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Transcript of Episode 411 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #411 here.


It’s Episode 411, and I’ve got plugins for Selling your Videos, Re-Learning a Lost Art, Fixing Media Library, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!


Episode #411

John:    It’s 12:00, June 6th, 2019. And before I begin today’s show, I want to take a few moments to honor the fallen. Today is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion that changed the course of World War II. The following is in honor of all the men who gave their lives 75 years ago on the beaches of Normandy to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.

[“Taps” plays with 21-gun salute, followed by a moment of silence]

And that was a moment of silence to honor the fallen. So, moving forward…

It’s Episode 411, and I’ve got plugins for Selling your Videos, Re-Learning a Lost Art, Fixing Media Library, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall.

And I have the usual great show for you today but of course right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to and reviewing the show. And remember, you can catch the show live every Thursday at noon on YouTube, where you can subscribe, check out our training videos, and more. Go check it out at wppluginsatoz.com/youtube to find all the info.

You can also follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz, join me on my Facebook page, or take a few moments and subscribe to the newsletter on the website, where you get even more information and tidbits that will help you out. And we are continuing that push toward Episode 420 and looking forward to having some fun with that. Ah, I just think about that one; it’s 420 time!

All right, well with all of that out of the way, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, so first off here, I have a plugin that was sent in to me. I have yet to get a chance to review it, but these are plugins that are sent in regularly by different developers or people who think I should know about some plugins. And if I don’t get a chance to review them, I still think they might be of value to them, so I bring them forth for you.

The first one I’ve got here is called WP Pay Per View, and what it’s designed for you to do is using your WooCommerce store, it allows you to monetize your videos by charging people for access to them. You can set it up on your site so that they can subscribe to your videos, buy an individual video. It allows for one-off payments, subscription payments. You can set viewing limits on how many times they can watch a video. You can set it so that they can share the videos with others. It supports multiple platforms, including Vimeo, YouTube, Amazon S3, and self-hosted videos.

So this is something that could be pretty nice. It does have a preview set on it so you can actually set a preview limit on a video, like maybe you’ve got a 10-minute video and give them the first two minutes and poof – hey, want this? Pay for the rest.

It looks like a really great tool. It’s something I will eventually get around to testing, because eventually I’m going to have videos that I want to monetize. But at the meantime, it looks quite nice and it’s reasonably affordable. It’s $79 for a single license. Go check it out. It’s called WP Pay Per View, and currently I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, and a little bit of WordPress news this week. I’ve got a great article here from WP Rocket, and this is an interesting article and you might want to go check this out if you’ve been dealing with your WordPress speed optimization. This is an article that helps you avoid eight specific errors while you’re setting up and going through your WordPress website. A very interesting article – an interesting read. It has a lot of good tips and helpful information in it for you.

Another piece of news that came out this week, this is an article off of the Tavern, and if you needed any further indication that WordPress is moving towards being a page builder, Automatic is testing an experimental full-site editing plugin. This is a plugin that goes through and helps you build out page templates, builders – it’s basically a builder content to, probably from the description of it, to be integrated into the Gutenberg system. This is going to be something of interest. As I kind of predicted – not just me, but many people predicted back in December when Gutenberg was forced into the core – that WordPress is wanting to be a full-page builder. This is a really good article to read; go check out the information in there. But this is an indication that they are moving down that path and direction.

I wonder what that’s going to do to page builder plugins or people that have built a business around page builders? ClassicPress, here they come.

Now, this is a bit of a security article here of interest: “Your WordPress Instance is Leading Data,” also with Gutenberg. This is talking about the data that is leaked via the REST API, and if you’re not using the REST API for anything on your site, you’ll want to turn that thing off. This is a plugin that describes the data that’s being leaked, how it’s being leaked, bits and pieces of information showing what’s being leaked out. They even give you some information on how to go turn off the REST API. You’ll want to go check this article out because if you’re concerned about the privacy of data content on your site, you’re going to want to lock it down pretty tight, and that’s what this is for. So go check out this article and help prevent your WordPress website from leaking out data.

All right, this podcast is currently brought to you by…

Are you tired of the same old web hosting? Not having the resources you need to run your website properly? Having a lack of control? Then you need JohnOverall.com web hosting, providing you with all the resources you need to smoothly run your WordPress website or ClassicPress website. With strict limits on the number of clients allowed per server, JohnOverall.com provides high-quality, fast server performance. Visit JohnOverall.com for web hosting that won’t slow you down.

Absolutely, and any other WordPress you need, especially if you’re having problems. My specialty is fixing them after they’ve been broken, so come see me for all your WordPress needs.

And the contests – our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin, a very nice plugin that allows you to create fantastic contests off your site. They were kind enough to provide us with a premium version of the plugin so we can run all our contests. Go check them out at Simple Giveaways.com – WPSimpleGiveaways.com.

Well, the contests we were running for the Discount Suite for WP, we have a winner, and it is going out to Gary. Congratulations, Gary! You are the winner of the license. We will be in contact with you soon to get that out to you. So thank you very much and there is a new contest coming soon. We are prepping another one up. We may announce it out in the newsletter or on Twitter or Facebook, or you may have to wait until the next show. We don’t know for sure, but it is coming with another contest soon, so thank you everyone who participated – much appreciate it and keep on supporting the show.

The next plugin I’ve got for you here today – now this one here is kind of a cool one. It’s called Scout Tools. Now, initially I hoped it had a whole bunch of stuff, but I discovered its basically one tool. If you were ever a Boy Scout – or I’m a Boy Scout leader. I’ve got a son in Scouts, I had a daughter in Scouts. I like being a Scout leader; it’s lots of fun. But there’s lots of things they learn in there, and there’s some lost arts out there that are not taught anymore.

I remember back when I was a kid, Morse Code was a big thing. Well, you can make Morse Code a big thing again off of your website. What this plugin does for you here is once you install it, activate it, with a shortcode you can put in some text and then it turns it into Morse Code – dots and dashes to be read and deciphered – a really cool way to, you know, put that up. I put that up on the website for my Scouts that I run and as a way to put out “Here’s a message for you. Decode it. Learn Morse Code,” so it’s really kind of a cool plugin. It actually works very well. Just install it, activate it, and you just add your shortcode to whatever page you want. I love the little cool features like this and of course when we run into these, where do they go? Top 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

All right – feedback. Please, send some feedback. If you’ve got feedback on the show, anything, whether I’m doing good, bad, indifferent, you don’t like the sound, you love the sound, you hate the show, you love the show – come on, feedback. Send it to john@wppro.ca or go reach out to the Contact page and send us a message through there or even through SpeakPipe, and we’ll play your message or your question – anything you want – here on the show, and I will answer it. I’ll spend some time researching to get you an answer.

This show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And in that vein, I like to acknowledge those who have supported the show with donations of $50 or over by reading their show note out here on the show. And for those who come below $50, they remain anonymous and I thank you very much.

This week, I’d just like to give a big thank you out to our Patreon donors. Your Patreon donations have come through. Thank you very much. And for those of you who have set up other weekly subscriptions and small subscription amounts, thank you very much for those donations. They really do help the show out.

And a big thank you to those who have hired me because of the podcast. Thank you very much. That is as good as donating to the show. If you’d like to give some value back, please just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to fill out the form, choose your donation amount, and submit it to the show. It’s all done via PayPal, so please, thank you very much on that. And I still do have a Patreon account if you want to donate through Patreon.

And remember, there’s more than one way to support the show. I am in the process of finding the right plugin so that people can create artwork and submit it to support the show. I’ve had a couple of inquiries from people so far and I’m getting all of the information together to be able to do that, so that’s something that I look forward to having fully implemented and I’m going to make it a top priority to get done in the next week.

All right, so next up I have for you a plugin to help fix up your media library. If you’ve ever migrated an old WordPress website to a new theme or you’ve inherited a website that’s had some problems and jumped from host to host, sometimes you get one that has corruption in the database or has corruption in the media library, where thumbnails are missing or they no longer seem to connect properly to the pages, etc.

This is a plugin that will help you correct those issues. It’s called Fix Media Library and what it does for you is it helps create new thumbnail sizes that are registered, it gets rid of thumbnail sizes that aren’t used anymore. If there are media entries pointing to image files that don’t exist, it cleans that up. Some entries in the media library are not displayed while image files are present. It helps clean up that problem. If you want to update attachment to UID fields containing old staging URLs, it helps clean that up. It detects major database corruption affecting the media library and helps clean it up.

Basically, it helps you clean up your media library if it’s a mess, so this is a really good plugin to look at if you’ve got problems in that or you’ve inherited a website that has media library issues, so make sure you check this out. It is the Fix Media Library plugin and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

And ClassicPress Options – what do I have for ClassicPress? Well, I don’t have any new plugins for ClassicPress yet, and if you’re a developer working on ClassicPress plugins, please send them my way. They’re kind of hard to find right now. I’ve gone through a fair number of the ClassicPress plugins that do exist and I’ve kind of run out of them and could use a few more, so please submit them on the website at wppluginatoz.com/submit and/or just click the link in the menu bar to submit a plugin and I’ll get it here on the show.

But I do have a couple of pieces of news this week from the ClassicPress world. I’ve got an interesting article from Code Potent here, and what he’s done is he was testing the speed of WordPress versus ClassicPress. How do they compare? Is ClassicPress faster than WordPress? Well, I’m going to leave you in suspense. You’re gonna have to go read the article. Which one is on top? He actually went through and did some tests on VPNs, shared hosting, and bare bones and some plugins, so go check this out.

This is actually a really good article where he went testing. He used the current version of ClassicPress 1 Beta2 and WordPress 5.02. So that’s what’s in the article, so it must be a little bit older. Oh yeah, it’s an article from – it was updated on March 6, so it’s not too old. So go check this out. It’s a really good article on this.

I’ve got another article here from ZigPress, and ZigPress and what they have to say about ClassicPress and how they’re moving forward in that ecosystem. A quote from the article, “ZigPress is now committed to ClassicPress as a key platform in our business activities.” So more and more, I’m starting to find information about organizations bigger and smaller that are seeing ClassicPress as an actual viable option to WordPress.

And this is an interesting article to read through about what they thought about ClassicPress, where they were, and they were kind of on the fence, giving it a wait and see, and how now they’re looking at, okay ClassicPress is an actual viable option and we’re going to start moving clients towards ClassicPress. Now, maybe not everybody will be needed to be on ClassicPress, but there’s going to be options for it – or there’s going to be needs for it.

A little bit of other information, just some general stuff. JediPress, their developers for ClassicPress, some ClassicPress resources. You can go check out their ClassicPress club, a must-have list of ClassicPress plugins from the ClassicPress forums. And to find a list of specific plugins, you can check out the link in the show notes that takes you to plugins built specifically for ClassicPress. So this one, the information is growing. It’s just at the moment I’ve kind of used up everything I can find and I’m really looking forward to hearing more and more from the ClassicPress community to help me create more content in the show.

So that pretty much wraps everything up for this episode here. I covered up in this episode the WP Pay Per View plugin. I covered up the Pay Per View plugin, which I gave a 4 to. I covered up the Scout Tools, which I gave a 5 to and the Fix Media Library, which I gave a 4 to.

And we do have a new interview coming out and…yeah, where did that information go? Ah, there it is. I have an interview coming out with Martin Gibson from – oh, something Beach. Yeah, let me get that one up right. I don’t like to do that. Ah, Martin Gibson from northernbeachwebsites.com.au. It’s a really great interview from the guy down under, and that interview will be out in the next few days, so looking forward to it. I’ve got a couple more interviews lined up with developers and if you’d like to be interviewed, please just go to wppluginsatoz.com and click on the link in the menu that takes you to book an interview, and I can book you in for an interview if you’re a developer.

I did make mention last week that I was on the BeBizzy podcast. There’s a link in the show notes that’ll take you to that. And the next WordPress Meetup in Victoria is on June 23rd at Boston Pizza in Victoria. It’s not going to be broadcast; it’s just a social meetup this time around, where we’re just going to get together and chat. So if you live in the Victoria area, come on out to the Boston Pizza and join us for the Meetup. Lots of fun, be happy to meet people there. We’ll be talking all things WordPress and ClassicPress.

And be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel for wppluginsatoz.com, where you can find training videos, screencasts, and of course the live show every week here.

If you have suggestions for plugins you’d like to have reviewed, please submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit-plugin-review. And for all the developers who would like to support the show and if you have a premium plugin and you want to donate a license to be used in a future contest, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest.

And finally, just be sure to subscribe and listen to our newsletter. And for those of you that are on live, hey, hang around after. You can chat with me after the credits roll. Thank you very much. I’m going to let my girl take us out of here.

[Female speaker]

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 [Outro]

Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

[Child giggling]

 

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Transcript of Episode 410 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #410 here.


It’s Episode 410 and I’ve got plugins for Verified Reviews for WooCommerce, Emailing Users, Broken Link Checking, and Classic Press Info. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #410

John:    It’s Episode 410 and I’ve got plugins for Verified Reviews for WooCommerce, Emailing Users, Broken Link Checking, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And I’m pushing towards Episode 420, so we know there’s a big party coming in there, right? (All right, we’ll let you think on that one.)

All right, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews. You can also catch the show every Thursday at noon, live here on the YouTube channel where you can also subscribe to the channel, check out the training videos, screencasts, and other extra shows that do appear here from time to time.

Follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. Join me on my Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook. And if you’ve got a minute or two, please subscribe to the newsletter. Just simply go to wppluginsatoz.com right there on the front page. Name and email – subscribe to the newsletter – we have lots of great information in it.

All right, with all of that little bit out of the way, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

Okay, first up I have for you a plugin that I have yet to use. These are plugins that are sent to me by developers or concerned users that would like to have these plugins reviewed and checked out. Sometimes I actually have a use for them. Most of the time, they’re not something I can use but occasionally I’ll manage to squeeze out the time to get them into a testing site. But for the most part, they’re untested.

This one is untested, but it’s sent in to me by Michael Allen and it’s called Rebusify Verified Reviews from WooCommerce Extension. Now, this is available as a free plugin from WordPress, but they do have a premium version. It’s a third-party service and what they do for you is once you’ve integrated into your WooCommerce store, it allows your verified users to create reviews that are verified and then sent to their service and then encoded using – I wanted to say Bit Torrent for some reason – silly me – the blockchain; it uses blockchain from Etherium to encode the information in the blockchain, so the information stays fairly permanent from what I know about blockchain. It’s a really interesting kind of plugin for verifying and having good, quality reviews and keeping the information there.

Now, they do have a setup as their premium service. It’s a subscription service and from what I was able to see here, the free service would be really good for a lot of WooCommerce stores out there with, you know, 500 reviews per year. If you’ve got a really busy store and you start paying for the plan, it seems quite affordable. It looks like a very interesting plugin to use if you’ve got an active WooCommerce store that is sending out information and giving reviews of products.

So go check this one out. It’s called Rebusify Verified Reviews WooCommerce Extension and based on all the information and everything I can gather on it, I’d say this one’s worthy of a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

And a little bit of WordPress news and information this week, what I’ve got for you here is first off, there is a malicious redirect code being found harboring in Joomla and WordPress sites. I know Joomla — they’re still around? Really? I’m surprised. But seriously, the WordPress site – what this is is it’s a really interesting article and you might want to check it out to make sure your site is not susceptible to it. But what the hackers have been doing is they’ve been targeting the HT access files of WordPress websites, and those HT access files live in multiple directories of your site. What they do is they’ve been using it to create redirects that redirect people to spam and other miscellaneous sites, so this is something you might want to read, check out, and see if you might be susceptible to it.

Next article I’ve got here, a little bit of information is this is an article from ServeBolt. It is about a presentation a fellow gave at a WordCamp and it’s talking about the plugins that slow your site down, and this is a pretty interesting article. I don’t fully agree with some of the recommendations in here, but most of them, yeah, they talk about a lot of interesting stuff, like the good and bad security plugins, alternatives to use, good and bad page builders, image management, broken links, etc., and backups. So it’s a really good article to go in and find out if you’re running anything on your WordPress site that might be susceptible to slowing it down. The link is in the show notes for it. It’s a really great article.

And for those of you who do not know, maybe you’ve been living under a rock like I was during the last week (although I should’ve realized it) because WordPress turned 16 and the same day they turned 16, my oldest son turned 12. I keep forgetting that WordPress shares a birthday with my son. (No, it’s not the other way around. My son’s more important than WordPress.) So at any rate, it’s their 16th birthday, talking about some of the things that they’ve done, where they’ve come, some of their beginnings. It’s always kind of interesting to know that WordPress has been hanging around for 16 years and it’s something you’ll might want to check out just to, you know, see what’s up in the WordPress world, but happy birthday to WordPress turning 16. You’re now old enough to drive a car. Not old enough to drink yet, but you can drive a car.

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Absolutely – for all your WordPress needs, especially for emergency WordPress repairs. That’s still my specialty.

All right, and the contests. We do have contests and our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin who were kind enough to provide us with the premium version to run our contests off our website. A really fantastic plugin. It was reviewed way back – I can’t remember what episode I reviewed the Simple Giveaways plugin; it’s been a while.

The current contest is running until June 5, next week – next Wednesday is when the contest ends, so you’ve got one more week to get your entry in for the contest. Get in there and you can win yourself a single site license for the WooCommerce All Discounts plugin. It was reviewed back in Episode 405 and it’s really a great plugin to allow you to apply bulk discounts across your WordPress website. I found it to be a pretty fantastic little plugin, if I recall correctly, so you’ll want to check it out. This is a full-on premium license, you know. You can get it for free just for entering the contest. Get in there and check it out. All you’ve got to do is go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests for more information on how to enter it. In fact, all we really need is your name and email address. The rest of it, not a problem.

All right, next up I have for you a plugin called Email Users. This is a plugin that comes in really handy, and in particular after you’re working on a website – I’m working on a client site I’m about to launch this Friday. It’s a full-on membership site and we’ve done such massive changes to it and integrated a lot of new members. When you get to the end of doing something like that, you need to inform all your members about what’s going on.

This is a plugin that will allow you to do that. Go in there, create an email, notify all the users of the great new site upgrades, how they might have to go through logging in to the site now that you’ve changed things, and all in all, it makes the job of contacting everyone a whole lot easier. It’ll help you with those issues by allowing you to send out mass emails to groups of users based upon their user groups or their roles. You can send out the emails with all the information you need to let the users know about the new site.

There are some caveats to this plugin though. It does not do queueing or limiting the number of outgoing emails at once. So if you’ve got like 500 users and you send them all out, it’ll try to send out 500 emails very rapidly. That could be a problem on some hosting providers. You know, you could get tagged spam or other issues, so that is one thing its got an issue with. Another is that there have been some comments when I was researching for the plugin is that it’s a bit buggy. I haven’t had any problems with it, but for non-techies, it sounds like it could be a little bit of a challenge to use and can pose some problems, or there may be other solutions. I know I’ll be coming forth with more solutions. I’m testing this to see how it’s going to work. I haven’t quite settled on the solution I’m going to use when I do this launch on Friday, but I thought I’d bring this one out.

Currently, all I can give this plugin here is a 3-Dragon rating just based upon what I’ve done with it so far. So you can go check it out. It may still be a solution for you, and it’s called Email Users.

Listener feedback – I do love listener feedback, but I haven’t had any in a while. Please folks, give me some listener feedback. Let me know if you’re liking the show, if it’s sounding good, if I’m doing a crappy job, if you want to hear more of this or more of that. Hey, let me know and it’s something I can use. Please, all you’ve got to do is go to the Contact page, send me an email from there. You can hit the SpeakPipe button in the lower right-hand corner of the website or you can email me directly at john@wppro.ca.

I do have some feedback I want to share. I know I shared it in the last episode, but I’m going to share it again. WP Plugins A-Z was featured as a Top 20 WordPress Podcast You Need to Hear for 2019, and we came in at Number 6. Hey, that’s not bad, considering this is actually the first list I’ve ever been on. Somehow, I’ve always been missed on those lists. I never understood that – just not enough people listening. At any rate, kind of a good piece of information to let folks know. Share it out there if you like it.

This show is also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, I like to acknowledge those who have supported the show with donations of $50 and over, and for all those who come in below $50, they remain anonymous and I thank you very much.

So this week a big thank you to all our donors who came in under $50 and to those who have set up small weekly subscriptions. All those really small subscriptions do help out. None of the money actually makes it into my pocket as of yet. It doesn’t even quite cover the costs that I put forth for putting this show together, which is my time, the transcripts, the server space, hosting, etc. – all of these things that go into running a website. If you run a website, you know all about that.

So I still would like to thank everyone out there who has supported the show with small to large donations. And if you would like to support the show, please just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate, create a donation that suits your fancy, and donate it to the show direct to PayPal.

Another way you can support the show (and I swear it’s coming soon), I am still researching it. I’m trying to find the right solution. I am looking for artwork. I’ve been changing the artwork that goes out into the feed for iTunes and all of the podcast feeds out there, so I changed the artwork with every show, and it’s kind of cool. It gives it a different look each and every time. But I’m limited to what I can do. I don’t have time, I’m not an artist. I just put something together that looks cool. If there’s any of you out there that are artists or graphic designers that want to share it, I’ll happily use your artwork. You can email it to me in the interim, but pretty soon I will have a way to submit it off the website, and I’ll make sure you get credit for the artwork.

All of my supporters out there, you guys are becoming the producers. Little by little, you guys are helping become producers of this show, so thank you very much for all of your support.

And the next thing I have up for you here plugin-wise is called WP Broken Links Status Checker. Now, this is something I normally don’t recommend doing this. But if you are in need of checking out your site for broken links and don’t have access to tools such as Screaming Frog, this is a good option. Just be sure that if you do use this, activate it, and use it, you turn it off when you’re done. You don’t want it continuously running in the background.

The problem is broken link checkers have been around for years in WordPress, and back in the beginning they were a fantastic thing, but they did use, and they still use lots of server resources to do that. And if they’re continuously running, they’re continuously running calls to database, checking pages, etc., it can cause you grief on shared hosting, which is most people out there – the vast majority of people on shared hosting. And if you start sucking down resources, your hosting provider is going to shut you down; that’s all there is to is.

So this is a really good option. It’s a really decent plugin and it seems to work all right. The developers built it with the idea in mind for it sucking down resources and they did the best they can to improve performance on it. I myself don’t use this, but it is a good thing. I gave it a quick test on the lite site, and it looked all right. It seemed to function okay.

What it helps you do is discover any 404 errors, 400 errors, 302 directs – basically broken links on your website, which can impact your SEO in multiple ways, so this is something you’ll want to do regularly. I personally recommend using Screaming Frog, but that’s a pretty expensive program. You can get the free version, but it does limit you on how many pages it will index and if your site has more than 500 pages or 500 links to follow, it stops pretty quick (which most sites do).

At any rate, go check this plugin out. It’s called WP Broken Links Status Checker, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

ClassicPress Options – yes, and this section is starting to grow little by little. I don’t have any ClassicPress plugins this week – not specific, as I still haven’t found any recent new ones coming out, but I know they’re coming. I hear that there’s developers out there. Of course, since the release of Gutenberg and its fallout, ClassicPress has garnered a lot of attention and it is gaining ground. I really believe this is going to be a massive competitor for WordPress. It may take them a couple of years to get there, but it is going to happen.

This week though, I do have a little bit of information – just some news and tidbits. ClassicPress itself has added some new directors to their ClassicPress Limited board. They’ve got new directors on the board; it’s a really interesting article. You’ll want to go read that up if you’re interested in ClassicPress and find out what they’re doing. There is some information from the ClassicPress forums.

This is a really good article on the ClassicPress forums about must-have plugins. These are plugins that are listed up that are either built for ClassicPress or the developers are supporting ClassicPress. They’ve stated that they’re supporting and developing for ClassicPress. It’s a really good roundup of your main plugins you’ll want: security plugins, advanced editors, image sliders, backup, duplicators, migration plugins, etc., and they’re still looking for some other plugins along the way, so I’m sure this list is going to grow and improve as time goes on also. But go check it out; it could be of a really good value and interesting information for you.

Okay, next up what do we have for you here? Oh, we’ve got a little bit of information. This was a submission from a ClassicPress community member who sent this to me. He prefers to stay anonymous on this, but this is about the Asgaros forum. I never actually heard about this plugin for WordPress, but he was saying that in his email to me that it works fantastic on ClassicPress. So if you’re looking for a forum plugin for your ClassicPress install, go check out this plugin here, and it just might be – he says it’s a really good, solid forum plugin, so something you’ll want to check out.

And there’s other additional links in the show notes with general information and another developer, JediPress, who is developing four plugins for ClassicPress or WordPress. I liked that they put ClassicPress first. That’s kind of interesting. And then other links in the show notes for ClassicPress itself, and those links will continue in the show notes for the foreseeable future so more people will have information to everything.

All right, well that closes out this episode where I covered up the Rebusify Verified Reviews, which I gave a 4 to; the Email Users plugin, which I gave a 3 to; and the WP Broken Links Status Checker, which I gave a 4 to. And that wraps up everything from this episode.

And a couple of quick reminders – there’s been a few new interviews that have come out in the last week. I’ve got some more interviews lined up. I also appeared on the Be Busy podcast, a really great show. I’ll leave a link in the show notes that takes you to that podcast, so you can go check me out on another podcast just to hear what I say there.

The next WordPress Meetup is in Victoria on June 23rd and at the Boston Pizza here in Victoria, and it’s not going to be broadcast live. It’s just going to be a socializing event where we get together and talk about the WordPress community, the ClassicPress community, and maybe gather some ideas for next year’s monthly presentations from the WordPress Meetup group here in Victoria. So go to wppluginsatoz.com/meetup to go check that out.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel here. Visit every Thursday at noon, catch the show live. I really enjoy it when people come in live and leave me comments here. It makes it a little more interactive and fun. You can also check out the training videos, screencasts, and other items that do get posted here on the channel.

And if you have suggestions about plugins you would like to have reviewed, please submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit. And if you’re a developer, submit it there or if you’re someone who thinks it’s a plugin that people would be interested in, please submit it to me.

And for all developers who would like to support the show, you can donate a premium license to be used in a future contest. Please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to donate and fill all the information out for the plugin.

And finally, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com. That’s all I’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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Episode #410

John:    It’s Episode 410 and I’ve got plugins for Verified Reviews for WooCommerce, Emailing Users, Broken Link Checking, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And I’m pushing towards Episode 420, so we know there’s a big party coming in there, right? (All right, we’ll let you think on that one.)

All right, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews. You can also catch the show every Thursday at noon, live here on the YouTube channel where you can also subscribe to the channel, check out the training videos, screencasts, and other extra shows that do appear here from time to time.

Follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. Join me on my Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook. And if you’ve got a minute or two, please subscribe to the newsletter. Just simply go to wppluginsatoz.com right there on the front page. Name and email – subscribe to the newsletter – we have lots of great information in it.

All right, with all of that little bit out of the way, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

Okay, first up I have for you a plugin that I have yet to use. These are plugins that are sent to me by developers or concerned users that would like to have these plugins reviewed and checked out. Sometimes I actually have a use for them. Most of the time, they’re not something I can use but occasionally I’ll manage to squeeze out the time to get them into a testing site. But for the most part, they’re untested.

This one is untested, but it’s sent in to me by Michael Allen and it’s called Rebusify Verified Reviews from WooCommerce Extension. Now, this is available as a free plugin from WordPress, but they do have a premium version. It’s a third-party service and what they do for you is once you’ve integrated into your WooCommerce store, it allows your verified users to create reviews that are verified and then sent to their service and then encoded using – I wanted to say Bit Torrent for some reason – silly me – the blockchain; it uses blockchain from Ethyrium to encode the information in the blockchain, so the information stays fairly permanent from what I know about blockchain. It’s a really interesting kind of plugin for verifying and having good, quality reviews and keeping the information there.

Now, they do have a setup as their premium service. It’s a subscription service and from what I was able to see here, the free service would be really good for a lot of WooCommerce stores out there with, you know, 500 reviews per year. If you’ve got a really busy store and you start paying for the plan, it seems quite affordable. It looks like a very interesting plugin to use if you’ve got an active WooCommerce store that is sending out information and giving reviews of products.

So go check this one out. It’s called Rebusify Verified Reviews WooCommerce Extension and based on all the information and everything I can gather on it, I’d say this one’s worthy of a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

And a little bit of WordPress news and information this week, what I’ve got for you here is first off, there is a malicious redirect code being found harboring in Joomla and WordPress sites. I know Joomla — they’re still around? Really? I’m surprised. But seriously, the WordPress site – what this is is it’s a really interesting article and you might want to check it out to make sure your site is not susceptible to it. But what the hackers have been doing is they’ve been targeting the HT access files of WordPress websites, and those HT access files live in multiple directories of your site. What they do is they’ve been using it to create redirects that redirect people to spam and other miscellaneous sites, so this is something you might want to read, check out, and see if you might be susceptible to it.

Next article I’ve got here, a little bit of information is this is an article from ServeBolt. It is about a presentation a fellow gave at a WordCamp and it’s talking about the plugins that slow your site down, and this is a pretty interesting article. I don’t fully agree with some of the recommendations in here, but most of them, yeah, they talk about a lot of interesting stuff, like the good and bad security plugins, alternatives to use, good and bad page builders, image management, broken links, etc., and backups. So it’s a really good article to go in and find out if you’re running anything on your WordPress site that might be susceptible to slowing it down. The link is in the show notes for it. It’s a really great article.

And for those of you who do not know, maybe you’ve been living under a rock like I was during the last week (although I should’ve realized it) because WordPress turned 16 and the same day they turned 16, my oldest son turned 12. I keep forgetting that WordPress shares a birthday with my son. (No, it’s not the other way around. My son’s more important than WordPress.) So at any rate, it’s their 16th birthday, talking about some of the things that they’ve done, where they’ve come, some of their beginnings. It’s always kind of interesting to know that WordPress has been hanging around for 16 years and it’s something you’ll might want to check out just to, you know, see what’s up in the WordPress world, but happy birthday to WordPress turning 16. You’re now old enough to drive a car. Not old enough to drink yet, but you can drive a car.

All right, this show currently brought to you by…

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Absolutely – for all your WordPress needs, especially for emergency WordPress repairs. That’s still my specialty.

All right, and the contests. We do have contests and our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin who were kind enough to provide us with the premium version to run our contests off our website. A really fantastic plugin. It was reviewed way back – I can’t remember what episode I reviewed the Simple Giveaways plugin; it’s been a while.

The current contest is running until June 5, next week – next Wednesday is when the contest ends, so you’ve got one more week to get your entry in for the contest. Get in there and you can win yourself a single site license for the WooCommerce All Discounts plugin. It was reviewed back in Episode 405 and it’s really a great plugin to allow you to apply bulk discounts across your WordPress website. I found it to be a pretty fantastic little plugin, if I recall correctly, so you’ll want to check it out. This is a full-on premium license, you know. You can get it for free just for entering the contest. Get in there and check it out. All you’ve got to do is go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests for more information on how to enter it. In fact, all we really need is your name and email address. The rest of it, not a problem.

All right, next up I have for you a plugin called Email Users. This is a plugin that comes in really handy, and in particular after you’re working on a website – I’m working on a client site I’m about to launch this Friday. It’s a full-on membership site and we’ve done such massive changes to it and integrated a lot of new members. When you get to the end of doing something like that, you need to inform all your members about what’s going on.

This is a plugin that will allow you to do that. Go in there, create an email, notify all the users of the great new site upgrades, how they might have to go through logging in to the site now that you’ve changed things, and all in all, it makes the job of contacting everyone a whole lot easier. It’ll help you with those issues by allowing you to send out mass emails to groups of users based upon their user groups or their roles. You can send out the emails with all the information you need to let the users know about the new site.

There are some caveats to this plugin though. It does not do queueing or limiting the number of outgoing emails at once. So if you’ve got like 500 users and you send them all out, it’ll try to send out 500 emails very rapidly. That could be a problem on some hosting providers. You know, you could get tagged spam or other issues, so that is one thing its got an issue with. Another is that there have been some comments when I was researching for the plugin is that it’s a bit buggy. I haven’t had any problems with it, but for non-techies, it sounds like it could be a little bit of a challenge to use and can pose some problems, or there may be other solutions. I know I’ll be coming forth with more solutions. I’m testing this to see how it’s going to work. I haven’t quite settled on the solution I’m going to use when I do this launch on Friday, but I thought I’d bring this one out.

Currently, all I can give this plugin here is a 3-Dragon rating just based upon what I’ve done with it so far. So you can go check it out. It may still be a solution for you, and it’s called Email Users.

Listener feedback – I do love listener feedback, but I haven’t had any in a while. Please folks, give me some listener feedback. Let me know if you’re liking the show, if it’s sounding good, if I’m doing a crappy job, if you want to hear more of this or more of that. Hey, let me know and it’s something I can use. Please, all you’ve got to do is go to the Contact page, send me an email from there. You can hit the SpeakPipe button in the lower right-hand corner of the website or you can email me directly at john@wppro.ca.

I do have some feedback I want to share. I know I shared it in the last episode, but I’m going to share it again. WP Plugins A-Z was featured as a Top 20 WordPress Podcast You Need to Hear for 2019, and we came in at Number 6. Hey, that’s not bad, considering this is actually the first list I’ve ever been on. Somehow, I’ve always been missed on those lists. I never understood that – just not enough people listening. At any rate, kind of a good piece of information to let folks know. Share it out there if you like it.

This show is also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, I like to acknowledge those who have supported the show with donations of $50 and over, and for all those who come in below $50, they remain anonymous and I thank you very much.

So this week a big thank you to all our donors who came in under $50 and to those who have set up small weekly subscriptions. All those really small subscriptions do help out. None of the money actually makes it into my pocket as of yet. It doesn’t even quite cover the costs that I put forth for putting this show together, which is my time, the transcripts, the server space, hosting, etc. – all of these things that go into running a website. If you run a website, you know all about that.

So I still would like to thank everyone out there who has supported the show with small to large donations. And if you would like to support the show, please just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate, create a donation that suits your fancy, and donate it to the show direct to PayPal.

Another way you can support the show (and I swear it’s coming soon), I am still researching it. I’m trying to find the right solution. I am looking for artwork. I’ve been changing the artwork that goes out into the feed for iTunes and all of the podcast feeds out there, so I changed the artwork with every show, and it’s kind of cool. It gives it a different look each and every time. But I’m limited to what I can do. I don’t have time, I’m not an artist. I just put something together that looks cool. If there’s any of you out there that are artists or graphic designers that want to share it, I’ll happily use your artwork. You can email it to me in the interim, but pretty soon I will have a way to submit it off the website, and I’ll make sure you get credit for the artwork.

All of my supporters out there, you guys are becoming the producers. Little by little, you guys are helping become producers of this show, so thank you very much for all of your support.

And the next thing I have up for you here plugin-wise is called WP Broken Links Status Checker. Now, this is something I normally don’t recommend doing this. But if you are in need of checking out your site for broken links and don’t have access to tools such as Screaming Frog, this is a good option. Just be sure that if you do use this, activate it, and use it, you turn it off when you’re done. You don’t want it continuously running in the background.

The problem is broken link checkers have been around for years in WordPress, and back in the beginning they were a fantastic thing, but they did use, and they still use lots of server resources to do that. And if they’re continuously running, they’re continuously running calls to database, checking pages, etc., it can cause you grief on shared hosting, which is most people out there – the vast majority of people on shared hosting. And if you start sucking down resources, your hosting provider is going to shut you down; that’s all there is to is.

So this is a really good option. It’s a really decent plugin and it seems to work all right. The developers built it with the idea in mind for it sucking down resources and they did the best they can to improve performance on it. I myself don’t use this, but it is a good thing. I gave it a quick test on the lite site, and it looked all right. It seemed to function okay.

What it helps you do is discover any 404 errors, 400 errors, 302 directs – basically broken links on your website, which can impact your SEO in multiple ways, so this is something you’ll want to do regularly. I personally recommend using Screaming Frog, but that’s a pretty expensive program. You can get the free version, but it does limit you on how many pages it will index and if your site has more than 500 pages or 500 links to follow, it stops pretty quick (which most sites do).

At any rate, go check this plugin out. It’s called WP Broken Links Status Checker, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

ClassicPress Options – yes, and this section is starting to grow little by little. I don’t have any ClassicPress plugins this week – not specific, as I still haven’t found any recent new ones coming out, but I know they’re coming. I hear that there’s developers out there. Of course, since the release of Gutenberg and its fallout, ClassicPress has garnered a lot of attention and it is gaining ground. I really believe this is going to be a massive competitor for WordPress. It may take them a couple of years to get there, but it is going to happen.

This week though, I do have a little bit of information – just some news and tidbits. ClassicPress itself has added some new directors to their ClassicPress Limited board. They’ve got new directors on the board; it’s a really interesting article. You’ll want to go read that up if you’re interested in ClassicPress and find out what they’re doing. There is some information from the ClassicPress forums.

This is a really good article on the ClassicPress forums about must-have plugins. These are plugins that are listed up that are either built for ClassicPress or the developers are supporting ClassicPress. They’ve stated that they’re supporting and developing for ClassicPress. It’s a really good roundup of your main plugins you’ll want: security plugins, advanced editors, image sliders, backup, duplicators, migration plugins, etc., and they’re still looking for some other plugins along the way, so I’m sure this list is going to grow and improve as time goes on also. But go check it out; it could be of a really good value and interesting information for you.

Okay, next up what do we have for you here? Oh, we’ve got a little bit of information. This was a submission from a ClassicPress community member who sent this to me. He prefers to stay anonymous on this, but this is about the Asgaros forum. I never actually heard about this plugin for WordPress, but he was saying that in his email to me that it works fantastic on ClassicPress. So if you’re looking for a forum plugin for your ClassicPress install, go check out this plugin here, and it just might be – he says it’s a really good, solid forum plugin, so something you’ll want to check out.

And there’s other additional links in the show notes with general information and another developer, JediPress, who is developing four plugins for ClassicPress or WordPress. I liked that they put ClassicPress first. That’s kind of interesting. And then other links in the show notes for ClassicPress itself, and those links will continue in the show notes for the foreseeable future so more people will have information to everything.

All right, well that closes out this episode where I covered up the Rebusify Verified Reviews, which I gave a 4 to; the Email Users plugin, which I gave a 3 to; and the WP Broken Links Status Checker, which I gave a 4 to. And that wraps up everything from this episode.

And a couple of quick reminders – there’s been a few new interviews that have come out in the last week. I’ve got some more interviews lined up. I also appeared on the Be Busy podcast, a really great show. I’ll leave a link in the show notes that takes you to that podcast, so you can go check me out on another podcast just to hear what I say there.

The next WordPress Meetup is in Victoria on June 23rd and at the Boston Pizza here in Victoria, and it’s not going to be broadcast live. It’s just going to be a socializing event where we get together and talk about the WordPress community, the ClassicPress community, and maybe gather some ideas for next year’s monthly presentations from the WordPress Meetup group here in Victoria. So go to wppluginsatoz.com/meetup to go check that out.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel here. Visit every Thursday at noon, catch the show live. I really enjoy it when people come in live and leave me comments here. It makes it a little more interactive and fun. You can also check out the training videos, screencasts, and other items that do get posted here on the channel.

And if you have suggestions about plugins you would like to have reviewed, please submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit. And if you’re a developer, submit it there or if you’re someone who thinks it’s a plugin that people would be interested in, please submit it to me.

And for all developers who would like to support the show, you can donate a premium license to be used in a future contest. Please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to donate and fill all the information out for the plugin.

And finally, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com. That’s all I’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

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show opener over a horse stable

Transcript of Episode 409 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #409 here.


It’s Episode 409 and we’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Shipping, Managing Events, Data Tables, and ClassicPress information. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #409

John:    It’s Episode 409 and I’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Shipping, Managing Events, Data Tables, and ClassicPress information, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall.

And of course, I have the usual great show for you today, but right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews.

You can also catch me live every Thursday at noon here on the YouTube channel, where you can subscribe and check out our training videos, screencasts, and the extra shows as they show up. You can follow me on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. You can also join me on my Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook. And if you’ve got a minute, please subscribe to the newsletter. Just go to the webpage, front page, enter your name and email address, and you’re all set where you can get additional information that’s not covered in the show.

With all that being done, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, first up I have a plugin that I have yet to use but I thought you might like to know about it. And I’ve got a fair number of these in the queue now and I’ll just keep bringing them out one by one until I’m overly stocked again, then I may double up.

At any rate, the one I’ve got here for you today was sent in by Sanjay Negi, and it is called Shiprocket, and this is a plugin to set up for shipping in WooCommerce. Now, I don’t know how many listeners I may have in India, but since this plugin seems to be focused on India, well, I thought I’d bring it out anyway because they brought it up to me and I said, “That looks interesting.”

Shiprocket is India’s leading e-commerce shipping solution and they have various features in this plugin that help you get shipping across, you know, 26,000+ pin codes in India, 220 countries across the globe. Shiprocket WooCommerce plugin easily handles your order fulfillment processes. It’s a free shipping plugin but they do have a freemium option or a premium option for shipping. They have different levels of packages, etc. that I discovered after looking at their website, so it looks like it’s something that will help you do your shipping. I’m not exactly sure what it does; I don’t run a website that uses a lot of shipping. But for those that do and if you’re looking for a shipping solution, this might be something to look into, maybe examine it, dig a little deeper, see if it can help you out.

Go check it out. It’s called Shiprocket and I currently give it a 3-Dragon rating based on everything I can read and understand about it, so something that might be useful and interesting.

I’ve got a little bit of WordPress news this week, and of course the little bit this week here, really not a lot in WordPress World, aside from 5.2.1 was released this week. It had 33 bug fixes in it. It’s a short cycle maintenance release and updates for the plugin. There were some security fixes and bugs that were done in it, so you’ll want to make sure you get it updated if you’re not already doing automatic updates on your website.

Another little piece of information is if you are using Elementor (which I am now using for all of my builds), Elementor, they released their Hello theme. It’s now available at the WordPress repository. You don’t have to go to them to download it. Although I don’t use that one; I use the Jello theme from Jezweb Pty. Ltd. Jezweb, we’ll talk a bit about him later, but he did a really great job of forking off the Hello theme and making it even cleaner than the Hello theme. So if you’re using it, go check that out.

So that’s all I’ve really got in WordPress news. Not a whole lot this week, but that’s how it goes. Some weeks a lot, some weeks not so much.

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And currently we do have a contest this week. All our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin, a very nice, fast plugin which allows you to set up and produce contests on your website, giveaways of all sorts. It collects all the needed information, it integrates very nicely with MailChimp and other mail providers. It allows you to automatically select the winner at the end, let it be autogenerated, notifications – everything – sent out automatically. Once you set it up, it just makes the contests run a lot smoother.

So currently we are giving away a single site license for WooCommerce All Discounts. This is a plugin I reviewed back in Episode 405, the last discount plugin you will ever need for WooCommerce. It’s set up bulk discounts by applying a percentage or fixed discounts off the quantity of an item ordered for your customer. It’s selling strategy, it works for product sellers that want to move unsold products faster. Check it out at discountsuiteforWP.com. A very nice plugin. I reviewed it, checked it out, and it worked really excellent for the specific purpose I needed it for, and I used the free version at that time. But they do have the premium version and we are giving away a premium license, so make sure you go sign up for our contest and get what you need.

All right, next up I have for you – now this is a plugin that I haven’t used for a few years. A very interesting plugin. I interviewed one of the founders of the plugin, had another founder as a guest on my host. This plugin is called Event Espresso, and I’m going to show up here real quick the Event Espresso Decaf, which is the lite, free version you can get from WordPress.org. It’s very useful for taking care of lite stuff as far as events go.

But what I ended up doing was I hadn’t touched this plugin in quite some time, and the reason for that was of course that I just hadn’t had a need for it, and I’ve been using another plugin waaay back – now we’re talking it’s been a few years since I’ve used this plugin. And, well, Garth from Event Espresso, he was a guest on Episode 161 (the link is in the show notes). I also interviewed Seth Schultz back in Episode 39, and I reviewed this plugin all the way back in Episode 37. That’s quite a few years back now, and I did give it a 4-Dragon rating way back then.

But what happened was for a couple of years after that, something occurred. They took the wrong choices, directions, they made the plugin difficult to use, better competitors popped up, and I ended up switching to their competitor’s software and using it for quite a while. Recently, I came in contact with this plugin when I took on a project for the North American Garden Tourism Conference, which I just launched that website, and when using Event Espresso to build out this website for their registration system for their conference, I found Event Espresso had dramatically improved.

It’s easier to use than it ever was. It integrates much better with the payment processors. The way they have split out their addons and other pieces made much more sense than it used to do. All in all, I found it to be quite fantastic and more usable than I had thought it would be. It’s just been so long since I had used it, but because the client wanted it – and I also did make sure of one thing with it, and that is if you’re looking at Event Espresso, make sure you go purchase the entire package – everything for it. It costs a bit more, but if you only get the addons you need, it can end up costing you as much as the premium license anyway, and that’s what you’ll want to do. You’ll want to have everything you need for it for your single site license, and this way you can add the pieces as you need them.

By the time we were done adding the pieces we needed from all their different addons, it went over the cost of buying the individual addons over their $299 license fee, but well worth the cost – well worth it. The plugin sets up nice. It’s got really good layouts in it now. It makes more sense when you’re setting it up. It’s more intuitive than it used to be.

All in all, I can’t say enough about it right now. I really enjoy it, and as a special treat, I’m going to have Seth Schultz on for an interview again next week, and so that’ll be coming up soon. At any rate, go check it out. If you haven’t looked at it (which I hadn’t in a long time), check out Event Espresso. Check out the Event Espresso Decaf if you’re looking for something lite. But because I got to play with the premium version, I know what it’s fully like. I had to go and give this one a full 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Event Espresso, a very nice plugin. Very, very excellently improved over the years.

All right, listener feedback. I do love listener feedback and I look forward to it when I can get it, where I can get it – anywhere I can find it. Please feel free to reach out to me on our Contact page at wppluginsatoz.com/contact. Go to the website, click the SpeakPipe button in the lower right-hand corner, leave me a voicemail message, or you can email me directly at john@wppro.ca.

I do have a little feedback this week – something kind of cool:

Wppluginsatoz has made the Top 20 podcasts that you need to hear in 2019. Not just WordPress, but the Top 20 podcasts from Tech Funnel, and I fell in at Number 6. I’m really quite happy about that. So there’s a link in the show notes that takes you to their article of their Top 20 plugins, but this is a really great little piece of feedback for me. I was really quite thrilled to be there.

When I talked to them back and forth, they found out that it was one of their writers had recommended us, so that’s what I thoroughly enjoy. Thank you everyone for listening out there. Go check out Tech Funnel. They’ve got a lot of really great articles there of information technology and, of course, this fantastic article about WP Plugins A-Z as a Top 20 need to hear plugins of 2019.

This show is also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, I like to acknowledge those who have supported the show. All donations $50 and over get their note read out and published here. For those who come in below $50, they remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week here, I would like to acknowledge and thank Jezweb Pty. Ltd., who donated $50 here. And his donation will note:

This donation is on behalf of Summit Roof and Exterior Painting at https://www.summitroofpainting.com/ who paint houses in Australia. It is a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au built with Elementor and J Theme Jello.

Thanks, Jez! I really appreciate you donating to the show – I always appreciate it. So yeah, and as I mentioned a little earlier, I was talking about the Elementor theme, the Jello theme. Jez was kind enough to give me a link to his repository, which of course I promptly shared out with the world a few shows back. Just go do some searching in the WP Plugins A-Z. There will be a link back there where you can download his copy of the Jello theme, which is really quite nice for working with Elementor. It’s a very clean theme. So a big thank you out there for Jez and a big thank you to those who came in under $50 and for those who have set up the little, small weekly subscriptions – all those small subscriptions really help this show out. And a big thank you to those who have hired be because you’ve been listening to the podcast. That is as good as donating to the show. I really appreciate that.

If you’d like to give some value back, you can do so by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate, create the donation amount that fits you, and just donate it. And I’m also setting up a page I’ve been researching. I haven’t found the right result, but I am looking for artwork that I can start using in my iTunes art, and anyone who would like to donate art, you can just email it to me directly at the moment. But pretty soon, as soon as I find the right solution, I will have a page set up where people can just upload it to the site, and it’ll also eventually get showcased on the site – all different artwork. So thank you very much! Much appreciated.

All right, next up the plugin I’ve got for you here is called Data Tables Generator. Now, this one here I ended up using because of a project I was working on where I needed to display an Excel table, and normally not much of a problem. You can get something where you can convert the Excel table to CSV file and then import the CSV file, and most table plugins do that. But every time I went to CSV, I would lose critical data from this table that was created in Excel.

This plugin here, their free version didn’t import the Excel file, and I did try the CSV first; it didn’t work. But I saw they had an Excel version and I thought, “Okay, we’ll take a chance on it.” I bought the premium version of their plugin and the premium version being $39, well worth the money. If you want to import and export tables, you can import the tables. All the data that is contained in the Excel file in its proper formatting is imported into your site and it makes it really easy.

You can also export it again from your site in that format if you want. Once it’s in your site, they have a very nice interface for going in and managing the table or adjusting the table later. A very excellent plugin. I found this to just work very well. The premium version, well worth the money. Go check it out. It’s called Data Tables Generator and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, ClassicPress Options. I know everyone wants to hear this. Everyone comes to the show just for the ClassicPress Options. Of course – frog in the throat. Since the release of Gutenberg and the fallout, ClassicPress, a hard fork of WordPress, has garnered a lot of attention and it’s still continuing to gain attention. I’m looking forward to seeing how this community grows. I am becoming a small part of it at the moment, but I think I’ll end up taking a little bit larger role in it and showcasing more and more stuff on ClassicPress as I can find it and showcasing developers as I find them.

Right now, there’s not a lot of ClassicPress-specific plugins, and so this week I’m going to focus on some of the recent press that ClassicPress is getting, and I’m talking press in the last couple of months, not the press from back in December – November and December and early January when they made a big splash. I’m talking about what’s happening now a few months later, and that gives you an indication of what’s happening in the community and how it is actually growing.

So what I’ve got up here first is from Rough Pixels Themes. This is from May 19, 2019 and this is an article about ClassicPress as an alternative to WordPress. It’s a very nice article describing what ClassicPress is, how it is growing, a little bit about how it came about, some information a bit about, and of course them in the end saying that they’re going to be supporting ClassicPress with all of their themes. This is from Rough Pixels Themes, a theme development company that is going to be supporting both ClassicPress and WordPress, which is a really cool thing that there are developers out there that are going to be supporting this project and building for this project. I know that that’s what we’re going to be doing with Plugin Dynamics as we’re going to be supporting both.

Another article from March 4th is from Specky Boy. This is a behind-the-scenes of ClassicPress, the WordPress alternative, and this is another article talking to you about the fork and why the switch and how it came about, and a little bit more information about it and the democratic decision making of the ClassicPress community and what their future prospects are. All in all, it’s a really good, positive article about ClassicPress.

And these sorts of things are really good to know about and it’s really exciting to see that this community is starting to grow bit by bit, and it does remind me a lot of the WordPress community in its early years, where people sort of dismissed them, said they weren’t going to do anything, how are they going to compete against the stuff that was out there already. But what happens is as you get more and more developers behind it, it starts to evolve, and it starts to grow.

And another one I found, this one is kind of interesting. This is called The ClassicPress Club. This is a secondary kind of forum. They want to be an informal forum for ClassicPress, a place where the non-techie or the general user can show up to discuss information about ClassicPress, maybe ask questions if they’re a little more unnerved about going to the formal ClassicPress forums. Maybe they want to check out this. I found it to be kind of an interesting idea that somebody has put forth something like this as a place to have an alternative discussion. So go check this out if you’re a ClassicPress user. Maybe reach out to the developer of the forum; I know I’m going to see if I can get him to come talk to me.

All right, and that’s really the more this community puts out, the more it’s going to grow, and we’re going to see more and more talented people migrating over to it. You know, that’s what’s going to happen with it.

All right, well that’s all I’ve got there on ClassicPress this week and I’ll be hunting up specific plugins. I do know that I’ve caught a couple of links just before I went live with the show of some more ClassicPress stuff, so there’s more out there and it’s coming.

All right, that’s all I’ve got this week here on plugins. I covered up Shiprocket, which I gave a 3 to; Event Espresso, which I gave a 5 to; and then Data Tables Generator, which I gave a 5 to.

As I said, another new interview is going to be coming down the pike next week with Seth Schultz and I’m also going to be appearing as a guest host on another podcast, so stay tuned for that one – Be Busy podcast, that’s the one. I’ll be appearing as a guest host there, so stay tuned for information to where you’ll be able to get that information.

And the next WordPress Meetup is in June, and the meetup for June is not a seminar; it is just a social meetup here in Victoria, so it’s not going to be broadcast live. But if you happen to be in the Victoria area, please come down to the meetup. It’s going to be at the Boston Pizza here in Victoria, where we have lots of room for lots of people to show up and we can meet, greet, have a chat, and maybe help work out the plan for next year’s meetings for the Victoria WordPress Meetup group.

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So that’s all I’ve got for you this week. Yeah, pretty much it. I’m gonna let my girl take us on out of here.

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Transcript of Episode 408 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #408 here.


It’s Episode 309 and we’ve got plugins for Social Sharing, Top 10 Posts and a Thumbs Up/Down button. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #408

John:    It’s Episode 408 and I’ve got plugins for Syncing WooCommerce and QuickBooks, Metric Conversions, Importing/Exporting Users, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A to Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And I have the usual great show for you today but of course right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews there. They really do help the show out.

And also watch it every live – there we go, tripping over my own tongue already. You can also watch the show every Thursday at noon live here on YouTube, where you can subscribe, check out our training videos, screencasts, and extra shows that get up here on the channel.

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All right, with all of that being done, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right and starting off I have a plugin for you here that I have yet to use but thought that you might want to know about it. And keep in mind, the rating for it is based on the descriptions of the plugin off their site and using a demo if it’s available.

Today’s plugin was sent in by Erick Jessen and it’s called Infinity Sync. This is a WooCommerce to QuickBooks integration plugin. It helps you connect up the industry standard accounting software with your WooCommerce website, thereby helping you sync up your data in real-time. It makes the accounting really simple and easy, knowing that you sell something that gets automatically placed in your QuickBooks, allows for you to really trust the numbers in there to some extent (as much as you can trust data anyway). It looks like a very interesting plugin. I myself don’t use QuickBooks; I pay an accountant to do all of that for me. But hey, here’s an idea. If your accountant has it, maybe you can connect it up with them. It might work well – I don’t know.

At any rate it does look like a very interesting plugin. Now, there’s one thing with it: it is a third-party premium plugin and you use a third-party platform for transmitting your data as far as I can tell from reading the stuff over on their site, so it does have that drawback going for it, plus it’s fairly pricey. It’s somewhere in the neighbourhood of $69 a month, so you might want to – you’ve really got to have a lot of sales off your site before you consider this, at least as far as I’m concerned.

At any rate, it does look interesting enough. Go check it out. It’s called Infinity Sync and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

All right, and a little bit of WordPress – well, not sort of WordPress news. This one here, I’ve seen a lot of articles this past week discussing the issues around restoring websites after they’ve crashed and how people – do they have a proper backup system in place? Do they have a proper restore process in place for it? And this is something a lot of people don’t think about on their website until unfortunately it’s too late, and this creates a lot of grief for people. They’re not backing up their websites regularly and then what happens is you can have something that happened at A2 recently in that they had their Windows server outages – crashed down – and when they had to restore all their client sites to it, many of their clients found that the data that was stored on the servers themselves was either corrupt or it was too old or it wiped out sites or restored people to the point where they’d lost weeks or months’ worth of data.

I read one article where a guy had lost eight months’ worth of data and work on a website, all because he didn’t have a proper backup system in place for himself. So you should be backing this stuff up to your own local computer or a local data storage device – something away from the server. Don’t depend on this hosting provider to provide your backups. Most hosting providers, and having done this for oh, almost two decades now, most hosting providers do not guarantee – all of them – none of them. Even my hosting service, I can’t guarantee the backups I make off of my servers for my clients. You can’t guarantee the backups. I do provide lots of them; most hosting companies don’t provide backups unless you manually make them, and then they wipe them out after seven days, 15, or 30 days, they wipe out that backup file, so you will have needed to download it.

Some of them say they make the backups but when they go to restore it, it’s old data, it’s corrupted, it’s mismatched. I’ve seen this many times helping people recover from catastrophic failure. So you’ll do want to have a plan in place and think about that for your own personal websites and your clients in particular. If you don’t know how to do it, hey, you might hire someone like JohnOverall.com to go in there and manage the site, monitor it, and make regular backups of the site that are off-server and exactly what you need, so this is something to think about and this has been in the news a lot this week dealing with all of the backups and what people should be doing for that.

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All right, and we do have a contest this week and the current contest is for – let’s bring it up, because I didn’t put it in my show notes again. We are offering up a license for Discount Suite for WP – or, let’s see what we’ve got here – WooCommerce All Discounts. Win a license for WooCommerce All Discounts. It is a one-year license for it and it is a really great plugin. I reviewed this plugin a while back, back in Episode 406, and currently that contest is live on the site, so go over there, enter your name, email address, and win a copy of that contest. If not, well, go check it out and just buy the plugin anyway – a great plugin. I seem to recall giving it some really good rankings on that.

And currently all the contests are powered by our Simple Giveaways plugin. They were kind enough to provide us with a premium license to run all of our contests. This is a fantastic plugin if you’re considering running any kind of contests. It allows you to do all kinds of things. It even does the automatic random selection of the people that enter the contest for you, saving you the grief of hmm…how do I pick?

All right, next up I have for you Length Converter. This is a really nice plugin. I was all set to give this plugin a top, glowing ranking until I discovered one big flaw in it. While this plugin is really great and simple and works and does exactly what it’s supposed to do, which is it converts lengths from meters to feet or feet to meters. I mean, they’ve got a really great here, you put it in it here. It tells you – you put a number in here, either centimeters, meters, feet, yard, and it tells you how many kilometers, inches, feet, yards, and miles it is. It’s a really excellent plugin. It works really well.

One flaw in it, it does not have a shortcode. And without the shortcode, I couldn’t use it on a page. Now they said, “Ah, you don’t need that. You can just use a page builder.” Well, the page builder I’m using for building a website right now being WP Bakery where I’m actually using this plugin, it didn’t work with WP Bakery, so I couldn’t stick it on a page. It would only work in its widgeted format, which didn’t go with the design of this page. So that was one flaw in it.

I like the plugin so much, so I’ve decided to fork it, improve it a little bit, and we’re going to add in the shortcode to it and it’ll be one of the new plugins that’ll be offered by Plugin Dynamics, a joint venture between DeWolfe consulting and JohnOverall.com, where we are putting together and we’ve been developing a couple of plugins over the last year. Those plugins will be coming out in the next coming months along with an additional website for Plugin Dynamics, a nice, new business venture. So stay tuned for that. That’ll be coming up and you’ll hear more and more as we get closer and closer to launching it, and this will be one of the free plugins we offer up along the way, since I’m gonna – since we’re forking it off.

At any rate, go check out this plugin. It’s called Length Converter – a very fantastic plugin for the most part, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, listener feedback – I do like listener feedback and all you’ve got to do is come visit wppluginsatoz.com on the Contact page and send and email with your feedback for the show, questions, answers – anything along that line – I’m always looking for that. Or you can hit the little SpeakPipe button in the lower corner, leave me a voice message that will be played on the show.

This show is also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of the show, I mean if I help save you five, ten minutes, what’s that worth to you? Is it worth $5? $10? Anything out there, you know, please give some value back to the show. I like to acknowledge all those who support the show with donations. Anything $50 and over is – they get their full acknowledgement and a note read out here. All those who come below $50, they remain anonymous and I thank you very much for that.

I’d like to thank all the donors that have provided the small donations on a weekly basis. They are rather helpful. None of the money ever makes it into my pocket yet – eventually, maybe – but right now it just doesn’t even quite cover the costs that occur, which is the transcripts that I pay to have done, the server bandwidth, etc. So please, if you find any value in this show, give some value back.

And there’s more than one way to give value; not just by cash. You can give some value back by providing me with artwork. I’m always looking for a – what is it now? – 3600 x 3600 square images that I can use of my iTunes art, which changes on a regular basis. That’s the show’s artwork and I will acknowledge the artist and that and I haven’t finished the way for people to donate that artwork to me yet, but that is coming. It’s always amazing how little time is in the day. So any way you can help out the show, please do. Give some value back.

Okay, next up I have for you a plugin for importing and exporting users for WordPress it’s Import Export WordPress Users. This plugin here is the second; I talked about one last week in last week’s episode, which was eh, so-so, and it didn’t quite do what I wanted with the site that I’m getting ready to launch that’s a membership site. This one here worked out perfectly, and what I found it to be excellent for in particular, I was building a website using the Ultimate Membership plugin and I needed a way to import new members. That plugin’s one flaw, while everything else fit the bill for what I needed, it did not have its own built-in ability to import and export users. I needed an extra plugin for that, so I went searching.

This one here worked perfectly in that one of the great things is I had a few members in here, but I needed to import another 30 or 40 into the system. This one exported all of the old ones out, which gave me a nice CSV file with all the table headers in it that I could add all the new members into, and then I reimported that file right back into WordPress. So I worked beautifully and did exactly what I needed it to do.

Now, they do have a premium version of this plugin of course, which allows you to import extra metadata for it, and they did design this plugin to be used for WooCommerce, but it works well with other things. Now, the premium version I didn’t use; I didn’t need to go that far. I didn’t have enough members to justify the extra costs, because I only had to enter a little bit of extra metadata for the users. But if you have a lot of metadata aside from the standard fields in your user fields, you might consider going to their premium version.

But all in all, a fantastic plugin. It would get a 5, but of course having a premium version always knocks a point off it if I don’t get to test out the premium version. Go check it out. It’s Import Export WordPress Users, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

And finally here I’ve got some ClassicPress options, and of course ClassicPress – I believe this segment of the show is going to just grow as time expands out. The time for the ClassicPress, right now they’ve limited the number of dedicated plugins for ClassicPress, so it’s getting harder and harder to find which ones to review, but I know this is going to grow as time moves on. I’m really enjoying the interactions I’m having with the ClassicPress community and actually, I’ve got an interview scheduled later today with a ClassicPress community member, and that interview will come out next week.

So at any rate without further ado, what I’ve got for you this week is Username Protection from CodePotent, and this is a ClassicPress-specific plugin. And what it does for you is it’s a plugin that removes the anonymous access to usernames in ClassicPress to help mitigate the brute force attacks. For visitors who are not logged in, usernames are removed from the REST API, feeds author page and prevented from exposure through other common vectors of discovery.

And one of the great usefulness of this is if you can keep the username hidden and away from the hackers and bots and everything, it helps prevent brute force attacks against your website. It looks like a very excellent plugin. I have yet to actually use it, but it will be something that goes into all of my ClassicPress websites of which I currently have three, and that number is slowly going to grow over the next while, I’m sure.

An excellent plugin – go check it out. You can download it off this Github page (there’s a link in the show notes to go get it), and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

And a little bit more on the ClassicPress community… another great little article I tripped across today, it’s an older article but I think it’s rather relevant as far as ClassicPress goes. This came from November. This talks about the issues that happened in and around the mandatory or the cramming down everyone’s throats of Gutenberg, and how you might want to consider rebelling and heading out into the world and trying ClassicPress.

If you’ve got particular styles of websites you’re working with, ClassicPress is definitely where you’re gonna want to be, and that’s why I’m going to be probably straddling the WordPress/ClassicPress world for a while. I’m eventually gonna have to make a choice between the two and we’ll see how that goes in the next year or two as ClassicPress grows.

At any rate, that’s what I’ve got for you today. Closing out the show, I covered up in this episode the Infinity Sync plugin, which I gave a 3 to; the Length Converter, which I gave a 4 to; the Import Export WordPress Users, which I gave a 4 to; and for ClassicPress, I covered up the Username Protection, which I gave a 4 to.

And a couple of quick reminders… The next WordPress Meetup in Victoria is on May 21st, so that’s next Tuesday. That’ll be before the next show, so make sure you go check that out. It will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. on this YouTube channel. If you happen to be in the Victoria area, please come down and visit us. This is a presentation being given by Shawn DeWolfe Consulting on managing your WordPress website – pitfalls, things you want to deal with, how to keep yourself secured and safe – all kinds of stuff, so come check it out. Shawn is a really great speaker and presents really well.

Also, be sure to check out an subscribe to the YouTube channel for WP Plugins A-Z, where you can find training videos, screencasts, and of course, the live show every week here at 12:00 on Thursdays.

And if you have suggestions for plugins you’d like to have reviewed, please submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit, and you don’t have to be a developer to submit a plugin to me. If you’ve got one that you think I should know about or you think other people should know about, please feel free to submit it. I’m more than happy to take those submissions.

If you are a developer and you would like to sponsor a contest for the show, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest and submit your plugin for a contest.

And that’s pretty much I have – everything I have here. So for those of you on the livestream right now, hang around after the credits. I’m more than happy to chat with you and answer a few questions and anything along that line.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got, so I’m gonna let my girl take us out of here.

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Transcript of Episode 407 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #407 here.


It’s Episode 407 and I’ve got plugins for Image Compression, Importing and Exporting user lists, Cleaning up old Short Codes, and what’s happening in the world ClassicPress, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!


Episode #407

John:    It’s Episode 407 and I’ve got plugins for Image Compression, Importing and Exporting user lists, Cleaning up old Short Codes, and what’s happening in the world ClassicPress, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And I have the usual great show for you today but of course right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. Also, take a few moments and subscribe and review the show over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store. You can also catch it live here every Thursday on YouTube at noon. You can subscribe and check out our training videos, screencasts, and the extra shows that do show up here.

Also, follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. You can follow us also on our Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook. And take a couple a moments, drop on over to the website, and sign up and subscribe to our newsletter. It’s as simple as just popping in there, enter your name and email address, and sign up. That way, you get more information that’s not covered in the show – fantastic stuff.

All right, well all of that being said, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, starting it off I have a plugin for you here. It’s one I have yet to use, but I thought you might want to know that it exists. The plugins I cover here at the beginning of the show are usually ones that have been submitted to me. I haven’t had time to put them through the formal review of using them and testing them, but I think they’re interesting enough that you might want to know that they exist. Keep in mind the ratings are based off their demo site if they have one or just my reviewing of the materials and the basic setup of the plugin.

The first one I’ve got for you was submitted to us by Weronika Pomorska and it’s from Smartframe.io and it’s a WordPress Image Security & Compression Plugin. Now, this is a freemium plugin. It has both a free and a premium version, and the free version of course available over at WordPress.org. It’s an image compression plugin but it also adds some security to your images also – a little different than most other image compression plugins in that what it does is it encrypts your images, thereby preventing them from being downloaded in their standard format, and also it decrypts some within the websites themselves for display. It also eliminates right clicking on your website and a few other little tricks to it.

It’s a really neat, little plugin. It looks kind of interesting. I haven’t tested it yet. It is a third-party service you’ve got to sign up for to use their third-party platform for the compression, etc., but it does look interesting and as a premium service, it doesn’t look too bad, reasonable pricing on it all. Go check it out if you’re not already using some form of compression plugin or if you’re looking for a way to maybe enhance the security of your images for your WordPress website.

And I give this one a 3-Dragon rating and that is WordPress Image Security & Compression Plugin called Smartframe. Go check it out.

All right, and I have a little bit of a news segment I’m going to be tacking into the show here, bits and pieces of information due to, you know, my not getting the Saturday show out in quite some time and keeping up with the news. But I thought, “Well, let’s bring some of it into the show. Why not? Let’s just spice it up that make the place a little more exciting than usual.”

I’ve got a little bit this week here, some thoughts on WordPress 5.2. So if you’re not aware, WordPress 5.2 of course dropped this week, and they’ve added in a whole lot of new security features and updates and tidbits to it. In particular, some of the things they’ve done is they took the Site Health Check plugin and they incorporated it into the core of WordPress. They’ve also upped the ante on PHP, making the minimum needed for PHP 5.2 to be PHP 5.6, yet it gets confusing at times.

So that’s kind of a useful thing, but I do have a thought about the Site Health plugin that is now incorporated into the core, because I have upgraded one website to 5.2, so I could check it out and see what it is. The upgrade went smoothly enough, but when I went to check out the Site Health, I noticed that well, one, I don’t like the new layout. It’s a little hard to read than the other one. Now you’ve got to open up all the little expansion tabs to see all the bits instead of just scrolling down to get it all in one shot. The other is they’ve added a very interesting function, and that is the death of the White Screen of Death; it no longer occurs, or it’s not supposed to occur. I have yet to actually see how this works in practice. But with the White Screen of Death gone, it means it goes to a developer’s mode or a recovery mode, allowing you to do things.

Now, one of the interesting things when I was reading it is that what it does is it sends out an email from your website to the administrator of the site that will allow the administrator to then go to a page to activate and work within that recovery mode portion of the site. Now, one of the things that occurred to me, what happened if the administrator email has not been updated since the site was set up?

Say for example one of the things that I do is I’ll get someone hire me occasionally to set up their WordPress website. They don’t give me an email address to set it up, so of course I use mine. I usually do that anyway and then change it to theirs when I’m done, but sometimes it doesn’t get done. Or for instance a WordPress website that was set up a while ago and that administrator email was set to go to some developer three developers ago. I know there’s clients I’ve had that are three, five, seven years old now, that have long since moved on to do something else or with another developer, but I still get emails from their website as the administrator – that administrator email that’s set in the settings.

So would that give me then access to that website to go in there and play with things? This is kind of an interesting conundrum, not something I’ve tested out, but something to think about in this. If you upgrade to 5.2, doublecheck, go into your settings under menu, general settings, and doublecheck that administrative email. That’s the email it’s talking about, not the admin user, but the administrative email for the core of the site, and this is something that I don’t think they give much thought to about how it works. Or, the fact that many times that email [rotary phone ringtone] is left over from ages – and there we go. Hey, that’s from New Guinea. [smartphone ringer] I have lots of people down in New Guinea that I need to contact.

All right, so that’s what I’ve got there for that, and that’s the new PHP recovery mode. So at any rate, check it out. There are some really cool features in the 5.2, but then there’s a couple of things. There’s also one little controversial feature in the 5.2 – I’m not sure how controversial it is, but the site health also lists a grading, telling people how much is complete of site security, and so this is going to be kind of an interesting one, too. So at any rate, go check it out. The 5.2 looks like it’s going to be all right from as far as I can tell, but this is one aspect to think about.

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Okay, and we do have a new contest this week, and I forgot to get that up and fully functioning, but we do have a new contest, so go check out the newsletter as it comes out or go check the website for the information on that contest coming up.

All right and next up, a plugin I’ve got for you here is called Import Users from CSV. Now, this one here is kind of interesting and I’m working through – I’ve got a couple of plugins I’ve tested out for this, but we’ll bring one this week, one next week, etc. Importing and exporting users from WordPress can be a useful function if you’re running a bit of a membership site, and in particular, I’ve been working on a project where I inherited it. I had half the members were already in the WordPress website; the other half were in a list – a CSV list – that needs to be imported into the list, and I didn’t want to have to do them manually one at a time, which can happen if you’re working on a project such as that.

Well, this plugin here allows you to import a list of users from a CSV file. It’s a pretty straightforward CSV. The one problem I found with it was it didn’t have an export function, and to me, an export function is kind of helpful because what can happen is I’ve already used a membership plugin setup and it’s customized up, the member list information a little bit, so I wanted to export out so I had a default CSV file to work from, which is the default headers that I needed for the adjustments I had made. Well, this doesn’t do that. You would have to manually go create that list and go look everything up manually, and then you can use this plugin to then import that list into your WordPress, so it’s pretty basic in that it only imports into your site and you can’t export.

All in all, not a bad plugin. It’s the one that was recommended by the membership plugin I used for this site, and that will be coming in a future show. But I didn’t like the way it worked, so I went looking for another one that would do the same task but allowed me first to export the limited number of members I had so that I then could combine two CSV files to make one and then reimport the entire list again. So all in all, not too bad of a plugin. Import Users from CSV, I currently give it a 3-Dragon rating. Go check it out. Not a bad plugin.

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All right, next plugin I’ve got for you here is called Remove Orphan Shortcodes. Now, this one here is kind of an interesting one. I’ve got another project I’m working on that we’re changing out the theme, and the theme relied heavily on shortcodes – I mean heavily. And one of the problems you’ve got when you’re doing a changeover like that is you’ve got to find those shortcodes, remove them, you can do a manual search and replace to the database but sometimes you miss things. There may be additional shortcodes – all kinds of stuff.

So what do you do in that case? You spend a lot of time searching, researching, or you can install this fantastic little plugin, Remove Orphan Shortcodes. What it does is it takes all the orphan shortcodes and it just causes them to vanish. They leave the content wrapped inside the shortcode; it’s left there. But the shortcodes themselves disappear. It cleans up the site in a heartbeat. It’s as simple as install and activate and it works. It was just a dream. It allowed us to start our redesign of development as we go through and clean this stuff up, but we don’t have to manually get rid of all that junk first. We can find it little by little as we’re doing the actual work, instead of removing the shortcodes before we can get any work done.

So this is allowing us to go through and joyfully look at the site and see how our development is looking and how it’s going to look with the old shortcodes removed from the site. A very sweet plugin, really well done. It works simple; set it up, activate, and so what happens when you’ve got a free plugin like that? Of course, it gets a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Go check it out: Remove Orphan Shortcodes.

Okay, and this week here, ClassicPress options. I’m not going to be talking about a ClassicPress plugin per se this week, but what I am going to do is a little bit of discussion about ClassicPress itself and the community as I’ve been exposed to it over the last several months. Now, I started back in December as soon as Gutenberg was announced, and I tripped across a tweet about ClassicPress and I went, “Hey, an option.” I started following it and then I realized that this is going to be something that’s going to grow – and it is growing. It’s a community that is moving forward at a decent pace; not by leaps and bounds yet, but it’s going to get there.

Right now, it’s moving along at a really decent pace. It’s getting a lot of support, the community itself seems to have lots of support, and one of the things I wanted to talk about this week is that they are actually in the process of doing some experimental research. And what that research is is they’re looking at replacing plugins and other things in – that are WordPress-specific and making specific stuff for ClassicPress. Some of the things they’ve got here is like e-commerce, which is a mainstay of the internet now. Many websites depend upon e-commerce, and of course if you switch from WordPress to ClassicPress right now, WooCommerce will work just fine. In a year or two, not so sure about that.

So one of the great things here is they are working at developing two different e-commerce plugins that I’ve seen been forked in here. They’ve got ClassicPress Storefront, which is a fork of Storefront and then ClassicCommerce, which is a fork of WooCommerce. Now, these two plugins here may just be what you need if you’re going to go off to ClassicPress and you’re going to need an e-commerce segment, so these would be useful.

There’s also discussion about improving the media library, and if this happens, it could be a major factor for switching. And more is the community is growing by many talented people and many talented people are migrating over to it as it looks to be treating people much better. One of the things I myself am looking forward to in the ClassicPress world is the expansion of the number of ClassicPress-specific plugins and them having their own repository. Currently, there are not a lot of ClassicPress-specific plugins, but I do hear bits and pieces here where more and more developers are looking to support ClassicPress and move towards it.

So this is going to be quite an interesting future. If you’re at all upset with WordPress and one of the things to consider is that of course since the release of Gutenberg is we have the ClassicPress plugin – or the Classic Editor plugin for WordPress, and that Classic Editor plugin is currently being used by over 4 million people – 4 million active installs in WordPress websites. That’s a lot of people who have not committed to Gutenberg yet. I know that I don’t have a single site committed to Gutenberg. Of all the WordPress sites I manage, every one of them uses the Classic Editor to keep Gutenberg turned off, and this is a pretty standard thing for a lot of people.

But what’s going to happen is that Classic Editor is due to be dropped. They have it scheduled for 2022 or December 31st of 2021 for support for that to end, and once that support ends, you’ll have to make a choice. You’ll either have to commit to Gutenberg or you’ll have to never update your WordPress website again or move over to ClassicPress. Well, you might consider moving over to ClassicPress sooner rather than later. I know I’m slowly moving several of my sites over that way as I experiment with, see what works. I’m moving things over in that direction. I may end up be doing more and more ClassicPress.

So this is something to think about and consider for your business and website. I mean, WordPress is always going to have a place, but I think they dropped the ball for businesspeople. So keep that in mind, go check it out, and check out the ClassicPress community. If you’re looking for a change, the ClassicPress community may be just where you want to go, and their community seems to be really helpful and really supportive. Just reading through their forums, it’s pretty decent from what I can tell.

At any rate, that’s everything I’ve got for you this week and I covered up in this episode the WordPress Image Security & Compression Plugin – Smartframe, which I gave a 3 to; the Import Users from CSV, which I gave a 3 to; and the Remove Orphan Shortcodes, which I gave a 5 to.

Okay, a couple of reminders. Well, one, there’s a new interview that’s coming out next week. It will be posted up into the stream. It’s – I had an interview with Ivan Giugni from Stockdio.com and it was a pretty decent interview talking about their stock plugins, the one that I reviewed a couple of episodes back, so make sure you stay tuned for that interview.

The next WordPress Meetup in Victoria is May 21st, and I will be broadcasting it live on our YouTube channel here along with. Anyone in the local Victoria area, please come out to the presentation. It’s going to be given by Shawn DeWolfe of the DeWolfe Consulting. He’s a really great guy, excellent programmer. I hire him quite a lot for doing a lot of my extensive coding for plugins, so you can go check that out. For more information about the meetup, go to wppluginsatoz.com/meetup and sign up for the meetup.

Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel, where you can catch us live every Thursday here at noon and you can find other training videos, screencasts, and of course, the live show every week.

And if you have any suggestions for plugins you’d like to have reviewed, please submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit-plugin, and I’m always looking for plugins to review, so please feel free to submit them to me.

And if you’re a developer who would like to support the show and you want to donate a premium license for your plugin, please be sure to go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest where you can donate your information and we’ll create a contest just for you.

That’s pretty much everything I have for you, so thank you very much for tuning in this week and listening. And for those of you on the stream, hey, if you want to stick around for a minute or so, I’m more than happy to answer questions, anything along that line. So that’s all I’ve got for you now. Take care. After the closing credits, please stick around.

I’ll let my girl take us out of here.

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Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

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Transcript of Episode 406 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #309 here.


It’s Episode 406 and I’ve got plugins for Time Tracking, Stock Tracking, Gamifying Your Website, and Auto Linking for Classic Press, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A to Z!


Episode #406

John:    It’s Episode 406 and I’ve got plugins for Time Tracking, Stock Tracking, Gamifying Your Website, and Auto Linking for Classic Press, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A to Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And I have the usual great show for you today but of course right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving me reviews. They eventually do make it into the show.

Remember though, you can also watch live every Thursday at noon here on YouTube, where you can subscribe and check out our training videos, screencasts, and the extra shows that do appear, and we do have a few coming up in the following month. Please follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. You can also join us on our Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, drop in to the website, subscribe to the newsletter. You get a whole lot of additional information there and my marketing manager, she’s such a sweetheart. She puts so much additional information into there that you will really enjoy the newsletter, so be sure to subscribe for that.

All right, with all of that out of the way, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

Okay, well first up I have for you a great plugin today. For a while there, I have been doing a couple of plugins at this part here, where people – developers and others – have been sending plugins in to me, submissions, to be reviewed, and that pot is finally working it down to where I’m going to drop it back to just one a week for a while until it gets too big.

So this week here, the one I have for you, it was sent in by Craig Schmidt from jumpstartdev.net and it’s called GraviTsheets, and this is an interesting plugin. It’s new and it’s just getting launched out there to the world, so I’m going to tell you a bit about it. I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to use it myself, because what it does for you is it connects up Gravity Forms and Tsheets. Tsheets is a time tracking software, a third-party software system, and I already have my own time tracking.

But for many people, Tsheets is something that they use for setting up their shifts, employee shifts, or if they’ve got multiple employees that go to different places for clients, to book in client jobs, etc. And some people use Gravity Forms in their website as a way for people to book these spots, and what happened is they had to go through and they had to transfer the data from Gravity Forms into Tsheets and things will get lost or misplaced or put into the wrong times and other items like that, and then follow-up became a problem. You know, following up to make sure the client was happy, the work was done, etc.

What these guys have done is they’ve created a connector between Gravity Forms and Tsheets so that you take your Gravity Forms items, you fill out the info, it’s automatically submitted to Tsheets, it creates the shift for you. It also creates follow-up items in your Tsheets for you to follow up with your client. This looks like it’s gonna be quite the fantastic plugin and it looks like it’s going to really help those out there that use these two different items, and they’ve been partnering with some other folks. They’ve given me a call and talked to me on a few things, and I’m sure more information will come out about this as it gets moving forward.

There’s a good writeup in the show notes of what they submitted to me, so you might want to go check that out. But all in all, this is looking like quite an interesting and fantastic plugin. And currently, based on everything I know about it, I’m gonna give GraviTsheets a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

Okay, and this show currently brought to you by…

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            All right. Yes, hosting that won’t slow you down – come visit JohnOverall.com. Yeah, finally. A new commercial! Can you believe it? After – I don’t even know how many episodes.    Okay, and if you’d like to replace that commercial with yours, please feel free to get a hold of me.

Contests – we currently do not have a contest. We are still reaching out to developers to see if one wants to get a contest up and running. Our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin, which is a fantastic plugin. So make sure you stay tuned to the show, the newsletter, and the website for information on contests. As we get them, we will get them announced up again. And you can check that out by going to wppluginsatoz.com/contests.

Okay, the next plugin I’ve got for you here today is called Stock Market Ticker, and this one here is a plugin that allows you to get in there and track stocks. Tracking stocks can be an interesting and sometimes even profitable pastime. You can sign up in a myriad of places to keep track of all your stocks and other stuff. But if you want simplicity, if you want to you can simply add this plugin to your website and choose your favorite stocks to track.

Kind of a nice plugin. It’s very simple to set up. It can be used as a widget or a shortcode on the page. You do need to create an account over at financestockdio.com and get an API key, but it is a free account and it sets up really quickly and easily. It allows you to go in and just set up a ticker tracking stocks and they have a multitude of ways to set it up in there, numerous backgrounds and adjustments you can have. You can have charts and all kinds of interesting stuff.

This is something that I’ve been looking for for a while, based upon a hobby – not even a hobby – nice investment stuff I started a few years ago and I’ve been wanting to do something with it, so this will start to appear on one of my pet project sites that never gets to see the light of day. At any rate, it’s a really cool plugin, Stock Market Ticker, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

Okay, and this show here, we do like – I do like listener feedback, audio clips, anything like that. So if you would like to be featured in the show, make sure you drop in at the website there, lower right-hand corner, use the SpeakPipe to leave me an audio message. I’ll play it on the show, answer your questions to the best of my ability, even do a lot of research for you. It’s a great way to get free research from an expert.

You can also hit me up on my Contact page or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter, and I will do the best I can to answer it. And if you’ve got suggestions for plugins, feel free to make those, too. I’m always looking for interesting plugins to review and talk about on the show.

This show, value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And for those of you out there, all the producers that help make this show happen, please – you know, if you get any value out of it, if it’s worth five bucks of your time, please donate $5 back to it – something to help out. Any donations $50 or more, they get a note read out in the show and anything below $50 remains anonymous, so thank you very much to those that have donated. The Patreon donors, thank you very much. Your Patreon donations have come through this month, I really appreciate them, and for all the other small, weekly donations that help out, so thank you very much for that.

The donations never make it to my pocket – not yet, anyway. They basically help cover the costs of the server, the transcripts, and other miscellaneous things that happen here on this show. And if you would like to donate, please just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate. Put the amount you’d like to donate into the form and simply go straight to PayPal and donate to the show.

There’s other ways you can donate and support the show too, and some time this week I expect to complete it, maybe early next week actually, because I keep forgetting this week’s almost over. And that is if you want to contribute artwork to the show – you know, the artwork that shows up in the podcast feed, the podcast apps that play this show, the artwork that shows up on the website. If you’ve noticed, the artwork has started to change and has started to take on something a little more dynamic, look a little better than it used to, and this is something that I’m trying to improve dramatically.

But I’m not an artist, so I can only do so much. But if you want to submit artwork to me, I’m more than happy to take it, and there will be a way on the website to submit the artwork, so something you might want to consider. All right, so thank you very much to all those that support the show.

All right, the final – not the final – the next plugin I’ve got up here, because we’ve got one more after this. The next plugin I’ve got up here is called GamiPress, and this is an interesting plugin. This is something that I’ve been looking into more and more and seeing how I can use that for the WP Plugins site, and it’s gamifying your website. This is a big step from what I hear in many marketers and other podcasts such as No Agenda and a couple of others I listen to that have gamified their show.

What they mean by that is while you get your audience involved in the show by offering up rewards for when they donate. They’ve got donation level rewards; they get badges or titles or other things. It’s basically just acknowledging them in the community for their contributions and how they support the show. And as that happens, you get more and more people that are willing to donate. It’s an interesting thing, and this is a plugin that helps you build out that gamification of your website.

It allows you to create a points/achievements/ranks format in here, so when people contribute with comments or posts or donations, they get recognized points. And one of the things they’ve got in here is they’ve integrated this plugin with multiple other WordPress plugins such as LearnDash, LifterLMS, WPEP, WP Courseware, Gravity Forms, Caldera Forms, WP Forms, Easy Digital Downloads, WooCommerce – so all of these other major plugins, when someone does an action in one of those, their points are collected in this plugin and it puts them forward in it.

All in all, this is a very interesting plugin. It also has third-party addons. They’ve also got additional addons for it to make it work and expand it, so it’s one that I’m starting to slowly work with. At the moment, a fantastic plugin. You know, being a freemium version of a plugin, we give it a 4-Dragon rating. Go check it out: GamiPress, a way to gamify your WordPress website.

All right, and finally we have ClassicPress Options. This is eventually going to expand out, I’m sure. Since the release of Gutenberg and its fallout, ClassicPress has garnered a lot of attention. This is a hard fork of WordPress, and it’s focused on the business website world and it’s been looking pretty good. We’re into May and they’ve started to gain a lot of attention. They’re starting to grow a little bit. They’ve released their official Version 1.0 of the plugin, which is quite stable. I’ve used it to build out a couple of websites. I’m currently building out another new website on it, which I’m trying as hard as I can to stick with pure ClassicPress plugins to see how I can deal with it.

Currently, unfortunately, there’s a limit on the number of ClassicPress-specific plugins, and I am looking forward to when the ClassicPress world, with the expansion of the number of ClassicPress-specific plugins and their own repository. Currently, there aren’t a whole lot of ClassicPress-specific plugins, but I do know it’s going to grow, and I will eventually have to expand this segment. Who knows? It could even take over the whole show.

At any rate, this week’s ClassicPress plugin that I’ve checked out – it comes from AzureCurve and it’s called Conditional Links. This one here is kind of interesting to me as I was reading it, and I’m building out a new website. The reason it captured my interest is I’m rebuilding, I should say, up a website from scratch. Something from – I should give the years – many years past when I published an Arts and Entertainment magazine, I had a columnist who did a dream analysis and advice column in there. I’m rebuilding the website up in ClassicPress and I’m looking to keep it as much in ClassicPress as possible.

What this plugin does for you is it can help with my internal linking as I’m bring in older content and new content in that with a simple shortcode, this will allow you to automatically add links. It will automatically add links based upon a slug or a title, and if the slug or title doesn’t exist, it just returns plain text. So it’s a really interesting way, because I know that there’s words that are used that relate to other columns or items that’ll be similar and it will allow for internal link building, and this is something you could do after you’ve got a website. You can just go back and add things. But I’m trying to do things going forward so I won’t have to double-back on it.

All in all, it’s looking to be a fantastic plugin and it’s something you might want to check out if you’re looking at ClassicPress and you’re working in the ClassicPress world, go check this plugin out from AzureCurve, and it’s called Conditional Links. Currently, I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, and as a side note, if you want to find a listing of ClassicPress-specific plugins, there’s a link in the show notes which takes you to their current list of the plugins.

All right, well that wraps up the show for today. I covered up in this episode GraviTsheets, which I gave a 4 to; Stock Market Ticker, which I gave a 4 to; GamiPress, which I gave a 4 to; and Conditional Links, which I gave a 4 to.

And a couple of reminders, the next WordPress Meetup in Victoria will be May 21st and will be broadcast live here on the YouTube channel. And for location and more information, go check out wppluginsatoz.com/meetup. Initially, I was gonna be presenting but I’ve managed to find someone to take over presenting for me. The topic is going to be the same; we’re going to have Shawn DeWolfe. He is going to be presenting and he’s going to be talking about WordPress maintenance and management and the best things you can do for maintaining and managing your WordPress website, so make sure you tune in for that, check it out. Or if you’re in Victoria, please come down to the Meetup. It’s only $5. It helps cover the cost of the room. I don’t think I’ve ever made a profit on those, either, but that’s my thing as I’ve tried to give back to the community wherever I can.

And be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel for more information, little bits and pieces. And if you have suggestions on a plugin you would like to have reviewed, please submit them on the website at wppluginatoz.com/submit and I’ll get them into the show as soon as I can.

And a final note to developers out there who have premium plugins and if you would like to support the show, please donate a premium plugin license we can use in a future contest. Just go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to submit all of the information and I will create a contest around there. Your only cost is that license, which, well pretty much is a minimal cost to you, because it’s just you giving away the one license and maybe some support for that license for a year. So go check it out. It’s a great way to get a lot of promotion from the show.

That’s pretty much everything I’ve got for you today, so I’m going to let my girl take us on out of here.

[Female speaker]

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Transcript of Episode 405 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #405 here.


It’s Episode 405 and I’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Shipping, Restaurant Reservations, WooCommerce Discounts, Crossword Puzzles, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A to Z!


Episode #405

John:    It’s Episode 405 and I’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Shipping, Restaurant Reservations, WooCommerce Discounts, Crossword Puzzles, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A to Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And I have the usual great show for you today but of course right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com.

And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews there. They really do help the show out. And also, watch me live every Thursday here on YouTube, where you can also subscribe to and check out our training videos, screencasts, and all the extra shows that do show up from time to time.

You could also follow the show over at Twitter, @wppluginsatoz, and you can join me on my Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook and connect with me there. Take a couple of minutes also and subscribe to the newsletter where you can get additional information. The newsletter is sent out every Friday afternoon.

So with all that being said, it is time to dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

And I have a great set of plugins today and to start off, I am still going through my list here, although it’s starting to thin out and I’ll probably have to start dropping it down to one for a little while, or maybe even have to eliminate this until I get another backlog of plugins from developers.

The first couple are plugins that have been sent in to me by developers and listeners over the last while and they accumulated, mainly because I couldn’t get to them, I had no use for them in any projects, and no time to just test out plugins. I still thought it might be useful for you to know that these plugins exist.

So first off here, I’ve got one that was sent in by Kuldip Patel and it’s called Advanced Shipment Tracking for WooCommerce. And what this plugin here is for, it’s a free plugin – freemium plugin, I think. But what it does is it allows you to set up some advanced shipping tracking notifications in your WooCommerce store. It provides your customers with an easy way to track their orders, shop managers can add shipment provider tracking number and date of orders, the customer will receive the info and when their order is completed and shipped, the plugin provides more than shipping providers and you can add your own custom providers to it.

It looks like a pretty decent plugin. If you’re running a WooCommerce store and you’re shipping out, this might be something for you to look into to make it easier and more transparent for your shipping processes to your clients and users, so go check this plugin out. It’s got a free version right off the WordPress.org site and it’s called Advanced Shipment Tracking for WooCommerce and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

The next one I have for you was sent in by Ivan Zambouka and it’s called Table Reservation, and this is a freemium plugin – they do have a premium version – and this looks like a really great plugin. If you’re running a website or you’re building a website for a small restaurant/café and you offer up table reservations in the restaurant, instead of going with one of those premium services and they already have their own website, they can set it up on their website here where people can book and reserve seats right on their website.

It’s a pretty nice-looking plugin. They’ve got an essential version which comes with the free version, where you’ve got some scheduling settings, opening hours, closing hours, custom email notifications, you can put a picture on, using mapping, you select which tables are available for reservations, then they click on that table, set their reservation times that are available in your store hours. They can add and edit bookings from the admin panel. You can check the correctness of user input data. Supposedly, it’s GDPR-compliant, which is really great for those of you in the EU.

So it looks like a pretty nice, simple, straightforward plugin if you have a small restaurant business that allows for table reservations and you don’t want to pay a fee off to one of those table booking services like OpenTable or whatever all those other services are. Go check this one out, recommend it to your client. They could save themselves a little bit of money over time. Most small businesses need to save as much money as they can, and it runs right off their WordPress website which you’ve already built. So go check this one out. It’s called Table Reservation and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

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All right, and currently we don’t have any contests running, so we’re still in the process of negotiating with some developers for licenses to give away. But all our contests are powered by Simple Giveaways plugin who kindly provided us with the premium version for our contests. Go check them out; there’s a link in the show notes for it. For more information on our contests, just go check out wppluginsatoz.com/contests, where the next contest will be announced. Of course it’ll be announced on the show, but chances are it’ll start before the show version happens.

All right, next up I’ve got for you another WooCommerce plugin. This one here is called WooCommerce All Discounts and it is a freemium plugin, but the free version is pretty decent if you’re setting up a simple, basic WooCommerce website. I recently had to use this on a WooCommerce site I was setting up for a small client and what he wanted to do was offer discounts on bulk purchases and, of course – surprise, surprise – that’s not built into WooCommerce. You’d think that would be a built-in thing, but no. You’ve got to add something for it.

This one here is pretty straightforward and simple. It allows you to get in there and set up multiple types of bulk purchases. You may be looking for bulk purchases where they’re gonna have multiple purchases of the same products, they get a discount. The total order of the thing, they get a discount. If they’re ordering from specific categories, they get a discount. If they’re ordering specific variations, a discount. Well, that’s what this plugin does for you in its base setup.

It does have some advance setups in it that allow you to setup even more items, such as they can buy a product from one category and get a 15% discount. They can buy two products, buy one/get one free – there’s a whole lot more in the premium version, but of course I didn’t need that for the particular site I was setting up.

All in all, a pretty decent plugin to add into WooCommerce to set up and allow for discounts on your products in there. Go check it out. It’s called WooCommerce All Discounts, premium plugin, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Listener feedback! I do love listener feedback and I greatly appreciate those that take the time out to go make reviews in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play store – Stitcher Radio, Google Play, it takes me a little longer to find those ones. But iTunes, I have a monitor which comes in for me, so I might get them a little late, but I always get them.

This week here, I would like to thank Bryce Giesler who gave us 5-star rating from the US, and his rating goes:

Title: Plenty o’ Plugins

And what he had to say: I’ve been following this podcast for several months. Though I only support one website I have found several plugins that added features or helped me process things better. Good Job!

Well, thank you very much, Bryce. I really appreciate you taking the time out to add that review. And I’d really appreciate anyone else who hasn’t added a review to the iTunes Store, please go do that. That really helps the show increase in its rankings in iTunes – at least that’s what they tell me. I can’t – nobody can verify, but it seems to be shows that get lots of ratings rank well in iTunes.

All right, and this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it at all – I mean any value – if it saves you five bucks, please donate $5. The money doesn’t make it to my pocket. I just don’t have that many people donating yet. All it ever does is help offset the costs that I put out to pay for transcripts, the server bandwidth space, me taking the time out of my working schedule to produce the show, etc. It never actually makes it into my pocket, but it is much appreciated and it’s really great that people can show their appreciation by donating something to the show.

All you’ve got to do to do that is go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate. Choose the amount you want to donate, it takes you to PayPal, donate that amount, and away we go. Also, another way you can help support the show is aside from monetary donations, I am working through the process of figuring out a decent way for people to submit artwork. I’m looking for additional artwork. I’m looking for – what is iTunes now? – a 2400 x 2400 image. I want to have a different artwork.

I’ve started several episodes back and I started changing the artwork for every show to just make it that much more interesting for the show, and it takes me time to create those. While I’m kind of limited, I’m not overly artsy – I’m okay at it, but really, if someone out there wants to create me something, I’ll be happy to supply you with a copy of the logo in a .png format that you can use. All you gotta do is place that on there somewhere and I’ll give you credit and shout-outs here on the show, so lots of kudos for it.

All right, next up I have here a plugin called WHA Crossword. Now, if you are running a newspaper type of website, this is a perfect little item for you. You know, I’ve had it asked me many years ago when I was helping someone with a newspaper website, they wanted a crossword plugin for their website. Well, they didn’t really exist and there were crossword websites out there that you could put crossword puzzles up there, but there was no real way to create something that was dynamic and interactive onto your WordPress website.

Well, I’ve discovered one. This is a relatively new plugin. As far as I can tell, it’s only a few months old and this popped up when I was searching for something else in the WordPress Repository. It’s amazing; you type in one keyword and you get some random plugins sometimes. At any rate, it looked kind of cool, so I thought I’d check it out, and it is actually rather cool. It’s completely blank when you start. You go in, you set it up. You pick the words you want and you start with your first word and then you make words and make sure that your additional words use at least one letter from the other words that you’ve got in there, and you create a clue for the word – a clue for the word and then you set up the colors you want on it.

They do have a premium version which allows you to modify it even further. But once it’s set up, you just pop a shortcode onto your page and poof, it creates an instant crossword onto your website for you. Really nice – it sets up, people fill out the crossword online. It tells them if they got the word right instantly; it tells them if they got it wrong instantly, so it highlights it in either green or red or any color you choose.

It’s just kind of a fun way to help keep people more interactive on your website, so come check this one out: WHA Crossword Puzzle. Even though it has a bit of a freemium version and I usually don’t give freemium plugins a 5, this was just so cool and set up so easily and actually works so well. I had to give this one a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

WHA Crossword.

All right, ClassicPress Options – and of course since the release of Gutenberg and its fallout, ClassicPraise – Classic Praise? We’ll call it ClassicPraise – I love my tripping. ClassicPress has garnered a lot of attention, and it is moving along quite nicely, and I have just started on to my first buildout of a pure ClassicPress website. So I’ve started it from the beginning, bring it down, and installing ClassicPress.

And of course this week’s plugin that I’m using for it is once I’ve started moving forward is I’m starting from the first few plugins I use and see how they work. This week’s plugin is Elementor for ClassicPress, and of course Elementor is a plugin but it’s also a theme. It’s a page builder but I wanted to see how it would work on a pure ClassicPress site, not something I converted but something I started from scratch.

Well, it installs excellently, and it sets up with no problem. So far, I’ve started building out just the front page of this site and it’s functioning just the way it should. And of course, Elementor – a fantastic plugin. I’ve started building websites from it. What I’m using for the theme for the Elementor plugin I’m using is one that was supplied to me by Jezweb at Jezweb.com.au, and I’m sure you’ve heard that name many times. He’s a great supporter of the show and he took the Hello theme and has customized it up for a much cleaner look.

I’ve left links to his Github repository for the theme if you want to go check it out, and it’s a really nice theme. I like the way it’s cleaned up the dashboard area and made it a little more usable. It’s a little confusing at first but once you get used to it, it’s fantastic. At any rate, Elementor, a fantastic plugin, and of course I’m using the pro version myself because I’m building out multiple sites on it. Go check it out. It works excellent in ClassicPress and of course it gets a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

All right, and a little side note about that. I did mention that I was building out my first ClassicPress website and one of the things I noticed on the install of the ClassicPress site is that it is much cleaner on its install. It has a minimal amount of junk on its install and I realized a couple of things that in there are kind of needed for new users, such as the default post, the default page, a couple of other little, miscellaneous things. But I’ve been using a plugin called Tasks After Install for a long time when I install a WordPress site from scratch. You go in and install this plugin. It removes all the junk plugins, all the junk themes – everything from the site that is all junk and leaves you just a pure, bare bones installation.

Well, what this plugin does to a ClassicPress site is it removes all the themes – the ones even specifically set for ClassicPress. It’s probably because it doesn’t recognize them as ClassicPress and they belong with the site, so it removes it all down and all you have left after you install using this Tasks After Install is the base necessity for running your dashboard area. You have nothing for frontend, so you have to go in and instantly install a theme if you want a frontend. I found it kind of interesting; it’s actually kind of a little cleaner to me for a fresh start, but all set up and well, so go check that one out.

Well, that wraps up everything here and a quick note. If you’re looking for a listing of ClassicPress-specific plugins, there’s a link in the show notes that’ll take you to the ClassicPress forum where they have a really nice listing of plugins. Right now, the list is kind of short but I’m sure it will grow more over time.

And that wraps it up for this show here, where I covered up Advanced Shipment for WooCommerce, which I gave a 3 to; Table Reservations, which I gave a 3 to; WooCommerce All Discounts, which I gave a 4 to; the WHA Crossword, which I gave a 5 to; and Elementor for ClassicPress, which I gave a 5 to.

And a couple of quick reminders… the next WordPress Meetup in Victoria is on May 21st and it will be broadcast live here on the YouTube channel, so make sure you go check it out. It’s at 6:30 p.m. For location and more information, just go to wppluginsatoz.com/meetup. It’ll take you directly to the Meetup here and the next presentation is going to be done by me and I’m going to be talking about maintenance and monitoring of your WordPress website to prevent issues.

You know, all the things you’ll want to do, plugins you’ll want to set up onto your site for monitoring your site, and this is especially useful if you’re like me and not into your websites every single day because you’ve got client work and other things interfere. You’ll want notifications if something is going wrong. So this is the stuff I’m going to be talking about. It’s going to be an interesting presentation. If you live in the Victoria area, please come down to the presentation and the Meetup, say hi to me, tell me you listen to the show. I’d be greatly appreciative. If not, well, watch us live on YouTube.

Don’t forget, subscribe to the YouTube channel for notifications of when the weekly show happens and notifications when I put up new videos. And if you have suggestions about plugins you would like to have reviewed, please submit them to the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit and it’ll take you to the page where you can submit a plugin. You don’t have to be the developer to suggest a plugin to me. I’m always open to plugins for reviews.

And a final note to developers, if you would like to support the show and you have a premium plugin and you would like to donate a premium license to be used in a future contest, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to set up all the information and donate to the show. I greatly appreciate it.

And before I head out, don’t forget after all the rolling credits I do stick around for a couple of minutes to chat with people if they want to. All right, so I’m going to let my girl take us out of here.

[Female speaker]

Reminders for the show: All the show notes can be found at wppluginsatoz.com, and while you’re there, subscribe to the Thursday newsletter for more useful information directly to your email inbox. Wppluginsatoz.com is a show that offers honest and unbiased reviews of plugins created by developers because you support the show. Help keep the show honest and unbiased by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and set the donation level that fits your budget.

Help us make the show better for you by subscribing and reviewing to the show at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store. You can also watch the show live on YouTube, check out the screencasts and training videos, and remember to subscribe and hit the bell to get notification of all new videos. Also, follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz.

John can be reached at his website at JohnOverall.com or send him an email, john@wppro.ca. Thanks for joining us and have a great day.

 [Outro]

Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

[Child giggling]

 

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Transcript of Episode 404 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #404 here.


It’s Episode 404 and I’ve got plugins for Buddy Press Messaging, Comment Tagging, Cleaning up WordPress, WordPress Honey Pot, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A to Z!


Episode #404

John:    It’s Episode 404 and I’ve got plugins for Buddy Press Messaging, Comment Tagging, Cleaning up WordPress, WordPress Honey Pot, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A to Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And I have the usual great show for you today but right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And make sure you subscribe and review the show over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store. Those subscriptions and reviews really help the show out.

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With all of that being said, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, and I have the usual great set of plugins for you today. But starting off, I have a couple of plugins I have yet to use. You might want to know about they exist. These are plugins that are sent in to me by developers – have been – I’ve collected this list for quite some time now, so I’ve got a pretty big backlog to go through. New ones will get put into the queue and shown too, but they’re sent in, they’re asking me to review them, and I have yet to find a way to either take the time to review the plugin or to incorporate it in a project I’m working on. But they seem interesting enough that I thought you might want to know about them.

The first one I’ve got here was sent in by Andrij Tkachenko and it’s called – it’s a freemium plugin and it’s called Better WP Management. Oops, wrong one. BP Better Messaging – sorry. I’m reading the wrong line here. This is called BP Better Messaging. This is a freemium plugin. It has a WebSocket version which it plays better I understand than the regular version. What it is is if you use BuddyPress, this is a plugin you might want to look at. It helps your BuddyPress community be able to communicate with each other via the BuddyPress Messenger. It’s a very interesting plugin. It uses AJAX or WebSocket powered real-time conversations. It’s got an email notification, full concept, files uploading, embedding links, messaging sound notification – a whole lot more. You could have private conversations, multiple user conversations. This is a way to have messaging work in your BuddyPress setup if you have it. I myself haven’t used BuddyPress for several years now. I built one website on it and I just couldn’t make it work very well, so I abandoned it and moved on to something else.

Anyway, it does look kind of interesting. Go check it out. It’s called BP Better Messaging and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

All right, and next up I’ve got for you here another plugin sent in by Ankur Vishwakarma – I’m getting better at names, I swear to God, folks. It’s called WP Tag You. This plugin allows logged-in users to tag other registered users of a blog while commenting on a post and contains the following features. It detects post comments, bots, autosuggest users while typing, you can tag more than one user in a single post. Each tagged in user will get email notifications, the email body contains a comment link where they can go check it out.

All in all, it looks like an interesting kind of plugin. It does seem to have the limitation of logged-in users on a site, so this seems like it would be something useful in a community website where people have to log in to get to the comments and other stuff. If it’s just an open forum, I don’t know how well it would work, but it does sound kind of an interesting thing to go look at. Anyway, go check it out. It might be for you. It’s called WP Tag You and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

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All right, next up the plugin I’ve got here for you is called Remove Norefer from Post Links on the Frontend, and this is a bit of a cleanup plugin for WordPress. Now recently, WordPress has implemented a change in the links – the embedded links in your website in that if you have a link and you’re like me, I set a lot of links to open up in a new page. They added in two items to it. They added in relative noopener and relative norefer, and while relative noopener is a really great thing to have in your site, what it does is it helps create some security because of the noopener. When it opens up in a new window, a new website could take over the previous one, thereby creating problems, creating a security hole, or a breach of some sort. So it sort of stops that issue.

But they added also norefer, and the problem with norefer is that – and this is something you may want to put on a link if you’re going to put links into your website – is that when it has norefer on it, when that link is counted by say the Google Analytics on the other website, it’ll be counted as a direct link, as if somebody typed in their domain, not counted as if it came from your website, which you may or may not want to occur. Having it automatic and not having a choice in the matter is something that you might want to take control of.

This plugin is very simple. It goes in there once you activate it, it removes the norefer item from the WordPress code so that it’s not automatically applied to your links. That way, if you’re giving links out to somebody and you want their website to know that the link came from you, you’ll want to have the norefer in there. Now, this doesn’t occur if you open links in the same window. It only occurs if you set links to open in a new window, which is something I do quite regularly because – I don’t know – something I learned years ago, I hear it’s not so good, but it’s mixed on what people say about it. I’m gonna keep doing it because I like it. I prefer that websites open links in a new window.

Anyway, go check this plugin out. It’s called Remove Norefer from Post Links in the Frontend, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating. And also, one quick note on this, there’s a really great article in the show notes. There’s a link in the show notes to give a full description about what it does and how important that is to your analytics or to the site you’re referring to their analytics, so go check that out.

Okay, and listener feedback and questions and etc. We do like – I do like listener feedback. I love when the show gets attention. We had a lot last week. Nothing this week but hey, it comes and goes. If you do have questions or feedback for me, feel free to contact me on the Contact page at WP Plugins A to Z. You can also hit the SpeakPipe button in the lower right-hand corner, record a voice message that I will then play on the show – anything also that line. You can also send an email direct to john@wppro.ca. That will also get to me. So feel free to get a hold of me in any way you can.

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Okay, and you can support the show by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to support the show.

Okay, and next up I have here a plugin that I had mentioned briefly when about two episodes back. It looks like someone finally took to heart my hopes that there was a WordPress version of the Honeypot plugin for ClassicPress that I covered in Episode 402. This is a new plugin and it’s called Honeypot WooCommerce WordPress Anti-spam – a little bit of a mouthful. It doesn’t quite cover everything it does, but it does cover its main points. It looks to be similar to the Honey Pot plugin that was covered in Episode 402 for ClassicPress.

All you do is turn it on and activate it. It activates a honey pot antibot in the following sections of your site: WooCommerce login, WooCommerce registration, comments box, WordPress registration, and the WordPress login form, and this may stop you getting all of those random registrations. Like I’ve had websites that have gotten, you know, 50 or 100 spam registrations in a day and we had to shut off the registration for the site for a while. So it’s something that I’m looking forward to seeing how well it keeps stuff out.

A really great plugin, very simple and easy to use. Just install it and activate it and away you go, and I love little freebies like this – and it is brand-new. It’s got less than 10 installs as of this show, so make sure you go check this plugin out, folks. And I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Honeypot WooCommerce WordPress Antispam.

And ClassicPress Options, and of course everyone knows since the release of Gutenberg and its fallout, ClassicPress has garnered a lot of attention and they’re gaining even more attention. I see them getting more and more attention and who knows? I may have to segue off into an extra show just for ClassicPress, because I think it’s going to grow up to be quite big. I really do. And more and more people pick it up, more and more plugins start to join them, more developers start to join them, especially with some of the WordPress drama I’ve seen this week of people making it hard for plugin developers to create plugins. WordPress seems to be never-ending going down a bad path right now.

At any rate, this week’s ClassicPress plugin is called Add Twitter Cards by Azurecurve… and I lost the link for it. Huh, bad me. I’ll have to get the link into the show notes. Anyway, Add Twitter Cards by Azurecurve, this is is a plugin you will want on your ClassicPress site so that when your visitors are sharing your posts on Twitter, it adds the proper Twitter card. Add Twitter cards to attach rich photos to tweets, helping to drive traffic to your website.

The options it has set up for it is card types of summary or summary with images, excerpt or first 200 characters about posts added to the card, thumbnail or first post image will be added to the card, integrate with the Floating Featured Image plugin that they have. This is another plugin that they have for ClassicPress and all in all, it looks to be a really great plugin for integrating Twitter cards into your ClassicPress website and not having to depend on something that is WordPress-related and may or may not work down the road.

So go check it out. It’s called Add Twitter Cards by Azurecurve and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

And of course a little side note about ClassicPress. If you’re using it and you do a search in the plugin repository behind backend where they’re still using the WordPress Repository, just add in the tag ClassicPress and you’ll find lots of plugins that are supposed to be tagged to be actually working in ClassicPress, and they do have two great lists going right now at the ClassicPress forum, where they have a listing of plugins that are written specific for ClassicPress.

They have a pretty big list of WordPress plugins that have been tested to be working well with ClassicPress. So this is going to be something, folks. So if you’re unhappy in WordPress, you may want to consider heading on over to ClassicPress and joining them.

Okay, at any rate – closing out this episode, I covered up BP Better Messages for 3 Dragons and WP Tag You, which I gave a 3 to; the Remove Norefer, which I gave a 4 to; the Honeypot WooCommerce WordPress Antispam, which I gave a 5 to; and the Add Twitter Card, which I gave a 4 to.

And a couple of quick reminders. The next WordPress Meetup is going to be here in Victoria on May 21, 2019 and will be broadcast live here on the YouTube channel. Location and information, go check out wppluginsatoz.com/meetup where all the details will be there. I’m not certain whether I’m presenting yet, or I have another presenter. The presenter said he’d do it, but he hasn’t confirmed yet, so if not, I’m not entirely certain, but I think my presentation if it’s me is going to be on performing maintenance on your WordPress website and doing all the maintenance stuff that’s required to keep it up-to-date and not overdoing it.

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And if you have suggestions on plugins you would like to have reviewed, please submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit and you can submit your plugin to appear on a show. Even if it’s not your plugin and you just have a suggestion and you say, “Hey, this is a cool plugin I’ve used. Why don’t you check it out and review it? I think others would like to know about it.” I’m more than happy to take that information and share it with the world.

And a final note to developers who would like to support the show. If you would like to donate a premium license to be used in a future contest, just go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest. I will create a contest around your plugin, and you can get a whole lot of promotions and advertising for your plugin. And I hear it works from some of the people that have provided their licenses for contests, so make sure you check it out.

Okay, and that’s about it. I’ll let my girl take us out of here.

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Transcript of Episode 403 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #403 here.


It’s Episode 403 and I’ve got plugins for Product Catalog, Emailing Users, Welcoming New Commentators, Reducing Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG for Classic Press, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!


Episode #403

John:    It’s Episode 403 and I’ve got plugins for Product Catalog, Emailing Users, Welcoming New Commentators, Reducing Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG for Classic Press, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And I have the usual great show for you today but of course right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com.

And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over in Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving me reviews. They really do help the show out.

And if you’re new to the channel, don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. You can catch me every Thursday at noon here live or, you know, catch some of the training videos and other bits and pieces that I upload to the channel, so make sure you subscribe and hit the notification bell to get notifications of when that occurs.

Now one brief thing before I get started here. I wanted to give a brief note due to some things I’ve heard and read this last week about the show and I’ll cover those later in the show. But a brief note reiterating what the rating system is that I use and why I use it here at WP Plugins A to Z. This show is over seven and a half years old and I’ve been using the Dragon rating system since about Episode 20 after it was suggested to me by one of my listeners, and that was due to a song that I overused – a dragon-related song that I overused a lot, and they sort of suggested the rating system. So I took it and ran with it.

The rating system goes from 1 to 5, kind of like a 5-star rating, and you know, getting a 5 out of me is usually a pretty hard task. I don’t hand out 5 Dragons willy-nilly; they usually have to hit it right out of the park. Most of the plugins I get, they get a 3, which is pretty decent – a common plugin. You know, it means it’s a good plugin. Four, it’s a great plugin. But 5, of course is the outstanding. It means they just knocked it right out of the park.

Ones and twos, I do give them out, and if you’ve listened to me any length of time, you’ll know I hand them out and it’s usually because I tried this plugin for something I was working on – any number of factors – and if it’s a 1 or a 2, it’s probably not the best plugin and you might want to do well to just avoid that plugin if I hand out that rating.

But anyway, that’s just what I wanted to cover up and let folks know about it. With all of that out of the way, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

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All right, first up I have a couple of plugins that I have not used yet. These are plugins that have been submitted to me over time by developers through the website, where if you’re a developer or just know a plugin that should be suggested for review, please go do that. Suggest plugins for review over at wppluginsatoz.com. These plugins here, I haven’t had a chance to use them. I couldn’t get them into any projects I was working on or I just didn’t have time to do anything, but they seemed interesting enough that I thought I should just start bringing them forward and letting folks know they exist. I’ve had a pretty long list of these for some time, so I just sort of started including them.

First off here, I have a plugin that was sent in by Stephanie Hruby and this is a freemium plugin. It’s called Ultimate Product Catalog Plugin and what this one here does for you is it allows you to create a catalog of your products on your website, and it does have a bit of an e-store component and it does combine with WooCommerce. I think I’ve used this or something similar way back when I was working on a project that got killed partway through, so I’m kind of sketchy on that thought in my head. It’s been over a year and a half, two years since I was doing a project like that and they just pulled the plug on the project partway through.

At any rate, it’s a nice, responsive catalog. It allows you to create different catalogs, multiple catalogs of separate products, all within one plugin. You can display these projects in grid formats or other formats on here. They’ve got custom CSS that’s available. The premium version offers up the full WooCommerce integration to allow you to sync all your products between the product catalog and WooCommerce.

It also has setups for such as if you run an affiliate store or affiliate linking to products, you can use this to build out the products with the way it sets up. All in all, a pretty interesting plugin if you’re running that kind of thing, it might be something for you to go check out. It is called Ultimate Product Catalog and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

Next up, I have for you a plugin that was sent in to me by Siddharth B., and this one here is called WP Email Users. It does look rather interesting, something I might consider getting a real good look at later down the road. No use for it at the moment, but it allows you to sent emails off to various groups of users in a different format such as Image, Rich Text. It has a WYSIWYG editor available for creating the emails. It’s basically an email program system that allows you to get all kinds of emails out there to your users, and you can group them out by your users. I believe they mentioned something about roles or other bits and pieces in here.

All in all, it looks like an interesting emailing program. I don’t know how it would be for newsletters, but it does sort of kinda remind me of a newsletter plugin – something you may want to go check out if you’re looking for a plugin to deal with emailing users or large groups of users or subgroups of users. This may be something that helps you solve that, so go check it out. It’s called WP Email Users and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

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Okay, and contests. Currently, we don’t have a contest running yet, but I would like to congratulate the winner of our last contest for the Graph Comment plugin, and that was Randolph P., so congratulations out there to Randolph for winning the contest. The next contest should be up by next week. We’re in the middle of getting it all situation and set out. And remember, the Graph Comment plugin, a great plugin to allow you to organize up the comments of your website, so go check it out.

And our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin, who kindly provided us with the premium version for all of our contests, so thanks a lot out to them – much appreciated – a really great plugin. They’ve been keeping it up-to-date and have been improving it dramatically. I’ve been using the plugin for about two years now and they just keep improving it, so go check it out.

All right, next up I have for you a plugin called Comment Redirect. This is an interesting plugin. I have yet to use it, but it’s something that I’m going to be implementing onto a couple of sites – possibly even my own site, although I don’t get many comments there. But this is a site – if you get comments, regular comments, or new commenters on your website, this would be an interesting plugin to give yourself that little extra pizazz for people.

What it does for you is when a new user, a new commentator, comes to your site and makes a comment – as soon as they make the comment, it redirects them to another page. And on this page here, you could say, “Thank you for your comment,” offer them specials, give them other options to say, “Hey, subscribe to our stuff. Check in here. We do this. We also do that,” so it’s ways to further interact with your new commentators to sort of encourage them to keep coming back and make them feel special and thank them very much for showing up and taking a look at your website and taking their time to make a comment for you.

So it’s a really cool kind of plugin; something that looks really interesting, and I do have a couple of sites I think it could be useful for that do receive comments. So if you’ve got a site that receives comments regularly or you get new comments, check this one out. Maybe you might want to look at implementing it. It’s called Comment Redirect and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, listener feedback. I do love listener feedback or feedback I find on the internet, and this week here was a really good week for me. I’ve got a couple of pieces of feedback about the show that are fantastic. The WP Plugins show has been featured in a couple of articles this week and the first one we have here is we were featured as one of the Top 20 podcasts in Tech Funnel. It’s a really great article of Top 20 WordPress Plugins to go check out.

We landed at Number 6, so I’m really quite thrilled about that. Go check it out. I really thank the guys over at Tech Funnel. They did send me a note saying that I was going to be featured. They didn’t say where I was going to be in the list, but they asked for some quotes, so I gave them some quotes to go with their article, so thank you very much to the folks at Tech Funnel for that. I much appreciate it.

The second mention I got this week was by Code Poet, and it’s been on my coverage of the ClassicPress system – the ClassicPress CMS system and the ClassicPress plugins. I’ve been featuring ClassicPress plugins since about January of this year and I really liked it. I’ve used ClassicPress on one website here; I’ve got a couple of others that it’s going to be.

As I’ve mentioned many times in my show, I’m sort of straddling between worlds. But I think there’s room for ClassicPress and WordPress out there in the world and I’m pretty sure ClassicPress is going to take their chunk of the websites out there on the internet, because they’re moving along quite nicely. They’ve been moving forward. He made some really good comments here about us. You know, I really liked this one paragraph here I’ll just read out, and it was:

John Overall, producer of a popular WordPress podcast, had an added short segment highlighting his Registration Honeypot plugin on the WP Plugins A to Z show. He said it was a good find, expressed a need for it – oh, absolutely. And really, thank you very much. I appreciate it, John. That’s the guy who runs Code Poet and I really hope to get in touch with him and hopefully get him for an interview on one of my interview shows.

So thank you very much to all of the community out there that has been following me. I really appreciate it.

Okay, and that brings me up here next – so yeah, thanks a lot. I didn’t even know you were on this stream. Thanks, Code Poet. I really appreciate it and I really appreciate your article.

All right, show donors – this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And in that vein, I like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past. All donations $50 and over get their note read out and published here. For those that come in below $50, the remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week here, I would like to thank Jezweb Pty. Ltd. for his donation of $50 – much appreciated, Jez. I really appreciate your support for the show over the last couple of years. His note is:

This donation is on behalf of RBR Moving Removalists Newcastle at https://www.rbrmoving.com.au for people moving home in Newcastle Australia. It is a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au built with Elementor and J Theme Jello. 

So thanks a lot, Jez. Thanks a lot. I really appreciate your support of the show and yeah, I’m really liking since I’ve started switching to Elementor. I’m about three projects in with Elementor and I’ve been using the theme Jez was kind enough to provide me a link to his repository for this theme, the Jello theme. It’s really a nice, sweet, super clean theme to use with Elementor, so you might want to reach out to Jez if you’d like to and find out more about his theme. I really appreciate it.

And a big thank you to our donors who came in below $50. Those small donations really help and thank you to all of our Patreon donors that provide small donations. Those amounts really help cover the costs of the show, such as the transcripts we have produced, the bandwidth, the server space, etc., so thank you very much to everyone who supports the show.

Code Potent – why do I keep reading ‘poet’? I am so sorry! I will have to get that one corrected in my brain. For some reason I kept seeing ‘poet’. Sorry about that.

But – comments, folks. For those listening that are not here on the stream and listening to the show later, that’s me reading the comments off of the livestream. Potent – Code Potent. Stick that one in my head.

All right, dyslexia. Blame it on dyslexia. (I am, actually.)

All right, next up – the next plugin I have here is called Reduce Bounce Rate, and Reduce Bounce Rate, this is a plugin that helps you get the real time of onsite bounce rate from your Google Analytics. Google Analytics calculates the time onsite based on the length of time between the user entering your site and their last page view. This won’t give you the real time onsite and bounce rate stats.

The plugin helps intercede, add some activity when a user is on your site so that the real bounce rate can be calculated. They give a couple of examples where they quote out what happens here – this is interesting.

A visitor is very interested in one of your pages, takes 2:13 to read the article. After this, he bookmarks the page and leaves. The visitor stayed 2:13 on your site but never interacted with it. To Google, that’s a bounce, and bounced visits are marked “0” on the site. Well, not fair.

They give another scenario. A visitor goes to your website, stays 1:11 on the first page, then goes to the second page where he stays another minute without any interaction on the second page, then he leaves. Since Google doesn’t know how long your visitor stayed on the second page, Google will add only the time the visitor spent on the first page. So this helps clean that up and maybe get you some real stats and change your bounce rate a little bit.

You might want to check this one out if you’re really big into Google stats. I know I’m gonna be giving it a checkout even further and see how it goes. At the moment, we give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, ClassicPress options. Who knows? This may extend out further as ClassicPress builds the things a lot. They’ve garnered a lot of attention since the Gutenberg fiasco. And of course, ClassicPress is a fork of WordPress and it’s focused in the business websites communities and it’s definitely looking pretty good. In the last few months, ClassicPress seems to be coming into its own. And with some plugins now being created specifically for ClassicPress, I do believe it definitely has a future, and I do believe it’s going to be growing.

Now, if you want to see the ones that are specifically for ClassicPress – oops, wrong link. There we go – go check it out. There is a link in the show notes that takes you to the ClassicPress forums where there is a list of the plugins that are built specifically for ClassicPress. Currently, I believe there’s 37 in there, and I think I found the list when there was only half a dozen. I remember WordPress back when it had very few.

So before I go much further with that, let me jump into this week’s ClassicPress plugin. This one here is Advanced WYSIWYG Editor for ClassicPress. This is kind of a cool plugin. It’s a great step forward for ClassicPress, I believe. And if you are like me and use the Tiny MCE plugin in WordPress and you’re looking for a replacement for your ClassicPress install, this would be it.

The WYSIWYG Advance plugin adds lots of additional options to the ClassicPress visual editor. The plugin is a fork of the Tiny MCE Advanced that was usable in Version 4.8 of WordPress and contains no Gutenberg code. This looks to be a really great plugin. I haven’t installed it yet in my ClassicPress website, but I will be doing that so that I can take advantage of that, because these are some very important tools for a lot of developers. They add a lot of buttons and stuff that you need when you’re doing your editing. These are the editing tools that are on those buttons up above the windows for those of you that don’t know what they are.

Anyway, go check this one out. It’s a really great looking plugin and I like that it’s a fork out of the Tiny MCE and I look forward to seeing how this one evolves as it develops with ClassicPress. The name though – well, I don’t know. WYSIWYG Advance? You need a better name, really. It does.

Excellent. Good to hear, Ray. According to Ray, the Advance WYSIWYG is first-rate.

All right, so that’s what I’ve got here, and I give this one a 4-Dragon rating, so go check out the Advance WYSIWYG Editor for ClassicPress.

Okay, and a side note. I think I skipped ahead here. I jumped around in my notes a little bit, but I talked a little bit about it. If you’re doing research using the Repository for ClassicPress, you can find WordPress-compatible plugins by typing in ‘ClassicPress’ or you can search with the tag #ClassicPress to find who have tagged their plugins for usable in ClassicPress. I’ve used that tool a couple of times when hunting down plugins for the show, so make sure you go check that out.

And of course, I mentioned the listing of the ClassicPress plugins, and this one here I’m looking forward to this list growing, and I’m looking forward to the day when ClassicPress has their own repository of plugins. As I said, I can still recall when the WordPress plugins had a very small repository. When this show started, there were less than 9,000 plugins in the WordPress Repository. I think I’ve actually got screenshots of it way back when.

So at any rate, that closes out everything on this show. Thank you very much for showing up here, everyone who showed up to the show today. I really appreciate your time and coming in to listen to me. Much appreciated and I’ve been enjoying that the show has been gaining some attention lately.

Good to hear, Code Potent, is that ClassicPress is headed toward a plugin directory. That’ll really help out that software quite a bit, I believe, and it’ll make it easier for people to use over time.

All right, so we’ve got some final reminders. The next WordPress Victoria Meetup here is on May 21st and will be broadcast live here on the YouTube channel. For location and more information, go check out wppluginsatoz.com/meetup. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be giving the presentation, but I don’t know what the subject is going to be about in this next presentation.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel for WP Plugins, where you can find training videos, screencasts, and more. I’ve put up as much as I can, when I can. And if you have suggestions on plugins you would like to have reviewed, please feel free to go submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit, and you will be able to submit your plugin even if you’re not the developer. Feel free to submit it to me. I will take it in there and take a look at the plugin.

Developers, I look forward to you submitting them. And if you’re a developer with a premium plugin and you would like to support the show and be featured in our contests, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest. Submit all your details and we will create a contest for you. All it costs you is the plugin license and you get a ton of free advertising and promotion from me.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for the show here today, so make sure you take any time, go subscribe to the newsletter, and I’ll let my girl take us out of here. So thank you very much for showing up.

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Transcript of Episode 402 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #402 here.


It’s Episode 402 and I’ve got plugins for Live Chatting, Members Directory, World Time, Content Creation, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #402

John:    It’s Episode 402 and I’ve got plugins for Live Chatting, Members Directory, World Time, Content Creation, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And of course, I have the usual great show for you today.

But right off the top, I want to put out a public service announcement, and what it is is I am the chair of a local charity organization here, and the sister organization that I work with needs a webmaster for their website – someone to manage it. We’re looking for a pro bono person who would like to manage a WordPress website. If you’re interested in this, please send me an email to john@wppro.ca and I will get all the information and communicate back and forth with you if you want to pick it up, so looking forward to it.

And of course right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews. You can also catch the show every Thursday at noon live on YouTube and that’s where you can also subscribe to all the videos and other items that we have there, so please check it out.

You could also follow me on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. Join me on our Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook or take a couple of minutes and sign up to the newsletter on our website where there’s even more information that goes out on a weekly basis there – stuff that’s not covered in the show.

With all that being said, it’s time to dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, and I have the usual great set of plugins for today and to start off, I have a couple of plugins that I have not tested but were sent to me by developers, so I thought you might like to know they exist. I never get a chance to test them, I don’t have projects for them, but they look to be of use and value to those of you in the community who may be doing work like this that these plugins apply to.

The first one I have for you was sent in by Bianca Allery and it’s called Live Chat & Talk. This is a plugin that will connect your WordPress site through a 3CX live chat phone system. You need to have the 3CX phone system installed. 3CX is a piece of software that allows for VOIP setup of phone systems and you can integrate that then into this plugin and integrate it into your website so that people could do live chatting and talking. Maybe you’re chatting and you need to raise it up to a phone call, get them to call. They don’t have to call you; you can call them. There’s lots of connectivity in this, but you do have to have this phone system installed for the plugin to work.

It does look like an interesting tool and if you’re running a big enough website where you have these kinds of questions and other stuff and you’re communicating with visitors on a regular basis, this could be an additional tool for you to add that extra level of customer appreciation and customer connectedness for your website. So it’s something that may allow you to connect with your customers better, so make sure you check this plugin out. It’s called Live Chat & Talk and currently I give it a 3-Dragon rating. Go check it out.

The next item I’ve got for you here was sent in by Richard Taylor and this is Membership Software. It’s a third-party plugin access to your WordPress website. This is a third-party service; it ranges from free if you have less than 50 members to $239/month if you have 10,000 members, and the prices are varied in between. The costs vary of course depending on the number of members you have, and it offers up a lot of the services you would need for running a membership site.

Now, I have my reservations about using third-party services. I’ve never been a fan of sticking my content into somebody else’s system. I’ve seen it too many times over the years where a great third-party service appears, you get content you build up with them, they become successful, they get bought out by a competitor or something where a competitor kills them, your information gets rolled into a new system. All of a sudden, what you’re used to isn’t there. Or, they may – there’s a possibility the could just go away. The problem of handing your data over to a third-party system – you’ve got to make sure that you can retrieve that data in a usable fashion that you can then take elsewhere, so that’s something to check out with something like this, especially something as important as a membership site, because you could have some really important data there.

So anyway, it looks to be a great service. It does offer up everything you need such as an events calendar, online payment systems, member directories – all of the little bits and pieces for running a membership site. Now again, the content is not on your site; it’s contained on their site. Your website just interfaces with that website, so you’ve got to think about how that’s going to work for you.

At any rate, go check it out if you’re looking for a membership solution that you don’t have to go through a lot of headache to deal with. Check out Membership Works and I currently give it a 3-Dragon rating.

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Currently also, we are running a contest, and the contest ends today at midnight. You’ll want to check it out. I’ll be announcing the winner the next show. It is for the Simple Giveaways plugin and this here – oh, no. It’s not for the Simple Giveaways plugin. What am I thinking, brain? Okay, the contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin, who kindly provide us with the premium plugin for the website.

What we are giving away is a one-year expert license for Graph Comment, which is a free, powerful commenting system that makes for easy discussions, easy reading, and helps keep the trolls under the bridge where they belong and off your website. No more disorganized discussions piled on several pages. With Graph Comment, your audience can easily follow the discussions. One of the great things about this plugin is all the data stays on your website, so if ever you decide to leave them, you just revert back to the regular commenting system and you don’t lose any of that data, such as if you were using – I can’t remember the comment plugins that do that, the ones that take the data off your site.

So you’ll want to go check them out. For more information about this plugin, it’s over at graphcomment.com. Make sure you get in there, enter the contest today, and we’ll be drawing the winners first thing tomorrow morning. So thank you very much for all of those who have been participating in our contests and we will have another one coming up shortly hereafter.

Okay, the next plugin I have up for you is called CoolClock – a JavaScript Analog Clock. Now, I know a few episodes back I talked about a few different clock plugins and I had settled on what I thought was a really great clock plugin for a project I was working on where I needed to display multiple clocks in a widget to showcase the projects I’m working on with their multiple offices across the globe. I needed to showcase that in a very nice, clean way and I thought I’d found it. It worked well on my test site.

When I went to put it on the development site, I couldn’t get it to work and I was having problems and I didn’t find it for a little while, but it was a jQuery error and it was conflicting with the FooGallery, and a FooGallery was a must-use plugin. So I had to revert back, and I decided, “Well, let’s go back through that list of clocks I had looked at and see if one I missed.”

Well, this one I missed in the system. I needed something that was able to produce multiple clocks with shortcodes, set up multiple time zones, give a very clean look. This one here was even better than the first one I looked at. It gives you these really nice skins that you can choose from for your clocks. It can set up with a shortcode, so you can set up multiple clocks within one widget block.

You can also take this one here and it’s got another function that the other didn’t have, and that when you set up dial clocks and people see the dials, they don’t know if it’s a.m. or p.m., just off the dials of the clock. And with international time zones that I’m setting up, there’s some zones that would be in the a.m., some in the p.m. Well, this one here has another added thing that you can turn on that turns on a little digital function, which is in the middle of the clock face that tells the time in digital format and sets it for a.m./p.m.

Really nicely done, nicely laid out, an excellent plugin. It’s free, sets up well, functions, and it played well with the other plugins that are using jQuery, which was a major bonus. So go check this one out. It’s CoolClock – a JavaScript Analog Clock, and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

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Okay, the next plugin I have up here for you is called Edit Flow. Now, this plugin here is one that would be very useful, and you might be able to use it for yourself too if you’re a single author, but this seems to be mostly usable if you have multiple authors on your site. I have a client currently – we just launched their site. They have five people in their office, all of them contributing content, all of them doing it through separate login accounts so that they know who’s creating the content. But there’s still one overall person who manages the content and makes sure it’s happy.

This is a plugin to help you do that. It allows you to set up a work flow so that you can set up on here an edit flow that will allow you to go from the point of conception to completion. It has a calendar. You can set up so when certain content is due. You can set up custom statuses for the content, if it’s in edit, if it needs a review, if it needs a rewrite, if it needs to be published, set up all these different things.

It offers up the ability to add editorial comments that get passed back and forth with the notes so that if someone says, “Hey, take a look at this and read it,” the person who reads it can leave editorial comments, making suggestions on how to change it and make it better. It’s a really nice way to gain control of all your editorial content on your website, and something you will want to have a look at and check out.

A really nice little plugin. It seems to flow quite nicely from the free version. They do have a couple of premium support pieces in it that could be of help with you, so go check this out. It’s called Edit Flow and currently I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Okay, and finally we have ClassicPress options here for you. And of course, since the release of Gutenberg and its fallout, ClassicPress has been gaining ground, and I’ve noticed lately it’s gaining ground at even more rate. After this last week’s fiasco with WordPress (and if you haven’t heard about that, just go google “Jetpack and inserting ads.”  That’ll give you exactly what you need.) So anyway, I imagine ClassicPress will gain a few more people.

At any rate, this week here I have a plugin specifically for ClassicPress. They now have a list of plugins on the ClassicPress forums that will allow you to search up and see plugins that are written specifically for ClassicPress, not just for WordPress and ClassicPress, but pure ClassicPress.

This week here, what I have for you here is called Registration Honeypot, and this is a plugin that allows you to go in, plug it in turn it on. It adds a hidden input into the ClassicPress registration form and if the input contains any data when the form is submitted, the account won’t be created. This is a spammer prevention tool. I’m beginning to wonder, does this exist for WordPress? Because it would be a really nice tool to have, because I have sites that the spammers just won’t leave alone.

So at any rate, this is a very nice tool, fantastic, and free plugins that just work, do a job and do it right, only one thing for them: this gets a 5-Dragon rating. Go check it out: Registration Honeypot.

[Dragon roar]

Anyway, well that wraps up the plugins for this week. I covered up the Live Chat & Talk, which I gave a 3 to; the Membership Software, which I gave a 3 to; the CoolClock, which I gave a 5 to; and then the Edit Flow, which I gave a 4 to; and then the Registration Honeypot, which I gave a 5 to.

And one more time, I’d like to give a special shout-out to Steve Schmidt at nowowl.com for his donation of the WP Plugins A to Z logo. We thank you very much.

Also, the next WordPress Meetup, which if you didn’t catch it, you can go catch last night’s WordPress Meetup which was a presentation on WordPress SEO 101. The next Meetup is going to be on May 21st and the subject has yet to be determined. In fact, I might have a different speaker for that night, which would be cool for me – I mean one less presentation for me to actually prepare for. So go check it out. The information can be found at wppluginsatoz.com/meetup for all the information for that.

Be sure to subscribe and check out the YouTube channel where you’ll find training videos, screencasts, and of course, the live show here every week.

And a final note to developers: if you’d like to support the show and you’d like to donate a premium license to be used for future contests, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest. Or, if you would like to have a plugin reviewed, just go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-review to get a plugin reviewed. Submit it; you don’t have to be a developer to submit a plugin you think should be reviewed.

And one final reminder just about the fact that I am looking for a WordPress developer would like a pro bono project, I am stacked to the gills with my pro bono projects. I can’t take on another one anymore. I’m full on that. At any rate, it is for a health cooperative and it is a really great local organization here in Victoria. If you would like to support and help them out in some way, please get a hold of me and I will get you hooked up with all the information to manage and maintain this site.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you, so thank you all for tuning in and listening to the show today. I greatly appreciate your time. Y’all have fun, take care. Bye-bye.

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Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

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