WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 51 — Website Portfolio Plugins Plus

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On guard for teeWordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 51 — Website Portfolio Plugin plus

Today’s show brings in a couple of plugins that will help you make life simple on your WordPress website including but not limited to a portfolio plugin, theme management for special events.

John’s Rant: What to rant about?

What a wonderful thing life is since it always seems to provide whenever you need it to. This weeks rant was nicely supplied to me by an……Anal so-called self proclaimed web host reviewer located at hosting-reviews-exposed dot com (why no link well this person will receive enough links from me in my other post about his slanderous opinion of my service), since he has never used or even tried my service it cannot be rightfully called a review and most of his site is this way for full story listen in. As anyone who listens to my show knows I do not shy away from a bad review in fact I welcome them as they are a great way to grow. but what this guy does is slander business based solely on where they have chosen to do some promotions, and after digging into his site it all stems from a bad experience he had with the originating website. What this dink says about me http://hosting-reviews-exposed.com/webhostingstuff-com/firedragonhosting.html

Check out @runnerskye 2012 YYJ Run for Cancer Calendar at http://www.yyjrunforcancer.com

Shout Outs:
Hi Manny

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

How to Increase the Maximum File Upload Size in WordPress

WordPress 3.3: The 11 Most Important New Features

Nexcess Announces New WordPress Hosting Platform

WP Engine Secures $1.2 Million in Series A Round of Financing Led By Silverton Partners

WordPress Founder: ‘Enterprise Software Sucks’

WordPress News at WordPress London 17 November 2011

Need a clinicList of Plugins:

—–Johns Plugins——-

WEBphysiology Portfolio:

What They Say:

The WEBphysiology Portfolio plugin was built to provide a clean, current look in situations where an expanded list-style or grid-style portfolio layout is appropriate. The plugin is implemented via a [shortcode] that supports the display of all, one-or-more or all less one-or-more portfolio types. More than one shortcode can be used on a given page, allowing for separating portfolio records between these instances.

The plugin utilizes a Custom Post Type as well as a Custom Taxonomy. It provides an Options page for specifying some customizable settings, like the number of entries to display per page. It also allows one to turn off the provided CSS in place of implementing their own and a lot more.

What We Say:

It uses custom post types helping to provide a cleaner look, it also places its own menu block. You can choose a grid or a list style layout, they have a pretty comprehensive instruction area on their website http://webphysiology.com/plugins/webphysiology-portfolio-plugin/ this make some of the more complex settings easier to understand and setup. I found it necessary to adjust the CSS for the plugin to fit into my site so beware of that issue. Found it a bit of a pain to adjust using a Studio Press theme.

Rating:
3 Dragons due to the issues surrounding setup almost gave it a 2

wp-propagator

What They Say:

wp-propagator will keep track of what plugins are installed and will copy and activate them to a number of other WordPress installs.

It is useful for when you have a set of separated WordPress installs which you want to keep synchronized in terms of plugins.

It does not require XML-RPC enabled or FTP support since the requests are done via HTTP POST requests.

What We Say:

Well its a great idea in theory but I was unable to make it work and there was no documentation on this plugin so it spins down the drain.

Rating:

1 Dragon for being so poorly done.

Christmas is comingWP Scheduled Themes

What They Say:

This plugin allows a wordpress administrator to schedule a different theme to display on the website for holidays or special events for all visitors.

The theme will be overridden on the live site for all people who visit the site. Great for setting a Christmas theme!

What We Say:

Very cool very simple and actually works not too much else to say here, you simply upload additional themes, choose theme choose dates to run and it auto switches on those dates.

Rating:
5 Dragons for it simplicity in everything.

Thar she blowsTop Commentators Widget:

What They Say:

The Top Commentators Widget a sidebar widget to show the top commentators in your WP site. Adapted from Show Top Commentators plugin at Personal Financial Advice, this widget is easier to manage via the control form (no need to edit the PHP file); additional options are also available to make it more flexible. Read the FAQ section on how to customize the widget. Read the Changelog as well as http://webgrrrl.net/tags/tcw for the latest news on this widget.

What We Say:

Just a great simple plugin that make promoting your best commentators on your webpage. Simple install then add the widget and a couple simple configurations and your off.

Rating:
5 Dragons so simple it just works.

——Marcus Plugins———-

On vacation

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Some Terms here for plugins:
Nothing special this week..

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

Possible interview with Casey

Membership Plugins

More Lazy Plugins

How to Contact Us:

John can be contacted at:

on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

How to Contact Marcus:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

Some of the music provided tonight from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com

 

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #50 — Simple and Easy Plugins

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Dancing ProudWordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 50 Tuesday November 16, 2011.

More great lazy plugins that will help you make life simple on your WordPress website and even a premium plugin review.

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?
Announcing the launch of a great new website, www.TourGuideSearch.com a great new place to list and find listing for a tour guide in your area or where you might be heading to.

Mercury is going retro grade yahoo (insert sarcasm here)

This Crazy SOPA thing in the US which can affect many folks across the globe http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/11/16/sopa-is-an-easy-no-these-idiots-are-coming-for-your-internet/ since unfortunately the US actually controls the Internet as we know it.

Shout Outs: Yup a couple
One for Manny thanks again

Something new list of interesting sites that run on WordPress:
None discovered this week.

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:
WordPress Timthumb Attacks Rising

WordPress 3.3 Beta 3 Available or maybe by showtime full release..

11 Top WordPress Tips From The WPMU Team

List of Plugins:

—–Johns Plugins——-

CBPress Plugin

Recently updated it is a preimum plugin

What they say:
From the creators of the popular Clickbank Marketplace analytical and search tool, CBengine, comes CBpress. The most robust and flexible ClickBank and affiliate product management Wordress plugin currently out there.

Current affiliate management plugins require you to MANUALLY enter ClickBank products one by one. CBPRESS allows you to import the ENTIRE ClickBank Marketplace into your WordPress blog in seconds and then manage which ClickBank categories and products you want. The options are MANY.

Push-Button Marketplace Updates

Update your CBpress Marketplace every couple hours or once a  week. The control is in YOUR HANDS. Simply press the import button and in seconds your WordPress ClickBank marketplace will be automatically updated.

What We Say:

I found it easy to install on product listing page have the ability to display more that 10 at a time never mind found the setting in the setting menu, but it does not randomize them on display it need the ability to randomize the listing on the site when choosing to display more that your list number. Also it need a bit clearer instructions on downloading the initial data base for the system.

Rating:
3 Dragons due to time needed to get it setup

iRobots.txt SEO

What They Say:
iRobots.txt SEO (IRSEO) is a fully customizable robots.txt virtual file generator. IRSEO creates a highly optimized and secure robots.txt file straight out of the box. Users may choose to enable or disable specific user agents, directories or files using intuitive options all of which include detailed instructions.

The robots.txt file is a text file located in the root directory of a website. It’s purpose is to direct user-agents (AKA bots) away from or towards specific files or directories. Inhibiting a bot from indexing specific pages will ensure your website remains keyword optimized and all indexed pages are relevant to your potential customers.

IRSEO also inhibits several WordPress system directories and files by default. Doing this ensures that the search bots do not include security sensitive pages within search results. For example, searching for “inurl:wp-content name size description” in Google will produce a list of sites with indexed and open content directories.

What We Say:
This is a pretty easy plugin to use you can do as little or as much configuration as you desire. This plugin insures that you have that all important robot.txt file on your site without the hassle of writing a text file and uploading it and double checking you have blocked all the proper directories.

Rating:4 Dragons for ease of use.

The old barnGravity Forms Subscriptions Add-On

What They Say:
This plugin requires the Gravity Forms plugin. Don’t use Gravity Forms? Buy the pluginand then use this plugin!

Gravity Forms has great PayPal support built in, but…

There’s no way to switch between subscriptions and one-time payments in the same form, or modify the subscription frequency. That’s what this add-on does: it adds two buttons to the Gravity Forms form editor that add a drop-down menu or radio button selection with subscription options.

You can use the presets or enter your own subscription frequency options. You can define options such as:

  • One-Time (non-subscription)
  • Once Daily
  • Once Weekly
  • Once a Month
  • Once Every 6 Months
  • Once Yearly
  • etc.

What we say:
This is a pretty simple plugin to use and make adding subscriptions using gravity forms easy to do.

Rating:4 Dragons for ease of use

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

Nothing this week

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

Possible interview with Casey

Membership Plugins

WEBphysiology Portfolio

More Lazy Plugins

How to Contact Me:
John can be contacted at:
on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

How to Contact Marcus:
Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

Some of the music provided tonight from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com http://music.mevio.com