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!

Transcript of Episode 329 WP Plugins A to 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!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.

I can help you eliminate your WordPress stress, solving your WordPress emergency issues, or doing the more day-to-day items such as finding that perfect plugin, helping you move to a new hosting provider, or even providing quality WordPress hosting. With 20 years’ experience online and over eight years dedicated to WordPress solely, JohnOverall.com provides all your web service needs from hosting to WordPress development, repairs, and malware removal. Visit my website, JohnOverall.com or call me, (818)850-7729, or you can send an email direct to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And John does answer the phone.

John:                Oh, absolutely.

Marcus:           Directly – probably just in a couple of rings, too. All right, well anybody that’s listening to this show, you loooove WordPress. Come on, you’re a plugin junkie like John and I. You love it. Well, why not write about something unique within WordPress? As you’ve probably heard on the show in the last few months, I am now the WordPress editor for Smashing Magazine, one of the biggest web design resources on the internet and I’m looking for folks to write great articles about WordPress.

This has got a lot of benefit for you: you get paid, you get a lot of exposure to yourself, your work, you get a nice, cool author box where you can talk about yourself and give yourself a nice followed link that goes back to your site. Smashing Magazine is – when I say it’s the biggest, it gets, you know, 6,000,000 unique visits a month. That’s more than WP Tavern gets. That’s more than Tork gets – all of them combined. Think of every WordPress blog you know of and this is a lot bigger. And they’ve got really high standards and the articles are really long. But it’s really worth it in terms of the audience and the feedback that you get back from any published article, and most of them have 30-40 comments every time you publish an article. What a great set of feedback that you get from a huge mechanism like this.

So if you’re interested in getting exposure to yourself and your work, go to marcuscouch.com/smashing. There’s a video there you can learn about the whole process and fill out a form. It has an autoresponder that replies back with how to get started and what to do. A great opportunity to contribute to the WordPress community, get exposure, and get a few hundred bucks in the process.

John:                Absolutely, and the articles are well worth reading. They are in-depth, useful, and helpful. They’re not top 10 lists and they’re stuff that you can actually use for building and working on your websites.

Marcus:           Yes, and if I can elaborate just one sec, I get requests all the time. Like, “Hey, can I write about the latest WordPress version or the latest WooCommerce version?” No. We don’t take articles like that. We want actual procedures and cutting-edge things that you’ve never heard of and, you know, advanced design techniques and how to make more money with your agency and those kinds of things. That’s what we’re interested in, not necessarily, “Hey, give me 10 plugins that tell me the weather.”

John:                Yeah, there you go.

Marcus:           Not really needed.

John:                All right, well that brings us up to our next set of plugins. The next one I have for you was sent in to us by Ben Campbell. It’s called London Theatre Direct and this plugin here is if you happen to be in London or in that area, this is something you could use to help increase your sales or increase a little bit of extra money. The plugin is focused on all the London theatre scene to sell tickets through the London theatre scene. You can become a partner within the London theatre scene, London Theatre Direct, and earn a commission on all the ticket sales.

So if you’re like a reviewer or you like writing articles about theatre or anything like that, this is something that could benefit you if you’re one of those bloggers. It’s a relatively easy plugin to set up. It even worked out here from Canada, where I set it up on my website to just give it a test on my sandbox site anyway. It’s pretty simple and straightforward to set up. You go through, you set it up.

If you wanted to earn a commission, you have to sign up for one of the affiliate programs and go through, enter your information, choose the theatres, choose the type of tickets and everything to sell, and then you just go plug it in to your website either via a widget or it’s got its own shortcode builder that allows you to get it all up and running. So go check it out: it’s London Theatre Direct and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Nice, and I like that you can just be an affiliate. You don’t have to actually be in London to do this.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           You could just sell it on your own site. So if you’ve got any kind of affiliate site or things like that, why not try and grab a [inaudible] for London theatre tickets or even create a schedule, something like that, and do the rest. Okay, so the next plugin that I’ve got here is kind of a cross-pollination. It is called WooCommerce Simple Order Notification and it works with both WooCommerce and Twilio, which Twilio is an SMS service that you can sight up for. They do, I believe, have a free version that you can probably integrate with this. They give you kind of an API key that you can use right in WooCommerce and within this plugin.

So here’s what happens, John. If you and I have a store that we’ve set up and we want to take orders – or, say it’s a membership site or anything else that anybody may sign up to and purchase. Every time a successful transaction has occurred, this will go through that Twilio API and send you a text message and says, “Hey, John! Guess what Marcus just paid $1,000 for Order #1234,” and, you know, any other options that you wanted to add within that SMS.

Now, that’s some nice pat on the back reassurance that your e-commerce entity is working properly and that’s also something that if you are a developer or a designer, you can encourage your e-commerce clients that use WooCommerce to start getting into. Let them have this capability of SMS every time they get an order so they can prepare themselves, they can review the order, they can forward that to somebody else that they need to know. And, you know, more and more we are living more on a text message-based society, rather than email, and this is another one of those things. So check it out: it’s called WooCommerce Simple Order Notification and I would’ve given it a perfect 5 out of 5, but it does work with a third-party service, which is Twilio. Even though I like them, I still took a point off just because has that extra step, so it gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                Well, that’s not too bad and it can be quite useful for you if you’re selling products that you really want to respond back to people quickly about, too.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                This is another great way you can be responsive to your clients and help improve your service.

Marcus:           Absolutely. I didn’t really think about that consideration but yeah, that’s absolutely the fact.

John:                Okay, well that takes us up to next here. We’ve got listener feedback, audio clips – none this week, unfortunately. But if you’re a listener out there and you would like to contact us with an audio clip, hey, step into the wppluginsatoz.com and leave us a SpeakPipe down in the lower right corner of the page. You can access it and I understand now you were saying earlier, Marcus, that this now works with Mac?

Marcus:           That’s correct. If you have a Macintosh, you were unable to leave a message through the browser on Safari previously through the site. That’s at least what SpeakPipe has said, and I just got an email today that says, “Hey, it now works with Mac.”

John:                There you go.

Marcus:           All you Mac people out there, go to wppluginsatoz.com and leave us a SpeakPipe! We’d love to hear from you. Tell us what you like about the show, any plugins you’re looking for, or just say hello.

John:                Absolutely. Okay, and this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give back some value to us. And in that vein, we’d like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and over are read here, their note is published. For those who come in below $50, they’ll remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week’s donors we have $50 from Jezweb Pty. Ltd. and his note says:

“This donation is on behalf of Innate Life Chiropractic, www.innatelife.com.au a Jezweb built WordPress website for a chiropractor in Lake Macquarie, Australia.”

So it’s kind of a cool thing here and thank you very much, Jez. We really appreciate your support of the show.

Marcus:           We really appreciate – I mean, we do.

John:                Oh, absolutely.

Marcus:           He’s come through for us time and time again. If we had a title of Executive Producer in terms of what he’s done for us and helped enable the show like few others have in terms of stepping up, he is the man, so we totally appreciate his support. We are at record downloads, so it’s time that if you’re a new listener to the show that you understand what value-for-value means. It means as John said, if we provide value to you, we’d love for you to provide some value back to us, whether that’s a donation through our Patreon account, whether that is a direct donation to the show. We’ve got a lot of ways that you can help contribute. We do appreciate everyone’s support and that’s basically it.

John:                Yeah, and for those of you that are in the small subscriptions, we greatly appreciate your support for the show, too. And all the money currently coming in for this show goes to pay for things such as bandwidth, time to do the show, transcriptions (because we do have transcriptions done of the show).

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                All of the little incidentals that actually do cost money, and so we greatly appreciate those of you that are supporting us.

Marcus:           Thank you very much. We do appreciate it.

John:                Okay, and the final plugins we’ve got here today…the last one I’ve got for you today is called World Clock Dropdown with Shortcodes. I’ve been on the hunt lately for a world clock and I still haven’t found a very good one. This one here is slightly better than most so far. I’m in need of a specific style of one, so I’m still hunting. At any rate, what this one does for you is it’s a very simple plugin for finding your local time in a particular time zone. You can enter several of the shortcodes in there to have different models from it.

I noticed from my test that once it sets a time, even when you come back to the page, the cookie helps keep that time, so it only resets the page when the cookies go away. It defaults to Greenwich Meantime, so you’d have to change the time zone on it. All in all, not a bad little plugin for setting time zones or determining time zones, but no good for what I’m looking for. I’m looking for something that allows people to set up a meeting time and pick time zones from multiple areas and then compare them, so this is – it’s kind of a little bit more complex. This one here is a little limited; it could be of use. Some of the improvements in it would be the multiple instances and comparing the time zones I’m looking for, but all in all, not too bad of a plugin. Check it out: World Clock Dropdown with Shortcodes and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Nice. Very nice. All right, I’ve got one more plugin that is WooCommerce-related and this has to do with your customers’ accounts in WooCommerce, which is a very big deal because it’s – you know, the security of your site is only as good as the weakest password of the weakest user, right? (Or any one of your users.) Especially if they can do things to the site or post things to the site, it really creates kind of a really, you know, a drag experience for the rest of your users. So this allows you to set the minimum password strength to very weak, weak, medium, or strong.

You’ve all seen that when you’ve created a password within WordPress itself, so it enacts this for users so that you can enable that only a strong password is allowed on my e-commerce site or only a medium password so you don’t get too stringent. It does do a lot of different settings. If you put the setting of very weak, it actually disables the strength meter altogether; that means hey, it’s wide open. Do what you will. Create 1234 as your password or whatever you want to do. So if you want to just open the door wide and just monitor the strength of passwords, that’s also available as well. So it is called Minimum Password Strength for WooCommerce and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s a nice plugin. That’ll be nice and handy. Now, one thing to keep in mind though is there have been numerous flaws in the past that have been exploited, even though a user has no power on a website, cross-scripting has allowed additional powers to be allocated.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So this is another reason to enforce strong passwords to help ensure that only the users get in there that are supposed to be in there, so something to keep in mind.

Marcus:           Yeah, and that’s very important. If you do things like reorders with credit cards that may be already on file somewhere or in the system or with your merchant, if they have that kind of power, that’s a chargeback waiting to happen and that affects your pocket, that affects your future credit as a merchant —

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           — and whether you’re even allowed to do business. So the more stop-gap measures that you have, the better.

John:                Absolutely. Well, that closes it out and this episode here, I covered up WP Compress, which I gave a 5 to; London Theatre Direct, which I gave a 4 to; and then World Clock Dropdown with Shortcodes, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Post Likerator, which gets a 3 out of 5, WooCommerce Simple Order Direct Notification – that’s the thing that gives you a text message every time you get an order – gets a 4 out of 5, and we just talked about Minimum Password Strength for WooCommerce, which gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice, and the usual reminders and stuff for the end of the show, be sure to check out the YouTube screencast that goes up later and watch the additional parts that I’ll be putting in for the show. And a note to developers out there, if you’d like to support the show, maybe you could offer up a premium license that we can give away, create a plugin contest, we’ll promote your plugin, etc., create the contest, and all you’ve got to do is provide us with the license for it. You know, in the contests we’ve run in the past have been very successful, so check it out.

Also, check out our training videos that we have up online and more training videos are on the way. They actually take a lot more time to plan and prepare than I had thought initially. I anticipated doing one a week and only to find out that they take more time than I had anticipated.

Marcus:           [chuckling] Yeah, a lot more.

John:                So…and because I like to do very thorough ones and the training videos I get up there end up getting thousands of visits, and in fact, a couple of my training videos have been adopted by the plugin developers as the video to go to for showcasing how to use their plugin.

Marcus:           I love it when we do that.

John:                That’s one of my thrills when I see that. I wonder, “Why am I getting so many visits?” When I follow all the links I’m like, “Oh, they’ve embedded my video in their instructions.” Sweet!

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, and also if you’re looking for WordPress news and other information, don’t forget to go check out WP Plugins A to Z and subscribe to our newsletter and get all the information on a weekly basis. And also there will be an additional segment after the closeout of the show here showcasing why we do value-for-value and where our inspiration came and showing you how – even I give back that value to the podcast that I listen to a lot, so I’ll make sure that segment is included after the show today. So make sure you stick around after all the closing stuff. And that’s it! You got anything else?

Marcus:           Nope, that’s good for me. Thanks, everybody.

John:                And thank you for those who stopped into the show. I saw there was three or four people that popped in there, so thank you very much. Take care now. Bye-bye.

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Extra Segment:

John:                Okay, this is the after-show segment here and I’ve got a couple of things I’m going to be doing for you here today. First off, we’re going to showcase from the No Agenda Show. What we mean by value-for-value and where we get our inspiration for the value-for-value show. Now, the No Agenda Show can be found at noagendashow.com for those of you listening to this segment, because this will be in the regular podcast itself. And also after I’m finished with this segment here, I will do the showcase that goes up into the Google Stream area that showcases my impression on Marcus’ plugin.

So first off here, we’ve got the No Agenda Show, which is a value-for-value podcast and they do media deconstruction. It’s a very excellent show; you might want to check it out yourself. But one of the things they do is they hit a segment where they showcase their donors, the same way we do on the WP Plugins show. This show here, they are currently in their 10th Anniversary of their show and they had an amazing show of donors that they showcased. So I’m going to take a few of them and I’m gonna highlight the component of where my donation was on this particular show, so stay tuned for that. I will get it all dialed in.

Okay, we’re going to play the opening for the No Agenda Show here:

“And we’re going to run this off of Podbean. Adam Curry, John C. Dvorak. It’s Sunday, October 22, 2017. This is your award-winning Gitmo Nation Media Assassination Episode Niner Seven Five! This is No Agenda.

Alert the affiliates, we’re going long! And broadcasting from the future, live in Downtown Austin Teahouse, [inaudible] the [inaudible]state in the (Cluedo) in the morning, everybody, I’m Adam Curry.

And from Northern California where I believe today is night-day, I’m John C. Dvorak. It’s Craig, Mop, and Buzzkill in the morning!”

John:                There we go. There’s the opening for their show and what I’ll do is I’ll jump down to the beginning segment of their donor segment, and then I will jump down to the segment where my donation is showcased in the show, coming up in a second.

“Thank you for your courage of saying good morning to you, John C., where the C stands for college connoisseur Dvorak.

 And good morning to you, Mr. Adam Curry, also in the morning and all ships at sea, boots on the ground, feet in the air, subs in the water, and all the dames and knights out there….

And the morning to the chatroom No Agendastream.com, always good to see you guys there, all jacked up and ready to go. And hold on a second…what’s going on here? I wanted to go to – today is the second of our third installment of our special 10 Anniversary promotion – our twofer.

The second of our three installments, yes.

Yes, it’s our twofer.

Yeah, twofer. You get to double up on your credits.

And I’ve got a lot of questions – I’m sure you do as well – both the possessors of dolerites in Candanavia, as well as –

But it has to be kinda laid out for us because if we have 94 people to mention –

[Laughing]

It gets [inaudible].

Oh, gosh. Yeah, all right. Hey, not complaining.

So we’re gonna have a long session, so we’re going to put this as kind of part of the show.

We’re going long.

So Benjamin gave $1,000, but he actually gave $1,300 in Canadian.”

John:                Okay, so that’s the intro to their donations segment and as you can see, they had a lot of donors for this. It was their 10th Anniversary show and lots of people donating and they were giving out a double donor credit. You would have to go to the show, listen to the show for a little while to understand the donation credit system that they’ve got.

We have been trying and toying with ideas for something for the WP Plugins show, but we don’t have anything as of yet. But we’re working towards that goal eventually. So at any rate, now I’m going to skip down because I’m way down the list because well, I donated but I didn’t donate as much as all the people in front of me. As you heard, that first donor, a $1,000 donation and it continues down the list until it gets down to where mine is. But we all donate what we can afford to support our favorite content, so we’ll take you to that right now.

“John Overall 2222, thanks for your value-for-value model, giving back to doubling the donations. The donation of $222 is $444. When he’s doubling his number, that means you are in the path of awakening, which of course is that of the No Agenda Show, because it does awake people. Once it awakes you, you cannot go back to sleep once it awakes you. This donation and your donating double bonus pushes me over the top to become a knight of the realm for my No Agenda nation. I would like to be dubbed Sir John Overall, Night Runner, because I am often doing my running in the dark. In an effort to emulate the No Agenda Show, we are running our podcast, the WP Plugins A to Z – now I know who to get a hold of!

Yeah.

–a plugin guy.

Yeah!

It’s a value-for-value show – a little – by the way, that is an art, not a science to do these plugins and know how they work.

Oh, yeah.

The little-acknowledged secret is that it is hard to do a show that way, but more fulfilling. Please play the following jingles – in other words, using value-for-value for the plugin show.

Yeah.

6969, dudes, fist bump, Atlas shrugged, podcasting karma for all podcasters out there, go a-podcasting.

Okay.

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“6969, Dudes! Hey man, fist bump. [singing] Atlas shrugged [desk bell dinging] [inaudible] You’ve got karma [harp music].”

John:                Okay, so that was a highlight of the segment where I donated my donation to them. I gave them $222 and that’s how much I like that show. I have supported them over the last couple of years with a significant amount of money and they reward people by making them a knight. So at any rate, that’s what we’re trying to do here for this show is to have a value-for-value model where you, our listeners, support us and if we’re giving you value, give us value back.

Money is appreciative; there’s many other ways you can help and support this show. You can go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to find out more ways you can support the show, and every little bit helps. No amount is insignificant, even time, money, support, graphics – there’s lots and lots we can do. We’d like to expand this show out dramatically. So that’s all I’ve got for that.

Now, I’m going to take you into the after-show segment where I do my impression of one of Marcus’ plugins from this episode, so let’s jump into that segment here. And that will be for only those that go into the stream on YouTube that is up later, so this ends the WP Plugins show, except for the additional segment, so go check out that YouTube. Thanks.

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It's Episode 328 and we've got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-End Admin Menus, Gallery Tools and Wishlists for WooCommerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 328 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 328 and we've got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-End Admin Menus, Gallery Tools and Wishlists for WooCommerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 328 and we’ve got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-End Admin Menus, Gallery Tools and Wishlists for WooCommerce. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #328 here.


It’s Episode 328 and we’ve got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-End Admin Menus, Gallery Tools and Wishlists for WooCommerce. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #328

Marcus:           It’s Episode 328 and we’ve got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-end Admin Menus, Gallery Tools, and Wish Lists for WooCommerce – that’s hard to say – and it’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well, good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the Beachside Bunker in Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you here today. But of course we missed last week, mainly due to me cooking Thanksgiving dinner. It was Canadian Thanksgiving up here in the Great White North and I decided to take the day off and spend it with my family instead of sitting down to record a show. I know you all missed it but hey, we’re here this week to give you another great show.

Marcus:           Absolutely!

John:                And of course, right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and make sure you subscribe and review the show over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes store. And for a little bit of extra that is slowly coming together bit by bit, please check out our training videos, screencasts, and you can watch us live on YouTube every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m., so check out all the links for those stuff in the show notes.

Marcus:           Absolutely, and thank you to everybody who is watching us now. We appreciate that.

John:                We do! And we do have a couple on right now. Thanks for dropping in, guys. We really appreciate it. Okay, and well, that’s – don’t forget – let everyone know. Join us on Twitter, too. You can follow the show over at Twitter and subscribe to our newsletter.

Marcus:           Yep.

John:                And with that, well let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

Marcus:           Okay.

[Plugins lead-in music]

John:                And first off, the plugins I have today, I have a set of plugins that come as a request from Romain Capelle. He made a request on our Facebook page and Romain was looking for a plugin that creates image galleries in a particular mason style. So I decided to take on the challenge a little bit and review a few plugins, so all three of the plugins I’ve got today are related to that. So with that in mind, the first one I have up here is called Image Photo Gallery Final Tiles Grid.

Now, this plugin here has some limited ability for creating use image galleries. It is a freemium plugin and the free version that I checked out gives you very limited things you can do with it. It doesn’t do a whole lot. One of the biggest issues I’ve found is that the mason grid in the free version only creates same sized tiles, and Romain was looking for multi-sized tiles in this thing here. It could be a really nice tile grid if you’re looking for something plain and simple. The pro version adds a few more features, allows you to expand the grids, make a few more adjustments to it, but I wasn’t able to play with it or adjust it. So make sure you go check that one out. And all in all, I gave it a 3-Dragon rating, so check it out.

Marcus:           Great, all right. Well, the first one that I have today is something that we kind of all run into problems with every now and again, and that’s dealing with email that comes through our sites. This plugin is called Post SMTP Mailer/Email Log and what it is, it’s a next generation mailer that assists in the delivery of email that’s generated by your WordPress site, and this is the only one to do it with all of the latest security standards. Now, that’s very important, because you want the security standards to be upheld so that you can do OAuth 2.0 and things like that to interact with Gmail and some of the other services that you do that uses SMTP email.

Now, there are so many other mail plugins out there, except some of them will take care of the SMTP part but they don’t have logs to where you can figure out if the thing is actually sending or not, or if it actually went out, and this one actually has built-in logs with it. It is called Post SMTP Mailer and it’s very unique if you send a lot of email out of WordPress itself, either through forms or something like that to third-party people. This is a plugin that you want to check out. I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very cool! A nice way to bypass some of the problems with your mail — sending PHP mail.

Marcus:           Yeah, now I’ve noticed some problems with one of my hosts that’s the GoDaddy WordPress managed hosts —

John:                Yep?

Marcus:           — which I love that service and I love the way that those kind of developer plans rolled out for GoDaddy, but the email portion of it stinks, so this is the way to cure that.

John:                Absolutely. All right, with that being said, we’ll let you all know this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses, and currently sponsored by JohnOverall.com, WordPress and Web Services. And if you’re finding quality WordPress hosting and support and that can be a challenge, well, you can drop all that stress by contacting JohnOverall.com Web Services.

I can help you eliminate your WordPress Stress, solving your WordPress emergency issues or doing the more day-to-day items such as finding that perfect plugin, helping you move to a new hosting provider, or even providing quality WordPress hosting. With 20 years’ experience and over eight years dedicated to WordPress, JohnOverall.com provides all your WordPress needs from hosting, to WordPress development, repairs, and even malware removal if that happens to you. Visit my website at JohnOverall.com or call me, (818) 850-7729, or send an email direct to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And anybody listening to this show, you’ve got a passion for WordPress, and why not take that passion and write about something unique within WordPress? You’ve been listening to the show, you know that I am now the WordPress editor for Smashing Magazine, one of the biggest web development resources online, and I’m looking for folks to write great articles about WordPress. You can get a lot of exposure for yourself and your work. All you need to do is go to marcuscouch.com/smashing and fill out the form, watch the video that explains everything, and I will get back to you right away with some more information, some process, some style guide stuff – and by the way, you’re gonna get a few hundred bucks for the effort as well. So check it out, marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                Absolutely. Make sure you do that. And if nothing else, start using Smashing for some WordPress information. Some of the articles I’m starting to read there are quite fantastic, very useful, in-depth. Some of them are excellent for pros. You know, check it out, folks. A great way to make some extra money if you’re doing some writing.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s high-level stuff. It’s not like “The Top 10 Plugins for Restaurants” or things like that.

John:                No.

Marcus:           It’s not lists; it’s tutorials, it’s hardcore diving into, you know, the meat and potatoes, so to speak. You know, that’s the phrase we use but diving into really the core of what can be done in WordPress and how it should be done in WordPress, so it’s a really great resource. Check it out at smashingmagazine.com.

John:                Absolutely. Okay, well that brings us to our next set of plugins and the next one I’ve got up here is another gallery plugin, and this gallery plugin here is called Gallery – Photo Gallery, Image Gallery, Theme Gallery, Blog Gallery WordPress Plugin – wow, that’s a lot of galleries in one name. So at any rate, this one here is a lot closer to what Romain was looking for. It does create a random sized image gallery, but not quite in the sense of what he really wanted it to do.

It allows you to do some adjustments in there, it’s limited on the number of images you can put into a gallery until you upgrade to the premium version. It just has a few adjustments to allow for it to fit your site nicely. All in all, not too bad of a mason grid gallery – a bit better than the one I did previously, so go give this one a check-out. I’m just going to shorten it down to Gallery – Photo Gallery, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s something they should probably call that Multi-Gallery, right? [inaudible – 9:41]

John:                The name is a little bit of a mouthful.

Marcus:           Yeah. Okay, so I’m – I’ve got a kind of a lazy plugin next that is called Admin Menu in Frontend, and you know, I think the customizer’s great but it always ends up in the backend out of proper sizing and scope that you might typically be used to of seeing your site. This plugin, Admin Menu in Frontend allows you to administrate the menu when you’re actually viewing the site from the frontend as well. It’s a real simple solution that helps to speed up development time a little bit and it’s pretty cool. It does things like – it’s not really like a customizer; it’s more of like your admin dashboard where you see posts, media pages, comments, appearance – stuff like that on the frontend rather than the backend, which is kind of cool. I’ve never really seen it done like that and I rated this one a 5 out of 5.

[Partial dragon roar]

John:                Uh-oh.

[Full dragon roar]

There we go! [chuckling]

Marcus:           The dragon’s got the hiccups today.

John:                It does. It does. I’ve got too many screens. I added a new monitor, so I’m sort of learning to move from screen to screen and figure out where I’ve got everything now. I’ve had to move things around, so this is new.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                We’re expanding and trying to make sure I can do lots of things, even saying hello over to the guys over there that are actually watching us on YouTube. Hello, Larry. Hello, Shawn. Thank you for dropping in to the show. So little by little, man, it’s moving forward. All right, well this is the segment of the show here where we recognize the support for the show. This is a listener-supported show. The show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, we would like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and above get their note read out and published here. Those who come in below $50, they’ll remain anonymous and thank you very much.

This week, we would like to just send out a big thank you to all the donors who came in under $50 and for those of you that have set up the small weekly subscriptions, those little subscriptions really help the show and will help us grow and move forward, so we greatly appreciate your support. And there are numerous ways you can support the show. You can head over to wppluginsatoz.com/donate where we have, you know, $2.50 a week subscriptions. You know, buy us a cup of coffee every week, help support the show, or even donate more as your conscience dictates to you. Please support the show. The money goes to help the show with things such as transcripts, bandwidth, all the necessities and time that go along with creating a quality podcast like this, so…and that’s it.

Marcus:           Yes, thank you for your support that everybody that does the support in terms of Patreon and the rest of it, we do appreciate that.

John:                Okay, and then the final set of plugins we’ve got here today, I’ve got up the final grid gallery plugin and it’s called Easy Image Collage. Now, this one here is the one that comes the closest with the free version of it to what Romain was looking for, and while it creates a grid of multi-sized images, it does have limited adjustments such as to the grid – the width and what not and the space in between the images, etc. Some of those things can be adjusted once you hit the premium version.

You get additional adjustments such as the number of collages, you can add captions to the images, and more to it. But it does create a very nice looking grid that is based on the image dimensions versus automatically squaring them off, and you get a really nice collection of images across your webpages with it. I kind of liked this one; I couldn’t quite give it a five because of course it is a freemium version plugin and I was unable to test the pro version, so we’ll just max this one out at a 4-Dragon rating. Go check it out: Easy Image Collage.

Marcus:           Very nice! Okay John, I’ve been – I don’t want to mess up my streak because I’ve been giving some pretty cool WooCommerce plugins lately, and this is no exception. We all know the power of the Amazon wish list and this called WooCommerce Wishlist. It’s a great way to help enhance your WooCommerce store by allowing your users to add products to specific wish lists so that they can purchase it later. Now what’s great is this wish list can be just like Amazon – public or private – so that the visitor can share their wish list with other people, which is really cool.

It has a lot of CSS options where you can change the button that adds to wish lists, it can support any different post type or anything like that, users can edit, delete, rename – all that stuff – to their wish lists, and obviously share the link so that other people can go there as well. Now, you can use this for a couple of things, not just a wish list, but say you want to create kind of a bundle or something like that where somebody should be able to go and just see everything that’s available to them like that. That’s a good way to do it as well, so I really like this plugin a lot. This is great for adding stuff to wish lists. I’m sure you could probably figure out some marketing to do with people that have stuff in wish list state as well (we won’t really get into that; it’s just a little handy idea). It’s called WooCommerce Wishlist and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s very cool. Wish lists are so useful because I know when I do my shopping, there’s times where I’ll see something, “Hey, I kind of like that,” – tack it to a wish list and later on I’ll come back and go, “Oh, what did I want?” and I’ll look and “Oh yeah, okay. Now I’ve got the money, let’s buy it.” So —

Marcus:           Great!

John:                Yeah, they’re very, very handy. Great tools for you. All right, well closing out this episode, the plugins I covered was Image Photo Gallery Final Ties Grid, which I gave a 3 to; the Gallery – Photo Gallery Image Gallery, which I gave a 4 to; and then the Easy Image Collage, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And my plugins are the Post SMTP Mailer/Email Log, which gets a 4 out of 5; Admin Menu in the Frontend gets a 5 out of 5, and WooCommerce Wishlist gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                All right, and be sure to check out the YouTube screencast that goes up later today and watch it ‘till the end there or just skip right to the end if you are a listener to the show, where I tack on an add-on part where I go test out one of the plugins that Marcus has tested in today’s show or a previous show, just to get my first view opinion upon it.

And a note to developers out there: if you’d like to support the show and you’d like to offer up premium licenses to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest, where you can submit that license and we’ll create a contest around your product that we’ll showcase here on the show and promote to all our listeners out there, and we do have a lot of those now. After the last couple of months, our downloads have dramatically increased and the number of listenership has increased dramatically.

And also, go check out our training videos up on YouTube. I know they’ve been lax the last few weeks but they’re coming. Trust me, they’re coming. They take time to prepare and if something else gets in my way, they get set aside.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                That’s one of the reasons why I need you to support the show. Justify me putting the time into the show versus putting time into client business where I need to earn an income.

Marcus:           Exactly. Yeah, John and I – it’s not about just money. John and I have plenty of ways that we can make money that don’t involve the podcast.

John:                It’s time, it’s time.

Marcus:           Yeah. So, you know, we do appreciate all your support. Thank you.

John:                All right, and there’s also the experimentation that is coming. I know I didn’t do it last week, but Canadian Thanksgiving threw my whole week off and you will see ‘em popping up this week, the experimentation I’m doing with the new encoding software for live random YouTube or Facebook broadcasts to see how they go out. Just look for all those things out there.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                Other than that, news and information – make sure you check it out. Just go to the wppluginsatoz.com and subscribe to our newsletter to get all the news and information and tips that we send out on a weekly basis. That’s all we’ve got now. Anything else, Marcus?

Marcus:           Nope. Have a good week, everybody.

John:                That’s it. That’s all we got now. Take care. Bye-bye.

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It's Episode 328 and we've got plugins for Photo Tiles, Email Logs, Collages, Front-End Admin Menus, Gallery Tools and Wishlists for WooCommerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It’s Episode 327 and we’ve got plugins for Shortcode Tracking, 360 Degree Media, Event Management, Recent Purchase Popups, Product Feeds and Amazing WooCommerce Tools. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #327

Marcus:           It’s Episode 327 and we’ve got plugins for Shortcode Tracking, 360 Degree Media, Event Management, Recent Purchase Popups, Product Feeds, and an amazing set of WooCommerce tools. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well, good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the Beachside Bunker in Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And of course we have the usual great show for you here today, and right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and make sure you take a few minutes to subscribe to us over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes store, where you can also listen to the show and download it. And of course check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. We’ve got a lot of great stuff up there on that channel, so go check it out. And for those of you joining us live, welcome to the show.

And of course, don’t forget you can follow us over on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

Marcus:           That’s right. And remember, when you go to our website, you can subscribe to our newsletter. You’ll get some news and event information about WordPress that you don’t hear on the show, and we’d greatly appreciate that, so check it out.

John:                Absolutely. And with all of that, let’s start diving into the meat and potatoes of the show. Off we go.

[Plugins lead-in music]

                        All right, today we’ve got our usual slew of six great plugins for you and first up I have a great plugin that was submitted to us. It was sent in by Jessie Taylor from Planaby.com and this plugin here is an events widget manager plugin using a third-party service. It’s a pretty decent app; it’s an app designed for smartphones for people to check out events that might be located near them. It seems to be a global sort of app for events. The biggest problem I found with it is that it is a third-party service, so you have to put your events up on their website and then you use their app to display the events over on your webpage.

All in all, it looks like a pretty great way to showcase your events and get them out to the world to maybe find more viewers or listeners or people to come to your shows or whatever. The advantage of it is that it’s a phone app, helps spread the word. It looks to be pretty good. You might want to check it out. I will be having more about this plugin later in a separate show as I am doing an interview with the developer about it later on today. But at the moment, go check out Planaby and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Great. All right, John, well the next plugin I’ve got is called Sphere Manager and we’ve all seen those amazing 360-degree videos and images where you get to look around, see what’s all around. After I reviewed this plugin, I actually got on Facebook and saw one right away. It was really strange. You can now get this exact same effect native in WordPress and though it does seem to have a bit of a learning curve to it, Sphere Manager actually guides you through the process of adding your own 360-degree media file and allows you to add your own text within the media as you move around within the 360-degree image or video. It has a full backend editor that allows you do to all of this stuff internal within WordPress.

So John, I started to think about how this could be used, especially within the designer or developer community that we have a lot of listeners in, and it would be great for real estate agent sites, restaurant sites, or anywhere that you want to show a physical space and possibly make notes within that space. This is a really cool plugin. It allows you to do things that you can only do, you know, typically in Facebook or in Twitter or things like that, except now you actually have an editor that you could suppress and supplant by just different images and text within that image, and it’s really cool. I love it. It’s called Sphere Manager and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That does sound like a cool thing to do and then looking at the way it works, it looks like it can add some great —

Marcus:           Yeah, I’ve never seen —

John:                — specs.

Marcus:           I’ve never seen anything that actually allows you to put the text within that video itself, and this does it.

John:                No, that’s definitely different. All right. Well, we want to let you know that this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses, currently sponsored by JohnOverall.com, which of course is me. WordPress and web services and for you, it is time to update your website, moving to a new host, or simply sorting out your long-neglected plugins? Well, I can help you with all that and more. Just go on over to JohnOverall.com Web Services, where I can help sort out your WordPress website issues, problems from finding that perfect plugin, to helping you move to a new hosting provider or even providing quality WordPress hosting. With 20 years’ experience online and over eight years dedicated to just WordPress, John – or I – provide all of your web services needs from hosting to WordPress development and repairs. Check me out at JohnOverall.com.

Marcus:           All right, and anybody listening to this show, we know that you love WordPress and why not write about something unique within WordPress? As you’ve probably heard on the show before, I’m now the WordPress editor for Smashing Magazine, one of the big web design resources online.

John:                There you go. That’s definitely a great deal, folks and there’s some really great articles there, so you’ll want to check out Smashing Magazine. Interesting, I’ve noted is that in many of my searches lately for information, I’m starting to see Smashing Magazine articles show up.

 

Marcus:           Ah, that’s good!

John:                So —

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s good. Yeah, they get a lot of traffic. In fact, they get a lot more traffic than most all of the other WordPress sites that you probably visit combined.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           They’re pretty incredible, so hopefully I can drive it back in terms of the WordPress exposure.

John:                Just need more recent articles and that’ll help drive it right up there.

Marcus:           I’m working on it.

John:                All right, we’ve got our next set of plugins up here for you. The first one I’ve got here is called Shortcodes in Use. Now, if you’ve had your WordPress website up for any amount of time and you’ve changed plugins or changed themes, which generally happens every couple three or four years or couple of years, and plugins fall out of favor, bring in new ones, well many of those plugins and themes have their own shortcodes in them. Those shortcodes will build up in your site and as you remove those themes or those plugins, well those shortcodes are just dead text that starts to show up – the naked shortcodes, as they’re called. We don’t want to run around naked on your website.

Cleaning them can be a chore and a half, trying to remember where they were used, what you used them for. Well, this plugin here, Shortcodes in Use, helps simplify that problem for you. Once you install it, activate it, what it does do for you is it goes in and gives you a list of all the shortcodes it can find on your website for you and where they’re located, so you can read through them and see which ones you’re not actually using anymore, and then you can go in and manually clean them.

There are ways to do automatic cleaning of them, but you’ll want to be careful about the automatic cleaning because you could clean out ones that you’re actually using, so you’ll want to do a lot of manual. Unfortunately, it’s a manual process but it’s well worth it to get your WordPress website cleaned up and this is a really great plugin to help you with that problem, so go check it out: Shortcodes in Use and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s very handy. Well, John, if you’ve seen any modern landing page lately, you’ve probably seen a pop-up that displays to the customer, something like “John just purchased X 90 minutes ago,” right? It’s usually on a landing page or store or something else. It’s making more and more prominence. It not only puts peer pressure on you to buy, but it provides trust, engagement, and authenticity. So this plugin is called SalesPop and it is in comparison of something that I’ve seen before called Proof, and the problem is for the Proof widget, this little social proof thing, you have to pay a pretty hefty monthly fee that’s associated with it and it’s also capped in users and views on sites.

I’ve been looking for something within WordPress that does just what Proof does, but without that $79/month fee that goes along with it and something that could actually be used within WordPress itself. So Sales Pop runs beautiful little slide-in popups to notify visitors of recently bought items. When visitors are aware that many other customers are buying from this brand, they’ll be more confident in making first purchases with you.

So what happens is this auto-syncs with your store’s sales data to generate real-time sales notifications of actual orders. Now, if you have a new store you’re just starting out, you can create fake notifications to promote any different items that you have as hot sellers. This plugin also has many different popup design options to match your store’s look and feel, there are options to control how the notification popups look and display within your site, and you can also add a direct URL link to the product within the popup so that the visitors that are interested can click right on that notification popup to view the details right in the product page. A very good plugin, brand new on the shelf here – fewer than 10 active installs – one of them is me, and I rated this one a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Yeah, that’s an excellent way to help showcase your information and encourage people to buy.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Because we’re all influenced by things we see or sort of a little bit of social proof to say, “Hey, we’re not gonna get ripped off when we’re here.”

Marcus:           Right.

John:                All right, well that brings us to this next part. This show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, we request that you give some value back to the show. And in that vein, we would like to acknowledge those that have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and over are read out, their note is published here with any links back to where they would like them to go. And for those who come in below $50, they’ll remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

So this week here we have $50 from Jezweb Pty. Ltd., who has given us a donation. His note says, “This donation is on behalf of Business Wise First Aid Training at bwfat.com.au, a Jezweb-built WordPress website.” That’s actually a really cool website. They do some really good work over there.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, and a big thank you goes out to all of our donors who came in under $50 and we thank you very much for that. And for those of you who have set up the small weekly donations of $2.50, $3.00, and $5.00, we greatly appreciate those. Those help this show out quite a bit. They help defray the costs – pretty much all the funds that we collect right now are going to pay for the services of the show: the hosting services, the bandwidth, the transcriptions – you know, all of the little incidentals that are required to just keep a website up and running.

Marcus:           Yes, and we just this past month hit record downloads, so by a lot.

John:                By a lot.

Marcus:           We smashed our previous record.

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           And we’d love to see all of you new folks that have just joined the show participate in helping to support the show. So just remember you can go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and donate to the show. We do appreciate it.

John:                And there’s lots of donation options there to choose from. Or, you can also support us over at Patreon.com/wppluginsatoz.

Marcus:           Yes. Greatly appreciate your support.

John:                Okay, and that brings us to the final plugins of the show today, and the final one I’ve got here today, this is another one that was submitted to us by a developer. It came in from Omar Fariq Simata. I’ll have to get that one out from Rex Themes and it’s a WooCommerce plugin. It’s called Best WooCommerce Product Feed, and I’ll be discussing more about this plugin again in a separate show, because I am interviewing this developer later today also. But at the moment, what I found out about the plugin, if you’re running a WooCommerce store and are looking to enhance the feeds that are leaving your store for your products, this may be a plugin for you.

It makes the task of creating those feeds that are tailored for specific merchants such as Google, Amazon, eBay, it makes tailoring those feeds for them much easier. It allows you to include specific metadata into the feed, enhance your listings, you can also limit the feed to your best-selling products or a specific product lines – numerous things you can do about that. With the free version of the plugin (because they do have a premium version), you can create a feed of up to 2,000 products. It’s got unlimited feed creation for pro users, it creates XML and text format feeds. Feeds are also accessible via HTTP or HTTPS so that you can support the merchant easier and more.

This looks to be a pretty great plugin if you’re running a WooCommerce store that has products and you’re trying to get them into those areas of all the specific merchants out there. So check it out; it looks to be pretty decent at the moment and it’s called Best WooCommerce Product Feed and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! Yes, those products are actually – I’ve had some good experience with those in the past from Google Shopping back in the day and they really work. When you can get a full Amazon, the webstore, based on your WordPress backend feed, boy, that’s pretty powerful, so check that out.

Okay, I also have a WooCommerce plugin to close out the show. This is called Premmerce WooCommerce Toolkit.

John:                We’ve got a slight delay issue with Google. Let’s give it a sec. All right, go ahead. Uh-oh, we actually lost you. All right, live feed. Let’s —

Marcus:           — twice as nice.

John:                I paused there. Okay, we’re running the recording again now.

Marcus:           Okay.

John:                All right.

Marcus:           So this next plugin is also a WooCommerce plugin. It is called Premmerce WooCommerce Toolkit and it is a complete set of add-ons and extensions developed for WooCommerce. It’s developed to add some of the missing essential tools for your e-commerce business, back to the basic version of WooCommerce. So what it allows you to do is things like adding a video to the product and displaying it in the photo field. Instead of the photo, you get a video, the option of adding descriptions to the shipping methods, and I was especially intrigued by cool things like catalogue mode, which actually is a setting that converts your store into a catalogue of products so that the user cannot make purchases but still see everything that’s available to them. This is compatible with WooCommerce, Yost SEO, and WooCommerce Multilingual, so it does a lot of the integrations of plugins that you probably already use. I rated this one a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Very cool. I like the catalogue mode and —

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                — I might’ve built a website I did recently where I created a catalogue, I might’ve chose WooCommerce if I could have turned it into a good quality catalogue.

Marcus:           Yeah. Yeah, it makes it a lot easier and then you can update it and it updates the catalogue.

John:                Yeah, that’s actually quite nice. All right, well that covers up everything we’ve got here today. I covered up in this episode the Planaby Shows and Events Widget, which I gave a 4 to; Shortcodes in Use, which I gave a 4 to; and then Best WooCommerce Product Feed, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I’ve got three of a kind here: Sphere Manager, which I gave a 5 to, SalesPop also gets a 5, and we just talked about Premmerce WooCommerce Toolkit gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                Very cool. All right, and some reminders/commercials/promotions – whatever you want to call them – and what we like to do is be sure to go check out the YouTube screencast which goes up later after the regular podcast goes up, so you can watch the add-on part that has me doing a first impression of one of Marcus’ plugins reviewed from this show here (or maybe a previous show, depends on the one he’s got). Also, a note to developers who would like to support the show, if you want to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest and fill in the information there and submit it and we will create a contest around it and help promote and support your plugin. That’s the premium version.

Now also, don’t forget we have training videos up and more are on the way. They take a while to plan and produce as I’m finding out. They’re not as simple as they used to be, because I like to produce quality videos that people actually do use and I get a lot of feedback on them, so people seem to enjoy them, so more will be coming. And if you have suggestions for a plugin you’d like to have a training video on, send it to me. I’ll be happy to look into it and see if it’s one I’d like to do.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                And also, one other last thing is having added some new encoding software to my computer over the weekend and doing some experimentation with live broadcasts for YouTube and Facebook, you can start looking for some upcoming random Live Streams from me that will appear on our YouTube channel or our Facebook page. Basically, a lot of them will be breaking news in WordPress or ideas or thoughts that I might have or information that I think is really good to pass along to people, so that will be coming. That’s an experiment that I’m gonna be playing with and it’s going to be a separate part from the show, so more and more stuff that’s coming along, so make sure you come check it all out, folks.

Marcus:           Great! And remember, any WordPress news that comes about or interesting WordPress-related posts, we do put that in our newsletter now and you can subscribe to the newsletter by visiting our site at wppluginsatoz.com.

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

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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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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.

Round up of WordPress News and Tips October 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

 


This week we have the following news for you.

How to Use Domain Mapping When You’re Not Running Multisite

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/domain-mapping-without-multisite/Our Domain Mapping plugin makes mapping domains super easy in Multisite. It lets you create as many sites as you want in one WordPress installation and then make them all behave as if they’re separate sites echo on their own domain.

But sometimes you want to map a domain when you’re not running Multisite. You’ve created a site in its own WordPress installation somewhere on your server, maybe in a subdirectory, but you want to direct a domain name to it and have that show up in the browser instead of your own domain with the subfolder or subdomain showing up. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

How to Track Post Changes by Adding a History Feature to WordPress

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-track-post-changes-by-adding-a-history-feature-to-wordpress?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=b5104ca772-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-b5104ca772-51249745If you’re running a website with multiple contributors, it can be hard to track post changes in WordPress itself. This can become a problem if you’re trying to identify the source of an error, or keep tabs on your writers’ activity.

Finding a way to track post changes in WordPress enables you to keep logs of practically all of the activity for your posts and pages. For this article, we’ll talk about why this functionality can help you and how to implement it in three simple steps. Let’s get to it! Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

How to Run a Contest with WordPress (and Plugins to Help You Do It)

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/contest-plugins-wordpress/About a month ago, a woman named Mavis Wanczyk won a monster Powerball payout of $758.7 million. Wanczyk wasn’t the only winner that night either. In a store nearby, someone else bought a ticket worth $1 million. There were also other winners from this single Powerball play—9.4 million people (or, rather, tickets) to be exact.

Now, if that isn’t proof enough of how much people love entering contests in the hopes of winning something (no matter what sort of odds are stacked against them), I don’t know what is. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Handling Form Submissions in WordPress with Admin-Post and Admin-Ajax

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/handling-form-submissions/WordPress provides incredible support for you to work with form submissions in your application. Whether you add a form in the admin or public facing areas, the built-in mechanism with the admin-post and admin-ajax scripts will allow you to handle your form requests efficiently.

In this article, I’ll show you how to handle custom form submissions using the WordPress API. I’ll walk you through the process of adding a custom form in the admin area of a plugin, handle the form submission via an HTML as well as an AJAX request, and write the form handler in PHP to validate, sanitize and process the form input. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

20 of Google’s limits you may not know exist

http://searchengineland.com/20-googles-limits-may-not-know-exist-281387Google has a lot of different tools, and while they handle massive amounts of data, even Google has its limits. Here are some of the limits you may eventually run into.

Many of the data reports within Google Search Console are limited to 1,000 rows in the interface, but you can usually download more. That’s not true of all of the reports, however (like the HTML improvements section, which doesn’t seem to have that limit).

The limit for the number submitted is higher, but you will only be shown 200. Each of those could be an index file as well, which seems to have a display limit of 400 site maps in each. You could technically add each page of a website in its own site map file and bundle those into site map index files and be able to see the individual indexation of 80,000 pages in each property… not that I recommend this. Read original article here…. searchengineland.com

 

 


This week we have the following Security News for you.

Malicious plugin installed backdoor on 200,000 WordPress websites

https://www.scmagazine.com/malicious-plugin-installed-backdoor-on-200000-wordpress-websites/article/688878/A very persistent malicious actor added a backdoor to a WordPress plugin called Display Widgets that installed backdoors on possibly 200,000 websites since June 21.

The hacker used the open-source Display Widgets plugin, which lets users control how their WordPress plugins appear on their sites, as the delivery mechanism for the backdoor. Although the number of potentially infected sites is large, what is almost as impressive is the hacker’s persistence. The infected plugin was repeatedly removed from the site by WordPress.org between June 22 and September 8 with the hacker dutifully replaced it.

It was finally removed for good on September 8. Read original article here…. scmagazine.com

60 Abandoned WordPress Plugins

https://pressable.com/blog/2017/09/14/60-abandoned-wordpress-plugins/WordPress security threats are on the rise. In some cases, hackers can gain control over WordPress sites. Now, the question arises, how can you secure your WordPress sites?

A major cause of security breaches in WordPress sites is outdated plugins and themes. These elements of a site can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation, and hackers are well aware of this. If a plugin hasn’t been updated during the past 2 years, it is categorized as an abandoned, or outdated plugin. Moreover, it may pose compatibility issues with WordPress. Read original article here…. pressable.com

7 Signs Your WordPress Website Has Been Hacked

http://domainnamewire.com/2017/08/24/7-signs-your-wordpress-website-has-been-hacked/One of the reasons WordPress is so popular as a content management system is because of its airtight security (read: it’s rare ability to be hacked). But the truth is, 136,640 attacks are happening per minute to WordPress websites across the globe.

That’s a scary thought.

In fact, weak passwords, domain or hosting level breaches, insecure themes and plugins, and even an outdated WordPress core may cause your website to become more vulnerable than normal. Read original article here…. domainnamewire.com

 

 


And now for something older in the past article collections.

How to Beat Procrastination and Get More Done on Your WordPress Site

http://www.wpexplorer.com/beat-procrastination-wordpress/Everyone procrastinates now and then, but some people suffer much more than others. If you feel that procrastination is negatively affecting your productivity, then it is time to do something about it.

In this article we will look at why people procrastinate and what you can do about it. We discuss the importance of being clear on your goals and knowing your distractions and other weaknesses. We then consider productivity tips and tricks to help you maintain motivation and keep focused. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

How to Become a WordPress Professional in Your Free Time

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/become-wordpress-professional/Getting established as a WordPress pro isn’t easy. If you want to freelance or set up a WordPress business, you’ll need to build up a list of clients and establish a reputation for yourself. And if you’re looking for a WordPress job, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve got experience with WordPress and can work with it at a professional level.

But all this takes time learning and preparing, which you won’t get paid for. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an employer who’ll pay for you to learn WordPress (and give you paid time to do it), or who’ll help you learn marketing and business skills (working for a startup can be helpful), you’ll need to do it in your own time. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

The Complete Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-theme-customizer-guide/WordPress 4.7 was released with a ton of great new features (which you can check out here), including some user experience and user interface upgrades to the theme Customizer.

In case you’re hearing about the Customizer for the first time, it’s a feature in the WordPress admin (go to Appearance > Customize) that allows users to tweak theme settings using a WYSIWYG interface and customize a theme’s colors, fonts, text, and pretty much anything else you want to change. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

6 Steps to Building a WordPress Maintenance Business

https://www.sitepoint.com/6-steps-to-building-a-wordpress-maintenance-business/Recurring revenue is the Shangri-La for business owners. Rather than scrapping and fighting and hunting for new clients, you have the same clients coming to you again, providing you with a steady stream of income. It takes away the stress of having to dig up new streams of revenue and allows you to start planning ahead.

But if you’re a WordPress designer or developer, you may be a bit perplexed about this whole “recurring revenue” thing. You make your money when clients need something new, like a website refresh for a site that looks like it was designed when MySpace was hot. You essentially have to wait for them to decide they want to change things. The whole idea of regular income feels like a mystery. Read original article here…. sitepoint.com

Tom McFarlin to Launch Marketplace for Blogging Plugins, Finds New Maintainer for WordPress.org Plugins

https://wptavern.com/tom-mcfarlin-to-launch-marketplace-for-blogging-plugins-finds-new-maintainer-for-wordpress-org-plugins?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=dae7d0771e-The_WhiP_Lifes_Plug_It_In_Plug_It_In+_01_13_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-dae7d0771e-102893693Daily blogger and plugin author Tom McFarlin has found a new maintainer for five of his WordPress.org plugins. Within two days of putting the plugins up for adoption, McFarlin announced that Philip Arthur Moore will be taking over Category Sticky Post, Comment Tweets, Single Post Message, Tag Sticky Post, and Tipsy Social Icons. Moore, who is currently working as CTO at Professional Themes, has inherited roughly 10,000 users overnight in the transfer of maintainership.

WordPress.org plugin adoption stories are few and far between. The most common scenario for an orphaned plugin is to languish in the directory until it disappears from search results (with the exception of exact matches) after two years of no updates. In McFarlin’s case, he was looking to tie up some loose ends before shifting Pressware’s focus to launching Blogging Plugins, a marketplace for extensions that streamline WordPress for regular bloggers. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

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

 

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It’s Episode 326 and we’ve got plugins for System and Server Monitoring, User Emulation, Dating Sites, Abandoned Cart Chatbots and CF7-Zapier Integration. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #326

Marcus:           It’s Episode 326 and we’ve got plugins for System and Server Monitoring, User Emulation, Dating Sites, Abandoned Cart Chatbots, and CF7 to Zapier Integration. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well, good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, I’m John Overall.

[Rotary telephone ringing]

Marcus:           And from the land where telephones don’t ring like that, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And that’s what happens sometimes – live! – live and ready to rock ‘n roll. All right, well right off the top here, let’s go ahead with – you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, leaving us a review and subscribing to the show there. Go check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time). And of course, you can always follow the show on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

Marcus:           That’s right! And listen – hey, John, you and I know that this is actually a record month for us on the podcasts, so we’d like to thank everybody that’s out there. We are getting tremendous downloads for the show for the month and it’s obviously going to continue. So for all of you new people that have subscribed, we hope you enjoy the show and hope that you’ll review us on iTunes. We’d greatly appreciate that.

John:                Oh, absolutely. And of course, you can subscribe to our newsletter also where you can get more news, information, and tidbits.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                And of course, right off the top here, let’s get started diving into this with all that said. We’re going to dive right into our showing the plugins, and off we go.

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, first up I have a couple of plugins and it was requested from our listener out there who sent it in, Kent Smith. He was looking for a status plugin that would show a status page similar to the page that is created by WooCommerce. And if you’ve never looked at the status page that WooCommerce has when you’re checking out, you should check it out. It gives some really good information about your site, the server, memory usage, etc., etc. And so I did some digging to see if I could find something that might suit what he was looking for. He said he’d found some but not exactly, so I hope these aren’t the same plugins, Kent. But if they are, well, sorry about that.

So the first one I’ve got here is called Server Status and it’s a pretty simple plugin and it’s the first of the couple that I found. It creates a simple page of stats about your plugin. It puts all the information into the dashboard of your site and it goes through and it tells you memory usage, system health, server status, server monitor. It’s got a lot of the good, basic stuff: tell you the PHP you’re running and the WordPress version you’re using. Not as much information as I had hoped, but all in all, still a pretty good plugin to give you some quick, rough, and ready stats right there on your dashboard in a block on your dashboard. Have a look at it; it’s a pretty decent plugin. I give it a 3-Dragon rating and it’s called Server Status.

Marcus:           Very nice. All right, the first one out for me is called Fast User Switching. It is by a company called TikWeb and they’re out of Denmark. And what this allows you to do – I’ve reviewed similar plugins to this in the past. This is pretty good though as far as what it does. It allows administrators to impersonate any user on the site. So you can choose to impersonate a particular user just by clicking ‘impersonate’ in the user list and it actually logs in as that user, and then you can check out the site based on what that particular person or role has.

It’s really, really convenient for testing different users. Now, I am using this actually for a brand new membership site that I’m putting together for a client and this really, really foot the bill for me, so I love it. It’s called Fast User Switching – really easy way to see what different rights and permissions within the user base for your site, and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Hm…that’s a very nice plugin. It would definitely help you when you’re dealing with membership sites to make sure that it works correctly for your various member levels, so you just create yourself a sample user at those membership levels and make sure it’s doing all right.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                Save you tons of time and effort and headaches. All right.

Marcus:           That’s what we’re all about.

John:                Absolutely, and that’s what we’re – our job here is to help save you time and money. And with that being said, this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses. And first off, sponsored by JohnOverall.com, WordPress and Web Services. Is it time to update your website, moving your website to a new host, or simply sorting out some of your long-neglected plugins? I can help you with all that and more at JohnOverall.com Web Services can help you sort your WordPress problems from finding that perfect plugin to helping you move to a new hosting provider or even providing quality WordPress hosting.

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

Marcus:           And if you’re listening to this show, you obviously have a passion for WordPress. Why not write about something unique within WordPress? I’m now the WordPress Editor for Smashing Magazine, which is one of the biggest web design resources online, and I’m looking for folks to write great articles about WordPress. This helps to get a lot of exposure to yourself and your work and I’d like you to go to marcuscouch.com/smashing. There’s a video there that talks about the entire process and you fill out a quick form and it lets me know a little bit more about you, what you’d like to write about, and it’ll get the ball rolling. So very easy to do: marcuscouch.com/smashing. And also, you get paid!

John:                [chuckling] That’s the best part about it is earn some money while writing some articles, you know? You’re writing that information anyway, putting it on your website, etc. Hey, share it and earn some money.

Marcus:           Yes – and have some fun as your article actually gets translated into other languages, too.

John:                Oh, there you go. There’s a good bonus for you.

Marcus:           Yeah!

John:                All right, next up in our plugin lineup here, I’ve got the second of the system status plugins. Now, this one here is a whole lot better. It’s called Simple System Status and this plugin gives you a more complete picture of your site. It gets you almost everything that is produced in the WooCommerce status page. There’s a couple of things that I think are WooCommerce-specific that are not in this, but it tells you what the WordPress version is, your memory limits, what the usage is, time zones, permalink settings, and more.

It tells you all the theme information that’s in the site, it tells you a list of all the plugins. It includes the list of whatever plugins are in the MU folder (or the must use folder). It tells you which plugins are active, which ones are inactive, it gives you the complete server info, the PHP info, the version, post limits, memory limits. It checks your Fsock, PERL, and SOAP to see if they’re working. It tells you what kind of session info you have going. It even gives you a unique link to create an external page to look at if you need to submit this information to someone else.

All in all, this is a pretty good plugin. I don’t think it’s quite perfect but it’s pretty damn close and it does give quite a bit of information for those that need some quick information like they’re taking over a site or they need to find out what the site setup is. This gives you a really good, robust look at it. So go check it out. It’s called Simple System Status and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating, so check it out.

Marcus:           Awesome! Very cool.

John:                Yeah, this one’s actually quite nice. I was kind of impressed with it. It’s not the nice, clean, pretty interface that you get in WooCommerce; it’s all text, so you’ve gotta —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — kind of read it. But it’s still got all that information there.

Marcus:           Nice. All right, let’s talk about a new plugin that I love. It’s called Recover Abandoned Cart for WooCommerce and it’s by an outfit called Chatx.ai, and they’re from Bucharest, Romania. Now, here’s what’s cool about this plugin: it takes both of my favorite things and puts them together, which is WooCommerce and chatbots. I’m big into chatbots. I’ve said that on the show many different times. Here’s how this works.

It helps to recover abandoned carts on your WooCommerce store and Facebook Messenger chatbots to do so. So first and foremost, you have to setup an account at chatx.ai – no big deal, easy to do – you’re done in just a minute. Then you begin to track your store’s abandoned carts and the related Facebook users, so this kind of does it – a double-tap in terms of who’s on your site, all that. How do you get them to actually like your page or get their Facebook information? That’s up to you on how you actually – you can have them log in with Facebook or something like that within your site.

Here’s how it works: once you get all that hooked up, after let’s say X amount of hours from the time that they go to your site and put something in a cart and abandon it, that X amount is determined by you. Your customer actually receives a message from your store’s Facebook page, (which also this requires a Facebook page) and it reminds them of the different products that they left in the cart. The chatbot then tries to convince them to finish the order and you have a lot of different options that you can do that with by giving them maybe a discount coupon for 5% or 10% off or something like that. Scarcity – you can say, “Look, we’ve only got two left. If you want it, it’s ready for you.” This takes the best of both worlds for me: WooCommerce and chatbots. I’m actively right now using this on one of my e-commerce sites and I’ve seen it work. It’s actually – I’ve seen four different times where it’s gone out and messaged somebody about the cart being empty and two out of those four actually went and made a purchase, so that’s a 50% conversion of an abandoned cart. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but really, that’s two sales I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise and this thing has already paid for itself. So, really nice plugin. It is called Recover Abandoned Cart for WooCommerce and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That’s an excellent plugin to have and an excellent way to increase the sales on your site.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                Actually, things like that have probably caught me once or twice, too. I start to do something, get sidetracked, I abandon, close my windows, and it’s like, “Oh, what was I doing?” and it’s gone.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                I get a reminder: “Hey, oh yeah, I did want that!”

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                I go back and finish it. So, yes.

Marcus:           There are plugins that actually do it with email, too.

John:                Ah!

Marcus:           And that’s something that you need to incorporate. Any little automated last-second/last chance/whatever second chance, whatever you want to call it that you can take another crack at your customer to actually close that cart is best, so check it out.

John:                Absolutely. All right, well, with that, we like to let everyone know we love listener feedback and audio clips. You can leave listener feedback on our site via our contact page, the SpeakPipe down in the lower right-hand corner, anything along that line there, and we do respond to it as best we can. And if you give us the right information, we’ll put it right here in the show, share it with everyone – all the other listeners out there.

So, that being said, this is where we like to acknowledge the people who help support the show. This show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, we ask that you please give some value back. And in that vein, we’d like to acknowledge all those who have supported the show in the past week. All donations above $50 are read out and their notes are published here with links back to wherever they want. 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 is:

“This donation is on behalf of Kracka Surfcraft, http://www.krackasurfcraft.com.au/ which Jezweb recently rebuilt because the cms it was trapped in was nowhere near the flexibility of wordpress.”

So thank you very much, Jez. We really appreciate your support of the show and a big thank you out there to our donors who came in under $50 and those who have set up weekly subscriptions. All of those small subscriptions are really starting to help the show out.

Marcus:           That’s a really nice website that he put together there.

John:                Oh, yeah! It’s really quite sweet. It looks like a fun time surfing, so I like to showcase some of this stuff, too. That’s the other bit. If you’re looking on the live YouTube stream or following the YouTube streams later on, you can see some of this stuff that we’re talking about.

Marcus:           Mm-hm. That’s very nice!

John:                And there are some great ways you can support the show. We ask that you drop on over to wppluginsatoz.com, where you can go to our Donate page and leave some donations for us and many other ways you can support the show on the Donate page. If you don’t have money to support, we’re always looking for help in many different areas.

Marcus:           That’s right. And, you know, John and I have extended this sponsorship or whatever you want to call it – donations – up until the month of December. So we’re at record downloads; that’s one goal that we wanted to accomplish in terms of this year and the second one is actually getting it so that the show is self-sustainable. We’re not quite there yet —

John:                No.

Marcus:           — we do need and rely on your absolute support to keep this show going, so please help us out. Also remember, you can go to Patreon, patreon.com/wppluginsatoz, and that link is also in the show notes.

John:                All right, and now we’re onto our final set of plugins here for today. Now, the first one I’ve got here, it’s Rencontre. It’s a dating site plugin and when you’re looking for plugins, you never know exactly what you’re gonna find, and it seems there’s something for everyone. And because there are not enough dating sites on the internet yet, well, you might want to add your own to the crazy with this plugin here.

It’s a pretty decent plugin for the most part, being free and also having a premium version. The free version will allow you to set up a free membership dating site. It’s got pretty much everything you need in there; you just can’t charge for everything with the free version of the plugin and there’s a whole lot of additional features they’ve got tied to the premium version of it that I was checking out. All in all, it could be a fun plugin if you’re looking to try and enter the dating site field, which is a pretty busy field. But it might be overcrowded or you never know. You might pick up some niche market in there and go after a niche market of dating. Who knows? At any rate, all in all, not a bad plugin and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating and it’s called Rencontre – Dating Site.

Marcus:           Nice. All right, a couple more of my favorite things here bundled together in this plugin. This one is called CF7 to Zapier, and if you have heard of Zapier and you think, “Oh, it’s Zay-pi-er,” wrong! It’s pronounced Zap-i-er because the owner, Wade himself, told me, “Zapier makes you happier.”

John:                [chuckling]

Marcus:           That’s how it works, right? So what Zapier is is it’s middleware. It’s an awesome thing that you can go from one thing to another thing, and here’s how it works. So this one is Contact Form 7 to Zapier. It is by Vizir Software studio in São Paulo, Brazil and, you know, it’s great. You can take Contact Form 7 (which is an awesome plugin used by over a million WordPress websites to utilize their forms and things) and then Zapier to connect all the different kinds of apps and things. So you can join up Contact Form 7 and Zapier and here’s what you can do with it.

Let’s just say, John, I have a Contact Form 7 form on my website and I want to go to Salesforce or I want to go to Infusionsoft, or maybe I want to put a Google spreadsheet together that harnesses all of the different results, or maybe I want it to do something else based on the results that it gets in Contact Form 7. This is the plugin to do it. So if you’ve ever wanted to do any sort of automation or anything like that based on the results that a form puts together on your site, this is it. I encourage you to check out Zapier.com – Z-A-P-I-E-R – and see exactly the different things that you can do with it. I know that there are several hundred different iterations of things that you can hook Contact Form 7 into. It’s called CF-7 to Zapier and I rated this a 4 out of 5.

John:                Perfect! Well, thank you very much. And something I’d like to say real quickly as I just looked over and noticed that we have some people watching live. Thanks Larry, thanks, Shawn. I see you’ve made some notes there in the chat and thank you very much for showing up and listening to the show.

Marcus:           Yes! Thank you.

John:                It’s all been great. All right, well, that’s about it. Closing out this episode here, I covered up Server Status, which I gave a 3 to; Simple System Status, which I gave a 4 to; and Rencontre, the dating site plugin, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Fast User Switching, which actually gets a 4 out of 5; Recover Abandoned Carts for WooCommerce gets a 5 out of 5; and CF7 to Zapier gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                And of course, closing out this episode, I would like to make some mentions. Be sure to check out our YouTube screencast that goes up later. There is an add-on part that I’ve started adding on at the end of that screencast that gives me a first impression of one of the plugins Marcus covered in the show, kind of having fun with it. You might find it so-so, but that’s all right. It’s not part of the main show anymore.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                And a note to developers out there, if you’d like to support this show and you would like to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to submit that license key for us and we will create a contest and add a note around it and promote you plugin.

Marcus:           Beautiful.

John:                And for those of you that are watching us on YouTube, don’t forget to check out the training videos. They’ve been kind of lax the last couple of weeks as life has been a little bit hectic and getting back to them this week. And also that’s pretty much it. News and information, other related stuff, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com and get all of the information and tidbits.

Marcus:           All right.

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

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