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Transcript of Episode 380 WP Plugins A to Z

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

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #380 here.


It’s Episode 380 and I’ve got Scheduled Tweets, MailChimp Manager, Exporting Plugin Details and Increasing speed by Reducing HTTP Requests. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #380

John:    It’s Episode 380 and I’ve got Scheduled Tweets, MailChimp Manager, Exporting Plugin Details and Increasing speed by Reducing HTTP Requests. It’s 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 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. And unfortunately Marcus can’t join me yet, but hopefully he’ll be back with us next week. It’s been a bit confusing with me moving around the show schedule and everything else to be able to get him here due to the way his work schedule works out. And well, it’s just unfortunate. But we have landed on the new day for the show. It will be live every week going forward after this. The time might change from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., but we’re gonna see how it goes. If Marcus is more amenable to 2:00, it will become 2:00. I kind of like the 12:00 noon time slot myself.

At any rate though, that being said there, a couple of other quick things right off the top. You can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. If you’ve got a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over on Stitcher Radio and up in the YouTube – up on the iTunes and Google Play, subscribing to the show, and basically – well, subscribing to the show and – get my buttons all working correctly here – subscribing to the show and leaving us reviews. The reviews really help out the show quite a bit there.

Also, check out our training videos up on YouTube and if you’re listening to us on YouTube, it’s greatly appreciated. You can catch us here live on a weekly basis now. And also go check out the screencasts and training videos, and there will be more training videos coming as I prep for more of my WordPress Meetup groups that I’m doing here in Victoria, and the meetups are coming. You could also follow the show over at Twitter @wppluginsatoz and on our Facebook page. All the links for those are in the show notes.

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

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, and first off the plugin I’ve got for you this week here is one that I got from an interview I did with a developer that hasn’t quite hit yet. The interview is coming. And – buttons, buttons everywhere. I gotta get used to a whole bunch of new stuff here. I’ve got new software, new everything. At any rate, Scheduled Tweets is the name of the plugin. This is a great little plugin I have just recently got it set up on my website and getting my SEO person to start doing some work with it. But it allows you to schedule Twitter tweets directly from your WordPress dashboard.

You know, Twitter is a useful tool. It’s great for marketing, helping get your message out there in front of people. The hard part I’ve always found with Twitter is you’ve gotta manually send out the tweets. This tool here will allow you to go in, schedule tweets. You can set up a whole month’s worth of tweets or more. You can create campaigns – tweet campaigns – group them all together, set them out to go out in groups, all from within your WordPress dashboard.

This is looking to be quite an excellent plugin, completely free, which of course is a major bonus for it. They haven’t gone yet to a premium version of course; it’s a really new plugin. They just released it not too long ago and not enough people are using it yet. I suggest you get out there and give this one a try if you’re using Twitter in any way, shape, and form, and you want something to help you with the marketing of all of your Twitter stuff, go check this one out. This is a fantastic looking plugin. So far, setup and functionality on my site have been great, so I give this plugin a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

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Absolutely. Go visit JohnOverall.com for all of your WordPress needs. I can help you out with pretty much everything you need. And that’s me, moving things around on my screen. I’ve gotta be able to get to everything I need. I need to see the new recording software to see how well it’s playing the sounds.

Okay, and so that brings us up to – what else do we got going here? Oh, X2 Marketing is your full-service digital marketing and brand development agency. Whether you are a solopreneur, small business, or enterprise-level company, power up your marketing with X2. From WordPress to click funnels, landing pages to social campaigns, SEO, paid ads, InfusionSoft management and more. Visit X2 Marketing and get in touch with Marcus about your digital marketing needs, and Marcus is really quite great at all that stuff, so go check him out at x2marketing.com.

And currently we do have a contest running for WP Plugins A to Z. We started it in the middle of October. It was a rough month getting things back in shape and it’s for the Interactive U.S. Maps donated by Botrous, which we reviewed in Episode 368. Go check it out. The contest is running until the middle of November. We would give it a little extra time this time and eventually we’ll get the contests rotated around to where they’re on a weekly or biweekly basis since it’s taken some time to work everything out.

Anyway, this is a great plugin and get yourself a free copy of this plugin. All you do is go over to wppluginsatoz.com/contests and enter the contest for all the info you need. Very simple – all we need is your email address and your name. Well, not even your name; just your email address. So go check it out. It’s a great contest. Win yourself a plugin. And we have in the queue three additional licenses coming up that more developers have been giving to us.

We’ve been getting more and more support from the show from all of the development community out there and as I’ve mention, I’ve been doing a lot of interviews with developers. I’ve still got three more scheduled in the next coming weeks. I’ve got two in the hopper, I’ve released a couple in the last week, so you’re gonna hear more and more from all of the developers out there about the different plugins we use, so stay tuned to this channel for more of that stuff up and coming. Subscribe to the podcast to get the interviews. Those are not done live.

All right, the next couple of plugins for you – I actually have two plugins for you  in this segment. The first one is something to help you speed up your website a little bit. It’s called Reduce HTTP Requests, Disable Emojis & Disable Embeds, Speedup WooCommerce. This is a pretty long name for a plugin that basically helps you speed up your WordPress website. It helps you get rid of things by getting rid of the emojis, the gravitars, the embeds, the query strings, speed up WooCommerce. They’ve got support to disable pingbacks, disable trackbacks, close comments, etc., etc., disable WooCommerce scripts and CSS on non-WooCommerce pages. All of these things here can help speed up the performance of your website and help you obtain higher rankings in the search engines and higher speed for your users.

There’s a lot that this plugin does. I’ve just started experimenting with it to see how I can improve my websites with it and something I’m also going to do with client sites, because speed is of paramount importance. This is a really great plugin as far as I can tell. Again, it’s a free one – our favorite kind of plugins. You just set it up and go in and tweak and turn off and on all of the little things you want to turn off and on with it, and away you go. It might gain you a half a second, but hey, half a second can mean the difference between a sale and not a sale. Many people won’t even wait half a second for a page to load, so think about that.

So go check it out. It’s called Reduce HTTP Requests, Disable Emojis & Disable Embeds, Speedup WooCommerce, and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, and the next one I’ve got in here is a nice, simple, and sweet plugin. Now, from time to time, you may have the need to create a list of all of the plugin details for the plugins you have on your site. [This one is called Export Plugin Details.] And in that case there, you’re gonna want something that is going to make a nice, good, clean list besides you going in there and copying and pasting from the page to see what it has.

So at any rate, what this plugin does for you is it allows you to go in, create and export a plugin details list. So this is something that can save you a fair bit of time if you’re just working up around getting all of your plugin details in order, so simple, sweet. It exports out the plugin name, the description, the author, whether it’s active or inactive on your site, the current version that’s there, an update available (yes or no) and whether it’s got a new version available. A really nice plugin to help you with the managing of your site or in migration or things you’re turning off and on. This is just a way to help manage what you’re up to and what you’re doing, go check this plugin out. It’s very simple, sweet – our favorite kind of plugin. It just kind of works, so I had to give this one a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, listener feedback, clips, etc., etc. We like listener feedback, so if you’ve got listener feedback for us, drop in to wppluginsatoz.com, go down to the lower right-hand corner, click on the Ask a Question, leave us a voicemail via SpeakPipe, contact us through our Contact page, contact us through Twitter or Facebook page. We do get back to you – sometimes not fast because, well, I’ve still got to make a living, so I’ve got to work and things like this sometimes hit the back burner. Or if it’s an email, sometimes it gets buried in the inbox, but I do eventually respond – always. So feedback is always a great thing.

This week here, we’ve got a little bit of feedback from one person here. I got an email from the guys over at hapity.com and they’ve got a new plugin – uh-oh, something’s wrong with their site. Either that or my typo-ing on it – probably my typo-ing. Hapity.com…let’s bring it up here. There it is. Hapity.com – probably my typo.

At any rate, this is a plugin that allows you to livestream to your website and to other multiple screens. But what they asked me is they’re looking for someone to help them with marketing their plugin. This plugin allows you to broadcast to multiple places. It’s a really interesting plugin. I haven’t fully checked it out yet but it is in the queue to be reviewed since they brought it to my attention. But they’re looking for someone who might help them do the marketing for this. So if you’re that kind of person, go contact them over at hapity.com and let them know John from WP Plugins A to Z sent you there and that you are willing to help take their money and help market their plugin. They do have a budget so go check them out.

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

This week here, Jezweb Pty. Ltd. sent us in a donation of $50 and he had to say:

This donation is on behalf of Hunter Valley Amazing Wine Tours https://www.huntervalleyamazingwinetours.com.au in Australia. It is a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au . Thank you for continuing to review and discover new WordPress Plugins. Jez

Jez, thank you very much. We really appreciate your support of the show. Your support really helps us cover the costs that we’ve got to put out on a regular basis, for the transcripts which are currently up-to-date and the new ones going up today, so we get the current transcripts for the show about four to five, sometimes six days after the show is published. But they do get up on time and on queue now. It’s amazing what happens when you’ve got an additional person to help you out with the work, so a big thank-you out to them. And a big thank you out to those who came in under $50, you know who you are and thank you for the weekly subscriptions and the small subscriptions that come in through Patreon and other donations. Thank you very much. Your support for the show is fantastic. Every little bit helps the show out.

And if you’d like to support the show, you can go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate where I’ve made it quite simple to donate now instead of all the complexity I had. It’s a simple form. Fill it out, choose the amount you’d like to donate, click enter. It takes you to PayPal and boom, you’re done. So that’s the way you can donate to the show as simple as I can possibly get it without standing in front of you with my hand and saying, “Just put cash here.”

Okay, and the final plugin I’ve got for you today – at first when I discovered it, I was hoping it wasn’t a freemium plugin, but it is a freemium plugin. But it looks like I may go for the premium version. Who knows? Maybe they’ll send me a copy that I can test out. The freemium version though, this is called MailChimp Manager, and if you use MailChimp (which many, many people do and I use MailChimp for managing our mailing list). And if you’ve used MailChimp’s interface, you know what a chore it can be sometimes, and that chore just makes life difficult to work through and get everything functioning.

This plugin here allows you to do all of your campaign management including the templates you’re building out to send to your newsletter list from the backend of your WordPress website. You connect it up through the API key, you go in, you build out your campaign. They don’t show it in the images they have here, but as I was working through it, you can choose the template layouts that you want to do from default ones. They have more layouts available once you get into the premium version from what I’ve read. You also get the ability to have more than one campaign running from your website. You could just create a website if you have multiple campaigns, like I do for under the same account. You could have them all running through the one website, too. There’s a lot you can do with this and manage MailChimp from within WordPress.

The advantages to this – well, to me it looks like the advantages would be one, I could get to publish that email newsletter right on my website at the same time it’s pushed out to MailChimp. Yeah, you can do that the other way around, but it’s not as easy. The other is I manage the content in one spot and when you’re working on something and you have to pull together a newsletter for a particular website, you have to go back and forth between MailChimp’s thing. If you’re inside your WordPress dashboard, you have more information right at your fingertips. It could save you a minute or two, but in everything the more minutes you can save, it adds up to hours.

All in all, it looks to be a really great plugin. I would give it a 5, but of course being the freemium version, it gets knocked down one point just by default. Once I get a chance to look at the premium version, we may up the volume of it to a 5. But go check it out. It’s called MailChimp Manager, a relatively new plugin. It looks to be well-built and working well. They are working on some extensions on it to do additional stuff to it, according to their website. So this is something you’ll want to check out. So it’s MailChimp Manager and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Okay, and that wraps it up here. I covered up Scheduled Tweets, which I gave a 5 to; Reduce HTTP Requests, which I gave a 5 to; Export Plugin Details, which I gave a 5 to; and MailChimp Manager, which I gave a 4 to. So all in all, not too bad. A good roundup of plugins.

And of course the usual reminders…be sure to go check out our YouTube channel for screencasts and training videos and more live stuff coming. I’ve been working with talking to my brother who is a gaming streamer and he’s helping me to set up some proper streaming software on my computer. As everyone knows, I’ve got a new computer. It’s just been up and running for about three weeks now, so I’ve got a whole lot that I’m reincorporating in here. New audio software – hopefully if you download the show from the podcast channel, you will hear the nice, cleaner, better sounding audio. Let me know what people think.

Also, I want new streaming software so I don’t have to use Google Hangouts and I can get better, cleaner software and have more interactivity with the listeners out there. I noticed there was three or four of you up on the channel there and it’d be nice to interact with the chats on that. I want to bring a little bit of interactivity back to the show and since I’ve been able to reorganize my time to bring back the weekly live show, this is going to happen over time. And it’s simply because I truly enjoy doing the show and that’s where we’re at at the moment.

So other things – note to developers. If you’d like to support the show and offer up a premium license to give away, go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest and that’s it. Subscribe to our newsletter if you’re not already subscribed. We’re starting to include better quality news and information there. We’re upping our game, basically. We’ve been running along for a while just sort of moving, but everything else is slowly improving bit by bit.

And be sure to tune in here and it’ll either be 12:00 or 2:00 p.m. as the standard time. I’ll know some time over the next few days and just tune into the YouTube channel. You’ll see it posted as the next live time, so go check it out.

That’s pretty much everything I’ve got for you. Thanks for coming in and listening to the show, folks. It’s greatly appreciated. That’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

 

[Female speaker]

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[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]

John:    And that’s all we’ve got. Take care.

[End of Audio]

 

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Transcript of Episode 350 WP Plugins A to Z

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

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #350 here.


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.

John:                I like that. All right, well that brings us up to this show here currently brought to you by:

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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.

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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:

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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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