It’s Episode 403 and I’ve got plugins for Product Catalog, Emailing Users, Welcoming new Commentators, Reducing Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG for Classic Press, and Classic Press Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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I have a great set of plugins for you today!
To start off I have a couple plugins that I have yet to use but thought you might want to know they exist. Keep in mind the ratings are based off the descriptions on their site and using their demo if available.
sent in by Stephanie Hruby
What they say:
Our responsive product catalog plugin is designed to display your products in a sleek and easy to customize format. Choose between three default responsive layouts or use the Custom CSS features or any of the hundreds of product catalog styling options. Make your product catalog easy to browse, sort and update with categories, sub-categories, tags and custom fields.
The premium version of our product catalog now offers full WooCommerce integration, allowing you to sync all your products between the product catalog and WooCommerce, and also allowing your customers to check out directly from the product catalog.
Rating 3 Dragons
sent in by Siddharth B
WP email Users Plugin allows you to send Email to various group of users in different format like image and rich text to the users. Admin can have wysiwyg editor available for typing emails and lot of new features as follows.
- Simple and Light weight Plugin
- Email/Newsletter format : Plain text or HTML
- Full wysiwyg editor available for typing email
- Add some html message and click on send email to users
- Separate emails send to user
- SMTP-Ready, Choose to send mail by SMTP or PHP’s mail() function.
- Send with your web host, Gmail, any SMTP, like SendGrid, Amazon SES Mandrill, etc…
- No restriction on sending newsletters to Subscribers (Forget MailChimp, Aweber, etc.)
- Mass Email To users, can send Unlimited Emails
- Pagination for more users
- Admin can search user with email,username and roles, select all user just by single click button
- You can change the entries to show users in a table
- Select users you want to send email
- Add some html message and click on send email to users
- You can use short tag for your site title
- Add Media option to send emails
- Place holders [[user-nickname]],[[first-name]],[[last-name]],[[site-title]],[[display-name]],[[user-email]] which enables sending dynamic users data into email.
- Default template is included as an HTML file in the plugin folder, feel free to edit.
- CSV File import and send email to imported CSV email list
- User or Rolewise CSV Export
- Send Email to new registered user
- Send Email when user role changed
- Send Email when user reset Password
- Send Email when new comment post
- Send email when new Post Publish
- Send email with schedule.
- Easy-to-use, It just works out of box!
- Subscribe and Unsubscribe
- No advertising
- Send practically unlimited daily mails.
- Multi SMTP functionality.
- Add and prioritise SMTP’s.
- Drag and drop row to prioritise SMTP.
- Edit, delete and enable/disable SMTP.
- Easy menu view for add SMTP configuration and SMTP list.
- Quick used and remaining mails view.
Rating 3 Dragons
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The next plugin I have for you is:
This is an interesting plugin that let you get a bit more attention when you get new commentators on your website. With this plugin after someone comments on your site for the first time you can then redirect them to a unique page where you can simply say “thanks, it is much appreciated” or you can give them some other added bonus.
It is a great way to help your commentators feel appreciated for tasking the time to leave you a comment.
Rating 4 Dragons.
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next up I have:
Get the real Time On Site and Bounce Rate in Google Analytics. Google Analytics calculates the Time On Site based on the length of time between a user entering your site and their last page view. This won’t give you the REAL Time on Site and Bounce Rate stats.
This plugin helps intercede and ad some activity when a user is on your site so that the real bounce rate can be calculated. Here is a couple examples they quote:
Worst case scenario:
A visitor is very interested in one of your pages and takes 2 minutes and 13 seconds to read the article. After this he bookmarks the page and leaves.
This visitor stayed 2 minutes and 13 seconds on your page, but never interacted with it. To Google that is a bounce! And bounced visits are marked 0:00 Time on Site. Not fair, right?
Another bad scenario:
A visitor goes to your website and stays 1 minute and 11 seconds on the first page. Then, he goes to a second page where he stays 1 minute and 12 seconds. Without any interaction on this page, he leaves. Since Google doesn’t know how long your visitor stayed on the second page, Google will add only the time the visitor spent on the first page to Analytics. Not fair, right?
This plugin sets this straight. It will tell Google Analytics every 10 seconds that your visitor is still on the page and that there was some interaction on that page. Your page will be “unbounced”. It’s all based on a script made by Brian Cray and is totally accepted by Google.
Rating 4 Dragons
Since the release of Gutenberg, and it fallout ClassicPress has garnered allot of attention. This is a fork of WordPress and is focused on Business Websites and is looking pretty good. It does seem in the past few months ClassicPress is coming into its own a bit and with some plugins now being created specifically for ClassicPress I do believe it has a future.
This weeks ClassicPress plugin is:
This one is a great step forward for ClassicPress, if you are like me and use the TinyMCE and are looking for a replacement for your ClassicPress install this would be it.
The WYSIWYG Advanced plugin adds lots of additional options to the ClassicPress visual editor. This plugin is a fork of TinyMCE Advanced v4.8 for WordPress and contains no Gutenberg code.
Rating 4 dragons
Side note: I noticed that when you are doing a search using the repository it show you right away if the plugins are compatible with your version of Classic Press. You can also search with the tag “ClassicPress” to find plugins made to work in ClassicPress
To find a listing of ClassicPress specific plugins check out this link https://forums.classicpress.net/t/plugins-built-specifically-for-classicpress/1011?u=codepotent there is currently 37 plugins here and growing I look forward to the day they have their own repository. I can still recall WordPress when it had a small repository.
Closing out this Episode The Plugins I covered were:
John’s Plugins: Ultimate Product Catalog Plugin – 3, WP Email Users – 3, Comment Redirect – 4, Reduce Bounce Rate – 4, Advanced WYSIWYG Editor for ClassicPress – 4
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