It's Episode 317 and we've got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #317 Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images

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It's Episode 317 and we've got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 317 and we’ve got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

New Custom HTML Text Widget in WordPress 4.8.1 – First Look
https://www.blogaid.net/new-custom-html-text-widget-in-wordpress-4-8-1-first-look/

New Custom HTML Text Widget in WordPress 4.8.1

https://www.blogaid.net/new-custom-html-text-widget-in-wordpress-4-8-1-first-look/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=fa37ef39e8-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-fa37ef39e8-710348757The devs made a way to safeguard your custom code in existing Text Widgets so that it doesn’t get stripped out as you make the switch to the new Custom HTML widget.

This new widget will take the place of the original Text Widget that we had in previous WordPress version.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

13 Crucial WordPress Maintenance Tasks to Perform Regularly
http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/wordpress-maintenance-tasks-to-perform-regularly/

13 Crucial WordPress Maintenance Tasks to Perform Regularly

http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/wordpress-maintenance-tasks-to-perform-regularly/Ever wondered which WordPress maintenance tasks you should be performing regularly? After starting a blog, often users don’t perform maintenance checks unless something breaks. By running regular maintenance tasks, you can make sure that your WordPress site is always performing at its best. In this article, we will share 13 crucial WordPress maintenance tasks to perform regularly, and how to do each one of them.

Your WordPress site is a powerful system made of several parts. This includes your WordPress hosting, WordPress software itself, plugins, and themes. Read original article here…. wpbeginner.com

Your WordPress plugins might be silently losing business data
https://venturebeat.com/2017/07/19/your-wordpress-plugins-might-be-silently-losing-business-data/

Your WordPress plugins might be silently losing business data

https://venturebeat.com/2017/07/19/your-wordpress-plugins-might-be-silently-losing-business-data/If your WordPress site uses third-party plugins, you may be experiencing data loss and other problematic behavior without even knowing it.

Like many of you, I’ve become quite attached to WordPress over the past 15 years. It is by far the most popular content management system, powering 28 percent of the Internet, and still the fastest growing, with over 500 sites created on the platform each day. Considering myself well versed in the software, I was surprised to discover — while working on a digital design project for a client — what could be the Y2K of WordPress. Many WordPress plugins are suffering data loss, and it looks like this problem will soon explode if not properly addressed. Read original article here…. venturebeat.com

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

From our YouTube Channel

Marc-Antoine Minville
Nice KJM Admin Notices review, thank you guys!! Just discovered your channel and will follow it I think, very interesting 😉

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from Craig McCourt — remember you can leave your own comment using speakpipe

And Craigs updated Itunes Review

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5 Stars
CraigMcCourt
From Good to GREAT
I have been an avid listener of WordPress Plugins A to Z for several years and my website http://PonderingGod.com has been improved by their insights. They have taken one of my favorite podcats and made it even better they have beefed up the audio quality, the content, Shownotes, the website and now they have even gone to a live Video broadcast of the podcast . While I will most often listen in my car it is nice to see the video when I am wanting to remember what they said in last weeks show. Well Done and keep it up. If you want to see more proof that they give good advice, you can check out my website at http://PonderingGod.com, I should list them as developers for all the advice I have used over the years.

John’s Rant: What to rant about?

We now have training videos up and on-linepart of the WP Plugins network you can find them here at http://wpsupport.ca/category/public-wordpress-training-videos/ or here http://wpsupport.ca/category/members-wordpress-training-videos/ new videos being done weekly.

Comment on how the last few weeks that several of the WordPress websites are coincidentally putting out articles on the exact same plugs we just reviewed in the show, and if they are getting the idea from us it would be nice if they credited us.. We talk about them on Monday and about Wednesday or Thursday their articles come out.

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**

Post Carousel & Slider

sent in by Aeonian
https://wordpress.org/plugins/post-types-carousel-slider/

Version:1.0.3
Requires:4.6 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.4
Released:08 July 2017
Downloads:501
Last Updated:19 August 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
This is another post slider plugin but does seem to be a bit easier than some I have used to create a post slider. It has custom post type support, you can include or exclude categories, show posts of only a certian tag and you can also show posts based on a keyword search. Determine how many posts to appear per page, choose a layout from full width to grid style set you excerpt length and then insert it via short code into the site.

Rating 4 Dragons

Rocket Fireworks

https://wordpress.org/plugins/rocket-fireworks/

Version:1.2
Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.4
Released:07 November 2016
Downloads:2343
Last Updated:09 January 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
This comes from the last page of recommended plugins.
In honor of The WP Plugins show approaching Episode 320 and that we now have Training videos starting to appear I thought I would play a little with some celebration plugins. This one is simple yet effective every time a page is loaded it created about a 5 to 10 second barrage of fireworks that explode in multi colours on the page then stops. There are not settings just install and activate and it works. A great way to celebrate.

Rating 3 Dragons

WP Live Messenger

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-live-messenger/

Version:1.0.1
Requires:3.8 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.1
Released:02 July 2017
Downloads:112
Last Updated:10 November 2017
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
If you are like most every other business out there you have a FaceBook page for it we are no different stop in and like us at https://www.facebook.com/WordPressPluginsA2Z and what this plugin will do for you is to allow your site visitors to start a FB messenger conversation with you. pretty simple to get up and running just place your FB url in the setting and it set an icon on your site that can be clicked to start a conversation.

Rating 4 dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus Couch**

Caldera Forms

https://wordpress.org/plugins/caldera-forms/

Version:1.5.7.1
Requires:4.7 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.1
Released:07 June 2014
Downloads:822510
Last Updated:07 December 2017
Ratings:
4.6
(4.6 star out of 5)

Caldera Forms is a different kind of WordPress form builder. With its intuitive drag and drop interface, it’s never been easier and less stressful to create forms for your WordPress site that look awesome on any device. The visual editor simplifies form building for WordPress. Set up your form with multiple columns, add additional pages, and funnel user responses with conditional logic to get more robust data and relevant information from your customers and visitors.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Zotabox Facebook Messenger Live Chat

https://en-ca.wordpress.org/plugins/zotabox/

Version:1.8.0
Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.1
Released:09 June 2015
Downloads:20558
Last Updated:21 November 2017
Ratings:
4.3
(4.3 star out of 5)

Support your customers via Facebook Live Chat. Start conversation on your website. Take advantage of Facebook Messenger with over 800 million active monthly users. This plugin is Free and convenient. Permenant chat history available for both store owner and customer. Zotabox includes 20+ Free and Premium on-site marketing tools to boost your sales and get more subscribers. This is a freemium plugin with lots of other options added for a small cost.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Twenty20 Image Before-After

https://wordpress.org/plugins/twenty20/

Version:1.2
Requires:3.5 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.4
Released:28 April 2016
Downloads:11380
Last Updated:01 June 2017
Ratings:
3.9
(3.9 star out of 5)

Twenty20 is the WordPress plugin of TwentyTwenty script that developed by Zurb team. This sparked a few new ideas on how to do something similar for our own needs. It had to swipe between two images to show “before” and “after”. Most of all, it had to be responsive. This plugin takes all of that into account with a great before and after image tool that beats all others I have tried.

Rating 5 out of 5

 

Plugins Overview:

John’s Plugins: Post Carousel & Slider – 4, Rocket Fireworks – 3, WP Live Messenger – 4

Marcus’ Plugins: Caldera Forms – 5, Zotabox FB Messenger – 4, Before and After – 5

 

Commercial / Promotions:

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