It's Episode 308 and we've got plugins for Duplicating Menus, Video Thumbnails, WooCommerce Stickers, Disabling the Cart and Multi-step for Contact Form 7. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 308 and we've got plugins for Duplicating Menus, Video Thumbnails, WooCommerce Stickers, Disabling the Cart and Multi-step for Contact Form 7. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 308 and we’ve got plugins for Duplicating Menus, Video Thumbnails, WooCommerce Stickers, Disabling the Cart and Multi-step for Contact Form 7. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 308 and we've got plugins for Duplicating Menus, Video Thumbnails, WooCommerce Stickers, Disabling the Cart and Multi-step for Contact Form 7. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 308 and we've got plugins for Duplicating Menus, Video Thumbnails, WooCommerce Stickers, Disabling the Cart and Multi-step for Contact Form 7. 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 #308 here.


It’s Episode 308 and we’ve got plugins for Duplicating Menus, Video Thumbnails, WooCommerce Stickers, Disabling the Cart and Multi-step for Contact Form 7. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #308

John:                All right, the first plugin I’ve got this week is called Duplicate Menu. Now, I may have reviewed it previously sometime in the distant past, but it’s returned back to the front and center for me while working on a recent project. The reason for it is sometimes you’ve built out really fancy menus for your WordPress website and now you have to make minor changes to that menu, pull a few things out, or even strip out half the items and replace them or just drop items.

What’s nice about Duplicate Menu is you install it, activate it, and it’ll take any menu you’ve got and duplicate it and allow you to give it a new name. Then you can just go in there and adjust and change the menu items you need, without having to go through and remove a whole bunch of items or add a bunch of items or read a bunch of items that you’re gonna need, plus one or two more. So anyway, it’s a really great plugin. It’s one of those plugins that just works and because of that, I gave it a perfect 5-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah! We need a cowbell.

John:                Ding, ding?

Marcus:           Something. Yeah, I need something on this end when we celebrate these 5 out of 5s – excellent. Okay, you know there are certain things on WooCommerce. I’ve got two WooCommerce plugins today, because I’ve been fiddling around with the WooCommerce store. It is like stickers that appear over your products when there’s a sale, say if you put a regular price and the sale price, then it kind of defaults to this sticker. But for the most part, John, don’t you think those stickers – they kind of suck as far as what they have on them or the limitations of them.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           So if you want to put a new ribbon on – anything you want to put on – I’m talking “New,” “Sale,” “Out of stock,” “Coming soon,” any of those things – any text that you want, any color you want, any image within it that you want, this is the plugin for you. It’s called Custom Product Stickers for WooCommerce. It does all those things. It allows you to set the custom image, it’s position, and overlay of the product, you can set the color and text of the ribbon, what it says, any of those things, and full CSS editing to fully customize, to fully make the fonts match, everything else that you need to do. It’s called Custom Product Stickers for WooCommerce, and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                All right, well that’s a great one to have and I’ve always fought with that when I have worked with WooCommerce sites, so that’ll save you some definite time.

Marcus:           Definitely.

John:                So next up here, I have a plugin for dealing with videos on your website. I’m helping someone out with a video website. It’s a gamer who is throwing together a website to showcase the videos off of their YouTube channel. This first one here is called Video Thumbnails and what it does for you is it automatically goes in and grabs the YouTube video thumbnail and then attaches it as a featured image to the post that you’re creating.

Now, a nice thing about this plugin here is it also supports Vimeo, Facebook, and virtually every other video platform out there, including local uploaded videos to grab a thumbnail and then automatically stick it right into your post and also to take the image and stick it into your media library, helping to increase the load speed of your website in the process. All in all, a really great plugin that helps you out with everything you need video thumbnail-wise, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating so check it out: Video Thumbnails.

Marcus:           Nice. There are some contact forms that are out there, namely Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular because it’s free, and then second is Gravity Forms. The one thing that I like about Gravity Forms is the ability to kind of split the form up so that it doesn’t appear like it’s ten feet long as far as the form itself. You want to break it off into little steps. Plus, it helps to get people a different mindset when they’re in a different page. But Contact Form 7 doesn’t do that out of the gate, but with this plugin called Contact Form 7 Multi-Step, it does.

It’s a really simple plugin to use. There’s tons of different styles; you can do horizontal or vertical orientation within the form, works in all the browsers, you can combine different steps for validation or anything like that. It’s just a really nice way to engrain Contact Form 7 in your site and still allow you to do that kind of multipage form. It’s called Contact Form 7 Multi-Step and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s very nice. There’s some nice plugins added to Contact Form 7 to start to make it sort of an actual useful form plugin.

Marcus:           It’s coming around.

John:                Yeah, it’s getting nice.

Marcus:           Took them long enough.

John:                Nice, well, one of the biggest things with Contact Form 7 is a lot of the fancier themes you buy now have Contact Form 7 embedded in there, and ripping out Contact Form 7 or replacing it with Gravity Forms is really a bit of a pain.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                So having all of these nice features for Contact Form 7 is making it a lot easier to use those themes out of the gate, instead of having to work extra hard to make them work well with a contact form system.

Marcus:           Yeah, and frankly, I’m kind of sick of paying $100 a year for Gravity Forms. It’s nice but I don’t do anything with it that Contact Form 7 doesn’t do, and now this proves it even more.

John:                Yeah, that could happen. All right, the final one I’ve got here today is called Top Ten Popular Posts Plugin for WordPress. Now, in particular, the website I’m using this one on right now is the video website featuring videos. The nice thing about it is it goes through and it measures how many times people are looking at your posts and figuring out which ones are the top ten, which could be constantly changing, and then displaying those top ten posts for you.

This plugin here makes the job of doing that a whole lot easier. It allows you to track and display the top ten most visited posts on your website, then it allows you to display them in a widget or on a post page with a shortcode. One of the great uses is using this to showcase the videos so that he knows which videos are his top ten videos and showcase them right on the front of his website. So as soon as people get there, they can see which are the best videos viewed.

It’s really clean, seems to work very well, so I gave it a 4-Dragon rating. Check it out: Top Ten Popular Posts Plugin for WordPress.

Marcus:           Nice! And it displays thumbnails, all that kind of stuff?

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           Or just a list?

John:                No, it displays thumbnails. You can display it in multiple ways as thumbnails or a regular list or just a title.

Marcus:           Hmm…

John:                Yeah, it’s got multiple ways to display it. It’s really kind of nice.

Marcus:           And does it do it based on —

John:                Views.

Marcus:           — just views?

John:                Just views.

Marcus:           Not comments?

John:                No, just views.

Marcus:           Hmm…interesting. All right, we’ll wrap it up here with one final WooCommerce plugin. One of the things that people that run e-commerce stores and such have difficulty with is abandoned carts, right? You put a product in the cart and then they bail. Well, there’s an easy way to get away from abandoned carts, and that’s to disable the cart altogether. We’re going to show you this plugin and it’s called Disable Cart Page for WooCommerce, and it does simply that. It just redirects your customers directly to the checkout page as soon as they “add it to the cart” or hit the purchase button. It forces them to buy only one product at a time from your catalogue, but it also kind of changes the way that the whole checkout process goes and the way that you get to finalize your orders.

Now, is this for a store that has thousands and thousands of SKUs within WooCommerce? No. But is it great for if you’re having somebody sign up to one of two different levels of a membership site, a book, or something like that that you want to sell that you don’t think you’re going to get multiple units for anyway? Yeah, it’s perfect. So check it out; it’s called Disable Cart Page for WooCommerce and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. You covered exactly the only concern that I would’ve had with it. It makes sense that way.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, this week I covered up Duplicate Menu, which I gave a 5 to; Video Thumbnails, which I gave a 4 to; and Top Ten Popular Posts Plugin for WordPress, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I rated Custom Product Stickers for WooCommerce, which gets a 5 out of 5, Contact Form 7 Multi-Step gets a 4 out of 5, and Disable Cart Page for WooCommerce gets a 4 out of 5.

 

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In this show, I talk Dan Sauerhaft about an easy way to add trending news and or news from specific sources to your website Talking about plugins.

WP Plugins A to Z Interview Show 12 with Dan Sauerhaft of RePubHub

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In this show, I talk Dan Sauerhaft about an easy way to add trending news and or news from specific sources to your website Talking about plugins.Interview 12 with Dan Sauerhaft of RePubHub

Find more information at http://www.repubhub.com

This Interview covers some great screencast usage of the plugin and what it does for you. I reviewed this plugin on Episode 302 WP Plugins A to Z The plugin uses a short code to display the information or using a widget. RePubHub bring into your website syndicated articles that are wrapped in a embed and you can wrap your ads around the articles. This system is free since they display advertisements in the embed information.

My review of the plugin

http://www.repubhub.com

https://wordpress.org/plugins/repubhub-headlines-widget/

Version:1.0.1
Requires:3.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.5
Released:19 March 2017
Downloads:118
Last Updated:22 May 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a pretty easy way to add trending news and or new from specific sources to your website via a sidebar widget. You can adjust the settings to drill down to specific categories and regions and limit the number of articles to appear. It is a pretty good way to get additional content to your site that is relevant.

 

Rating 4 Dragons

 

 

What Dan had to say about the plugin:

Yesterday we released a new WordPress plugin that reinvents how content syndication is done, and we’d love your feedback/review.

RepubHub Headlines Widget is at https://wordpress.org/plugins/repubhub-headlines-widget/ , and a two-minute video about it is at https://youtu.be/uoNcvB1S-m4 .

The plugin adds a widget that displays the most recent trending headlines from the many world-class publications participating in our syndication network. You specify which category of headlines (health, politics, sports, etc) to display and you can easily exclude/include specific publications. When the widget is activated, the plugin simultaneously creates a hosting page on your site which displays the full articles on your own site, keeping your traffic onsite. The single hosting page displays an infinite number of different articles, depending on which widget headline the reader clicked to get there.

The website editor can leave the widget to automatically update the article selection without any curation, or the editor can easily curate throughout the day using a few curation tools that are visible on the front end just to editors and admins.

The service is free, because ads are inserted into the iframe containing the articles which compensate the content provider and us. The republishing website monetizes the new page views with their usual ads above, below and to the sides of the article iframe.

Would love any feedback to dan@icopyright.com and any publicity you could give the plugin. Thanks!

 

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for May 22, 2017 that 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.

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new May 22, 2017

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for May 22, 2017 that 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.

Is Your WordPress Database a Disaster? | WP Fangirl

https://www.wpfangirl.com/2017/is-your-wordpress-database-a-disaster/Over time, your WordPress database accumulates clutter. There may be whole tables left behind by plugins that you are no longer using. There are almost sure to be expired transients, outdated options, and orphaned post or user meta. A bloated WordPress database can cause performance problems, and it may also make backing up and restoring more difficult.

Inspecting your database for problems is a little harder than looking for missing images or making sure your forms are working. If you’re not familiar with the WordPress database structure and tools like phpMyAdmin, it’s probably best to ask your developer to do the checking. It’s perfectly safe to install one of the database maintenance plugins I mention in the next section, though. Is Your WordPress Database a Disaster? | WP Fangirl

WordPress.com’s TV Commercials Are Confusing

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-coms-tv-commercials-are-confusingAutomattic has unveiled five commercials that are being tested in six different television markets. The videos were created earlier this year when a volunteer team of Automatticians visited Detroit, MI, to participate in the Rebrand Detroit project.

The commercials are part of a series called ‘Free to be’ where business owners share what success means to them and the city of Detroit.

I’ve watched each commercial a few times and my initial reaction is confusion. I don’t know exactly what WordPress.com is trying to sell me. It’s obvious that these people are seeing success with hosting their sites on WordPress.com. But is it because of the tools available or is it because the VIP team or other staff members stepped in and guided them through the process? Read original article here…. wptavern.com

WordPress 4.7.5 Patches Six Security Issues, Immediate Update Recommended

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-4-7-5-patches-six-security-issues-immediate-update-recommendedWordPress 4.7.5 was released today with fixes for six security issues. If you manage multiple sites, you may have seen automatic update notices landing in your inbox this evening. The security release is for all previous versions and WordPress is recommending an immediate update. Sites running versions older than 3.7 will require a manual update.

The vulnerabilities patched in 4.7.5 were responsibly disclosed to the WordPress security team by five different parties credited in the release post. These include the following: Read original article here…. wptavern.com

What to Expect in WordPress 4.8

https://wptavern.com/what-to-expect-in-wordpress-4-8WordPress 4.8 Beta 1 is available for testing and has a couple of features that will likely have a big impact.

WordPress 4.8 has three new core widgets and adds a visual editor to the Text widget. Adding video, audio, or images to text widgets typically involves using custom HTML.

Each of the new widgets in 4.8 takes advantage of the WordPress Media Library. Because the widgets use the media modal, users can insert content from a URL. This is particularly convenient for the Video widget as most videos are not stored locally. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Are You Sure Your Website Is Still Working?

https://www.wpfangirl.com/2017/is-your-website-working/When was the last time you really looked at your website? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time for a website review. This series walks you through what to test and when to call your developer

If your website doesn’t get a lot of traffic–and sometimes even if it does–you may never know when something isn’t working. Unlike your car, which has warning lights and beeps for every conceivable problem, your website won’t always tell you when something is wrong. Take some time right now to check the following. Read original article here…. wpfangirl.com

 

 

 

How To Run A WordPress Security Audit

https://ithemes.com/2017/05/17/how-to-run-a-wordpress-security-audit/?utm_source=iThemes+Updates&utm_campaign=cfc242e3cd-05_18_2017_Updates_Security_Audit&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a8f605eb-cfc242e3cd-297439873With so many threats to your website, it’s important to make your WordPress site as secure as possible. Running a WordPress security audit of your website helps you prepare for and prevent successful attacks on your site. You can’t protect your site from every possible issue, but you can make sure you’re prepared for the most common threats by running a WordPress security audit.

Here are some questions to ask while running your WordPress security audit: Read original article here…. ithemes.com

WordCamp Europe Attendees Are Being Denied Visas Because Conference Ticket Price Is Too Low

https://wptavern.com/wordcamp-europe-attendees-are-being-denied-visas-because-conference-ticket-price-is-too-lowIt has come to our attention that our friends from some countries are having problems with their Visas being rejected on the ground that “a 40€ entry fee cannot justify international travel”, something that makes this conference accessible to all. We are sad this is happening because now — for the first time in WordCamp Europe history — our inclusiveness is a burden we are carrying.

The open letter explains the WordCamp tradition of keeping ticket prices low to make it more inclusive for all income levels. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

5 Ways to Grow Traffic to Your WordPress Website with the Power of Pinterest

Pinterest is the second largest social media traffic referrer after Facebook, driving far more referrals than Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Reddit combined. If you haven’t already invested time into developing your Pinterest strategy, chances are you’re missing out on a huge source of traffic. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

A First Look at Mergebot: Simple Database Merging for WordPress?

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/mergebot-database-merging-wordpress/So you’ve wrapped up a WordPress website overhaul and you’re ready to deploy. There’s only one problem. How do you deploy your development site without losing all of the updates and new content added to the production site while you were developing?

What you need is some way to compare your development database to the production database, merge the two databases, and resolve any conflicts one by one. The only problem is, there is no such tool. Or is there? Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Top 5 WordPress SEO Trends for 2017

http://www.getmotopress.com/blog/top-5-wordpress-seo-trends-for-2017/Google search algorithm can be changed quicker (around 500 times per year) than you write blog posts, voice search trend is growing faster than you realize it actually exists, paid ads may decrease trustful relationships with your prospects. These are the realities of SEO and if you take a good care of your WordPress website from this perspective, check out this post to find out more about core SEO trends in 2017.

Researches from Alameda Internet Marketing agency interviewed 37 SEO experts asking them to give their vision on SEO trends for 2017. What you should pay attention to when optimizing the website for future, that is. The results of the research they presented in the following chart: Read original article here…. getmotopress.com

How to Create a Custom Taxonomy for Departments or Divisions on a Company WordPress Site

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/custom-taxonomy-departments-divisions-company-website/I often get asked if WordPress Multisite is a suitable solution for a company website that has different divisions with unique identities. The answer is usually yes – Multisite can do this excellently.

But it isn’t always necessary to create a separate site for each of the divisions in your company website, even using Multisite. If you want to include shared content that’s not specific to each division, or your divisions’ identity has a lot in common, or you’re working with an existing single site installation, then there is a way to get around this without activating Multisite. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Why You Should Be Using a WordPress Content Locker Plugin

Content lockers can be an effective way of growing your email list, gaining more followers on social media and getting your content shared with a wider audience. But what exactly is a content locker and how can you use them on your WordPress website?

In this article we discuss what a content locker is and how they can help your site convert against its goals. We then look at some different WordPress content locker plugins, the features they offer and their suitability for your website. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

WordPress 2.7 Is the Role Model for How Design Can Lead the Way

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-2-7-is-the-role-model-for-how-design-can-lead-the-wayWhen Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of the WordPress open source project, announced that design would lead the way for WordPress development in 2017, utilizing user research and mockups, the first thing that came to my mind was WordPress 2.7. That release was the culmination of effective leadership and effort from Jen Mylo and Liz Danzico. In order to learn why this release is in a class of its own, we must look at how it was created. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

How to Give Away a Free Ebook (and Get More Subscribers) with WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/give-away-ebooks-get-subscribers/If you like ebooks, you can get a boatload of them by signing up for newsletters. That’s because offering a free ebook download as an incentive for signing up for a mailing list is a time-tested strategy to (hopefully) boost mailing list opt-in rates.

There’s a good chance you either use this strategy or have thought about using it and would like to get started. However, if you’ve never used this technique before you may not be sure how to actually deliver that ebook incentive to new subscribers. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

 

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

 

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It's Episode 307 and we've got plugins for Creating Catalogs, Live Group Chat, Grabbing Youtube Subtitles, Google Customer Reviews and Custom User Profiles. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 307 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 307 and we've got plugins for Creating Catalogs, Live Group Chat, Grabbing Youtube Subtitles, Google Customer Reviews and Custom User Profiles. 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 #307 here.


It’s Episode 307 and we’ve got plugins for Creating Catalogs, Live Group Chat, Grabbing Youtube Subtitles, Google Customer Reviews and Custom User Profiles. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #307

John:                Okay, this week here I’ve got a couple of plugins for producing catalogues on WordPress, and catalogues are slightly different than your normal e-commerce store that you would build with WooCommerce in that you’re usually not displaying prices; you’re just displaying a set of goods or some information in such a way that it’s like a catalogue search. So I was having to do research for a project I’m getting ready to take on and this week here, I examined two – actually, I examined three but I’m only going to highlight two of them – the two better ones that I found. And so the first one I’ve got here is called Huge IT Product Catalogue.

This plugin was originally suggested to me by my client for what they might like to see as a product catalogue for the upcoming project. While I was looking at it and it’s a really nice, visually appealing catalogue in how it works, it did lack a lot of the essentials that are needed for the project. One of the essentials that we were in need of was the client has, you know, a couple of thousand items that have to go in here and if you’ve got to put these in here manually, it’s like a no-go. You’ve got to be able to import it via CSV, because they have the CSV file and we just want to bring all the data in and all you’ve got to do is modify the headers in the CSV file to match whatever you’re doing.

So this is one of the big things with this one; it didn’t have a CSV import or an add-on to allow CSV import. It also didn’t allow for custom fields to allow us to add in additional information that’s not built in as part of the catalogue. If you’re going to build a basic catalogue, you’re going to sell watches or jewelry or something, a good catalogue, very visually appealing, a very nice one. But if you’re going to go slightly off where we’re headed, this is not quite a plugin that will work for you. It would require you to do way too much work.

But all in all, pretty basic for a good basic catalogue plugin. Check it out at WordPress.org, linked in the show notes, and I gave Huge IT Product Catalogue a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Three, huh?

John:                Yeah, it doesn’t get a four because just – it’s a good basic one. It just – it lacks too much. It’s very visually appealing. I think the developers spent more time on the visual than they did the functional.

Marcus:           Hmm…I’m startled. That startled me a little bit, that three.

John:                Yeah, well…

Marcus:           Okay, well, we’ve got to warn you of that stuff, too.

John:                Yeah, I gave them…like I said, you get honest reviews here.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                Keep donating, get the honest reviews. You know?

Marcus:           Okay, so let me just describe a scenario of something that I was working on. I want to be able to do live streaming but do it not through Facebook Live or things like that. I want to make it so that my members can see it and no one else. And with that, your streams – your options – are a little bit limited. You could go with Google or some of these other things. I went with something completely different in terms of embedding that live stream, but I wanted to include a live group chat where people could also ask me questions live. But I wanted to make sure that they were members. I didn’t just want anybody getting into that chat, so I found this plugin called Live Group Chat.

And what it does, it’s just like any other full, you know, group chat, where a bunch of people can get on it. It’s very fast, very simple. It uses AJAX messages and operates just like a regular one does, but you can restrict this to only allow people that are registered within your WordPress site to actually ask questions. What it does is it uses an internal database to save the chats as well right within your site and it gets automatically deleted after one week, so you don’t have this lingering ongoing chat session. So you can actually copy it – which is what I’m doing, copying that chat and then pasting it in sort of the show notes so that you can see everybody’s questions and all the answers and links that go to it.

It’s very easy to configure. It uses either a widget or shortcodes for display and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! That can be quite useful if you’re doing group chats.

Marcus:           It’s one of the best that I’ve seen in terms of that. There are others that you can just embed the HTML code, you know, some external third-party thing. But this is one of the few that I’ve seen that interacts directly within WordPress and the WordPress user database.

John:                Nice. Okay, well the next one I’ve got here today is called Ultimate Product Catalogue. Now, this one here – while I was doing my research, I ran across this one and then I recalled it seems that it was actually submitted to us about a month and a half ago, which was very timely for me. It was sent in by Stephanie Hrubi from Etoile Web Design, the creators of the plugin. So I got to check out the premium version of the plugin.

This is a freemium plugin which offers up both of them, but you can get the free version over at WordPress.org and it is a very nice plugin. The visual is very good but one of the best things I found about this plugin is even in the free version you can do a CSV import and export of your data. What I found initially was I had to do a little bit of tweaking with it, but was trying to do something outside the norm. So what I had to do was enter a product, create all the fields I needed, and this one here also offers up the ability to create custom fields for all the additional data you might need. It’s very simple to do; it creates a catalogue and it creates separate catalogues. You can create multiple catalogues and then insert those catalogues in different places on your site via a shortcode.

Now, once you’ve created your initial product, you then export out that CSV file and then you have all the headers you need for adjusting your CSV file that you currently have. Once you do that, then you reimport that CSV file and all your data is there in one smooth motion. A very great plugin; it was very responsive, it worked well, the smoothness of it was great, the fact that visually it’s initially okay, but you can go in and manually adjust all the visuals that you need. They’ve got a drag-and-drop Wiziwig editor that you can customize the placement of all the components. They put a lot into this plugin.

When you go to the premium version, you’ll need that for the custom fields and a couple other items with it. But most of what you want with it is there in the free version. The premium version is only $30 for a single site license. Anyway, a great plugin: the Ultimate Product Catalogue. These guys here managed to just knock it right out of the park, so I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Awesome. All right, well let me follow it up with another great one. This plugin is called Google Customer Reviews for WooCommerce, and what it does is it enables you to integrate to Google’s merchant center. They have this thing called Google Customer Reviews in there and it allows you to actually use that within your WooCommerce store. It also allows the survey opt-in code into your thank you page and the option to have a pop-up come up to where they can actually leave a review and it ends up right in the Google merchant center for your site.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           And I want to say something about this…this is kind of a hack right now – I wouldn’t say hack, but it’s a strategic advantage for you to start having your customers fill out these Google customer reviews within the merchant center, because that’s generally what pops up in the shopping area when you do a search within Google for specific products or things. I will say the adoption level of it so far by some of the bigger merchants out there is very light. So you can give yourself a strategic advantage by installing this, trying it out to see if it’s something that works for you if you have products that you commonly compete with Amazon and the rest of them. This is something that can give you that advantage with people that use Google.

The one thing is you do need to have and paste in your Google Merchant ID into the plugin settings, but otherwise this thing works very, very well. Very easily customizable and the benefits are enormous. I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! Yeah, that can give you a big advantage getting that information from people, because you know, they leave your site and they don’t always want to go back to your Google page to leave a review.

Marcus:           Right, and that sort of ties them to you as well —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — because their Google persona is now connected to your store.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           So who knows what that could lead to in the future in terms of sales or new products that Google may put out, and I don’t even know the algorithm may also has their searching for products list yours first because they’ve already shopped there.

John:                Yeah, it could be. All right, well the final plugin I’ve got here today is just a simple one. This one here is called YouTube Subtitle Grabber. Now, it’s a very simple plugin in that one of the great things it does for you is you just set it up and it’ll go in with a code and grab the subtitle content from a YouTube video and place it on your website as content.

When I was thinking about it and looking at it, I wasn’t sure of what it could be used for, but one of the projects I’ve got coming up here in the future is building out a YouTube video website for a game player who puts in really good notes, and this will help grab that information, pull it into his website, and display it on his website. You could do this with any videos that you have or if you curate videos of others, it allows you to grab some of that content from their video and display it on your website.

All in all, I’m not sure of what benefits or anything it’s going to bring, but it did seem like a good way to add a little more information to any YouTube videos you’re going to be placing on your website than just the standard title of the video and any snippet you might put in there. This might grab some information that the creator of the video has added to it. So anyway, check it out: YouTube Subtitle Grabber, and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           All right, here’s my question: is it shortcode-based?

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           Okay. So it grabs the stuff on the fly?

John:                You enter the post title and video ID and then it generates the information and places it on your site.

Marcus:           Okay.

John:                So it grabs it directly from YouTube by post title and video ID.

Marcus:           Oh, so actually it would be self-updating —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — if someone went in and edited those show notes, so to speak?

John:                I don’t know if it’s self-updating or not. It might make it permanent and then add more. I don’t know that. I don’t have an answer for that because I haven’t tried it to that extent.

Marcus:           Hmm…interesting. I’ll have to check that out myself and try that.

Okay, this is a very interesting plugin that I kind of just found on the Repository and I installed it on a staging site and just tried it with a few test sites and it looked pretty good. It’s called WP Profile Builder and with this plugin, you actually can create user profile templates, altering how the typical user page gets displayed. So this is more kind of for an admin thing, but it has some end user components into it as well.

You can get a user list page, you can real-time search users and view user profiles and such. But it does is it gives you the ability to create kind of custom [inaudible: 25:27] that appear during registration as well, and you can search queries of users, rather than just seeing the entire users list by access or by geographic region, by any of those things that you set up ahead of time, and this does that. So if you’ve got a lot of users and I manage one site in particular that’s got about 50,000 users with a bunch of different membership levels on them. I really want to incorporate something like this to make the weeding of the users a little bit easier. You can do it by last login or things like that. You can set it up with any kind of field value you want. It’s called WP Profile Builder, and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That sounds like a very useful website if you’ve got a lot of profiles on your site.

Marcus:           Yeah. It can get crazy after – you know, most people only have a few users on their site and if not just a couple hundred, maybe from the comments that got left. But when you get into the thousands, it becomes unmanageable.

John:                Absolutely. Okay, well I covered up in this week’s episode the Huge IP Product Catalogue, which I gave a 3 to; the Ultimate Product Catalogue, which I gave a 5 to; and then the YouTube Subtitle Grabber, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Live Group Chat, which gets a 4 out of 5, Google Customer Reviews for WooCommerce gets a 5 out of 5, and WP Profile Builder gets a 4 out of 5.

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It's Episode 307 and we've got plugins for Creating Catalogs, Live Group Chat, Grabbing Youtube Subtitles, Google Customer Reviews and Custom User Profiles. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 307 and we've got plugins for Creating Catalogs, Live Group Chat, Grabbing Youtube Subtitles, Google Customer Reviews and Custom User Profiles. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 307 and we’ve got plugins for Creating Catalogs, Live Group Chat, Grabbing Youtube Subtitles, Google Customer Reviews and Custom User Profiles. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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This is weekly round up of WordPress news for May 8, 2017 that 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.

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new May 8, 2017

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for May 8, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

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

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

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

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress 4.8 Release Targeted for June 8

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-4-8-release-targeted-for-june-8WordPress 4.8 kicked off in this week’s core developer meeting and the schedule for the upcoming release is now published. Beta 1 is scheduled for May 12 and the official release is targeted for June 8. This will be the first major release in 2017 and is focused on laying the foundation for the new Gutenberg editor. The schedule identifies the features that contributors are aiming to ship in 4.8: Read original article here…. wptavern.com

11 Newsletter Plugins for WordPress

http://www.practicalecommerce.com/11-Newsletter-Plugins-for-WordPressWordPress is a highly customizable content management system. With the right plugins, it can be an effective platform to create a newsletter and build a list of subscribers.

Here is a list of newsletter plugins for WordPress. There are plugins to design and publish newsletters, as well as track campaign results. There are also opt-in and lead generation plugins to build lists of newsletter subscribers. Read original article here…. practicalecommerce.com

Install or Avoid? 14 Popular WordPress Plugins Reviewed

http://roundpeg.biz/2017/05/popular-wordpress-plugins-reviewed/WordPress plugins are applications installed on your WordPress website that add new functions and features. The big plugin community is the heart of what people mean when they say you can do anything with WordPress. But how do you tell which popular WordPress plugins are credible and won’t hack your site? Do the popular plugins actually work?

For this post I’m referring to Popular WordPress Plugins on WordPress.org. The first thing to note is these change periodically and are not curated or selected. It’s totally a popularity contest.

Since most plugins currently on the page have at least 1 million active installs, we know that number is the big factor in ranking them. But star rating and reviews may also play a role. But still, how reliable are these rankings? Read original article here…. roundpeg.biz

 

 

Tips Tuesday

https://www.blogaid.net/tips-tuesday-plugin-challenge-kickoff-noreferrer-links-pop-ups-and-seo/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=75c9e712ae-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-75c9e712ae-710348757Tips this week include:

I hope you’ll join our blogger village to receive and give help with getting seriously old plugins off your site and making it PHP 7 ready.

It will take you 15-20 minutes to make your contribution to the old plugins list. And you’ll get all manner of tasty treats too. Think of it like being invited to a super duper potluck dinner.

I hope you’ll share this Challenge post with every blogger you know. Email it to them, post it in your blogger groups. Let’s get everyone involved, because everyone who owns a WP site is involved and needs this help.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

How to Add A Signature to All WordPress Posts

http://www.1dogwoof.com/how-to-add-a-signature-to-all-wordpress-posts/NOTE: This tutorial will add a signature to ALL your posts, old and new.  If you already have a signature in your old posts, your posts will show two signatures, so user beware, this may force you to go back and remove all those old signatures.  I don’t have a magical plan to do that yet, and yes, I actually gritted my teeth and went through all my old posts and removed the code manually.  eek.

NOTE: This tutorial will add a signature to ALL your posts, old and new.  If you already have a signature in your old posts, your posts will show two signatures, so user beware, this may force you to go back and remove all those old signatures.  I don’t have a magical plan to do that yet, and yes, I actually gritted my teeth and went through all my old posts and removed the code manually.  eek. Read original article here…. 1dogwoof.com

Plugins that Check Old Plugins on Your Site

https://www.blogaid.net/plugins-that-check-old-plugins-on-your-site/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=fec8b30b3a-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-fec8b30b3a-710348757Outdated plugins can introduce a serious security issue on your site. See easy ways to find outdated plugins and ones that have been removed from the WordPress Plugins Repository.

This post is part of the Seriously Old Plugin Challenge for the month of May. Join us and get your site ready for PHP 7 and get rid of all those old plugins.

The core WordPress code is changing with every update. The overwhelming majority of those changes are bug fixes and to plug security holes. Read original article here…. blogaid.net

 

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

WordPress Careers Masterclass: Selling Your Code (Themes and Plugins)

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-careers-masterclass-selling-code-themes-plugins/Are you interested in a career selling your code? Specifically, coding themes and plugins that you can then sell for profit?

Welcome to the second post in this series on how to build a successful career with WordPress. If you followed part one of this series, WordPress Careers Masterclass: How to Forge a Successful Career, you should have some ideas about your own strengths as well as your career goals. And if you didn’t, I strongly recommend doing back and doing so. WordPress Careers Masterclass: Selling Your Code (Themes and Plugins) – WPMU DEV

Why Is The WordPress REST API Such A Big Deal?

http://www.thewhir.com/blog/why-is-the-wordpress-rest-api-such-a-big-dealWhen we think of WordPress, we think of a monolithic application we install on a server. It provides a backend that generates web pages in concert with a database, an interface we use to configure our websites and publish content, and a front-end that displays the pages of the site.

All of this functionality is bundled into one “thing” called WordPress. WordPress has plugins and themes, so it’s modular in that sense, but both types of extension simply modify the functionality of the core application — and they have to be written in PHP. Read original article here…. thewhir.com

Visible Edit Shortcuts in WordPress 4.7 Makes Customizing Sites Easier

https://wptavern.com/visible-edit-shortcuts-in-wordpress-4-7-makes-customizing-sites-easierEarlier this year, Automattic added visual icons to the WordPress.com customizer after user testing showed users tried clicking on the parts of the page they wanted to edit, rather than searching through the menus in the customizer. In an effort to see if the same could be done for the self-hosted version of WordPress, Payton Swick open sourced Automattic’s work into a plugin and placed it on GitHub. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

This is How WPMU DEV Makes Life Easier for WordPress Developers

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-wpmu-dev-makes-life-easier-for-wordpress-developers/?utm_expid=3606929-91.15T0nlf8TFCqo1W_BlZjGg.0Let’s face it. WordPress development is not for the faint of heart. Wages aren’t as strong as they are for other types of developers, competition is fierce, and you’re expected to work miracles in minutes — after all, it’s just a simple WordPress website, right?

One way to address this conundrum is to simplify your development process by pre-making routine development decisions.

Here’s what I mean: while every WordPress website you build is unique, they all have certain things in common — core factors, you might say. One way to simplify your life as a WordPress developer is to develop a system that knocks out the core needs of every WordPress website the exact same way, every single time, in one fell swoop.

That way, you can focus on the things that make each site unique rather than spending time redefining the wheel. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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