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WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 93 

It’s episode #93 and we’ve got some amazing new WordPress plugins that help you safely recover from disaster, access your Instagram photos, track your social shares, Quick Uploads, Pinterest, and a great new teaching plugin. It’s the show that takes it’s coffee at a #000000 value, It’s WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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John’s & Marcus Rant

Today’s recording (November 1st) marks the one year anniversary of Marcus co-hosting the show! Here’s to many more in the future!

Shout Outs:

Thank you to everyone who has continued to give us high ratings and praise on iTunes by providing a review, especially in the last few weeks. We really appreciate the support and are quite ecstatic that there are thousands of you out there that get great benefit from the content that we create. Keep the reviews coming! It helps the show to rank better within iTunes and let’s new WP enthusiasts know about the show with more prominence.

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Lyria looking for a sidebar plugin to subscribe to future posts and not use feedburner.

-You may want to check out Newsletter, a plugin that we’ve previously discussed on the show. (https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/newsletter/) It allows you to do both single and double opt-in newsletter subscriptions without the need of a third party service. It also handles unsubscribe requests automatically.

-Additionally there’s a plugin called “Easy Automatic Newsletter Lite” (https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-automatic-newsletter/) that has many of the same functionality points and has added benefits of controlling the frequency in which new posts go out in newsletter form.

Andrew McGivern with some great show feedback and wants to know of a plugin to sync comments from one site to another..

-This is a tough one Andrew, as you would have to share the same SQL user table between two installations, not to mention the fact that you would have duplicate content on two different sites, possibly negating any positive gains that this functionality would give you. You bring up an interesting point in using Facebook, in which you could use Alex King’s new SOCIAL plugin (https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social/) to act as a conduit for cross-pollinating your comments between WP and Facebook and Twitter.

Another suggestion is to try the premium plugin “WP-ROBOT” (https://marcuscouch.com/wprobot) as a way to grab both posts and comments and post to another WP installation, though it may not have the ability to continually monitor each post individually and update them one by one. Version 4 of WP Robot was just released with a ton of new features, but Marcus has not yet had the opportunity to review it in full to test it’s full capabilities and limitations.

You may want to try the FaceBook SEO plugin for comments and palce it on both sites with same app code. It was reviewed back a few episodes by me. https://www.johnoverall.com/retina-display-task-management-content-comments-and-more-on-episode-75-wordpress-plugins-a-to-z/

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-facebook-comments/

David from Perth, Australia has a new podcasting project using WordPress and is looking for a solution to facilitate a directory that podcasters can use to submit their own podcast information.

-Marcus suggests using DirectoryPress theme, which you can buy at https://marcuscouch.com/directorypress. (This is an affiliate link that helps to support your hosts)
The theme features both free and paid options for adding entries into the directory, robust child themes, payment gateways and plenty of methods in which to import mass content from CSV or other means. I love using these premiumpress themes not only for their functionality and free lifetime upgrades, but also for the amazing community and support forums that go along with it.

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:


Wordpress 3.5 Beta 2 has been launched. If you are interested in beta testing this version, head on over to WordPress.org and grab a copy. WordPress 3.5 is scheduled for official release on December 5th, 2012.

New improvements in the beta that are being implemented for future release versions include:

 

  • New workflow for working with image galleries, including drag-and-drop reordering and quick caption editing.
  • New user interface for setting static front pages for the Reading Settings screen.
  • New image editing API allowing you to edit images in the WP dashboard.
  • Plugin Favorites: You can browse and install plugins you’ve marked as favorites on WordPress.org, directly from your dashboard. (Sounds like someone at WP has been listening to our show!)


**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

QuickUpload 1.0

  • Version: 1.0
  • Author: Ayman Al Zarrad
  • Last Updated: 1 day ago
  • Requires WordPress Version: 3.3 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 3.4.2
  • Downloaded: 11 times
  • WordPress.org Plugin Page »

The lowdown:
Was excited when I first saw it but less as I actually installed and activated it. They have the right idea but wrong approach I think. This should add a box to the post/page edit area not o the Dashboard for your admin. So let me ask a quick question how many people actually spend much time on the dashboard page and do any work there aside from look at stats?
Rating 2 Dragons


My Pinterest Badge 1.0.1

The Lowdown:
So by now you know what pinterest is right? Well I have recently begun to actually use it and start to apply it as clients have started asking for it. This one caught my eye for those of you who use it and what to share what you do on pnterest in your sidebar. My not yet there but some of you may be. You install it activate it and then add your username and choose image size and that’s really about it but if you like pinterest this is for you.

Rating 3 Dragons


WP Teacher 1.0.1

The Lowdown on this one:
This one is so very new and something I have been looking for since I do site for one of my local schools just the quick use I have to say it is impressive here is the creators info on it..
WP Teacher is a plugin that allows teachers to use WordPress to their advantage by integrating course content into their personal website to enhance student learning.
WP Teacher functions like typical blog postings, but provides additional features to maximize student learning. All the features work together. The plugin is maximized for customization which makes it perfect for multi-site wordpress installation.
Features:

  • 2 Post Types
    • Assignments
      • Document Uploading
      • Due Date for assignments
    • Events
      • All Day
      • Date Range
      • Time selection
  • 2 Widgets
    • Assignments List
      • Display X ammount of posts
      • Choose a course category to display
      • Choose a assignment type to display
    • Events List
      • Display X ammount of posts
      • Choose a course category to display (That applies to a specific course)
      • Choose a event type to display
  • 3 Taxonomies (Post Categories)
    • Course
    • Event Type
    • Assignment Type
  • Calendar
  • Plugin Options
    • Calendar view settings
    • Select Specific courses/events to display on calendar
    • Color choices for the courses taxonomy


As for me with the short amount of time I have used it so far I have to rate it as 4 Dragons but that may go up.

 



**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

WP – Social Stats

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpsocialstats/

Wpsocialstats is a social analytics tool that tracks the performance of your site at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Stumbleupon.

Requires: 2.6 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-10-3
Downloads: 561
WP Social Stats is a social analytics plugin that tracks the performance of your blog or website posts on social networks. People love to share great content with their friends on social networks, but do you know which network is the most popular for your blog/website or what type of blog posts are shared the most? WPSocialstats helps you answer these questions so you focus on creating great content, the key to success for any blog or website.

With WP Social Stats you can:

  • Track number of times a post is shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ , Pinterest, LinkedIn and Stumbleupon
  • Data is presented in a table view, easy to read and analyze
  • Sort results per category or tag and see which type of posts are performing the best
  • Sort results per month
  • Track performance of your blog or website pages as well


Marcus’ Take:
While there are numerous ways to add and propagate social likes and tweets, there is often a large gap in how to associate that data within WordPress itself from a statistical standpoint. This plugin bridges the gap, allowing you to see sharing statistics for your posts directly in the WordPress dashboard. I found this to be a great improvement in determining what posts “go viral” and also identifying what users are sharing your post content online.

Rating: 4 Dragons


Safe Mode

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/safe-mode

Makes it possible to enable safe mode for WordPress. In safe mode, plugins will not be loaded and the default theme (if installed) will be activated.

Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-10-19
Downloads: 73

This plugin enables safe mode for WordPress. This means:

  • No plugins will be loaded.
  • A default theme will be temporarily activated (if it is installed).

Why is this useful?

Whenever something’s wrong with a WordPress site, the first rule of thumb is to disable plugins and possibly revert to the default theme. Depending on the nature of the error, that is not always an option. The back end (dashboard) may also be down, you may not have FTP access to manually disable plugins or themes and so on.

Enter Safe Mode. Safe Mode will completely disable all plugins and the active theme temporarily for a single page view – ultimately enabling you to log in and remove the offending plugin. (This is not guaranteed to work in all scenarios, please read the disclaimer)

How does it work?

If your site crashes due to an upsetting plugin or theme, all you have to do is add a querystring parameter to the URL. That will temporarily disable all plugins for that single page view, as well as temporarily activate a default theme if such is installed.
Let’s say you’re the owner of https://www.example.com. To enable safe mode for one particular page, you add this to the URL: “?safe_mode=1”.
Bear in mind that you have to do this for every view. The querystring parameter isn’t carried on automatically. So, for instance:

When you go to plugin management, all plugins will seem to be deactivated (due to the way Safe Mode works), but you’ll still be able to explicitly deactivate each plugin. Just use the “Deactivate (safe mode)” option.

What is default themes?

By default theme, I’m referring to either Twenty Twelve, Twenty Eleven or Twenty Ten.
The plugin checks if any of these themes are installed (in that order), and if so, activates the first theme it encounters. Thus I highly recommend that you keep one of those themes installed at all times. If you don’t, safe mode will keep your current active theme, and that theme may just be the offender – leaving safe mode useless. Keep this in mind.

Marcus’ Take: There are many times in which a plugin can interact negatively. These can include WordPress core version updates, plugin updates, theme updates or any other scenario in which the code changes over time. When this happens, there is often a conflict which can literally stop a site in it’s tracks. This plugin helps to keep your site in “safe mode” with a simple trailing string on your URL, which lets you get to the root of the problem without having your site completely dead. It’s an easy way to get the site back up again if problems ever come up that seem to be out of your control.

Rating: 5 Dragons


EasyGram

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easygram/
A WordPress plugin that allows you to create amazing blog posts or galleries for your WordPress website that include your Instagram photos.

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-10-26
Downloads: 387

Simply install the plugin on your WordPress site, activate and authorize your account connection to Instagram and then start importing your photos and creating galleries.

Where can I use it?
Easygram can be used with any WordPress install. As long as you have a site and as long as you have WordPress then Easygram will work for you.
Auto-import all your Instagram photos
With the above setup done, you can simply start creating your galleries using Easygram’s auto-import feature. Click the Instagram tab and you’ll be able to see your Instagram photos which you’ve taken.
Select Multiple Photos at a Time
Select multiple photos and include as many as you like in your galleries.

Marcus’ Take: This is an outstanding bridge built to let you access your mobile photos directly in your WordPress Media Gallery. It adds an “Instagram” section of your Media Gallery, allowing you to use the images in your post with just a few clicks.

Rating: 5 Dragons

 



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WordPress Plugins #84 eCommerce, Thumbnails, Post lists

It’s Episode 84 and we’ve got WordPress plugins for eCommerce, Thumbnails, Post lists, a new Schema.org meta plugin, G+ Authors and a new way to embed Responsive Video. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Jump to the 5 Dragon Plugin Ajax Thumbnail Rebuild

Jump to the 5 Dragon Plugin Schema Creator by Raven

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com
We can also be found on Stitcher Radio —  Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
Find us on the iTunes Store here.

 

>>>Self Promotion of our businesses here<<<

Coming soon to a computer near you a WordPress Training the next Webinar will be happening end of September 4th at 7pm and will be covering SEO plugins for WordPress. Register here https://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E057DC828349 Do you need WordPress Emergency WordPress support for issues you know when you see the ever favorite White Screen of Death. Or just some questions on how to do something please visit  www.johnoverall.com/wordpress-emergency-support/ for some quick tips or request some help.

Marcus is looking for a joint venture partner for some affiliate projects. If you are an expert in WordPress, have a few years of successful affiliate marketing under your belt, and want to make some money partnering with Marcus, please contact at marcuscouch@gmail.com and let him know what your qualifications and experience is. Several projects are on the table of various niches, so there’s a lot of stuff going on. Everything will be handled with an online project management system, so the workload will be shared and tracked to keep on schedule. This is a great opportunity, so if you are interested and qualified, don’t let this opportunity slip.

Marcus is going to launch his new video show, “The Daily Plugin” next week. We will put a few of the new episodes in the WP A-Z feed so everyone can get a feel for it. Also feel free to join https://facebook.com/dailyplugin and get all the latest info and episode information.

>>>Self Promotion of our businesses<<<

 

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

Just a rant about the requests for link removals..
This week I received a couple of email I ignore one and helped the other what am I talking about well as many folk know the panda update has brought much grief to marketers everywhere. Well I run about 50 marketing websites that are on auto pilot and draw in articles from article websites. I really have no idea of the content but sometime an article has a link that some website is being penalized for. and they would like to see it removed. well the way to get help is not by threatening a site owner with a useless possible no way it can happen lawsuit over the links from my site.  To to announce to them that they have been made aware of the problem and polity asking if you would remove the links.

Dear Site Owner,

It has come to our attention that our website ********** has been penalized by Google for violations of their Terms of Service. During the past year we hired an SEO service provider that had built backlinks outside of Google’s T.O.S., your website is an example of website in which the company built links which violate those T.O.S.

As a courtesy to you, we are reaching out to let you know that by linking to our website (**********) your website could also experience a similar ranking penalty. You can review Google’s Webmasters Terms of Service here (https://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66356). Specifically pay attention to this:

“can negatively impact your site’s ranking in search results. Examples of link schemes can include:

* Links to web spammers or bad neighborhoods on the web”
In order to prevent any penalties to your website we urge you to remove any and all links pointed to *************.domain  . Examples of these links can be found on the following pages on your website:

* https://stuff at yoursite
* https://more stuff

By removing these backlinks you’ll reduce the risk of receiving any penalties. Again we apologize for reaching out to you like this but are trying to prevent any further problems as a result of our previous SEO company.

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Ileen from BasicBlogTips.com  with a quesion about caching plugins.
Thomas J has a Question about table plugins

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Discussions around dot org plugin reviews pick up speed

 


**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

WP e-Commerce Minimum Order
Premium PLugin cost is $70AUD
https://www.split-moon.com/wp-e-commerce/plugins/wp-e-commerce-minimum-order/
by Edin

The Lowdown:
Well I needed something to make it easy to set a minimum number of items that have to be ordered on a WP Ecommerce store. I could not find anything free and all the instructions I found to this would have you hacking the core files in wp ecommerce not usually a good idea because if you forget you hacked core files and up grade you will overwrite them.

Any I found this plugin and it looked promising but had very little on its website to tel you how plugin is used or how it is setup. But I though I would risk it after I talked to my client and told him the cost and that it still may not work.. Anyway I got it downloaded and stated to figure out how to get it setup. I went into the folder and read the read file after I was unable to locate anything for it except the universal setting. Seems you have to create a custom variable not a big deal except that with the variable he was using it looked ugly when it printed on my site. So I though what the hell I’ll hack the code a bit to get what I want and opened up the php file. It did turn out to be a pretty easy change but I discovered something in there I was not happy with.

Seems he is using my server to send himself email.. here is the code:
//if( is_admin() ) {

//     if(!get_option(‘wpsc_minimum_order_plugin’)){
//
//          $url_email = $_SERVER[‘SERVER_NAME’];
//          $admin_email = get_option(‘admin_email’);
//          $to   = ‘his_email-domain.com’;
//          $subject = “Minimum Order Plugin installed $url_email”;
//          $message = “Minimum Order Plugin installed on $url_email”;
//          $headers = “From: $admin_email” . “rn” .
//          ‘X-Mailer: PHP/’ . phpversion();
//          mail($to, $subject, $message, $headers);

//          add_option( ‘wpsc_minimum_order_plugin’, ‘1’, ”, ‘yes’ );

//     }
now I can understand a plugin checking in at home or when it need something but this is the first I have seen one emailing.. Guess it just irritated me.
Plugin Rating 3 Dragons: due to additional setup I went though

Author rating 1 Dragon due to sending email from my server.


 

Advanced Post List 0.3.b4

The Lowdown:
While doing some research on a request to be able to better sort posts and display them on their own page I came across this plugin. It promised to be able to sort posts in many different ways. While this plugin has promise for what I was after it was not easy to setup and configure and at best would be like setting up a front page of content  magazine style not what I was after..
Rating 3 Dragons:

 


 

AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild 1.07

The Lowdown:
Ok so you have redone your theme and created a great new front page but your featured image is a new size… NOW… WTF do you do?… Choice 1… try to reupload the image and apply it… Choice 2 do nothing with the old stuff and enter new content to push back the old.. Or choice 3 get something like this to rebuild  the thumbs.. Now the site i used this on had over 3k images that needed to be rebuilt and it seemed to handle that job just fine and unlike a php script doing this task since there were so many I am pretty sure the script would have times out thereby not completing the final images. This plugin worked fantastic and saved me tons of time.. It even allowed me to fix my own site yea..
Rating 5 Dragons

 



**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Schema Creator by Raven

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/schema-creator/

Requires: 3.4 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-23
Downloads: 529

Tags: html5, microdata, schema.org, seo

Inserts schema.org microdata into WordPress pages and posts.

Marcus’ Take:
I am a regular user of Raven Tools, an online marketing tracking and analytics platform. Raven recently developed this plugin to coincide with their schema tracker. However, you do not have to be a Raven subscriber to get the benefits of this plugin. It provides an easy to use form to embed properly constructed schema.org microdata into a WordPress post or page.

Ranking 5 Dragons:



Single Author G+ META

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/single-author-g-meta/

Requires: 2.0.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-25
Downloads: 59

This Plugin adds the required Author Meta Tags to the header of all the pages on your WordPress site.

  • You must have a Google+ Profile
  • You must add the domain you want to show your Author info beside to your “Contributer To” section of your Google+ Profile.


Marcus’ Take:
This is an easy, lazy plugin to get your posts some personal recognition from G+. Often search results are shown by Google that have this Author Metavalue in them, so jump on the bandwagon and get the author credit you deserve!

Ranking 4 Dragons:



Responsive Video

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/responsive-video/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-28
Downloads: 366

This widget will display a Responsive YouTube or Vimeo video in pages / posts and sidebars.

Features Include: The ability to add video directly in to a page, post or any of your own custom post types using the video URL (not the embed code) and a Short code.
Fully responsive so will fill the width of the containing area and scale depending on screen size. No need to set a width and height, just set the width of the div your content sits in.
Support for custom post types. Automatically adds your custom post types to the settings screen so that you can choose which you would like to be able to add video to.
Multi instance responsive Widget to allow you to add videos to multiple widget ready areas.

Marcus’ Take:Responsive themes and media is where everything is heading. Designing for a single platform is falling by the wayside. Plugins like this help to eliminate the standard embedding sizes we are all restricted by. This plugin helps to create a multi-0use version of the same media, automatically scaling the video depending on what display device the user is viewing. This is the way of the future for WordPress designs. Responsive is king!

Rating: 4 Dragons:



SimpleReach Slide
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simplereach-slide/

Requires: 2.7 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-7-26
Downloads: 51,933

The Slide recommends related posts from within your site on a widget that “slides” in at the bottom of the page.

Marcus’ Take: This was something I came across while at another WordPress site. I thought the preview slide for “Breaking Stories” was really well thought out and put together on this company’s site, so I investigated the source code of the site and found this plugin hiding within. It works well on the site I’ve used it on to display specials and discounts for products, recent posts and pages, mailing list alerts, etc. And it did a great job. Easy to set up and not a lot of memory used in the load time footprint.

Rating: 4 Dragon:



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email: marcus@wppluginsatoz.com



WordPress Plugins Analytics, Twitter and Counting Words #83

It’s Episode #83 and boy do we have some great plugins for you this show. We’ve got plugins that manage Twitter, a way to embed static HTML into WordPress, a plugin that nukes every shred of content on your site, Analytics tools, and we’re counting WORDS with a plugin that is so good, it needs to be a standard install in your WordPress sites from now on. You’ve got it on the best WordPress show on the planet.. It’s WordPress Plugins A-Z!

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

 

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WordPress Training Webinar August 25 register here. Do you need WordPress Emergency WordPress support for issues you know when you see the ever favorite White Screen of Death. Or just some questions on how to do something please visit  www.johnoverall.com/wordpress-emergency-support/ for some quick tips or request some help. Plus my first webinar will be on Saturday August 25 at 10am and the bonus this one is free… Sign up here.. https://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E053D9878746

Marcus is nearing launch of a new show at the end of the month. It’s called “The Daily Plugin” and will be a video show that highlights and demonstrates a new plugin every weekday. If you want to get a sneak peek on the early production and see some of the beta test episodes, feel free to join https://facebook.com/dailyplugin and get all the latest info and episode information.

 


World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:


You can now FAVORITE plugins in the WordPress.org repository! Great way for users (and especially your two show hosts) to remember what plugins you were looking at. Just click the HEART icon in the WordPress.org plugin detail screen and it will be favorited and remembered the next time you login to wordpress.org.

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**


Tweet My Post 1.7.21

The Lowdown:
So my usual standby plugin for sending tweets has been discontinued and I had to find a new one and this is it. While this plugin does require you to create a twitter app that is not too difficult a task. Once installed and you have your app ready it produces a nice extra box in your post creation area that allows you to check out what is about to be tweeted. this may very well become my new standard.. Although not automatic like I would like it is close since it is right there in your posts window. Unfortunately I do not get to use this on my site but will on others seems I am running something that conflicts with it.. When on it kills almost all my jquery and java not sure why am probably sure it is me since I run so much stuff. eventually I will solve and will report when i do.  So what do I what I always do find another one

Rating: 3 dragons



WP Tweet Button 2.1.3

The Lowdown:
This one provides several options for the tweet and the ability to add a tweet this button with customizations on a per post basis. It was actually working with my mess of plugins so away I went. I also discovered that it will work on automation as well as allow you to make custom changes to the tweet going out as well as placing the Twitter user name as a referral that someone might want to follow if they tweet it out.
Rating 4 Dragon

 



Open, Web Analytics
https://www.openwebanalytics.com/

The Lowdown:
Since I have jumped so high on what I am trying to do now I thought it would be nice to track where my visitors are going on my site and follow their path live. So I went looking for something better than what I was using for tracking. This is the closest I have come so far. It track’s just about everything.. It is an opensource project that is cross platform and since of course WordPress is somewhat popular they have created it as a plugin for wordpress. Simply make sure you download the WordPress plugin version and then upload it to your site like any other plugin turn it on and go. It has a live view function and you can see where people are going where they went and how long they spent on each page. The Idea of course I am working on directing folks though my site with better visual clues. and I think this will help.

Rating 5 Dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**


Empty WP Blog/Website

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/empty-wp-blog-or-website/

Requires: 2.0.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.1.4
Last Updated: 2012-8-12
Downloads: 52

One click solution for make your blog/website empty. Delete all your posts, pages, media(images,videos,etc) , tags and categories.

Marcus’ Take: For me, I always set up dummy content to my stage sites as a placeholder. Once the site is complete and it’s time to migrate, it’s always a chore to have to manually delete everything. This is a great one to use to make all your site content go away with one click. A true time saver.

Rating: 4 Dragons

Static Pages

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/static-pages/

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2012-8-11
Downloads: 193

Automatically wrap a WordPress Theme around a static HTML page. Add the look and feel of WordPress to legacy HTML files.

The Static Pages plugin takes any existing html file and wraps it with a WordPress theme. Legacy html files can take advantage of all of the WordPress features such as sidebars, widgets and shortcodes.
The plugin works only with HTML type files with the extension of .htm, .html, or .shtml. It extracts the title of the page, the content and any javascript in the header and throws away the rest. It then creates a fake post which it displays in the currently active theme. The legacy web page will appear as a WordPress page using the theme formatting with the theme headers, sidebars and footers.

After installing the plugin it is necessary to alter or add an .htaccess file to the area in your site where the static pages reside. The plugin generates the correct .htaccess directives and you can find them on the plugin’s settings page. You can add the lines to the WordPress generated .htaccess after the WordPress section.

The plugin leaves all of the original file’s BODY intact. If the original static page contained headings, menus, sidebars, etc, they will remain and be wrapped in the WordPress theme. Server Side includes (SSI) will, however, be ignored by PHP.

Marcus’ Take: I used this plugin to wrap an older client site page into WordPress. The client page was an aspx gateway form html page. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel and re-encode this into WordPress, I used this plugin instead. It worked great

Rating: 4 Dragons

Post Admin Word Count

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/post-admin-word-count/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-14
Downloads: 87

Post Word Count adds a sortable column to the admin’s post manager, displaying the word count for each post.

Marcus’ Take: We often create new drafts in WordPress every time we get an idea to blog. The problem is that there is no easy way to see which drafts you’ve already started working on. This plugin allows the functionality to sort all of your posts, including drafts, by the post’s word count. This should be a part of the next WP Core upgrade. Why have we not had this all along?

Rating: 5 Dragons

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WP-Login, Post Tabs WordPress Plugins Episode 82

It’s episode #82 of WordPress Plugins from A to Z, and we’ve got a lot of great plugins for you this show, including applications for tracking WP-Login, Adding a Custom RSS feed to your dashboard, Post Tabs, WordPress insights and a front-end CSS editing tool that will blow you away! All that and more coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

 

>>>Self Promotion of our businesses here<<<

Coming soon to a computer near you a WordPress Training Webinar will be happening end of August. Do you need WordPress Emergency WordPress support for issues you know when you see the ever favorite White Screen of Death. Or just some questions on how to do something please visit  www.johnoverall.com/wordpress-emergency-support/ for some quick tips or request some help. Plus my first webinar will be on Saturday August 25 at 10am and the bonus this one is free… Sign up here.. https://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E053D9878746

Marcus is launching his new show at the end of the month. It’s called “The Daily Plugin” and will be a video show that highlights and demonstrates a new plugin every weekday. If you want to get a sneak peek on the early production and see some of the beta test episodes, feel free to join https://facebook.com/dailyplugin and get all the latest info and episode information.

 


Shout Outs:

Thomas at Level One Web Design — for helping me discover an error in my new email list..
Randi at WPWBB.com thanks for great feed back..
Glenn at https://realestatecarolinagroup.com thanks for feedback look forward to the speakpipe..

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:


WordPressfor iOS just got a big update as promised at Wordcamp San Francisco last week. It is a big improvement over the old app, with more of a twitter or Facebook app feel to it now with swiping the different sections of editing capabilities. I am a bit dismayed at the lack of a true WYSIWYG interface, reverting to HTML as the default. Still, it is a big lift from where the App was previously.

I have my review of it here https://www.johnoverall.com/the-new-wordpress-ios-app/

 

Trapped in red tape**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Insights 1.0.5

The Lowdown:
You know sometimes the old is still pretty good..
While some of the functionality of this plugin is provided in the WordPress core when you wish to add a link to a post not all of what this plugin does is available.
This plugin provides a great easy way to find links within your site as well as off site links to places such as Wikipedia. just a keyword or two and you’re on your way. This is a simple plugin that you just install it adds a new window to your post dashboard and all you do is choose a keyword or two and choose where to find info your blog, images, videos, Wikipedia, Google, news, blogs or books. then it is just a click away to add the link.

Rating 4 Dragons



WordPress Post Tabs 1.3.1

The Lowdown:
Ok here’s the deal I was converting over a website that was done in old html and php on some proprietary system and they had the one page that used something like tabs. So I thought I would see how that could be done in WordPress. I found this plugin to be a great way of adding tabs to the site it was simple with just a short code to wrap the content into and then a little css to make the header look the way I wanted it to and it worked pretty smooth.

Rating 4 Dragons


MU Plugin

  • Version: 2.2
  • Author: Deanna Schneider, Jason Lemahieu
  • Last Updated: 213 days ago
  • Requires WordPress Version: 3.0 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 3.1.4
  • Downloaded: 20,082 times
  • WordPress.org Plugin Page »

The Lowdown:
Ok here is the deal I have a project I am working on which is deploying a MU platform and they wanted to have multiple blogs but they all need to conform to the master one. So I needed a simple way to duplicate the master blog and of course I do what i always do and that is find a great plugin to solve the problem. This plugin is great for duplicating just about everything and a couple of unique settings but it was missing the one main thing I wanted and that was the ability to duplicate the main site menu since it will be shared across all 30 sub blogs I did not want to manually create it that many times. All in all pretty great though.. Although I have found a premium plugin that might do the task I will let you know about it as soon as I install and test it.
Rating 4 dragons

 

Smoking Hot**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**


DIV Layer Editor
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/div-layer-editor/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2012-6-7
Downloads: 1,576

This is the plugin for making changes to your themes. Edit any WordPress theme from the front of your website. Just click on a part of your website to edit it. Then save different versions of your themes as child themes.

Marcus’ Take:  This is a very interesting plugin that can be toggled off and on with the admin bar. When enabled, you can hover over different sections and components of your site and literally click to edit the CSS of that particular section. It lets you save different versions in case you screw something up or just want to run an A/B test. The issue I had was it didn’t always save with the changes I wanted every time. Pretty frustrating when you are in deep thought editing CSS and  you have to recreate that design ZEN all over again and try and remember what you just did. Looking forward to this being updated to have more horsepower or an alternate front-end CSS editing plugin.

Rating: 3 Dragons

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WP Login Alerts

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-login-alerts/

Requires: 2.0.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-14
Downloads: 4

E-mails the site owner if anyone reaches or attempts to login to the site. Also shows the user names they attempt to login with.

This is a Security focused plug-in, which will send an email to the Administrator of the WordPress site each time login page is reached.

If someone attempts to login, it will also send the user name they tried logging in with, as well as their IP address, User-Agent, Timestamp, and the Referral URL.

If you see multiple attempts to login at times you are not logged on to the site, this means someone is attempting to brute force their way into your site, and you should ban the offending IP address from your site. Especially if they are trying multiple names, or sending them rapidly, one after another.

Marcus’ Take: This is a great feature to check and see if there are hooligans trying to get in your site. Nice that it tells you the name they try and use as well.

Rating: 4 Dragons

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Dashboard Feed Widget

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dashboard-feed-widget/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-13
Downloads: 143

The Dashboard Feed Widget shows the latest Posts from a site of your choice in the top of the WordPress Dashboard.

Marcus’ Take: I know we had a listener call for this a few months back and had to provide a solution for this via some code hacking. I’m pleased to say that this is now available in a plugin.

Rating: 4 Dragons

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Facebook, Password Protection, SEO on WordPress Plugins Episode 81

It’s Episode 81, and we’ve got more great plugins for Facebook, Password Protection, SEO, Logos, Heatmaps, and more. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

 

>>>Self Promotion of our businesses here<<<<

Coming soon to a computer near you a WordPress Training Webinar will be happening on August 25 at 10am PDT you can register here.

Do you need WordPress Emergency WordPress support for issues you know when you see the ever favorite White Screen of Death. Or just some questions on how to do something please visit www.johnoverall.com/wordpress-emergency-support/ for some quick tips or request some help.

Marcus’ company is Marketing Goo.

If you are looking for online marketing and optimization assistance, Marcus is the guy to talk to. Check out his site at https://marketinggoo.com

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Lyira has a question about plugin security.

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Reuters was hacked via an old version of WordPress — so keep it up to date

State of the Word 2012 — some great changes coming to WordPress 3.5 a new iOs app coming to make it more like the regular site and it will be available for ipad also and interface 100% redone to take advantage of the touch screen.

 

Black or white your pleasure**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

 Facebook Page Photo Gallery 2.0.5


The Lowdown:

Ok in my quest to make my life easier and my clients life easier I have run into a problem with my favorite gallery plugin Nextgen.. So as I was looking for a replacement I came across this plugin. Here was my quandary, my client has employees doing the updates for their website and Facebook and other social connections. I realized that many times they all know how to use Facebook but have some difficulty learning something new like a photo gallery. So when I saw this I though hmm will it solve a couple issues. First the ability to get the photos to their website and next something easy for the employees to use. The only issue I ran into here was that you had to manually place the code for each individual album. They have a premium edition where you can fetch all albums and more but no ability to categorize.
Rating 3 dragons

I did come back to this one but bought the premium version and it solved all my issues except the automation maybe suggest that if it is even possible but it doe make handling the photo galleries easier.

Premium version Rating 4 Dragons

 



FBAlbum for WordPress 1.0

The Lowdown:
Well when not happy with one try another so I decided to give this on a shot although it does require creating a Facebook app they are pretty easy to create especially since this past couple week has me creating several for Facebook integration of some sort or another. But alas this one was not to be either since it would only work with posts and only with personal albums what I was after was fan page albums.
Rating 3 dragons



Plugin-Check 0.1

The Lowdown:
This is a simple plugin based on the theme check plugin and it run some of the same automated tests used to check your theme but against your plugins. While not very thorough it at least gives you a starting point to find bad code in your plugins.
Rating 3 Dragons



Plugin Organizer 2.2.1

The Lowdown:
This is a great plugin for organizing the order in which your plugins load and run and the ability to even have them not load site-wide except on specific pages. This gives you total control over your plugins and if you’re having an issue with page load times or conflicts this may be your answer to curing that problem. You can arrange the plugin load on the plugin page by simply dragging and dropping the order. You can also arrange your plugins into groups and load by group. You can also selectively disable any plugin based on a specific url on your site. I may be delusional but I do believe my site loads a bit faster after I put this in there and played with the plugin load order a bit. If you use this let us know your experience..

Rating 5 Dragons

 

Dont Gamble**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**


Multiple Passwords for Protected Pages

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/baw-multiple-pass-for-protected-pages/

Add more than 1 password to your protected pages, also administrators and page’s authors can view the protected pages without password.

You can now add passwords as many as you need on every protected page.
Why? Because you can protect page and give your client a personal password, not just a random password or everyone. If you are logged as admin or the page’s author, you won’t need to enter password. If you set a list of child pages, just change any password (parent page or any child) and all the password for the hierarchy will be updated!

Rating: 4 Dragons

Vitamin
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vitamin/

Vitamin is about SEO, speed and security. It includes sitemaps for SEO, cache for speed, antispam and hacker blocks for security.

Requires: 3.0.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-6
Downloads: 548

Vitamin helps Google and other search engines to find all of your pages by robots.txt and sitemap files. It saves all information about images, styles or any other files, that was not found. If you enable fast 404 mode, you may speed up your site even if you have some problems on it.
Server cache is a mechanism for the temporary storage (caching) of HTML pages, to reduce server load and reduce loading lag. When somebody open your page, this page is sent to him. But there is also created a copy of it. When second visitor open same page, saved copy is send without slow rebuilding.

Browser cache is mechanism for the caching files like images in browser. If someone visit site, all images in design are saved into browser cache. Second visited page is loaded faster, because browser does not ask for images, that was loaded before. But it works only on better server or with Vitamin.

There are a few default rules or you may add new to block all bad guys, which want to hack your site.

Inappropriate words, comments where are 1000 letters in one word and other trolls comments are blocked.

Rating: 4 Dragons

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Clickmap
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/clickmap/

Requires: 2.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-3
Downloads: 56

Clickmap is a real-time heatmap tool to track mouse clicks and scroll paths of your website visitors. Gain intelligence about what’s hot and what’s not, and optimize your conversion with Clickmap. Sign up for a free Clickmap account at www.getclickmap.com

Rating: 3 Dragons

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Logo Customizer

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/logo-customizer/

Requires: 3.4 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-7-31
Downloads: 124

This plugin allow you to customize the logo image on Theme Customizer. (ABOUT TIME!!)

Rating: 5 Dragons

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WordPress Plugins A-Z Episode 80 Shortcodes, Media Manager Tools

It’s episode #80 and we’ve got plugins for Shortcodes, Media Manager Tools, Categories, Email and Post Notification, Columns, SEO Links, and more. It’s all headed your way, next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.A bright Idea

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

 

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Do you need WordPress Emergency WordPress support for issues you know when you see the ever favorite White Screen of Death. Or just some questions on how to do something please visit www.johnoverall.com/wordpress-emergency-support/ for some quick tips or request some help.

 

John’s  Rant:

Just some thoughts about never say never… I just relaunched my website with a cleaner easier to use interface and have added in a new email campaign system in the past I always opposed the off site mailing list providers mainly because I would lose a lot of control but I was recently brought back to a plugin I reviewed several episodes back and then sort of forgot about. So a quick shout to the guys at beAutomated Sean and Randy.. I was just about to go live with my site a couple of days ago and was listening to the podcast Your Website Engineer and catching up on episodes and happened to listen to one where he discussed with Sean and Randy about their plugin and it reminded me of all that it can do so I quickly revisited it and became a believer.. It looks to save me lots of time with my new venture and that is a regular weekly newsletter about WordPress plugins and news. So if you would like to receive it and get my e-book about the 10+1 best WordPress plugins head over to johnoverall.com and sign up. I may be adding it to the wpplugins site soon..  And a timely article in the articles

 

Follow us this wayWorld of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordPress Launches Retina Support For Gravatar And All Hosted And Self-Hosted WP Sites

One Thing WordPress Should NOT Be Used For a discussion on why you might want to use a email service

Secrets to Leveraging the New Facebook for WordPress Plugin

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John **


Collapsing Categories 2.0.3

The Lowdown:
In my larger quest to get a cleaner looking site on one that was using allot of categories for navigation of a custom menu I needed a way to make it look cleaner. I found this to work pretty nice and look very clean into the theme. Expansion very clean and it allows you to exclude categories and also specific posts. It looks like to can also use it for posts and pages include your own images and customize it in many ways.. You can also have specific categories auto expand, you can also set it to close any other open group when you open a new one. You can also exclude posts from showing based on age.

Rating 4 dragons

 

WP-Email-Notificator 0.2

I have been reviving something I used to use along the line of what Automatic uses for communications with their staff. Using the P2 theme but the problem was that no one was notified of anything new there and it got forgotten. So I went looking for a plugin that would notify every time someone added a new posts.  This one seemed promising but turned out to be incomplete..

Rating : None

WP Post Notifier For All 2.7


The Lowdown:
As above so below.. I found this plugin instead and installed it, this great little plugin allows you to customize the email that will go out. It also has setting to exclude any uses necessary like yourself or some subscribers. It is a great little plugin and will have some nice uses in the future..

Rating 3 Dragons

 

Generate Box 0.2


The Lowdown:
Ok if you are Genesis fan like me you will find this a great plugin otherwise it will not be of much help to you. Recently Studio Press released a new theme called generate which was designed for email campaigns collecting of email address and has this really great collection box. I liked it but that theme was not what I wanted for my new site look. So I cam across this plugin which allows you to use that great generat box on any Genesis theme and to place the box in places the original theme did not have without any coding. Plus this plugin make customizing the look and feel of the box simpler without the need for allot of CSS changes. It also makes adding code from any email provider such as mail chimp or benchmark to it. Since the original was setup specifically for feeedburner and you had to do some pretty extensive coding to get anyone else to fit in the the style. all in all a pretty

Rating 4 Dragons

 

*WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus*

WP Links

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-links/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-4
Downloads: 59
Author: Nasium

SEO friendly plugin that automatically parses links in content and forces a new window to be opened for external links.

WP Links is a SEO friendly external link handler to help with your on page SEO and increases your visitors time on site.
One of the ways you can increase your search engine ranking is by increasing the time a user spends browsing your website.
This plugin is intended to increase the time a user spends on your page by assisting you in HTML markup.
WP Links will scan your page for any external links and force links to open in a new tab.

Marcus’ Take: The plugin simply parses all links on your page on output and adds target=”_blank” to the anchor tag. Does the trick nicely and makes all external links open in a new window. Would be nice to have more options.

Rating: 3 Dragons

Enhanced Mediapicker

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/enhanced-mediapicker/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-3
Authors: codepress

Enhances the mediapicker with some extra needed functionality. This will add a grid-list view, the option to show more then 10 items and more.

Marcus’ Take: This plugin will give your mediapicker some extra needed functionality. It will seemlesly integrate with your mediapicker, and it will let you:

  • Switch from List to Grid view
  • The option to show more than 10 items!
  • Display your uploads only
  • Preview images without opening them

It will also display a large preview of the media items by hovering over it.

The preferences set for the mediapicker are saved to the user profile. So each user can set it’s own personal preferences.

Rating: 5 Dragons

 

Column Shortcodes

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/column-shortcodes/

Requires: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-8-2
Downloads: 104
Author: tschutter

Adds shortcodes to easily create columns in your posts or pages.

Sometimes you just need to divide your page into different columns. With this plugin you just select a column shortcode and it will add the column to the page.

There are 9 different column widths available from which you can make all combinations:

  • half (1/2)
  • one third (1/3)
  • two third (2/3)
  • one fourth (1/4)
  • three fourth (3/4)
  • one fifth (1/5)
  • two fifth (2/5)
  • three fifth (3/5)
  • one sixth (1/6)

A preset stylesheet is included, which you can also overwrite to you liking in your theme’s stylesheet.

Marcus’ Take: This is a neat plugin that gives more column options than I’ve ever seen in any other column plugin. Great for that newspaper styling to your WordPress installation.

Rating: 4 Dragons

Gravity Forms RSS Add-On

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gravity-forms-rss/

Output Gravity Forms entries as an RSS feed on a per-form basis

Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-7-31

View all your Gravity Forms entries as an RSS feed

Generate RSS feeds for each Gravity Form form.

  • Go to Edit Forms
  • Click on Form Settings
  • Click on the Advanced tab
  • At the bottom of the Advanced tab, you will see a link “Go to RSS feed” – that’s the link!


You must save the form before the RSS feed will work

There’s some security, too.

In order to view the RSS feed, users will need to have the correct token (a kind of password). Without the correct token, the RSS feed will not work.

Marcus’ Take: Another great reason to use Gravity Forms. I really like the security aspect of this as well, making sure I have a token for security reasons. I actually tested this in Google Reader and it worked great.

Rating: 4 Dragons


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Direct radio is the way of the future

Scripting, Fonts, Compression, Twitter, and more on Episode 76 WP Plugins A to Z

It’s episode 76, and we’ve got plugins for Scripting, Fonts, Compression, Twitter, and a few plugins that operate in Real-Time. Its all coming up next on WordPress plugins A-Z!3D is in now

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

You can now also find the show by using the new Podcasts app on your Apple device, with the ability to speed up the show to hear John and Marcus knock out 6 plugins in 10 minutes! (Though we do sound rather chipmunk-like) Great app with a really great new way to hear the show streaming to your phone wherever you are without having to download to your device or use iTunes.

 

>>>>>>>>>>Self Promotion<<<<<<<<<<<<

play it againDo you need WordPress Emergency WordPress support for issues you know when you see the ever favorite White Screen of Death. Or just some questions on how to do something please visit  www.johnoverall.com/wordpress-emergency-support/ for some quick tips or request some help.

John’s Rant:

Turned into a beautiful Canada Day here this past week and a happy July 4 to all our American listeners.

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Jamie Hayes from down under in Aussie land

World of WordPress News and other interesting

WordPress 3.4 update closes important security hole seems there is some cross-site script holes in 3.4 among other things so update…

 

 

**** Plugins Reviewed by John ****

Scripts n Styles 3.2

The Lowdown:
While polishing off a major project I ran into an issue that I hoped would have a plugin solution instead of having to go into the css one more time. The problem was needing to make a custom on a couple of posts but only for the text sure easy enough to do in css but hey I am the plugin guy after all. So I went looking and this is what I found.
Now I had high hopes but it turns out I was not able to focus this on a per post basis so I had to go back to the css to write what I wanted but it does have some great potential for site-wide css and scripts and it has something interesting called hoops that may come in handy. It allows an admin to allow certain html usage that is often stripped out by WordPress to prevent less leveled users from messing thins up. Plus a few other tools that may be fun.

Well scratch all that just as I was about to toss i discovered how to make it work and it is pretty sweet how it applied something to a specific page. Seems that I almost the box on the post/page that allows you to enter something for that specific post experiment with some other scripts and wow they hit it out of the park here I think what a time save when you only need to customize a single page or two.

Rating 5 Dragons.

WP-Cufon 1.6.10

The Lowdown:
So you need some custom fonts and you cant find what you want at Google fonts or fonts.com or any other place this may be your solution. Well you need to go here and convert your font https://cufon.shoqolate.com/generate/ then install this plugin and upload a couple files to your site. In particular you need to upload the font you just turned into a .js script. Setting and assigning it is pretty much the same as any font you can either assign by main body types ie H1 or p tags or assign to specific spots via custom css using the plugin before. I did find this one a bit more work to use that other ways I have talked about in the past for webfonts.
Rating 3 Dragons

Gzip Compression 1.0

The Lowdown:
Well what can I say this is a lazy plugin drop it in turn it on and it speeds up load times for your site. Does it work well it does seem to I tested it on a graphic heavy site and it did load faster so I have to say yes.

Rating 4 Dragons.

 

the whole light**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****

Search in Place

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search-in-place/

Search in Place improves blog search by displaying query results in real time. It displays the results dynamically as you enter the search criteria.

Requires: 3.0.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-7-2
Downloads: 204

Search in Place groups search results by their type, labeling them as post, page, or attachment, and highlights the searched terms.
Features:

  • Performs real time search as you enter search criteria;
  • Groups search results by post type (post, page, attachment);
  • Allows to highlight the keywords used to run the search, in search results (Advanced version only);
  • Allows to limit the number of elements in the dynamic search results.


Marcus’ Take:
Search has always been the Achilles heel of WordPress. This plugin helps to bridge that gap and display your results in Real-Time. This plugin worked great for a client site that required a more robust search functionality.

Rating: 4 Dragons

 

Real Time Twitter

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/real-time-twitter/

Real Time Twitter display your tweets on your sidebar in REAL TIME. It will retrieve tweets based on time specified without page reload.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2012-6-29
Downloads: 591

Real Time Twitter provides you the latest tweets in real time.
Features:

  • Custom Refresh mode.
  • User defined tweets to be displayed.
  • User defined Refresh Interval.
  • Hover Cards.
  • Pagination option.


Marcus’ Take:
Another great Real-Time plugin that allows you to use Twitter in the sidebar to display lists and multiple Tweet authors.

Rating: 3 Dragons

 

Email Commenters

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/email-to-commenters/

Send email to post commenters

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-6-26
Downloads: 119

Send email to your post commenters with 2 clicks. If you want to send email to users who commented on a certain post, you can do that easily. Also you can select all the commenters from your site to send email.


Marcus’ Take:
Great way to get in touch with your closest and most active members of your site’s community. Simply designate who you want to contact (or all) and then click send. It’s a great tool that I used for some client work. I would love to see some automated functionality added to this, but it’s a great start.

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