It's Episode 286 and we've got plugins for Measuring CPU and Host performance, GeoIP Detection, Floating Carts and a great new plugin for Importing Facebook Events to The Events Calendar. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #286 Measuring CPU and Host performance

 

It's Episode 286 and we've got plugins for Measuring CPU and Host performance, GeoIP Detection, Floating Carts and a great new plugin for Importing Facebook Events to The Events Calendar. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 285 and we’ve got plugins for Displaying Instagram Feeds, Product Review Charts, Page Builders, Email Tracking, Time Based Content, and a new way to update your WooCommerce customers in Facebook. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Thank you Marcus and John for pointing out King Composer. I’m quite excited to try it out because it looks to have many improvements over visual composer which i’m a huge fan of. This donation is on behalf of Local Pest Control at http://www.localpestcontrol.com.au  – Ian is one of our great WordPress clients in Newcastle, Australia.
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WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

DDoS attacks via WordPress now come with encryption https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/12/14/ddos-wordpress-encryption/

DDoS attacks via WordPress now come with encryption

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/12/14/ddos-wordpress-encryption/Kaspersky Lab experts have noted an emerging trend – a growth in the number of attacks using encryption. Such attacks are highly effective due to the difficulty in identifying them amongst the overall flow of clean requests. Recently, the company encountered yet more evidence of this trend – an attack exploiting vulnerabilities in WordPress via an encrypted channel.

WordPress Pingback attacks have been in use since 2014. They fall under the amplification class of attacks, when the victim’s resource is attacked via third-party servers by exploiting vulnerabilities in them. Read original article here…. helpnetsecurity.com

How much should a custom WordPress website cost? https://poststatus.com/wordpress-website-cost/

How much should a custom WordPress website cost?

https://poststatus.com/wordpress-website-cost/Eventually, you have to talk about cost.

If you’re a consultant, as I am, you’ve been asked how much your services cost. And you have to make some decisions:

These questions are important. The answers are important. Gauging the client is important. Every interaction I have with the client helps me learn more about them and the project at hand, and affects what the cost will be.

Cost often also depends on market and location. I’m assuming I’m talking to an American audience in US dollars. What follows may translate well or poorly depending on your location and culture. Read original article here…. poststatus.com

 

14 Sneaky Online Tools to Help You Spy on Your Site’s Visitors https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/sneaky-online-tools-spy-on-site-visitors/

14 Sneaky Online Tools to Help You Spy on Your Site’s Visitors

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/sneaky-online-tools-spy-on-site-visitors/You’re in business to cater to your audience, right? In person. Over the phone. Via email. And even passively through your website. Whether they’re prospective customers just checking out your site, loyal subscribers who have yet to purchase anything, or actual paying customers, it doesn’t matter. Every point of contact you have with them counts.

But unless you explicitly ask your audience how you’re doing, how do you really know how they feel about you? This is especially important for your website—one of the most valuable assets in which you’ve no doubt invested a lot of time and money building. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Why stores running on WordPress are winning

https://woocommerce.com/2016/08/wordpress-stores-winning/According to the most recent report from BuiltWith, 39% of all eCommerce sites are powered by WooCommerce and WordPress — over 1.5 million active stores. Add in the usage of additional eCommerce platforms powered by WordPress and the CMS’s own 17.6 million live sites (over 26% of the entire internet!), and, well… that’s a lot of sites.

Developers and store builders don’t just choose to work with WordPress because it’s free (although it is) or because “everyone else is using it” (although they are). There are some pretty convincing reasons why WordPress has climbed to the top of the charts, and why WooCommerce has soared in popularity right along with it. Read original article here…. woocommerce.com

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

We have a comment from Jermy at Jezweb about the chat feature on his site.

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**

PHP/MySQL CPU performance statistics

Version:1.2.1
Requires:3.2.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.3
Released:13 October 2013
Downloads:19157
Last Updated:22 February 2017
Ratings:
4.6
(4.6 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
This plugin is for finding out how the server you are on is performing, it does a great job of performing some quick tests to see if you are on a quality server or not. This plugin runs some checks on your MySql to see how it is performing and then outputs the results to compare against some standards to see how your webserver is performing.
Rating 4 Dragons

wp Hosting Performance Check

Version:2.13.7
Requires:3.2 or higher
Compatible up to:4.6.4
Released:05 September 2016
Downloads:3877
Last Updated:03 December 2016
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
This plugin is for finding out how the server you are on is performing, it does a great job of performing some quick tests to see if you are on a quality server or not. This plugin will help you discover if your loading issues are server caused or from your theme or some other slow loading segment of your website. After install it monitors your website and you can let it run for a few days to see how your site is performing, you can also review the system info to find out what level of programs your server is running. Believe it or not there are still sites running on php 5.3 and below. as well as very old MySql all of these thing effect your site loading.
Rating 4 Dragons

GeoIP Detection

Version:2.7.0
Requires:3.5 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.3
Released:04 July 2013
Downloads:44108
Last Updated:17 March 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
This plugin allows to have GeoIp detection on your site that you can then integrate into a plugin or theme to track visitors to your website. Currently I have used it in conjunction with the wp Hosting performance check plugin which countries visitors are coming from to help detect slow areas.
Rating 4 Dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus Couch**

Host Info

Version:1.0
Requires:4.X or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.3
Released:13 December 2016
Downloads:229
Last Updated:13 December 2016
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)
Have you ever needed to show some realtime server and execution environment information? Host Info will provide you more information on the webserver that´s hosting your WordPress site. I found this to be somewhat handy, though it didn’t give me all of the stats that I might have wanted.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Woo Floating Cart Lite

Version:1.0.6.1
Requires:3.9 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.3
Released:13 December 2016
Downloads:2395
Last Updated:28 March 2017
Ratings:
4.8
(4.8 star out of 5)
An Interactive Floating Cart for WooCommerce that slides in when the user decides to buy an item. Products, quantities and prices are updated instantly via Ajax. This is a lot like many of the professional carts you have seen at the big retail stores. It’s a nice way to keep the cart in view at all times.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Import Facebook Events

Version:1.1.2
Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.3
Released:17 December 2016
Downloads:3120
Last Updated:13 February 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)
This plugin allows you to import events from facebook.com into The Events Calendar and Events Manager. If you are like me and use The Events Manager as your events plugin of choice, this plugin is a no-brainer as an extra add-on. As an add-on plugin this plugin needs The Events Calendar or Events Manager Installed and activated.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Plugins Overview:

John’s Plugins: PHP/MySQL CPU performance statistics  – 4 , wp Hosting Performance Check  – 4, GeoIP Detection – 4
Marcus’ Plugins:  Host Info – 3, Woo Floating Cart Lite – 4, Import Facebook Events – 5

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Time to share this space with others, so currently I would like to let others know about a great resource for WordPress eCommerce issues. You can check out https://bobwp.com/ this site has great tips and useful information about WP Ecommerce, a great podcast and more check him out. .

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