Interview 36 with John Alarcon from CodePotent

Today’s interview is with John Alarcon from CodePotent.
His plugins were reviewed in several episodes (393, 394, 402, 403, and 408).

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

John A. has several different plugins designed specifically for ClassicPress. He is a very active member of the ClassicPress community. We talk a bit about his plugins and upcoming projects, why he decided to get in to the community, and the future of WordPress and ClassicPress.

Interview 34 with Ivan Giugni from Stockdio.com

Today’s interview is with Ivan Guigni of Stockdio.com
Their stock ticker plugin was reviewed in Episode 406.

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

The plugin reviewed is a stock ticker plugin but they have 5 different plugins. The plugins are very easy to install and customize and available in multiple languages.

We also discuss their pricing and other plugins.

Interview 33 with Shakhawat Sultan from RexTheme

Today’s interview is with Shakhawat Sultan from RexTheme, who have created a 360 degree virtual tour plugin.

This is the second interview with RexTheme, the last one was Interview 24. Their plugins have also been reviewed by us previously.

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

The WP VR plugin creates a virtual tour using 360 degree panoramic photo. It’s a much cheaper and more flexible alternative to making videos or hiring a camera crew. WP VR is designed for realtors to showcase homes, but it is also useful for hotel owners, theme parks, museums, etc.

You can use the plugin in both the Gutenberg editor and the classic WordPress editor.

Basic features include clickable info hot spots, buttons to take you to another room/place, and Gutenberg block support.
Premium also includes customizable hot spot buttons, an on-screen compass, unlimited scenes, and more.

We also talk about some of their other plugins and upcoming projects.

The free and premium versions of WP VR are available on their website, rextheme.com/wpvr/.
YouTube tutorials – RexTheme
Find them on Facebook – facebook.com/RexTheme/
Follow their twitter – @rexthemeltd

Interview 32 with Sean Conklin of Coded Commerce

Today’s interview is with Sean Conklin from CodedCommerce.

We previously reviewed some plugins Sean has worked on. For example: Benchmark Email Lite, all the way back in Episode 73!

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

For the last 2.5 yrs he’s been focusing on sites powered with WooCommerce. What makes WooCommerce great is it lets you customize, manage costs, and choose vendors much easier.

There’s also a ton of plugins if the basic settings/options aren’t enough. These range from WooCommerce official extensions that WooCommerce.com “sells” (A subscription that entitles you to 1 year of updates and support from the date of purchase) to Premium 3rd party plugins, and then there’s usually freemium ones on WP.org

Usually Sean helps with upgrading, infrastructure, and back-end.

In this interview he also discusses CRM and some wisdom about WooCommerce.

He writes code snippets to edit things that are company-specific or not working quite right. He uses the Code Snippets plugin, which is officially recommended by WooComerce!

Contact Sean at his website, CodedCommerce.com!

Interview 31 with Troy Dean from WPElevation

Today’s interview is with Troy Dean from WPElevation focusing on their plugin, White Label CMS.

We reviewed this plugin in Episode 389 of the WPPluginsAtoZ show.

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

This plugin was built so you can rebrand and remove most stuff your clients don’t need to see on the WordPress dashboard. It is not a CMS of its own.

Features:

  • Different profiles offer varying access to fit the different types of sites your client may have
    • Granular access
    • By default, clients don’t have admin access
    • Give them access to parts inside menu
  • Remove panels from dashboard and add your own
    • Uses raw HTML, so you can put in basically anything
    • For example: a video panel, Google analytics, RSS feeds, etc.
    • Works well in combination with Video User Manuals plugin
      • Over 80 videos covering several topics. New and updated videos come out often.
  • Replace the whole dashboard with a custom landing page

Find out more at-

www.wpelevation.com (their blog)
www.wpelevation.com/YouTube
www.wpelevation.com/Facebook

Interview 30 with Gulam Hemani from PieRegister

Today’s interview show is with Gulam Hemani from PieRegister.

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

This plugin was reviewed in Episode 384 of WPPluginsAtoZ.

PieRegister is a plugin for creating registration forms.

PieRegister Pro offers perpetual licensing – purchase once for the number of sites you need (1, 5 or 10) and use forever.
The free and premium comparison can be found at PieRegister.com/plan-and-pricing/

Features:

  • Drag and Drop editor
  • Role Based Redirection
  • Conditional logic
  • Invitation codes
    • You can restrict access by creating a set of invite codes then sending them to the people you want to register
  • Payment integration
    • PayPal, Stripe, and Authorize.net
  • Security features
    • Two Step authentication
    • Captcha
    • Time-Based submission filter
    • IP blocking
  • integration with Mailchimp

This plugin also includes themes for the forms to make them fit in with your website better.

Find more info, download, or purchase at PieRegister.com

Interview 29 with Adrian Tobey from Groundhogg.io Democratizing Marketing

Today’s interview is with Adrian Tobey, founder and developer of Groundhogg Inc.

Adrian set out to democratize part of the internet back in June. He has 5-10 years of digital marketing experience. The traditional software they used for email marketing was all outside WordPress, and very frustrating. He built this plugin because other platforms were very uncontrollable, unreliable, and not user friendly.

How does this make it easier for people with WordPress to do their marketing (landing pages, funnels etc)?

This plugin is Drag and Drop. It’s built with the WordPress UI in mind and is very similar to Gutenberg.

The pride and joy is the automated funnel builder! It’s in two parts:

  • Benchmarks, which are anything someone might do on the site. It’s an expansive list, from filling out forms to purchasing products and more.
  • Actions, which do something to a contact, e.g. send an email, send a notification

You can order benchmarks and actions however you like.

For example, the user fills out form including their email. From there, an action would be to send a confirmation email. They confirm, which is another benchmark. Automatically an account is created. The user receives an email telling them an account was created and tells them to log in. They log in, which could send an admin notification. From the notification, you can then create a custom reward! All this is just from dragging actions and benchmarks.

There are plans to incorporate certain membership plugins as add-ons. (Leave suggestions for extensions for their plugins at their website here.)

By default whenever a user is created, a contact is created. User modification counts as a benchmark, for example, upgrading someone from Free to Pro.

Much easier to pick up than other services, partly thanks to the one-click install.

This plugin is for marketers, but it’s designed to not be a daunting task for non-marketers. There are several pre-installed templates and funnels. Webinar registration, Abandoned Cart sequence, a campaign for getting users/customers back, Email preferences, and more on the way. These are the basic funnels with the FREE plugin.

Groundhogg also offers an the Groundhogg Email Delivery Service, which is pay-as-you-go. Buy credits, then send emails for 1 credit per. Unused credits stay in the credit bank.

Reach Adrian at Groundhogg User Group on facebook, through his email info@groundhog.io, and on their website through either groundhogg.io/support or groundhogg.io/contact

 

Reminder: If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

Interview Show 25 with Martin Stewart from CorgDesign.com

Interview with Martin Stewart from CorgDesign.

Their website features three of his plugins:

  • Minimum Featured Image Size. Sometimes other site users upload tiny images, which causes them to display incorrectly or at low quality. This plugin forces them to upload properly sized images. It also works for custom posts, including WooCommerce galleries. Your images need to meet both the width and height requirement. If your image fails to meet these, the publish button is disabled and a warning message will be displayed.
  • WooHoo Lite, WooCommerce. Martin created this so clients could customize the WooCommerce site on their own, bypassing the need for a developer to help customize the design. Many things can be changed, e.g. categories, tags, breadcrumbs, pictures, etc. Pro lets you customize emails and admin notifications, also shipping price dependent on quantity. It puts all customization in one spot instead of all over back end coding. Bypasses needing a developer for customizing.
  • Visual Sitemap. This plugin lets you choose what pages are shown on the sitemap, each page’s icon and colours. The style sheets can also be edited. The icons used are from Font Awesome.

Find his work at CorgDesign.com.

Reminder: If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

Interview Show 24 with Omar from RexTheme

Interview 24 with Omar Faruque Simanta  from RexTheme on Best WooCommerce Product Feed Manager.

This plugin is for e-commerce store owners on multiple platforms looking to make more revenue by expanding. It generates a product feed to be used with all of your e-commerce stores so you only have to update information once, which is a huge time saver.  You can install the plugin to the site where your items are and use the product feed to add it to any other marketplace you use (Google Shopping, eBay, etc). If you were to change everything manually, without the product feed, you would have to add it in each place.

Another plugin on their site is Social Booster, which re-shares your WordPress posts to other social medias.

Find the plugin here: https://rextheme.com/best-woocommerce-product-feed/

Reminder: If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

Interview Show 20 with James Cantoni from WP compress

Today's interview is with James Cantoni from WP compress and VC splitter.Today’s interview is with James Cantoni from WP Compress and VC Splitter about his plugin WP Compress.

WP Compress offers multiple compression modes, secure cloud backups, image resizing and more to slash your image file sizes and speed up your website. Compress and optimize images to shrink file size, improve load times and boost page speed scores in just one click.

Since the beta in October, several things have improved based on user feedback. They have improved speeds, added automation, and made some general improvements. There are three optimization levels: Lossless (which keeps as much quality as possible), Ultra (which makes files as small as possible) and Intelligent (which tries to find a middle ground)

What makes it different:

  • Ease of use
    • To install: sign up, download, and enter api.
    • Typically no more than 3-5 settings.
    • Automation settings to make life easier
  • Affordability
    • Other compression sites charge much more. WP Compress starts at $5/mo and goes up to $15/mo.
  • Automation
    • Compresses images at a set time (or times) daily, instead of compressing on upload which can interrupt you.

Features

  • Resizing of larger images (default setting resizes any large images to 2048 pixels or less, can be set lower)
  • prevents over-compression of images, has unlimited (no time limit)restore function and backups
  • Nearly everything is one-click (bulk, individual, restore, bulk restore, settings)
  • Backups are saved securely in cloud in case you want to restore the images

Use the code “a2z” to receive 5,000 credits to test with! Download at wpcompress.com

Reminder: If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.