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

Transcript of Episode 296

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


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


Episode # 296

John:                This week here, what have I got for you? Well, I’ve got a few plugins that I’ve ended up using this past week. The first one is called Compact Archives and if you’re looking for a way to display your archives – now, we know the normal way you take the widget for the archives and you list it up and you either get to list them all up and it makes a really ugly list or it compacts it down as a drop-down menu – not a lot to it. This is what this plugin handles for you is it helps you list up archives, especially if you’ve got a website like I was working on here that goes back for eight years and it’s got a lot of archives. When you get to the archive page, you can list it by month and year and you scroll down and see your articles. But how do you get to the other ones in an easy fashion?

This plugin here has a widget that when you drop it in the sidebar, it creates a listing by year and then next to the year, it puts months – either you can have it a digit (1-12) or you could have it January through a three-letter month, or you can have it just by letters. With a little bit of CSS, you can customize it up to fit beautifully into whatever theme you’ve been working on and developing. It makes it really nice that once they get into this archive and are hunting for something, it allows them to jump through all the months of the past years quickly and easily and efficiently. So all in all, it turned out to be a really great plugin and enhanced the look and feel of this site quite nicely. Because it was so simple and effective to use, I had to give this one a top 5-Dragon rating. So check it out: Compact Archives.

Marcus:           Awesome. That’s cool. Speaking of cool, I’ve got a really neat plugin for you to check out, John. It’s called My WooCommerce Product Virtual Showroom and what it allows you to do is take the images of your WooCommerce products or actually you can upload some of these things as well. What it does is it creates a virtual showroom for your customers to test a product. So let’s just say, John, that you and I owned a furniture store. We’d have a sofa and a table and a lamp, perhaps a rug or something like that. We can actually superimpose this in a virtual room and then see how it all looks together.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           And it’s a really cool graphic enhancement for WooCommerce. All of the product images are resizable, movable – all that – around the user’s background photo that they upload, or you can just use stock ones. So it’s really, really cool, a really neat way to kind of drive conversions and sales, and it’s all shortcode-based. It’s really cool, check it out. You’re going to have to see it and once you go into the Repository link, you’ll see an actual YouTube video for it as well to demonstrate how it works. It’s called My WooCommerce Product Virtual Showroom, and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! Yeah, they’ve got some really nice stuff there. And don’t forget folks, there’s always the Screencast you can come look at and I try to show some of this stuff during the show. Okay, the next plugin I’ve got here is called Heartbeat Control. Now, most people know about the heartbeat of WordPress. It’s that continuous signal that sends back to your browser on a regular basis, usually default every 15 seconds. Well, sometimes that creates issues, especially when you’re on shared hosting providers. What you need to do is control that heartbeat because one of the biggest things that occurs – you’ve probably encountered it. I encounter it from time to time. It’s the issue when you’re creating a post and suddenly you get a popup that says, “You’ve been disconnected. We’ve backed this up in your browser until the reconnection happens.”

Marcus:           Right.

John:                Sometimes, that’s actually caused by the heartbeat going too often and creating issues, especially if you’re a developer and you do like I do sometimes – you’re working on a website and you’ll have three or four tabs open for the same website so you can do multiple things in it. That heartbeat is running on every one of those tabs, so it can create all kinds of problems along the way. So what this plugin does for you is it allows you to go in and control the heartbeat and turn it off for everywhere else on the website that it’s not needed and have it only effective for a post or a page that you’re editing and you can change the timeframe from 15 seconds, all the way up to every 60 seconds. And in reality, you probably only need it every 16 seconds to make that auto-backup of your post while you’re working on it.

So this is a really good plugin. It works very, very well. It actually worked to solve this problem I was working on for a client’s website where we were having this particular issue of the timeouts and the logouts. As soon as I set this all up, it all went away, so it did actually fix the problem because of that. It’s very simple to set up, very easy, and of course because of that, another plugin hit the top 5-Dragon rating. Check it out: Heartbeat Control.

Marcus:           Okay, so I’ve got a disclosure about this plugin.

John:                Hm…what’s that?

Marcus:           This is done by Jeff Matson.

John:                Okay.

Marcus:           He’s a friend of mine. I actually tried to get him to rename this plugin “Pacemaker.”

John:                [Laughter] Pacemaker would be more fun for it.

Marcus:           Right. So it’s very interesting and he’s done pretty well with this plugin. And yeah, I’m talking like a couple of years ago when he first brought it to light. I suggested that name for him but he didn’t go with it.

John:                Well, they should listen to us for names.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                We come up with much cooler names for these plugins.

Marcus:           We’re going to do our own naming service.

John:                Yeah, there you go.

Marcus:           Okay, so the next plugin that I have, it’s really simple – really kind of a lazy plugin. There are a lot of instances where I don’t like using a top bar for editing my site, you know, the admin bar that comes up when I’m looking at the front end. It makes it a little tougher when it comes to editing specific posts and pages, and so I’ve recently tried this plugin. It’s called Escape to edit and it’s really simple when you’re in the front end and you’re logged in as the administrator. All you have to do is hit the escape key and it’ll take you right to the edit page.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           That’s it! That’s all it does: Escape to edit. I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very cool! That could save some time while you’re working on things.

Marcus:           Yeah, sometimes I don’t like using the admin bar because especially if I have something that’s top-heavy, maybe a slider up at the top or a different type of navigation, the admin bar takes up space out there and it kind of aligns it weird, so this is a good alternative to that.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           Escape to edit.

John:                The final plugin I’ve got here today is called Magic Tool Tips for Gravity Forms, and this is a premium plugin. It was submitted to us by Russ Mate. The plugin is $19.95, so not a bad price for a premium plugin. And if you use Gravity Forms – much like I do and promote Gravity Forms because in my opinion, it’s the best of them, even though it does have its issues. This plugin here adds a functionality that is very much needed in Gravity Forms. It adds a tool tip for you so you can give additional instructions for what someone needs to do when they’re entering information on your form, without having to add an entire line underneath, thereby damaging or adding way too much stuff for them to read in a form. They just mouse over the tool tip, get the pop-up saying, “Hey, don’t forget you’ve got to add this,” or “We only accept these files,” or whatever the tool tip is going to be. A very simple plugin, it works very, very well. I found it to be quite efficient to set up and work. The only problem – well, it’s not even a problem – the only thing I would suggest to the developers and I’ll send that when I let them know that we reviewed it, is that they move the menu for this item into the Gravity Forms menus so that you can find the settings menu for this plugin. It was easy to set up, easy to use, it doesn’t function without a license (as I realized after I had set it up and started working with it), so you do have to actually have a license to run this plugin. All in all, a great plugin. It worked well and I had to give it a top 5-Dragon rating. Check it out: Magic Tool Tips for Gravity Forms.

Marcus:           Man, you’re bringing out the hits today.

John:                Man, I got a full house today.

Marcus:           All right, final plugin for me: it’s called Moved bbPress Multisite and what it allows you to do is take the install from one website of a WordPress network (as far as bbPress) and move it to another website in the same multisite network. So you can select which parts of your bbPress install to copy and you can also select what parts to delete from the original website. So if you have a forum that you’d like to move from one site to another within your multisite network, this allows you to do it. The reason I’m featuring it obviously is because I had a need for it and I had to do it. I was just searching on how to migrate bbPress on multisite and this plugin popped up on my radar.

John:                Nice.

Marcus:           A pretty good plugin. I will say it is a little laborious. It didn’t do things as quickly as one click; there’s a lot of setup in between and I did notice that it was kind of a pain to delete specific parts from the website, like they claim. But it does work and it absolutely works and I rated it a 3 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! Yeah, that could definitely become a timesaver for folks.

Marcus:           Yes, and I’m sure by the way with a little bit more time, I would’ve given it a higher rating. It’s just that I was in one of those emergency hurries and believe me, it saved a lot more time rather than having to migrate the code and the database myself.

John:                Very nice.

Marcus:           So I’m appreciative of that.

John:                All right, well I covered up in this episode here Compact Archives, which I gave a 5 to; Heartbeat Control, which I gave a 5 to; and then Magic Tool Tips for Gravity Forms, which I gave a 5 to. Not often – go ahead.

Marcus:           I talked about My WooCommerce Product Virtual Showroom, which I gave a 4 out of 5; Escape to edit gets a 4 out of 5; and Move bbPress Multisite gets a 3 out of 5.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can Contact Russell at:

https://github.com/KrashKartMedia/

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

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

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

A couple of his plugins not reviewed yet:

Query All The Post Types

Version:1.9.3
Requires:4.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.4
Released:01 April 2016
Downloads:1417
Last Updated:16 April 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

 

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Version:1.3
Requires:4.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.4
Released:14 April 2016
Downloads:399
Last Updated:19 February 2017
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

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

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

It's Episode 295 and we've got plugins for Mobile Click to Call, Scrolling Widgets, Manual Payments for WooCommerce, Sticky Audio Players, and Featured Content. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

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

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

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

 


This week we have the following news for you.

How to Get Started Learning WordPress Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

How to Speed Up a WordPress Site & Why It Matters

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

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

Faster websites result in a better user experience.

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

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

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

Behind the Scenes of WordPress.com Themes with David Kennedy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hey WordPress Community, Stop Being A Fan and Start Doing

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

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

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

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

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

Goodbye WordPress – JAMES DALMAN

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

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

WordPress opened up a world I never expected.

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

 

 

 

 

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


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


Episode # 295

John:                This week here I’ve got pretty nice plugins out. One of them comes to me because of a connection I had. It’s called Toolset Types. Now, I think I might have reviewed it a couple or three years back when I actually used it once upon a time, but I’d long since forgotten about it because I started doing things other ways. But during a recent project I was working on, I came across an issue setting up a very specific display in a theme for the archives. It was driving me mental and I found a solution to it, but it wasn’t the solution I wanted.

While I was working through it, one of our listeners out there, David – you know who you are. If you want me to announce it all out David, I’ll give the whole world credit to you. But David is one of our listeners. He’s volunteering some time for the WP Plugins A to Z site to help us develop our theme because the theme I used on our site is what I used in my client’s site and he happens to specialize with that theme, which was a really great thing. After talking to him about some things for the WP Plugins site, I mentioned my project and he had a solution for me that involved using the Toolset Types.

So what happened was after I talked to him, I realized it’s easier just to hire him, so I hired him to do the job for me on this project. A couple of hours later, he solved it for me. All we have to do is some fine-tuned tweaking and it’s great. But when I went and looked at Toolset Types, it’s a great plugin. You can create all kinds of custom post types, fields for many different uses such as custom searches, you can customize WooCommerce websites, custom templates, post types, and more.

It’s a really great plugin. It is a premium plugin that starts at $69, so you’ve got to spend some money but well worth it. The time it saved on this project here and how it’s impressing and helping my client is well worth it and well worth paying David the time necessary to do the job and help out my clients, so this plugin hit a 5-Dragon rating. Check it out: Toolset Types.

Marcus:           There you go. That’s nice! I like it how things work out like that and I’m looking forward to seeing the changes on the site, too.

John:                Yeah, well they’ll be coming over time. But David can’t spend any money with us, but he’s volunteering time which is just as good.

Marcus:           That’s value, absolutely. That’s awesome, thank you.  All right, so the first plugin that I’ve got today is a mobile-based plugin. A lot of us are kind of realizing that mobile first is the way to go when it comes to design because so much traffic is now migrating over to mobile.

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           In some instances, it’s dominating, you know. The desktop seems to be dying as far as surfing the internet goes. So this is called Really Simple Click To Call Bar, so what it does is it’s a plugin that leaves kind of a sticky bar on the bottom of any of your responsive sites and it only displays in a mobile device. What it does is it adds a customizable click to call bar at the bottom for all your mobile users that just have to click it one time and it calls your business. It’s great for small businesses, restaurants, retail stores, or any kind of lead generation that relies strictly on phone calls, or at least dependent on some phone calls. It’s called Really Simple Click To Call Bar, great plugin, and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! Yeah, I had something similar to that for quite a while on another plugin years ago.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                But yeah, that’s definitely nice. Oftentimes, I’ll look up a website and I’m looking specifically for their phone number and if it has that button, it’s like sweet. I just hit the button and call them.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                All right, next up I have here is a plugin called WP Featured Content and Slider. It has both a free and a pro version. I ended up testing the pro version which starts at $9, but the free version, all it is is a slightly lesser bits of the pro. Anyway, while working on another project during last week, I had been running into another issue displaying featured content just the way I wanted to in a slider I’ve been trying to work with, Revolution Slider, to get this display. But the display wasn’t quite what the client wanted or what I was after.

While doing some research for something else, I tripped across this plugin here, and this plugin allows you to pull that content for your featured content for your news and other bits and pieces that you’re going to display, and create some really nice carousel sliders for that information. It allowed me to create the display just the way my client wanted.

Now, the free version didn’t have everything but the paid version definitely had what I was after. It offered the ability to create this great layout, content from your posts or custom post types, place it where you want it with a shortcode or with a widget. All in all, a really great plugin. It’s from wponlinesupport.com and I had to give this one a 5-Dragon rating. It’s WP Featured Content and Slider.

Marcus:           Wow! That’s two five-in-a-rows there for you – five stars – I love that.

John:                They don’t happen very often with me. But once in a while, they just manage to knock it out.

Marcus:           Yeah, and I’ve been very discerning about my ratings lately, so why not now? The next one I want to talk about is something that happens quite a bit, actually. Sometimes, it’s necessary for you to have to manually get involved with the credit card process and this plugin is called WooCommerce Manual Payment. What it does is it adds a payment form to the WooCommerce edit order page. There’s no real need to leave the backend at all for this; you just fill in the credit card information manually and then click ‘process payment’ and that’s it. It’s completely secure, the credit card information never hits your server, it goes right to your payment processor, and it allows you also with the pro version of this plugin to do manual refunds, which is also something that’s somewhat difficult sometimes when dealing with WooCommerce. So if you’re hands-on and maybe you’re even wanting to just keep a credit card on file and ding that card every month for services to a business or a person that you do work for, this is a great way to do that as well. It’s called WooCommerce Manual Payment and I reviewed the free version of it. (There is a pro version.) I rated this a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. That could definitely save some people some time.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                The final plugin I’ve got this week is another plugin from WP Online Support and it’s a pro version that I tested, but they do have a free version. They have free versions of all of their plugins available at the WordPress Repository. But their pro version is very nice, their prices are very affordable. This one here started at $16 for the plugin. The plugin, being from the same developer – but it also solved another issue that I was having on another project. (Yeah, my last week was pretty busy, which explains everything.)

I was trying to create a good, clean news ticker for the website and it kept coming up with, you know, ones that weren’t fitting the bill quite right. This one here offered up several different layouts, it pulls from its own custom post type for news, which is not exactly what we were looking for, but it was close and better than what we were being presented with. All in all, it turned out to be a pretty decent plugin. I really wanted to rate it at a 5 but it just didn’t have all the functionality I was chasing, but gave it a 4-Dragon rating. A pretty great plugin: WP News and Scrolling Widgets.

And as a side note about these two plugins I recommended from the same developer, if you find that any of their plugins are worthwhile, they also offer themes and they have a theme and plugin package that starts at $69, which is what I ended up purchasing. I could see myself using a couple of their other plugins down the road or even one of their themes. Anyway, check it out and no, there’s no affiliate or kickback on this one; this is just I found a really good service worthwhile, so I thought I would just let everyone know.

Marcus:           Great! All right, the last one that I’ve got is something that I’ve been just kind of thinking about, mulling over, how I could actually add audio tracks that could be switchable throughout my site, and I came up with this cool plugin. It is called Themify Audio Dock and what it does is it allows you to play music, podcasts, spoken word – anything you want – any kind of mp3 file on any WordPress site, using the audio dock. So you could put an unlimited number of tracks, put your own custom titles in, choose any kind of color that you want for the bar and the text of the track.

This is a great plugin for bands, artists, or any kind of user that wants to set the right mood with music in their browser. It’s really nice, because you can actually kind of skip through the different tracks and it doesn’t matter if you navigate to another page; this sticky bar with the tracks on it stays intact.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           And it’s really nice. It’s not necessarily a podcast catcher, because it doesn’t work on any feeds or anything and you do have to manually add in all of the tracks. But I thought it was a really great plugin. It’s one of the best that I’ve seen in terms of audio and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Perfect – very nice. Well, at least we wrapped it up with a 5.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                And I also wanted to make a quick mention, because I was just taking a look at the audio dock there. I’m noticing more and more plugins when they display content, they’re starting to make mention that they’re fully responsive across all mobile devices.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                And that was one thing that I forgot to mention about the previous two plugins I had done was that they are mobile-responsive, too, which really saves you a lot of grief down the road, especially nowadays that everything needs to be mobile-responsive.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                Okay, well that pretty much wraps it up. I covered up in this episode here the Toolset Types, which I gave a 5 to. I covered up the Featured Content and Slider, which I gave a 5 to and the WP News and Scrolling Widgets, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Really Simple Click To Call Bar for your mobile sites and I rated that a 4 out of 5, WooCommerce Manual Payment gets a 4 out of 5, and Themify Audio Dock a 5 out of 5.

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

Transcript of Episode 294

It's Episode 294 and we've got plugins for Sales Countdown Woocommerce, Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle sounds like something from Epic Spell Wars. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #294 here.


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


Episode #294

[John only this week]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Transcript of Episode 293

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

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


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


Episode #293

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John:                There you go.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus:            That’s right. Same thing.

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

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

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

Marcus:            It works with tools like Clef or —

John:                Nice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's Episode 294 and we've got plugins for Sales Countdown Woocommerce, Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle sounds like something from Epic Spell Wars. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

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

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

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

 


This week we have the following news for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hackers deface thousands of website by exploiting WordPress vulnerability

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

How to Easily Remove Your Shop Page Sorting Options in WooCommerce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

WordPress Plugin Roundup: Duplicate Post, PDF Embedder and Redirection

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

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

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

Marcus Couch: Membership Site Success Strategies

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

Read original article here…. wordpress.tv

Automattic to Revive WP Job Manager

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

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

 

WordPress Theme Authors Experiment with New Pricing on ThemeForest

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

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

 

Get To Know WordPress: A Seattle WordCamp Workshop for Beginners

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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It's Episode 292 and we've got plugins for Displaying Team Members, Confession, Callback Widgets and multiple WooCommerce Plugins to enhance your E-Commerce system. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 292 and we've got plugins for Displaying Team Members, Confession, Callback Widgets and multiple WooCommerce Plugins to enhance your E-Commerce system. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

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It’s Episode 292 and we’ve got plugins for Displaying Team Members, Confession, Callback Widgets and multiple WooCommerce Plugins to enhance your E-Commerce system. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #292

John:                The first one I’ve got here this week is WooCommerce Shop Assistant JARVIS. This plugin is one that will help make the shopping experience a little easier for your site visitors. It helps them find products and prices ranges, as well as what’s recently best viewed and purchased. It also shows them what’s in their shopping cart and more.

What it does for you is it puts a little icon down on the lower right-hand corner for your visitors to click on. Once they click on that, it then covers up the website with a screen and it lists up all the products, they can choose a category to find products in, set a price range, click Find It, and it will sort and show up all the products in that price range. It shows up in the left-hand side the recent products that are in your website and then on their right-hand side, it shows what’s in their shopping cart basket.

A very nice plugin; it works fairly smoothly. At any rate, it’s a really great plugin for WooCommerce and it should help you out with getting your visitors to spend more money. Check it out: WooCommerce Shop Assistant JARVIS, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! I like that. All right, so I’ve got something here we’re going to work on that is with WooCommerce as well. It’s called WooCommerce Points System, and this is a premium plugin that’s available on CodeCanyon.net, and we have a link to it in the show notes. It is an affiliate link, so just getting that out there in full disclosure. It doesn’t cost you any more; it just a little bit on the return. It is a great extension for WooCommerce and it adds the ability to compile your own point system for people that purchase from your site.

You can reward customers for purchases or any kind of other actions with points and then you can redeem the points for things that you designate. So you can have specific products – maybe it’s e-books or something like that that they can redeem the points for. You can make it so that people can either pay with money or pay with points on selected items within your store. A very cool system; it’s called WooCommerce Points System and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! That’s becoming more and more popular with many different places, isn’t it? Actually, it’s been popular for a long time, I think.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Collecting points.

Marcus:           Yeah. It’s the same as credit cards —

 

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — or airline miles or things like that.

John:                Hey, frequent shopper miles. Okay, what I’ve got next here is called WP Confession Box and this one here, I saw it and eh, it’s kind of fun. You can use it for your website, you can set up a confession area so people can confess their sins or confess whatever is on their mind, confess that your website is fantastic or it sucks, or if it’s a very active site with lots of different users, they can talk about other people, and it’s all anonymous.

It uses AJAX and allows anonymity for the visitors when they leave them. The administration has the ability to delete or remove confessions that aren’t appropriate to the website. Basically, just a fun little toy to add to your website if you’re looking to have some fun. Other than that, not a whole lot of use with it. Anyway, check it out: WP Confession Box, and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           That’s kind of cool. All right, another WooCommerce plugin and I have not seen one like this. It’s called Woo Already Bought, and as you can imagine, what it does is it enables a custom display message for users that have already bought a particular product or if a product was already added to their cart. You can change the default WooCommerce messages then inform clients that they’ve added products to cart or that they’ve already purchased this specific product. It’s just one of those intuitive things that’s a really nice detail. You see things like this on Amazon and a couple of other high-end shopping systems.

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           And it lets them know what they’ve already purchased and kind of confirms that. At some point, you could also make it that they can’t buy the same thing again or if it’s a one-off or whatever. It’s pretty cool. Check it out: Woo Already Bought, and it’s on the Repository for free. I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                All right, well, that’s actually a fantastic plugin. When I saw that, I almost reviewed it and then realized you might be reviewing it, so I left it behind. But a fantastic idea. I experienced that during the holidays when I was shopping from the website and I thought I didn’t properly add it to the cart and I was coming back to add it and it popped up to say, “You’ve already added this to your cart. Are you sure you want to do this twice?”

Marcus:           Mm-hm. That’s right.

John:                You know, it’s like, “No, okay.” So yeah, this is a really great thing to have into your site to keep people from doubling up on something that they might have already gotten that they don’t want a second time.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                All right, the final plugin I’ve got here today is called Callback Widget Pulsar. Now, this one here caught my eye because I have clients that they depend on the phone calls from their websites. They have a referral system or they need people to call them, not just fill in a form on their website, because they make more sales with it.

What this plugin does – and it is a third-party service but it still can be quite beneficial to you. It looks at the website activity and then determines if people are looking to make contact. If it does, it slides in a window that gives them the offer to within the next 27 seconds to connect to one of your managers or account pros, whoever it happens to be. What it does in this process is it takes their name and their phone number, and then once that information has been entered and they click ‘okay,’ it then sends a signal down the line to connect to one of your managers. Maybe you have five of them. It looks for the first free one available, it rings them, and as soon as it connects, it then automatically calls back that clients and connects the two of them together.

Depending on what’s happening, it can be 27 seconds or within a couple of minutes. You’ve connected to that client and you can make that sale as quickly as possible. So it looked to be a really great service and really fantastic for those that depend upon getting those phone calls off of their websites, not so much the forms. Anyway, if you have a business or know of clients that need something like this, check out this service. It looks to be quite worthwhile. It’s a really great plugin and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating for Callback Widget Pulsar.

Marcus:           Great. Now, I want to say one thing about these kind of callback things and all that. I was looking at that and I also looked at an online kind of a chat system. If you’re using WooCommerce and using any kind of agents like that, especially with kind of a chat widget, the thing that you want to do is arm yourself with some shortened URLs or specific redirects or things.

There are other plugins that we’ve reviewed that actually add items into the cart based on the link and sometimes even add you to the checkout. If you’re going to do these kinds of chat widgets and such, I would get those links ready. That way if somebody says, “Hey, I’m looking for X, Y, and Z,” just give them a link and you go, “Click this link and it’ll add to your cart and send you to check out.” So the more things that you arm yourself with like that, the better.

So I’m going to finish things off with a really great plugin. It’s called JWD Teams and it’s a nice plugin that allows you to show off your staff, team showcases, or people you’re working with. It works all through a really nice shortcode. It comes with tons of different customization options. Let me show you this.

I’m sure you have all seen this to where it shows “Our Team,” and then you’ve got the president, the vice president, and all the rest of the people. Sometimes, those are difficult to put together. This one is really nice. It allows you to create unlimited teams, unlimited color schemes for all of the outputs, you have built-in fields for images, contact details, descriptions, bios – all that kind of stuff.

It’s got six built-in fields to add individual people and their social network accounts, so Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, drag-n-drop, member ordering. It comes with all kinds of different customization options, it’s fully responsive, so it moves around the page. It has custom CSS and it’s tested with a ton of themes and it works with all browsers. Very nice plugin; it’s free on the Repository: JWD Teams and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s pretty cool. I like that. It’s really great when you have a team of people working together and you want to showcase them all.

Marcus:           Absolutely, and this is especially something that I plucked out of here out of the Repository to present to people that are doing websites for clients. This is a really nice one that you can use to show off the staff of your client.

John:                All right then, I covered up this week WooCommerce Shop Assistant JARVIS, which I gave a 4 to; WP Confession Box, which I gave a 3 to; and Callback Widget Pulsar, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about the WooCommerce Points System, which gets a 4 out of 5, Woo Already Bought gets a 5 out of 5, and JWD Teams gets a 4 out of 5.

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