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WordPress Plugins Password Strength, Full Background Slideshows, Site Lockdown, Background Music

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 108

It’s episode #108 and we’ve got plugins for enforcing Password Strength, Full Background Slideshows, Site Lockdown, Background Music and a new way to WATCH the visitors on your WordPress site. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to manage multiple sites with one click updates for everything as well as a centralized point for content production check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Something new has been brought to my attention https://www.cms2cms.com a service to convert CMS sites to another CMS site Presently, they offer migration from Joomla, Joomla K2 and Drupal to the latest WordPress, this platform is currently in beta so is free and I am looking for a test case to try out so if anyone has a site they want to convert to WordPress contact me and I’ll be happy to do it with this service as a test case.

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Robert has a question regarding migrating from one host to another. This is another great example of the outstanding features of CMS Commander that we talk about so much. https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand is the place to go. What CMS commander can do that Backup Buddy cannot is pretty staggering. In the case of cloning a site, it can be done in just a few minutes. The limitations with Backup Buddy are also restricted by the size. Have a site that’s more than 90 megs? Forget about Backup Buddy.

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Simple Site Lockdown 1.1

The Lowdown:
A simple way to hide your site from others and only allow admins access to it. This is a great way to hide your development website from the world if you’re in a hurry to get it hidden simple and clean.

Rating 4 Dragons

 

Minimum Password Strength 1.1.2

The Lowdown:
Security Security Security… We all know how important the ever hated password is but many still do not pay attention to this issue. The plugins take that pretty bar that goes from red to green when creating a new password for WordPress and then enforces a minimum password standard for all users changing passwords or creating new users on your site. You choose the setting you want from weak to strong to enforce.. a nice little plugin.

Rating 4 Dragons

 

Background Music 1.0

The Lowdown:
Also known as how to annoy your visitors in one easy step.. You simply install it and point it to an mp3 file that will start automatically.. It may have a use for force feeding your podcast if you like.. It does place a prominent button on the top of page to turn it off..

Rating: 2 or 3 Dragons

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

 

Minimum Password Strength

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/minimum-password-strength/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-8
Downloads: 47

WordPress profile pages contain a visual indicator which shows the strength of a user’s chosen password. This is nice, but WordPress doesn’t actually enforce this in any way, so users are free to select weak passwords.

Minimum Password Strength uses the same method to calculate a password’s strength, but forces users to meet a minimum strength requirement before they can change their password.
By default, passwords must have “Medium” strength, but administrators can change this to force passwords to be at least “Weak”, “Medium”, or “Strong”. To change the minimum strength, go to Settings -> Password Strength after installing Minimum Password Strength.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Full Screen (Page) Background Image Slideshow

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/full-screen-page-background-image-slideshow/

Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-10
Downloads: 457

This plugin allows you to add single or multiple backgrounds that spans behind whole website contents. You can

  1. Set single background
  2. Configure multiple backgrounds to behave as slideshow
  3. Randomize Backgrounds for each refresh
  4. Set animation duration and delay
  5. Add dotted Overlay
  6. Set Opacity of Background Images
  7. Set single or multiple images for individual pages


If image is larger than the user’s resolution, plugin will stretch either width or height (keeping aspect ratio) to fit on the screen. It will also centralize the image. If image is smaller than the user’s browser resolution, It will be displayed centered in the background without stretching.

Rating: 5 out of 5

 

SessionCam

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sessioncam/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2013-2-5
Downloads: 40

Use SessionCam to record every customer journey made on your website. Replay individual sessions, generate heatmaps, understand and investigate funnel and form drop-off. Tackle abandonment, improve conversion and reduce support costs. SessionCam is a cloud-based solution that’s easy to implement and generates super-fast RoI for our clients.
SessionCam is a “Software as a Service” solution – just add our JavaScript tag to your web site and every feature of the product is delivered remotely from our secure, cloud-based infrastructure.

SessionCam includes features for:

  • Recording web sessions in real-time
  • Analysing recorded activity
  • Understanding funnel and form conversion
  • Creating stunning behavioural heatmaps for mouse movement, mouse click, page scrolling and browser attention
  • Replaying web sessions
  • Integrating with Google Analytics, other web analytics systems, CRM solutions and customer feedback solutions.


Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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Twitter Widgets, Comment Subscription, News Tickers, Slide Presentations, Mobile Content variations

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 107

It’s episode #107 WordPress Plugins A to Z and we’ve got plugins for Twitter Widgets, Comment Subscription, News Tickers, Slide Presentations, Mobile Content variations, and a great new way to give alerts to your site viewers. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to magage multiple sites with one click updates for everything as well as a centeralized point for content production check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Something new has been brought to my attention https://www.cms2cms.com a service to convert CMS sites to another CMS site Presently, they offer migration from Joomla, Joomla K2 and Drupal to the latest WordPress, this platform is currently in beta so is free and I am looking for a test case to try out so if anyone has a site they want to convert to WordPress contact me and I’ll be happy to do it with this service as a test case.

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips


Eric Dingler sends in his audio request. He is looking for Event Organizing promotion alerts and posts. Also looking for a plugin that provides a customized footer.

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

My Twitter Widget

  • Last Updated: 98 days ago
  • Requires WordPress Version: 3.0.1 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 3.3.2
  • Downloaded: 16,130 times
  • WordPress.org Plugin Page »

The Lowdown
Ok up at bat #2  for a twitter widget you might remember in last show I had a 1 dragon for this category. Well this one works just fine and has the ability to set your cache time as well as # of tweets and to even use your own custom css applied to the box. so check it out
Rating 3 Dragons

 

Subscribe To Comments Reloaded 2.0.2

The lowdown:
I needed a plugin for subscribing to comments now while I may have covered this is the past it s time once again. This plugin while being old still seems to do the job just fine. It add a nice little check box to comments for people who want to follow the fun. It also builds a list for you to manage all subscriptions and customize your messages to them, it also allows your visitors to subscribe without making a comment this is a great feature there are times i just want to follow a conversation and not be part of it. You know the old days of lurking in the BBS.
It seems to run clean and smooth and fit right into this site which already had 83 plugins installed and running.
Rating 4 Dragons

News ticker 1.0

The Lowdown:
We were in need of a plugin that would display news in a scrolling bar and would not conflict with the main event calendar, it took us a few tries to find one but this one did the trick and had a couple of nice features in the process. You can set it to show from any or all categories make it recent or most popular or most commented posts or you can limit it to specific posts. You can have it display the featured image dates and excerpts determine number of posts to show and the excerpt length. You can set the sped it shows and have them scroll left right up or down.. All in all a pretty good news ticker plugin.
rating 4 Dragon

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

SlideOnline

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slideonline/
Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-1
Downloads: 19

This is a very simple plugin created to embed PowerPoint presentations using SlideOnline.com in any blog powered by WordPress.
You can easily embed your PDF and PowerPoint presentations in a WordPress blog using SlideOnline.com that is a free service to share PowerPoint presentations online and an alternative to other PPT and presentation sharing platforms.

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Mobile Content

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobile-content/

Requires: 2.1.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-1
Downloads: 79

Mobile Content plugin allows you to use shortcodes to display different content, in your posts or pages, depending on the device it is being viewed on. Using these shortcodes you can specify to only show certain content to desktops, tablets, or mobile phones. See an example here.
Shortcodes:
[desktop]Your Desktop Content Here[/desktop]
[tablet]Your Tablet Content Here[/tablet]
[mobile]Your Mobile Content Here[/mobile]

Rating: 4 out of 5

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WP Alert

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-alert/

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-1-31
Downloads: 234

WP Alert Plugin is the easiest way to grab your visitors’ attention! It allows you to add images, icons, texts and links in a beautiful and smart way on your pages, posts.
Upload your images, set text and links, use it on home,page or post and you done!
You may use it in many ways: Navigation or sub-menu Social tool bar Buy / Download buttons Portfolio and image gallery and many more!

WP Alert Plugin allows you to: * Write your own text * Link images and text anywhere * Choose backgrounds color and font sizes * Simply place in your posts, pages,

Rating: 5 out of 5

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by**

 

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What’s coming in future podcasts:

Special guests with their own plugin picks

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Special Guest Grant Landram & WordPress Plugins Backups, Twitter Feeds, Appointment Keeping, Editing and Custom Fields

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 106

It’s episode #106 and we’ve got plugins for Backups, Twitter Feeds, Appointment Keeping, Editing and Custom Fields, plus Special Guest Grant Landram. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to magage multiple sites with one click updates for everything as well as a centeralized point for content production check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.
>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Something new has been brought to my attention https://www.cms2cms.com a service to convert CMS sites to another CMS site Presently, they offer migration from Joomla, Joomla K2 and Drupal to the latest WordPress, this platform is currently in beta so is free and I am looking for a test case to try out so if anyone has a site they want to convert to WordPress contact me and I’ll be happy to do it with this service as a test case.

Our special Guest today is Grand Landram founder of FreshMuse.com a WordPress development firm located in downtown Seattle Washington. He is also active in the WordPress community as a WordCamp organizer.

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

https://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/23/wordpress-org-bans-themeforest-authors-from-participating-in-official-wordcamp-gatherings/
WordPress.org bans Themeforest members from participating in official WordCamp gatherings

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Note for episode 106 I am sorry Paul I heard you are from Ireland some reason file was mislabeled as new Orleans Must have been your Irish accent.

Duplicator 0.4.1

The Lowdown:
This plugin works great load it up make your backup download the installer and the package then move it to new domain then run the installer. Some notes if you move a big site I moved on database was 200mg compressed and 788mg of files in short this was a huge site. I found I had to allocate more memory for my server to the php, if you do not run your own server and have ability to do this you may have some trouble, but on the whole moving this site was a breeze I have to to rate this plugin
Rating 5 dragons

Twitter Feed Widget 1.0

The Lowdown:
I was looking for a simple Twitter feed widget that did not interfere with anything but it turns out this one did not work at all for me in its simple setup had to move on..
Rating 1 Dragon

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

WP Video SEO

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-video-seo/

WordPress Video SEO plugin allows you to generate a sitemap for your videos. It helps search engine index your videos for better ranking.
Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-1-30
Downloads: 65

Video sitemap is a way to help search engine discover your videos and index them accordingly. It also allows you to link one video to a specific post/page

WP Video SEO Features

  • Generate a sitemap for your YouTube videos
  • Reduce the time taken by the search engine to index your videos
  • Allow search engine to display a thumbnail of the video along with the title and description of the post/page

WP Video SEO Plugin Usage

Video Sitemap Generation
The plugin is fairly simple to use. Once you have installed the plugin go to the settings menu of the plugin from your WP Dashboard (Settings->WP Video SEO). Click on the “Generate Video Sitemap” button which will create a video sitemap in the root directory of your site. Check to make sure that the file “sitemap-video.xml” has been created.
If you make any changes to your existing posts/pages the sitemap will be updated automatically. sitemap for wordpress

Rating: 4 Dragons

 

Bookings +

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bookings-plus/

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-1-30
Downloads: 260

The Bookings Plus is an Ultimate Booking Calendar Engine that will enable WordPress running sites to manage all their business bookings/appointments

 

MAIN FEATURES

  • Implement Calendar via Booking Image, Booking Link, Iframe or Booking Shortcodes.
  • 5 simple steps to make an Appointment/Bookings.
  • Administrator has power to add and manage an unlimited number of staff members.
  • Administrators can search through the reservation database with a very flexible search tool.
  • Dynamic Booking Form. Enable/Disable fields on Booking Form easily.
  • Administrator has control over all reservations and can browse, modify and delete any reservation in the system.
  • Supports multiple languages: English (US & GB), German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Czech, Danish, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak and Slovenian.
  • Community support via our Forums
  • Approve/Decline appointments via an email link
  • Fully customised email alerts templates
  • Easily Adjustable Working Hours
  • Manage Group Day Offs/Time Breaks.
  • Limited to 3 services, 2 Staff Member and 50 bookings.
  • Payment Gateway Integration in Pro Version click here
  • Mailchimp Integration in Pro Version click here
  • For the full list of features click here


Rating 4 Dragons

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Grant Landram**

1. Edit Flow
A robust publishing management tool for professional content publishers.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/edit-flow/

Rating: 4 Dragons

2. Advanced Custom Fields
Create robust custom fields for posts, pages, CPTs, Users or any other content type easily and quickly with ACF.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/advanced-custom-fields/

Rating: 5 Dragons

Contact Grant at

https://www.freshmuse.com

https://www.twitter.com/grantlandram

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What’s coming in future podcasts:

Special guests with their own plugin picks

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John can be contacted at:


Marcus can be contacted at:

 


WordPress Plugins Hover Tool Tips, Reader Level Ratings, Scavenger Hunts & Special Guest Dustin Hartzler

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #105

It’s episode #105 and we’ve got plugins for Hover Tool Tips, Reader Level Ratings, Scavenger Hunts and our Special Guest Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to manage multiple site and has one click updates of all those sites check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

Wordpress is ArtJohn’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Quick note about Social media camp Victoria @ https://socialmediacamp.ca/ while it is still a great Social media camp to attend you no longer need to support me there, due to differences I have opted out of the guest blogging there. I still highly recommend them and I may still be attending myself Enjoy.

WordCamp 2013 Victoria BC https://2013.victoria.wordcamp.org/ was a great success and this is my presntation from that…  You can follow along with the presentation here or over on Prezi.com link to my presentation https://wpmedic.ca/wordcamp you can check out the entire presentation on the WordPress Medic Podcast at https://wpmedic.ca/wordpress-medic-podcast-wordcamp-victoria-special-edition/

So with us today is Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer who will be sharing with us two of his favorite plugins. Dustin has a great podcast with the same name and is a specialist in helping people develop better WordPress websites so when you’re done looking over our stuff today check him out at Your Website Engineer.com.

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Paul has a question on creating different versions of the same page with new revisions being held for review by legal and other departments.

Post Revision Workflow

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/post-revision-workflow/
This plugin adds a minor bit of workflow to the WordPress interface. When anyone edits a post or a page that has already been published, a few extra options will be available in the “Publish” metabox. Any time the appropriate option is chosen, the changes will be saved as a revision to the page or post, and the previous revision (the version that was already published) will remain published.

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

SpeakPipe is coming out of beta and will have a charge soon if you use it allot. https://www.speakpipe.com 

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Needed a plugin to display tooltips or show external content when someone hovered over a link.
The first two go together….
Hover 0.7.2

The Lowdown:
While looking for a plugin that would show external content in a link hover I came across this one. While it may do the job it has some convoluted settings and take a bit of work to get it functioning correctly. If you very technical minded and have lots of time try this out otherwise another one may suit you
Rating 2 dragons

LinkPeek 0.1

The Lowdown:
So after looking further I found this one and it does a pretty nice job though short links of showing a peek at the link. You need to make an edit in the php file and get yourself an API key from  The only problem I ran into is that the service linkpeek does not have a trial account and depends on a min of 15/mo, while the testing site for this looks great, I was unable to make a complete test since I did not need the service at this time.
Rating 3 dragons dropped one due to 3rd party pay service.

 

 

WordPress Tooltips 1.0.9

The Lowdown:
This is another tooltips plugin but allows almost any type of external content such as YouTube, html, web pages and more it has a free version and a pro upgrade. While there is the free version and it works great I opted to upgrade to the pro-version which gives you so much more control over the layout the trigger and the settings in general. This is great as it allows you to place any content, on any link automatically via keywords. And it works nicely across mobile devices.. The pro version is only $27 while a single user license is only $9. It tags itself to all sets of keywords on your site this is very sweet.

Rating 5 Dragons

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

WordPress Quest

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quest/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-20
Downloads: 154

WordPress Quest allows you to add ‘Quests’ to your site, granting users points and named achievements for certain interactions

WordPress Quest allows you to add ‘Quests’ to your site, granting users points and named achievements for certain interactions. Want to reward users for visiting a certain page of your site a number of times? It can be done! Hopefully the plugin will expand soon with more options for rules and quests.

Rating: 3 Dragons

 

Better Writing

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-writing/
Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-20
Downloads: 154

Helps you write better content with readability scores and preferred terms as you type. One way it achieves this is by providing readability information as you type. You can select from one of 5 different readability scoring methods including:

  • Flesch reading ease formula
  • Coleman Liau index
  • Gunning fog index
  • SMOG Index
  • Automated readability index

You are able to see at a glance if your content is on target with the readability meta box on the WordPress edit screen. You can also set a custom target score and sort posts and pages by readability.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Dustin Hartzler**

Restrict Content Pro
free version here

Rating 5 Dragons

 

Simple Menu Delete 0.2

Rating 4 Dragons

Contact Dustin at Your Website Engineer
https://yourwebsiteengineer.com/contact/
Twitter @DustinHartzler
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John can be contacted at:


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Audio feedback plugins, Image Walls, Custom Avatars, Category Thumbnails

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 104

It’s episode #104 and we’ve got plugins for 2012 stats, Audio feedback plugins, Image Walls, Custom Avatars, Category Thumbnails, and a great new way to handle guest posts. All coming your way on WordPress Plugins A-Z

This show brought to you by — CMS Commander Get it Here

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Quick note about Social media camp Victoria @ https://socialmediacamp.ca/ while it is still a great Social media camp to attend you no longer need to support me there, due to differences I have opted out of the guest blogging there. I still highly recommend them and I may still be attending myself Enjoy.

WordCamp 2013 Victoria BC https://2013.victoria.wordcamp.org/ was a great success and this is my presntation from that…  You can follow along with the rpesentation here or over on Prezi.com link to my presentation https://wpmedic.ca/wordcamp you can check out the entire presentation on the WordPress Medic Podcast at https://wpmedic.ca/wordpress-medic-podcast-wordcamp-victoria-special-edition/

 

Interesting Sites Running WordPress:

BBC America has just launched their new TV station web site using wordpress.
https://bbcamerica.com

Track star Usain Bolt, Olympic medalist and self proclaimed “world’s fastest man” is now using the fastest growing CMS, WordPress.
https://usainbolt.com

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips


Tim has a question about a local content plugin.

Try store locater plus https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/store-locator-le/screenshots/

Shoutouts to:

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**


SpeakPipe – Voicemail for Websites 0.1

The Lowdown:
We we mention speakpipe allot on this show but it seems that it has gotten easier to install on your site, Just add this plugin and the add your user information and then configure up and it is ready to roll. It might save you a couple of minutes over entering the Script into your theme or footer or even a text widget..
Rating 3 Dragons

Image Wall 2.1

The Lowdown:
You create the image wall by adding a page and entering the short code [image_wall] and maybe modifying it with a few options, you can regenerate the images on a schedule or manually in the settings area. This plugin creates an interesting way of viewing your website. It selects pictures from the post and creates a wall of them something akin to pinterest. All in all it is pretty interesting not sure where I will use it yet. But it looks cool.

Rating 3 Dragons

2012 Summary 0.1.1

The Lowdown:
Ok all you stats freaks out there this one is for you, it does a summary of what you did in 2012 and tally that up by number of posts, which were most popular and who was the biggest commentator, the hours of day you publish in, day of week and a few other things. This is just a nice quick stats plugin for you stats junkies.
Rating 4 Dragons

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Category Thumbnails

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/category-thumbnails/

Requires: 3.4.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.2
Last Updated: 2013-1-14
Downloads: 10

This Plugin provide functions like post-thumbnails for categories.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

WP User Avatar

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-user-avatar/

Use any image in your WordPress Media Libary as a custom user avatar.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-14
Downloads: 33

WordPress currently only allows you to use custom avatars that are uploaded through gravatar.com. WP User Avatar enables you to use any photo uploaded into your Media Library as an avatar. This means any image you’ve uploaded for a page or post is available for you to use as an avatar. No extra folders or image editing functions are necessary.
To use WP User Avatar in your theme, replace anywhere you use the function get_avatar() with get_wp_user_avatar(). get_wp_user_avatar() accepts the same fields as get_avatar() with added functionality.

This plugin uses the new Media Uploader introduced in WordPress 3.5, but is also backwards-compatible to WordPress 3.0.

Rating 4 out of 5

 

Guest Posts

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/guest-posts/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-11
Downloads: 363

Offer your blog guests or unregistered blog readers an opportunity to post on your WordPress blog without registering themselves.

Guest Posts will help you to create a strong interaction and engagement with your blog readers.

This plugin will create a form where your guests can submit their posts.

The posts will be saved directly into your WordPress database and will show up in your WordPress Dashboard as pending. You can then review and approve them as needed.

It will save authors Name and email as custom field, so you will be able to display authors name and give them a credit back with some simple tweaks into your theme.

You can also show a custom Thank You message after submitting the post.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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WordPress Plugins for Anti-Malware, Modifying Admin Menus, Watermarking Images, Gravity Forms Importers, Enhanced Author Boxes and Joomla Style CMS

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 103

It’s episode #103 and we’ve got plugins for Modifying Admin Menus, Watermarking Images on the fly, Gravity Forms Importers, Anti-Malware, Enhanced Author Boxes and a way to add Joomla Style CMS content modules to WordPress. Coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

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>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Dont forget to head over to Social media camp Victoria @ https://socialmediacamp.ca/ and support me by commenting on my posts as linked below or even retweet them as it is a contest.
https://wppro.ca/smc1
https://wppro.ca/smc2
https://wppro.ca/smc3
https://wppro.ca/smc4
https://wppro.ca/smc5
https://wppro.ca/smc6
https://wppro.ca/smc7

WordCamp 2013 jan 13 in Victoria BC https://2013.victoria.wordcamp.org/ view my session info here https://www.johnoverall.com/wordcamp-2013-101-essential-plugins-for-wordpress-session/

 

Interesting Sites Running WordPress:

Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Work Week and The Four Hour Body has continued his WordPress usage with his new site, The Four Hour Chef. Check it out at https://fourhourchef.com

William Shatner, famed author, actor and celebrity has just launched his personal web site using WordPress. Transport yourself to https://williamshatner.com for a closer look.

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Contact Form 7 Gravity Forms Importer 1.0.2

The Lowdown:
Well I have a client that need to move from Contact Forms 7 and he had several forms that needed to be converted over so instead of recreating them one by one I thought I would try this plugin to see if it helped out. It adds a nice link under you Gravity form menu click it and get a great interface simply select the form you want imported and it is done. It does a nice job of combining fields that go together such as address which is all separate in CF7. This probably saved me a couple of hours and some money for my client. This is a great plugins
Rating 5 Dragons

 


 

Fanciest Author Box

by Slobodan Manic at https://fanciestauthorbox.com/
Premium Plugin available at Code canyon available here https://wppro.ca/authorbox

The Lowdown:
This is not a simple upload of the file you purchased just an extra step, unzip the package you got and do one of two things either upload the unzipped files of the folder fanciest-author-box or use the enclosed zip file for auto install and upload. Once installed and activated you simply need to configure it up by going to your profile and adding the necessary info. It make a very nice looking author box and add the features for presenting yourself with your social media information.
All in all a great little plugin for only $10 check it out
Rating 4 Dragons

 


 

Anti-Malware (Get Off Malicious Scripts) 1.2.12.31

The Lowdown:
While this is a freemium plugin the free version is probably what most people will need. I discovered this plugin while working on a particularly difficult site that was infected and was having trouble finding the hack. After install you will need to register this plugin to get the full effect of it. It only takes a moment and is done in the configuration area.
When you perform a scan you will want to limit it if you have any non WordPress directories in your html directory. I found this to be a pretty good scanner and found a couple issues I had not seen before, so if you’re hunting something down or just looking for a preventive measure then give this one a try.
Rating 4 Dragons

 


 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Customize WP-admin

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/customize-wp-admin/

Requires: 3.2.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-6
Downloads: 55

With Customize WP-admin you can customize your WP Admin. You can easily remove and menu or submenu from the admin sidebar. You can also change the footer at wp-admin. Customizing this way your WordPress experience. With Customize WP-admin you can also change the image and link of WordPress on wp-login.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 


 

Module Positions

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/module-positions/

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-5
Downloads: 96

This is an equivalent to Joomla’s module positions. Create module positions, assign content and choose on which pages it will be shown.

 

What does it do?

If you have a site with multiple subpages, you might have some positions in your template where you probably want to manage individual content (like a sidebar, a footer, a banner or whatever). The WordPress widgets can display content in specific widget-positions, but you can’t tell WordPress to only display your content on a certain page – That’s where my plugin comes in.
You can create different module positions, assign content and choose on which pages it will be shown. If you use WordPress as a CMS, this will be very helpful.

Create Module Positions

First, you can create different module positions. Rename these as you want. To put a module position in your template you can easily copy & paste the shortcode right next to the position’s name. if you have already created content, you can drag and drop these around to change their order.

Create Content

Now, you can create content for your module positions. You can choose on which pages, categories or posts your content will be displayed. For this information your custom menus will be loaded (which are defined in your template).
If there are categories with posts in your custom menu, click the “+”-button to show them. You also can choose on which posts your content will be displayed here.

Define your HTML-markup

In the little metabox on the right side, you can simply define your HTML-markup. Try writing {{post_content}} for your content and {{post_title}} for your title

Settings

  • Change your standard HTML-markup. If you click on “Reset” in your moduleposition-posts, this will be loaded.
  • Change the order of posts in the drop-down menus of your categories. That may be useful if you have a lot of posts in a category and you want to find a special post.


Rating: 3 out of 5

 


 

Simple Image watermark

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-image-watermark/

Requires: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2012-12-28
Downloads: 430

This plugin allows you to add watermark to your images “on the fly”. Watermark was added while image is uploaded. You can choose image sizes on which watermark will be applied.

Configuration is simple:

  • choose image sizes
  • upload watermark
  • choose watermark position
  • enter margins for best positioning


Rating: 5 out of 5



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WordPress Plugins Mega Slideshows, Child Theme, Media Features, Excuse Generators and Featured Category

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 102

It’s episode #102 . and we’ve got WordPress Plugins for Mega Slideshows, Child Theme creation with one click, Media Features, Excuse Generators and Featured Category post management. It’s the show that saves you time in the new year unlike any other, It’s WordPress Plugins A-Z.

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone.



Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Dont forget to head over to Social media camp Victoria @ https://socialmediacamp.ca/ and support me by commenting on my posts as linked below or even retweet them as it is a contest.
https://wppro.ca/smc1
https://wppro.ca/smc2
https://wppro.ca/smc3
https://wppro.ca/smc4
https://wppro.ca/smc5
https://wppro.ca/smc6
https://wppro.ca/smc7

WordCamp 2013 jan 13 in Victoria BC https://2013.victoria.wordcamp.org/ view my session info here https://www.johnoverall.com/wordcamp-2013-101-essential-plugins-for-wordpress-session/

So I find I really dislike this new media center when trying to go back and make an image tied to a post the featured one. It does not show me the images only associated with that post but shows me everything.. there must be a setting I just have to find it, but until then whenever I encounter this I will simple install faster image insert which makes it easy

Interesting Sites Running WordPress:

Katie Couric
Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, TV personality, and New York Times best-selling author, now using WordPress.

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Brian asking about a file repository plugin.
You might try Easy Digital Downloads https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-digital-downloads/ this is a pretty extensive download manager plugin and may be what your looking for..

Tim Keaty looking for a plugin to schedule social media tweets —suggest wp tweet button https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-tweet-button/
Tweetily – Tweet Your Posts Automatically! https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweetily-tweet-wordpress-posts-automatically/

Social by Alex King (Twitter Tools) https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social/

Tomas J —  with a great comment

Be sure to visit our site and leave feedback about the show or any questions you may have about plugins or WordPress needs you’re looking for help on.

Shoutouts to:
Chad for the great tip to add plugin name to end of review.

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Make sure you update your W3 Total cache plugin if you have not already since it has a major flaw in it.
Wordpress Remote Exploit – W3 Total Cache — it seems that Jason over at seclists.org has published an expliot about W3Total cache this is no small affair if you use W3 total cache and many do this is a must read. https://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2012/Dec/242

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**


Featured Category Posts Widget 1.0


The Lowdown:
I installed this plugin because I needed a widget to showcase a category on a site that was not using genesis. , I found this to be a great option which allows some very nice customizations to the widget and actually works. It does a nice job of displaying one main featured article while creating a list below of all the other articles in the category depending on the number you set for iot. i can recommend this one as a great option if you are using something other than a genesis theme.
Rating 4 Dragons


 

BOFH excuses 0.1

The lowdown;
I have been a follower of the BOFH for years now and love anyway I can find to share the humor. You need to be a tech working on or have worked on servers, and have worked in an environment where you offer support to people in an internal way such as internal corporate stuff.
This plugin is based on the hello dolly plugin and places comments in the top right in your wordpress dashboard for you to see so you can have some great excuses as to why it is broke such as
Decreasing electron flux
bank holiday – system operating credits not recharged
and more
Rating 3 Dragons


 

Media Features 0.1

The Lowdown:
This plugin add a couple of nice function to the media manager such as an auto sizer to resize all uploaded images to fit the max size you have set. It also ads PDF support and allows you to set the max jpg quality percentage. this can help you lower your overhead. It adds a couple of custom hooks for your use also.  You also get to create categories for your media making it easier to organize your info, all in all it looks to be pretty helpful.
Rating 4 Dragons
Thanks to Yoram for suggesting it.


 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Child Themify

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/child-themify/

Create child themes from any non-child theme at the click of a button.
This plugin is multisite compatible; if used on a multisite network, controls for creating child themes will be in the network admin instead of the regular site admin.

Marcus’ Take: This plugin worked really well in an instance that I needed to create a second version of a web site that was just for a specific promotion.

Rating: 4 Dragons


 

Advanced Blog Metrics

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/advanced-blog-metrics/

Advanced Blog Metrics is an analytics tool dedicated to bloggers. This plugin allows you to improve your blog performance by tracking the following features:

Features

Posts:

  • Total number of posts on your blog
  • Average number of posts per day
  • Average number of words per post
  • 5 posts which generate the most Facebook shares and likes

Comments:

  • Total number of comments on your blog
  • Average number of comments per day
  • Average number of comments per post
  • Average number of words per comment
  • 5 authors who comment the most
  • 5 posts which generate the most comments

Best time to publish:

  • When do your posts generate the most comments?
  • When do you post the most?

Facebook:

  • 5 posts which generate the most Facebook shares and likes


Marcus’ Take: This plugin is a throttled down stats plugin that gives you just the basics. For my use it was too basic, but for those who aren’t as massive-data hungry as I am, this would work very well.

Rating: 3 Dragons


 

Vegas Slider

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vegas-fullscreen-background-slider/

A fullscreen background slideshow plugin based on Jay Salvat’s Vegas Background jQuery Plugin

Marcus’ Take: This plugin does full screen slideshows. I’ve not yet gotten it to work as a slideshow/backdrop with actual content of the site over the background, which would actually be pretty cool. Despite this I thought this was a really great plugin.

Rating: 4 Dragons

 


 

Just some reminders:

Rate us at iTunes, blubrry.com, ViaWay.com, Stitcher Radio and any place else you find us.

 

What’s coming in future podcasts:

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John can be contacted at:


Marcus can be contacted at:

 


Custom File Types, Custom Dashboards, Monitoring active Volcanos & a new Warcraft Plugin

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 101

It’s episode #101 of WordPress Plugins A to Z and we’re talking HTML Landing Page insertion, Custom File Types, Custom Dashboards, Monitoring active Volcanos and a new Warcraft Plugin to help channel your inner-gamer. It’s all coming your way next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

So if you’re listening & reading this we have survived the end of time and started a new Mayan Calendar….

WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of our businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick support need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergency WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant:

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.

Don’t forget to head over to Social media camp Victoria @ https://socialmediacamp.ca/ and support me by commenting on my posts as linked below or even re-tweet them as it is a contest.
https://wppro.ca/smc1
https://wppro.ca/smc2
https://wppro.ca/smc3
https://wppro.ca/smc4
https://wppro.ca/smc5
https://wppro.ca/smc6


Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

We have a few clips submitted over the last week that we’ll include on a future show, but be sure to visit our site and leave feedback about the show or any questions you may have about plugins or WordPress needs you’re looking for help on.

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**


Volcano Widget 1


Just in time for the recovery of the end of the world now you can monitor all those active volcanos except it does not seem to work properly in 3.5 and has an error when starting and trying to change settings but still look cool in front end.
Rating 2 Dragons

WoW Armory Character 0.9.6

 

This is just in time for my annual pilgrimage into World of Warcraft how I spend my christmas time off..
It displays your wow character info for the world to see and you would think that after 5 years of playing I would have at least on max level character but alas not yet.. Look for my info to appear for a brief couple days between christmas and new years
rating 3 dragons


 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

 

HTML Landing Page

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/html-landing-page/

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-12-7
Downloads: 181

Allows you to upload customized HTML files to display as a landing page. Ideal for internet marketers promoting multiple products from the same site.

Marcus’ Take:

Rating: 4 out of 5


Upload File Type Settings Plugin
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/upload-file-type-settings-plugin/

Requires: 3.0.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-12-7
Downloads: 97

This plugin allows admins to specify additional file types that are allowed for uploading to the blog. By default, WordPress only allows a very limited set of file types to be uploaded. This set is defined by a so called “white list”. What’s not on the white list can’t be uploaded.

This plugin allows you to extend this white list through a settings page.
Additionally it comes with a wide range of file types that are enabled automatically, like audio files (ac3, mp4, …) and video files (avi, mkv, …).

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Sweet Custom Dashboard

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sweet-custom-dashboard/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2012-12-6
Downloads: 99

Too often customizing the WordPress dashboard is adding or removing metaboxes. With this plugin you can create your own WordPress dashboard containing any HTML or PHP elements you want. You’re not limited anymore!

Marcus’ Take:

Rating: 5 out of 5

 


 

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This has been episode 98 only 1 to go to 100 some excitement happening

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WordPress Plugins A to Z talking WordPress and a recap of our first 100 episodes

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 100

It’s episode #100 and we’re talking WordPress and a recap of our first 100 episodes! All coming your way next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of our businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick support need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

launching today the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.

Dont forget to head over to Social media camp Victoria @ https://socialmediacamp.ca/ and support me by commenting on my posts as linked below or even retweet them as it is a contest.
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/12/deck-your-wordpress-with-boughs-of-holly-for-a-wordpress-christmas/
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/11/customize-your-wordpress-login-with-social-logins/
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/10/wordpress-photo-galleries-made-easy/
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/10/tune-wordpress-with-these-4-tools/
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/11/useful-facebook-comments-on-your-wordpress-website/
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/09/speed-up-wordpress-with-a-few-simple-clicks/

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

We have a few clips submitted over the last week that we’ll include on a future show, but be sure to visit our site and leave feedback about the show or any questions you may have about plugins or WordPress needs you’re looking for help on.

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**


No plugins but some talking around WP 3.5 upgrading and what I found.

I waited a few days this time to start the upgrade process and I am glad I did since from the time 3.5 dropped to when I started updating several of my most used plugins were updated and I have one plugin I raved about a couple of shows back SlideDeck seems to have some issue with 3.5 so on that site I had to revert back to 3.4.

You have to love WordPress for ease of reverting back a version when all you have to do is re upload the previous version files and it drops back.

Talk about having to revise my top 10 plugins seems that a couple of my fav top ten plugins have been incorporated into others and one has aged beyond showing in repository meaning they are over 2 years old, this is interesting to note a way that Automatic is trying to prevent people from using older plugins..

 


 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

 

Social Lock

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-lock/

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-12-10
Downloads: 181

Social Lock is like to download plug in protecting your download link behind social network like boxes. it force visitor to like tweet or share post.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Screen Options and Help Show Customize

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/screen-options-and-help-show-customize/

Requires: 3.3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2012-12-14
Downloads: 245

This plugin allows you to set display options and getting help and in addition, change the display for each user role.

Marcus’ Take:

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Author Recommended Posts

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/author-recommended-posts/

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-12-7
Downloads: 192

Simple Author Recommended Posts Plugin

Author Recommended Posts lets you easily search and choose specific posts, pages and custom post types you want to associate to a post or page. You can add, reorder, remove selected posts for display via the simple drag and drop interface.

Features

 

  • Simple clean styles for basic layout/structure
  • Show/hide output title & featured images
  • Display your recommended posts vertically or side-by-side
  • Filter which content is searchable and which post types to automatically output on


Marcus’ Take:

Rating: 5 out of 5

 


 

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WordPress Plugins Holiday Displays, Product Comparison & Special Guest Dave Jackson

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 99

It’s episode #99 and we’re talking plugins for Product Comparison, Holiday Displays, Unique ways to show a portfolio or sponsors, and we talk with Dave Jackson of the School of Podcasting and Weekly Web Tools. It’s all coming your way next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

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Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant:

Coming soon the WordPress Medic Podcast where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.

Dont forget to head over to Social media camp Victoria @ https://socialmediacamp.ca/ and support me by commenting on my posts as linked below or even retweet them as it is a contest.
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/12/deck-your-wordpress-with-boughs-of-holly-for-a-wordpress-christmas/
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/11/customize-your-wordpress-login-with-social-logins/
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/10/wordpress-photo-galleries-made-easy/
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/10/tune-wordpress-with-these-4-tools/
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/11/useful-facebook-comments-on-your-wordpress-website/
https://socialmediacamp.ca/2012/09/speed-up-wordpress-with-a-few-simple-clicks/

Looks like Marcus won WordPress 3.5 dropped today just shy of 30mil downloads of 3.4

Interesting Sites Running WordPress:

CIO.GOV is the home page for the US Government’s Chief Information officer, and it’s powered by WordPress! I guess with someone smart enough to use WordPress at the help of the USA’s information technology that at least one government worker’s salary is money well spent.

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

We have a few clips submitted over the last week that we’ll include on a future show, but be sure to visit our site and leave feedback about the show or any questions you may have about plugins or WordPress needs you’re looking for help on.

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:


WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” dropped today, named after Elvin Jones a prominent Jazz drummer. The biggest improvements is in dealing with Media. You can now edit the meta data of all your images, reorder them with drag and drop capability and there are improved upload options as well. 3.5 also includes the new Twenty Twelve theme, a responsive, retina ready WordPress theme that’s worth playing around with. New users will also find a refreshing welcome screen, showing them a few tasks to get them started using WordPress. There are also a lot of developer enhancements and additions that have been made, so look for a flurry of really cool plugins coming your way that take advantage of all these new capabilities, and as always you’ll hear about those first on WordPress Plugins A-Z.


And today we’re featuring a guest plugin analyst, we’re joined by Dave Jackson, the founder and host of The School Of Podcasting, Weekly Web Tools, The Marketing Musician Podcast and many others. Dave is not only an experienced podcast coach and instructor, but he’s also a rabid WordPress enthusiast and advocate going back nearly seven years.

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

More ways to decorate your website for the holidays
While I may have covered these last year I thought it would be nice to mention them again.

 

Snow, balloons and more

Snowflakes (and more) falling down your blog! Inspired by the unforgettable xsnow. Since 0.8.0 images can float upwards too.
You can add a little holiday cheer with some snow, balloons and more… like  falling Santas, trees or snow flakes all over. Add this great little plugin, which is also good for other festive occasions. A special treat of this plugin is you can limit it to specific pages. and you can add you own images to really get creative.

Get it here https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nksnow/

Rating 4 Dragons


WP-Christmas

You can add a Snowman message to greet the visitors to your website with this simple little plugin. This presents a couple of animated Snowmen who come in from the side of the screen to a simple melody, share a scarf and then disappear. It has settings for individual pages and to show it only once. You can get it here https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-christmas/

Rating 4 Dragons

 


 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Komper

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/komper/

Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-12-3
Downloads: 60

Komper is a plugin to create side-by-side product comparison. With this plugin, you can create product specifications, add products information, and display the comparison form widget to the front page. In front page, user may search the product to compare via comparison form widget with autocomplete feature. The result will be displayed in table chart.
Komper Features:

  • Create product specifications fields dynamically
  • Drag and drop fields to change the order of the fields
  • Widget supported
  • Search product with autocomplete features
  • Display side-by-side product comparison in table chart


Marcus’ Take:
This is something that I’ve been wanting to incorporate into one of my product sites for a long time. The lite version of Kompar is good enough for what I need, but there is also a pro version which gives you functionality like unlimited fields and a few other added goodies. Overall though, this is a perfect solution to a problem that was lingering for about a year. Before I had to use HTML tables, now I can use this instead.

Rating: 4 out of 5


 

WP Sponsor Flip Wall

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-sponsor-flip-wall/

Requires: 3.1.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.2.1
Last Updated: 2011-7-28
Downloads: 4,789

This is a WordPress plugin that use jquery’s sponsor flip wall plugin. This provide an administration to include, alter and deletes sponsors.

Marcus’ Take: I was looking for a plugin that would uniquely show off some of the projects and campaigns in my portfolio that I’ve worked on. This plugin really did the trick nicely and gave a piece of style to the site that I was pleasantly surprised with. A really nice plugin for showing a corporate logo with a brief description and link on the flip side.

Rating: 4 out of 5


 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Dave**

Cryptx


Dave Gives it a 5 Dragon rating


Social media Widget

  • Version: 2.9.5
  • Author: Brian Freytag
  • Last Updated: 18 days ago
  • Requires WordPress Version: 2.9.2 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 3.4.2
  • Downloaded: 641,188 times
  • WordPress.org Plugin Page »


Dave Gives is a 5 Dragon rating

 

Dave can be reached at:
https://schoolofpodcasting.com/
Listener Voicemail: 888-563-3228 or use your microphone
Phone: 234-542-0893
Email: dave “at” schoolofpodcasting “dot” com (spelled out to avoid spam)

 


 

Just some reminders:

Rate us at iTunes, blubrry.com, ViaWay.com, Stitcher Radio and any place else you find us.

 

What’s coming in future podcasts:

This has been episode 98 only 1 to go to 100 some excitement happening

How to Contact Us:

John can be contacted at:


Marcus can be contacted at: