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It's Episode 286 and we've got plugins for Measuring CPU and Host performance, GeoIP Detection, Floating Carts and a great new plugin for Importing Facebook Events to The Events Calendar. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 286

It's Episode 286 and we've got plugins for Measuring CPU and Host performance, GeoIP Detection, Floating Carts and a great new plugin for Importing Facebook Events to The Events Calendar. 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 #286


It’s Episode 286 and we’ve got plugins for Measuring CPU and Host performance, GeoIP Detection, Floating Carts and a great new plugin for Importing Facebook Events to The Events Calendar. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #286

John:                This week here my first plugin is PHP/MySQL CPU Performance Statistics. This plugin here — I had a brief job this past week to check out a client’s website as to why it was running so poorly, and I’m starting to dig more and more into doing site performance analysis on websites and find out what’s happening, whether it be their theme, their plugins, their server. Who’s the problem and how do we solve it? So I found a few plugins along the way to help you solve that problem, and that’s what this one here is for.

What it does is it tests out your PHP/MySQL configurations and it let you know how that is performing on your website. It sends internal tests, then it spits back a report to you, and then gives you a comparison report for what standards should be. It tells you if your server and MySQL is running too slow, if it’s taking too much time, if it’s having problems with the MySQL, MySQL inserts, the updates, etc.

It’s a really great diagnostic tool to find out if MySQL is running correctly and if PHP is running correctly. So check this one out. I gave it a 4-Dragon rating. It’s called PHP/MySQL CPU Performance Statistics.

Marcus:           How the heck did they fit that all in one slug?

John:                How did I get it without tripping over it?

Marcus:           Hmm…even better question. That’s right. All right, this next plugin is kind of similar to what you’ve got going on there, John. It’s called Host Info, and it actually shows you real-time server and environment information. It’s pretty cool in terms of how it classifies and shows you statistics of your web server. I actually did this as a test on two different websites.

I did it on one that was on managed hosting and then I did it on a shared hosting, and I was very surprised in terms of what it showed me. But it’s not really customizable and you can’t really save it in relation to being able to look at archives or stuff like that. It’s just kind of a basic snapshot of what’s going on at the time for your host info. Kind of a handy tool but probably one that you would install then uninstall —

John:                Yeah?

Marcus:           — just right after you use it, so I gave this one a 3 out of 5.

John:                Well, still not bad.

Marcus:           No.

John:                It’s a great way to find out what’s happening.

Marcus:           Definitely.

John:                The next one I’ve got here for you is called WP Hosting Performance Check. Now this plugin here, what it does for you is when you put it in and install it, it sets up for your site and it requires an additional plugin, which I’ll be talking about next. You can track the countries your visitors are coming from. But it starts monitoring everything across your site: all of the performance that is happening, page load times, server response times, what your technology is, whether it’s PHP 5, 7, MySQL 10 or 5. It tells you all of these pieces and then it will monitor it.

If you leave it plugged in and turned on for several days, it’ll keep monitoring to give you an average over the days and it’ll tell you hour-by-hour what your peak loads are and what your low loads are, and what’s happening in those timeframes. This is a really great diagnostic tool to run over the course of 48 hours or 72 hours to get a real idea of what’s happening on your website. I found it to be very useful in that we were having a website that the client was complaining that they were seeing 404 errors and other issues while they were working on it. But when I was working on it, I couldn’t get any of these to occur. I put this in and started showing that there were peak times during the day when the server was performing very slowly or was responding slowly. They are on a shared hosting platform with one of those companies out there that overloads their servers at times and you could see where it was hitting those peak loads.

Overall, it was showing a server poor response time while the web page loading times weren’t too bad when the pages were actually loaded. Then it also showed that the technology for the server was a little bit out-of-date. So this is a really great plugin for finding that information and diagnosing what’s happening on your site. So check it out: WP Hosting Performance Check and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm…pretty cool.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           That’s a great way to look through them.

John:                Well, I’ve been running it on our websites just to see if my servers had been up to snuff and so far, they’ve been really great, so I’m kind of happy about that.

Marcus:           Very nice, very nice. Okay, for those of you out there that use WooCommerce, here’s a pretty cool plugin. This is a freemium plugin but there’s also a pro version. It’s called Woo Floating Cart Lite and it’s available in the Repository. What happens is when somebody adds something to your cart, it actually shows the cart in the lower right side instantly. So as they scroll through the different pages, the cart still remains visible and reminds them to check out.

Cart abandonment is one of those things that are just a slight improvement in cart abandonment. It could almost double your revenue – seriously – so this is a nice way to keep the cart in view, front and center at all times for your customer. Awesome plugin. Again, this is the lite version; there is a pro version that has more features and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! I’m going to have to take advantage of that one because I’m just finishing up a WooCommerce website.

Marcus:           Nice! Yeah, give it a shot.

John:                I like that. All right, well the final plugin I’ve got here today is called GeoIP Detection. This plugin came about because of the previous plugin I talked about, the WP Hosting Performance Check. But I also discovered the GeoIP Detection can be used in many areas, especially if you’re a developer. How it’s used in the previous plugin is that it’s used to track what countries your visitors are coming from to give you a report.

What you can also do with this plugin here is it has shortcodes that you can build into your theme development or plugin development. You can build this as a dependency to help with your geoIP tracking. Now, the plugin uses a couple of forms of the geoIP maps: it has its own built-in map that it takes from MaxMind or you can download the direct MaxMind IP map to it also to get more precise tracking with it. It’s a really great plugin. It works relatively smoothly and installed rather well. Then it’s got a lot of tips and tidbits in it on how to use it. So check it out if you’re doing development and you want to do geoIP tracking, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm…pretty cool! I’ll have to check that out myself. Okay, finally, a lot of people out there use the Events Manager or the Events Calendar as one of their plugins or go-to events management tools on their website. A lot of people also use Facebook for their events. Now, you can use both. With this plugin, it’s called Import Facebook Events, and it allows you to import your events from Facebook.com right into the Events Calendar and Events Manager.

So if you’re like me and you use the Events Manager as your plugin, this one is a no-brainer as an extra add-on. It just completely imports all of your Facebook events and brings them right into your WordPress site with little effort required. It is pretty great. I love the Events Calendar. I use that for most of my clients and now that this is out, it gives me even more of a reason to love the plugin. It’s called Import Facebook Events and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Wow, there seems to be a lot of plugins being built for the Events Manager and as I’m slowly switching over all the sites that use the previous calendar to this one.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                [Inaudible: 23:55]

Marcus:           I like the Events Manager because it will allow me to import from Excel.

John:                Ah!

Marcus:           So if they’re a recurring events or things like that, I can set it all up, set the description, set the buy links for the tickets and all of that, put it all into Excel, and away I go. I have one client that is in an instructional institution and they teach multiple classes every single day. It just kind of varies what city they’re in; sometimes they’re in Vegas, sometimes they’re in the Midwest, and they kind of rotate around the country. For this, it’s pretty nice because now we can have them just set up their events also in Facebook and bring it right in, so I love this plugin.

John:                Very nice. All right, well this week here I covered up PHP/MySQL CPU Performance Statistics, which I gave a 4 to; WP Hosting Performance Check, which I gave a 4 to; and GeoIP Detection, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Host Info, which gets a 3 out of 5, Woo Floating Cart Lite gets a 4 out of 5, and we just talked about Import Facebook Events, which gets a 5 out of 5.

[End of Audio]

 

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It's Episode 285 and we've got plugins for Displaying Instagram Feeds, Product Review Charts, Page Builders, Email Tracking, Time Based Content, and a new way to update your WooCommerce customers in Facebook. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 285

It's Episode 285 and we've got plugins for Displaying Instagram Feeds, Product Review Charts, Page Builders, Email Tracking, Time Based Content, and a new way to update your WooCommerce customers in Facebook. 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 #285


It’s Episode 285 and we’ve got plugins for Displaying Instagram Feeds, Product Review Charts, Page Builders, Email Tracking, Time Based Content, and a new way to update your WooCommerce customers in Facebook. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #285

John:                Okay, this week here I have the first plugin called InstaShow, and it’s a premium plugin. It costs about $19 and it was sent in to us by Andrew Kozinski and it’s available over at Code Canyon. There’s a link in the show notes, and yeah, it’s an affiliate link. The lowdown on the plugin: if you want to showcase your Instagram feed or showcase Instagram – any feed or any tag in Instagram, you can bring these images into your website with this plugin.

This plugin does a really clean, beautiful job of displaying those images. It allows you to lay them out in multiple ways and grids, pull the images from anywhere, set up some stylization so when people are clicking over it, it pops up, gives more information for deeper linking into your website. It has Visual Composer support, so it has an instant button if you use Visual Composer in any of your websites.

The plugin looks pretty great as an excellent way to showcase your Instagram pictures or Instagram photos from other people’s feeds. All in all, a pretty great plugin, InstaShow, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           I actually used this plugin for a client – the professional version of it – and it was really nice because what we did is we made it as part of their kind of event. It was for a conference and we made it as part of their event page is you could take a look at it. You know, it was developed to kind of be like a pseudo-mobile app, so you could click on it and see what was going on in terms of the shares of that. Now, here’s what’s really nice: you can follow specific accounts but you can also follow just a hashtag.

John:                Yeah, that’s what I was trying to say.

Marcus:           Yeah, and so it was great because the event actually put up on one of their big screens that page that had this plugin running, and so people knew to use that specific hashtag. What we did is just send an auto-refresh on Chrome and just made it load the page every minute and it self-updated itself, which was really nice.

John:                That’s a pretty cool way of displaying stuff.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s really cool. All right, speaking of pretty cool ways to display stuff, I’ve been putting together the reincarnation of the Daily Plugins site. Something that I found that came out just recently is really nice. It’s called Product Review, and it’s a WordPress plugin that does a lot of cool things like star ratings, it does charts, it does little graphs – anything that you really want in terms of editing or reviewing anything, and this may be something we might even want to consider for the WP Plugins A-Z site.

It does pros, cons, it has a button to buy that you can put your affiliate link in, all of that stuff. The revision that I tried is on the Repository, but there’s also a paid version, which is what I’m really interested in, so this one gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. It might be something we’ll definitely look at then.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Okay, the next one I’ve got here is another website builder plugin and it’s called King Composer, and it was sent in to us by Anthony Pham. The plugin starts at $29 for a license for it and it’s a new website builder plugin. I hadn’t seen this one before and from the small amount of testing I did using their test site, they have a great demo site where you can go test out this plugin and not have to install it on your own.

It has a few things that other composers don’t seem to have, such as pie charts, counters, the ability to add Facebook posts or a page in there very quickly and easily. It has fewer options than some of the other composers out there, such as Visual Composer. But it’s interface is very clean and very nice and it’s very intuitive in how it works. So if you’re building a smaller website or you’re going to turn it over to a client who doesn’t need a whole lot of options for it, this is a really great composer plugin that can be added to that site.

It looks like they’re encouraging developers to build themes with this composer in it, so you might start to see it appear in some custom themes as time goes along. But all in all, I found it to be a pretty easy plugin to use and pretty easy for building out pages in its composer functionality, considering in the last few months I’ve worked with like three or four different composers for different themes. This is one of the better ones I’ve found. But anyway, check it out. It’s called King Composer, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           And I tried this as well, because I’m on that same thread when somebody submits something, and here’s what I thought was pretty cool about this. Typically, when you get into page builders and you do different columns, you’re only allowed sometimes to go down to like one-fifth width of the page.

John:                Yes, mm-hmm.

Marcus:           Right?

John:                I didn’t catch that.

Marcus:           What’s interesting about King Composer is that the column widths are drag-n-drop. You know, you kind of just scale them on your own, so it doesn’t have to be that exact percentage (a half or one-third, a fourth, or whatever), so you can get down there as far as the size and get exactly what you want within all the columns. It’s really nice.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           So I’m going to try this out on a staging site that I have and just try and whip up a quick site together with it and see what it can do, so I recommend it as well. I tried it out, too.

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           All right, so let’s get into the second plugin here that I’ve got of the day, and this is something that’s very intriguing and I want to give a little bit of backstory first. I am starting to get into (in terms of the research of study), chat bots, because I think that’s really kind of the thing of the future in terms of marketing is chat bot. And what is that? That’s basically just a program’s version of something that responds. Let’s just say Facebook Messenger, for example.

Here’s the plugin that works with this: it’s called Messengerbot for WooCommerce. And what does is when someone is hooked into you, maybe they want to log in via Facebook or you’ll require that at checkout or something like that. It can actually send a receipt, update with order statuses, shipping notifications, and order notes. Instead of emailing it to you, it can also send it to you via Facebook message.

John:                Oh, cool!

Marcus:           Now, that’s pretty intriguing, so out of all the chat bot stuff out there, I never really thought about integrating it straight into WordPress like this, but it seems like somebody has. It’s really neat, really intriguing the way that it works, and I think that it would really help out in terms of engagement for your product, your site, your service, or your client, and for that, I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Yeah, that’s – I hadn’t actually thought about that and you’re right. That’s probably going to be the future, considering how many people use Messenger and other chat formats now.

Marcus:           Right, and it’s not text messaging. It’s not any of those things. It goes right into where your customer is and then you can capture them that way. I wonder what can you do with Messengerbot down the road. Thirty days outside of the product purchase, can I send them something new via Facebook Messenger? Can I offer them a discount code on their next purchase via Facebook chat? Can I ask them to review the product? Those are all things that you might want to think about. So check it out; it’s called Messengerbot for WooCommerce.

John:                Very nice. Okay, the final plugin I’ve got here today is called WP Chrono, and this one here was sent in to us by – lost the contact info for WP Chrono. Okay, well at any rate, it was sent in to us and this is a plugin that lets you show the content on your website and you can show and hide content depending upon dates or date range. It’s a pretty straightforward plugin and you can build one post with multiple items that you want to show and hide.

Say you have a number of promo codes that are going to run over the next couple of weeks. Instead of having to build out multiple pages, you can build one page with this shortcode in there to determine “Show this content if the date range is such-and-such.” And then underneath that, you can build in, “Show this code if it’s this date,” “Show this code if it’s this date,” “Show this code if it’s this date,” and it’ll run them all and then at the end, you can even add a message that says, “This promo is over. We’re done.”

It allows you to build it all out and just have one page and just let it go and run. Then you can just have to update it as time goes on. All in all, it’s a pretty great way of showing and hiding content depending upon date ranges. So check it out. It’s called WP Chrono, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           That’s nice. The only thing I would caution about on that is if you’re using any kind of tracking pixels or if you’re doing advertising to that page. You will probably not be able to know what out of that Chrono feature is being displayed to your customers. You would know actually, according to the date and the time that they did the conversion, but you don’t always get that kind of data, so that’s the only thing I would use caution about when using that plugin. But if you’re not using advertising, then don’t worry about it.

All right, so finally let’s end it here on a high note. This plugin is called Email Tracker, and it’s a very easy plugin that lets you know if the emails that you’ve sent have been read or not. Have they been opened? That’s an easy WordPress plugin that just basically just tracks your email that goes out of WordPress and it gives you statistics on how many times the email has been read, the last date, the receiver, who’s looked at it, every email that’s sent by the native WP/mail function, this allows you to actually do all that. It also has a nice area which you can compose and send the email within this as well, so it’s really nice. Email Tracker is what it’s called, and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! That would be nice to be able to track some of the emails going out of the website.

Marcus:           I think all of them —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — because especially if it’s change of password and such like that, then you’d definitely want to see what’s going out.

John:                Yeah. Okay, well that covers up in this week here. I covered up InstaShow, which I gave a 4 to; King Composer, which I gave a 4 to; and WP Chrono, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Product Review, which gets a 4 out of 5, Messengerbot for WooCommerce gets a 5 out of 5, and Email Tracker gets a 4 out of 5.

[End of Audio]

 

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It's Episode 285 and we've got plugins for Displaying Instagram Feeds, Product Review Charts, Page Builders, Email Tracking, Time Based Content, and a new way to update your WooCommerce customers in Facebook. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It’s Episode 264 and we’ve got plugins for Inline Quizzes, Page Builders, Setting Appointments, Renaming Users, Facebook Messenger Integration, and Image Hover Effects.. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #264

John:                All right, this week here the first plugin I have was sent in by Andrew Dobson at – oh, it’s a tough name. I had it up earlier. Anyway, you have to check out his name. It’s sakyantchiangmai.com. It is a website that helps you get some really interesting tattoos over in Thailand. At any rate, he sent in this plugin but it’s not one of his; it’s one that he found and thought we would find useful.

It’s called Easy Appointments and it’s a plugin that is a great in. It was sent in – he discovered it and he thought he would share it with others. It’s an appointment plugin that allows you to set up for multiple locations, multiple services, multiple workers, multiple connections. It looks to be a pretty great plugin.

I gave it just the initial run-through to see how it worked and how it’s set up. It allows to you to customize to be personalized for your business by setting custom messages, adding additional custom fields to the forms, so when someone creates an appointment, you can collect all the information that you need for that type of an appointment. It also allows you to set redirects so you can redirect them to another page or another piece of information after they complete the appointment, so there’s lots of great uses.

The biggest drawback I found is that it only works on your website. It doesn’t connect with any other calendars out there, so you can’t integrate it into Google Calendar, nor is there a way to collect funds. Say you want somebody to book an appointment and prepay some money, it doesn’t have that. But according to the developer, those items are under development and they will come eventually. All in all, it looks to be a pretty decent plugin and checks out really nice. I rate it at 4 Dragons. Check it out: it’s Easy Appointments.

Marcus:           Yeah, I actually checked that one out, too. That’s really nice actually for booking things and you can actually attach a price tag to it as well.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           The example that I saw on their website had a car detailing demo and not only did you get to pick the services that you want as far as your appointment, but you got to pick the detailer, the actual person. I could see this working very well for like a beauty salon or hairstyling studio or something like that.

John:                Oh, yeah. Excellent for places like that.

Marcus:           Yeah, yeah. Really good. All right, the first one I’ve got for your today is called Image Hover Effects Pack, and a couple of weeks back, I did an image hover plugin. But this one is way better. This one has over 150 animated hover effects that are totally CSS3-based. It actually is all CSS, unlike the other one. This allows you to add also animated captions and text on top of your images and has a ton of customization options as well. And the thing that I liked about this that the other plugin did not do, this one is 100% responsive and also has some pretty cool snap to grid options as well.

I would’ve given this one a perfect 5 out of 5, but there is also a pro version of this and you know my rule, John. I take one point off for that.

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           So this one gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. It still sounds like a fairly useful plugin.

Marcus:           It is.

John:                Okay, the second one I’ve got in here for you today, it was another one sent in by one of our great listeners out there. It was sent in by Andrew Worsfold at gettailor.com and this is one of their plugins. It’s called Tailor Page Builder and this is a page builder plugin to allow you to customize any page. The claim is that it will work with any theme out there, so I thought I would put it to the test and use it with a theme that I have from CodeCanyon to have its own built-in page builder to see what kind of mess it would make.

And it turns out it conflicts very nicely in that way. It can’t be any theme, but any theme that doesn’t already have a page builder built into it, it worked well. I did give it a fair chance and loaded up with a couple of other themes and seeing how it works. It allows you to build your customized pages using an interface similar to the WordPress Customizer. Drag-and-drop your elements over and set them up.

The one thing I did find is only will customize pages; it won’t customize individual posts. So that was kind of a bit of a drawback for me, because there’s oftentimes where you’ll want to customize a post. One of the websites I use with a theme is sometimes the page builder allows me to customize posts along with pages. Other than that, the interface is pretty nice, clean, simple. It works very well; it’s a great plugin. Check it out. It’s called Tailor Page Builder and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Beautiful — nice. I’m always into page builders.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           I like Cornerstone; it’s the best one so far. But I’m going to check out Tailor as well.

John:                That’s my major one because it comes with all the themes I’ve purchased from CodeCanyon.

Marcus:           Right. Okay, so the next one I have on deck here is called User Rename by Azed, and that’s kind of a weird name. It should have just been User Rename. But this plugin lets you easily and completely rename a user account, and that’s the login, the nickname, and the display name. Lately, I’ve had many different instances where I’ve had to actually change a username and this one is going to be my go-to plugin for that.

Of the things that I’ve got to change, it’s a little unusual, but I’m going to bring it to light. With all the membership sites I run and, you know, the millions of members throughout all of them in terms of all the users, I’ve run into a couple of instances where I had to change an existing user’s name because they were transgender, right? They got a gender reassignment as it were and so now you have to change not only their profile picture, but also their name.

So this one worked for me on one particular instance that I had three people that I needed to change. One actually was just married and the other one had the other things that I was talking about, and this one worked very, very well, so I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Yeah, I have another change username plugin that I’ve been using for a couple of years now. But any plugin that makes the job of username changing easy is one you want to keep in your portfolio of plugins, because you’re sooner or later going to have to change a username.

Marcus:           Yeah, and it’s difficult to cancel an account and then have them sign up again, especially if they’re in a process that they’re already subscribed into —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — when it can just be small, little change like this.

John:                Small, little change instead of digging through the database. Pop this plugin in, quickly change it, and you’re done.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                Okay, the final plugin I’ve got here today is another one sent in by our listeners. It was sent in by David Hehenberger at fatcatapps.com and it’s called Quiz Cat – WordPress Quiz Builder. Now everyone out there, if you have a Facebook account, you’ve seen those quizzes. Sooner or later, one pops up in your feed. Pretty much everyone has a Facebook account, so you know what those quizzes are, right Marcus?

Marcus:           Yeah, like “What Frog Are You?”

John:                Yeah, well that’s what this plugin does. It helps you build those quizzes in your WordPress website. It allows you to create the title, add images, create the answers, put images with every answer, go down and determine the total of correct answers and wrong answers, and then spit out a message with a great picture at the end saying, “Hey! Yeah, you know everything about frogs.”

So this is a great plugin. It works very well; it’s smooth. The one side-note I have to it is that this plugin collects your user information when you install it and activate it. You don’t have to opt into it. The opt-in says it won’t give all of the functionality; I don’t know. I didn’t test that. But if you do opt-in, it grants permissions for your profile, your site overview, URL, WordPress version, PHP info, plugin and themes you are currently using, it also gets the info when you activate, deactivate, and uninstall plugins.

So basically, they collect everything with your WordPress website and run it through a data collection service. There seems to be a data collection service for doing this on WordPress websites and it’s something all you developers might want to look into. It might be a great way to find out how your plugins are being used.

At any rate, great plugin. It worked very well; I set it up very fast, it was easy to create a quiz. You insert it on a page or a post via short codes and then with a little luck you create the right kind of quiz. Maybe it’ll go viral for you and you just get tons of traffic. Who knows? Anyway, check it out: Quiz Cat – WordPress Quiz Builder, and I rated it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Nice. I happened to look at this one myself and I thought it was really cool. I liked the fact that it’s not like your traditional quiz where you just go through all the answers and then it gives you a score at the beginning. This one actually, if you guessed the wrong answer, it would kind of flip over in a little card style and be either red or green —

John:                Yup.

Marcus:           — in the instance you were either correct or incorrect with your answer, and I thought that was really neat.

John:                Yeah, it’s more fun to know if you got it right or wrong in a quick instant.

Marcus:           Right. Okay, the final plugin I’ve got today is called Cf7 Messenger, and of course, Cf7 stands for Contact Form 7. Now, I thought this one was really unique. I tried this out myself early this morning and it worked very, very well. What it allows you to do is integrate your Contact Form 7 with Facebook Messenger so that if someone leaves you a message within the Contact Form 7, it integrates with this plugin and sends you a direct message with Facebook Messenger. I thought that was pretty neat.

The problem for me is I had to install Facebook Messenger on my phone because I didn’t have it. It does work also on the PC version obviously if you’re logged into Facebook. But you’ve got to be careful with this one because it’s pretty wide open and you have to have some safeguards in place to prevent spambots like Captcha or something like that. Otherwise, your whole Facebook messenger is going to get blown up with spam.

John:                That’s [inaudible – 20:02].

Marcus:           Overall, great concept. I loved the way that it accepts real-time Facebook feedback in terms of that integration from your users. A really great plugin; I rated it a 5 out of 5.

John:                Okay, yeah. It’s a great plugin. I like that idea. Yeah, I definitely want to have something to prevent spambots, because as soon as they discover something like that, they would just destroy you.

Marcus:           Yeah, yeah. That’s it.

John:                Okay, well that covers up this week. I covered up Easy Appointments, which I gave a 4 to; Tailor Page Builder, which I gave a 4 to, and Quiz Cat – WordPress Quiz Builder, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Image Hover Effects – gave that one a 4 out of 5; User Rename by Azed, 4 out of 5; and Cf7 Messenger, 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice.

 

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