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

WordPress Plugins A-Z #293 Instagram Feeds, GEO Targeting

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

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new January 30, 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.

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.

Wix Removes GPL-Licensed WordPress Code from Mobile App, Forks Original MIT Library

https://wptavern.com/wix-removes-gpl-licensed-wordpress-code-from-mobile-app-forks-original-mit-library?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=bd7400cab1-THE_WHIP_Boogie_Woogie_Google_Boy_2017_01_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-bd7400cab1-98310037In October 2016, Matt Mullenweg called out Wix for using GPL-licensed code from the WordPress mobile app and distributing it in its proprietary app. After identifying a path for Wix to comply with the license, Mullenweg confirmed he would be willing to go to court to protect the GPL.

Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami’s response to the allegations failed to address the issue of licensing, dodging the question with references to other open source contributions. Abrahami seemed to indicate that Wix would open source its mobile app but was not clear whether it would be GPL licensed:

“We always shared and admired your commitment to give back, which is exactly why we have those 224 open source projects, and thousands more bugs/improvements available to the open source community and we will release the app you saw as well,” Abrahami said. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Finding the Best WordPress Hosting

https://pagely.com/blog/2017/01/finding-best-wordpress-hosting/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=78bc40dea8-THE_WHIP_Silicon_Valley_and_the_Temple_2017_01_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-78bc40dea8-102893693Best. It’s a word meant to rank similar things in a given category by established comparison points, providing an unbiased view on how they stack up.

But what’s best for one person or company is not always the best choice for another – and to further complicate things, financial bias is often the primary motivator when 3rd parties make their ‘best of’ lists.

I’ll be exploring both sides of the ‘best’ coin as they relate to WordPress hosting, but before diving in, let’s address the pink elephant in the room: yes, Pagely is a managed WordPress host, writing about how to find the best WordPress Hosting. And while I’ll try to remain neutral, you need to know who is telling you what is ‘best.’ Read original article here…. pagely.com

7 Elements You Should Know About Launching Your Membership Site

https://bobwp.com/7-elements-you-should-know-about-starting-your-membership-site/Over the last couple of years, membership sites have been popping up in the WordPress world. Launching a membership site seems to be a growing trend. Or should I say the idea of a membership site is growing.

You will hear from some people that a membership site is easy money. But what they are often talking about is the setup of the site with WordPress. What steps to take. What plugin to use. You know, the technical stuff. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

About WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities and How to Address Them

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/about-wordpress-plugin-vulnerabilities-and-how-to-address-them?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=34c948ff67-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-34c948ff67-51249745You work hard to make your site awesome. And with all that work you put in, the last thing you want to do is lose your site to some malicious hacker. When it comes to hackers and WordPress, plugin vulnerabilities are one of the easiest ways for the bad guys to get in.

Because of its popularity, WordPress is a magnet for hackers. According to Sucuri’s Q1 2016 Website Hacked Trend Report, 78% of the hacked websites they deal with were running WordPress. And based on a survey from WordFence, 55.9% of WordPress hacks with known entry points were a result of plugin vulnerabilities. This makes plugins by far the biggest known contributor to hacked WordPress sites.

In this post, I’ll take a good hard look at some proactive steps you can take to prevent your site from becoming vulnerable to plugin exploits. Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

Lowdown on the Google Mobile Popup Penalty for WordPress Users

https://kinsta.com/blog/google-mobile-popup-penalty/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=422f3e242d-The_WhiP_Between_an_IP_Lockout_01_18_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-422f3e242d-102893693We realize that many of you don’t keep up with the latest Google trends and updates. How can you? Many of you are busy running businesses and there is only so much time in a day. Another large portion of you might outsource work on your website to an agency or WordPress maintenance company. But they too are juggling lots of clients. As of January 10th, 2017, the Google mobile popup penalty went into effect across the web. If you are seeing a major dip in mobile traffic lately, you might want to check your WordPress site to ensure you are using popups correctly. Read more about what what this penalty entails below and what you can do about it.

January 10, 2017 update: Starting today, pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as high. As we said, this new signal is just one of hundreds of signals that are used in ranking and the intent of the search query is still a very strong signal, so a page may still rank highly if it has great, relevant content. – Google Webmaster Team Read original article here…. kinsta.com

And now for something older in the past article collections.

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

50 Things to Do with WordPress Before You Die

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/50-things-to-do-with-wordpress-before-you-die/?utm_source=WPMU+DEV+Blog&utm_campaign=c684222438-Weekly_blog_update_011917&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_591b793ca5-c684222438-86821581&utm_expid=3606929-94.Ie3dH-CaRwe6MU3VrZsdvw.0Whether you work with WordPress full-time or just as a hobby, one thing’s for sure – you’re reading this because WordPress means something to you.

Now, as much as WordPress is mostly work for many of us, I am of the firm belief that it shouldn’t be just about work. No, there’s definitely some elements of fun you can attach to this CMS. So I brainstormed the list below of 50 things to do with WordPress before you die.

Some things are fun, some are work, some are lofty goals to set yourself, and other are just good old fashioned nice things you can do for the WordPress community.

Yes, below you’ll find your WordPress bucket list. And not just your bucket list, mine too – I’ve marked the ones I’ve completed myself, though I still have a ways to go. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Security Firm Tries to Silence Critic Using Questionable DMCA Notice

http://news.softpedia.com/news/security-firm-tries-to-silence-critic-using-questionable-dmca-notice-508501.shtmlSiteLock, a web security firm, has sent two DMCA notices to rival White Fir Design and asked the latter to remove two images of the SiteLock homepage from two articles that criticized its web security services.

The article where the first image was used is named “SiteLock Labels Website as Secure Despite Being Very Dangerous For Visitors” and contains harsh criticism of SiteLock after the company displayed a “SiteLock Secure” badge on a malicious website.

White Fir Design staff discovered that the website where the badge was displayed, a Magento e-commerce store, contained malicious code to scrape and steal data from the checkout forms. Read original article here…. news.softpedia.com

Introducing WPMU DEV Cloud Backups (Members Get 10GB for Free!)

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/introducing-managed-wordpress-cloud-backups-for-free/?npp=b&utm_expid=3606929-84.YoGL0StOSa-tkbGo-lVlvw.1Hey, we just took your WPMU DEV membership to the next level by giving you 10GB unlimited site managed cloud backups.

Oh, and guess what? It’s part of your regular WPMU DEV membership so is gonna cost you zero dollars and zero cents 🙂

How does it all work? Well, first up you can manage all of your backups along with your sites through The Hub (just sign up for a free trial of WPMU DEV to have a play, or if you are already a member, go to My Websites).

And there you have it, all that you need to do is install (or update) our backup plugin Snapshot and every site you manage via WPMU DEV will come with managed backups. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Crusader Security

https://wpcrusader.com/Bleeding edge technology combined with our security expertise has brought one of a kind security suite for your WordPress website that nullifies all threats with ease.

Make changes to in-depth WordPress settings, that normally do not exist, to harden your security beyond imagination.

One of the most important things when running a website is to have always a backup. We offer total backups with ability of storing them at Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and etc.

The easiest way of preventing your website from being hacked. Even if you do have a vulnerable plugin/theme installed, with our Anti Exploit module – you will be safe! Read original article here…. wpcrusader.com

1st Ever ThemeForest WordPress Theme Selling For $225.00!

http://wpin.me/1st-themeforest-wordpress-theme-selling-225-00/A while ago I reviewed a WordPress theme called Pile. It was a paid for review, however true to form I always review warts and all irrespective of payment or not. To my surprise today I got an email stating that theme itself had shot up in price.

Well I say shot up, in fairness a BIG JUMP to $225.00 for a single licence. Whilst I did enjoy the WordPress theme itself, liked how it functioned and more do I think it’s worth $225.00??

Well it’s certainly a good looking and functional theme worth $225.00? Maybe in fairness. Read original article here…. wpin.me

 

 

 

 

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

 

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It's Episode 291 and we've got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a "must install" for any new WP installation. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 291

It's Episode 291 and we've got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a "must install" for any new WP installation. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for Episode #291


It’s Episode 291 and we’ve got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a “must install” for any new WP installation. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #291

John:                Okay, the first plugin I’ve got this week is called AH About Widget. This is a new plugin and it allows you to set up an about widget on your website. It’s one that I’m going to be using to replace the About widgets that are up on the WP Plugins, because what we have right now was kind of a convoluted mess. This one is much simpler and cleaner. It goes in, it uses the bio from your profile settings to display in the widget area and then it pulls in a Gravatar image – whatever Gravatar image you have tied to your email address, and then it has a nice link to your about page in the widget area.

So it’s much cleaner and simpler than any about widget I’ve ever used and it also has several prebuilt layouts that are really nice. You’ve got three or four different choices for prebuilt ones. Or, if you want to get in there and customize it, you can a little bit. Other than that, it looks like a really great plugin. It’s very simple and easy to use. Check it out – it’s called AH About Widget and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           What I noticed is that there are many different kinds of layouts to it and that it’s responsive, which is pretty cool. I think I’m going to use this one.

John:                Yeah, it’s —

Marcus:           I’m redoing my personal site.

John:                Well, I’m always trying to improve the WP Plugins site, so this is one of the pieces that I’m going to replace on there.

Marcus:           Awesome! Well, if you are a BuddyPress user, I’ve got a great plugin for you. It’s called Birthday Mail BP and what this does is it’s an automated function that your members when they sign up, they put in their date of birth and this actually expresses your birthday wishes to them on their birthday. Those are always nice to get. It’s good to see who’s actually on top of their marketing when it’s your birthday and you get some birthday wishes. It’s also a great opportunity to present a coupon or a discount or just provide some sort of a statement on how you’re there for them, even on their birthday. So it’s pretty cool – Birthday Mail BP is what it’s called, and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Sweet. One of these days, I’ll get around to building a BuddyPress website and see how it all works.

Marcus:           It’s very interesting – and frustrating.

John:                I imagine. Okay, the next plugin I’ve got here for everyone is one of those sweet plugins that we just thoroughly enjoy. It’s an ultimate lazy plugin.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                It’s called WP Tasks After Install. It’s a very nice plugin. It’s an awesome plugin for when you have to set up a fresh install of WordPress. It takes care of some of the essential items, saving you a few minutes of time by doing the following: it removes the Hello World post, removes the Example page, it changes the name and slug of uncategorized default category to blog, it sets the permalink structure to post name, it removes Hello Dolly and a Kismet plugin – yay!

It disables comments and pings, it deletes the WP Config sample file, it deletes the Readme HTML file, it deletes all themes except the default one, and it deactivates the plugin itself. It is just a really sweet plugin; you install it, turn it on, activate it, it cleans up your mess, then turns itself off, and all you’ve got to do is delete it. So it’s one of those really sweet, perfect, lazy plugins and it had to get a 5-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Okay, I reviewed this also.

John:                Oh, did you?

Marcus:           Yeah – not on this show —

John:                Oh, okay.

Marcus:           — but on WordPress Weekly last week. This is the – how do you say it? I’d have to ask your son that speaks French. It’s the coup d’état of lazy plugins.

John:                Oh, yeah.

Marcus:           It’s the laziest of the lazy that I’ve ever seen.

John:                Oh yeah, it’s going to become a permanent fixture for all of my fresh installs.

Marcus:           Absolutely, absolutely.

John:                Because I go through and do every one of those things manually, currently.

Marcus:           Yup, and it does it quick.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           And by the way, it does it the second that you hit Activate on the plugin. You’re not going somewhere else and then saying, “Start.” No, you activate this plugin, it does its business, and then deactivates itself.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           It’s the laziest of lazy. It’s the most beautiful plugin I think I’ve ever seen.

John:                Yeah, it’s well worthy. That one will be listed up in our new WP Support Store.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s in the hall of fame, absolutely.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Okay, I have frequently kind of complained about the customizer, even to the people that have worked on the customizer itself, as to you can do all these settings and all these things, but you can’t save it. I can’t save a version of the customizer if I tweak the theme a little bit and then want to save that file and maybe export it or import it into some other site that I’m working with.

John:                Oh! Yeah, okay.

Marcus:           It doesn’t let me do that.

John:                Hmm…

Marcus:           What if I have a staging site and I’m playing around with the customizer and all I want to do is change the settings on the other site – on a different site?

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           It doesn’t do it. You have to migrate the entire site. How stupid is that? Well, this is called TM Style Switcher. What it allows you to do is to save your theme settings, your skins, and all of that, and do exactly that. You can switch between them at any moment between a saved version and something you’ve already got and activate it. Or, you can even transfer between installations by saving that file. Really nice – it works very, very well. It doesn’t pick up everything. I didn’t get it to do the fonts but it worked otherwise very, very well – and that could have just been between two themes, because it was two different theme styles.

John:                Hmm…

Marcus:           If you have brand-specific colors and things like that and you go into it where you need absolutely brand-specific things every time, this is a great way to kind of save those colors out and make sure that any subsites or subpages have this as well. Very cool – TM Style Switcher – I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! I like that idea. That’s going to be very sweet when you’re doing some testing and working in that Dev site and moving live.

Marcus:           Yes, absolutely.

John:                The final one I’ve got here today is called Stream Status for Twitch. This one here is for those of you (and of course, you’re starting to hear us mention Twitch a little more often than we probably should). But one of the things with Twitch right now is I’m helping a gamer build up his gaming website to display his videos. Since he goes on Twitch to stream live for his viewers, this is a nice way to put on his website whether or not he’s up live on Twitch.

It’s a very simple plugin. You just install it, activate it, connect it up to Twitch, go in and customize the look and feel of what it’s going to display, and it’s done! Very sweet little plugin if you’re a Twitch user or you’re doing development for someone who’s using Twitch and may want to have a nice easy way to tell their users or their fan base when they’re on and offline Twitch, install this plugin. Check it out – Stream Status for Twitch – I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Excellent, and I’ll tell you what. This is a very interesting way to bring this up. Yeah, we talk about Twitch and it’s a gaming thing where it’s kind of “Livestreamed” gaming. I like it because you can just check out other games and I don’t have waste hours and hours playing the actual game; I can just watch somebody else play. But you bring a very good point, John, that I didn’t really even think about, which is a lot of these gamers actually want websites, too.

John:                Mm-hmm.

Marcus:           And some that they control, and that seems like a very good market —

John:                Yep!

Marcus:           — in which to start pitching people about doing websites. It seems like a good, easy flip for you as far as money goes. With all the different Twitch plugins that are out there, it’s starting to turn that way. So if you’re listening to the show, that’s a great idea for you.

John:                There you go.

Marcus:           All right, last but not least, I want to talk about a WooCommerce plugin. One of the fun things about Amazon is that when you go to Amazon and you look at books, you can actually preview the table of contents and maybe the preface and a couple of other things within the book. Now you can do that with WooCommerce.

So if you’re selling an e-book or a digital product that lends themselves to previews, what this does is it gives actually an extended feature to WooCommerce that enables that document preview in your single product page view. So instead of just having a book cover, you can have the document preview, so somebody can take a look at it and get enticed with it. When you do that, I hope that that document that you’re previewing has some cliffhangers, so to speak – something that would want them to purchase that actual book. Make sure that you’re clear and concise in those previewed pages. It’s called WC Document Preview, and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                A very nice way to help promote your products and get people to buy them.

Marcus:           Yes, I’ve not seen anything like this for WooCommerce yet.

John:                Well, WooCommerce — more and more and more plugins are being developed for WooCommerce. And as a brief tip on WooCommerce, something I’ve experienced this week: if you are building a WooCommerce site, do not use Chase for your credit card processor unless you absolutely have to. The process of getting that thing installed and approved on a website is a nightmare.

Marcus:           Really?

John:                Oh, God. I’ve never had so much difficulty getting a credit card processing plugin installed and activated. Through the process of getting it approved, they are about the most challenging of all of them out there. So anyway, just as a brief tip, because I’ve been working on that for the past couple of weeks.

Marcus:           Hmm…well I see your Chase and raise you a QuickBooks.

John:                Oh, yeah. Okay. All right, I’ll give you that one. Yeah, QuickBooks is probably a little worse than Chase. [laughter]

Marcus:           Yeah, that was a one-week fun time. Yeah.

John:                Yeah. Okay, well this week here I covered up AH About Widget, which I gave a 4 to; WP Tasks After Install, which I gave a 5 to (sweet plugin); and Stream Status for Twitch, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Birthday Mail BP for BuddyPress, which gets a 4 out of 5; TM Style Switcher, also a 4 out of 5; and WC (stands for WooCommerce) Document Preview gets a 4 out of 5.

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It's Episode 290 and we've got plugins for Removing Old Slugs, Removing Products, Cropping Background Images, Remote Site Search, and Custom States for Woo Commerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 290

It's Episode 290 and we've got plugins for Removing Old Slugs, Removing Products, Cropping Background Images, Remote Site Search, and Custom States for Woo Commerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for Episode #290


It’s Episode 290 and we’ve got plugins for Removing Old Slugs, Removing Products, Cropping Background Images, Remote Site Search, and Custom States for Woo Commerce. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #290

John:                This week here I’ve got a great plugin for WooCommerce. It’s called Woo Add Custom States. It is a freemium plugin, so you can get the premium version which is only $5.95, or you can go with the free version from WordPress.org. Now the plugin itself comes about because of the implementation of the new shipping zones by WooCommerce and their new shipping system. With the way it was set up in their new system, not all countries use zip or postal codes and you may need to create custom states for shipping, as well as you might want to split some states or other areas in the specific shipping zones or regions.

This plugin allows you to create the separations to improve your shipping. The free version has limits on how many specific zones or regions you can create, but the premium plugin is unlimited – only $6.00, so check it out if you’re using WooCommerce and you want to have your shipping more manageable and more under control. This plugin should help you out with that. It’s called Woo Add Custom States and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           All right! Well, I also have a WooCommerce plugin to kick things off. This one is called Woo Product Remover and basically it allows you to do one very simple thing with one click, and that is to remove all WooCommerce products from your site. It cleans up the database from the products, metadata, relationships, variations, coupons – all that stuff. If you just want to blow the store up, this is your plugin. It’s Woo Product remover, and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! Be careful with that. It sounds like it could be a dangerous toy.

Marcus:           It is but if you are just setting up WooCommerce, sometimes you are just —

John:                You put a bunch of sample stuff in there and you need to terminate.

Marcus:           — yeah, blow it up.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Then put some new stuff in.

John:                Absolutely. That’s a great way to clean out your sample database, instead of one-by-one.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                I’ve done that before. Next on the list here, I’ve got a plugin that came about due to a request from a client for some work. It’s called Remove Old Slugs and what had happened is he was running the WooCommerce store and as he was going along — his store is built up to such a point that products have had name changes and they’ve been moved in locations. Unbeknownst to many people, WordPress creates what’s called a “backup slug.” So if you create a title on a post, a page, or a product, or whatever, and then you go in and you change the title and the slug, well WordPress keeps the old slug in the database and it creates a forwarding link in the database for you. So if you had a post that was Post A and you changed it to Post AB, that Post A slug is still in the database.

If someone typed in “Post A,” they would be directed to the Post AB. But the problem comes along is if you have titles that were in similar names like Post A and Post AB, then you needed one to go to AC, sometimes it would redirect back to Post AB. (I know it sounded a bit confusing.) But this confusion happens in WordPress because of the old slugs, so you might be trying to go to one product and it gets redirected to a product with a similar name, instead of being directed to the correct product that it’s going to.

Now to clean this up, what is often recommended is going through your database and running a query on a database to remove the old slugs. Well, during my research about how to clean this up, I ran across this plugin here called Remove Old Slugs. It’s a very nice, easy plugin. You install it and bring it up and it brings you a list of all the old slugs in your database and you can go remove them one-by-one, nice and easily. A really great plugin to help you clean up that mess that is created by the old slugs without having to run a query against the database. It’s a really great plugin, so it can be quite useful to a lot of people out there. Give it a check-out. I gave it a 4-Dragon rating for Remove Old Slugs.

Marcus:           All right. We’re removing all kinds of stuff.

John:                I hope that made some sense to people.

Marcus:           I’m sure it does. Okay, John, for years – how many years? Two? Three?

John:                Hmm…

Marcus:           REST API – how long have we been talking about it?

John:                Oh, REST API? Two or three years I think the API has been kicking around now.

Marcus:           Okay. I’ve finally found something that we can use to start exploring what it does.

John:                Okay.

Marcus:           So this is called WP Remote Site Search and it’s a search plugin for WordPress that returns any other WordPress site’s data back to that site using the REST API. So if you activate the plugin, you add the shortcode into it – to a page, post, anything like that, whatever the specific search happens to be – that’s what the result is returned. I’m still playing around with this. For the one test that I did, it worked.

John:                Oh!

Marcus:           And so here’s what I’m getting at, people, is if you have one site and then you have another WordPress site, you can pull data from Site A into Site B using this plugin.

John:                Holy smokes!

Marcus:           We’ve not been able to do that before.

John:                No!

Marcus:           And this is the start of it, so this is the genesis, the birth I guess of REST API.

John:                How’s the search function return? Is it pretty decent search results?

Marcus:           It’s —

John:                Or is it still the same WordPress return?

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s a value – it’s whatever value you’re searching for or if it’s a lot of —

John:                What I mean is are the results really usable or are they off in like the current WordPress search results? So is it —

Marcus:           Well, it searches for something else. It’s not searching for content; it’s searching for like how many posts do I have that have this tag in them —

John:                Oh, okay.

Marcus:           — on this other site? Right? So as we start to learn these things, when do I start to incorporate like six or seven different sites to create my own sort of stats internally?

John:                Nice.

Marcus:           What’s the newest? What’s the most popular? What’s all the REST? I mean, this is what the REST API was supposed to do for us.

John:                Mm-hmm.

Marcus:           So if you want to get your feet wet, just dip your toe in a little bit with the REST API and have it talk between one site to the other without having to learn a ton of code, this is what you start with. It’s called WP Remote Site Search, and I give it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. This looks like it could definitely be a bit of a game changer.

Marcus:           Yeah, try it out.

John:                All right, I think I will. I kind of like that because I’ve got a couple of sites I would like to bring the search results into WP Plugins.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                Okay, the next plugin I’ve got here today is called The Awesome Designer. It was sent in to us by Steve Despierres and it’s a really great plugin. It’s a third-party service. You just install the plugin, activate your account with the third-party service for The Awesome Designer. What it’s for is if you run an e-commerce website or you have a client who runs one with custom printed things, such as T-shirts, coffee mugs, books, pens, phone cases – you name it – the list is pretty endless. This allows people to upload an image, place that image, move it around, create the text, choose the font styles, all of these bits and pieces, and get themselves the perfect layout they’re looking for.

Then what it does for you is to provide you a fully print-ready (not PDF but digital version) of what you need for prints and publications. It’s a print composite image created from their web-to-print technology. It’s pretty impressive in how it works, it’s a really great plugin, it looks to be some of the things that many of you listeners out there asked us for something to help create customized things in your WooCommerce store, and this looks like a really great thing.

It is a third-party service but considering what it does, I think a third-party service is about the only way you’re going to be able to go with this unless you’re on your own dedicated server platform, because what it does is pretty intense. Anyway, check it out. It’s called The Awesome Designer and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           All right. Well, the final plugin that I’ve got is actually an official plugin that is sort of a candidate to be molded and put into core. It is called Background Image Cropper and it’s just like how we have where we can crop an image for the headers.

John:                Mm-hmm.

Marcus:           This does the exact same thing but with background images and it just helps to improve the experience. I imagine if they’re going to put this within the customizer, but they’re starting it out as a plugin first to gauge user interest and usability. So I encourage everybody to check out this plugin, download it, and if you can interact with the developers, it’s like I said: it’s an official WordPress plugin that is going to be brought into a future version of WordPress in core, but this lets you try it out first to see how you like it.

Maybe there’s some things that you can think of that might make it better and before it gets merged into WordPress core, you get to weigh your feedback, so maybe your idea can transmit to the millions of installations that are going to happen around the planet after that. So here’s your opportunity. It’s called Background Image Cropper. Like I said, you just import an image, crop it the way that you want it to be in the background, and that’s all you have to do. I rated this one a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Okay, I kind of like that. I don’t do a lot of background images but it can be quite nice for getting just the right look on it.

Marcus:           Absolutely.

John:                Okay, then that covers up this week here. I covered up Woo Add Custom States, which I gave a 4 to; Remove Old Slugs, which I gave a 4 to; and then The Awesome Designer, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Woo Product Remover which I gave a 4 to, WP Remote Site Search gets a 4 out of 5, and we just talked about Background Image Cropper, which gets a perfect 5 out of 5.

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It's Episode 289 and we've got plugins for Word Counts, Auto Complete, SMS Notifications, PhoneGap, and Dynamic Maps. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 289

It's Episode 289 and we've got plugins for Word Counts, Auto Complete, SMS Notifications, PhoneGap, and Dynamic Maps. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for Episode #289


It’s Episode 289 and we’ve got plugins for Word Counts, Auto Complete, SMS Notifications, PhoneGap, and Dynamic Maps. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #289

John:                This week here, what do I have for you? Well, first off, I’ve got WP Word Count Pro. This plugin was sent in to us by Brian Link. It’s a premium plugin and also has a free version. The premium plugin can be found in the link in the show notes and the free version can be found at WordPress.org. So if you want to know how much you have been writing on your website – your word count, in other words, you want to know how prolific you’ve been in producing content over the weeks, years, or months that your website has been up, well, this plugin is one that you might want to check out.

What it does is it goes in and it counts all the words for all the posts you’ve created and then produces some really interesting reports to show you on a post-by-post, page-by-page, or total count how you’ve been at creating content. Say you’ve been trying to achieve certain word counts, well, this is one way to find out if it’s happening. I did check this plugin out and I did run into some issues with it though in the MU environment. It doesn’t seem to work there. I haven’t reached out to the developer yet to see if it can be solved, but it works beautiful on a standalone install of WordPress. But it’s a really great plugin and I found it to be quite nice. It’s only $10 for a premium version, so well worth the money. Check it out: WP Word Count Pro and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Excellent. All right. I’ve got something that – John, do you recall a couple of years ago they came out with something called App Presser?

John:                App Presser – I vaguely remember that.

Marcus:           It was something that would supposedly turn WordPress into an app machine.

John:                Oh, I do remember that, yes. Yes.

Marcus:           Scott Bolinger demoed it for me at a local WordPress Orange County meetup here. That was a couple of years ago and it seems like every question I asked Scott – and bless him, he made some great code. The answer was always, “Well, if Phonegap can do it, then App Presser can do it.” So really, App Presser was just a bridge to Phonegap, and that’s what this next plugin is as well. It’s called Phonegap Connect.

Now, the nice thing about this is it’s on Github, so if you want to contribute to the code or help it along, this is a great way to do it. So what it does is it gives you a direct connection from WordPress to the Phonegap application, and Phonegap is sort of an app construction kit. You’ll be able to connect WordPress into this Phonegap and make some apps that pull data or posts from WordPress. So if you’ve ever been interested in making your own app with items in WordPress, maybe for clients or for yourself, this is a great way to do that. It literally and figuratively bridges the gap with Phonegap, and I rated this a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Yeah, I’ve yet to check into that, so sometime I may have to look into it. Okay, what I’ve got up next for you is MapifyPro. This is a plugin that was sent in to us by Josh Sears. It’s a premium plugin, $49, available on their website. They do have a limited free version that you can download from their website also.

This plugin here, what it does for you – well, if you want to jazz up your Google Maps or create your own custom image maps, this plugin helps you complete that task by allowing you to add any and all of the following to it. You can use Google Maps with custom images, the ability to add full blog posts to a map (which is great for travelers). You can add blog posts for all of the places you visit on the globe, you can share locations and social media, fully responsive maps, bulk uploading of locations, you can customize map markers for all your locations, advanced search filtering location.

This is a really great one if you have a business with multiple locations. It allows you to create custom maps for that. All in all, it’s a pretty great plugin and I’m hoping to get an interview with Josh here and who knows, maybe get them to donate a license for us to give a way. Anyway, a great plugin. Check it out: MapifyPro and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Cool! All right, well John, a couple of weeks ago I talked about an item that would connect WooCommerce to Facebook Messenger. I ordered something – I don’t even believe it was through a WordPress site – but I ordered a hat about a week or so ago. I logged in with Facebook just to create my account and all that and it gave me the option if I want to use Facebook Messenger or SMS as a conduit to keep me up to date on shipment notifications, tracking, and all that other stuff. So I wanted to see what it would do in Facebook first and it was a fantastic experience I’ll tell you, because they linked up all the tracking information, they showed a map to my house, where it was going, and all that kind of stuff.

I solved that portion of it; now I wanted to get into the SMS version and there’s 50 million SMS things out there. But there’s very few that are specific to Woo Commerce, so there’s a service called ShoutOUT SMS, and this plugin is called ShoutOUT SMS for WooCommerce. It allows you to use WooCommerce to send SMS notifications to your customers. You could auto-send them based on order status, whether it comes in from backorder, it’s ordered, it’s shipped, anything like that. You get to use customizable message text to do it. You do have to sign up for at least a lite account. It’s free at ShoutOUT and you get to start sending SMS messages based on what the order status is to your customers of your site.

I’m going to explain something to everybody. First and foremost is if you have any client that uses WooCommerce at all, if you’re not starting to talk to them about the updating of ship notifications beyond email, you’re a fool, because this is easy money for you. Show them examples of how Amazon does it and all the rest of them, and this is the way of life. This is what people are going to want from now on and if you don’t give them that stuff, email is not going to cut it anymore.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           So I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! Yeah, that’s for certain more and more people get more information via their SMS than they do email. I know people that never even check their emails now.

Marcus:           Right, absolutely. Especially when you can go both Facebook Messenger and SMS – give somebody the option for that – this is a perfect solution for pairing those two together.

John:                Absolutely. The last plugin I’ve got here today is called My CloudPress. It’s a site backup third-party service. This was sent in to us by Christopher Hicks and it’s a premium plugin currently in beta testing, so you can currently sign up and get it for free, give it a check out. They do have a free account that’s going to be available from the stuff on their website. What it’s for is if you’re looking for a cloud solution for backing up your WordPress website and easy restore functions, this may be a plugin for you to check out. It offers both for you, it’s very easy to use from what I can see. I didn’t hook it up and test it out because I’ve already got all my own backup solutions for everything. But while the plugin is still in development, you can get in on the ground floor and check it out.

What it does for you is when you register and go into it, it allows you to do backups and it backs things up through a slightly different method in here that I’ve seen. It backs up it looks like from your database. It backs up users, posts, comments, options. It grabs the user meta, the post meta, comment data, and other bits and pieces, and stores that stuff. So it looks like it pulls it from your database and it doesn’t look like it pulls your actual files. It probably does but because I didn’t dig that deeply into it, I’m not entirely certain of it, but it still looks like it’s a really great backup solution or a very simple, easy backup solution for getting started. And as they advance and finish their development, it may turn out to be a fantastic plugin. At any rate, check it out: My CloudPress.com, and I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm…interesting. All right, we are all used to, as we said in our last plugin that I just reviewed, the mobile lifestyle, right? For crying out loud, I just saw an SES report, John. There’s a Samsung S8 or whatever that you can hook straight to a monitor and use it as a PC.

John:                [chuckling]

Marcus:           Your phone.

John:                Oh, man!

Marcus:           It’s got Windows on it!

John:                Your phone.

Marcus:           Yeah!

John:                Wow, we’ve got more power in our phone now than —

Marcus:           I know, it’s ridiculous. But one of the things that, love it or hate it, that we kind of use on our phone a lot is autocomplete.

John:                Oh, yeah – love and hate.

Marcus:           And we don’t have autocomplete for WordPress until this plugin, which is simply titled Autocomplete. It’s useful for autocompleting words, author stuff. But by the default, WordPress is the only word that autocompletes correctly. So you can add stuff into the autocomplete, especially branded terms or things that have to be spelled a specific way. There’s just options in there and you can add words or just keep moving along as you go. You can reset the list if you want to. It uses a text completer JQUERY script in it to get it to work, but I tried it and I love it. So check it out yourself; it’s Autocomplete, and it gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                All right. So this wraps it up. I covered up this week WP Word Count Pro, which I gave a 4 to; MapifyPro, which I gave a 4 to; and then My CloudPress, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Phonegap, which gets a 4 out of 5, ShoutOUT SMS gets a 4 out of 5, and Autocomplete gets a 4 out of 5.

 

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It's Episode 288 and we've got plugins for Video Display, Widget Display, Adding Popups, Video Display and the Rest API. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 288

It's Episode 288 and we've got plugins for Video Display, Widget Display, Adding Popups, Video Display and the Rest API. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for Episode #288


It’s Episode 288 and we’ve got plugins for Video Display, Widget Display, Adding Popups, Video Display and the Rest API. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!ns A-Z!


Episode #288

John:                Okay, the first plugin I’ve got this week is called Display Widgets, and this is a plugin that sooner or later, you’re going to need or want. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to have the need to either hide a widget or show a widget on specific pages or you’re going to need to hide or show a widget for signed in or logged out users, depending on your needs. There’s lots of ways to do it and there’s lots of plugins to do it, and I may have reviewed this plugin in the past. But I recently had to bring it back forward again for a project I was working on.

What this plugin does is quite simply you go in, turn it on, go to your widgets, and it adds an extra spot there where you can choose to show this plugin to every page or hide it on specific pages, or to hide or show this plugin for logged in or logged out users. It’s that simple and it works very, very well. It’s a fantastic plugin: Display Widgets, and I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice. All right, well I’ve got a really good one to start off the year with. It’s called Shrinking Video and John, I’m sure you’ve seen this. Possibly you’re maybe on a web page that has a video on the top and you start to scroll down and it moves the video over to the right side, either to the top or to the left. It kind of shrinks it so you can still see the rest of the page while you’re still watching the whole video, and that’s exactly what this plugin does. So if you’ve got a video embedded on your page and it’s somewhere towards the top, as they scroll down, that video will then shrink itself and move to the upper right or upper left corner, and then you can keep on reading while that video starts playing. So it’s a really, really nice plugin and I gave it a 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! I’ve been seeing more and more of that appear on websites recently.

Marcus:           Well, now you might see it even more now that we’ve let the cat out of the bag about this plugin.

John:                No kidding. That’s a very useful plugin. It’ll help out quite a bit.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                Okay, the next plugin I’ve got here is Disable REST API, and this is in reference —

Marcus:           What?!

John:                Well, I know. There’s reasons for it. This is in reference to the article that I mentioned previously in the news section. What it is, the REST API, you know everyone knows about it – flying cars and everything. But some changes have been happening with it. Previously, there was a filter that prevented instant access in WordPress, and in 4.7 they removed the filter. Now, you can go in there and you can type in a simple command there and get everyone’s user list and other data, which has always been available. With the REST API, it’s even more available.

What this plugin here does is it disables the REST API for anonymous call-ins so that anonymous users can’t access that data instantly. This allows you to use it so that only logged in users or people using API calls properly allows them to access the data. It’s a very useful tool and it puts back what WordPress took out from the development of it so that anonymous can no longer access it. It’s a really great plugin; it’s very simple, it has no settings or anything. You just install it, activate it, and it’s there. So check it out; I gave it a 4-Dragon rating. It’s the Disable REST API.

Marcus:           Hmm…very interesting. I’ll have to take a look at that.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           The next plugin is a simple little add-on to the editor. It’s called Add Popup to TINY MCE, and just like it says, it’s a simple way to add a quick popup on your post, page, whatever you want to do. It basically just adds a button called Add Popup into the visual editor and then you can click on it and construct your own popup that goes into that page, and you’re done. Just one click and that’s all you need to do. It’s called Add Popup to TINY MCE and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Nice! That’s a great way to put a popup onto your site.

Marcus:           It’s one of the easiest ways that I’ve seen. There’s plugins that are abound about making popups but they don’t happen in the editor.

John:                Absolutely. Okay, the next one I’ve got here – and the final plugin I’ve got here for today — is called REST API Log. What this one is for is to allow you to get in there and see what is being hit in your REST API. What data are people trying to call up through your REST API. It’s a very simple plugin. You just install it, activate it, and it just builds up an API log, you go look at the log, and you can see what’s calling, how long it’s taking for it to be called, where it’s being called from, so you can get an idea of who, how, and why they’re hitting your REST API on your website. So it’s a very simple plugin, works very well, and produces a very nice, clean log, so I gave it a 4-Dragon rating. Check it out: REST API Log.

Marcus:           Great! Yeah, that’s very important, especially when you’re getting into the REST API anew and we’re all getting into it new, so it’s nice to see what’s happening and going on in that respect. The final plugin is called WP Add CC Email, and just like it says, it allows admins and multiple recipients of admin email, you can add a CC to that. Instead of just going to one administrator, it maybe goes to two.

Let’s just say on the WP Plugins A to Z site, if John wanted to get notifications but I also wanted to see them too, then he could just add a CC into all the admin emails that go out and it would also copy me in. It’s a really handy tool, great if you’ve got clients that want to see the notifications and maybe you do as well. As the webmaster or the administrator of the site, this is a great plugin in which to do that. It’s called WP Add CC Email, and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice – absolutely useful for everyone. Okay, this episode here I covered up Display Widgets, which I gave a 5 to; Disable REST API, which I gave a 4 to; and REST API Log, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Shrinking Video, which I gave a 5 out of 5; Add Popup to Tiny MCE gets a 4 out of 5; and WP Add CC Email, also a 4 out of 5.

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It's Episode 287 and we've got plugins for publishing to LinkedIn, Anti-Spam Tools, Auto Deleting Users, Image Insertion, and a new plugin to enhance your admin posts view. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 287

It's Episode 287 and we've got plugins for publishing to LinkedIn, Anti-Spam Tools, Auto Deleting Users, Image Insertion, and a new plugin to enhance your admin posts view. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for Episode #287


It’s Episode 287 and we’ve got plugins for publishing to LinkedIn, Anti-Spam Tools, Auto Deleting Users, Image Insertion, and a new plugin to enhance your admin posts view. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #287

John:                Okay, this week here what I’ve got because at the end of the year, I thought I would wrap with three of my most used plugins. These plugins go into virtually every website I produce, almost without exception. So I thought I’d talk about them. I know I talked about them in the past, but it’s always nice to bring them back forward because they are such great plugins.

So the first one I’ve got here this week is of course Antispam Bee. This is my number one plugin to install in every website I set up for WordPress, and I install it right after I install WordPress and immediately after I remove the default installed plugins that the kismet and Hello Dolly. The reason is of course no matter how new your domain, your website, or even if you get the site hidden down a directory or two, spammers will find you, guaranteed. I still experiment from time to time just for fun to see how long it takes for spammers to show up on a new WordPress website by setting it up and seeing how fast I get spam comments. My record for it so far has been three minutes from the time I set up a WordPress website to the time a spam comment arrived.

So while this plugin over at Kismet – well, for starters, it really is free compared to a Kismet, plus you don’t have to hook it to a third-party service for it to work. Also, it takes less load to run on your website and finally, it does, in my opinion, a much better job of keeping spam out of your website than any other spam plugin I’ve ever used. Very easy, very simple to set up – just a great functioning plugin and it just always seems to work. And of course, being a top plugin of mine, it’s a 5-Dragon rated plugin. Check it out: Antispam Bee.

Marcus:           Nice! All right, my first plugin is something that I’ve been kind of waiting all year for. It’s called WP LinkedIn Auto-publish. It solves a huge problem which I’ve been looking to solve for a long time. What it does is it lets you publish posts automatically from WordPress to your personal LinkedIn profile or to a LinkedIn company page that you’re an administrator of.

Now, that company page is valuable because if you have clients and they have a presence on LinkedIn, you definitely want to take advantage of that. It’s simple, it’s lightweight, it’s free, it’s got a couple of options to choose what you want to share, and it also has an override on a post-by-post basis. You can uncheck the box and it won’t publish to LinkedIn if you have a post that you don’t want to share. A very nice plugin – love it, love the way that it works, and I rated this a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Beautiful! So it’s a LinkedIn auto-publish that actually works then, eh?

Marcus:           It does work, yes. I wish – I wish that this worked for groups —

John:                Yeah?

Marcus:           — but it doesn’t.

John:                We still don’t have one for groups then, okay.

Marcus:           No, not yet.

John:                Sooner or later, LinkedIn will open up that one way or another.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                That would be nice. Okay, the next plugin I’ve got here is of course Gravity Forms. Everyone, pretty much when you build a WordPress website, you need a form plugin of one sort or another. There are a couple of other great form plugins out there that are free. While Gravity Forms is a premium plugin, you could use Contact Form 7 or Ninja Forms. Both work okay for good, basic forms. They’re often included in prepackaged themes that you would buy, so you may look at using them from time to time. I still use them from time to time but for the most part, it’s nothing but Gravity Forms.

And why Gravity Forms? Well, it is the most extensible of all the form plugins I have used. There are dozens of add-ons for Gravity Forms. There are several from the developer, there’s lots from third-party developers, tons of extensions. I even got a link here in the show notes with the notes for this of a list of over 35 add-ons that are available for Gravity Forms.

The biggest problem I’ve ever found with Gravity Forms is getting a good layout, because it’s not always the easiest layout to get set up on your website. They have sort of made it easier in the last couple of years with CSS and such. There are more and more ways to do some customizations that I see arriving for Gravity Forms. But in the whole, it’s a great plugin. You can use it not only for forms; you can use it for customized registration forms on your website, you can use it for extensions in your WooCommerce platform, you can build multipage forms for asking lots of information, you could build forms that people can stop midway through, come back to your website, and finish doing – lots and lots of things that you can do with Gravity Forms. It is just such a great plugin.

So all in all, as you know, this one here is another one of my faves that goes into everything: a top 5-Dragon rating for Gravity Forms.

Marcus:           Yeah, Gravity Forms is fun. Rocket Genius is the company that makes it and one really good friend of mine, Jeff Matson, does all the documentation for the plugin. I’ve seen what he’s made with it – oh my gosh – it’s like my jaw hits the ground when I see some of the stuff that you can do with customization.

John:                Oh, yeah.

Marcus:           And he’s made it to where – I’ve seen some of his forms where you put in different machining product specs and then it spits out a bunch of other stuff on the other end, order options, and all of that kind of stuff, so pretty, pretty amazing plugin.

John:                Yeah, it’s pretty extensive.

Marcus:           Yeah. All right, so the next one I’ve got is called Simple Admin Columns. Now for this, I’m talking about either the post or page listings. So you click on pages, posts, or whatever, and it comes up with a big list of everything. So what this does, Simple Admin Columns, it adds custom columns to the admin screen and you can also create a column which is something I like, which is the modified date – the last time you actually modified a post.

John:                Oh, nice!

Marcus:           Not when did you publish it, but when did you modify it? You can put other stuff in there: post thumbnail columns, anything like that. A really nice plugin, really great to have on any kind of WordPress installation where you’ve got a lot of posts. It’s called Simple Admin Columns and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! I like that part about the last modified date, because that’s sometimes more important than the publish date.

Marcus:           That’s right. I haven’t seen that since the last time I installed Joomla!

John:                Yeah, no kidding.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                The last plugin I’ve got here today is one that I’ve been using for several years and it’s unfortunately getting old but it still works very well. It’s called Faster Image Insert and it goes into every WordPress website that I have to add any content to, do updates to, or changes to. What it does for you, while it is 4+ years old. It’s still great, it doesn’t seem to have any conflict or issues, and I hope somebody adopts it an updates it. If not, I may look into adopting it and updating it just to make sure it’s still compatible – stays compatible.

But what it does for you once you install it, it creates an extra meta table in your post area that it takes the media and creates a media box down below for you – one that you can upload multiple files to and then continue to do your edits to your posts while they’re uploading. And if you’re like me, especially when I’m doing the show notes for the podcast, I’ve got to upload a podcast that’s like 40, 50, 60 MB. You know, it doesn’t take long nowadays with the high speed, but we’re still talking a couple of minutes. I can upload those files, start those files uploading with all of the images, go back and finish editing everything, and by the time I’m finished editing, those files are ready for me to paste or put into the post wherever they need to be. You make all of your notations in the images or the media, whatever it is, the same as you would in the media box. You just don’t have to open up the media box and wait for it to finish loading to do your work.

You could also go back to the media library if you forgot an image and you want to put it in later. Lots of little things you can do and it just basically saves you lots of time when uploading your images to the website. It’s a really great plugin. I’ve been using it for years and it’s still working with the latest versions of WordPress on all the websites I work on, so it still seems to be quite stable. You know, you just wonder about the age of it and that’s about it. I will continue to use this as long as it works. So check it out: Faster Image Insert – another 5-Dragon rated plugin.

Marcus:           Hmm…all right, well, I’m going to close it off with something that I just want to say use with caution. If I could actually childproof a plugin, this would be the one.

John:                [laughter]

Marcus:           It’s called Auto Delete User and how it works is you can set a particular role or on a user-by-user basis. Say if I’m hiring a freelancer or say, John, I hire you to come in and take a look at my site, or something like that. What I can do is grant John access but say, “You know what? After 10 days, take John out of my system. I don’t need him to have that access after that,” and that’s exactly what this does.

John:                Huh.

Marcus:           So it will auto delete a user after a specific set amount of days. However, I will say I highly recommend that if you’re going to use this plugin, make some backups because it is a new plugin and I would hate to see it kill every user based on just improper formatting of the rules or the roles or things like that you definitely don’t want to auto delete yourself in the process.

But all in all, a really, really nice plugin. I rated it a 4 out of 5, but if you’re going to use this, make sure that you are very careful with it, test it out on a staging site that you know will work for you, and just get to know it first, right? It’s like owning a handgun; you’ve got to kind of know the rules first before you just willy-nilly just open it up and start using it. So I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. I could see lots of uses for it, but I do kind of – it’d be nice if they had another way of dealing with deletions such as by creation date or something, because sometimes you’ve got to give it administrator rights but you would have to create a specific role for those administrators so you don’t get yourself deleted in the process of having it delete. That’s one of the things but yeah, it does have some possibilities. It’d be a great plugin to use but yeah, be careful with that one – absolutely.

Marcus:           Yeah, absolutely. So that’s it for my plugins.

John:                All right, well I covered up this week: Antispam Bee, which I gave a 5 to; Gravity Forms, which I gave a 5 to; and Faster Image Insert, which I gave a 5 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about WP LinkedIn Auto Publish – gave that a 5 out of 5, Simple Admin Columns – 4 out of 5, and Auto Delete User – 4 out of 5.

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

WordPress Plugins A-Z #292 Callback Widgets and multiple WooCommerce Plugins

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

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WordPress Popularity

Just about everyone who has gone through the process of trying to figure out exactly how they will get a website online has run into WordPress already. It is an extremely popular CMS but you might not realize just how many websites are using it in 2016.

Endless Options

As we mentioned in the earlier segment, WordPress provides an almost endless amount of customization’s that you can use on your website. There are over 45,000 plugins available for free which adds functionality, and over 4,000 free themes that can change the look of a website.

WordPress Security Breaches

Yes, it’s sad but true that WordPress has been the target of some quite large security breaches. It just goes to show that once you become big enough and popular enough you will become the target of people who want to take you down. The same thing happened with Windows when it became the most popular operating system for home computers. It became the target for virus makers, WordPress is not immune to that.


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It's Episode 291 and we've got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a "must install" for any new WP installation. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new January 23, 2017

It's Episode 291 and we've got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a "must install" for any new WP installation. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

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

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

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

 


This week we have the following news for you.

10 Tips to Help You Create Your WordPress Tutorials

https://bobwp.com/10-tips-help-create-wordpress-tutorials/There are literally thousands, if not tens of thousands, of WordPress tutorials at your fingertips. You can find them on blogs and YouTube and in online courses. They seem to be everywhere. And they run the whole gamut of quality, from the extraordinary to the totally worthless.

Creating workshops and tutorials for the last six years has been an enlightening experience. The feedback I got helped me craft my art so I could better deliver tutorials that filled real needs.

The first rule, of course, is to know your audience. With that foundation, here are my 10 tips to consider when creating free or paid WordPress tutorials. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

10 Hottest Web Design Trends You Gotta Know for 2017

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/web-design-trends-2017/The web is a rapidly evolving space. Technologies and development techniques can appear quickly. Ever improving tools allow for greater freedom when designing interfaces and interactions. And because of this, web design patterns and techniques can begin to trend within a short period of time.

Below is a list of web design trends to keep in mind during 2017. They aren’t all new; some are styles that have been gaining and/or maintaining their popularity during 2016. These are expected to continue to be in common use for new websites launched in 2017.

There are also a few fairly new techniques and technologies you may want to implement in your site designs. These aren’t necessarily in widespread use yet, but you may want to take advantage of them now to stay ahead of the curve.

Color choice for a website is incredibly important. It can influence visitors’ emotions, thoughts, and conversion rates. So, what are going to be the color trends for 2017? Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

10 Hottest Web Design Trends You Gotta Know for 2017

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/web-design-trends-2017/The web is a rapidly evolving space. Technologies and development techniques can appear quickly. Ever improving tools allow for greater freedom when designing interfaces and interactions. And because of this, web design patterns and techniques can begin to trend within a short period of time.

Below is a list of web design trends to keep in mind during 2017. They aren’t all new; some are styles that have been gaining and/or maintaining their popularity during 2016. These are expected to continue to be in common use for new websites launched in 2017.

There are also a few fairly new techniques and technologies you may want to implement in your site designs. These aren’t necessarily in widespread use yet, but you may want to take advantage of them now to stay ahead of the curve. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Latest Version of WordPress Fixes 62 Bugs and 8 Flaws

https://www.socpedia.com/latest-version-of-wordpress-fixes-62-bugs-and-8-flawsThis Wednesday saw the release of WordPress’ latest version, which the team categorized as a security edition for every version before 4.7.1, the number of the latest rendition of this CMS. The release notes accompanying the launch of the updated version of the software explain that it fixes 62 issues along with 8 security vulnerabilities.

The new rendition of the CMS also deals with two XSS or cross-site scripting flaws that showed up in plugins.

The advisory states that one XSS flaw was discovered by Dominik Schilling, who is a member of WordPress’ security team, and could be an issue through the name of the plugin or the header featuring the version on update-core.php. Latest Version of WordPress Fixes 62 Bugs and 8 Flaws

27 Must Have WordPress Plugins to Kickstart Any New Website – WPMU DEV

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/must-have-wordpress-plugins/?mksi=b&utm_expid=3606929-94.Ie3dH-CaRwe6MU3VrZsdvw.1&utm_campaign=Roost&utm_source=Roost&utm_medium=push&utm_referrer=https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?roost=true&roost_action=load&noteID=65959017&sendID=35073&body=27%20Must%20Have%20WordPress%20Plugins%20to%20Kickstart%20Any%20New%20WebsiteDon’t get me wrong, a fresh installation of WordPress is great and all, but if you really want to kick your site into gear, you’re going to need some top-notch plugins to get the job done.

There are certain plugins that are exceptional because they can help you create a stunning site that performs at its best.

Here’s a list of plugins you just can’t live without – so to speak – when you create a new self-hosted WordPress installation (or Multisite!). All have been tested and are regularly used by the team at WPMU DEV. 27 Must Have WordPress Plugins to Kickstart Any New Website – WPMU DEV

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

WordPress eCommerce Week on the Web: January 13, 2017

https://bobwp.com/wordpress-ecommerce-week-web-january-13-2017/The WooCommerce blog shares some ways that you can start building solid customer relationships that can lead to higher sales, better shopper satisfaction and customer loyalty.

A professional affiliate marketer chimes in over on Practical Ecommerce sharing what she has learned are five critical points when you are diving into affiliate marketing.

If you use Shopify, the new integration with Amazon makes it easy to list your products there. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

WPWeekly Episode 249

https://wptavern.com/wpweekly-episode-249-zerif-lite-kinsta-scholarship-w3-total-cache-and-my-take-on-headway-themesIn this episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I discuss some of the major headlines of the past two weeks. We talk about the unprecedented move by the Theme Review Team to suspend Zerif Lite from the theme directory leaving 300K users without a way to get updates. We share what’s new in Edit Flow 0.8.2 and the troubles users are encountering upgrading W3 Total Cache to 0.9.5.

At the end of the news segment, I took some time to describe some of the process behind my coverage of Headway Themes. I share a few of my opinions on the matter and reinforced how important it is for companies to communicate. We ended the show with Marcus’ plugin picks of the week. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Disable Specific WordPress Update Emails with the Control WP Core Emails Plugin

https://wptavern.com/disable-specific-wordpress-update-emails-with-the-control-wp-core-emails-pluginIf you manage a number of WordPress sites, you may find yourself inundated with emails each time a new version of WordPress is released. If you’d like to quickly disable these types of notifications, check out Control WP Core Emails, a brand new plugin developed by Andrew Norcross of Reaktiv Studios.

Once activated, browse to Settings > General and scroll to the bottom of the page. From here, you can configure which emails you want to suppress. Email types include, success, manual, failure, and critical. One thing to note is that Control WP Core Emails does not provide the ability to manipulate the emails. Its sole purpose is to disable them from arriving in your inbox. 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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