It's Episode 305 and we've got plugins for Faster Image Insert , File Monitoring and Dashboard Notes. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #305 File Monitoring and Dashboard Notes

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It's Episode 305 and we've got plugins for Faster Image Insert , File Monitoring and Dashboard Notes. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 305 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 305 and we've got plugins for Faster Image Insert , File Monitoring  and Dashboard Notes. 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 #305 here.


It’s Episode 305 and we’ve got plugins for Faster Image Insert , File Monitoring and Dashboard Notes. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #305

John:                Okay, first off this week here, this a week for me that I’ve been planning to bring back some plugins – some old favorites – that I use regularly on my website. It’s nice to bring them all forward from time to time so that they’re refreshed and everyone remembers what they are if they haven’t used them in a while or they’re looking for something similar.

So the first one I have here is called Faster Image Insert, and this plugin here, while quite old in itself, is still a very good plugin. It’s very usable, it works very well. What it does is once you put it in, turn it on, and activate it, it creates a new window block in your post editor for you that allows you to upload all of your media: images, PDFs, audio files, videos if you upload videos to your site. All of those things you can just dump them all in, let them upload, and continue editing your WordPress website.

For me, this saves me a chunk of time because I don’t have to go through the add media button, upload all my stuff, wait for it to upload, and then go add. I can start all this dumping, especially when doing the podcasts, because you know the show is sometimes as much as 50-60 MB in size. It takes two or three minutes even with high-speed internet. If it’s a bad day, it can take four or five minutes, so that’s time that I can still be doing organization and the editing of the site and it’s all there. Then you can go through, get all your information, update the file, set the image as featured image – all the little tidbits you can do with it. It makes life a whole lot easier. So anyway, this is a really great plugin. It’s called Faster Image Insert and I still give it a 5-Dragon rating.

The next one I’ve got here is one that is no longer available in the WordPress Repository. It’s called WordPress File Monitor Plus and this is a security plugin that I use for monitoring website file changes. Now, there is one in the Repository called WordPress File Monitor and that one is sort of kept up to date and I haven’t checked to see if this one – when I looked at it, the images looked the same, so it’s probably similar. It might even be based upon this one or this one might have been based upon that one – hard to say. I don’t know which way it would go. But at any rate, this is the one I use. It’s available from the WP Plugins A to Z, WPSupport.ca store, so you can get it from our site. It’s downloadable there and it’s great.

What it does for you is once you set it up, activate it, enter your email, set any exclusion files you need, it’ll check your site once a day, twice a day, or every hour, depending on how often you need to be checking your site for file changes. When it notices a file change anywhere in your root directory, it’ll notify you and let you know what files changed. Now, this has been a lifesaver for me many times because hackers will initially sometimes get in, just upload a file (because they’re using robots to get that dealt with and then they call home as soon as they’ve found a hacked site). If you get notification before the hackers actually access the files they’ve uploaded, you can clean out their mess before they do any damage at all to your site, and that’s some of the things I’ve seen with this. It allowed me to stop a hack in progress or stop a hack before it became a mess, you know. So anyway, something to check out: WordPress File Monitor Plus, available at the WP Plugins A to Z store and I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

Now, the final plugin I’ve got here today is called WP Dashboard Notes. Now this one here puts basically a little yellow sticky note in your dashboard of your website. You can create several different notes if you want and it works with all administrators on the site. So if you’ve got multiple users – how I use it with sites that I have a client I need to communicate with or we’re both talking about things within the site and they can leave me notes here. Also, I use it to leave notes to myself on things that I need to accomplish on this particular website, such as I need to tweak this plugin, replace this, update this, change that – you know, miscellaneous stuff along the way. That’s what this one is really great for.

It’s great for a communication tool when you’re dealing with administrators. It really does come in handy during some developmental phases of the website so that you can keep track of things that you only want to be reminded of when you log in to this website, and you’ll see it every time you log in, because it’s big, bold, right in your face every time the dashboard loads at its root. So anyway, this is a great one. Check it out. It’s called WP Dashboard Notes and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

Woohoo! It’s a full house. All right, so usually we’ve got stuff from Marcus to discuss but not today unfortunately. I covered up in this episode Faster Image Insert, which I gave a 5 to; WordPress File Monitor Plus, which I gave a 5 to; and then WP Dashboard Notes, which I gave a 5 to.

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WP Plugins A to Z Interview Show 11 with Nikola Bojkov from Embed Social

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Nikola Bojkov Embed Social a plugin for connecting several social networks into WordPress.

This is a service that allows you to embed images from your Facebook into your WordPress website. It comes in a couple tastes free and pro version. The plugin is focused around embedding images from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This allows you to share those images easier with less grief, by using this service you can upload to your Facebook and get all their stats and not have to re-upload them to your website.

This was created while working to solve and problem in a site they were working that was requiring them to upload to multiples places.

The advantage of this service is that once it its installed you do not have to worry about the changes in Facebook rendering it useless, since it is a third party service they maintain all the connections at their end the plugin is simply the API connection.

Thanks to Nikola Bojkov for appearing you can check out their plugin and service at:

https://embedsocial.com/

https://www.facebook.com/EmbedSocial

https://www.instagram.com/EmbedSocial/

https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/9492319/?pathWildcard=9492319

https://twitter.com/EmbedSocial

 

Their plugin available here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/embedalbum-pro/

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It's Episode 304 and we've got plugins for Displaying Work Teams, Folder Management, Page Redirects, Blogs as Tiimelines and a cool plugin to show recent purchases in your WooCommerce Store. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 304 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 304 and we've got plugins for Displaying Work Teams, Folder Management, Page Redirects, Blogs as Tiimelines and a cool plugin to show recent purchases in your WooCommerce Store. 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 #304 here.


It’s Episode 304 and we’ve got plugins for Displaying Work Teams, Folder Management, Page Redirects, Blogs as Tiimelines and a cool plugin to show recent purchases in your WooCommerce Store. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #304

John:                All right, this week here, the first plugin I’ve got is a bit of a continuation from the last show where I was checking out two-factor authentication plugins. I think I have found a winner and it’s called miniOrange 2 Factor Authentication. This one here is the best of all of the two-factor authentication plugins I was testing out and it’s the best to me due to the ease of the setup, the ability for it to have multiple ways of obtaining the code you need. That can be done through your smartphone, through scanning a code, through email – just multiple ways.

Also, the biggest thing I was looking for was one that would remember the device that you are logging in from, so that you wouldn’t have to keep requesting a code every time you’re logging in from a trusted device. You know, if you use the same computer from home all the time and you keep it relatively safe and secure, you should not have to reenter that code over and over again every time you login to the site (except for every once in a while when your cookies randomly get deleted from your browser.)

So anyway, all in all, this one here I found was really good. It also offers up as the free version, you’re only good for one user. If you need more than one user to be authenticated with the two-factor authentication, their licensing is also quite affordable. It starts at $15 a month for five users and $30 for ten, and so on and so forth, so it makes it quite affordable.

With their licensing, they have two tiers of licensing but the pricing is the same for either tier. One tier, you can go through and set it up all yourself if you know what you’re doing. The other tier is they’ll help you set it up and get it all organized for you – and you pay the exact same for the license, which I found a little odd but what the heck, you know? If you don’t want to set it up and you want them, you know, save yourself some time. At any rate, a really great plugin: miniOrange 2 Factor Authentication and this one here hit the top 5-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           That’s cool. So it has the scan. Does it do anything like text your phone with a code or anything like that?

John:                Yep, it’ll text your phone for the code. It’ll scan, it’ll send you an email. I didn’t test any of the other ones. There was a couple of other ways it could be done.

Marcus:           Hmm…interesting. So I’m putting together something that’s one of my new companies and I needed somewhere to display teams, and this is always a common thing for people that do corporate websites out there. But this is one of the most I’d say lazy – I guess you could say lazy – and easy to use ways to display your staff or your teams or people that are involved.

It’s based on the latest CSS animation stuff and it does support all major browsers, so you don’t have those difficulties. It’s really easy to upload team member profile images, get all of their social stats, the places where they can be connected (you know, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.), describing their position, the description, and all the rest of it. It’s just really easy to set up, has different shortcodes that you can even replace the author box with what you use in this, and that’s really handy.

It does unlimited color schemes, it works by using a custom post format, it’s got four social profile links integrated that you can use automatically, a really nice drag-n-drop interface to it, and it just all in all is a really, really nice, nice plugin. I’m going to use this one over and over and I’m thinking about using this as sort of a pseudo kind of directory thing too, but that’s yet to be seen.

John:                Cool.

Marcus:           So in the meantime, I found this to be one of the most perfect team or staff displaying plugins out there and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. It looks like a pretty decent plugin.

Marcus:           It is.

John:                Next up, I have one that’s called Wicked Folders. Now, when I first saw it I thought, “Hey, this one could be quite useful,” and then I got let down a little bit as I started playing with it, because the free version – it’s a freemium plugin. Now, the free version does something nice for you in that it creates folders for you in your pages to allow you – if you’ve got lots and lots of pages, the free version is going to do you quite nicely and you can organize the pages into different folders to make looking for them quite easy.

One of the things that I saw was, you know, when you’re reading through the material, it talks about you can do this with the media library, and that’s where I got excited. “Ooh, I can organize my media library,” and it turns out that’s the premium version — $49 but I didn’t get a chance to test it, but that’s the one thing that could be very useful, especially for a couple of my websites which have lots and lots of images that I would love to organize in the folders to be able to organize them. In fact, this should probably be part of the core of WordPress Media Library.

At any rate, it looks like a pretty decent plugin. It might help you out in organizing your website up a little bit and it’s called Wicked Folders – the free version – and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm…well, there’s still hope for the media library someday.

John:                Yeah, well, you know – we’re all really hoping.

Marcus:           Hm…

John:                We’ve been hoping for years.

Marcus:           Yeah. Okay, so I have just redesigned my own personal website at marcuscouch.com, and I’m looking for a way to kind of give a timeline in terms of like where I’ve come from and the things that I’ve done. It goes all the way back to age 11. It was kind of the first time I actually started doing reviews and, you know, we’re talking early ‘80s. I used to be a member of the Fox Valley Commodore 64 Users Group, and I used to write for the newsletter and do all kinds of stuff, and even demo software to live college auditoriums in front of like 300 people. And I wasn’t scared about it, either. That’s what’s weird. Nowadays, I get in a room with 40 people and I’m like “Uhh…”

John:                Ah, you know, those joys of youth.

Marcus:           Yeah. So I wanted to put a timeline together that I could start talking about when my different milestones within technology had come about, and there is a ton of them from different school things that I did to outside of that, to working in printing and working in media, then how that transferred into website stuff and all that. So I found this really nice plugin called My Timeline Blog, and what it does is it creates a responsive timeline blog page. You create sort of this vertical timeline that you can go to either specific years, with these little tabs at the top that talk about, you know, “1978…1991…,” you know, all of that. You click on those and it takes you to that specific timeline of things that happened.

Now, you could also use this just for your regular blog. It does all kinds of cool stuff and it’s really responsive, it’s free, there’s no limitation on how many you can do. You can add the dates obviously and the year tab is always the thing that stays at the top. So it’s very interesting, it’s something that I’m going to be using on my own personal site, and I rated this a 4 out of 5.

John:                Yeah, it’s kind of cool looking. I saw that one, too. I was thinking of examining it but a good thing you did.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                It saves me having to. All right, the final one I’ve got here today is kind of a simple plugin — t’s just a basic plugin. If you’ve recently done a permalink structure change on your site or have moved your site to a new domain, or moved your site from one directory to another, we all know the pain of the broken 404 links that come along with those sorts of things that happen.

This is a simple plugin that has no configurations whatsoever; you just install it, turn it on, and activate it. Then what it does it does a search for links that are 404 broken and if it finds them, it automatically redirects them to what it thinks is the correct page. It probably does a good job maybe 8 out of 10 times and occasionally it’s going to redirect to someplace it shouldn’t.

But this is just a simple way if you’re in a hurry, you don’t want to go through things, don’t want to deal with anything right now, just turn this one on and go, forget it, and see what happens. All in all, it’s a good, basic plugin and it could save you some time or some headaches down the road. Check it out – it’s called Redirect Old Links and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Good. All right, let’s end it off here with some WooCommerce stuff. I try and bring some WooCommerce in at least every show or every other show, and this one is really nice. It reminds me of when I go to book a hotel. Sometimes when you go to like Travelocity or Hotels.com or Orbitz or any of those, it tells you like, “Okay, 20 people are looking at this thing right now,” or, “Ten people have booked this today,” right?

So this is a similar thing; this is called Recently Bought This for WooCommerce. What it does is it displays real-time orders on your storefront, so it gives a little snippet of each item description and the picture of the product that they bought. And so, John, if I happen to go to a site and you happen to go there and by the WordPress Rocks T-shirt in yellow, it’ll tell me, “Hey, John just bought this.” Now, it doesn’t tell me who John is, but it just says, “John.”

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           “John just bought this T-shirt. Click here to check it out,” and that’s a really great way to kind of boost sales, get that demand going for different items and different products within your site. They can also see that people have actually paid money and bought things from you, and that’s risk reversal.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           That’s one of the core components of e-commerce.

John:                Yeah, social appreciation, too – or what’s the word I’m looking for?

Marcus:           Yeah. Proof.

John:                Social proof, there you go. Social proof: somebody else has already bought it, so hey, I can buy it, too.

Marcus:           That’s correct. So it’s a very nice plugin. You can check it out yourself. It’s called Recently Bought This for WooCommerce and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Yeah, that could be quite useful if you’ve got an e-commerce store.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                All right, well this week here I talked about miniOrange 2 Factor Authentication, which I gave a 5 to; Wicked Folders, which I gave a 3 to; and then Redirect Old Links, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Teams, which I gave a 5 to; My Timeline Blog gets a 4 out of 5, and we just talked about Recently Bought for WooCommerce and that gets a 4 out of 5.

 

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It's Episode 304 and we've got plugins for Displaying Work Teams, Folder Management, Page Redirects, Blogs as Tiimelines and a cool plugin to show recent purchases in your WooCommerce Store. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 304 and we've got plugins for Displaying Work Teams, Folder Management, Page Redirects, Blogs as Tiimelines and a cool plugin to show recent purchases in your WooCommerce Store. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 304 and we’ve got plugins for Displaying Work Teams, Folder Management, Page Redirects, Blogs as Tiimelines and a cool plugin to show recent purchases in your WooCommerce Store. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 303 and we've got plugins for Admin Menu Items, WordPress File Downloads, Shortcodes within Excerpts, Two Factor Authentication and an easy way to edit WooCommerce Templates. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 303 WP Plugins A to Z

It's Episode 303 and we've got plugins for Admin Menu Items, WordPress File Downloads, Shortcodes within Excerpts, Two Factor Authentication and an easy way to edit WooCommerce Templates. 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 #303 here.


It’s Episode 303 and we’ve got plugins for Admin Menu Items, WordPress File Downloads, Shortcodes within Excerpts, Two Factor Authentication and an easy way to edit WooCommerce Templates. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #303

John:                All right, the first plugin I have this week is one that I came across due to a client asking me for some help and support with it. It’s called WP File Download. It’s done by a company called Joomunited, and I think they kind of specialize in Joomla! plugins, but it looks like they’ve expanded into WordPress plugins. This one here is a pretty nice file download management plugin. One of the big features that I was called in to help with was integrating it with Google Drive.

The nice thing about this plugin and how it works with Google Drive – and it is a premium plugin to let you know at $29 to $59 – the integration of Google Drive, once you get that hooked up, set up, the integration through your Google app platform and everything. Then what you can do is through the backend of WordPress, you can create directories and upload files that are then automatically synched to your Google Drive and you can go both ways. Once you have it fully working and functioning, you can add files at your Google Drive level and they get automatically synched to your website.

Marcus:           Hmm.

John:                How this one client was using it is they needed to get contracts and other bits and information to specific clients and keep them in separate folders and only allow the clients into those folders with specialized pages. They used G-Drive to do that, because it was easier from their computers to just drop them in Google Drive and have them sync to the website for the clients, instead of having to share out the link for G-Drive all the time.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So it works fairly smooth once you get it worked and set up. It does take some work and effort to set it up and I found it to be a pretty decent plugin all in all. Anyway, check it out. It’s called WP File Download from Joomunited.com, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Beautiful! That’s a great plugin. That’s really nice. What kind of drawbacks did you find to give that a 4 instead of a 5?

John:                The hassle in setting it up.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s it?

John:                That’s it.

Marcus:           Okay.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           All right, well, I’ve got something that I typically probably wouldn’t highlight as a featured plugin, except I know this audience and I know that you are plugin-crazy if you’re listening to this show. You love plugins just as much as John and I do. So this plugin is called Show Plugin Menu Items on Activation. John, how many times have you installed a plugin and then went, “All right, where is it?”

John:                [Laughter]

Marcus:           You’ve got to go do a hunt, right?

John:                Probably about 80-90% of the time.

Marcus:           [Chuckling] Well, when you do this, instead of having to hunt around the admin sidebar trying to find new menu items where your plugin is, this plugin actually shows and highlights the different menu items on activation, so you never have to search around again. It’s got just kind of a highlight exactly where and point it to where this goes. So if one, two, three, four menu items are added, it actually shows you what menu items get added the second that you activate the plugin.

John:                Sweet!

Marcus:           No more hunting around, no more trying to find out where the settings are – if there even are any – and this one will show you exactly what’s up right when you install the plugin. It’s pretty cool; I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! Yeah, that will come in real handy because almost every plugin I add it’s like, “Where in the menu?” If they’re ones I’m familiar with, I know where to look but —

Marcus:           Yeah. Yeah, it’s tough sometimes. And sometimes they just hide it in settings or tools or sometimes they’ll create their own menus.

John:                Oh, that’s true.

Marcus:           I’m preaching to the choir here on this one.

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           You know, this is a great plugin.

John:                Okay, the next one I’ve got up here is for two-factor authentication. I’m in the process right now of researching two-factor authentication plugins to find one for a client so that we can set up two-factor authentication, and we’re looking for easy ways to do it. At the moment, not really finding a lot of easy ways but I’m finding some pretty decent plugins along the way. The first one I’ve got here is RapID Secure Login, and this one here is relatively new and they’re touting it as a replacement for Clef, since Clef is being disabled come June of 2017. If you use Clef, you’re going to have to replace it.

This one here looks like it might be a halfway decent replacement for Clef. It works in a similar manner to Clef in that after you get it installed on your site and downloaded, you have to download an app to your phone and then you need to create a RapID account. But the process looks to be pretty painless; I haven’t done it yet but there’s currently a couple of issues around it. If you lose or change phones, then you have to go through a process to get it disabled and set up again. Their pricing – they don’t have any pricing on their website beyond the initial free license they’re giving out, but they say, you know, send them an email for that and they do offer a premium version of the plugin.

So anyway, it looks to be pretty decent, so check it out: RapID Secure Login for two-factor authentication and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Good! That’s good. Yeah, I’m gonna miss Clef. That was my Siskel & Ebert moment when I got my own quote from my review of Clef on the actual artwork in the Repository.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           …now it’s gone.

John:                Yeah, it looks like they’re merging with another company.

Marcus:           Yeah, I know. It stinks. You know how that goes: it’ll never be the same.

John:                No.

Marcus:           Never. All right, the next plugin is something that I actually needed and used for my new homepage, and this is called Edit WooCommerce Templates. I am using a theme and a child theme that is not out of the box WooCommerce compatible, so I needed to create a few tweaks to do some WooCommerce templates, and I didn’t feel like doing any PHP or any of the other stuff that goes along with that. I wanted a nice, easy way to create my own template files and have them come up relatively simply.

I’ve only got a couple of different products that I’m putting onto the page, so I just wanted to make it short and sweet, and this plugin called Edit WooCommerce Templates allowed me to do that. So I could take a stock WooCommerce template and change it around, reset it, do all that I needed to to get the proper, you know, values and things like that within the page, and it was really, really easy.

This template is something that I highly recommend if you need to just quickly add something into your theme that will allow you to do WooCommerce a little simpler. It allows you to do editing, saving, resetting, and finding different WooCommerce templates that you can modify and add to your theme. I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very sweet. I always like it when you can edit those WooCommerce templates in an easier manner than what’s normally required.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, well, the final one I’ve got here today is called Two Factor Authentication. (I know, not very unique.) But what they’ve done here, this one is created by the guys at UpDraft and it’s a pretty decent two-factor authentication. It’s one that I’m gonna dig in much deeper to because it offers more than just using a device, like your phone or a tablet, for doing your authentication.

You can use email, TOTP protocols, HOTP protocols, it also sets up three emergency one-time use passwords that you can write down and hang onto in case you use a device or something and you need to get in there and deactivate a device. It also will integrate into the add-ons that are available for Google Chrome, such as Authenticator, SAS Pass, and G-auth authenticator, which are available for Chrome. So you can use a browser to create the one-time use codes for it, instead of having to use your phone or some other device.

So it has a lot more options to it than the previous one I looked at, and this one I’ll be digging into deeper. And, of course, coming up in shows, I’ll have even more of these plugins along the way. So anyway, check out Two Factor Authentication from UpDraft. It looks to be a pretty decent plugin and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Good deal! I like that. All right, John, I’m going to close it out here with a lazy plugin. As I was working on my own homepage, I tried to take advantage of this other plugin I like called Shortcodes Anywhere – or Everywhere – I forget which one it is. The problem was it was not actually giving me shortcodes everywhere because my excerpts did not allow me to use the shortcode.

Why would you want to do that? Maybe I want to insert something every time in the excerpts that is a revolving advertisement or maybe a link or something like that to click on. And those excerpts, by the way, are part of a podcast feed —

John:                Mm-hmm.

Marcus:           — or things like that.

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           So I found this plugin; it’s called Add Shortcodes to Widgets and Excerpts, and it does exactly what it says. It allows you to add a shortcode to any widget area, any excerpt. Super-easy, super-lazy, and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Sweet. You’ve just got to like those simple plugins that just work and do what you need to do without having to do any other tweaks to it.

Marcus:           Yep, and I didn’t even find it – it created its own menu, so —

John:                Nice.

Marcus:           [Chuckling] No menu required! One function.

John:                All right, well I covered up in this episode the WP File Download, which I gave a 4 to; RapID Secure Login, which I gave a 4 to; and then Two Factor Authentication, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Show Plugin Menu Items on Activation gets a 4 out of 5, Edit WooCommerce Templates another 4 out of 5, and we just talked about Add Shortcodes to Widgets and Excerpts. That gets a perfect 5 out of 5.

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It's Episode 303 and we've got plugins for Admin Menu Items, WordPress File Downloads, Shortcodes within Excerpts, Two Factor Authentication and an easy way to edit WooCommerce Templates. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #303 Shortcodes within Excerpts, Two Factor Authentication

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It's Episode 302 and we've got plugins for Google Calendar, Site Attack Blocking, Checking your Posts with Copyscape, WooCommerce Images and a plugin to list your stock portfolio. 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 302 and we’ve got plugins for Google Calendar, Site Attack Blocking, Checking your Posts with Copyscape, WooCommerce Images and a plugin to list your stock portfolio. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #302

John:                Okay, the first plugin I’ve got this week here is called repubHub Headlines Widget. This was sent in to us by Dan Sauerhaft and I’ll be interviewing him later today (hopefully, if my recording equipment starts working). It’s at repubHub.com and the plugin is available in the Repository and it’s a pretty easy plugin for adding trending news and/or new articles from your specific sources to your website via a sidebar widget.

It adjusts the settings to allow you to drill down the specific categories and regions, limit number of articles to appear. It’s a pretty excellent way to add additional content to your site. Now, the content comes through repubHub’s system but they have a lot of news sources where they bring in content. A lot of it’s really great and useful, so if you want to check this out if you’re looking to add additional news, top stories, other bits and pieces to your website from a third-party source, it seems to be a pretty decent plugin, and we’ll know more about it after I interview Dan. So check it out: repubHub Headlines Widget and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Outstanding! Well, one of the things that I’ve done lately is installed a Google Calendar list for someone that has regular events. They wanted a way to not have to do it in an events calendar pro plugin or things like that. They just wanted their office staff to be able to add things to a Google Calendar and then list them on the site. So I found a plugin for them called Google Calendar List View, and what it does is it lets you put a shortcode down and you can display the list view of a public Google Calendar. But it worked great; the functionality itself worked perfect the very first time that I tried the shortcode. But it does seem to be unformatted out of the box, so you will have to make some CSS modifications to get it to work perfectly formatted within your site. But I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. It’d be nice to have your Google Calendar display in a decent way.

Marcus:           Yeah, so it’s a really easy way for keeping a client out of the WordPress installation, adding their own events – anybody can use a Google Calendar and this one incorporates and merges that into your content perfectly.

John:                Excellent. The next plugin I’ve got here is called WP Block and this plugin here is a security plugin. What it does is it helps you prevent some of the most common attacks simply by keeping your plugins, themes, core, and WordPress updated. But it also goes in and disables access to admin for everyone except admins and editors, disables the use of WP Scan, which is a tool that’s used by, you know, the hackers – mostly script kitties, and that’s a lot of the common attacks that happen to WordPress websites.

It helps block hackers from scanning your website for admin users, vulnerable threats, vulnerable plugins, and exposed files, and it’s supposed to help reduce the load on your server. It prevents access to sensitive files and a bit more. All you’ve got to do is install it, activate it, a couple of minor adjustments, and you’re good to go. So anyway, a pretty decent plugin – a nice, little security plugin to help tighten up your website a little bit with a minimal amount of effort. Check it out – it’s called WP Block and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           All right. The next plugin I have is for WooCommerce and it’s called WooCommerce Image Annotator. This is really neat, John. If you want to add more value to the products on your WordPress sites, get a little bit of extra pop when it comes to those images, this is the plugin for you. What it does is it allows you to actually open up one of your product images, annotate it (which means put notes on it). You know, you could put instructions: “Here’s number one, here’s number two, here’s number three…” all within the same image.

Or if you want to talk about sizes, colors, or anything like that, you can actually annotate, which means you don’t have to pull it into Photoshop and then type your notes and all that. You just actually type what it is that you want right in WordPress, then you can save it, display it, go back and edit it if you want to later, so it’s not a permanent thing, and it does not overwrite the original image.

John:                Huh!

Marcus:           That’s very, very cool —

John:                That is very cool.

Marcus:           — so I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5!

John:                Nice. Gotta like that. You can go through and add some really nice features to your images. I like how they show it in here in that you have your model showcasing the pieces and then you highlight those little pieces on the model.

Marcus:           That’s right. So yeah, it could be – let’s just say you’re doing variable sizing, right?

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           So if you have a shirt and you’re measuring the collar, you know, that’s number one. The sleeve, that’s number two and the width of the shirt – shoulders or whatever – so you could put those to different things down there and then they would know exactly what it is that they’re ordering.

John:                Very nice! Okay, the final plugin I’ve got here today is called Stock Market News. Now, the developers of this actually by Stockdio actually create three different plugins. This is one that I’ve tested so far. I’ll probably test the other ones. But what this one does here, it is a little bit challenging to get set up. You have to go create an account on their site, then you have to get an API key and then get it set up, and then you have to choose the very specific stock exchanges and stock symbols and tickers.

But what it does once you get it working is it starts to display news, information, and there are other ones that will start to display stock reports – ticker reports – for you to let you know how the stocks are doing. Other than that, it’s a really great plugin. It allows you to monitor the market indices, currencies, commodities, are supported, even bringing in news and information about what’s happening in the world of stocks and investments. So all in all, not a bad plugin but due to the amount of effort it requires to get it set up, I had to set this one at a 3-Dragon rating. Check it out: Stock Market News.

Marcus:           Yeah, I’ve recently become an investor in stocks and I’ll tell you what: I’m looking at stocks almost as much as I’m looking at plugins lately.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           I mean, it’s addicting. I just can —

John:                [Laughter]

Marcus:           — watch it all the time. It’s pretty cool.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           All right, so the next one is used actually to – this one really comes in handy if you’re doing guest posts or stuff like that. It’s called Postscape, and if you’re familiar with Copyscape, Copyscape is a website that checks all the other content on the web to make sure that the thing that you are using is original, and that’s very, very important to make sure that you have original and not duplicate content on your site.

So what this does is it just adds a button to the WordPress editor and it allows you to do a quick scan of Copyscape with the content that you’ve actually got within the editor and give you a percentage of originality.

John:                Hmm.

Marcus:           So this is really good for people that submit guest posts. I have a client that runs an association and often the members actually contribute blog posts and quite often. I mean, one of the rules that we have is it has to be 100% original, and something like this really helps because it can weed that out, whether they’re just submitting some press release that they’ve already done or an article that they did about a year ago on their own blog that never went anywhere. This is the way to check that. It’s called Postscape and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice – very important to make sure your content is as original as it can possibly be. Getting harder and harder these days though.

Marcus:           Yeah, absolutely.

John:                So much information and content out there in the world, you know, nothing’s new under the sun, so you’ve just got to figure out a new way to present it.

Marcus:           Except for this podcast.

John:                Oh, true. True – this podcast is pretty unique in what it is.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                All right, well that wraps it up. I covered up in this episode repubHub Headlines Widget, which I gave a 4 to; WP Block, which I gave a 4 to; and Stock Market News, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I covered Google Calendar List View, which got a 4 out of 5, WooCommerce Image Annotator gets a 5 out of 5, and we just talked about Postscape, which gets a 5 out of 5.

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