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Transcript of Episode 381 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 #381 here.


It’s Episode 381 and we’ve got plugins for Constant Contact, Recipes Publishing and Marketing Automation. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #381

John:                It’s Episode 381 and we’ve got plugins for Constant Contact, Recipes Publishing and Marketing Automation. 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 I am still off by myself right now and Marcus will join us eventually I think. I’m not sure. At any rate though, right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you have a few minutes, we appreciate your time greatly over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and giving us reviews. They really do help out the show quite a bit and we really appreciate your time for it.

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All right, well that all being said there, it’s time to jump into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]         

Okay, first up I’ve got a couple of plugins here that are related to each other. The first one being Gravity Forms Constant Contact. This plugin here is one that if you use Constant Contact for managing your email lists, and I have clients that do use Constant Contact to manage their email lists. And while Constant Contact I don’t fully comprehend and understand because I’d never really used it for my own personal business, my clients do and you don’t want to push them away from something they’re happy with. This is a great plugin that will let you get in there and connect Constant Contact up to your Gravity Forms.

It allows you to map – to capture emails, map all of the fields – even custom fields – map them all to your Constant Contact. This is a great one and in particular for a client I’m working with right now that lets us create this very long form that collects a lot of information and then they wanted it all submitted into their Constant Contact. And so what this one does is maps all that data so that they can have it all and use it in their Constant Contact without any duplicate mapping.

So it’s a really great plugin. Go check it out. I kind of like it; seems to be working out really well with what I’m doing, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating, so go check out Gravity Forms Constant Contact.

And next up, what do we got here? Welcome to everyone who is watching the show. Next up, I’ve got Constant Contact Forms. Now, this is one I looked at initially, seeing how it would work. But I realized it’s more of a focus on signups for Constant Contact, creating your mailing list. It can be used even if you don’t have a Constant Contact account as an email form that is mailed to you from your website.

It’s kind of a basic system. It works really well. It looks like you can create most any type of form with it but if you’re going to do that, you may as well go to something that manages forms in a major way, such as Gravity Forms. So if you want to stay focused and use it for just a signup form for Constant Contact list, check this one out. I’m actually kind of using it as a duplicate because while Gravity Forms is great for forms and contact forms, for an email list form it works really well, too. But this is one I was looking at using as an additional just a sign-up for our email list right here form.

So anyway, go check this one out. It’s called Constant Contact Forms and again, I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

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All right, next up – my next plugin I’ve got here is one that was sent in to us by Justin Sheetz – tough name – and from  https://boxystudio.com. Now, this is a freemium plugin and it’s really a nice plugin. It’s called Cooked – Recipe Plugin, and this plugin here is a recipe plugin that is a freemium plugin and it offers up a lot of stuff that you don’t normally get in a free recipe plugin. When I was checking it out (and I’ve been looking at replacing the recipe plugin for one of my clients’ sites. We’ve just had problems with it in the last few months) and this one looks like it might fit the bill entirely to deal with it.

It’s different; the free version has most of what you need. If you need a little bit of extended stuff, you can go with the premium version. What you get in the free version though, straight out of the box: drag-n-drop ingredients and directions, SEO optimized, Google structured data and schema support, a beautiful grid-based masonry recipe lists, prep cooking times, photo galleries, nutrition facts, difficulty levels, powerful recipe search with a text search categories and sorting options, author templates to list recipes by a single author (and this is a really great one if you have multiple authors on your website for your recipes), cooking times, developer-friendly with lots of hooks and filters, serving switcher to adjust ingredient amounts.

All in all, a pretty nice looking plugin as the online demo displays with it. You can, you know, check out some of the settings with it. It gives a really great preprinted version of the plugin for printing out for people, which what many people do with the recipe sites. I do that off recipe sites. Servings – you can – if you can adjust the recipes for the servings, it’ll automatically kick out the number of – the amount for servings if you build recipes in that way.

All in all, this is looking to be a really fantastic plugin. Once I get a chance to check out the pro version, I’ll be able to give it a better rating. But at the moment it looks like it’s going to be getting a 4-Dragon rating, so go check this one out. It’s called Cooked and it’s a recipe plugin for cooking – cooking recipe plugin for your site.

All right…as I get used to all the different screens and having all of my stuff contented into one window now…lots and lots happening here. Little by little, new software. Lots happening.

Listener feedback – we do love listener feedback on this show. It has been both the joy and the pain of the show but hey, I love all the listener feedback to come – the good, the bad, the ugly. Send it in. I will get it up here. You can send feedback via the Contact page, SpeakPipe, send it via reviews on iTunes or elsewhere – lots of ways to get your feedback in here. But this week here we do have a couple of pieces of feedback.

The first one here is an iTunes review from the U.S. It came in on the 31st of October. A two-star review – oh, my aching heart. That one’s painful – no, not as bad. It came in from Reality501. That’s who sent it in to us, and it went as follows:

Too many interviews. Used to love the show. Went back and listened to all episodes from beginning. (Well, that’s kind of scary, actually. The beginning was a really tough time for the show.) Was very helpful and insightful. New format not as helpful. Old show – 5 star. Now – 2 star, at best. Not going to listen any more. There are other shows more interesting now.

Are there? I’ll have to check it out and see what else is out there covering just plugins. At any rate, well, too many interview? Eh, I don’t know. There has been a lot that have suddenly been pushed out lately, but that was because I was backlogged. The interviews will start to come out at about one per week going forward. I’ve been doing lots of interviews but I had a major backlog I needed to clear all at once now that I’m beginning to get caught up with stuff.

Old format – I’m not sure what you’re talking about, old format versus new format. The format of the show we have now has been around for almost two years, give or take – maybe a year and a half we changed the format. The old format actually wasn’t as nearly as useful as the new format is, but I can understand. At any rate though, thank you for the review. Much appreciated, Reality501, and who knows? Maybe you will come sneaking back here and see what’s happening with the show at a later date just to see if we’ve changed.

And we do have a SpeakPipe though from Rob Cairns and I’ll let Rob take it away.

Hi, John and Marcus. This is Rob Cairns over at stunningdigitalmarketing.com. I wanted to take a minute and tell you two how much I really enjoy your podcast. There’s no question as Marcus says in his intro, you “separate the junk from the gems” when it comes to WordPress plugins. This is the number one WordPress podcast to be listened to on the internet. There’s no question about it. You two are an invaluable resource and thank you for bringing all these great plugins to light and sharing them with your audience. Have a great day, everybody. Bye for now.

Thank you much, Rob. Much appreciate your input and happy to do it. We’ve been doing the show now for – well, I’ve been doing the show for over seven years and I expect to continue doing it for the foreseeable future. I really enjoy doing it. It helps keep me on my game and makes me get out and do research on weeks where I’d rather just stay buried in other work. So anyway, thank you very much!

This show, value-for-value model, meaning you get any value out of it – and think about the value that we deliver to the show. You know, tell you about new plugins, bring you information, tips and tidbits occasionally – all the value that the show brings. So think about that and all we ask for is please give some value back. You can do that by going to our website at wppluginsatoz.com/donate to donate to the show.

And what we like to do in that vein, we like to acknowledge any of those who have supported the show in the past and it’ll continue now the past week. All donations $50 and over are read out, their note is published here, and any links they have in their show notes are also published and showcased. For those who come below $50, thank you very much and you will remain anonymous. And to start, I’d like to thank the Patreon donors. Your Patreon donations have come through for October, so thank you very much. Much appreciated. And for those on small amounts, thank you very much for that, too.

Every little bit helps the show. The money doesn’t actually go back into my pocket at all. I had an eye-opening this last week. I had to do some accounting for it and it turns out, well, the donations, they’re helping the show but they don’t quite cover the full cost that the show takes at the moment – just the basic costs between server bandwidth and transcripts, etc. So anything that you can put out, I really appreciate it and it really helps the show. Maybe eventually it’ll put money in my pocket, but who knows? Maybe not.

Anyway, this week here, I’d also like to thank Lawrence Snow and he sent in – Lawrence donated $100 this week and his note says:

Many thanks to the Marcus and John at WP Plugins A to Z for bringing weekly plugin reviews. I also want to thank John specifically for his help last week by reviewing and cleaning up a hacked website (spammy SEO). He is the first person I go to in the event of a hacked website.

Regards,

Larry

 

So thank you very much, Larry at Strategic Marketing Solutions. Oh, it seems like the same company, larrysnow.me at Strategic Marketing Solutions, a leader of providing online strategic marketing solutions and WordPress training for small to mid-sized security and executive protection businesses. Become a strategic marketing solutions Patreon member and receive an eBook Branding and Marketing for Protection Professionals go to https://larrysnow.me/patreon, so go check him out. Larry’s actually a great guy. He’s always listening to the show, so thanks Larry for popping into the show and thank you very much for your donation, even if my cold read was a little bit off. But my cold reads are getting better. I have another weekly show that I just started that is pure cold reading, so we’ll see how it improves over the next few months.

Okay, so a big thank you to all the donors that came in under $50 and for those that support the show. And remember, you can support the show by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to donate to the show. Just fill out the form, enter the amount you’d like, and donate it via PayPal.

Okay, and the final plugin I’ve got today – this one here was sent in by Robert Cairns. It’s a free plugin but it does have extensions for it and it came in from stunningdigitalmarketing.com – that’s who gave us the – see, I’ll make the connections. He gave us the SpeakPipe, so that’s who gave us the SpeakPipes – so thanks for the SpeakPipe, Robert and I didn’t even make the connection when I was going to review your plugin.

So the plugin today is called GroundHogg. Now, GroundHogg – this is a plugin for marketers that will help you in creating, implementing, and converting marketing funnels. It has some prebuilt funnels and email templates to help you get started, build out your funnels, and get started with the plugin. It has extensions that will allow you to focus it a bit more.

The extensions library will take you to do things such as – what do we got here? Form styling, all-access pass, Social Proof, email countdown timer, WP Simple Pay, contracts, it connects with Contact Form 7 and Gravity Forms. (That’s probably one of the more useful ones I would think, because Gravity Forms.) Or Easy Digital Downloads connecting up to Easy Digital Downloads if you’re dealing with digital content and WooCommerce.

So what this plugin does is it allows you to build your funnel. It creates some actions – as soon as those actions occur, it helps trigger events such as emails and other things to go out to your clients or prospective clients to get them to take action on your website and accomplish whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish with your marketing funnels on your site.

It looks like quite the plugin. I have not started into it yet; I’ve been reading it over and seeing how I can incorporate it. The biggest problem is I don’t do all the marketing for my business anymore. I’ve turned that over to my marketing manager because I just don’t have time for the marketing with all the other work I have to do. Somebody’s gotta make the money while somebody goes and spends it on marketing. It’s a game. What can I say?

So at any rate though, it does look like a fantastic plugin and you’ll want to go check it out. And due to the extensions of it and everything else, we’re gonna give this a 4-Dragon rating. But go checkout GroundHogg. It looks like a plugin that’ll be well worthwhile.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you. I’m gonna close out this episode here with I gave – I checked out Gravity Forms for Constant Contact, which I gave a 4 to; Constant Contact Forms, which I gave a 4 to; and then Cooked – Recipe Plugin, which I gave a 4 to; and then finally, GroundHogg, which I gave a 4 to.

And just a few reminders to go check out – check out our YouTube channel and subscribe to our channels down below. Let’s see if I can do this right here. We’re slowly working it. You’re gonna start to see buttons appear in the upper – where’s? Oh, there we go. Right over there…follow the microphone; it’ll point you right up there where everything is at – going to be in the future. I’m just getting used to the new software here. I’ve finally set up proper streaming software which brings everything in, organizes it up. Like I said, little by little over time, over the next few months as I have time to work in all these bits and pieces. But having another show on Sunday mornings, it is going to help me, too. So check it out, subscribe to the show, subscribe to the channel, share it out to people, tell folks about it. We’d greatly appreciate it.

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What else do I want to say before we sign off the show? This a point here where I’m just gonna ramble for a couple of minutes. The show is taking some new twists and turns as I move forward. It’s going to expand and going in slightly different directions for a little while. Marcus may or may not return to the show; we’re not sure because of the way I’ve reorganized it for my life. It interferes with his possible schedule, so I don’t know what’s going to happen there fully yet. I have yet to have that one worked out. But if it turns out I’m by myself for a while, well, so be it. I’ll be by myself for a while; I’ll just add a few more things to the show to bring you more value, because I want to make sure that this show is valuable.

If you have suggestions to me, please put them in the show notes below or send me an email, contact me – show notes below – in the, you know, comments below – down below, put comments. If you’ve got comments for me, put them there. I will see them if you contact me via the web page or any other area, that could work also, but we’re just going to make some changes. It’s going to go forward and it’s going to change, but it’s gonna change for the better, not change for the worse. I’ve – the show is constantly growing. If anyone’s ever listened to the show – well, I think there’s a couple of listeners out there such as – you know who you are. Manny, you’ve been listening since like Episode 7, which is like impressive. Thank you. Thank you – it’s always nice to have long-term listeners. It’s just gotten better over time, and it’s going to get better now because I know a whole lot more.

Okay, that wraps it up. We’re gonna close up this episode of wppluginsatoz.com, so take it away.

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[Outro]

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Transcript of Episode 382 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 #382 here.


It’s Episode 382 and I’ve got plugins for Bulk Editing Events, Handling the REST XML-RPC API, Site Health Check and Troubleshooting, and Free WordPress Support. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #382

John:    It’s Episode 382 and I’ve got plugins for Bulk Editing Events, Handling the REST XML-RPC API, Site Health Check and Troubleshooting, and Free WordPress Support. 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 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 we won’t be having Marcus on the show anymore, but stick around at the end of the show for all the full details on that.

But 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 the show and leaving us reviews.

Also, you can check out our training videos, screencasts, and watch us live on YouTube every Thursday at noon, here going forward for the seeable future, so check it out and subscribe to the channel there. You can also follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. And also, get our Friday newsletter full of all kinds of other details that aren’t included in the show. The show is going to try to stay as much as possible just about the plugins, with only occasionally touching on the news.

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

[Plugins lead-in music]

All right, first up I have for you a freemium plugin. This one here is a bulk editing plugin, Bulk Edit Events in Spreadsheet. Now, this plugin started out as a hopeful plugin for one of my clients who has to edit a lot of stuff in their Modern Tribe events calendar, because that’s what this one is designed to work with. And what this does for you there, unfortunately being the free version, it kind of limits you on what you can do, and the free version can give you a vague idea of what you want. Currently, they have it on sale so you can get it at half price.

But one of the big fallbacks I found with the free version here was that all it would allow you to edit was three fields. Now, it has the ability to edit all of the fields in bulk and customize them up. You can customize up the status, the title, the organizers, the event category, and more, but only with the premium version. The free version here limits you to only using three of the fields that are available.

You get to edit simply the coupon code, the event status, and the event amount – not a whole lot – two out of the three are not a lot of use for most people out there. Coupon code and the event amount, not a lot of people with events calendars are coupon code no more, event amounting them. The event status, well, that one there, that would be a nice one to deal with in bulk occasional. But all the rest of the stuff looks promising but we hadn’t purchased it yet, so at the moment this plugin here – a bit of a disappointment for a freemium plugin – badly crippled. They should’ve enabled a few more of the more useful fields. Maybe not the premium fields, but a couple more of the more useful fields.

At any rate, I give this one a 3-Dragon rating due to how badly it is crippled. So take that one for what it’s worth.

Next up, I have for you a plugin called Finally Free Support. Now, this one piqued my interest when I saw the title. It’s like, “Free support for WordPress? Really? Okay, this’ll be a joy to check out.” Well, what it is – it is a plugin that is such a magnificent marketing ploy (I’m surprised I didn’t do it myself). Well, not really.

But if you’ve got a studio of developers and what not, this is a perfect kind of plugin. Not that you can use, but you could take and duplicate this plugin and use it for yourself. What they’ve set this plugin up to do is to allow for the average user – and they’re targeting the average user. They’re not targeting developers or people who know their stuff fairly well, looking for stuff.

They’re targeting the average user who has questions. You know, the usual stuff that ends up on the WordPress forums, etc. So they’re going after that and what they do is they offer up free support tickets. They can schedule a call, live chat, they can get peer help, recommended resources, WordPress Users’ Manual Base, eh, is coming soon, which will be an interesting one.

But one of the things they do is when they hit a point according to all of their information – once they hit a point where the problems the customer is talking to them about is going to cost more time or become something more detailed, they’ll stop it at that point and say, “Hey, we can offer to get this to you for X amount of dollars,” in other words, give them an estimate on what it would take to take the job to the next level.

I can see this one here driving a lot of business to these guys. They help fix a few small errors for people, do it all for free, and then those people come back for bigger areas. That happens to me all the time. I help people with little free, simple tasks all the time. Then when they hit the big stuff, they come and pay me the money to get it done. So hey, kudos to these guys here over at Soute Web Solutions for getting this plugin and for getting it into the WordPress Repository. I mean, it’s totally self-serving – fantastic. I really like it. I had to give this one a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

All right, well go check that one out. You might not need it but hey, you might be able to recommend it to some people who can.

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And also, we are still running a contest which ends tonight, as today is the 15th of November. The contest running through the 15th of November where we are giving away WP Maps Plugin for the U.S. Map, donated to us by Botrous, and we reviewed that plugin back in Episode 368 – go check it out. Go into your email address, enter the contest, and get yourself a copy of this plugin. Winner will be announced in next week’s episode, but there will be another contest starting this weekend, so stay tuned and go check out the contest page for WP Plugins at wppluginsatoz.com/contests.

Next plugin I’ve got up for you here is one to help you manage the REST XML RPC data checker. This plugin here is one that helps you take control of the REST XML RPC API in your WordPress website. It helps you handle the following items: disable the REST API interface for unlogged in users, because if you’re logged in, you may need that. It disables the JSON-P support on REST API, adds basic authentication to the REST API, set up trusted users, IP networks, and end points for unlogged in users, change REST endpoint prefix, disable the XML RPC, and set up trusted users, IP networks, and methods.

So this is a way you can get in there without a whole lot of code wrangling to manage the REST API on your site. It can be something that could be of use and value, so make sure you go check this one out if you’re in need of it. And in particular, one of the things that’s really big is disabling the XML RPC API, because that XML RPC can actually create all kinds of grief if you’re on a shared hosting environment. There’s other ways to do it; there’s coding ways to do it, but this one here could be a nice, simple way for you to get in there and manage that problem.

So go check it out, the REST XML RPC Data Checker.

Next up, we have – well, we don’t have any listener feedback this week, but we do like listener feedback. I do like listener feedback, the good, the bad, the ugly – I take it all and we push it through for people to hear, listen to, read, and make sure that it’s brought to you, our listeners. So if you have any feedback for us, make sure you go drop on over to our website, wppluginsatoz.com, and you can go to the lower right-hand corner, click on the SpeakPipe to leave us a voice message. Get us on our Contact page, send a direct email to us, or email us direct. My email is in the bottom of the show notes and I will get back to you.

You can also get back to us via our Facebook page or via our Twitter page. And while I’m sometimes a little slow about it, I do always get back to anyone who emails me and contacts me with questions about plugins or questions about how to do some things. It depends on the workload.

Now this show, also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it – in other words, if any of the plugins I bring help you out in any way, shape, or form, save you a few minutes – hey, 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, their note is published here, and for those who come in below $50, they will remain anonymous and we thank you very much for that.

This week, we’d like to acknowledge and thank Jezweb Pty. Ltd., who sent in $50 for us and the note they’ve got for it:

This donation is on behalf of Verge Safety Barriers https;//www.vergesafetybarriers.com.au the experts in warehouse in Australia. It is a WordPress website created by https://www.jezweb.com.au built with Elementor.

Thanks, Jez!

Well, thank you, Jez. We really thank you very much. You’ve been a fantastic supporter of the show this past year and a half – much appreciated with your regular support of the show. And all donations here, none of them actually make it into my pocket. They all go to support the little things that we do, such as transcripts, the server space and bandwidth, etc., etc. So maybe eventually it’ll kick me up enough to go out for a beer and hell, since I live next to a brewery, not a bad idea. I can go over to the brewery and get some beer.

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The last plugin I’ve got for you today, this one here is a Heath Check & Troubleshooting plugin. This one’s kind of interesting. It allows you to get in there and from time to time, you may be in need of checking up on your site to see what is happening with it. This plugin lets you have a look around at all of the setup for your site. You can check out the PHP configuration that’s running on your site, find out what version you’re running, find out what settings it has, your limitations, you can get some debug info on the WordPress and the installation, the size, what your active themes are, your plugins are, find out if any of them have a little bit of grief, you can find out how your media is handled, whether it’s using Image Magic or G-something – I can’t get the name in my head – find out how the server you are running is on, how that server is configured up for the data that can be returned back on.

It gives you a fair chunk of data that you can work with on here to go see what is up with your site and see what you might need to square up and fix out. So this is something that you might want to check out if you’re debugging a website or you’re having some issues. This may give you a clue as to what’s up, so it’s something you might want to check out.

Okay, well that closes out all of the plugins for this episode, where I covered up the Bulk Edit Events and Spreadsheet, which I gave a 3 to; the Finally Free Support, which I gave a 5 to; the REST XML RPC Data Checker, which I gave a 4 to; and the Health Check & Troubleshooting plugin, which I gave a 4 to.

All right, this is the end of the show here, but I’m going to give a little bit of a rundown on what’s happening with my co-host. Unfortunately, he has left the show. It occurred mainly due to my changes in my life and me having to reorganize a day and time for recording the show. It came about with me finding that Thursday was the only day I could do the show and the only time I could fit it in was at noon – noon to 2:00 on Thursdays. It’s the only time I could fit that show in.

I had a lot of changes a couple of months, as many of you know, my father passed way. It added a whole pile of work to my life, but I’ve also decided that my evenings I needed to reclaim. I was doing prerecorded shows in the evenings and it just was no longer possible with my scheduled life now. I became a Scout Leader, I go to the gym; I just wanted to do things that improved my life instead of constantly working all the time.

So in that problem there, what occurred is it became impossible with Marcus to have the same schedule as me. He just couldn’t make the schedule due to his scheduling. And as this show is mine and it’s been going on since the beginning, I wanted to keep this show going. Hopefully, one day Marcus’ schedule may change. He may come back and join the show with us. Time may tell. But in the meantime, it left on great terms as far as I’m concerned. Everything looks good. It’s a matter of just my life was in complete turmoil and I had to put it in order and I put it in order to suit my needs.

So I wanted to let everyone know that unfortunately we won’t have Marcus on the show. You may have heard a few bits here. We’ve got a new intro, we’ve got new outros, we’ve got new dragon sounds. A whole bunch of new sounds are coming to the show as I had to change up a lot of stuff in it. You will also see hopefully the audio and everything else. I brought a new computer online last month and it’s taken me a month to figure out the software and I believe I’ve finally got the software working correctly for good, clean sound. We’ll find out when this episode is published out onto iTunes, because it’s a different audio than is published here on the livestream for YouTube.

So those are where it’s all at now. The WP Plugins A to Z podcast will continue indefinitely going forward. It’s going to be continuing indefinitely at 12:00 noon live every Thursday, and that’s 12:00 noon Pacific Standard time or Pacific Daylight Time, depending on whether we’re in that insane part of the year or not. I’m pretty sure right now we’re in Pacific Standard Time; they moved us back an hour a week or so ago and I’m still trying to figure out where it went.

At any rate, that’s what we have for you here today. Thank you all for listening to the show today and a couple of final quick things. Be sure to check our YouTube screencasts and a note to developers who would like to support the show. If you’d like to offer up a premium license to give away, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contests and leave us all the information. And that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 382 Bulk Editing Events, Handling the REST XML-RPC API

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It’s Episode 382 and I’ve got plugins for Bulk Editing Events, Handling the REST XML-RPC API, Site Health Check and Troubleshooting, and Free WordPress Support. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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