It's Episode 299 and we've got plugins for Free Shipping Threshold Notifications, Timestamps, One to One Communication in WooCommerce, Plugin Notes, and Integrating Postmates to WooCommerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #299 Timestamps, One to One Communication in WooCommerce

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WordPress Plugins A-Z #297 Help Desk within WordPress Admin, Demo Site Creation

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It's Episode 297 and we've got plugins for Interactive Flip Books, Tax Reports, Help Desk within WordPress Admin, Demo Site Creation, and the highest regarded plugin I've ever used. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 297 and we’ve got plugins for Interactive Flip Books, Tax Reports, Help Desk within WordPress Admin, Demo Site Creation, and the highest regarded plugin I’ve ever used. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 296 and we've got plugins for Editing Posts with One Key, Heartbeat Control, Migrating bbPress in Multisite, Tool Tips, and a wild new plugin that lets you stage WooCommerce products in a virtual room. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #296 Migrating bbPress in Multisite, Tool Tips

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In this show, I talk to Russel Aaron from webdev Studios. Talking about plugins. We have a great conversation about developing plugins how to come up with ideas and what plugins are used for

WP Plugins A to Z Interview Show 10 with Russsel Aaron from webdev studios

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In this show, I talk to Russel Aaron from webdev Studios. Talking about plugins. We have a great conversation about developing plugins how to come up with ideas and what plugins are used forIn this show, I talk to Russel Aaron from webdev Studios. Talking about plugins. We have a great conversation about developing plugins how to come up with ideas and what plugins are used for. We talk about his plugins located at WordPress.org https://profiles.wordpress.org/geekstreetwp/#content-plugins (you can be sure his plugins will be in the future cue for reviews by us).

We talk a bit about WordCamp Vegas https://2016.vegas.wordcamp.org/ and WordCamp Orange County https://2017.oc.wordcamp.org/ and what those offer to WordPress users.

We talk about what he does at webdev Studios https://webdevstudios.com/services/maintenance/

We do allot of talking about plugins and building them and sharing them and more.. Check out the show.

You can Contact Russell at:

https://github.com/KrashKartMedia/

https://russellenvy.com/get-in-touch/

https://2016.vegas.wordcamp.org/

https://profiles.wordpress.org/geekstreetwp/#content-plugins

A couple of his plugins not reviewed yet:

Query All The Post Types

Version:1.8.1
Requires:4.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.3
Released:01 April 2016
Downloads:1181
Last Updated:08 March 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

 

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Version:1.3
Requires:4.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.3
Released:14 April 2016
Downloads:378
Last Updated:18 February 2017
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

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Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new February 20, 2017

It's Episode 295 and we've got plugins for Mobile Click to Call, Scrolling Widgets, Manual Payments for WooCommerce, Sticky Audio Players, and Featured Content. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!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.

How to Get Started Learning WordPress Development

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/get-started-learning-wordpress-development/So you’ve been using WordPress for a while, maybe even for years. You’ve implemented themes for your own projects and for a few paying clients. But now you’re feeling stuck, unable to get from advanced WordPress user to WordPress developer.

Many WordPress developers were once upon a time right where you are right now — I’ve even been there myself. The truth is, you can make the transition, all you need is a plan and the self-discipline to consistently work toward reaching developer status.

While I can’t lend you the self-discipline, I can help you formulate a plan. In this article, we’ll explore three things you can start doing today to make the jump from advanced WordPress user or implementor to WordPress developer. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

4 Hacking Tricks That Take Websites Down. [No. 2 Is Killer]

https://www.techaai.com/4-hacking-tricks-that-take-websites-down-no-2-is-killer/As a website owner it is the most disappointing and most annoying thing to discover that your website is down. This happens when you type in your domain nameand instead of seeing your beautiful website design, you’re greeted with a blank screen. This is never a good experience, but it happens to many websites and itcould happen to your website as well and of course using these hacking tricks mentioned this post.

The rapid growth in technology moves up as cyber criminals also grow. Cyber-attacks target websites and for which ever reason, you cannot rule out your website as an exception to such attacks. Many big websites have faced such attacks, some for minutes, an hour, or even more hours.

So, lets dig deep in these four hacking tricks that hackers are using to take websites down! Read original article here…. techaai.com

How Many WordPress Plugins is Too Many? The Answer Might Surprise

https://wplift.com/how-many-wordpress-plugins?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Wplift+(WPLift)&utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=8d6688bfff-The_WhiP_The_Man_In_The_Typography_Mask_02_17_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-8d6688bfff-102893693But is that actually true? I mean, people tell me I shouldn’t swim after eating, but I’ve done that my whole life and I’m still alive and kicking! So is the common knowledge that “too many plugins is bad” good for WordPress?

In this post, I’m going to attempt to answer that question. So, if your admin sidebar is bursting at the seams with links to plugin settings pages, join me on this adventure into the world of plugin collecting. Read original article here…. wplift.com

#StopMullware – On the Security of 27% of the Websites on the Internet

http://web.archive.org/web/20170214062414/https://medium.com/@CiPHPerCoder/stopmullware-on-the-security-of-27-of-the-websites-on-the-internet-298a7e5b6871This is the story of how I failed to proactively prevent every WordPress blog on the Internet from ever being conscripted into a Mirai-like botnet.

My name is Scott Arciszewski. If you have ever heard of me before, it’s likely through my open source security research and cryptography engineering work through Paragon Initiative Enterprises.

I recently proposed a successful RFC to make libsodium a core extension in PHP 7.2, which will make secure and usable cryptography more accessible to web developers the whole world over. However, I’ve been working hard to make the Internet more secure for years, starting with the tools and frameworks that developers rely on in their day-to-day. Read original article here….

Matt Mullenweg Responds to Security Rant: Digital Signatures for WordPress Updates Are Important but Not a Priority

https://wptavern.com/matt-mullenweg-responds-to-security-rant-digital-signatures-for-wordpress-updates-are-important-but-not-a-priority?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=8d6688bfff-The_WhiP_The_Man_In_The_Typography_Mask_02_17_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-8d6688bfff-102893693Scott Arciszewski, Chief Development Officer for Paragon Initiative Enterprises, who is most widely known for his cryptography engineering work, published a post on Medium criticizing Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of the WordPress open-source software project, for not caring enough about security. Arciszewski has since retracted the post but you can read it via the Wayback Machine.

Arciszewski is working on a project known as libsodium, a core extension to PHP 7.2 which allows for encryption, decryption, signatures, password hashing and more. Its goal is to enable developers to build higher-level cryptographic tools. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

Chat with Matt Mullenweg, New Tutorials and Workshops – BlogAid Today – BlogAid

https://www.blogaid.net/chat-with-matt-mullenweg-new-tutorials-and-workshops-blogaid-today/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3094987324-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-3094987324-710348757Chat with Matt Mullenweg, New Tutorials and Workshops – BlogAid Today – BlogAid

How to Speed Up a WordPress Site & Why It Matters

https://ithemes.com/2017/02/10/how-to-speed-up-a-wordpress-site-why-it-matters/?utm_source=iThemes+Updates&utm_campaign=55d3d4bee9-02_16_2017Updates_How_to_Speed&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a8f605eb-55d3d4bee9-297439873Is your WordPress website sluggish? Are pages and posts loading slowly and you don’t know why? In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons and show how to speed up a WordPress site.

Whether your hosting provider, poor code or not optimizing images is to blame, digging into why your website is running slowly is worth the time and effort. Why?

Faster websites result in a better user experience.

Speeding up your website can also help with your Google search rankings, as Google takes into account page loading speed.

Let’s dig into the most common reasons for a slow WordPress website. Read original article here…. ithemes.com

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

Behind the Scenes of WordPress.com Themes with David Kennedy

https://wptavern.com/behind-the-scenes-of-wordpress-com-themes-with-david-kennedyI’ve been doing several WordPress Theme Shop interviews lately. The original reason for the interviews was that people kept asking me where to find well-designed WordPress themes. (Yes, I know the irony because I also create solid themes.)

The interviews have been valuable for helping users find themes they like, analyzing different business models for selling themes, and exploring the history, present, and future of WordPress themes.

This time I’m thrilled to publish an interview with David A. Kennedy from Automattic. I see him as respected Theminator (we’ll get to this title later on) who cares about accessibility. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

What does any of this fuss have to do with WordPress?

https://www.wpfangirl.com/2016/what-does-any-of-this-fuss-have-to-do-with-wordpress/It’s starting to seem like there’s another post about bad behavior within the “WordPress community” every time I turn around. There have certainly been too many to list, some of them very thoughtful, but the one that made me decide I had to say something was James Dalman’s “Goodbye WordPress” post.

Because yes, there have definitely been instances of bad behavior in various of the communities of people who use WordPress. And no one who encounters discrimination, harassment, personal attacks, or mistreatment should put up with it. If you see it happening in any group you’re part of, whether or not it’s happening to you, then you should confront it, and that’s what many of these posts are attempting to do.

But if you expect to be able to avoid any of these things by leaving WordPress behind, you’re in for a very unpleasant surprise. Read original article here…. wpfangirl.com

Hey WordPress Community, Stop Being A Fan and Start Doing

https://surefirewebservices.com/hey-wordpress-community-stop-fan-start/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=e3f736d432-The_WhiP_Things_That_Go_Woo_in_the+_10_17_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-e3f736d432-102893693OK, before I get a ton of hate mail/comments from every WordPress lover out there, let’s get something straight.  I use WordPress ALL THE TIME.  I have no issues with it, in fact, I love using it.  It makes life super easy, it makes building much faster than having to start from scratch, and I really enjoy it.

With that said, wtf is with all this WordPress community BS?  I just finished reading an article by James Dalman, and while it’s truly a sad article and I have nothing respect for the man, he also linked a bunch of other posts with users addressing the WordPress community and not being happy with it.  This has nothing to do with him, but more the “WordPress Community” as a whole and the fact that a lot of people see it as some holy grail. Read original article here…. surefirewebservices.com

11 Top WordPress Plugins From the Experts by www.thehostingnews.com

http://www.thehostingnews.com/11-top-wordpress-plugins-from-the-experts.htmlOnce you have a grasp of the top-rated choices, you’ll have an easier time determining which ones would benefit your site the most. Take a look at the top 11 WordPress plugins that these marketing experts recommend.

Do you enjoy using Google Docs? For those that like to write their articles and come back to them later for an edit, using the Postable plugin may be the perfect way to improve this process of your online business. Read original article here…. thehostingnews.com

Goodbye WordPress – JAMES DALMAN

http://jamesdalman.com/goodbye-wordpress/I’ve struggled whether it would be appropriate to share my experience and struggles in the WordPress community. A few people have encouraged me to open up. A few people have begged me to remain silent.

The cost versus benefit has been at the back of my mind for a couple years. I wanted to be honest but I also feared retribution. Damned if I do. Damned if I don’t. But I finally feel it’s time to open up.

WordPress opened up a world I never expected.

I’ve worked with some of the best people in the industry. I helped create some of the most amazing products and training programs. I built friendships with incredible people around the world. WordPress provided me an extraordinary living for ten years. I’m truly thankful. Read original article here…. jamesdalman.com

 

 

 

 

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It's Episode 294 and we've got plugins for Sales Countdown Woocommerce, Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle sounds like something from Epic Spell Wars. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 294

It's Episode 294 and we've got plugins for Sales Countdown Woocommerce, Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle sounds like something from Epic Spell Wars. 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 #294 here.


It’s Episode 294 and we’ve got plugins for Sales Countdown Woocommerce, Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer’s Plugin Listicle sounds like something from Epic Spell Wars. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #294

[John only this week]

Okay, this week here I have the first plugin. It is called Sales Countdown WooCommerce Addon. Now this one here can be a real enhancement to those of you who have a WooCommerce website and you offer sales for your products from time to time. One of the things that helps enhance when you have a sale is getting people to buy it is to put a time limit on it as a way to make it more important so that they feel the sense of urgency necessary to purchase it. So what this plugin does for you is it creates a timer which shows up underneath your product. It shows how many days left until the sale is over.

With that kind of thing happening, it helps put a sense of urgency to people to buy. It’s been found that this does help. While it does help minimally, hey, every additional sale because of it is more money into your pocket. So anyway, it’s a really great plugin. It allows you to enter information when you’re putting your products in and then you can display the stuff via a shortcode on your website and different places. So anyway, check it out: Sales Countdown WooCommerce Addon, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Next up here, we have a way for you to banish bad bots into the dark black hole of Never-never Land. Now, if you’ve been running your website long enough, sooner or later you’re going to run into a bot that ignores the rules of your robot text file. This is kind of important because when a bot goes bad, it will run through your website and it will suck down your bandwidth and use up your resources and create all kinds of headache and grief. It would be nice to have a way to just – when that happens, just banish them so that they can’t even bother your website again.

So what this plugin does for you is it is a little bit of work to set up, so it’s not the easiest thing for the most part, because you’ve got to go in there and set up your robot’s text file, go in there, and you set a honeypot link into the robot’s text file. Now, all good bots (the ones that obey the rules that you set forth in your robot’s text file) will see that they’re not supposed to index this file here and they won’t index it. But bad bots will index that file and as soon as they index that file, they are automatically blocked from the rest of your website and don’t bother it at all. They’re all automatically just banished and out of the way so that they can’t impact you at all.

It’s a really great plugin. It does seem to work quite well. It does have some issues if you use caching plugins with your website, so you have to beware of that. They have some instructions to work around that. And if it wasn’t for this little bit of extra work and the caching plugin issue, this would be rated a 5. But at the moment, I’m going to give it a 4-Dragon rating. So check it out: Blackhole for Bad Bots.

And finally, what I have for you here today is Techxplorer’s Plugin Listicle – it just sounds like a spell from Epic Spell Wars. If you’re a game player, it’s a card game and it’s actually a lot of fun. But as soon as I saw it, that’s why it made me giggle when I saw it and I thought ah, I’ve gotta check this one out, just because of the title. Anyway, what this plugin here is – well, sharing is what WordPress is all about, right? Well, for many anyways – at least for us. Well, one of the things is that a lot of people use a lot of different plugins and there’s a lot of people that are always asking us, “What plugin do you use? Which ones on your website?”

Well, what this plugin does for you is it creates a list of all the plugins that are running on your website and you can create a page using a shortcode and show them out. The default CSS for it is pretty nice. It’s not perfect but, you know, a little bit of work and you can change the CSS layout to more match your website, but the default is all right. It’s really great because what you can do is you can give credit where credit is due for all the plugin developers out there that have helped you build your website. (And yes, they helped you build your website by providing those plugins free, premium, or whatever.) Because of their hard work, you got to save hours and tons of time.

So this is a great way to give back to them at least in a tiny way by providing them links that link back to their product and showcase what you have on your website. You can check it out on our site here. I’ve got it listed up on the WP Plugins A-Z website where it shows what plugins that we are currently using on our website here. One of the nice features I’ve found about this, like I’ve tried plugins like this in the past to be able to showcase all of the plugins that were being used. But the biggest problem I ran into is it tried to list up even the plugins that weren’t active on the site, which is a bit of a pain because sometimes I’ll be storing numerous inactive plugins in anticipation of using them elsewhere or something else, and I didn’t want to showcase what I wasn’t using.

So this showcases just your live, active plugins, which is also very nice in an MU environment which is what WPAZ is at and because the other websites use multiple other plugins. So it’s a really great plugin. It’s a great way of sharing everything and because it’s just really kind of cool (the title is awesome), I had to give this one a 5-Dragon rating.

So there you have it. That’s the plugins this week. I covered up Sales Countdown WooCommerce Addon, which I gave a 4 to; Blackhole for Bad Bots, which I gave a 4 to; and then Techxplorer’s Plugin Listicle, which I gave a 5 to.

 

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It's Episode 293 and we've got plugins for Time Sheets, Locking Content, Instagram Feeds, GEO Targeting Cloning Sidebars and more. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for Episode #293


It’s Episode 293 and we’ve got plugins for Time Sheets, Locking Content, Instagram Feeds, GEO Targeting Cloning Sidebars and more. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #293

John:                This week here I have a couple of great plugins, the first of which is called Time Sheets. Now, if you’re an employer or you have people who work for you – and I have a couple of people who work for me now. One of the biggest problems you’re going to have to face and deal with is time sheets, managing time sheets, and getting them to submit time sheets, unless you’ve got a punch card or something else. Well, this plugin makes that job a whole lot easier for you, especially if you’re doing some remote work with your people like I do. I have them in remotes; we don’t have an actual office. So they can either submit time sheets or they don’t get paid and sometimes they forget to submit their time sheets, so they don’t get paid – not my worry.

At any rate, this plugin here, Time Sheets, you set it up and you go through and do the configuration with it. I found it to be a fairly nice plugin for doing time sheets. The only thing I tripped across which gave me a little bit of grief with it is I wish they’d had a little more clarification in their setup of it into how you create the customers and how you create the jobs and other projects for the time sheets to be in there. You actually have to go into individuals and allow certain people to create or add this information so you can manage the time sheets.

It took me slightly longer than I had hoped to get it set up because of the lack of clarity in their instructions. But other than that, a really great plugin. It’s going to be really nice and smooth. You set it up on your website, you give your person a login to your website (which they probably already have) and only logged-in people can create a timesheet. You can set the time sheets on a page that your user can access and it creates the time sheets and automatically submits them. You can have them automatically submitted to your payroll department if you happen to have one of those or your bookkeeper – whoever does your payroll for you. At any rate, a great plugin: Time Sheets – check it out – 4 Dragons.

Marcus:            Beautiful. All right, I’m going to talk about a really neat plugin that just came out. I’ve seen things like this before and this one seems to work much better than some of the other ones that I’ve experienced. It is called Content Locker and it’s a tool that helps you kind of take things to the next level. What it does is it come up with a screen that has Twitter, Facebook, and I think something else in terms of being able to share or like a page or whatever it happens to be. You get visitors to pay for viewing content by either liking, sharing, or signing up and spreading the word. It helps to not only build your own community and your exposure within the site, but you can do things like this.

Let’s say, John, I had a WooCommerce store and I had a coupon page or a promo code page that had all of the available promo codes that you could use in my WooCommerce store. Perhaps you can only access that discounts page if you like the website or share the website on Twitter, or something like that. This is a really good way to help popularize and spread the word about you, your content, and your products. And for that, I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! I like that idea and I’m going to look at implementing that on ours for the one plugin that we’ve got that is currently $5, but we’ve been giving away if you go back several episodes for the download code and you can only hear it as an oral download code. I actually had quite a few downloads with that plugin.

Marcus:            Now, I say this with somewhat of humor, but I’m actually considering it. On my marcuscouch.com contact form, I get a ton of people that are like, “Hey, we’d like to do SEO for you,” or, you know, that kind of thing. I’m going to use that on my contact form.

John:                There you go.

Marcus:            Want to send me an email? You’re going to have to like me first.

John:                [chuckling] Like me to send me an email.

Marcus:            That’s right! I’m doing it.

John:                Get all them SEO people to like you and promote you on their social networks, whatever they may be. [chuckling]

Marcus:            Yeah! You’ve got to pay the price.

John:                All right, the next plugin I’ve got here today is called Instagram Feed by EVM. This plugin here, it’s a freemium plugin. It was sent in to us by Amit Porwal of  https://www.expertvillagemedia.com/. Now, to me it was another Instagram plugin that allows Instagram feeds onto your plugin. It looks to be a bit better than some I’ve tried, but I did run into a couple of things that concern me about this plugin.

One of the first was the need to create an access token from a third-party service called Out of the Sandbox. I’ve never heard of them but when I did a little research on it, it’s just a third-party service and since it was accessing your Instagram feed and all of your images, it said to me that they’re collecting all of your social info to allow you to use this plugin to display the information on the website – kind of convoluted to me. I’m not certain I would go with a method like this.

The next was their options. They had a provision for a pro version but they had no options for buying the pro version. So to me, come on, guys. If you’ve got a pro version, make it so it can be purchased or make it a value to have a pro version. Other than that, don’t bother to show it. You know, it started out to be pretty good, but, you know, kind of tough. I gave it a 3-Dragon rating. I almost gave it a 2 just due to the things I ran into that were kind of questionable. But other than that, you could check it out and if you’re comfortable with it, go for it. If not, well, take my word and say, “Nah, there’s other Instagram feed plugins.” So anyway, Instagram Feed by EVM, 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:            Very nice, very nice. Okay, so the next one is kind of a – anybody who uses Multisite knows what this is. This is called WP Jump and it’s really cool because what it does is it takes the admin bar and one section within the dashboard and it allows you to set up what other websites and other WordPress installations you have. So let’s just say I’m on marcuscouch.com and I have WP Jump installed.

I can go up to the admin bar and then have one of my other websites there that has a link to the WP admin page. So if I’m going to go from say marcuscouch.com to x2marketing.com, there’s something right in the admin bar up there that I can just go to the very next site, and that’s all it is. It just does that; it’s a link to all your different WP admin things and it allows you to jump from one site to the other. A very handy little tool and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s a very nice little tool, this here. I’ve got standalone websites and that’s pretty much what happens when you’ve got a multiuse site.

Marcus:            That’s right. Same thing.

John:                It’s the same thing. That’s very nice. Does it give you the ability to auto login, or do you have to log in if you happened to be logged out of the other ones?

Marcus:            It doesn’t do auto login and I don’t think I ever want that, because that means if anybody got credentials on one site, that they have them all.

John:                Ah yeah, okay. Scary that way. Yeah, scary.

Marcus:            It works with tools like Clef or —

John:                Nice.

Marcus:            — you know, some of the other ones.

John:                All right, the final plugin I’ve got here today is called Gocha GEO Targeting. Now, this is a premium plugin. It’s $39 and it was sent in to us by Marcin Gocha, it’s available at CodeCanyon. The link in the show notes is an affiliate link, just to let everyone know. While I did not activate this plugin because at the moment I just don’t have a use for it and I didn’t want to go through all of the work to set up and check something out on it at this point in time — I’m just really busy at the moment. I did check out their demos and also the way it looks and the information. It looked like a pretty useful plugin in that what it does for you is it helps you put your Google Maps onto a bit of steroids. You can add photos to them and different places, you can create complex correlations within the maps, be it for the ability of connecting photos and pretty much anything you want.

Their description, it’s got three functionality modes. It’s got a pretty decent interface from when I did check out the interface and see how it works. It seems semi-intuitive; you don’t have to go through all the settings if you’re going to set it up. Some of the default stuff will be perfect for a lot of people. It’s versatile in that it’s got basic modes and advanced modes. It allows you to create a gallery of images that will sit across the bottom of a map and people can click on the images and pop to different points on the map real quickly. So there’s a lot that it can do.

It looks like it could be quite the plugin if you have different stores you want to showcase, if you have different events around town you need to showcase with images – all sorts of things like that. Or if you’re a traveler and just want to showcase all your place you’ve been on the map with images. At any rate, it looks good enough. I give it a 4-Dragon rating and check it out. It’s called Gocha GEO Targeting.

Marcus:            Great! All right, final plugin of the day. This is called Sidebar Content Clone, and it does exactly that. It’s a really handy solution for just duplicating or cloning all the widgets from one sidebar to another sidebar in just one click. It could also clear widgets from the sidebar in one click.

I used this just yesterday because I was working on a website that had a couple of different widget areas. It had a homepage sticky, it had a regular homepage, it had a posts sticky, a posts regular, and the same thing with the page, so there’s really a couple of different things. And if you wanted it on the homepage and also on individual posts as well, you had to kind of create the same thing twice. That’s just a waste of time in my eyes, so I used this plugin, Sidebar Content Clone, and I was easily able to copy over from one place to another with little hassles and no extra setup. So it’s called Sidebar Content Clone and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s a very useful plugin because I could use something like that on some of the themes I’ve been working on lately where you have different sidebars for different sections of the site, yet you want to use a lot of the same widgets in those sidebars.

Marcus:            That’s it. That’s exactly what it does.

John:                Yeah, that’s a very useful tool. All right, this week here I covered up Time Sheets, which I gave a 4 to; Instagram Feed by EVM, which I gave a 3 to; and did Gocha GEO Targeting, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:            And I talked about Content Locker, which I gave a 5 out of 5, WP Jump gets a 4 out of 5, and Sidebar Content Clone gets a 4 out of 5.

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It's Episode 294 and we've got plugins for Sales Countdown Woocommerce, Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle sounds like something from Epic Spell Wars. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new February 13, 2017

It's Episode 294 and we've got plugins for Sales Countdown Woocommerce, Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle sounds like something from Epic Spell Wars. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!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.

Why do I need HTTPS if I don’t sell anything on my site?

https://www.blogaid.net/why-do-i-need-https-if-i-dont-sell-anything-on-my-site/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0c7c298dd8-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-0c7c298dd8-710348757Free SSL certificates, like Let’s Encrypt, are now easy to obtain through most hosts.

And hosts are starting to turn them on by default now, and require all new sites to be HTTPS.

And at some point, Chrome, Firefox, and other major browsers are going to splash a big warning in the face of anyone visiting any site that is not HTTPS.

That day is coming, quicker than most folks think. Read original article here…. blogaid.net

How to Fix the “Warning: File_Get_Contents” Error in WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/fix-warning-file_get_contents-error-wordpress/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=d840c6ee83-THE_WHIP_Pumped_10up_Kicks_2017_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-d840c6ee83-98310037There’s a WordPress error that’s frustrating to no end because if you’ve come across it, you probably didn’t actually do anything wrong. Still, plastered across your site will be these words:

Warning: file_get_contents(path/to/wordpress/file): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /path/to/another/wordpress/file.php on line #

The error message itself is almost misleading because it lists two files and a line number at the end, which would otherwise indicate a specific issue within a file if it were a different error, though, this isn’t always the case. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

New Tags Coming to the WordPress Plugin Repo? Users Respond With an Unanimous “Meh”

https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/wordpress-plugin-tags/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=d840c6ee83-THE_WHIP_Pumped_10up_Kicks_2017_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-d840c6ee83-98310037According to our small survey, 90% of users say they don’t care if a free plugin they’re getting from the directory is only a limited, “lite” version of the fully-featured PRO.

Okay, I might have BuzzFeeded the stats a bit here. The exact question we asked was, “Would you not use a WordPress.org plugin, just because it has a PRO version also available?” Again, 90% said “no.”

The whole thing started several months ago when Matt Mullenweg encouraged the WordPress community to brainstorm some ideas on how to improve the way plugins are presented in the official repository: Read original article here…. codeinwp.com

Hackers deface thousands of website by exploiting WordPress vulnerability

https://www.hackread.com/wordpress-websites-hacked-amid-vulnerability/WordPress vulnerabilities which were discovered recently have been negatively and sometimes fatally affecting countless websites thus far. Initially, there were three flaws (identified about two weeks back) for which WordPress has already released security updates. However, we later learned that there was another huge vulnerability that allowed cyber-criminals to obtain unauthorized remote access to manipulate WordPress sites by editing or even deleting pages. This vulnerability was disclosed by the security firm, Sucuri. Read original article here…. hackread.com

How to Easily Remove Your Shop Page Sorting Options in WooCommerce

https://bobwp.com/learn-how-to-easily-remove-your-shop-page-sorting-options-in-woocommerce/Sometimes you just need a simple fix. Something bugs you and will confuse your shoppers, but the solution is just not built into the WooCommerce core. Such is the case with the sorting options on your shop page.

If we go back into our WooCommerce settings > products > display, we find that we can set the Default Product Sorting but that doesn’t let us remove anything.

For my recent shop page I wanted to remove some of these options for a specific reason. I lucked out when I discovered the WooCommerce Remove Product Sorting plugin from my friends over at Skyverge. And yes, it’s even free—and simple to use. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

WordPress REST API Vulnerability is Being Actively Exploited, Hundreds of Thousands of Sites Defaced

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-rest-api-vulnerability-is-being-actively-exploited-hundreds-of-thousands-of-sites-defaced?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=1b6dba0f5f-The_WhiP_REST_Case_Scenario_02_08_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-1b6dba0f5f-102893693At the end of January, WordPress 4.7.2 was released to fix four security issues, three of which were disclosed at the time of the release. These included a SQL injection vulnerability in WP_Query, a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the posts list table, and the Press This feature allowing users without permission to assign taxonomy terms. The fourth and most critical issue, an unauthenticated privilege escalation vulnerability in a REST API endpoint, was fixed silently and disclosed a week after the release.

Contributors on the release opted to delay disclosure in order to mitigate the potential for mass exploitation, given that any site running 4.7 or 4.7.1 is at risk. This allowed time for users to update manually and for automatic updates to roll out. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Why You Should Add a Hello Bar to Your WordPress Website and How To Do It

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/why-you-should-add-a-hello-bar-to-your-wordpress-website-and-how-to-do-it?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=ec04457f51-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-ec04457f51-51249745A hello bar is a great alternative to using a pop-up, an option that is unpopular with so many. Hello bars are less obtrusive, yet are constantly on display. This means you can present a specific message to your visitors, without distracting them from your regular content.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of using a hello bar, or notification bar as they are also known. We are then going to consider some top tips for creating a hello bar and analyze some popular and reputable plugins that will cover how to add a hello bar to your WordPress Website. Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

WordPress Plugin Roundup: Duplicate Post, PDF Embedder and Redirection

https://bobwp.com/wordpress-plugin-roundup-duplicate-post-pdf-embedder-redirection/In today’s roundup we are looking at:  Duplicate Post, PDF Embedder and Redirection Plugin.

This is one of those plugins that can save a ton of time if you have the need to do this a lot. If needed only occasionally, it might not choose to add yet another plugin to your site. But there have been times when I was using a formatted page or post over and over where this did save me a ton of time.

You will first clone the page or post, then you click on New Draft. It gives you the options in the settings to copy the date, status, excerpt, attachments, taxonomies (categories and tags) and custom fields. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

Marcus Couch: Membership Site Success Strategies

https://wordpress.tv/2016/09/29/marcus-couch-membership-site-success-strategies/Membership Sites are quickly becoming a mainstream method to generate income, provide support, training and connect with niche communities. We will review and discuss 5 different Membership Site models that can transform any business into a dynamic, content-rich membership site.

Read original article here…. wordpress.tv

Automattic to Revive WP Job Manager

https://wptavern.com/automattic-to-revive-wp-job-managerAutomattic announced today the company is bringing WP Job Manager back to life. The plugin became an Auttomattic project after the company acquired WooCommerce and its employees in 2015 but it has not been actively developed since then. Today’s announcement also requests feedback from WP Job Manager users who want to help shape future development:

The WP Job Manager team launched a demo site today, which allows potential customers to test drive commercial add-ons and create new accounts, job listings, and applications. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

WordPress Theme Authors Experiment with New Pricing on ThemeForest

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-theme-authors-experiment-with-new-pricing-on-themeforestEnvato has been rolling out author-driven pricing across ThemeForest categories throughout 2016. The new pricing options have finally hit the WordPress category and authors are now experimenting with pricing changes outside of the average $35-65 range.

Ben Chan, executive General Manager at Envato, explained why the company is extending author-driven pricing to ThemeForest after successfully launching it on GraphicRiver more than a year ago: Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

Get To Know WordPress: A Seattle WordCamp Workshop for Beginners

https://bobwp.com/get-to-know-wordpress-a-seattle-wordcamp-workshop-for-beginners/In an earlier post, I mentioned my upcoming workshop at WordCamp Seattle, October 29th and 30th. As it gets closer, I wanted to create a full post on this event. Why?

1.  You will not only learn the very basics of WordPress in these 3 hours, but you will also have a full two days of learning even more about WordPress in three tracks.

2. You will meet a lot of great WordPress peeps who are out there to help you and answer your questions. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

 

 

 

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

 

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