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WordPress Plugins A-Z #320 Post Title Formatter, 3D Text Effects

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It's Episode 320 and we've got plugins for Contact Form 7 Redirects, Dashboard Customizers, Post Title Formatter, 3D Text Effects, Link Monitoring and a new way to lock down and declutter the media library. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 320 and we’ve got plugins for Contact Form 7 Redirects, Dashboard Customizers, Post Title Formatter, 3D Text Effects, Link Monitoring and a new way to lock down and declutter the media library. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 319 and we've got plugins for Database Backups, MultiSite Themes, Podcasting, Amazon Affiliates, Gamification and a great new native countdown timer. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #319 Database Backups, MultiSite Themes

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It's Episode 319 and we've got plugins for Database Backups, MultiSite Themes, Podcasting, Amazon Affiliates, Gamification and a great new native countdown timer. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 319 and we’ve got plugins for Database Backups, MultiSite Themes, Podcasting, Amazon Affiliates, Gamification and a great new native countdown timer. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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This plugin has changed allot over the past 6 years and it time to showcase some of the improvements they have made as well as how to get it fully set up or in my case make use of the updates that have been ignored.

Training Video for PowerPress Podcasting plugin

This plugin has changed allot over the past 6 years and it time to showcase some of the improvements they have made as well as how to get it fully set up or in my case make use of the updates that have been ignored. PowerPress Podcasting plugin by Blubrry

https://wordpress.org/plugins/powerpress/

The Lowdown:

This plugin was first reviewed in Episode 53 on Dec 15, 2011 here http://wppluginsatoz.com/wordpress-plugins-from-a-to-z-episode-53-podcasting-plugins-and-more/ so its time to re-review it and create a training  video about it which can be found here.

This plugin has changed allot over the past 6 years and it time to showcase some of the improvements they have made as well as how to get it fully set up or in my case make use of the updates that have been ignored.

Especially with the advance of now having Google play as a place to showcase your podcast. If you are a podcaster and looking to switch they even have a migration tool available. If your new to podcasting use this plugin as it provides everything you need. If you like me have been using this awhile and simply been doing the updates over time. Then you need to review all the settings on it.

All in all this plugin provides a great experience for both you and your listeners when visiting your website. Plus they make it easy to showcase your podcast inn Google Play and iTunes.

This is a great plugin that will encourage your site visitors to subscribe to the comments on a post. This will help keep them coming back to your site. They can also subscribe without even leaving a comment.

Training Video for Subscribe To Comments Reloaded Plugin

Subscribe To Comments Reloaded

By reedyseth, camu

https://wordpress.org/plugins/subscribe-to-comments-reloaded/

Version:170607
Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.1
Released:30 September 2010
Downloads:497398
Last Updated:08 June 2017
Ratings:
4.5
(4.5 star out of 5)

This plugin was reviewed in Episode 68 http://wppluginsatoz.com/comment-and-permalink-helpers-multiple-feature-images-social-timeline-and-genesis-all-on-wordpress-plugins-from-a-to-z-episode-68/

Re-reviewed in Episode 318 of the WP Plugins A to Z Podcast

This is a great plugin that will encourage your site visitors to subscribe to the comments on a post. This will help keep them coming back to your site. They can also subscribe without even leaving a comment. I have been using this plugin for quite a while now since 2012 when it was reviewed. This is a great plugin that will encourage your site visitors to subscribe to the comments on a post. This will help keep them coming back to your site. They can also subscribe without even leaving a comment. Using this plugin you can track the subscribers to your site as well as send notifications to them of new comments. They can also unsubscribe as well as manage their subscriptions to multiple posts.

Rating 4 Dragons

 

 

This is a weekly round up of WordPress Security news for July 24, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web. Some is old WordPress news some new WordPress news but always interesting. pay attention this stuff your security is at stake.

Round up of WordPress Security News and Tips July 24, 2017

This is a weekly round up of WordPress Security news for July 24, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web. Some is old WordPress news some new WordPress news but always interesting. pay attention this stuff your security is at stake. The Weekly round up of Security News, Tips, and information to help you keep your WordPress website safe and secure.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress Security news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always useful. The new relates to keeping a WordPress secure.

 


This week we have the following Security News for you.

Your WordPress plugins might be silently losing business data

https://venturebeat.com/2017/07/19/your-wordpress-plugins-might-be-silently-losing-business-data/If your WordPress site uses third-party plugins, you may be experiencing data loss and other problematic behavior without even knowing it.

Like many of you, I’ve become quite attached to WordPress over the past 15 years. It is by far the most popular content management system, powering 28 percent of the Internet, and still the fastest growing, with over 500 sites created on the platform each day. Considering myself well versed in the software, I was surprised to discover — while working on a digital design project for a client — what could be the Y2K of WordPress. Many WordPress plugins are suffering data loss, and it looks like this problem will soon explode if not properly addressed. Read original article here…. venturebeat.com

WordPress Sites at Risk From PHP Code Execution

https://securityintelligence.com/news/wordpress-sites-at-risk-from-php-code-execution/New attacks against unfinished installations of WordPress aim to give attackers admin access and the opportunity to run PHP code.

The campaign, which was revealed by security specialist Wordfence, peaked during May and June when attackers targeted recently installed, but not configured, instances WordPress, SecurityWeek reported. Outsiders can use a successful attack to take over the new WordPress website and then potentially gain access to the entire hosting account. Read original article here…. securityintelligence.com

5 Simple Ways To Secure Your WordPress Website, Without Plugins

http://www.business2community.com/cybersecurity/5-simple-ways-secure-wordpress-website-without-plugins-01813854#a2wEZSsx4z7qBUU2.97Any time security is brought up with WordPress, the first thought is external sources that could be used to protect your website. But in fact hardening WordPress must start with the install and the administrator of the website. Websites are no longer like sheets of paper, they are dynamic and like software that require strong protection that has to start with the most basic things.

That’s what we are writing about here. Many of these issues arise when we, Element 502, take over the security, SEO and administration of a WordPress website. Read original article here…. business2community.com

WordPress Performance Testing: Why, How & Which Tools to Use

http://www.wpexplorer.com/wordpress-performance-testing/Tons of articles written as the one guide to performance on WordPress, tons of content dedicated to the subject at hand but, what about the tools we use for measurement?

The online and software tools we use are a big part of the equation. A wrong tool or improper results can lead you astray. Today we are going to do the exact opposite, today we are going to benchmark the benchmarks and see if we can come up with a better idea of what’s good, what’s acceptable and what should be definitely avoided when trying to analyze our sites in our need for speed. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

 

 

 

 

Well that’s a wrap for this week more next week from WP Plugins A to Z.

It's Episode 317 and we've got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #317 Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images

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It's Episode 317 and we've got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 317 and we’ve got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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If you would like to have a booking calendar on your site without the need for using a third party service give this plugin a try it pretty easy to set up and this video help get it clear on what you need to get the plugin working at its best for you.

Easy Appointments WordPress Plugin Training Video

If you would like to have a booking calendar on your site without the need for using a third party service give this plugin a try it pretty easy to set up and this video help get it clear on what you need to get the plugin working at its best for you. Easy Appointments WordPress Plugin

By Nikola Loncar

This plugin was reviewed in Episode 263 WP Plugins A to Z http://wppluginsatoz.com/wordpress-plugins-263/

If you would like to have a booking calendar on your site without the need for using a third party service give this plugin a try it pretty easy to set up and this video help get it clear on what you need to get the plugin working at its best for you.

Shortcode to place the form on your site

Single column

[ea_bootstrap]

Multiple column

[ea_bootstrap width=”800px” scroll_off=”true” layout_cols=”2″]  <<< be sure to adjust the widths to fit your theme..

 

You will also want to set a cron job to keep it clean

wget -q -O – <STIE_URL>/?_ea-action=clear_reservations > /dev/null 2>&1

The Weekly round up of Security News, Tips, and information to help you keep your WordPress website safe and secure. This is a weekly round up of WordPress Security news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always useful. The new relates to keeping a WordPress secur

Round up of WordPress Security News and Tips

The Weekly round up of Security News, Tips, and information to help you keep your WordPress website safe and secure. This is a weekly round up of WordPress Security news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always useful. The new relates to keeping a WordPress securThe Weekly round up of Security News, Tips, and information to help you keep your WordPress website safe and secure.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress Security news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always useful. The new relates to keeping a WordPress secure.

 


This week we have the following Security News for you.

The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Security

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/ultimate-guide-wordpress-security/Hackers attack WordPress sites both big and small with over 90,978 attacks happening per minute. Fortunately, there are numerous ways you can protect your WordPress site.

Today, I want to share with you how you can make your WordPress site’s security air tight with basic through to advanced techniques. I’ll also explore how WordPress can be vulnerable to attacks, how hackers compromise websites, how to troubleshoot a hacked site and security plugins you can install.

Feel free to jump down to any section you want to see first: Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Hackers Are Using Automated Scans to Target Unfinished WordPress Installs

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hackers-are-using-automated-scans-to-target-unfinished-wordpress-installs/Experts from security firm Wordfence say they have observed a wave of web attacks that took aim at unfinished WordPress installations.

These are sites where a user had uploaded the WordPress CMS, started but never finished the installation process.

These sites remained open to external connections, and anyone could have accessed their install panel and complete the installation on behalf of the user.

According to Wordfence, this is exactly what happened. For almost a month, starting with the end of May and through mid-June, an attacker had mass-scanned the Internet for WordPress installations that still featured their installation file. Read original article here…. bleepingcomputer.com

Rotate Your Site’s SALT Keys for Better Brute Force Protection

https://www.blogaid.net/rotate-your-sites-salt-keys-for-better-brute-force-protection/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7a1d335cb0-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-7a1d335cb0-710348757Your WordPress site has a set of master keys to protect your login.

They are called SALT keys.

And they need to be periodically rotated for better security from Brute Force attacks and/or having your site hacked.

Discover what your SALT keys do, where they are located, and how to rotate them.

When you input your username and password into the login screen of your WordPress site, they have to be checked against something to ensure they are correct.
https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/
Read original article here…. blogaid.net

Let’s Encrypt Passes 100 Million Certificates Issued, Will Offer Wildcard Certificates in January 2018

https://wptavern.com/lets-encrypt-passes-100-million-certificates-issued-will-offer-wildcard-certificates-in-january-2018Let’s Encrypt, the free and open certificate authority that launched in 2016, has issued more than 100 million certificates as of June 2017 and is currently securing 47 million domains. Earlier this year, the web passed a major milestone of getting more than 50% of traffic encrypted. Let’s Encrypt has been a major contributor to that percentage growing to nearly 58%.

“When Let’s Encrypt’s service first became available, less than 40% of page loads on the Web used HTTPS,” ISRG Executive Director Josh Aas said. “It took the Web 20 years to get to that point. In the 19 months since we launched, encrypted page loads have gone up by 18%, to nearly 58%. That’s an incredible rate of change for the Web.” Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Configuring WordPress to Always Use HTTPS/SSL

https://www.paidmembershipspro.com/configuring-wordpress-always-use-httpsssl/SSL encryption adds a layer of security to your website that makes it harder for malicious actors to collect personal information submitted through forms on your website.

This post will walk you through obtaining an SSL certificate (Let’s Encrypt or Other Providers), installing it on your web server (Let’s Encrypt or Other Providers), setting up your WordPress site to use HTTPS URLs, and fixing any “mixed content” type errors that come up when a page served over HTTPS links to non-HTTPS content. Read original article here…. paidmembershipspro.com

7 Tips to Improve WordPress Security

https://www.codementor.io/codementorteam/tutorials/tips-to-improve-wordpress-security-xep9sr558You just spent many days and sleepless nights to make a blog on WordPress or simply a WordPress website. Now that it is up and running, you are on cloud nine. What if, without a moment’s notice, it goes down due to a security loophole and you are left clueless. This is some nightmarish stuff, but fret not. Here is our detailed guide to help you cover some security patch for your WordPress website so that you have lesser things to take care of. However, you must accept the fact that maintain your WordPress website’s security is an ongoing job and will require you to get back at regular intervals to introduce new changes and make necessary fixes over time. So, let’s begin.

If you are new to the realm of WordPress, keep this glued to the back of your head that never use “Admin” as a username for any of your WordPress websites. You might consider this a smart choice, but hackers know this. Choose a unique username with capital letters along with special characters. Also, you can consider adding a new user providing it with administration privileges. This will be indeed a nice move to make. Read original article here…. codementor.io

 

The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website. This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

WordPress Related News and more for the Week of July 17, 2017

The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website. This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress Needs a Good Alternative to WooCommerce

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxPL2D9_ewMRead original article here…. youtube.com

6 Best WooCommerce Alternatives for WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/woocommerce-alternatives/One of my favorite things about WordPress is when you find a reliable theme or plugin developer, and then you realize that the search for high-quality website-building tools is over. The only thing I worry about with these sorts of WordPress relationships, however, is that you never really know who you’re dealing with. Or how truly reliable they’ll be in the long run.

So, totally hypothetical situation here: let’s say you put all your eggs into one eCommerce plugin basket. Then you hear through the grapevine that the plugin developer changed their pricing model without notifying customers. You’re pretty sure you can’t reasonably afford that jump in price, but you feel stuck with the plugin because it’s the one you built your online store with. What are you supposed to do? Start all over again? Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

10 Best WordPress Plugins for Podcasters

http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/best-wordpress-plugins-for-podcasters/Are you looking for the best WordPress plugins for podcasters? WordPress is a popular blogging platform choice among top podcasters due to its flexibility that comes with various podcasting plugins. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best WordPress podcasting plugins.

As we mentioned earlier, WordPress is popular among top podcasters such as Tim Ferris, Lewis Howes, Michael Hyatt, etc. That’s mainly because WordPress is easy to use and highly flexible with tons of great templates and thousands of WordPress plugins. Read original article here…. wpbeginner.com

Tips Tuesday

https://www.blogaid.net/tips-tuesday-secure-site-setup-wp-text-widget-and-editor-seo-crawler/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=98b69b60dd-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-98b69b60dd-710348757Tips this week include:

There’s just too much competition for eyeballs now to do business as usual.

We can’t get away with ignoring our site tech, SEO, speed, security, or marketing techniques.

It’s evolve or die when it comes to running a successful online presence now.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

Hey WordPress Companies – Don’t Forget About Your Customers

http://www.kevinmuldoon.com/wordpress-companies-dont-forget-customers/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=71919b36ce-THE_WHIP_I_Can_Has_Gutenburger_2017_07_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-71919b36ce-102893693I have been reviewing WordPress themes and plugins actively since 2007 and have always been aware of all the major players in the industry; however my experience at WordCamp Europe last month in Paris opened my eyes to so many WordPress companies I was never been aware of.

There are so many new companies fighting for a piece of the WordPress pie.

One way to look at it is that the WordPress market is much more competitive today than it was just a few years ago. Others would argue that the market has become saturated.

Read original article here…. kevinmuldoon.com

8 reasons not to use website builders

https://www.besttechie.com/reasons-not-to-use-website-builders/Website builders, such as those offered by GoDaddy and Wix, promise easy-to-use website creators that will have your website up and going in virtually no time at all. Remember the old saying, that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is? It applies to website builders, too. While it may be easy for anyone to create a website with them, it won’t be a fantastic website that will get your business noticed on the internet, and there are many reasons not to use them.

When website builders say that you can create a website, they really mean that you can create one web page. Custom, professionally-designed websites have multiple pages, and this is very important when it comes to search engines indexing your website. Having a single page means that there is only one page of content that can be crawled by search engines, which hurts your chances for your website to rank well with quality content. Read original article here…. besttechie.com

 


And now for something older in the past article collections.

6 Essential WordPress Plugins for Solopreneurs

https://www.sitepoint.com/essential-wordpress-plugins-for-solopreneurs/Much like a single parent doing all the cooking, cleaning, and parenting, a solopreneur must be all things to their business. They must be tech oriented and able to throw together a good looking and functional website. They must be the sole salesperson and one person marketing team. They are often the accountant, shipping clerk, customer service associate, and pretty much any other role you can think of. That’s a lot of hats and a ton of pressure on your shoulders. But if it were easy, everyone would be doing it, right? Read original article here…. sitepoint.com

Optimize Product Shots While Speeding Up Your WordPress Online Store

https://bobwp.com/imagify-your-product-shots-on-your-wordpress-online-store/In the past I have tried various image compression services because we use lot of photos and screenshots here on our site. I have always tried to optimize my images before I uploaded them, but still, I knew some of them could have benefited from further optimization, especially after performing a load speed test. This is also true for many online shop owners. In fact, they may have a store full of images in need of optimizing.

In a recent podcast, I chatted with Jason from WPEngine about tuning up your eCommerce site, and we talked about images. In a nutshell, as an online store, both the quality and the size of the image are critical. Quality is obvious. A good shot can make a difference between a sale or not. And image size is also critical when it comes to the speed of your site. We all know that a fast-loading site is a good site. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

rel=canonical: the ultimate guide to canonical URLs • Yoast

https://yoast.com/rel-canonical/#utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=postA canonical URL allows you to tell search engines that certain similar URLs are actually one and the same. Sometimes you have products or content that is accessible under multiple URLs, or even on multiple websites. Using a canonical URL (an HTML link tag with attribute rel=canonical) these can exist without harming your rankings.

The idea is simple: if you have several similar versions of the same content, you pick one “canonical” version and point the search engines at that. This solves the duplicate content problem where search engines don’t know which version of the content to show. This article takes you through the use cases and the anti-use cases. Read original article here…. yoast.com

Should You Ever Break the Rules When Searching For a New Domain

https://bobwp.com/when-you-break-the-rules-when-searching-for-a-new-domain-name/So, you’re ready to choose a domain for your new and upcoming website. You want to do it right, and not fall down the rabbit hole during a domain name search, spending countless hours finding the perfect one.

Finding the right domain name is an art. At the time of this post, there was over 1.1 billion websites, so with that number you can imagine how many domains are out there. What this means is the options you may want are clearly harder to find (unless you purchase the domain from its current owner). So it requires a little creativity. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

permalinks – Removing the redirect after changing a page’s slug – WordPress Development Stack Exchange

http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/183598/removing-the-redirect-after-changing-a-pages-slugWordPress has done it’s thing of redirecting http://example.com/old-slug to http://example.com/new-slug.

I’d like to remove this behaviour as a plugin I am using makes use of the slug in question and the redirect overrides its behaviour.

I checked this question, and checked my wp_postmeta table for instances of _wp_old_slug but nothing is returned. My server is Nginx so shouldn’t be affected by .htaccess files. Read original article here…. wordpress.stackexchange.com

 

 

Well that’s a wrap for this week more next week from WP Plugins A to Z.

It's Episode 316 and we've got plugins for Customer Reviews, Cron Management, Weather, Editing the TinyMCE Editor, Push Notifications and a new Chatbot exclusively for WooCommerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of WordPress Plugins A-Z #316 Weather, Editing the TinyMCE Editor

It's Episode 316 and we've got plugins for Customer Reviews, Cron Management, Weather, Editing the TinyMCE Editor, Push Notifications and a new Chatbot exclusively 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 #316 here.


It’s Episode 316 and we’ve got plugins for Customer Reviews, Cron Management, Weather, Editing the TinyMCE Editor, Push Notifications and a new Chatbot exclusively for WooCommerce. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #316

John:                All right, first off this week I have a plugin that was sent in to us by Jakub Mikita and it’s the Advanced Cron Manager Debug & Control. Now, this now a freemium plugin. This plugin was originally reviewed by Marcus back in Episode 161. There’s a link in the show notes if you want to go back and see that. It was brought to our attention by the developer recently and he wanted to see if we would re-review it, you know, take a look at it since he released Version 2 of it and released a premium version of it. So I did take a look at it and what it is, it’s a cron job manager plugin and it’s always had the ability to create and edit cron jobs and to manually fire cron jobs.

Now, one of the things he’s added to it in his premium stuff here is he’s added it to allow you to get in there and look at reports of things that are occurring, find out what is happening, how long a cron job execution time is happening, it’s catching errors in the cron job – these are in the pro version – is giving you performance stats. And if you’ve ever had troubles on your WordPress website with load issues and if you’ve been on poor performing servers, you’ll know what I’m talking about. But a lot of times those load issues are caused by cron jobs and this allows you to get in there and debug and find out some of the problems that are occurring, so it’s a really great tool.

I didn’t fully implement the pro version yet because I’m going to play with it as soon as I get the new WP Plugins site built to see what’s happening with our cron jobs there. But at any rate, it’s looking a lot better than it was. Marcus gave it a 3 way back when and currently, I’m going to give it a 4 with all of the improvements in it, so go check it out: the Advanced Cron Manager Debug & Control.

Marcus:           Cron job management plugins are more important than ever and even in that timeframe of three years ago when I first reviewed that, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because now you’re getting a lot of like managed WordPress hosting companies and things like that coming down the pipe.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           And they don’t allow you to have a C-panel where you can manage your cron jobs, so it’s more important than ever to get a handle on that stuff.

John:                Yeah, you can’t create the actual real cron jobs, can you?

Marcus:           No, nope. All right, so the first plugin I’ve got today is called 5 Star Google Reviews. This is a very intriguing kind of a plugin. So it’s really lightweight and it displays a review form on your website. Now if the user leaves a five-star review, they then get forwarded to your Google Business page, your Facebook page, or your Yelp page where they can continue to leave that review.

If a review is four stars or less, it actually says, “Hey, sorry we couldn’t hit it out of the park for you. What can we do better to help you?” And this is a perfect way to get feedback from your customers without getting complains that go straight to your Google Business page, Yelp page, Facebook, or something like that, so it’s kind of a cool screen, I guess, and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Yeah, that’s kind of cool. That can be useful – help you avoid some of the grief with down the review areas.

Marcus:           Yeah, so it’s just kind of a shield, so it will forward the person appropriately to leave those reviews on those external services or give them an opportunity to express their displeasure.

John:                All right, well next up here I have another plugin. It’s called OneSingle Sender. It’s a third-party service; currently, it’s free. It was sent in to us by Marc Bou Sleiman and what it is is it’s one of those notification plugins sending the site notifications out. Currently I can’t remember the one we’re using at the moment.

Marcus:           It’s a push notification.

John:                Push notifications – that’s what I’m looking for. Thank you.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Push notifications – and it allows you to send the notifications from the back end of your WordPress website, not having to go to the dashboard of the third-party service to create the push notification. This works through an API. You go in, you set it up, get your API key, and then you can one-click away and send those push notifications while you’re within the backend of your WordPress dashboard.

What I kind of like to see with something like this is that they integrate it into a post or something so you can create the push notification right in the posts. That would be kind of a cool thing to have. Other than that, it seems to be a good average plugin. It’s about the same as every other push notification system I’ve tried, so give it a good checkout. It’s called OneSignal Sender and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           All right. Well, the next one I’ve got is an editor for editing the editor. It’s called Managed Tiny MCE Editor and it allows you to add buttons to the WordPress default Tiny MCE Editor and using this plugin, you can add buttons like cut, copy, paste, source code, font family selector, font size selector, style selector, the background color (that’s one I’ve always wanted).

John:                [laughter]

Marcus:           MC the documents, superscripts, subscript, all of the rest of them, and I think it gives you a few customized options too. So if you’re looking to spruce up that Tiny MCE Editor, maybe take some things away, put some things back in there, I know probably the strike-through is not a very used feature in the Tiny MCE, nor is a couple of other things. So if you want to tweak that around, put your own stuff in there – maybe there’s some shortcodes or plugins or things like that that you want to add to your editor and you can’t do it presently, this plugin will let you do it. It’s called Manage Tiny MCE Editor and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! About the best thing I’m always wanting to put back in my Tiny MCE Editor is the anchor tag.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s true.

John:                Creating the anchor tags – I use those a lot and it’s so irritating when they yanked it out of the core of MCE Editor.

Marcus:           Yep, now you need HTML.

John:                Yep. All right, next up I have here – I have another plugin sent in to us. This was sent in to us by Alexa D. It’s called the Weather Atlas Widget and it’s a simple plugin for adding weather from virtually everywhere on the globe. Every city I looked for, even a few really sort of obscure cities here in Canada, they had listed in there, so I thought that was pretty cool. It was pretty efficient. It allows you to go in and create a widget.

You can change the background colors, modify it up a bit to match into your theming system – whatever your WordPress website is. It allows you to also use shortcodes, so you can display multiple cities on a page or a post in different blocks and that’s kind of nice, or you can have multiple blocks stacked on each other, put them into different formats.

It turned out to be a really great weather plugin and it gave accurate weather data for even the city I live here in Victoria, which was kind of cool. I compared it to a couple of the other weather places I use and the weather data was right on point. So having something that good and something really nice, the graphics are really in a modernized flat graphic so they fit into the current developing themes of today. So check it out, it’s called Weather Atlas Widget and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Awesome. Well, John, you know that I’ve been into this kind of chatbot kick lately, of learning about chatbots and things like that.

John:                Right.

Marcus:           And now I’ve actually found one specifically designed for WooCommerce. It’s called WooWBot WooCommerce Chatbot, and it is a WooCommerce Chatbot. And what it is, it’s a standalone plugin, not much configuration or bot training required. It’s totally plug-n-play, does not require any kind of third-party service integration, like Facebook, Octane, or any of those other chatbot servers. Basically, it takes the metadata from your products and it helps shoppers find products they’re looking for easily and can help increase sales.

So it’s the first of its kind, WooWBot WooCommerce Chatbot, and it helps to obviously increase sales. What it does is it actually has a little floater down at the right bottom corner of the website and it offers users the chance to help find the right product through like kind of a live assistant type of a thing. It’s really cool and worth checking out, but make sure you test it first before you just install it and go, “Hey, well how come my robot’s not selling things?”

John:                [chuckling]

Marcus:           You know, look at your metadata, look at how it actually navigates and negotiates some of the text and data, and I think you’ll have yourself a winner here. So it’s called WooWBot WooCommerce Chatbot and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s kind of cool. Yeah, especially if you get lots and lots of products in your store and this could direct people directly where they need to go.

Marcus:           That’s right. Shoot them the link.

John:                All right, well and I covered up in this episode the Advance Cron Manager Debug & Control tool, which I gave a 4 to; the OneSignal Sender, which I gave a 3 to; and then the Weather Atlas Widget, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And fours across the board for me: 5 Star Google Reviews gets a 4, Mange Tiny MCE Editor gets a 4, and WooWBot WooCommerce Chatbot gets a 4 out of 5.

 

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