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

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

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

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

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

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

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress Needs a Good Alternative to WooCommerce

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

6 Best WooCommerce Alternatives for WordPress

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

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

10 Best WordPress Plugins for Podcasters

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

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

Tips Tuesday

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

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

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

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

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

Hey WordPress Companies – Don’t Forget About Your Customers

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

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

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

Read original article here…. kevinmuldoon.com

8 reasons not to use website builders

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

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

 


And now for something older in the past article collections.

6 Essential WordPress Plugins for Solopreneurs

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

Optimize Product Shots While Speeding Up Your WordPress Online Store

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

It's Episode 316 and we've got plugins for Customer Reviews, Cron Management, Weather, Editing the TinyMCE Editor, Push Notifications and a new Chatbot exclusively for WooCommerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #316 here.


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


Episode #316

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

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

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

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

John:                Yep.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus:           It’s a push notification.

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

Marcus:           Yeah.

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

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

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

John:                [laughter]

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

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

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s true.

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

Marcus:           Yep, now you need HTML.

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

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

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

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

John:                Right.

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

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

John:                [chuckling]

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

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

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

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

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

 

[End of Audio]

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It’s Episode 15 of the Interview Show for WP Plugins A to Z. In this episode, I interview Chris Mason from WooCurve a WooCommerce plugin that is focused on one-click upsells after checkout.

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It’s Episode 15 of the Interview Show for WP Plugins A to Z. In this episode, I interview Chris Mason from WooCurve a WooCommerce plugin that is focused on one-click upsells after checkout.It’s Episode 15 of the Interview Show for WP Plugins A to Z. In this episode, I interview Chris Mason from WooCurve a WooCommerce plugin that is focused on one-click upsells after checkout. We discuss how this plugin can help you increase the sales on your WooCommerce website by offering additional upsells and even down sells to increase the amount of the total sale.

We talk about the support offered that not only help you with getting the plugin working but also how they help you use it correctly in the creation and placement of your upsells, and help you get the most out of the plugin.

A review for tis plugin is coming stay tuned for the update to that.

We also talk a bit about their second plugin Handsome checkout which is currently in beta. Find out more about it here https://woocurve.com/handsome-checkout-beta/

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It's Episode 315 and we've got plugins for Emails per Product, Geo-Mapping, WooCommerce Disclaimers, Quote of the Day, Plugins in the Customizer and In Post Advertising. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 315 and we've got plugins for Emails per Product, Geo-Mapping, WooCommerce Disclaimers, Quote of the Day, Plugins in the Customizer and In Post Advertising. 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 #315 here.


It’s Episode 315 and we’ve got plugins for Emails per Product, Geo-Mapping, WooCommerce Disclaimers, Quote of the Day, Plugins in the Customizer and In Post Advertising. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #315

John:                First up this week I have a premium plugin that was sent in to us by Roman Stepanov. It is a premium plugin called MapSVG, starts at $35 for the plugin, and this is an excellent plugin if you have data you need to map to countries or even within one of their example sites here is the States. They are showing you how you can map specific data to specific states. People click on the states and they get a list next to it of what’s in there.

The interesting thing about this plugin here is they already have the SVG maps for most every country on the globe already. So you just choose the map, load up the map, then you go in and you create your customized fields, whatever data you want to do, whatever fields you want to do, and you assign them to the map and then you assign them to the section in the map so that the information can be done. I think they might even have this allowed to go down a little further than that with it.

But this one here is very excellent and how I see this plugin being used in particular, there were many months back one of the listeners out there contacted us about a suggestion for a plugin that they could use to map data across different states for a media outlet who had different jobs available for media people in different states. There was nothing that really did a really good job, but I think this is exactly what they need; they can assign all the information they need, assign it to the state, the person they send to look for the information, you click on their state and see what’s available, and then do all the contacts. This has got tons and tons of uses on how it could be used. It’s really easy to use, it was pretty straightforward, and I found very few problems at all, so it turns out to be a fantastic plugin. It is premium but it’s MapSVG. Check it out. I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! A good plugin. All right, the first one I’ve got – we are all used to now the live preview within the customizer and it lets you see kind of an instant feedback of what’s going on with your site. Well this plugin is called Customize Plugin Manager and this is an experimental plugin, which means do not use this on a live site. (Use it on a stage site and experiment with it; that’s what it’s meant for.) But it gives you the ability to activate and deactivate plugins from within the customizer and then you can instantly see what these plugins are doing, which is pretty cool.

Now, what happens is just like the regular customizer, until you hit save and publish, it won’t actually do these things. Now the author of this does warn you that broken plugins activated through this method could break your site, so that’s a good enough reason to never use it on a live site. But if you do check out this plugin and interact, please interact with the developer and help to make this a better plugin. Maybe this is something that, you know, down the road is one of your staples.

I don’t use the customizer too much but – and I don’t think I’d really use this plugin all the time – but it’s very cool the way that they’ve got it to work and the fact that you can get a live preview of what’s going on. So I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s very useful and that could definitely help out when you’re developing out.

Marcus:           Yeah, exactly.

John:                Okay, next up I have another premium plugin. This one was sent in by Yoav Shalev and I’m actually going to be interviewing this author later today on a different plugin. It’s a premium plugin and it’s called WP Quote of the Day. What this plugin is for is if you want to set up something on your site to be like Forbes Magazine – if you’ve ever been there, you get that big, cool looking quote that it throws over the screen for you and you might read it and you might just cause it to go away. Well, that’s what this plugin does for you.

Now, it is a bit of a third-party system. All the quotes come from their database through their API, which is why it’s a premium, but they do have over 125 different categories and over 55,000 different quotes to numerous authors. So it’s kind of a cute plugin, kind of useful, can add and enhance to your site if that’s the type of audience that’s coming to your site that you can do that for. Not every website could use it. But it does seem to work okay and it’s a pretty decent little plugin, and I gave it a good 3-Dragon rating, so it’s a good solid, steady plugin. Check it out: WP Quote of the Day.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s a good one. And, you know, I wish that you could actually add your own quotes. That would be a lot better.

John:                It would be.

Marcus:           — if they did that, so maybe that’s something that the author can take to heart.

John:                Well, maybe I’ll ask him about it when I interview him later today.

Marcus:           Yeah. Okay, so the last two plugins that I’ve got are sort of interrelated in terms of what you can do with individual products in WooCommerce. So the first of these is called Woo Custom Emails Per Product. Now, what this allows you to do is add custom content for each product in the WooCommerce receipt emails. So you enter in the product description itself where you go through the different boxes, images, and all that stuff, you’re actually adding a block of text that is specific to that product. Then when somebody orders that product, the receipt that they get contains that block text that you’ve initiated.

Now, you can use either a HTML code or just plain text, but this is things like installation instructions, pick-up instructions, you know, any kind of thing like that as far as 1:1 individual products get sold and then here’s what to expect, or here’s how it comes, or here’s how to unfold it, or here’s how to do whatever with it. This is a very cool thing that individually tailors each one of your different products with the custom message.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           And I thought the functionality of it was great. It’s very easy to set up, very easy to use, and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Excellent. I always do when a plugin hits that.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s a really nice touch to add to an e-commerce site.

John:                Absolutely and help enhance it. All right, the final plugin I have here today is another premium plugin. It was sent in to us by Scott DeLuzio and it’s called WP In-Post Ads. Now, it is another plugin that allows you to put advertisements into your site. Now this one is kind of more along the lines for someone who’s doing blogging on their website. What it does is it makes it easy to add the ads into the body content and it will add up to three ads in there.

You simply add the ad code, tell it what paragraphs the ad is to appear at. You can add multiple styles of ads in there. He has multiple blocks for putting the ads in, too, tell it where to appear, and then they just start to appear in your text. It’s very simple, very straightforward plugin, a good solid advertising plugin for your basic ad insertion into a website. Check it out: it’s called WP In-Post Ads and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           How does it determine where in the post it goes? Do you put a shortcode in or does it have sort of a – I don’t know.

John:                It’s automatic in the plugin.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm?

John:                The plugin probably calls into the hooks and when you set up the plugin, you tell it “appear the first ad after paragraph three, the second one after paragraph five, the third one after paragraph seven.”

Marcus:           Got it, perfect.

John:                And that’s what it does. It just puts them after those paragraphs, whatever they might be.

Marcus:           Nice.

John:                So the other nice thing about it – and I did forget to mention – is these are the things that at first I was going to give it a three, but then I realized it had some other things. It’s when you’re doing each individual post, you can customize it on a per post basis for where the paragraphs will be. Maybe you wrote an article that only has four paragraphs, so you want the ad to appear a little sooner, or maybe you have lots of paragraphs and you can do it there. Plus, if you have a multi-author blog and you want to allow it, you can allow the additional authors to have one of their own single ads inserted on their post.

Marcus:           Oh, nice!

John:                So that’s one useful feature about it that brought it up to a four.

Marcus:           But then that post editor, do you also have the ability to turn it off for a post?

John:                Yes, you do. You have the ability to turn it off for a post, too, if it’s a post that you think should not be monetized.

Marcus:           Great! That sounds like a great plugin.

John:                Yep, there you go.

Marcus:           All right, let’s wrap it up here. The final one is also WooCommerce-related and to individual products. This is called WooCommerce Product Disclaimer and it’s a plugin where you get to set up some terms and conditions before the customer is allowed to add the product to their cart. They have to agree to the terms and conditions. So when you click Add to Cart, a disclaimer pops up, asking the customer to review and agree to the terms and conditions, and that is before they are allowed to add it to the cart.

So if somebody buys it and they say, “I didn’t know,” look…you can’t even add it to the cart without knowing.

John:                That’s right.

Marcus:           So this gives you complete coverage. And if they decline the terms and conditions, it does not add the product to the cart. Very cool, very nice in order to kind of cover your bases when it comes to specific products that have special details or instructions, and it marries nicely with that Emails Per Product plugin I used. This one is called WooCommerce Product Disclaimer and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                That’s actually quite useful for folks using WooCommerce to ensure that they get that disclaimer checked off.

Marcus:           That’s right. You cannot purchase without it.

John:                Yeah. Okay, well that wraps it up. This week here I covered up MapSVG, which I gave a 5 to; WP Quote of the Day, which I gave a 3 to; and then WP In-Post Ads, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Customize Plugin Manager, which gets a 4 out of 5; Woo Custom Emails Per Product gets a 5 out of 5, and WooCommerce Product Disclaimer, another 5 out of 5.

 

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It's Episode 315 and we've got plugins for Emails per Product, Geo-Mapping, WooCommerce Disclaimers, Quote of the Day, Plugins in the Customizer and In Post Advertising. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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This is weekly round up of WordPress news for July 3, 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.

WordPress Related News and more for the Week of July 3, 2017

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for July 3, 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: Protect your website from cyber criminals

http://theusbport.com/wordpress-protect-your-website-from-cyber-criminals/28243WordPress is one of the most widely used platforms for hosting and site building in the world. Developers of the WordPress team do their best in rolling out monthly updates to keep sites secure, but admins can always tune their settings and install additional plugins to bolster security.

With cyber-attacks on the rise, it is always advised to use every security measure at our disposal that we consider can make us be safer. Regular maintenance, of course, is also something that should always be kept in mind and be automated if possible. Read original article here…. theusbport.com

How I Use Fiverr to Grow My WordPress Business

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/grow-wordpress-business-fiverr/?imob=c&utm_expid=3606929-106.UePdqd0XSL687behGg-9FA.2It’s crucial that you explore as many avenues as possible for finding clients when you’re starting out as a web developer. Platforms like Upwork can be a great place to start building your portfolio of work and list of clientele. Then there’s Fiverr, a platform that is often overlooked.

Why is Fiverr overlooked? Because most people can’t get past the fact that the initial pricing point is $5. When you put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into your work, $5 just isn’t work the effort, right? But with some clever strategy on your part, you can use Fiverr to grow your WordPress business, perhaps at an even faster rate than you would with Upwork.

And how do I know all this? I use Fiverr myself as part of my own digital marketing business strategy. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

How to Conduct a Design Audit of Your Website

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-conduct-a-design-audit-of-your-website?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=6af72c848f-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-6af72c848f-51249745As your website grows, there’s a chance its design might start to look somewhat stale. Keep in mind, design trends are constantly evolving, and being able to spot these issues is important if you want your site to look modern and ‘fresh’. Plus, you’ll also need to keep all of the aspects of your design looking uniform (and usable) to provide a good experience.

The best way to spot and correct these issues is with a design audit of your entire website. In this article, we’re going to teach you what these audits are and how they can help you. Then we’ll talk about some tools to help you conduct one, before finally showing you how to do so in three simple steps. Let’s get to work! Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

Tips Tuesday

https://www.blogaid.net/tips-tuesday-woocommerce-pricing-gutenberg-text-editor-utm-code-tracking/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7e71892b43-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-7e71892b43-710348757Last week, an article appeared on WPMayor about a major change to the pricing structure on those paid extensions from Woo.

They cited a similar change in 2013 when pricing went from unlimited licenses to single site licenses.

And now, the renewal rates will no longer be at 50%.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

10 WordPress SEO Tips to Get More Traffic to Your Website

http://www.wpexplorer.com/wordpress-seo-tips-traffic/You have decided to launch a blog and make it a real game-changer. So, what are the first steps that you will take in order to make it as popular and attention-grabbing as you wish? Enhancing your blog with an eye-catching design will surely work for better attraction of the new customers. However, this will work when a person has already landed on your page. But how can you make them actually find you on the web and how to keep their attention grabbed with your data? This is when a proper SEO optimization of your online resource comes into play.

The web offers a huge variety of guides and tutorials on how to optimize your content in a way that it ranks higher in the search. But which of those instructions are truly effective and will work well on your WordPress blog? We have decided to enumerate the 10 universal SEO techniques that will make your personal or corporate blog shine on the web, no matter what niche you are related to. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

How to Fix “Not Allowed to Access this Page” Error in WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/fix-not-allowed-access-page-error-wordpress/Picture this: You’re working away on your WordPress site and then bam! You see this puzzling and face contorting error:

Sorry, you are not allowed to access this page.

“How is this even a thing?” you quietly shout. “I am allowed to access this page. I’m the admin!”

The frustration continues when you realize the fix isn’t so cut and dry since there are multiple and equally possible reasons for the error. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

How to Clean Your WordPress Cache Like a Pro

http://www.wpexplorer.com/clean-wordpress-cache/I think you will agree when I say that the mention of cache doesn’t elicit the best of feelings unless, of course, you’re one of those tech-savvy cool kids. Nah, still it doesn’t elicit the best of feelings.

Yet the concept of cache is so easy to understand, you don’t need a degree in anything. Moreover, it turns out cleaning cache on your WordPress site is super-duper easy you can do it before the next guy makes a cup of coffee. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

CodeCanyon By The Numbers

https://freemius.com/blog/codecanyon-wordpress-plugins-analysis/CodeCanyon is the leading marketplace for selling premium WordPress plugins owned by a digital marketplaces conglomerate – Envato. The marketplace grossed over $70,000,000 since 2009, processed 2.3 million sales of WordPress plugins, and has a growing community of 7.8 million members.

After seeing relatively optimistic results in the previous post where I analyzed ThemeForest, this post focuses on the CodeCanyon marketplace, trying to dive into its unit economics and understand what are the chances of “making a living” by using it to sell premium WordPress plugins. Read original article here…. freemius.com

4 Ridiculously Obvious Mistakes I Made Building WordPress Sites for Clients

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/mistakes-building-wordpress-sites/Not a good way to be spending your time hours before the clocks chimed in the New Year.

Let’s take a step back.

How did I end up in this situation, and why wasn’t I chilling in a beach bar sipping on a Ti’ Punch while waiting for the Champagne to cool?

The truth is, I hadn’t put in the project management systems in place that would have prevented this situation.

I work at Planio, a project management tool, and I’ve talked to lots of WordPress developers on how they manage client projects using it. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

WordPress website go-live checklist

https://barn2.co.uk/wordpress-website-go-live-checklist/So you’ve designed a new WordPress website and it’s ready to go live. Congratulations!

Going live is an important part of the web design process. Over the years, we have developed a detailed checklist of essential steps for launching a WordPress website. Read this checklist before you launch a website into the big wide world, and give it the best possible start.

There’s a right and a wrong time to go live. For some reason our clients always want to go live on a Friday. Bad idea!

Schedule the launch of the website for as early in the week as possible. This leaves the longest possible time to complete the go-live checklist and fix any teething problems before the weekend, when your WordPress web designer may not be available. Read original article here…. barn2.co.uk

Free Online WordPress Theme Detector

https://whoiswp.com/Whoiswp.com is the ultimate online detecting tool that will help you find out what WordPress theme a site is using. Get ready to unleash your inner web designer and start creating the website of your dreams just by using this amazing platform and our free theme detector.

1. Copy the URL of any WordPress website 2. Open Whoiswp.com 3. Paste the copied link into the search box 4. Press the Search button 5. Done! Now you know that site’s theme and plugins Read original article here…. whoiswp.com

Update a Free and Premium Version of the Same WordPress Plugin Error

https://bobwp.com/errors-updating-free-premium-version-wordpress-plugin/As you might have noticed, there are some plugins that when you upgrade to the paid version, you are required to keep the free version installed as well. The reasoning or methods behind this are not something I don’t care to understand.

But in many cases, when there is an update to one of them, often you will find an update to the other as well.

Naturally, you click both to upgrade at the same time. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

How Do You Educate People New to WordPress?

https://wptavern.com/how-do-you-educate-people-new-to-wordpressWhen a friend of mine asked for suggestions on what he should use to create a new site, I suggested WordPress. It is well supported, has an amazing community, and a ton of free themes and plugins to choose from. After getting WordPress installed on a new webhosting account, I left him be to see what issues he would run into and how he would configure the site.

After noticing the site was loading slowly three weeks later, I obtained admin access to try to determine what the problem was. The first thing I did was check which plugins he installed. One of the plugins added the ability to embed YouTube videos on the site using shortcodes. My friend was unaware that WordPress has oEmbed support which allows users to easily embed videos by pasting the URL into the editor. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

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

It's Episode 314 and we've got plugins for Download Lists, Birthday Emails, Digital Signatures, Widget Content, Multiple Domain Mapping and a new way to let others sell their products on your WooCommerce Site. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #314 Download Lists, Birthday Emails

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It's Episode 314 and we've got plugins for Download Lists, Birthday Emails, Digital Signatures, Widget Content, Multiple Domain Mapping and a new way to let others sell their products on your WooCommerce Site. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript WordPress Plugins A-Z #314 Download Lists, Birthday Emails

It's Episode 314 and we've got plugins for Download Lists, Birthday Emails, Digital Signatures, Widget Content, Multiple Domain Mapping and a new way to let others sell their products on your WooCommerce Site. 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 #314 here.


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Episode #314

John:                First up this week I have a plugin that was suggested to us by a listener, Joe Mezzanini. He is a listener to the show and while he says this is not his plugin, it’s one that he suggests is very good. It’s called m1.DownloadList, and here’s what Joe had to say about the plugin first off. He said, “It’s hard to find a simple plugin that simply lists the folders in a page or a post of a website. This is it. It’s well supported and document and with many examples.”

Now this is actually a pretty decent plugin as far as a plugin goes that you install, activate, and you use a shortcode with directing it to a specific folder in your WordPress website. Then what it does is it lists that folder up and it’s a navigable list, whereas people can go dwell down deeper into the list if there’s more folders. Once they find the files they want, they can then download those files or if they are images they can display them in their browser, whichever they want to do. It’s a very easy plugin, very simple to set up, and it worked beautifully.

Now this is something that if you’re going to use it, I would suggest you use a members-only section where you want to allow access to specific files or folders to your website or use it on a page-protected post. You don’t want to use this on something that is publicly accessible, unless you’re allowing publicly accessible files. That could get dangerous. So at any rate, a really great plugin. It worked just the way it was suggested. I had to give this a top 5-Dragon rating. Check it out: m1.DownloadList.

Marcus:           Cool! All right, I’ve got something that is pretty unique within WooCommerce and it’s a unique twist on what you can do with WooCommerce. It’s a plugin called Marketplace for WooCommerce. Can I say WooCommerce any more in this review?

John:                I’m sure you can fit it in five more times.

Marcus:           Yeah, it actually lets users sell on your store once you approve them as vendors and it allows you to earn commission on their sales, which is pretty cool. I’m sure there’s other things that you can tweak to this to have unique products where they can earn commission on stuff that they sell as well. What happens is vendors can actually customize their own public pages.

You as an admin can set up the specific URL slug of their page. You can choose a custom label for them that appears over the products. You can fully do the whole vendor application thing that goes along with it and it has different capabilities for vendors, like uploading files, reviewing their orders, publishing products – all of that kind of stuff. You can set up the commission by either a percentage or a fixed value and you can actually manually or automatically create on order complete processing, all that kind of stuff.

They can also have their own tab that displays info about the vendor, their logo, the description and all that, so it’s sort of on the line of maybe Etsy or something like that that you can set up for your own WordPress site. I’m not quite sure of the applications for this in terms of real-world usage. I’m sure that there are people out there who have a great example of something that they could use this for, but it’s a breakthrough for WooCommerce and I thought I’d bring it to the show and rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Hmm…it may end up eventually getting a better rating because I actually see the real-world usage for it.

Marcus:           All right, what do you got?

John:                I was considering today when I was talking to the plugin developer I met with and that he has a couple of plugins that he has been trying to sell and not been doing so well.

Marcus:           Oh!

John:                And if we brought them over to our website, put them through something like this, we wouldn’t have to figure out how to do the splitting of the profits.

Marcus:           Ah, well now we’ve got it.

John:                It’s simple, so now we’ve got something. This is how you can do it: the small plugin market or something similar, so yeah. Lots of really great uses for it. I think this’ll be something that will eventually make its appearance on the WP Plugins A to Z site.

Marcus:           How about that? Nice!

John:                All right, well next up I have another plugin here. This one is called Widget Context. Now, the reason this one’s come to light for me was I was in need the other day. I couldn’t remember the one I used most commonly and I was in kind of a hurry, so I decided to do a search for plugins that hide widgets, just to see what else I could find in that area. This one came up more prominent than others, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Basically what I was needing it to do was I needed to hide a widget on one specific page and there’s a lot of plugins to do that. I have my go-to one (I can’t remember the name of it at the moment but I keep it in a reserve somewhere.) Anyway, I was trying out something new. Well, this one here turned out to be okay. I didn’t quite do the job I needed. The biggest problem with it is that what it does is it will hide or show widgets per sections on your website, pages, all pages, all posts, all custom pages. It’ll do the homepage but it doesn’t do individual pages or individual posts, which I found problematic. Other than that, not a bad little plugin. All in all, just a so-so plugin, so Widget Context I had to give it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Interesting. All right, here’s the next one. John, remember when you were younger and you actually received birthday cards in the postal mail from all your relatives?

John:                I still get them in the postal mail. I’ve got a couple of relatives that send them in the mail still. Yeah, it’s good, so it’s kind of cool.

Marcus:           You know, for some reason we kind of lost that. We’ve lost that correspondence. It’s all been relegated to Facebook, right? People just send one line, “Hey, Happy Birthday!” blah, blah, blah every year, right? Same old crap. Sometimes you don’t even hear from that person until it’s your birthday. I actually one time thought of what if I changed my birthday every single day to be that day?

John:                [laughter] You’d get a lot of people wishing you a happy birthday on Facebook for no apparent reason.

Marcus:           Yeah, every day probably and they wouldn’t even realize it. Well, this plugin called Birthday Emails actually allows you to take your user base and this obviously would require that they put their birthday in the field. But on their birthday for all your users it will send them a happy birthday message and say, “Happy Birthday” from your site. This is a great way if you are a developer and you have clients and you’re developing a site that people register to or users or WooCommerce stuff or anything like that, ask for their birthday and this will automatically say hey, here’s a special promo code, a coupon, or a special offer, or something like that, or a free download, an e-book, or whatever it is that you want to do based on what their birthday is.

So remember, this only works for users that have entered their birthday on the user profile, so it’s probably best that you start out with a new site on this. But I thought it was a great concept and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                That’s pretty decent. That’s kind of nice to get a reminder for things from people.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                Okay, the final one I’ve got here today is called Multiple Domain Mapping on a Single Site. Now, if you worked with WordPress MU (multiuser site), you’ll know that it’s easy enough to do domain mapping in there with the right plugins. Now, it can get complicated on trying to map out single pages, etc., but it can be done. But it’s always been problematic to do that if you’ve got a standalone site – not MU, just a normal WordPress install. Most people out there, let’s face it, almost all developers own more than one domain. I’m guilty of that; I own at least a dozen.

So at any rate, what you do with this plugin here is it allows you to take some of those additional domains that you have that are related to your website but all they do is point to the root of your website, and that’s it. They don’t do anything else. You can take those domains – such as I own the domain WPmalwareremoval.com, and I’ve now got that domain properly pointed to my page that talks about removing malware and how you can hire me for removing malware from your WordPress website. So this takes that domain which was only pointing to my main site and puts it to where it’s needed most.

Now you can use that in your marketing and anything else to direct people specifically to your landing page. It’s a beautiful plugin, it set up perfectly, activated the way it was supposed to. It added the domain and everything and all worked just the way it was supposed to. It’s one of those plugins that worked exactly like it’s supposed to, so Multiple Domain Mapping System on a Single Site rated a top 5-Dragon rating. Check it out.

Marcus:           Awesome – very cool. All right, let’s wrap the show here. This final one is called Order Signature for WooCommerce and it’s pretty self-explanatory. It adds a nice responsive signature pad to your website’s WooCommerce checkout page. This is a great plugin for getting customers to accept the terms and conditions of your site with a perfectly legal digital signature attached to their WooCommerce order. It’s got many useful applications, very easy to set up, very easy to install on your site, and if you have anything that requires a signature from a digital perspective, this is great for that. It is called Order Signature for WooCommerce and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Hmm…that’s kind of nice, especially when you want to make sure that they actually have agreed to something.

Marcus:           Right, it’s not just some thing and also it may be a good way to prevent fraud or chargebacks or things like that.

John:                Hmm…that too. That too, because then you could match the actual signature.

Marcus:           Yeah, if you had it on file. But I mean also that’s something to say back to a credit card company, “Hey look, they knew what they were getting into. They even signed it.”

John:                They signed it but the credit card company has their signature on file.

Marcus:           Sure.

John:                So at any rate, that covers up this show. I covered up the m1.DownloadList, which I gave a 5 to; the Widget Context, which I gave a 3 to; and then the Multiple Domain Mapping on a Single Site, which I gave a 5 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Marketplace for WooCommerce, allows you to let vendors and other people get in on the action from your WooCommerce store – 4 out of 5; Birthday Emails gets a 5 out of 5, and Order Signature for WooCommerce gets a 4 out of 5.

 

[End of Audio]

It's Episode 313 and we've got plugins for Live Notifications, Sending Email, Drag and Drop Frameworks, Browser Themes, File management and a great way to handle refunds in WooCommerce . It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #313 Sending Email, Drag and Drop Frameworks

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