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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!

WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 331 Hashtagging, Custom CSS Injection, Managing Updates

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WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 330 Image Galleries, Customer Rewards, Push Notification, Halloween

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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!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!

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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!

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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!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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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 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!

WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 328 Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-End Admin Menus

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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!

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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 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!

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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!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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