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It's Episode 350 and we've got plugins for Facebook Events, Scheduled Posts, Responsive Menus, Scheduled Tweets, Post Reading Progress and Using Excel Tables directly in WordPress. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 350 Facebook Events, Scheduled Posts

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It's Episode 350 and we've got plugins for Facebook Events, Scheduled Posts, Responsive Menus, Scheduled Tweets, Post Reading Progress and Using Excel Tables directly in WordPress. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 350 and we’ve got plugins for Facebook Events, Scheduled Posts, Responsive Menus, Scheduled Tweets, Post Reading Progress and Using Excel Tables directly in WordPress. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

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It’s Episode 350 and we’ve got plugins for Facebook Events, Scheduled Posts, Responsive Menus, Scheduled Tweets, Post Reading Progress and Using Excel Tables directly in WordPress. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #350

Marcus:           It’s Episode 350, and we’ve got plugins for Facebook Events, Scheduled Posts, Responsive Menus, Scheduled Tweets, Post Reading Progress, and Using Excel Tables Directly in WordPress. It’s all coming up next on WordPress Plugins A to Z.

[Intro]

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

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

Marcus:           And from the Beachside Bunker in the cloudy but sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I am Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you here today. This is our monthly first of Monday every month, our live show that we do, and we’ve got some great plugins for you today. But don’t forget right off the top you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to us and leaving us a review in those places.

Marcus:           And a good hearty welcome to everybody who’s watching us here as we do every first Monday of the month on YouTube at 10:00 Pacific Time. But while you’re on YouTube, you can also check out our training videos, screencasts, and as I said, watch us live. You can follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and remember to go on our website, wppluginsatoz.com and subscribe to our newsletter.

John:                You had an idea about the newsletter.

Marcus:           And yes, the newsletter. I got an idea. You know, we do contests; we should actually kind of do a secret password and half of it you get on the show and half of it you get in the newsletter. This is for future contests. Like half the link will be in the show, the other half of the link will be in the newsletter. That way, they’ve got to subscribe to both the show and the newsletter. I think we’re gonna do that.

John:                I like that. I like that. That’s something to work through and figure it all out.

Marcus:           Definitely.

John:                All right, well with all that being said, it’s time to dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

Marcus:           All right.

John:                So off we go.

[Plugins lead-in music]

Okay, and we have the usual great plugins for you today and the first one I have up for you is called Facebook Events. Now, this plugin here is one that you may find the need for eventually and what it does for you is it displays Facebook Events into your website, and you can pull them pretty much any public Facebook page using this plugin and display those events into your site. Now, they’ve even got an additional tool you can get from them and go pro with it. They call it the WP Event Aggregator Tool, and this allows you to stick those events into some of the most common event calendars, like the event calendars from – oh, God. I forgot their name now. The Event Calendar – everyone knows what the Event Calendar is.

Marcus:           Modern Tribe.

John:                That’s it, Modern Tribe. Thank you. I couldn’t get it in my head. But anyway, this is a really great plugin. It worked well. I had a client that I needed to set up some Facebook events onto their page. You go in there, you can either display the events via a widget or a shortcode onto the page. You do have to go create an app in Facebook to get it to work. But it takes a little bit of set up but it’s well worth it in the end. It’s a pretty decent plugin; go check it out. It’s called Facebook Events and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice. I’ve used something similar to that. I’m going to check this one out because it looks like from what I’ve seen here on the WordPress Repository page that it does some things that the other one I tried did not do, so we’ll check that out.

The first plugin that I’ve got today for you is called Last Scheduled Post Time. Now, one thing I don’t like about WordPress scheduled posts function is that it never tells me

is in the place that I need it most, which is the post editing screen, and this plugin will actually show the date and time of the last scheduled post within the publish box, —

John:                Hm.

Marcus:           — which means before I hit ‘publish’, it actually shows me and says, “Hey, your next scheduled post is going to be here,” you know, “April 19th. That’s your next scheduled post.” Okay, well now I know that. I can schedule this one for April 20th

John:                Right.

Marcus:           — or what have you. So this is just a simple little reminder that tells you when the next scheduled post is going out so that you don’t overlap, so that it allows you a little bit of time to schedule, not crowding your content, kind of space it out. A really nice plugin: Last Scheduled Post Time and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s very cool. Yeah, that’d make it a lot easier instead of having to go all the way back to the list to see what you have.

Marcus:           Yeah. You know, one other feature that it did have is it actually has a shortcode which is, you know, next scheduled post. It’s just a blank post to show when the next scheduled post is going to be. So you can actually use that as a frontend content saying, “Hey, the next product,” – whatever – “the next briefing is going to come out on this day at this time,” —

John:                Hey.

Marcus:           — which is pretty cool.

John:                That’s kind of useful, too. That’s a way to —

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s a nice little preview.

John:                Your content —

Marcus:           What’s coming, yeah.

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Marcus:           All right.

John:                Okay, and we do have a winner for the contest —

Marcus:           Oh!

John:                — contest plugin —

Marcus:           Foliovision!

John:                I forgot to pull that name up before the show. For some reason I had a lot on my mind today.

Marcus:           Hm.

John:                And that winner will be announced in the following prerecorded episodes that’ll be coming out in the next couple of weeks and we’ll put it in this week’s newsletter. But we do have winner. We had numerous entries into it. It finally got cleaned up and functioning correctly, except I did make for one error in there that somebody called me out on Twitter. They said, “Hey, kinda funky here. It says Valentine’s Day.” I said, “Oops, I forgot that.” Well, April Fools.

Marcus:           [chuckle]

John:                The end of the contest was April Fool’s Day, so other than that, it went much better this time and we do have a winner. And that winner will get his notification and he can get the license from Foliovision. They will deliver it to him for the FV Player Pro Plugin, and thank you very much to Foliovision for supporting us. And we do have another contest in the queue, which will be announced in the coming up prerecorded shows. I’ve just got to confirm it with the developer. He said okay with it, but I’ve got to confirm it with him and make sure we’ve got it all squared away.

Marcus:           Nice. Thanks to Foliovision for that big giveaway.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           And that’s something that I’ve been playing around with. I really, really like that plugin.

John:                Absolutely. I’ve been using it off and on on a couple of websites and their free version is quite nice to use too, so I’ve used it on a couple of client sites – the free version – because that’s all they really needed. But the premium version, very useful if you’re really dedicated to your videos.

Marcus:           Cool. All right, let’s go to our next set of plugins.

John:                Next set of plugins we’ve got for you. The first one I’ve got up here is called Responsive Menu, and Responsive Menu – now, I know in this day and age of mobile themes and mobile-ready themes and CSS and everything else, having a responsive menu plugin is kind of a redundant thing. But every once in a while you’re going to run across a client who’s running an old theme and is not ready yet to spend all the money to update and replace that theme. But they need a responsive menu for mobile devices. After all, 50 percent plus of traffic is now coming mobile.

Well, there are several responsive menu plugins out there, but this is one of the better ones I’ve found in the free Repository, and they do have a premium version which can be useful. But what it does for you is it simply allows you with a few clicks install a plugin, go in and change some settings and set it all up. You change out the menus from the nonresponsive in your WordPress theme to a responsive menu. It requires a little bit of setup and you’ve got to have a little teeny bit of CSS knowledge or at least figure out what the CSS wrappers are for the menus, so you can tell the code when it goes down the mobile size when to hide the menu that is already currently there, and bring out the mobile menu.

But it turns out to be quite a useful plugin and I’ve found it to be fantastic. And of course, since it is a free version and they have a premium version, it knocks a point off of it, so I give this one a 4-Dragon rating. Go check it out: Responsive Menu.

Marcus:           And that’s actually a nice plugin to use, even if you do have a theme that is set up for it, sometimes this might even be better – a better experience.

John:                That’s possible, too. There is that possibility to get a better experience out of it.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                But almost all the themes I use have a really good experience for the mobile, so…

Marcus:           Now, let me ask: does it take – do you set up a separate menu just for this plugin, or does it just take a menu?

John:                No, it takes the menus you assign to it – the same ones you are using. What it does is it looks for the CSS wrapper code for the menu on the theme, and when it goes down to say 700, it hides that main menu theme and it produces the mobile menu.

Marcus:           Hm, interesting.

John:                So it’s kind of useful. I found it to be a little different than what I had experienced in the past where they created and set up an entirely different menu that you had to populate and set up. This uses the exact same menus; it just takes and hides via CSS the other menu and produces this one.

Marcus:           Wow…wow. Well, let’s move on to the next one here. Now, there are a lot of different tools out there that allow you to schedule tweets. If you used tools like Hootsuite or Buffer, this plugin does exactly the same thing. It’s called Scheduled Tweets and it lets you compile and schedule a series of tweets and their respective links, images, hashtags – all that. Once you set it up with your Twitter credentials, you’re actually able to use it right out of the box and create your own kind of Twitter publishing machine.

It’s very simple, very easy to use, great solutions for anybody that uses Twitter frequently. The difference between this plugin and the ones that I’ve reviewed in the past in terms of tweeting is that this doesn’t rely on tweeting out posts, which is generally what we do, right? When we have a new piece of content, it automatically tweets out that new piece of content back to Twitter. This does not do that. This does entirely different. This is just a Twitter machine like Buffer and Hootsuite and CoSchedule and the rest of it, so now you’re just running kind of a tweet machine coming out of WordPress, completely independent of any content that you run on the site. Very cool, very awesome plugin. I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                The dragon is loud today.

Marcus:           Mm.

John:                Ah, that’s all right. This is a pretty awesome looking plugin. This is one that’s one that I need to dig into, because if you can do this from your WordPress dashboard instead of having to rely on Hootsuite or any other place, this can save tons of time.

Marcus:           Yeah – and you own your data.

John:                Well, yeah. You own your data plus I can set up all the tweets that I sit here and do manually on the live show day. I can set them all up in the site and say they’ll just go out.

Marcus:           Yep, including the image.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           You can preload the image in there with it, too.

John:                Oh, sweet! Okay, yeah. That’s definitely one worth checking out, folks. Go check that one out: Scheduled Tweets. It looks like a nice one.

Marcus:           Yeah, the one thing that I did not see that it does is import. But, you know, can’t have everything.

John:                Well, you can. It just takes more money and time.

Marcus:           Yeah, I mean plugins like WP All Import actually could do it. But that’s, you know, $250 plugin suite.

John:                All right, well that brings us to this show here is listener-supported and we don’t have any feedback or audio clips this week. But if you would like to support the show, you can go to wppluginsatoz.com. You can leave a comment via SpeakPipe in the lower right-hand corner or you can contact us through our Contact page, send us an email, or hit us up on our Facebook or even on Twitter. We do respond – not always really quick, but we do respond and we try to get to people as soon as we can with any questions that are sent our way.

Marcus:           Absolutely. If you’re looking for a plugin, you’ve got a problem with your site in terms of, you know, what particular plugins to do, or any need or anything that you’ve reviewed that we talk about on the show, please let us know. We’ll share it here in the show and also a nice benefit is also that if you put a link in it, we’ll link back to your site, so you get a little link love with it. You know, it’s a good thing.

It’s funny that John and I, you know, in the first couple of years that we did this show, had kind of the lower audience and got feedback all the time. But as we’ve grown and as we’ve grown like four or five times the audience, people are too shy. [chuckling] I don’t understand.

John:                I don’t understand it, either. It’s been a while since we’ve had very much contact.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                At any rate though, this show is also a value-for-value, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And in that vein, we’d like to acknowledge those that have supported the show in the past few weeks. Every time we do the live show, we acknowledge anyone who’s donated in between the live shows. Fifty dollars or more gets you a note read out on the air and fully acknowledged, plus the links in the show notes. Also, $50 and below, well, you remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

We’d like to acknowledge $50 came in on April 14 from Jezweb Pty. Ltd., and his note in here is:

“This donation is on behalf of Wallsend Executive Apartments – https://www.wallsendapartments.com.au a WordPress website built by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au in Australia with Elementor, our favourite plugin and page builder for 2018.”

And as you can see real briefly, we’re showing you the website they’ve built with it, so thanks a lot, Jez! We really appreciate your support. You have been an ardent supporter of the show over the last year and it’s very much appreciated.

Marcus:           Yeah, I’ve gotta buy that Elementor.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           I do.

John:                I keep running into it, so yes, I’m going to have to head into it.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                So if you would like to support the show or donate, you can go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate, and there’s multiple ways you can choose to donate to the show there and support it. And all the monies that come in, well, none of them buy us beer or anything. They actually help pay for the things that are required to run the show: bandwidth, time, keeping the server up and running – all the et cetera stuff, so these are the things that the money goes towards. It’s not going into our pockets, so…

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                And also to our Patreon donors, there’s still a couple over there. I’ve decided to leave Patreon running and thank you very much to the Patreon donors.

Marcus:           Absolutely, and let’s head into the home stretch.

John:                All right, and the final plugin of today that I have for you is called Post Reading Progress. Now, this plugin was sent in to us by – oh, whoa, it’s too small — Piotr Szarmach – I probably butchered his name, but thank you very much. And also, if you send plugins in to us, I will try to get them into the show.

And what this one is, this is a simple plugin. I haven’t seen one of these in a while and I’m still kind of questioning whether they’re needed or viable or not, but I still like to bring up things that people bring us. Basically what it is, it’s a simple plugin that you install and it puts a bar at the top of the post so as people scroll down and they’re reading the post, the bar fills up, giving them an idea on how much content is left in the post for them to read. So if you’re writing 2,000-word articles, this is kind of helpful to people to figure out, “Well, how much longer do I gotta read through this if it’s getting boring near the end,” which happens.

Sometimes I’m reading an article, really interesting the first couple of paragraphs, last few paragraphs – boring. You’re like, “Well, is there really more information or do I just bail it here?” So this kind of gives them an idea, so I’m not sure if these are really good and viable. It might just give people an idea, “Well, I’m halfway through it – no longer good – yeah, bail it.” Or, “Halfway through it, still great. Let’s keep going.” You know, I don’t know. At any rate, you might want to check it out. If you’ve got something like that, not a bad plugin. It works all right and it’s called Post Reading Progress and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Yeah, I’ve never had much use for those, but…

John:                There’s been a bunch of them produced over the years and this one came in a couple, three weeks ago. I’ve got a list of plugins in the queue to get in here, and so I decided to pull this one in.

Marcus:           Cool. Well, let’s wrap it up here. This one is called Excel Tables, and this is a very unique plugin that I just had to check out on behalf of a new client project. And what it does is it gives you the opportunity to import and Excel file directly into WordPress. We’ve kind of all wanted this for a while.

John:                We have.

Marcus:           File in via shortcode after you set it up in the Excel tables tab with in the admin screen. It not only imports and displays the Excel file very nicely, but it also, John, allows the editing of the file as well. So it’s a great solution for those of you who want to use Excel tables directly in WordPress without having to convert them to those ugly HTML tables. Very nice – it’s called Excel Tables and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s nice. And where do you edit the Excel table? Do you just set it and re-upload it, or…?

Marcus:           Well, you – it’s just another tab on the side of the WordPress admin panel.

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           You know, menu on the side.

John:                Okay.

Marcus:           And so you set up your Excel tables there.

John:                Oh, okay.

Marcus:           You upload them, set the parameters on how they’re going to display and all that right there and then you just insert the shortcode of that table —

John:                Ah!

Marcus:           — within your post’s or page content.

John:                Okay, so then you can pop back in there and edit the table. Okay, that’s —

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                — kinda nice.

Marcus:           Now, what I’d really like this to do (which it doesn’t do right now) is be able to import other stuff, like Google Sheets into this.

John:                Hm.

Marcus:           That way you could have something that is updated real-time —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — be embedded within your WordPress site.

John:                Yep, absolutely. All right, well that closes this out and I covered up in this episode Facebook Events, which I gave a 4 to; Responsive Menu, which I gave a 4 to; and then Post Reading Progress, which I gave a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I reviewed Last Scheduled Post Time, which gets a 4 out of 5; Scheduled Tweets gets a 5 out of 5, and Excel Tables gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very good roundup today. All right, and some reminders for you. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel where screencasts for the live show goes up later and watch any add-on stuff I may or may not add right now. Also, a note to developers out there. If you would like to support the show, you want to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest, or if you have a plugin to submit, go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugins and you can submit your plugin there.

And if you want to be interviewed, hey, hit me up there also. There’s a page there in the same area to be able to be interviewed. The interview shows are a bit behind in being uploaded right now, but I’m still taking them, so all of those things can help you out along the way. We try to put as much back as we can. And that’s pretty much it, so that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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It's Episode 337 and we've got plugins for Forced Plugin Updates, WooCommerce Phone Verification, Shortcode Finder, Gravatar Cache, Scheduled Posts and Adding Authors without Adding Users. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 337 Forced Plugin Updates, WooCommerce Phone Verification

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It's Episode 337 and we've got plugins for Forced Plugin Updates, WooCommerce Phone Verification, Shortcode Finder, Gravatar Cache, Scheduled Posts and Adding Authors without Adding Users. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 337 and we’ve got plugins for Forced Plugin Updates, WooCommerce Phone Verification, Shortcode Finder, Gravatar Cache, Scheduled Posts and Adding Authors without Adding Users. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Transcript of Episode 337 WP Plugins A to Z Forced Plugin Updates, WooCommerce Phone Verification, Shortcode Finder, Gravatar Cache, Scheduled Posts and Adding Authors without Adding Users

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #337 here.


It’s Episode 337 and we’ve got plugins for Forced Plugin Updates, WooCommerce Phone Verification, Shortcode Finder, Gravatar Cache, Scheduled Posts and Adding Authors without Adding Users. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #337

Marcus:           It’s Episode 337 and we’ve got plugins for Forced Plugin Updates, WooCommerce Phone Verification, Shortcode Finders, Gravatar Cache, Scheduled Posts, and Adding Authors Without Adding Users. It’s all coming up next on WordPress —

[Intro]

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

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

Marcus:           And with a lot to say and getting cut off by the mix —

John:                Oh, I blew my wad.

Marcus:           [laughing] From Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                Yeah, one of those things. My finger was hovering over the button and it just barely grazed it and fired it.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s all right.

John:                That’s all right, that’s all right.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                It makes for an entertaining intro to the show as we start the day off here. All right, well as usual, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com and if you’ve got a couple of minutes, stop in to the Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or the iTunes Store, leave us a review, and subscribe to the show there. And stop in to our iTube – our YouTube channel – where you can check out the show and also some training videos.

Marcus:           That’s right. We’ve got a lot going on. Remember, you can follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and also subscribe to our newsletter where you can get a lot of the different WordPress news that we don’t talk about on the show. It might not be plugin-related, but WordPress-related in general. That’s where you’re gonna find it by doing to wppluginsatoz.com and subscribing to our newsletter.

John:                Absolutely. And we do have the usual great allotment of six plugins for you here today, so we will start right off into those right off the bat, so off we go.

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, first up today I have the following plugin. It’s called Forced Plugin Updates. Now, there’s gonna be the occasional time where you’re gonna want an easy way to re-update a plugin that was already recently updated. Now, the most common way to do that is you have to go download the plugin from the Repository or wherever you got it and FTP it back up to overwrite the files.

This plugin makes that job a whole lot easier for you. It goes in there and it sets it up so that you can go in and click a simple button on the thing and it adds a function for you that will force that plugin’s update. Now, why would you want to do this? Maybe you’ve just cleaned up a website that was hacked when the plugins were updated and you want to ensure that those plugins have cleaned files. This saves you that headache.

You just go in and install this plugin, go check off all the boxes and list of plugins, go select under the bulk to update, and it will force the update of the plugins again, even though they were up to date. A very nice plugin, very easy to use, pretty straightforward. God check it out. It’s called Forced Plugin Updates and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice.  Very nice. Well, I want to give a plugin here to people that typically schedule their posts. This is a handy little lazy plugin. What it does – it’s called Hide Publish Button Until Schedule, and what it does is this. It lets you pick the date that you’d like to schedule the post. Great, we’ve all been able to do that all along. The one thing that it does do that the regular function does not do is it won’t let you accidently hit that publish button until that scheduled date has arrived. Now this is great if you’d like to get a scheduled post that you start and you want to make sure that clients or other people don’t hit publish by mistake, this is that nice little safeguard.

It’s a little niche-y. You’ve gotta have a specific reason for wanting to use it. I happen to have a need for it on a site that has multiple user involvement and I didn’t want these things getting out to the public before I was ready, so I installed this. It is called Hide Publish Button Until Scheduled and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Yeah, that’s kind of cool, actually. I like the way that helps you save some headaches. I could actually use it just for myself because there’s been times where I’ve been working on a post and scheduled it, but then I accidently hit publish.

Marcus:           Yeah, and then because of the fact it hits things like RPC, Ping-O-Matic and all those other ones…

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           Got it pinging actual locations at the backend, then you’re in trouble, and that means it reads through your RSS feed, and that means anything that goes through – SS aggregator, like podcasts and all that. Sees it, publishes it, and then delete it or whatever you want to do…

John:                Publish it.

Marcus:           Yeah, that makes you get a 404 error on your website.

John:                Yeah, or it could be worse. You could have some automatic be pushed out to Facebook and other places and then it gets pushed out there. It’s like you draw it back but it’s already out there and now people are banging your 404 error.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Very nice tool.

Marcus:           This meets all that.

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Marcus:           And as we round out the year, I want to say one last time I am the WordPress editor for Smashing Magazine at smashingmagazine.com. It’s one of the biggest web design resources online and I’m looking for folks to write great articles about WordPress. I was very impressed this year, John. I was able to get almost 35 posts from different authors out the door in 2017 and —

John:                That was only half a year, wasn’t it?

Marcus:           — a lot more next year. What’s that?

John:                That was only for half the year, too. Wasn’t it?

Marcus:           Yeah, mm-hm. Yeah, that was six months’ worth, so really, really looking forward to it. I’ve put up a page, marcuscouch.com/smashing, and there’s a nice video there that walks you through the entire process and tells you exactly what it is that’s expected of you. If you want to get exposure, contribute to the WordPress community, and get a couple hundred bucks in your pocket for the effort, check it out for yourself: marcuscouch.com/smashing.

John:                Absolutely, and the articles there are great and you will probably see mine in the new year. I’ve almost got mine rounded out to be ready submit to you.

Marcus:           Great!

John:                All right, well, that brings us up to our next set of plugins and what I’ve got here for you today is I’ve got one called Shortcode Locator. Now, this one here is kind of an important one too if you’ve been doing some redevelopment on a site, you’re changing up a site, you’re removing plugins that might have used shortcodes in the website and replaced them with something better (which is going to happen to you more and more as older plugins aren’t being updated and you have to replace them with something new).

Well, this helps you hunt down those shortcodes in your website and get them eliminated so that when people hit pages, they don’t suddenly see a blank shortcode or a shortcode that just shows there where the information should be showing, making your website look kind of ugly on pages that you might’ve forgotten you created or can’t find. At any rate, it’s a really simple plugin. You plug it in, activate it, and then it goes and creates a list for you on all the posts and pages that you created shortcodes on.

Also, you can have it check into custom post types too to make the job of hunting them down a whole lot easier. Then when you find them, you can go remove them nice, clean, and easy. It does take a little time to work with but a great plugin all round. Give it a checkout. It’s called Forced Plugin Updates and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice, very nice. John, what’s the biggest pain in the butt when it comes to having a guest person post?

John:                Ah…good question.

Marcus:           Well, the answer usually is all the backend stuff they have to do. You have to make them a user, you have to give them a password, you have to do all that stuff. This is a cool new plugin. It’s called Add Authors Not Users, and it does exactly that.

John:                Oh!

Marcus:           You can add a guest author name to posts and pages without the need to add them as a registered user. So what it does is you add the guest author as a – well, you have to add the guest author as a user first, which includes adding their email, making sure they have the right permissions, etc., and then you actually just associate the person to that guest status and it actually adds an author box and all the rest of it to a post where you say that they are the author.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           So, what does that do – okay, so what’s the difference? Yay, you’re adding a user anyway, right? Big deal, BS. You’re full of it, Marcus, right?

John:                [Chuckling]

Marcus:           What this does is it doesn’t add them to things like a site login. It doesn’t give them any sort of privileges. It doesn’t let them author new posts or any of that stuff. It really restricts what they can do as a guest author. So if you use guest posts or guest authors, this is probably the way that you want to go with it. It’s called Add Authors Not Users and I rated it a 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar…abbreviated, then a full one]

John:                Oop…problems with the buttons today.

Marcus:           There you go.

John:                All right, hey, that’s actually quite nice. I like that idea and as I’ve been considering taking some of the people who’ve offered to be guest authors, this would be a great way to keep them under control.

Marcus:           Mm-hm, exactly. Yeah.

John:                All right. Well, that brings us up here. This show here is a value-for-value model show and in that vein here, we’d like to recognize the donors this week. This week we have from Jezweb Pty. Ltd. — $50 – and this donation from them and the note that he provided: “This donation is on behalf of Newcastle Footwear at newcastlefootwear.com.au, a new WordPress website built by Jezweb in Australia.” And of course we’ve got a slow connection to Australia right now, but that’s all right.

Marcus:           Hm. Well, I want to thank Jeremy and Jezweb for everything that they’ve done throughout the year.

John:                Oh, yeah!

Marcus:           And interestingly enough, all of you developers out there maybe pad in an extra $50 to donate to your favorite show, your favorite WordPress plugin show, and this is the only one, so…[chuckling] that’s gotta be us. And that’s a good practice to get into in the new year, so we hope to get some donations from people in the future. I want to thank Jeremy for all of his support throughout this year.

Just real quickly – I don’t want to dwell on it – but what did we do with the money throughout the year, John? Well, for the most part, let’s see…. I took like $50 of that money and got a Chrome extension that helped promote on Facebook, which it barely works right now. It’s just so outdated and Facebook changes their stuff. The other thing is some of the bandwidth and the hosting that John does.

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           And the third thing is all the transcripts.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           — and that’s probably – I’d say at least 50% of our expenses is those transcripts.

John:                Yep.

Marcus:           So that’s it! John and I did not go on a European vacation.

John:                [Chuckling] Yeah…no.

Marcus:           We did not buy brand new machines. We are not [laughing] living the life of luxury, so that’s where the money went and hopefully you can support the show and understand that those things have to get paid for either way.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           So wppluginsatoz.com/donate.

John:                Yep, please do. Support the show there. As a side note, dealing with Patreon, I know there’s only like three or four Patreon donors over there. I’m probably going to be pulling down the Patreon account in the new year, especially with the way Patreon keeps flipping and flopping and dealing with their —

Marcus:           Right.

John:                — processing system. It hasn’t been beneficial and plus it hasn’t been used to the maximum way it could be used. So in the new year, I’m probably going to pull that down and any supporters there, if you want to pull your donation, that’s fine. Otherwise, I will end up cancelling it when I close the account.

Marcus:           Okay.

John:                So, it just hasn’t been worth the headache involved. And on another note, the Christmas holidays are upon us, both Christmas and New Year’s this year fall on show days, so we will not be doing the shows on those days – no live shows, no pre-recorded shows. You never know, I might put out a little note here and there just to let everyone – wish everyone Happy Holidays during that time period. But we will not be putting out actual shows during the Christmas holidays, so this is our last show until the new year.

Marcus:           That’s right.

John:                So Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year.

Marcus:           Absolutely.

John:                All right, this brings us up to our final set of plugins for today, and this one here came about because I follow several Facebook groups, and one of the groups I was in, somebody asked about caching Gravatar images. They had enough comments and other things using Gravatar images. It was giving their site a bit of a slowdown. And then it was asked back and forth, “Well, can’t you just cache them?” and nobody really had an answer. So a quick check from me and sure enough, I figure there has to be a Gravatar cache plugin, and sure enough, there is a Gravatar cache plugin. A really great plugin, really simple to use.

It goes in and if you use Gravatar images on your site, be it in your comment section or even other places where your Gravatar might be appearing – even your author bios and such – this plugin can help save you that .5 of a second speed or load – any of those things there to help your site run faster. Well, that’s always good for your SEO and customer experience. A great plugin; you just go in, install it, activate it. There’s only a couple of small settings to be made in it and then you just have it run the initial cron to cache the plugin and you can tell it how often to run the cron to re-cache the images.

It does seem to help on one site for one of my clients I’ve been working on her Gravatar was used all over it, and it gave me, you know, maybe a quarter of a second of improvement. But hey, it’s still an improvement, and one less call-out to an external resource for that stuff when it’s loading the pages. So give it a check-out. It’s called FV Gravatar Cache and I gave this one a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           Awesome. You know, John, I saw something funny on the screen there.

John:                What’s that?

Marcus:           As you were doing that…I didn’t notice it. This is a new thing, but on the Repository screen that you’re on, it says, “This plugin is not translated into Canadian English yet.”

John:                [Chuckling] That’s new. I haven’t seen that. [laughing]

Marcus:           Canadian English. Why don’t you translate it and just like everything that’s about is aboot

John:                Aboot, eh? [chuckling]

Marcus:           And a sentence with eh?

John:                [Chuckling] That’s actually quite comical.

Marcus:           That – here we go…There’s one problem with Gravatars, eh? [Laughing]

John:                [Laughing] That’ll be we’ve gotta put all the extra Us, too, for all of the things that have an o after them, you know. You know, flavour or – you’ve gotta get the right cheque in there – C-H-E-Q-U-E, you know. All of those sorts of things. [chuckling]

Marcus:           Right. Congratulations to all you Canadians out there for finally getting your own language in the Repository. Good job.

John:                Yeah, that’s comical.

Marcus:           [Laughing] Okay, so the final plugin for me and for the year is called WooCommerce Phone Verification on Checkout, and it is put out by RingCaptcha, and RingCaptcha is a pretty popular phone verification service that’s out there for websites. This does almost the exact same thing. So WooCommerce has no kind of phone verification at all. People can just put in random phone numbers and the business owner can never verify if it’s an actual legitimate order/phone number or not, so this is good for business owners doing a lot of different cash transactions, a lot of deliveries, and those kinds of things. A verified phone number is always tied to each order, so this plugin always helps reduce fraudulent and fake orders since a user and a customer must verify a phone number before they can actually proceed in checkout.

It also has the ability to send SMS notifications whenever somebody places an order. It’s useful for shipping or if you just want to give a thank-you message to somebody; this is a great plugin to do it. It also requires the usage of RingCaptcha, which is a paid service. So I took one point off for that. Otherwise, this plugin, WooCommerce Phone Verification On Checkout, gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Anything to help lower the amount of possible fraud on your site is important.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                Especially nowadays.

Marcus:           Yeah. You know, on enough porches even, so you can even get it to the sense where you verify the customer but then they get the package and somebody rips it off. We’ve gotta do something about that.

John:                Oh, absolutely. More packages with exploding dog shit. [slight chuckle] Okay, well that closes out this episode and the plugins I covered here was Force Plugin Updates, which I gave a 4 to; the Shortcode Locator, which I gave a 4 to; and the FV Gravatar Cache, which I gave a 5 to.

Marcus:           And I’ve talked about Hide Publish Buttons Until Scheduled gets a 4 out of 5, Add Authors Not Users gets a 5 out of 5, and WooCommerce Phone Verification gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                All right! And was there something about Green Screen you wanted to throw in here?

Marcus:           Nope…nope, that’s private talk.

John:                All right. Well – and just a last reminder, be sure to go check out the YouTube screencast that goes up later. There may or may not be additional stuff with it today; it depends on how much time I’ve got. And also to developers out there, if you would like to support the show, you can offer up a premium license that we can create a contest giveaway around. Go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest and that’s pretty much everything we’ve got for you. I’d just like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas, since we’re probably not going to talk to you over the next couple of weeks, and enjoy your holidays. That’s all we’ve got now. Take care, bye-bye.

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[Child giggling]

John:                All right, well thank you for listening to the show. This is the last official WP Plugins A to Z podcast for 2017. Although there might be a couple little brief blurbs that’ll come up in the next couple of weeks, just to keep everyone informed of things I’m doing and what’s up, I wanted to take a couple of minutes here just to showcase the relaunch of JohnOverall.com with a new look and a new feel and a new focus going into the new year.

JohnOverall.com, which is of course my business, and it’s focusing on quality WordPress hosting, emergency WordPress support, and WordPress website maintenance, meaning if you’re tired of the same old hosting providers that provides you with limited resources, limited bandwidth, limited etc. and you’re tired of slow loading times or time to first bite being slow, well, talk to me.

I offer limited hosting to everyone – and limited, I mean I limit the number of people I take into my hosting environment. You can contact me to be hosted with JohnOverall.com and if you are in need of emergency WordPress support…maybe you white-screened, you don’t know what’s happening, maybe you have your own VPS and something’s gone wrong and you can’t quite figure out what happened – anything along that line there, I can help sort that problem out for you, get it fixed, get you back up and running in as short a time as possible.

And finally, WordPress website maintenance. WordPress website maintenance that takes the headache away from you of ensuring that your website is kept up to date and current, that it’s kept secure, and that it’s monitored for any unusual changes in that website, plus including offsite backups that are always somewhere else besides the server itself and numerous of those backups so that if something happens to your site, it’s easy to get it back to where it belongs, limiting the amount of data loss, sometimes in many cases, I don’t even lose data when I restore a website that’s hacked.

So anyway, go check out JohnOverall.com for all of those things there and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’s and enjoy your holidays. Thank you very much for listening to wppluginsatoz.com and thank you for your support of this show and your support of me and Marcus throughout the entire year. It has been much appreciated. That’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

 

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It's Episode 272 and we've got plugins for Detecting Ad Blockers, Google Spreadsheets, Bookmarks, Scheduled Posts and BuddyPress Registration. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #272 Google Spreadsheets, Scheduled Posts,

It's Episode 272 and we've got plugins for Detecting Ad Blockers, Google Spreadsheets, Bookmarks, Scheduled Posts and BuddyPress Registration. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 272 and we’ve got plugins for Detecting Ad Blockers, Google Spreadsheets, Bookmarks, Scheduled Posts and BuddyPress Registration. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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