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Youtube Playlists, Image Sizing, Stats, Cookies on Episode 78 WordPress Plugins from A to Z

It’s episode 78. We’ve got plugins for Youtube Playlists, Image Sizing, Stats, Cookies and more. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

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**** Plugins Reviewed by John ****

Popularity Stats 0.0.8

The Lowdown:
Pretty simple and straight forward install and activate then check the setting on it and then look at the pretty graphs to see how your site is doing. The only issue I had was it seems to need jquery and was not loading it properly so I had to go and find something to manage my jquery. This however did not solve the issue guess it is simply too old so I had to file this one under the it was a good idea at the time.
Rating: Well since I tossed this none.. Or One..

White Label CMS 1.4.6

The Lowdown:
This is a pretty nice way of customizing your WordPress install from changing out the WordPress logo in the admin dashboard to hiding the unnecessary stuff for your clients like the nag bar when updates need to be done. You can add your own welcome panel for when your users login where you can supply contact info or a message. You can hide some dashboard panels as well as adding custom css for the admin area. You can also modify some menu items.
Rating: 3 Dragons

EU Cookie Law 1.0

The Lowdown:
I pretty much just stumbled across this and tough it might be useful for our European listeners or anyone else who would like to notify their visitors that they are being tracked by cookies. It seems a law went into effect in the European Union that says sites must let visitors know that cookies are being used and if they continue to use the site they agree to that. Simply install then customize the acceptance time and your own message and let her fly.

Rating 3 Dragons

**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****

Drop Shadow Boxes

Provides an easy way to highlight important content on your posts and pages inside a box with a drop shadow.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-7-16
Downloads: 266

Drop Shadow Boxes provides an easy way to highlight important content on your posts and pages. Includes a shortcode builder with a preview so you can test your box before adding it. It will work on the latest versions of all browsers. Some older browsers may not display the shadows – but they will display the box with the content. Please see the following page for examples to see how it performs on your browser:


The plugin itself doesn’t require any configuration. There isn’t a setting page, just a shortcode builder which you can access from the media toolbar while you’re editing the post/page by clicking on the box icon next to the upload/insert media button.

Shortcode Reference

If you prefer not to use the shortcode builder, or if you’d like to modify an existing drop shadow box here’s the shortcode reference guide.
Example usage:
your content
your content
your content
your content

Marcus’ Take: This is a really neat way to have inline styling that can be called in-post to grab your reader’s attention. Worked well for a client with frequent sales and offers on site.
Rating: 3 Dragons

youList – Youtube playlist shortcode

A simple shortcode to embed YouTube™ playlists or many YouTube™ videos in a single YouTube™ player

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-7-16
Downloads: 150

This plugin adds the shortcode so you can easily embed YouTube™ playlist or many videos in a single YouTube™ player into your posts and pages.
The plugin can also display YouTube™ playlist from a search string or all uploaded videos by a user.

Usage Examples

To embed a playlist with thumbnails:

Marcus’ Take: This was a great solution for a client that wanted to play back to back viedos on their web site. We simply created a playlist and embedded with this plugin. Worked like a charm!

Rating: 4 Dragons

Auto Image Resizer Lite
This Plugin reduces all uploaded images to the maximal used image dimensions of your WordPress website.

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2012-7-14
Downloads: 260

The “Auto Image Resizer” is a state of the art WordPress Plugin which reduces your uploaded images to the maximal used image dimensions of your WordPress website.
If the uploaders (author, member, whoever) browsers supports html5, gears, flash or silverlight the images will be resized directly on the client otherwise the server will do that. So the plugin works in every case regardless of the clients browser or OS

Marcus’ Take: This really helped out with a graphic intense client site that had a lot of scaled up images embedded as mere thumbs in a post. This plugin scaled the size of everything, resizing to a more manageable and load-worthy image.

Rating: 4 Dragons

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