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Transcript of Episode 388 WP Plugins A to Z

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WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #388 here.


It’s Episode 388 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 #388

John:    It’s Episode 388 and I’ve got plugins for Anti-spam, WordPress Backups, File Uploaders, WooCommerce products feeds and Classic Press 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 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 if you’ve got a few minutes, greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, leaving reviews and subscribing to the show there.

And also, take some time out there if you’re not already, subscribe to the YouTube channel and make sure you hit the notification bell so you know when I go live, because I go live once a week on Thursday at noon and it looks like I’m gonna be doing just a live show on Saturday evenings about 8:00 going forward here. It’s something I have started doing and it’s kind of fun, I enjoy it, and then periodically if I get the urge, I may just go live again. So make sure you check it out and there’s other little tidbits going up to YouTube as I complete them.

Also, you can subscribe to the show over at wppluginsatoz.com – or on Twitter – @wppluginsatoz on Twitter and follow us on our Facebook page and subscribe to the newsletter over on the wppluginsatoz.com website.

And the holiday season, partly behind us. I hope everyone had themselves a fantastic Christmas. I had a great one. Santa was nice to me this year and to my boys, so it’s really kind of a nice year. Well what we have left is the New Year. Let me tell you a little secret: don’t tell your personal trainer you suffered from a hangover the day after Christmas, because he seems to put you through 10 times the amount of…

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

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, first up here, I have the segment I started a few weeks ago with the show where I now bring you a couple of plugins right off the top that I have yet to actually use myself. They’re plugins that have been submitted to me by developers and I have big backlog of ‘em, so I thought it would be important to bring them out here, talk about them a little bit that I can figure out with them. The reviews I’m giving on them – the ratings I’m giving – are based upon their website and if they have a demo that I can test it out and see how it works. Other than that, I have not actually used them but they do sound interesting.

So the first one up here was sent in to us by C. Shakhawat Sultan and it’s a freemium plugin, and it’s called WooCommerce Product Feed Manager, and this one here is a plugin that helps you manage product feeds going into your WooCommerce Store. And in particular, if you use product feeds from multiple sites such as Amazon or let’s say – they’ve got a list of them. I’m trying to think where they all come from. They filter all of the information, intuitive interfaces for it, and they’ve got a whole lot of popups on their site. But – oh, there it is: Amazon, Google, eBay, NexTag, Facebook – you know, bringing in your product feeds from all these different places or feeding out from your WooCommerce site to all these different places.

And what it does for you is it helps you manage those feeds to keep control of your products for you. You can increase your WooCommerce store sales, etc., etc. with it. It looks to be a pretty decent plugin. It’s a freemium plugin; they do have a free version which will allow you to go check out a little bit about the site. Oh, here – I had the comparison up earlier. Ah, I’ve lost the comparison for it.

Anyway, the free version lets you set up one feed. If you go to their premium version which is $89 a year, you can set up multiple feeds on your site. If you’re running a decent sized WooCommerce site, this would be something worth checking out if you’re feeding out to multiple places. So go give it a check-out. It’s called the WooCommerce Product Feed Manager and based on everything I can see with it, it looks like it should be worth about a 4-Dragon rating. Give it a check-out.

And the next one I’ve got for you was one that was sent in to me by Akshat Choudhary – I’m really gonna have to work on my enunciations. Sorry if I butcher you names, guys, but I’m learning. This is a premium plugin. It’s called Blog Vault Backup Service. This is another backup service for WordPress that you can use. It is a premium service from $7 to $99 a month, depending on which level you’re at with it.

It does multiple backups or backups of your website, it can help you do some transfers of your site, it’ll do daily automatic backups, a variety of other features, like taking on-demand backups whenever you need, scheduling the backups on your convenience, large websites. Blog Vault offers incremental backup facility to ensure nothing is missed and it offers you quite a bit with what it does, and the pricing on it, as I said, it’s – you know – as I said, it’s, you know, $7 for a personal site for one website, all the way up to an agency with 100 websites, so if you manage multiple sites and you want a backup system, this might be something to consider if they’re on a shared hosting platform or multiple platforms – like many hosts don’t even provide proper backups these days, which is kind of strange to me, considering how cheap storage is for the most part.

So at any rate, this is one you’ll want to check out if you’re looking for a backup service. It looks to be a good one. I’ve heard about it from time to time and I give this one a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

Meat and potatoes – oh, absolutely. Absolutely, Larry. I seem to be losing that from time to time. All right, so those are the two plugins I’ve got so far that I haven’t checked out, so let’s jump into this show here, currently brought to you by…

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Absolutely. Come visit me for all your WordPress needs, especially if you’re looking for better WordPress hosting – something I’m gonna be putting a little bit more focus on in the new year as my hosting business, mainly because I offer fantastic hosting, a reasonable price, you don’t have to fight for all of your services, and I make sure there’s always backups available.

And we are currently still giving away the plugins. We have four contests here, and the contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways Plugin, who kindly provided us with the premium version of their plugin to run our contests on. I liked it when I was using the free version, but the premium version is so much better. Make sure you go check that out.

Current contests we have: A copy of WooHoo, which is a plugin for going in and editing up your WooCommerce sites. You can do a lot of customizations with WooHoo. If you’d like that, go enter the contest for it. A copy of the Interactive U.S. Map, which is a really cool plugin. I’ve examined this plugin a couple of times over the years and not only do they have U.S. maps, but they have maps for countries all over the world, and these maps can be seriously integrated, so go check them out. WP PDF Embedder – this is a fantastic plugin for embedding PDFs into your website. I use it across about four or five of my websites, so get a license for this one. It’ll save you a lot of grief when putting PDFs into your website – a very nice plugin.

And a free year of Kanban, from Kanban WP, and this one here is a projects manager tool to help you manage your projects if you’ve got multiple people working on your projects on your website, so check this one out. It’s a really nice one and you can enter to win a copy or a free year worth of all of these services. All you need to do is go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests and we have one week left for the contests, and I’m really happy to see that people have been entering the contests this last month. I’m excited to see that, you know, people are starting to dig into them again.

Okay, next up I have for you the next plugin here is AJAX Upload for Gravity Forms. I couldn’t remember if I’d done this one before, but if I had, well it’s back again. This is a tool that you can use. If you’re using Gravity Forms and you have it set to upload files or images or anything like that – and I have a couple on different websites that we do this. Normally what happens is they enter their file and nothing occurs until they submit the form, and it takes a little bit longer to submit the form because now it’s got to upload the form.

Well, what this plugin can do is it can shorten that for you. They can choose their files, pick them, set them in place, they can click the Upload button, and they upload while they finish filling out the form. It’ll save a few moments. You know, every – like I say, every 10 seconds saved adds up to minutes by the end of the year – sometimes even hours, so this is something that just saves time for everyone and it’s a very simple plugin to use. It’s free and so that just makes it a fantastic plugin. Free works and its good. What else happens there? That gives it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

There we go.  Go check it out: the AJAX Upload for Gravity Forms.

All right, what do we got now? Oh, feedback – listener feedback. Well, we like listener feedback and questions. This week I have none but if you would like to leave some, please go to the Contact page on the website, hit the SpeakPipe button in the lower right-hand corner of WP Plugins A to Z, or you can email me directly at john@wppro.ca. Any of those places there, I will answer your questions to the best I can, so you’ll want to check it out and just contact me with your questions.

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This week here, no big donors but I’d like to give a big thank you to those who have hired me in the last few months because of this podcast. That’s as good as a donation to the show because you’re hiring me because you’ve heard me through the show, so I’d like to thank you very much for supporting me in that manner. Aside from listening to the show you go, “Hey, maybe he knows what he’s doing,” so you hire me to do some work and a few of you have become extremely long-term clients just because of this podcast, so thank you very much in that area there.

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Well, thank you very much to all of those who support the show. And if you would like to support the show, just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to donate to the show. A simple form: name, email, decide whether you want to subscribe to the newsletter, leave a message if you like, choose your donation amount. It takes you directly to PayPal and it donates it, so it’s the simplest thing you can do. Thank you very much for all those that support the show.

All right, and before we jump off to that, I just want to – comments. I really like comments. I had some really good comments in the livestream I did last Saturday night. You might want to check it out and read the comments there. We got into a good discussion as I was discussing my WordPress drama, which I’ll come back to at the end of the show. And so far here – thanks, Larry. The PDF Embedder, fantastic. I’ve used it a few times. Yeah, I use it a lot, so it is a great plugin. Thank you very much.

Okay, the last plugin for WordPress here that I have – this one here is kind of a simpler plugin – kind of cool. If you have a menu and you want to put some of those fancy menu icons and your theme doesn’t have it built-in, and many themes have it built-in now. But this is the Menu Icons plugin by ThemeIsle, a really nice, nifty plugin that all you’ve gotta do is go in, install it, activate it, and then you go to your menus and you can just choose from multiple icons that are produced by Font Awesome, Geneticons, Elusive, etc., and determine what size you want them to be, where you want them: left, right, how you want them placed in the menu, insert them, and then set them, and then all of a sudden you’ll have those fancy menu icons without a whole lot of extra effort if your theme doesn’t provide it.

This is a really simple plugin. Nothing super stupendous or fancy but hey, it’s still kind of cool, so go check it out: the Menu Icons by ThemeIsle, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, ClassicPress. Yes, I’m going to keep talking about ClassicPress because it’s not going away. I don’t know how many people have followed ClassicPress ever since the release of Gutenberg, but ClassicPress has made some massive inroads into the WordPress community. And as I said when it first occurred, I’m pretty sure by the end of it 30% of what was the WordPress community on December 6th will be using ClassicPress probably by the end of January to the middle of February. There has been more and more people moving over there.

So I’m going to continue with this show, even though it’s the WP Plugins show, I’m gonna add ClassicPress plugins and I will have a – I already bought the URL, cppluginsatoz – so I will already have that pointing to this site to carry people in here from ClassicPress. Right now, it’s even. All of the plugins work in ClassicPress but I know it’s going to change over time, so this’ll be an interesting growth thing for me as I have to travel both paths.

So this week here, I do have a plugin tested out for ClassicPress, and I figure if you’re gonna start with it, you may as well start at the beginning to see the important plugins for a website. Now the most important plugin on a website, in my opinion, if you’re going to accept comments on your site is to set up an anti-spam plugin. And it annoyed me to no end that Akismet was built into WordPress, thereby defying one of WordPress’s own rules about having plugins in there, so that annoyed me to no end.

But it was the first thing I removed. There’s a fantastic plugin in WordPress that was called Tasks After Install; I still use it every time I’d set up a new WordPress site, hit it, it wipes out the Akismet, the Hello Dolly, cleans up everything, and sets it to perfectly clean like it should be when it’s new.

At any rate, I removed that and installed Antispam Bee, so I thought, well, let’s make sure that this works in ClassicPress – and it does. Antispam Bee is, in my opinion, the best antispam plugin out there as for a simple, very lightweight, does not depend on a third-party service, and it just looks – it just works really, really well. So this is one that you’ll want to check out and use. If you’re switching to ClassicPress, you have an antispam plugin that will work, so go check it out: Antispam Bee, and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, so – and Larry asks here, “So ClassicPress stays at 4.9 and only gets security updates?” Eh, I don’t know if that’s exactly what they’re doing. From what I can tell, they’re actually forking it off. Right now it’s security updates. It’s not even – when you do the ClassicPress conversion (which I’ve done), it makes a lot of changes in there to all of the files, all the files in the core, changed from WP to CP. It does leave the WP content folder alone, so all the content there stays where it should be. You actually still – if you want to add plugins, remove, and update plugins in ClassicPress, it still uses the WordPress Repository to get that information and do it, so they’re kind of on a parallel path right now from what I can see.

I haven’t read their map. They have mapped out what they plan to do with ClassicPress; it’s on their website at classicpress.net, and their map – I’m pretty sure their map is going to see a complete divergence, and of course it’s actually gonna happen one way or another just simply the way Gutenberg is going, and I expect it’ll be – hm…six months, a year – maybe a bit longer before they completely diverge and in the plugins for ClassicPress don’t work as well as the plugins in WordPress. They start having conflicting errors. I expect it at about that point. Right now, any plugin that worked in Version 4.98/99 of WordPress, I’m pretty sure will work in ClassicPress. But I know about that. And yeah, Akismet is bloatware, absolutely – absolutely bloatware.

And ClassicPress – yeah, well ClassicPress was created to avoid the block editor changes. Yes it was, Larry, and that’s what’s gonna happen to happen, and they’re just going to continue down the line of where WordPress would’ve gone had they not edited Gutenberg to the core. That’s pretty much what I think is going to occur. Who knows? They could overtake WordPress at some point in time if WordPress makes enough mistakes over the next couple of years. They’ve made a load of those recently.

All right, so closing out this episode, I covered up plugins – the WooCommerce Product Feed Manager, which I gave a 4 to; the Blog Vault Backup Service, which I gave a 4 to; the AJAX Upload for Gravity forms, which I gave a 5 to; the Menu Icons by ThemeIsle, which I gave a 4 to; and the Antispam Bee plugin for ClassicPress, which I gave a 5 to, so we’re looking pretty good there.

Real briefly, just to cover up. There’s a big, long post for those that haven’t caught it over at WP Plugins. I have been officially banned from the WordPress Forums. I am no longer permitted to post in there or create a new account or anything else. If you want to read it, I’ve got the entire email thread with me and – what’s his name? – the name in my head here. Oh, Jan – Jan Dobrowski. Me and him going back and forth and him eventually just, even after I had capitulated to everything, I just didn’t say the right words, I think, and he just went, “No, I’m leaving you suspended. You can appeal to one of the other moderators if you want.”

And personally, I don’t think I’m gonna have any success with that, so I just sort of left it. I’m done, but it is an interesting read and I’ve been told I passed that and I’ve had a few people comment on it and a couple of people have commented. It’s like, “Wow,” the one person come in and said like, “I didn’t really think I’d read the whole thing but then suddenly I had read the whole thing,” and it’s like yeah, sometimes drama can just be entertaining as all.

            So at any rate, it’s official: I’m no longer allowed in the WordPress forums. Gotta love the – it means I’ve just gotta email all the developers directly when I do stuff for them and let them know that yeah, I still exist – still pretty cool. We’ve got here – not so bad, and I’ll continue doing the plugin reviews that I’ve been doing for a long time.

All right, that pretty much wraps everything up here for today. And I’ve got all my little notes carried out. That’s it. Just make sure you stop in and subscribe to the YouTube channel, subscribe to the show at iTunes, YouTube, and all the usual places, so thank you very much for listening to the show, and I’ll look forward to talking to you next week, and thanks a lot for showing up, Larry. Always appreciate having someone into the show to talk to. It makes for a good day.

All right, I’m gonna let my girl take us on out.

[Female speaker]

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 [Outro]

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[Child giggling]

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[End of Audio]

Transcript of Episode 387 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 #387 here.


It’s Episode 387 and I’ve got plugins for Gravity Forms PDF, Redirection, Creating Videos, Classified Ads and Classic Press Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #387

John:    It’s Episode 387 and I’ve got plugins for Gravity Forms PDF, Redirection, Creating Videos, Classified Ads and Classic Press 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 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 few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, leaving reviews and subscribing to the show. It really helps it out and I really enjoy reading that stuff when I find it and get in there, even the good and the bad and the ugly.

And also, take a few moments – subscribe to the YouTube channel – down below, I think it is – yeah, subscribe, hit the bell so you get notifications of when I’m going live and when I upload new videos, because I will be doing those. I’m slowly – I’m getting back to them, let’s face it. And watch the show live every Thursday noon PST, Pacific Standard Time here on YouTube.

And also, follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and join us on our Facebook page for other information and take a few moments and subscribe to the newsletter, which comes out every Friday. It’s got other news and information that I don’t cover in the show.

And remember, it is the holiday season – Christmas just around the corner. Hopefully, everybody is all prepared, got all your gifts bought, and well, I’ve got pretty much everything. I’m ready for Christmas except for one bottle of bourbon I gotta buy for somebody. And well, welcome to the show.

And of course, look for – well, look for the new segment as I’ve mentioned at the end of the show for ClassicPress plugins. There’ll be a new segment coming to the website located at cpplugin.com, and that’s the way it goes.

Hey Larry, how are you doing? Welcome to the show. Always glad to see you come in.

All right, with that, let’s dive right into some meat and potatoes.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

And to start off, I have a couple of plugins that I have yet to use but though I thought many of you would like to know about. These are plugins that are sent in to me by developers. I get quite a few submissions for me to review plugins, but I don’t have time to test every one of them and many of them don’t fit into whatever projects I’m currently working on. But I still think they’re useful plugins that you might want to know about, so that’s what I’m gonna do here at the front. The ratings I give them are based upon their demo sites if they have them or on their descriptions of the plugin. So with that, let’s dive right into the first one.

The first one was sent in to us by Darragh Burke and this the Moovly WordPress Plugin, and you can get the plugin over at Moovly.com. And what they have to say about this plugin is it’s used for creating short videos. Moovly is a third-party system used for creating short snippet marketing videos, etc. It looks like quite the system – not something I would use myself, but if I had time to create it, I probably would. But there’s some people out there that may be using it.

Well, what they’ve done is they’ve created a plugin so you can create those videos from within your WordPress website attached to your Moovly account and then publish them to your WordPress website all in one smooth motion. This is a pretty nice looking plugin for doing video marketing, etc., so if you’re doing that sort of thing, this is something you might want to go check out.

Go check it out. It’s the Moovly WordPress Plugin. You can get the plugin from Moovly.com and I give it a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

The next one I’ve got for you was sent in by Blazej Krzymowski – hopefully I didn’t butcher the name too badly. Blazej Krzymowski, and it’s called TerraClassifieds and it is a free classifieds plugin for WordPress. It is a plugin that comes with a theme for creating a classified ad system on your WordPress website. They have a free download of the plugin, they’ve got a premium version there, a live demo of their site. It looks like a pretty decent layout for a classified, and I’ve tried a lot of classified plugins over the years and I’ve had hit and miss success with them, and this one here looks like it would probably suit the purpose quite well.

I don’t know what their premium version is or what the theme that goes with it is costing – any of that information there. But it does look like an interesting plugin for checking it out. What they have to say about it is the TerraClassifieds in alpha version of a classified WordPress plugin they decided to create some time ago. The plugin brings an easy user interface with ads posting. The options are simple and they’re going to successfully add new features step-by-step. So you can download the plugin for free testing, so this might be completely free at the moment until they get it out of the alpha. You can edit ads, add user profiles, users can then login and create their own edit and create their own submissions, etc.

It does look to be a pretty decent plugin for the most part – oh, Moovly – I’ll come back to that in a second. Anyway, this looks to be a pretty decent plugin for the most part and I give it a nice 3-Dragon rating.

All right, so I mispronounced Moovly. It should be Moooovly – put the ‘moo’ in there. We’ll give it the cow moo. How’s that? Better? [laughing] All right, so anyway, go check this one out. It looks like it’s a pretty decent plugin.

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Okay, and currently we do have contests running – I have four of them, actually – running through to the end of the year. Another two weeks left to enter and I’ve been noticing people are entering these contests. I’m really excited about that after the issues we had last time. All our contests currently powered by Simple Giveaways. They kindly provided us with a premium of their plugin to power our contests. It’s an excellent plugin and the improvements they have made to this plugin over the last year have been fantastic. I’ve really liked every time they’ve improved it. They’ve made it easier, better to use, and they’ve added features to it now that it integrates fully into your theme, etc. It’s much better than it was when I first started. It was good when it started but now it’s better, so go check it out – Simple Giveaways.

And the contests we currently have going, you can win a copy of WooHoo, a plugin for editing up multiple areas of your WooCommerce website. That one’s worth £10. You can get a copy of the Interactive U.S. Map from wpmaps.com – very nice maps plugin. If the U.S. Maps don’t work for you, maybe you’ll have to look at – ask them to trade or just buy one of the other country maps. I don’t know if they’ll trade or not. The WP PDF Embedder – this is a really nice plugin. I use this one myself on multiple sites for securing and embedding my PDFs on different websites.

And then you can also get a fee year of Kanban, which is a project management system to help you manage your projects to know who’s doing what, where, and when. So go check these out. These are excellent contests to enter and you can enter all four and then make sure you share them out to all your social media networks. That would be fantastic to help others know what we’re doing here.

All right, the next plugin we have here coming up is one that I have probably covered before sometime in the distant past and it’s called Redirection. I’m sure I have – I just could find it. But this one here I’ve used it off and on over the years and it has come in handy for me, especially when I’ve been upgrading a website or converting a website from HTML – and yeah, that actually still happens – converting websites from HTML to WordPress.

And if you are also going in and changing things in your site, changing your permalinks or other things like that, this plugin here is handy for the issue there, because what it does is it allows you to recreate the 301 redirects that are needed, and create those and manage them. It’ll also monitor for all 404 errors so that you can track those errors and then if need be, create redirects or go in and fix the problems that are caused by the 404 errors.

This is a fantastic plugin. I always find that it suits the purpose, it’s lightweight, does the job, and doesn’t give me any grief, so go check this out. It’s called Redirection and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Listener feedback! We love listener feedback on this show. And this week here I do have a couple of things of listener feedback. Unfortunately, they’re not the best ones but hey, it’s still listener feedback. This one here came in from – well, I’ve got two of them. They came in two separate times from Marcus T., and not the same Marcus who was on the show – Marcus T. And he made mention after the last show when I talked and said I was gonna start covering ClassicPress plugins. So it goes:

Classic Press plugins?

You have got to be shitting me. (I’m trying to avoid cussing as much as I can.)

You should cover Gutenberg Block plugins – not old Classic Press plugins!

I will no longer listen to you.

See you,

Marcus T.

All right, Marcus. Sad to see you go but if you hang around, the Gutenberg block plugins are gonna be added in here to the show, too. There’s gonna be a segment for the Gutenberg blocks but we’re going where people are going.

And then he sent me a second one after I guess he listened a little further into it or read more of the newsletter. And it goes:

Entries for WP Forms plugin…

Again John you have got to be [crapping] me.

Talking about a form that hacks a premium WP Forms plugin…

You give this crap air time and 3 stars.

No thanks – pathetic!

Marcus T.

Well, I gotta tell you Marcus…well I just had to let people know. Authors submit stuff to me, I think it’s useful, and hacking a premium plugin? That’s a pretty common practice, actually, and that’s the whole point sometimes of open source. If somebody doesn’t want to pay a premium price, they write a hack to hack that premium plugin. Instead of just keeping it for themselves, they figure, “Hey, share the wealth,” so they share it out for those people that want to do it.

The problem is if you take one of those hacks, you are risking that it might not be updated, the developers of the premium plugin may make that hack incompatible – any number of things could happen, so you take your changes. But hey, if you’re say – I was seven, eight years ago when I first started and my budget was literally next to nothing and negative most of the time, using something like this to get by until I could actually pay for it, an excellent thing to do.

And so what can I say? I try not to, you know, push anything out the window anymore. For too long a time on the show, I pushed things off and not do them. Now that I’ve changed the formatting, I’m just gonna cover a lot of stuff and I’m sorry to see you go, Marcus. It’s a shame; maybe you’ll give the show a chance another time and maybe I’ll have some things that you will enjoy.

All right, and listener questions – none this week, so we’ll move on to 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’d like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and over, their note is read out and published here. For those who come in under $50, they remain anonymous and I thank you very much for supporting the show.

This week here, I’d just like to give a big shout-out to all of those who have donated small donations in the past. Thank you very much. All your small donations really help. The money that comes in through donations to the show does not go into my pocket. What it goes for is it goes to pay for the transcriptions that happen for the show, it goes to pay for server space, the bandwidth, and the etc. that the server and the show runs on, and that’s all it goes for.

In fact, when I did some numbers last month as I’m hitting year end, the amount of donations that came in this year didn’t even cover the cost of transcriptions and the server costs, so it’s nice to know that they help support it, but it didn’t quite cover it. But hey, that’s what it is. I do this show because I like it and because it gets me out there to people.

So thank you very much for everyone and if you would like to support the show, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to support the show. Just fill out the form, choose the donation amount you want. It goes directly to PayPal and there we go – nice, simple, and easy way to donate. I do have Patreon still running although I’m probably not gonna be promoting it too much. I still have a few Patreons over there but it’s much better if you can directly donate via PayPal. More of the money will land into my usage because Patreon takes their cut and then they take a bigger cut than PayPal takes if it goes directly to PayPal.

All right – with that, this brings us up to the next plugin we’ve got here. It is called Gravity PDF and this is a freemium plugin, a very nice one that I recently used in a project I was working on. And in that project that I was working on, we were creating a really customized form with columns and we needed them to stick. We had sections and when you submit that form normally via Gravity, it puts it in a big, long block. It just stacks them one on the other; it doesn’t keep the columns together, etc.

To keep that like that, what you have to do is you have to make that form into a PDF so that you can then have a nice PDF document, Gravity PDF works great. They have four basic templates that you can work with right out of the box, which are very nice. I was fortunate enough to be able to use one of the basic templates with it. They have premium templates that are available for it that are premade for multiple types of formats in there, and they’re really quite nice looking. Or if none of those work, they’ll create a custom template just for you based upon your form and what you’re after.

A really nice plugin. The free version of it, normally free plugins don’t get a 5 right off the bat because when they’ve got premium add-ons and etc., this one here I have to give this one a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Right off as a freemium plugin, simply because it provided everything needed in the freemium plugin without having to go buy anything, and a lot of freemium plugins don’t do that, so very impressive with it. Gravity PDF – very nice plugin. Go check it out and if you need PDFs created out of your forms, this is the plugin to use.

Okay – and finally, ClassicPress options. Now, this is a segment here for those that are going to ClassicPress and unfortunately, I’m stuck in both camps as I’ve mentioned a couple of times. I’m gonna be sticking with WordPress for the long period, but I have a couple of sites that I have no option but to go to ClassicPress, because the way Gutenberg is going is just not going to work with the massive customizations of these sites, so I’m gonna have to stick with it.

But what I’ve started this week here is just started working with ClassicPress. I haven’t started playing with the plugins but what I did – and I’ll be releasing the screencast of it later today or early tomorrow. I did a screencast using one of my sandbox sites where I test so much stuff and I used that for a conversion to ClassicPress. The site was running WordPress 4.9, it had 34 plugins installed in various states of on and off, and it had a couple of custom plugins that are in development for me right now – plugins that I’m having customized and developed. So I got to test it in that environment. I got to test their conversion process. They actually have a plugin for converting to ClassicPress.

I found the process was extremely painless, worked very well, and it was very nice. I haven’t tested Yoast with it, but I will. There’ll be more coming about that. So what I did test it with was the conversion process; it took all of about five minutes to convert. Then I went in and I looked at the file structure to see what they converted and changed in the file structure, because I like to understand the back-end of it. And they changed a bit but mostly it’s just file names that changed. The folder structure stays the same; they’re still using the WP folder structure. I don’t know how long they’ll hang onto that folder structure. Eventually they may have to move away from it and maybe they won’t. Hard to say but so far, so good.

I did test a couple of plugins with it and those plugins worked fantastic right off the get-go. They are currently in Beta 2 of ClassicPress. I noticed that today in updates. It even does some really interesting things. It updates the plugins directly from the WordPress.org repository, so that’s an interesting feat that’s going on right now, so this is something you’ll want to consider with it.

And I got one comment here: Thinking of going to ClassicPress but as you know, I’m worried if WordFence and Yoast will work for future version of ClassicPress. That’s a really tough one to know what’s going to happen there, because for a while ClassicPress is going to be on the same parallel lines as WordPress. But sometime over the next year as Gutenberg massively diverges and ClassicPress continues to hold the line, they’re gonna be on separate paths entirely, so it’s hard to know what’s going to happen as time goes down. Maybe Yoast will see there’s a large enough audience at ClassicPress to maintain a plugin there or maybe somebody else will have to take Yoast plugin and fork it. It’s really hard to say.

As I’ve said previously many times, personally I think about 30% of the current WordPress community is going to be leaving it, and I’ve seen a lot of stuff in Twitter, Facebook posts, everywhere, where a fair number of people have already left the WordPress community, so it’s gonna be an interesting one. Me? I’m gonna be stuck in both camps because I’ve got clients that need WordPress and the way Gutenberg’s going, and I’ve got clients that are gonna be there. Fortunately, they won’t be too far apart even when they completely diverge.

Okay, well, that’s about it. I covered up in this episode the Moooovly – Mooooovely WordPress plugin, which I gave a 4 to; the TerraClassifieds, which I gave a 3 to; the Redirection plugin, which I gave a 5 to; and the Gravity PDF plugin, which I gave a 5 to.

Now, I do have one end-of-show thought here today and this is just pertaining to some interest info. It’s going to become a complete post. I wasn’t certain it was going to become a complete, separate post but it is, and it pertains to my WordPress.org account. I don’t use it a lot. What I’ve tried to do over time – yeah, it would’ve been nice if they’d have stuck with the Classic Editor instead of the hard fork. What I tried to do with my WordPress.org account is I’ve been using it to post up the reviews I’ve done on the show and then I was linking back in the review back to the WP Plugins site. It seems I got in trouble for that; I hadn’t realized it. They said they’d sent me emails, I’ve never seen them, so they suspended my account.

I’ve been in talks back and forth with them and it looks like they’ll give me back my account, all the past posts I put up for reviews. It looks like they’re gonna delete it. I don’t know if I’ll be allowed to even mention my show anymore in the posts, to be able to give the reviews – I don’t know. I’ll be getting some specifics on it but this’ll be a complete post separate talking about this and what I went through to get this done. Yes, me, suspended – I know. Imagine that. I’m one of those bad boys that doesn’t always comply with rules. Or if I don’t see rules and there’s no rules, I’ll say, “Hey, I can do it,” so what can I say? That’s what happens when you take risks to do things.

Anyway, it looks like it’s probably going to work out but we’ll see exactly what happens, but it will be a separate post. It was going to be included here but because they’re communicating and talking, I thought they were just gonna shut me down because that was the first email I got from them, was they’re just “Ah, you’re shut down. Go away.” But after going back a couple of times, well okay, they’re willing to talk, so we’ll see what happens. As long as they’re willing to talk and willing to work it out, I’m all good with it.

Yeah, definitely – definitely a bad boy.

All right, and final reminders: Gutenberg – go check out the two long shows I did on YouTube about Gutenberg and what I think about it. There’s gonna be more coming on that. I have more that’s gonna be done the next week. I’m lucky; I happen to be kid-free for the next four days, so I’m gonna do a fair chunk of work in the next four days. Whenever my boys aren’t here, I get a whole lot more work done.

Reminders – WordPress meetups that are coming. The next WordPress Meetup for Victoria is January 22, 2019 and this is the WordPress Victoria Meetup group. This is the group that I run and manage and we do a seminar once a month where I give a presentation. Sometimes I give two presentations. Block editor? Okay. My enunciation that off? Anyway, I give two presentations and so I invite people from the local WordPress community to come and talk, give presentations. Sometimes they’re directly on WordPress; other times they’re not.

The fellow who’s coming to talk, Jacob Buurma, he’ll be presenting on what I wish I had known – a-ha moments from five years of WordPress freelancing. So he’s gonna give some insights and secrets about his five years of freelancing as WordPress. It’s gonna be an interesting talk and then I’ll be presenting a presentation on Gutenberg and what I think is the future of WordPress with Gutenberg in it, so this is gonna be an interesting talk.

For those that can’t make it, it will be broadcast live on YouTube. It starts at 6:30 p.m., so be ready, hit the bells – you know, get notifications when it goes out. We’ll try to make sure we have lots of notifications of it going out, so go check it out. If you happen to be on the island or in the local area, please come out. It’s gonna be a really great time.

And be sure to subscribe to the channel down below if you’re not already subscribed. One of the things I realize is if I get to 1,000 subscribers, I can start doing a few more things with this, so I would really love to see that happen. It’s kind of nice that I have over 200 now; I hadn’t even noticed that I was actually gaining subscribers on this channel. Now I’m actually kind of interested in moving it forward.

That’s pretty much everything I’ve got and – oh, okay Block Editor – WordPress is preferring Block Editor overseeing Gutenberg. It’s a thing. Oh, I’m sorry. I’m gonna call it Gutenberg. I almost want to call WordPress Gutenberg because it’s no longer WordPress. In so many ways it’s Gutenberg Block Editor. Block Editor is just a fancy way of saying this is going to be a – what’s it called? – a theme editor plugin. It’s like it could’ve been a fantastic plugin by itself. Yeah, get those subs – there you go.

We’ve got a few things for planning. My marketing manager has been working on lots of stuff coming in the new year on things that are happening. So at any rate, I need to wrap it up and get this going. Half an hour is about all I can really do for folks. Anything longer than that, it goes out into the podcast and I lose all the people who are used to 15- to 20-minute shows. It’s really kind of bizarre: I lose my host and my show got longer. I’m still trying to figure out how that happened.

But thanks everyone for showing up and listening and that’s all I’ve got now for you. Take care, bye-bye. I’ll let my girl take us out of here.

[Female speaker]

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[Child giggling]

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Transcript of Episode 386 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 #386 here.


It’s Episode 386 and I’ve got plugins for WP Forms, Controlling Updates, Temporary Logins, Plugin Notes and Classic Press Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #386

John:    It’s Episode 386 and I’ve got plugins for WP Forms, Controlling Updates, Temporary Logins, Plugin Notes and Classic Press Options. It’s all coming up next 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:    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 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 on those channels. They really help the show out.

And subscribe and check out our training videos, screencasts, and extra shows on our YouTube channel, and you can subscribe to the show so that you get notification on every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. I go live for the WP Plugins A to Z podcast. For those that listen to it later, check out the live show from time to time if you’ve got a chance on Thursdays at noon.

Also, follow me on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. You can join me on Facebook – I do respond there. Check out the links in the show notes. And finally, subscribe to the newsletter that goes out weekly every Friday with news, tips, information, and other things that I don’t cover in the show, and that newsletter has gotten fantastic now. Some really great, pertinent articles and other information is in that, so go check it out.

And also, remember this is the holiday season. Time to think about not just yourself, but think about others: those in need, think about our vets out there, make sure you say hi to them, thank them for their service, etc. That goes for the Americans as well as the Canadians, so do something nice for a vet. I know quite a few vets and if anyone has listened to my stuff in the last few months, there was a lot I learned about my father who was a vet, so it brought it closer home for me.

Another thing that’s happening with the show is you’ll find a new segment at the end of the show that I’m going to be doing for quite a while. It’ll probably last a while and this is due to the Gutenberg fiasco that occurred and ClassicPress which is the fork of WordPress, and I personally believe there’s gonna be a chunk of the WordPress community that’s gonna be moving to ClassicPress. It’s already happening, so I’m going to be covering ClassicPress plugins as I go along, mainly because I have to move a couple of my websites to ClassicPress because WordPress just won’t suit it anymore.

Okay, so that’s all the intro stuff. Let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock guitar music]

Okay, I do have four great plugins for you today and of course starting off as I changed the show up a couple of episodes back, I now have right out front a couple of plugins that I have yet to use but you might want to know about to know that they exist. These are plugins that are submitted to me by developers. I get a lot of developer submissions and I can’t check every one of them. I usually use the ones that are pertinent to whatever projects I’m working on or if I have time to throw it into a dev site to see how it works.

Sometimes I don’t get to them and I ended up accumulating a whole bunch of them, which they’re really great sounding plugins and I think you listeners will find them useful. I just haven’t had time to test them. So I give a rating on them based upon the reading of the information, their dev site or their demo site if they have it available, to give you my viewpoint and opinion on that plugin.

So with that, let’s start with the first one. This one was sent in by Malay Ladu. It is a premium plugin from Store Apps and it’s called Temporary Login Without Password, and this is a nice plugin. I’ve used a couple of plugins from Store Apps in the past, so they make pretty nice plugins. I’ve used some of their plugins for managing data in WooCommerce for a couple of my clients in the past. This one here though, a little different.

What it does for you is it creates a self-expiring automatic login link for a WordPress website. So if you need to give somebody instant access to your WordPress website, you can go create this link, send it out to them, they click it, it takes them to your site, automatically logs them in, and then the link expires after a period of time and they won’t have access. It’s a temporary fix so you don’t have to go create a set of credentials to a website.

It looks to be pretty good. It’s a nice little plugin. I didn’t catch the price on it; I imagine it’s about $39 (that’s what their lower end plugins tend to be), so you might want to check this out if you have that problem regularly recurring on your website where you have to produce this information. Go check it out. It’s a pretty nice looking plugin. I give it a 4-Dragon rating and it’s the Store Apps Temporary Login Without Password.

The next one I’ve got here for you was sent in by Sanjeev Aryal and it’s called Entries for WPForms, and this is a form plugin – WPForms. I’ve never used this form plugin, so I don’t know a lot about it. But if you use the WPForms form plugin, this might be a plugin for you. What it does for you is it unlocks the entry panels of WPForms Lite plugin. So basically they wrote a plugin so you wouldn’t have to pay for the premium version of it so you could use that section. Kinda nice of them – the hazards I guess of having open source code. If you get it out there, somebody can just write a loop around your lock.

It looks to be interesting. It looks like it can be useful. It kind of reminds me of what comes built into GravityForms in that every time somebody submits a GravityForm, I get it kept in the database of my site, so this does that for you. It allows you to export the information. It looks to be a useful plugin if you use WPForms. Go check it out: Entries for WPForms and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

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Absolutely. Call me for all your WordPress needs, especially if you’re in need of some really good hosting. And the new commercials are coming in the new year – I promise you.

And contests – we do have contests right now, and our contests are powered by Simple Giveaways Plugin, who kindly provided us with the premium version of their plugin to run our contests on. Go check them out; it’s a fantastic plugin if you’re running contests on your website. Our contests we have right now, we are giving away a copy of WooHoo, the plugin for customizing up your WooCommerce website. We also are giving away a copy of the Interactive U.S. Map, and it’s a really nice plugin. This mapping plugin from WP Maps Plugins, they’ve got maps around the world, not just U.S. but they’ve got Canada, Europe, Asia – everywhere – and these maps can be detailed down and you get clickable bits and pieces throughout the maps – a very nice mapping plugin.

And WP PDF Embedder – this PDF embedder here – the pro version is really nice and I think we’ve given away the pro version. I use the secure version of it myself to secure PDFs on my website and it displays PDFs beautifully, gives them the ability to download it if it’s a secured one, and you can lock them down to other ways. A very nice plugin – works excellent. Go check it out, go register for the contest – and a free year of Kanban WP, and this is to use their Kanban windows for dealing with your work progress. It is a project management kind of tool. I did an interview with the developer of Kanban a while back. You can go look that up and we’re going to get to the point where I’ll eventually have that stuff showing up in the windows or popping in as cards so people can see it. We’re slowly working out this system.

So anyway, go check them out and for all our contests, they are now available at wppluginsatoz.com/contests. Just simply go up there, click on it, register for the contests. The contests are running through until 11:59 on December 31st, so through to the end of this year. As soon as it hits 2019, contests are over and the winners will be announced in the first show of the new year.

That brings us to our next plugin. This one here is one that I’ve been using off and on. I’ve been meaning to bring it into the show and I may have done in the past but just in case, here it is again. This is called Plugin Notes Plus, and I used to use another notes plugin. I thought it was a bit better than this, but the guy abandoned it. I didn’t have time to get it rewritten and so I found this one and switched to this one.

What this plugin does for you is it creates a second column in your plugins list and that column is where you can start adding all the notes for what those plugins are for. And if you’re like me using lots and lots of plugins on your website or you’ve got multiple clients who use different plugins for different sites for different reasons, you come back to a client’s site after a few weeks or so and you look and say, “Why did I put that plugin in there for again?” This is the thing that will help you out, because you’ll put notes in there.

The other one that’s great is I have one client that always wants to know what all their plugins are in there for. So anytime I add something new, I have to put these notes in there so that they look at it and they know what the plugin is there and what it’s doing for their website. So this is a really great plugin, Plugin Notes Plus, and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Go check it out.

Listener feedback – I like listener feedback. And if you would like to give us some, please drop into the website, hit the Contact page, leave us a note from there, click the SpeakPipe button in the lower right-hand corner of the website, leave us a SpeakPipe message, or you can email directly. Contact information is at the end of the show notes for that.

This week I do have a SpeakPipe from Louis, so take it away, Louis:

Hello, Mr. Overall. How are you doing today? I have a question – well, I have two plugins that I need help with. One, I’m building a website for a school that has an automated service for let’s say snow days and things like that. Do you know of a plugin – paid or free – that once the school sends out an email or an SMS message through the system, it would activate a popup or a bar on the website detailing snow day/school closed for whatever reason? I’ve looked around, I’m having a real hard time coming up with one.

The second thing is I need to be able to log out idle users. I’ve seen a bunch of them. The one that I’ve used in the past, it now hasn’t been updated over two years, so I’m trying to find something new. I’m not sure what – if you use that or something that I could use that would do that.

Thank you very much, keep up the great work. Thank you.

Thanks, Louis. I appreciate the questions. And yeah, it’s going great today. So I’ll get you an email after this, but I thought I’d answer it in the show first and I’ll take your second one first to log out idle users. I currently use a plugin and I realized listing to your thing again that you might be using the same plugin, because you said one hasn’t been updated in a while. It’s called Idle User Lockout. It still works very well. I haven’t been able to find a better replacement than this one myself. I have looked from time to time. What I’m actually gonna end up doing is paying someone to recode this one for me to bring it up-to-date. But that’s all I can suggest on that. It is a great plugin; it still works well and it still works at least up to Version 4.99, which came out today of course, and so there’s all we’ve got with that one.

The first question though, the popup that would occur when you send out an SMS message, I’ve been unable to locate anything like that but I did have some ideas for you that might work. One of them is you might have to get some custom coding done. You could use someone like Zapier that would receive your SMS message then send the signal to your website to cause the popup to occur. I don’t know exactly how that one’s gonna work, but to me that just seems like something that’s gonna require custom coding, so you might have to ask your client to spend a little money on that one. That’s all I can suggest on that. I will keep that one in my head though if I ever run across anything like that. I’ll be sure to bring it to the show. So thanks a lot, Louis. I appreciate your questions.

And I also do have a couple of written questions that came in via email this past week, and the first one here is:

Hey John

Is there a plugin or something where if I have 20 WP sites and I want to see what needs updating on each site, I am able to do this from all in one spot?

Thanks,

Steve

And Steve, yeah, absolutely and I suggest CMS Commander. I’ve actually been using CMS Commander for about five or six years now and ever since they came out when they were brand new and a fantastic company. You can purchase whatever plan you need for it. Their plans start as few as five sites for $8 a month and you can go on up to 200 sites for $75 a month, and it is fantastic; it works very, very well. It not only does and shows you what updates are need, it gives you some stats, it has a cloning feature, it has a backup feature, it has an auto-generated content feature.

It does a lot more than just manage your website and do things for you. There’s a lot into this. I’ve never really used it to its maximum and I’m just now starting to actually try to use it to its maximum to help enhance my business even further. So go check this one out, Steve. It’s a fantastic plugin, CMS Commander. Use the link in the show notes please if you do. It is an affiliate link, so I get a couple of extra bucks out of it – not a lot but, you know, every dollar helps, so go check that out.

Then we’ve got another question. This one came from Steve also a little later in the day and it’s:

John

Got a question for you.

Say I have some image files in one of my folders on my computer.

I go into those files and go into the details and in the comments I add the NAP of the website. I also add the keyword in the details for the title.

When I now add this image into the media of the WP site and add it as a featured image on the site, does WP strip out this information from the image?

I would have thought you would know this answer, so I thought I would ask you.

I am sure you know what I am talking about when I say the details of the image, thru right clicking on the image and going to properties and finding details.

Thanks john

Steve

Okay yeah, I do have the answer for this and the rest of it is just explaining to me how to get to it. I know what you’re talking about there, Steve. That is the metadata for an image and that metadata for an image, that’s a big maybe as to whether or not WordPress is stripping it out. On all my WordPress sites, WordPress is stripping out that metadata because I don’t want that metadata embedded in the image because I’m trying to lighten that image up, even by a couple hundred K, you know, or 50K or 10K or whatever the content of the text is. Strip that out, it makes the image smaller so it loads faster. Images are not what I’m overly concerned about with the metadata and keywords. If you’re gonna do that, you’re gonna want to put that information into the ALT tag in the description of the image, etc., and that’s what I use for that.

Not all websites do it, but the plugin that I use for smooshing images as they’re uploaded automatically strips out all the metadata, so there’s your answer there. That’s a big maybe; it depends on how your website is configured. So thanks a lot, Steve, and thanks a lot, Louis. I appreciate the questions. You know, that really adds to the show a bit. I think it gives people a few things to think about.

And of course, this show, value-for-value model, meaning if you get some value out of it, please give some value back. And in that vein there, I like to acknowledge those who come in $50 or more. We read out their note, give them links in the show notes for that and below $50 they remain anonymous. This week here, we’ve got no major donations, so thank you to the small donations from Patreon and other small places that we get donations. I thank you very much. Every few bucks helps and it doesn’t come to me. The money, it barely covers my expenses. It helps pay for the fantastic transcriptions we get which are currently up-to-date, so thank you very much to our transcription artist who is actually listening today, so much appreciated. And yeah, it doesn’t get to me. Eventually I imagine I might have enough support where I can make a little money on this and I could put even more time to the show than I do.

Also, I will be changing out my Patreon. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Patreon seems to be pulling shenanigans again, so I’m going to be going with SubscribeStar and hopefully the few patrons I have at Patreon might move over to SubscribeStar, so that information will be coming in by next episode.

If you’d like to support the show, please just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate where you can just simply fill out the form, add your donation amount, and donate directly via PayPal to the show. So any amount is helpful; we thank you very much for it. So if you get any value out of it, it saves you some time, hey, send me a couple of bucks. You know, say thank you for helping me save some time.

Okay, and that brings me to my last plugin for today. The last one I’ve got for you here is Easy Updates Manager and this one here is one I may have covered in the past, but of course it’s become more prominent after this last week of Gutenberg, etc. – all of the fun with that. And I started using this more prominently in the last couple of weeks as I was going through my client sites, doing updates, tweaking things. I was sticking this in there and the main reason I was putting this plugin in there was to stop core updates without having to go add the code manually to every site, because this was much quicker than FTP, etc. This only took a minutes whereas FTP takes a few minutes.

So you can go in and you can turn off all types of updates on your site, manage your updates so that they happen on your schedule, not on WordPress’s schedule. Now, I turned off all updates even for point updates because there were rumors going around that even point updates were causing major updates to slip through. So I turned them all off to prevent the updates also to prevent my clients from accidentally (or a person who thinks they’re doing well) to accidentally upgrade to Gutenberg before the site is ready to do that. Because if you haven’t already done it, you should prepare your site or at least test your site in a dev environment to ensure that Gutenberg will work with your site before you go there.

So anyway, a fantastic plugin, easy to use, easily manages all of your site updates. Lots of great tools in there. Go check this out. It is the Easy Updates Manager and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

And here we are at the ClassicPress options. This is a segment that is going to start to fill out as the show moves forward and as I become more proficient using the ClassicPress. Now ClassicPress is the fork of WordPress as it stood at Version 4.9.8, so this one here is going to be a major deal as going forward, I feel. There’s been so much information about this pushed out this last week ever since Gutenberg was dropped as quickly as it was for people or people weren’t expecting it, and just the way it was handled. And the fact that Gutenberg as an editor, while it looks to be really nice for basic users, for enterprise-level, bigger businesses, and stuff, I can’t see how it’s going to be of use.

In particular, I mentioned — not last show – I think I talked about it on the weekend. I’ve got one client that if we put Gutenberg in there, it will damage the mass amount of customizations we’ve done to their website because we built an intranet on top of WordPress, so there’s a lot going on there, and these are the people that need to be able to stay away from Gutenberg. Now, you can say, “Well, they’ve got the Classic Editor. You won’t have to use Gutenberg.” Well yes, but you’ve only got the Classic Editor for a guaranteed three years. After that, they’re gonna drop support on it, and that is adamant. If you watch State of the Word, Matt is 100% sold on this, adamant that Gutenberg is going to rule the roost.

So that being said there, let’s talk about Classic Press. The biggest question that people come up with with ClassicPress is, “Will my plugins work in ClassicPress?” And from what I’m finding out, they’ve got a forum that you can check out and they’ve got a segment dedicated to plugins that people have been testing in ClassicPress, listing up all the ones that are currently working. So it looks like almost everything is going to work there – and probably will for a while. This is the big “for a while” thing to me, because as Gutenberg develops and as ClassicPress develops, they’re gonna be on two different paths. It’s like coming to a fork in the road and for a little while you’re parallel and then all of a sudden you’re in two different directions. This is what’s going to happen over the course of the next year to two years, so you’re gonna have to – for some things – you’re gonna have to choose. For me, I’ve got a follow both paths, which is gonna be quite the spread for me. I’m gonna be doubling back and forth here and there I can see.

But at the moment, very nice list of plugins all in one: WP Full Stripe, Contact Form 7, CAPTCHAs, Super Cache, WP Bakery. Other people that have made a list is WordFence, All in One, Divvy Booster, Really Simple SSL, Smoosh, Updraft – people are listing what their plugins are that are working in here, and it just keeps going. You just scroll down through the list.

What I’m going to be doing is because I have to make a change on one of my client’s site this next week is I’m going to be covering off my conversion to ClassicPress and then I’ve also got to update a couple of my sites and rebuild a site. I’m going to be covering off the rebuild of a site from scratch using Pure Gutenberg and I’m going to be covering off the conversion of my main site, JohnOverall.com, to Gutenberg to see how it goes, because this is going to be an interesting time for everyone. And while it’s going to be growing pains and, you know, the community of WordPress isn’t going to die. There’s a lot of people that have dedicated their fortunes and their futures to WordPress, so they’re not gonna abandon them overnight. It’s just people that just can’t use the platform are going to have to abandon it, and that’s the way it’s simply gonna be, and personally I think that’s gonna be upwards of 30% of the current WordPress community. So that’s what we’ve got there and that’s the component that’s coming to the show, so make sure you check it out.

Closing out this episode, I covered up the StoreApp’s Temporary Log On Without Password, which I gave a 4 to; the Entries for WP Forms, which I gave a 3 to; the Plugins Notes Plus, which I gave a 5 to; and the Easy Updates Manager, which I gave a 5 to.

A couple of reminders: if you like my thoughts on Gutenberg as it came about, go back and look to my two live shows I did over the weekend. They’re of good length. I actually watched State of the Word and did a critique on it while watching it – had some really great interactions with I believe it was Greg in there, so it was really quite nice and fun to do. And I also did another episode previous to that, talking about where I thought the community was going, so go check those out.

And the WordPress Meetup in Victoria is still happening in January. We don’t have one in December of this year, but January 22 it’ll be broadcast live on YouTube, so make sure you subscribe to the channel and hit the bell so you get notification of when it happens. And I just made a change on what I was going to do. I was going to do a talk on disaster planning for WordPress. This talk is going to be on Gutenberg and what it means – the implementation of Gutenberg on the editor, so what it means for the community and how people can prepare their sites, etc. I know it’s gonna be a long way off from now, but it’s still going to be quite relevant, so make sure you go check that out and be sure to subscribe to our channel. Just, you know, hit the button – there we go. Hit the button down below, subscribe, hit the bell. And if you don’t want to do that, subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and Google Play.

And that’s all I’ve got for you, so – oh, one last note. For developers out there who’d like to submit a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugincontest where you can submit all that information.

And that’s all I’ve got for you now, so take care. Bye-bye. I’ll let my girl take us out of here.

[Female speaker]

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[Child giggling]

John:    And that’s all we got. There’s something I might be consider doing if I actually get some feedback from people. I may consider doing a brief after-show that would go out to the world – or to go out just on YouTube. It wouldn’t be on the podcast feed.

Take care, bye-bye.

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Transcript of Episode 385 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 #385 here.


It’s Episode 385 and I’ve got plugins for Personalizing WooCommerce, Creating Videos on your site, Publishing Google & Facebook reviews and Gravity Form Field management, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #385

John:    It’s Episode 385 and I’ve got plugins for Personalizing WooCommerce, Creating Videos on your site, Publishing Google & Facebook reviews and Gravity Form Field management, 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, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over on Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, leaving me reviews to help the show. Every review really helps the show out and shows better. And remember, the reviews are per country, so it helps me in the individual country iTunes Stores, etc., so go leave those reviews for me. I really do enjoy them and I do get them here to the show as soon as I find them.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel. You can see the – well, it’s a reminder button. You have to, you know, go down to the lower somewhere down there and click the button to subscribe. Hit the bell for notifications. That way, you’re notified the moment we go live. I’ve been thinking about the occasional random live show that might just pop up. It won’t go into the podcast feed, but it could be a live show for whatever reason slides my way, and most of them would probably be in the evening after I’ve done my work.

Anyway, you could also follow the show over at WP Plugins A-Z, join us on our Facebook page, and you can subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest news and information that we have going out, and the newsletter is getting pretty good. There’s lots of really good information in there.

And don’t forget, it is the holiday season so remember your fellow man. Remember people less fortunate than you, support a community event, go out and support your kids at their concerts like I did last night for my kid. Do all the things that make you feel good and we should do that more often than just this one month a year. But for one month a year, well, everyone starts to think about how we can help our fellow man, so do your part. Get out there and do it.

What else have we got here? Oh, yes – and for those of you that don’t know, today is D-Day. It is the launch of Gutenberg 5. I haven’t seen anything yet, I haven’t logged into my sites yet to see if it’s waiting to be downloaded or not, but I know I won’t be doing the updates. But tune in after I finish the show where I will discuss all of my viewpoints and opinions about Gutenberg.

That being said, let’s head right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]

Okay, first up I have my new segment here – well, relatively new segment – and it’s the first couple of plugins. It’s something I’ve decided to do as of last show in that I have a serious backlog of plugins that have been submitted to me by developers and unfortunately I can’t get to them. I don’t actually have a need for them in my projects. I don’t have time to get there and put them into a dev site and go through and see how they work. But some of these look like very good, useful plugins that, well, you my listeners would really like to know about. So what I’ve decided to do is for the first two plugins of every show, they’ll be plugins I have not reviewed by going in and digging into using them. I haven’t used them but what I’m doing is I’m reviewing them based upon the information that was sent to me, based upon the information that they have a dev site I can check out the functionality of it – those things there.

So that being said, let’s move on into the first one I’ve got for you. This was sent to me by Najeeb Ahmad and it’s a freemium plugin and it’s called WooCommerce Personalized Product Option Manager, or PPOM for short. Now what this one does, if you’re a WooCommerce user, this plugin allows more than 21 different add-on fields to render on a product page. The options can have prices in fixed or percent basis, some special inputs like price matrix or variation quantities, you can use this plugin straight out of the box. The free version is running quite well on over 100,000+ sites.

Their premium version, which – what’s that price on that premium version? Oh, there we go. We started at the premium version site there for a second there, didn’t we? Premium version – five sites, a single site, is $25, so it’s within the affordable range. So this is a plugin that will allow you to do a lot of things: text areas, radio boxes, dates, emails, numbers, hidden fields, conditional logic, export other meta. There’s a whole lot that this plugin can do for you. It looks like a pretty robust plugin to use with WooCommerce. If you’re running a store that you need some extra stuff in, extra fields, etc., this might be one for you to go check it out, so go give this plugin a checkout. It’s called PPOM or WooCommerce Personalized Product Option Manager, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating. Go check it out.

Going great here, Larry. I always like to see some input from the listeners out there. I’m trying to figure out where to put all of my little tidbits so I can see the things that are on here. I actually need more monitors.

Next plugin here is sent in to us by Darragh Burke and this one here is a third-party API premium plugin and it’s called Moovly and it’s a plugin that will help you work with videos through your WordPress website. I’ve spent some time trying to wrap my head around it but they don’t have a real clear demonstration on their site that I could figure out. But what I gather it does is they’ve got templates and video clips and sound files and text files and other things, and you can use it on your site to create short snippet videos that you then publish onto your site. If you use the plugin that I’ll be bringing along before long that will automatically create live videos to YouTube for you from your website, this could be a full circle for you. Who knows?

Anyway, it does look kind of interesting. I don’t do a lot of videos for my site. If you’re doing a lot of marketing, this could be something very useful for you. If you’re doing marketing from a WordPress website, it does work with Moovly Studio and their HTML5 cloud-based video editor, so something to go check out. It looks really interesting. It looks like a useful plugin. I give it a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out, the Moovly plugin from WordPress, and it’s downloadable from their website or downloadable at WordPress.org.

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And something everyone’s been waiting for: contests. We do have contests. The contests will be going live later this afternoon. We’ve just finished getting them all prepped but we haven’t published them yet. We’re waiting for the announcement here on the show. And of course, all our contests are powered by Simple Giveaways plugin. They were kind enough to provide the premium plugin that powers all of our contests that are on our site.

But what we’re doing, we have quite a few things to give away. It seems the developers have been generous in the last couple of months and we’ve collected up a few things, so we’re going to – because it’s December and because it’s Christmas and everybody wants something – we’ve got four contests up here.

The first one here is a copy of WooHoo. This is a plugin we reviewed some time back. Go look in our archives; you’ll find out about it. It’s a really great plugin. I believe Marcus did the review on it and it got top rankings, so we’re giving a free copy of that one off.

The second plugin we’ve got going is a copy of the Interactive U.S. Map, which was talked about and I’ve got more to talk about that later. But this is a really great plugin that remember, if you’ve got an American client, hey, this is premium for you. You never know if you might even be getting an American client. It’s a copy of the full-functioning plugin.

We got a license for the WP PDF Embedder. This is an excellent plugin. I used this one on several of my sites and my clients’ sites. It really embeds the PDFs beautifully into sites and allows for downloads and it even with the premium version, it has a security setting to prevent people from downloading it. They can read it but they can’t download it. It’s kind of interesting because it obscures the URL for it and all it does is show up on the site, so probably possible to download it but it might take some effort. I mean, nothing is impossible.

And then finally we’ve got a full year of Kanban. This is a full year of Kanban usage or Kanban tables. This is a plugin that I had an interview with the developer on and I did a review of the plugin. Go check the archives on that and we’ll make sure I have more information for that in the next show.

So this is where we’re going to go. The contest is going to run now through till midnight on December 31st, so it’s gonna run through till the end of the year – actually, 11:59 because at midnight it becomes January 1st. So this is going to run through till the end of the year. And on January 2nd the winners will be drawn and the first show in the new year on January 3rd, that’s when we’ll announce the winners of the contests. And we’ll have more contests after that, because we’ve got more in the queue. So make sure you go check out wppluginsatoz.com/contests and that’s where you will find the listing of all the contests as they’re up there. All you’ve got to do is just click on the Enter Now button and it’ll take you to the page to enter.

All right, so next up here the plugin we’ve got for you today, this is one that I have used recently. It’s called WP Google Review Slider and they do have a free version of this plugin, and the free version will work for you for some good, basic stuff. What it does for you, if you have a business or a company site that has Google Places reviews, Facebook reviews, Yelp reviews, TripAdvisor reviews, etc., getting those reviews over to your website can be a bit of a chore. Sometimes you can use their app or their widget, put it on your site, but the content doesn’t stay on your site; the content is over on their site. With Google reviews, even when you bring it to your site, they only allow you to bring five of them and they give you the five most prominent ones. Well, unfortunately those five prominent ones change on a regular basis.

So what this plugin does for you is it allows you to bring those reviews over to your site and then it puts them into your database where you can then go through and do some serious customizations. Now, I’m gonna show you the customizations from their site and those customizations are to the layout. You can put them in the sliders, you can customize the stars, customize the icons, customize the Gravatar type image, etc. You can have a popup down in the bottom of the page.

There are so many things that this one is doing. I’m busy working it through with a client’s website right now. How to get it set up, you can set them up in widgets and other areas. And because the content is stuck into your database, it’s in your site, so it adds to your SEO and it allows you to bring it in.

Now, the free version only works with Google; they do have a couple of other free version plugins, so you’d have to involve the separate ones for Yelp, TripAdvisor and Thumbtack. But if you want Facebook ones (which a lot of people have Facebook reviews, too), you need the premium version. And so my client opted for the premium version. It’s only $29 for a single site license – not bad at all. Install it, activate it, go through the setup process, and it imports those reviews beautifully and smoothly from all those places that your client has, and now you’ve integrated them into the site.

You can integrate them in the page posts, you can integrate them as their standalone, you can integrate them into sidebars, etc. Fantastic plugin, worked well exactly the way they promised it, and everything I needed for my client. So go check this one out. It is the WP Google Review Slider and I give it a full 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

[laughing] Sure enough, Larry. I had to. You just heard it talking up way too much.

Okay, next up we got here listener feedback. I do love listener feedback. I love the good, the bad, the ugly, and preferred the good, but I’ll take whatever is given to me. At any rate, I’ll read it out and if need be, I might even comment on it. Most of the time I just let it slide.

We do have a new review from iTunes this week. It is from the Canadian Store – 5-star review in iTunes from Ecliptic29549

Great Information on plugins.

I don’t find all the plugins applicable (not using WooCommerce), but generally in a month there will be 1 to 3 great plugins that I will explore to see if they will fit into my sites … also the discussion of various plugins plants seeds in my mind of what could be used in websites. I just wanted to mention about your last contest and why I didn’t enter … I live on Bowen Island just off the coast of West Vancouver and while the plugin sounded great the maps were for the USA … don’t live there … not sure I want to visit there anymore. I would have entered if there was an option to get the map for Canada or even BC instead of the USA. Would love to contribute to your podcast, but currently all but one of the websites I manage are for non profits and I work on them for free … hopefully in the future I will get some paying clients that will allow me to expand. So unfortunately all you can get from me is an iTunes review … 5 dragons! Keep up the great work … love the new format and sounds.

Well, thank you very much. I really appreciate that comment and yeah, you’re living just north of me. I know where Bowen Island is. It’s a nice little chunk right off the side of the island. Hey, at any rate, if you’re down here in Victoria, come down here for one of the meetups. I’ll be happy to chat with you. I’m not sure who sent this out but I’m sure it’s somebody I may have come across in the WordPress community here before. But hey, thanks a lot. And as for the maps, well, you never know. You might just land an American client and then you have the map to go with it already. It’s a tough one. Who knows? Maybe you could even talk to the developers and maybe they’ll trade it for you. You just don’t know what you might be able to work out. You never know. That’s always the gig, you know. Think, how can we work with this? So thank you very much. I appreciate it and those reviews, keep them coming and I’ll keep putting them up on here.

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

This week we have from Jezweb Pty. Ltd. a donation of $50. And a note from Jezweb:

This donation is on behalf of Top of the Lake Boat Hire https://www.topofthelakeboathire.com.au/ who have holiday house boats for hire on Lake Macquarie in Australia. It is a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au and features a homepage background video.

I wanted to kind of see that. I didn’t check this out beforehand. That’s my bad; I won’t do that one again.

And you’ll hear all about my Gutenberg when I get there after the end of the show.

And a big thank you – so thank you very much, Jez. I really appreciate you supporting the show. You’ve been a great support of this last year and a bit and keep it coming if you can. And please, other people – join in. Help support the show. Help pay for it. None of the money goes into my pocket. It goes to pay for the expenses.

So I’d also like to say a big thank you to our Patreon donations. Your donations came through yesterday, I believe, so thank you very much for those donations for all of our Patreon supporters. And Patreon is being revamped for additional information that is going to be up and coming, so stay tuned for that.

And if you would like to support the show, simply go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate. It’s just a simple form: your name, your email, whether or not you want to subscribe to the newsletter, a message, and then a donation amount, so send that in and donate to the show. It runs through PayPal.

And the final plugin I’ve got for you here today – the last one I’ve got is GravityForms All Fields Template. Now, what this one is for – this is for – I got this one because I was working on a client’s site. We were working through a very complicated, customized form in GravityForms. And if you don’t know, GravityForms is literally – it is the best forms plugin for WordPress. It is so versatile, there’s so many things you can do with it, and there’s so many plugins that plug into GravityForms to expand it out beyond what they’ve set it up to do, and that’s the reason I’ve been sticking with GravityForms ever since the beginning.

The other reason of course is I have a legacy license with them, so I pay a very small amount for their license fee to have the ultra-premium version, which is like $300 a year now – no, I don’t pay that but that’s what you get when you buy early and stick with them. And for companies that actually honor their legacy licenses, we all know what WooCommerce did.

So at any rate, GravityForms, the best plugin – well what this plugin here does for you is we needed this form we were working on to go through and send two different versions out when completed. We needed a version sent to the administrator who was receiving the form, we needed a version sent to the person filling out the form. Now the form had fields on it that the person filling it out could fill out or not fill out, but they didn’t need to get that information when they got the copy of the form for themselves, because mostly for their own records of what they had done. But that information needed to go to the administrator so that they could make sure it was filled out or fill it out themselves to fill out that information.

So this was a little bit of work and it was a challenge. Like how was I going to exclude certain fields from being submitted via the notification process? And I was digging and I ran across this one here and it’s all fields. But what they’ve also got in here is not only all fields, but you can negatively change the fields. You can go “all fields except” or “all fields included” or “all fields filtering them all out.” There’s a lot of different things you can do. You can nest them and tweak them, customize the template in multiple ways. It’s got a lot of parameters in it, a whole lot of things you can go in there and tweak it.

So this allowed me to go in and tweak the submission process and make this one a nice premium form set up for my client that goes the way it’s supposed to, delivering them exactly what they needed. So anyway of course, a plugin that’s simple, does the job, and of all things, it was free! I couldn’t believe that I didn’t have to pay for this. So a beautiful plugin. Go check this one out. It’s called the GravityForms All Fields Template and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

And there we have it! Covered up in this episode, the WooCommerce Personalized Product Option Manager plugin, which I gave a 4 to; the Moovly plugin, which I gave a 4 to; the WP Google Review Slider, which I gave a 5 to; and the GravityForms All Fields Template, which I gave a 5 to. So check out those plugins.

All right, now this is basically a wrap-up of the end of the show. And Gutenberg – it is D-Day for Gutenberg. I myself haven’t experienced it yet. I’ve been dealing with other things this morning and then prepping for the show, etc., so I haven’t gone in to see if any of my sites accidentally updated. I’m pretty sure they didn’t. I’ve had them all set to prevent the update because I wasn’t ready to deal with Gutenberg goes, I’m of two minds of it. Gutenberg is – I used Medium, I think, and Gutenberg is so much reminding me of Medium and I found it to be a pain in the neck to have to click three times to do things, or every time I wanted a new paragraph – because sometimes I create content in the backend; sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I just cut and paste. It’s a mixture, and I’m sure it’s a mixture for most people using it.

The problem with Gutenberg is not what it’s going to do, because it is going to change things and eventually we’re going to adapt to it, like every other change that’s been crammed down our throats, we eventually adapt to it. The problem with Gutenberg is that they’re rolling it out with a lot of issues in it. You read all the stuff across it, you read track tickets and everything, and there’s still bugs in the system. There are still plugins that aren’t compatible. Some of them are plugins that are used by millions of sites that are not completely compatible.

Now granted, most of the major developers out there have been burning the midnight oil trying to get their plugins up to speed for Gutenberg. But a lot of people were figuring that we were going to be looking at January because they had missed so many dates. Maybe finally they’re gonna surrender? But of course, well, Matt Mullenweg, I’ve had my things to say about him over the years. I’ve never actually talked to the man. Well, for a while I think he listened to the show but I don’t think he does anymore. He is a person that does things his way. He’s a bit of a douchebag – he’s proven that. He did that a few years ago when he bought that domain out from under – I forget the guys that had it. I forgot that mess. He’s done that, you know, pulled all kinds of hairy things.

At any rate, he was bound and determined that this was going to launch before WordCamp U.S. That was his stated goal. He had stated it somewhere back and people just thought maybe he would see reason and not launch it. The big problem here is not the people who know how to handle things if it goes wrong. The big problem is the hundreds of thousands or millions of sites out there of people who manage their own sites, have minimal tech knowledge, and maybe they run a small e-commerce store that makes, you know, a few thousand dollars a month. You know, maybe that’s their entire living.

So what they see is they see a new WordPress is out. “Oh, 5 is out. It’s ready. I’m in the middle of my December shopping season.” You know, “Oh, I can update now. It’s always been safe before.” Click, update, and some plugin that they have, either a part of their WooCommerce or somewhere else along the way, doesn’t work and crashes their site. This is going to affect a lot of people in a lot of ways. There is going to be a lot of companies where clients – like I have clients that manage their own sites but I still am on call to them for when things break. I haven’t had any phone calls from my clients yet or emails saying, “Oh my God. I updated to 5 and now my site is broken.” I do expect a few of those over the next couple of days; it always seems to happen. But this is why they should have held off on this until at least after a major shopping season.

Everyone’s gone on about, “Oh, it’s the holidays. Why is everyone celebrating?” No, it’s not about holidays here. I don’t care where you are on the globe right now, it’s a major shopping season everywhere, and that’s what it is. It’s an e-commerce shopping season and it’s information and lots of things like that. So this is what it is but we are here, they’ve launched it.

If you haven’t updated, do not update unless you’ve tested everything thoroughly. I’m going to be testing my stuff. In fact, I’ve discovered some bugs in the WP Plugins database I had to correct yesterday, which means I’ve got an issue in there I’ve gotta fix. And so I’m looking into having to rebuild, so I’m going to rebuild with Gutenberg. The theme that my site is currently on, I was waiting – they just launched their update today, which is supposed to be Gutenberg-ready, so I’ll be testing that.

So yeah, what have we got here? Yeah, there should’ve been direct communication. Yes, thanks Larry. And the impact? Nobody’s gonna know for another three or four days because every time there was a major update, it was three or four days before you saw everything come through. The millions of people that have WordPress installed, well there’s no way to really contact them, unfortunately. You could put something in their dashboard but nobody ever reads the dashboard stuff. They become ad-blind to it. It’s like seeing advertisements on Facebook or advertisements on Google. You don’t even see the ads anymore.

The millions of people, at least the percentage that they reached with make core updates. Yeah, they could’ve tried that but they didn’t do a lot and Matt Mullenweg was just forcing his agenda through. That’s all he was doing. He was pushing his agenda and was determined that that was what was going to happen come hell or high water. He didn’t care if there were still problems there. This is what he wants, this is what’s gonna happen. I mean, for those that have ever doubted it, you know, Matt has thoroughly run the way WordPress has been directed.

There have been several things in the past that I’ve seen come and go, because I’ve been involved with WordPress since 2007. Yeah, that was when my youngest son was born, so 10 years almost. The year my youngest son was born was when I got involved in WordPress, and I’ve seen Matt push through things that the community didn’t want. They did not want this or they wanted it to be implemented in a more sustainable pattern. But instead, he just shoved it through and then for what happened for weeks and months after, there was bugs and people and crashes and broken sites. And while it brought me a lot of work, you know, that’s about all I could really say for it. It brings a lot of work to the guys but this is what happens, so there’s not a lot we can do and then we’re just gonna have to accept it.

Or you can jump onto the other bandwagon that is out there, which is the now ClassicPress, the ClassicPress 4. You can check out the ClassicPress 4 of WordPress and this is an interesting thing that I’ve discovered and I may start adding their plugins into the WP Plugins show, maybe have a sub-segment here because somehow I think this is going to grow. The ClassicPress is a fork of WordPress as it stood at WordPress 4.98. They forked it from there and they’ve been revamping it. They’re in Beta 1 right now and they’re already starting to list out the plugins that are compatible and they’ve been talking to plugin authors to see about helping keep them compatible. So I think this is going to be a bit of a growing community. Will it be a WordPress killer? Hard to say. We’ll see what happens in five years. I mean after all, WordPress was a fork of BbPress and I remember using BbPress. It took WordPress a few years to grow, so you never know what could happen along the lines.

At any rate, that’s what I really have to say about – yeah, put the Classic Editor plugin as a good way to keep your website working. Every one of my websites has the Classic Editor plugin installed on it, so that was to prevent anything from accidentally occurring. One of the big things to do, this is a big one if you accidentally update WordPress to 5.0 is if you don’t have Classic Editor installed, install and activate it, and it should unbreak everything, where 5 will break it because they default set it for Gutenberg to be active – no option. If 5 is installed and you don’t have the Classic Editor installed, it’s automatically Gutenberg Editor, and they didn’t even include the Classic Editor with the 5 release.

So that’s all of that random stuff there. That’s taken me into quite the lengthy show today, so I think I’ll leave it at that. Thank you everyone for showing up today. Thanks a lot Larry for all of your stuff here. I much appreciate it. Eventually I’m going to learn how to type and talk at the same time, instead of just looking over at the comments and talking to them online. So for those of you who want to see the things Larry said, make sure you go check out the live replay of the show. Somewhere you can pop in there and see all the comments from Larry.

All right, so we’ll wrap it up at that. We’ll call it that and one last thing here, don’t forget – a couple of last things. The WordPress Meetups are coming. We have our next WordPress Meetup in Victoria on January 22 and it’ll be broadcast live on YouTube, and that broadcast is getting better as I learn how to do it of course, so the next one should be much better than the last one, so go check it out. It’s down here in Victoria; it’s located at the Community Center over on Craigflower Road and that’s where we’ll be having it, so go check out. Sign up for the meetup. The link is in the show notes for those of you on the island or happen to stop in to Victoria at the end of January.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel for WP Plugins and that’s where you can catch the show live every Thursday at noon. And if you pop in a few minutes early, I do have a pre-stream that I start now. And no, I didn’t mention that WordCamp was tomorrow. I just said he wanted it before WordCamp. Yes, WordCamp US starts tomorrow. It runs from December 7th to December 9th. It’s kind of interesting that it’s on December 7th; after all, that is the day that lives in infamy. I would’ve felt it more amusing if they dropped Gutenberg on December 7th – one big bomb. [laughter] That’s sad – that’s bad. [chuckling] So yes, go check out WordCamp. They have livestreams for WordCamp. I believe they have paid and free tickets that are available. I remember seeing and reading something about it. I haven’t been to a WordCamp myself in several years since we used to have them here in Victoria and they convoluted it so much that we now have Social Media Camp instead of WordCamp.

And a final note to developers: if you would like to support the show, please offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest. Yes, virtual tickets – you can watch the livestreams. I don’t know what the virtual tickets cost though. So anyway, donate to the show.

And that’s pretty much it. Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter and thanks a lot for your little tips and reminders, Larry. I really appreciate you getting in here and helping make the show a little more interactive, so over time it’s going to get there. Oh, so virtual tickets are zero cost for the virtual tickets to WordCamp US. There you go, you can attend for free from your living room, and I’m sure they have some really good video. They usually do for that. I’ve watched a few of the replays on WordPress TV or WordCamp TV – one of those two.

All right, that’s all I’ve got for you. I’m gonna let my girl take us out of here, so take care now. Bye-bye.

[Sad musical flourish]

John:    Whoops! Wrong button.

[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.

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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]

John:    Take care now, goodbye.

 

[End of Audio]

Transcript of Episode 384 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 #384 here.


It’s Episode 384 and I’ve got plugins for Custom Site Registration, Custom Admin panels, Migrating Websites and Mobile Contacts. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #384

John:    It’s Episode 384 and I’ve got plugins for Custom Site Registration, Custom Admin panels, Migrating Websites and Mobile Contacts. It’s 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 I have the usual great show for you today, but of course right off the top, don’t forget you can get all of the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a few minutes, please take some time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to and reviewing the show. Those reviews are really great to get back. We love feedback. I do enjoy it and it’s really good for the show, especially if you leave reviews over in the iTunes store. It helps the rankings there. I’m working on other ways to improve that, but review the show if you haven’t already.

And don’t forget, subscribe and check out our training videos, screencasts, and you can watch live every Thursday at noon Pacific Standard Time, the WP Plugins Show as I go live with it on YouTube. And if you’re not already subscribed to the channel, please subscribe to it up above right there – for those of you that are watching.

Don’t forget, you could also follow the show over at @wppluginsatoz on Twitter or wppluginsatoz for the rest of the English speaking world. Join us on Facebook, link in the show notes, to join us on the Facebook page. I’m trying to get that moving forward. And also, subscribe to the weekly newsletter that goes out. It has been improving bit by bit.

And it is the holiday season. Time for giving thanks, and the big thanks to give is yay, Black Friday is over and for those of you that know what I’m talking about, it seems every email list that I ever signed up for suddenly has sprung to life over the Black Friday weekend. I was inundated with emails for specials, sales – on and on. At any rate – and also, remember for those in need, you know, think of other vets, fellow people that are in need, it is the holiday season where everything thinks of everyone else – the one good time of the year for the human race for the most part.

That being done, let’s jump right into the meat and potatoes.

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, what I’ve got here now – to start off, I’ve a couple of plugins that I have yet to use. But I thought you might want to know about them, so this is kind of a new segment. With me doing the show by myself now, I wanted to give more value to the listeners out there. One, yes, we’ve gone live every week now. Thanks, Larry.

The other is this new segment here right in the front, I’m going to have two plugins that I have yet to review but they’ve been sent in to me or I’ve discovered through my research. But I get a lot of submissions from plugin developers and I don’t always have time to test them or they’re not relevant to any of my projects, so I don’t get a chance to properly vet them. But I thought I’d bring them forth, introduce them to you all so that you know they exist, and that you might want them or go check them out. So we will have that as an ongoing thing going forward. Now keep in mind, the ratings I’m gonna give these are based on the descriptions of the plugins off their sites and also using their demo if they have it available.

So first up I have a plugin here that was sent in by Mehreen Hussain and it’s called Pie Register. And Pie Register is a WordPress registration plugin. It is a freemium plugin; you can get a free version right off their website or you could get the premium version at $39.99. This one here is for customizing registration forms. It verifies and moderates registrations, invitation codes, membership payments, two-step verification, social login, email marketing, conditional logic, and more.

It has a drag-n-drop form builder, invitation-only registrations, you can insert the registration form on your site by using shortcodes, it’s got spam protection, two-way login, and more. So this is a pretty robust plugin. The free version might be good enough for you test it out to see how it’s going to work for you. But if you find it works, go opt for the premium version. And based upon all of that, I give this one a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out. It’s called Pie Registration.

The next plugin I’ve got here for you is called Cusmin, and it was submitted to me by Goran Radosevic. Now, this one here, Cusmin – I think is how I pronounce it – Cusmin is a complete customization of your WordPress admin panel. Now, this one here is kind of different and unique. I’ve used plugins to customize and brand the admin panel so that it’s branded under my company name for my clients, etc. This one here is a total SAAS – service as a software – so it’s a complete third-party system. It’s based upon a monthly payment with it.

It’s got a really great idea. It offers up some really fantastic customizations to your WordPress plugin. But one of the things I couldn’t figure out on their site is what happens if say, your client leaves you. Now, I know we don’t ever want to admit it but yes, sometimes our clients leave us for one reason or another and they move on. Now, they go somewhere else. How do they change that back or is it permanent or does it just automatically revert back to the WordPress default admin?

Another happens is what if you decide you no longer want to pay for this service? You’re no longer getting value out of it, you know, and you dismiss it and you put it up on several clients. Does it suddenly revert back for them? What happens? So it leaves it kind of in limbo with me and I wasn’t able to quite figure all that information out, but it is something you do want to think about. Go check it out. They do have a demo site where you can log in and check out how it all works. It seems to work okay in the demo area. At any rate, Cusmin, I give this one a 3-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

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Also, contest-wise, I mentioned it in the last show that the contests are a bit on hiatus right now and they will continue to be that way until probably next week as we’re sorting out what happened and occurred with last month’s contest that went nowhere. I’ve got several premium licenses to give away from several different developers. I don’t know if I’m going to do them all at once, once a week somehow, but I need to get people to respond to and enter the contests or otherwise they’re a pointless venture. So look forward to those coming up. And for information on that, you’ll be able to check out wppluginsatoz.com/contests.

Okay, next up – next plugin I have for you here today is something that I used about five or six years ago and it is a service as a software and it’s called CMS2CMS Connector. Now what this is for – this is a software system I was using about five years ago when they were relatively brand new and they hadn’t quite worked out all the bugs in their system. And what I was doing was I was migrating OS Commerce stores over to WooCommerce and we were trying to maintain and keep all of that content from an OS commerce store into a WooCommerce, because if you’ve been around long enough, you’ll remember the day when OS Commerce was the ranking, leading e-commerce platform on the internet versus WooCommerce now.

So anyway, I was doing lots of transfers and it was very affordable for a reasonably sized store or small store. When you’ve got a really big store with thousands of products, it got to be a little bit costly. But if you had a store that big, you generally had the money to afford it. I had one client we had to migrate 40,000 items, and that’s when I ended up turning to these guys here because of the process.

Well, I recently had to use it again and what I used it for recently was for a site that was hosted on Google Sites. And if you’ve never used Google Sites, which of course I had never done, it is a HTML nightmare mess from what I can figure out and getting it over to WordPress is either manually copying the pages and the content one page at a time – whatever you’re going to do. It just takes way too much time. And I looked at this and I went, “Wait a minute,” tripped across this while looking for a way to migrate it and I went, “Okay, well let’s check these guys out again.”

It worked beautiful. It worked like a charm. There was a couple of glitches in the content that came over, but that was due to how the Google Sites was releasing it and not their fault. It was just one of those things but it was minor amounts of fixing versus doing all the pages over again, and it was a relatively small site so it was really quite affordable to move this site over. The process was much better than I remembered it to be and they now offer even more CMS2CMS transfers than they used to, and they go back and forth from one CMS to another, not just from something to WordPress, but they’ll go from WordPress to something else.

It’s a whole lot – these guys have really rounded out their business quite well and it works great. So anyway, a really great plugin that works. Go check it out: CMS2CMS Connector and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, listener feedback – I love listener feedback and I’ll catch it here when it shows up in the stream too for those that show up in the stream and stick around. And to get back to you Larry, yeah, it was the first Thursday in every month up until about two weeks ago when I started going live every Thursday. Yeah, new sounds, too. I had to change out a whole lot of things, so it is now live every Thursday at noon. It fit into my schedule, which is the reason why I lost Marcus from the show due to the way my life changed several months ago – a couple of months ago when my father passed away. It changed a lot of things. So yeah, thank you. Glad you like the new sounds and the new dragon. I like him too better – much better.

Also, a little bit of other feedback for the show this week. We do have an iTunes review – a really great one to counter the previous review that was read out a couple of shows ago. And it comes from EasySchoolRegistration in the Czech Republic and its title is “Just Awesome” a five-star review and it says:

Thanks for the awesome work you are doing. I love interviews with plugin developers, so thank you very much from EasySchoolRegistration. Much appreciated.

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

And this week’s donors – well, I just want to say thank you to all of those who have small, weekly subscriptions and monthly subscriptions that support the show. If you’d like to give a small subscription to support the show, you can do it via PayPal directly off of our website at wppluginsatoz.com/donate or you can do it through Patreon. So thank you very much to those who support the show. And those donations do not actually make it to my pocket; they never have, at least not so far. They actually go to cover all the base expenses of transcripts and hosting, etc. for the show.

Okay, and finally the last plugin I’ve got for you here today. This one is to help you with your mobile. It’s called Mobile Call Now & Map Buttons. Now, I’m in the middle of a project now and one of the most important things for this client is for their mobile. People will want to call them or they will want to have directions to their place of business – two big things. Now, there’s multiple ways you can do this. Some themes have it built-in to automatically produce these buttons. The theme I’m working with doesn’t have it and I went to search for an older plugin that I used to use for this and came across this one as a new plugin, and it turns out it’s one of my favorite types of plugins. It’s simple, easy to use.

What it does is it simply adds two buttons to the bottom of your mobile version and it adds a Call Now button where if they click that, their phone will come up and say, “Would you like to call this number?” They say “Yes” and they call it. The map button or directions button (depending on what you want to label it), click that, it automatically opens up Google Maps and gives them the directions to the place. It shows it on the map.

Really nice – you don’t have to go through the API issues with Google to set this up. All you have to do is enter the address in it and it makes a normal map call into a search engine and brings it up, so you don’t have that headache. It’s very easy to set up. The colors of the buttons are easily changed right there in the backend to match your theme or make them stand out better, depending on what you need to do. It’s easy to adjust the mobile screen sizes. They have a preset selector where you can select what size you want it to show. Do you want it to show up on tablets? Make sure it’s clicked. Or do you want it to show only on smaller smartphones? Whatever – you just choose which one you want and it’s done.

A very sweet plugin, very straightforward. I really like the way this one’s set up. Go check it out: Mobile Call Now & Directions Plugin and I give this one a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Yeah, you’d think I’d hunt down 5-Dragons just to use the new dragon. All right, well that closes out on this episode here. The plugins I covered was Cusmin, which I gave a 3 to; Pie Register, which I gave a 4 to; the CMS2CMS Connector, which I have a 5 to; and the Mobile Call Now & Map Buttons, which I gave a 5 to.

And before I hit the reminders, I just want to reiterate to folks out there about where the show is right now and what’s happening. The show is going to continue forward. It’s going to be just me in the seat for a while. I’m still doing interviews with developers which appear as a separate show that gets downloaded. I’m looking at a way to make that go up as a livestream, because there’s a plugin I’ve discovered that you can upload stuff to your site and then hit a button and it will automatically livestream it to YouTube at a later time. Kind of an interesting thing; one that I’m going to work with and play with a bit. Other than that, they’ll just be in the iTunes or on the mp3 download area or the podcast area of the website – downloadable – and it will appear in the iTunes stream or whatever subscription you have.

And yeah, just me for a while, so thank you everyone for coming in and tuning in to the show. I really enjoy doing it and I’m enjoying the way it’s changing and moving forward. And as I’ve gotten some new equipment, this is actually a new microphone today. Hopefully the new microphone has improved the sound tremendously along with learning a little bit better how to use my mixer and the controls of all the new software, so that’s it.

A couple of quick reminders…meetups – WordPress Meetups – I do those here in Victoria about every month. There’s no meetup for December but the next one is on January 22 and you can go to meetup.com to see when it will be. If you happen to be in the Victoria area, please come out to the meetup. I’d love to see you there. If not, we do broadcast it live to YouTube, so make sure you’re subscribed to the channel and click the bell for notifications so you’ll get a notification when we’re going live. That way, you can check out the meetup. That one’s getting better too as I figure out the way to do the recordings on it for best viewing on it. The last one turned out not too bad, so next time, even better. Every time I do this, I get better.

Be sure to check out the YouTube channel for WP Plugins A to Z with other training videos, screencasts, and of course, the live show every week.

And a final note to developers, if you would like to support the show, offer up premium licenses to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to donate a license that we will use in a future contest. And also if you’d like to, register and enter to book an interview. Just go to Book an Interview on WP Plugins and you can book an interview with me. I have specific time slots set up during the week that are available. You can find one that’ll fit your schedule and there we go. I allocate specific time just for that.

Finally, check out and subscribe to our newsletter, so thank you very much and thanks, Larry. I appreciate that – and better pics. Yeah, well I’m working on those. It’s little by little. That’s all we got for you now. I’ll 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 notifications 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]

John:    Take care now, bye.

[End of Audio]

Transcript of Episode 383 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 #383 here.


 It’s Episode 383 and I’ve got plugins for SEO Analysis, Rebuilding Thumbnails, Displaying all image sizes and Hiding Content, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!


Episode #383

John:    It’s Episode 383 and I’ve got plugins for SEO Analysis, Rebuilding Thumbnails, Displaying all image sizes and Hiding Content, 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 and right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you have a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to us and reviewing the show. Reviews really help the show out quite a bit and I look forward to getting them.

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And a little note out there, it’s Thanksgiving Day for all you Americans down there in the States. I hope you’re enjoying it and stuffing your bellies full of turkey. Usually turkey dinners aren’t quite ready except, well, maybe back East where it’s about 3:00 right now back East, so you should be getting right close to turkey dinner. Enjoy your turkey dinner, your Thanksgiving table, and remember, do us all a favor. If you’re recording the fights on Black Friday, flip your camera horizontal. That way we get a really good view.

All right, with all that being said, it’s time we dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, and today I have four great plugins for you, and I’m changing up the order a little bit as the show – as I figure this out. I think I’ll be bringing four plugins per episode and what I’ll do is I’ll have the least best plugins in the beginning and I’ll try to put the best one at the last. It may or may not have worked today, but in the future that’s what I’m shooting for.

So first off what I have for you is a plugin called AFC Content Analysis for Yoast SEO, and this is a plugin here that allows you to do the content. If you used Advance Custom Fields plugin on your website, then you may want to have a look at this plugin, because what happens with Yoast is it doesn’t automatically pick up the Advanced Custom Fields in its analysis for SEO. By installing this plugin, you can then add those advanced custom fields into the Yoast analysis for your website and pick that information up and help it figure out where your SEO settings are and what should be done.

A really great plugin, nice and simple to deal with. Set it up and just start using your SEO analysis on Yoast. Anyway, I give this one a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out: AFC Content Analysis for Yoast SEO.

Next plugin I’ve got for you here today is called Display All Image Sizes. This one here is one of the more interesting things about WordPress themes is how many images they make from the master image that you upload to the site. And with a little extra code into your functions file, you can create more images. If you have custom sizes you need above and beyond what your theme produces, you can set that up so that you upload an image, it’s automatically cropped for you.

While dealing with this has often been a challenge, especially for my clients, we have one theme I work with my client. By the time it’s done, it creates – you upload an image, it creates an additional nine images that are used in various spots around the theme, and one of the problems is it crops them at different points: the center, the top, and so you’ve got to be able to tell a client, “You need to upload an image that looks like this. The cropped image that’s going to be used in your image above your post is going to be this image,” so you’ve got to know all of those sizes.

Now, you can go look through the code to find it, but what this plugin does for you is it allows you to go in and in on the media attachment page, it sets up a drop-down, so you can see all the different image sizes and then you can click on those and get the URL for that. I used that to create a template for my client to help them be able to determine their images and what’s going to happen from their original and all the crop sizes down. It’s a nice way of dealing with the issue.

The plugin was fantastic, saved me a lot of grief and time, so go check it out: Display All Image Sizes and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

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Okay and contests…now we had been running some contests and unfortunately, well, the contests are – we’re putting them on pause until December. As I review everything that is being done with them, it seems for the last contest we ran last month, there were no entries to the contest. I don’t know if it was the plugin we were giving away, what it was, but I’m pretty sure it’s my fault and due to the lack of my proper promotions and managing, also with all of the changes – major changes in my life – the show and everything else over the last two months. There’s been a lot going on.

So what I’ve decided to do is just put the contests on hold. I do currently have four premium licenses from developers to give away from various plugins. We’ll be coming back with the December 6th show announcing all the contests. I’m going to run the contests in a slightly different format than I’ve done before, so this is a way to help improve it. The contests are a great thing; it’s a great way to get your hand on a premium license. Make sure you go check them out.

You can easily go see what the latest contests are by going to wppluginsatoz.com/contests for more information and we’ll have more stuff being published and posted up there next week. And when I say “we,” I don’t mean just me. I have a small team of people here. I have a small team being, you know, three of us total at the moment, although business has been growing. But as I bring on more people, we’ll have more people doing this stuff and things are improving.

That brings us up next to the next plugin I have for you here today. Now, this next plugin is an oldie but a goodie. It’s called AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild. Now, AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild is an old plugin. I’m sure I’ve reviewed this in the past and it’s an excellent plugin. Now, I had to bring it forth again because I’m in the process of rebuilding a website and of course every time you change themes in a website, your new theme has its own set needs for images – for all the thumbnail images – meaning every image that’s underneath the master, much like the plugin I talked about previously.

Now, what this plugin does is it helps in there using AJAX. It goes in and rebuilds all your thumbnails, regenerates them from the master image that was uploaded, and this is an important tool. Now, this tool can be useful not only if you’re changing themes, but if something happens to your images or you get a corrupted image, this is a great way to regenerate those thumbnails. The nice thing about it is there’s lots of other thumbnail regeneration plugins. There’s even a few third-party thumbnail regeneration systems out there.

This one does it locally on your site, helps you keep control of your data. It is minimal impact on the server. In fact, it does it nice and low-end, so even if you’re on a cheap shared hosting provider who doesn’t give you much resources, you can generally even run this tool there to get by and regenerate the plugins. A really great plugin, it works great, still kept up-to-date. I’ve been using it myself for a few years now.

Go check it out: the AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild and I still give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Feedback and listener clips – now this week we’re kind of lacking in listener feedback. If you’re listening out there to the show, please take a couple of minutes. Drop in to the WP Plugins A to Z site, leave us some feedback in the SpeakPipe in the lower right-hand corner, pop in to our Facebook page, leave some feedback there, send something out via Twitter (@ me at it), and I will see it. Or just send an email directly to us off the Contact page and we’ll get your feedback on here, good, bad, important, ugly – even just questions about what you would like or questions about plugins. I do my best to answer everything. Sometimes things get dropped and lost through the cracks but hey, we want it all, so send it all to us. We’d greatly appreciate it.

And this show, value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, I’d like to acknowledge those that have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and over, their note is read out and published here, including all of the links that are in that note, so you can get some really nice link juice out of it. For all those who come in below $50, the remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week, we’d like to thank Jezweb Pty. Ltd. – donated $50. And from Jez,

This donation is on behalf of Vital Building and Pest Inspections in Sydney, Australia https://vitalbuildinginspection.com.au/ —

This is a really nice website.

It is a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au built with Elementor.

And the Elementor system is pretty nice. I’ve been checking it out. I haven’t quite flipped to it yet but before long I will be in there, checking it out. So thank you, Jez. Really appreciate your support of the show. And a big thank you to all donors who came in under $50 or who’ve set up small weekly subscriptions or monthly subscriptions through Patreon. Thank you very much.

Your money actually just helps support the show. I can’t even buy a beer with it yet because it’s used to pay off the natural expenses of running a podcast. But thank you very much. If you would like to support the show, you can go do that by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and you can just fill out the form, donate, go straight to PayPal. I really appreciate that. Or if you want, you can go drop over to Patreon and support us over on Patreon’s site. And I’m going to be revamping the Patreon and what is offered up through the Patreon site at the moment. It’s been a while since I’ve been there and it’s been a while since I’ve given any time to these sorts of things.

All right, and that brings me to the final plugin of today. Now, the final one I’ve got for you here today is called WP Hide Posts. Now, this plugin here may not make a lot of sense on initial thought processes and what you’re looking at with this plugin here is there are times when you create a post or a page and you may need to hide that post or page as much as possible from being indexed, being found, as much as it is reasonably possible. I mean, Google can eventually find it unless you privatize it completely. But you’ll want to do this. You’ll want to hide it from the archive pages, hide it from the front pages, and this plugin makes that task an easy thing to do.

You just plug it in, go in there, click a few boxes, and it’s all set and ready to go. Now, they do have a premium version that’s available for $3 which unlocks a couple of extra things. A really nice price for a premium plugin. What it does for you though is it hides the post or page from the front page – your home page, depending on your theme, the category page listing, the tagged page listing, the author’s page, the archive pages, the search results, and the feeds. It keeps it out of all of those places.

Now, there is one caveat to it is that if you have an auto created site XML file (which is auto created if you use Yoast or Site XML Creator, or whatever), you can’t hide it from the Site XML file, which is the one problem. Now, you could tell Google to not index it if you’re using something, and there are ways to tell it not to index it in other places, so that’s what you’ll want to do with it. I mean, it’s a very excellent plugin. It makes the job easier. I had to use it recently with a client when we were going in and we created a post that they needed to have protected and hidden from their client.

Okay, and of course, go check this one out: the WP Hide Posts plugin, I give a 5-Dragon rating to.

[Dragon roar]

And closing out this episode, I covered up the AFC Content Analysis for Yoast SEO, which I gave a 4 to; the Display All Image Sizes, which I gave a 5 to; and the AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild, which I gave a 5 to; and the WP Hide Post, which I gave a 5 to. Look at that, I had almost had a winning hand today – almost. But three out of four aces.

A couple of quick reminders…don’t forget the WordPress Meetup is coming up soon here in Victoria. If you would like to participate or check it out, our meetup here happens about every month or so, and what I’d like to do is invite you all out. If you happen to be on the island here is to come out to the meetup. It’s on November 27th and we’re going to be talking about SEO and site optimization. The presentation is going to be put on by me and my good friend Shawn DeWolfe, who helps me with development and creates a lot of the plugins that I have in development right now – excellent fellow – and it’s going to be quite the seminar and we’re going to livestream the seminar.

So make sure you tune in to our YouTube channel, subscribe to it, so you get notifications. Make sure you subscribe to the channel, hit the bells, and that way you’ll get notification of when the stream goes live. And this time around, I’ll make sure I record it so that none of the stuff in the background is reversed. (Yes, I learned from the last one.) We make mistakes, we learn. It’s really a great presentation. It’ll be up to two hours in length and so come check us out there. And if you happen to be on Vancouver Island, come on down. The presentation is gonna be in Esquimalt, so you can find all of the information at meetup.com for it.

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And a note to developers who would like to support the show…if you want to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contests and fill out all of the details there and give us the information and we can give away one of your licenses. You get some nice promotions out of it.

And that pretty much wraps us up for everything. I don’t have much else to say except thank you to everyone who’s been listening to the show and supporting the show over the past seven years. I really want to thank the few listeners I know out there that have been supporting the show since pretty much day one, which is, you know, 383 episodes now. And as you heard last episode, I am unfortunately off on my own now because of the changes I’ve made. I’ve lost my cohost due to the way I set up the show to coincide with my schedule. It unfortunately conflicted with his and I just couldn’t bend on it any further. I have to move forward with my life as I see fit and move forward with this show as I see fit. So I would appreciate anyone out there, you want to support it, comments, anything about the changes, let me know what you think and feel about it. I’d greatly appreciate it.

And be sure to stop in to our website at wppluginsatoz.com, subscribe to our newsletter. That’s pretty much all I got for you, so thank you very much. Take care now, bye-bye.

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Transcript of Episode 381 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 #381 here.


It’s Episode 381 and we’ve got plugins for Constant Contact, Recipes Publishing and Marketing Automation. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #381

John:                It’s Episode 381 and we’ve got plugins for Constant Contact, Recipes Publishing and Marketing Automation. It’s 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 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins 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 am still off by myself right now and Marcus will join us eventually I think. I’m not sure. At any rate though, right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you have a few minutes, we appreciate your time greatly over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and giving us reviews. They really do help out the show quite a bit and we really appreciate your time for it.

Also for something else, you can check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch the show live every Thursday at noon. That is the new time it has landed, so every Thursday at noon, the show will be live. I will be here. I don’t know who else will be with me but we will see how time evolves with it, so make sure you come join us for that.

Also, follow us on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and also we have a Facebook channel – a Facebook page – so you can check us out there. And don’t forget, drop in over at our website, the lower right-hand corner, where you can subscribe to the show, leave us a SpeakPipe, and all of that great stuff also.

All right, well that all being said there, it’s time to jump into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]         

Okay, first up I’ve got a couple of plugins here that are related to each other. The first one being Gravity Forms Constant Contact. This plugin here is one that if you use Constant Contact for managing your email lists, and I have clients that do use Constant Contact to manage their email lists. And while Constant Contact I don’t fully comprehend and understand because I’d never really used it for my own personal business, my clients do and you don’t want to push them away from something they’re happy with. This is a great plugin that will let you get in there and connect Constant Contact up to your Gravity Forms.

It allows you to map – to capture emails, map all of the fields – even custom fields – map them all to your Constant Contact. This is a great one and in particular for a client I’m working with right now that lets us create this very long form that collects a lot of information and then they wanted it all submitted into their Constant Contact. And so what this one does is maps all that data so that they can have it all and use it in their Constant Contact without any duplicate mapping.

So it’s a really great plugin. Go check it out. I kind of like it; seems to be working out really well with what I’m doing, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating, so go check out Gravity Forms Constant Contact.

And next up, what do we got here? Welcome to everyone who is watching the show. Next up, I’ve got Constant Contact Forms. Now, this is one I looked at initially, seeing how it would work. But I realized it’s more of a focus on signups for Constant Contact, creating your mailing list. It can be used even if you don’t have a Constant Contact account as an email form that is mailed to you from your website.

It’s kind of a basic system. It works really well. It looks like you can create most any type of form with it but if you’re going to do that, you may as well go to something that manages forms in a major way, such as Gravity Forms. So if you want to stay focused and use it for just a signup form for Constant Contact list, check this one out. I’m actually kind of using it as a duplicate because while Gravity Forms is great for forms and contact forms, for an email list form it works really well, too. But this is one I was looking at using as an additional just a sign-up for our email list right here form.

So anyway, go check this one out. It’s called Constant Contact Forms and again, I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

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Also, currently we are running a contest that runs through to the middle of November and it is we are giving away a copy of Interactive U.S. Map Plugin donated by Botrous, which we reviewed this plugin back in Episode 368. You can go check it out. The contest runs until the end of October – sorry, end of – got my dates all wrong. The middle of November – November 15th we’re running this to, because things were just out of sync for a little while and it’s slowly getting back into sync.

The WP Maps Plugin offers a wide variety of professional interactive maps plugins, including countries and the world. And this one here is just the U.S. Interactive Map, which gives an easy way to install a professional U.S. Map with clickable areas and clickable states on your site. A really great plugin; I’ve tested it out a couple of times, so make sure you go check it out.

All right, next up – my next plugin I’ve got here is one that was sent in to us by Justin Sheetz – tough name – and from  https://boxystudio.com. Now, this is a freemium plugin and it’s really a nice plugin. It’s called Cooked – Recipe Plugin, and this plugin here is a recipe plugin that is a freemium plugin and it offers up a lot of stuff that you don’t normally get in a free recipe plugin. When I was checking it out (and I’ve been looking at replacing the recipe plugin for one of my clients’ sites. We’ve just had problems with it in the last few months) and this one looks like it might fit the bill entirely to deal with it.

It’s different; the free version has most of what you need. If you need a little bit of extended stuff, you can go with the premium version. What you get in the free version though, straight out of the box: drag-n-drop ingredients and directions, SEO optimized, Google structured data and schema support, a beautiful grid-based masonry recipe lists, prep cooking times, photo galleries, nutrition facts, difficulty levels, powerful recipe search with a text search categories and sorting options, author templates to list recipes by a single author (and this is a really great one if you have multiple authors on your website for your recipes), cooking times, developer-friendly with lots of hooks and filters, serving switcher to adjust ingredient amounts.

All in all, a pretty nice looking plugin as the online demo displays with it. You can, you know, check out some of the settings with it. It gives a really great preprinted version of the plugin for printing out for people, which what many people do with the recipe sites. I do that off recipe sites. Servings – you can – if you can adjust the recipes for the servings, it’ll automatically kick out the number of – the amount for servings if you build recipes in that way.

All in all, this is looking to be a really fantastic plugin. Once I get a chance to check out the pro version, I’ll be able to give it a better rating. But at the moment it looks like it’s going to be getting a 4-Dragon rating, so go check this one out. It’s called Cooked and it’s a recipe plugin for cooking – cooking recipe plugin for your site.

All right…as I get used to all the different screens and having all of my stuff contented into one window now…lots and lots happening here. Little by little, new software. Lots happening.

Listener feedback – we do love listener feedback on this show. It has been both the joy and the pain of the show but hey, I love all the listener feedback to come – the good, the bad, the ugly. Send it in. I will get it up here. You can send feedback via the Contact page, SpeakPipe, send it via reviews on iTunes or elsewhere – lots of ways to get your feedback in here. But this week here we do have a couple of pieces of feedback.

The first one here is an iTunes review from the U.S. It came in on the 31st of October. A two-star review – oh, my aching heart. That one’s painful – no, not as bad. It came in from Reality501. That’s who sent it in to us, and it went as follows:

Too many interviews. Used to love the show. Went back and listened to all episodes from beginning. (Well, that’s kind of scary, actually. The beginning was a really tough time for the show.) Was very helpful and insightful. New format not as helpful. Old show – 5 star. Now – 2 star, at best. Not going to listen any more. There are other shows more interesting now.

Are there? I’ll have to check it out and see what else is out there covering just plugins. At any rate, well, too many interview? Eh, I don’t know. There has been a lot that have suddenly been pushed out lately, but that was because I was backlogged. The interviews will start to come out at about one per week going forward. I’ve been doing lots of interviews but I had a major backlog I needed to clear all at once now that I’m beginning to get caught up with stuff.

Old format – I’m not sure what you’re talking about, old format versus new format. The format of the show we have now has been around for almost two years, give or take – maybe a year and a half we changed the format. The old format actually wasn’t as nearly as useful as the new format is, but I can understand. At any rate though, thank you for the review. Much appreciated, Reality501, and who knows? Maybe you will come sneaking back here and see what’s happening with the show at a later date just to see if we’ve changed.

And we do have a SpeakPipe though from Rob Cairns and I’ll let Rob take it away.

Hi, John and Marcus. This is Rob Cairns over at stunningdigitalmarketing.com. I wanted to take a minute and tell you two how much I really enjoy your podcast. There’s no question as Marcus says in his intro, you “separate the junk from the gems” when it comes to WordPress plugins. This is the number one WordPress podcast to be listened to on the internet. There’s no question about it. You two are an invaluable resource and thank you for bringing all these great plugins to light and sharing them with your audience. Have a great day, everybody. Bye for now.

Thank you much, Rob. Much appreciate your input and happy to do it. We’ve been doing the show now for – well, I’ve been doing the show for over seven years and I expect to continue doing it for the foreseeable future. I really enjoy doing it. It helps keep me on my game and makes me get out and do research on weeks where I’d rather just stay buried in other work. So anyway, thank you very much!

This show, value-for-value model, meaning you get any value out of it – and think about the value that we deliver to the show. You know, tell you about new plugins, bring you information, tips and tidbits occasionally – all the value that the show brings. So think about that and all we ask for is please give some value back. You can do that by going to our website at wppluginsatoz.com/donate to donate to the show.

And what we like to do in that vein, we like to acknowledge any of those who have supported the show in the past and it’ll continue now the past week. All donations $50 and over are read out, their note is published here, and any links they have in their show notes are also published and showcased. For those who come below $50, thank you very much and you will remain anonymous. And to start, I’d like to thank the Patreon donors. Your Patreon donations have come through for October, so thank you very much. Much appreciated. And for those on small amounts, thank you very much for that, too.

Every little bit helps the show. The money doesn’t actually go back into my pocket at all. I had an eye-opening this last week. I had to do some accounting for it and it turns out, well, the donations, they’re helping the show but they don’t quite cover the full cost that the show takes at the moment – just the basic costs between server bandwidth and transcripts, etc. So anything that you can put out, I really appreciate it and it really helps the show. Maybe eventually it’ll put money in my pocket, but who knows? Maybe not.

Anyway, this week here, I’d also like to thank Lawrence Snow and he sent in – Lawrence donated $100 this week and his note says:

Many thanks to the Marcus and John at WP Plugins A to Z for bringing weekly plugin reviews. I also want to thank John specifically for his help last week by reviewing and cleaning up a hacked website (spammy SEO). He is the first person I go to in the event of a hacked website.

Regards,

Larry

 

So thank you very much, Larry at Strategic Marketing Solutions. Oh, it seems like the same company, larrysnow.me at Strategic Marketing Solutions, a leader of providing online strategic marketing solutions and WordPress training for small to mid-sized security and executive protection businesses. Become a strategic marketing solutions Patreon member and receive an eBook Branding and Marketing for Protection Professionals go to https://larrysnow.me/patreon, so go check him out. Larry’s actually a great guy. He’s always listening to the show, so thanks Larry for popping into the show and thank you very much for your donation, even if my cold read was a little bit off. But my cold reads are getting better. I have another weekly show that I just started that is pure cold reading, so we’ll see how it improves over the next few months.

Okay, so a big thank you to all the donors that came in under $50 and for those that support the show. And remember, you can support the show by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to donate to the show. Just fill out the form, enter the amount you’d like, and donate it via PayPal.

Okay, and the final plugin I’ve got today – this one here was sent in by Robert Cairns. It’s a free plugin but it does have extensions for it and it came in from stunningdigitalmarketing.com – that’s who gave us the – see, I’ll make the connections. He gave us the SpeakPipe, so that’s who gave us the SpeakPipes – so thanks for the SpeakPipe, Robert and I didn’t even make the connection when I was going to review your plugin.

So the plugin today is called GroundHogg. Now, GroundHogg – this is a plugin for marketers that will help you in creating, implementing, and converting marketing funnels. It has some prebuilt funnels and email templates to help you get started, build out your funnels, and get started with the plugin. It has extensions that will allow you to focus it a bit more.

The extensions library will take you to do things such as – what do we got here? Form styling, all-access pass, Social Proof, email countdown timer, WP Simple Pay, contracts, it connects with Contact Form 7 and Gravity Forms. (That’s probably one of the more useful ones I would think, because Gravity Forms.) Or Easy Digital Downloads connecting up to Easy Digital Downloads if you’re dealing with digital content and WooCommerce.

So what this plugin does is it allows you to build your funnel. It creates some actions – as soon as those actions occur, it helps trigger events such as emails and other things to go out to your clients or prospective clients to get them to take action on your website and accomplish whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish with your marketing funnels on your site.

It looks like quite the plugin. I have not started into it yet; I’ve been reading it over and seeing how I can incorporate it. The biggest problem is I don’t do all the marketing for my business anymore. I’ve turned that over to my marketing manager because I just don’t have time for the marketing with all the other work I have to do. Somebody’s gotta make the money while somebody goes and spends it on marketing. It’s a game. What can I say?

So at any rate though, it does look like a fantastic plugin and you’ll want to go check it out. And due to the extensions of it and everything else, we’re gonna give this a 4-Dragon rating. But go checkout GroundHogg. It looks like a plugin that’ll be well worthwhile.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you. I’m gonna close out this episode here with I gave – I checked out Gravity Forms for Constant Contact, which I gave a 4 to; Constant Contact Forms, which I gave a 4 to; and then Cooked – Recipe Plugin, which I gave a 4 to; and then finally, GroundHogg, which I gave a 4 to.

And just a few reminders to go check out – check out our YouTube channel and subscribe to our channels down below. Let’s see if I can do this right here. We’re slowly working it. You’re gonna start to see buttons appear in the upper – where’s? Oh, there we go. Right over there…follow the microphone; it’ll point you right up there where everything is at – going to be in the future. I’m just getting used to the new software here. I’ve finally set up proper streaming software which brings everything in, organizes it up. Like I said, little by little over time, over the next few months as I have time to work in all these bits and pieces. But having another show on Sunday mornings, it is going to help me, too. So check it out, subscribe to the show, subscribe to the channel, share it out to people, tell folks about it. We’d greatly appreciate it.

Note to developers: If you’d like to support the show, you’d like to offer up premium licenses to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contests. If you’re a developer also and you would like to appear in an interview show (which is a separate show from this podcast here), the interview focuses just on the developer, his products, his plugins, or whatever he does, and it’s released as a separate show in the same stream as the rest of the podcast is. You can go to the – I don’t have the URL off the top of my head, but it’s right off the front page of the website and you can find it…book an interview. You can go book an interview on WP Plugins and choose whatever time works in your time zone. Book the interview and I have certain time slots open for interviews on a weekly basis, so go check that out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/book-an-interview-on-wp-plugins-a-to-z-podcast/

What else do I want to say before we sign off the show? This a point here where I’m just gonna ramble for a couple of minutes. The show is taking some new twists and turns as I move forward. It’s going to expand and going in slightly different directions for a little while. Marcus may or may not return to the show; we’re not sure because of the way I’ve reorganized it for my life. It interferes with his possible schedule, so I don’t know what’s going to happen there fully yet. I have yet to have that one worked out. But if it turns out I’m by myself for a while, well, so be it. I’ll be by myself for a while; I’ll just add a few more things to the show to bring you more value, because I want to make sure that this show is valuable.

If you have suggestions to me, please put them in the show notes below or send me an email, contact me – show notes below – in the, you know, comments below – down below, put comments. If you’ve got comments for me, put them there. I will see them if you contact me via the web page or any other area, that could work also, but we’re just going to make some changes. It’s going to go forward and it’s going to change, but it’s gonna change for the better, not change for the worse. I’ve – the show is constantly growing. If anyone’s ever listened to the show – well, I think there’s a couple of listeners out there such as – you know who you are. Manny, you’ve been listening since like Episode 7, which is like impressive. Thank you. Thank you – it’s always nice to have long-term listeners. It’s just gotten better over time, and it’s going to get better now because I know a whole lot more.

Okay, that wraps it up. We’re gonna close up this episode of wppluginsatoz.com, so take it away.

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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 by developers because you support the show. Help keep the show honest and unbiased by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and choose one of the weekly donation levels or make one 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 to us on YouTube, or follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz.

John can be reached through his website at www.JohnOverall.com, or send him an email to john@wppro.ca. Marcus can also be reached through his website at marcuscouch.com or Twitter @marcuscouch. Thanks for watching 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.

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Transcript of Episode 382 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 #382 here.


It’s Episode 382 and I’ve got plugins for Bulk Editing Events, Handling the REST XML-RPC API, Site Health Check and Troubleshooting, and Free WordPress Support. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #382

John:    It’s Episode 382 and I’ve got plugins for Bulk Editing Events, Handling the REST XML-RPC API, Site Health Check and Troubleshooting, and Free WordPress Support. It’s 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 we won’t be having Marcus on the show anymore, but stick around at the end of the show for all the full details on that.

But right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving us reviews.

Also, you can check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube every Thursday at noon, here going forward for the seeable future, so check it out and subscribe to the channel there. You can also follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. And also, get our Friday newsletter full of all kinds of other details that aren’t included in the show. The show is going to try to stay as much as possible just about the plugins, with only occasionally touching on the news.

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

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, first up I have for you a freemium plugin. This one here is a bulk editing plugin, Bulk Edit Events in Spreadsheet. Now, this plugin started out as a hopeful plugin for one of my clients who has to edit a lot of stuff in their Modern Tribe events calendar, because that’s what this one is designed to work with. And what this does for you there, unfortunately being the free version, it kind of limits you on what you can do, and the free version can give you a vague idea of what you want. Currently, they have it on sale so you can get it at half price.

But one of the big fallbacks I found with the free version here was that all it would allow you to edit was three fields. Now, it has the ability to edit all of the fields in bulk and customize them up. You can customize up the status, the title, the organizers, the event category, and more, but only with the premium version. The free version here limits you to only using three of the fields that are available.

You get to edit simply the coupon code, the event status, and the event amount – not a whole lot – two out of the three are not a lot of use for most people out there. Coupon code and the event amount, not a lot of people with events calendars are coupon code no more, event amounting them. The event status, well, that one there, that would be a nice one to deal with in bulk occasional. But all the rest of the stuff looks promising but we hadn’t purchased it yet, so at the moment this plugin here – a bit of a disappointment for a freemium plugin – badly crippled. They should’ve enabled a few more of the more useful fields. Maybe not the premium fields, but a couple more of the more useful fields.

At any rate, I give this one a 3-Dragon rating due to how badly it is crippled. So take that one for what it’s worth.

Next up, I have for you a plugin called Finally Free Support. Now, this one piqued my interest when I saw the title. It’s like, “Free support for WordPress? Really? Okay, this’ll be a joy to check out.” Well, what it is – it is a plugin that is such a magnificent marketing ploy (I’m surprised I didn’t do it myself). Well, not really.

But if you’ve got a studio of developers and what not, this is a perfect kind of plugin. Not that you can use, but you could take and duplicate this plugin and use it for yourself. What they’ve set this plugin up to do is to allow for the average user – and they’re targeting the average user. They’re not targeting developers or people who know their stuff fairly well, looking for stuff.

They’re targeting the average user who has questions. You know, the usual stuff that ends up on the WordPress forums, etc. So they’re going after that and what they do is they offer up free support tickets. They can schedule a call, live chat, they can get peer help, recommended resources, WordPress Users’ Manual Base, eh, is coming soon, which will be an interesting one.

But one of the things they do is when they hit a point according to all of their information – once they hit a point where the problems the customer is talking to them about is going to cost more time or become something more detailed, they’ll stop it at that point and say, “Hey, we can offer to get this to you for X amount of dollars,” in other words, give them an estimate on what it would take to take the job to the next level.

I can see this one here driving a lot of business to these guys. They help fix a few small errors for people, do it all for free, and then those people come back for bigger areas. That happens to me all the time. I help people with little free, simple tasks all the time. Then when they hit the big stuff, they come and pay me the money to get it done. So hey, kudos to these guys here over at Soute Web Solutions for getting this plugin and for getting it into the WordPress Repository. I mean, it’s totally self-serving – fantastic. I really like it. I had to give this one a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

All right, well go check that one out. You might not need it but hey, you might be able to recommend it to some people who can.

Okay, now this show, currently brought to you by JohnOverall.com, where I can help you with finding quality WordPress hosting and support. You know, bringing you top-quality WordPress hosting that is, well, virtually almost always online and – knock on wood, don’t say anything – excellent hosting at, you know, top-quality service on it – and my brain is mumbling at a thousand miles a minute, so hey, hang in there with me.

Anyway… 20 years’ experience, over eight years dedicated to WordPress. JohnOverall.com provides you all your web service needs from hosting to WordPress development and repairs. Go check it out – my site at JohnOverall.com or give me a call: (818) 850-7729. Send an email to john@wppro.ca.

Also brought to you by X2 Marketing. It’s your full-service digital marketing and brand development agency. Whether you are a solopreneur, small business, or enterprise-level company, power up your marketing with X2. From WordPress to click funnels, landing pages to social campaigns, SEO, paid ads, Infusionsoft management, and more. Visit x2marketing.com and get in touch with Marcus about your digital marketing needs. He really does great work.

And also, we are still running a contest which ends tonight, as today is the 15th of November. The contest running through the 15th of November where we are giving away WP Maps Plugin for the U.S. Map, donated to us by Botrous, and we reviewed that plugin back in Episode 368 – go check it out. Go into your email address, enter the contest, and get yourself a copy of this plugin. Winner will be announced in next week’s episode, but there will be another contest starting this weekend, so stay tuned and go check out the contest page for WP Plugins at wppluginsatoz.com/contests.

Next plugin I’ve got up for you here is one to help you manage the REST XML RPC data checker. This plugin here is one that helps you take control of the REST XML RPC API in your WordPress website. It helps you handle the following items: disable the REST API interface for unlogged in users, because if you’re logged in, you may need that. It disables the JSON-P support on REST API, adds basic authentication to the REST API, set up trusted users, IP networks, and end points for unlogged in users, change REST endpoint prefix, disable the XML RPC, and set up trusted users, IP networks, and methods.

So this is a way you can get in there without a whole lot of code wrangling to manage the REST API on your site. It can be something that could be of use and value, so make sure you go check this one out if you’re in need of it. And in particular, one of the things that’s really big is disabling the XML RPC API, because that XML RPC can actually create all kinds of grief if you’re on a shared hosting environment. There’s other ways to do it; there’s coding ways to do it, but this one here could be a nice, simple way for you to get in there and manage that problem.

So go check it out, the REST XML RPC Data Checker.

Next up, we have – well, we don’t have any listener feedback this week, but we do like listener feedback. I do like listener feedback, the good, the bad, the ugly – I take it all and we push it through for people to hear, listen to, read, and make sure that it’s brought to you, our listeners. So if you have any feedback for us, make sure you go drop on over to our website, wppluginsatoz.com, and you can go to the lower right-hand corner, click on the SpeakPipe to leave us a voice message. Get us on our Contact page, send a direct email to us, or email us direct. My email is in the bottom of the show notes and I will get back to you.

You can also get back to us via our Facebook page or via our Twitter page. And while I’m sometimes a little slow about it, I do always get back to anyone who emails me and contacts me with questions about plugins or questions about how to do some things. It depends on the workload.

Now this show, also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it – in other words, if any of the plugins I bring help you out in any way, shape, or form, save you a few minutes – hey, please give some value back. And in that vein, we’d like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past week. All donations $50 and over are read out, their note is published here, and for those who come in below $50, they will remain anonymous and we thank you very much for that.

This week, we’d like to acknowledge and thank Jezweb Pty. Ltd., who sent in $50 for us and the note they’ve got for it:

This donation is on behalf of Verge Safety Barriers https;//www.vergesafetybarriers.com.au the experts in warehouse in Australia. It is a WordPress website created by https://www.jezweb.com.au built with Elementor.

Thanks, Jez!

Well, thank you, Jez. We really thank you very much. You’ve been a fantastic supporter of the show this past year and a half – much appreciated with your regular support of the show. And all donations here, none of them actually make it into my pocket. They all go to support the little things that we do, such as transcripts, the server space and bandwidth, etc., etc. So maybe eventually it’ll kick me up enough to go out for a beer and hell, since I live next to a brewery, not a bad idea. I can go over to the brewery and get some beer.

And there are lots of ways you can support the show. You can go over to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and just choose your donation amount and set it in there, or you can join us on Patreon and become Patreon donors, so you can just go to wppluginsatoz.com/Patreon and that’ll take you to our Patreon page to set up a Patreon donation there. So to all our donors, thank you very much and please remember to support the show.

The last plugin I’ve got for you today, this one here is a Heath Check & Troubleshooting plugin. This one’s kind of interesting. It allows you to get in there and from time to time, you may be in need of checking up on your site to see what is happening with it. This plugin lets you have a look around at all of the setup for your site. You can check out the PHP configuration that’s running on your site, find out what version you’re running, find out what settings it has, your limitations, you can get some debug info on the WordPress and the installation, the size, what your active themes are, your plugins are, find out if any of them have a little bit of grief, you can find out how your media is handled, whether it’s using Image Magic or G-something – I can’t get the name in my head – find out how the server you are running is on, how that server is configured up for the data that can be returned back on.

It gives you a fair chunk of data that you can work with on here to go see what is up with your site and see what you might need to square up and fix out. So this is something that you might want to check out if you’re debugging a website or you’re having some issues. This may give you a clue as to what’s up, so it’s something you might want to check out.

Okay, well that closes out all of the plugins for this episode, where I covered up the Bulk Edit Events and Spreadsheet, which I gave a 3 to; the Finally Free Support, which I gave a 5 to; the REST XML RPC Data Checker, which I gave a 4 to; and the Health Check & Troubleshooting plugin, which I gave a 4 to.

All right, this is the end of the show here, but I’m going to give a little bit of a rundown on what’s happening with my co-host. Unfortunately, he has left the show. It occurred mainly due to my changes in my life and me having to reorganize a day and time for recording the show. It came about with me finding that Thursday was the only day I could do the show and the only time I could fit it in was at noon – noon to 2:00 on Thursdays. It’s the only time I could fit that show in.

I had a lot of changes a couple of months, as many of you know, my father passed way. It added a whole pile of work to my life, but I’ve also decided that my evenings I needed to reclaim. I was doing prerecorded shows in the evenings and it just was no longer possible with my scheduled life now. I became a Scout Leader, I go to the gym; I just wanted to do things that improved my life instead of constantly working all the time.

So in that problem there, what occurred is it became impossible with Marcus to have the same schedule as me. He just couldn’t make the schedule due to his scheduling. And as this show is mine and it’s been going on since the beginning, I wanted to keep this show going. Hopefully, one day Marcus’ schedule may change. He may come back and join the show with us. Time may tell. But in the meantime, it left on great terms as far as I’m concerned. Everything looks good. It’s a matter of just my life was in complete turmoil and I had to put it in order and I put it in order to suit my needs.

So I wanted to let everyone know that unfortunately we won’t have Marcus on the show. You may have heard a few bits here. We’ve got a new intro, we’ve got new outros, we’ve got new dragon sounds. A whole bunch of new sounds are coming to the show as I had to change up a lot of stuff in it. You will also see hopefully the audio and everything else. I brought a new computer online last month and it’s taken me a month to figure out the software and I believe I’ve finally got the software working correctly for good, clean sound. We’ll find out when this episode is published out onto iTunes, because it’s a different audio than is published here on the livestream for YouTube.

So those are where it’s all at now. The WP Plugins A to Z podcast will continue indefinitely going forward. It’s going to be continuing indefinitely at 12:00 noon live every Thursday, and that’s 12:00 noon Pacific Standard time or Pacific Daylight Time, depending on whether we’re in that insane part of the year or not. I’m pretty sure right now we’re in Pacific Standard Time; they moved us back an hour a week or so ago and I’m still trying to figure out where it went.

At any rate, that’s what we have for you here today. Thank you all for listening to the show today and a couple of final quick things. Be sure to check our YouTube screencasts and a note to developers who would like to support the show. If you’d like to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contests and leave us all the information. And that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

[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]

 

[End of Audio]

Transcript of Episode 380 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 #380 here.


It’s Episode 380 and I’ve got Scheduled Tweets, MailChimp Manager, Exporting Plugin Details and Increasing speed by Reducing HTTP Requests. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #380

John:    It’s Episode 380 and I’ve got Scheduled Tweets, MailChimp Manager, Exporting Plugin Details and Increasing speed by Reducing HTTP Requests. It’s 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 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins 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 unfortunately Marcus can’t join me yet, but hopefully he’ll be back with us next week. It’s been a bit confusing with me moving around the show schedule and everything else to be able to get him here due to the way his work schedule works out. And well, it’s just unfortunate. But we have landed on the new day for the show. It will be live every week going forward after this. The time might change from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., but we’re gonna see how it goes. If Marcus is more amenable to 2:00, it will become 2:00. I kind of like the 12:00 noon time slot myself.

At any rate though, that being said there, a couple of other quick things right off the top. You can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. If you’ve got a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over on Stitcher Radio and up in the YouTube – up on the iTunes and Google Play, subscribing to the show, and basically – well, subscribing to the show and – get my buttons all working correctly here – subscribing to the show and leaving us reviews. The reviews really help out the show quite a bit there.

Also, check out our training videos up on YouTube and if you’re listening to us on YouTube, it’s greatly appreciated. You can catch us here live on a weekly basis now. And also go check out the screencasts and training videos, and there will be more training videos coming as I prep for more of my WordPress Meetup groups that I’m doing here in Victoria, and the meetups are coming. You could also follow the show over at Twitter @wppluginsatoz and on our Facebook page. All the links for those are in the show notes.

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

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, and first off the plugin I’ve got for you this week here is one that I got from an interview I did with a developer that hasn’t quite hit yet. The interview is coming. And – buttons, buttons everywhere. I gotta get used to a whole bunch of new stuff here. I’ve got new software, new everything. At any rate, Scheduled Tweets is the name of the plugin. This is a great little plugin I have just recently got it set up on my website and getting my SEO person to start doing some work with it. But it allows you to schedule Twitter tweets directly from your WordPress dashboard.

You know, Twitter is a useful tool. It’s great for marketing, helping get your message out there in front of people. The hard part I’ve always found with Twitter is you’ve gotta manually send out the tweets. This tool here will allow you to go in, schedule tweets. You can set up a whole month’s worth of tweets or more. You can create campaigns – tweet campaigns – group them all together, set them out to go out in groups, all from within your WordPress dashboard.

This is looking to be quite an excellent plugin, completely free, which of course is a major bonus for it. They haven’t gone yet to a premium version of course; it’s a really new plugin. They just released it not too long ago and not enough people are using it yet. I suggest you get out there and give this one a try if you’re using Twitter in any way, shape, and form, and you want something to help you with the marketing of all of your Twitter stuff, go check this one out. This is a fantastic looking plugin. So far, setup and functionality on my site have been great, so I give this plugin a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

All right, starting the show off with a bang today. All right, and currently this show is brought to you by…

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Absolutely. Go visit JohnOverall.com for all of your WordPress needs. I can help you out with pretty much everything you need. And that’s me, moving things around on my screen. I’ve gotta be able to get to everything I need. I need to see the new recording software to see how well it’s playing the sounds.

Okay, and so that brings us up to – what else do we got going here? Oh, X2 Marketing is your full-service digital marketing and brand development agency. Whether you are a solopreneur, small business, or enterprise-level company, power up your marketing with X2. From WordPress to click funnels, landing pages to social campaigns, SEO, paid ads, InfusionSoft management and more. Visit X2 Marketing and get in touch with Marcus about your digital marketing needs, and Marcus is really quite great at all that stuff, so go check him out at x2marketing.com.

And currently we do have a contest running for WP Plugins A to Z. We started it in the middle of October. It was a rough month getting things back in shape and it’s for the Interactive U.S. Maps donated by Botrous, which we reviewed in Episode 368. Go check it out. The contest is running until the middle of November. We would give it a little extra time this time and eventually we’ll get the contests rotated around to where they’re on a weekly or biweekly basis since it’s taken some time to work everything out.

Anyway, this is a great plugin and get yourself a free copy of this plugin. All you do is go over to wppluginsatoz.com/contests and enter the contest for all the info you need. Very simple – all we need is your email address and your name. Well, not even your name; just your email address. So go check it out. It’s a great contest. Win yourself a plugin. And we have in the queue three additional licenses coming up that more developers have been giving to us.

We’ve been getting more and more support from the show from all of the development community out there and as I’ve mention, I’ve been doing a lot of interviews with developers. I’ve still got three more scheduled in the next coming weeks. I’ve got two in the hopper, I’ve released a couple in the last week, so you’re gonna hear more and more from all of the developers out there about the different plugins we use, so stay tuned to this channel for more of that stuff up and coming. Subscribe to the podcast to get the interviews. Those are not done live.

All right, the next couple of plugins for you – I actually have two plugins for you  in this segment. The first one is something to help you speed up your website a little bit. It’s called Reduce HTTP Requests, Disable Emojis & Disable Embeds, Speedup WooCommerce. This is a pretty long name for a plugin that basically helps you speed up your WordPress website. It helps you get rid of things by getting rid of the emojis, the gravitars, the embeds, the query strings, speed up WooCommerce. They’ve got support to disable pingbacks, disable trackbacks, close comments, etc., etc., disable WooCommerce scripts and CSS on non-WooCommerce pages. All of these things here can help speed up the performance of your website and help you obtain higher rankings in the search engines and higher speed for your users.

There’s a lot that this plugin does. I’ve just started experimenting with it to see how I can improve my websites with it and something I’m also going to do with client sites, because speed is of paramount importance. This is a really great plugin as far as I can tell. Again, it’s a free one – our favorite kind of plugins. You just set it up and go in and tweak and turn off and on all of the little things you want to turn off and on with it, and away you go. It might gain you a half a second, but hey, half a second can mean the difference between a sale and not a sale. Many people won’t even wait half a second for a page to load, so think about that.

So go check it out. It’s called Reduce HTTP Requests, Disable Emojis & Disable Embeds, Speedup WooCommerce, and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, and the next one I’ve got in here is a nice, simple, and sweet plugin. Now, from time to time, you may have the need to create a list of all of the plugin details for the plugins you have on your site. [This one is called Export Plugin Details.] And in that case there, you’re gonna want something that is going to make a nice, good, clean list besides you going in there and copying and pasting from the page to see what it has.

So at any rate, what this plugin does for you is it allows you to go in, create and export a plugin details list. So this is something that can save you a fair bit of time if you’re just working up around getting all of your plugin details in order, so simple, sweet. It exports out the plugin name, the description, the author, whether it’s active or inactive on your site, the current version that’s there, an update available (yes or no) and whether it’s got a new version available. A really nice plugin to help you with the managing of your site or in migration or things you’re turning off and on. This is just a way to help manage what you’re up to and what you’re doing, go check this plugin out. It’s very simple, sweet – our favorite kind of plugin. It just kind of works, so I had to give this one a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

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This week here, we’ve got a little bit of feedback from one person here. I got an email from the guys over at hapity.com and they’ve got a new plugin – uh-oh, something’s wrong with their site. Either that or my typo-ing on it – probably my typo-ing. Hapity.com…let’s bring it up here. There it is. Hapity.com – probably my typo.

At any rate, this is a plugin that allows you to livestream to your website and to other multiple screens. But what they asked me is they’re looking for someone to help them with marketing their plugin. This plugin allows you to broadcast to multiple places. It’s a really interesting plugin. I haven’t fully checked it out yet but it is in the queue to be reviewed since they brought it to my attention. But they’re looking for someone who might help them do the marketing for this. So if you’re that kind of person, go contact them over at hapity.com and let them know John from WP Plugins A to Z sent you there and that you are willing to help take their money and help market their plugin. They do have a budget so go check them out.

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And if you’d like to support the show, you can go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate where I’ve made it quite simple to donate now instead of all the complexity I had. It’s a simple form. Fill it out, choose the amount you’d like to donate, click enter. It takes you to PayPal and boom, you’re done. So that’s the way you can donate to the show as simple as I can possibly get it without standing in front of you with my hand and saying, “Just put cash here.”

Okay, and the final plugin I’ve got for you today – at first when I discovered it, I was hoping it wasn’t a freemium plugin, but it is a freemium plugin. But it looks like I may go for the premium version. Who knows? Maybe they’ll send me a copy that I can test out. The freemium version though, this is called MailChimp Manager, and if you use MailChimp (which many, many people do and I use MailChimp for managing our mailing list). And if you’ve used MailChimp’s interface, you know what a chore it can be sometimes, and that chore just makes life difficult to work through and get everything functioning.

This plugin here allows you to do all of your campaign management including the templates you’re building out to send to your newsletter list from the backend of your WordPress website. You connect it up through the API key, you go in, you build out your campaign. They don’t show it in the images they have here, but as I was working through it, you can choose the template layouts that you want to do from default ones. They have more layouts available once you get into the premium version from what I’ve read. You also get the ability to have more than one campaign running from your website. You could just create a website if you have multiple campaigns, like I do for under the same account. You could have them all running through the one website, too. There’s a lot you can do with this and manage MailChimp from within WordPress.

The advantages to this – well, to me it looks like the advantages would be one, I could get to publish that email newsletter right on my website at the same time it’s pushed out to MailChimp. Yeah, you can do that the other way around, but it’s not as easy. The other is I manage the content in one spot and when you’re working on something and you have to pull together a newsletter for a particular website, you have to go back and forth between MailChimp’s thing. If you’re inside your WordPress dashboard, you have more information right at your fingertips. It could save you a minute or two, but in everything the more minutes you can save, it adds up to hours.

All in all, it looks to be a really great plugin. I would give it a 5, but of course being the freemium version, it gets knocked down one point just by default. Once I get a chance to look at the premium version, we may up the volume of it to a 5. But go check it out. It’s called MailChimp Manager, a relatively new plugin. It looks to be well-built and working well. They are working on some extensions on it to do additional stuff to it, according to their website. So this is something you’ll want to check out. So it’s MailChimp Manager and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Okay, and that wraps it up here. I covered up Scheduled Tweets, which I gave a 5 to; Reduce HTTP Requests, which I gave a 5 to; Export Plugin Details, which I gave a 5 to; and MailChimp Manager, which I gave a 4 to. So all in all, not too bad. A good roundup of plugins.

And of course the usual reminders…be sure to go check out our YouTube channel for screencasts and training videos and more live stuff coming. I’ve been working with talking to my brother who is a gaming streamer and he’s helping me to set up some proper streaming software on my computer. As everyone knows, I’ve got a new computer. It’s just been up and running for about three weeks now, so I’ve got a whole lot that I’m reincorporating in here. New audio software – hopefully if you download the show from the podcast channel, you will hear the nice, cleaner, better sounding audio. Let me know what people think.

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Transcript of Training video- Using WP Pro Advertising System WP Plugins A to Z

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for this video.


Using WP Pro Advertising System – All in one Ad Manager

Hello, this is John Overall from WP Plugins A to Z.com and this is one of the training videos to replace the ones I currently have online and this one will be covering the WP Pro Ads Manager Plugin. So of course, like any other plugin out there, the first thing you’ll need to do is upload and install that plugin to your site. And I know people have done it a million times, but we’re going to go ahead and show you how it’s done again – just because.

So of course, go to your Install Plugins window. Click on Add New – it takes you there. You can upload the plugin. It asks you to choose the plugin you want and you will find it on your computer wherever you might have it lying. And in my case, I’m doing it off-screen, so it makes it just a little easier and we’ll have to go find it. Once it’s found, you’ll see it puts it right here in this spot here. As usual, just install now. It uploads it from your computer and installs it.

Now because I’m already in this point here and we’re going to be eventually showing the next plugin that is part of this is the paid Ads Manager add-on, I’m going to go ahead and upload that plugin to be used. That is the buy and sell add-on for the plugin. So we will upload that in the same manner and then from here, we can then return back to the Plugins page itself. Go find the plugin that was installed, WP Pro Ad System, and then you’ll want to activate the plugin. A quite simple thing to do.

Now they’ve got new statistics in here. If you’re upgrading the plugin, you’ll get this. If it’s going new, always go with Use New Statistics for it. That way, you’ve got the latest bits of information available. Now what it’s going to do for you is it’s going to create a menu over here called Advertising. This menu when you first set everything up is going to require you to do things in a very specific order, and that order is going to ask you to create ad zones, banners, campaigns, and advertisers. There’s an order for doing that and this is a pretty key element for building this plugin.

So we’ll click onto the Advertising. Now if you don’t do it in order, you’ll be double-backing upon yourself as you put it all together. So the first thing you actually need to create in here is you’re going to have to create ad zones. This is going to be the zones where your ad is going to be displayed. This is your typical ad block areas such as the 460 x 80 banner ad, a 728 x 90, a 250 x 250 block in the sidebar – whatever banner sizes you’re going to be creating. That’s what you’re going to want to create here with the ad zones.

What you’ll do – and I’m only going to create one ad zone to walk you through this plugin here. So you’ll want to go create a new ad zone, and the ad zone I’m going to create here is a 728 x 90 banner. That’s going to be top of the page. Okay, go here, select the ad zone leaderboard. You don’t want to hide it on any devices and always choose a variable. Now what this is for is the ad zone will adapt to the height of the banner if you happen to put a banner in that’s not perfectly the exact hight for it, and that happens from time to time when you’re creating banners. Sometimes it’s off a little.

So you’ll want to come down here – actually before we go down, you’ll see that it’s got three device settings here. Now you don’t always have to do this, but I always do just to make sure that the device has got it all set up correctly to use the correct size banner in this block. What it would allow you to do is allow you to still go into that block there and create different sizes for that ad zone, depending on the device. We’re going to have it all the same size.

Go down, create a description. This is the ad zone for the top of the website. Max amount of banners – now this one’s kind of important if you’re selling banners. You’ll want to limit the number of banners that can be placed into this zone, and the reason being is you don’t want to oversell your inventory. We’re going to select five here. Rotate the banners – I like to rotate the banners if I get more than one banner into an ad zone, simply because well, it looks kind of cool to watch the banners go through plus they get more impressions in there.

You use the default slider; it works well. The rotation time – this one’s kind of variable. I have found that about 11 seconds works very well for rotation time. It’s time enough for everyone to see it and time enough for it to change out if they’re on the page long enough. Lead to the default rotation effect. The banner loading order – you can load it in a fixed order, one, two, three, four, five, in equal views. Each one gets viewed the same number of times, or in my case, I like to just let it hit random.

AJAX Rotation – this one is really kind of cool because if you don’t choose AJAX rotation, what it means is the banner only changes every time it reloads the page. What this does with AJAX Rotation is every 11 seconds, it’ll change out that ad in an automatic rotation – really kind of cool. Now you could also have an ad grid. This is very useful if you’re using 125 x 125 ads, because then you can have it display the ads in say 2 x 2 or 2 x 8 high, or any combination thereof that’s going to work for you.

Now centering the ad zone, highlight the center of the ad zone, because it puts it right dead center on the block that it’s in. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a webpage, whether it’s in the middle of any other layered area. Wherever you put the ad zone, it will automatically center it for the space. Hide it if it’s empty. I like to do that. That way, the ad zone is not displayed when there’s no ads; it just automatically disappears.

And then you can also upload a default banner into this zone. You can do that by uploading some sample banners to your website. I’ve got some sample banners or other banners. Insert it – this’ll be the banner that’s inserted into the site as the default banner for it – and the default link.

[Slight technical difficulties]

Okay, so that’s everything for that. Then you just come to the top and publish your new ad zone. Once that’s published, then what you need to do is you need to go create a couple of banners – excuse me – you actually need to go create a campaign first. And to add a new campaign, click on Campaigns/Add New Campaign – and I was off again. We actually need to create the advertiser first. So you need to get your advertiser, you did your ad zones – ad zones, advertisers, campaigns, and banners. You should have them in order; that would be much easier to do.

So let’s add a new advertiser. Okay, add the advertiser – it’s just the username and the email address. That’s just for tracking purposes. Then we need to create a campaign. This is so you can display your banners in a proper timeframe. Select the advertiser it’s going to be for. If you leave empty the campaign as always active, you could put dates, a start date and end date just by choosing it. Campaign timing – when it should be running – so you can have it run specific times of day. So say for instance you’ve got a specific campaign that can only run – maybe it’s a breakfast special advertising campaign – and you run it from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. You can do that sort of thing. We’re going to leave that blank, too. So we’ll publish that.

And now that we have a campaign ready, now we’re ready to get in here and create the ad. Okay, so now that the campaign has been published, now we can go in and create the banner ad. It’s going to create a couple of banner ads here, so you click Add New Banner and we’re just going to call it “Banner 1.” Stay on the page – Banner 1. Okay, select the advertiser (who’s going to get it credited). Select a Campaign – “Sample Campaign.” Link – this is where you want to link it to something.

Target – load it in a new window. Link masking – it’s always recommended but you could turn it off if you want. Status – we’re going to make it active. Banner type – banner URL or we upload a banner. You can have a banner elsewhere but since we’ve already created a couple here, we’re going to insert them. Okay, we’ll insert that one with 728 x 90.

You could put HTML codes such as a Google AdSense banners or any other advertising company out there that you get HTML code from. Place that in there. If you buy their add-on for visual banner creator. You can then use this module here to customize and tweak your banner in multiple ways. It doesn’t work for me because I don’t have that add-on. I create my own banners in Photoshop and other programs.

Link the banner to an ad zone, so you have to save it once before it can be linked to an ad zone, so we’ll be saving it and coming back to this feature. No follow – you’ll always want to set No Follow to your banner links because they’re advertising links and you want Google to do that. You could have it transition, contracts, and other things in here that we won’t be using. Okay, we hit Publish and wait for it to publish. Then we come back down, make sure everything is still good all the way down the line. And now we go plug it into an ad zone.

Once it shows the block here for the ad zone, then go back up and hit the Update button. Okay, that’s one banner, so now we’re going to add a second banner, “Banner 2.” User/Campaign – okay, load a new window. Use masking, change from draft to active, the banner is already uploaded so we can just go select it. Again, you could use HTML 5 code more, set to No Follow, back to the top, publish it.

Okay, once that’s published, go down and make sure everything is still set the way you want it. Link your ad zone – and for some reason pages didn’t load correctly, so we will reload the page. Okay, the page has been reloaded and what we’re going to do here is we’re going to go back down the page and choose our ad zone. There we go. Make sure No Follow, all of the other things set, hit the update on it, and these two banners are now active.

Now what we want to do is we’re going to look at a couple of quick things here. We’ve got the ad dashboard; this is your general dashboard here, and they show you the things you can do real quickly: go add new advertiser, campaign, banners, ad zones. Once you get your license key, you can insert your license key here to register the plugin to get auto updates. Check your statistics – it’ll show your stats. Basic plugin options – general settings, enable admin bar – yes. Uninstall option – no. This one here, if you are uninstalling a plugin because of errors, you don’t want to remove your data. If you’re just removing the plugin because you no longer want it, hit yes.

The other is the Ad Zone Class. The default class is WPPAZAS Zone. Now you can change that to something else you want and of course, what they say here is if you want to mislead or keep ad blockers from finding you, change the name from time to time to something random. It helps keep ad blockers from blocking your ads – one of the ways. Enable clean permalinks – you can do this and then it’s going to ask you for a link prefix, but you won’t need that.

Statistics enabled, disable impressions – do you want to enable impressions from being saved? I like to save my impressions. Disable clicks – do you want to disable the clicks? No, if you want to disable impressions, that needs to be a no. Statistics version – new version is recommended. Then you’ve got to go down to Statistic Data. You can hourly to daily stats. Now, hourly stats will grow your database fast. If you’re a busy website, you might want to just go with daily stats.

Enable user stats – yes. But the geo data will only be available if you get the Pro Targeting add-on for this, so that’s something to consider. The Pro Targeting add-on costs $13, so it’s probably worth the money if you want to track your stuff completely. Save impressions – do you want unique or all impressions to be saved? Now, sometimes you want all the impressions; sometimes you just want the unique impressions. You’ll have to experiment with that one.

Save clicks – unique or all clicks on ads, days to save the stats – now this one here is to help keep your database from getting too large. We’re only going to keep the last 36 days. You can block out IP addresses. Now what this is good for is it’s good for blocking out your own IP address. They tell you what your IP address is here, so you can place your own IP address in here to block it out.

Allowed origins – add the domain names for the external websites that’ll be able to use the asynchronous js tag to show banners. This is so you could actually create a website that hosts all of your advertising and then use the code and the asynchronous text on other websites to show the banners. You can have one central place for running all of your ad banners; kind of a useful feature of this plugin and one of the really powerful things I’ve found, considering once upon a time I used to use the Open Source Ad Manager program – not plugin. It’s a program. But it became too much trouble to keep it up-to-date.

Google Analytics – place your Google Analytics code in here. I won’t be doing that because this is only a demo site. But on your live site, you’ll want to put your Google Analytics code in and Google can track your ads for you, too. W-3 total page caching – if you use page cashing with W-3 Total Page Caching, you can enable this. I won’t be using it, so I’ll disable it.

Style it – You can customize the style sheets for it to your heart’s content. We’ll save those settings. What else do we got? Manage Ad Posts – Enable Post Ads. This allows you to add banners to all posts automatically. This one’s kind of useful if you want to have ads appear automatically on your post. You can just go choose your post type, either all posts or all pages, portfolio in this case on this particular theme has a portfolio theme, so we’re going to put it into posts just for fun.

Now what banner will show in these is important. Now you can put a top ad above the post or you can put a center ad in the post. So this is where you would create a specific ad, usually the 468 x 60. We’re just going to have it with the 728 x 90 for demo purposes. Center the ad – how many paragraphs after it do you want the ad to show? You can choose up to six paragraphs. The ad align – left, right, or default, which is hopefully centered. Bottom ad – this ad will show underneath the post, so you can put ads – three ads – on your site, just by coming to this one particular section here without a whole lot of extra work because it will automatically place them in there.

Manual updates – this is where you can update the campaign banner statistics. And then if you get the buy and sell ads, you can add it here, so you can download and add the buy and sell ads. Now that add-on, I’ve already uploaded it as you saw at the beginning, and I will be doing a training video on how to use that. But the big thing that’s going to happen is that video will not appear here on my YouTube channel for everyone to see. It’s going to only be available to those who support the WP Plugins A to Z website and the podcast that goes with that website. Everyone will be able to access it through the WP Support forums and membership section of the WP Plugins A to Z website. So look for it there and anyone who has left me a comment on my original YouTube channel previous to this being published, send me an email. I’ll happily make you a member of the site for one month so you can access the stuff.

Okay, so that’s everything in the plugin options. So now that we’ve covered those, now it’s time to go place an ad in a regular website or webpage. What we’re going to do is we’re going to bounce over to the front page of the website here, and of course this is my sandbox web page. Right now I need to have it load the page. Okay, this is the front page of the website.

Now what we’re going to do with it is we are going to place an ad banner right up above this slider here. To do that, this is the end fold theme and it uses a builder – the Avia Layout Builder program. So what we’re going to do is we’re just going to get a content element here and then we’re going to place the ad banner into that block. And so what this one’s going to do is we’re going to do it with the widget area. So we’ll grab a widget area, we’ll place it in here into the block, and of course I realized we forgot to build out the custom widget area, so we’re going to save that. Actually, we’re not going to save it; we’re just going to bounce on over to the widget area – leave the widget page – and go create a custom widget area.

And with this, we will then place the advertising – display your ads banner block here. Okay, we’ll select the ad zone for 723 x 90, top of block. And since it’s a custom widget area, it will be ready for us now when we go back to the front page to edit that front page. Then we’ll just select Edit Front Page again, come back in here, select Content Element, Widget Area. Use the top banner widget area (and yes, I have children as they’re looking for Pokémon emojis).

Okay, we’ll update this then we’ll go look at the front page, and we should have our banner ad right at the top of the page now. And there it is: nicely placed, nicely centered. If we sit here for 11 seconds, we should see it rotate through, and it’ll be all done and set. And there it goes, rotated through. So there you go; that’s exactly what you need for the WP Pro Ads Manager System and everything you need. So thanks for listening to this and I greatly appreciate your time. Hopefully this helps. If it does, feel free to contact me at my website, johnoverall.com or send me an email to john@wppro.ca. Or if you feel like giving me a call, I do take phone calls: (818) 850-7729. Take care now, bye-bye.

Okay, this is an addendum to the WP Pro Advertising System Plugin. A couple of things that I didn’t cover in the initial setup. These are kind of important features that as you go along, you’ll want to know about. Now the first one we’re going to talk about here is how to get the ad onto other websites or into other places within your website using short codes or additional code. Now we showed you real briefly back there how to create your ad zone and how to place banners into the ad zone.

One of the things you can do is once you go to the ad zones, it’ll list up all the ad zones you’ve created. So if you created multiple ones, you’ll see them all listed. The first thing you can do is you can look at the linked banners here and when you pop it up, it’ll show you all the banners that are linked to it. Then you can also change the order they are in. You can’t add or remove banners but you can see which ones are linked.

The next one is the Get Code. This here allows you to place these banners on other websites or in post short codes. So if you’re going to place it in another post on here, you can use this here, the post tag short code. And they have a short code editor that you can then open up and you can choose an ad zone, default options, whether it’s AJAX loaded, hi-def logged in, etc., etc., etc. Then you can go down to ad zone padding, style, border radius – you can do a lot of customizations to the ad zone code. Then it will give you a piece of code at the end of what you’re going to do.

The next thing down is a template tag. If you want to build your custom theme or template, you can embed these in here using a template tag. The other one is one we briefly touched on. We talked about the asynchronous js tag. It used to be a normal Java script tag, but now it’s asynchronous because of course that helps your website load faster. So you would need this piece of code here first and you would place that where you want the ad to appear on the other website. And then if you’re putting it on a website that’s not the same domain, you need to add this piece of code to it here so that it knows where to get the Java from. Plus, you have to add the domain you’re going to allow back in the settings. If you just want to I-frame the ad, you can I-frame the ad. I-frame works quite nicely but of course it loads slower.

Ten the final one here is the RSS feed. Now each ad zone has it’s own unique RSS feed and you can use this with Mail Chimp newsletters to import your ads directly into the newsletters you send out to Mail Chimp. Now I’ve kind of had a hit and miss success with this in Mail Chimp newsletters. I’m not sure why or what was happening, but I’ve had a couple of sites that it worked on, a couple that it hasn’t worked on, so it’s been kind of hit and miss. If you get it to work, more power to you. If not, don’t waste a lot of time trying to make it work because there’s something glitch about it. But that’s how you get the ads placed in other places.

Now the other thing you can do with it is you can go into the site here and I didn’t show you how the ads were displayed when you used that autofill function for a post. So if we go look at a post for the website, we can see here when we set it up, we chose to have three ads placed in here: one at the top of the post which comes in in this particular theme right underneath the main image at the top of the first paragraph. Then the second one is after a couple of paragraphs in. It places the center banner. And then at the bottom, it places the other banner ad. So you can do that with multiple banners in numerous ways you can do that and have it handed. This is something kind of nice to look at.

These are little features and little tweaks to the program. It is a great plugin to have to your website. And a couple of other little touchy things here, if you want to see what your advertisers are up to, you can go here, look at your advertisers, go click on the stats button. It’ll then pop up the stats for all of their stats, their impression. You can export it as a PDF file, so if you have people looking for stats, this is a great way to deliver those stats. It works fairly well. I have had some glitch displays with this here, the timeline of ad statistics, so it’s kind of hard to say.

Ad zones themselves, again, you can get the stats by going to the stats for a particular ad zone, and it does a pretty decent job of showing them. Campaigns, same thing. The same thing in the campaigns shows you the linked in banners, etc., and then the advertisers themselves. You can look up each individual advertiser.

So that’s all we’ve got for you. If you want more, please go visit WP Plugins A to Z.com and visit our YouTube channel there also. We greatly appreciate it. Thanks a lot for your time. Take care now. Bye-bye.

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