It's Episode 318 and we've got plugins for Email Downloads, Subscribe to Comments, Post Type Convertors, Stock Photos, Shortcodes for WooCommerce Fields and Blocking User Accounts. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 318 and we've got plugins for Email Downloads, Subscribe to Comments, Post Type Convertors, Stock Photos, Shortcodes for WooCommerce Fields and Blocking User Accounts. 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.

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It’s Episode 318 and we’ve got plugins for Email Downloads, Subscribe to Comments, Post Type Convertors, Stock Photos, Shortcodes for WooCommerce Fields and Blocking User Accounts. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Episode #318

John:                Right, first up this week the plugin I’ve got here, this one is called Subscribe to Comments Reloaded. This is the one I did a training video on, so you can go check out the training video on it. This is a plugin that I have been using for a long time now. I went back and realized it was reviewed back in Episode 68 of the show back in 2012 and I’ve been using it ever since. So I decided to update the review on it while I was doing the training video on how to properly use this plugin because it’s improved since its 2012 debut and they keep it up to date. The last update was a couple of months ago.

Anyway, this is a great plugin that will help encourage your site visitors to subscribe to the comments on a post. It helps keep them coming back to your site and getting engaged in the discussion that is taking place on your web page. Now also if they don’t want to leave a comment, they can subscribe to the comments without leaving a comment, so they can just follow the discussion instead of having to become active in it. This is also a useful way to keep them coming back to your site.

Now, it collects the email addresses and with the right additions, you can actually get those email addresses fed into MailChimp or other areas. All in all, this plugin has come a long way back when I first reviewed it. I gave it a 3, but it’s improved. It is now at a 4-Dragon rating. Check it out: Subscribe to Comments Reloaded.

Marcus:           Let’s unmute myself and then we can continue.

John:                There we go.

Marcus:           This plugin came just in the nick of time. It’s called WooCommerce Product Shortcodes. You can do, if you just wanted to do a random dump of one particular product and have it spit out just stock information based on WooCommerce and a buy button and all that, that’s right out of the box for WooCommerce. But if you want to do something a little bit different, if you want to refer to a specific product, refer to a specific product’s price, or anything like that within a blog post or something like that, this does it.

So let me explain a little bit how it works. With this plugin, you basically can replace static text. So if I’m talking about Widget X that I’m selling at my store and add a blog post that says why you should go buy Widget X, I can say something like, “This Widget X is priced as low as X.”

John:                Nice.

Marcus:           And use the short code and as I update the price in my WooCommerce store, this text also updates itself. So if I want to put a little special piece of text in there, anything like that, say I’ve got something like Revolution Slider or Layer Slider or something like that and I want to reference the picture of the particular product, then use this shortcode as part of HTML to display the price of that product. I can do that without having to then go back and edit all my slides and all my other things. This is if I change it in the product setup in WooCommerce, then it changes everywhere else on the site when I use this plugin. It’s called WooCommerce Product Shortcodes and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! That’ll actually help out quite a bit. I like the idea of being able to have it in a slider and have the prices update automatically there, so —

Marcus:           A slide or a blog post – anything you want. It actually changes based upon that shortcode and what product ID that you actually enter it in as.

John:                Nice. All right, well next up here what I have, this is the plugin requested that we find by Craig. The plugin is called Email to Download. Now, what this plugin does for you is it captures emails and then allows a download like Craig was asking for and it’s just the ticket you want. In its base form what this plugin does is you set it up and then you have to put a little bit of code into your WP Config file to make it work a little bit better. You go in and you create a product or a file that you want to give away.

It’s designed to give away any types of files, be they pictures, PDFs – anything. Then it allows you whenever you’re creating a post or a page, it has a shortcode button creator that you can create a shortcode button to place on any page or post based on any of the products that you have created in the database for it. Insert it in there, it shows up on the page as this really nice, pretty form where it asks them to fill in their email address, and then they get emailed the link to download the PDF file, which is about as instantaneous as you’re going to get to prevent people from putting in false email addresses to attract your products, so you want real email addresses.

Afterwards, in its base form, you would have to manually take the emails collected and insert them into MailChimp. But if you go for their add-on which is $19, you can have it automatically insert the emails into your MailChimp or into Mail Poet. That is the only two add-ons they have at the moment. Maybe if you talk to the author and you need another one, maybe you can get them to develop another add-on for you. At any rate, a really great plugin, very useful and it looks like it’s going to solve your problem, Craig. Thanks a lot for suggesting it to us. I greatly appreciate it. So check it out: Email to Download and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice. All right, one of the most confusing aspects I think of WordPress sometimes is post types. Generally, post types, we’re referring to something like pages, posts, you know, those two different types of things. Sometimes we get into custom posts. Well, once you do it, it’s kind of a set-it-and-forget-it, right? I mean, it’s only really one thing. Sometimes you want to change those over though. Maybe I want to change a page to a post or a post to a page, or something like that.

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           A post to a custom post type or vice-versa. This plugin does it all. It’s called Post Type Manager and it adds a post type dropdown now to the post editor section of WordPress where you could change that post type to any new post type. So you can change page to post, post to page, post to a custom type, or a custom type to a different custom type, which is pretty cool. It often happens when you switch themes sometimes if you have old themes that actually made something into a variable kind of custom post type that is no longer being used and you want to change it into something else. So this is an absolute conversion that does one to the other with absolutely no headaches in between, a great plugin, and rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Wrong button, that’s all right. That happens. Perfect! That’s an excellent one. I haven’t needed one of those in a while, but it’s always nice to know that someone is keeping one of those plugins developed to allow you to change post types, because it does happen especially on an older website where things were created as a page when they should have been posts or vice-versa.

Marcus:           Right, exactly.

John:                So very useful to be able to make that quick, easy change. All right, finally I’ve got two quick ones here. One is a quick plugin that it’s more of a warning than anything else on the plugin, then we’re going to go into a real plugin. The first one here, I saw something that looked kind of cool today; it was on the new releases. It’s called Stock Photos and it’s one that goes into a stock photo website, the Creative Commons, and helps you get those to your theme and to use them in your posts and pages.

The problem with this plugin (and I will keep an eye on it and let the developer know), I couldn’t get the thing to work at all. It was just a complete dead end. It’s a brand new plugin but hey, that’s what sometimes can happen and I just wanted to let everyone know because I had already started to dig into it. And hey, at this moment here, it’s not worth installing the plugin called Stock Photos, but I will keep an eye on it because it’s a very useful plugin for many people I know that are always looking for the free stock photos that come from Creative Commons versus paying for the higher quality stuff.

All right, and my final plugin today is called WooCommerce ‘Email Money Transfer’ Payment Gateway. Now, this one here I got because I thought – you know, I keep seeing the recommended pages of plugins in your backend of WordPress. I thought well, let’s jump in there. I never go look at those and see what’s there. It’s got 99 pages, over 2,100 plugins there, and I skipped around and I landed on p. 77 and found this plugin here for Canadians mostly. This mostly for Canadians and Canadian clients. If you have Canadian clients or they do business in Canada, one of the ways we make payments in Canada is using Interac e-Transfer – a very popular way of sending money here. They send it direct to their bank, it requires you to create a passphrase and a passcode for it.

Now if you run a website – and I’ve run a couple of them where we’ve accepted email money transfers. The biggest way you have to do it is you have to have a generic question and a generic answer – always the same question, always the same answer. That poses a bit of a risk if hackers or third-party interpreters or something intercepts. It can happen; it has happened to people. If they intercept it, they already know your question and the passcode.

Well, what this plugin does is it goes into WooCommerce and it is an option for payment for people. When they click on it, it then tells them what the question is going to be and then it generates a random password for them to use. The random password is then saved in your database and you get an email about the rest of it, so then all you have to do is log into your WordPress website. So the hackers would need two pieces to be able to get in there. They need to get to your emails and then they’d also have to hack into your WordPress website to get the information, making this a little bit more secure of a way to get e-transfers in there.

A really great, useful tool for Canadian listeners and Canadian shoppers, but that’s the way it works here. Anyway, it’s a great plugin. I really liked the way it worked and the way it’s set up. It’s called WooCommerce ‘Email Money Transfer’ Payment Gateway. Check it out. I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! We don’t have anything like that in the States.

John:                No, it’s real popular here. As I send money back and forth to people and how I pay employees and other things is a transfer.

Marcus:           Oh!

John:                It’s really sweet.

Marcus:           Well, speaking of employees, I hire a lot of freelancers from other places. Every now and again for whatever reason, you might need to restrict the access of an individual user or somebody who’s actually finished with the site. Maybe you might want to keep their account on hand just in case but maybe restrict what they can do. So this plugin is called Block User Accounts and it’s about the easiest that I’ve seen in order to actually restrict management for somebody.

Normally, John, I’m sure you can concur with this that if you want to actually restrict the access of one particular user, you’ve got to go in, you’ve got to find them, you’ve got to get into the user settings, you’ve got to change it down to like subscribe or something like that, and then after that, what you’ve got to do is change it back or whatever.

Well, this plugin actually does a lot more than that. So what you can actually do is block an individual user from having backend access with just one click.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           So you just block that particular user and then when it’s time to actually unblock them again, you just go back to the users list, you can see who’s blocked, and with one click you can unblock them again. I think it’s great for actually dealing with individuals who are freelancers or workers on the particular site that maybe somewhere down the road you might have to have them do a fix or something else that’s associated with it. You don’t necessarily want to delete them but you want to sort of remove them from that backend access. Maybe your clients haven’t paid either and you want to block them, too. Who knows?

John:                It’s possible.

Marcus:           So this is called Block User Accounts and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5 rating.

John:                That’s a very useful plugin. That’s a nice way to not have to delete the account and then possibly have to recreate it in a couple of weeks.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                All right, well that’s it. I covered up this week the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded, which I gave a 4 to; the Email to Download, which I gave a 4 to; and the WooCommerce Email Money Transfer Payment Gateway, which I gave a 5 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about WooCommerce Product Shortcodes, which gets a 4 out of 5, Post Type Manager, which gets a 5 out of 5, and Block Users, which also gets a 5 out of 5.

[End of Audio]

It's Episode 318 and we've got plugins for Email Downloads, Subscribe to Comments, Post Type Convertors, Stock Photos, Shortcodes for WooCommerce Fields and Blocking User Accounts. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Easy Automatic Newsletter, Social Linkz , WP Custom Admin Bar, My Calendar in WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 63

On stanby waiting for Power in suthren calPlugins covered this episode:

Easy Automatic Newsletter, Social Linkz , WP Custom Admin Bar, My Calendar

This Podcast Can now be found at

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

just some random thoughts about CMS system and moving and domain issues around SSL and damn too many plugins not enough hours in the day to check them all out. Plus I realized after this past week of polishing up 6 sites that wow I have so many different configurations for WordPress it is actually incredible on how to keep track of them all. Plus the joy of conversion from osCommerce finally an easy way to convert your database.

plus I wanted to say that I wish to thank the listeners who are sending work my way and those that I cannot accomplish I do pass along to someone knowledgeable who will certainly help you get the job done.. You know who you all are thanks.

Oh yea Diablo 3 will launch on May 15 for those who care and also if your a Warcraft player the beta of Pandaren Mists is out.

Shout Outs:

This week has been pretty quiet on all fronts guess everyone has been busy as I have been.


More PowerListener Feedback / Audio Clips

None this week get to it folks only take a couple min on the site.

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress: this one is interesting in how they have made WordPress do some interesting flash type layout a nice theme but seems to have some limitations.


World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

15 Must Have Free Banners WordPress Plugins

Most Webmasters Don’t Know How Their Websites Got Hacked, Report Says


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

Electro staticEasy Automatic Newsletter 2.0

  • Version: 2.0
  • Author: PillarDev
  • Last Updated: 6 days ago
  • Requires WordPress Version: 2.9.1 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 3.3.1
  • Downloaded: 128 times
  • Plugin Page »

What They Say:
The easy-to-use WordPress plug-in that recycles your blog posts into a monthly newsletter and sends it out automatically, every month!
Easy Automatic Newsletter plug-in does exactly what it is called. Instead of sweating bullets every time it’s time to make a newsletter, all you need to focus on with our plug-in is to keep blogging and tweeting great content. If you can write a blog post every week you will have enough content for your newsletter. If you write more than that, you’ll have a robust newsletter begging the question from recipients “How do you have time to do that?”
Let’s face it, not everyone you already know reads your blog. And in an age where recycling is good, don’t let great content be used for a single audience.

What I Say:
This plugin is great very simple to setup the only tech part is you have to create a proper cron job for it to run a pretty simple thing to do on most hosting providers and if yours does not have that then time to switch.
Formatting for newsletter was clean the only issue I had and I have contacted the author of the plugin for is to be able to shorten the stories posted in the newsletter. Richard contacted me back pretty quick and is working on some changes to the plugin to make it easier to use great response.
Turns out Richard was great and has already updated the plugin between the time I reviewed it last week and today’s show way to go Richard
Rating 5 Dragons

Social Linkz 1.3.4

What They Say:
Add social links such as Twitter or Facebook in each post.
You can choose the buttons to be displayed such as :

  • Twitter
  • FaceBook
  • LinkedIn
  • Viadeo
  • GoogleBuzz
  • Google+
  • StumbleUpon
  • Pinterest
  • Print

This plugin is under GPL licence.

What I Say:
Well I needed a new plugin for social buttons to replace the one we reviewed many episodes back seems it was having issues loading with the site I was working on so I needed to replace it and this is what I found.
The best part was it also included pinterest since that has become pretty popular it was all great until one issue for some reason it would not display at the top on any pages but worked fine with posts. as I like the design this is a minor issue at this time but still makes it down in it rating.
Rating 3 Dragons

WP Custom Admin Bar 1.3.5

What They Say:
A really simple and easy to use plugin to help gain control of the new Admin Bar. This gives you options to change who sees the Admin Bar based on their user role, change or override the default styling or remove the Admin Bar altogether. It adds a menu to the Admin Bar which gives you the ability to disable it on a single page or sitewide for a single browser session.
WP Custom Admin Bar supports Custom Roles.

What I say:

Simple easy and seems to work great for limiting the admin bar to other users..
rating 5 Dragons

My Calendar 1.10.12

What Thay Say:
My Calendar provides event management and numerous methods to display your events. The plug-in can support individual site calendars within WordPress Multi-User, or multiple calendars displayed by categories of or locations for events.
Basic Features:

  • Standard calendar grid or list views of events
  • Show events in monthly, weekly, or daily view.
  • Mini-calendar view for compact displays (as widget or as shortcode)
  • Widget to show todays events

and more….

What I Say:
I stumbled on this one by accident and found it to be a great event calendar that is simple. It is pretty easy to setup and works great if you just want to supply event listings and nothing else. Although it does have a payment module I may get to testing it one day.
Rating 4 Dragons

Bring on the power**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****

Stuck in Southern California with no power seems there is a pretty big outage there.

Some Terms here for plugins:



In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

scroll plugins or banner tickers

More Lazy Plugins

How to Contact Us:

John can be contacted at:

on my website @  or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at  on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at




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Yes WordPress is Sexy

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 61 –The Dropbox Plugin – WPDBSpringClean

Yes WordPress is SexyTGN Embed everything, Google Doc Embedder, The Dropbox Plugin, FG Joomla to WordPress, Newstastic recent posts scroller, Plugin Directory Stats, WPDBSpringClean

This Podcast Can now be found at

Plugins covered this episode:

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

WordPress Meetup Group in Victoria BC is about to restart tune into John’s Twitter feed @Ahkonsu for complete info to come.

Shout Outs:

Email from Bob asking if we might include some debugging tips in the show.
Email from Jack thanks for feedback

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Tom W. – Question about custom RSS in the WordPress Dashboard.
Troy in Australia – Loves the show.


List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

New WordPress Plugin Locks Down Your Website’s Security

More addictive than pornography, WordPress themes are truly the crack cocaine of the web

How to Create a WordPress Plugin From Scratch

Developing WordPress Plugins 101


Thinking to the future**** Plugins Reviewed by John ****

TGN Embed everything 1.0.31

What they say:

All-in-one embed YouTube, PDF, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, VideoReadr and more into WordPress 3 using shortcodes.

For example: [videoreadr Uz7fOLDr2JM nmrdsxtb]

Want to embed something else?

What I Say:

pretty simple to install and just seems to work. I tested it with a power point presentation and it loaded it just fine the only issue I discovered is that you need to save to 2003 version or earlier.. It does have one draw back I see and that it presents you with slides and not the show..

Rating 2 Dragons



Google Doc Embedder 2.2.3

What they Say:

Google Doc Embedder lets you embed several types of files into your WordPress pages using the Google Docs Viewer – allowing inline viewing (and optional downloading) of the following file types, with no Flash or PDF browser plug-ins required:

  • Adobe PDF
  • Microsoft Word (DOC/DOCX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX)

and more….

What I Say:
Trouble in paradise I could not seem to get this one to work at all….
Rating 1 Dragon

I had to revert to the first one which works with some minor issues but is usable at this moment there does not seem to be a great way to embed a full PowerPoint presentation directly in your site unless you use a service like SlideShare or

Yup old storageThe DropboxPlugin 0.105

What they Say:
The plugin allows browsing downloading and uploading of files to dropbox. Many more features have been added.
To access your dropbox you will need to set up a dropbox app in order to get a consumer key and a secret key.<br/>
1) Go to
2) Click “Create an App”
3) Add a name and description
4) Copy and paste the two codes in thee corresponding text boxes of the plugin options screen

To display the box use the shortcode: [dropbox]

What I Say:
This plugin works very it does require you to create an API app at drop box but even that is a painless process I found and only took a couple min to accomplish. It works great and if you are in need of a way to have instant file sharing with your website then this is the solution for you. If you do not yet have dropbox then you can sign up for it here its free and I sure can use the extra space when you sign up.

Rating 5 Dragons

This weeks Bonus New Plugin

FG Joomla to WordPress 1.2.0

What they Say:
This plugin migrates sections, categories, posts, images and medias from Joomla to WordPress.
It has been tested with Joomla 1.5 and WordPress 3.3.1 on huge databases (15 000+ posts)
Major features include:

  • migrates Joomla sections as categories
  • migrates categories as sub-categories
  • migrates Joomla posts
  • uploads all the posts media in WP uploads directories (in option)
  • modifies the post content to keep the media links
  • resizes images according to the sizes defined in WP
  • defines the thumbnail to be the first post image
  • keeps the alt image attribute

What I say:
I used this on a brand new install of WordPress no plugins installed at all or even a theme change yet. It adds a new importer under the import menu. First go clean out all the default junk installed with WordPress i.e., sample post & page and junk plugins like Akisment, hello dolly. Enter proper joomla database info and hit import then go have a smoke then check for any items it did not get and copy them over other than it went very well. I like it much smoother than the other one I used to use..

Rating 5 Dragons


The Face of Strength**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****

Newstastic recent posts scroller
Author: David Henry
This little widget will display your posts from all or selected categories in a horizontal or vertical format, you can select a few options on what you’d like to show and set the width, height etc. This is a first release and the author welcomes feedback.

Marcus’ Take: This is a great solution for those designers looking for something to put on the bottom widget of the sidebar. This is a stylish plugin that provides a really nice sliding deck of posts.

Rating: 4 of 5

Plugin Directory Stats
This plugin gets plugin’s download count and other stats from WordPress.ORG and allows you to show them on your blog using shortcode.

Marcus’ Take: While it may be a bit too much shop talk, I found this plugin to be a great solution for anyone out there looking to feature plugins on their site. Heck, maybe this one is just good for John and I, but this is one of the die-hards.

Rating: 4 of 5



Scans your WordPress system and identifies and deletes unused database tables from uninstalled plugins.

Many plugins do not clean up their database tables after you uninstall them.
What happens most of the time is that the plugin files and folder is deleted but not the corresponding plugin database tables.

This where this plugin comes to the rescue. The WPDBSpringClean plugin identifies unused, WordPress DB tables which have been left over from old plugins you have uninstalled on your site and it then gives you the option of deleting these tables.

Marcus’ Take: Spring is coming, so what better time to do some cleaning of your WordPress site as well. This is a welcome addition to my sites. Once I ran it on one of my old sites, it seemed to have doubled the load speed! Check it out on your sites and see how it works for you!

Rating: 5 of 5


Some Terms here for plugins:

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

scroll plugins or banner tickers

Ad banners plugins

More Lazy Plugins

Yes WordPress is SexyHow to Contact Us:

John can be contacted at:

on my website @  or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at  on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at




some of the music provided tonight is from Mevio’s Music Alley. Check it out at ‘