It's Episode 319 and we've got plugins for Database Backups, MultiSite Themes, Podcasting, Amazon Affiliates, Gamification and a great new native countdown timer. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #319 Database Backups, MultiSite Themes

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It's Episode 319 and we've got plugins for Database Backups, MultiSite Themes, Podcasting, Amazon Affiliates, Gamification and a great new native countdown timer. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 319 and we’ve got plugins for Database Backups, MultiSite Themes, Podcasting, Amazon Affiliates, Gamification and a great new native countdown timer. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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$50 Jezweb Pty Ltd

This donation is on behalf of Brisbane Rooftech Roof Painting, https://www.brisroofs.com.au/ which is a WordPress site built by Jezweb. I’ve been looking at ways to curb the junk clients get through their gravity forms for a while and have found one that is working well without captcha. The WP Spamshield plugin is so far doing a good job of blocking form spam that would otherwise evade the gravity forms honey pot. Thank you for the recent reviews of the before and after images and facebook chat box.

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WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Dismisses Automattic’s Trademark Dispute Against Chris Pearson
https://wptavern.com/trademark-trial-and-appeal-board-dismisses-automattics-trademark-dispute-against-chris-pearson

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Dismisses Automattic’s Trademark Dispute Against Chris Pearson

https://wptavern.com/trademark-trial-and-appeal-board-dismisses-automattics-trademark-dispute-against-chris-pearsonIn July 2015, Automattic won its Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) case against Chris Pearson regarding Thesis.com after the panel determined that he failed to establish all three elements required under the ICANN Policy.

A party must satisfy all three of the burdens imposed under the Policy in order for the Panel to order transfer of a domain name from the entity registering it. Here, Complainant failed to establish that Respondent registered and used the disputed domain name in bad faith. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

Publishers Are Moving Back to WordPress After Short Experiments with Medium
https://wptavern.com/publishers-are-moving-back-to-wordpress-after-short-experiments-with-medium

Publishers Are Moving Back to WordPress After Short Experiments with Medium

https://wptavern.com/publishers-are-moving-back-to-wordpress-after-short-experiments-with-mediumIn March 2017, Medium CEO Ev Williams announced that his solution to fix the broken, ad-driven media industry was to fire up a new $5 subscription program that would put articles behind a paywall inside of the Medium network.

Today The Awl, The Hairpin, and The Billfold announced the publications have moved back to WordPress after switching to Medium in April 2016. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

5 Years of Selling on ThemeForest – Pros and Cons
https://kinsta.com/blog/themeforest-pros-cons/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=d29ce62088-The_WhiP_In_The_Beginners_Guide_08_04_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-d29ce62088-102893693

5 Years of Selling on ThemeForest

https://kinsta.com/blog/themeforest-pros-cons/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=d29ce62088-The_WhiP_In_The_Beginners_Guide_08_04_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-d29ce62088-102893693With WordPress being used by over 28% of all websites, the space can be very competitive! A big dilemma for a lot of new WordPress theme developers is whether or not they should go out on their own or distribute their work on an already established marketplace. Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Henry Rise, the CEO of ThemeREX, a Power Elite Author on ThemeForest. He’s going to share with us his first-hand experience of having sold themes on ThemeForest for five years, and some of the pros and cons to the platform. If you are still contemplating which route to go down, hopefully this can help you make a more informed decision.

For those of you who might not know, ThemeForest is owned by Envato, and is an online marketplace where you can buy and sell HTML templates and themes for popular CMS products like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. According to Alexa they are listed in the top 1,000 websites in the world and receive millions of visitors each month. They are definitely one of the largest marketplaces of its kind. Read original article here…. kinsta.com

John’s Rant: What to rant about?

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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, Thursday their articles come out.

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**

PowerPress Podcasting plugin by Blubrry

https://wordpress.org/plugins/powerpress/

Version:7.1.1
Requires:3.6 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.2
Released:08 August 2008
Downloads:1096196
Last Updated:24 August 2017
Ratings:
4.8
(4.8 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This plugin was first reviewed in Episode 53 on Dec 15, 2011 here http://wppluginsatoz.com/wordpress-plugins-from-a-to-z-episode-53-podcasting-plugins-and-more/ so its time to re-review it and create a training video about it which can be found here. Orig rating of 4 Dragons

This plugin has changed allot over the past 6 years and it time to showcase some of the improvements they have made as well as how to get it fully set up or in my case make use of the updates that have been ignored.

Especially with the advance of now having Google play as a place to showcase your podcast. If you are a podcaster and looking to switch they even have a migration tool available. If your new to podcasting use this plugin as it provides everything you need. If you like me have been using this awhile and simply been doing the updates over time. Then you need to review all the settings on it.

All in all this plugin provides a great experience for both you and your listeners when visiting your website. Plus they make it easy to showcase your podcast inn Google Play and iTunes.

Rating 5 Dragons

WP Database Backup

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-database-backup/

Version:4.5.1
Requires:3.1+ or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.2
Released:21 March 2014
Downloads:637325
Last Updated:28 September 2017
Ratings:
4.5
(4.5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
I had the necessity last week to heave to retrieve a website for a host of ill-repute for a client. It seems the provider would not give them cpanel access and was generally making thier life difficult for the the things they needed to accomplish on their growing website. We fortunately had one main thing FTP access to the website although limited to the WordPress directory but that was enough With my script that inserts Admin accounts into a WordPress website and some creative ingenuity we were able to obtain their website.

The biggest problem was the server they were has very limited resources and we needed to get the database out. Many plugins for DB back up do an all or nothing grab. The great thing about this plugin is that is allowed mr to choose which tables to grab. Due to the size of some of the table I could not grab it all at once since it kept going incomplete due to resource limitation mentioned.

By being able to pull it in pieces I was able to get all the tables and reassemble it on to the new hosting at JohnOverall.com hosting.

A great plguin that works very well also offers the ability to backup database to multiple offsite sources notifications when complete, ability to do a restore althoug I did not test that function. all in all a great plugin helped save the day

Rating 5 Dragons

Amazon Auto Links – Amazon Associates Affiliate Plugin

https://wordpress.org/plugins/amazon-auto-links/

Version:3.5.3
Requires:3.4 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.6
Released:10 September 2012
Downloads:136478
Last Updated:09 September 2017
Ratings:
4.4
(4.4 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
It seems I have to make another forrary into the world of affiliate links again at least for a brief time and am choosing to use this plugin in that aid. It has a pretty staright forward connection to Amazon using thier product API. You can choose from 12 of thier server locals for your website including Canada, French and the UK. You can whitelist and blacklist items. It has a product cache to help with your site loading time. and more all in all a pretty good plugin for my trin into the abyss once more.

Rating 4 Dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus Couch**

GamiPress

https://wordpress.org/plugins/gamipress/

Version:1.2.7
Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.2
Released:20 July 2017
Downloads:1927
Last Updated:17 October 2017
Ratings:
4.7
(4.7 star out of 5)

GamiPress is the easiest way to gamify your WordPress website in just a few minutes, letting you award your users with digital rewards for interacting with your site. Easily define the achievements, organize requirements, and choose from a range of assessment options to determine whether each task or requirement has been successfully achieve.

Rating: 5 out of 5

WP Deadlines

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-deadlines/

Version:1.0.0
Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:5.8
Released:01 August 2017
Downloads:188
Last Updated:01 August 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

WP Deadlines will display a highly customizable countdown timer to your e-commerce(woo commerce) page, side-wide flyout banner and countdown timers for your email. No need to use an extra plugin for countdown timer on site and SaaS service for email. Everything is now combined in one plugin and its 100% free and open source. By using a 3rd party countdown timer inside your email you are compromising your email credibility because all email service provider(Gmail, Outlook, AOL) mark your email as spam if you use any link other than your domain.

Rating: 4 out of 5

WPMU Allow All Themes

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpmu-allow-all-themes/

Version:0.1
Requires:3.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.2
Released:29 July 2017
Downloads:31
Last Updated:29 July 2017
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

A simple plugin to eliminate the need to “Network Activate” whenever a new theme is added to the network. This is a tiny time-saver for developers and theme testers who deal with lots of new themes regularly.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Plugins Overview:

John’s Plugins: PowerPress Podcasting – 5, WP Database Backup – 5, Amazon Auto Links – 4

Marcus’ Plugins: GamiPress – 5, WP Deadlines – 4, WPMU Allow All Themes – 5

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