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Interview 36 with John Alarcon from CodePotent

Today’s interview is with John Alarcon from CodePotent.
His plugins were reviewed in several episodes (393, 394, 402, 403, and 408).

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

John A. has several different plugins designed specifically for ClassicPress. He is a very active member of the ClassicPress community. We talk a bit about his plugins and upcoming projects, why he decided to get in to the community, and the future of WordPress and ClassicPress.

Interview 34 with Ivan Giugni from Stockdio.com

Today’s interview is with Ivan Guigni of Stockdio.com
Their stock ticker plugin was reviewed in Episode 406.

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

The plugin reviewed is a stock ticker plugin but they have 5 different plugins. The plugins are very easy to install and customize and available in multiple languages.

We also discuss their pricing and other plugins.

Ultimate Product Catalog Plugin, WP Email Users, Comment Redirect, Reduce Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG Editor for ClassicPress in Episode 403

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It’s Episode 403 and I’ve got plugins for Product Catalog, Emailing Users, Welcoming new Commentators, Reducing Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG for Classic Press, and Classic Press Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Transcript of Episode 403 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  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #403 here.


It’s Episode 403 and I’ve got plugins for Product Catalog, Emailing Users, Welcoming New Commentators, Reducing Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG for Classic Press, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!


Episode #403

John:    It’s Episode 403 and I’ve got plugins for Product Catalog, Emailing Users, Welcoming New Commentators, Reducing Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG for Classic Press, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from 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. And I have the usual great show for you 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 couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over in Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving me reviews. They really do help the show out.

And if you’re new to the channel, don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. You can catch me every Thursday at noon here live or, you know, catch some of the training videos and other bits and pieces that I upload to the channel, so make sure you subscribe and hit the notification bell to get notifications of when that occurs.

Now one brief thing before I get started here. I wanted to give a brief note due to some things I’ve heard and read this last week about the show and I’ll cover those later in the show. But a brief note reiterating what the rating system is that I use and why I use it here at WP Plugins A to Z. This show is over seven and a half years old and I’ve been using the Dragon rating system since about Episode 20 after it was suggested to me by one of my listeners, and that was due to a song that I overused – a dragon-related song that I overused a lot, and they sort of suggested the rating system. So I took it and ran with it.

The rating system goes from 1 to 5, kind of like a 5-star rating, and you know, getting a 5 out of me is usually a pretty hard task. I don’t hand out 5 Dragons willy-nilly; they usually have to hit it right out of the park. Most of the plugins I get, they get a 3, which is pretty decent – a common plugin. You know, it means it’s a good plugin. Four, it’s a great plugin. But 5, of course is the outstanding. It means they just knocked it right out of the park.

Ones and twos, I do give them out, and if you’ve listened to me any length of time, you’ll know I hand them out and it’s usually because I tried this plugin for something I was working on – any number of factors – and if it’s a 1 or a 2, it’s probably not the best plugin and you might want to do well to just avoid that plugin if I hand out that rating.

But anyway, that’s just what I wanted to cover up and let folks know about it. With all of that out of the way, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugin lead-in rock music]

All right, first up I have a couple of plugins that I have not used yet. These are plugins that have been submitted to me over time by developers through the website, where if you’re a developer or just know a plugin that should be suggested for review, please go do that. Suggest plugins for review over at wppluginsatoz.com. These plugins here, I haven’t had a chance to use them. I couldn’t get them into any projects I was working on or I just didn’t have time to do anything, but they seemed interesting enough that I thought I should just start bringing them forward and letting folks know they exist. I’ve had a pretty long list of these for some time, so I just sort of started including them.

First off here, I have a plugin that was sent in by Stephanie Hruby and this is a freemium plugin. It’s called Ultimate Product Catalog Plugin and what this one here does for you is it allows you to create a catalog of your products on your website, and it does have a bit of an e-store component and it does combine with WooCommerce. I think I’ve used this or something similar way back when I was working on a project that got killed partway through, so I’m kind of sketchy on that thought in my head. It’s been over a year and a half, two years since I was doing a project like that and they just pulled the plug on the project partway through.

At any rate, it’s a nice, responsive catalog. It allows you to create different catalogs, multiple catalogs of separate products, all within one plugin. You can display these projects in grid formats or other formats on here. They’ve got custom CSS that’s available. The premium version offers up the full WooCommerce integration to allow you to sync all your products between the product catalog and WooCommerce.

It also has setups for such as if you run an affiliate store or affiliate linking to products, you can use this to build out the products with the way it sets up. All in all, a pretty interesting plugin if you’re running that kind of thing, it might be something for you to go check out. It is called Ultimate Product Catalog and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

Next up, I have for you a plugin that was sent in to me by Siddharth B., and this one here is called WP Email Users. It does look rather interesting, something I might consider getting a real good look at later down the road. No use for it at the moment, but it allows you to sent emails off to various groups of users in a different format such as Image, Rich Text. It has a WYSIWYG editor available for creating the emails. It’s basically an email program system that allows you to get all kinds of emails out there to your users, and you can group them out by your users. I believe they mentioned something about roles or other bits and pieces in here.

All in all, it looks like an interesting emailing program. I don’t know how it would be for newsletters, but it does sort of kinda remind me of a newsletter plugin – something you may want to go check out if you’re looking for a plugin to deal with emailing users or large groups of users or subgroups of users. This may be something that helps you solve that, so go check it out. It’s called WP Email Users and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

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Okay, and contests. Currently, we don’t have a contest running yet, but I would like to congratulate the winner of our last contest for the Graph Comment plugin, and that was Randolph P., so congratulations out there to Randolph for winning the contest. The next contest should be up by next week. We’re in the middle of getting it all situation and set out. And remember, the Graph Comment plugin, a great plugin to allow you to organize up the comments of your website, so go check it out.

And our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin, who kindly provided us with the premium version for all of our contests, so thanks a lot out to them – much appreciated – a really great plugin. They’ve been keeping it up-to-date and have been improving it dramatically. I’ve been using the plugin for about two years now and they just keep improving it, so go check it out.

All right, next up I have for you a plugin called Comment Redirect. This is an interesting plugin. I have yet to use it, but it’s something that I’m going to be implementing onto a couple of sites – possibly even my own site, although I don’t get many comments there. But this is a site – if you get comments, regular comments, or new commenters on your website, this would be an interesting plugin to give yourself that little extra pizazz for people.

What it does for you is when a new user, a new commentator, comes to your site and makes a comment – as soon as they make the comment, it redirects them to another page. And on this page here, you could say, “Thank you for your comment,” offer them specials, give them other options to say, “Hey, subscribe to our stuff. Check in here. We do this. We also do that,” so it’s ways to further interact with your new commentators to sort of encourage them to keep coming back and make them feel special and thank them very much for showing up and taking a look at your website and taking their time to make a comment for you.

So it’s a really cool kind of plugin; something that looks really interesting, and I do have a couple of sites I think it could be useful for that do receive comments. So if you’ve got a site that receives comments regularly or you get new comments, check this one out. Maybe you might want to look at implementing it. It’s called Comment Redirect and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, listener feedback. I do love listener feedback or feedback I find on the internet, and this week here was a really good week for me. I’ve got a couple of pieces of feedback about the show that are fantastic. The WP Plugins show has been featured in a couple of articles this week and the first one we have here is we were featured as one of the Top 20 podcasts in Tech Funnel. It’s a really great article of Top 20 WordPress Plugins to go check out.

We landed at Number 6, so I’m really quite thrilled about that. Go check it out. I really thank the guys over at Tech Funnel. They did send me a note saying that I was going to be featured. They didn’t say where I was going to be in the list, but they asked for some quotes, so I gave them some quotes to go with their article, so thank you very much to the folks at Tech Funnel for that. I much appreciate it.

The second mention I got this week was by Code Poet, and it’s been on my coverage of the ClassicPress system – the ClassicPress CMS system and the ClassicPress plugins. I’ve been featuring ClassicPress plugins since about January of this year and I really liked it. I’ve used ClassicPress on one website here; I’ve got a couple of others that it’s going to be.

As I’ve mentioned many times in my show, I’m sort of straddling between worlds. But I think there’s room for ClassicPress and WordPress out there in the world and I’m pretty sure ClassicPress is going to take their chunk of the websites out there on the internet, because they’re moving along quite nicely. They’ve been moving forward. He made some really good comments here about us. You know, I really liked this one paragraph here I’ll just read out, and it was:

John Overall, producer of a popular WordPress podcast, had an added short segment highlighting his Registration Honeypot plugin on the WP Plugins A to Z show. He said it was a good find, expressed a need for it – oh, absolutely. And really, thank you very much. I appreciate it, John. That’s the guy who runs Code Poet and I really hope to get in touch with him and hopefully get him for an interview on one of my interview shows.

So thank you very much to all of the community out there that has been following me. I really appreciate it.

Okay, and that brings me up here next – so yeah, thanks a lot. I didn’t even know you were on this stream. Thanks, Code Poet. I really appreciate it and I really appreciate your article.

All right, show donors – this show is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And in that vein, I like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past. All donations $50 and over get their note read out and published here. For those that come in below $50, the remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week here, I would like to thank Jezweb Pty. Ltd. for his donation of $50 – much appreciated, Jez. I really appreciate your support for the show over the last couple of years. His note is:

This donation is on behalf of RBR Moving Removalists Newcastle at https://www.rbrmoving.com.au for people moving home in Newcastle Australia. It is a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au built with Elementor and J Theme Jello. 

So thanks a lot, Jez. Thanks a lot. I really appreciate your support of the show and yeah, I’m really liking since I’ve started switching to Elementor. I’m about three projects in with Elementor and I’ve been using the theme Jez was kind enough to provide me a link to his repository for this theme, the Jello theme. It’s really a nice, sweet, super clean theme to use with Elementor, so you might want to reach out to Jez if you’d like to and find out more about his theme. I really appreciate it.

And a big thank you to our donors who came in below $50. Those small donations really help and thank you to all of our Patreon donors that provide small donations. Those amounts really help cover the costs of the show, such as the transcripts we have produced, the bandwidth, the server space, etc., so thank you very much to everyone who supports the show.

Code Potent – why do I keep reading ‘poet’? I am so sorry! I will have to get that one corrected in my brain. For some reason I kept seeing ‘poet’. Sorry about that.

But – comments, folks. For those listening that are not here on the stream and listening to the show later, that’s me reading the comments off of the livestream. Potent – Code Potent. Stick that one in my head.

All right, dyslexia. Blame it on dyslexia. (I am, actually.)

All right, next up – the next plugin I have here is called Reduce Bounce Rate, and Reduce Bounce Rate, this is a plugin that helps you get the real time of onsite bounce rate from your Google Analytics. Google Analytics calculates the time onsite based on the length of time between the user entering your site and their last page view. This won’t give you the real time onsite and bounce rate stats.

The plugin helps intercede, add some activity when a user is on your site so that the real bounce rate can be calculated. They give a couple of examples where they quote out what happens here – this is interesting.

A visitor is very interested in one of your pages, takes 2:13 to read the article. After this, he bookmarks the page and leaves. The visitor stayed 2:13 on your site but never interacted with it. To Google, that’s a bounce, and bounced visits are marked “0” on the site. Well, not fair.

They give another scenario. A visitor goes to your website, stays 1:11 on the first page, then goes to the second page where he stays another minute without any interaction on the second page, then he leaves. Since Google doesn’t know how long your visitor stayed on the second page, Google will add only the time the visitor spent on the first page. So this helps clean that up and maybe get you some real stats and change your bounce rate a little bit.

You might want to check this one out if you’re really big into Google stats. I know I’m gonna be giving it a checkout even further and see how it goes. At the moment, we give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, ClassicPress options. Who knows? This may extend out further as ClassicPress builds the things a lot. They’ve garnered a lot of attention since the Gutenberg fiasco. And of course, ClassicPress is a fork of WordPress and it’s focused in the business websites communities and it’s definitely looking pretty good. In the last few months, ClassicPress seems to be coming into its own. And with some plugins now being created specifically for ClassicPress, I do believe it definitely has a future, and I do believe it’s going to be growing.

Now, if you want to see the ones that are specifically for ClassicPress – oops, wrong link. There we go – go check it out. There is a link in the show notes that takes you to the ClassicPress forums where there is a list of the plugins that are built specifically for ClassicPress. Currently, I believe there’s 37 in there, and I think I found the list when there was only half a dozen. I remember WordPress back when it had very few.

So before I go much further with that, let me jump into this week’s ClassicPress plugin. This one here is Advanced WYSIWYG Editor for ClassicPress. This is kind of a cool plugin. It’s a great step forward for ClassicPress, I believe. And if you are like me and use the Tiny MCE plugin in WordPress and you’re looking for a replacement for your ClassicPress install, this would be it.

The WYSIWYG Advance plugin adds lots of additional options to the ClassicPress visual editor. The plugin is a fork of the Tiny MCE Advanced that was usable in Version 4.8 of WordPress and contains no Gutenberg code. This looks to be a really great plugin. I haven’t installed it yet in my ClassicPress website, but I will be doing that so that I can take advantage of that, because these are some very important tools for a lot of developers. They add a lot of buttons and stuff that you need when you’re doing your editing. These are the editing tools that are on those buttons up above the windows for those of you that don’t know what they are.

Anyway, go check this one out. It’s a really great looking plugin and I like that it’s a fork out of the Tiny MCE and I look forward to seeing how this one evolves as it develops with ClassicPress. The name though – well, I don’t know. WYSIWYG Advance? You need a better name, really. It does.

Excellent. Good to hear, Ray. According to Ray, the Advance WYSIWYG is first-rate.

All right, so that’s what I’ve got here, and I give this one a 4-Dragon rating, so go check out the Advance WYSIWYG Editor for ClassicPress.

Okay, and a side note. I think I skipped ahead here. I jumped around in my notes a little bit, but I talked a little bit about it. If you’re doing research using the Repository for ClassicPress, you can find WordPress-compatible plugins by typing in ‘ClassicPress’ or you can search with the tag #ClassicPress to find who have tagged their plugins for usable in ClassicPress. I’ve used that tool a couple of times when hunting down plugins for the show, so make sure you go check that out.

And of course, I mentioned the listing of the ClassicPress plugins, and this one here I’m looking forward to this list growing, and I’m looking forward to the day when ClassicPress has their own repository of plugins. As I said, I can still recall when the WordPress plugins had a very small repository. When this show started, there were less than 9,000 plugins in the WordPress Repository. I think I’ve actually got screenshots of it way back when.

So at any rate, that closes out everything on this show. Thank you very much for showing up here, everyone who showed up to the show today. I really appreciate your time and coming in to listen to me. Much appreciated and I’ve been enjoying that the show has been gaining some attention lately.

Good to hear, Code Potent, is that ClassicPress is headed toward a plugin directory. That’ll really help out that software quite a bit, I believe, and it’ll make it easier for people to use over time.

All right, so we’ve got some final reminders. The next WordPress Victoria Meetup here is on May 21st and will be broadcast live here on the YouTube channel. For location and more information, go check out wppluginsatoz.com/meetup. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be giving the presentation, but I don’t know what the subject is going to be about in this next presentation.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel for WP Plugins, where you can find training videos, screencasts, and more. I’ve put up as much as I can, when I can. And if you have suggestions on plugins you would like to have reviewed, please feel free to go submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit, and you will be able to submit your plugin even if you’re not the developer. Feel free to submit it to me. I will take it in there and take a look at the plugin.

Developers, I look forward to you submitting them. And if you’re a developer with a premium plugin and you would like to support the show and be featured in our contests, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest. Submit all your details and we will create a contest for you. All it costs you is the plugin license and you get a ton of free advertising and promotion from me.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for the show here today, so make sure you take any time, go subscribe to the newsletter, and I’ll let my girl take us out of here. So thank you very much for showing up.

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Transcript of Episode 402 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  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #402 here.


It’s Episode 402 and I’ve got plugins for Live Chatting, Members Directory, World Time, Content Creation, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #402

John:    It’s Episode 402 and I’ve got plugins for Live Chatting, Members Directory, World Time, Content Creation, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from 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. And of course, I have the usual great show for you today.

But right off the top, I want to put out a public service announcement, and what it is is I am the chair of a local charity organization here, and the sister organization that I work with needs a webmaster for their website – someone to manage it. We’re looking for a pro bono person who would like to manage a WordPress website. If you’re interested in this, please send me an email to john@wppro.ca and I will get all the information and communicate back and forth with you if you want to pick it up, so looking forward to it.

And of course right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews. You can also catch the show every Thursday at noon live on YouTube and that’s where you can also subscribe to all the videos and other items that we have there, so please check it out.

You could also follow me on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. Join me on our Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook or take a couple of minutes and sign up to the newsletter on our website where there’s even more information that goes out on a weekly basis there – stuff that’s not covered in the show.

With all that being said, it’s time to dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, and I have the usual great set of plugins for today and to start off, I have a couple of plugins that I have not tested but were sent to me by developers, so I thought you might like to know they exist. I never get a chance to test them, I don’t have projects for them, but they look to be of use and value to those of you in the community who may be doing work like this that these plugins apply to.

The first one I have for you was sent in by Bianca Allery and it’s called Live Chat & Talk. This is a plugin that will connect your WordPress site through a 3CX live chat phone system. You need to have the 3CX phone system installed. 3CX is a piece of software that allows for VOIP setup of phone systems and you can integrate that then into this plugin and integrate it into your website so that people could do live chatting and talking. Maybe you’re chatting and you need to raise it up to a phone call, get them to call. They don’t have to call you; you can call them. There’s lots of connectivity in this, but you do have to have this phone system installed for the plugin to work.

It does look like an interesting tool and if you’re running a big enough website where you have these kinds of questions and other stuff and you’re communicating with visitors on a regular basis, this could be an additional tool for you to add that extra level of customer appreciation and customer connectedness for your website. So it’s something that may allow you to connect with your customers better, so make sure you check this plugin out. It’s called Live Chat & Talk and currently I give it a 3-Dragon rating. Go check it out.

The next item I’ve got for you here was sent in by Richard Taylor and this is Membership Software. It’s a third-party plugin access to your WordPress website. This is a third-party service; it ranges from free if you have less than 50 members to $239/month if you have 10,000 members, and the prices are varied in between. The costs vary of course depending on the number of members you have, and it offers up a lot of the services you would need for running a membership site.

Now, I have my reservations about using third-party services. I’ve never been a fan of sticking my content into somebody else’s system. I’ve seen it too many times over the years where a great third-party service appears, you get content you build up with them, they become successful, they get bought out by a competitor or something where a competitor kills them, your information gets rolled into a new system. All of a sudden, what you’re used to isn’t there. Or, they may – there’s a possibility the could just go away. The problem of handing your data over to a third-party system – you’ve got to make sure that you can retrieve that data in a usable fashion that you can then take elsewhere, so that’s something to check out with something like this, especially something as important as a membership site, because you could have some really important data there.

So anyway, it looks to be a great service. It does offer up everything you need such as an events calendar, online payment systems, member directories – all of the little bits and pieces for running a membership site. Now again, the content is not on your site; it’s contained on their site. Your website just interfaces with that website, so you’ve got to think about how that’s going to work for you.

At any rate, go check it out if you’re looking for a membership solution that you don’t have to go through a lot of headache to deal with. Check out Membership Works and I currently give it a 3-Dragon rating.

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Currently also, we are running a contest, and the contest ends today at midnight. You’ll want to check it out. I’ll be announcing the winner the next show. It is for the Simple Giveaways plugin and this here – oh, no. It’s not for the Simple Giveaways plugin. What am I thinking, brain? Okay, the contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin, who kindly provide us with the premium plugin for the website.

What we are giving away is a one-year expert license for Graph Comment, which is a free, powerful commenting system that makes for easy discussions, easy reading, and helps keep the trolls under the bridge where they belong and off your website. No more disorganized discussions piled on several pages. With Graph Comment, your audience can easily follow the discussions. One of the great things about this plugin is all the data stays on your website, so if ever you decide to leave them, you just revert back to the regular commenting system and you don’t lose any of that data, such as if you were using – I can’t remember the comment plugins that do that, the ones that take the data off your site.

So you’ll want to go check them out. For more information about this plugin, it’s over at graphcomment.com. Make sure you get in there, enter the contest today, and we’ll be drawing the winners first thing tomorrow morning. So thank you very much for all of those who have been participating in our contests and we will have another one coming up shortly hereafter.

Okay, the next plugin I have up for you is called CoolClock – a JavaScript Analog Clock. Now, I know a few episodes back I talked about a few different clock plugins and I had settled on what I thought was a really great clock plugin for a project I was working on where I needed to display multiple clocks in a widget to showcase the projects I’m working on with their multiple offices across the globe. I needed to showcase that in a very nice, clean way and I thought I’d found it. It worked well on my test site.

When I went to put it on the development site, I couldn’t get it to work and I was having problems and I didn’t find it for a little while, but it was a jQuery error and it was conflicting with the FooGallery, and a FooGallery was a must-use plugin. So I had to revert back, and I decided, “Well, let’s go back through that list of clocks I had looked at and see if one I missed.”

Well, this one I missed in the system. I needed something that was able to produce multiple clocks with shortcodes, set up multiple time zones, give a very clean look. This one here was even better than the first one I looked at. It gives you these really nice skins that you can choose from for your clocks. It can set up with a shortcode, so you can set up multiple clocks within one widget block.

You can also take this one here and it’s got another function that the other didn’t have, and that when you set up dial clocks and people see the dials, they don’t know if it’s a.m. or p.m., just off the dials of the clock. And with international time zones that I’m setting up, there’s some zones that would be in the a.m., some in the p.m. Well, this one here has another added thing that you can turn on that turns on a little digital function, which is in the middle of the clock face that tells the time in digital format and sets it for a.m./p.m.

Really nicely done, nicely laid out, an excellent plugin. It’s free, sets up well, functions, and it played well with the other plugins that are using jQuery, which was a major bonus. So go check this one out. It’s CoolClock – a JavaScript Analog Clock, and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, and listener feedback. I would really love some. Just hit me up on the Contact page up on wppluginsatoz.com. You can also get the SpeakPipe down in the lower right-hand corner of the website and leave me a SpeakPipe voice message. I’ll play it out for everyone to hear, answer your questions – all kinds of stuff. Think of it as a way to gain some insights from an expert and save money.

Show donors – this show here is a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, I like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past. All donations $50 and over get their note read out and for those below $50, they remain anonymous and I thank you very much for your support of the show.

I’d like to thank this week for those from Patreon with the small donations you’re providing – much appreciated. And if you’d like to support me through Patreon, just click the link in the show notes to take you to the Patreon location. Preferably, just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and donate to the show. All the donations go to support the show and the things I do, such as transcripts, server bandwidth, etc., so thank you to everyone out there.

Okay, the next plugin I have up here for you is called Edit Flow. Now, this plugin here is one that would be very useful, and you might be able to use it for yourself too if you’re a single author, but this seems to be mostly usable if you have multiple authors on your site. I have a client currently – we just launched their site. They have five people in their office, all of them contributing content, all of them doing it through separate login accounts so that they know who’s creating the content. But there’s still one overall person who manages the content and makes sure it’s happy.

This is a plugin to help you do that. It allows you to set up a work flow so that you can set up on here an edit flow that will allow you to go from the point of conception to completion. It has a calendar. You can set up so when certain content is due. You can set up custom statuses for the content, if it’s in edit, if it needs a review, if it needs a rewrite, if it needs to be published, set up all these different things.

It offers up the ability to add editorial comments that get passed back and forth with the notes so that if someone says, “Hey, take a look at this and read it,” the person who reads it can leave editorial comments, making suggestions on how to change it and make it better. It’s a really nice way to gain control of all your editorial content on your website, and something you will want to have a look at and check out.

A really nice little plugin. It seems to flow quite nicely from the free version. They do have a couple of premium support pieces in it that could be of help with you, so go check this out. It’s called Edit Flow and currently I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Okay, and finally we have ClassicPress options here for you. And of course, since the release of Gutenberg and its fallout, ClassicPress has been gaining ground, and I’ve noticed lately it’s gaining ground at even more rate. After this last week’s fiasco with WordPress (and if you haven’t heard about that, just go google “Jetpack and inserting ads.”  That’ll give you exactly what you need.) So anyway, I imagine ClassicPress will gain a few more people.

At any rate, this week here I have a plugin specifically for ClassicPress. They now have a list of plugins on the ClassicPress forums that will allow you to search up and see plugins that are written specifically for ClassicPress, not just for WordPress and ClassicPress, but pure ClassicPress.

This week here, what I have for you here is called Registration Honeypot, and this is a plugin that allows you to go in, plug it in turn it on. It adds a hidden input into the ClassicPress registration form and if the input contains any data when the form is submitted, the account won’t be created. This is a spammer prevention tool. I’m beginning to wonder, does this exist for WordPress? Because it would be a really nice tool to have, because I have sites that the spammers just won’t leave alone.

So at any rate, this is a very nice tool, fantastic, and free plugins that just work, do a job and do it right, only one thing for them: this gets a 5-Dragon rating. Go check it out: Registration Honeypot.

[Dragon roar]

Anyway, well that wraps up the plugins for this week. I covered up the Live Chat & Talk, which I gave a 3 to; the Membership Software, which I gave a 3 to; the CoolClock, which I gave a 5 to; and then the Edit Flow, which I gave a 4 to; and then the Registration Honeypot, which I gave a 5 to.

And one more time, I’d like to give a special shout-out to Steve Schmidt at nowowl.com for his donation of the WP Plugins A to Z logo. We thank you very much.

Also, the next WordPress Meetup, which if you didn’t catch it, you can go catch last night’s WordPress Meetup which was a presentation on WordPress SEO 101. The next Meetup is going to be on May 21st and the subject has yet to be determined. In fact, I might have a different speaker for that night, which would be cool for me – I mean one less presentation for me to actually prepare for. So go check it out. The information can be found at wppluginsatoz.com/meetup for all the information for that.

Be sure to subscribe and check out the YouTube channel where you’ll find training videos, screencasts, and of course, the live show here every week.

And a final note to developers: if you’d like to support the show and you’d like to donate a premium license to be used for future contests, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest. Or, if you would like to have a plugin reviewed, just go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-review to get a plugin reviewed. Submit it; you don’t have to be a developer to submit a plugin you think should be reviewed.

And one final reminder just about the fact that I am looking for a WordPress developer would like a pro bono project, I am stacked to the gills with my pro bono projects. I can’t take on another one anymore. I’m full on that. At any rate, it is for a health cooperative and it is a really great local organization here in Victoria. If you would like to support and help them out in some way, please get a hold of me and I will get you hooked up with all the information to manage and maintain this site.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you, so thank you all for tuning in and listening to the show today. I greatly appreciate your time. Y’all have fun, take care. Bye-bye.

[Female speaker]

Reminders for the show: All the show notes can be found at wppluginsatoz.com, and while you’re there, subscribe to the Thursday newsletter for more useful information directly to your email inbox. Wppluginsatoz.com is a show that offers honest and unbiased reviews of plugins created by developers because you support the show. Help keep the show honest and unbiased by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and set the donation level that fits your budget.

Help us make the show better for you by subscribing and reviewing to the show at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store. You can also watch the show live on YouTube, check out the screencasts and training videos, and remember to subscribe and hit the bell to get notification of all new videos. Also, follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz.

John can be reached at his website at JohnOverall.com or send him an email, john@wppro.ca. Thanks for joining us and have a great day.

[Outro]

Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

[Child giggling]

 

[End of Audio]

It's Episode 402 and I've got plugins for Live Chatting, Members Directory, World Time, Content Creation, and Classic Press Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! #WordPress-Plugins #WPPlugins #WordPress-Support

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Transcript of Episode 401 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  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #401 here.


It’s Episode 401 and I’ve got plugins for Dynamic Maps, Android App Builder, Bulk Moving Posts, Locking WooCommerce, and ClassicPress options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!


Episode #401

John:    It’s Episode 401 and I’ve got plugins for Dynamic Maps, Android App Builder, Bulk Moving Posts, Locking WooCommerce, and ClassicPress options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from 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.

And I have the usual great show for you today but right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over in Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews there. They really do help the show out and I greatly appreciate the time you take to do it.

You can subscribe and check out our training videos here on YouTube. Also catch me live every Thursday at noon where I also put out screencasts, extra training videos, and other extra shows as I have the time to get them out the door. And on Saturday nights, I’ve been touch-and-go lately. I have not been able to get the Saturday night show out, but they’ll come, and they’ll be hit and miss. Just, you know, subscribe to the channel, hit the notification bell; that way you get notifications whenever I go live with the show.

You can follow me on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. You can join me on the Facebook at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook –there we go. You can also subscribe to our newsletter right there on the front page. Just enter your name and your email address and we’ll subscribe you to the newsletter and you get information that is not covered in the show and other tidbits of helpful advice, and there’s more things coming down the pike for that newsletter. We’ve been working at improving it and working it, putting in content that people like.

So, that’s all out of the way. It’s time to jump right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, and to start off I’ve got a couple of plugins that I have yet to use but thought you might want to know that they exist. Keep in mind the ratings are based off the descriptions, their site demos (if they have one), and other bits and pieces that I can find as I dig around with them. The reason I haven’t used these is one, I don’t have the time to get them into a test site to test them all out, or I can’t use them in any of my current projects (and I have a couple on the go right now). Not too many, but I do have a few on the go.

All right, so the first one I’ve got for you was sent in to us by Yancho Yanchev and this one here is called Image Map Pro, and this is an image map plugin that creates more than just country or county maps. It creates maps for just about anything – kind of a cool plugin. I really like it. I wish I had a use for it right now so I could dig into it and see what it can do. I do like their test site that showcases the human body where you can click on the different muscles, figure out what the different muscles are, get more information. That’s on their test site there.

They do also have with the plugin you get 50+ maps of countries and continents that are included. You know, custom polygon shapes – basically, you create an SVG map and then you map it with the overlays for all the clickable stuff that you want. A really cool, interesting plugin – something I thought was quite interesting to look at. This looks to be a really cool plugin to check out. You might want to go check it out.

It is a premium plugin; it’s $39 over at CodeCanyon and you can get it there. The link is in the show notes. All in all, it looks pretty great – something to check out. I would give this one a 4-Dragon rating based on everything here. Who knows? If I test it out, it could end up at a 5, so make sure you go check it out. It is called Image Map Pro for WordPress – SVG Map Builder.

And next up I’ve got for you – this one here was sent in by Nissar Mashina and it is a freemium plugin – [rotary phone ringing] – and get that one off. It’s a freemium plugin and it’s called Movipress, which [smartphone ringing] doesn’t really describe what it does. It kind of leaves you – what? Is this about movies? But no, it is an Android app builder and what it does is it allows you to create an Android app over on their website and then you can embed and use this app over on your WordPress website.

It allows you to create an app to interface with your clients if you can get them to use the app. It’s kind of something – I don’t know how good or bad it would be. I don’t really do apps myself, so if you’re into apps or building apps, this might be a really nice tool for you to turn your website into an Android app. It does not look to be anything for iPhone, but of course Android has a larger share of the market nowadays, so you might want to check this out.

And there’s a whole lot that it can do: change the appearance anytime/anywhere, use Google Fonts, you know, link articles with different templates. You can add your own logos, save articles, send new comments, support for videos, and more in it. So go check this out. It’s called Movipress and it is an Android app builder and currently I give it a 3-Dragon rating, so go check that one out.

Okay, currently this show is brought to you by …

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Re – [outro]

Wrong – still wrong button.

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Absolutely. Come see me for all your WordPress needs, especially if you’re looking for WordPress hosting that won’t slow you down. See JohnOverall.com.

And currently we do have a contest running right now and the contests that we run are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin. They were kind enough to provide us with a premium plugin for running all our contests, a really great plugin, so go check out that plugin. There’s a link in the show notes to it.

And our current contest is running for one more week until April 4th. We are giving away a one-year expert license for Graph Comment, which is a free and powerful commenting plugin for great discussions. It helps you organize your discussions, makes it easy, and keeps the trolls under the bridge where they belong: away from your website. They can’t get up on top and extract their toll.

So go check this one out and I also reviewed this plugin back in Episode 394, so you can go find out what I really thought about that plugin when I gave it a good review. For more information go check out their website, graphcomment.com. All you’ve got to do to enter the contest is go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests for more information on it.

All right, the next plugin I’ve got for you here is called Bulk Move. Now, if you’re ever in the middle of redeveloping a website that’s been around for five, 10, 12 years or so – however long they’ve been running WordPress – and they’ve got maybe hundreds or thousands of posts. Well, when you’re redeveloping, sometimes you start to rethink the categories that you have assigned to all your posts or you’ve assigned to bulk amounts of posts.

Well, this is the fate that I faced in the last couple of weeks with a big project that I’m in the middle of redeveloping on. The client wanted to reevaluate their categories for their posts; in other words, move a large chunk of posts from one category to the other. Well, you can do that, you know, at 10, 20, 50, 100 pages at a time in bulk editing mode on the post listing page, but that just takes way too long.

Well this plugin here allows you to go in, choose a category of posts you want to move, and you can move them from one category to the other. Real quick, simple, easy, click and move. You can also move posts from one tag to another. Or you can move posts from a category to a tag. Or you can move custom taxonomies around. There’s a lot that this plugin does. They’re even working on some development for it to add the ability to bulk move pages to posts, bulk move users from one role to another.

All in all, this is a pretty nice plugin and having used it, fantastic plugin. It does what it says it’s gonna do. It’s really quick and easy. It gets that stuff out of your way and it allows you to move on with more productive work, so this one here, a fantastic plugin – free – go check it out. Bulk Move for moving your post categories around gets a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, and feedback. I do like listener feedback when I can get it. It’s been a while, so go hit the Contact page, send me an email, go hit me up on SpeakPipe at the lower right-hand corner of the website. Send me a SpeakPipe message. Any way – you can also send me an email direct to john@wppro.ca. Go to our Facebook page, Twitter – any number of ways to get a hold of me. Send me feedback on the show, send me comments, send me questions – anything. I’m looking for any kind of feedback, folks. Send it in. I’ll happily help it out.

This show, also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. If it saves you five minutes, what’s that five minutes worth to you? Do $50, $5, whatever – donate to the show. Simply go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to donate to the show and all donations are gratefully accepted and none of them ever make it into my pocket. They simply help support the show for its necessary needs such as transcripts – and we get fantastic transcripts sent for the show.

Also, it helps handle things such as bandwidth and time, so thank you very much to those who donate to the show and I’d like to thank all those small donations that come in on a weekly basis. Everything under $50 stays anonymous; $50 and over, leave me a note. I’ll put it in the show notes, read it out on the air, and link to any links you put in the show notes for me.

I would like to give a big thank you out to those who have hired me because of the podcast. Thank you very much. That is as good as donating to the show, because that gives me an income, so I greatly appreciate those of you who contact me because of the show to do some work for you. So just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to donate to the show.

Okay, and the next plugin I’ve got here for you – this one here is called Lock My WooCommerce. This is a really nice plugin. It’s relatively new and what it does for you is if you’re running a specialized membership WooCommerce store, this could be an excellent plugin for you. And what I mean by that is maybe you’re running a wholesale club, maybe you’re running a members-only eStore – you know, something specialized where it’s not open to just the general public; it’s only open to the membership that you select to come in here.

This plugin locks down your WooCommerce website. It hides it without affecting the theme. It hides it from sidebars and official widgets. It creates a login form with a custom message for you. Its option to allow – it has an option where you can allow users to see a store, but they can’t interact with the store. It’s a way to sort of, you know, entice people. “Hey, join our club. Get all this cool stuff. You can buy all this cool stuff from us.” It’ll even hide the store from search engines for you so that you don’t get it indexed or they don’t come in through the backdoor of search engines.

All in all, it looks to be a pretty fantastic plugin for specialized use in WooCommerce by locking your WooCommerce store down. Go check this one out. It’s pretty useful if you have that particular niche market. All in all, it looks great. I think it is worth a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out: Lock My WooCommerce.

And the final thing I’ve got for you here today is the ClassicPress option for this week. And of course, if you haven’t used ClassicPress – maybe you don’t need to but you many need it – is a fork of WordPress that is focused on business applications of what WordPress used to do well and with Gutenberg does not do so well (as I’ve discovered in at least one instance).

Now this plugin is called WP ADA Compliance Check, and this is one here that I’ll probably be testing out for WordPress, so I’ll bring it back again after I’ve given it a full test-out. It allows you to get in there and run the ADA compliance checks, some basic checks on your WordPress website, to see if you’re in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, this mostly applies to Americans, but it could create problems for everyone else across the globe in some areas, especially doing business in the States.

And as we know in the last year, many big, giant websites, people with big pockets, are being sued for ADA violations on their website, which if you’ve ever tried to do ADA compliance on your website, it takes a fair amount of work to do. So this is something you might want to check into, check out this plugin. If you’re using ClassicPress, this plugin does work in ClassicPress.

It seems to function just fine. I didn’t run it through all its tests, but I did run some basics on it, and it installs, activates, and allows you to start doing some checks on it, so go check it out, the WP ADA Compliance Check Basic plugin and I give it a 4-Dragon rating for ClassicPress.

Okay, well that wraps it up. In this episode here I covered up the following plugins: Image Map Pro for WordPress, which I gave a 4 to; Moviepress Android App Builder, which I gave a 3 to; the Bulk Move plugin for moving bulk categories, which I gave a 5 to; the Lock My WooCommerce, which I gave a 5 to; and the WP ADA Compliance Check Basic, which I gave a 4 to.

And a couple of last reminders: another thank you out to Steve Schmidt, the creator of the logo that we use on WP Plugins for his generous donation of the WP Plugins A-Z logo we currently use, and that’s from nowowl.com, so go check him out. And another reminder – the last reminder here – next week is the WordPress Meetup in Victoria on April 3rd. It’ll be broadcast live on our YouTube channel here, and this meetup here is going to be covering SEO 101. I’ll be giving the presentation, presenting it out to the people who show up and to the live YouTube audience and for those that want to come back and watch the show later.

This is a great presentation. If you happen to be in the Victoria area, please come on down, say hi, tell me you heard about it on the show. I’d be really thrilled to hear that. So go check it out at meetup.com, wppluginsatoz.com/meetup. We’ll take you to the link for all of our events that happen at the Victoria WordPress Meetup and events.

And a final reminder, please subscribe to the channel down below. Hit the subscription bell and then hit it again to get notifications since YouTube is always messing with stuff. They make it very difficult for people – you’ve got to hit this twice. Yeah, you’re subscribed. Are you sure you’re subscribed? Hit it again, so make sure you do that.

All right, and that’s pretty much – oh, one final note out to developers who would like to support the show. If you’d like to donate a premium license to be used in a future contest, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to enter all of the information needed to support the show. Hey, it’s great free advertising for you. You get like several episodes of advertising, promoting and plugging your plugins. You know, all you gotta do is supply that license and we’ll do all the rest of it.

So thank you very much to everyone listening to the show. I appreciate your time and that’s all I’ve got for you, so I’ll let my girl take us out of here.

[Female speaker]

Reminders for the show: All the show notes can be found at wppluginsatoz.com, and while you’re there, subscribe to the Thursday newsletter for more useful information directly to your email inbox. Wppluginsatoz.com is a show that offers honest and unbiased reviews of plugins created by developers because you support the show. Help keep the show honest and unbiased by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and set the donation level that fits your budget.

Help us make the show better for you by subscribing and reviewing to the show at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store. You can also watch the show live on YouTube, check out the screencasts and training videos, and remember to subscribe and hit the bell to get notification of all new videos. Also, follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz.

John can be reached at his website at JohnOverall.com or send him an email, john@wppro.ca. Thanks for joining us and have a great day.

 [Outro]

Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

[Child giggling]

 

[End of Audio]

Transcript of Episode 400 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  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #400 here.


It’s Episode 400 and I’ve got plugins for Instant Site Security, Project Management, WooCommerce Orders, Admin Emails, Top Page Builder, and Elementor for ClassicPress, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!


Episode #400

John:    It’s Episode 400 and I’ve got plugins for Instant Site Security, Project Management, WooCommerce Orders, Admin Emails, Top Page Builder, and Elementor for ClassicPress, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from 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. And this is Episode 400 of the WP Plugins A-Z show. It’s been a long time coming. Four hundred weeks, seven and a half years now of doing this show, and I’d like to thank each and every one of my listeners out there that have joined me, donated to the show, donated stuff to the show, the website – everything that is done to bring this show this far along. Getting to 400 episodes for a podcast is usually quite a feat for most people. Most shows usually die out somewhere in the first 50.

But at any rate, we’re gonna do a little couple of toss back things and just for some fun here.

Wow.

            Yeah.

            Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Woooow. Woooow.

            Wheeeeeeee!

            [eerie tone]

            There we go, and I’d like to thank the No Agenda show for those sounds. This is a quick throwback before I dig right into the show itself. This is from Episode 45 and the old, old intro to the show and how bad the sound used to be…. Okay, and not it’s not gonna play. I tested it several times.

[child laughing]

            [old WP Plugins intro plays] ♪♪ A dragon has come to our village today. We’ve asked him to leave but he won’t go away. Now it’s met with our king and they’ve worked out the deal. No homes will he burn, and no crops will he steal. ♪♪

            Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you happen to be out there on the globe this fine, fine, wonderful day…

And there you go. There’s my old intro going back several years – just for some fun. All right, with all that out of the way and little bits about hitting 400, reminders – don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews there if at all possible. It really helps the show out.

You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel which the show is on every Thursday at noon and I also put up training videos and screencasts as I get the time to do them. Lately, I haven’t had much time for it. And I also do a live show on Saturday nights about 8:00. It’s hit-and-miss these days because it turns out I’ve found things to do on Saturday night besides sit around and do a podcast when I do another one during the week.

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With all that out of the way, I think it’s time to dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

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All right, and first up I have for you here a couple of plugins that I have yet to use but these are ones that were sent in to me via developers, and I think you might like to know about them. I don’t have time to test them. I don’t have a project I’m currently working on that I can use them in, but they do look to be usable plugins.

So the first one I’ve got for you here, it was sent in by Alan Wiat, and this is an antivirus/antimalware plugin and it’s called WebDefender. And it’s GDPR-ready. It’s got smart protection, website hide function to help prevent hackers from getting in there, antispam protection, diagnostic for vulnerabilities detection, it’s got blacklist monitoring, built-in malware removal tool if you go with the pro version, because this is a freemium plugin. It’s got GDPR tools – lots of stuff in here for this plugin.

It’s a pretty comprehensive antispam and web defender for your WordPress website. You might want to go check it out if you’re not already using something that you’re happy with or you’re looking to switch or your looking for something new. Go give this one a checkout. It looks like it’d be pretty good. If I wasn’t settled into my methods, I probably would give this one a good go, but all in all, not too bad. Check it out. It’s WebDefender security protection and GDPR and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

The next one I’ve got for you here was sent in by Cylan James and this is a freemium plugin also. It is called Zephyr Project Manager, and this is a project manager plugin, and project managers – if you do several projects – like currently I have four projects on the go. I launched two projects last week and then two new ones came in to fill the spot. So what I have to do is I have to manage these projects carefully. I already have a project management system, so I’m not about to change. But if you haven’t developed one yet, you might give this plugin a checkout.

It’s a pretty comprehensive one. It works inside your WordPress website, so it’s another way to draw your clients back to your website on a continuous basis. They get your name embedded in them. This then here manages project tasks, it’s got an Android app for it, personal dashboards, discussions and attachments, email notification, file manager, category calendar progress, teams and members, customizations, and they do have a pro edition which has got even more stuff added to it where you could put Kanban boards in there, Asana, custom fields – a whole lot of stuff to it.

It looks like a really good, comprehensive project manager that is built inside your WordPress website, so something you’ll want to go check out if you don’t already have a project management tool in action, and I know switching them is really hard, so that’s one reason why I had not bought and not tried it out, because I’m really happy with my project management tool and I’m not about to switch, because I already know where it’s all at. And once you get your systems down, changing them requires a ridiculous learning curve and slows down your process.

At any rate, go check this out: the Zephyr Project Manager, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

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And thinking of anniversaries and thanks, Giftedones – “Congratulations on Episode 400.” Yeah, I’m really happy and you started about 350. Well that’s 50 episodes. That’s almost a year you’ve been listening to me. Thank you very much for following the show. I really appreciate it.

And there’s another anniversary that’ll be coming up and I’ll be putting more stuff out about it. My business, JohnOverall.com, is actually turning 20 years old this year, so in October of this year, it’ll be 20 years since I started into the web hosting/web development business as a self-employed person. So another big one coming down the pike.

And contests – we do have a contest running right [random alert notification/sound effect] now until April 4th, and of course there’s always sounds that kick out at the strangest time. April 4th, we have a contest running. We are currently giving away a one-year expert license for Graph Comment, which is a free and powerful comment plugin for great discussions. It helps organize your discussions, get rid of the trolls, no more disorganized discussions piled on several pages. Graph Comment helps your audience easily follow the relevant discussions that are occurring.

And this plugin here, I reviewed it back in Episode 394, so go check out that review and that show if you haven’t already heard it. And all you got to do is go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests to enter the contest. All we’re looking for is your name and email address. Sign up and win a one-year for the expert license of this plugin. They do have a free version, but the expert license is really nice.

Okay, next up the plugin I’ve got for you here is a really nice one. Now, this is called Autocomplete WooCommerce Orders, and this is kind of an interesting thing. WooCommerce is a fantastic e-commerce plugin. I’ve been using it for years now and it’s had a lot of really nice features in it that I just took for granted and I didn’t pay attention to it. From time to time, I’d realize, “Oh, that feature is gone,” and it turns out they seem to like yanking out what should be core features and then turning them into a plugin. And one of them was what this plugin replaces.

If you have a website that’s selling digital items, you need it to autocomplete the purchase. Once that purchase has been made through PayPal or whatever processor you’re using, it gets feedback to the website that says, “Yep, they paid their bill. You can ship them,” so they get instant download to it. Well, what happens is default for WooCommerce is to leave it as processing, which means that people might not get instant access to their stuff, they’re waiting for you to get in there, approve it. Well, this plugin here puts back the feature that was taken out of WooCommerce in that once it gets the official notification that it was paid, it automatically completes the process, sends them all their emails, so then they can download those digital products.

It’s a really excellent plugin. I really want to give a quick shout-out to Liam, the developer of this, who gave this away, thereby you don’t have to pay the $49 over at WooCommerce for the plugin to do the exact same thing (which I thought was kind of ludicrous for it). At any rate, a fantastic plugin – Autocomplete WooCommerce Orders. I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

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And anyone who donates $50 or more, they get a note read out here on the show at this point. And for all of those who come in below $50, they remain anonymous and I thank you very much.

This week here I would like to thank Jeremy at Jezweb Pty. Ltd., who donated $50. And the note they’ve got on it: This donation is on behalf of Best Removalists Newcastle at https://www.bestremovalistsnewcastle.com.au/ the best moving company for moving home locally. It is a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au and it’s built with Elementor, which is a plugin I’m just now digging into and really enjoying it. I wish I’d got to it a lot sooner, and it uses the J Theme Jello, so thank you very much, Jez. I really appreciate you supporting the show and donating on a semi-regular basis. You’re a fantastic supporter of the show. Greatly appreciated.

I’d like to give a big thank you to all those on Patreon, the small donations, those little bits help, and for all the other minor donations that come in via PayPal, so thank you very much for those. So remember, if you want to give some value back, drop on over to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to leave something for the show.

The final plugin I’ve got for you today – well not the final. This is the final before I hit the ClassicPress. The next plugin here is called Multiple Admin Email Addresses. Now, from time to time when you’re working on a website (which I ran into on a project that I just recently launched), is there’s multiple administrators to the site and each of them need to get notifications for when the website sends out administrative notifications. Now, default for WordPress is you can only put one administrator notification inside the general settings, and you need to set up either some coding or use a plugin like this one here.

This plugin goes in, it creates a new field in your general settings tab, to allow you to create a comma delimited list of email addresses that will send out all the notifications from the website to all those administrators, and this can be very important depending on the project or what you’re doing. At any rate, a very fantastic plugin, simple to use, solves a major headache problem, just works, and of course being free, all plugins like that, what do they get? A 5-Dragon rating for this one here.

[Dragon roar]

That’s Multiple Admin Email Addresses.

And ClassicPress – and of course this one here, ClassicPress is growing in community size, I believe, and getting better and better. At any rate, I’m still checking out plugins that are mostly WordPress-based but seeing how they work with ClassicPress in my test and development site I’m working on, this one here is for Elementor, which I just briefly mentioned, thanks to Jezweb. They have a free version of the plugin and I also have the pro version, so this is a little discussion about both the free and the pro version and how it works with ClassicPress.

It seems to work fantastically with ClassicPress with one minor caveat I noticed. After I installed the pro version into the ClassicPress, I found that it needed an update, but it would not do the auto update in ClassicPress. It might be a glitch in there. Maybe they’ll fix it, maybe they won’t. I hope they do, because that would make it really nice to allow it to continually update.

All in all, ClassicPress is allowing me to create some really new and uniquely designed websites, stuff that I’ve been doing with other types of themes and doing it through additional work in those themes. But it’s just making the task of development a whole lot easier and I’m also finding that I’m not running into headaches with Gutenberg using Elementor, which is also kind of a nice toy.

At any rate Elementor works really well with ClassicPress. You might want to go check it out if you’re moving into the ClassicPress area. And of course, Elementor being so good as it is, I give it a 4 rating for the free version, which always is a point for free. But for the pro version it gets a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Hey, it’s a roaring kind of day.

Okay, well that closes it out I covered up in this episode here WebDefender, which I gave a 3 to; the Zephyr Project Manager, which I gave a 4 to; the Autocomplete WooCommerce Orders, which I gave a 5 to; the Multiple Admin Email Addresses, which I gave a 5 to; and then the Elementor Page Builder, which got a 4 and a 5 for free and pro.

And I’d also like to give another shout-out to Steve Schmidt of nowowl.com and his generous donation of the WP Plugins A-Z logo we currently use. A really great logo and lots of people like it, and I really appreciate his talents and his time for creating that for me. You see, there’s lots of ways to donate to the show, folks. If you really like it, there’s other things that I need besides money. Sometimes, I just need somebody to do edits on the website. I don’t always have time for it. I have a person that does it, but she’s only here four hours a week, so not always enough time.

Also, the next WordPress Meetup is in Victoria on April 3rd, so that’s just over a week from now – I believe it’s just over a week. No, let me look at my calendar real quick. Bring up the calendar. Oh, sorry. A week and a half. So it’s a week and a half from now. It’s a Wednesday. So anyway, it will be broadcast live here on YouTube and I’m pretty sure I’ll get it right this time. Every time I’ve done it, I’ve gotten better and better, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be right, so you’ll want to check this one out. I’m doing a presentation on SEO 101 for WordPress. This is basic SEO stuff, so if you’re not already dealing with SEO in your WordPress website or you’re just learning it, this is for you. This is not for someone who’s experienced in WordPress SEO. So make sure you check it out.

And if you happen to be in the Victoria area, come on down. Say hi. Tell me you listen to the show. I’d really like to hear it. I really appreciate when people tell me about it and I really appreciate you, the listeners.

Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel for WP Plugins A-Z, where you find training videos, screencasts, and of course, the live show every week.

And a final note out there to developers, if you want to support the show and you would like to donate a premium license, all you gotta do is head over to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest, enter all the information, the license information, and we will create a contest giveaway where you get show after show, free advertising, promoting, and pushing out your plugin. It’s the best form of free advertising I could think. All it costs you is the cost of your license, which is pretty minimal for digital products, you know. It could be some time helping the person that wins it if they need support, but that’s all it really is.

That’s pretty much it, so thank you very much everyone for showing up and for those of you listening to this Episode 400 and may there be another 400 shows. Who knows? At any rate, I’m gonna let my girl take us on out of here, so thank you very much.

 

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The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website. This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

Round up of WordPress News and Tips October 2, 2017

The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website. This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

How to Use Domain Mapping When You’re Not Running Multisite

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/domain-mapping-without-multisite/Our Domain Mapping plugin makes mapping domains super easy in Multisite. It lets you create as many sites as you want in one WordPress installation and then make them all behave as if they’re separate sites echo on their own domain.

But sometimes you want to map a domain when you’re not running Multisite. You’ve created a site in its own WordPress installation somewhere on your server, maybe in a subdirectory, but you want to direct a domain name to it and have that show up in the browser instead of your own domain with the subfolder or subdomain showing up. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

How to Track Post Changes by Adding a History Feature to WordPress

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-track-post-changes-by-adding-a-history-feature-to-wordpress?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=b5104ca772-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-b5104ca772-51249745If you’re running a website with multiple contributors, it can be hard to track post changes in WordPress itself. This can become a problem if you’re trying to identify the source of an error, or keep tabs on your writers’ activity.

Finding a way to track post changes in WordPress enables you to keep logs of practically all of the activity for your posts and pages. For this article, we’ll talk about why this functionality can help you and how to implement it in three simple steps. Let’s get to it! Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

How to Run a Contest with WordPress (and Plugins to Help You Do It)

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/contest-plugins-wordpress/About a month ago, a woman named Mavis Wanczyk won a monster Powerball payout of $758.7 million. Wanczyk wasn’t the only winner that night either. In a store nearby, someone else bought a ticket worth $1 million. There were also other winners from this single Powerball play—9.4 million people (or, rather, tickets) to be exact.

Now, if that isn’t proof enough of how much people love entering contests in the hopes of winning something (no matter what sort of odds are stacked against them), I don’t know what is. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Handling Form Submissions in WordPress with Admin-Post and Admin-Ajax

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/handling-form-submissions/WordPress provides incredible support for you to work with form submissions in your application. Whether you add a form in the admin or public facing areas, the built-in mechanism with the admin-post and admin-ajax scripts will allow you to handle your form requests efficiently.

In this article, I’ll show you how to handle custom form submissions using the WordPress API. I’ll walk you through the process of adding a custom form in the admin area of a plugin, handle the form submission via an HTML as well as an AJAX request, and write the form handler in PHP to validate, sanitize and process the form input. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

20 of Google’s limits you may not know exist

https://searchengineland.com/20-googles-limits-may-not-know-exist-281387Google has a lot of different tools, and while they handle massive amounts of data, even Google has its limits. Here are some of the limits you may eventually run into.

Many of the data reports within Google Search Console are limited to 1,000 rows in the interface, but you can usually download more. That’s not true of all of the reports, however (like the HTML improvements section, which doesn’t seem to have that limit).

The limit for the number submitted is higher, but you will only be shown 200. Each of those could be an index file as well, which seems to have a display limit of 400 site maps in each. You could technically add each page of a website in its own site map file and bundle those into site map index files and be able to see the individual indexation of 80,000 pages in each property… not that I recommend this. Read original article here…. searchengineland.com

 

 


This week we have the following Security News for you.

Malicious plugin installed backdoor on 200,000 WordPress websites

https://www.scmagazine.com/malicious-plugin-installed-backdoor-on-200000-wordpress-websites/article/688878/A very persistent malicious actor added a backdoor to a WordPress plugin called Display Widgets that installed backdoors on possibly 200,000 websites since June 21.

The hacker used the open-source Display Widgets plugin, which lets users control how their WordPress plugins appear on their sites, as the delivery mechanism for the backdoor. Although the number of potentially infected sites is large, what is almost as impressive is the hacker’s persistence. The infected plugin was repeatedly removed from the site by WordPress.org between June 22 and September 8 with the hacker dutifully replaced it.

It was finally removed for good on September 8. Read original article here…. scmagazine.com

60 Abandoned WordPress Plugins

https://pressable.com/blog/2017/09/14/60-abandoned-wordpress-plugins/WordPress security threats are on the rise. In some cases, hackers can gain control over WordPress sites. Now, the question arises, how can you secure your WordPress sites?

A major cause of security breaches in WordPress sites is outdated plugins and themes. These elements of a site can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation, and hackers are well aware of this. If a plugin hasn’t been updated during the past 2 years, it is categorized as an abandoned, or outdated plugin. Moreover, it may pose compatibility issues with WordPress. Read original article here…. pressable.com

7 Signs Your WordPress Website Has Been Hacked

https://domainnamewire.com/2017/08/24/7-signs-your-wordpress-website-has-been-hacked/One of the reasons WordPress is so popular as a content management system is because of its airtight security (read: it’s rare ability to be hacked). But the truth is, 136,640 attacks are happening per minute to WordPress websites across the globe.

That’s a scary thought.

In fact, weak passwords, domain or hosting level breaches, insecure themes and plugins, and even an outdated WordPress core may cause your website to become more vulnerable than normal. Read original article here…. domainnamewire.com

 

 


And now for something older in the past article collections.

How to Beat Procrastination and Get More Done on Your WordPress Site

https://www.wpexplorer.com/beat-procrastination-wordpress/Everyone procrastinates now and then, but some people suffer much more than others. If you feel that procrastination is negatively affecting your productivity, then it is time to do something about it.

In this article we will look at why people procrastinate and what you can do about it. We discuss the importance of being clear on your goals and knowing your distractions and other weaknesses. We then consider productivity tips and tricks to help you maintain motivation and keep focused. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

How to Become a WordPress Professional in Your Free Time

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/become-wordpress-professional/Getting established as a WordPress pro isn’t easy. If you want to freelance or set up a WordPress business, you’ll need to build up a list of clients and establish a reputation for yourself. And if you’re looking for a WordPress job, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve got experience with WordPress and can work with it at a professional level.

But all this takes time learning and preparing, which you won’t get paid for. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an employer who’ll pay for you to learn WordPress (and give you paid time to do it), or who’ll help you learn marketing and business skills (working for a startup can be helpful), you’ll need to do it in your own time. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

The Complete Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-theme-customizer-guide/WordPress 4.7 was released with a ton of great new features (which you can check out here), including some user experience and user interface upgrades to the theme Customizer.

In case you’re hearing about the Customizer for the first time, it’s a feature in the WordPress admin (go to Appearance > Customize) that allows users to tweak theme settings using a WYSIWYG interface and customize a theme’s colors, fonts, text, and pretty much anything else you want to change. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

6 Steps to Building a WordPress Maintenance Business

https://www.sitepoint.com/6-steps-to-building-a-wordpress-maintenance-business/Recurring revenue is the Shangri-La for business owners. Rather than scrapping and fighting and hunting for new clients, you have the same clients coming to you again, providing you with a steady stream of income. It takes away the stress of having to dig up new streams of revenue and allows you to start planning ahead.

But if you’re a WordPress designer or developer, you may be a bit perplexed about this whole “recurring revenue” thing. You make your money when clients need something new, like a website refresh for a site that looks like it was designed when MySpace was hot. You essentially have to wait for them to decide they want to change things. The whole idea of regular income feels like a mystery. Read original article here…. sitepoint.com

Tom McFarlin to Launch Marketplace for Blogging Plugins, Finds New Maintainer for WordPress.org Plugins

https://wptavern.com/tom-mcfarlin-to-launch-marketplace-for-blogging-plugins-finds-new-maintainer-for-wordpress-org-plugins?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=dae7d0771e-The_WhiP_Lifes_Plug_It_In_Plug_It_In+_01_13_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-dae7d0771e-102893693Daily blogger and plugin author Tom McFarlin has found a new maintainer for five of his WordPress.org plugins. Within two days of putting the plugins up for adoption, McFarlin announced that Philip Arthur Moore will be taking over Category Sticky Post, Comment Tweets, Single Post Message, Tag Sticky Post, and Tipsy Social Icons. Moore, who is currently working as CTO at Professional Themes, has inherited roughly 10,000 users overnight in the transfer of maintainership.

WordPress.org plugin adoption stories are few and far between. The most common scenario for an orphaned plugin is to languish in the directory until it disappears from search results (with the exception of exact matches) after two years of no updates. In McFarlin’s case, he was looking to tie up some loose ends before shifting Pressware’s focus to launching Blogging Plugins, a marketplace for extensions that streamline WordPress for regular bloggers. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

Well that’s a wrap for this week more next week from WP Plugins A to Z.

 

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wow-wpWhen doing the podcast I come across many plugins and they tend to stack up more and more now the show is trying to have more relevant plugins and those that are useful for the odd job are sidelined. So here is a couple of plugins that did not make the show but are still very useful and may help you save the day.

WordPress Plugin Reviews From John Overall

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[plugin_name src=”social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g”] Overview:

If you would like to auto post your site to multiple social media outlets this is a plugin for you. After the usual straightforward installation of the plugin you can head over to their page at https://www.nextscripts.com/installation-of-social-networks-auto-poster-for-wordpress/ where they have a full list and links to everywhere you need to configure the apps/api’s for connecting the plugin to the assorted social media outlets.

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

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