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Simple Sponsorships, Customer Loyalty for WooCommerce, Email Address Encoder and ClassicPress options in Episode 417

It's Episode 417 and I've got plugins for Sponsorships, Customer Loyalty, Preventing Email harvesting, and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

It's Episode 417 and I've got plugins for Sponsorships, Customer Loyalty, Preventing Email harvesting, and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! It’s Episode 417 and I’ve got plugins for Sponsorships, Customer Loyalty, Preventing Email Harvesting, and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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We are only 3 Episodes away from 420 and I am lining up some great stoner plugins for your website.

I have a great set of plugins for you today!

To start off I have a plugin 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.

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Simple Sponsorships

Requires:4.4 or higher
Compatible up to:5.9.9
Released:24 January 2019
Last Updated:17 April 2022
(3.7 star out of 5)

What they say:
Simple Sponsorships is a complete Sponsorships manager plugin where you can:

  • accept sponsor requests
  • receive payments from approved sponsorships
  • manage and display Sponsors
  • create different sponsorship packages

If you want to handle payments differently, you can disable them and instruct sponsors with detailed information on how you will accept payments.
This plugin can help you manage your sponsors, sponsor requests and all other related sponsor data.
How this plugin works?

  1. A potential sponsor comes to your page. It goes to the Sponsor Page (it will create a /sponsor page),
  2. Fills the Sponsor Form and you get an email,
  3. A Sponsorship is created which you can then approve or reject,
  4. Once the Sponsorship is approved, the Sponsor is created from the provided information,
  5. If you want to accept payments through your site, you can use PayPal and the Sponsor will use it to pay for Sponsorship,
  6. Once paid, the Sponsorship will become active and the Sponsor can be added to a content

Simple Sponsorships, to handle Sponsors, is composed of different types of data:

  • Sponsors – can have more than 1 sponsorship. Edited and managed as regular posts, pages and similar,
  • Sponsorships – connected to a sponsor and a package. Holds payment data,
  • Packages – packages are like products in a shop. A sponsor can choose a package to purchase and then the Sponsorship is created.

Rating 4 Dragons


WordPress news and info

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The current contest running until July 31, 2019 and we are giving away a license for the WP Pay Per View plugin reviewed in Episode 411.
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Customer Loyalty for WooCommerce

Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:5.9.9
Released:10 July 2019
Last Updated:20 April 2022
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
Rewarding your loyal customers is something you should always do and you should do this before rewarding new customers. This plugin let you set up a loyalty punch card system in your WooCommerce store where you can give out discounts and other savings or bonuses after they have hit x-amount of punches or a set number of points.

You customers can check their balance anytime in their account and see how much further they have to go until the next bonus they get is.

Rating 4 Dragons

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Email Address Encoder (freemium)

Requires:2.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.4.4
Released:21 November 2011
Last Updated:27 November 2023
(4.3 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
This is simple spam protection for your site and will be of use mainly if your email is relatively new to help keep you off the spam lists. Bots/harvesters go through websites looking for email addresses and phone numbers to add to spam lists. This plugin encodes that information making it difficult if not impossible for bots to gather that information.

Rating 4 Dragons.

ClassicPress Options

Since the release of Gutenberg, and its fallout, ClassicPress has garnered a lot 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.

One thing I am looking forward to in the ClassicPress World is the expansion of the number of ClassicPress specific plugins and their own repository. Currently there are not a lot of ClassicPress specific plugins but I do know it is going to grow and I’ll have to expand this segment then. Who knows, it could take over the whole show.

This week for ClassicPress I have:

You can now listen to the Interview with James Nylen and Michelle Coe from ClassicPress Two of the Leads for the ClassicPress Team, Michelle Coe (lead designer), and James Nylen (lead developer) it is a great interview so follow the link to listen to it.

The ClassicPress Milestoone v1.1.0 target date for release is Wednesday, July 24, 2019. We’ll be updating our GitHub milestone regularly as we prepare for the release – feel free to check in there or in the #core channel in Slack for updates.

General info

For some up to date news on ClassicPress check out the ClassisPress Club news

I have started my experiment with migrating a fully mature WordPress website over to ClassicPress and record the results of that for people to see. The videos will start appearing on our YouTube channel in the coming week.

ClassicPress Resources:

The ClassicPress Club
An alternate forum for the non-techies.

“Must Have” Plugins List

To find a listing of ClassicPress specific plugins check out this link there is currently 37 plugins here and growing. I look forward to the day they have their own repository. I can still recall WP when it had a small repository.

Closing out this Episode the Plugins I covered were:

John’s Plugins: Simple Sponsorships – 4, Customer Loyalty for WooCommerce – 4, Email Address Encoder – 4

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