so that people could see orders, rather than having people have to log into WordPress, go in the backend – all that other stuff.

John:                Wow.

Marcus:           It just seemed too hard for them in the past and we had to kind of make a different means for them to display what the order were.

John:                Oh, absolutely.

Marcus:           A thing like this actually prevents all of that, so —

John:                That’s pretty nice.

Marcus:           — if that’s a common mistake happening within your e-commerce site or the ones that you develop for clients, this is probably a good solution for you.

John:                That it is. All right, well that brings us up to the point here we wanted to let everyone know is currently sponsored by the following people and/or businesses. It’s currently sponsored by JohnOverall.com WordPress and Web Services. Finding quality WordPress hosting and support can be a challenge. Well, you can drop that stress by contacting JohnOverall.com Web Services. We can help you eliminate your WordPress stresses, solving your WordPress emergency issues, or doing the more day-to-day items such as finding that perfect plugin, helping you move to a new hosting provider, or even providing quality WordPress hosting.

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Marcus:           And anyone listening to this show, we know that you have a passion for WordPress. Why not write about something unique within WordPress? I am now the WordPress Editor and Head Curator for Smashing Magazine, one of the biggest web design resources online, and I’m looking for folks to write great articles about different facets of WordPress. So if you’d like to do that, get a lot of exposure to yourself and your work, then visit marcuscouch.com/smashing and I will reply back with more information right away with an autoresponder, give you all the different guidelines – everything that needs to be done. It’s a great way to contribute to the WordPress community, get exposure, and get a few hundred bucks for yourself just for the effort. So check it out: marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                Absolutely, and if you’re in need of some research or stuff to help you find your way, go check out Smashing Magazine’s resource library of WordPress articles. Really great stuff there.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                All right, well this brings us up to our next couple of plugins and the next one I have for you is one that I did – or Marcus did review – last week and I made a brief mention of that I tried to review it but I was having problems with it. And initially, I’d loaded it up on a live website – my sandbox area – and I couldn’t get it to load and I assumed it was due to a conflict with all the other mess I had in there. Sure enough, it turned out that way. I managed to get it tested and loaded on a clean dev site and it’s on a local development site.

It loaded up fine but it loaded up with an error in the code. Once it activated, it worked fine – no further errors. But it was an activation error and I moved that error on to the developer so that he could take a look at it. But afterwards, I did check the plugin out. It’s a pretty nice plugin for getting in there and hiding the plugins from other users in your website, preventing them from turning them on or off or hiding the ability to them to try and do updates to them.

All in all, a really great and simple in its idea and it’s a very simple way to take care of that issue. Check it out; it’s called Hidden Plugin and hopefully the error will go away and for most live sites, you might not even see the error when it comes up. It only comes up when you’ve got it set to show you PHP debugging. So anyway, go check it out. It’s called Hidden Plugin and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm…very interesting. Yeah, I did not get that error but that’s because I must have that error logging turned off.

John:                Well, error logging is turned off by default, but I found —

Marcus:           Right.

John:                — that the local dev site I have, it’s turned on by default, so you can find all the little problems you’re having.

Marcus:           Mm-hm?

John:                So…

Marcus:           And just to differentiate, John has his own hosting server and also local development that gave him those problems. I used a managed host setup – WordPress managed host, so…

John:                Well…

Marcus:           — just the differences.

John:                It’s the interesting thing about WordPress and so many hosting providers out there; everyone does it differently and some things will work in one spot and won’t work in another because of whatever the configurations might be.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                So…

Marcus:           Okay. Well, I’m going to review something next that’s pretty cool. It’s called Donate to Access Content. Now, this is a subplugin for the Give donation plugin that we all know and love. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s pretty cool. It’s called Give – it’s a full setup for taking donations. This one is actually an add-on to that, so once you install Give (and I’ve got the link to that in the show notes) and you install this plugin, it allows you to actually restrict a specific page or a piece of content on your website until somebody has made a donation.

Once the user has made the donation, it unlocks that particular page for them. So you can choose as an administrator to restrict the content of the site via a shortcode or you can restrict an entire website or, as I said before, a particular page, post, category, post type – all that stuff – all within one specific plugin. This one, Donate to Access Content, really nice plugin. It’s on the back of the Give donation plugin and I rated this a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. That’s quite useful and if we had enough decent content, I think I’d add it to our site to lock it down and get some donations in.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s something to look forward to. Yes. That’s why I brought this up.

John:                Leading that up and this talks about our show is a value-for-value model, meaning that if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. A cup of coffee, you know, figure it any way you can. You know, weekly donations, monthly donations – anything to help support the show. After all, it does take time to produce, plus we have to pay for bandwidth, transcripts, and more. So anyway, this week here we would like to make a shout out to our donors here. All those who came in below $50 will remain anonymous and we thank you very much. This week here, that’s all we’ve got [chuckling]. Just thank you to all donors below $50.

Marcus:           Yeah, those donations really help out and John and I do a lot on the backend for the site and for the show, and we do appreciate all the donations. They definitely help; they don’t go to gas money or anything like that. They go right back into promoting and improving the show.

John:                Absolutely. And also just a brief reminder: next week we are hitting Episode 333. Go support the show by creating a weekly donation of $3.33.

Marcus:           Yeah, that is a great idea.

John:                That’s a great number, too. All right, this brings us to our final set of plugins for today and what I have for you this week is Site Search 360 as a plugin and this looks like a very interesting thing. It is another search plugin in my never-ending quest to find a better search function for WordPress because after all, their built-in search function basically sucks, for lack of a better term. Unfortunately though, this plugin isn’t gonna solve the problem on our site that I was hoping for, but it still looks like a pretty decent plugin.

It is a third-party service that you’ve got to sign up for and then it grabs all your data and indexes it for you and gives you some nice displays. Then on their control panel, you get to see some stats about people, how they’re searching your site, etc. etc. It looked to be quite useful; I didn’t realize it was a total third party.

I myself was unable to thoroughly test this site because I wasn’t gonna put it on a live site because I’m leaving my cowboy coding days behind me and I’m slowly working – I’ve been working the last couple of months to do local development and I’ve finally hit the point where almost everything is gonna be local development now. So I decided to test this; this plugin would not activate on a local development system because it needs a live active domain before it will register for you. So anyway, it looks like a great plugin. Go check it out: Site Search 360 and at the moment I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice. All right, we’ve had kind of a weird mix of plugins today.

John:                We have.

Marcus:           And I’m going to leave off on a high note. This one is called Duplicate Widgets (or Duplicate Widgets, which ever one [pronunciation] you prefer). It is a very simple plugin that you install and activate that lets you duplicate your existing widgets with just one click. It’s made for easier management of widgets, especially if you’ve had a lot of widgets with similar configurations, which a lot of my websites do.

Essentially, this plugin gives you a clone link where you typically would see just close and delete, and all you have to do is clone that widget and then it makes a little copy of the widget for you, places it right under the original widget, and then you can drag-n-drop that in position wherever you need to. So this can save you tons of time that you are doing site development and helps you to develop and replicate complex widgets with just one click. It’s called Duplicate Widgets and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Very nice! We finally hit something high today. [chuckling]

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Nice work. Well, that closes this one out here. I covered up in this episode WordPress Users and WooCommerce Customers Import/Export Basic and I gave it a 4; Hidden Plugin and I gave that one a 3; and then Site Search 360, I gave that one a 3.

Marcus:           And I talked about WooCommerce Customer Care; gave that one a 4 out of 5, Donate to Access Content gets a 4 out of 5; and Duplicate Widgets gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                Excellent roundup of plugins today. All right, some little bit of promotions/tidbits here. I’d like to ask everyone to join me in supporting men’s health and family issues by donating through my Movember campaign page at mobro.co/johnoverall, and you can see my great beard and moustache that’s coming out here if you go look at the YouTube stream or the YouTube video. And it’s itching like an SOB but I’ll be glad when it’s done so I can shave it off.

But at any rate, I’m suffering through this to raise awareness for men’s health and family issues and I have a goal to raise $1,000, so support me in any way you can. Go over to the link on the show notes at mobro.co/johnoverall. And also we’ve got – be sure to check out our YouTube screencast that goes up later. Watch the add-on parts that I add in here doing first impressions of the plugins that Marcus reviews.

And note to developers: if you want to support this show and you’d like to offer up premium licenses to give away, go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest and go check out our YouTube channel where we have training videos and more up there. And that’s all we’ve got for you now. Anything else, Marcus?

Marcus:           Nope.

John:                That’s it.

Marcus:           Looking forward to next week.

John:                All right, take care now. Bye-bye.

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It's Episode 331 and we've got plugins for Hashtagging, Custom CSS Injection, Managing Updates, Multi-Part Checkout and a great new way to Hide Plugins. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 331 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 331 and we've got plugins for Hashtagging, Custom CSS Injection, Managing Updates, Multi-Part Checkout and a great new way to Hide Plugins. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #331 here.


It’s Episode 331 and we’ve got plugins for Hashtagging, Custom CSS Injection, Managing Updates, Multi-Part Checkout and a great new way to Hide Plugins. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #331

Marcus:           It’s Episode 331 and we’ve got plugins for Hashtagging, Custom CSS Injection, Managing Updates, Multipart Checkout, and a great new way to Hide Plugins. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual fantastic show for you here today but let’s start off with right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And we’d greatly appreciate your help and support over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to our show and leaving us reviews there. They really help us out quite a bit. And if you’ve got a few minutes, take out some time, go onto our YouTube channel where you can catch us live every Monday morning at 10:00 and we’ve got training videos, screencasts, and more there. As time allows, more and more stuff will arrive there.

Marcus:           And don’t forget you can follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. Also, please sign up to our newsletter. That’s where we cover a lot of different news that we don’t cover here on the show. Some things that are perhaps just WordPress related but not necessarily specific to plugins. We cover that in our newsletter.

John:                Yes, and more and more stuff is getting there all the time. So with all that being said, I think it’s time for us to dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show, so off we go.

Marcus:           All right.

[Plugins lead-in music]         

John:                First off this week, we have our usual allotment of six great plugins as we showcase them throughout the show. You can’t skip ‘em, you can’t skip directly to them. You’ve got to listen to the whole thing to get ‘em all. So the first one I’ve got this week here is one that I’ve been using off and on on different websites over the last few years. I’m not sure if I’ve ever reviewed it, but I thought it was time to bring it forward.

It’s called Easy Updates Manager. It is a great plugin that helps you out with the updates of your website. Since the advent of the automated updates in WordPress for the point versions (and you can even have automated updates for the major core files) and these can create problems there. Plus, with plugins, there’s oftentimes you’ll have plugins that for one reason or another, you’ll hit a stall point on an update or it’s one that you don’t want to update because you’ve done some customizations to it and you just don’t want to see that update notification anymore – things of that nature.

Well, this plugin here makes it extremely easy to manage all the updates and notifications for all your plugins, you core files, the point updates – all of those little bits and pieces that are part of your update system in your site. So you can go through there once you get it installed and activated, you can just go in and choose which plugins to show notifications for, which plugins can be auto-updated, whether or not to have the core files or the point notifications updated – all the little bits and pieces along the way. It works fantastic, it’s been kept up to date, it’s a really great plugin, so go check it out. This is called Easy Updates Manager and I give this plugin a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Very nice. Yes, that is something that anybody who’s serious about WordPress definitely wants to keep abreast of in terms of the updates.

John:                Well, it’s been one of the things for me. Like I’ve got a couple of clients where we customize the plugin and we don’t want it to update. But the problem is once you get that notification, it never goes away and it’s annoying. You can accidentally update it if you get that notification.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So this hides that notification, prevents you from doing an accidental update on something that you’ve customized to the point where you have your control of it, but you didn’t fully fork the plugin.

Marcus:           Right. Yeah, I’ve done that a couple times. Absolutely. All right, the first one out of the gate for me is called WP Hashtagger. This is a brand-new plugin and normally I wouldn’t be thrilled about hashtags or tags or things like that, but this is pretty unique. This plugin lets you use hashtags and @usernames, just like you maybe would on Twitter. It also uses something called $cashtags. So this is something that you use in your posts and your pages. What it does, let’s just take the hashtags part first – this plugin actually uses the native WordPress tag system to file your posts under the different desired tags.

So what happens with it is when you save each post and you have a different hashtag, it actually treats it as a normal tag – like, you know, regular keywords, tags, whatever you want to call it – to the posts, so it’s fully compatible with existing tags. Now when you’re showing a post with all the hashtags, they automatically get converted to links and lead to that corresponding tag archive page.

Here’s where I also think this is pretty cool is it uses the @username or it can use @nickname, actually. And if you’re using a post and you want to @username somebody (so if it was like John on my site and his name was John Overall, I would @JohnOverall). What’s great is I have the option of either within the story that @JohnOverall can either go to John’s profile on my website or it can actually go to the homepage or the website that he’s listed in his profile, so that’s pretty cool. It’s a really nice little plugin that does a lot of different things, sort of out of the box of what traditionally we would do within WordPress, but I really like this. It’s called WP Hashtagger and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Yeah, that’s kind of cool. I was looking at that; I almost brought that one forward for review myself.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                But it did definitely look like it could be quite useful and find lots of ways to use your hashtags, your username. The $cashtags kind of interested me – the $cashtags part of it.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                But they link off to – what was it? – they linked off to again? Oh, Google Market Watch, Finance, and Yahoo! Finance, too.

Marcus:           Yeah, like stocks.

John:                Bring in stock symbols, so I think that was kind of a useful piece of information, so…

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right. Well, that brings us here to let you know this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses at currently. Currently sponsored by JohnOverall.com WordPress and Web Services, and finding quality WordPress hosting and support can be a challenge nowadays. With hosts changing, being bought up all the time, etc. etc., well, you can drop off that stress by contacting JohnOverall.com Web Services. I can help you eliminate your WordPress stress, solving your WordPress emergency issues, or doing the more day-to-day mundane items such as finding that perfect plugin, helping you move to a new hosting provider, or even providing quality WordPress hosting from JohnOverall.com.

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Marcus:           And John, anybody that listens to this show is nuts – you’re bananas and crazy – for WordPress!

John:                [chuckling]

Marcus:           We know that. Why not write something cool about WordPress? As you may know, I’m the WordPress editor for Smashing Magazine, one of the biggest web design resources online, and I’m seeking out a few folks to write great articles about different facets of WordPress. It allows you to get exposure to yourself and your work.

I made it really easy; just go to marcuscouch.com/smashing. There’s a nice form there, a video that I tell you everything that you need to know about becoming an author. Once you fill out the form, it instantly replies back with more information. It’s a great opportunity to contribute to the WordPress community, get exposure, and get a few hundred bucks for the effort, too. So check it out at marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                Yes, and the articles there are fantastic, folks. I actually did some research there the other day for something I was looking for, so —

Marcus:           Great!

John:                — go check ‘em out. A lot of great articles there.

Marcus:           Thank you.

John:                All right, our next set of plugins we’ve got here for you today is another plugin I’ve been using for a while on various websites. And again, I don’t think I ever reviewed this one, so I decided to bring this forward and it’s called No Longer in Directory, and this is kind of important nowadays for plugins in that there’s a lot of plugins people are using. If your website has been around for more than a couple of years, you more than likely have one or two plugins that are either two or more years not update or possibly plugins that have been completely removed from the WordPress Repository and you may or may not be aware of it because it’s not always apparent in the plugins themselves.

Well, what this plugin does for you is once you install and activate it, it creates a page with a list of your plugins and tells you which ones are more than two years out of date, never been updated more than two years, and which ones have been completely removed from the WordPress Repository. And this is key, especially if you paid attention to the WordPress news earlier this year where a less than quality company took over some plugins and inserted malware into them, so these are the sorts of things you’ll want to be aware of.

But you’ll want to check out this plugin. It works very well, it allows you to get in there, find that information, go in and sort up, clean up your website, and organize and even set up like okay, these plugins are a couple of years old. All right, let’s set them up to be replaced so you can plan a timeline for doing that. So anyway, go check it out. It’s called No Longer in Directory and again, I give this plugin a top 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Decent!

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           I’m liking that.

John:                Oh, I like this plugin. I use it a lot nowadays and it’ll become part of my repertoire when I take over websites is to find out what people have in their site and what plugins really need to be replaced and updated.

Marcus:           Ooh! That’s a great thing to do.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           For everybody out there, if you’ve got clients and you take over a new client or do an analysis of a potential client —

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           — use a plugin like this —

John:                Oh, yeah.

Marcus:           — to kind of do a forensic analysis of what’s out of date, oh, that’s a great idea, John! Totally.

John:                I’m starting to get lots of work for that particular thing right now where people are realizing that it’s been two, three years since they’ve done anything to their sites, have been going along fine, but they’re starting to hear the news about how bad developers are abusing plugins that have been abandoned.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                You know, WordPress is doing a much tighter job of keeping people from taking over a plugin. But a developer could sell a plugin, you know, which is what happened to those two plugins earlier this year. The developer sold them to a company, thought they were done with it, they took their money, ran, and then the new developer screwed everyone.

Marcus:           Mm-hm, exactly. All right, in keeping with my trend, I’ve got another WooCommerce actual plugin here. So that’s one thing I’ve tried to do the last couple months is actually bring in some WooCommerce stuff. Here’s another one; this is pretty cool. It’s called WooCommerce Multistep Checkout. Now, one of the most daunting things about having a big checkout form is sometimes people get a little freaked out about it. They get a little panicky or intimidated by a huge form that they’ve gotta fill out all this stuff. They maybe feel that it might be an invasion of their privacy or it just looks too long or scary or whatever. This is a really cool plugin, really easy to use. It’s called WooCommerce Multistep Checkout.

So what it does is it breaks out the WooCommerce checkout form into sections. We’ve seen this done with like GravityForms and Contact Form 7 and some of these things. Now it’s time for WooCommerce to get in on this. It allows you to check out your customer without this huge form that might scare them off. So it grants you the ability to break this into multiple steps, really easy to do. You just put in kind of breaks where you want the checkout form to go, very easy to use, and if you have a very long checkout process, I definitely recommend something like this. It’s called WooCommerce Multistep Checkout and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Perfect, yeah. Well, it’s kind of like emulation of Amazon. I know I’ve been ordering from them recently and they’ve got, you know, on a step out – first couple of questions and a couple more, then a verification —

Marcus:           Right.

John:                — you know. It makes it easier psychologically on people to do the smaller steps than to see the —

Marcus:           Right.

John:                — great big form, —

Marcus:           Yep.

John:                — you know.

Marcus:           Where’s it going to?

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           What kind of shipping options do you want? Okay, now give me some payment options. Is this a gift? Those kinds of things.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Those common questions when it comes to shipping.

John:                And if you break it into steps, it makes it much easier for people to digest it and eat it up.

Marcus:           Yeah, especially by the way if it’s mobile —

John:                Oh, especially mobile!

Marcus:           Who wants to fill out an enormous mobile form?

John:                Yeah, scrolling up and down, it’s so hard to hit the wrong spot if you’ve got thumbs like me.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                My thumbs are always hitting the wrong thing on mobile. I think half the ad views that I see are accidental clicks on my mobile phone.

Marcus:           [laughter]

John:                Actually, more than half of them. At any rate, this brings us to the point in the show where we like to recognize our listeners and feedback to the show. And this week here, we have no feedback but hey, please give us some feedback. You can go to our website, go down to the lower right-hand corner where you can enter a SpeakPipe and leave us a voice contact there and ask your questions. We’re more than happy to go do and dig in some research for you. Also, you can reach us through our contact page on our website.

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Marcus:           Absolutely! I am reminded of a story that I’ve told on this podcast before, and it’s with a famous musician. Somebody came up to that famous musician and said, “Hey! I’m an enormous fan. I love all of your stuff.” And the musician said, “Oh, are you coming to my show tonight?” The guy said, “Well, no.” He goes, “Well, what kind of fan are you?”

John:                [chuckling]

Marcus:           And it’s reminisce of something that happened to me just over the weekend here, which is I clicked to join a new WordPress-based group within Facebook. The admin of the group replied back to me and he’s like, “Man, I love everything that you’ve done. I love your stuff that you used to do on the Tavern and I love WordPress Plugins A to Z,” and blah, blah, blah. And I said, “Have you ever donated?” [sigh]

John:                [chuckling]

Marcus:           Crickets. Silence.

John:                [laughing] Oops.

Marcus:           And so that’s what I mean. I mean hey, look, I love compliments. I love the fact that everybody’s getting great content.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           John and I have worked years together to try and perfect this show.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           And what it is that we do and paid people to actually review the show and, you know, straighten things out for us in terms of order and flow and all of that. And it helps when we get value back, so look yourself in the mirror this week as you listen to this show and say, “Hmm…am I doing everything that I should be to support and provide value to the places and the shows that I love?” And this is one of them obviously, so do your part if you can. If not, there are other ways to contribute.

John:                Absolutely. Or you can be on live like Larry is right now with a couple of quick comments, so…

Marcus:           Oh! What’s Larry saying?

John:                Well, he made a note here of when we mentioned in the No Longer in Directory plugin should be part of core. Well, you’re probably right there, but –

Marcus:           [laugh]

John:               May or not be.

Marcus:           If I had a nickel for every time –

John:                [laughing]

Marcus:           — for every time I thought something should be in core, I wouldn’t be asking for donations.

John:                And one other comment – he saw that the Multistep plugin, but there are couple others that had been around a bit. So yeah.

Marcus:           Sure.

John:                There’s probably quite a few of those out there.

Marcus:           Yup!

John:                That’s the joy of us; we bring plugins forward and you just never know. There’s tons of plugins for everything you want to do. Different ways of approaching the same problem. All right, well this brings us to our final set of plugins we’ve got here today, and the last ones I’ve got for you, this one here was sent in by one of our listener developers out there, Matthew Mania, and it’s from 77Solutions.eu. This is a plugin called Custom CSS Injector.

And I know that the core now has, you know, the customizer in it. But this Custom CSS Injector is a little different than the ones I’ve seen before in that it allows you to inject the CSS into multiple places into your WordPress website. You can stick ‘em not only like the customer where it goes site-wide; you can narrow it down on this to where it can go into the admin area only for your custom CSS or the login page only, or to the lost password page only, or to the registration page, or to the entire site. Plus, it also gives you the ability to either stick that CSS in the header or the footer, which could be important for what you’re trying to do, depending on what you’re trying to accomplish.

It’s really a quite simple plugin. It allows you to do your custom CSS and put it to the places you really want or need it to go. Great little plugin; I found it to be very easy to use and go check it out: Custom CSS Injector and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah, I would give this one a 5 if it were me, because I’m gonna tell you something: this thing – if you’re working with other people that do custom CSS on a per-page basis or things like that to your site, oftentimes they end up breaking the whole rest of the site trying to just get a footer to work, or maybe your header navigation menu does something special, or something like that. So this is definitely something that’s pretty cool in terms of sectioning off, where you can inject that custom CSS.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           I love that.

John:                Very nice.

Marcus:           All right, John, we get asked for this quite frequently. What’s that thing in Star Trek where it makes you invisible? What’s it called, the cloak device or cloaking device?

John:                Cloaking device. Yeah, cloaking device.

Marcus:           Okay, so this plugin is the cloaking device of WordPress. It’s called Hidden Plugin and what it does, it’s really simple: it gives the single admin user the ability to hide plugins that are installed, prevent them from being activated, deactivated, or deleted by clients or other users, including other administrators. So by activating Hide Plugins, you’ll be able to see all the plugins and toggle to hide each plugin from selected users on your plugins page.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           So John, that means if I’ve got Client X and I don’t want them to know that I’m using Plugin A, B, and C, this is what to use. This is what you want to use if you, you know, definitely don’t want them to update something, like, you know, just —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — like what we talked about. If you want to hide specific tools or things that you use, or maybe there’s custom plugins that you just don’t want somebody else to see within the system. This one works like magic. It’s called Hidden Plugin; it’s the cloaking device for all the plugins in your admin dashboard and I rated this one a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Yeah, that’s funny. I actually started to review this plugin and –

Marcus:           Yeah?

John:                — and I was bringing it forward but I had problems getting it to install on my test site and I didn’t have time to go see if it was my test site giving problems or not, so I set it aside –

Marcus:           Hm…

John:                — till I could deal with it later, because I was kind of excited about the idea of this plugin and what it could do and how it could hide the pieces that you want to hide. Yeah, for some reason it just kept giving me an error it had a bad header.

Marcus:           Hm.

John:                And, you know, bad header wouldn’t activate the plugin and –

Marcus:           How did they fix that?

John:                Well, it could also be the problem of the way my test site has so much crap in it, for lack of a better term.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                And I do so much crazy stuff there and I only wipe it once a year and I’m reaching the end of the year. I think — currently I looked at it today. There’s 192 plugins in there –

Marcus:           Ooh!

John:                You know, five different themes that I’ve tried and activated and deactivated, and it leaves a lot of junk behind when you do that.

Marcus:           Yeah, mm-hm.

John:                So when something goes wrong on a plugin, I just go, “Well, I can’t blame the plugin until I try this on a cleaner site or a site I know has no problems.”

Marcus:           Right.

John:                Because I know my test site has so much damage to it that I can’t trust that it’s the plugin problem itself, so I set it aside. I was gonna bring it forward, so I’ll bring it forward next week on my review. But yeah, it looked exciting. I rather like the idea of it.

Marcus:           Yeah, well anybody out there that tries it, let us know how you like.

John:                Yeah, absolutely. All right, well that closes us out this episode and I covered up Easy Updates Manager, which I gave a 5 to; No Longer in Directory, which I gave a 5 to; and then Custom CSS Injector, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And we talked about WP Hashtagger, which gets a 4 out of 5, WooCommerce MultiStep Checkout gets a 4 out of 5, and we just talked about Hidden Plugins, which gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                And a little bit of reminders/commercials/promotions coming in here. I’d like to ask everyone, please join me in supporting men’s health and family issues by donating through this Movember as you can follow me up on my Movember website where you get to see me go from a freshly clean-shaven face to a moustache and a beard. And I’ve never grown a beard in my life, so this will be very entertaining and interesting as it goes. I’m six days into it and I’ve finally got a 5 o’clock shadow.

Marcus:           [laugh]

John:                It grows really slow on my face. What can I say? At any rate, it’s gonna be quite interesting. I’m trying to raise $1,000 to raise awareness for this and if you can donate to something, anything, please come here, go donate it, and help raise awareness for men’s issues. Also, take a little time to go off to our YouTube show, where you’ll catch the YouTube screencast which goes up later where I add on a little bit part to it where I do a first impression of one of Marcus’ plugins he reviewed in this show.

And a note to developers would like to support the show: If you would like to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest, where all the information is there that you can enter and give us a premium license. We’ll create a contest around it and promote it in the show and on the website. Hey, what can you say? Free advertising for you. All you’re going to be giving away is a single license and it really doesn’t cost you that much to do that.

And also we have training videos, etc. up on our YouTube channel and you can catch us live every Monday morning at 10:00 here on the YouTube channel.

Marcus:           Awesome.

John:                And that’s pretty much it! Don’t forget, stop into our website, sign up for our newsletter, and get all the added news and information from WP Plugins A to Z, and that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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It's Episode 330 and we've got plugins for Image Galleries, Customer Rewards, Push Notification, Halloween, Day of the Week Content, and Custom Admin News Feeds. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 330 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 330 and we've got plugins for Image Galleries, Customer Rewards, Push Notification, Halloween, Day of the Week Content, and Custom Admin News Feeds. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

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It’s Episode 330 and we’ve got plugins for Image Galleries, Customer Rewards, Push Notification, Halloween, Day of the Week Content, and Custom Admin News Feeds. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #330

Marcus:           It’s Episode 330 and we’ve got plugins for Image Galleries, Customer Rewards, Push Notifications, Halloween, Day of the Week Content, and Custom Admin Newsfeeds. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well, good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we’ve got the usual great show for you here today and of course right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. Make sure you take a few minutes to subscribe to the show and review us at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store. Take a little bit of time, drop into our YouTube channel and check out our training videos, screencasts, or you can watch us live every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Marcus:           That’s right. Also remember you can follow the show at WP Plugins A to Z and also once you visit our site, be sure to sign up to our newsletter. That’s where you get all the latest news, stuff that we don’t talk about on the show, and the latest developments in plugins.

John:                Absolutely. Well, with that all being said, we have our usual allotment of six great plugins for you here today, and we’re gonna dive right into the meat and potatoes.

[Plugins intro music]

All right, the first plugin I’ve got here today is another gallery plugin. I know I did quite a few of them the other day, but I needed another more specialized type of gallery plugin than what I reviewed. This one here is called FooGallery and one of the nice features of this plugin here is it allows you to create individual galleries quickly, simply, and easily by uploading all your media to the media library, then selecting all those images.

You create a custom post type with the gallery, you arrange the images the way you want. It pulls the title and the description directly from the image, so you don’t have to do duplication of content here when you’re putting everything together, which is a very nice feature in it. And then you place the gallery in a page using a shortcode.

It’s very nice; it’s a free plugin. It’s got a couple of slightly premium add-ons to it, but the initial free version of it works fantastic. You can go in and adjust your thumbnail size – as I said, pull the info automatically, tweak some of the layout because of a few custom layouts that are available for it, and it is responsive which is very important. So anyway, a great gallery. I found it to be just fantastic the way it was, so I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Go check it out: FooGallery – Image Gallery WordPress.

Marcus:           Very nice, very nice. All right John, the first one I’ve got out of the gate is something that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Things like Yoast and Blubrry podcasting and those kinds of things – when you install them, you get kind of this news widget on your dashboard or this newsfeed. Well, I’ve designed probably – I don’t know – a couple hundred sites for clients over the years. Boy, I wish I had this right now on all those sites. It’s called Admin Dashboard RSS Feed, and it allows you to take a feed from your site (your own website) and through the magic of RSS, actually populating on the dashboard of all your clients. It’s really cool, really easy, short and sweet, easy to set up, totally valuable for what it does, and here’s some of the things that you get to import.

You put your company name, your company logo, your website, your company RSS feed URL, and the number of items that you want to show. And instantly, every time your client goes into their backend, it tells news about your company or perhaps new products that you’re unveiling, or maybe even tutorial steps or things like that. Any combination of news or tutorials or anything that you want to put out to your clients, this will do it. It is called Admin Dashboard RSS Feed. It’s a great plugin; I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That’s a fantastic looking plugin. I’ve got a use for that one in my new site redesign and trying to stay in touch with my current client base, so…[inaudible]

Marcus:           This is the way.

John:                It’s an excellent way. It’s an excellent way to keep reminding your clients of all the work that you do do.

Marcus:           Exactly.

John:                One of the biggest problems I’ve realized I face is too many of my clients don’t remember I do things and then they contact me after they’ve done it and say, “You know I did that, right?” “Oh, I didn’t realize.”

Marcus:           Right, and it’s another way that maybe perhaps you want to create sort of a backend private feed or something like that —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — that goes to your clients. This is a great way to do it.

John:                That’s a fantastic one. Okay, well this brings us up to let you know this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses. Currently sponsored by JohnOverall.com WordPress and Web Services. With today’s internet, finding quality WordPress hosting and support can be a challenge. Drop all that stress by contacting JohnOverall.com Web Services.

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Marcus:           And John, anybody that listens to this show – this show about plugins – obviously, you’ve got a passion for WordPress. Why not write about something unique within WordPress? As you probably know, I’m now the WordPress editor for Smashing Magazine, one of the largest web design resources online, and I’m looking for folks to write great articles about WordPress.

You can get a lot of exposure to yourself, your company, your work. Just visit marcuscouch.com/smashing and I will reply back with all of the info that you need to get started. It’s a great opportunity to contribute to the WordPress community, get a lot of exposure for yourself, and earn a few hundred bucks for the effort. Just check out marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                And they are great articles, folks. Really in-depth stuff that’s helpful. I’m finding more and more there as I keep digging down through it.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s nice.

John:                Okay, well our next set of plugins we’ve got for you – what I have here for you is a push notification plugin for WordPress. And if you’ve ever thought of going into push notifications or having push notifications on your website that go directly to your phone without using a third-party service, this might be a plugin you’ll want to have a look at. The setup of it though will take you some time, because you’re going to have to go in and create yourself a push notification API for Apple or one for Android, whichever phone you have that you’re being used for. I’ve got a link in the show notes on how to do the one for Apple, because that one’s a little more complex than the Google one, which is right in the API console.

So anyway, it allows you to launch notifications to IOS, Android devices. It doesn’t use a third-party service. You can specify a single user from your WordPress website or multiple users. You can specify whether it’s going to send you a notification for posts or pages or other content updates. It’s got a few things to it; it’s not a bad plugin all in all, but the kind of stuff you have to go through and wrap your head around to get it working properly will probably kind of push it down the line, so currently I give it a 3-Dragon rating. But go check it out: Push Notification Sender for WordPress.

Marcus:           That is a tough one without a third party being involved.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           It always has been.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Yeah, push notifications.

John:                Well, that’s why I thought this one would be interesting to bring out for folks to go check out and those that want to avoid a third party. Like me, I try to use as few third parties as I can because let’s face it, you cannot 100% depend on a third-party service because they’ll either change it, yank it —

Marcus:           Right.

John:                — close it, and it’s happened dozens of times in the last few years. I’ve seen it happen many times to people that get hooked into a third-party service and suddenly it’s gone.

Marcus:           Right, right. All right, well the second plugin that I’ve got here today is called Day of Week Widget, and what this is, it’s a cool, lightweight, easy way to show different content based on the day of the week that it is. So if you want to have unique content or items based on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, blah, blah, blah, this is for you. You don’t have to have new content every single day; you can actually leave a day empty and it just skips it. But this is shortcode based and you enter in your text in the backend of the plugin.

 

So you just kind of enter Monday’s content, then you enter Tuesday’s content, enter Thursday’s content. It’s great for maybe restaurants, bars. You know, here’s today’s special or whatever you want to do. It’s just kind of a rotating thing that based on whatever day of the week it is, it will show specific content wherever you place it within the shortcode. That could be a sidebar, on the front page – anything like that. A really cool plugin. It’s called Day of the Week Widget and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s kind of useful. You could also use it for running daily specials for pretty much any business; not just restaurants or bars.

Marcus:           Yeah, absolutely.

John:                You know, there are daily offers or who knows? Maybe you have a daily message you just like to send out to the world of something that is, you know, good to hear.

Marcus:           Right, right.

John:                Lots of great uses for that one.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                Okay, well this is where we showcase our listener feedback and our show donors, and we would love to hear some listener feedback from all you folks out there. All you’ve got to do is head over to our website, drop down to the lower right-hand corner, click on the SpeakPipe channel there, and you could leave us a voice message that we will happily play here. Ask us a question, you know, send us a response, tell us what you think of the show – all of that great stuff. But hey, you can get free advice by asking questions about plugins. We’re more than happy to go digging for you. So – and feedback via contact pages, other areas.

We also like to showcase our show donors and the show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it at all, please give some value back. In that vein, we’d like to acknowledge those that have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and over are read out and their notes published here. For those who come in below $50, they remain anonymous and we thank you very much. And this week here, we’d just like to thank all our donors who came in under $50. You know who you are; thank you very much for your support of the show. It really helps pay for all the things that are required to maintain a podcast and a website: time, money, bandwidth, web server, hosting – you know, all of that stuff.

Marcus:           Transcripts…

John:                Transcripts, yep. I forgot transcripts. Can’t forget those. They’re fantastic and they’re mostly up to date now.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                We’re only one show behind and that’ll be up today.

Marcus:           Great.

John:                There will always be about one show behind because they’ve got to go, the sound’s got to go to the transcriber, they’ve got it and they send it back to me, and they usually come on a day when I can’t put it up on the website until Monday.

Marcus:           And it’s professionally done.

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           It’s not done by a robot —

John:                No.

Marcus:           — or anything like that. It’s done by a very professional person that’s —

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           — you know, that’s their business.

John:                Yeah, Peterson Transcription Services – fantastic job she does.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                If you need a transcriber, go check ‘em out. (Thanks for the plug, John and Marcus!) Okay, and there are many ways you can support the show. Go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to support us. You can go to our Patreon account at Patreon.com/wppluginsatoz and help support the show. Okay.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                Next up we have our final plugins for today. Now, the last one I’ve got here today is just kind of a fun plugin. Every time holidays come around – Halloween, Christmas – you know, I always look for the ones that are kind of interesting to see if they can add a little pizzazz to your website for a day. So I thought I’d check out this one called Halloween Box. Well, it’s kind of cool in theory but when you put this one into practice it doesn’t work perfectly well. It’s a simple CSS change for your sites, pages, and posts content box – only the content box on your pages and posts. And what it does is it changed it out to a Halloween theme motif with a funky looking font and lighted pumpkins in the background.

 

You know, it’s kind of cool looking but it doesn’t work; it’s not really compatible with theme builders such as the N-fold theme that I use. I thought I’d check it out through my N-fold theme and it doesn’t come out very well in that. It probably works very well if you’re using the standard WordPress theme, but of course nowadays with so many themes, it’s kind of hard for the developer to take into account all the ways it’s going to work in those. So at any rate, it’s a very simple thing to do; it’s kind of fun if you have a simple website or just a toy that you’re playing with. This’ll be a great toy for you to throw there but for use on everybody else’s website, probably not so much. But anyway, check it out: Halloween Box and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           That’s cool. Very nice. Yes, a lot of cool holiday plugins and that’s certainly one of them that’s um…

John:                [chuckling] I like the holiday plugins. They’re pretty useless but, you know, they just add some fun to your development.

Marcus:           Yeah. All right, so keeping in tune with everything that I’ve been doing I’d say the last I’d say ten, 15 shows, let’s feature a WooCommerce plugin…why not, right?

John:                Why not? There’s lots of them out there.

Marcus:           So one of the things that I wanted to do is create a rewards system for a certain program that I’m putting together, and this new plugin is called WooRewards, and it’s something I’ve already purchased the pro version for, and that was I think 41 Euros, which ends up being $46 or something like that. Here’s what it does.

It develops a reward system for your website. It’s one of the most efficient ways to develop customer loyalty within your WooCommerce site. Basically, your customers receive rewards and discounts when they buy stuff from you. So with this plugin, you simply define the number of points that a customer will receive on purchases, so maybe they get a dollar for every – I’m sorry – a point for every dollar that the spend – and the number of points equals either a promo code that they can redeem it for or maybe there’s a special discount that they get after a certain amount – whichever it is, that’s built right into WooCommerce.

So what happens is they make a purchase and your customers receive an email with all the info that they need to use their coupons, such as the coupon code, the value, the validity period, how long it’s good for – you know, those kinds of things. And then with the pro version, actually customers can log in and check their point balance and coupons at any time. I think that’s within the free version, too. Again, there’s the standard and pro version. My suggestion is that if you’re gonna go and implement something like this, get the pro version. Get everything you can; don’t just half-ass it when it comes to customer rewards. Really give them something that they can use and go in and check and look at their points history and all that. And the pro version also has a reminder system.

So if somebody has a bunch of points in their account, you can email them automatically and tell them about the latest things that they can redeem it for on your website or the latest – you know, maybe you’re gonna up the coupon by 5% or something like that. But this thing automatically generates all the coupon codes, custom for the clients, all that kind of stuff – really cool. It’s called WooRewards and I gave it a 5 out of 5.

[Dragon Roar]

John:                That’s a very sweet way to do it and yeah, you want to build yourself a good rewards program and definitely don’t cheap out on that.

Marcus:           No, for $50, come on. I mean, to build your own thing like this would take you $1,000 in development costs.

John:                Oh, that would be – that would be at the low end of the development cost.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                People forget developing takes hours and hours and hours to accomplish.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                You know, and then testing and retesting and then multiple places – and yeah, but no, it’s definitely a worthwhile system if you’re running an e-commerce store and you want to bring your customers back. I like the feature there in particular of reminding folks, “Hey, you’ve got points. Come spend your points,” you know?

Marcus:           Right.

John:                While they’re there, they might actually spend some real cash again too, so hey…

Marcus:           That’s it.

John:                That’s the whole point. All right, well closing out this episode of plugins, I covered our FooGallery Image Gallery WordPress Plugin, which I gave a 5 to; the Push Notifications Sender for WP, which I gave a 3 to; and then the Halloween Box, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Admin Dashboard RSS Feed, which gets a 5 out of 5; Day of the Week Widget gets a 4 out of 5, and we just discussed WooRewards; that one gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Now, some reminders, commercials, promotions…I want to bring forth a little bit of a promotion on my own behalf here is I am doing the Movember again this year for the first time in a couple of years, and going to grow a moustache in support of men’s health and family issues, raising awareness to men’s health and family issues around the globe. I’m looking to raise $1,000 this year, so I’m gonna pass it out to all of our listeners out there on this show. Maybe you’ll support that great cause and also spread the word. Tell your friends, family, whatever, and that’s pretty much it. Join me for the Movember. It starts, of course, November 1st and runs through November and I’m going to go from the clean shaven face I have today to sporting a moustache and I might even try to grow a beard. I’ve never actually grown one of those, so I’m going to see how it goes.

Marcus:           Wow!

John:                I’ve never had a beard in my entire life, so–

Marcus:           Wow.

John:                — I think it’s time to try it out and see how it looks.

Marcus:           When have you last had a moustache?

John:                Ah, two years ago, when I did the Movember.

Marcus:           Hmmm….

John:                It looked like I maybe a porn star. They —

Marcus:           Wow.

John:                — they don’t look good on my face, but that’s okay.

Marcus:           Well, I’ve already got a beard and a moustache, so…

John:                There you go. Yeah, the rules of the game where you have to start clean shaven November 1st.

Marcus:           Hmm…

John:                — and then grow it out through the whole month and then try to document it, so it’s kind of a fun thing to do, and I know lots of men in this area that join it and a few help me support and donate to the cause, and this is a really great cause.

Marcus:           Yes, absolutely.

John:                Okay, and also the usual reminders here, don’t forget: go check our YouTube screencast that goes up later where I add a part to it on my first impression of one of the plugins Marcus reviewed. And a note to developers out there, if you’d like to support the show and like to offer up a premium license to give away, go check out wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest, and go check out our training videos up on YouTube.

Marcus:           Absolutely.

John:                All right, and for all of the WordPress news and information, go to wppluginsatoz.com and right there on the front page, you can easily subscribe to our newsletter. So just scroll down the page a bit and you can subscribe right on the bottom of the page, and we look forward to having you there and that’s where we will get all our information, and that’s all we’ve got. Anything left?

Marcus:           That’s about it. I know that we’ve got some beta stuff coming up for the new version pretty soon —

John:                Oh!

Marcus:           — but you’ll have to subscribe to our newsletter to find out more.

John:                Absolutely. The 4.9 beta. That’s – it’s in beta one or beta two right now, isn’t it?

Marcus:           Mm-hm, That’s correct.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Beta 4, actually.

John:                Oh, is it Beta 4? So it’s — oh yeah, so it’s supposed to be released November 14th.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                It’s supposed to be released in two weeks, so it’s probably gonna release and fortunately, they pulled back on some of the things that are in that.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                You know, which was – there was a few things that were gonna be a –nightmarish. I’m not looking forward to 5. I really am. I’m not overly excited about what 5 is going to do with Guttenberg and everything else.

Marcus:           It’s the new Apple Maps.

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           [laughter]

John:                Yeah, it’s pretty much what it is.

Marcus:           And with that…

John:                With that, that’s all we’ve got for you, folks. Take care now, bye-bye.

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It's Episode 329 and we've got plugins for Content Likes, Password Strength, Bulk Compression, Order Notification, and World Clocks. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 329 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 329 and we've got plugins for Content Likes, Password Strength, Bulk Compression, Order Notification, and World Clocks. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #329 here.


It’s Episode 329 and we’ve got plugins for Content Likes, Password Strength, Bulk Compression, Order Notification, and World Clocks. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #329

Marcus:           This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[music]

It’s episode 329 and we’ve got plugins for Content Likes, Password Strength, Bulk Compression, Order Notification, and World Clocks. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you today direct and slowly from beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                Yeah, moving kinda slowly after running up the side of a mountain this weekend, so…and the brain is not fully engaged yet.

Marcus:           As I —

John:                That’s okay.

Marcus:           — as I said in the preshow —

John:                Yeah?

Marcus:           “What did you do that for?” [laughter]

John:                It was fun. I like running and cross-country running is an enjoyable thing to do.

Marcus:           All right.

John:                And of course, as usual, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and make sure you take a few minutes and join us over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or the iTunes store where we would appreciate you taking the time to review us and subscribing to the show. And also, go check out our training videos, screencasts, and you can watch us live every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. on YouTube, and all those links are in the show notes.

Marcus:           That’s right! And other ways that you can find us – remember that you can follow us on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz, all the news and WordPress items that are fit to print, we’ve kept and confined them to the newsletter, so please subscribe to our newsletter over at our website, wppluginsatoz.com.

One other thing I want to mention is that if you have any questions regarding plugins or requests or things like that, our Facebook group is a great place to put that in. And as the last episode featured, we had one show where John totally dedicated himself to answering one person’s question, so they kind of freaked out about that on the Facebook page and were very, very appreciative. So lots of ways to contact us and we hope to hear from you soon.

John:                Absolutely. And with that, it’s time to just jump right in to the meat and potatoes of the show, so off we go.

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, and we’re reviewing our usual allotment of six great plugins and first up today, I have a plugin which comes to us via submission by James from WP Compress, and this plugin here, WP Compress is currently in beta but it is ready for people go check out and download and use. What it is is it’s an image compression program and at first when James approached me to check it out, I was like, “Ah, another image compression program. You know, how good they can be.” I’ve used EWW and I’ve used Smoosh and they’ve both done great jobs and Smoosh has done a better job than EWW for me. And then this one here, he said, “Well, check it out, man. Our tests have shown it does even better than Smoosh.” And I was like, “Okay. Well, I’ll check it out.”

And so what I did was I – he sent me a beta copy and downloaded it and I installed it in one of my oldest sites, which is JohnOverall.com, which has hundreds of images in there – maybe even thousands. I wanted to see how will it do on this site here. Well, it was easy enough to set the plugin up. You just upload it like usual, install, activate. It is a third-party service and you’ve got to get an API key and they’ve made the process pretty simple and straightforward from inside the plugin. You just enter your email address, information, connect, sign up and create and account, and then they email you the API key which you then insert and then you have access to the plugins used.

The plugin is very easy to use. Just drop into the media menu, go into the menu item that says Bulk Compress, and click that, and then it walks you through a couple of quick steps and then it starts compressing. Leave the window open and watch the amazing magic. It was actually quite impressive to see that it saved an additional 20% on all my images that I already had, thereby increasing in the speed load, the storage compression of my site, etc. etc. All in all, a fantastic plugin. I’m looking forward to more of how this plugin evolves as it comes out of beta. I am understanding that eventually as it comes out of beta, it will be a premium plugin but currently it’s free to use, so you’ll want to check it out while it’s in beta and maybe get your images all compressed up and help these guys learn a little bit more. Now, I will be doing an interview show with James as soon as he’s ready to go ahead with it and for all we know, he may actually show up here and say hi to the show, but hey…at any rate, go check it out: WP Compress. I gave this a 5-Dragon rating in beta!

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Well, that’s pretty impressive.

John:                Yeah. A great plugin, man.

Marcus:           Wow! Because I love Smoosh and there are some other ones that I’ve used as well, to me I always thought – Tiny PNG is the service that I use to compress images it saves so much.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Especially if you’re using PNG files – ping files.

John:                Oh, yeah. I use a lot of PNG files. [laughing]

Marcus:           And those things are enormous size and sometimes I’ve had about a 150K image and I put it through one of those Smoosh things or Tiny PNG and it ends up being like 20K.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           You know, it takes almost only 20 percent of what it used to be, so those are great. I love that and hopefully I can try that as well at WP Compress.

John:                Yep, well —

Marcus:           So James, send me a copy. I want it.

John:                I’ll be happy to get the copy over to you. You can go download it from their site right now. It’s available over at —

Marcus:           Oh!

John:                — WPCompress.com. Yeah, I forgot to mention that. You can go to their site and download it right now. They have it available in beta for people.

Marcus:           Cool!

John:                So…

Marcus:           Okay, well I have checked out by request – the request I got was, “Hey, I’d like to have something that’s kind of like a voting where people like it but there is no dislike. It just needs to be a positive thing.” So I came up with this plugin that’s relatively new. It’s called Post Likerater, which is sort of weird. It enables a simple like or unlike feature to be added to posts, pages, things like that. As I said, there is no dislike feature. The thing about it I like is there is no dislike; it’s just all positive, just like I mentioned.

The things I don’t like about this plugin are there is no CSS to speak of in this plugin at all. There is no admin page, there are no options for this plugin. It does work but you literally have to hold its hand the entire way to make sure that it works. So if you’re good at CSS or you have somebody who can style it for you, this is probably a really great plugin. As I tested it, it didn’t have any styling. It took the native theme styling CSS and it made it okay, but definitely not usable for me, so I rated this one a 3 out of 5.

John:                Yeah, well, that happens and sometimes you’ve gotta put a little extra effort into plugins that you want to use.

Marcus:           Yeah, yeah. This one is halfway; this is like a take it home and bake it yourself plugin.

John:                It is kind of new, so maybe they’ll improve it as time goes on.

Marcus:           Hope so.

John:                All right, well with that, this brings us to the point where this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses. Currently sponsored by JohnOverall.com, WordPress and Web Services. And with today’s internet, finding quality WordPress hosting and support can be a challenge. Well, drop all that stress by contacting JohnOverall.com Web Services.

I can help you eliminate your WordPress stress, solving your WordPress emergency issues, or doing the more day-to-day items such as finding that perfect plugin, helping you move to a new hosting provider, or even providing quality WordPress hosting. With 20 years’ experience online and over eight years dedicated to WordPress solely, JohnOverall.com provides all your web service needs from hosting to WordPress development, repairs, and malware removal. Visit my website, JohnOverall.com or call me, (818)850-7729, or you can send an email direct to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And John does answer the phone.

John:                Oh, absolutely.

Marcus:           Directly – probably just in a couple of rings, too. All right, well anybody that’s listening to this show, you loooove WordPress. Come on, you’re a plugin junkie like John and I. You love it. Well, why not write about something unique within WordPress? As you’ve probably heard on the show in the last few months, I am now the WordPress editor for Smashing Magazine, one of the biggest web design resources on the internet and I’m looking for folks to write great articles about WordPress.

This has got a lot of benefit for you: you get paid, you get a lot of exposure to yourself, your work, you get a nice, cool author box where you can talk about yourself and give yourself a nice followed link that goes back to your site. Smashing Magazine is – when I say it’s the biggest, it gets, you know, 6,000,000 unique visits a month. That’s more than WP Tavern gets. That’s more than Tork gets – all of them combined. Think of every WordPress blog you know of and this is a lot bigger. And they’ve got really high standards and the articles are really long. But it’s really worth it in terms of the audience and the feedback that you get back from any published article, and most of them have 30-40 comments every time you publish an article. What a great set of feedback that you get from a huge mechanism like this.

So if you’re interested in getting exposure to yourself and your work, go to marcuscouch.com/smashing. There’s a video there you can learn about the whole process and fill out a form. It has an autoresponder that replies back with how to get started and what to do. A great opportunity to contribute to the WordPress community, get exposure, and get a few hundred bucks in the process.

John:                Absolutely, and the articles are well worth reading. They are in-depth, useful, and helpful. They’re not top 10 lists and they’re stuff that you can actually use for building and working on your websites.

Marcus:           Yes, and if I can elaborate just one sec, I get requests all the time. Like, “Hey, can I write about the latest WordPress version or the latest WooCommerce version?” No. We don’t take articles like that. We want actual procedures and cutting-edge things that you’ve never heard of and, you know, advanced design techniques and how to make more money with your agency and those kinds of things. That’s what we’re interested in, not necessarily, “Hey, give me 10 plugins that tell me the weather.”

John:                Yeah, there you go.

Marcus:           Not really needed.

John:                All right, well that brings us up to our next set of plugins. The next one I have for you was sent in to us by Ben Campbell. It’s called London Theatre Direct and this plugin here is if you happen to be in London or in that area, this is something you could use to help increase your sales or increase a little bit of extra money. The plugin is focused on all the London theatre scene to sell tickets through the London theatre scene. You can become a partner within the London theatre scene, London Theatre Direct, and earn a commission on all the ticket sales.

So if you’re like a reviewer or you like writing articles about theatre or anything like that, this is something that could benefit you if you’re one of those bloggers. It’s a relatively easy plugin to set up. It even worked out here from Canada, where I set it up on my website to just give it a test on my sandbox site anyway. It’s pretty simple and straightforward to set up. You go through, you set it up.

If you wanted to earn a commission, you have to sign up for one of the affiliate programs and go through, enter your information, choose the theatres, choose the type of tickets and everything to sell, and then you just go plug it in to your website either via a widget or it’s got its own shortcode builder that allows you to get it all up and running. So go check it out: it’s London Theatre Direct and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Nice, and I like that you can just be an affiliate. You don’t have to actually be in London to do this.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           You could just sell it on your own site. So if you’ve got any kind of affiliate site or things like that, why not try and grab a [inaudible] for London theatre tickets or even create a schedule, something like that, and do the rest. Okay, so the next plugin that I’ve got here is kind of a cross-pollination. It is called WooCommerce Simple Order Notification and it works with both WooCommerce and Twilio, which Twilio is an SMS service that you can sight up for. They do, I believe, have a free version that you can probably integrate with this. They give you kind of an API key that you can use right in WooCommerce and within this plugin.

So here’s what happens, John. If you and I have a store that we’ve set up and we want to take orders – or, say it’s a membership site or anything else that anybody may sign up to and purchase. Every time a successful transaction has occurred, this will go through that Twilio API and send you a text message and says, “Hey, John! Guess what Marcus just paid $1,000 for Order #1234,” and, you know, any other options that you wanted to add within that SMS.

Now, that’s some nice pat on the back reassurance that your e-commerce entity is working properly and that’s also something that if you are a developer or a designer, you can encourage your e-commerce clients that use WooCommerce to start getting into. Let them have this capability of SMS every time they get an order so they can prepare themselves, they can review the order, they can forward that to somebody else that they need to know. And, you know, more and more we are living more on a text message-based society, rather than email, and this is another one of those things. So check it out: it’s called WooCommerce Simple Order Notification and I would’ve given it a perfect 5 out of 5, but it does work with a third-party service, which is Twilio. Even though I like them, I still took a point off just because has that extra step, so it gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                Well, that’s not too bad and it can be quite useful for you if you’re selling products that you really want to respond back to people quickly about, too.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                This is another great way you can be responsive to your clients and help improve your service.

Marcus:           Absolutely. I didn’t really think about that consideration but yeah, that’s absolutely the fact.

John:                Okay, well that takes us up to next here. We’ve got listener feedback, audio clips – none this week, unfortunately. But if you’re a listener out there and you would like to contact us with an audio clip, hey, step into the wppluginsatoz.com and leave us a SpeakPipe down in the lower right corner of the page. You can access it and I understand now you were saying earlier, Marcus, that this now works with Mac?

Marcus:           That’s correct. If you have a Macintosh, you were unable to leave a message through the browser on Safari previously through the site. That’s at least what SpeakPipe has said, and I just got an email today that says, “Hey, it now works with Mac.”

John:                There you go.

Marcus:           All you Mac people out there, go to wppluginsatoz.com and leave us a SpeakPipe! We’d love to hear from you. Tell us what you like about the show, any plugins you’re looking for, or just say hello.

John:                Absolutely. Okay, and this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give back some value to us. And in that vein, we’d like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and over are read here, their note is published. For those who come in below $50, they’ll remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week’s donors we have $50 from Jezweb Pty. Ltd. and his note says:

“This donation is on behalf of Innate Life Chiropractic, www.innatelife.com.au a Jezweb built WordPress website for a chiropractor in Lake Macquarie, Australia.”

So it’s kind of a cool thing here and thank you very much, Jez. We really appreciate your support of the show.

Marcus:           We really appreciate – I mean, we do.

John:                Oh, absolutely.

Marcus:           He’s come through for us time and time again. If we had a title of Executive Producer in terms of what he’s done for us and helped enable the show like few others have in terms of stepping up, he is the man, so we totally appreciate his support. We are at record downloads, so it’s time that if you’re a new listener to the show that you understand what value-for-value means. It means as John said, if we provide value to you, we’d love for you to provide some value back to us, whether that’s a donation through our Patreon account, whether that is a direct donation to the show. We’ve got a lot of ways that you can help contribute. We do appreciate everyone’s support and that’s basically it.

John:                Yeah, and for those of you that are in the small subscriptions, we greatly appreciate your support for the show, too. And all the money currently coming in for this show goes to pay for things such as bandwidth, time to do the show, transcriptions (because we do have transcriptions done of the show).

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                All of the little incidentals that actually do cost money, and so we greatly appreciate those of you that are supporting us.

Marcus:           Thank you very much. We do appreciate it.

John:                Okay, and the final plugins we’ve got here today…the last one I’ve got for you today is called World Clock Dropdown with Shortcodes. I’ve been on the hunt lately for a world clock and I still haven’t found a very good one. This one here is slightly better than most so far. I’m in need of a specific style of one, so I’m still hunting. At any rate, what this one does for you is it’s a very simple plugin for finding your local time in a particular time zone. You can enter several of the shortcodes in there to have different models from it.

I noticed from my test that once it sets a time, even when you come back to the page, the cookie helps keep that time, so it only resets the page when the cookies go away. It defaults to Greenwich Meantime, so you’d have to change the time zone on it. All in all, not a bad little plugin for setting time zones or determining time zones, but no good for what I’m looking for. I’m looking for something that allows people to set up a meeting time and pick time zones from multiple areas and then compare them, so this is – it’s kind of a little bit more complex. This one here is a little limited; it could be of use. Some of the improvements in it would be the multiple instances and comparing the time zones I’m looking for, but all in all, not too bad of a plugin. Check it out: World Clock Dropdown with Shortcodes and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Nice. Very nice. All right, I’ve got one more plugin that is WooCommerce-related and this has to do with your customers’ accounts in WooCommerce, which is a very big deal because it’s – you know, the security of your site is only as good as the weakest password of the weakest user, right? (Or any one of your users.) Especially if they can do things to the site or post things to the site, it really creates kind of a really, you know, a drag experience for the rest of your users. So this allows you to set the minimum password strength to very weak, weak, medium, or strong.

You’ve all seen that when you’ve created a password within WordPress itself, so it enacts this for users so that you can enable that only a strong password is allowed on my e-commerce site or only a medium password so you don’t get too stringent. It does do a lot of different settings. If you put the setting of very weak, it actually disables the strength meter altogether; that means hey, it’s wide open. Do what you will. Create 1234 as your password or whatever you want to do. So if you want to just open the door wide and just monitor the strength of passwords, that’s also available as well. So it is called Minimum Password Strength for WooCommerce and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s a nice plugin. That’ll be nice and handy. Now, one thing to keep in mind though is there have been numerous flaws in the past that have been exploited, even though a user has no power on a website, cross-scripting has allowed additional powers to be allocated.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So this is another reason to enforce strong passwords to help ensure that only the users get in there that are supposed to be in there, so something to keep in mind.

Marcus:           Yeah, and that’s very important. If you do things like reorders with credit cards that may be already on file somewhere or in the system or with your merchant, if they have that kind of power, that’s a chargeback waiting to happen and that affects your pocket, that affects your future credit as a merchant —

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           — and whether you’re even allowed to do business. So the more stop-gap measures that you have, the better.

John:                Absolutely. Well, that closes it out and this episode here, I covered up WP Compress, which I gave a 5 to; London Theatre Direct, which I gave a 4 to; and then World Clock Dropdown with Shortcodes, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Post Likerator, which gets a 3 out of 5, WooCommerce Simple Order Direct Notification – that’s the thing that gives you a text message every time you get an order – gets a 4 out of 5, and we just talked about Minimum Password Strength for WooCommerce, which gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice, and the usual reminders and stuff for the end of the show, be sure to check out the YouTube screencast that goes up later and watch the additional parts that I’ll be putting in for the show. And a note to developers out there, if you’d like to support the show, maybe you could offer up a premium license that we can give away, create a plugin contest, we’ll promote your plugin, etc., create the contest, and all you’ve got to do is provide us with the license for it. You know, in the contests we’ve run in the past have been very successful, so check it out.

Also, check out our training videos that we have up online and more training videos are on the way. They actually take a lot more time to plan and prepare than I had thought initially. I anticipated doing one a week and only to find out that they take more time than I had anticipated.

Marcus:           [chuckling] Yeah, a lot more.

John:                So…and because I like to do very thorough ones and the training videos I get up there end up getting thousands of visits, and in fact, a couple of my training videos have been adopted by the plugin developers as the video to go to for showcasing how to use their plugin.

Marcus:           I love it when we do that.

John:                That’s one of my thrills when I see that. I wonder, “Why am I getting so many visits?” When I follow all the links I’m like, “Oh, they’ve embedded my video in their instructions.” Sweet!

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, and also if you’re looking for WordPress news and other information, don’t forget to go check out WP Plugins A to Z and subscribe to our newsletter and get all the information on a weekly basis. And also there will be an additional segment after the closeout of the show here showcasing why we do value-for-value and where our inspiration came and showing you how – even I give back that value to the podcast that I listen to a lot, so I’ll make sure that segment is included after the show today. So make sure you stick around after all the closing stuff. And that’s it! You got anything else?

Marcus:           Nope, that’s good for me. Thanks, everybody.

John:                And thank you for those who stopped into the show. I saw there was three or four people that popped in there, so thank you very much. Take care now. Bye-bye.

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Extra Segment:

John:                Okay, this is the after-show segment here and I’ve got a couple of things I’m going to be doing for you here today. First off, we’re going to showcase from the No Agenda Show. What we mean by value-for-value and where we get our inspiration for the value-for-value show. Now, the No Agenda Show can be found at noagendashow.com for those of you listening to this segment, because this will be in the regular podcast itself. And also after I’m finished with this segment here, I will do the showcase that goes up into the Google Stream area that showcases my impression on Marcus’ plugin.

So first off here, we’ve got the No Agenda Show, which is a value-for-value podcast and they do media deconstruction. It’s a very excellent show; you might want to check it out yourself. But one of the things they do is they hit a segment where they showcase their donors, the same way we do on the WP Plugins show. This show here, they are currently in their 10th Anniversary of their show and they had an amazing show of donors that they showcased. So I’m going to take a few of them and I’m gonna highlight the component of where my donation was on this particular show, so stay tuned for that. I will get it all dialed in.

Okay, we’re going to play the opening for the No Agenda Show here:

“And we’re going to run this off of Podbean. Adam Curry, John C. Dvorak. It’s Sunday, October 22, 2017. This is your award-winning Gitmo Nation Media Assassination Episode Niner Seven Five! This is No Agenda.

Alert the affiliates, we’re going long! And broadcasting from the future, live in Downtown Austin Teahouse, [inaudible] the [inaudible]state in the (Cluedo) in the morning, everybody, I’m Adam Curry.

And from Northern California where I believe today is night-day, I’m John C. Dvorak. It’s Craig, Mop, and Buzzkill in the morning!”

John:                There we go. There’s the opening for their show and what I’ll do is I’ll jump down to the beginning segment of their donor segment, and then I will jump down to the segment where my donation is showcased in the show, coming up in a second.

“Thank you for your courage of saying good morning to you, John C., where the C stands for college connoisseur Dvorak.

 And good morning to you, Mr. Adam Curry, also in the morning and all ships at sea, boots on the ground, feet in the air, subs in the water, and all the dames and knights out there….

And the morning to the chatroom No Agendastream.com, always good to see you guys there, all jacked up and ready to go. And hold on a second…what’s going on here? I wanted to go to – today is the second of our third installment of our special 10 Anniversary promotion – our twofer.

The second of our three installments, yes.

Yes, it’s our twofer.

Yeah, twofer. You get to double up on your credits.

And I’ve got a lot of questions – I’m sure you do as well – both the possessors of dolerites in Candanavia, as well as –

But it has to be kinda laid out for us because if we have 94 people to mention –

[Laughing]

It gets [inaudible].

Oh, gosh. Yeah, all right. Hey, not complaining.

So we’re gonna have a long session, so we’re going to put this as kind of part of the show.

We’re going long.

So Benjamin gave $1,000, but he actually gave $1,300 in Canadian.”

John:                Okay, so that’s the intro to their donations segment and as you can see, they had a lot of donors for this. It was their 10th Anniversary show and lots of people donating and they were giving out a double donor credit. You would have to go to the show, listen to the show for a little while to understand the donation credit system that they’ve got.

We have been trying and toying with ideas for something for the WP Plugins show, but we don’t have anything as of yet. But we’re working towards that goal eventually. So at any rate, now I’m going to skip down because I’m way down the list because well, I donated but I didn’t donate as much as all the people in front of me. As you heard, that first donor, a $1,000 donation and it continues down the list until it gets down to where mine is. But we all donate what we can afford to support our favorite content, so we’ll take you to that right now.

“John Overall 2222, thanks for your value-for-value model, giving back to doubling the donations. The donation of $222 is $444. When he’s doubling his number, that means you are in the path of awakening, which of course is that of the No Agenda Show, because it does awake people. Once it awakes you, you cannot go back to sleep once it awakes you. This donation and your donating double bonus pushes me over the top to become a knight of the realm for my No Agenda nation. I would like to be dubbed Sir John Overall, Night Runner, because I am often doing my running in the dark. In an effort to emulate the No Agenda Show, we are running our podcast, the WP Plugins A to Z – now I know who to get a hold of!

Yeah.

–a plugin guy.

Yeah!

It’s a value-for-value show – a little – by the way, that is an art, not a science to do these plugins and know how they work.

Oh, yeah.

The little-acknowledged secret is that it is hard to do a show that way, but more fulfilling. Please play the following jingles – in other words, using value-for-value for the plugin show.

Yeah.

6969, dudes, fist bump, Atlas shrugged, podcasting karma for all podcasters out there, go a-podcasting.

Okay.

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“6969, Dudes! Hey man, fist bump. [singing] Atlas shrugged [desk bell dinging] [inaudible] You’ve got karma [harp music].”

John:                Okay, so that was a highlight of the segment where I donated my donation to them. I gave them $222 and that’s how much I like that show. I have supported them over the last couple of years with a significant amount of money and they reward people by making them a knight. So at any rate, that’s what we’re trying to do here for this show is to have a value-for-value model where you, our listeners, support us and if we’re giving you value, give us value back.

Money is appreciative; there’s many other ways you can help and support this show. You can go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to find out more ways you can support the show, and every little bit helps. No amount is insignificant, even time, money, support, graphics – there’s lots and lots we can do. We’d like to expand this show out dramatically. So that’s all I’ve got for that.

Now, I’m going to take you into the after-show segment where I do my impression of one of Marcus’ plugins from this episode, so let’s jump into that segment here. And that will be for only those that go into the stream on YouTube that is up later, so this ends the WP Plugins show, except for the additional segment, so go check out that YouTube. Thanks.

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It's Episode 328 and we've got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-End Admin Menus, Gallery Tools and Wishlists for WooCommerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 328 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 328 and we've got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-End Admin Menus, Gallery Tools and Wishlists for WooCommerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 328 and we’ve got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-End Admin Menus, Gallery Tools and Wishlists for WooCommerce. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #328 here.


It’s Episode 328 and we’ve got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-End Admin Menus, Gallery Tools and Wishlists for WooCommerce. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #328

Marcus:           It’s Episode 328 and we’ve got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-end Admin Menus, Gallery Tools, and Wish Lists for WooCommerce – that’s hard to say – and it’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well, good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the Beachside Bunker in Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you here today. But of course we missed last week, mainly due to me cooking Thanksgiving dinner. It was Canadian Thanksgiving up here in the Great White North and I decided to take the day off and spend it with my family instead of sitting down to record a show. I know you all missed it but hey, we’re here this week to give you another great show.

Marcus:           Absolutely!

John:                And of course, right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and make sure you subscribe and review the show over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes store. And for a little bit of extra that is slowly coming together bit by bit, please check out our training videos, screencasts, and you can watch us live on YouTube every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m., so check out all the links for those stuff in the show notes.

Marcus:           Absolutely, and thank you to everybody who is watching us now. We appreciate that.

John:                We do! And we do have a couple on right now. Thanks for dropping in, guys. We really appreciate it. Okay, and well, that’s – don’t forget – let everyone know. Join us on Twitter, too. You can follow the show over at Twitter and subscribe to our newsletter.

Marcus:           Yep.

John:                And with that, well let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

Marcus:           Okay.

[Plugins lead-in music]

John:                And first off, the plugins I have today, I have a set of plugins that come as a request from Romain Capelle. He made a request on our Facebook page and Romain was looking for a plugin that creates image galleries in a particular mason style. So I decided to take on the challenge a little bit and review a few plugins, so all three of the plugins I’ve got today are related to that. So with that in mind, the first one I have up here is called Image Photo Gallery Final Tiles Grid.

Now, this plugin here has some limited ability for creating use image galleries. It is a freemium plugin and the free version that I checked out gives you very limited things you can do with it. It doesn’t do a whole lot. One of the biggest issues I’ve found is that the mason grid in the free version only creates same sized tiles, and Romain was looking for multi-sized tiles in this thing here. It could be a really nice tile grid if you’re looking for something plain and simple. The pro version adds a few more features, allows you to expand the grids, make a few more adjustments to it, but I wasn’t able to play with it or adjust it. So make sure you go check that one out. And all in all, I gave it a 3-Dragon rating, so check it out.

Marcus:           Great, all right. Well, the first one that I have today is something that we kind of all run into problems with every now and again, and that’s dealing with email that comes through our sites. This plugin is called Post SMTP Mailer/Email Log and what it is, it’s a next generation mailer that assists in the delivery of email that’s generated by your WordPress site, and this is the only one to do it with all of the latest security standards. Now, that’s very important, because you want the security standards to be upheld so that you can do OAuth 2.0 and things like that to interact with Gmail and some of the other services that you do that uses SMTP email.

Now, there are so many other mail plugins out there, except some of them will take care of the SMTP part but they don’t have logs to where you can figure out if the thing is actually sending or not, or if it actually went out, and this one actually has built-in logs with it. It is called Post SMTP Mailer and it’s very unique if you send a lot of email out of WordPress itself, either through forms or something like that to third-party people. This is a plugin that you want to check out. I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very cool! A nice way to bypass some of the problems with your mail — sending PHP mail.

Marcus:           Yeah, now I’ve noticed some problems with one of my hosts that’s the GoDaddy WordPress managed hosts —

John:                Yep?

Marcus:           — which I love that service and I love the way that those kind of developer plans rolled out for GoDaddy, but the email portion of it stinks, so this is the way to cure that.

John:                Absolutely. All right, with that being said, we’ll let you all know this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses, and currently sponsored by JohnOverall.com, WordPress and Web Services. And if you’re finding quality WordPress hosting and support and that can be a challenge, well, you can drop all that stress by contacting JohnOverall.com Web Services.

I can help you eliminate your WordPress Stress, solving your WordPress emergency issues or doing the more day-to-day items such as finding that perfect plugin, helping you move to a new hosting provider, or even providing quality WordPress hosting. With 20 years’ experience and over eight years dedicated to WordPress, JohnOverall.com provides all your WordPress needs from hosting, to WordPress development, repairs, and even malware removal if that happens to you. Visit my website at JohnOverall.com or call me, (818) 850-7729, or send an email direct to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And anybody listening to this show, you’ve got a passion for WordPress, and why not take that passion and write about something unique within WordPress? You’ve been listening to the show, you know that I am now the WordPress editor for Smashing Magazine, one of the biggest web development resources online, and I’m looking for folks to write great articles about WordPress. You can get a lot of exposure for yourself and your work. All you need to do is go to marcuscouch.com/smashing and fill out the form, watch the video that explains everything, and I will get back to you right away with some more information, some process, some style guide stuff – and by the way, you’re gonna get a few hundred bucks for the effort as well. So check it out, marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                Absolutely. Make sure you do that. And if nothing else, start using Smashing for some WordPress information. Some of the articles I’m starting to read there are quite fantastic, very useful, in-depth. Some of them are excellent for pros. You know, check it out, folks. A great way to make some extra money if you’re doing some writing.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s high-level stuff. It’s not like “The Top 10 Plugins for Restaurants” or things like that.

John:                No.

Marcus:           It’s not lists; it’s tutorials, it’s hardcore diving into, you know, the meat and potatoes, so to speak. You know, that’s the phrase we use but diving into really the core of what can be done in WordPress and how it should be done in WordPress, so it’s a really great resource. Check it out at smashingmagazine.com.

John:                Absolutely. Okay, well that brings us to our next set of plugins and the next one I’ve got up here is another gallery plugin, and this gallery plugin here is called Gallery – Photo Gallery, Image Gallery, Theme Gallery, Blog Gallery WordPress Plugin – wow, that’s a lot of galleries in one name. So at any rate, this one here is a lot closer to what Romain was looking for. It does create a random sized image gallery, but not quite in the sense of what he really wanted it to do.

It allows you to do some adjustments in there, it’s limited on the number of images you can put into a gallery until you upgrade to the premium version. It just has a few adjustments to allow for it to fit your site nicely. All in all, not too bad of a mason grid gallery – a bit better than the one I did previously, so go give this one a check-out. I’m just going to shorten it down to Gallery – Photo Gallery, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s something they should probably call that Multi-Gallery, right? [inaudible – 9:41]

John:                The name is a little bit of a mouthful.

Marcus:           Yeah. Okay, so I’m – I’ve got a kind of a lazy plugin next that is called Admin Menu in Frontend, and you know, I think the customizer’s great but it always ends up in the backend out of proper sizing and scope that you might typically be used to of seeing your site. This plugin, Admin Menu in Frontend allows you to administrate the menu when you’re actually viewing the site from the frontend as well. It’s a real simple solution that helps to speed up development time a little bit and it’s pretty cool. It does things like – it’s not really like a customizer; it’s more of like your admin dashboard where you see posts, media pages, comments, appearance – stuff like that on the frontend rather than the backend, which is kind of cool. I’ve never really seen it done like that and I rated this one a 5 out of 5.

[Partial dragon roar]

John:                Uh-oh.

[Full dragon roar]

There we go! [chuckling]

Marcus:           The dragon’s got the hiccups today.

John:                It does. It does. I’ve got too many screens. I added a new monitor, so I’m sort of learning to move from screen to screen and figure out where I’ve got everything now. I’ve had to move things around, so this is new.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                We’re expanding and trying to make sure I can do lots of things, even saying hello over to the guys over there that are actually watching us on YouTube. Hello, Larry. Hello, Shawn. Thank you for dropping in to the show. So little by little, man, it’s moving forward. All right, well this is the segment of the show here where we recognize the support for the show. This is a listener-supported show. The show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, we would like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and above get their note read out and published here. Those who come in below $50, they’ll remain anonymous and thank you very much.

This week, we would like to just send out a big thank you to all the donors who came in under $50 and for those of you that have set up the small weekly subscriptions, those little subscriptions really help the show and will help us grow and move forward, so we greatly appreciate your support. And there are numerous ways you can support the show. You can head over to wppluginsatoz.com/donate where we have, you know, $2.50 a week subscriptions. You know, buy us a cup of coffee every week, help support the show, or even donate more as your conscience dictates to you. Please support the show. The money goes to help the show with things such as transcripts, bandwidth, all the necessities and time that go along with creating a quality podcast like this, so…and that’s it.

Marcus:           Yes, thank you for your support that everybody that does the support in terms of Patreon and the rest of it, we do appreciate that.

John:                Okay, and then the final set of plugins we’ve got here today, I’ve got up the final grid gallery plugin and it’s called Easy Image Collage. Now, this one here is the one that comes the closest with the free version of it to what Romain was looking for, and while it creates a grid of multi-sized images, it does have limited adjustments such as to the grid – the width and what not and the space in between the images, etc. Some of those things can be adjusted once you hit the premium version.

You get additional adjustments such as the number of collages, you can add captions to the images, and more to it. But it does create a very nice looking grid that is based on the image dimensions versus automatically squaring them off, and you get a really nice collection of images across your webpages with it. I kind of liked this one; I couldn’t quite give it a five because of course it is a freemium version plugin and I was unable to test the pro version, so we’ll just max this one out at a 4-Dragon rating. Go check it out: Easy Image Collage.

Marcus:           Very nice! Okay John, I’ve been – I don’t want to mess up my streak because I’ve been giving some pretty cool WooCommerce plugins lately, and this is no exception. We all know the power of the Amazon wish list and this called WooCommerce Wishlist. It’s a great way to help enhance your WooCommerce store by allowing your users to add products to specific wish lists so that they can purchase it later. Now what’s great is this wish list can be just like Amazon – public or private – so that the visitor can share their wish list with other people, which is really cool.

It has a lot of CSS options where you can change the button that adds to wish lists, it can support any different post type or anything like that, users can edit, delete, rename – all that stuff – to their wish lists, and obviously share the link so that other people can go there as well. Now, you can use this for a couple of things, not just a wish list, but say you want to create kind of a bundle or something like that where somebody should be able to go and just see everything that’s available to them like that. That’s a good way to do it as well, so I really like this plugin a lot. This is great for adding stuff to wish lists. I’m sure you could probably figure out some marketing to do with people that have stuff in wish list state as well (we won’t really get into that; it’s just a little handy idea). It’s called WooCommerce Wishlist and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s very cool. Wish lists are so useful because I know when I do my shopping, there’s times where I’ll see something, “Hey, I kind of like that,” – tack it to a wish list and later on I’ll come back and go, “Oh, what did I want?” and I’ll look and “Oh yeah, okay. Now I’ve got the money, let’s buy it.” So —

Marcus:           Great!

John:                Yeah, they’re very, very handy. Great tools for you. All right, well closing out this episode, the plugins I covered was Image Photo Gallery Final Ties Grid, which I gave a 3 to; the Gallery – Photo Gallery Image Gallery, which I gave a 4 to; and then the Easy Image Collage, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And my plugins are the Post SMTP Mailer/Email Log, which gets a 4 out of 5; Admin Menu in the Frontend gets a 5 out of 5, and WooCommerce Wishlist gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                All right, and be sure to check out the YouTube screencast that goes up later today and watch it ‘till the end there or just skip right to the end if you are a listener to the show, where I tack on an add-on part where I go test out one of the plugins that Marcus has tested in today’s show or a previous show, just to get my first view opinion upon it.

And a note to developers out there: if you’d like to support the show and you’d like to offer up premium licenses to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest, where you can submit that license and we’ll create a contest around your product that we’ll showcase here on the show and promote to all our listeners out there, and we do have a lot of those now. After the last couple of months, our downloads have dramatically increased and the number of listenership has increased dramatically.

And also, go check out our training videos up on YouTube. I know they’ve been lax the last few weeks but they’re coming. Trust me, they’re coming. They take time to prepare and if something else gets in my way, they get set aside.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                That’s one of the reasons why I need you to support the show. Justify me putting the time into the show versus putting time into client business where I need to earn an income.

Marcus:           Exactly. Yeah, John and I – it’s not about just money. John and I have plenty of ways that we can make money that don’t involve the podcast.

John:                It’s time, it’s time.

Marcus:           Yeah. So, you know, we do appreciate all your support. Thank you.

John:                All right, and there’s also the experimentation that is coming. I know I didn’t do it last week, but Canadian Thanksgiving threw my whole week off and you will see ‘em popping up this week, the experimentation I’m doing with the new encoding software for live random YouTube or Facebook broadcasts to see how they go out. Just look for all those things out there.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                Other than that, news and information – make sure you check it out. Just go to the wppluginsatoz.com and subscribe to our newsletter to get all the news and information and tips that we send out on a weekly basis. That’s all we’ve got now. Anything else, Marcus?

Marcus:           Nope. Have a good week, everybody.

John:                That’s it. That’s all we got now. Take care. Bye-bye.

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All the show notes can be found at wppluginsatoz.com, and while you’re there, subscribe to the Thursday newsletter for more useful information directly to your email inbox. Wppluginsatoz.com is a show that offers honest and unbiased reviews of plugins by developers because you support the show. Help keep the show honest and unbiased by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and choose one of the weekly donation levels or make one that fits your budget. Help us make the show better for you by subscribing and reviewing to the show at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes store. You can also watch the show live on YouTube, check out the screencasts and training videos, and remember to subscribe to us on YouTube, or follow the show on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

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[Outro]

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It's Episode 327 and we've got plugins for Shortcode Tracking, 360 Degree Media, Event Management, Recent Purchase Popups, Product Feeds and Amazing WooCommerce Tools. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 327 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 327 and we've got plugins for Shortcode Tracking, 360 Degree Media, Event Management, Recent Purchase Popups, Product Feeds and Amazing WooCommerce Tools. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #327 here.


It’s Episode 327 and we’ve got plugins for Shortcode Tracking, 360 Degree Media, Event Management, Recent Purchase Popups, Product Feeds and Amazing WooCommerce Tools. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #327

Marcus:           It’s Episode 327 and we’ve got plugins for Shortcode Tracking, 360 Degree Media, Event Management, Recent Purchase Popups, Product Feeds, and an amazing set of WooCommerce tools. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well, good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the Beachside Bunker in Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And of course we have the usual great show for you here today, and right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and make sure you take a few minutes to subscribe to us over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes store, where you can also listen to the show and download it. And of course check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. We’ve got a lot of great stuff up there on that channel, so go check it out. And for those of you joining us live, welcome to the show.

And of course, don’t forget you can follow us over on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

Marcus:           That’s right. And remember, when you go to our website, you can subscribe to our newsletter. You’ll get some news and event information about WordPress that you don’t hear on the show, and we’d greatly appreciate that, so check it out.

John:                Absolutely. And with all of that, let’s start diving into the meat and potatoes of the show. Off we go.

[Plugins lead-in music]

                        All right, today we’ve got our usual slew of six great plugins for you and first up I have a great plugin that was submitted to us. It was sent in by Jessie Taylor from Planaby.com and this plugin here is an events widget manager plugin using a third-party service. It’s a pretty decent app; it’s an app designed for smartphones for people to check out events that might be located near them. It seems to be a global sort of app for events. The biggest problem I found with it is that it is a third-party service, so you have to put your events up on their website and then you use their app to display the events over on your webpage.

All in all, it looks like a pretty great way to showcase your events and get them out to the world to maybe find more viewers or listeners or people to come to your shows or whatever. The advantage of it is that it’s a phone app, helps spread the word. It looks to be pretty good. You might want to check it out. I will be having more about this plugin later in a separate show as I am doing an interview with the developer about it later on today. But at the moment, go check out Planaby and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Great. All right, John, well the next plugin I’ve got is called Sphere Manager and we’ve all seen those amazing 360-degree videos and images where you get to look around, see what’s all around. After I reviewed this plugin, I actually got on Facebook and saw one right away. It was really strange. You can now get this exact same effect native in WordPress and though it does seem to have a bit of a learning curve to it, Sphere Manager actually guides you through the process of adding your own 360-degree media file and allows you to add your own text within the media as you move around within the 360-degree image or video. It has a full backend editor that allows you do to all of this stuff internal within WordPress.

So John, I started to think about how this could be used, especially within the designer or developer community that we have a lot of listeners in, and it would be great for real estate agent sites, restaurant sites, or anywhere that you want to show a physical space and possibly make notes within that space. This is a really cool plugin. It allows you to do things that you can only do, you know, typically in Facebook or in Twitter or things like that, except now you actually have an editor that you could suppress and supplant by just different images and text within that image, and it’s really cool. I love it. It’s called Sphere Manager and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That does sound like a cool thing to do and then looking at the way it works, it looks like it can add some great —

Marcus:           Yeah, I’ve never seen —

John:                — specs.

Marcus:           I’ve never seen anything that actually allows you to put the text within that video itself, and this does it.

John:                No, that’s definitely different. All right. Well, we want to let you know that this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses, currently sponsored by JohnOverall.com, which of course is me. WordPress and web services and for you, it is time to update your website, moving to a new host, or simply sorting out your long-neglected plugins? Well, I can help you with all that and more. Just go on over to JohnOverall.com Web Services, where I can help sort out your WordPress website issues, problems from finding that perfect plugin, to helping you move to a new hosting provider or even providing quality WordPress hosting. With 20 years’ experience online and over eight years dedicated to just WordPress, John – or I – provide all of your web services needs from hosting to WordPress development and repairs. Check me out at JohnOverall.com.

Marcus:           All right, and anybody listening to this show, we know that you love WordPress and why not write about something unique within WordPress? As you’ve probably heard on the show before, I’m now the WordPress editor for Smashing Magazine, one of the big web design resources online.

John:                There you go. That’s definitely a great deal, folks and there’s some really great articles there, so you’ll want to check out Smashing Magazine. Interesting, I’ve noted is that in many of my searches lately for information, I’m starting to see Smashing Magazine articles show up.

 

Marcus:           Ah, that’s good!

John:                So —

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s good. Yeah, they get a lot of traffic. In fact, they get a lot more traffic than most all of the other WordPress sites that you probably visit combined.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           They’re pretty incredible, so hopefully I can drive it back in terms of the WordPress exposure.

John:                Just need more recent articles and that’ll help drive it right up there.

Marcus:           I’m working on it.

John:                All right, we’ve got our next set of plugins up here for you. The first one I’ve got here is called Shortcodes in Use. Now, if you’ve had your WordPress website up for any amount of time and you’ve changed plugins or changed themes, which generally happens every couple three or four years or couple of years, and plugins fall out of favor, bring in new ones, well many of those plugins and themes have their own shortcodes in them. Those shortcodes will build up in your site and as you remove those themes or those plugins, well those shortcodes are just dead text that starts to show up – the naked shortcodes, as they’re called. We don’t want to run around naked on your website.

Cleaning them can be a chore and a half, trying to remember where they were used, what you used them for. Well, this plugin here, Shortcodes in Use, helps simplify that problem for you. Once you install it, activate it, what it does do for you is it goes in and gives you a list of all the shortcodes it can find on your website for you and where they’re located, so you can read through them and see which ones you’re not actually using anymore, and then you can go in and manually clean them.

There are ways to do automatic cleaning of them, but you’ll want to be careful about the automatic cleaning because you could clean out ones that you’re actually using, so you’ll want to do a lot of manual. Unfortunately, it’s a manual process but it’s well worth it to get your WordPress website cleaned up and this is a really great plugin to help you with that problem, so go check it out: Shortcodes in Use and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s very handy. Well, John, if you’ve seen any modern landing page lately, you’ve probably seen a pop-up that displays to the customer, something like “John just purchased X 90 minutes ago,” right? It’s usually on a landing page or store or something else. It’s making more and more prominence. It not only puts peer pressure on you to buy, but it provides trust, engagement, and authenticity. So this plugin is called SalesPop and it is in comparison of something that I’ve seen before called Proof, and the problem is for the Proof widget, this little social proof thing, you have to pay a pretty hefty monthly fee that’s associated with it and it’s also capped in users and views on sites.

I’ve been looking for something within WordPress that does just what Proof does, but without that $79/month fee that goes along with it and something that could actually be used within WordPress itself. So Sales Pop runs beautiful little slide-in popups to notify visitors of recently bought items. When visitors are aware that many other customers are buying from this brand, they’ll be more confident in making first purchases with you.

So what happens is this auto-syncs with your store’s sales data to generate real-time sales notifications of actual orders. Now, if you have a new store you’re just starting out, you can create fake notifications to promote any different items that you have as hot sellers. This plugin also has many different popup design options to match your store’s look and feel, there are options to control how the notification popups look and display within your site, and you can also add a direct URL link to the product within the popup so that the visitors that are interested can click right on that notification popup to view the details right in the product page. A very good plugin, brand new on the shelf here – fewer than 10 active installs – one of them is me, and I rated this one a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Yeah, that’s an excellent way to help showcase your information and encourage people to buy.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Because we’re all influenced by things we see or sort of a little bit of social proof to say, “Hey, we’re not gonna get ripped off when we’re here.”

Marcus:           Right.

John:                All right, well that brings us to this next part. This show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, we request that you give some value back to the show. And in that vein, we would like to acknowledge those that have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and over are read out, their note is published here with any links back to where they would like them to go. And for those who come in below $50, they’ll remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

So this week here we have $50 from Jezweb Pty. Ltd., who has given us a donation. His note says, “This donation is on behalf of Business Wise First Aid Training at bwfat.com.au, a Jezweb-built WordPress website.” That’s actually a really cool website. They do some really good work over there.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, and a big thank you goes out to all of our donors who came in under $50 and we thank you very much for that. And for those of you who have set up the small weekly donations of $2.50, $3.00, and $5.00, we greatly appreciate those. Those help this show out quite a bit. They help defray the costs – pretty much all the funds that we collect right now are going to pay for the services of the show: the hosting services, the bandwidth, the transcriptions – you know, all of the little incidentals that are required to just keep a website up and running.

Marcus:           Yes, and we just this past month hit record downloads, so by a lot.

John:                By a lot.

Marcus:           We smashed our previous record.

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           And we’d love to see all of you new folks that have just joined the show participate in helping to support the show. So just remember you can go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and donate to the show. We do appreciate it.

John:                And there’s lots of donation options there to choose from. Or, you can also support us over at Patreon.com/wppluginsatoz.

Marcus:           Yes. Greatly appreciate your support.

John:                Okay, and that brings us to the final plugins of the show today, and the final one I’ve got here today, this is another one that was submitted to us by a developer. It came in from Omar Fariq Simata. I’ll have to get that one out from Rex Themes and it’s a WooCommerce plugin. It’s called Best WooCommerce Product Feed, and I’ll be discussing more about this plugin again in a separate show, because I am interviewing this developer later today also. But at the moment, what I found out about the plugin, if you’re running a WooCommerce store and are looking to enhance the feeds that are leaving your store for your products, this may be a plugin for you.

It makes the task of creating those feeds that are tailored for specific merchants such as Google, Amazon, eBay, it makes tailoring those feeds for them much easier. It allows you to include specific metadata into the feed, enhance your listings, you can also limit the feed to your best-selling products or a specific product lines – numerous things you can do about that. With the free version of the plugin (because they do have a premium version), you can create a feed of up to 2,000 products. It’s got unlimited feed creation for pro users, it creates XML and text format feeds. Feeds are also accessible via HTTP or HTTPS so that you can support the merchant easier and more.

This looks to be a pretty great plugin if you’re running a WooCommerce store that has products and you’re trying to get them into those areas of all the specific merchants out there. So check it out; it looks to be pretty decent at the moment and it’s called Best WooCommerce Product Feed and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! Yes, those products are actually – I’ve had some good experience with those in the past from Google Shopping back in the day and they really work. When you can get a full Amazon, the webstore, based on your WordPress backend feed, boy, that’s pretty powerful, so check that out.

Okay, I also have a WooCommerce plugin to close out the show. This is called Premmerce WooCommerce Toolkit.

John:                We’ve got a slight delay issue with Google. Let’s give it a sec. All right, go ahead. Uh-oh, we actually lost you. All right, live feed. Let’s —

Marcus:           — twice as nice.

John:                I paused there. Okay, we’re running the recording again now.

Marcus:           Okay.

John:                All right.

Marcus:           So this next plugin is also a WooCommerce plugin. It is called Premmerce WooCommerce Toolkit and it is a complete set of add-ons and extensions developed for WooCommerce. It’s developed to add some of the missing essential tools for your e-commerce business, back to the basic version of WooCommerce. So what it allows you to do is things like adding a video to the product and displaying it in the photo field. Instead of the photo, you get a video, the option of adding descriptions to the shipping methods, and I was especially intrigued by cool things like catalogue mode, which actually is a setting that converts your store into a catalogue of products so that the user cannot make purchases but still see everything that’s available to them. This is compatible with WooCommerce, Yost SEO, and WooCommerce Multilingual, so it does a lot of the integrations of plugins that you probably already use. I rated this one a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Very cool. I like the catalogue mode and —

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                — I might’ve built a website I did recently where I created a catalogue, I might’ve chose WooCommerce if I could have turned it into a good quality catalogue.

Marcus:           Yeah. Yeah, it makes it a lot easier and then you can update it and it updates the catalogue.

John:                Yeah, that’s actually quite nice. All right, well that covers up everything we’ve got here today. I covered up in this episode the Planaby Shows and Events Widget, which I gave a 4 to; Shortcodes in Use, which I gave a 4 to; and then Best WooCommerce Product Feed, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I’ve got three of a kind here: Sphere Manager, which I gave a 5 to, SalesPop also gets a 5, and we just talked about Premmerce WooCommerce Toolkit gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                Very cool. All right, and some reminders/commercials/promotions – whatever you want to call them – and what we like to do is be sure to go check out the YouTube screencast which goes up later after the regular podcast goes up, so you can watch the add-on part that has me doing a first impression of one of Marcus’ plugins reviewed from this show here (or maybe a previous show, depends on the one he’s got). Also, a note to developers who would like to support the show, if you want to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest and fill in the information there and submit it and we will create a contest around it and help promote and support your plugin. That’s the premium version.

Now also, don’t forget we have training videos up and more are on the way. They take a while to plan and produce as I’m finding out. They’re not as simple as they used to be, because I like to produce quality videos that people actually do use and I get a lot of feedback on them, so people seem to enjoy them, so more will be coming. And if you have suggestions for a plugin you’d like to have a training video on, send it to me. I’ll be happy to look into it and see if it’s one I’d like to do.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                And also, one other last thing is having added some new encoding software to my computer over the weekend and doing some experimentation with live broadcasts for YouTube and Facebook, you can start looking for some upcoming random Live Streams from me that will appear on our YouTube channel or our Facebook page. Basically, a lot of them will be breaking news in WordPress or ideas or thoughts that I might have or information that I think is really good to pass along to people, so that will be coming. That’s an experiment that I’m gonna be playing with and it’s going to be a separate part from the show, so more and more stuff that’s coming along, so make sure you come check it all out, folks.

Marcus:           Great! And remember, any WordPress news that comes about or interesting WordPress-related posts, we do put that in our newsletter now and you can subscribe to the newsletter by visiting our site at wppluginsatoz.com.

John:                And that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

Reminders for the show [female speaker]:

All the show notes can be found at wppluginsatoz.com, and while you’re there, subscribe to the Thursday newsletter for more useful information directly to your email inbox. Wppluginsatoz.com is a show that offers honest and unbiased reviews of plugins by developers because you support the show. Help keep the show honest and unbiased by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and choose one of the weekly donation levels or make one that fits your budget. Help us make the show better for you by subscribing and reviewing to the show at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes store. You can also watch the show live on YouTube, check out the screencasts and training videos, and remember to subscribe to us on YouTube, or follow the show on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

John can be reached through his website at www.JohnOverall.com, or send him an email to john@wppro.ca. Marcus can also be reached through his website at marcuscouch.com or Twitter at @marcuscouch. Thanks for watching and have a great day.

[Outro]

Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

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It's Episode 326 and we've got plugins for System and Server Monitoring, User Emulation, Dating Sites, Abandoned Cart Chatbots and CF7-Zapier Integration. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 326 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 326 and we've got plugins for System and Server Monitoring, User Emulation, Dating Sites, Abandoned Cart Chatbots and CF7-Zapier Integration. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #326 here.


It’s Episode 326 and we’ve got plugins for System and Server Monitoring, User Emulation, Dating Sites, Abandoned Cart Chatbots and CF7-Zapier Integration. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #326

Marcus:           It’s Episode 326 and we’ve got plugins for System and Server Monitoring, User Emulation, Dating Sites, Abandoned Cart Chatbots, and CF7 to Zapier Integration. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well, good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, I’m John Overall.

[Rotary telephone ringing]

Marcus:           And from the land where telephones don’t ring like that, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And that’s what happens sometimes – live! – live and ready to rock ‘n roll. All right, well right off the top here, let’s go ahead with – you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, leaving us a review and subscribing to the show there. Go check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time). And of course, you can always follow the show on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

Marcus:           That’s right! And listen – hey, John, you and I know that this is actually a record month for us on the podcasts, so we’d like to thank everybody that’s out there. We are getting tremendous downloads for the show for the month and it’s obviously going to continue. So for all of you new people that have subscribed, we hope you enjoy the show and hope that you’ll review us on iTunes. We’d greatly appreciate that.

John:                Oh, absolutely. And of course, you can subscribe to our newsletter also where you can get more news, information, and tidbits.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                And of course, right off the top here, let’s get started diving into this with all that said. We’re going to dive right into our showing the plugins, and off we go.

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, first up I have a couple of plugins and it was requested from our listener out there who sent it in, Kent Smith. He was looking for a status plugin that would show a status page similar to the page that is created by WooCommerce. And if you’ve never looked at the status page that WooCommerce has when you’re checking out, you should check it out. It gives some really good information about your site, the server, memory usage, etc., etc. And so I did some digging to see if I could find something that might suit what he was looking for. He said he’d found some but not exactly, so I hope these aren’t the same plugins, Kent. But if they are, well, sorry about that.

So the first one I’ve got here is called Server Status and it’s a pretty simple plugin and it’s the first of the couple that I found. It creates a simple page of stats about your plugin. It puts all the information into the dashboard of your site and it goes through and it tells you memory usage, system health, server status, server monitor. It’s got a lot of the good, basic stuff: tell you the PHP you’re running and the WordPress version you’re using. Not as much information as I had hoped, but all in all, still a pretty good plugin to give you some quick, rough, and ready stats right there on your dashboard in a block on your dashboard. Have a look at it; it’s a pretty decent plugin. I give it a 3-Dragon rating and it’s called Server Status.

Marcus:           Very nice. All right, the first one out for me is called Fast User Switching. It is by a company called TikWeb and they’re out of Denmark. And what this allows you to do – I’ve reviewed similar plugins to this in the past. This is pretty good though as far as what it does. It allows administrators to impersonate any user on the site. So you can choose to impersonate a particular user just by clicking ‘impersonate’ in the user list and it actually logs in as that user, and then you can check out the site based on what that particular person or role has.

It’s really, really convenient for testing different users. Now, I am using this actually for a brand new membership site that I’m putting together for a client and this really, really foot the bill for me, so I love it. It’s called Fast User Switching – really easy way to see what different rights and permissions within the user base for your site, and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Hm…that’s a very nice plugin. It would definitely help you when you’re dealing with membership sites to make sure that it works correctly for your various member levels, so you just create yourself a sample user at those membership levels and make sure it’s doing all right.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                Save you tons of time and effort and headaches. All right.

Marcus:           That’s what we’re all about.

John:                Absolutely, and that’s what we’re – our job here is to help save you time and money. And with that being said, this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses. And first off, sponsored by JohnOverall.com, WordPress and Web Services. Is it time to update your website, moving your website to a new host, or simply sorting out some of your long-neglected plugins? I can help you with all that and more at JohnOverall.com Web Services can help you sort your WordPress problems from finding that perfect plugin to helping you move to a new hosting provider or even providing quality WordPress hosting.

With 20 years’ experience online and over eight years dedicated strictly to WordPress, JohnOverall.com provides all your web service needs from hosting to WordPress development, repairs, and even emergency WordPress support. Visit my website at JohnOverall.com, call me (818) 850-7729, or send an email to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And if you’re listening to this show, you obviously have a passion for WordPress. Why not write about something unique within WordPress? I’m now the WordPress Editor for Smashing Magazine, which is one of the biggest web design resources online, and I’m looking for folks to write great articles about WordPress. This helps to get a lot of exposure to yourself and your work and I’d like you to go to marcuscouch.com/smashing. There’s a video there that talks about the entire process and you fill out a quick form and it lets me know a little bit more about you, what you’d like to write about, and it’ll get the ball rolling. So very easy to do: marcuscouch.com/smashing. And also, you get paid!

John:                [chuckling] That’s the best part about it is earn some money while writing some articles, you know? You’re writing that information anyway, putting it on your website, etc. Hey, share it and earn some money.

Marcus:           Yes – and have some fun as your article actually gets translated into other languages, too.

John:                Oh, there you go. There’s a good bonus for you.

Marcus:           Yeah!

John:                All right, next up in our plugin lineup here, I’ve got the second of the system status plugins. Now, this one here is a whole lot better. It’s called Simple System Status and this plugin gives you a more complete picture of your site. It gets you almost everything that is produced in the WooCommerce status page. There’s a couple of things that I think are WooCommerce-specific that are not in this, but it tells you what the WordPress version is, your memory limits, what the usage is, time zones, permalink settings, and more.

It tells you all the theme information that’s in the site, it tells you a list of all the plugins. It includes the list of whatever plugins are in the MU folder (or the must use folder). It tells you which plugins are active, which ones are inactive, it gives you the complete server info, the PHP info, the version, post limits, memory limits. It checks your Fsock, PERL, and SOAP to see if they’re working. It tells you what kind of session info you have going. It even gives you a unique link to create an external page to look at if you need to submit this information to someone else.

All in all, this is a pretty good plugin. I don’t think it’s quite perfect but it’s pretty damn close and it does give quite a bit of information for those that need some quick information like they’re taking over a site or they need to find out what the site setup is. This gives you a really good, robust look at it. So go check it out. It’s called Simple System Status and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating, so check it out.

Marcus:           Awesome! Very cool.

John:                Yeah, this one’s actually quite nice. I was kind of impressed with it. It’s not the nice, clean, pretty interface that you get in WooCommerce; it’s all text, so you’ve gotta —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — kind of read it. But it’s still got all that information there.

Marcus:           Nice. All right, let’s talk about a new plugin that I love. It’s called Recover Abandoned Cart for WooCommerce and it’s by an outfit called Chatx.ai, and they’re from Bucharest, Romania. Now, here’s what’s cool about this plugin: it takes both of my favorite things and puts them together, which is WooCommerce and chatbots. I’m big into chatbots. I’ve said that on the show many different times. Here’s how this works.

It helps to recover abandoned carts on your WooCommerce store and Facebook Messenger chatbots to do so. So first and foremost, you have to setup an account at chatx.ai – no big deal, easy to do – you’re done in just a minute. Then you begin to track your store’s abandoned carts and the related Facebook users, so this kind of does it – a double-tap in terms of who’s on your site, all that. How do you get them to actually like your page or get their Facebook information? That’s up to you on how you actually – you can have them log in with Facebook or something like that within your site.

Here’s how it works: once you get all that hooked up, after let’s say X amount of hours from the time that they go to your site and put something in a cart and abandon it, that X amount is determined by you. Your customer actually receives a message from your store’s Facebook page, (which also this requires a Facebook page) and it reminds them of the different products that they left in the cart. The chatbot then tries to convince them to finish the order and you have a lot of different options that you can do that with by giving them maybe a discount coupon for 5% or 10% off or something like that. Scarcity – you can say, “Look, we’ve only got two left. If you want it, it’s ready for you.” This takes the best of both worlds for me: WooCommerce and chatbots. I’m actively right now using this on one of my e-commerce sites and I’ve seen it work. It’s actually – I’ve seen four different times where it’s gone out and messaged somebody about the cart being empty and two out of those four actually went and made a purchase, so that’s a 50% conversion of an abandoned cart. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but really, that’s two sales I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise and this thing has already paid for itself. So, really nice plugin. It is called Recover Abandoned Cart for WooCommerce and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That’s an excellent plugin to have and an excellent way to increase the sales on your site.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                Actually, things like that have probably caught me once or twice, too. I start to do something, get sidetracked, I abandon, close my windows, and it’s like, “Oh, what was I doing?” and it’s gone.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                I get a reminder: “Hey, oh yeah, I did want that!”

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                I go back and finish it. So, yes.

Marcus:           There are plugins that actually do it with email, too.

John:                Ah!

Marcus:           And that’s something that you need to incorporate. Any little automated last-second/last chance/whatever second chance, whatever you want to call it that you can take another crack at your customer to actually close that cart is best, so check it out.

John:                Absolutely. All right, well, with that, we like to let everyone know we love listener feedback and audio clips. You can leave listener feedback on our site via our contact page, the SpeakPipe down in the lower right-hand corner, anything along that line there, and we do respond to it as best we can. And if you give us the right information, we’ll put it right here in the show, share it with everyone – all the other listeners out there.

So, that being said, this is where we like to acknowledge the people who help support the show. This show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, we ask that you please give some value back. And in that vein, we’d like to acknowledge all those who have supported the show in the past week. All donations above $50 are read out and their notes are published here with links back to wherever they want. For those who come in below $50, they’ll remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week’s donors, we have $50 from Jezweb Pty. Ltd. and his note is:

“This donation is on behalf of Kracka Surfcraft, http://www.krackasurfcraft.com.au/ which Jezweb recently rebuilt because the cms it was trapped in was nowhere near the flexibility of wordpress.”

So thank you very much, Jez. We really appreciate your support of the show and a big thank you out there to our donors who came in under $50 and those who have set up weekly subscriptions. All of those small subscriptions are really starting to help the show out.

Marcus:           That’s a really nice website that he put together there.

John:                Oh, yeah! It’s really quite sweet. It looks like a fun time surfing, so I like to showcase some of this stuff, too. That’s the other bit. If you’re looking on the live YouTube stream or following the YouTube streams later on, you can see some of this stuff that we’re talking about.

Marcus:           Mm-hm. That’s very nice!

John:                And there are some great ways you can support the show. We ask that you drop on over to wppluginsatoz.com, where you can go to our Donate page and leave some donations for us and many other ways you can support the show on the Donate page. If you don’t have money to support, we’re always looking for help in many different areas.

Marcus:           That’s right. And, you know, John and I have extended this sponsorship or whatever you want to call it – donations – up until the month of December. So we’re at record downloads; that’s one goal that we wanted to accomplish in terms of this year and the second one is actually getting it so that the show is self-sustainable. We’re not quite there yet —

John:                No.

Marcus:           — we do need and rely on your absolute support to keep this show going, so please help us out. Also remember, you can go to Patreon, patreon.com/wppluginsatoz, and that link is also in the show notes.

John:                All right, and now we’re onto our final set of plugins here for today. Now, the first one I’ve got here, it’s Rencontre. It’s a dating site plugin and when you’re looking for plugins, you never know exactly what you’re gonna find, and it seems there’s something for everyone. And because there are not enough dating sites on the internet yet, well, you might want to add your own to the crazy with this plugin here.

It’s a pretty decent plugin for the most part, being free and also having a premium version. The free version will allow you to set up a free membership dating site. It’s got pretty much everything you need in there; you just can’t charge for everything with the free version of the plugin and there’s a whole lot of additional features they’ve got tied to the premium version of it that I was checking out. All in all, it could be a fun plugin if you’re looking to try and enter the dating site field, which is a pretty busy field. But it might be overcrowded or you never know. You might pick up some niche market in there and go after a niche market of dating. Who knows? At any rate, all in all, not a bad plugin and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating and it’s called Rencontre – Dating Site.

Marcus:           Nice. All right, a couple more of my favorite things here bundled together in this plugin. This one is called CF7 to Zapier, and if you have heard of Zapier and you think, “Oh, it’s Zay-pi-er,” wrong! It’s pronounced Zap-i-er because the owner, Wade himself, told me, “Zapier makes you happier.”

John:                [chuckling]

Marcus:           That’s how it works, right? So what Zapier is is it’s middleware. It’s an awesome thing that you can go from one thing to another thing, and here’s how it works. So this one is Contact Form 7 to Zapier. It is by Vizir Software studio in São Paulo, Brazil and, you know, it’s great. You can take Contact Form 7 (which is an awesome plugin used by over a million WordPress websites to utilize their forms and things) and then Zapier to connect all the different kinds of apps and things. So you can join up Contact Form 7 and Zapier and here’s what you can do with it.

Let’s just say, John, I have a Contact Form 7 form on my website and I want to go to Salesforce or I want to go to Infusionsoft, or maybe I want to put a Google spreadsheet together that harnesses all of the different results, or maybe I want it to do something else based on the results that it gets in Contact Form 7. This is the plugin to do it. So if you’ve ever wanted to do any sort of automation or anything like that based on the results that a form puts together on your site, this is it. I encourage you to check out Zapier.com – Z-A-P-I-E-R – and see exactly the different things that you can do with it. I know that there are several hundred different iterations of things that you can hook Contact Form 7 into. It’s called CF-7 to Zapier and I rated this a 4 out of 5.

John:                Perfect! Well, thank you very much. And something I’d like to say real quickly as I just looked over and noticed that we have some people watching live. Thanks Larry, thanks, Shawn. I see you’ve made some notes there in the chat and thank you very much for showing up and listening to the show.

Marcus:           Yes! Thank you.

John:                It’s all been great. All right, well, that’s about it. Closing out this episode here, I covered up Server Status, which I gave a 3 to; Simple System Status, which I gave a 4 to; and Rencontre, the dating site plugin, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Fast User Switching, which actually gets a 4 out of 5; Recover Abandoned Carts for WooCommerce gets a 5 out of 5; and CF7 to Zapier gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                And of course, closing out this episode, I would like to make some mentions. Be sure to check out our YouTube screencast that goes up later. There is an add-on part that I’ve started adding on at the end of that screencast that gives me a first impression of one of the plugins Marcus covered in the show, kind of having fun with it. You might find it so-so, but that’s all right. It’s not part of the main show anymore.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                And a note to developers out there, if you’d like to support this show and you would like to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to submit that license key for us and we will create a contest and add a note around it and promote you plugin.

Marcus:           Beautiful.

John:                And for those of you that are watching us on YouTube, don’t forget to check out the training videos. They’ve been kind of lax the last couple of weeks as life has been a little bit hectic and getting back to them this week. And also that’s pretty much it. News and information, other related stuff, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com and get all of the information and tidbits.

Marcus:           All right.

John:                And that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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It's Episode 325 and we've got plugins for Floating Video, Widget Options, Brands in WooCommerce, Featured Image Sizes, Instagram Feed embedding and Search & Replace. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 325 and we've got plugins for Floating Video, Widget Options, Brands in WooCommerce, Featured Image Sizes, Instagram Feed embedding and Search & Replace. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

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It’s Episode 325 and we’ve got plugins for Floating Video, Widget Options, Brands in WooCommerce, Featured Image Sizes, Instagram Feed embedding and Search & Replace. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #325

Marcus:           It’s Episode 325 and we’ve got plugins for Floating Video, Widget Options, Brands in WooCommerce, Featured Image Sizes, Instagram Feed Embedding, and Search & Replace. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you live from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and preparing to head down below the 49th Parallel, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                Yeah, I’ve got a nice trip ahead of me in a couple more hours here, finish the show, get it all up and loaded, and jump on a boat to the States today, so…

Marcus:           Nice.

John:                It’s gonna be a nice trip. All right, so right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and if you’ve got a couple of minutes, we’d greatly appreciate you taking some time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, leaving us a review and subscribing to the show there. And also, you can check out all our screencasts, our training videos, and watch us live on YouTube every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, so join us here live.

Marcus:           That’s right. All those things, plus you can follow the show on Twitter and we encourage you also to subscribe to our newsletter from our website, wppluginsatoz.com gets you all the latest news that we don’t talk about here on the podcast.

John:                Absolutely. All right, well with all that said, it’s time for us to dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins intro music]

And today we are reviewing our usual allotment of six great plugins and first up I have this great plugin which I found due to some necessary research and solving an issue that we’ve been dealing with. I’m sure everyone out there has been dealing with the SSL conversions of their websites. If you haven’t, you need to get on top of that because the deadline’s approaching very fast from Google. One of the problems with the SSL conversions is often you need to go through the database looking for the old HTTP links that need to be converted, and there’s multiple ways to do it: manually, there’s several search-and-replace plugins. Well, this one I’ve got here for you today is called Search & Replace and it’s a new search-and-replace that I hadn’t seen before, so I thought I’d give it a try.

It’s a really great plugin. It offers up multiple ways of getting that search-and-replace done. It’ll do a URL search-and-replace, straight URL search-and-replace, although it won’t do it if the URL is the same and you’re just changing to HTTPS. But it does do a great search through the entire database, finding all those things, and it will convert them, but it does have a caveat there also. What it does do is instead of making the conversion on your live site, it forces you to download the database and it converts all the files for you, and then you’ve got to re-upload the database through the interface of the plugin, which works quite fantastically. I got to try it on a couple of sites and it does a great job of doing this, just provided your hosting provider allows you to upload a file which could be rather large depending on your database.

All in all, with the tests and the actual live work I’d done with this plugin, it’s a fantastic plugin: Search & Replace. Check it out. I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Very nice! You do have to be careful with that, because those changes are permanent.

John:                That’s why it forces you to download the database —

Marcus:           Right.

John:                — so you have a copy of it. It also gives you a chance to back up your database before you start doing this.

Marcus:           Ah, that’s true. All right John, we’re going to talk about some cutting-edge technology. That’s right: floating video. Now, that seems to be a trend on sites like YouTube and Facebook and CNN, where you’re watching a video and you scroll down the page, and the video kind of ends up either in the upper left or sometimes the lower right or sometimes the upper right or any of those places. Well, this plugin allows you to embed an mp4 file or an embedded YouTube video right into your page. So as a site visitor scrolls down, it can read the rest of your post while still watching that video.

So I tried this out on my wife’s business site and it worked pretty well. It’s shortcode-based but it is a little bit limited in the placement functionality. It lets you pick one of the corners and assign a margin based on percentage, but the issue that I had is it didn’t let me move it up from the bottom in a bottom-right place scenario because in the bottom I have a “Click here to message us on Facebook” and this kind of underlapped it, right? It played underneath that button. So it can’t be 100% perfect but that was just a special circumstance that I was looking for. Otherwise, I think it’s pretty darn close to perfect and I rated this a 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                There you go, rocking it right out the gate here this morning with two 5 plugins. Okay, well, bringing up some information, this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses and JohnOverall.com, WordPress and WordPress Services, providing all your WordPress service needs and hosting needs for WordPress websites. And a little bit of information, after the recent spam scam involving a very popular WordPress plugin (and you’d have to be pretty much living under a rock to not know about that one), you may have realized that it’s now more important than ever to start dealing with old or abandoned plugins that are still on your website and in use.

And one of the services I’m now offering up to folks is the ability to help you find the replacements because if you go through and have plugins that need replaced due to being aged and abandoned, there’s probably dozens to choose from to replace them. That’s one of the great services I offer up and if you’re looking to have that done, contact me at my website, JohnOverall.com or call me, (818) 850-7729, or send an email to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And I am still on the hunt for some great authors for Smashing Magazine, and that is one of the biggest web publications on the internet – a lot of cool things coming out for Smashing Magazine, and I need your help. So if you are an author that likes to talk about WordPress, have a passion for WordPress, this is a great way to do it. John, I know that you’ve been privy to some of the articles and things that some of the authors have submitted to me. It’s pretty high-quality, top-notch stuff and if you are capable of doing the same, then head on over to marcuscouch.com/smashing and there’s a nice video and a form there that tells you all about the process. So check that out if you’d like to write for Smashing Magazine, it’s marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                Yeah, I’m looking forward to more of the articles. Some of them have been truly fantastic —

Marcus:           Yeah!

John:                — and information that I didn’t even know was possible in WordPress, so…

Marcus:           Same here.

John:                So yeah, so it looks like Smashing Magazine is gonna start leading the field in high-quality articles that’ll help you out. So if you’ve got one, contact Marcus.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                All right, next up our next set of plugins we’ve got here…I want to talk about the plugin that will help replace the one that was recently brought forth due to the spam hack that was put forward. What I’ve got for you is called Widget Options. This replaces Display Widgets beautifully. Display Widgets, if you didn’t know, was the one I was talking about a little bit ago and you need to replace it if you have it on your site. If you haven’t already, you need to do it ASAP because the plugin is a problem.

Now, Widget Options gives you all the exact same features that you got in Display Widgets, which was one of the problems I had for a long time and why I used Display Widgets for years, and nobody had the exact same options and made it as easy to use. Widget Options makes this fantastic and easy to use for setting your widgets in multiple pages, blocking it from pages, but they add some additional functionality to it if you jump up to the pro version. They give you some display logic, class IDs, even more – a whole lot of different ways you can adjust via taxonomies – lots of ways to hide and display your widgets with this plugin here. And the premium version is only $29 but the free version, still a fantastic plugin, and I had to give this a top 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Very nice! So one of the things I’ve been doing lately is actually working on a WooCommerce affiliate store, and one of the things I noticed in WooCommerce is it does just about everything except it doesn’t talk about what brand the item happens to be. There’s not a sortable taxonomy for it…until now, where we bring in you this plugin. It’s called WooCommerce Brands and it allows you to add different brands to your WooCommerce product store. You can create unlimited brand categories for your products and even assign multiple brands to one single product. I don’t know – I guess you could do a bundle or something like that, display brand names on product pages or category pages, and any product listing pages.

So what this allows you to do is filter products by brand now and even have a special sale or special page specific to brands, like Nike headbands on sale or anything like that and get all the SEO benefits that come with it. And now that you’ve got a brand sortable taxonomy, you can actually take care of all that and get one cool SEO page for all your nice branded sales. It works very well. It also includes a nice bonus, which is a built-in WordPress widget to show your brands listed on the sidebar as well. And I thought this was a great plugin and rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Fantastic. A nice way to display everything and showcase your brands on your site.

Marcus:           Yeah! Yeah, I couldn’t believe there was nothing for this. Now there is.

John:                Yeah, there’s a lot of things that you kind of expect to be there and then you find that they’re not.

Marcus:           Right, right.

John:                And then somebody builds a plugin for it. Gotta love WordPress for that.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, well this brings us – there’s listener feedback. We look forward to listener feedback. You can contact us in multiple ways: email, send us a SpeakPipe out the lower corner of our website. Contact forms – lots of ways – so please give us some feedback and we will happily showcase it here for you. And also, this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value at all out of this show, please give some value back. And in that vein, we would like to acknowledge those who have supported the show this past week. All donations $50 and over are read out and their note is published here, and for those who come below $50 remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week’s donors are $50 from Jezweb Pty. Ltd. and his note is short and brief this week:

This is on behalf of Jezweb client Paul Harrison Transport, paulharrisontransport.com/au, who have big trucks to relocate heavy things.

                        Gotta love that; short and sweet. [chuckling] And a big thank you to all our donors who came in under $50 and those who have set up weekly subscriptions. All those small subscriptions are starting to add up and they really help the show out, so there’s lots of ways you can support the show. Go onto wppluginsatoz.com/donate, where you can subscribe for as little as $2.50 a week. Show us, you know, a little bit of support. Hey, help this show grow. We’ve been working really hard at improving everything and it’s actually starting to show that the improvement with the number of downloads we’ve had in the last month, which have almost doubled, so…

Marcus:           Wow!

John:                Oh, it’s been quite incredible in that aspect, so thank you very much to everyone who is starting to listen to the show. So we know people are downloading; let’s hope you’re listening.

Marcus:           Awesome!

John:                Okay.

Marcus:           All right, and that brings us to the final set of plugins.

John:                Our final set of plugins today – the one I have up here was one that was submitted to us. It was submitted by Christina Menta and it’s called Flexi Instagram Feed, and this is a premium plugin and it’s available over at CodeCanyon, where you can get it and that may be an affiliate link in the show notes. So this is a nice premium plugin that helps you showcase Instagram feeds on your website and it does a fantastic job of showcasing those Instagram feeds.

It allows you to go in, create an Instagram feed via hashtag, profile, location, or even a feed of all the images that you personally like on Instagram, and it automatically updates that feed, allows you – has an interface to go in there where you can adjust the way the feed looks. Adjust the CSS for the feed, customize numerous settings in it, and it displays anywhere on your website with a shortcode. Very nice; of all the Instagram feed plugins I’ve tried, this is definitely one of the best ones. So you’ll want to check this out. It’s called Flexi Instagram Feed and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice, very nice. All right, I am posting this for a friend, John, that is something that could be very useful for featured images on a website. It’s called Minimum Featured Image Size and with this plugin you can actually set the minimum width and height required for featured images, so if a user tries to use an image that isn’t large enough – something that’ll get pixelated – put on the front page when it probably shouldn’t be and it should be in a better resolution, they will see this nice, friendly little error message and the post status will be reverted to ‘draft’ until they come up with a featured image that is appropriate width and height. I love this plugin; hopefully, somebody I know will start using it, and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                [laughter] I’m thinking you probably should have bumped that one up to a 5. That can save tons of grief!

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                As soon as you mentioned it, it’s like “Wow, I think that’ll solve a problem on our website!” [chuckling]

Marcus:           Uh, yeah. Uh-huh.

John:                Because I keep having issues with the featured images. I’m working on ‘em. I’m working on it though. Yeah, I actually have clients where I have that trouble, too. It’s getting the right featured image in there, but this is the kind of thing that’ll help solve that, so yeah.

Marcus:           Yeah, all right.

John:                All right, well that’s all we’ve got here. Closing out this episode, the plugins we covered – I covered in this episode was Widget Options, which I gave a 5 to; Flexi Instagram Feed, which I gave a 4 to; and then Search & Replace, which I gave a 5 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about the Floating Video plugin – it gets a 5 out of 5; WooCommerce Brands gets a 5 out of 5, and Minimum Featured Image Size gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                All right, and just a few little bit of reminders here at the end, be sure to check out our YouTube screencast which follows this show here. It gets uploaded a little bit later. It has more information and expanded stuff into it. And a note to all developers out there who would like to support the show, if you want to offer up a premium license for us to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests and submit your license and we will create a contest giveaway and promote your product for you.

Marcus:           Nice.

John:                And we also now – as we mentioned a few times – have training videos up online in the WP Plugins YouTube channel, so check out the training videos that are getting placed up there on a regular basis and follow our screencasts. And for those of you who watch this on YouTube, if you check out the screencast later, I have an add-on piece that gets added on later. And for all WordPress news and other interesting WordPress-related posts, subscribe to our newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com, and that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye.

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It's Episode 324 and we've got plugins for User Spam Removal, Products Coming Soon, Layered Popups, Weather Alerts,White Labeling and new upgrades to the Media Player. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 324 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 324 and we've got plugins for User Spam Removal, Products Coming Soon, Layered Popups, Weather Alerts,White Labeling and new upgrades to the Media Player. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #324 here.


It’s Episode 324 and we’ve got plugins for User Spam Removal, Products Coming Soon, Layered Popups, Weather Alerts,White Labeling and new upgrades to the Media Player. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #324

Marcus:           It’s Episode 324 and we’ve got plugins for User Spam Removal, Products Coming Soon, Layered Pop-ups, Weather Alerts, White Labeling, and new upgrades to the Media Player. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Finding some Zen at the Brewery Overlook in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from Laguna Beach, California where our mute buttons stick, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And of course we have the usual great show for you here today, and right off the top here, let’s talk about you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and we’d greatly appreciate your time going over to Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or the iTunes Store, subscribing to us there and leaving us reviews. They really help us out.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                — especially the subscriptions. And you can also check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Marcus:           That’s right! Got a lot going on and it’s great to be able to reach out and hit another platform like YouTube and we’ve slowly but surely been getting a little bit of traction on YouTube.

John:                Yeah, and it’s slowly coming together for us. Well, with all of that, we’re going to dive right into the first of our plugins and we have the usual allotment of six great plugins for you, so off we go!

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, first up I have a plugin here today that will help you clean up spam registrations on your membership or your e-commerce store. And if you’ve been running a membership site for any length of time or an e-commerce store for any length of time, you know what I’m talking about with spam registrations. Every once in a while, those registrations just seem to go nutso. It seems the bots take over no matter what you do, Captchas, whatever – they still seem to get through. In particular, this came about due to a client of mine. He’d sort of ignored the site for a while and we were cleaning it up to do some work with it and found it had over 24,000 members in there. It’s like almost every one of them, virtually all of them, were spam. Multiple letters, yadda, yadda, yadda. So cleaning them up looked like a daunting task going through the database or removing them or going through manually and removing them.

Well, I found this plugin here called User Spam Remover and what it does for you, you install it in there and it’ll remove all the spam registrations or all old accounts, period. You can either set it up to tell it how old to keep an account. Say you want to keep accounts that are 10 days or newer (or even less), older, whatever you want to do. It will automatically go through and remove those over the period of 24 hours in blocks or you can manually sit there and click a button for a few minutes and it drops them out at the rate of 1,000 per click. So in very short order you can clean up a site like this one. It took me about 10-20 minutes to clean it up, it’s database cleaned and cleared of all of the spam comments. It’s simple enough, very great plugin, works fantastically, saves hours and tons of headaches. Check it out: User Spam Registration and I gave this one a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Okay, so we’re going to go to a new one here. I use this layered pop-up plugin all the time and now there is an upgrade to it. Somebody forked it and actually made it even cooler. Instead of having a different kind of taxonomy as far as a pop-up goes, this one’s called Page Layered Popup. And so what it does is it actually allows you to take a regular page and make that the pop-up and it also does something which is it allows you to take that page and make it a splash screen which goes on your site. On the YouTube video here, John’s showing the description and things from the author which isn’t very good.

John:                No, it’s not.

Marcus:           You would actually have to know what this does to try it out, which is what I did, and it works pretty well, quite frankly. So this is one of these that’s kind of the hidden gem; you have to look sort of beneath the surface to see what it is that it does. It’s called Page Layered Popup and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very cool. That sounds like a pretty nice plugin. But yeah, their description on the site there is kind of lacking.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                But that happens sometimes. That’s all right. Well, that being said, I want to let you folks know that this show is sponsored by either the following people and/or businesses. This week here, it’s JohnOverall.com, WordPress and web services providing for all your web service needs from hosting to WordPress setup and development. Or if you’re having troubles with your WordPress website, if you’ve been hacked, having issues, plugin issues, theme issues, general development questions, then contact me.

And with 20 years of experience online, eight of those dealing specifically with WordPress exclusively, I can get you back on your way, saving you time, money, headaches, all those things. You can visit me at my website, JohnOverall.com, or call me at (818) 580-7729 or send an email to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And if you, like many of the other people out there that are crazy-influenced and love WordPress to death, this might be a good time for you to start writing about WordPress. And if you’d like to write for one of the biggest online web publications there is, it’s Smashing Magazine. If you could just go to marcuscouch.com/smashing, I’ve got a video there that tells you all about the process, how to get started, and how to make some extra money.

John, you’ve been actually helping me review some of those, and that’s something that I’ll be calling for maybe later on is some actual people to help with the reviews so far. But, you know, you’ve seen some of the articles.

John:                Oh —

Marcus:           Pretty good, huh?

John:                The ones I’ve read so far, they’ve been fantastic.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                And some of them were some really – it’s really in-depth stuff that really will help you with your web development. Even like the most recent one I got from you, it’s like that one there is some things I didn’t even know could be done.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So it’s amazing kind of articles and writers that are coming across here, so check it out.

Marcus:           Yep! Yeah, so if you’d like to be part of that, go to marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                Absolutely. And look on the bright side, you get paid for it, too!

Marcus:           That’s true.

John:                That’s the best part.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                Okay, well – and that’s pretty much there, so I think it’s time to dive right into our next plugin. The one I’ve got up next is called White Label CMS and when you’re turning over a website you’ve developed for a client and you’re turning it over to your client, there’s many times when you turn it over to them that you want to simplify that dashboard up. Make it so that they have very little that they’ve got to deal with or look at. There’s things that sometimes your users or your clients don’t need to see or check out.

And in this particular case here, what you’ll want to do is you install the White Label CMS and it allows you to go in there and customize areas of the dashboard that simplify it, remove all the extraneous stuff like the WordPress News and other things that they won’t be interested in or don’t reflect on what they’re doing with their website. You can go in there and customize up the header area of the dashboard. You can customize and add some branding into it, so you can brand it up. Customize and brand up the login screen if they have a membership or an e-commerce store. So a lot of little things you can do with it and it’s a pretty decent plugin, it works pretty smoothly. Check it out; it’s called White Label CMS and I gave this one a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm…cool! Now John, you guys on this show – all the listeners, that is, have heard me talk about the media library for some time and all the missing functionalities and some of the ways that it could be improved. But one of the things I’ve really never thought about is the actual media player that plays things out of the media library. There’s a new plugin called WP Media Player Addons, and this is an add-on plugin that changes the existing media player. So the default media player, not really that responsive in themes, it looks kind of plain, hasn’t really been updated for about 10 years.

This one actually works a lot better, so it’s a fully responsive media player that works with any theme, you get to style both the video and the audio players, you get to add loop buttons, you get to add your own album art, tracks, titles, artist name, album name – all that stuff is added to the player. You’ve actually got a shuffle button and a repeat button, and you’ve always got some fallback album art that you can place on there as well. It’s got a number of different skins that you can use and it’s really cool. I like this. I’m going to be trying this out on my personal site just for some of the older media files that I’ve got in there and make it maybe a little more homey. I rated this one a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Cool. It’s always nice to have an additional media player, something different than the default norm.

Marcus:           Yeah, isn’t it? This is something we’ve been kind of overlooking the media player forever. It’s not something I really think about that much.

John:                No, I hadn’t thought about it much and the fact that with our site we use the Blubrry PowerPress, which has its own built-in media player.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                So I hadn’t given it much thought and how other people are doing things. I like this.

Marcus:           Yeah!

John:                And I will be digging into that one deeper, because I’ve got a client that’s getting ready to drop the occasional audio file in – not a full-on podcast, so this might be a way to deal with that.

Marcus:           Yeah, I hope so!

John:                Excellent. All right, well we’d like to let everyone know that this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And in that vein, we would like to acknowledge that those who have supported the show in the past week, all donations $50 and up are read out and their notes are published here in the show notes. For all those who come in below $50, you remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

And this week here, we would like to just pass a big thank you to all our donors who came in under $50 and to those of you who have set up weekly subscriptions, those small subscriptions really do help the show out. They may not seem like much but, you know, $2.50 here, $3.50 there – hey, it all adds up. It helps support the show by helping us pay for things such as bandwidth, transcripts, and the time it takes to produce the show and to do the website and the marketing that is starting to go on with the show.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                So please, ways you can support the show, head on over to wppluginsatoz.com/donate where there’s multiple subscription levels you can sign up for. Or if you can’t afford anything, hey, there’s even ways listed there where you can support the show by helping us with things on the website, such as editing show notes or tweaking design ideas, or just all kinds of the little things that go into managing and maintaining something like this. So please, head over and help the show at wppluginsatoz.com/donate.

Marcus:           Yes, we do appreciate you heading to that link and John, I think that brings us to our final group of plugins.

John:                That it does! And finally today here, I had started off with another plugin that I’d found that was brand new. But unfortunately that plugin did not work at all and it was a hurricane watch plugin that was just released. But I tried it on two different websites and different themes and for some reason it wasn’t working, so I threw it out. But in that vein there, I also tripped across another one called National Weather Service Alerts. And of course in the last couple of weeks with all the news of hurricanes and tornadoes and earthquakes and everything, hey, a National Weather Service alert might be just what you need on your website.

So this is a nice plugin. You set it up, you’ve got to go in and do a little bit of work once you install it. You’ve got to go activate the tables (they don’t activate automatically for it). You have to go in and create your shortcodes to display on the website and it will display any active National Weather Service alerts, and this is across the United States. It doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else, so it’s for all you Americans down there. This is a great way to monitor any local weather reports you have on your sites. A really nice plugin; check it out: National Weather Service Alerts and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! Always handy to have something like that on board. All right, for my final plugin, this is a WooCommerce plugin and it is called Products Coming Soon. And believe it or not, this is one of these glaring oversights in WooCommerce that there is really no native way to show upcoming items as a preview, or possibly a preorder, so this plugin does just that.

If you have a new design concept, new product that’s coming – anything like that – this allows you to add it, take preorders, and actually not run the order until the item arrives and ships out. But it still allows you to start gathering those preorders for things that don’t necessarily exist within your products catalogue yet. It’s called WooCommerce Products Coming Soon and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                An excellent thing to have if you run an e-commerce store and you’re adding products regularly or you’re bringing out new products.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                All right, well closing out this episode, the plugins I covered are User Spam Remover, which I gave a 5 to; White Label CMS, which I gave a 4 to; and then the National Weather Service Alerts, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Page Layered Popups, which gets a 4 out of 5; WP Media Player Addons gets a 5 out of 5; and WooCommerce Products Coming Soon gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                All right, and last bits of promotions here: be sure to check out your YouTube screencast that goes up later in the day. It’s in addition to the live version which gets placed automatically and in that there, I am going to be starting to add on an additional layer to that that comes after, which shows me showcasing one of the plugins Marcus mentioned in the show today. So make sure you check that out.

And a note to developers out there who would like to support the show, if you want to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to our contest page and enter all the information there and we will create a contest to give away your premium license showcasing your product and enhancing the community. And also, don’t forget to go check us out on YouTube where we have training videos, screencasts, and more stuff is gaining traction there, so you can go check us out on YouTube. Links are all in the show notes for that. And for all WordPress news, information, other related stuff, make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to get all of that. All of that information is now going into the newsletter instead of here in the show.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                And that’s all we’ve got for you now.

Marcus:           All right, John, how can they contact us?

John:                They can reach me at JohnOverall.com or you can send an email direct to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And you can find me at my website, marcuscouch.com, on Twitter at @marcuscouch. Remember to go to marcuscouch.com/smashing if you want to get involved in Smashing Magazine. And hey, remember to follow this show on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

John:                And that’s all we got for you now. Take care. Bye-bye.

[Outro]

Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

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It's Episode 323 and we've got plugins for Facebook Reviews, Speed Monitoring, New Posts via Messenger, Nearby Locations, Media File Types and Latest Posts. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 323 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 323 and we've got plugins for Facebook Reviews, Speed Monitoring, New Posts via Messenger, Nearby Locations, Media File Types and Latest Posts. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #323 here.


It’s Episode 323 and we’ve got plugins for Facebook Reviews, Speed Monitoring, New Posts via Messenger, Nearby Locations, Media File Types and Latest Posts. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #323

Marcus:           It’s Episode 323 and we’ve got plugins for Facebook Reviews, Speed Monitoring, New Posts Via Messenger, Nearby Locations, Media File Types, and Latest Posts. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Pits of Hell, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           [laugh] And celebrating Labor Day here in the United States – last three-day weekend of the summer – I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                Yeah, it only feels like the Pits of Hell. I’ve been dealing with spammers and hackers on all my servers for the past two days. Not done yet – after the podcast and only because we’ve scheduled it to run live have I taken a break to do that. So, doing this just for all of you, our wonderful listeners out there.

Marcus:           And it just goes to show that everybody’s vulnerable – everybody.

John:                Everybody is and it happens once in a while. So anyway, let’s get onto it. All the show notes all can be found at wppluginsatoz.com. If you’ve got a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time. Over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, the iTunes store, leaving us a review and subscribing to the podcast. Also, you can check out the screencast videos and more on YouTube and follow the show on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                All right.

Marcus:           Got it all there for you.

John:                And don’t forget, please subscribe to our newsletter, because there is more information about that near the end of the show. And right off the bat, lets dive right into the meat and potatoes of this palindrome edition of WP Plugins A to Z.

Marcus:           All right.

John:                Off we go!

[Plugins lead-in music cue]

John:                Okay, I have – well, we have our usual allotment of six great plugins today and first up I have a plugin which I found while doing some research for a client, and it’s called Latest Posts. I know it’s another latest post plugin. I was looking for something that’s done better than most of your standard widgets for showing your latest posts, show the standard column with the image to the left. I wanted something we didn’t have to customize up; just simple, easy drop-in that would give us the large image at the top, snip it underneath it, and several smaller ones on the side. You know, really simple and straightforward.

Anyway, this plugin fits the bill but you do have to jump up to the pro version of it. The free version is pretty decent. It gives you a good layout, looks good and nice, but the pro version is what you need to get the customized formats in it and they have several formats that go with it. It’s only $19, worth the extra cash, and it does a great job of displaying your posts in the widget areas that you put it. So go check it out, Latest Posts, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! And I’m going to actually see your Latest Posts plugin and raise you a Messenger!

John:                [chuckling]

Marcus:           Because my plugin is called News Booster for Messenger, and what it is it’s a subscription plugin that somebody can subscribe to your latest posts via Facebook Messenger. So your readers actually subscribe not via email, not via anything, except Facebook. That allows you to reach obviously that massive audience within Facebook Messenger and we all know this: when you get a Facebook message, you read it. You open it.

John:                You do.

Marcus:           Messenger receives an 85% open rate, so it allows you to reach an audience that you never really could before in a way that you never really could before, and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice!

Marcus:           News Booster for Messenger.

John:                Check it out. Yeah, it’s one that I might have to check out with the improvements I’m doing to my other site.

Marcus:           Absolutely.

John:                All right, well just a little talk about myself here today. If you’ve got troubles with your WordPress website, been hacked, cracked, well, I am actually quite good at it. [chuckling] I repaired six websites in the last 12 hours. At any rate, I’ve got 20 years’ experience online, eight of those dealing with WordPress exclusively. If you’ve found you have troubles, I can help save you time, money, get you back up and online, but very little effort (well, sometimes). Well, I don’t know. Anyway, go visit my website, JohnOverall.com or give me a call (818) 850-7729 or email me at john@wppro.ca. I might be just a little punch drunk here.

Marcus:           Ah, all right. Well hey, anybody listening to the show has a complete passion for WordPress and if you’d like to write about something unique for WordPress, you get exposure to Smashing Magazine, which is one of the largest web design entities on the internet. Just do the following: go to marcuscouch.com/smashing and you’ll get to the form and a video that tells you all about the process. You get to see my smiling face tell you all the details – marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                And it’s a really great deal, folks.

Marcus:           Yeah, you actually get paid and get some nice reviews out of it, too.

John:                That’s one good part, too. But earning a little money for writing? Hey, that’s a great thing to do. All right, next up in our plugins here I have one that I discovered while just randomly looking around to see what was available out there, and it’s called Nearby Locations. What it’s for is it’s another Google Map plugin, but this one’s a little different. Once you set your location in there, what it does is it’ll create a map and then showcase other things that you choose to showcase, such as shopping, retail, conveniences, bars – all the nearby stuff to your location on the map.

So this could be a nice little enhancement to your website for whatever business you might have. If you’ve got a hotel or something, you might showcase all the restaurants that are nearby. Or you’ve got other businesses, this is a great little way to showcase it. It’s pretty simple to use, pretty straightforward. Just enter your Google Maps API key, choose your location, and then go choose the categories you want to display. So a really great, simple plugin, it tests out okay. Give it a try. It’s called Nearby Locations and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           That’s very nice. Yeah, that is handy for any location-based business.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           All right, the next one is something that’s pretty close to my heart dealing with the media library. This one is a very restrictive type of plugin that allows you to enable and disable different things. It’s called WP Media File Type Manager and what it does is it allows you to enable or disable specific file types for security reasons. So if you only want .png and .jpg and just strictly images and maybe no other kind of file, no Word file, no Excel file, no PDFs – none of those things – you can actually set what is allowed and what is disallowed within the media library.

This is great to work with clients so they don’t upload, you know, stupid things, .eps files, all that kind of stuff, and keeps it so that your media library is completely clean. So it’s called WP Media File Type Manager and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very cool! I like that. Another way to lock down your website and keep out the crap.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                Okay, well we’d like to let you guys know that this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And in that vein, we would like to acknowledge those that have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and over are read out and their notes are published here with links back to wherever they want them. And for those that come below $50, they will remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

So this week here we have $50 from Jezweb Pty Ltd. and his note is:

“Hi John and Marcus. This week’s donation is on behalf of The Mark Hotel, https://www.themarkhotel.com.au/ which created some interesting challenge because there was very little text information available for the design and we are expecting most users to be on mobile. Jezweb shot and produced the video on the bottom of the homepage which is something we are gradually getting more interest from clients to have done. One plugin I tried today that I haven’t used before was https://wordpress.org/plugins/attachment-pages-redirect/ Attachment Pages Redirect. So that we could disable the attachment pages for a client. However, on seeing how simple the code is for the functions file we are going to just include that in the future rather than relying on the plugin.”

Yeah, sometimes it’s not a bad thing if it’s a simple function. You just drop it in. Anyway,

“Thanks for your efforts on the show. The new format feels snappier and progresses well from each section.”

Thanks a lot, Jez.

Marcus:           Very nice, and yes, anytime that you can fork a common plugin into a regular recurring function, it’s always great. I like plugins though just because it allows me to disable them —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — with just a click, rather than having to deal with code, which might be in a couple of different places, so that’s cool. Also, hey, remember that there are other ways that you can contribute to the show beyond, you know, just donating that $50. It’s at wppluginsatoz.com/donate and everything that you can do helps to support this show and you can also contribute a monthly donation via Patreon and there’s a lot of different benefits that John has created – some tutorials, things like that – that you get in exchange for that regular donation. So help us out if you can. As John said, it is – [Marcus lost connection]

John:                After we lost Marcus for a little bit there, we got it cleaned up. He was discussing how you can go support the show. You can drop in at wppluginsatoz.com/donate and help us there or through Patreon. So that takes us into our next plugin we’ve got. The next one I’ve got here for you is called Site Speed Monitor and it is a way to monitor your website to see what kind of speed you’re getting out of it.

It’s a simple site speed monitor that connects up to the webpagetest.org API and one of the things it does for you is you can run tests manually or you can set it up to automatically run tests. It remembers from the first test you’ve run on your site, so you can get a first view, what the repeated views are, and so you can see how you’re improving over time or if you’re losing speed, so you can start to track down any issues with it. It’s a pretty simple plugin but it works really nice and it’s a simple way with inside your WordPress website to check out your speed. So go check it out, Site Speed Monitor, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Great. All right, the final plugin that I’ve got today is called OT Facebook Reviews and a lot of people that have Facebook business pages are going to find this of use. What it allows you to do – I’ve reviewed different plugins like this before where it either takes your Google review, your Yelp! Review, whatever, and inserts it within your site. This does the exact same thing for people that leave Facebook reviews for your business, which is becoming more and more prominent. So if you receive any testimonials on your Facebook page, it allows you to embed them right into your WordPress site. It is called OT Facebook Reviews and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That one’s kind of cool. That’s another one for me to keep in the back of my head as I’m doing some redesign work, because I’ve got a couple of business clients that get Facebook reviews on their Facebook page. This’d be a nice way to pull it over.

Marcus:           Absolutely! And this gives you an indication as to where my brain always is within Facebook and all these other external services. It’s cool to have them, never use them as a replacement for your WordPress site, and go from Facebook to your site, not the other way around.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           Right? Make your site the focal point of all of those things and that way if someday Facebook goes down (which is only in my dreams, really) —

John:                [chuckling]

Marcus:           — but if they happen to have something that goes wrong or awry or whatever it happens to be, change their code, you can just snip that plugin right out of there instead of having to rely on Facebook themselves.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           So that’s the way to do it. Keep the content on your own site.

John:                There you go. Okay, well closing out this episode here, the plugins I covered on this one were Latest Posts, which I gave a 4 to; Nearby Locations, which I gave a 4 to; and Site Speed Monitor, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about News Booster for Messenger, which gets a 4 out of 5; WP Media File Type Manager gets a 4 out of 5; and we just talked about OT Facebook Reviews, which gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                A nice roundup of plugins. We had a nice, good, even 4s across the board today.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, a little bit of promotions and information. Be sure to check out the YouTube screencast that gets uploaded later in the day. It might not happen today because I’ve got a lot on my plate with cleaning up websites, but definitely starting in the next episode you will be able to watch an add-on part that will have me doing first impressions of one of Marcus’ plugins. We tried that last episode; it didn’t work so good. So now I’m just going to add it in to the end of the show that goes up on YouTube, so it won’t even be in the regular show.

And also, a notice to developers out there, you want to support the show? If you would like to offer up premium licenses for giveaways, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/contest. Fill out the form, submit your license, fill out all of the information we’ve asked for there, and we will build a contest for you to help promote your plugin and share it with all our listeners out there.

Marcus:           Great.

John:                And don’t forget, we also have training videos up on YouTube and go check out our YouTube channel. Link is in the top of the webpage and more training videos are coming up this week. And the final bit here, where we used to have WordPress News and other information, that segment is going to be dropped out and to get that, it’ll still be included in our newsletter, so make sure you go subscribe to our newsletter to get additional tips, information, and news from us on a weekly basis.

Marcus:           That’s right. And remember, you can – let’s go through some reminders here. You can support the show at wppluginsatoz.com/donate, go to wppluginsatoz.com for all your show notes and subscribe to the show on Stitcher Radio, Google Play, the iTunes store – all that – and make sure that you are following the videos that we’re putting out and that is on YouTube. And remember, you can follow the show on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

John:                Absolutely. And how can they contact us, Marcus?

Marcus:           Well, you can – this is a weird reversal. [laughing]

John:                I know. That’s just the way it flowed today. That happens. Sometimes you get things backwards.

Marcus:           All right, well you can find me at my website, marcuscouch.com, on Twitter at @marcuscouch, and remember that opportunity I gave you before, marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                All right, and you can reach me on my website at JohnOverall.com or for emergency support, go to wppro.ca/emergency or email me at john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And that’s it! Take care.

John:                That’s all we got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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