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Transcript of Episode 352 WP Plugins A to 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 #352 here.


It’s Episode 352 and we’ve got plugins for Notifications, Admin Email, Shortcode Mastery, Taxonomies, Upsells and WooCommerce Barcodes. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #352

Marcus:           It’s Episode 352 and we’ve got plugins for Notifications, Admin Email, Shortcode Mastery, Taxonomies, Upsells, and WooCommerce Barcodes. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you here today. But of course right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time subscribing to us and reviewing us over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes store.

Marcus:           That’s right, and remember you can check out our training videos, screencasts, or watch us live the first Monday of every month on YouTube, and we’ve got more details about that on our website and all round. Remember to follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and remember to scribe to our newsletter because all the future giveaways of the show are going to be dependent on you subscribing to that newsletter, so check that out at wppluginsatoz.com.

John:                Absolutely. And of course with that, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]

And we have our usual great allotment of plugins today and first up I have one that was sent in to us by Jakub Mikita. This plugin here is Notification Plugin and it’s an ultimate notification plugin system for both developers and regular users. It allows you to hook into any of the WordPress actions and sending notifications.

In the free version, the plugin can only be used as an email or webhook, but they have Pushbullet integration, notification for custom fields, conditional setup for it, a file log that’s built in here, and advanced cron manager pro, and a pop slider pro that goes with it. These add-ons go anywhere from $14 to $50 a year, depending on which ones you get, how much they are, and this could be a useful plugin for you if you need notifications to happen off of your website.

Pushbullet’s actually quite useful. I started using Pushbullet about six months to a year ago and I find it really quite handy for getting notifications from my servers, because all of my servers integrate into Pushbullet, so this is something you might consider having a look at.

All in all, it’s a pretty great little plugin. You might want to go check it out. It’s called Notification Plugin. The base plugin is free but the add-ons are premium and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! That’s a nice plugin. All right, the first one I’ve got for you, John, it’s really easy, really lazy plugin here for everybody. This one is called Admin Email Carbon Copy, and it does something that’s very lazy and very simple, John. All it does is it copies the admin user on every email that goes out through WordPress. So that’s great if you have – I don’t know – a lot of clients, employees, whatever it happens to be – anything that’s going out email-wise and you kind of want to get a sense of what goes out, not just to snoop but maybe sometimes to audit it, to log it, to see what’s going down.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           And this one helps to do that. I’ll give a great example. I had a membership site that I was running for a client that was 50,000 people – registered users – within a WordPress Multisite. Every now and again, it would send 100 people with an email that said, “Hey, I see you changed your password,” and they never did.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           And then they would email me as the admin going, “Hey, I never changed this. What’s going on here? Do you got bad security? Did you get hacked? What’s going on?” It was nothing of the kind but if I had this plugin installed, I would know right away that this kind of thing was going on.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           It’s called Admin Email Carbon Copy and I give it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Closing theme music]

John:                Whoa! Wrong button!

Marcus:           Hey!

John:                Wrong button!

Marcus:           It’s the show closer!

John:                There we go…

[Dragon roar]

Hit the wrong button. Hovered over the wrong button and hit the wrong button. That’s okay. Yeah, that’s nice. The first thing I’d suggest though is make sure it’s going to an email account that is not your constant feed, because you could end up with a lot of emails.

Marcus:           Oh yeah, of course. Of course.

John:                Yep. Other than that, a really great plugin. I like the idea.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                Okay, well this show here currently brought to you by…

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Absolutely, give me a call. Okay, and also a real brief mention as for contests. Make sure you go sign up for the newsletter as we mentioned at the beginning of the show. But any contests that may start in between the live shows, which we will do, they will be announced in the newsletters, so you can get a first crack at them there. So make sure you go sign up for the newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com.

Marcus:           Definitely.

John:                Okay, this brings us up to our next set of plugins. And our next set of plugins here we’ve got for you…what have I got for you? If I get the show notes to actually do what I want them to do…it brings it up here to…quit bouncing, you bloody thing.

All right, what I’ve got for you here is another one that was sent in by one of our listeners out there. It’s sent in by Sergey Timofeev and it’s a premium plugin which costs $20 and it’s called Shortcode Mastery. This plugin here has a high potential for the unlimited creation of shortcodes. The Shortcode Mastery allows you to create shortcodes with custom options, advanced query builders, it uses Twig templates, lots of predefined templates and an editor that helps you to speed up your development process, scripts and styles sectors, and more.

The plugin is available from Envato, which is a very good place to get lots of code nowadays. I found that the plugin is really nice to use. It looks quite nice, so you’ll want to go check this out if you’re looking at creating your own sets of shortcodes for your website, which you may have to do. I mean, we use a lot of customized shortcodes over at wppluginsatoz.com with a pretty old plugin, but it still works well.

So anyway, go check it out. It’s called Shortcode Mastery and I give this plugin – what did I give this plugin here? [chuckling] These notes are being a pain in the neck to me today for some reason. Every time I move ‘em…

Marcus:           Four!

John:                There we go! A 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

Marcus:           All right, I’ve got something that’s pretty cool and it’s called Taxonomy List. Now, there are things that are taxonomies, like a product list, like if you did a product category or if you did everything that’s in a specific tag, right? That follows within a specific taxonomy.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           Well, what if you wanted to display that with a shortcode? This allows you to do it. So with this shortcode with Taxonomy List, you can actually use it where there are pages, posts, widgets – any of that. So if you had just a category of say magnets and you had, you know, refrigerator magnets, yet you also had rare earth magnets and electricity-generating magnets and all the rest of it, you could choose to use the parent and then select all the different child things through a shortcode or you could select just one of the child categories and all of the posts and products would be listed underneath that.

This is all shortcode-based, all taxonomy-driven; the usages are endless for this. And for the first time, we’ve now got a way to do it with a shortcode rather than PHP or any of that stuff. It’s called Taxonomy List and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                That’s kind of a cool way to list up your taxonomies. I like that.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                And with the new added HTML widget, you can actually use shortcodes in your widgets now, so…

Marcus:           Yeah!

John:                They finally got around to doing that without having to add it for added support. All right, well this week here we do have a little bit of listener feedback. This is an email that was sent in here directed towards me from one of our listeners out there, Jerome Lacroix. And the email, I’m going to read the email out here and his questions. It says:

If you don’t mind sharing your expertise a bit, please read on.

Two weeks ago, my friend’s site (atelierdecocadeau.com) have been cloaked by a hacker and the site started to show Viagra pills when visited from Google. They added a few PHP files and modified the .htaccess. I fixed the site in about 2 hours, but since it was the first time I was witnessing that, (it’s called a pharma hack, by the way), some questions pop in my head:

  1. How can this be done by the hacker?
  2. How can this be prevented?

The WordPress core was up to date, as well as the plugins. The theme is a few years old though (I’m working on a redesign). Both WordFence and GoDaddy (via email) reported successfully the malicious files (which made it easy to spot and delete). I don’t think the database was modified. The admin page is still under /wp-admin and I know I should change this.

But, besides that, what should I do to avoid this happening again? Maybe you could talk about it on the podcast, because I did not find any articles about this specific “cloaking” attack. Any tips for me or useful articles? Thanks for your help and time John.

Jérôme (from Quebec City on the other side of Canada)

Okay, well Jerome, it sounds like you’ve done quite a bit to it. You’ve got a couple of monitoring plugins on there. That is the pharma hack. I’ve seen that many times. I’ve repaired that so many times it’s not funny. And having GoDaddy monitoring the WordFence monitoring is useful. How it happened? Well, that’s kind of a gray area. They could’ve found an old hole in the older theme, it could have come as a sideways attack from another site on the GoDaddy server. It could’ve come as something in an older plugin. There’s any number of attack vectors that they could’ve got in there.

The thing I would suggest to help keep it clean and keep it from being hacked in the future is start by first installing a plugin called WordPress File Monitor. This plugin here monitors all file changes on your WordPress website. You can set it to check every hour, twice a day, or every 24 hours. I have mine all set for every hour and so I get an email if a file has so much as changed in a WordPress website. This has helped save me from hackers numerous times because they hack the site, I get an email, I know immediately that this file doesn’t belong. I’m able to go in, fix the site, and then look for and close the hole that happens.

This is one of the best things you can do for it. Usually hackers, it’s a script that gets in there and hacks your site, not an actual hacker. They upload a small file and the hacker doesn’t show up for a few days to a couple of weeks to finish off the job and then make a mess of your website. So this is one of the ways you can help deal with that is by installing this plugin to add an extra layer of monitoring on your website.

Other than that, all you can really do is monitor, keep everything up to date and secure as best as possible, and ensure that whoever your hosting provider is, that they keep the server up-to-date and secure. That is a big one and on GoDaddy’s servers, it’s kind of hit and miss. You could be on a new server that’s highly secured or you could be on one of their very old servers which is not as secure, even though they say they are.

So that’s what I’ve got for you, Jerome. Hopefully, that helps. I did email you back with the same information but you did say hey, talk about it on the show, and of course I’m sure all the other listeners out there could benefit from this information. So thanks a lot for your questions, Jerome. I greatly appreciate it and so anyone else that would like to send us stuff, please feel free. We’ll get it into the show.

Marcus:           Yeah, even if you have a question you’d like to ask us, you can go right to the website and click the little microphone button. Ask us a question, record yourself, we’ll put it on the show.

John:                Absolutely. And of course this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, we please ask that you give some value back, that being cash would be preferable. And in that vein, we’d like to acknowledge those who’ve supported the show. Anyone over $50 or more gets a note read out on the monthly live show and the notes printed out in the show which the donation applies to.

And this week here, we’d like to thank all our donors who came in under $50. Thank you very much; you know who you are, so that’s all we’ve got there. And if you’d like to donate to the show, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate, where there’s multiple options to donate to the show.

Marcus:           Great.

John:                All right, that takes us up to the next part of our show here, the final set of plugins we’ve got for you today. And the last one I’ve got for you is another one that was sent in to us by a listener from Chris Mason, and this is a premium plugin. It’s $300 a year, so it’s a pretty big plugin but it’s a WooCommerce plugin and it’s called One Click Upsells for WooCommerce. This one here allows store owners to offer unlimited one-click upsells and downsells to their customers. It’s 100% post purchase, meaning once someone enters their credit card and clicks ‘buy,’ they are presented with offers relevant.

Website:          Hi, my name is Chris Mason, and for the next 60 seconds…

John:                Oh, and so I did some clicking on his website.

Website:          I’m going to show you how you can increase the average order amount…

John:                Autoplay.

Marcus:           What did you buy? Did you buy something by accident?

John:                No, no. I clicked on his website to look at the plugin here and it’s got an autoplay video hiding somewhere in it. All right, you’re annoying, Chris. Just so you know. I hate autoplay websites.

At any rate, it’s not a bad looking plugin. It looks like it could be quite nice. The cost of the plugin is pretty high. They do have a 14-day trial that costs you only a buck, so if it’s something that looks like it might work for you, make sure you have a good, solid 14 days where you’ll want to test it out, sign up for the 14-day for a dollar. And if it doesn’t work out, cancel and you’re done. If it does, hey, see if the cost of $299 a year is worth it.

So go check it out. I give this plugin a 3-Dragon rating. It’s called One Click Upsells.

Marcus:           Yep, and sometimes those are worth it, so you’ve just got to weigh that out.

John:                Yeah, you’ve gotta weight that out on your own website. It depends on what you…

Marcus:           All right, well here’s what I’ve got here for you today. It’s called WooCommerce Product Barcode Label Printing, and it’s also nicknamed WooLabel, and so what WooLabel enables you to do is print physical product labels for your actual WooCommerce products. So this gives you the option of each label to have a price tag, a scanable barcode, a SKU number, product title – all that kind of stuff. It’s just, you know, like a regular price tag but it allows you to use self-adhesive label stickers to help physically identify products for your physical or online retail store.

So you’re kind of making your own barcodes for your WooCommerce products and you can use those to scan in things and all that, so a lot of different uses. I didn’t have one specifically, but I thought it was very intriguing and I’ve been asked about this a couple of times. It’s called WooCommerce Product Barcode Label Printing and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Yeah, that’s kind of nice. I can sort of see it now. I used to own a computer store about 10 years back and of course the e-commerce wasn’t that big yet; it was just growing. But it could be quite useful if you have an actual physical store and you people can order off your website.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                That way you could track your products through WooCommerce and have the labels for them for people who purchase in-store or your label to ship it out.

Marcus:           Yeah, exactly.

John:                That’s about the best use I can see for it. All right, well that closes out this episode here. I covered up Notification Plugin, which I gave a 4 to; Shortcode Mastery, which I gave a 4 to; and One Click Upsells, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Admin Email Carbon Copy, which gets a 5 out of 5; Taxonomy List gets a 5 out of 5, and WooCommerce Product Barcode Label Printing, also known as WooLabel, gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                All right, and a couple of quick reminders. Please stop into our YouTube channel, check out the screencasts that go up there, and also our training videos and eventually more stuff there. Also a note to developers who would like to support the show, if you want to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contests, where all the pertinent information could be entered there and you can help support the show that way.

And that’s pretty much all we’ve got for you now, so take care. Bye-bye.

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Transcript of Episode 344 WP Plugins A to Z Dropbox Backups, Changing Admin Colors, Notifications, AMP for Posts, WooCommerce Client Emulation and Resellers

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 #344 here.



It’s Episode 344 and we’ve got plugins for Dropbox Backups, Changing Admin Colors, Notifications, AMP for Posts, WooCommerce Client Emulation and Resellers. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #344

Marcus:           It’s Episode 344 and we’ve got plugins for Dropbox Backups, Changing Admin Colors, Notifications, AMP for Posts, WooCommerce Client Emulation, and Resellers. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 60,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join John Overall and Marcus Couch for this weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins A to Z.

John:                Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall.

Marcus:           And from the Beachside Bunker on the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Beach, California, I am Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you today, but don’t forget right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and we’d greatly appreciate it if you took a few minutes to drop into the Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes store. Leave us a review and subscribe to the show. And there’s a very easy way you can do that, isn’t it, Marcus?

Marcus:           Yeah, run up to your phone, your friend’s phone, and go, “Hey, Siri…”

Siri:                  [activation tone]

Marcus:           Play the WordPress Plugins A to Z podcast.

Siri:                 [command acknowledgement tone] Okay, WordPress Plugins from A to Z podcast coming up.

Now from Websource…Hello, hello.

John:                There you go.

Siri:                  …Websourcegroup.com…

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Nice, simple, and easy.

Siri:                  That’s what I thought!

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                I love that, Siri. Nice, simple, and easy, and she pops right in there for me. All right, yay, Siri!

Marcus:           [chuckling]

John:                Nice, simple, and easy, and you can probably do the same thing with your Google phone too by just hollering, “Hey, Google! Subscribe me to the WP Plugins A to Z podcast.”

Marcus:           Exactly.

John:                And also, don’t forget you can check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube when we do our live shows. Follow us on Twitter so that you can know when the live show is going to be happening next.

Marcus:           That’s right, and make sure you go to our website, wppluginsatoz.com and subscribe to our newsletter. That’s where we put in all the special cool things that are going on in the WordPress community and the WordPress world, news, reviews, and otherwise that we don’t cover in plugin form here on the show.

John:                Okay, and that takes us right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, and we have our usual great allotment of six great plugins and first up from me is a plugin called Backup & Restore Dropbox. Now, this is a plugin that if you don’t have any other real options for making your backups and restores and also if you have a smaller version of your website because Dropbox is notorious for not taking large chunks of data from WordPress unless they finally fix that.

But this one here allows you to connect to your Dropbox folder and do your backups, back them up to your Dropbox, which allows you to get all your files off of the server into a place that you can find them in your Dropbox, on your computer, on whatever other computer you have synced up to it, and it also allows you to then restore back from that Dropbox location if you have a complete failure or a hack.

Having a good backup is paramount as one of my clients found out last week, who came to me after a couple of years of not working with me after his site had been hacked. Somebody else had gone in, tried to fix it, didn’t complete it, they lost images, their CSS – all kinds of things. Fortunately, I was able to go into some old backups I had from when I did the work, along with other miscellaneous thing, and restored the site. But this was a lesson that make sure your backups are available and that you test those backups from time to time. So do that using this plugin, Backup & Restore Dropbox, a really great plugin that works pretty nicely and I gave this one a 5-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Ooh, yeah. No, I love doing Dropbox and backing up into Dropbox.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           That’s one of the best – best features of Dropbox that it can handle all those things and they can all hook together like that.

John:                Yep. I had my Dropbox sync across three different computers.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So not only is it in the cloud, but I have it on three different computers, so…

Marcus:           Yeah, and your phone too if you download the Dropbox app.

John:                Yeah, I don’t have that much storage space on my phone. I have —

Marcus:           Well, you don’t actually download – Dropbox doesn’t actually download it to your phone —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — you’re just more looking through your directories.

John:                Oh, yeah. Finding out what’s there. Yeah, that’s —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — that’s nice, because once in a while I have to go fetch a file and use my phone or my iPad for it, so…

Marcus:           Right. So the first plugin I’ve got for the show is called Clean WP Admin Theme, and what this does is actually kind of just cleans up the WP Admin dashboard, gives you the ability to change around the styling options and change the colors. I actually used this plugin to match a corporate client’s official style guide colors and I made it so that it matched their brand and their logo, and it looked great. It looked – it was an intranet site —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — and it matched perfectly. And I wanted the backend to be exactly how the rest of the color structure and everything else was for the site. Check it out. It’s called Clean WP Admin Theme and I rated this a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s a really nice feature when you’re working on corporate clients, because they like that consistency.

Marcus:           Of course.

John:                Especially on an intranet site.

Marcus:           It’s those little touches that do it.

John:                That’s what makes you stand out amongst all the competition out there in the world. Okay, well this show is brought to you by JohnOverall.com.

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There we go.

Marcus:           Yeah! And I’ll have something to play soon.

John:                Absolutely. All right, well let’s talk about the contest which is still running until February 14th, and that is we are currently running a contest where you can win yourself a premium license from Foliovision for their FV Player plugin. And this is a really great plugin that allows you to customize up the YouTube videos, Vimeo videos, or all the other video sources you have out there on your website. The value of the license is $75. You can also check out the interview I did with Alec Kinnear, the CEO and founder of Foliovision. There’s a link in the show notes that’ll take you to that interview. And also, to enter the contest, just go to wppluginsatoz.com/contest.

Marcus:           Yeah, that is a cool plugin. I’m gonna dig deeper and deeper into it as we go.

John:                Yeah, probably three or four episodes out here, we’ll have a very thorough review both from you and me on this plugin, so —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, well that brings us up to our next set of plugins. The next one I have up for you is called Better Notifications for WordPress, and this one came about for me because I am in the process of across many of my clients. As many of you started noticing out there, there’s lots of plugins that have been abandoned or no longer developed. They haven’t had any development or updates for 2+ years. There’s been some that have been pulled from the Repository because they’ve been sold and bought by malware developers, etc. etc.

So I’m proactive and going through my clients’ websites and finding the plugins that need to be replaced and we’re replacing them. We had a plugin in there – I don’t remember what it was – that changed the notification emails that go out from WordPress, to customize them up to make them more personal and more understanding, and we needed a plugin that would do the same sort of thing.

Well, Better Notifications for WordPress does that for you. It’s kept up-to-date, it allows you to go in there and create templates for all of the notification types that are available in WordPress and you can customize them up in any way you want to send out a very pretty looking email that fits your website and your branding. So go check it out: Better Notifications for WordPress, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s cool. All right, so let’s talk about AMP for a minute —

John:                Uh-oh, we just lost you.

Marcus:           What?

John:                Your voicing just dropped right off.

Marcus:           Really?

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           What now?

John:                I’m gonna pause. Go.

Marcus:           Yep? So I’ve been looking at AMP a lot, and that’s the mobile-optimized pages that Google wants you to have. You know, for the life of me, I don’t think I want to dumb down some of my actual pages into some other format. I kind of want to keep it looking the cool, the way that I designed it in mobile and not broken out into just some text version of what my site is. And so I found this plugin called POST AMP and what’s kind of cool about this is it makes sure that none of your pages get AMP-rendered but all of your posts actually do.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           And that sort of makes sense that you’d want your posts to go into AMP and not necessarily your pages and lose all their styling. So this plugin does the trick. It’s called POST AMP and that’s really all it does. It just makes your posts AMP-compliable and not your pages. I tried it out, it worked, does the job. Easy-peasy but not groundbreaking. I rated this one a 3 out of 5.

John:                Well, that’s a cool plugin. It could be quite useful.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                Okay, well that brings us about to listener feedback, audio clips, and if you would like to participate in the show, all you have to do is either go to the website at wppluginsatoz.com, leave us a SpeakPipe by going to the lower right-hand corner, clicking the icon, and recording a message, or you can drop in at out Contact page, send us an email, or you can hit us up on Twitter or Facebook with any comment or question you’d like and we will enter them into the show here and respond back to you as soon as we can.

Marcus:           Yep!

John:                With that we have —

Marcus:           We got a question from Mindy in Round Rock, Texas and she says:

“Hi guys, I’m looking for the best way to export all of my users on my site into Excel. The only thing I’ve found so far exports XML, which I have no idea how to open. Can you help?”

Of course we can. Come on, Mindy.

John:                Yeah, absolutely.

Marcus:           We’re the guys! Yes, the plugin you want to use is Export Users to CSV, and that’s in the Repository. We left a link for you in the show notes. It’s a really great plugin that’s never let me down. I’ve used it a number of times including enormous membership sites with about 10,000 people in it and I needed to export that, make sure that we were kind of cross-referenced, everybody had their site, everybody had their access, their passwords, all that stuff within this big, enormous membership site. So this one should definitely do the job for you and give you all the details you would ever need to know about your user base, so check it out: Export Users to CSV.

John:                There you go. Answers, answers, answers! That’s what we do. And also, this show – value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And to do that, all you’ve got to do is go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate where you can donate any amount you want and we have preset amounts. What that money does is it helps support the show by paying for the essentials such as web hosting, bandwidth, transcription charges, etc. etc. All the little basics and essentials that everyone seems to forget that we have to pay for out of pocket. So please support the show by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and if you donate more than $50, you can leave us a note with a link in it. We’ll feature it in the show notes and on the live shows, we’ll make sure we give you a live callout for that.

Marcus:           Yeah, absolutely. And yeah, a link and everything, so our site’s got some pretty good authority that helps them.

John:                We have a six ranking on Google the last time I checked.

Marcus:           Nice!

John:                Which I think is – I understand that’s a pretty good ranking.

Marcus:           Yeah, I’m gonna have to put some more links to my site now that you’ve reminded me.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           Thank you.

John:                I’ve got a few going to mine but yeah, we are an authority. There’s no doubt. The site has been up for years and it has talked about nothing but WordPress plugins in the entire time, so it is definitely an authority.

Marcus:           So speaking of talking about WordPress plugins the entire time, let’s round this sucker out here, John.

John:                All right, the final set of plugins we have today is – the last one I’ve got for you is a GoDaddy Reseller Store plugin. Now, I’ve been waiting for something like this for years. Now, I’ve been a Wild West domain reseller, which of course GoDaddy took it over completely a couple of years ago. They drove me nuts with the interface changes for a while, but they’ve finally settled down and it’s working quite nicely. But one of the biggest problems I have was how to interface it into my WordPress website so that I could use my WordPress website to sell my domain resellers and other things through my GoDaddy reseller store and make myself a few extra bucks.

Now, this plugin here, I haven’t thoroughly tested yet, so the current ranking is temporary until I’ve got it thoroughly tested and come back and talk to you about it. But what it’s supposed to do is allow you to completely connect your GoDaddy reseller site to it, customize up the pages, update your themes, your product descriptions, images, all really done well. The plugin is produced by GoDaddy themselves, so I’m really hopefully that they’ve done it right.

They’ve got a video in here that shows you how to use it and you can talk to them to help sort out the problems, so I will be definitely giving this one a thorough once-over because I’m integrating everything into JohnOverall.com where I’ve got my web hosting and everything else fully integrated now. Now I want to get my domain reseller system into it also. So anyway, go check this plugin out: the GoDaddy Reseller Store, and currently the ranking is a 3-Dragon rating which may rise as I check this plugin out.

Marcus:           Yeah, and there’s nothing to be ashamed about a 3.

John:                Oh, no, no. A 3 from me is actually quite respectable.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                You know, you get a 4, that’s doing damn good. If you hit a 5, you’ve knocked it out of the park.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                It’s like I don’t give out fives very often. I’m really stingy with my fives.

Marcus:           Yeah, and I don’t really put twos on. I don’t like twos.

John:                I’ve done a few of ‘em and usually lately if I’ve hit a 2, I just kind of ignored it and didn’t bring it to the show unless it was a plugin that just annoyed me to no end and I wanted to warn people about it.

Marcus:           [chuckling] That’s true. Well, this isn’t one of those warnings right now.

John:                No, no. This is a good plugin.

Marcus:           Now, to end the show here, I want to talk about a cool plugin called Shop as Client for WooCommerce. John, imagine you’ve got your own store – retail store – all that stuff, and you get a call from somebody that’s like, “Yeah, I want to order $1,000 worth of stuff, but I don’t have a computer.”

John:                Mm…

Marcus:           How do you take that order?

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           You want to still go through your e-commerce site.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           You still want to go through your website. Well, what do you do?

John:                Yeah, that’s a good one.

Marcus:           Well, Shop as Client for WooCommerce answers that problem.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           So it gives you as a shop manager or an administrator the ability to assign and enter a new order on the front end, register it to a new customer, taking advantage of all the front end stuff that wouldn’t exist maybe in the backend like, you know, adding a coupon code to an order or all that, and so you could be taking phone orders or in-person orders and just filling it out right on the site and charging, you know, a card. Take their card if you want to or, you know, have them pay later or whatever you know —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — your preferences are there, and it does automatically assign that registered customer the next time they come back, so it also has a phone number so you can kind of – even if you wanted to just make WooCommerce sort of your order tracking system internally within your business, it would actually do that.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           You could ask somebody, you know, “Hey, what’s your phone number?” You know, like they do at the grocery store sometimes. They then pop it up, “Hey, there’s you. What can I get you? Do you need…” you know, “Do you need a red pair of socks you got last time? What can I get you?” You know? Those kinds of things.

John:                Excellent.

Marcus:           So it adds two new fields to the billing checkout section for logged-in administrators and shop managers and it lets you do everything as if you are a client with all the privileges of still being the administrator. It’s called Shop as Client for WooCommerce and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Very cool! That can actually be quite useful if you’re running an e-commerce site.

Marcus:           Somebody had a need.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           And a programmer solved it, and that’s it.

John:                That’s absolutely it. That’s the best thing about WordPress.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                All right, well closing out this episode here, I covered up the following plugins: Backup & Restore Dropbox, which I gave a 5 to; Better Notifications for WordPress, which I gave a 4 to; and then the GoDaddy Reseller Store, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Clean WP Admin Theme, which gets a 4 out of 5; POST AMP gets a 3 out of 5; and Shop as Client for WooCommerce gets a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                All right, and a final note to all you developers out there who would like to support the show. If you’ve got a premium plugin and you would like to offer up a premium license for us to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest where you can enter all the pertinent details and we can build a contest around your plugin premium license that we will then promote on the show. So go check it out and hey, it could be well worthwhile for you and get lots of promotion, and we do talk about the plugins that are in our contest.

Marcus:           Definitely.

John:                Okay, and that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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