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WordPress Plugins A-Z #302 Checking your Posts with Copyscape, WooCommerce Images

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It's Episode 302 and we've got plugins for Google Calendar, Site Attack Blocking, Checking your Posts with Copyscape, WooCommerce Images and a plugin to list your stock portfolio. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 302 and we’ve got plugins for Google Calendar, Site Attack Blocking, Checking your Posts with Copyscape, WooCommerce Images and a plugin to list your stock portfolio. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 302 and we've got plugins for Google Calendar, Site Attack Blocking, Checking your Posts with Copyscape, WooCommerce Images and a plugin to list your stock portfolio. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 302 and we've got plugins for Google Calendar, Site Attack Blocking, Checking your Posts with Copyscape, WooCommerce Images and a plugin to list your stock portfolio. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #302 here.


It’s Episode 302 and we’ve got plugins for Google Calendar, Site Attack Blocking, Checking your Posts with Copyscape, WooCommerce Images and a plugin to list your stock portfolio. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #302

John:                Okay, the first plugin I’ve got this week here is called repubHub Headlines Widget. This was sent in to us by Dan Sauerhaft and I’ll be interviewing him later today (hopefully, if my recording equipment starts working). It’s at repubHub.com and the plugin is available in the Repository and it’s a pretty easy plugin for adding trending news and/or new articles from your specific sources to your website via a sidebar widget.

It adjusts the settings to allow you to drill down the specific categories and regions, limit number of articles to appear. It’s a pretty excellent way to add additional content to your site. Now, the content comes through repubHub’s system but they have a lot of news sources where they bring in content. A lot of it’s really great and useful, so if you want to check this out if you’re looking to add additional news, top stories, other bits and pieces to your website from a third-party source, it seems to be a pretty decent plugin, and we’ll know more about it after I interview Dan. So check it out: repubHub Headlines Widget and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Outstanding! Well, one of the things that I’ve done lately is installed a Google Calendar list for someone that has regular events. They wanted a way to not have to do it in an events calendar pro plugin or things like that. They just wanted their office staff to be able to add things to a Google Calendar and then list them on the site. So I found a plugin for them called Google Calendar List View, and what it does is it lets you put a shortcode down and you can display the list view of a public Google Calendar. But it worked great; the functionality itself worked perfect the very first time that I tried the shortcode. But it does seem to be unformatted out of the box, so you will have to make some CSS modifications to get it to work perfectly formatted within your site. But I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. It’d be nice to have your Google Calendar display in a decent way.

Marcus:           Yeah, so it’s a really easy way for keeping a client out of the WordPress installation, adding their own events – anybody can use a Google Calendar and this one incorporates and merges that into your content perfectly.

John:                Excellent. The next plugin I’ve got here is called WP Block and this plugin here is a security plugin. What it does is it helps you prevent some of the most common attacks simply by keeping your plugins, themes, core, and WordPress updated. But it also goes in and disables access to admin for everyone except admins and editors, disables the use of WP Scan, which is a tool that’s used by, you know, the hackers – mostly script kitties, and that’s a lot of the common attacks that happen to WordPress websites.

It helps block hackers from scanning your website for admin users, vulnerable threats, vulnerable plugins, and exposed files, and it’s supposed to help reduce the load on your server. It prevents access to sensitive files and a bit more. All you’ve got to do is install it, activate it, a couple of minor adjustments, and you’re good to go. So anyway, a pretty decent plugin – a nice, little security plugin to help tighten up your website a little bit with a minimal amount of effort. Check it out – it’s called WP Block and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           All right. The next plugin I have is for WooCommerce and it’s called WooCommerce Image Annotator. This is really neat, John. If you want to add more value to the products on your WordPress sites, get a little bit of extra pop when it comes to those images, this is the plugin for you. What it does is it allows you to actually open up one of your product images, annotate it (which means put notes on it). You know, you could put instructions: “Here’s number one, here’s number two, here’s number three…” all within the same image.

Or if you want to talk about sizes, colors, or anything like that, you can actually annotate, which means you don’t have to pull it into Photoshop and then type your notes and all that. You just actually type what it is that you want right in WordPress, then you can save it, display it, go back and edit it if you want to later, so it’s not a permanent thing, and it does not overwrite the original image.

John:                Huh!

Marcus:           That’s very, very cool —

John:                That is very cool.

Marcus:           — so I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5!

John:                Nice. Gotta like that. You can go through and add some really nice features to your images. I like how they show it in here in that you have your model showcasing the pieces and then you highlight those little pieces on the model.

Marcus:           That’s right. So yeah, it could be – let’s just say you’re doing variable sizing, right?

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           So if you have a shirt and you’re measuring the collar, you know, that’s number one. The sleeve, that’s number two and the width of the shirt – shoulders or whatever – so you could put those to different things down there and then they would know exactly what it is that they’re ordering.

John:                Very nice! Okay, the final plugin I’ve got here today is called Stock Market News. Now, the developers of this actually by Stockdio actually create three different plugins. This is one that I’ve tested so far. I’ll probably test the other ones. But what this one does here, it is a little bit challenging to get set up. You have to go create an account on their site, then you have to get an API key and then get it set up, and then you have to choose the very specific stock exchanges and stock symbols and tickers.

But what it does once you get it working is it starts to display news, information, and there are other ones that will start to display stock reports – ticker reports – for you to let you know how the stocks are doing. Other than that, it’s a really great plugin. It allows you to monitor the market indices, currencies, commodities, are supported, even bringing in news and information about what’s happening in the world of stocks and investments. So all in all, not a bad plugin but due to the amount of effort it requires to get it set up, I had to set this one at a 3-Dragon rating. Check it out: Stock Market News.

Marcus:           Yeah, I’ve recently become an investor in stocks and I’ll tell you what: I’m looking at stocks almost as much as I’m looking at plugins lately.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           I mean, it’s addicting. I just can —

John:                [Laughter]

Marcus:           — watch it all the time. It’s pretty cool.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           All right, so the next one is used actually to – this one really comes in handy if you’re doing guest posts or stuff like that. It’s called Postscape, and if you’re familiar with Copyscape, Copyscape is a website that checks all the other content on the web to make sure that the thing that you are using is original, and that’s very, very important to make sure that you have original and not duplicate content on your site.

So what this does is it just adds a button to the WordPress editor and it allows you to do a quick scan of Copyscape with the content that you’ve actually got within the editor and give you a percentage of originality.

John:                Hmm.

Marcus:           So this is really good for people that submit guest posts. I have a client that runs an association and often the members actually contribute blog posts and quite often. I mean, one of the rules that we have is it has to be 100% original, and something like this really helps because it can weed that out, whether they’re just submitting some press release that they’ve already done or an article that they did about a year ago on their own blog that never went anywhere. This is the way to check that. It’s called Postscape and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice – very important to make sure your content is as original as it can possibly be. Getting harder and harder these days though.

Marcus:           Yeah, absolutely.

John:                So much information and content out there in the world, you know, nothing’s new under the sun, so you’ve just got to figure out a new way to present it.

Marcus:           Except for this podcast.

John:                Oh, true. True – this podcast is pretty unique in what it is.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                All right, well that wraps it up. I covered up in this episode repubHub Headlines Widget, which I gave a 4 to; WP Block, which I gave a 4 to; and Stock Market News, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I covered Google Calendar List View, which got a 4 out of 5, WooCommerce Image Annotator gets a 5 out of 5, and we just talked about Postscape, which gets a 5 out of 5.

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It's Episode 279 and we've got plugins for Calendar Registrations, Zodiac and Moon Forecasts, Sequential Post Editing, Dummy Payment Gateways and a great new plugin for Writing a Novel. . It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 278

It's Episode 279 and we've got plugins for Calendar Registrations, Zodiac and Moon Forecasts, Sequential Post Editing, Dummy Payment Gateways and a great new plugin for Writing a Novel. . It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for Episode #278


It’s Episode 278 and we’ve got plugins for Page Insertion, Google Calendar, Copy to Clipboard, Video Comments, Menu Shortcodes and Archive Control. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z


Episode #278

John:                All right, this week here, my first plugin is called Insert Pages. This one here is something that I brought in for a project I’ve been working on. What it does is it makes the chore of adding page content into another page an easy task to do. I did find a couple of limitations in what I was trying to accomplish.

What I was trying to do was I was trying to display the contest we now have on the WP Plugins site inside a regular post. But due to the type of content being created through the plugin that’s used, it didn’t quite work right. But I did test it in other areas and it works pretty great for bring in page content into another page. A pretty simple little plugin – it works fairly well. It also allows you to include any content you want, so check it out: Insert Pages, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm, very nice. I like that a lot. All right, the next one is a plugin by a gentleman named Dan Delaney, and this plugin is something really great. It’s called Dan’s Embedder for Google Calendar and what it does is Dan actually created this out of the need to display Google Calendars in both list and full view format that was also mobile-friendly, customizable with a shortcode, and pretty easy to style, and so that’s exactly what he created here.

All you need is a public Google Calendar or multiple Google Calendar API key, which is real easy to do and real easy to get. This will display your Google Calendar right on your webpage and what’s great about it is if you have regularly recurring events, then what you can do is have them added to their calendar so that they have everything that the need. It really saves a lot of time. It’s somewhat difficult to do this in WordPress without a plugin like this, so I gave it a 4 out of 5. It’s called Dan’s Embedder for Google Calendar.

John:                Very sweet. As more and more people are using Google Calendars to share their stuff and keep track of things – I know I do – it’s very nice.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Especially since I finally managed to get it to work with my phone.

Marcus:           Yeah, yeah. It’s really nice and if you do any kind of recurring events, training, things like that. For me, I wanted to enter in all of the live training and mastermind calls for the membershipcoach.com site and this is what I’m using.

John:                Very nice. Okay, the next plugin I’ve got here is called menu shortcode, and again, this was for a project I was working on and I was trying to fit a menu into a place that you don’t normally fit a menu. What this plugin helps you do is using a shortcode, it allows you to grab the name of the menu and put it into the shortcode, and then put the shortcode into the place on your website and have that menu appear for you. Then you can customize and tweak it in the shortcode for some displays.

The problem I ran into was the area I was trying to work at did not execute shortcodes properly, so it didn’t work for me. But I found that it could be a very viable option for other people and to use menus in other places where you might want a menu but they wouldn’t normally go. The only caveat here is wherever you put it, you have to be able to execute that shortcode. If you can’t execute the shortcode, it’s just not going to happen. But other than that, a really great plugin. It allows you to do any tweaks to the CSS of the menu that you’re going to display – the little bits and pieces. All in all, a pretty decent plugin. I gave it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           I got to comment about that.

John:                What’s that?

Marcus:           Okay, so you can use Shortcodes Everywhere. Have you tried that?

John:                For some reason – oh, I didn’t try Shortcodes Everywhere – no.

Marcus:           Okay, so that’s an additional – there’s two different plugins. There’s one called Shortcodes Everywhere and there’s one called Shortcodes Anywhere or Everywhere. One hasn’t been updated in a while and one has. But that opens it up.

Now, my second question for you is does the menu – is it a vertical menu or is it a horizontal menu, like a navigation menu?

John:                I was trying to make a navigation menu in the top area.

Marcus:           And did it do it?

John:                No, I finally ended up going a whole different route, but that’s okay.

Marcus:           Oh.

John:                That’s what happens sometimes. You want to do something and you realize no, this just isn’t working. Let’s take another track.

Marcus:           Because I did have a project that needed a navigation menu, but I couldn’t find a good plugin for inserting that that didn’t just make it like it was a sidebar menu.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           I tried to make a navigation but I never could find anything, so I just ended up doing it with just a child theme and actually inserting it with PHP.

John:                Yeah, I took a whole different track with this project but that’s okay. Sometimes that happens; you want to do something. The project goes yes and then you get working and you realize it’s just not going to work and it’s not worth the four or five extra hours to do it. You just back up and go a different way.

Marcus:           Yeah. All right, my plugin – my next one here – is called Videotape and it’s pretty cool. It’s very simple; what it does is just like what we used our SpeakPipe for on our own website. This allows you to be able to intake video comments in your commenting system, so it allows people to actually record a video from their own webcam, their phone, or whatever, and leave you a video comment on your posts.

John:                Cool!

Marcus:           Pretty neat, really easy to use – it’s just kind of a Flash interface type of a thing. You’ve seen these things all the time anytime you go into a webinar or anything like that. It just asks for a little bit of control or to be able to use the camera, which it does, and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Yeah, that can be kind of cool. If we get more interaction, we could put something like that on our site.

Marcus:           Right, yeah.

John:                All right, the final one I’ve got here today is called Archive Control. This one was sent in to us by Jesse Sutherland and it’s a free plugin. I started to test it out but I didn’t quite have a place to test it, but it still checked out pretty good for the little bits and pieces I did use it on in my sandbox page.

What the plugin allows you to do is to customize your archive listings – all your different archive listings be they tags, custom post types, or categories, and customize and modify the title, adding a featured image, including content before or after the list that’s shown on the page. You can also change the order display, you can shorten down the number that are displayed on the page, and include page nation for it. You can adjust the terms and more.

The plugin performed pretty well and it can help you do some organization to your categories, tags and custom post types. There are a couple of caveats to custom post types: you may have to enable a couple of things in there. But all in all, the plugin performed quite well. It’s called Archive Control and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Cool. I like that. All right, the final plugin for the show and from me today is called Clip to Clipboard. It is a simple little plugin that allows you to copy whole paragraphs of your site and just click it to the clipboard elsewhere. So it’s really handy when somebody needs to copy and paste something like code or an embed script, CSS, or whatever they use. Maybe it’s an email template or something like that that you just want them to have one click and then everything in that section gets copied. It’s called Click to Clipboard and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. A nice timesaver.

Marcus:           Very handy.

John:                Okay, and in this episode here I covered up Insert Pages, which I gave a 4 to; menu shortcode, which I gave a 3 to; and then Archive Control, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I’ve got fours across the board: Dan’s Embedder for Google Calendar gets a 4 out of 5, Videotape gets a 4 out of 5, and Click to Clipboard gets a 4 out of five.

 

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It's Episode 278 and we've got plugins for Page Insertion, Google Calendar, Copy to Clipboard, Video Comments, Menu Shortcodes and Archive Control. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #278 Google Calendar, Copy to Clipboard

It's Episode 278 and we've got plugins for Page Insertion, Google Calendar, Copy to Clipboard, Video Comments, Menu Shortcodes and Archive Control. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 278 and we’ve got plugins for Page Insertion, Google Calendar, Copy to Clipboard, Video Comments, Menu Shortcodes and Archive Control. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z

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