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WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 61 –The Dropbox Plugin – WPDBSpringClean

Yes WordPress is SexyTGN Embed everything, Google Doc Embedder, The Dropbox Plugin, FG Joomla to WordPress, Newstastic recent posts scroller, Plugin Directory Stats, WPDBSpringClean

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

Plugins covered this episode:

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

WordPress Meetup Group in Victoria BC is about to restart tune into John’s Twitter feed @Ahkonsu for complete info to come.

Shout Outs:

Email from Bob asking if we might include some debugging tips in the show.
Email from Jack thanks for feedback

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Tom W. – Question about custom RSS in the WordPress Dashboard.
Troy in Australia – Loves the show.

 

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:


World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

New WordPress Plugin Locks Down Your Website’s Security

More addictive than pornography, WordPress themes are truly the crack cocaine of the web

How to Create a WordPress Plugin From Scratch

Developing WordPress Plugins 101

 

Thinking to the future**** Plugins Reviewed by John ****

TGN Embed everything 1.0.31

What they say:

All-in-one embed YouTube, PDF, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, VideoReadr and more into WordPress 3 using shortcodes.

For example: [videoreadr Uz7fOLDr2JM nmrdsxtb]

Want to embed something else?

What I Say:

pretty simple to install and just seems to work. I tested it with a power point presentation and it loaded it just fine the only issue I discovered is that you need to save to 2003 version or earlier.. It does have one draw back I see and that it presents you with slides and not the show..

Rating 2 Dragons

 

 

Google Doc Embedder 2.2.3

What they Say:

Google Doc Embedder lets you embed several types of files into your WordPress pages using the Google Docs Viewer – allowing inline viewing (and optional downloading) of the following file types, with no Flash or PDF browser plug-ins required:

  • Adobe PDF
  • Microsoft Word (DOC/DOCX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX)

and more….


What I Say:
Trouble in paradise I could not seem to get this one to work at all….
Rating 1 Dragon


I had to revert to the first one which works with some minor issues but is usable at this moment there does not seem to be a great way to embed a full PowerPoint presentation directly in your site unless you use a service like SlideShare or Prezi.com

Yup old storageThe DropboxPlugin 0.105


What they Say:
The plugin allows browsing downloading and uploading of files to dropbox. Many more features have been added.
To access your dropbox you will need to set up a dropbox app in order to get a consumer key and a secret key.<br/>
1) Go to https://www.dropbox.com/developers/apps
2) Click “Create an App”
3) Add a name and description
4) Copy and paste the two codes in thee corresponding text boxes of the plugin options screen

To display the box use the shortcode: [dropbox]

What I Say:
This plugin works very it does require you to create an API app at drop box but even that is a painless process I found and only took a couple min to accomplish. It works great and if you are in need of a way to have instant file sharing with your website then this is the solution for you. If you do not yet have dropbox then you can sign up for it here https://db.tt/1giOopz its free and I sure can use the extra space when you sign up.

Rating 5 Dragons

This weeks Bonus New Plugin

FG Joomla to WordPress 1.2.0


What they Say:
This plugin migrates sections, categories, posts, images and medias from Joomla to WordPress.
It has been tested with Joomla 1.5 and WordPress 3.3.1 on huge databases (15 000+ posts)
Major features include:

  • migrates Joomla sections as categories
  • migrates categories as sub-categories
  • migrates Joomla posts
  • uploads all the posts media in WP uploads directories (in option)
  • modifies the post content to keep the media links
  • resizes images according to the sizes defined in WP
  • defines the thumbnail to be the first post image
  • keeps the alt image attribute


What I say:
I used this on a brand new install of WordPress no plugins installed at all or even a theme change yet. It adds a new importer under the import menu. First go clean out all the default junk installed with WordPress i.e., sample post & page and junk plugins like Akisment, hello dolly. Enter proper joomla database info and hit import then go have a smoke then check for any items it did not get and copy them over other than it went very well. I like it much smoother than the other one I used to use..

Rating 5 Dragons

 

The Face of Strength**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****

Newstastic recent posts scroller

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/newstastic-post-slider/
Author: David Henry
This little widget will display your posts from all or selected categories in a horizontal or vertical format, you can select a few options on what you’d like to show and set the width, height etc. This is a first release and the author welcomes feedback.

Marcus’ Take: This is a great solution for those designers looking for something to put on the bottom widget of the sidebar. This is a stylish plugin that provides a really nice sliding deck of posts.

Rating: 4 of 5

Plugin Directory Stats

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/plugin-directory-stats/
This plugin gets plugin’s download count and other stats from WordPress.ORG and allows you to show them on your blog using shortcode.

Marcus’ Take: While it may be a bit too much shop talk, I found this plugin to be a great solution for anyone out there looking to feature plugins on their site. Heck, maybe this one is just good for John and I, but this is one of the die-hards.

Rating: 4 of 5

 

WPDBSpringClean
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpdbspringclean/

Scans your WordPress system and identifies and deletes unused database tables from uninstalled plugins.

Many plugins do not clean up their database tables after you uninstall them.
What happens most of the time is that the plugin files and folder is deleted but not the corresponding plugin database tables.

This where this plugin comes to the rescue. The WPDBSpringClean plugin identifies unused, WordPress DB tables which have been left over from old plugins you have uninstalled on your site and it then gives you the option of deleting these tables.

Marcus’ Take: Spring is coming, so what better time to do some cleaning of your WordPress site as well. This is a welcome addition to my sites. Once I ran it on one of my old sites, it seemed to have doubled the load speed! Check it out on your sites and see how it works for you!

Rating: 5 of 5

 

Some Terms here for plugins:


In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins


Yes WordPress is SexyHow to Contact Us:


John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/  or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

email: dragon@wppluginsatoz.com


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com  on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

email: marcus@wppluginsatoz.com

 

 

some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com https://music.mevio.com


Image Management, Registration & Maintenance Plugins on WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 60


Dragon RulerPlugins covered this episode:

Dynamic Registration Links, All Authors Page, Ultimate Maintenance Mode, Image Pro – Image resizing and media managemen, Genesis Featured Images, Publish Posts Without Signup

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

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

Sick children and Just a random rant about the lack of other WordPress podcasts, and their inconsistencies such as WPCandy’s, if any listeners know of any other podcasts please drop me a line or make a comment on the website about them.

Please leave us a comment from speakpipe on our new website.

Shout Outs:

Joe Campbell thanks for great review on new website.

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:


4 Vital WordPress Security Tips in 2012

Automattic releases new _s starter theme

 

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

Image Pro – Image resizing and media management done right 0.15


What they say:

First thing first: A video is worth 1000 words. Check out (2 minutes): https://www.mihaivalentin.com/image-pro-wordpress-image-management/

Goal of this plugin: Simplify the WordPress upload and image insert process as much as possible.

Using ImagePro, you can:

  • upload of multiple files directly from your desktop
  • perform smooth image resize (a perfect resize is created based on your resized picture in the editor)
  • easily manage the media collection (search, filter by file type)
  • drag and drop any image to the post and have it resized the way you want

What I say:

I was in need of a plugin to manage image upload size after the fact and in particular control the featured image size sine the slider I was using depended on that. This plugin made it easy to manage the image sizes and it also has a great little feature where it shows you all available images in you media library and you can scroll though them and then simply drag and drop them into your posts.

Rating 5 Dragons


MmmmmmmmmGenesis Featured Images


What they say:

Genesis Featured Images creates a option box to enable a default image for post thumbnails and/or featured images and a meta box to set a custom size for the featured image to be displayed. These default images will only appear any time a post, page or any custom post type does not have a featured image, or an image inside the post. So for those who write a lot of posts and want one image for the majority of your posts, this plugin works perfectly! Genesis Featured Images filters genesis_get_image() so anywhere you utilize genesis_get_image(), this plugin will provide a fallback option. Genesis Featured Images uses the WordPress Image Uploader and Library to upload the image to ensure that the proper thumbnails are created.

IMPORTANT: You must have Genesis 1.8 installed. Click here to purchase Genesis

What I say:

This is another great little simple image plugin. I need something to set a default featured image on a site I was setting up that had lots of back content but no featured image on many posts. This allows you to set a default image for just such an event. It also has a setting in the post area that allows you to specify the default featured image site on that post a great then when using something like the slider plugin.

Rating 5 Dragons


This weeks Plugin from the WordPress repository Newest

Publish Posts Without Signup 0.1


What they say:

Plugin to allow guests of your blog create posts without signup or sign in. You have some options as: set how many posts can be created per ID daily, default user and category to create new posts, etc.

To start showing the form you must use the chartag [publish_posts_without_signup], put it right on the place you want the form appears.

What I say:

A great simple little plugin to allow letting your guest put content up for you. It has a moderation feature to prevent it from being posted automatically. Not sure yet how the spammers will deal with it but I will know in a couple of days.

Rating 4 Dragons.

You Looking at me?**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****


—Marcus Plugins:

Dynamic Registration Links

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dynamic-registration-links/
Automatically changes your WordPress site content links for unregistered users by dynamically changing the link target.

As an example this can be used for a download link – forcing site users to register and login on your site to download the file. This is highly beneficial for SEO purposes as you do not need to block entire site pages from unregistered users, just the link is altered – which allows search engines to still index your pages.

This is done dynamically through Javascript which picks up a specific class placed on any link on your site, add the class=”authenticatelink” on any link in content text in a widget, post, page, excerpt or even in your site comments. These links will now force login if user is not logged in, if a user is logged in the link will remain with its original link address.

Marcus’ Take:

Great plugin for anyone with a member site trying to keep the SEO juice, yet limit access to particular content.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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All Authors Page

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-author-page/
A effective, simple and easy way to show all your staff, content writers, experts, contributors etc. in one easy place for your customers

Need a simple page for the Authors and Contributors to your site? Tired of constantly updating and tweaking links to social media sites? Want to show of the experienced and amazing people on your staff?
This plugin adds a page called All Authors Page to your site and automagically adds every one with the selected roles to the page. Now there is a simple and easy way to show all your staff, content writers, experts, contributors etc. in one easy place. With easily inter-changeable role selection, automatic Gravatar pictures for any of your staff subscribed to Gravatar, and effortless & good looking social media buttons, it’s simply too accessible not to have it!

Marcus’ Take:

I’ve been looking for something like this for an online version of a magazine that I had developed for a client. This one is a great use of the “end credits” type functionality to give credit to your authors.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Ultimate Maintenance Mode

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ultimate-maintenance-mode/
The Ultimate Maintenance Mode plugin displays a screenshot of your website with an overlayed window and the reason your site is down.


Features:

  • Works with any WordPress theme
  • Allows you to work on your site while non logged in visitors see the Maintenance Mode page
  • Automatically Creates a Screenshot of your Website
  • Custom Message
  • Returns a 503 http status header so search engines know your site is down.
  • Simple and Easy to Use
  • Multisite Support
  • Translation Ready – i18n Support

 

Marcus’ Take:

Excellent improvement on the white screen of death that we all to often see in WordPress while upgrading or performing theme maintenance. This adds both style and functionality to the fray. Long overdue and a welcome plugin addition to all of my sites.

Rating 5 out of 5

Some Terms here for plugins:

 

 

INRIIn closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins


How to Contact Us:


John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/  or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

email: dragon@wppluginsatoz.com


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com  on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

email: marcus@wppluginsatoz.com

 

 

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com https://music.mevio.com


A great mix can't be beat

Plugin Memorandum, Image Store, Darkroom Facebook Photo Galler and more on WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 59


 

Plugins covered this episode:

Plugin Memorandum, Commission Junction Link Shortcode, Darkroom Facebook Photo Gallery, 404 Redirected 1.2, QR Code Generator Widget, Image Store 3.0.1

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

Let's watch Heros now!!

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

Correction from last show, seems I misspoke on the P3 plugin when I said it had a setup issue, I must have been thinking of another plugin. I still stand by the 3 rating due to length of time running and when I went back to double check my work it actually crashed my site.  It does still give nice stats when it finally quits running.

Wow just realized that there are now over 18k+ plugins and when I started this show there was only just over 10k so I thought I would start something just for fun and include at least on plugin from the new batch at the WordPress Codex

Shout Outs:

Thanks Thomas for the great review on iTunes US and in all fairness yes the audio used to suffer greatly. My apologies about that and if you have been listening since the beginning I thank you if you joined late everything before episode about 30 I think the audio is hit and miss.

 

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:


A great mix can't be beatWorld of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordPress attacks try to infect users with dangerous rootkit this sort of thing just add to my personal theory that the larger the target the more malware written for it. This stem from my many arguments with Apple Mac owners that they are more secure than PCs.

Hundreds of WordPress sites compromised impacts 3.2.1 so upgrade many hit by drive by downloading
Virus-slingers abuse WordPress vulns, dose punters with exploit Blogs also infected with information-harvesting Trojan

How To Say Thank You For Your Favorite WordPress Plugins (and Why You Should)

WordPress Security Threats – Jan/2012

How to Create Your Own Super Simple WordPress Plugins

 

—–Johns Plugins——-

404 Redirected 1.2


What they say:
404 Redirected allows WordPress admins to have control over their dead links and redirects from inside the admin panel. 404 Redirected records all URLs that users have visited and allows the admin to easily create 301 and 302 redirects to valid pages on their site. Redirects can also be created based on the best possible match for the URL the visitor was most likely trying to reach.
Features:

  • Get list of 404 URLs as they happen inside the admin panel
  • Easily redirect 404 URLs to existing pages or choose to ignore the 404 error
  • Provides the ability to automatically create redirects based on the URL the visitor was most likely trying to visit
  • Provide visitors with a list of suggested pages on the 404 page when a automatic redirect can not be made
  • Ability to suggest tag and category pages

 

What I have to say about it:
Recently updated of course the fly-out menus still driving me nuts and had to do a search though several to fin the setting for this plugin located under the setting tab.
It is pretty simple but time consuming for many reasons. While it does have a pretty good automated redirect it misses many and you have to pop in and manually redirect many link but it will probably be worth it in the long run. Also discovered something else that is removes any redirects not used.
Rating 3 Dragons

 

We stand on guard for theeImage Store 3.0.1


What they say:

This plugin was created because there was a need in the WorPress community to have an images store that did not required the installation of multiple plugins. Enjoy!! and please support the plugin. :@)

The plugin fully integrated with the WordPress database it only creates a post_expire column on the posts table. so you will not find extra tables on your database(Cool!.. at least for me I hate extra tables).


What I Say:

Ok I had this great idea well one of many, if only I could clone myself I think I would own the world. Anyway the idea was to start sharing my work on the creation of differing headers and start to give them away. So I went looking for an easy way to accomplish this task.

This plugin offers so much promise but only delivers part of the promise about ¾ I would guess. The setup involves creating galleries and albums for your images then adding your images that is the easy part and the promise of ease. It can be run either as a store where folks pay to download or as a catalogue where they can see the images and favorite them. The problems I ran into was getting the images to display proper in the lightbox and figguring out how to download the images or offer them for download.

What I did see what this is great if you are not offering digital downloads but a wasy for folks to buy prints. It has the ability to create packages of difering types but I was looking for a way to manage my digital downloads, maybe after this matures it will work fine. I have left notes in thier form but have not seen answers yet.

Rating 3 Dragons


From The Newest Area

QR Code Generator Widget 1


What They Say:

Very Simple QR Code Generator that allows you to place a QR Code widget on your sidebar.

You can set custom QR code image size as well as create QR code for specific urls or content.

Tool is based on Google Chart Tools.

What I Say:

Just a fun little plugin to make creating a QR code simple.

Rating 4 Dragons

Let's watch Heros now!!—— Marcus Plugins ——–


Plugin Memorandum
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/plugin-memorandum/

Description: Plugin Memorandum makes you can write memo or notes for each plugin in the Plugins page.

Marcus’ Take:
Great feature that lets you make notes as to what plugin functionality is and provides you an ongoing record as to problems, setting notes, etc.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Commission Junction Link Shortcode
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/commission-junction-link-shortcode/

Description: This plugin allows you to customize and insert text links from the Commission Junction affiliate program into a post or page using a simple shortcode. This prevents the WordPress WYSIWYG editor from messing up the links and simplifies your HTML code. Inserting the shortcode [cj] with the parameters below will output the proper link HTML code in your published post or page.

Marcus’ Take: If you’ve ever put links in your WP installation for the sake of generating affiliate sales, this little plugin comes in handy. It will allow you to embed the links within a [cj] shortcode. Often wordpress has difficulty disseminating the link structure out of CJ, thus this plugin was born to solve a common problem within CJ.com links.

Rating 3 out of 5

Darkroom Facebook Photo Gallery
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/darkroom-facebook-photo-gallery/
Description: Why uploading your photos to both facebook and WordPress? With this plugin you can keep them where your friends are already liking them, and displaying them in your website with the best interface neither facebook or WordPress offer. Facebook Darkroom Photo Gallery is a fully animated jQuery photo gallery, inially styled as a darkroom photo drying line, with clothe pins and gravity-hung photos. Each photo features title, SEO keywords and description, as well as album titles and cool effects! Upload them from your mobile to Facbook as usual, and they will show in your WordPress (automated update using cron script).
See features below for a description of the level of customization that enables you to change this “Darkroom” concept/style into your own. This plugin is based on the Fotobook plugin by Aaron Harp and Chris Wright, and was possible thanks to the jQuery tutorial by Manoela Ilic.

Darkroom Features:

  • Option to hang the photos from different corners
  • Option to rotate the photos a fixed amount or using its gravity
  • Option to add random rotation to the photos
  • Option to change the color of overlay, hanging the photos from different corners, using your own clips, pins, or other image and adjust the point of grip, as well as the center of rotation/hanging-point of the photos, using their own gravity or a fixed rotation, and more.

Future features

*Better Internet Explorer compatibility (current version works better in modern browsers, e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari)

Options for sale

  • Fullscreen option (takes over the browser’s window making the effect cooler and animations smoother.
  • In-dashboard css, background, and pin photo editors so you can make your own theme with hanging photos!

Fotobook Features (from Fotobook Plugin)

  • Interfaces with Facebook’s API
  • Displays photo albums on a WordPress page
  • Import photos from mulitple Facebook accounts
  • Sidebar widgets for displaying random or recent photos & albums
  • Creates an album of photos that the user’s tagged in
  • Insert individual photos into posts/pages
  • Easy-to-use Ajax album management panel
  • Frontend validates as XHTML 1.0 Strict


Marcus’ Take: This is a pretty brainless way to get your images from Facebook into your wordpress blog. We’re all about lazy plugins, and this is a pretty cool one that you should absolutely check into if you are an avid Facebook photo poster.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

QR Codes — those boxes with allot of squiggly lines that when scanned with your smart device lead you to strange places.

 

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins


Tea timeHow to Contact Us:


John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/  or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

email: dragon@wppluginsatoz.com


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com  on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

email: marcus@wppluginsatoz.com

 

 

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com https://music.mevio.com


The Guardian Watches over all.

Performance Plugins Reviewed on WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 58

Built for performancePlugins covered this episode:

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) , Lazy Widget Loader, (WP Gift Cert), WP Editor, WP Lead Management, Hide Login, Foursquare Venue

Can now bw found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

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

Well the world is a crazy place.. and I am spending to much time watching Netflix.

Shout Outs:

Couple one to Kento for his plugin I reviewed below, and since the website is new one to our first couple comentaters Thomas at level One Web Design & Chad at Butlerblog.com

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

https://notalwaysright.com/

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordPress Plugin Unblocks Censored Sites, Including The Pirate Bay

Security Flaws Found in WordPress Setup

Increase Your Audience with a WordPress Translation Plugin

List of Plugins:

—–Johns Plugins——-

 

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) 1.1.1

  •             Version: 1.1.1
  •             Author: GoDaddy.com
  •             Last Updated: 19 days ago
  •             Requires WordPress Version: 3.3 or higher
  •             Compatible up to: 3.3.1
  •             Downloaded: 4,628 times
  •             WordPress.org Plugin Page »
  •             Plugin Homepage »

What they Say:
This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time.  Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using the P3 plugin, you can narrow down anything causing slowness on your site.

What we say:
It can take a few for the scan to run so just go get another beer and you’ll be fine. This give some ver nice information on what is or may be causing an issue on your site. I ran it on mine and discovered a plugin that was running slow and slowing down the site turned it off since it was not essential to improve loading time.

Rating: 3 Dragons

 

Ahh the coloursLazy Widget Loader

  •             Version: 1.2.3
  •             Author: itthinx (Karim Rahimpur)
  •             Last Updated: 132 days ago
  •             Requires WordPress Version: 3.0 or higher
  •             Compatible up to: 3.3.1
  •             Downloaded: 2,114 times
  •             WordPress.org Plugin Page »
  •             Plugin Homepage »

What they say:
The Lazy Widget Loader plugin provides lazy loading for widgets to improve page loading. Use it on slow widgets, especially those where external data is loaded, like widgets from Facebook, Twitter, AdSense, …
What this plugin basically does is to postpone loading the content of those widgets you choose, so that their content is loaded after the main content of the page that is displayed.
You can choose which widgets should be loaded like that, by default the plugin does not “impose” itself on any widget. You may also choose to display a throbber while the content of a widget is loaded.

What we say:
Simple install no setting except a box to remove data if you deactivate it.
Then simply go to the widgets in question and apply the plugin.
I tried this plugin on my own site in the hopes I could improve an issue I have been having with extended virtual memory use and excessive resource use. Seems to have improved it a bit..
Rating 5 dragons

(WP Gift Cert) 1.1.1

  •             Version: 1.1.1
  •             Author: Kyle Cox
  •             Last Updated: 376 days ago
  •             Requires WordPress Version: 2.8 or higher
  •             Compatible up to: 3.1.4
  •             Downloaded: 3,155 times
  •             WordPress.org Plugin Page »
  •             Plugin Homepage »

What they say:
A plugin that allows you to sell printable gift certificates for your service based business through your WordPress Blog or website. Fully integrated with the PayPal IPN framework printable gift certificates are e-mailed to your customers upon successful payment. Each certificate includes a QR code allowing you to validate the certificates in the field.

What we say:
This was pretty easy to install as are most plugins but setup did not go completely smoothly. While it was pretty easy to configure it seemed to have issues with paypal sandbox so it was not posting any gift certs to the database and therefore not emailing the cert for printing.

Rating 3 dragon

The promise of a full mooon—— Marcus Plugins ——–

WP Editor
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-editor/

WP Editor is a plugin for WordPress that replaces the default plugin and theme editors. Using integrations with CodeMirror and FancyBox to create a feature rich environment, WP Editor completely reworks the default WordPress file editing capabilities. Using Asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX) to retrieve files and folders, WP Editor sets a new standard for speed and reliability in a web-based editing atmosphere.
Features:

  • CodeMirror
  • Active Line Highlighting
  • Line Numbers
  • Line Wrapping
  • Eight Editor Themes with Syntax Highlighting
  • Fullscreen Editing (ESC, F11)
  • Text Search (CMD + F, CTRL + F)
  • Individual Settings for Each Editor
  • FancyBox for image viewing
  • AJAX File Browser
  • Allowed Extensions List
  • Easy to use Settings Section

Marcus’ Take: Finally! A line counter and full screen editing for theme and plugin editing! This is a great addition to any WP install that you want to hack around with.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Guardian Watches over all.WP Lead Management
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-effective-lead-management/

WP Lead Management turns your WordPress into a fully operational Lead Management CRM and requires no setup.

WP Effective Lead Management system is a lead Management solution for WordPress websites to manage the leads or contact us Emails. This is kind of very tiny CRM for a sales person who follows up with leads. This best fits of someone who is looking for simple and effective solution. If you are small company with few sales guys, this works better, Doing a complete integration of other complex software to handle the leads is a overkill sometime.
Features of WP Effective Lead Management system:

  1. Displays a lead form in the site and administrator.
  2. All the administrators of the website can view the new leads. and they can pick and unpick the leads.
  3. The administrator who picks the lead can view the requirements of that lead but others can’t view it and also he is having an option to delete that particular lead but others cannot.
  4. When the client submits a lead a mail is sent to all administrators of the site.
  5. When the administrator picks the lead a status mail is sent to the client.
  6. The administrator who is already picked the lead then is having an option to unpick the lead if once he unpicks that lead is reset back so that others can pick it.
  7. Display leads information in the administrator based on the time and date.
  8. This plug-in provides an easiest way to handle the leads.
  9. Unlimited number of administrators can be added. 10.The form includes an simple javascript validation.

Marcus’ Take: This is a lead management system with too much back end involvement into wordpress. Most sales guys won’t figure out the WordPress interface to the point of getting their lead information. This is good concept but poor execution.

Rating 2 out of 5

Hide Login
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/hide-login/

Have a Secure Login Page! Allows you to create custom URLs for user’s login, logout and admin’s login page.

Must Have Plugin For Your Personal WordPress Blog

This plugin allows you to create custom URLs for logging in, logging out, administration and registering for your WordPress blog. Instead of advertising your login url on your homepage, you can create a url of your choice that can be easier to remember than wp-login.php, for example you could set your login url to https://www.myblog.com/login for an easy way to login to your website. You could also enable “Hide Mode” which will prevent users from being able to access ‘wp-login.php’ directly. You can then set your login url to something more cryptic. This won’t secure your website perfectly, but if someone does manage to crack your password, it can make it difficult for them to find where to actually login. This also prevents any bots that are used for malicious intents from accessing your wp-login.php file and attempting to break in.

Marcus’ Take: This is a pretty important function that closes one of the biggest holes in WordPress. WordPress is pretty easy to spot and “money with” on the back end to outsiders. This is just one more way to keep one step ahead. I also like the functionality that allows a custom login page for any secondary users.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Foursquare Venue

Foursquare Venue gives you the ability to display any venue’s latest stats on your WordPress site. Using either the widget or shortcode, you will be able to display:

  • People here now
  • Total check-ins
  • Current mayor (along with their picture and number of check-ins)

Marcus’ Take: This is a really cool plugin for business sites that encourage check-ins. I am working on a restaurant site currently. The site boasts two locations and encourages Foursquare at both. This plugin lets me add both location’s Foursquare info into the site for a live, real-time tally of checkins (both current and total), and the current mayor. This is easy to use and set up, but the layout that is output needs a lot of work. It spreads out and doesn’t always align properly.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

Patch it togetherIn closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

scroll plugins or banner tickers

404 redirect plugins

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins

 

How to Contact Us:

 

John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/  or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

email: dragon@wppluginsatoz.com

 

Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com  on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

email: marcus@wppluginsatoz.com

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com https://music.mevio.com

Answer the call to greatness

WordCamp Victoria 2012 — Special Episode of WordPress Plugins from A to Z #57

Let the light shineThis is a special episode of the WordPress Plugins from A to Z Podcast, this contains the audio from my presentation at WordCamp Victoria 2012.

In an effort to help folks understand the simplicity of WordPress this presentation is called WordPress 101 and discusses how and what you can use WordPress for and what to look for during all your initial setup of your WordPress install.

While WordPress has its famous 5 minute install it still take a little bit past that to get it completely up and running. So enjoy the presentation and you can view the slides from the presentation here. Unfortunately some of the questions are a bit hard to here but I did try to repeat them to make them clear for the recording.

Fly the friendly sky

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #56 — Comments & Sliders

Flying the friendly SkysPlugins covered this episode:

Alternate Comment manager plugins, the debate about if you should you let your comments be handled by a third party.

Facebook Comments for WordPress 3.1.3 , IntenseDebate Comments 2.9.3 , Disqus Comment System 2.70 , CommentLuv 2.90.9.3, WordPress Sliding Drawer Plugin, WP Social Slider – Social Activity Viewer Plugin for WordPress, HTML5 Slideshow Presentations


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

So did the SOPA blackout do any good? I sure hope so. Not one to rest on my laurels too long I am launching a new site to go with this great podcast, the site is ready for preview by those who listen to this podcast so please check it out.

WordCamp Victoria went well I will have the audio up from my talk there soon. Matt made a video appearance and well Matt you need a haircut…

Shout Outs:

Thanks Manny For your inspiration for this weeks plugins..

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Genesis 1.8 dropped today
SOPA seems to have stalled if it is not dead anyway.

Flying the friendly skyList of Plugins:


—–Johns Plugins——-

Comment Plugins:

While there are numerous plugins for enhancing comments I will be focusing here on plugins to manage comments.

Facebook Comments for WordPress 3.1.3

What they say:

This plugin integrates the Facebook commenting system (new, old or both) right into your website. If a reader is logged into Facebook while viewing any comment-enabled page or post, they’ll be able to leave a comment using their Facebook profile.


What we say:

This one necessitate creating a FaceBook app, so if your not real comfortable with the idea of monkeying around best to give this a pass. They do however give some decent instructions on how to create the app so if you can read and follow instructions you might give this a try.

The problem I have with this plugin is the total loss of control of my data, make no mistake comments on your website are part of your data and part of what help search engines index you. If however you like minimal work to maintain your comments this is great for you.

Rating: 2 Dragons – due to work involved in setting it up.

Disqus Comment System 2.70

What they say:

Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.

The Disqus for WordPress plugin seamlessly integrates using the Disqus API and by syncing with WordPress comments.


What we say:

First you will need to go to https://disqus.com/admin/register/ to create an account for your website if you do not already have one. A bit of a pain but seems pretty easy. Again it take total control away from you on handling your comments, it does give you some ways to moderate the comments but they are pretty much the same as in WordPress.

They would however like you to upgrade your free manager to a paid one that would include things like analytics and theme editor.. My questions is why do this when you can have all the same control directly in WordPress.


Rating: 2 Dragons due to work involved in getting it up and running.


IntenseDebate Comments 2.9.3

What they say:

IntenseDebate Comments enhance and encourage conversation on your blog or website. Custom integration with your WordPress admin panel makes moderation a piece of cake. Comment threading, reply-by-email, user accounts and reputations, comment voting, along with Twitter and friendfeed integrations enrich your readers’ experience and make more of the internet aware of your blog and comments which drives traffic to you!


What we say:

Again you need to sign up for a service.. Not a difficult process but again as far as I can tell you loose control of your data and it is maintained on their site. It does seem to work pretty nice and smooth for the most part.


Rating: 2 dragons due to work involved getting setup


Candy StripesCommentLuv 2.90.9.3

What they say:

This plugin will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve their last blog posts which they can choose to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.

It has been found to increase comments and the community spirit for the thousands of blogs that have installed it. With a simple install you will immediately start to find new and interesting blog posts from your own blog and community. You will even be able to build your list/network/community even more by offering your readers the opportunity to register to your site to unlock advanced features of the plugin like being able to choose from any of their 10 last posts when they comment or other features like dofollow links and more.


What we say:

I have actually run this one on my site for a while and found it to be pretty decent. It does not take my comments off my site, what it does do is reward commentators by adding links to their most recent posts from their websites. This one is not too bad to have although I had it turned off for a while while trying to control resource usage of my site.


Rating: 3 Dragons not too difficult to use.


Final thoughts on Commentating Systems:

In my humble opinion here it is never a good idea to relinquish control of your data to a third party. One big reason is you never know what they are going to do with it. I know the argument is that well they have said what their going to do in the Terms of Service, but keep in mind how well companies like Google, FaceBook and other have simply changed the Terms of Service to suite their needs to handle the data. Remember when you agreed to that terms of service you agreed to play the game with their bat, their ball on their field and that they can change the rules anytime they want for what ever reason to help themselves out of a jam or simply to cheat you out of something.

Ok off the soapbox now.. In the end you should simply maintain the built in comment system and enhance it, there are dozens of plugins for that which I will cover in an upcoming episode. There are ways to push your comments to FaceBook and pull back from their without loosing control.

Under the square——Marcus Plugins (Things that “slide”)———-


Sliding Drawer Content Area
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-sliding-drawer-content-area/

Description: The WordPress Sliding Drawer Plugin instantly adds a jQuery powered Sliding Drawer content area to your site.

The WordPress Sliding Drawer Content Area plugin greatly increases the screen real estate of your wordpress site. The sliding content area is jQuery powered and can be configured to slide from the top, bottom, left or right. Everything in the plugin from the position, color and handle text is customizable and easy to setup. Once you setup the plugin, you’ll have up to four newly created widget areas that can take any content that a widget area can. A couple of great suggestions for the sliding drawer content area from 61 designs is to using it as a feedback/contact form or as a sliding media gallery for flickr/picasa. The sliding drawer plugin has been tested across all major browsers.

Marcus’ Take: Very cool way to add extra content in the header area. This has a lot of possibilities that I am still exploring but I love what I see so far.

Rating: 4 out of 5

WP-Social Slider
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-social-slider
Description: WP Social Slider plugin will help you display social activities from facebook, twitter, google +1 in a slick sliding panel. Also you can show social share buttons.

Marcus’ Take: Pretty cool way to show what’s going on in your social streams without a lot of site clutter. This can be stylized in the CSS to merge with your own particular theme preferences. Good start to this plugin. Would love to see further integration with G+ and Facebook fan pages as well (Not just individual profiles).

Rating: 4 out of 5


HTML5 Slideshow Presentations
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/html5-slideshow-presentations/

Description: With this plugin, You’ll be able to create a presentation in no time using WordPress’ familiar built-in toolset, and the best part is, You won’t need to upload to slideshare when you’re done. You’re hosting your own presentations and can share/present them anytime. The presentation template is based on html5slides by Luke Mahé and Marcin Wichary. This plugin was built with CSS3 and HTML5 and is intended to be used on modern browsers.

DEMO: https://j.ustin.co/yZe7Il

Marcus’ Take: This is a pretty amazing new method of showing off a presentation using WordPress. The slideshow type style is something that will become more and more prominent in WordPress as time progresses.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

WordCamp Special next week

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

scroll plugins or banner tickers

404 redirect plugins

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins


Ney York is callingHow to Contact Us:


John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com https://music.mevio.com

2012 the end of time or a Fresh start for WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #55


She DevilJohn’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?


Welcome to 2012 the end of time or so it would seem according to the talk heating up on the web.. I have actually been monitoring the terms Mayan Calendar for a couple of years with google alerts as I have an interest in that ancient civilization. It had been real quite up until about a month ago and just this last week they started coming in like crazy (pun intended)…

I discovered what is missing in that new admin menu is quick links to items such as add new plugin, and the master list for posts and pages. And I realized that I had to throw out Akismet and Hello Dolly again.. very irritating.

And now has WordPress.org been slow the last few days guess everyone is updating..

Shout Outs:

A belated happy new year and welcome to the Year of the Dragon….
And this is out to you Manny for your patience in waiting for the podcast and all our other fans who thought we had disappeared.Marcus says hello to Russ Hayes who will be talked about a bit more on an upcoming show with a premium plugin he will be releasing. Check out more of Russ’ work at gpscraper.com .

Marcus just launched a great new site for his company at https://increasevisibility.com

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:


World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordCamp Victoria is happening on Jan 14 at U-Vic join me there.. https://www.wordcampvictoria.ca

WordPress 3.3.1 Security and Maintenance Release

5 Reasons a Free Blog Could Ruin Your Online Marketing

WordPress.com Storage Limits Increase For No Additional Cost  

Should WordPress.Com Be Blocked In India For Copyright Violations?

The Black PyramidList of Plugins:


—–Johns Plugins——-

Display Posts Shortcode 1.7

What they say:

The Display Posts Shortcode was written to allow users to easily display listings of posts without knowing PHP or editing template files.
Add the shortcode in a post or page, and use the arguments to query based on tag, category, post type, and many other possibilities (see the Arguments). I’ve also added some extra options to display something more than just the title: include_date, include_excerpt, and image_size.What we say:

I found this to be a very simple plugin that solved my need to display post excerpts on a static page using short code so I would not have to mess around creating a unique template for just one page.Rating 4 dragons

Gravity Forms Directory & Addons


What they say:
Turn Gravity Forms into a Directory plugin
Gravity Forms is already the easiest form plugin…now, the Gravity Forms Directory & Addons plugin turns Gravity Forms into a great directory.

  • Completely shortcode based, using the [directory] shortcode
  • Includes built-in searching
  • Allow logged-in users to edit their directory listings
  • Choose to show entries to only the users who created them
  • Sort by column
What we say:
I found this to be a great plugin for showing off you specialized links much better than the blogroll. It is not entirely intuitive to use though it is pretty simple once you understand it. You simply create yourself a form with whatever fields you want then you place that on one page for collecting the info. Then you place the form as a directory on another page and then adjust your columns and voila it works.
Rating 3 Dragons due to issues around setting it up and getting going.

Ultra Hide Comment Box


What they say:
This simple plugin lets you choose which category(s) you want to accept comments on. It has a simple admin interface that is very easy to use. You simple check the category that you don’t want to see comments on and the comment box will not appear on any posts in that category.

What we say:
I was in need of a simple way to stop comments on only certain categories for a site I am developing and this one fit the bill. Simple straight forward install it activate it and choose which categories to not show comments on its great..

Rating 5 Dragons for its simplicity.

To the east it rises——Marcus Plugins———-

Extra Shortcodes
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/extra-shortcodes/

Description: Provides additional shortcodes for internal data functions.

Example Shortcodes:

  • [bloginfo show=”name”] – bloginfo params;
  • [site_title] – Title of the site;
  • [site_desc] – Description of the site;
  • [site_url] – https://site.url;
  • [wp_version] – 3.3.1 (WordPress version);
  • [date format=”Y-m-d”] – php date format params;
  • [time format=”H:i:s”] – php time format params;
  • [year] – 2012, [year plus=”3″] – 2015, [year minus=”2″] – 2010;
  • [month] – 3 (in march), [month plus=”3″] – 6, [month minus=”2″] – 1, [month plus=”11″] – 12 (12 is maximum and it is not looped by default), [month plus=”11″ loop=”1″] – 2 (14, but with loop it becomes 2=14-12);
  • [month_name] – March;
  • [day] – 8, [day plus=”3″] – 11, [day minus=”2″] – 6, [day plus=”30″] – 31 (31 is maximum number of days for current month and it is not looped by default), [day plus=”30″ loop=”1″] – 7 (38, but with loop it becomes 7=38-31);
  • [weekday] – Friday;
  • [hours] – 17;
  • [minutes] – 35;
  • [seconds] – 59;

Marcus’ Take:

This is a great set of parameters in which to dress up your posts, widgets and site theme. Often we need to add this enhanced functionality to business or client sites. This is an easy way to call specific data in posts and pages.Rating: 3 out of 5


Timed Widget
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/timed-widget/
Description:

A plugin for displaying different content on your site at different times of day.The Timed Widget WordPress plugin provides a widget which can display different content at different times of day. For example, suppose you have a WordPress site for your radio station, and you want to display a badge that changes as the different shows come on the air. The Timed Widget plugin provides a way to set up a schedule for your shows, and display different images at different times.

Marcus’ Take: This is a plugin that I’ve been looking for to turn a live help image on and off according to the time, whether the business is open or closed. This plugin works nicely for the job.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Google Add to Circle
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-add-to-circle/
Description:

This plugin let the users to add your Google+ Page to their circle directly from your website.Marcus’ Take: To use the Google Add to Circle just drag it to a sidebar and enter your Google+ Page url. This plugin generates a widget badge on your wordpress blog, that let the users to add your Google+ Page to their circle directly from your website. It has a badge customization, through which you may control the look of the widget/badge. This plugin will definitely help you to increase your fan base and followers on Google. I’m using this in a site that I just built and received 4 circle additions in just under a week of implementing. I’ve been waiting for a plugin like this for a while.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Remove ‘Comments are Closed’
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/remove-comments-are-closed/Description: On posts where comments are closed, the plugin will remove the text ‘Comments are closed.’ The plugin supports any languages/text domains, and will remove the text from themes and plugins.

Marcus’ Take: This is one of those simple little plugins that just plain works. We all have those pesky “comments are closed” notes on our site, which often make it look like we’re unwilling to engage the viewer. This plugin removes the note altogether, assuring a nice clean site without the clutter of unneeded notification about comments.

5 out of 5

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..


In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

WordCamp Special next week

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Commenting plugins

404 redirect plugins

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins


Repent NowHow to Contact Us:


John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

 

 

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com https://music.mevio.com


WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 54, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Enjoy the Solstice, Happy Mid-Winter Feast

Crazy TimeWordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 54  Dec 23, 2011

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Enjoy the Solstice, Happy Mid-Winter Feast, This is a Christmas special with some holiday plugins or maybe just what we find..

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

Just a merry Christmas rambles for the whole podcast.. My beefs with WordPress 3.3, while I love some of the new features a couple just annoy the f*** out of me. Tune in for all the gory details on what I think is great as well as what I have found to be a pain, also tune in to find out if anything broke during the update.

 

Shout Outs:

Ingmar Stotz looking for someone to develop a plugin contact me and I’ll pass along his info.

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Stop Your Clients From Deactivating Important WordPress Plugins

 

List of Plugins:

 

Repent the end is near—–Johns Plugins——-

Ok I couldn’t refuse a couple Christmas Plugins..

 

Christmas countdown clock

 

What They Say:

Christmas countdown clock showing days and hours until Christmas day. Select from several designs, sizes, animations and backgrounds

  • Select from a range of designs
  • Select size, background colours, pictures or animations
  • Full range of designs can be seen at mycountdown.org

 

What we Say:

Was really liking it until I hit 2 snags not able to change to my own picture and its link off my site not opening in a new page.


Rating 2 Dragons

Christmas lights


What they say:

Add nice looking animated Christmas lights to the top of your WP site and enjoy winter. The script has very small footprint (1.6kb only). For more information take a look at the video preview

 

What we say:

Very nice and simple except they fall behind my theme and can only bee seen on a large screen.. Sorry guys..

Rating 3 Dragons


Xhristmas(Christmas) Lights

 

What they say:

Add nice looking animated Xhristmas(Christmas) Lights to the top of site.

Links: Author Homepage

 

What we say:

This one works great simple and elegant..

Rating 5 Dragons..

 

 

MGM LionSnowflakes (and more)

 

What they say:

Snowflakes (and more) falling down your blog! There are snowflakes, leaves, drops – and balloons that can float upwards. You can simply add more images in the pics folder and they will appear on the settings page. I also happily accept images submitted to me as long as they are properly licensed.

You can configure the number of snowflakes and limit the plugin to specific posts or pages.

 

What we say:

Pretty cool has a great choice of snow flakes to choose from. You also get the chance to limit it to certain pages, have multiple types of flakes and even Santa. Love this simple plugin for a short festive season. Plus you can add balloons for other events if you like. Also the snow stops after a set time so you make it less annoying to your visitors if you like.

Rating 5 Dragons.

——Marcus Plugins———-

.htaccess Redirect

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/htaccess-redirect/

This plugin modifies your .htaccess file to redirect requests to new locations. This is especially useful (and intended) to redirect requests to web locations/pages outside of your WordPress installation to pages now in WordPress.Rating 4 out of 5


Very useful plugin that works great. The normal routine of having to download the htaccess file via ftp and hand editing in notepad was a pain in the rear and if you were working remotely or on an ipad, it just wasn’t an option for htaccess editing. Looks like this plugin may have closed that gap.–TWO–

Rock itShow/Hide Content at Set Time

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shortcodes-to-show-or-hide-content/Creates shortcodes which you can wrap around text, which specify at what date or time that content should appear or disappear. Great for competitions

Bear in mind that by just entering a date, it will assume a time of midnight at the beginning of that date. So if you set your expiration date to today, it will expire at the beginning of today (12:00:00AM), not the end of the day. If you would prefer to show the content for the rest of today, then you should set your expiration date to tomorrow.

What We Say
Great concept, but would love to see a plugin that can use time of day for events. Something that I can turn off and on when live help is available, or simply display an OPEN sign for a business that gets phone calls or store traffic.

Rating 3 out of 5

 

Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

 

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Commenting plugins

404 redirect plugins

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins


How to Contact Us:

 

SpeedyJohn can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

 

 

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com https://music.mevio.com

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #53 — Podcasting Plugins and More

  Popping your top ehThis episode brings to you some great plugins for podcasting and site motoring. We also review a great plugin for creating your own accordion menu system.

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

Just some random chatting about Vegas and the marathon there and cheep beer while playing penny slots..

My thoughts on WordPress 3.3, ever notice when the creators of software are thinking they are making it better they actually bloat it right up. It seems WordPress is doing some of that, the  flyout menu annoyed me fast and I installed the plugin Expanded Admin Menus the only problem is that it does not persist across computers or browsers since it is java driven and does actually disable the menu. This gives the best of both worlds and is how WordPress should have done it. A new menu bar at the top in the admin area and the one on the front I liked better before was faster I thought that this new drop down. What does Automatic have someone there who has a hard-on for unnecessary flyouts and dropdown menus, including the new feature tour and WTF how come I can’t turn off the admin tool bar up top..

Shout Outs:

Jason at paidmembershipspro.com another membership plugin he brought to my attention reviewed below..

Manny with some great suggestions for upcoming plugins.

WordCamp Victoria 2012 happening on January 14 2012..

Check out @runnerskye 2012 YYJ Run for Cancer Calendar at https://www.yyjrunforcancer.com

Travis Smith

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

In case you live under a rock WordPress 3.3 has dropped on Dec 12

List of Plugins:

—–Johns Plugins——-

Paid Memberships Pro

What they say:

Paid Memberships Pro is a WordPress Plugin and support community for membership site curators. PMPro’s rich feature set allows you to add a new revenue source to your new or current blog or website and is flexible enough to fit the needs of almost all online and offline businesses.

What we say:

Pretty easy to get setup one flaw I saw was in payment gateway they offer paypal express and pro but not standard seemed strange to me since many folks starting out do not pay for the extra paypal express or pro. This is a premium plugin where all the functionality of the plugin seems to be there but you cannot access the documentation without payment. A good model but I feel it should be disclosed in the description when you download it from the repository. I felt a little deceived on that front. I do like the way it functions it does have a simple check box when creating a post/page to define if the post is member only. All in all this is a pretty goo plugin except for the issues above.

Rating 4 Dragons

NY in VegasBlubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin 2.0.4

What They Say:

Blubrry PowerPress brings the essential features for podcasting to WordPress. Developed by podcasters for podcasters, PowerPress offers full iTunes support, the Update iTunes Listing feature, web audio/video media players and more. PowerPress is designed as an upgrade to PodPress.

PowerPress is developed and maintained by Blubrry, a podcasting company and community providing tools and resources for podcasters to measure, monetize, publish and host podcasts. Although we’d like you to become a member of Blubrry, no membership is required to use this free open source podcasting plugin.

What We Say:

I have actually been using this plugin for over a year now and felt it was time I reviewed it again since there have been many changes to it and I was recently asked about podcasting plugins.

I still found this pretty easy to setup although it still take time to get it right. Make sure you know if you are going to do more than one type of podcast on the same site there are setting for that. also think though your setting for iTunes before setting them up changing them later can sometimes cause issue there. It also does video in case your planning that.. Make sure to get a Blubrry account so you can use their stats program.

Rating 4 Dragons ease of use but time to get setup.

podPress 8.8.10.12

What they Say:

podPress adds a lot of features designed to make WordPress the ideal platform for hosting a podcast.

podPress 8.8.10.12 includes a bug fix. You can read more about this version in the Changelog and pay attention to the Upgrade section.

Features:

  • Full featured and automatic feed generation (RSS2, iTunes and ATOM and XSPF playlist)
  • Podcast Download stats, with graphs.
  • View MP3 files ID3 tags when your Posting

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What we say:

There where several other podcasting plugins but they seem to have been abandoned so I did this one again sine it was my original choice when I first started podcasting and what I taught in my classes.

I still found this one to be a bit more difficult on the setting up the one good thing i liked was control over how you player looks and where it appears. The one thing I did not like was the lack of control on a per post basis for iTunes and that there is no verification of the media when uploaded it simply pulls it from the directory you assigned in the settings. All in all not too bad just seems more work after install instead of less.

Rating 3 Dragons for extra work.

Harly heaven——Marcus Plugins———-

—ONE–

WordPress Sentinel
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-sentinel/

This plugin acts as a sentinel that watches over your core WordPress programs, as well as installed themes and plugins. It periodically checks things

WordPress Sentinel tracks all files in a WordPress installation (core, themes, plugins) and then periodically rechecks and notifies the administrator of any files that have changed in any way.
Most attacks against WordPress sites will install rogue code wherever they can – in new and existing files in the themes, plugins and even in the WordPress core files. This plugin is designed to tell the administrator exactly what files have been touched and when in order to make hack detection and recovery much easier.

Rating – 3 out of 5

–TWO–

WP DoNotTrack

WP DoNotTrack stops plugins and themes from adding 3rd party tracking code to your blog to protect your visitor’s privacy.

WP DoNotTrack stops plugins and themes from adding 3rd party tracking code to your blog to protect your visitor’s privacy. WP DoNotTrack uses (a slightly modified) version of jQuery AOP to catch and inspect elements that are about to be added to the DOM and renders these harmless if the black- or whitelist says so.
The current version is blacklist-based and stops tracking by media6degrees and quantserve. This can easily be changed in the javascript though. Future versions will include a WordPress admin-page to change these settings.

** This is an interesting model for a plugin, and one who’s overlying concept may one day become an issue in WordPress as a whole. At what point should we / can we be circumventing internal functionality of other plugins and/or scripts?

Rating 2 out of 5

–THREE–

Theme-Check

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-check/
A simple and easy way to test your theme for all the latest WordPress standards and practices. The theme check plugin is an easy way to test your theme and make sure it’s up to spec with the latest theme review standards. With it, you can run all the same automated testing tools on your theme that WordPress.org uses for theme submissions.
The tests are run through a simple admin menu and all results are displayed at once. This is very handy for theme developers, or anybody looking to make sure that their theme supports the latest WordPress theme standards and practices.

**A great theme development tool! I used this to find issues with a hand-coded theme I was working on and it saved me hours of headaches.

Rating 4/5

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NY in VegasWP Accordion Slider
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-accordion-slider/

The WP Accordion Slider plugin allows you to upload images from your computer, which will then be used to generate a jQuery Accordion of the images. Custom titles and content from various sources can be shown. Content, excerpt, and content limits can all be used for posts and pages.
Each image can also be given a URL which, when the image is active in the slideshow, will be used as an anchor wrapper around the image, turning the image into a link to the URL you specified. Images can also be deleted via the plugins Administration page.
NOTICE: Currently in Beta.

This plugin also enables the use of shortcodes in widgets
Features:

  1. Set Auto Play (and thus, slide delay, whether to pause on hover, and auto restart delay)
  2. Create custom titles
  3. Set caption height, delay, and easing
  4. Create custom content for captions or capture content from the post’s or page’s content, content limit or excerpt.
  5. Set accordion navigation key. If set to true, users can use right/left arrows to navigate through the accordion slider.
  6. Custom set the div/ul ids as well as set the image/div sizes.
  7. Ability to Deactivate/Reactivate images/slides without deleting them
  8. Set Caption Background (white/black) transparency
  9. Cross browser tested (IE7+, FF 3.6+, Chrome 10+)

Download

Latest version: Download WP Accordion Slider v1.8b [zip]

Rating 4 out of 5

** I had some interaction with Travis Smith, the plugin’s author. He was really great about giving instant feedback. If you use this plugin, please thank Travis at @wp_smith

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Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

Yes that is a hotel how strange ehIn closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Commenting plugins

404 redirect plugins

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins

How to Contact Us:

John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com https://music.mevio.com

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #52 — Membership Plugins and TOS Plugins

Alone with thoughtsWordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 52  Nov 30, 2011

Today’s show brings in some great membership plugins as well as a TOS plugin and a couple others that will make your WordPress website the envy of all your friends.

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

making fun of spammers, seems I have been targeted by SEO spammers and others that think I need help ( well I might but not in that way) I figure if they can find me something must be happening otherwise how else do they manage to contact me.. lets take this most recent one and the first spam comment to get though in almost a year “by MarciaDale –https://www.johnoverall.com

The internet has become the world’s marketplace. You can do business all over the world. But you have to stand out from your competition. It’s all in the website, linking, keywords — all the tools of Search Engine Optimization. We know them. Let us show you how we can help you.”

My guess is it got though because they used my own domain as the one in the url box and damn they almost seem sincere….

stepping upShout Outs:

Adam @ Integrity Solutions his plugin theme scheduled themes.

Check out @runnerskye 2012 YYJ Run for Cancer Calendar at https://www.yyjrunforcancer.com

Something new list of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

Ministry of Transportation BC

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordPress the most popular open source CMS for second year running

WordAds Opens Monetization to Free WordPress Blogs

WordPress.com launches WordAds to help you make money from your blog

https://elliottback.com/wp/why-my-wordpress-site-is-so-much-faster-than-yours/

List of Plugins:

—–Johns Plugins——-

Membership

What they Say:
Membership transforms your WordPress website into a fully functional membership site. Provide access to downloads, online content, videos, forums, support and more through flexible membership levels and options. Simple to use, flexible – this plugin will meet all of your membership site needs. Want to create a site like GigaOm, Izzy Video, PSD Tuts? Now you can do it, easy!

You can use Membership lite to create…

  • A WordPress membership site, offering resources, forums, downloads, videos, support and more… with two different levels of membership and complete customizations.
  • Multiple membership sites on a WordPress MultiSite install – so any user of your site can have their own membership site.

What we Say:
This one also has a premium version but in the case of that if I cannot get the free one to work properly I will not spend the money on premium. What I found is that it is pretty easy to get all set up instructions are pretty easy but I ran into one major glitch. Every time I tried to register it would lock up on the second page of registration requesting to select a subscription but unable to select it. Finally had to abandon it due to this issue.

Rating 3 Dragons due to issue around the registration page.

Free WP-Membership Plugin 1.1.8

What they say:

Protect your content with Levels. Levels can protect Posts, Pages and Categories. Levels are not sequential, they are more like groups. Currently the Payment gateways are non-functional due to stripping out the copy-protection during the open sourcing process. These will be restored over time, including: PayPal, Authorize.net and Google Checkout.

The primary repository for Free WP-Membership is at GitHub. The project home page is at Free WP-Membership.

What we say:

Oopppssss this one cause a fatal error on both my test sites so was unable to test it out…

Rating: Epic fail—- 1 Dragon

HotWP-Members 2.6.4

What they say:

WP-Members™ is a plugin to make your WordPress® blog a membership driven site. Perfect for newsletters, private blogs, premium content sites, and more! The plugin restricts selected WP content to be viewable by registered site members. Unlike other registration plugins and WordPress® itself, it puts the registration process inline with your content (and thus your branded theme) instead of the native WP login page. WP-Members™ works “out-of-the-box” with no modifications to your theme, but it is fully scalable for those that want to customize the look and feel, or want to restrict only some content. It is a great tool for sites offering premium content to subscribers, and is adaptable to a variety of applications.

What we say:

I like this one pretty easy to setup and also allow you to request additional info when they are registering. and it works much better than the first one I tried. just a few simple settings and you can block everything by default and ope up or open everything and block as needed. Plus they have some great documentation on their site at https://butlerblog.com/wp-members/

Rating 5 Dragonsfor easy use and actually working.

——Marcus Plugins———-

Twitter Lock

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

Download: https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/twitterlock.zip

Requires WordPress Version: 2.8 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.2.1

Last Updated: 2011-11-28 Downloads: 83

TwitterLock can easily lock up content, which will only be revealed when the user will follow you on twitter or Tweet using twitter

* Description

* Installation

* FAQ

* Screenshots

* Changelog

* Stats

TwitterLock can be used for locking content on a page or post.

Options for the plugin

1) Unlock Type – Here you can set whether you want users to Tweet and unlock the content or Follow you on twitter and then unlock the content 2) Tweet Message – This is the message which will be tweeted in user profile if you use the Tweet and Unlock content. 3) Twitter user ID to follow – This user id will be followed if you select Follow and Unlock the content 4) Locked Content Text – This content is displayed just above the Twitter button.

Author: Mohit Jawanjal

Rating – 3/5

Has a lot of potential for additional ways to grow your followers. This would really need to have some savvy persuasion skills, or a lot of good content that would support the means for a gateway.

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WordPress Quick Save

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-quick-save/

Download: https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-quick-save.zip

Do you habitually press CTRL+S when writing? Do you fear missing posts? There’s help!

WordPress Quick Save adds a CTRL+S keyboard shortcut to trigger the Auto-save functionality in WordPress. If you find that you habitually hit CTRL+S while writing posts, this will stop those annoying popup save site windows from appearing.

No more having to stop and click save to ensure you don’t lose your recent edits. Keep in mind, this saves ONLY as an autosave.

This plugin should work with most versions of WordPress, but has not been tested in versions earlier than 2.9

Author: Aaron Harun

Requires WordPress Version: 2.9 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.3

Last Updated: 2011-11-27 Downloads: 122

Rating – 4/5

This is a simple plugin with basic functionality that just plain WORKS. For those who are continually paranoid about saving your work (as I am) then this is the plugin for you!

Shippng out

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Enable Image Scaling on Upload

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/enable-image-scaling-option-on-upload/

Download: https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/enable-image-scaling-option-on-upload.0.1.zip

Requires WordPress Version: 3.3 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.3

Last Updated: 2011-11-26 Downloads: 131

This enables use and display of the image scaling option that comes with the new uploader introduced in WordPress 3.3.

WordPress’s new uploader, Plupload, comes with a an option to scale down images during upload. This plugin makes that option visible on the upload screen, leaving you to choose whether you want to scale on upload or not.

Rating – 3/5

Author: Drew Jaynes (https://www.werdswords.com/ )

Good start at adding some new functionality for the 3.3 upload feature. Plain and simple, this gives out of the box functionality to something that I assume will eventually be integrated as a stock feature in the new upload functions. But for now, this plugin does the job.

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Terms & Conditions

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/member-terms-conditions/

Download: https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/member-terms-conditions.2.0.1.zip

This Plugin adds a Terms & Conditions agreement page the first time a user logs in and a welcome message for new members.

The WordPress Terms & Conditions plugin, pops up a Terms & Conditions agreement page the first time a user logs in. In addition the new users are presented with a nice fully customisable welcome message after they agree to your Terms to help them get started using your blog.

For WordPress installations setup with the multiple site option the Terms & Conditions will pop up the first time a user loges into there new site.

Features * Works for both New Blogs and New users.

* Customisable Open Source Terms of Use agreement.

* Customisable Open Source Privacy Policy.

* Customisable Welcome Message.

* Can be integrated into a mature blog.

* Support for both WordPress and WordPress MU.

* No changes need to be made to the Sign up process.

Requires WordPress Version: 2.0.2 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.2.1

Last Updated: 2011-11-26 Downloads: 303

Author: levi.putna

Rating 4/5

This is a great little plugin that covers your bases when laying down the ground rules for other users who may be adding content to a WordPress installation. It forces them to agree to your terms and conditions before allowing them back-end access.

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Some Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

Possible interview with Casey

podcasting plugins

More Lazy Plugins

How to Contact Us:

John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

Some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘music.mevio.com https://music.mevio.com