Special Guest Grant Landram & WordPress Plugins Backups, Twitter Feeds, Appointment Keeping, Editing and Custom Fields

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 106

It’s episode #106 and we’ve got plugins for Backups, Twitter Feeds, Appointment Keeping, Editing and Custom Fields, plus Special Guest Grant Landram. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

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**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Note for episode 106 I am sorry Paul I heard you are from Ireland some reason file was mislabeled as new Orleans Must have been your Irish accent.

Duplicator 0.4.1

The Lowdown:
This plugin works great load it up make your backup download the installer and the package then move it to new domain then run the installer. Some notes if you move a big site I moved on database was 200mg compressed and 788mg of files in short this was a huge site. I found I had to allocate more memory for my server to the php, if you do not run your own server and have ability to do this you may have some trouble, but on the whole moving this site was a breeze I have to to rate this plugin
Rating 5 dragons

Twitter Feed Widget 1.0

The Lowdown:
I was looking for a simple Twitter feed widget that did not interfere with anything but it turns out this one did not work at all for me in its simple setup had to move on..
Rating 1 Dragon

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

WP Video SEO

WordPress Video SEO plugin allows you to generate a sitemap for your videos. It helps search engine index your videos for better ranking.
Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-1-30
Downloads: 65

Video sitemap is a way to help search engine discover your videos and index them accordingly. It also allows you to link one video to a specific post/page

WP Video SEO Features

  • Generate a sitemap for your YouTube videos
  • Reduce the time taken by the search engine to index your videos
  • Allow search engine to display a thumbnail of the video along with the title and description of the post/page

WP Video SEO Plugin Usage

Video Sitemap Generation
The plugin is fairly simple to use. Once you have installed the plugin go to the settings menu of the plugin from your WP Dashboard (Settings->WP Video SEO). Click on the “Generate Video Sitemap” button which will create a video sitemap in the root directory of your site. Check to make sure that the file “sitemap-video.xml” has been created.
If you make any changes to your existing posts/pages the sitemap will be updated automatically. sitemap for wordpress

Rating: 4 Dragons


Bookings +

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-1-30
Downloads: 260

The Bookings Plus is an Ultimate Booking Calendar Engine that will enable WordPress running sites to manage all their business bookings/appointments



  • Implement Calendar via Booking Image, Booking Link, Iframe or Booking Shortcodes.
  • 5 simple steps to make an Appointment/Bookings.
  • Administrator has power to add and manage an unlimited number of staff members.
  • Administrators can search through the reservation database with a very flexible search tool.
  • Dynamic Booking Form. Enable/Disable fields on Booking Form easily.
  • Administrator has control over all reservations and can browse, modify and delete any reservation in the system.
  • Supports multiple languages: English (US & GB), German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Czech, Danish, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak and Slovenian.
  • Community support via our Forums
  • Approve/Decline appointments via an email link
  • Fully customised email alerts templates
  • Easily Adjustable Working Hours
  • Manage Group Day Offs/Time Breaks.
  • Limited to 3 services, 2 Staff Member and 50 bookings.
  • Payment Gateway Integration in Pro Version click here
  • Mailchimp Integration in Pro Version click here
  • For the full list of features click here

Rating 4 Dragons


**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Grant Landram**

1. Edit Flow
A robust publishing management tool for professional content publishers.

Rating: 4 Dragons

2. Advanced Custom Fields
Create robust custom fields for posts, pages, CPTs, Users or any other content type easily and quickly with ACF.

Rating: 5 Dragons

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