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Transcript of Episode 362 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 Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #362 here.


It’s Episode 362 and we’ve got plugins for Bigger WooCommerce Product Images, Bulk Editing WooCommerce, Private Demos, Tweaking WordPress Settings, Email Logs and Your Own Plugin Update Server. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #362

Marcus:           It’s Episode 362 and we’ve got plugins for Bigger WooCommerce Product Images, Bulk Editing WooCommerce, Private Demos, Tweaking WordPress Settings, Email Logs and Your Own Plugin Update Server. 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.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you today, and of course right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you have a few minutes, we would greatly appreciate your time subscribing to us and reviewing the show over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store.

Marcus:           And check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube the first Monday of each month in the morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Also remember, you can follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and subscribe to our newsletter. We put all of that WordPress news in our newsletter because we don’t have time for that here. We’re all about the plugins.

John:                Absolutely. And with all that being said, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]

We have our usual allotment of six great plugins for you today, and first off I have for you a plugin that was sent in to us by Rostislav Sofronov – and I butchered the name. Oh well.

Marcus:           You got it! Sofronov.

John:                Sofronov – hey, okay. At any rate, the first plugin here is called WOOBE, or WooCommerce Bulk Editor Professional. Now, this does have a professional version and a free version that’s available for you to test it out. It’s a WooCommerce Bulk Editor plugin that allows you to go in there and bulk edit all of the WooCommerce fields, the attributes, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, meta fields, and more.

It allows filtering by the WooCommerce product fields for further bulk editing or export, products export using native WooCommerce data format, which allows import data back in using their native format, history of what you’ve done, solo operations, and you can even add necessary meta fields to the system that don’t exist. So it’s possible to edit or serialize /jsoned products meta data also, so this is a pretty heavy plugin and the initial free version gives you about 20 fields or so you can manage and check. The pro version, which is about $40 allows you to do everything to do it. So if you test it out and find that it’s working for you, spend the $40 and get the full-blown version to do all the bulk editing you need with it.

At any rate, it looks to be a really great plugin. Go check it out. I give it a 4-Dragon rating and it’s WOOBE – WooCommerce Bulk Editor Professional.

Marcus:           Beautiful. Boy, you can make a living using this plugin, fixing people’s WooCommerce blunders.

John:                Oh, absolutely.

Marcus:           Geez. All right, I’ve got a lazy plugin but it is WooCommerce-related also. We’ve got a lot of WooCommerce plugins lately, John, but that’s just because that’s the type of thing that I’m involved in right now – and you, I guess.

John:                I’m in —

Marcus:           — building some WooCommerce sites.

John:                Just getting into this WooCommerce site, and I expect it to be finished in another month or two.

Marcus:           Exactly. So this one is very common. When you get a WooCommerce site and you put a product image in there, it kind of looks crappy, and in fact it’s not big at all. It might even, you know, hinder your sellability because it’s so small within the [unclear – 4:31] page. This is called WooCommerce Bigger Product Images, and actually it’s really a lazy plugin. There’s no settings at all; you just install it and activate it, and what it does is it increases the size of your product images on all the shop pages, as well as the individual product pages.

One of the popular themes out there for WooCommerce is called Storefront. It works directly with that. Many other themes – I tested it with mine; it works perfectly. Again, no options available. You just install it and activate it and you’ll get a nice, better user experience because of it. Check it out. It’s called WooCommerce Bigger Product Images and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                I’m gonna have to check that one out, because images are so important in the products, especially the products my client’s gonna be selling, so…

Marcus:           So I tried it on two different sites. The first one, it didn’t do anything to.

John:                Yeah?

Marcus:           And the second one, it did. So the first one I could understand because it was X Theme and it was kind of twerked around a little bit by me. But the other one, it worked great.

John:                Excellent. Well, X Theme is always a bit of a challenge. I’ve worked with X Theme a few times and I tend not to build in X Theme. I only work with it if I’ve taken over something in X Theme.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s good for – like I use X Theme for my own personal site and it’s great because I have static pages and things that really don’t change, and I had to do a lot of tweaking to how I wanted the blog to look. But once I had that done CSS-wise, it’s worked great for me. But again, next time I have to do a major upgrade to the site, I will not use X.

John:                [chuckling] All right, well that being said, this show here currently brought to you by…

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And that brings us up to our next set of plugins here, and the next one I’ve got for you is called WP-Tweaker – that’s a really cool name. Initially when I read through on this one here and the lack of information, I thought it was another joke plugin, so I actually downloaded —

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                — the plugin first to go check it out.

Marcus:           [chuckling] Did it have a bag of blue meth from Breaking Bad?

John:                Yeah, I thought it was going to be something like that —

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                — because I’ve gotten nailed by one of those plugins in the past. Just install it and it works, and it did absolutely nothing. There were no settings and when I read the code, it turned out the code was nothing but a joke, so I learn from my mistakes. So I downloaded it, read through the code, and oh, it does actually do something. It creates some information and an admin page for you.

What it’s designed to do for you and what I discovered by entering in WP-Tweaker – if you put “Tweaker” into the search box for WordPress plugins, you get a whole list of plugins that are all about tweaking all of the functionality in your website and speed and other miscellaneous stuff, so that’s where the term obviously comes from or relates to WordPress.

This is a simple plugin that helps you clean up the unnecessary things on your site. You install it, activate it, go to the admin page for it, and you can turn on or off any of the following items. You can disable the WordPress version in the header, deactivate the WP emojis, remove the WP manifest, remove the RSD links, remove the RSS links, remove the short links, remove the links to a /jsoned post, and limit post revisions to five. Just a couple of few things it does in there. It could help you improve your performance of your site by, you know, miniscule amounts which could make a difference between fast and slow, so it’s something to look at.

Not an overly impressive plugin on the whole, but something that can be useful and helpful to you, and it looks like it’s very low-impact on your website so you can go ahead and use it. At any rate, I give WP-Tweaker a 4-Dragon rating. Check it out.

Marcus:           Nice. That reminds me of the old Windows days. Do you remember Tweak UI?

John:                I do! I remember —

Marcus:           Change it?

John:                — I remember Tweak UI.

Marcus:           Change Windows settings?

John:                Oh, yeah. I think I’ve still got a Windows 6 machine that has WS Tweak UI still installed. [chuckling]

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                Yeah, I remember that, so I had – I used that a lot when I owned my computer store.

Marcus:           Yeah. All right, so this is something that is pretty groundbreaking – this plugin here, John.

John:                Okay?

Marcus:           How many times have you gone to something that’s like a plugin demo or something like that or a theme demo, and you can – it gives you like demo and the password’s 1-2-3-4 or whatever, right? And you can go in, check it out, and see what they’ve done and all that stuff. Great. The problem is people spam it and do crazy, stupid stuff in there, and put their own links and all the rest of it. It just becomes a mess.

This plugin is called Private Demo Generator for WordPress and convincing the customers is generally the most important part of the selling process, so getting them access to your product. Admin installation can very easily convince them to choose your product.

I’ll give you a great example: WP All-Import was a plugin I shelled out a couple hundred bucks for it instantly, because I was able to go into the admin and actually run a test.

John:                Right, very useful.

Marcus:           Okay, so the problem with this is you get these installation conflicts.

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           So this is – this Demo Generator for WordPress actually allows specific users of a website to be able to generate a private demo of an existing installation, and so you can clone any WordPress product demo with all the plugins that you need in it, the themes, all that stuff. And so when somebody logs in, they just put a set of credentials in and it creates a whole new installation with a temporary folder to test each aspect of the plugin or theme.

Now, the cool thing is is multiple – so Marcus can come to the site and it generates the Marcus.productsite.whatever.com. John, you go to the site and it generates a John one for you.

John:                Right.

Marcus:           So the cool thing is each clone installation comes with kind of a set amount of resources so that it’s not taking up your whole server. It also has kind of a privacy built into it and you can also set an expiration time so that in 24 hours, this demo gets deleted —

John:                Nice.

Marcus:           — so it’s not cluttering up system time.

John:                Nice.

Marcus:           For something like this, I’ve never seen anything this great in order to show off exactly what a specific plugin can do, and I’m talking about like if you had an event plugin, right? You’d want to prepopulate it with some stuff.

John:                Right.

Marcus:           Now probably if you had a BuddyPress, you’d probably want to prepopulate it with like 500 users to show what the conversation could be like, and this is easy for something like that to happen. So check this out – oh, and by the way…

John:                Hm?

Marcus:           — before I reveal the rating.

John:                Okay?

Marcus:           You could also use this for clients to show them what a backend would look like if specific themes were used or setups that you had.

John:                Oh, cool!

Marcus:           You could say, “Here, take the backend for a test drive. See if you’re comfortable enough in navigating this.”

John:                Nice.

Marcus:           Something for you to think about.

John:                Oh, yeah – absolutely.

Marcus:           Private Demo Generator for WordPress, and I give this a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That’s kind of cool because I know I’ve talked to you about it, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned it much on the show. I have three plugins in the development pipeline right now and one of them is due to be finished at the end of this month, and it’ll be the first of a fully, properly developed plugin. It started out as a fork about a year ago, but it’s going to be the Data List Manager plugin, and it’s one that I will need to be able to showcase to people because it’s going to be a freemium plugin – free version with premium add-ons to it, and so this is a nice way to be able to showcase that sort of thing, so very nice.

Marcus:           Now, I’ve thought about this. I’m not a plugin developer, so I don’t have any use for this – except one thing, John.

John:                What’s that?

Marcus:           When I’m testing plugins now…

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           I can use this on one of my kind of throwaway domains.

John:                Oh, yeah!

Marcus:           And I can instantly generate a staging domain to test out a new plugin —

John:                Hm.

Marcus:           — that already has other plugins going on it, so I can see if there’s any sort of interaction.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Right? So it’s a setup that I choose and determine with an install – maybe I want to seed it with 500 posts on it and then load in the plugin and see what it does.

John:                Oh, absolutely.

Marcus:           Now, I don’t have to worry about having some stage site out in the open forever. I can create my own private staging site that lasts maybe an hour until I want to delete it.

John:                Oh, excellent. Yeah, absolutely. Okay, well feedback, feedback, feedback! We love listener feedback. If you want to give us some listener feedback, go to our Contact page on wppluginsatoz.com/contact, go to the SpeakPipe button in the lower right-hand corner of the website, or you can email us directly. The emails are at the end of the show and in the show notes. So get a hold of us. Your feedback will be featured here. Think of it as a way to tap some very expensive minds and get some free advice on your WordPress website.

That being said, this show is 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 that those who have supported the show with $50 or more in donations, they get a note read out on the show and a link in the show notes if they provide that, we get it shared out and they’re really good links. They’re not non-tracking links; they are – go ahead and track these links – whatever it’s called. For some reason, that escaped my head.

At any rate, we’d like to continue to thank all of our donors who continue to come in under $50 and thank you very much. Your small donations help support the show and offset the costs of doing the shows, such as server bandwidth, transcripts, and all the miscellaneous incidentals that go into making a show. And if you’d like to support the show, go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and there’s a list of ways you can support the show there. Or, you can go to our Patreon account and support us there through Patreon. We still are using that because well, there’s still a few people there on Patreon and thank you very much for your support on Patreon.

Marcus:           Yep, so if you like the show, give us a review. If you love the show – which a lot of you do – give us a nice donation. We would appreciate that.

John:                Absolutely. And that brings us to our final set of plugins. The last one I’ve got for you today is called Post SMTP Mailer Email Log. This is a post – an emailer system to replace the WP Mail on your site and it helps in delivery of mail. Sometimes if you’re on shared hosting services, getting your emails sent from your server can be a challenge. You might end up on a shared server where they don’t really care if their IP address ends up in blacklists. You might be on a shared server that has 2,000 people on it, so your emails are never getting sent, etc., etc. All kinds of problems on shared hosting sometimes.

At any rate, this allows you to use an SMTP service of your choice, such as Google or some other SMTP service. The plugin helps integrate your email systems with your plugins such as WooCommerce, WP Forms, Elementor Forms, GravityForms, Contact Forms 7, Visual Forms Builder, Contact Form Builder, and more, so it helps with a whole list of form plugins you might have on your website and helping ensure that those emails are getting sent out from your website to you and your clients, because it’s really important that those emails are sent out, especially if you’re running an e-commerce website. Those emails are critical to get to your clients and to get to you to make sure that they are getting the information they need. So this is a way to help avoid the problem that WP Mail sometimes has on a shared hosting environment.

So if you have those issues, try this plugin: Post SMTP Mailer Email Log and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Nice. Yeah, that’s important sometimes, I mean especially if you’re looking at email that’s – gotta know what’s going where.

John:                Yep, absolutely.

Marcus:           Okay, this next one is complicated. [chuckling] So if you are not a – if you’re not really tech savvy in this kind of thing, I wouldn’t really attempt this. But it’s called WP Plugin Update Server, and what it does is it allows developers to provide updates for plugins and theme packages that you typically do not host on wordpress.org. So if you have your own plugin and you don’t have it on the WordPress Repository, maybe it’s just privately done or maybe you make your own plugins, you can use this plugin to actually integrate to things like Bitbucket, Github, Gitlab, self-hosted installations of that, or even just some remote repository, public or private.

So what you can do is upload this and then it has access to whatever your repository is so you can update all of the plugins. Now, it’s a little complicated as I said, but this allows you to do it. So check this out if you’re a developer. This really works well for you: WP Plugin Update Server and I rated it a 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Thank you very much! That one there has just saved me a whole heap of trouble. I was thinking about that as my first plugin is getting ready to get released. It’s how am I gonna deal with getting the updates dealt with, because I have no —

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                — intention of going through the hassles of putting it up in the WP Plugins Repository.

Marcus:           Yep.

John:                And yeah, this is gonna save me a lot of grief and plus the fact that it’s gonna be a freemium plugin, it’s gonna have a license and we’re gonna have to have the license checked for people to be able to use the premium versions – or the premium add-ons to the plugin. This is a fantastic tool and —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — any of you other plugin developers out there, this might be something you’ll want to look at for managing your plugins if you don’t want to go through the WP Plugins Repository.

Marcus:           Yeah, I knew this was special. You’re not gonna hear about this plugin anywhere.

John:                No.

Marcus:           Nowhere else, except this show.

John:                No, everyone else is gonna pretty much avoid it, I’m sure.

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                All right, well that wraps up this show here. I covered up this time the WOOBIE – WooCommerce Bulk Editor Professional, which I gave a 4 to; the WP-Tweaker, which I gave a 4 to; and the Post SMTP Mailer Email Log, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about WooCommerce Bigger Product Images, which I gave a 5 out of 5; Product Demo Generator for WordPress gets a 5 out of 5, and WP Plugin Update Server also gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                Excellent. And a couple of reminders: well, I’m looking forward to – it’s the end of June and I am going camping in a week.

Marcus:           Hm!

John:                Heading out to a nice fishing spot and getting away for three days for my birthday, so I’m looking forward to going to do that. And next week it’s going to be Canada Day/Fourth of July week for everyone, so it’ll be a happy holiday for all those and it’s summertime and just keep in mind the WordPress Victoria meetup group will be starting all its events coming September, and there’s gonna be lots of cool things coming for that.

And of course some other reminders – note to developers, if you would like to support the show, you want to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contests. Leave us all the details of what you want to share and what sort of things you would like us to say about your plugin, and we’ll create a contest just for you and your plugin. You get lots of promotions and exposure to your plugin and people come and join the thing. It’s lots of fun.

Also, if you would like to submit a plugin for review, whether it’s yours or one you think is just cool, you can go to wppluginsatoz.com, hit the button up top that’s Submit a Plugin, and you can submit a plugin for us to add to the queue for reviews.

And that’s pretty much all we’ve got for you now, so take care. Bye-bye.

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Transcript of Episode 361 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 Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #361 here.



It’s Episode 361 and we’ve got plugins for Mobile Invoicing, Site Caching, Fixing Yoast, Media Library Folders, Donations and Testing WooCommerce Payments. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #361

Marcus:           It’s Episode 361 and we’ve got plugins for Mobile Invoicing, Site Caching, Fixing Yoast, Media Library Folders, Donations and Testing WooCommerce Payments. 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.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you today. But of course right off the top, you can find all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you have a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time, subscribing to us and reviewing the show over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store.

Marcus:           Yeah, those reviews do help out a ton. So no matter where you are, please leave us a review. Also, remember to check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live every Monday – actually, the first Monday in the morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Also, you can follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and subscribe to our newsletter. That’s where we keep all the WordPress news. We don’t talk about WordPress news on this podcast because it’s all about plugins.

John:                Absolutely and our newsletter goes out every Thursday now, pretty much like clockwork, so make sure you sign up for that newsletter. With that being said, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]

And we have our usual great allotment of six plugins today and the first one I’ve got for you, it was sent in to us by Chris Donalds, and it’s a premium plugin with a free trial and it’s called CodeDragon SmartCache. I like the titled dragon; that’s what really caught me. So at any rate, CodeDragon SmartCache is one intelligent caching plugin and what it allows for is it allows for really fast, adaptive caching, automatic GZIP compression, browser caching. If you go with the premium version, you can then set up things along the lines such as include the WordPress core files [unclear – 2:52], you can get Google closure, you can prevent loading of J-query, migrate, and more.

This is another in a long list of caching plugins that are out there. The free version seems to be pretty decent, it works pretty well. I only tested it on my dev site; I didn’t put it into a live site, because all of my live sites seem to be working well with the caching I have now. But it is something to consider if you haven’t added caching to your website. This is one you might consider when you’re going through and testing which one to check out. It allows you to save lots of time, improve your speed and performance, and of course with the speedpocalypse that’s coming down the road real soon, this is something you really want to think about.

So anyway, a really great looking plugin. I gave it a 4-Dragon rating. Go check it out: the CodeDragon SmartCache.

Marcus:           Very nice! And you’re not kidding about speedpocalypse and those that are regular listeners to the show and listen right when the show comes out, you know this well ahead of everybody else that’s a designer and developer. Believe me, it’s not top of mind to them right now.

John:                No, it will be. It will be in a couple of months when the deadline finally hits.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                And suddenly —

Marcus:           And it’s —

John:                — it’ll be out there, especially when their SEO starts tanking.

Marcus:           Yeah, and it’s also something to remember when you’re pitching clients, right?

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           Look, your website – now, it’s not just design. You know, I used to tease clients and go, “What, did you have your kids make this website for your business? What’s going on with this thing?” And, you know, it was kind of calling them out but it was true. Now, even if they have a good design, maybe you can go to them and go, “Hey look, here’s the problem. Your website is aesthetically great but the speed sucks and you’re gonna lose for that.”

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           “Loose big time.” All right, I wanted to bring to light a plugin that – I’m bringing this in untested, because I don’t have a device that can test it. But I’ve looked around and looked at a video of it, and it looks pretty good, so I wanted to talk about it on the show. It’s called Invoice on the Go and it is billed as the only WordPress invoice system that has its own Android app. So you can actually create invoices in your computer or directly using your phone and what happens is it actually goes into your WordPress site. So it has client services and invoice management, it creates invoices like I said on your system or on your phone, it then emails that invoice over to your clients, and it has PayPal support so that your clients can pay you directly.

So all you have to do is install this plugin, install the app, associate the two together, and that’s it. It’s automatic; no price to it, nothing like that. I would’ve given it higher ratings than this, but again, I did not get a chance because I have Apple products and not Android, so I rated this one a 3 out of 5. But if you have Android, definitely worth checking out.

John:                Absolutely. It looks like it’s a pretty nice one. The invoicing system I use actually has its own app for both Android and Apple. So I use WHMCS for doing my invoicing, so…

Marcus:           Hm…okay.

John:                So that is a paid premium piece of software and it —

Marcus:           Right.

John:                — sits separate and apart from your WordPress website, though you can integrate it.

Marcus:           Hm.

John:                It took me a while, but I finally have it fully integrated in my site now, which is nice and it looks like my WordPress website but it goes to my invoicing system. So anyway, it does look like a really great one if you don’t have a lot of money or you’re looking at an easy way to set up invoicing. This looks like a really nice way to go.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s free —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — and takes about five minutes to set up.

John:                Yeah, absolutely. Okay, and this show here currently brought to you by…

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And of course, what else have we got here? Well, that brings us up to our second set of plugins and the next one I’ve got for you here is another one that I’d done for testing out and organizing your media files. This one here was Organize Media Library by Folders. Now initially when I went to test it out, I was thinking it was like the other two I’d previously tested in the last show or talked about in the last show in that it would help you categorize and organize your media library.

But what this one does is in particular, it helps sort all your media files into separate folders on your website. Now, doing that, I’m not entirely certain of the uses of it, because WordPress already sorts them by year and month for you if you have it set up properly. Additional sortage by folder type, such as data or PDFs or other things might be useful for you. It depends on how you organize your website up. So I thought it might be a good one to bring forward and mention, even though it didn’t do exactly what I was after when I was doing all of that testing. Check it out, it’s called Organize Media Library by Folders, and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hm, a good start – good start. All right, well, John, have you heard about what happened with Yoast?

John:                I did hear something about it. They were having problems updating – or upload something or another. I don’t recall exactly but I did hear they had a problem.

Marcus:           Well here’s what happened is they incorrectly made every attachment have its own URL page, and so Google when it went in to index suddenly realized that you now have 14,000 more pages than you did yesterday.

John:                Ouch!

Marcus:           [chuckling] Thanks, Yoast! [chuckling] So this is an official plugin from Yoast called Search Index Purge, and it is to purge attachment URLs out of the Google index as fast as possible. It helps sites that might’ve suffered from having too many thin content pages in the search index by removing them in the fastest way that Yoast can. I rated this a 4 out of 5. It’s a great plugin and a perfect solution, but it’s kind of a dumbo mistake and so I – I can’t call this the perfect plugin, right? It’s the perfect band aid to —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — hitting your own head against the wall.

John:                [chuckling]

Marcus:           But it works well. So it’s called Yoast SEO Search Index Purge. If you use Yoast, you review this and it’s rated 4 out of 5.

John:                Excellent. I kind of like that idea for helping to clean up the mess. Thanks, Yoast. But yeah, I heard about it but I guess it’s a good thing that I’m a little slow in doing my updates and I completely missed that version on all my websites.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                I missed that problem. Okay, well this brings us to listener feedback and donor support. And of course, we love listener feedback and if you’d like to leave some here for us, we’d greatly appreciate it. You can do that by going to the Contact page, sending us an email there, going to SpeakPipe, giving us a voicemail there, sending us a direct message. Anyway, you can also reach out to us on Twitter and our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. You can reach out in all of those places there and we will get to you. Not always, but we get to you as rapidly as we can and we try to bring them back over and include them in the show, so give us some listener feedback. It really helps the show, it helps give us a little more content for you, information for you. Think of it as tapping the minds of some very expensive guys and getting some free advice.

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Marcus:           That’s right, we are not – we don’t an Australian accent, asking for $400 a month. We just want a donation every now and again, so we do appreciate everybody who has contributed thus far. But if you love the show like a lot of you do, you owe it to yourself to contribute and donate to WordPress Plugins A to Z, so we thank all the supporters out there. Without you, this show could not continue.

John:                Absolutely. All right, and our final set of plugins we’ve got here for you today, the last one I have, it was another one that was sent in by one of the developers out there. It was sent in by Rebekah Pillay and it’s called Donorbox. Now, this one here is another in a long string of donor systems you can use on your website to collect donations. This is a third-party system and the plugin helps you integrate into the third-party system called Donorbox, and Donorbox is a pretty decent one from what I can tell. I don’t use it and I didn’t set up an account there, but they charge a lot less than most of the other ones such as Patreon and Stripe and just going straight PayPal – well, they charge you the full PayPal price, because it seems like they run everything through PayPal Merchant.

But at any rate, if you’re looking for a nice way to create a Donorbox and a donor platform system, this might be something you’d look into when you’re going that route, see what it is, see if it fits with what your plans are for your website. It does seem to be pretty decent from as far as I can tell. Go check it out. It’s called Donorbox and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           That’s cool. We should really do kind of a review set of one of these one day.

John:                Oh, there’s a lot of them out there and —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — some are good, some are not so good. I’ve heard good and bad on different ones. This one here is kind of a new one. I don’t know if it’s really new-new, but it’s one that I had never really heard of until the developer sent us the plugin to ask if it’d be put into the queue for review, so…

Marcus:           Yeah. Well, the last plugin that I’ve got here is something that if you run any kind of WooCommerce site, you owe it to yourself to do this. It is called Fake Pay for WooCommerce, and what it is, it’s a payment gateway that actually is a test environment that allows administrative users to check out without having to enter any payment information. So you just simply choose Fake Pay as the payment option on checkout and it processes it as if you actually paid.

Now, this is good if you have a membership site and you want to see the sequence as to what happens after somebody pays. Most people don’t test that.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Most people don’t test the Thank You process or the onboarding process after payment, because they don’t want to go through and, you know, actually go through the testing and pay, because, you know, who wants to charge their own card for their own product, right?

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Or, you know, have to void it or any of those things. So this allows you to do it. You just put Fake Pay as your checkout and you have to, by the way, be the administrator to see Fake Pay, so it’s not like somebody could just put Fake Pay and actually make an order. So check it out, it is called Fake Pay for WooCommerce – vital for testing WooCommerce or sequences, and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That’s kind of cool. This is another one. I’ve seen a few like this and one of the problems I saw with the ones that I have looked at in the past is that a regular user could still see that payment option when they were going to test it and everything —

Marcus:           Right.

John:                — so that could be a bit of a problem.

Marcus:           Yeah, and a lot of people use this like fake MasterCard number 4111 1111…, you know.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Sixteen ones or whatever —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Yeah, you’ve got to have things set up in a full test environment then, but yes, that’s pretty nice. It’s especially useful if something’s going wrong in your already live environment, because then you can’t use the fake MasterCard number because if you’re processing proper credit cards, you know.

Marcus:           Right, exactly.

John:                Anyway, yeah, go check that one out. All right, well closing out this show here, I covered up the CodeDragon SmartCache and I gave it a 4; the Organize Media Library Folders – I gave it a 3; and then the Donorbox, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I reviewed Invoice on the Go, which gets a 3 out of 5, but only because I don’t have an Android device and I can’t test it properly. Yoast SEO, the Search Index Purge – the dunce cap of the SEO industry right now gets a 4 out of 5, and Fake Pay for WooCommerce gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                Okay, and there’s a couple of reminders. I’d like to say thank you very much to those of you that showed up at the WordPress Meetup here in Victoria last weekend. It was great fun, enjoyed ourselves, and we’ve got more meetups coming and starting in September, I will be providing training session meetups where I will be giving presentations for half an hour to an hour long and I’ve already lined up a couple of local developers to come in and present things, so a lot is going to be happening with WordPress Meetup Victoria. So if you live on the island, you might want to get involved and check it out.

Marcus:           Hey John, for those of us who don’t live on the island, why don’t you consider streaming those on like Facebook Live or something?

John:                That’s something I may consider getting set up and doing.

Marcus:           Yeah? Good.

John:                I hadn’t thought about that and since I’ve got a couple of months to prep and test for it, I might actually see what I can accomplish with that, because that would be a good idea to stream those things out onto our Facebook channel.

Marcus:           Yeah, or YouTube. It could go right onto our YouTube channel.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           That might be cool, too.

John:                Yeah, I could put them up on the YouTube channel. But those are definitely coming and it’s going to happen because I took over the meetup group here in Victoria a couple of months ago and it’s taken me a couple of months to get it organized. I had a meetup last month; I just had one for June, and July and August, nothing happens in July and August here in Victory. It’s like tourist central; everyone leaves town that doesn’t have to be in town, and I don’t blame them. They all come back in September and that’s when everything starts rolling again here, so –

Marcus:           Hm.

John:                — and that’s when they will start happening.

Marcus:           You know, I’ve also thought of doing this on maybe our Facebook page or something like that. I, coming up here in the next month, have to make about six different kinds of websites for projects that I’m involved in.

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           I’ve thought about livestreaming me starting from a blank WordPress install —

John:                Now there’s an idea.

Marcus:           — and talking about the ideas and things that I want —

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           — and pretty much knowing going in not what I want in terms of the plugins, but how do I choose it? How am I testing it? What am I looking for? And that would probably be a three-hour long stream, but it might be fun.

John:                Yeah, you might get a few people to tune in and tune out and some will tune back in. But yeah, it would be quite a good thing.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, and going out also, stop in at our YouTube channel, check out our screencasts there, and you might just see live streaming from WordPress Meetup Victoria, so I think I will work to make those happen. I hadn’t given it much thought.

And also, a note going out to developers, if you would like to support the show, you want to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest, leave all of your details there for everything you want us to showcase about a contest for the plugin, giving away a premium license. And also, you can submit plugins for review on the website and I will get them into the queue to be reviewed.

And that’s all we’ve got for you now, so take care, bye-bye.

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Transcript of Episode 360 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 Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #360 here.


It’s Episode 360 and we’ve got plugins for Copying Posts from Another Blog, Media Library Management, Self-Hosted Google Fonts, Drag & Drop Surveys and Instant Discounts for Newsletter Subscription. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #360

Marcus:           It’s Episode 360 and we’ve got plugins for Copying Posts from Another Blog, Media Library Management, Self-Hosted Google Fonts, Drag & Drop Surveys and Instant Discounts for Newsletter Subscription. 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.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we’re here with another fantastic episode of WP Plugins A to Z show for you, and 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, we’d greatly appreciate your time in Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving us reviews there.

Marcus:           That’s right. That does help out with the rankings and brings new people to the show and makes John and I feel better. Also remember, you can check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube every first Monday of the month in the morning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. You can also follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and subscribe to our newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com. That’s where you get all the news about WordPress because we like to keep this show about plugins.

John:                Absolutely. And with all that being said, it’s time to dive right into the meat and potatoes.

[Plugins lead-in music]

And we have our usual great allotment of six great plugins for you today and right off the top, I have for you a plugin called Enhanced Media Library. Now, if you’ve got a library of media in your WordPress website, being images, PDF files, music – whatever you’ve got in there – you may eventually hit a point where you want to organize it as a recent client of mine did. They asked about “How can I organize the media library up into categories or tags, be able to create galleries just out of the media library itself?”

Well, this plugin here is one that will help you do that quite well. It allows you to categorize the items via categories, tags, as well as any other taxonomies that may have been created by any other plugins or themes in your website. Once you finish doing all that categorization then, you can also use shortcodes to then display the groups of categories you’ve just created. Create the galleries, create a gallery, put all the images into a gallery, use a shortcode, and display that specific gallery nice and simple. You can do the same thing with playlists or PDF files or anything else with this plugin.

This one here turned out to be quite a good one. I reviewed a couple of others; they’ll show up later in the show or in other shows. At any rate, Enhanced Media Library, you might want to go check this one out because I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Come on, John. The media library is just fine the way it is.

John:                Oh, absolutely! That one needs —

Marcus:           [snickering]

John:                — whatsoever. [chuckling] The default media library, they put so much time into everything —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — else in the WordPress. Everyone is going, “When are you going to do something with the media library?” Uh…nobody cares. You’re right, nobody cares.

Marcus:           [electronic distortion of Skype audio] Well, they have been listening to the show for a long time and listening to us complain about the media library over the years. Now that’s a totally funny inside joke.

John:                Yeah, can you —

Marcus:           [electronic distortion continued] All right, and first —

John:                — can you hold one second —

Marcus:           Yeah?

John:                — for me and call right back in, because you just suddenly started breaking up. It’s such a mess. Yes, the media library is an absolute mess, so…all right.

Marcus:           It’s not a mess. Come on, it’s perfect the way it is, John.

John:                Oh, absolutely. Absolutely.

Marcus:           [chuckle]

John:                You’d think WordPress would do something about it.

Marcus:           Yeah, well anybody listening knows that it’s an inside joke. I’ve been complaining about the media library for years and this is a great plugin to help declutter that mess.

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           So let me talk to you about something new, John, that I’ve come across that it’s pretty cool. [electronic distortion of audio] And actually, I’m going to try and use this on my own personal site and make it so that it pulls episodes of this show onto my site. It is called Copy Posts and it’s by a company called iPressGo, and it allows you to duplicate posts from any other WordPress blog that has the REST API enabled and put it onto your own WordPress blog as either a draft or published or whatever. In addition, you can create multiple kind of copy jobs that will automatically schedule posts to be duplicated onto your blog, so that is awesome.

Now, you could actually set a start time or time between posts, a total limit of how much stuff you want to bring over – any of those things – and then you save your copy job. So it allows you to do multiple sites, not just one. It runs in the background and it runs until stop or delete the specific jobs, so pretty cool. You can create higher limits so that it can actually do it in a higher frequency or you can actually set it lower if you only want it to post every now and again. So it does the most recent available according to the schedule and settings that you configure. It’s something I want to do to try and pull in the podcast from WP Plugins A to Z over to my site so that I don’t have to do it myself manually every week. Check it out. It’s called Copy Posts and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s a pretty cool plugin, but I’m going to have to enable the API on the WP Plugins site first.

Marcus:           Shh…mute that! No hackers. You hackers sitting here that…no.

John:                [laughing]

Marcus:           I thought – you know, it might be worth a test.

John:                Well —

Marcus:           — because I know you also put it in a couple of other places, too.

John:                Well yeah, but I push ‘em out. I push ‘em out from the website. I don’t – I don’t pull them in; I push them out. So that’s why it’s – you’re reading this and I’m like, “Wait a minute.” So with this plugin here, you can go out there and say, “I like everything on your website and hey, you’ve got the API enabled. Cool!” Pull it over.

Marcus:           Right, that’s it.

John:                Yeah, okay. That’s what I thought I saw there. But yeah, a really great idea and yeah…no, I disabled the APIs on both my sites simply to —

Marcus:           DAMN YOU!!!!

John:                [chuckling] They were actually causing unneeded resources going out, and I got tired of people hitting against the API for the users list.

Marcus:           Hm…

John:                So…

Marcus:           Well, you might want to put it back on there and actually start embedding ads into – more ads into the thing.

John:                There you go! Now, there’s a good idea. If you think your stuff’s going to be pulled by the API, embed more ads so you get more coverage.

Marcus:           Right.

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John:                Oh, sweet!

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John:                Wow, that’s expensive public storage. Was that like the size of —

Marcus:           It is.

John:                — a two-bedroom house?

Marcus:           Well, they wanted to raise the rent. They actually wanted to actually raise the rent. When I started, it was $200.

John:                Yeah, wow. Well, public storage is good business. If you can get yourself space for that, I highly recommend buying an industrial warehouse to turn it into public storage and it’s basically like printing money.

Marcus:           No kidding. And the more demand that you have, you just raise the rent.

John:                That’s it.

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John:                “If not, well, I’ve got…”

Marcus:           “Those of you that don’t, we have people already waiting in line to pay triple rent.”

John:                There you go. All right, well our next set of plugins we’ve got here is – the first – the one I’ve got here was sent in to us by Dmitri Kurmanov and it’s called SurveyJS. Now, this is a really interesting plugin. Most of it is free; it’s got a premium version. But it’s a plugin for creating surveys on your website. It uses easy drag & drop survey builder, lots of options in it. It’s based on popular JavaScript developer community library and builder. It’s got lots of different elements and questions and panels for simple inputs. It’s got multipage support. You can localize it in many languages and supports many language surveys, control survey flow, full data, and more.

This is a really interesting plugin for creating surveys for your website and keeping all the data local onto your website. The premium version is available to help you integrate it into additional systems you might be using, so you might want to look at the premium version. The premium version is pretty pricey and – but it could be worth it if you need full integration into assorted platforms you might build. The free version might work well for just creating surveys on your website to get input from people. So anyway, go check it out. It’s SurveyJS and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Cool! Nice. So John, the next plugin I’ve got – do you use Google Fonts on any of your websites?

John:                I do. I use it a lot.

Marcus:           Yeah. See, the thing about Google Fonts is it actually calls out to Google —

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           — every single time that you have a page rendered or to – at least initially —

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           — to make them cache that font. Sometimes for security reasons you may even have a website that you don’t want to do those external callouts to, or you just want to increase your speed. For that, I’ve got a plugin here for you. It’s called Self Hosted Google Fonts. So what this does is it meets all those security and law requirements and all those things. It also helps with theme and plugin offers that don’t actually include fonts in a lot of different things.

Actually what this plugin does is it’s really lazy and easy and makes a quick scan of all the CSS on your site and then it automatically downloads and hosts all the Google web fonts right on your server and calls to your server, and not externally to Google when it comes to loading up those fonts. A really handy tool, self-hosted Google Fonts lazy plugin, and I gave it a 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That’s quite awesome and something I think I’m going to have to implement across all my client sites that use it because that could increase page speed load, too.

Marcus:           Sure.

John:                Having those fonts locally. You could, you know, shave off a quarter of a second or a half a second, or, you know, every little bit helps considering that the speedpocalypse is coming later this summer.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                And Google is about to impose many penalties on lack of speed, so anyway, back to JohnOverall.com, see me to help speed your website up if you haven’t gotten around to it yet. Yeah —

Marcus:           And John might actually install this plugin for you.

John:                Yeah, I might install this plugin to help —

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                — along with all of the other things I do. I’ve actually got quite a few things I do for speeding up websites. I took on a new client yesterday after I got him all up and running. I managed to trim two seconds off of their site just by going through and fixing things, so – and that was just the start. So there you go.

At any rate, the next thing we got here, listener feedback. We really enjoy listener feedback. You can do that by going to our contact page, sending us an email there, SpeakPipe, you can hit the lower right-hand corner of the website, or email us directly. The emails are at the end of the show.

Anyway, we did have a contact from a listener recently and he had to say this:

“Hello.

Sorry if this has been mentioned before.

I listen fairly often. Many of your ratings are 4. There are a few 5’s and very few 3’s. Since most plugins are a 4 it really doesn’t show me how valuable they are or how they compare to other 4 rated apps.

How about if you opened the 4’s scale to 4.0, 4.2, 4.4, 4.6, 4.8, (5.0). I think most people don’t want to use a plugin if it is 3 unless it’s the only one or does the best job. But there is possibly a big difference between a 4.2 app and a 4.6 app. This detail is missing when both apps are a 4.”

Thanks, Chuck.

Marcus:           Hm…can I answer that?

John:                You can. I had an answer for it too, so go ahead. You first.

Marcus:           No. Here’s the thing, Chuck. I probably look at 20 plugins before I pick three for the show, so I’m never gonna show a 1. I’m never gonna bring a 2 to the show. There’s no way. I don’t want to waste your time with something that I think sucks. If I really think it sucks, I might mention it in passing but I like to bring things that are useful. So when we say “we separate the junk from the gems,” I also like to bring plugins that are – maybe there’s four or five different types of that same plugin out there, but I’ll bring the good one to light, so that’s my thing. Plus, it’s just way too complicated if I gotta go through decimals.

John:                Absolutely. I kind of feel the same way there about going through the decimals and it’s kind of hard to do that. Again, same reason Marcus just mentioned. I look at a lot of plugins and for instance when I discussed media library plugins I will be discussing, I probably looked at about 10, 12 of them and I settled on three or four, and then I finally settled on one. The one that got the highest rating was the good one and the other ones may get a similar rating to each other because they have similar functionality, so this is the way I kind of look at them. You know I can try to enhance and say “Yeah, this one’s a little better than most,” but still it’s only going to get a single dot rating, instead of trying to decimalize it out.

So anyway, but thanks for the feedback, Chuck. Much appreciated.

Okay…

Marcus:           Absolutely. Thank you, Chuck.

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And if you’d like to support the show, just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and you’ll find all kinds of ways there to help donate and support the show.

Marcus:           Yep, thank you to all of our supporters and if you love the show, please consider donating yourself.

John:                Absolutely. All right, and our final set of plugins we’ve got for you today, the final one I’ve got for you here is called Media Library Categories, and this is another one that I was looking at to help sort out the media library. This one here is kind of a simpler version of the first one I talked about in that all it really does for you is help you create different categories to put all of your media files into and then allows you to separate and sort those by their files and see what’s up with them and to organize them.

It does have a gallery shortcode and a taxonomy filter, but it was nowhere as thorough as the first one I looked at. So at any rate, it’s a pretty decent one if you need something simple and easy, this would be something that you might want to check out even though I still give it only a 3-Dragon rating. Check it out: the Media Library Categories.

Marcus:           That’s a good start. All right, I’ve got a really good plugin for everybody that uses MailChimp and WooCommerce. I imagine that’s the majority of people out there.

John:                Ah, that’s a large number.

Marcus:           Pardon?

John:                I said it’s a large number, yes.

Marcus:           Yeah? Okay, so this is called Newsletter Discounts for WooCommerce and what it does is it helps increase your store conversions and make more sales by offering a discount to your visitors. Now what happens is a popup form comes up to welcome your visitors and says, you know, “We can give you an immediate discount code to the store and just fill out your name and your email, and we’ll give it to you.” So in exchange for them signing up to your email list, it actually creates a unique coupon code that is specific to them and lets them know.

Now while it does that, it also adds them to your MailChimp list, so that’s pretty valuable.

John:                Hm.

Marcus:           Also within MailChimp, it also gives the promo code that was created for them in WooCommerce within MailChimp, so you can track that later. You can set things like the type of discount, whether, you know, that’s percentage of fixed amount or off specific products, and you can actually also make an expiration for the discount as well. Great plugin, Newsletter Discounts for WooCommerce, and I rated this a 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That is an excellent plugin and it does work. I have signed up for email lists just to get the discount so I could buy something.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So it does work. It works really well for the first purchase.

Marcus:           That’s what I did, too.

John:                And then if they – you do well, well, I’ll keep buying stuff for you and keep hoping that your newsletters will send me further discounts down the road. So anyway…

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, well —

Marcus:           That first one is the hardest and any bit of e-commerce, getting that first sale from somebody is always the toughest.

John:                Absolutely. All right, well closing out this episode, I covered up the Enhanced Media Library, which I gave a 5 to; the SurveyJS, which I gave a 4 to; and the Media Library Categories, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I had a lot of plugins that I liked this episode, including Copy Posts, which gets a 4 out of 5, Self-Hosted Google Fonts, which gets a 5 out of 5, and Newsletter Discounts for WooCommerce gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                It’s a good round of plugins today. Okay, and reminders – and one reminder I’d like to put out there is for all of those who live on Vancouver Island or visiting this area, June 16th there’s another meetup for WordPress Meetup that we’re having at the Boston Pizza again in Victoria. You can go to meetup.com, signup there, join the group, and come show up for the meetup. And thank you very much to any Vancouver Islanders who showed up to the meetup previously.

And also, don’t forget to go check out our YouTube screencast, our YouTube channel, and check out our screencasts there. We get the live screencast goes up there along with training videos that I’m in the process right now of creating a training video, so that’ll be up sometime soon.

And a note to developers: if you would like to support the show and you want to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest and enter all the information there.

And that’s pretty much all we’ve got for you now, so take care, bye-bye.

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Transcript of Episode 359 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 Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #359 here.



It’s Episode 359 and we’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Fees, Embedding Tables, Team Showcase, Sharing Drafts, EU Cookies and Pricing per User Role. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #359

Marcus:           It’s Episode 359 and we’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Fees, Embedding Tables, Team Showcase, Sharing Drafts, EU Cookies and Pricing per User Role. 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.

Marcus:           And from the smoky shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you today, but don’t forget right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over in the iTunes Store, Stitcher Radio, and Google Play, reviewing the show and subscribing to the show in those places.

Marcus:           Yes, absolutely. Also remember that you can follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. And also, hey, our newsletter that’s like one of the most important aspects of the show. You can go to wppluginsatoz.com, subscribe to our newsletter. That’s where you find all the news, because we keep the news there, because we keep all the plugins here.

John:                Absolutely, and we’ve got a usual great line of plugins for you today, so with all that being said, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes.

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, well first up here I have today a plugin called Share a Draft. Now this plugin here – and it may happen to you from time to time – but it recently occurred with me with a client where she was doing – she writes articles, a travel blog website, and she was working with a new client that wanted to see the post before she published it to make sure it properly represented them. Well, getting that done with someone who’s not registered on a website is kind of difficult. This plugin here saves all of that grief and time for you.

What it allows you to do is you can go create your draft post and then you go to a little subsection under your post that say, share a draft. You go in there and you set it. You create a specialized link that you can set to expire for hours or weeks, depending on how long you want that link to be alive and active, and then you email that link to the person you want to review the post. And when they see it, they see the post as if it’s published on the website; they don’t see it in the backend, which we all know are two different ways of looking at everything. So this is a really great plugin. It worked like a dream, it was really easy. I was able to set it up for my client and she found it a piece of cake to use, and of course plugins like this, you know, simple, easy, and make your life a breeze have to get a top 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s an awesome one.

John:                Oh, it’s sweet.

Marcus:           I like them a lot.

John:                I was – when she asked me about doing this, I’m like, “I don’t know. Gotta be something.”

Marcus:           Well, the thing that differentiates that from any other plugin like it that we’ve used before – and we have reviewed plugins that do things with drafts. However, this one that has the expiration —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — of when the draft is, that’s something new.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           That’s something —

John:                The link expires, so that way —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — if they don’t see it or it gets wandered around the web, you know, a lot of – it can’t be shared if it’s something you’re trying to keep on the lowdown, so…

Marcus:           Right. Wow, that’s pretty cool. So I had a listener just send me a quick message on Twitter and said, “Hey, I’m trying to add something to WooCommerce where I can put in additional feed in there for…” The way that they described it was a rush fee, so to speak. But this plugin that I’m reviewing is called WooCommerce Additional Fee. It actually allows you to add that additional fee to your checkout pages, like the handling charge or the rush charge, or whatever. Very easy to set up – it just takes a couple of minutes – very simple and effective.

So if you’re looking for that extra thing to add, whether that be a packaging fee, a handling fee, a rush charge, anything like that, this is the thing to do it. It doesn’t add an extra product, which is what a lot of people do is add a product that says ‘rush charge’ on it but it doesn’t work out that way. So check this out: WooCommerce Additional Fee and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s very nice. That can be quite useful if you’re running an e-commerce store.

Marcus:           Yes.

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Marcus:           Nice! Yeah, we got a couple of other plugins that we’re talking to some people about doing contests for. We like doing every single month, giving away a new plugin. That seems to kind of bring – bring some attention to not only this show but to the listeners themselves and, you know, how we like to treat you and maybe let you win stuff, so stay tuned.

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           We’ve got a lot more coming up.

John:                No, I’ve got some things to do. I forgot to mention here also the contests are powered by Simple Giveaways plugin, since they provided us a premium version. Thank you guys very much and I’ll be updating all of that stuff there in the coming next week or two as I prep up for the next contest.

Marcus:           Awesome.

John:                I got a whole bunch of tweaks to do there since they’ve got an advanced version of the plugin that came out a couple of months ago that I haven’t implemented yet.

All right, well that brings us up to our next set of plugins here, and the next one – I know this one’s been in our reviews before. In fact, I think you reviewed it once, Marcus. It’s Ninja Tables and this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play with it.

Now as anyone knows who hasn’t been hiding under a rock, the GDPR just pounded everybody to death for the last couple of weeks, and I was caught up in that mess, too. One of the requirements in the GDPR was having to list up all of the cookies that your website uses, and there’s multiple ways to do this. And I was thinking, “Well, let me get a table, something to create a nice, little table. I can display the table nice and cleanly inside the privacy policy where the cookies are supposed to be listed.”

And I looked at a couple of different methods and I went, “Oh yeah, Ninja Tables.” The great thing about it was you can get all your cookies you need, put them into a CSV file, so you have them all nice and organized, then you import that CSV file directly into Ninja Tables, and then with a shortcode, you stick it wherever you want it to be. It displays beautifully, from your desktop all the way down to the mobile version, which is what I was looking for, and I needed it not just for myself, for the WP Plugins site, JohnOverall.com, plus several other clients.

So all in all, fantastic plugin. I love the way it worked. I loved the smoothness of the functionality. I liked the display of it. Anyway, if you haven’t tried it yet, go check out Ninja Tables and I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           All right, I hate to pop the 5 Dragons —

John:                Really? Why?

Marcus:           — but does this thing import Google Spreadsheets?

John:                I didn’t try to import spreadsheets. I just —

Marcus:           That’s the only thing to me that wouldn’t.

John:                It imported a CSV file like a dream.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So if Google Spreadsheets can be CSV’d, then it —

Marcus:           Oh yeah, of course they can.

John:                Then it should import them fine.

Marcus:           Yeah, the only reason I was asking is maybe because the Google Spreadsheet could be updated live on the backend and then —

John:                Yeah. I don’t think this has a live version to import. You would have to update your Google Spreadsheet and then go reimport it.

Marcus:           Hmm.

John:                That was the one thing I did find that – but that didn’t impact the way I needed it to work.

Marcus:           Okay. Well that’s just a different set of scrutiny, I guess —

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           — from my end.

John:                That’s all it is, a different set of scrutiny.

Marcus:           Okay, so I’ve been working on a business site for actually for my wife, and one of the things that I wanted to include was a nice display of all the great ladies that work there. And so I decided with a plugin called Team Showcase, and it is actually called Team Ultimate. It is a plugin that allows you to create and manage a nice team page very nicely. It gives you a TON of different options that you can do.

You can create unlimited team members categories, fonts, you know, the sizing, the spacing, all the options. You can put social stuff in there, you can put feeds, you can put just all kinds of slider stuff. It’s just one of the most amazing kind of a team things that I’ve seen. It’s got kind of this cool little sliding grid underneath that talks about what their specialties are and stuff like that. Very cool – probably one of the coolest kind of staff or about us or team plugins that I’ve seen and it gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s a very cool plugin. I was just looking it over.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                I do like the displays for it.

Marcus:           Yes, the display is awesome. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen.

John:                Yeah, that’s – that’s quite nice.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right. Well, that brings us up to…we love listener feedback on this show. We haven’t had any for a little while but hey folks, send us some listener feedback. If you get it in to us in the next week, we’ll get it into all the prerecorded shows for the rest of June. You know, it’d be really great to have more stuff in there and if you’d like to contact us, you can get us on our Contact page, send us an email, or use the SpeakPipe in the lower right-hand corner of the website.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s a really great way to get in touch with us. It’s very easy to do and I don’t know, it seems like we’ve waned in popularity of getting audio feedback from our listeners. We used to get multiple pieces a week but it seems like everybody turned shy all of the sudden.

John:                Yeah, it comes and goes. I’m not overly worried about it anymore.

Marcus:           [chuckle]

John:                And also this show, value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give us some value back. And we’d like to acknowledge all those that have supported the show in the past and any donations $50 or over are read out in the show and a note is published. And we’d like to thank out this week all of those who came in under $50 and those that are still on the Patreon system for those small donations. They help quite nicely to help offset the transcripts that get done, the bandwidth, and etc. for the website. None of the money there – there’s not enough actually to even buy a beer lately, but hey, every little bit helps.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So thank you very much.

Marcus:           Yeah, either that or maybe you’d like us to start giving on GoDaddy and WP Engine promo codes that everybody can use.

John:                [chuckle]

Marcus:           Like every week and hammer on you for forever and email you five times a week saying, “Use our promo code so we can get money!”

John:                There you go.

Marcus:           Would you rather do that or just throw $5 our way? Which one?

John:                Throw $5 our way.

Marcus:           You decide.

John:                You can do that by going to the wppluginsatoz.com/donate page where there’s multiple options there to donate to the show.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                Okay, well —

Marcus:           Thank you.

John:                — this is it, the final set of plugins for today! And of course, more EU stuff. EU/GDPR.

Marcus:           [chuckle]

John:                GDPR consumed my life for almost two weeks there.

Marcus:           Now before you review this plugin, I really almost thought of putting a popup that just said, “If you’re from the EU, you have surrendered all your rights.”

John:                [laughing]

Marcus:           “By using my website, I don’t care about you. America first. Goodbye.”

John:                [laughing]

Marcus:           No.

John:                [chuckling] I kind of like the idea, except some of my clients are – they have corporate headquarters in the EU, so…

Marcus:           Oh, well that doesn’t work then.

John:                So I have to – have to do something. If you’re located in the EU, you are definitely subject to the law.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                If you’re outside the EU, well, if you’ve got clients such as I do – I have some clients in the EU, so I have to comply to some extent.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                The biggest thing is —

Marcus:           Yeah, and if you’re in the US, you use the motto —

John:                Yeah?

Marcus:           “Ignorance is bliss.”

John:                Ignorance is bliss, there you go.

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                All right, well the final one I’ve got here today is for the EU Cookie Law. It’s EU Cookie Law. Now, I’ve used this plugin in the past back when the EU passed their first law, the Cookie Law, which required a popup on your website for people to know that you were using cookies. But in particular with the GDPR, they updated that to the point where if someone’s visiting your website, they have to accept the cookies before they continue through, and what you’re supposed to do is shut down all functionality that the cookies require until they accept the cookies. It’s kind of a Catch-22; they can’t accept a cookie that they need to accept until they’ve accepted. See, it’s really a mess.

At any rate, what this plugin does for you is it makes the job of complying with the cookie version of the EU a whole lot simpler. And what it does for you is it’s got a lot of simple settings in there that allow you to go in and create a popup banner that allows people to accept the cookies and it does prevent scripts from loading on the website until they’ve accepted the cookies, and I actually ran into that myself where I couldn’t load a couple things on my own site until I accepted my own cookies. So it’s a little bit of a pain in that aspect that if they try to surf your site, it’s gonna be partly broken until they’ve accepted, so it’s a good thing there.

The other thing that I found in this, it has a nice little shortcode in it that will help you find all the cookies that are used on your website. You insert the shortcode somewhere and it displays all the cookies that are used on a particular page. And one of the interesting things I’ve found while going through all of this stuff with the EU and compliance is that when you go through your website, you’ll find that different pages or sections of your website, one might have five or six cookies and the other might have 10 or 15, depending on what’s being displayed and what functionality you’re doing. So you’ve got to kind of search through, because one of the requirements of the EU is you list every cookie that you do, where they come from, how you use them, etc., etc.

This helps you to become in compliance with it. It was very easy to use and it helped take care of one of my major headaches. So go check it out: the EU Cookie Law and I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Yeah, I’m all aces today.

Marcus:           Quite the run today. Wow!

John:                Yeah, all aces.

Marcus:           Very nice.

John:                It’s been a while since we’ve had all aces.

Marcus:           All right, I have got something that is pretty cool but it needs some work. This is called Prices by User Role Lite, and what it is is it’s designed to extend the default WooCommerce functionality by adding – or actually by hiding – the Add to Cart button and the product prices from new users or only to user roles that you specify.

So why would you want this? Well maybe I have a membership or a subscription program that I sell supplies but you have to pay me $50 a year, like Costco or one of the other ones in order to get that. Well, maybe I want a specific user role first before your allowed to purchase. That’s where this comes into play. So you can set who actually has the ability and the access level and permissions to make a purchase.

John:                Hm.

Marcus:           And this one works very well. Now, does it work very well as the Prices by User Role Lite version? No. It only does one thing, and that’s hide the Add to Cart. It doesn’t do any of the other customizations at all. The pro version does all that. So normally, if it would’ve included a lot more features, it probably would’ve gotten a 4 out of 5. But because of the fact they hide so much accessible programming and code in the lite version, I think it’s a little too lean, so I’m giving this one a 3 out of 5.

John:                Ah, okay. I was wondering about that. That’s kind of odd. Okay, it sounds like a great plugin but if you’ve got to go all the way to the pro to get even some of the stuff that should be in the basics, well…

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                That makes it kind of tough, but it does look like a really great thing and I never thought about running a website like that where you charge them an annual fee to access the cheaper prices.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s a good way to go.

John:                Yeah, it might be something in the future for people. Okay, that —

Marcus:           Now by the way, you don’t even have to – and by the way, I do want to preface you don’t have to charge them.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Maybe you’ve got a membership or meetup group or something like that or —

John:                Oh, there is an idea, too.

Marcus:           — and you wanted to sell some things or sell blocks of time that you wanted to do it at a cheaper rate, or you just want to make sure that you know the person before that you start doing commerce with them.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           This is a way to do that.

John:                Yeah, it’s an excellent thing to do. All right, well that brings us up to the end of the show, pretty much. I covered up in this episode the Share a Draft plugin, which I gave a 5 to; the Ninja Tables, which I gave a 5 to; and the EU Cookie Law, which I have a 5 to.

Marcus:           And I reviewed WooCommerce Fees, which gets a 4 out of 5; Team Showcase, which gets a 4 out of 5; and Prices by User Role Lite gets a 3 out of 5.

John:                All right, and a few couple of reminders. Please stop into our YouTube channel, check it out. I know I haven’t gotten anything new up there, I will be getting some training videos up there soon as I have to produce some for a couple of clients, so I’ll be sharing with the world. That’s the beauty of actually doing some additional work, so go check it out, our YouTube channel – also where the live show gets published the first Monday of every month, we do this live show for everyone to let you know, hey, we do still exist aside from just in the ether.

And also that’s pretty much it. That’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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[Dragon roar]

John:                Wrong button.

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

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Transcript of Episode 358 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 Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #358 here.



It’s Episode 358 and we’ve got plugins for Product Grids, Customized Facebook Feeds, Checkout Countdown, Gift Vouchers, Plugin Detective and Multi-Image Importing. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #358

Marcus:           It’s Episode 358 and we’ve got plugins for Product Grids, Customized Facebook Feeds, Checkout Countdown, Gift Vouchers, Plugin Detective, and Multi-Image Importing. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to 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.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of the Beachside Bunker in Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you today, and 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 on Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, leaving us a review and subscribing to the show.

Marcus:           [static audio reception] Absolutely. Those reviews do help us out and we’d love to see more —

John:                Ooh! We’re gonna have to back up. All of a sudden we’ve gotten a really crappy thing from Skype.

Marcus:           Hm.

John:                It’s so bad that you’re scratchy and hardly understandable.

Marcus:           More than normal, huh?

John:                More than normal. We’re gonna have to – maybe we might want to try a reconnect on this.

[Skype logoff tone]

[Skype dialing tone]

Marcus:           Yes?

John:                Yeah, that’s much better. Okay. Well, we’ll just start it over again.

Marcus:           Damn, it was such a perfect intro.

John:                I know. I know, but it’s all [inaudible – 2:08] when we came back and it was soooo horribly scratchy.

Marcus:           Yeah, okay. No problem. I got it.

John:                All right, you ready? And 5…4…3…

Marcus:           It’s Episode 358 and we’ve got plugins for Product Grids, Customized Facebook Feeds, Checkout Countdown, Gift Vouchers, Plugin Detective, and Multi-Image Importing. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to 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.

Marcus:           And from the Beachside Bunker in Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you today, but of course right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you have a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, leaving us a review and subscribing to the show.

Marcus:           Yeah, we need some more reviews worldwide. Let us know how you feel on iTunes, Google Play, any of the other ones. We do read those reviews and we will put them in the show notes, so if you’ve got a link to yourself, your website, whatever it happens to be, also put that in the review. We’ll put it in the show notes; that means a nice little bit of link love from your two buddies here on the WordPress Plugins A to Z.

Also remember, while you’re stumbling between cat videos and everything else, why don’t you check us out on YouTube every Monday morning – that’s the first Monday morning of every month at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Also check out our training videos, screencasts, etc. If you’re looking to say hello to us on Twitter, you can find us @wppluginsatoz and subscribe to our newsletter. That’s where we keep all of the stuff that has nothing to do with plugins but maybe WordPress core related, theme related, drama, news – whatever happens to be going on in the WordPress ecosphere. Subscribe to our newsletter from wppluginsatoz.com and you’ll find that stuff, because we love to keep this show all about the plugins.

John:                Absolutely. And with that being said, it’s time to dive right into the meat and potatoes.

[Plugins lead-in music]

And we have the usual allotment of six great plugins, and first up I have another plugin that was sent in to us by Mike Highton Ridley and it’s called NiftyGridZPro. This is a plugin here that allows you to build up NiftyGridZ for your website if you’re using your WooCommerce store. You can build up grids of all of your products in the WooCommerce store, similar to – and the products are built based upon the Zazzle. If you use Zazzle, you can bring them into your website for Zazzle and set it up in the grid format to make it very easy for you to collect your commissions off of Zazzle. It has a 45-day cookie that helps you to collect those profits correctly and NiftyGridZ is a pretty nice little plugin for doing all of that. You’ll want to go check it out, NiftyGridZPro, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah, you know, there are funny things about stuff like that, because you’d probably think, “When am I going to do an affiliate for Zazzle? What kind of money is in that?”

John:                Money to be made.

Marcus:           Quite a bit if you know how to niche the stuff out.

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           Right? So if you’re into all handmade stuff that’s made out of wood, right? Get, you know, creativecarvings.com, make a WordPress site, and just put some of this stuff on it. It self-updates with plugins like this.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           It’s not like you’ve got a lot of work.

John:                Nope.

Marcus:           So you figure it’s gonna be, you know, $10 for the domain, it’s gonna be, you know, another $20 a year for hosting or whatever it is — $30. You’ve got to break $30 in commission.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           You could do that. Come on, get a Twitter handle, blast out some different products that you find every day, and you’ll make some money. And so what if you spend $30 and you make $130? You still made $100.

John:                It’s a hundred bucks more than you had before.

Marcus:           Do 20 of those! You’d be pretty surprised as to how that little bit can add up.

John:                There’s lots of people that do that. They build nothing but niche websites like that —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — and make a whole lot of little bits of money and it adds up to a lot of big money, so something you might want to check out.

Marcus:           Yeah. Yep. Okay, so the first plugin I’ve got here for you today is called Customized Facebook Feeds, and it’s totally – what it does is it’s a customizable kind of responsive solution to help you display a Facebook feed on your website. It has a lot of different features and I’ll go over those in a minute.

But what you can do is add as many feeds as you want from Facebook and display the contents of your Facebook page or your Facebook group on your WordPress’s site.

John:                Hm.

Marcus:           You can actually take every post and make it a – you know, every Facebook – I don’t know, are they posts? I guess they are.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Of a group and get a copy of it and put it on your WordPress site. It allows you to display Facebook posts, photos, events, all of that. You can customize the Facebook feed to do kind of lightbox features, to display popup windows, to do CSS effects, animation, load effects. It doesn’t really require a lot as far as design and technical knowledge. You can set it up in just a couple of minutes.

So I checked it out; it is responsive and it does a lot with your Facebook feed. I didn’t even know a lot of this stuff was being utilized by Facebook. I mean, even like tags and stuff you can take out of this thing. So it does all of these things, it’s got hover effects, different page layout things, and there is a pro version that lets you do even more stuff. So in the pro version, I thought it was especially unique was that you can have albums of pictures that are kind of like portfolios, how we show them in WordPress. You can do videos and all of that.

Why would we want to do this? One of the reasons is because maybe you’re doing something with somebody that – let’s say I’m doing this website for a band that has their Facebook fans in a group or a page that I can do events for and do videos from on the road, and it updates the website automatically. It’s not two different things that have to be done; it integrates the two. I’m always hesitant to bring in Facebook into a WordPress property but this is pretty cool that you actually get to import it over and there are some SEO benefits to this too, because after a couple of days of use, I did notice that these pages climbed up in Google rankings for the terms that were what the video title was and things, so I know that it scanned that stuff in terms of Google.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           So it’s pretty cool. To me, it’s kind of a perfect feed plugin but I can’t give it a perfect rating because of the pro version, so I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s very nice. I’ve actually had somebody recently ask me for something similar to this to bring in their Facebook stuff to a website, and this works well. I’m checking out the pro version and you bring in the photos and it sets up galleries that, you know, pop up and you can scroll through them and yeah, perfect for bands and even showcasing pretty much anything you want to showcase, so hey.

Marcus:           And this another one of those things that we talked about last time where you can get an a-la carte thing if you’re a designer or developer. Hey, you want to bring in Facebook to automatically import all of your pictures so nobody in your office has to mess with it?

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Uh, yeah. Okay.

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           There you go.

John:                There’s lots of people that use Facebook for collecting all of their photos and then they want to bring them to their website, so this is a great way to do it, considering how hard it is to get the photos off Facebook in the other way.

Marcus:           Yeah, absolutely.

John:                All right, well —

Marcus:           Check it out.

John:                Check it out, folks. This is a nice one. All right, well this show here currently brought to you by…

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Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                And also —

Marcus:           And one thing I want to mention – I’m not gonna announce it yet, but next week – June – you know, the first show in June, I’m going to —

John:                June 4th.

Marcus:           — be announcing a new podcast.

John:                June 4th is actually our first show in June.

Marcus:           Okay, well then that’ll be the day.

John:                That’ll be the day.

Marcus:           I’m gonna have a new show that’s gonna be coming out called The Thousand Days and it’s gonna be kind of a personal thing. But I hope everybody checks it out. I’ll have more info on next week’s show all about it, how you can download it, where the website’s gonna be, and all that stuff, so look forward to that.

John:                Absolutely. Something kind of cool. All right, and we do currently have a contest running. We are giving away a premium license from bracketspace.com. We’re giving away a bundle pack of extensions for the Notifications plugin. There’s a link in the show notes for the free version of the plugin that you can check out, and the Notifications plugin, you can go check out the contest at wppluginsatoz.com/contest. This is the last week to enter the show. The winner will be announced on our first show in June 4th and just go enter the contest. All you do is enter your name and email address and that’s all we need from you.

And also, if you’re in a hurry to get the plugin, you want to check out the plugin, there’s a 25% off coupon code for the plugin running through till the end of May. Just use the code ILOVEWPAZ and get 25% off all of their extensions for the Notifications plugin. And currently, the contest is being powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin.

All right, and that brings us up to our second set of plugins here. This one here, I’ve got one that I’ve tripped across. It’s kind of new in the WordPress Repository and it’s called Plugin Detective. Now, if you’ve done any troubleshooting on WordPress or you’ve hit the White Screen of Death, you know how much trouble and pain in the neck it can be to go, “Okay, it’s a plugin. What do I do? Go turn off all my plugins and then turn them back on one at a time, figuring out which one broke it.” That’s a bit of a pain in the neck.

This plugin here allows you to go in and check it out if you’ve got conflicts and you can still get into the admin area, you can go in and tell it what page to check out, and it will go in and examine the plugins that are active and give you the suspects as to what it is. If you are in a White Screen of Death, it has a specialized page you can then log into and then it’ll put you in kind of a safe mode and allow you to run the same kind of tests.

This plugin has a lot going on for it that may shorten the time for all you developers out there or all you people out there that fix broken WordPress websites, and allow you to shorten the time down to figuring out what’s going on with the plugin. All in all, it looks to be a pretty nice plugin and I think it’s one that’s going to become a staple in my area because I spend a lot of time fixing broken WordPress websites. So go check it out: Plugin Detective, and I give it a perfect 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           This plugin is actually an entry in my local WordCamp contest called Plugin Palooza, and boy, this one’s a favorite going in. It looks pretty good.

John:                Yeah, I’m certain within a week I will have used it a couple of times, because it’s not – I get a regular amount of people calling me up, “Oh my God, I’ve got a white screen. What’s going on with my website?” I don’t know.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                “I don’t know. Let me get in there and find out.” But usually, I have to go in and manually turn off the plugins that I suspect the most, and oftentimes I’ll do that and I still don’t have it and I have to turn them all off and then go through and reactivate every plugin one at a time. And of course, that causes breakage problems if people are visiting the website, if it’s a busy website. It just creates all kinds of grief, so this could —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — save a lot of time and headache.

Marcus:           Yeah, absolutely. Okay, so the next plugin that I’ve got for us is called WP Gift Voucher, and this is more kind of a gift card type of a thing that you can do. It allows your users to buy and send gift cards via email to your WooCommerce store, so it’s kind of an easy and direct way to encourage new sales. So when, you know, you may be able to do this as far as another giveaway as another product within it. I don’t know how that would be handled, but this is a great way to do it.

It allows you to basically buy a gift card, charge it up, and then email it to a recipient with a gift message or anything like that. You on the backend get to templatize it, you can choose different card designs, whatever you want, and once they purchase it, it is then tracked via a store administrator function and keeps track of this kind of hashed individual gift card code that they use. Pretty cool way to kind of increase sales; maybe you want to encourage different people to do this. Maybe it’s charity driven or what have you. Check it out, it’s called WP Gift Voucher and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s nice. Now, I know that’s one I would use in this website I’m currently developing, because I know my client would love to be able to give gift cards for their stuff.

Marcus:           Oh, yeah? Cool.

John:                Well, it’s a gift shop that’s basically – they have a brick and mortar store and we’re adding the WooCommerce store to their system, so they do a lot of gift card sales, especially around the holidays.

Marcus:           Hm. This is digital.

John:                Digital is the age. It still encourages people to buy their stuff, man.

Marcus:           Yeah, see digital is even better because let’s just say, you know, I know that so-and-so goes to that store, that brick and mortar store, but hey, I live in California. I can’t go there and get them a gift card for that.

John:                That’s right.

Marcus:           So – but I can go online and do it.

John:                That’s right. So yeah, there’s another great use for it. So lots of – look at all the great ideas you get for us, folks, for using the plugins.

Marcus:           Yeah.

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Marcus:           Yeah, so it’s really – it’s really a labor of love that John and I do for you every week and we make sure that every single week we’ve got a show for you, no matter how life gets in the way.

John:                Or how computers fail, like I had a week ago.

Marcus:           Computers fail, yeah. All kinds of stuff has happened. We always, always find a way to make sure that we can record this show, because I know that some people depend on it in terms of getting the latest plugins that are out there. We know the core of our audience are developers, designers, and people that run businesses in which they are in charge of WordPress as owners or as entrepreneurs, or just as managers that are in charge of it. They want to know what’s going on with the inside of WordPress plugins. We are the longest running solely-focused WordPress show that there is.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           And all we ask back is if you get some value out of what it is that we do, give value back to us in the form of a monetary contribution, and we appreciate everybody who does that. So if you can help us out, we do greatly appreciate it. If you want some of the extras that come along with, donate over $50 and we’ll make sure we take care of you that way. But anything that you can give is greatly appreciated.

John:                Absolutely. Yeah, it’s coming up on seven years this year.

Marcus:           Holy cow!

John:                I know, I know. It’s hard to believe. Somebody was asking me about it the other day and I went, “Oh, wait a minute. Wow!” At any rate, let’s move on to the last couple of plugins we have for today, and the last one I’ve got for you here is one that will help your WooCommerce store – maybe even help you get more sales. It’s called Checkout Counter for WooCommerce and this plugin here is one that kind of gives that time-sensitive urgency to people when the check out on your store. As soon as they hit the checkout page, you set a timer as to how long their product will be held, and that timer starts counting down for them, giving them a sense of urgency to finish the purchase.

And that has been shown to actually encourage people to finish their purchase, instead of abandoning it and helping them to make that decision when they’re hemming and hawing about it. It’s a really great plugin. It’s got shortcode availability to it for placement to it, and once they hit the checkout, the counter starts counting down for whatever you set it to and you can customize that counter so it stands out really well and it is all set and ready for WooCommerce 3+, so go check it out. Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           You know, that happens when you’re buying tickets to events.

John:                Oh, well I understand tickets to events because, you know, if you don’t grab those tickets, they want to resell them to somebody else.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s perfect.

John:                It’s perfect if you’re doing something like that but hey, even for other products that were use —

Marcus:           Limited quantity stuff.

John:                — limited quantity stuff, get people to buy it now.

Marcus:           I like that a lot. I like that a lot. All right, so hmm…we helped you separate the junk from the gems, right? That’s what I say at the intro of every episode.

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           All right, this one is called CS Multiple Image Import and it is a plugin which is labeled as a simple plugin, which enables you to import a zip file containing images in its attributes in an Excel file to be uploaded in the WordPress Media Manager. So basically here’s what you do. You take an Excel file that has the image title, image description, image caption, and the ALT tag, and you zip it in with all the images and you click Upload.

Okay, sounds great, doesn’t it?

John:                It does!

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                It sounds like it’d be a fantastic plugin.

Marcus:           That’s until…you actually do it.

John:                Hm…okay.

Marcus:           And here’s what the problem I ran into was. First, you have to use the file name for everything.

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           And that’s a pain, having to get every file name of something when somebody gives you a hundred images.

John:                Oh God, yes. That’s a —

Marcus:           And then put it in Excel?

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           And then do all the ALTs and the titles and all that, so I did, and I did a bunch of different tests. And with 10 images, it worked pretty good. In that time that I uploaded the 10 images in that process, I probably could have manually uploaded them one by one and just done it, right? Copy, paste from the data I already had.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           So I tried it with 100 —

John:                Ooh.

Marcus:           — and I ran into upload limits.

John:                Mm.

Marcus:           And then it – the third time I did it with 50 and it made the image file name the image title.

John:                Hm.

Marcus:           — and not my regular title.

John:                Ouch.

Marcus:           So this gets a 3 out of 5. It works halfway when you’re doing small images in terms of byte size and also, you know, not too many – something that can throw off the – this – you know, it skews the fields so to speak and screws up your data import, so it gets a 3 out of 5. It’s called CS Multiple Image Import.

John:                Well, it sounded hopeful and maybe as it develops, it’ll get better.

Marcus:           Maybe.

John:                All right, well that wraps us up today, and I covered up NiftyGridZPro, which I gave a 4 to; the Plugin Detective, which I gave a 5 to; and the Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about the Customized Facebook Feeds, which gets a 4 out of 5; WP Gift Vouchers, which gets a 4 out of 5, and CS Multiple Image Import – hopeful, yet gets a 3 out of 5.

John:                All right, and be sure to check out our YouTube channel and check out our screencasts and other training videos. And a note to developers who’d like to support the show, if you’d like to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest and enter all the pertinent data there. And I’d also just like to give a big shout out and thank you to all those who attended the WordPress Meetup in Victoria last weekend. It was lots of fun and we greatly appreciate you showing up.

And that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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Transcript of Episode 356 WP Plugins A to Z

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WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #356 here.



It’s Episode 356 and we’ve got plugins for Site Audits, Reinventing User Profiles, WooCommerce Product Addons, Deleting Old Products, Saving Abandoned Carts and more. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #356

Marcus:           It’s Episode 356 and we’ve got plugins for Site Audits, Reinventing User Profiles, WooCommerce Product Add-ons, Deleting Old Products, Saving Abandoned Carts, and more. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to 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.

Marcus:           And from the sunny Beachside Bunker in Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And it’s gorgeous up here in the Great White North, which has turned beautifully green for the springtime, so welcome to the show. And 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 in the iTunes Store, leaving us a review and subscribing to the show.

Marcus:           That’s right. Also, you can check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live every first Monday of the month in the morning at 10:00 Pacific Time. Make sure you subscribe and follow us actually on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and subscribe to our newsletter. That’s where we’ve got a lot of the news that’s going on within WordPress and some of the important stuff we like to cover – only plugins on this show, and that’s what we specialize in. So all the news stuff goes to the newsletter; make sure you go to wppluginsatoz.com and subscribe.

John:                Absolutely, and with that being said, let’s dive right in to the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]

And we have our usual allotment of six great plugins for you today and first up, the one I have for you is called WP Audit. Now, this is a plugin that allows you to start tracking what’s going on inside your website. It’s a very useful plugin. I’ve been using this for a while on several different sites – actually, a different version of this plugin. This one’s relatively new.

But the nice thing about it is it allows you to track in and around your website and see what’s happening with it, and they’re a fantastic tool for keeping track of what’s going on within your website. So at any rate, it’s a great plugin. Go check it out. I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           I am gonna check that out. That’s pretty cool, but maybe not as cool as this plugin, John. It’s called Profile Pro, and it is a full-featured frontend profile login and registration plugin for WordPress. Totally user friendly, totally customizable. With this plugin, you can stop sending your users like this ugly backend profile registration login page crap, and instead give them a real seamless frontend experience, and here’s what I’m talking about.

It does custom form fields, you can set privacy on specific fields (like maybe a phone number or something like that), it has a drag-n-drop form builder, you can take file uploads from it – so if somebody wants to upload a profile picture and all that instead of Gravatar, which Gravatar has got so much to be desired in terms of the profile stuff. And then you can do things like dynamic lists, you can make maximum lengths and minimum lengths for fields, email notification checkboxes – all that kind of stuff – change the admin approval, you know, you’re waiting admin approval to get in the thing, a verification email, auto-generating different pages for logins, all that kind of stuff.

There is a pro version of this as well that does a lot more. It does sidebar stuff, customization, redirection emails, those kinds of things. Very nice – I would give it a perfect 5 out of 5, but again, there is a pro version involved in this as well, so I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s very nice. I like that for a possibility of a website I’m working on that’s gonna need user profiles in a more in-depth manner than usual.

Marcus:           Yeah, and one thing I forgot is that you can actually import users from a CSV file.

John:                Oh.

Marcus:           So – now, that’s very important for one reason alone. It’s because a lot of times, maybe you are dealing with a client that has a company or customers or something like that that they want to bring in people to log into a backend system – something where your customers can log in and you can bring them over. Maybe you’re doing a Shopify thing and you want existing customers to be in your new system in WordPress. This is the way to do it.

John:                Very nice!

Marcus:           So check it out.

John:                Yeah, that’s kind of cool. I like that. All right, well this show here, currently brought to you by:

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Marcus:           Very nice!

John:                And the contests are currently sponsored by – or powered by – Simple Giveaways Plugin.

Marcus:           Cool.

John:                All right, that takes us into our second set of plugins here and the next one I’ve got up for you here is a WooCommerce plugin, and I’ve got quite a few of those coming up, because I’m just getting started on a WooCommerce website, so I’ll be pulling up all kinds of plugins along the way. This one here is called WooCommerce Product Addons and they do have a pro version for it but the free version is actually quite nice.

It allows for personalized product option manager. It adds input fields on the product page to personalize your product. The client could provide information about his order on the product page, they can add additional information you need, or you can add additional field types and text types to it, checkboxes. There’s a whole lot that the free version does and of course, it has a pro version that goes with it. So this plugin here is one you might want to check out for your WooCommerce store if it’s one that I’m looking at for the site I’m just getting started on. Go check it out. This plugin, I give it a 4-Dragon rating and it’s called WooCommerce Product Addons.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s very important – very important. Boy, talk about Yin and Yang here.

John:                [chuckle]

Marcus:           I’ve got a WooCommerce plugin but it has nothing to do with adding; it has everything to do with deleting.

John:                Cool!

Marcus:           And it’s called WooCommerce Delete Product Images. Now, one of the things that really sucks about WooCommerce is if you delete a product, you could still go into the media library —

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           — and that image of that product is still there.

John:                Hm…that could be problematic after a while.

Marcus:           So this is a lazy backend plugin that all you have to do is install it and every time you delete a WooCommerce product, this will also make sure that all of those product images are also deleted from the backend.

John:                Nice.

Marcus:           I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s a nice way to help keep your website clean as you remove products from the website.

Marcus:           Tell me about it. Now, if you yourself are lazy —

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           — that counteracts the lazy plugin, because if you’re using the same image for four products —

John:                Hm…

Marcus:           — and you delete one, I don’t know what happens. But it may delete the image.

John:                Maybe delete the image if you’re using the same image, because the image is only linked to one of the products.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So if you delete the product —

Marcus:           So don’t do that.

John:                If you delete the product it’s linked to, then you – bye-bye image. So yeah, that’s an interesting thought on that. I hadn’t thought about that.

Marcus:           Me neither. I just did.

John:                Yeah!

Marcus:           So anyway, 4 out of 5. It’s called WooCommerce Delete Product Images.

John:                All right, well check that out. Also, we like listener feedback on this show and if you’d like to leave some for us, you can go to our Contact page and leave us a message there. You can hit us up on SpeakPipe, lower right-hand corner of the webpage at wppluginsatoz.com, or you can email us directly with your questions and comments, and we do showcase them on the site.

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Marcus:           Yeah. Yeah – I’m sorry, John. We do appreciate all of it — the transcripts, especially. That’s a huge part of what we’re doing to make sure that people that can’t hear the podcast can at least read about different plugins in terms of text reviews that we do.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           And we really appreciate everybody’s help, so help us out if you can.

John:                All right, and our last couple of plugins today, time for me to hit up some of the submissions I’ve had over the last couple of months. This one here was sent in to us by Nauris Kolats and it’s another WooCommerce plugin, and it’s called WooCommerce Live Checkout Field Capture.

This plugin here saves all activity in the WooCommerce website for you – or in the WooCommerce checkout cart – and then it allows you to recover that – or it allows your client to recover that before they hit the checkout form submission. So you’re able – one of the things you’re able to do with this is if they abandon their cart before they’re checked out, you’ll be able to see what they had in their cart and what was left, and maybe get an idea on why they’re abandoning the cart.

This could help you figure out what’s going on and why you’re not selling stuff or what point that they’re leaving your website before they fully make the purchase. This is kind of useful if you’re running an e-commerce store, so you can try to figure out what’s up. And also what it will do is it will – if you get the premium version of it, you can have an auto-notice sent out to the customer about their abandoned cart and offer them a discount or something to get them to come back and retrieve that cart.

So anyway, it’s a great little plugin. It’s one I haven’t implemented yet or fully tested, but it looks to be quite good and currently I give it a 4-Dragon rating. Check it out: WooCommerce Live Checkout Field Capture.

Marcus:           Very nice! Very nice. Okay, I’ve got something else that I want to talk about that I was hesitant to bring this to the show because it’s a little difficult to describe. But I think I can describe it via scenario. So the plugin is called File Replace/Rename and here’s something that happens a lot. So John, if you’re faced with this issue where say you’re uploading a bunch of customer images that come from a digital camera —

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           — and they all say like, you know, “I am G001abx212.”

John:                Right.

Marcus:           Right?

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           But it’s really a sunset over the mountains.

John:                [chuckle]

Marcus:           [chuckle] And that – you know.

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           And you’ve got this kind of thing that kind of goes and goes and goes, and it’s neither SEO-friendly or isn’t easy to track or find those things. So what do you have to do is typically you’ve got to put those on your end and locally rename them all and replace them.

So what happens if you try and rename something in WordPress is other places that pull this up are trying to pull it by ID, and they’re not pulling it by image name or things like that.

John:                Right.

Marcus:           Sometimes it goes to a different folder in terms of uploading it. Maybe it might be, you know, March of 2015 for all you know. So when you install this plugin called File Rename/Replace, it actually does two things. It takes all of the other instances – let’s say you wanted to replace an image.

John:                Right.

Marcus:           It takes the original ID of that image and maintains it and uses this file instead within the ecosystem of WordPress.

John:                Hm.

Marcus:           It also lets you rename it, yet is associates the WordPress ID with what you renamed it to, so you can either replace it or rename it, and it has the same benefits.

John:                Interesting.

Marcus:           It’s a very tactical kind of thing, but if you deal with images on a regular basis, you’re like nodding your head in agreement with everything that I say right now, because it sucks when you have to rename something. Basically, the old way is you had to re-upload everything —

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           — and then retarget everything. So it’s called File Rename/Replace and I give this a 5-Dragon rating – and those of you who know what this plugin is for, you love it. Those of you who don’t, I hope you never need something like this.

John:                [chuckle]

Marcus:           [laughter]

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           Give me the dragon! Come on!

John:                Oh, I didn’t hear you. I didn’t hear your rating.

Marcus:           Let’s go! Five.

[Dragon roar]

John:                There you go. I didn’t hear the rating.

Marcus:           Well, now you got it.

John:                Got it! Top Dragon – all right. Cool. All right, well closing out this episode, I covered up WP Audit, which I gave a 4 to; the WooCommerce Product Addons, which I gave a 4 to; and the WooCommerce Live Checkout Field Capture – Save Abandoned Carts, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Profile Pro, which gets a 4 out of 5; Delete WooCommerce Images gets a 4 out of 5; and File Rename/Replace gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                And the usual reminders, please check out our YouTube channel, where we put up the screencasts for the live show along with training videos when I get the time to get them done, and more there. And we’d also – if you want to check out our contests, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests. And if you’re a developer, you’d like to support the show, you want to offer up a premium license to give away, go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to offer that information up.

And that’s pretty much all we have for you now, so take care. Bye-bye.

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Transcript of Episode 355 WP Plugins A to Z

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WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #355 here.


It’s Episode 355 and we’ve got plugins for Responsive Tables, GDPR, WooCommerce Bulk Editing, Document Sharing and Bulk Menu Creation. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #355

Marcus:           It’s Episode 355 and we’ve got plugins for Responsive Tables, GDPR, WooCommerce Bulk Editing, Document Sharing, and Bulk Menu Creation. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

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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 Technical Depths of Hell, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           [laughing] And from the Beachside Bunker in Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                Yes, I’ve had some serious technical issues with my computer over the last couple of days and we’re just getting the show on. Yesterday, ten minutes before the show, power supply failed.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Poof!

Marcus:           So we’re trying it again the next day. Hopefully this one works for us, but we’re going through a lot of effort here to bring you the show this week.

John:                Yeah, I’m still having some computer difficulties, but we’re getting the show out for you, our listeners out there who we know just love it. But enough of all that random stuff. 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, subscribing to us on Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store.

Marcus:           That’s right. You can also check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live – generally – every first Monday of the month on YouTube at 10:00 Pacific Standard Time. Also remember, you can follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and subscribe to our newsletter, where we put a lot of different news that’s out there. And to the show, we’d like to keep this show all about plugins, so we don’t bore you with all that WordPress news and drama here.

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

Marcus:           All right.

[Plugins lead-in music]

John:                All right, we have the usual allotment of six great plugins for you today – three from me, three from Marcus, and first up I have one that I’ve been meaning to test for a long time and I finally got around to getting it checked out. It’s for the GoDaddy Reseller Store. Now, if you’re a GoDaddy reseller or what used to be known as the Wild West Reseller Program from GoDaddy, it was always problematic to get that stuff into your own website, and they have finally made it easy with the GoDaddy Reseller Store Plugin.

This plugin is very simple to use. You set it up, then you connect it to your GoDaddy Reseller program, and then you go through and it automatically creates several pages for you, so you can have a basic store instantly ready to go. It brings in products – whatever products you’re gonna sell. In my particular instance, I focus on just the domain reselling, not all the hosting of the stuff, because I do a much better job than they do of hosting.

So at any rate, the domain reseller, you can set it up with the widgets, shortcodes, and then you can set into the pages you want so that people can search for their domains. They find a domain they want, the click buy, it takes them into your GoDaddy reseller store, they buy the domain, real simple and easy, and the domains are managed through the exact same GoDaddy interface that you are familiar with.

Very fantastic. I found this plugin very easy to set up, very useful, and it finally allowed me to integrate the reseller program into my website, so go check it out: the GoDaddy Reseller Store Plugin, and I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Awesome! Very awesome. Okay, the next plugin I’ve got here – the first plugin for the show for me – is called WP Responsive Table, and we all know about HTML tables. I mean for me, it’s one of the lost arts in creating and developing websites is the use of that actual table. I rarely see them anymore, mostly because there’s really no good way to display a pure, unresponsive, old-school HTML table, and especially with multiple devices. I’m talking about tablet, mobile, desktop – those kinds of resolutions – until now, that is, because this plugin actually makes HTML tables within your WordPress posts and keeps them in a mobile-responsive format.

It makes the table horizontally scrollable in its own container and it also scales itself to fit any screened format, so any size screen. It works out of the box with no further settings, there’s no shortcodes as it uses the actual native HTML table that’s already within the TinyMCE editor. So if you want a better way to make those tables that already function within your TinyMCE editor to be more responsive, this is the plugin for you. It’s one of those lazy plugins. There’s not a single thing to set; you just activate it and all of your tables become responsive out of the box.

It’s called WP Responsive Table and I give it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Well, that’s very nice, and that can actually be fairly useful for those that are still using tables in some areas, and sometimes you actually have to use tables, so hey.

Marcus:           Like I said, it’s one of the lost arts of web development —

John:                Yeah!

Marcus:           — is using the table.

John:                I remember building websites with tables, within tables, within tables. [chuckling]

Marcus:           Yes.

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All right, and we also currently have a contest running. It’s been running for the last month. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the confirmation before we did all the prerecorded shows last month. But the – we are giving away a premium license from bracketspace.com, where they’re giving away a bundle pack of extensions for their Notification plugins. And this bundle pack helps extend out their Notification plugin and it’s really a nice plugin.

I’ve started to experiment with it and I’ll have a review for it coming up. For more information, you can go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests and if you’re in a hurry to get the plugin and not win it, you can get a discount off of the plugins with a 25% off coupon code for all Notification extensions. Use the code ILOVEWPAZ until the end of May —

Marcus:           Great.

John:                — and get the core plugin. You get the core plugin free; it’s available at WordPress. It’s a free – it’s a free Notification plugin from WordPress and there’s a link in the show notes to that. And also, just to let everyone know, the contests on our site are powered by the Simple Giveaways Plugin, and it’s very nice of them to have given us – and they originally gave us a preview version. I’ve been using it for a year and the author contacted me about two weeks ago and said, “Hey, here’s a brand new version, a whole lot of new updates, a pro version,” so hey, so now our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways Plugins. So —

Marcus:           Ah yeah, and we thank them for that, too. Thank you very much.

John:                Very much. And the contest currently is running until the end of May and the winner will be announced at our live show in June, provided – well, it’ll be a live show one way or another.

All right, I guess that takes us up to our second set of plugins. And the next one I’ve got up here is called ScoutDocs. Now, this is an interesting new service that has just come out. It’s a brand new plugin and what it allows you to do, it’s a third-party service. It allows you to use the cloud for securely sharing your documents from WordPress. You can set it up to allow secure sharing of all documents through the cloud service. You set up the links you need; you give them to your clients. It’s according to them; it’s a great way to share things such as lawyer documents or private documentation.

They have a free service where you can get up to 20MB files and up to 500MB of storage space. And if you go to their premium service, you can upload up to 50MB files and have up to 5G of storage space. It looks to be a pretty good service. I’m not sure about the storage and file sizes yet as to how effective it’ll be, but I’m sure because it’s so new, they’ll evolve as they figure out what their clients need.

At any rate, it looks like a great service. You might want to check it out if you’re looking for a secure way to share documents through your WordPress website. Check it out: ScoutDocs, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s nice even though there’s a lot of restrictions there, but —

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           — a pretty cool looking plugin. I’m looking at the specs right now for it. ScoutDocs.

John:                It looks like it might be fairly useful if you’re sharing documents. I know like one of the group – interesting things it could be is I have clients that run newspapers and they’ve got to share back and forth sample ads.

Marcus:           Mm-hm?

John:                And this might be a great service for them.

Marcus:           Oh, that’s true.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Proofs, yeah. Good for designers too that are actually showing different layouts of things that you want to share to a client.

John:                Yeah, because it’s getting – it’s getting hard to mail any file over two – over 2 —

Marcus:           Oh, geez.

John:                — MB in size.

Marcus:           Or a video —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — or anything like that.

John:                So this could be a good way to deal with that.

Marcus:           Okay. So the next plugin, the second one I’ve got for today, is called WooCommerce Bulk Editor, and this is very nice. It’s kind of one of those lazy plugins that does a lot of things – maybe it’s a lazy Swiss Army knife. Maybe that’s we’ll combine two terms together. But this is actually for managing and changing WooCommerce product data and it does it in a bulk way that you can – here’s some of the features. Check it out.

Bulk editing of all WooCommerce fields, attributes, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, meta fields, bulk product variation editing from the variable product stuff, sizing, colors – all that kind of stuff, filtering by all WooCommerce product fields for further bulk editings. You can save a filter and go back next time and edit it. You can do a product export of all the WooCommerce data and then import it back using the native WooCommerce importer.

It does a full history of both bulk and solo operations with rollbacks, so if you mess something up, you can roll it back. You can take care of all the meta fields, do a calculator for all the decimal fields, all kinds of variable product stuff, binded editing, where you can edit several products at once. You can change all the products relatively. Say [electronic sound glitch – 11:33] prices by 10% or increase every price by 35 cents. That’s what does it.

It’s really great. It does a lot of different things; instantly saves all the data you’ve entered because it uses AJAX. There are two versions: the one I evaluate is the lite version. There is also a pro version. I would’ve given this a perfect 5 out of 5 but because of that pro version, I’m taking off one point. Otherwise, it’s really a great plugin for editing a lot of different products and stats on your WooCommerce installation at once. This is a real timesaver. It gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! That’s one that I’m gonna have to consider. I’m taking on a WooCommerce store for the first time in like nine months and it’s got a lot of stuff that’s got to be done to it, so this could be something that would help them out quite nicely.

Marcus:           I would bookmark this —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — because this is something you’re gonna want to get in there if you have to do any editing of more than one product.

John:                Yeah?

Marcus:           This is the way to go.

John:                Well, the nice thing about WP Plugins is I’m improving the search functions there and we’ve got a plugin that I’ve had in development for six months that is almost nearing completion that’ll make finding everything we reviewed much simpler.

Marcus:           Oh, good!

John:                So I’m looking forward to when that’s complete and it makes it easier to go, “Hey, what was that plugin that we did a review on?”

Marcus:           Yeah, exactly.

John:                Because we seem to review plugins that we – I often go back to and say, “Where is that?”

Marcus:           Yeah, and I’ll be making something and I’ll be like, “Uh, what was the name of that thing that I talked about six —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — months ago?”

John:                That’s it. So there you go, folks. If we use our reference a lot, I’d bet a lot of you out there do, too.

And with that being said, this show here supported by many people, but first we have a little bit of listener feedback. And if you would like to give feedback, you can do it via our Contact page, SpeakPipe, or simply email us. And this week we do have a SpeakPipe from Luis Hermenegildo, so take it away, Luis.

Hello guys, how are you? I just want to say that you guys – I just recently found you. Awesome job. Keep up the great work. I will be contributing soon. I do have a question. I currently picked up a new job for a DJ website, so I was wondering are there any website – are there any plugins that you think I could possibly use with a DJ website. Again, thank you for the great job you guys are doing. I’ve listened to almost all of your episodes since I found you guys two weeks ago. Thank you.

Marcus:           All right!

John:                Thanks a lot, Luis. We really greatly appreciate you going back though the back catalog and listening to us, so…

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                As to your question, I actually did a little research on it and it turns out there’s some DJ plugins in the WordPress Repository, but not a one of them has been updated in over two years.

Marcus:           Bummer.

John:                And so you really probably don’t want to use those. I did find that there’s a – at least six or seven DJ themes at Envato or CodeCanyon that you might want to check out, and they included some plugins specifically tailored to DJs and the theme itself is built for doing DJ stuff. So you might want to look at Envato and see what they’ve got, so give them a checkout.

Marcus:           Yeah, you’re definitely gonna need some sort of an event management plugin to see where you’re DJing or something like that. If you’re doing bookings for DJs, you want to use something like Time Trade or some kind of an appointment thing that can go along with it, and then maybe a playlist creator or something you can play some music on the site that might help. But thanks for listening. We do appreciate it.

John:                And there you go – and that note from Envato recently disbanded their Envato Toolkit – that must be yours.

Marcus:           Yeah. I wanted to talk about this. So this is pretty good since you brought up Envato anyway. They used to have this thing called Envato Toolkit that you used on your site and it helped with anything that was Envato-related. It could have been the Envato theme, you know, from Theme Forest on your site. This toolkit was kind of a bridge in between so that you could update it, rather than having to download it and reinstall it.

Well, this new one is a new iteration of it called Envato Market and what it does instead when you install this is it – you get a quick, simple API key that you enter into it that hooks right into your Envato account. And now it lets you download any theme or any plugin that you have at Envato that you’ve paid for right there in the dashboard of that WordPress installation.

John:                Oh, nice! I’ll have to check that out.

Marcus:           Yeah, and it’s a one-click install.

John:                Hm.

Marcus:           So it literally shows everything you’ve bought forever in your account and you can install it with just one click.

John:                Nice. I’ve got quite the collection. I’ve got like four pages of stuff from Envato.

Marcus:           Yeah! Yep, it’ll pick it all up.

John:                Nice.

Marcus:           So check that – if you’ve got an Envato Toolkit or if you use anything – if you’ve got more than three things that you’ve bought from any Envato property, you probably want to check this out.

John:                Absolutely. All right, well this also brings us up to this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, we’d like to acknowledge those that have supported the show in the past month, and any donations $50 or more are acknowledged here on the show life. Anything less than $50 is left anonymous and we thank you very much for that.

This month here, we would like to thank Jezweb Pty. Ltd. who went in $50 on April 12th and they had a nice quick one here. Their donation is on behalf of Honeysuckle Executive Apartments https://www.honeysuckleapartments.com.au/ who provide serviced accommodation in Newcastle Australia. It is a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au. The team at Jezweb appreciate you keeping us updated with new plugins which help solve our client feature requests. A plugin we recently found that has been very useful is Anywhere Elementor which you can use to design post and archive pages with Elementor page builder very easily. Check it out at Elementor.com – or elementoraddons.com. And thank you very much.

Well thanks, Jez. We really greatly appreciate you continuing to support this show. You’ve been an ardent supporter of the show for the past year and a half and it’s been very much appreciated. It helps cover the costs of the transcripts, bandwidth, and other miscellaneous expenses that are required to just put on a show like this – plus our time. Well, none of it goes into our pockets; it goes back to the other things I mentioned.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                We don’t make much on that and thank you to the small donors who are still over at Patreon. I’ve left that going. If you’re really into Patreon, you can go donate to us through Patreon. I don’t believe in them in a big way, but hey, every little bit of support helps. And you can go check out and support the show over at wppluginsatoz.com/donate for multiple ways where you can donate and support the show.

Marcus:           Absolutely. We appreciate all the support everybody’s getting and if you cannot contribute from a monetary standpoint, please help to promote the show. We do appreciate that as well.

John:                Yeah, and promote the show or if someone has spare time, I have things on the website that need to be done. We’ve brought in a couple of people here and there who’ve done some things for us, but their life gets busy and I understand. It’s a volunteer thing and if you want to help clean up the website, fix up some of the articles and miscellaneous things in there, please contact me.

All right, well that brings us up to our final set of plugins and the last one I’ve got for you here today is one that everyone is talking about. (Well, this is one of many.) It’s for the GDPR, the Global Data Protection Racket – I mean, Regulations. And this is of course coming down from the EU and it’s forcing everyone worldwide to adopt it and it’s a bit of a pain. But of course, one of the things that’s happening is WordPress 4.9.6 is due out about the 15th of the month and they’re going to be releasing some additional tools in WordPress to help people become compliant with the GDPR.

But becoming compliant is gonna be variable depending on who you are and what your website is, and as a disclaimer, I’m not a lawyer. I don’t even play one on TV, so don’t take anything I say here as advice. Do your own research.

That being said, the plugin I want to talk about briefly is called simply GDPR. This is one of the more popular plugins in WordPress and when I went searching, there seems to be a good couple dozen of GDPR plugins there, and this is something you’re gonna want to be aware of. What this one does for you is helps you build your privacy page, it helps you set up for one of the requirements, which is allow people to request all data you have on them so they can download it, and this also helps you to comply with the notifications for when they hit your website and it says, “Hey, we’re tracking you. Hey, we’re keeping your email address. Hey, we’re sending you emails,” or whatever your particular things are gonna be on your website.

So you might want to check this plugin out, check out a few other things. There’s lots of links and other things. I sent an article around via Twitter today and on the Facebook page from BlogAid, where she did a big, huge write-up on all the things you’re gonna face with GDPR, so you’ll want to check all of this stuff out. The date for this coming into effect is May 25th of this year and after that, who knows what the EU is going to do.

Anyway, go check this one out: the GDPR plugin, and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah, I’m still not prepared for that, I guess. [chuckle]

John:                I’m just starting to prepare my website, but mine’s fairly simple. I only collect emails for – well, both of our sites – WP Plugins and JohnOverall. We collect emails for the newsletter —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — and of course I have billing information for my clients, so it’s very easy for me to comply with it.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                I just got to add notifications and I’ve got to update my privacy pages, which haven’t been updated in a few years.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                [inaudible – 22:12] For someone running an e-commerce store, doing email marketing blitzes, or doing mass amount of tracking – like I do very little tracking. To me, tracking is only minorly important to me, so I don’t have lots of tracking going on. But it’s gonna vary —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — from person to person.

Marcus:           So the final plugin I’ve got for today is called Bulk Menu Creator and it’s – this is something that I would keep only as a construction plugin or a development plugin installed on my site. But if you need to set up a lot of menus and submenus within your WordPress site, this plugin can help you to ease that burden. It’s a real simple way to drop in a list of text and corresponding URLs that will automatically create a menu with appropriately assigned URL structure.

Now, I used this to create a menu with over 30 different submenus that also happened and it actually had also 20 different external links in the menu as well. So I did this entire operation with this plugin in about 10 seconds. In fact, the longest time it took me was just to type out the menu names. It isn’t the kind of plugin I said as you would keep installed forever. It’s more of a kind of setup or development category, but it does the job exactly how it should when you need it. It is called Bulk Menu Creator and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That’s nice. That could’ve saved me tons of time on a site I recently built. [chuckle]

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                I didn’t even know something like that exists, because I had to go create the single one, add the menu, move it around —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — add the menu, move it around. It’s like I hate building big menus, and yeah, this could save tons of time, so I’m gonna keep that one in my head for the next one that shows up because it happens way too often.

Marcus:           Yeah, I almost feel like we need to create like a – I don’t know – an e-book: all the cool plugins that you should install while you’re creating a site. Not while it’s being run —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — while you’re creating.

John:                While you’re creating and then remove them when you’re done, because the client doesn’t need ‘em.

Marcus:           Yeah…hm.

John:                There’s quite a few. There’s quite a few plugins that save me tons of time while developing and the last thing I do when I’m done, I go through and remove all those plugins.

Marcus:           Exactly.

John:                All right, well that closes out this episode where I covered up the GoDaddy Reseller Store, which I gave a 5 to; the ScoutDocs, which I gave a 4 to; and the GDPR, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about WP Responsive Table, which gets a 4 out of 5; WooCommerce Bulk Editor gets a 4 out of 5, and the Bulk Menu Creator gets a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                And there we go. A nice roundup of plugins. And just a couple of quick reminders, stop into our YouTube channel where you can check out the screencasts for our live shows. And when I have time again, I will be doing training videos and other things going up there. Right now, life has just kept me way too busy and business has been really good this year. And also, go to our website and subscribe to our newsletter so you can find out what we’re talking about each and every week.

And as a little side-note, I know that there’s not a lot of listeners, but I have a couple here on the Island. On May 27th, WordPress’s birthday, we are having a meetup. I am now the organizer for the meetup group up here in Victoria and I am reviving the group and bringing it back to life, and so we’re having a social meetup on Sunday, May 27th at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Boston Pizza, where we’re going to discuss the future of this group and the things that I’m planning to do with it over the next year. So if you live in the Victoria area or you happen to be visiting, hey, stop in by on May 27th for WordPress’s birthday.

Marcus:           Nice.

John:                More information, you can send me an email. I’ll be happy to send you more info on it.

Marcus:           You gonna have a WordPress birthday cake?

John:                No, we might have a WordPress pizza because you know…

Marcus:           Well, there you go.

John:                We are going to Boston Pizza – a nice Sunday afternoon.

Marcus:           Yeah, if they can get the W in like pepperoni – spell it out with pepperoni or something.

John:                There should be a hockey game on that day. I think we’re still in the middle of playoff season.

Marcus:           [laughing] There’s always a hockey game on in Canada. [laughing]

John:                [giggling] Always. Yeah, I think the only time they stop playing hockey is like September 1st to the 2nd or something – you know.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                At any rate, don’t forget to go support the show, wppluginsatoz.com/donate and subscribe and review the show at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store.

Marcus:           That’s right. Do it.

John:                And you can follow us up on Twitter and you can contact us – well, let’s just play the extra stuff that I got here. I keep forgetting I’ve got it. And that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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[Outro]

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Transcript of Episode 354 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 Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #354 here.


It’s Episode 354 and we’ve got plugins for Lucky Prize Wheels, Forums, Product Page Templates, Integrating Amazon’s Product API, WooCommerce Support Tickets and a new WooCommerce Customizer. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #354

Marcus:           It’s Episode 354 and we’ve got plugins for Lucky Prize Wheels, Forums, Product Page Templates, Integrating Amazon’s Product API, WooCommerce Support Tickets, and a new WooCommerce Customizer. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A to 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.

Marcus:           And from the sunny seaside bunker in Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

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

Marcus:           Yep, don’t forget also every Monday of the month – every first Monday of the month, rather, you can watch us do the show live on YouTube. You can also check out our training videos and screencasts that we’ve got. Also, follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and don’t forget, the most important thing: subscribe to our newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com. When we do giveaways, you’ve got to know the secret link that’s only available in the newsletter, so do that today.

John:                Absolutely, and with that being said, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]

And we’re reviewing our usual great allotment of plugins and first off, I have another plugin that was sent in to us by a listener out there, Artyom Chakhoyan – sorry, I just butchered that name. I’m done.

Marcus:           It’s Chakhoyan.

John:                Chakhoyan, there we go. Chakhoyan. I’ve gotta work on my enunciations of reading names from Europe. At any rate, the plugin is called wpForo. It’s a WordPress forum plugin and it’s the first new WordPress forum plugin I’ve seen in quite a while, and they’re promising that it’s a new generation of WordPress forum plugins made by gVectors Team. Everything you need to run an efficient and professional community, powerful and beautiful bulletin board with unique features, wpForo Forums is the best WordPress forum plugin, full-fledged, yet easy and light forum solution for your WordPress website.

It comes with modern, responsive forum layouts and styles and this WordPress forum brings everything you need to run an efficient and professional community, and this might eventually become a – something to go up against bbPress, which would be kind of cool because bbPress is a bit of a pain in the neck. So at any rate, it’s a pretty nice looking plugin. I like the way it sort of starts to lay out and use. It’s something you’ll want to check out. I’m not in any hurry to try to create another form system. The last time I did it, it failed miserably, so next time I do one, I want to make sure it’s actually gonna work. But this looks like it would be quite nice.

So if you’re building a forum system, you might want to check out this plugin before you fully commit yourself to bbPress. So go check it out – it’s called wpForo. It’s available at WordPress.org and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Not bad. We could definitely use it because bbPress sucks.

John:                Yeah, it’s basically —

Marcus:           Sorry to say.

John:                — oh yeah, I’ve tried using it and you can make it work, but it takes a lot of effort.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s not good. So kudos to the authors for sending that in and bringing that to our attention. I look forward to seeing exactly where they go with that. It looks like – it looks like it integrates pretty nicely.

John:                Yeah, it’s got a lot of integrations to it and it’s – it looks pretty clean, so it looks a whole lot cleaner than bbPress, so…

Marcus:           Nice. Okay, so one thing that I tried out on a different site and then when I came across this plugin, I thought, “Oh, this is just the same thing. It’s really fun.” There’s this thing called the Lucky Wheel. You go to a website and it says, “Hey, put your email address in and spin the lucky wheel and you’ll get a prize.” Now, who wouldn’t want to do that? So this gives your site viewers a great experience. They get to spin this little wheel and by entering their email, they get a chance to win a specific discount code by spinning it and see where it lands, like Wheel of Fortune.

You can use it to obviously encourage your email subscriptions to your newsletter and your product briefings and things. It automatically sends out the coupon codes to their email address if they win and the results are calculated on the server side, not some third party, so it remains 100% in your system. It’s called the WooCommerce Lucky Wheel and it rolled into a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That’s kind of cool! Nice way to help gamify your website.

Marcus:           Yep, that’s exactly it.

John:                Yeah, and everyone loves games.

Marcus:           And because of the fact that they think that that discount code is a prize.

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           They want to redeem the prize and by redeeming the prize, they’ve got to buy something from you.

John:                That’s right. There you go. Ways to manipulate the masses – gotta love it. All right, well this website here – this website. This podcast here, currently brought to you by:

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There you go. Give me a call. I should be able to fit you in in about three weeks. All right, also a quick mention: don’t forget to go sign up for our newsletter where all the latest contest information is now going out, and there could be something there for you, so make sure you sign up for the newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com.

Marcus:           Yeah, as we keep going, John and I are going to add more and more stuff to that newsletter.

John:                Oh, absolutely. It’s getting – it’s starting to become useful and there’s quite a few subscribers and it goes out every Thursday morning. Okay – yeah, Thursday morning, somewhere around noon – 11:00 to noon.

Okay, our next set of plugins we’ve got for you, I have one here for you called Simple Connect Adverts – Amazon API Connect and Adverts – there we go. It’s an Amazon Connect plugin that lets you easily integrate Amazon products into your WordPress pages. You can use your own template, you can preset the products in the style of your website, all using simple shortcodes.

It allows you to connect up and bring those Amazon products in for all the different posts and pages that you’re using. It helps make it easier for you to collect that extra Amazon bucks. A really nice plugin, seems fairly straightforward and simple to use. Go check it out. I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           All right. Well, I’ve asked for it forever, it’s finally here. This plugin is called WooHoo, and it’s the very first WooCommerce customizer. That’s right, John —

John:                Okay.

Marcus:           — customizer.

John:                Customized WooCommerce? This’ll be interesting.

Marcus:           I you want to easily and quickly customize WooCommerce, here’s what it allows you to do. It allows you to add and customize the cart icon, enable or disable product galleries, lightboxes, sliders, zooms, change the ‘add to cart’ button text, change a product’s description, additional info, reviews, tabs, titles, all that. Put a prefix on your order numbers, add content to the order complete page, enable or disable WooCommerce breadcrumbs, autocomplete all orders – that’s if you get virtual or downloadable products. The number of gallery thumbnails per row on a product page, the number of products per row, enable or disable order notes, place order buttons in checkout, enable or disable categories, product images, related products, rename the coupon code field – all that kind of stuff.

It’s a lazy plugin, it does a ton of different stuff, it allows you to really customize WooCommerce that you can’t do with one plugin anywhere else. It’s called WooHoo – The WooCommerce Customizer, and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very cool! I haven’t built a WooCommerce site in a while but hey, this could be quite useful.

Marcus:           Yep, it allows you to do all the stuff that you are kind of stuck doing out of the box and off the rack with WooCommerce in the past.

John:                Nice – customize it up. All right, it looks like we have a little bit of listener feedback this week. You want to take it?

Marcus:           Yep, okay. Let’s see if we can handle this one. This is from Tim from North Carolina. “Is there a way to have multiple WooCommerce sites but have all orders go to a single backend or a CRM plugin that all orders are on one WordPress backend? Can’t figure out how to do this.”

Well, I can, and you need to check out this new plugin called WooMultistore, and it allows you to create different shops using Multiuser or Multisite, so you’re going to make a WordPress Multisite, which you can map different domains to. It allows you to have a whole different option and use one single store as your checkout across all of the different stores.

So here’s a great example. Let’s say, John, you and I are making a cosmetics line, right?

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           And we get a bunch of people that are going to be making their own blog about beauty and cosmetics and things. But we want it to be able to order from our cosmetics line with our WooCommerce store.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Instead of setting up affiliate codes, instead of setting up a bunch of different things within Multisite that everybody’s got to use, what if I just want to put a block there?

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           And put it on different sites? Well, this allows me to do that. It also allows you to create different – so that different domains have different products.

John:                Nice.

Marcus:           Different domains can be translated into different languages. Different domains or subsites can have completely different product descriptions. You can manage all the orders in a complete multisite in one place, get it all done in one – just a one-stop shop, so check it out at WooMultistore.com. Tons of different options but if you’re doing with it what I think you are, this is well worth the cost.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Check it out.

John:                That’s a very nice looking plugin and yeah, if you run into problems, Tim, with WordPress Multisite, give me a ring.

Marcus:           Yep.

John:                I have – WordPress Multisite is a challenge unto itself and this would add an additional layer of challenge to it, but it can be one and it can be managed, so…it’s a nice deal. I like that.

All right, and in that vein there, this show, value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, we ask you please give some value back – in the form of cash is preferable. And we’d like to acknowledge those that have supported this show with $50 or more with notes that are read out on our live show on the first Monday of every month and their notes are published with the show that the money comes in on, so that would be greatly appreciated.

And we’d like this week to thank those that came in under $50. You know who you are; thank you very much. And to all those who donate to the show, the money is not going into our pocket or our beer fund. It is definitely going to support the show and the website, and it pays for things such as transcripts, the hosting, and more. So please support the show and you can do that by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate.

Marcus:           Yes, please help.

John:                All right, and our final set of plugins here today, the last one I’ve got for you here is called WooCommerce Support System, and this is a support system you can add into your WooCommerce website. It allows you to set up a support service that is essential to your e-commerce site. So if people have problems, issues, this is a nice way to add a ticketing track service into it. The WooCommerce Support System integrates into your WordPress website, simple, fast, and support system.

It allows your users to open a ticketed system for WooCommerce products purchased and they receive notification when a reply is published. And the ability to update the ticket with new messages allows you to keep the thread alive and the conversation. It really helps you keep in contact with your customers throughout the support process and know what’s happening. That way, you don’t lose your customers or worse yet, have to give back the money they’ve already paid.

So this is a really great plugin you might want to look at if you’ve got products that require support in any way whatsoever, or even if you’ve just got products that people get questions on. This is one of the things you might want. Anyway, check it out: WooCommerce Support System, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Nice. Got a whole WooCommerce theme going on here.

John:                Yeah, just a little bit today.

Marcus:           All right, and this next plugin is called WooCommerce Product Page Templates. It’s one of the things about WooCommerce that actually I didn’t like is the fact that to make these product pages, you’ve got to really customize the heck out of everything. Even themes never get it right.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           They never get it perfect.

John:                Nope.

Marcus:           So this plugin, WooCommerce Product Page Templates, allows you to create custom page templates for your different WooCommerce products. It lets you convert these product pages into landing pages and a whole lot more. If you want to do things like add a left-to-right sidebar to a product page, this one will do it easily. Want to add sidebars or widget areas above or below the product description? This one totally has you covered.

The product pages generally look back out of the box in WooCommerce and stuff like this really helps out. Again, it’s called WooCommerce Product Page Templates and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s cool; I can save some time for folks. If you’ve ever edited WooCommerce product pages or custom templates, you’ll know this could be a lifesaver – at least a timesaver if nothing else.

Marcus:           Time – yeah, absolutely.

John:                All right, well that closes out this episode. I covered up this time here wpForo – WordPress Forum Plugin, which I gave a 4 to; the Amazon API Connect and Adverts, which I gave a 4 to; and then the WooCommerce Support System, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about the WooCommerce Lucky Wheel, which gets a 5 out of 5; WooHoo, the WooCommerce Customizer gets a 4 out of 5, and the WooCommerce Product Page Templates gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                All right, and a couple of quick reminders: please go check out our YouTube channel where we have screencasts, training videos, and more that go up there. And a quick note to developers: if you would like to support the show, you’d like to offer up a premium license for us to give away for one of our contests, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest and enter in all the pertinent data there and we will talk about your plugin and share that information out with our listeners.

And that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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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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[End of Audio]

Transcript of Episode 353 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 Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #353 here.


It’s Episode 353 and we’ve got plugins for Callbacks, WooCommerce Dynamic Pricing, Responsive Sliders, To-Do Lists, Table Reservations and Plugin Activation Tracking. Those plugins and listener feedback, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #353

Marcus:           It’s Episode 353, and we’ve got plugins for Callbacks, WooCommerce Dynamic Pricing, Responsive Sliders, To Do Lists, Table Reservations, and Plugin Activation Tracking. These plugins and listener feedback all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

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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.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you today but of course right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, leaving us a review and subscribing to the show there.

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Marcus:           Hey!!!

John:                [laughing]

Marcus:           It thinks I said, “8Z,” instead of A to Z.

John:                Yeah, your voice is off a little.

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

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All right, we have our usual great allotment of plugins and first up I have a plugin that was sent in to us by Evgeniy Sidorov and it’s a premium service plugin starting at $14 a month and it’s called Callback Tracker. Now, the plugin is available over at wordpress.org and what the plugin does for you is it helps you easily connect to the callback tracker service where you have to sign up for an account. They have a temporary account; I think you can sign up for free so you can give it a good test.

It starts at $14 a month but what it does for you is it sets a floating phone icon on your website so if people click on it, they can enter a callback phone number. Or if they mouse off the page and they go heading somewhere else, they get a popup over on the page that asks, “If you would like to receive a phone call within the next 24 seconds or so, enter your phone number,” and then it calls back. The service automatically makes the phone call to the number that they present and then it dials your phone to connect you.

A really great service to try and connect you to your customers, and if you’ve got a service that depends upon people calling you for reviews or estimates or other such services, this could be a very useful plugin for you to implement on your website to encourage more people to enter their phone numbers and connect with you so you can get directly to them and talk to them. A really great plugin; it sets up pretty easily, it’s very helpful, and allows for nice accessibility. Go check it out. It’s called Callback Tracker and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Nice. Okay, now there have been at least 10 different times, John —

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           — I’ve been asked about dynamic pricing plugins for WooCommerce, and I think I’ve finally found the granddaddy of them all. This is called WooCommerce Dynamic Pricing and Discounts. It does exactly what it says. It does product price adjustments – this is all rule-based – percentage discounts, fixed discounts, fixed prices, bulk pricing, tiered pricing, buy X and get X (that could be a discount; a buy one, get one at a fixed price), full cart discount based on what’s in it (a percentage, a fixed discount), tons of different cart conditions, purchase history conditions, customer conditions (are they a new customer, are they an existing customer), a wide range of product filtering, rules, all that kind of stuff.

It’s pretty awesome. I would give it a perfect 5 out of 5, but there is a pro version to this and so I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Now, that’s pretty cool!

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                If you’ve got a really good, extensive store, this can be quite useful to help increase your sales. So yeah, something you want to go check out.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s called WooCommerce Dynamic Pricing and Discounts.

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And this brings us up to our next set of plugins. The next one I’ve got for you here is another one that was sent in to us by Solwin Infotech. It’s a premium plugin; it costs $20 and it’s called Avartan Slider WordPress Plugin. The plugin is available through Envato and it is a slider plugin that is on the scale of revolution slider. It seems to be a very excellent slider with some drag-n-drop options. It’s got autoplay sliders, animation, transition, the usual slide layouts, allows you to embed multimedia from YouTube, Vimeo, and more. It has duplicate slide elements.

All in all, it looks to be a really great slider plugin. I haven’t given it the full test because I’m kind of, you know, attached to Revolution Slider, but hey, this is an option if you’re not attached to something and it’s something that you might want to give a good checkout. The price on it, quite affordable, so go check it out. It’s called Avartan Slider and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Nice! Very nice. All right, I’m going to talk about something revolutionary here. John, as an administrator, this is called WP To Do, and this is a full-blown to do list and task management system that integrates into your admin panel. It’s a full-featured to do manager that makes it possible to add requests to the list to assign different registered users with different tasks of things that they’ve got to do. The different tasks can be edited, assigned a due date, you can even manage by status and importance. The assignees get notified automatically by only need, globally, or by sending a personal comment or reminder.

It’s great for a lot of people that are collaborating on a different site. I only wish I had it to do recurring tasks, like maintenance or a monthly posting task, or something like that, to list right within WordPress somebody’s actual tasks. It’d be great for clients as well, so check this out. It’s called WP To Do and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s kind of cool. I like that. That’ll be something for me to consider looking into during development of websites.

Marcus:           Yeah, and wouldn’t it be great for yourself? Like if it’s just one person using a website, maybe not. But maybe.

John:                Maybe.

Marcus:           Like I said, if it had recurring, I would give this a 5 out of 5. But because it doesn’t do that, it doesn’t give me that monthly notice on the first every time that says, “Hey, come in and fix this.”

John:                Yeah, come in and —

Marcus:           And then check off that you did. It doesn’t do that.

John:                No. That’s kind of nice when – yeah, make that a suggestion to the developer as an add-on item.

Marcus:           Yep.

John:                All right, well this bring us up to we’ve got some listener feedback. You want to take this?

Marcus:           Yeah! Yep, and this was a question. It came in from Tjobbe Andrews. He’s from the UK. He says:

Help! I need to recategorize 1,200 products!

Basically, I inherited a website and almost every product is in the wrong category, and it would be much easier for me (I think?) to just start from scratch and put every product in a new category from scratch. Can this be done “offline” – i.e. on a test / dev server – and then used to overwrite the live server? So in effect I create the new categories on the test server, and I want to tell the live server what the new categories should be. How would this be done, physically?

Forget what you just said. Just forget everything you just said there. You need to get – if this is something that you’re serious about doing, go get WP All Import and WP All Export also. They can do this entire task in about 30 seconds. You download it all through WP All Export, you change it with Excel – whatever you want to do. You give it a common thing, like the slug or whatever it happens to be, you re-import it back in, and you’re done. That’s all you gotta do: wpallimport.com. It’s where you check that out.

John:                Yeah, that sounds a whole lot better than what I was thinking in my head. [laughter]

Marcus:           Hm…yeah. Just do it that way.

John:                Yeah, there you go. That should help you out there, Tjobbe. Okay, and of course this show, value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, we ask that you give some value back, meaning a little bit of cash to help support the show. For any donations coming in $50 or more, they’re read out on our monthly live show and the note is published with the appropriate show the donation comes in.

And this week here, we would like to thank those who came in under $50 and thank you very much for your support of the show. Your small subscriptions in the little bits really help us with things such as the transcripts which get published up as they come to us, and also with things such as bandwidth, server support, and a little bit of time to get in there and deal with the website, so thank you very much to all those that support us.

And of course, that brings us to the final set of plugins we have here for the show today. The last one I’ve got is another one that was sent in to us by Ivan Zambouka. This one is called Table Reservations. Now, if you’re doing any development for people who have a small restaurant, a café, a coffee shop, or any place that takes table reservations and they don’t want to spring for the open table reservation system or the other big systems that cost big money, this might be a little perfect solution for them.

It allows you to set up a reservation system which allows people to go up to the website, select tables for reservation, prevents tables from being double-reserved and booked. The reservations are managed from within the WordPress dashboards. Email notifications go out to both the admin and the guest. It has a well thought out mobile experience for users and customizable colors and it’s WP Baker Visual Composer-compatible. So here’s some really great features for it.

It looks to be a great plugin if you are using a system that needs table reservations, so go check it out. I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           How’s it work on other things, like salon bookings and stuff like that?

John:                I couldn’t tell you how it was. It’s designed for restaurants, cafés, night clubs, etc.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                So it may or may not work for those, but it’s not something I gave much thought to, so…

Marcus:           Hm…all right. Well, I’ve got another great, lazy plugin to end the show. This is called Plugin Activation Info. This is something that a true WP Plugins A to Z listener would love, and I think out of anybody, our listeners love this plugin. What it does is this.

On the plugins screen, it adds a brand new column that says, “Last activated by [username],” and it tells you their username and when they activated it. So John, if I’m doing a client site for you and I come in there and I can see that you’ve activated Hello Dolly on March 10th

John:                Yeah?

Marcus:           — this is gonna keep a log of that and I go, “John, what are you thinking here? You’re not supposed to load Hello Dolly. What’s wrong with you?”

John:                [laughing]

Marcus:           So remember now, it’s cool to do this but it only keeps track of what has been activated after you install this plugin, so it’s memory only starts right when you install this and activate it.

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           You can’t track plugins that were activated before you installed this plugin, so it’s really good for a brand-new site.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           To take a look and see who activated what plugin when.

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           Very cool, lazy plugin that keeps track of whose been playing around in my plugins on my WordPress site, and it gets a perfect 5 out of 5.

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John:                Yeah, that’s kind of cool, and it could also be useful if you’re just working on a website yourself and you’re doing some debugging and you forget which ones you turned on an off when —

Marcus:           That’s right!

John:                — which happens. I do that a lot. I’m debugging. “Did I turn that one off? Shit, I lost track of the 42 plugins on this website.”

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So it’s actually – that’s got a lot of good uses and features.

Marcus:           Nice!

John:                All right, well closing out this episode, I looked at Callback Tracker, which I gave a 4 to; Avartan Slider WordPress Plugin, which I gave a 4 to; and then Table Reservations, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I reviewed WooCommerce Dynamic Pricing and Discounts, which gets a 4 out of 5; WP To Do, which gets a 4 out of 5; and Plugin Activation Info, which gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                And a couple of quick reminders: Stop into our YouTube channel, check out our screencasts, training videos, and more that gets going up there. Also, a note to developers who would like to support the show, if you’d like to offer up a premium license to support us and give away and create a contest, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest.

And that’s all we’ve got for you. Take care, bye-bye.

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