WordPress Plugins for eCommerce, Cart Sharing, Online Quizzes, Age Restrictive Content

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 95

It’s Episode #95 and we’ve got plugins for eCommerce, Age Restrictive Content, Cart Sharing, Online Quizzes and plugins to embed a post within another post! It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

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John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?


Shout Outs – Marcus would like to say hello to all at the OC WordPress meetup. Marcus and his wife attended for the first time on Monday and had a great time learning more about what Jetpack does, a few framework discussions, and a rousing good time at the House of Brews after the meeting. Marcus will be presenting some new plugins at future meetings. If you’re in Orange County California and want to participate, check out for meeting dates and more information.

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Jason Gardner
Looking for theme that will allow multi-users to post articles. Also looking for the best plugin to use to promote featured articles based on how many comments or likes it has received.

WordPress Popular Posts

WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog.

Main Features

  • Multi-widget capable. That is, you can have several widgets of WordPress Popular Posts on your blog – each with its own settings!
  • Time Range – list those posts of your blog that have been the most popular ones within a specific time range (eg. last 24 hours, last 7 days, last 30 days, etc.)!
  • Custom Post-type support. Wanna show other stuff than just posts and pages?
  • Display a thumbnail of your posts! (see the FAQ section for technical requirements).
  • Use your own layout! Control how your most popular posts are shown on your theme.
  • Check the statistics on your most popular posts from wp-admin.

Other Features

  • Shortcode support – use the [wpp] shortcode to showcase your most popular posts on pages, too! For usage and instructions, please refer to the installation section.
  • Template tags – Don’t feel like using widgets? No problem! You can still embed your most popular entries on your theme using the wpp_get_mostpopular() template tag. Additionally, the wpp_gets_views() template tag allows you to retrieve the views count for a particular post. For usage and instructions, please refer to the installation section.
  • Localizable to your own language (See the FAQ section for more info).
  • WP-PostRatings support. Show your visitors how your readers are rating your posts!
  • Automatic maintenance – WordPress Popular Posts will wipe out from its cache automatically all those posts that have not been viewed more than 30 days from the current date, keeping just the popular ones on the list! This ensures that your cache table will remain as compact as possible!

Use this in conjunction with other plugins that import your social shares and Facebook wall comments into WordPress as comments. This plugin should do the rest and be customizable to the point that you can include social stats and such.

Joe Trent
Loves the show on Stitcher. He’s found that the show has helped him to shave 10 seconds off his load time.

Scott Johnson
How safe is it to upgrade to a new version of WordPress? When do you upgrade the site and not have to worry about the plugins not working?

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Looks like I may loose seems WordPress 3.5 is in Beta 3 already


**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce

The Lowdown:
Well I started a new on line business for my kid and decided that I would use this e commerce plugin for it due to all I had heard and seen. Wile it is pretty straight forward to setup and easy to use. I did find it missing some of the great features in WP ecommerce, I needed a couple of different options for shipping and payment that are not available without adding a plugin that cost a bit extra.

In fact as good as this plugin is most of the features that make it good are additional priced plugins

Rating 4 Dragons

Content Warning 2.4.17

The Lowdown:
This was needed to put up an 18 plus on the site but has many purposes, I found it to be pretty straight forward and required just a minor amount of CSS tweaking to get it to look like I wanted it to.

rating 3 Dragons

ShareYourCart 1.9.4

The Lowdown:
This plugin was to offer an interesting way for getting people to share you in their social networks, you set it to offer them a discount say 10% if they tweet or facebook their shopping cart. The discount was to be applied right as soon as the tweet of facebook post was made..
While this plugins was a great idea in theory, I found it to be a pain for my use, it would not layout correctly and it would not work correctly seems they have a ways to go. I will revisit it after they do an upgrade
Rating 2 Dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**


A powerful and beautiful quiz plugin for WordPress.

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-11-11
Downloads: 98


  • Single Choice
  • Multiple Choice
  • “Sorting” Choice
  • “Free” Choice
  • Timelimit
  • Random Answer (optional)
  • Random Question (optional)
  • HTML in questions and answers is allowed (optional)
  • Multimedia in questions
  • Back-Button (optional)
  • Correct / incorrect response message for all questions (optional)
  • Preview-function
  • really nice standard design

Marcus’ Take:
This format has always been great for increasing page counts on sites and driving very qualified leads to your clients. As far as plugins go this is one of the best I’ve seen for quizzes, especially given the multitude of HTML embedding options for the questions.

Rating: 4 out of 5

WP Advanced Include

Requires: 3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-11-11
Downloads: 52

WP Advanced Include creates an [include] shortcode which can be used to add content from any Post or Page on your site including Post Content, Post Excerpt and Post Meta

content_id = [int] The id of the post or page you wish to include content from. content_limit = [int] Limits the content if required, set to a value less than 1 to remove limiting – Default 0 content_limit_type [“words”|”chars”] Sets the content limit to be words or characters – Default “words” content_limit_append [string|empty string] Text to be appended to the end of the content if limited – Default “&hellip” content_type [post_content|post_excerpt|post_title|”meta name”] The content type to be included, if meta name, specify meta name. – Default “post_content” do_shortcode [true|false] Specify whether to parse shortcodes of not – Default “true”


The use of [include] to include itself with do_shortcode set to true will create an infinite loop, use wisely.


simple include of post content [include content_id=x]
include first 50 words of post content [include content_id=x content_limit=50]
include first 150 characters of post content [include content_id=x content_limit=150 content_limit_type=chars]
*include “custom_meta_name” meta from post X [include content_id=x content_type=”custom_meta_name”]

Marcus’ Take: This is a wild plugin that has a lot of cool options for replicating content from one post to be embedded in another. The thing that I found really incredible was that I could use shortcodes of other programs and embed that to another page by using this WP Advanced Include shortcode. I used it for banners and testimonials to create a post mash-up for a client.

Rating: 5 out of 5



Web development tool, agile whiteboard with sticky notes.

Requires: 3.4 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2012-11-14
Downloads: 52

FlowBoard makes it easier for web development to visualize the agile process. Eg. Use it with Scrum or Kanban projects.

To see the plugin in action visit the Development and Demo Site!

Every note is saved as a custom post type and editable in wp-admin. The FlowBoard data is stored under the note posts metadata (custom fields).

Marcus’ Take: I thought this was a great “thinking out of the box” application that uses WordPress as its backbone. Lots of possibilities in this kind of use and can’t wait to see how things along this line advance in the future. Really amazing stuff

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Feed back on that plaugin from last episode user admin simplifier it is great save me loads of grief with a client.

What’s coming in future podcasts:

This has been episode 94 only 5 to go to 100 some excitement happening

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Twitter Cards, Contact Forms, Slugs, Ecommerce & Site Access Plugins on Episode 74 WP Plugins A to Z

It’s Episode 74, and we’ve got some plugins that you don’t want to miss. From Twitter Cards to Contact Forms, Slugs to Ecommerce and Site Access plugins. Plus, our reaction to the new WordPress update, 3.4 “GREEN”. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.Dont-Panic

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John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

WooHoo I won WordPress 3.4 dropped day after last show on June 13 damn I guess I can still guess the week if not the day. Was sure a quick trip from RC# to release. Wanting to see how fast it would download I went to get a screenshot of counter when I loaded the page it showed 5090 at 12:05pm PST and in the 1 min it took for my screen capture program to load it went to 6593 My bet is 13 million by podcast recording time –second shot on day of podcast a week later.

Wohoo this is big seems to be a big problem for update to WordPress 3.4 if you get an error Fatal error: Call to undefined method dbrc_wpdb::delete() in wp-includes/option.php on line 370 go here

I have also done a short article on this on the WPPlugins site since the very first site I updated had this happen to it.

Shout Outs:

Shout-Out from Marcus to Stephan in Germany. Had a great conversation with him via Skype. It’s great to interact with people in the WordPress community, especially those who really love the show from around the World.

Thanks to Stefan:
As always it was a pleasure to me to listen to your show ! Gordon Drayson asked for a plugin to update many WP installations. I have programmed a bot for that “job”. A video can be seen on (unfortunately in german)


Listener Feedback / Audio Clips



Gordon Drayson from the UK checks in again this week with a question about Alert Bars on his site for special offers. Marcus has tried NOTIFY BAR with pretty good success in the past. You can also try out the Sliding Content Drawer Plugin that we talked about in a previous episode.

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:


World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Looks like we are going to hit 20K plugins in the repository sometime this week! We’re hovering at 19,947 as of this recording. This is a major accomplishment for both WordPress and the surrounding community of users and developers.

John in Vegas at M&M World**** Plugins Reviewed by John ****

Smart Slug 1.4.1

The Lowdown:
Simple install and activate no settings all it does is remove the simple words like and, to, the from your slug when it is created. a very nice and lazy plugin. It does have an expandable list of words you can add to or take away from.
Adds a nice piece to SEO I do believe. Just a simple lazy plugin.
Ranking 4 Dragons.

WP E-commerce Expanding Categories 0.1.1

The Lowdown:
Ok this is a great addition to any wp e-commerce install if you have multiple categories and subcategories and even sub-sub categories. What it does is collapse the widget listing in your sidebar and allow for it to be expanded at a click. you know the old collapsible menus. This is a nice feature and was badly needed for my clients site which and a couple dozen sub and sub-sub cats and made a very ugly side bar menu.
Rating 3 dragons

Advanced Access Manager 1.6.6


The Lowdown:
This is a pretty robust access manager plugin. I was in need of such a device to allow subscribers access to one certain part of the site but it can also be used to limit access by other roles to areas of the site you do not want them to be. I did have some difficulty in configuring one site and getting to properly add a new role and limit what I wanted to limit. In the end I did get it to work but I did have to do a little work on understanding the roles and which plugins get what role when installed and and figuring out how to access some roles for limitation. While I liked this plugin I am still on the lookout for something more simple to use.
Rating 3 Dragons


The all in one tools**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****

Site PIN

Prevent careless visitors by locking your site down with a PIN

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2012-6-18
Downloads: 16
Author: Marcus Downing

Whenever a site is under development, or its content should remain private, you want to prevent to general public from reading it – whether deliberately or by accident.

A common way to do this is with HTTP authorization, but this has some problems and is often confusing for the viewer/client.

Site PIN solves these problems by replacing authorization with a simple PIN. This has the following advantages:

• Everybody knows what a PIN is, and it’s clearly not the same as a password.
• Logging into WordPress bypasses the PIN, so you can’t lock yourself out
• It’s just a WordPress plugin, so no server configuration is necessary.
• You can change or remove the PIN from WordPress admin.

Marcus’ Take: This is a really quick way to get your clients to see a stage site that may be in development without all the crazy setup of HTTP authorization by just using a PIN. Perfect solution for what I was looking for in a client stage site.

Rating: 4 Dragons

Twitter Cards

Twitter cards make it possible for you to attach media experiences to Tweets that link to your content. Simply add a few lines of HTML to your webpages, and users who Tweet links to your content will have a “card” added to the Tweet that’s visible to all of their followers.
As a developer, Twitter cards can…

  • Give you control of how your content is displayed with Tweets
  • Drive traffic to your site
  • Increase the number of people following your Twitter accounts through content attribution

Marcus’ Take:
This is a really cool plugin that lets you take advantage of twitter in a whole new way. I highly recommend this plugin for just about everyone who integrates twitter into their site’s user experience.

Rating: 5 Dragons


Contact Form and Page Designer
Create Stunning Contact forms and pages in minutes with this drag and Drop form builder.


Resizable Page Canvas for creating forms

  • Tool Box of Customizable HTML Fields needed for Contact forms

    • 13 Customizable HTML controls available for contact forms
    • Standard HTML controls: Label, E-mail, Submit Button, Paragraph, text area, Drop Down.
    • Enhanced HTML controls for your contact forms: Drop Down, List, Map, Address, and CAPTCHA
    • Enhanced your contact forms with Social buttons: Twitter, Facebook
    • One click customization of field properties: size, color, font, weight, text alignment border color and more.
    • Set fields to be mandatory or optional when users fill out contact forms
    • Set Place Placeholder text in fields that disappears when users enters data in contact form.
  • Set form Notifications

    • Set email address where collected data must be sent.
    • Receive an email instantly when someone completes your form.
    • Customize message with data collected and/or personalized text.
    • Customize text thank you message after form is submitted.
  • Store Contact form Templates

    • Create, edit, delete and save multiple contact form templates
    • Load individual contact form templates and Set desired template as default
  • Drag and Drop Controls Precisely

    • All fields are drag-able from Tool box to page canvas making contact forms easy to create.
    • Drag fields to precisely where you want them on canvas Or
    • Set them precisely by using absolute positioning from the control’s setting.
  • Easily Add Forms to pages

  • Supports Short Codes for adding forms to pages

Spam Control Your Contact form

  • CAPTCHA based verification system to ensure the message is sent by a person


Marcus’ Take: This is probably one of the more robust Form creators for WordPress that I’ve ever seen. I thought Gravity was cool, but this one has so much more layout and expansion options that I just might make the switch to this instead.

Rating: 4 Dragons

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What’s coming in future podcasts:

More Lazy Plugins

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