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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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 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!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 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!


Episode #330

Marcus:           It’s Episode 330 and we’ve got plugins for Image Galleries, Customer Rewards, Push Notifications, Halloween, Day of the Week Content, and Custom Admin Newsfeeds. 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, Canada, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we’ve got the usual great show for you here today and of course right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. Make sure you take a few minutes to subscribe to the show and review us at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store. Take a little bit of time, drop into our YouTube channel and check out our training videos, screencasts, or you can watch us live every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Marcus:           That’s right. Also remember you can follow the show at WP Plugins A to Z and also once you visit our site, be sure to sign up to our newsletter. That’s where you get all the latest news, stuff that we don’t talk about on the show, and the latest developments in plugins.

John:                Absolutely. Well, with that all being said, we have our usual allotment of six great plugins for you here today, and we’re gonna dive right into the meat and potatoes.

[Plugins intro music]

All right, the first plugin I’ve got here today is another gallery plugin. I know I did quite a few of them the other day, but I needed another more specialized type of gallery plugin than what I reviewed. This one here is called FooGallery and one of the nice features of this plugin here is it allows you to create individual galleries quickly, simply, and easily by uploading all your media to the media library, then selecting all those images.

You create a custom post type with the gallery, you arrange the images the way you want. It pulls the title and the description directly from the image, so you don’t have to do duplication of content here when you’re putting everything together, which is a very nice feature in it. And then you place the gallery in a page using a shortcode.

It’s very nice; it’s a free plugin. It’s got a couple of slightly premium add-ons to it, but the initial free version of it works fantastic. You can go in and adjust your thumbnail size – as I said, pull the info automatically, tweak some of the layout because of a few custom layouts that are available for it, and it is responsive which is very important. So anyway, a great gallery. I found it to be just fantastic the way it was, so I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Go check it out: FooGallery – Image Gallery WordPress.

Marcus:           Very nice, very nice. All right John, the first one I’ve got out of the gate is something that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Things like Yoast and Blubrry podcasting and those kinds of things – when you install them, you get kind of this news widget on your dashboard or this newsfeed. Well, I’ve designed probably – I don’t know – a couple hundred sites for clients over the years. Boy, I wish I had this right now on all those sites. It’s called Admin Dashboard RSS Feed, and it allows you to take a feed from your site (your own website) and through the magic of RSS, actually populating on the dashboard of all your clients. It’s really cool, really easy, short and sweet, easy to set up, totally valuable for what it does, and here’s some of the things that you get to import.

You put your company name, your company logo, your website, your company RSS feed URL, and the number of items that you want to show. And instantly, every time your client goes into their backend, it tells news about your company or perhaps new products that you’re unveiling, or maybe even tutorial steps or things like that. Any combination of news or tutorials or anything that you want to put out to your clients, this will do it. It is called Admin Dashboard RSS Feed. It’s a great plugin; I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That’s a fantastic looking plugin. I’ve got a use for that one in my new site redesign and trying to stay in touch with my current client base, so…[inaudible]

Marcus:           This is the way.

John:                It’s an excellent way. It’s an excellent way to keep reminding your clients of all the work that you do do.

Marcus:           Exactly.

John:                One of the biggest problems I’ve realized I face is too many of my clients don’t remember I do things and then they contact me after they’ve done it and say, “You know I did that, right?” “Oh, I didn’t realize.”

Marcus:           Right, and it’s another way that maybe perhaps you want to create sort of a backend private feed or something like that —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — that goes to your clients. This is a great way to do it.

John:                That’s a fantastic one. Okay, well this brings us up to let you know this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses. Currently sponsored by JohnOverall.com WordPress and Web Services. With today’s internet, finding quality WordPress hosting and support can be a challenge. Drop all that stress by contacting JohnOverall.com Web Services.

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Marcus:           And John, anybody that listens to this show – this show about plugins – obviously, you’ve got a passion for WordPress. Why not write about something unique within WordPress? As you probably know, I’m now the WordPress editor for Smashing Magazine, one of the largest web design resources online, and I’m looking for folks to write great articles about WordPress.

You can get a lot of exposure to yourself, your company, your work. Just visit marcuscouch.com/smashing and I will reply back with all of the info that you need to get started. It’s a great opportunity to contribute to the WordPress community, get a lot of exposure for yourself, and earn a few hundred bucks for the effort. Just check out marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                And they are great articles, folks. Really in-depth stuff that’s helpful. I’m finding more and more there as I keep digging down through it.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s nice.

John:                Okay, well our next set of plugins we’ve got for you – what I have here for you is a push notification plugin for WordPress. And if you’ve ever thought of going into push notifications or having push notifications on your website that go directly to your phone without using a third-party service, this might be a plugin you’ll want to have a look at. The setup of it though will take you some time, because you’re going to have to go in and create yourself a push notification API for Apple or one for Android, whichever phone you have that you’re being used for. I’ve got a link in the show notes on how to do the one for Apple, because that one’s a little more complex than the Google one, which is right in the API console.

So anyway, it allows you to launch notifications to IOS, Android devices. It doesn’t use a third-party service. You can specify a single user from your WordPress website or multiple users. You can specify whether it’s going to send you a notification for posts or pages or other content updates. It’s got a few things to it; it’s not a bad plugin all in all, but the kind of stuff you have to go through and wrap your head around to get it working properly will probably kind of push it down the line, so currently I give it a 3-Dragon rating. But go check it out: Push Notification Sender for WordPress.

Marcus:           That is a tough one without a third party being involved.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           It always has been.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Yeah, push notifications.

John:                Well, that’s why I thought this one would be interesting to bring out for folks to go check out and those that want to avoid a third party. Like me, I try to use as few third parties as I can because let’s face it, you cannot 100% depend on a third-party service because they’ll either change it, yank it —

Marcus:           Right.

John:                — close it, and it’s happened dozens of times in the last few years. I’ve seen it happen many times to people that get hooked into a third-party service and suddenly it’s gone.

Marcus:           Right, right. All right, well the second plugin that I’ve got here today is called Day of Week Widget, and what this is, it’s a cool, lightweight, easy way to show different content based on the day of the week that it is. So if you want to have unique content or items based on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, blah, blah, blah, this is for you. You don’t have to have new content every single day; you can actually leave a day empty and it just skips it. But this is shortcode based and you enter in your text in the backend of the plugin.

 

So you just kind of enter Monday’s content, then you enter Tuesday’s content, enter Thursday’s content. It’s great for maybe restaurants, bars. You know, here’s today’s special or whatever you want to do. It’s just kind of a rotating thing that based on whatever day of the week it is, it will show specific content wherever you place it within the shortcode. That could be a sidebar, on the front page – anything like that. A really cool plugin. It’s called Day of the Week Widget and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s kind of useful. You could also use it for running daily specials for pretty much any business; not just restaurants or bars.

Marcus:           Yeah, absolutely.

John:                You know, there are daily offers or who knows? Maybe you have a daily message you just like to send out to the world of something that is, you know, good to hear.

Marcus:           Right, right.

John:                Lots of great uses for that one.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                Okay, well this is where we showcase our listener feedback and our show donors, and we would love to hear some listener feedback from all you folks out there. All you’ve got to do is head over to our website, drop down to the lower right-hand corner, click on the SpeakPipe channel there, and you could leave us a voice message that we will happily play here. Ask us a question, you know, send us a response, tell us what you think of the show – all of that great stuff. But hey, you can get free advice by asking questions about plugins. We’re more than happy to go digging for you. So – and feedback via contact pages, other areas.

We also like to showcase our show donors and the show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it at all, please give some value back. In that vein, we’d like to acknowledge those that have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and over are read out and their notes published here. For those who come in below $50, they remain anonymous and we thank you very much. And this week here, we’d just like to thank all our donors who came in under $50. You know who you are; thank you very much for your support of the show. It really helps pay for all the things that are required to maintain a podcast and a website: time, money, bandwidth, web server, hosting – you know, all of that stuff.

Marcus:           Transcripts…

John:                Transcripts, yep. I forgot transcripts. Can’t forget those. They’re fantastic and they’re mostly up to date now.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                We’re only one show behind and that’ll be up today.

Marcus:           Great.

John:                There will always be about one show behind because they’ve got to go, the sound’s got to go to the transcriber, they’ve got it and they send it back to me, and they usually come on a day when I can’t put it up on the website until Monday.

Marcus:           And it’s professionally done.

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           It’s not done by a robot —

John:                No.

Marcus:           — or anything like that. It’s done by a very professional person that’s —

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           — you know, that’s their business.

John:                Yeah, Peterson Transcription Services – fantastic job she does.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                If you need a transcriber, go check ‘em out. (Thanks for the plug, John and Marcus!) Okay, and there are many ways you can support the show. Go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to support us. You can go to our Patreon account at Patreon.com/wppluginsatoz and help support the show. Okay.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                Next up we have our final plugins for today. Now, the last one I’ve got here today is just kind of a fun plugin. Every time holidays come around – Halloween, Christmas – you know, I always look for the ones that are kind of interesting to see if they can add a little pizzazz to your website for a day. So I thought I’d check out this one called Halloween Box. Well, it’s kind of cool in theory but when you put this one into practice it doesn’t work perfectly well. It’s a simple CSS change for your sites, pages, and posts content box – only the content box on your pages and posts. And what it does is it changed it out to a Halloween theme motif with a funky looking font and lighted pumpkins in the background.

 

You know, it’s kind of cool looking but it doesn’t work; it’s not really compatible with theme builders such as the N-fold theme that I use. I thought I’d check it out through my N-fold theme and it doesn’t come out very well in that. It probably works very well if you’re using the standard WordPress theme, but of course nowadays with so many themes, it’s kind of hard for the developer to take into account all the ways it’s going to work in those. So at any rate, it’s a very simple thing to do; it’s kind of fun if you have a simple website or just a toy that you’re playing with. This’ll be a great toy for you to throw there but for use on everybody else’s website, probably not so much. But anyway, check it out: Halloween Box and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           That’s cool. Very nice. Yes, a lot of cool holiday plugins and that’s certainly one of them that’s um…

John:                [chuckling] I like the holiday plugins. They’re pretty useless but, you know, they just add some fun to your development.

Marcus:           Yeah. All right, so keeping in tune with everything that I’ve been doing I’d say the last I’d say ten, 15 shows, let’s feature a WooCommerce plugin…why not, right?

John:                Why not? There’s lots of them out there.

Marcus:           So one of the things that I wanted to do is create a rewards system for a certain program that I’m putting together, and this new plugin is called WooRewards, and it’s something I’ve already purchased the pro version for, and that was I think 41 Euros, which ends up being $46 or something like that. Here’s what it does.

It develops a reward system for your website. It’s one of the most efficient ways to develop customer loyalty within your WooCommerce site. Basically, your customers receive rewards and discounts when they buy stuff from you. So with this plugin, you simply define the number of points that a customer will receive on purchases, so maybe they get a dollar for every – I’m sorry – a point for every dollar that the spend – and the number of points equals either a promo code that they can redeem it for or maybe there’s a special discount that they get after a certain amount – whichever it is, that’s built right into WooCommerce.

So what happens is they make a purchase and your customers receive an email with all the info that they need to use their coupons, such as the coupon code, the value, the validity period, how long it’s good for – you know, those kinds of things. And then with the pro version, actually customers can log in and check their point balance and coupons at any time. I think that’s within the free version, too. Again, there’s the standard and pro version. My suggestion is that if you’re gonna go and implement something like this, get the pro version. Get everything you can; don’t just half-ass it when it comes to customer rewards. Really give them something that they can use and go in and check and look at their points history and all that. And the pro version also has a reminder system.

So if somebody has a bunch of points in their account, you can email them automatically and tell them about the latest things that they can redeem it for on your website or the latest – you know, maybe you’re gonna up the coupon by 5% or something like that. But this thing automatically generates all the coupon codes, custom for the clients, all that kind of stuff – really cool. It’s called WooRewards and I gave it a 5 out of 5.

[Dragon Roar]

John:                That’s a very sweet way to do it and yeah, you want to build yourself a good rewards program and definitely don’t cheap out on that.

Marcus:           No, for $50, come on. I mean, to build your own thing like this would take you $1,000 in development costs.

John:                Oh, that would be – that would be at the low end of the development cost.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                People forget developing takes hours and hours and hours to accomplish.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                You know, and then testing and retesting and then multiple places – and yeah, but no, it’s definitely a worthwhile system if you’re running an e-commerce store and you want to bring your customers back. I like the feature there in particular of reminding folks, “Hey, you’ve got points. Come spend your points,” you know?

Marcus:           Right.

John:                While they’re there, they might actually spend some real cash again too, so hey…

Marcus:           That’s it.

John:                That’s the whole point. All right, well closing out this episode of plugins, I covered our FooGallery Image Gallery WordPress Plugin, which I gave a 5 to; the Push Notifications Sender for WP, which I gave a 3 to; and then the Halloween Box, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Admin Dashboard RSS Feed, which gets a 5 out of 5; Day of the Week Widget gets a 4 out of 5, and we just discussed WooRewards; that one gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Now, some reminders, commercials, promotions…I want to bring forth a little bit of a promotion on my own behalf here is I am doing the Movember again this year for the first time in a couple of years, and going to grow a moustache in support of men’s health and family issues, raising awareness to men’s health and family issues around the globe. I’m looking to raise $1,000 this year, so I’m gonna pass it out to all of our listeners out there on this show. Maybe you’ll support that great cause and also spread the word. Tell your friends, family, whatever, and that’s pretty much it. Join me for the Movember. It starts, of course, November 1st and runs through November and I’m going to go from the clean shaven face I have today to sporting a moustache and I might even try to grow a beard. I’ve never actually grown one of those, so I’m going to see how it goes.

Marcus:           Wow!

John:                I’ve never had a beard in my entire life, so–

Marcus:           Wow.

John:                — I think it’s time to try it out and see how it looks.

Marcus:           When have you last had a moustache?

John:                Ah, two years ago, when I did the Movember.

Marcus:           Hmmm….

John:                It looked like I maybe a porn star. They —

Marcus:           Wow.

John:                — they don’t look good on my face, but that’s okay.

Marcus:           Well, I’ve already got a beard and a moustache, so…

John:                There you go. Yeah, the rules of the game where you have to start clean shaven November 1st.

Marcus:           Hmm…

John:                — and then grow it out through the whole month and then try to document it, so it’s kind of a fun thing to do, and I know lots of men in this area that join it and a few help me support and donate to the cause, and this is a really great cause.

Marcus:           Yes, absolutely.

John:                Okay, and also the usual reminders here, don’t forget: go check our YouTube screencast that goes up later where I add a part to it on my first impression of one of the plugins Marcus reviewed. And a note to developers out there, if you’d like to support the show and like to offer up a premium license to give away, go check out wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest, and go check out our training videos up on YouTube.

Marcus:           Absolutely.

John:                All right, and for all of the WordPress news and information, go to wppluginsatoz.com and right there on the front page, you can easily subscribe to our newsletter. So just scroll down the page a bit and you can subscribe right on the bottom of the page, and we look forward to having you there and that’s where we will get all our information, and that’s all we’ve got. Anything left?

Marcus:           That’s about it. I know that we’ve got some beta stuff coming up for the new version pretty soon —

John:                Oh!

Marcus:           — but you’ll have to subscribe to our newsletter to find out more.

John:                Absolutely. The 4.9 beta. That’s – it’s in beta one or beta two right now, isn’t it?

Marcus:           Mm-hm, That’s correct.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Beta 4, actually.

John:                Oh, is it Beta 4? So it’s — oh yeah, so it’s supposed to be released November 14th.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                It’s supposed to be released in two weeks, so it’s probably gonna release and fortunately, they pulled back on some of the things that are in that.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                You know, which was – there was a few things that were gonna be a –nightmarish. I’m not looking forward to 5. I really am. I’m not overly excited about what 5 is going to do with Guttenberg and everything else.

Marcus:           It’s the new Apple Maps.

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           [laughter]

John:                Yeah, it’s pretty much what it is.

Marcus:           And with that…

John:                With that, that’s all we’ve got for you, folks. Take care now, bye-bye.

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All the show notes can be found at wppluginsatoz.com, and while you’re there, subscribe to the Thursday newsletter for more useful information directly to your email inbox. Wppluginsatoz.com is a show that offers honest and unbiased reviews of plugins by developers because you support the show. Help keep the show honest and unbiased by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and choose one of the weekly donation levels or make one that fits your budget. Help us make the show better for you by subscribing and reviewing to the show at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes store. You can also watch the show live on YouTube, check out the screencasts and training videos, and remember to subscribe to us on YouTube, or follow the show on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

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Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

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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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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.

Round up of WordPress News and Tips October 23, 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. 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.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.

Postman SMTP Plugin Forked after Removal from WordPress.org for Security Issues

https://wptavern.com/postman-smtp-plugin-forked-after-removal-from-wordpress-org-for-security-issuesIn early October the popular Postman SMTP plugin was removed from WordPress.org due to security issues. The plugin had not been updated in two years and also contained a reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability that was made public in June and left unfixed. The security researcher’s attempts to contact the plugin’s author, Jason Hendriks, were unsuccessful.

The plugin is used to improve the delivery of emails that WordPress generates and it logs the causes of failed emails to help eliminate configuration mistakes. It was installed on more than 100,000 sites before it was removed from WordPress.org. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

The Difference Between GTmetrix, PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom Tools and WebPagetest

https://gtmetrix.com/blog/the-difference-between-gtmetrix-pagespeed-insights-pingdom-tools-and-webpagetest/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dtkreleaseGTmetrix requires JavaScript to function properly. Please enable JavaScript in your browser and refresh the page to ensure the best GTmetrix experience.

If you’ve used any of these tools, you may wonder why the results are sometimes different. The post serves to highlight the key differences in these performance analysis tools.

We’re glad to be in the company of other great tools that offer an in depth look at website performance.

PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom Tools, and WebPagetest all offer similar features to GTmetrix, but there are a few things that should be pointed out with regards to our differences. Read original article here…. gtmetrix.com

Locked Out of WordPress? 4 Solutions When You Can’t Access wp-admin

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/locked-out-of-wordpress-4-solutions-when-you-cant-access-wp-admin?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=925faf97a7-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-925faf97a7-51249745Are you currently locked out of WordPress? I can practically feel the anxiety through the screen. It’s understandable. There aren’t many more uncomfortable feelings than not being able to access your own WordPress website

However, let’s take a deep breath, ok? We will get through this. You have a backup of your site, right? Never mind that now. Instead, let’s concentrate on making things better. Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

Display Widgets Plugin Permanently Removed from WordPress.org Due to Malicious Code

https://wptavern.com/display-widgets-plugin-permanently-removed-from-wordpress-org-due-to-malicious-codeDisplay Widgets, a plugin with more than 200,000 active installs, has been removed from WordPress.org due to its authors inserting malicious code. SEO consultant David Law was the first to bring this issue to the attention of the plugin team after discovering that Display Widgets was inserting content into sites from external servers and also collecting visitor data without permission. He posted to the WordPress.org forums several times to warn other users. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

 

How to add a new WordPress user without logging into WordPress

https://hackrepair.com/articles/wordpress/how-to-add-a-new-wordpress-user-without-logging-into-wordpressSimply add the below code to your active WordPress theme functions.php file, then visit the site to inject the new user and password into the database.

This will instantly create a new admin user.

Just remember to remove the below code from your functions.php file once you’ve verified the new username and password is working nicely. Read original article here…. hackrepair.com

 


This week we have the following Security News for you.

Blog | Plugin Vulnerabilities | A service to protect your site against vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins.

https://www.pluginvulnerabilities.com/blog/From time to time a vulnerability is fixed in a plugin without the discoverer putting out a report on the vulnerability and we will put out a post detailing the vulnerability so that we can provide our customers with more complete information on the vulnerability.

Recently the web scanner service Detectify has been vaguely disclosing minor vulnerabilities in a number of WordPress plugins. It seems …To read the rest of this post you need to have an active account with our service. Read original article here…. pluginvulnerabilities.com

The Man Behind Plugin Spam: Mason Soiza

https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/09/man-behind-plugin-spam-mason-soiza/?fref=gc&dti=776347859078780This post is part of a series. This is the second post and a follow-up to our first story titled “Display Widgets Plugin Includes Malicious Code to Publish Spam on WP Sites“. There is a third post in this series which explains how the same spammer influenced a total of 9 WordPress plugins over a 4.5 year period.

In this post, we explore who is behind the purchase and corruption of the Display Widgets plugin and at least two other popular WordPress plugins.

As part of my research into the sale of the Display Widgets plugin and the subsequent spam that appeared in it, I had reached out to Stephanie Wells, the original author of Display Widgets who sold it. Stephanie got back to me moments after I hit the publish button on our post. Read original article here…. wordfence.com

Topic: Display Widgets Plugin v2.6.3.1 Includes Hacking Code « WordPress.org Forums

https://wordpress.org/support/topic/display-widgets-plugin-v2-6-3-1-includes-hacking-code/This is the latest version of the plugin code (version 2.6.3.1) : https://plugins.trac.wordpress.org/browser/display-widgets/trunk/geolocation.php

Look at the function on line 186 (pasted below).

Note the name of the function dynamic_page, what do you think a function with name Dynamic Page does?

It creates a DYNAMIC PAGE (a Dynamic WordPress Post) on Display Widget users sites and is loaded using line 299: Read original article here…. wordpress.org

Backdoor WordPress Login Script

https://www.craig-edmonds.com/backdoor-wordpress-login-script/I have created this script to allow me to quickly login to clients wordpress installs after they have royally messed things up. For example, some clients have changed their admin password and dont know which email account they have used, so this script allows me to quickly create a new user, login and reset their details without having to muck about with mysql etc.

NOTE: to use this script you do actually need to have access to the web server and upload the file to their site and then execute it through the browser. Read original article here…. craig-edmonds.com

Cheat Sheet for Analyzing Malicious Software

https://zeltser.com/malware-analysis-cheat-sheet/?utm_content=buffer9f0b4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=bufferThis cheat sheet presents tips for analyzing and reverse-engineering malware. It outlines the steps for performing behavioral and code-level analysis of malicious software. To print it, use the one-page PDF version; you can also edit the Word version to customize it for you own needs.

Follow me for more of the good stuff. Read original article here…. zeltser.com

 


And now for something older in the past article collections.

50+ Frequently Asked Questions About WordPress

http://www.wpexplorer.com/faq-wordpress/Have a question? No problem – we get a ton of questions about WordPress everyday. To help we thought we’d share and expand on some of the most common questions we’ve been asked about WordPress! We’ll cover tons of topics including:

Not sure if WordPress is right for you? Here are answers to basic question about WordPress, what it is, how much it costs and more.

WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) that you can use to power your website on your own hosting plan. WordPress makes creating a blog, landing page, online store, forum or other website possible for users around the world. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

A Guide to Designing Better Buttons and CTAs for WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/designing-buttons-calls-to-action/?utm_source=WPMU+DEV+Blog&utm_campaign=1d1735e787-Weekly_blog_update_011217&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_591b793ca5-1d1735e787-86821581Buttons and calls-to-action fill up relatively little real estate but they’re some of the most important design elements of any website. Considering their importance, getting buttons and calls-to-action right is sort of a big deal.

However, designing buttons can be tricky. There are many design factors to consider when designing buttons – size, color, icons, shape, placement, and text — and call-to-action buttons are even more critical to get right. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

10 Hottest Web Design Trends You Gotta Know for 2017

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/web-design-trends-2017/?utm_source=WPMU+DEV+Blog&utm_campaign=1d1735e787-Weekly_blog_update_011217&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_591b793ca5-1d1735e787-86821581The web is a rapidly evolving space. Technologies and development techniques can appear quickly. Ever improving tools allow for greater freedom when designing interfaces and interactions. And because of this, web design patterns and techniques can begin to trend within a short period of time.

Below is a list of web design trends to keep in mind during 2017. They aren’t all new; some are styles that have been gaining and/or maintaining their popularity during 2016. These are expected to continue to be in common use for new websites launched in 2017. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Post Type Templates in WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/post-type-templates/?utm_source=WPMU+DEV+Blog&utm_campaign=1d1735e787-Weekly_blog_update_011217&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_591b793ca5-1d1735e787-86821581WordPress 4.7 has delivered some fantastic new enhancements to the CMS’s template system. Templates have now been expanded to include all post types, allowing developers to create more nuanced themes and at the same time allowing site owners to manage content more easily.

But how does it all work? In this article, I’ll show you how to use post type templates in your themes with a few easy examples.

Templates are essentially special files that can change the look and feel of a page and/or add functionality to your WordPress website. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

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!

WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 329 Content Likes, Password Strength

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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!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!

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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!

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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.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #329 here.


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.

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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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