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WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 332 Content Paywalls, Site Search, WooCommerce Fulfillment

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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!

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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.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #332 here.


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!

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

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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!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.

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

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.

And we’d also like to thank our show donors this week. This show here being a value-for-value model meaning if you get any value out of it at all, please give some value back, and that value can be anything. You know, from the price of a cup of coffee to contacting us to help us with the website or anything along that lines. Just visit wppluginsatoz.com to find out more information about that.

And we’d also like to acknowledge all those listeners that donate more than $50. Their note is read out here and published. For those that come in below $50, they’ll remain anonymous and we thank you very much. This week here we have $50 from Jezweb Pty. Ltd., and the note on this one here:

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Very nice website there. Thanks a lot, Jez. We really appreciate your support of the show. And to those that came in below $50, thank you very much.

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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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 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.

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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!


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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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!


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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.

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[Child giggling]

 

[End of Audio]

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!

WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 327 Shortcode Tracking, 360 Degree Media, Event Management, Recent Purchase Popups

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