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WordPress Plugins A-Z #314 Download Lists, Birthday Emails

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It's Episode 314 and we've got plugins for Download Lists, Birthday Emails, Digital Signatures, Widget Content, Multiple Domain Mapping and a new way to let others sell their products on your WooCommerce Site. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 314 and we've got plugins for Download Lists, Birthday Emails, Digital Signatures, Widget Content, Multiple Domain Mapping and a new way to let others sell their products on your WooCommerce Site. 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 #314 here.


It’s Episode 314 and we’ve got plugins for Download Lists, Birthday Emails, Digital Signatures, Widget Content, Multiple Domain Mapping and a new way to let others sell their products on your WooCommerce Site. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #314

John:                First up this week I have a plugin that was suggested to us by a listener, Joe Mezzanini. He is a listener to the show and while he says this is not his plugin, it’s one that he suggests is very good. It’s called m1.DownloadList, and here’s what Joe had to say about the plugin first off. He said, “It’s hard to find a simple plugin that simply lists the folders in a page or a post of a website. This is it. It’s well supported and document and with many examples.”

Now this is actually a pretty decent plugin as far as a plugin goes that you install, activate, and you use a shortcode with directing it to a specific folder in your WordPress website. Then what it does is it lists that folder up and it’s a navigable list, whereas people can go dwell down deeper into the list if there’s more folders. Once they find the files they want, they can then download those files or if they are images they can display them in their browser, whichever they want to do. It’s a very easy plugin, very simple to set up, and it worked beautifully.

Now this is something that if you’re going to use it, I would suggest you use a members-only section where you want to allow access to specific files or folders to your website or use it on a page-protected post. You don’t want to use this on something that is publicly accessible, unless you’re allowing publicly accessible files. That could get dangerous. So at any rate, a really great plugin. It worked just the way it was suggested. I had to give this a top 5-Dragon rating. Check it out: m1.DownloadList.

Marcus:           Cool! All right, I’ve got something that is pretty unique within WooCommerce and it’s a unique twist on what you can do with WooCommerce. It’s a plugin called Marketplace for WooCommerce. Can I say WooCommerce any more in this review?

John:                I’m sure you can fit it in five more times.

Marcus:           Yeah, it actually lets users sell on your store once you approve them as vendors and it allows you to earn commission on their sales, which is pretty cool. I’m sure there’s other things that you can tweak to this to have unique products where they can earn commission on stuff that they sell as well. What happens is vendors can actually customize their own public pages.

You as an admin can set up the specific URL slug of their page. You can choose a custom label for them that appears over the products. You can fully do the whole vendor application thing that goes along with it and it has different capabilities for vendors, like uploading files, reviewing their orders, publishing products – all of that kind of stuff. You can set up the commission by either a percentage or a fixed value and you can actually manually or automatically create on order complete processing, all that kind of stuff.

They can also have their own tab that displays info about the vendor, their logo, the description and all that, so it’s sort of on the line of maybe Etsy or something like that that you can set up for your own WordPress site. I’m not quite sure of the applications for this in terms of real-world usage. I’m sure that there are people out there who have a great example of something that they could use this for, but it’s a breakthrough for WooCommerce and I thought I’d bring it to the show and rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Hmm…it may end up eventually getting a better rating because I actually see the real-world usage for it.

Marcus:           All right, what do you got?

John:                I was considering today when I was talking to the plugin developer I met with and that he has a couple of plugins that he has been trying to sell and not been doing so well.

Marcus:           Oh!

John:                And if we brought them over to our website, put them through something like this, we wouldn’t have to figure out how to do the splitting of the profits.

Marcus:           Ah, well now we’ve got it.

John:                It’s simple, so now we’ve got something. This is how you can do it: the small plugin market or something similar, so yeah. Lots of really great uses for it. I think this’ll be something that will eventually make its appearance on the WP Plugins A to Z site.

Marcus:           How about that? Nice!

John:                All right, well next up I have another plugin here. This one is called Widget Context. Now, the reason this one’s come to light for me was I was in need the other day. I couldn’t remember the one I used most commonly and I was in kind of a hurry, so I decided to do a search for plugins that hide widgets, just to see what else I could find in that area. This one came up more prominent than others, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Basically what I was needing it to do was I needed to hide a widget on one specific page and there’s a lot of plugins to do that. I have my go-to one (I can’t remember the name of it at the moment but I keep it in a reserve somewhere.) Anyway, I was trying out something new. Well, this one here turned out to be okay. I didn’t quite do the job I needed. The biggest problem with it is that what it does is it will hide or show widgets per sections on your website, pages, all pages, all posts, all custom pages. It’ll do the homepage but it doesn’t do individual pages or individual posts, which I found problematic. Other than that, not a bad little plugin. All in all, just a so-so plugin, so Widget Context I had to give it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Interesting. All right, here’s the next one. John, remember when you were younger and you actually received birthday cards in the postal mail from all your relatives?

John:                I still get them in the postal mail. I’ve got a couple of relatives that send them in the mail still. Yeah, it’s good, so it’s kind of cool.

Marcus:           You know, for some reason we kind of lost that. We’ve lost that correspondence. It’s all been relegated to Facebook, right? People just send one line, “Hey, Happy Birthday!” blah, blah, blah every year, right? Same old crap. Sometimes you don’t even hear from that person until it’s your birthday. I actually one time thought of what if I changed my birthday every single day to be that day?

John:                [laughter] You’d get a lot of people wishing you a happy birthday on Facebook for no apparent reason.

Marcus:           Yeah, every day probably and they wouldn’t even realize it. Well, this plugin called Birthday Emails actually allows you to take your user base and this obviously would require that they put their birthday in the field. But on their birthday for all your users it will send them a happy birthday message and say, “Happy Birthday” from your site. This is a great way if you are a developer and you have clients and you’re developing a site that people register to or users or WooCommerce stuff or anything like that, ask for their birthday and this will automatically say hey, here’s a special promo code, a coupon, or a special offer, or something like that, or a free download, an e-book, or whatever it is that you want to do based on what their birthday is.

So remember, this only works for users that have entered their birthday on the user profile, so it’s probably best that you start out with a new site on this. But I thought it was a great concept and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                That’s pretty decent. That’s kind of nice to get a reminder for things from people.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                Okay, the final one I’ve got here today is called Multiple Domain Mapping on a Single Site. Now, if you worked with WordPress MU (multiuser site), you’ll know that it’s easy enough to do domain mapping in there with the right plugins. Now, it can get complicated on trying to map out single pages, etc., but it can be done. But it’s always been problematic to do that if you’ve got a standalone site – not MU, just a normal WordPress install. Most people out there, let’s face it, almost all developers own more than one domain. I’m guilty of that; I own at least a dozen.

So at any rate, what you do with this plugin here is it allows you to take some of those additional domains that you have that are related to your website but all they do is point to the root of your website, and that’s it. They don’t do anything else. You can take those domains – such as I own the domain WPmalwareremoval.com, and I’ve now got that domain properly pointed to my page that talks about removing malware and how you can hire me for removing malware from your WordPress website. So this takes that domain which was only pointing to my main site and puts it to where it’s needed most.

Now you can use that in your marketing and anything else to direct people specifically to your landing page. It’s a beautiful plugin, it set up perfectly, activated the way it was supposed to. It added the domain and everything and all worked just the way it was supposed to. It’s one of those plugins that worked exactly like it’s supposed to, so Multiple Domain Mapping System on a Single Site rated a top 5-Dragon rating. Check it out.

Marcus:           Awesome – very cool. All right, let’s wrap the show here. This final one is called Order Signature for WooCommerce and it’s pretty self-explanatory. It adds a nice responsive signature pad to your website’s WooCommerce checkout page. This is a great plugin for getting customers to accept the terms and conditions of your site with a perfectly legal digital signature attached to their WooCommerce order. It’s got many useful applications, very easy to set up, very easy to install on your site, and if you have anything that requires a signature from a digital perspective, this is great for that. It is called Order Signature for WooCommerce and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Hmm…that’s kind of nice, especially when you want to make sure that they actually have agreed to something.

Marcus:           Right, it’s not just some thing and also it may be a good way to prevent fraud or chargebacks or things like that.

John:                Hmm…that too. That too, because then you could match the actual signature.

Marcus:           Yeah, if you had it on file. But I mean also that’s something to say back to a credit card company, “Hey look, they knew what they were getting into. They even signed it.”

John:                They signed it but the credit card company has their signature on file.

Marcus:           Sure.

John:                So at any rate, that covers up this show. I covered up the m1.DownloadList, which I gave a 5 to; the Widget Context, which I gave a 3 to; and then the Multiple Domain Mapping on a Single Site, which I gave a 5 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Marketplace for WooCommerce, allows you to let vendors and other people get in on the action from your WooCommerce store – 4 out of 5; Birthday Emails gets a 5 out of 5, and Order Signature for WooCommerce gets a 4 out of 5.

 

[End of Audio]

It's Episode 291 and we've got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a "must install" for any new WP installation. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 291

It's Episode 291 and we've got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a "must install" for any new WP installation. 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 Episode #291


It’s Episode 291 and we’ve got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a “must install” for any new WP installation. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #291

John:                Okay, the first plugin I’ve got this week is called AH About Widget. This is a new plugin and it allows you to set up an about widget on your website. It’s one that I’m going to be using to replace the About widgets that are up on the WP Plugins, because what we have right now was kind of a convoluted mess. This one is much simpler and cleaner. It goes in, it uses the bio from your profile settings to display in the widget area and then it pulls in a Gravatar image – whatever Gravatar image you have tied to your email address, and then it has a nice link to your about page in the widget area.

So it’s much cleaner and simpler than any about widget I’ve ever used and it also has several prebuilt layouts that are really nice. You’ve got three or four different choices for prebuilt ones. Or, if you want to get in there and customize it, you can a little bit. Other than that, it looks like a really great plugin. It’s very simple and easy to use. Check it out – it’s called AH About Widget and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           What I noticed is that there are many different kinds of layouts to it and that it’s responsive, which is pretty cool. I think I’m going to use this one.

John:                Yeah, it’s —

Marcus:           I’m redoing my personal site.

John:                Well, I’m always trying to improve the WP Plugins site, so this is one of the pieces that I’m going to replace on there.

Marcus:           Awesome! Well, if you are a BuddyPress user, I’ve got a great plugin for you. It’s called Birthday Mail BP and what this does is it’s an automated function that your members when they sign up, they put in their date of birth and this actually expresses your birthday wishes to them on their birthday. Those are always nice to get. It’s good to see who’s actually on top of their marketing when it’s your birthday and you get some birthday wishes. It’s also a great opportunity to present a coupon or a discount or just provide some sort of a statement on how you’re there for them, even on their birthday. So it’s pretty cool – Birthday Mail BP is what it’s called, and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Sweet. One of these days, I’ll get around to building a BuddyPress website and see how it all works.

Marcus:           It’s very interesting – and frustrating.

John:                I imagine. Okay, the next plugin I’ve got here for everyone is one of those sweet plugins that we just thoroughly enjoy. It’s an ultimate lazy plugin.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                It’s called WP Tasks After Install. It’s a very nice plugin. It’s an awesome plugin for when you have to set up a fresh install of WordPress. It takes care of some of the essential items, saving you a few minutes of time by doing the following: it removes the Hello World post, removes the Example page, it changes the name and slug of uncategorized default category to blog, it sets the permalink structure to post name, it removes Hello Dolly and a Kismet plugin – yay!

It disables comments and pings, it deletes the WP Config sample file, it deletes the Readme HTML file, it deletes all themes except the default one, and it deactivates the plugin itself. It is just a really sweet plugin; you install it, turn it on, activate it, it cleans up your mess, then turns itself off, and all you’ve got to do is delete it. So it’s one of those really sweet, perfect, lazy plugins and it had to get a 5-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Okay, I reviewed this also.

John:                Oh, did you?

Marcus:           Yeah – not on this show —

John:                Oh, okay.

Marcus:           — but on WordPress Weekly last week. This is the – how do you say it? I’d have to ask your son that speaks French. It’s the coup d’état of lazy plugins.

John:                Oh, yeah.

Marcus:           It’s the laziest of the lazy that I’ve ever seen.

John:                Oh yeah, it’s going to become a permanent fixture for all of my fresh installs.

Marcus:           Absolutely, absolutely.

John:                Because I go through and do every one of those things manually, currently.

Marcus:           Yup, and it does it quick.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           And by the way, it does it the second that you hit Activate on the plugin. You’re not going somewhere else and then saying, “Start.” No, you activate this plugin, it does its business, and then deactivates itself.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           It’s the laziest of lazy. It’s the most beautiful plugin I think I’ve ever seen.

John:                Yeah, it’s well worthy. That one will be listed up in our new WP Support Store.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s in the hall of fame, absolutely.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Okay, I have frequently kind of complained about the customizer, even to the people that have worked on the customizer itself, as to you can do all these settings and all these things, but you can’t save it. I can’t save a version of the customizer if I tweak the theme a little bit and then want to save that file and maybe export it or import it into some other site that I’m working with.

John:                Oh! Yeah, okay.

Marcus:           It doesn’t let me do that.

John:                Hmm…

Marcus:           What if I have a staging site and I’m playing around with the customizer and all I want to do is change the settings on the other site – on a different site?

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           It doesn’t do it. You have to migrate the entire site. How stupid is that? Well, this is called TM Style Switcher. What it allows you to do is to save your theme settings, your skins, and all of that, and do exactly that. You can switch between them at any moment between a saved version and something you’ve already got and activate it. Or, you can even transfer between installations by saving that file. Really nice – it works very, very well. It doesn’t pick up everything. I didn’t get it to do the fonts but it worked otherwise very, very well – and that could have just been between two themes, because it was two different theme styles.

John:                Hmm…

Marcus:           If you have brand-specific colors and things like that and you go into it where you need absolutely brand-specific things every time, this is a great way to kind of save those colors out and make sure that any subsites or subpages have this as well. Very cool – TM Style Switcher – I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! I like that idea. That’s going to be very sweet when you’re doing some testing and working in that Dev site and moving live.

Marcus:           Yes, absolutely.

John:                The final one I’ve got here today is called Stream Status for Twitch. This one here is for those of you (and of course, you’re starting to hear us mention Twitch a little more often than we probably should). But one of the things with Twitch right now is I’m helping a gamer build up his gaming website to display his videos. Since he goes on Twitch to stream live for his viewers, this is a nice way to put on his website whether or not he’s up live on Twitch.

It’s a very simple plugin. You just install it, activate it, connect it up to Twitch, go in and customize the look and feel of what it’s going to display, and it’s done! Very sweet little plugin if you’re a Twitch user or you’re doing development for someone who’s using Twitch and may want to have a nice easy way to tell their users or their fan base when they’re on and offline Twitch, install this plugin. Check it out – Stream Status for Twitch – I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Excellent, and I’ll tell you what. This is a very interesting way to bring this up. Yeah, we talk about Twitch and it’s a gaming thing where it’s kind of “Livestreamed” gaming. I like it because you can just check out other games and I don’t have waste hours and hours playing the actual game; I can just watch somebody else play. But you bring a very good point, John, that I didn’t really even think about, which is a lot of these gamers actually want websites, too.

John:                Mm-hmm.

Marcus:           And some that they control, and that seems like a very good market —

John:                Yep!

Marcus:           — in which to start pitching people about doing websites. It seems like a good, easy flip for you as far as money goes. With all the different Twitch plugins that are out there, it’s starting to turn that way. So if you’re listening to the show, that’s a great idea for you.

John:                There you go.

Marcus:           All right, last but not least, I want to talk about a WooCommerce plugin. One of the fun things about Amazon is that when you go to Amazon and you look at books, you can actually preview the table of contents and maybe the preface and a couple of other things within the book. Now you can do that with WooCommerce.

So if you’re selling an e-book or a digital product that lends themselves to previews, what this does is it gives actually an extended feature to WooCommerce that enables that document preview in your single product page view. So instead of just having a book cover, you can have the document preview, so somebody can take a look at it and get enticed with it. When you do that, I hope that that document that you’re previewing has some cliffhangers, so to speak – something that would want them to purchase that actual book. Make sure that you’re clear and concise in those previewed pages. It’s called WC Document Preview, and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                A very nice way to help promote your products and get people to buy them.

Marcus:           Yes, I’ve not seen anything like this for WooCommerce yet.

John:                Well, WooCommerce — more and more and more plugins are being developed for WooCommerce. And as a brief tip on WooCommerce, something I’ve experienced this week: if you are building a WooCommerce site, do not use Chase for your credit card processor unless you absolutely have to. The process of getting that thing installed and approved on a website is a nightmare.

Marcus:           Really?

John:                Oh, God. I’ve never had so much difficulty getting a credit card processing plugin installed and activated. Through the process of getting it approved, they are about the most challenging of all of them out there. So anyway, just as a brief tip, because I’ve been working on that for the past couple of weeks.

Marcus:           Hmm…well I see your Chase and raise you a QuickBooks.

John:                Oh, yeah. Okay. All right, I’ll give you that one. Yeah, QuickBooks is probably a little worse than Chase. [laughter]

Marcus:           Yeah, that was a one-week fun time. Yeah.

John:                Yeah. Okay, well this week here I covered up AH About Widget, which I gave a 4 to; WP Tasks After Install, which I gave a 5 to (sweet plugin); and Stream Status for Twitch, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Birthday Mail BP for BuddyPress, which gets a 4 out of 5; TM Style Switcher, also a 4 out of 5; and WC (stands for WooCommerce) Document Preview gets a 4 out of 5.

[End of Audio]

 

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It's Episode 291 and we've got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a "must install" for any new WP installation. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #291 WooCommerce Document Previews, WP Tasks After Install

It's Episode 291 and we've got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a "must install" for any new WP installation. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 291 and we’ve got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a great new lazy plugin that is a “must install” for any new WP installation. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!!

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