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

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

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


Episode #327

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

[Intro]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Plugins lead-in music]

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

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

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

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

[Dragon roar]

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

Marcus:           Yeah, I’ve never seen —

John:                — specs.

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

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

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

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

 

Marcus:           Ah, that’s good!

John:                So —

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

John:                Yeah.

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

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

Marcus:           I’m working on it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Dragon roar]

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

Marcus:           Yeah.

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

Marcus:           Right.

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

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

Marcus:           Yeah.

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

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

John:                By a lot.

Marcus:           We smashed our previous record.

John:                Yes.

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

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

Marcus:           Yes. Greatly appreciate your support.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus:           — twice as nice.

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

Marcus:           Okay.

John:                All right.

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

[Dragon roar]

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

Marcus:           Yes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus:           Yes.

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

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

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

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

Round up of WordPress News and Tips October 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

 


This week we have the following news for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 of Google’s limits you may not know exist

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

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

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

 

 


This week we have the following Security News for you.

Malicious plugin installed backdoor on 200,000 WordPress websites

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

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

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

60 Abandoned WordPress Plugins

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

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

7 Signs Your WordPress Website Has Been Hacked

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

That’s a scary thought.

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

 

 


And now for something older in the past article collections.

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

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

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

How to Become a WordPress Professional in Your Free Time

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

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

The Complete Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer

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

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

6 Steps to Building a WordPress Maintenance Business

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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


Episode #326

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

[Intro]

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

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

[Rotary telephone ringing]

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

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

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

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

Marcus:           Yes.

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

[Plugins lead-in music]

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus:           Yes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus:           Yeah!

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

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

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

Marcus:           Awesome! Very cool.

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

Marcus:           Yeah.

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

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

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

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

[Dragon roar]

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

Marcus:           Yes.

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

Marcus:           Right.

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

Marcus:           Yeah.

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

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

John:                Ah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John:                No.

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

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

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

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

John:                [chuckling]

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

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

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

Marcus:           Yes! Thank you.

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

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

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

Marcus:           That’s right.

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

Marcus:           Beautiful.

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

Marcus:           All right.

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

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It's Episode 325 and we've got plugins for Floating Video, Widget Options, Brands in WooCommerce, Featured Image Sizes, Instagram Feed embedding and Search & Replace. 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 #325 here.


It’s Episode 325 and we’ve got plugins for Floating Video, Widget Options, Brands in WooCommerce, Featured Image Sizes, Instagram Feed embedding and Search & Replace. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #325

Marcus:           It’s Episode 325 and we’ve got plugins for Floating Video, Widget Options, Brands in WooCommerce, Featured Image Sizes, Instagram Feed Embedding, and Search & Replace. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

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

John:                Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you live from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and preparing to head down below the 49th Parallel, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                Yeah, I’ve got a nice trip ahead of me in a couple more hours here, finish the show, get it all up and loaded, and jump on a boat to the States today, so…

Marcus:           Nice.

John:                It’s gonna be a nice trip. All right, so right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and if you’ve got a couple of minutes, we’d greatly appreciate you taking some time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, leaving us a review and subscribing to the show there. And also, you can check out all our screencasts, our training videos, and watch us live on YouTube every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, so join us here live.

Marcus:           That’s right. All those things, plus you can follow the show on Twitter and we encourage you also to subscribe to our newsletter from our website, wppluginsatoz.com gets you all the latest news that we don’t talk about here on the podcast.

John:                Absolutely. All right, well with all that said, it’s time for us to dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins intro music]

And today we are reviewing our usual allotment of six great plugins and first up I have this great plugin which I found due to some necessary research and solving an issue that we’ve been dealing with. I’m sure everyone out there has been dealing with the SSL conversions of their websites. If you haven’t, you need to get on top of that because the deadline’s approaching very fast from Google. One of the problems with the SSL conversions is often you need to go through the database looking for the old HTTP links that need to be converted, and there’s multiple ways to do it: manually, there’s several search-and-replace plugins. Well, this one I’ve got here for you today is called Search & Replace and it’s a new search-and-replace that I hadn’t seen before, so I thought I’d give it a try.

It’s a really great plugin. It offers up multiple ways of getting that search-and-replace done. It’ll do a URL search-and-replace, straight URL search-and-replace, although it won’t do it if the URL is the same and you’re just changing to HTTPS. But it does do a great search through the entire database, finding all those things, and it will convert them, but it does have a caveat there also. What it does do is instead of making the conversion on your live site, it forces you to download the database and it converts all the files for you, and then you’ve got to re-upload the database through the interface of the plugin, which works quite fantastically. I got to try it on a couple of sites and it does a great job of doing this, just provided your hosting provider allows you to upload a file which could be rather large depending on your database.

All in all, with the tests and the actual live work I’d done with this plugin, it’s a fantastic plugin: Search & Replace. Check it out. I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Very nice! You do have to be careful with that, because those changes are permanent.

John:                That’s why it forces you to download the database —

Marcus:           Right.

John:                — so you have a copy of it. It also gives you a chance to back up your database before you start doing this.

Marcus:           Ah, that’s true. All right John, we’re going to talk about some cutting-edge technology. That’s right: floating video. Now, that seems to be a trend on sites like YouTube and Facebook and CNN, where you’re watching a video and you scroll down the page, and the video kind of ends up either in the upper left or sometimes the lower right or sometimes the upper right or any of those places. Well, this plugin allows you to embed an mp4 file or an embedded YouTube video right into your page. So as a site visitor scrolls down, it can read the rest of your post while still watching that video.

So I tried this out on my wife’s business site and it worked pretty well. It’s shortcode-based but it is a little bit limited in the placement functionality. It lets you pick one of the corners and assign a margin based on percentage, but the issue that I had is it didn’t let me move it up from the bottom in a bottom-right place scenario because in the bottom I have a “Click here to message us on Facebook” and this kind of underlapped it, right? It played underneath that button. So it can’t be 100% perfect but that was just a special circumstance that I was looking for. Otherwise, I think it’s pretty darn close to perfect and I rated this a 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                There you go, rocking it right out the gate here this morning with two 5 plugins. Okay, well, bringing up some information, this show is sponsored by the following people and/or businesses and JohnOverall.com, WordPress and WordPress Services, providing all your WordPress service needs and hosting needs for WordPress websites. And a little bit of information, after the recent spam scam involving a very popular WordPress plugin (and you’d have to be pretty much living under a rock to not know about that one), you may have realized that it’s now more important than ever to start dealing with old or abandoned plugins that are still on your website and in use.

And one of the services I’m now offering up to folks is the ability to help you find the replacements because if you go through and have plugins that need replaced due to being aged and abandoned, there’s probably dozens to choose from to replace them. That’s one of the great services I offer up and if you’re looking to have that done, contact me at my website, JohnOverall.com or call me, (818) 850-7729, or send an email to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And I am still on the hunt for some great authors for Smashing Magazine, and that is one of the biggest web publications on the internet – a lot of cool things coming out for Smashing Magazine, and I need your help. So if you are an author that likes to talk about WordPress, have a passion for WordPress, this is a great way to do it. John, I know that you’ve been privy to some of the articles and things that some of the authors have submitted to me. It’s pretty high-quality, top-notch stuff and if you are capable of doing the same, then head on over to marcuscouch.com/smashing and there’s a nice video and a form there that tells you all about the process. So check that out if you’d like to write for Smashing Magazine, it’s marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                Yeah, I’m looking forward to more of the articles. Some of them have been truly fantastic —

Marcus:           Yeah!

John:                — and information that I didn’t even know was possible in WordPress, so…

Marcus:           Same here.

John:                So yeah, so it looks like Smashing Magazine is gonna start leading the field in high-quality articles that’ll help you out. So if you’ve got one, contact Marcus.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                All right, next up our next set of plugins we’ve got here…I want to talk about the plugin that will help replace the one that was recently brought forth due to the spam hack that was put forward. What I’ve got for you is called Widget Options. This replaces Display Widgets beautifully. Display Widgets, if you didn’t know, was the one I was talking about a little bit ago and you need to replace it if you have it on your site. If you haven’t already, you need to do it ASAP because the plugin is a problem.

Now, Widget Options gives you all the exact same features that you got in Display Widgets, which was one of the problems I had for a long time and why I used Display Widgets for years, and nobody had the exact same options and made it as easy to use. Widget Options makes this fantastic and easy to use for setting your widgets in multiple pages, blocking it from pages, but they add some additional functionality to it if you jump up to the pro version. They give you some display logic, class IDs, even more – a whole lot of different ways you can adjust via taxonomies – lots of ways to hide and display your widgets with this plugin here. And the premium version is only $29 but the free version, still a fantastic plugin, and I had to give this a top 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Very nice! So one of the things I’ve been doing lately is actually working on a WooCommerce affiliate store, and one of the things I noticed in WooCommerce is it does just about everything except it doesn’t talk about what brand the item happens to be. There’s not a sortable taxonomy for it…until now, where we bring in you this plugin. It’s called WooCommerce Brands and it allows you to add different brands to your WooCommerce product store. You can create unlimited brand categories for your products and even assign multiple brands to one single product. I don’t know – I guess you could do a bundle or something like that, display brand names on product pages or category pages, and any product listing pages.

So what this allows you to do is filter products by brand now and even have a special sale or special page specific to brands, like Nike headbands on sale or anything like that and get all the SEO benefits that come with it. And now that you’ve got a brand sortable taxonomy, you can actually take care of all that and get one cool SEO page for all your nice branded sales. It works very well. It also includes a nice bonus, which is a built-in WordPress widget to show your brands listed on the sidebar as well. And I thought this was a great plugin and rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Fantastic. A nice way to display everything and showcase your brands on your site.

Marcus:           Yeah! Yeah, I couldn’t believe there was nothing for this. Now there is.

John:                Yeah, there’s a lot of things that you kind of expect to be there and then you find that they’re not.

Marcus:           Right, right.

John:                And then somebody builds a plugin for it. Gotta love WordPress for that.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, well this brings us – there’s listener feedback. We look forward to listener feedback. You can contact us in multiple ways: email, send us a SpeakPipe out the lower corner of our website. Contact forms – lots of ways – so please give us some feedback and we will happily showcase it here for you. And also, this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value at all out of this show, please give some value back. And in that vein, we would like to acknowledge those who have supported the show this past week. All donations $50 and over are read out and their note is published here, and for those who come below $50 remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week’s donors are $50 from Jezweb Pty. Ltd. and his note is short and brief this week:

This is on behalf of Jezweb client Paul Harrison Transport, paulharrisontransport.com/au, who have big trucks to relocate heavy things.

                        Gotta love that; short and sweet. [chuckling] And a big thank you to all our donors who came in under $50 and those who have set up weekly subscriptions. All those small subscriptions are starting to add up and they really help the show out, so there’s lots of ways you can support the show. Go onto wppluginsatoz.com/donate, where you can subscribe for as little as $2.50 a week. Show us, you know, a little bit of support. Hey, help this show grow. We’ve been working really hard at improving everything and it’s actually starting to show that the improvement with the number of downloads we’ve had in the last month, which have almost doubled, so…

Marcus:           Wow!

John:                Oh, it’s been quite incredible in that aspect, so thank you very much to everyone who is starting to listen to the show. So we know people are downloading; let’s hope you’re listening.

Marcus:           Awesome!

John:                Okay.

Marcus:           All right, and that brings us to the final set of plugins.

John:                Our final set of plugins today – the one I have up here was one that was submitted to us. It was submitted by Christina Menta and it’s called Flexi Instagram Feed, and this is a premium plugin and it’s available over at CodeCanyon, where you can get it and that may be an affiliate link in the show notes. So this is a nice premium plugin that helps you showcase Instagram feeds on your website and it does a fantastic job of showcasing those Instagram feeds.

It allows you to go in, create an Instagram feed via hashtag, profile, location, or even a feed of all the images that you personally like on Instagram, and it automatically updates that feed, allows you – has an interface to go in there where you can adjust the way the feed looks. Adjust the CSS for the feed, customize numerous settings in it, and it displays anywhere on your website with a shortcode. Very nice; of all the Instagram feed plugins I’ve tried, this is definitely one of the best ones. So you’ll want to check this out. It’s called Flexi Instagram Feed and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice, very nice. All right, I am posting this for a friend, John, that is something that could be very useful for featured images on a website. It’s called Minimum Featured Image Size and with this plugin you can actually set the minimum width and height required for featured images, so if a user tries to use an image that isn’t large enough – something that’ll get pixelated – put on the front page when it probably shouldn’t be and it should be in a better resolution, they will see this nice, friendly little error message and the post status will be reverted to ‘draft’ until they come up with a featured image that is appropriate width and height. I love this plugin; hopefully, somebody I know will start using it, and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                [laughter] I’m thinking you probably should have bumped that one up to a 5. That can save tons of grief!

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                As soon as you mentioned it, it’s like “Wow, I think that’ll solve a problem on our website!” [chuckling]

Marcus:           Uh, yeah. Uh-huh.

John:                Because I keep having issues with the featured images. I’m working on ‘em. I’m working on it though. Yeah, I actually have clients where I have that trouble, too. It’s getting the right featured image in there, but this is the kind of thing that’ll help solve that, so yeah.

Marcus:           Yeah, all right.

John:                All right, well that’s all we’ve got here. Closing out this episode, the plugins we covered – I covered in this episode was Widget Options, which I gave a 5 to; Flexi Instagram Feed, which I gave a 4 to; and then Search & Replace, which I gave a 5 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about the Floating Video plugin – it gets a 5 out of 5; WooCommerce Brands gets a 5 out of 5, and Minimum Featured Image Size gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                All right, and just a few little bit of reminders here at the end, be sure to check out our YouTube screencast which follows this show here. It gets uploaded a little bit later. It has more information and expanded stuff into it. And a note to all developers out there who would like to support the show, if you want to offer up a premium license for us to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests and submit your license and we will create a contest giveaway and promote your product for you.

Marcus:           Nice.

John:                And we also now – as we mentioned a few times – have training videos up online in the WP Plugins YouTube channel, so check out the training videos that are getting placed up there on a regular basis and follow our screencasts. And for those of you who watch this on YouTube, if you check out the screencast later, I have an add-on piece that gets added on later. And for all WordPress news and other interesting WordPress-related posts, subscribe to our newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com, and that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye.

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It's Episode 324 and we've got plugins for User Spam Removal, Products Coming Soon, Layered Popups, Weather Alerts,White Labeling and new upgrades to the Media Player. 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 324 and we’ve got plugins for User Spam Removal, Products Coming Soon, Layered Popups, Weather Alerts,White Labeling and new upgrades to the Media Player. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #324

Marcus:           It’s Episode 324 and we’ve got plugins for User Spam Removal, Products Coming Soon, Layered Pop-ups, Weather Alerts, White Labeling, and new upgrades to the Media Player. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

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

John:                Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Finding some Zen at the Brewery Overlook in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from Laguna Beach, California where our mute buttons stick, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And of course we have the usual great show for you here today, and right off the top here, let’s talk about you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and we’d greatly appreciate your time going over to Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or the iTunes Store, subscribing to us there and leaving us reviews. They really help us out.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                — especially the subscriptions. And you can also check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Marcus:           That’s right! Got a lot going on and it’s great to be able to reach out and hit another platform like YouTube and we’ve slowly but surely been getting a little bit of traction on YouTube.

John:                Yeah, and it’s slowly coming together for us. Well, with all of that, we’re going to dive right into the first of our plugins and we have the usual allotment of six great plugins for you, so off we go!

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, first up I have a plugin here today that will help you clean up spam registrations on your membership or your e-commerce store. And if you’ve been running a membership site for any length of time or an e-commerce store for any length of time, you know what I’m talking about with spam registrations. Every once in a while, those registrations just seem to go nutso. It seems the bots take over no matter what you do, Captchas, whatever – they still seem to get through. In particular, this came about due to a client of mine. He’d sort of ignored the site for a while and we were cleaning it up to do some work with it and found it had over 24,000 members in there. It’s like almost every one of them, virtually all of them, were spam. Multiple letters, yadda, yadda, yadda. So cleaning them up looked like a daunting task going through the database or removing them or going through manually and removing them.

Well, I found this plugin here called User Spam Remover and what it does for you, you install it in there and it’ll remove all the spam registrations or all old accounts, period. You can either set it up to tell it how old to keep an account. Say you want to keep accounts that are 10 days or newer (or even less), older, whatever you want to do. It will automatically go through and remove those over the period of 24 hours in blocks or you can manually sit there and click a button for a few minutes and it drops them out at the rate of 1,000 per click. So in very short order you can clean up a site like this one. It took me about 10-20 minutes to clean it up, it’s database cleaned and cleared of all of the spam comments. It’s simple enough, very great plugin, works fantastically, saves hours and tons of headaches. Check it out: User Spam Registration and I gave this one a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Okay, so we’re going to go to a new one here. I use this layered pop-up plugin all the time and now there is an upgrade to it. Somebody forked it and actually made it even cooler. Instead of having a different kind of taxonomy as far as a pop-up goes, this one’s called Page Layered Popup. And so what it does is it actually allows you to take a regular page and make that the pop-up and it also does something which is it allows you to take that page and make it a splash screen which goes on your site. On the YouTube video here, John’s showing the description and things from the author which isn’t very good.

John:                No, it’s not.

Marcus:           You would actually have to know what this does to try it out, which is what I did, and it works pretty well, quite frankly. So this is one of these that’s kind of the hidden gem; you have to look sort of beneath the surface to see what it is that it does. It’s called Page Layered Popup and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very cool. That sounds like a pretty nice plugin. But yeah, their description on the site there is kind of lacking.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                But that happens sometimes. That’s all right. Well, that being said, I want to let you folks know that this show is sponsored by either the following people and/or businesses. This week here, it’s JohnOverall.com, WordPress and web services providing for all your web service needs from hosting to WordPress setup and development. Or if you’re having troubles with your WordPress website, if you’ve been hacked, having issues, plugin issues, theme issues, general development questions, then contact me.

And with 20 years of experience online, eight of those dealing specifically with WordPress exclusively, I can get you back on your way, saving you time, money, headaches, all those things. You can visit me at my website, JohnOverall.com, or call me at (818) 580-7729 or send an email to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And if you, like many of the other people out there that are crazy-influenced and love WordPress to death, this might be a good time for you to start writing about WordPress. And if you’d like to write for one of the biggest online web publications there is, it’s Smashing Magazine. If you could just go to marcuscouch.com/smashing, I’ve got a video there that tells you all about the process, how to get started, and how to make some extra money.

John, you’ve been actually helping me review some of those, and that’s something that I’ll be calling for maybe later on is some actual people to help with the reviews so far. But, you know, you’ve seen some of the articles.

John:                Oh —

Marcus:           Pretty good, huh?

John:                The ones I’ve read so far, they’ve been fantastic.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                And some of them were some really – it’s really in-depth stuff that really will help you with your web development. Even like the most recent one I got from you, it’s like that one there is some things I didn’t even know could be done.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So it’s amazing kind of articles and writers that are coming across here, so check it out.

Marcus:           Yep! Yeah, so if you’d like to be part of that, go to marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                Absolutely. And look on the bright side, you get paid for it, too!

Marcus:           That’s true.

John:                That’s the best part.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                Okay, well – and that’s pretty much there, so I think it’s time to dive right into our next plugin. The one I’ve got up next is called White Label CMS and when you’re turning over a website you’ve developed for a client and you’re turning it over to your client, there’s many times when you turn it over to them that you want to simplify that dashboard up. Make it so that they have very little that they’ve got to deal with or look at. There’s things that sometimes your users or your clients don’t need to see or check out.

And in this particular case here, what you’ll want to do is you install the White Label CMS and it allows you to go in there and customize areas of the dashboard that simplify it, remove all the extraneous stuff like the WordPress News and other things that they won’t be interested in or don’t reflect on what they’re doing with their website. You can go in there and customize up the header area of the dashboard. You can customize and add some branding into it, so you can brand it up. Customize and brand up the login screen if they have a membership or an e-commerce store. So a lot of little things you can do with it and it’s a pretty decent plugin, it works pretty smoothly. Check it out; it’s called White Label CMS and I gave this one a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm…cool! Now John, you guys on this show – all the listeners, that is, have heard me talk about the media library for some time and all the missing functionalities and some of the ways that it could be improved. But one of the things I’ve really never thought about is the actual media player that plays things out of the media library. There’s a new plugin called WP Media Player Addons, and this is an add-on plugin that changes the existing media player. So the default media player, not really that responsive in themes, it looks kind of plain, hasn’t really been updated for about 10 years.

This one actually works a lot better, so it’s a fully responsive media player that works with any theme, you get to style both the video and the audio players, you get to add loop buttons, you get to add your own album art, tracks, titles, artist name, album name – all that stuff is added to the player. You’ve actually got a shuffle button and a repeat button, and you’ve always got some fallback album art that you can place on there as well. It’s got a number of different skins that you can use and it’s really cool. I like this. I’m going to be trying this out on my personal site just for some of the older media files that I’ve got in there and make it maybe a little more homey. I rated this one a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Cool. It’s always nice to have an additional media player, something different than the default norm.

Marcus:           Yeah, isn’t it? This is something we’ve been kind of overlooking the media player forever. It’s not something I really think about that much.

John:                No, I hadn’t thought about it much and the fact that with our site we use the Blubrry PowerPress, which has its own built-in media player.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                So I hadn’t given it much thought and how other people are doing things. I like this.

Marcus:           Yeah!

John:                And I will be digging into that one deeper, because I’ve got a client that’s getting ready to drop the occasional audio file in – not a full-on podcast, so this might be a way to deal with that.

Marcus:           Yeah, I hope so!

John:                Excellent. All right, well we’d like to let everyone know that this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And in that vein, we would like to acknowledge that those who have supported the show in the past week, all donations $50 and up are read out and their notes are published here in the show notes. For all those who come in below $50, you remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

And this week here, we would like to just pass a big thank you to all our donors who came in under $50 and to those of you who have set up weekly subscriptions, those small subscriptions really do help the show out. They may not seem like much but, you know, $2.50 here, $3.50 there – hey, it all adds up. It helps support the show by helping us pay for things such as bandwidth, transcripts, and the time it takes to produce the show and to do the website and the marketing that is starting to go on with the show.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                So please, ways you can support the show, head on over to wppluginsatoz.com/donate where there’s multiple subscription levels you can sign up for. Or if you can’t afford anything, hey, there’s even ways listed there where you can support the show by helping us with things on the website, such as editing show notes or tweaking design ideas, or just all kinds of the little things that go into managing and maintaining something like this. So please, head over and help the show at wppluginsatoz.com/donate.

Marcus:           Yes, we do appreciate you heading to that link and John, I think that brings us to our final group of plugins.

John:                That it does! And finally today here, I had started off with another plugin that I’d found that was brand new. But unfortunately that plugin did not work at all and it was a hurricane watch plugin that was just released. But I tried it on two different websites and different themes and for some reason it wasn’t working, so I threw it out. But in that vein there, I also tripped across another one called National Weather Service Alerts. And of course in the last couple of weeks with all the news of hurricanes and tornadoes and earthquakes and everything, hey, a National Weather Service alert might be just what you need on your website.

So this is a nice plugin. You set it up, you’ve got to go in and do a little bit of work once you install it. You’ve got to go activate the tables (they don’t activate automatically for it). You have to go in and create your shortcodes to display on the website and it will display any active National Weather Service alerts, and this is across the United States. It doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else, so it’s for all you Americans down there. This is a great way to monitor any local weather reports you have on your sites. A really nice plugin; check it out: National Weather Service Alerts and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! Always handy to have something like that on board. All right, for my final plugin, this is a WooCommerce plugin and it is called Products Coming Soon. And believe it or not, this is one of these glaring oversights in WooCommerce that there is really no native way to show upcoming items as a preview, or possibly a preorder, so this plugin does just that.

If you have a new design concept, new product that’s coming – anything like that – this allows you to add it, take preorders, and actually not run the order until the item arrives and ships out. But it still allows you to start gathering those preorders for things that don’t necessarily exist within your products catalogue yet. It’s called WooCommerce Products Coming Soon and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                An excellent thing to have if you run an e-commerce store and you’re adding products regularly or you’re bringing out new products.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                All right, well closing out this episode, the plugins I covered are User Spam Remover, which I gave a 5 to; White Label CMS, which I gave a 4 to; and then the National Weather Service Alerts, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Page Layered Popups, which gets a 4 out of 5; WP Media Player Addons gets a 5 out of 5; and WooCommerce Products Coming Soon gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                All right, and last bits of promotions here: be sure to check out your YouTube screencast that goes up later in the day. It’s in addition to the live version which gets placed automatically and in that there, I am going to be starting to add on an additional layer to that that comes after, which shows me showcasing one of the plugins Marcus mentioned in the show today. So make sure you check that out.

And a note to developers out there who would like to support the show, if you want to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to our contest page and enter all the information there and we will create a contest to give away your premium license showcasing your product and enhancing the community. And also, don’t forget to go check us out on YouTube where we have training videos, screencasts, and more stuff is gaining traction there, so you can go check us out on YouTube. Links are all in the show notes for that. And for all WordPress news, information, other related stuff, make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to get all of that. All of that information is now going into the newsletter instead of here in the show.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                And that’s all we’ve got for you now.

Marcus:           All right, John, how can they contact us?

John:                They can reach me at JohnOverall.com or you can send an email direct to john@wppro.ca.

Marcus:           And you can find me at my website, marcuscouch.com, on Twitter at @marcuscouch. Remember to go to marcuscouch.com/smashing if you want to get involved in Smashing Magazine. And hey, remember to follow this show on Twitter at @wppluginsatoz.

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

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Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

[Child giggling]

 

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