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It's Episode 338 and we've got plugins for WooCommerce Frontend Management, Social Cross-Posting, Podcast Players, Device Detection, Caching and a new Swiss Army Knife plugin you'll want to know about. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 338 Social Cross-Posting, Podcast Players

It's Episode 338 and we've got plugins for WooCommerce Frontend Management, Social Cross-Posting, Podcast Players, Device Detection, Caching and a new Swiss Army Knife plugin you'll want to know about. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 338 and we’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Frontend Management, Social Cross-Posting, Podcast Players, Device Detection, Caching and a new Swiss Army Knife plugin you’ll want to know about. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Today we are reviewing our usual allotment of six great plugins.

John
Submitted by:
Shhiv Narayan
https://wclovers.com

WooCommerce Frontend Manager – WC Marketplace & WC Vendors with Bookings & Listings

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wc-frontend-manager/

Version:3.4.3
Requires:4.4 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.1
Released:19 March 2017
Downloads:46602
Last Updated:15 January 2018
Ratings:
4.9
(4.9 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
WooCommerce Frontend Manager a woocommerce front-end vendor store/shop manager. This plugin has lots of features including a featured Vendor Dashboard for WC Marketplace, WC Vendors, WooCommerce Product Vendors, Dokan – it habdles the most popular woocommerce multi vendor marketplace plugins along with WooCommerce Bookings, WooCommerce Appointments, WooCommerce Rental & Bookings System, WooCommerce Subscriptions, Advanced Custom Fields(ACF) and WP Job Manager compatibility. Import / Export, Knowledgebase, Notification, Direct Messaging and PDF Invoice and more.

Rating 4 Dragons

Marcus

WordPress Developer’s Tool

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-developers-tool/

Version:1.1.3
Requires:4.6 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.1
Released:08 January 2018
Downloads:32
Last Updated:08 January 2018
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

Every now and again a “multi-function” plugin comes along that does the work of 3-4 plugins you may be using. This plugin displays those same characteristics.

Here’s what it can do:
* Compress original big images
* Work with second titles
* Record views
* Tempory disable comments
* Remove attachments with posts
* Show empty page message
* Set maintenance mode
* Disable default emoji smiles

Scripts:
* Sticky blocks (Often used for navbar, http://stickyjs.com/ by Anthony Garand)
* Smooth scroll (own development @need jQuery)
* Back to top page button (without styles, own development @need jQuery)
* Enable Font Awesome (http://fontawesome.io/ by Dave Gandy)
* Enqueue animate.css (https://daneden.github.io/animate.css/ by Daniel Eden)
* Enqueue wow.js (https://wowjs.uk/ by Thomas Grainger)
* Enqueue countTo (https://github.com/mhuggins/jquery-countTo by Matt Huggins)
* appearJs (http://creativelive.github.io/appear/ by Magicon)

It also has some WooCommerce functions:
* Set BestSeller product
* WholeSales
* Measure Unit
* Pack quantity
* Plus and Minus buttons
* Increase at package

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Our next couple plugins for you are

John
Submitetd by:
Douglas Karr
https://dknewmedia.com

Podcast Feed Player Widget

https://wordpress.org/plugins/podcast-feed-player-widget/

Version:1.4.2
Requires:4.0.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.1
Released:25 September 2017
Downloads:599
Last Updated:12 January 2018
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
This is a widget to display the latest podcast from your feed or another feed you would like to showcase on your site. It pull in the latest show from your iTunes feed and displays the image set at iTunes and includes the custom podcast tags.

Douglas has also been interviewed by Marcus here:
Marcus interviewing Doug Karr
http://www.marcuscouch.com/podcasts/industry-night/industry-night-1-doug-karr-circupress/

Rating 4 Dragons

Marcus

Device Detect

https://wordpress.org/plugins/device-detect/

Version:1.0
Requires:3.5 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.1
Released:06 January 2018
Downloads:44
Last Updated:06 January 2018
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

Device Detect allows you to detect the device of the user, and to easily insert into posts, pages and widgets of your website some contents only for the phones, tablets or computers.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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Our last couple plugins today are:

John

WP Fastest Cache

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-fastest-cache/

Version:0.8.7.5
Requires:3.3 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.1
Released:04 August 2013
Downloads:3865880
Last Updated:02 December 2017
Ratings:
4.8
(4.8 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
The last few months have had me doing allot of SSL conversions and site improvements and the biggest improvement is speed, which is of course one of the major influences for SEO ranking these days. While there are allot of things you can do with image improvement and code to speed up a site you may still only get down to a 3 or 4 sec load time. to get that last little bit to less than 2.5 sec you will need caching.

I had been using comet cache but was having some issues with it and while it is still great I though I would give this one a go and see ow it performed. And well I was able to get my own site down from the 12 plus before I started the improvements a couple months back to now it is 2 sec or less.

I works very well is easy to configure and dramatically help with speed. check it out

Rating 5 Dragons

Marcus

Social Booster

https://wordpress.org/plugins/social-booster/

Version:1.0.0
Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.1
Released:04 January 2018
Downloads:82
Last Updated:16 January 2018
Ratings:
4
(4 star out of 5)

Social Booster is your helping hand for engaging with your social audience and keeping your content alive. It is a Social Media Auto Poster and Scheduler Plugin for your WordPress website. You can automatically publish your blog posts to any Social Network from now on. The plugin is flexible and lets you auto-publish new posts and also the older ones. You can share your blog posts from WordPress post edit page once you authorize you social media accounts.
FEATURES:
Automatically publish your new blog posts to social media
Auto publish old blog posts
Instantly Schedule to post later on social networks
Lets you auto post & schedule simultaneously
Custom Message Option to format the update message
Post White Labeled Posts
Schedule Logs to Keep Track

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Closing out this Episode The Plugins we covered where:

John’s Plugins: WooCommerce Frontend Manager – 4, Podcast Feed Player Widget – 4, WP Fastest Cache – 5

Marcus’ Plugins: WordPress Developer’s Tool – 4, Device Detect – 4, Social Booster – 4

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It's Episode 271 and we've got plugins for Enhancing Buddypress Activity Feeds, Menu Duplication, Changing Default System Emails, Podcast Players, and Creating a Services Section.. 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 #271


It’s Episode 271 and we’ve got plugins for Enhancing Buddypress Activity Feeds, Menu Duplication, Changing Default System Emails, Podcast Players, and Creating a Services Section.. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #271

John:                Okay, the first plugin I’ve got this week is called Menu Duplicator and this is a pretty straightforward plugin – a very useful plugin, and that’s to duplicate your menus. Now, you may have to duplicate your menu for any number of reasons. You might be doing something like I was doing, which was playing with menus and I wanted to make a backup of the really big, long one I had created. That way, I could just remove the bits and pieces. Or you might have to duplicate the menu to put it in alternate places in your website – who knows. At any rate, to recreate a menu from scratch one after another, it means drag and drop, click and pop, and you know, reloading screen, after screen, after screen.

Well, this plugin saves all that trouble. All you need to do is install it, activate it, and it gives you a new choice under Tools for duplicate menu. You load it up, you find the menu you want to duplicate, you create a new name for the menu you want to duplicate, hit enter, and poof, the menu has been created for you. Then you go back to your menu page and there it is. You can tweak it, adjust it, change it, move it, place it wherever you want it. A sweet plugin; it works exactly how it’s supposed to, a timesaver and all that jazz. And of course when they’re that nice, they always get popped right to the top. Five Dragons for that one, Menu Duplicator.

Marcus:           Cool – very cool. All right, I’m going to talk about three plugins that I used actually for one site. I was doing kind of a pseudo app site for one of my clients that’s actually having a conference that starts today in Ireland and they wanted to replace their old app and use something new. It’s a little more mobile responsive that would work on all platforms, so here’s what I did.

It’s a BuddyPress-based kind of site and he wanted first to have a neat looking sort of Facebook wall, and we did this with a plugin called BuddyPress Activity Plus. What it does is it does just exactly as I described it. It adds a Facebook-style content sharing button to the BuddyPress activity feed so users can quickly share articles, videos, images, and all that. They basically paste a link in and the BuddyPress Activity Plus automatically pulls the content snippets for fast sharing, preview, editing, and those kinds of things.

It has full interactivity; people can like it, favorite it, and all of those other different kinds of activities that you would expect with a social networking site. I rated this a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. It sounds like a great way to use BuddyPress.

Marcus:           It is one of the best I’ve seen, actually.

John:                Okay, the next one I’ve got here is called Services Plugin for WordPress. This is a premium plugin and it was submitted to us by Shawn DeWolf. He’s actually a local developer here in the Victoria area and this is the second plugin he’s submitted to us over time. We’ve got a link to the show notes where you can go purchase it. It’s a pretty simple plugin and you can add it to your website.

What it allows you to do is create a services section of your website. The plugin uses custom post types, you can create up all your services in separate custom post types with images and everything else you need and want. Then you take a shortcode and paste it on a page and it displays all that stuff in a nice, neat format for you to display, so you can organize it all on one page for people. But you don’t have to manage one page for it if you’ve got services that might pop in and out of what you do and you want to turn them on and off by maybe putting the post on hiatus, things of that nature.

This is a nice way to manage out all your separate services. A great little plugin; it works fairly well, it’s $19 and it’s a premium plugin, so go give it a check out. It’s called Services Plugin for WordPress and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Good! Very nice. All right, so I wanted to do something for this social event – actually, it’s a live event, so it’s a live conference/convention/whatever you want to call it – and we wanted to make it to where people could post to Instagram and it would automatically pull those images into this mobile site. So I chose one called WD Instagram Feed and what it does, there are two versions.

Now the free version allows you to take either one hashtag or one Instagram account and pull all of those things in automatically. It is limited in the free version in the stylings that you can use and also that one account. However, in the pro version (which is the version that I bought), it allows you to use multiple hashtags, multiple accounts, set a masonry layout, it has a lot cooler display, kind of a slideshow type of a button that you can use also, full screen, all that kind of stuff. So I bought the $60 developer version that allows me to use unlimited types because I wanted to use it on some other sites that I have as well.

However, I think the pro version is absolutely perfect but since we do what we do, we take one point away for the free version and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Yeah, but it sounds like you reviewed partly on the pro version, so I still give it a Dragon.

Marcus:           [Chuckling] Okay.

John:                You did more review on the pro version than the free version.

Marcus:           That’s true.

John:                You’ve got to remember that key point there means when we weren’t able to review or use the pro version —

Marcus:           Oh, okay.

John:                — because we didn’t need it. You know, we’re not going to fork out money to buy plugins just to test them.

Marcus:           Right, well I did for a client, so that’s why a bought it.

John:                Yeah, well still, you bought it. But we’re not going to fork it out just for testing. If the developer wants to send us a pro version with a key, we’ll rate it on its pro features. We won’t rate it on the free features. If it’s a free one, we rate it strictly on the free features, which is why it loses a point, remember?

Marcus:           That’s true. However, I did use the free version first, so that’s —

John:                So you know it was worth the —

Marcus:           — that’s where the 4 came.

John:                You knew it was worth the money, so it got a 4 and then a 5 —

Marcus:           That’s correct.

John:                — so it’s still deserved a dragon.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                All right. Fair is fair. Okay, now the final plugin I’ve got here is another premium plugin and this one was sent in by the developer, Dan Barry, and it’s called WordPress Podcast Player. Now it’s a pretty great add-on player for your website and podcast.

I started out to use it but I ran into some issues in the MU environment (at least I think it’s the MU environment or it could just be all of the plugins that are on the WP Plugins A to Z site conflicting). One of the two; I’m not sure. It seemed okay in another standalone test site I use for testing plugins.

So anyway, what this plugin does for you is it creates a .mp3 player for your audio files and with that, you can go in there when you upload the audio, you’ve got to upload it into a separate area. It uploads the file but you can put up to five notes into it with little tags that as the player plays, it will pop up these notes up underneath the player for people. So you could put notes that will pop up at certain key points during the playing of the audio if they’re playing it on your website, and then it creates a link where they could download the audio directly from your website if you want. It seemed like a very great feature.

You can colorize it, style it, make some changes to it. It’s a really great, useful plugin for the most part but due to running into issues in the MU environment (at least I’m pretty sure it was that) – I hadn’t contacted the developer to find out. But at the moment I’m going to have to put it at a 4-Dragon rating and it’s WordPress Podcast Player. So check it out if you want to use an additional player on your website for tweaking a little bit of promotions for your audio files.

Marcus:           Hmm…very interesting.

John:                Yeah, it looked like it would be cool. I would’ve tried it out on our site but I just couldn’t get it to properly take the files and I couldn’t get it to take the settings.

Marcus:           Right. Okay, so finally on this mobile site, we had one other issue which was the site had me as the primary user and the administrator, which is, you know, my Gmail address.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           But the issue became as we were sending new passwords to people that are members of the client – the client’s site – I didn’t exactly want them to see marcuscouch@gmail.com as the sender or the person to reply to.

John:                Right.

Marcus:           I wanted it to come from the client email address. So without actually deleting the admin account and going a different route, I needed to have a way to edit these emails, and that’s where this plugin comes into play. It is called WP Better Emails and it takes all the emails from WordPress (and I’m talking about lost password, notifications, and all of those different things). This wraps them in a much better looking and customizable HTML email template and it also lets you change the sender name and email address. And I love this except the table layout made aligning a company logo with the text nearly impossible, so that was a huge problem that I had that I just – you know what I did? I just put the logo on one side and put the text on the other side and just left it that way. Otherwise, it worked really well for getting rid of the admin user as the primary sender and reply to on system emails, so I gave this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Yeah, very nice. Yeah, I’ve used that plugin before in the past and I just never reviewed it. But yeah, it’s really great for enhancing the emails being sent out from your site.

Marcus:           Definitely.

John:                All right, well I covered up in this episode Menu Duplicator, which I gave a 5 to; Services Plugin for WordPress, which I gave a 4 to; and then the WordPress Podcast Player, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I discussed BuddyPress Activity Plus – gave a 5 out of 5; WD Instagram Feed gets a 4 for the free, 5 for the paid; and WP Better Emails gets a 4 out of 5.

 

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