It’s Episode 323 and we’ve got plugins for Facebook Reviews, Speed Monitoring, New Posts via Messenger, Nearby Locations, Media File Types and Latest Posts. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Today we are reviewing our usual allotment of six great plugins.
And first up I have This plugin this plugin which comes to us via submission by … or from my own research and helps solve the following issues
This plugin adds a widget you can use to display your latest posts in a great format on your site while the free version is pretty good if you want the best looking layouts you need to jump to the pro version. Which is only $19 and worth the extra cash. It does a great job of displaying your post and with the pro you get additional styles of layout to choose from.
All in all not too bad.
Rating 4 Dragons
News Booster for Messenger
Your wordpress subscription plugin over facebook messenger. Let your readers subscribe your news and receive it via Messenger.
Why use newsBooster?
* Reach Facebook Messenger audience of 1 790 000 000 active users in 2017
* Raise effectiveness – Messenger bot reaches up to 85% Open Rate!
* Serve your readers fastest way of receiving your news
* Use most handy communication channel
* Be on top with newest chatbots trends
Rating: 4 out of 5
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Anyone listening to this show has a passion for WordPress. Want to write about something unique within WordPress? I’m now the WordPress Editor for Smashing Magazine, one of the biggest web design resources online. I’m looking for folks to write great articles about WordPress. Get a lot of exposure to yourself and your work. Email marcus.couch at smashingmagazine.com and I’ll reply back with more info. It’s a great opportunity to contribute to the WordPress community, get exposure and get a few hundred bucks for the effort too.
Our next couple plugins for you are
You can have your map show nearby locations based on the location you set it will show the nearby restruants, shopping, bars, ect. You choose the additional items to showcase on your map.
Rating 4 Dragons
WP Media File Type Manger
This plugin will allow you to manage different file types in Media Library, So if you want to Enable/Disable any specific file type in media library to upload for Security reasons. Using this plugin you can control permissions for Your Site users to upload specific type of files not only from media library section but also from frontend.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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$50 Jezweb Pty Ltd
Hi John and Marcus. This weeks donation is on behalf of The Mark Hotel, https://www.themarkhotel.com.au/ which created some interesting challenge because there was very little text information available for the design and we are expecting most users to be on mobile. Jezweb shot and produced the video on the bottom of the homepage which is something we are gradually getting more interest from clients to have done. One plugin i tried today that I haven’t used before was https://wordpress.org/plugins/attachment-pages-redirect/ Attachment Pages Redirect. So that we could disable the attachment pages for a client. However on seeing how simple the code is for the functions file we are going to just include that in the future rather than relying on the plugin. Thanks for your efforts on the show. The new format feels snappier and progresses well from each section.
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Our Last couple plugins today are:
Site Speed Monitor
This plugin help you check, improve and monitor your site speed. It runs tests against the WebPageTest.org API and take a look at how your site is loading and tracks it from the first time you run it and each test comopares to the first so you know if you are improving or not.
Run speed tests manually.
Automatic speed tests run weekly, bi-weekly, daily, monthly and more!
View speed test results and grades.
View speed test results in an easy to read graph.
Diff checker to help narrow down what caused the change in results between two tests.
Site details tracked.
Receive email reports with speed test results.
Rating 4 Dragons
OT Facebook Reviews
OT Facebook Reviews plugin allow you get rating from facebook page to your WordPress site. People do give reviews regarding the company/website/services on the Facebook page. If you receive any testimonials on your Facebook page, you should share it on your store too. Showcasing testimonials and reviews of the Facebook page on your store allows you to increase your brand credibility and leads to faster sales.
* Show Facebook Reviews on website to increase user confidence, traffic and sales
* Trim long reviews so that your users can read them comfortably
* Your customers are already viewing your site so why not make it easy for them to view your positive reviews? Now you can! With Facebook Reviews you can quickly and easily embed your reviews directly on your store.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Closing out this Episode The Plugins we covered where:
John’s Plugins: Latest Posts – 4, Nearby Locations – 4, Site Speed Monitor – 4
Marcus’ Plugins: Newsbooster for Messenger – 4, WP Media File Type Manger – 4, OT Facebook Reviews – 4
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John will take one of the plugins reviewed by the other in this show and do a quick online demonstration of the install and a two minute impression.
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How to Protect Your WordPress Admin Area
Guarding your WordPress admin area and login page against attack is vital. However, while hackers are a major security risk, they’re not the only one. For sites providing user registration, you’ll also need to secure the admin area against the users themselves. Security issues that result from approved users are called ‘non-malicious intrusions’. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com
How to Tell if a Website is Made With WordPress
When you’re surfing the web and visiting different websites, you probably often get the ‘oh wow’ feeling that some websites manage to give you with their design. One of the first things it’ll make you wonder is how it was made. And especially; what content management system the website is using. For people who are working explicitly with WordPress, it might come in handy to figure out if these websites are made with WordPress.
Luckily, there are several ways you can do that. In this post, we’ll happily discuss some of the main ways that’ll help you speed up the process and see which websites are made with WordPress and which are not. Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com
Debunking 3 Common WordPress Myths
As the largest and most widely used content management system (CMS) on the internet, it should come as no surprise that people are constantly trying to bring WordPress down. Naturally, a number of WordPress myths have been conjured up over the years. In order to be properly informed, you have to make sure you know how to separate fact from fiction.
WordPress isn’t the only CMS around, but it certainly blows the competition out of the water in terms of adoption and appeal. Just consider the popularity of the platform: Read original article here…. sitepoint.com
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