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Today we are reviewing our usual allotment of six great plugins.
Force Plugin Updates
There is the occasional time when you want an easy way to reupdate a plugin aside from downloading the files then FTPing them back up to your site. This might include after you been cleaning up after a site has been hacked and you just want to insure the plguins files are clean. It could include when you have done an update and it did not complet properly for what ever reason. This plugin is pretty simple to use install, activate and it adds a new choice on the plugins bulk list. check the plugins you want to force update selcet it and go. Then just toss this plugin when done.
Rating 4 Dragons
Hide Publish Button Until Scheduled
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Here’s a new plugin that could come in quite handy if you are doind scheduled posts on a regular basis. It does exactly what it says. It doesn’t let you publish it until the “scheduled date” has arrived.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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When you redo a website or look to cleanup a mess that has accumulated over time one of the things that has to be cleaned up is the abanodend shortcodes. Finding them can be a chore at times and this plugin makes that chore a whole lot easier. It let you search all post types and creates a list of all short codes found and on what pages so you can get in and clean up the mess.
Rating 4 Dragons
Add authors not users
With “Add Authors Not Users” users can add guest author names to posts and pages, without the obligation to add them as registered users. While guest posting is a very common practice , WordPress configuration is such as adding guest post author’s name can be time consuming and burdensome. Users have to add the guest author as a user first, which includes adding his email, making sure he or she has the right permissions and only then it is possible to define the user as the author of the post or article. In short, registering users can be time consuming especially if you have many guest posts. With this WordPress plugin everything become super simple. It adds a guest author box to the post dashboard where the user can determine the author’s name.
The guest author name will be saved to the post metadata and the metadata value will override the user’s name for the specific post.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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Our last couple plugins today are:
FV Gravatar Cache
Speed is so very important on your website today and if you can save anothe .5 second then you want to do it. This plugin whill do that and maybe more if you are using Gravatars on your site in any way. The biggest way of course is if you get lots of comments and use the Garavatar display beside each comment. While many people just opt to turn off the Gravatar image which works it is kind of a nice feature to have them on. This plugin creates a local regularly updated cach of gravatar image for your sire which helps insure a speedier deliverly of the images vs. waiting for the Gravatar server to deliver them.
Rating 5 Dragons
WooCommerce Phone Verification on Checkout
This plugin adds phone verification widget on checkout page using the RingCaptcha SMS API. WooCoommerce does not have phone verification by default so people can just input random phone numbers and business owners can’t verify if an order is legitimate or not. This is good for business owners doing cash on delivery, since a verified phone number is always tied to each order. This plugin also helps reduce fraudalent orders / fake credit cards since a user must verify the phone number first before he can proceed with checkout.
This plugin also has the ability to send SMS notifications whenever someone places an order. This is useful for the status of your shipping, or simply just giving thank you messages. Sending SMS notifications is tied to the WooCommerce order status, and is automated by the plugin. SMS notifications can also send order notifications to the business owner as well whenenever a new order has been received.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Closing out this Episode The Plugins we covered where:
John’s Plugins: Force Plugin Updates – 4, Shortcode Locator – 4, FV Gravatar Cache – 5
Marcus’ Plugins: Hide Publish Button Until Scheduled – 4, Add authors not users – 5, WooCommerce Phone Verification – 4
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