Mass Importing Users, Google Plus Commenting, Notification Bars, Calendars, Newsletters, and Security

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 118

 It’s episode #118 and we’ve got plugins for Mass Importing Users, Google Plus Commenting, Notification Bars, Calendars, Newsletters, and Security. All Coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Interesting Sites Running WordPress:


Being billed as ”The Digital Place for Politics,” the central site is the place to get all the latest news from MSNBC news shows. Besides following a particular show’s news, you can follow “Issues” like Politics, Health, or Education across all their shows, or access “Voices” which groups all their opinion articles in one place. The site also integrates social media components into the WordPress site, like the MSNBC Facebook page and a Twitter stream consisting of Tweets from all the MSNBC show Twitter accounts.

 Urban Decay Blog –

Urban Decay is a major beauty brand and they use WordPress to power their official blog.

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Jesus in Panama has a question about SpeakPipe alternatives.

-There is a speakpipe APP which allows your site viewers to leave a message if on a mobile device. I tried it with the WordPress Plugins A-Z site through the iphone app and it worked fine.

-You may also try the old standard of using Skype and having people call your voice mail.


World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Update WP Super Cache and W3TC Immediately – Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Disclosed — major flaw update ASAP


WordPress 3.6 Beta 2

is out so working copy not too far in the future I think..


**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

 WP Calendar 1.5.3

The lowdown

This is a nice simple events plugin that uses custom posts-types and works pretty nice. I needed it to display an upcoming list of holidays for the next year that was easy to change.. This plugin does the trick and produces a pretty nice simple calendar.

Rating 3 Dragons


Wysija Newsletters 2.4.3

The Lowdown:

If you would like to run your newsletter your self this is a pretty nice plugin for doing that. It produces a nice newsletter and allows you to create a list that will get auto notices when you make a new post. It has autoresponders and more.. There is also a premium version that will allow you to send to lists of over 2k.. A caveat here for managing your own list.. you may be limited by your hosting provider on how many emails you can send out also you may find when managing a list yourself that you have a higher rate of emails going to peoples spam folders, this is due to all the newer spam filtering on the web, using a service like Benchmark email helps reduce the problem dramatically. I run my own servers and I was still having issues and finally surrenders and started using benchmark due to the ease of getting my stuff out.

 Rating 4 Dragons


Apocalypse Meow 1.4.0


The Lowdown:

This is another plugin from the rampaging bots from a couple of weeks ago.. This is a nice plugin to add a new layer of security to your wordpress website to help keep the bad guys at bay. What this plugin does is hide the login page after x-number of attempts to login.. The it also enforces good strong password when people sign up. It is nice and simple seems to work well and even give you stats junkies out there something to look at. It also has a list of those blocked so you can unblock them with ease.. make sure to set you own IP as whitelisted.. There are a couple of bonus security items.. You can block script executions easily with a check box and if you never use the theme/plugin editor you can also turn that off.

 Rating 4 Dragons



**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Google+ Comments Widget

 Requires: 3 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.2.1

Last Updated: 2013-4-25

Downloads: 45

 “Google+ Comments Widget” is a fully customisable google+ comments plugin for wordpress.

On installing, it will replace the default wordpress commenting system with Google+ comments. You can configure the plugin to set the width or to show comments only if the viewer chooses to. It also makes Google+ Comments responsive-ready.

Advantages –

  • Configurable comment width.

  • Responsive-ready with dynamic width option. The normal Google+ Comment widget maintains a fixed width on loading even in smaller screens leading to overflow. The dynamic width option fixes that.

  • Option to retain and show older comments.

  • Choose whether to display all comments by default or with a “Show Comments” link.

 Read more about Google Plus Comments at

 Rating: 3 out of 5



User Importer Lite

 Requires: 3.4 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.5.1

Last Updated: 2013-4-24

Downloads: 45

 User Importer Lite Plugin that helps you to import the Users and their details from a CSV file with few clicks.

  1. Admin can import the data’s from any csv file.

  2. Import unlimited user data’s with few clicks.

  3. Help details button will help to get the user role id.

 Your CSV must have columns for “uil_user_name”, “uil_email_id”, “uil_role”. These are mandatory field in default. Otherwise UIL Importer won’t consider your CSV when you try to import.

 Rating: 4 out of 5



Sticky Notification Bar

 Requires: 3.0 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.5.1

Last Updated: 2013-4-24

Downloads: 77

 Sticky Notification Bar is a cool concept of showing a cool bar on top when the user scrolls down your page so that he come back to stop or use the navigation or show a constant message that you want to convey to your users.

  • Adds a cool sticky bar to your web page which only shows when the user scrolls.

  • You can control when it should show up like after how many pixels of scroll it should show up.

  • Show social share icons on the bar you can disable them from the backend.

  • Easily manageable back-end.

  • you can use a navigation menu if you want to show a Navigation

  • Allows you to add/upload your own logo if you want to show your logo on the bar.

  • You can enable disable the Sticky notification bar for a post/page.

  • You can add a cool scroll to top arrow which smoothly brings the user to the top of the web page.

  • you can add the bar at the bottom or at the top.


 Rating: 4 out of 5 (Needs Widgets)



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