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It's Episode 395 and I've got plugins for Two Factor Authentication, Push Notifications, Polls, Surveys & Quizzes, WordPress Game List, and ClassicPress. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 395 WP Plugins A to Z

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

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #395 here.


It’s Episode 395 and I’ve got plugins for Two Factor Authentication, Push Notifications, Polls, Surveys & Quizzes, WordPress Game List, and ClassicPress. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #395

John:    It’s Episode 395 and I’ve got plugins for Two Factor Authentication, Push Notifications, Polls, Survey Form & Quiz Maker, Videogames, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

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

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Great White North in snowy Victoria, British Columbia at the Brewery Overlook, I’m John Overall. And I have the usual great show for you today, but of course right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over on Stitcher – oh, audio is cutting in and out. Still cutting in and out? A little better now – good enough.

Okay, I think I’ve got a problem with my noise gate for the YouTube. I’ve been trying to tweak it. The audio for the show usually comes through well. So at any rate, continue that up. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store where you can subscribe and check out our training videos, screencasts, and extra shows.

And don’t forget the show is always live here every Thursday on YouTube and 8:00 on Saturday nights. That show there sometimes is hit-and-miss though. It depends on whether I actually have something to do on Saturday nights. Eight o’clock on Saturday night and that’s a roundup of all the WordPress events of the world and a time for Q&A with me.

You can also follow the show over at @wppluginsatoz on Twitter and join us on our Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook. And if you’ve got a minute and you’re not subscribed to the newsletter, take a couple of moments and go to our website at wppluginsatoz.com and enter your name and email address and subscribe to the newsletter where you get even more information that is not covered in any of the shows.

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

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, to start off here I have a couple of plugins that I have yet to use but they were sent in to me by developers and I’ve been unable to fit them into a project or to get them into a test site to give them a test out. But these are plugins that I feel people should know a little bit about. They should know they exist.

So the first one up I have for you is called UNLOQ Two Factor Authentication, and this plugin here is one to add two-factor authentication to your WordPress website. And what they have to say about it is that it helps secure your WordPress account from credential-related risks such as phishing, password reuse or key login attacks.

Some of the features in it, it’s got, you know, a quick setup, multiple login options, it can be used with UNLOQ-only or with UNLOQ as a second factor and a password only. You can set it up in multiple ways. It does replace the WP Login and Registration pages and handles both registration and login, so it runs through its own little system here, help you secure up your website.

It looks like a pretty useful tool if you’re looking to add higher security to your logins for WordPress, something you might want to go check out. It’s called UNLOQ Two Factor Authentication and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

The next one up here I have for you, this one was sent in by Tudor Munteanu and it’s called Push Monkey Pro, and this is another push plugin to allow for push notifications from your WordPress website. I have one up on my website; I don’t use this one in particular, but I have another one – I can’t remember the – recall the name of the push notification plugin I’ve got. But the push notifications are pretty ambiguous out there.

They’re used a lot nowadays. You’ll notice it on a lot of websites. You’ll hit the website and they’ll ask you, “Can we send you notifications?” And while it might be getting overused and people blinded by them and constantly hitting no, you’ve still got a few people that want to know enough about your content where they’ll say yes. And then what happens once they do that, every time you update your website, a notification is pushed to them which shows up on their computer screen as a little popup in their browser or depending on their configuration somewhere on their computer to let them know that new content is available on your website and they just click that and quickly they’re popped right to your website.

So it is useful, and it does help you gain and retain your audience, and this one here looks to be a pretty decent one. As they say, it helps with increased engagement, it’s native, it’s – this one here allows you for filtering to decide what type of content it sent out for notifications. You can define segments of interest for your subscribers, it’s automatic, you get some statistics. You know – and this one here also has another feature. If you’ve got a WooCommerce store, if they abandon their shopping cart, it’ll send out a push notification for the abandonment of a WooCommerce shopping cart, which in and of itself could help you increase your sales in that aspect if they have accepted the notifications – maybe a nice reminder for them.

So all in all, a pretty nice little plugin it looks to be. It’s called Push Monkey Pro and I give it a 3-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

And currently, this show is brought to you by…

Take the work and worry out of maintaining and caring for your WordPress website. JohnOverall.com has 20+ years’ experience and offers hosting, maintenance programs, emergency support, and more to keep your site up-to-date and running smoothly. We offer free estimates and only bill you for the time used, not by the block. While you’re caring for your business, let JohnOverall.com care for your website. Think of us when you think of WordPress. Visit JohnOverall.com.

And yes, the show is currently sponsored by JohnOverall.com. If you would like to be a sponsor in here, please contact me. I’ll happily replace my ad with one of yours.

All right, and contests – I do have contests right now. We have a contest and our contests are powered by Simple Giveaways plugin, who have kindly provided us with the premium version of their plugin to run our contests on. This has been one of the smoothest giveaway plugins I’ve ever tested and all the ones I did test previous to this one, and they’ve been improving it nicely over the last year, adding new features to it and making it more usable. So if you want to run contests on your website, this is a great way to do it and it even does the automatic selection at the end. Just click a couple of buttons and it’ll even automatically send out all the emails necessary to notify you are winners.

Okay, currently we are running a giveaway. It is a one-year pro license for the WooCommerce Product Feed Manager. It’s a way to increase your WooCommerce store sales by potentially easily generating product feeds and uploading your products to major merchant shops such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. This is a way to push your WooCommerce store out to those other feeds so that you’ll get a wider audience for your store, so check out this plugin.

It’s a great plugin. This one-year license is a $269 value, so come enter the contest if you run a WooCommerce or have a client that runs one and wants to do this, hey get a free license. All you gotta do is go to wppluginsatoz.com/contest to enter the contest and get your name and email. That’s all it takes. And this plugin was also reviewed back in Episode 388, so go check it out. That is our contest that is running through ‘til the end of February.

All right, the next plugin I’ve got up for you here is called Poll, Survey, Form & Quiz Maker. This plugin here is one that will allow you to create polls, surveys, and additional forms on your website. Now this is a third-party plugin service. Initially, I was really excited about it because of the way it was reading, it was something that was native, but it’s not truly native. You’ve got to go sign up for their service and their service ranges from free, which gives you limited access to a lot of stuff to $169 a month.

If you’re going to use this plugin, it allows you to create unlimited polls, surveys, and quizzes and to get the most out of it, you’d need their $65/month account, which would be great if you’re doing a lot of marketing and content creation. One of the things that attracts people out there now is polls and surveys, and everyone’s seen those polls or those surveys. You know, what kind of house are you or what kind of dog are you, or how do you match up to X movies? People love those quizzes. People love those quizzes and they attract a lot of attention, so you can get people to fill out their name, email information. They’ll give you all kinds of contact info. I know that just from watching my friends from when I occasionally hit my Facebook feed, the number of people that have taken these things and they pop up in my feed and I look it and say, “Another one?” They collect a lot of information, but this would be a great tool if you’re doing a lot of marketing and you need to market and collect information.

But you’ve got to make sure you can justify that monthly cost to make it useful, because before you can get to getting all the access and everything, you’ve gotta start paying for it. All in all, it looks to be a great plugin. Something that I didn’t thoroughly test because I realized I had to set up an account and go through and it’s like all right, well, I’m done here. But I still like the idea and it’s one of the better ones I’ve seen so far. Go check it out. It’s Poll, Survey, Form & Quiz Maker and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

All right, and if you’re a regular listener of this show or you’re an occasional listener to the show or you’re just looking for some information or you’ve got questions for me, please take a couple of moments. Drop back over at JohnOverall.com or to wppluginsatoz.com and contact me with your questions and feedback about the show. I love the feedback, good, bad, or indifferent. Leave me reviews over at iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play – anywhere on there. We are also available at Facebook and also available on Twitter, so contact me at any of those places there. I’ll get your questions here on the show as they come in.

This show, also value-for-value. So if you’re getting any value out of it – any value – hey, feel free to donate back to the show what value you think it is worth. You can donate by of course cash – always works well. Just simply go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate, fill out the form, go to PayPal, donate whatever you feel is you’d like. Anything $50 and over, leave me a note. It’ll get printed and read out here on the show and into the show notes.

So at this time, I would like to thank all of those who have the small donations. I have a few people out there that have small donations that come in on a regular monthly basis. Those donations really help out a bit. They help cover the cost that the show actually incurs such as transcripts, etc., so none of the money ever makes it into my pocket. But every little bit helps, and it would be great if you’re getting any value out of this show to give some value back.

And the final plugin for you here today – the last one I’ve got is WordPress Game List. Now, this plugin here has come about, and I’ve just started to work with it in particular. It’s from my brother who runs a YouTube video channel where he does gaming. He plays alpha and beta games and sometimes release games out, and this is a way that if you’re a gamer, you can start to list up all of the games that you have played with or your favorites, or any number of things there, and this will list up the games and allow you to connect up your affiliate links to go out, so you can make a few bucks on referring it.

The nice thing about it is what you do is you enter the title of the game and then the game list plugin goes out and scours the internet for all the possible information about the title, including cover images, Amazon reviews, game summaries, genres, links to Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, eBay. It tells what platforms the game is on, who publishes it, when it was released, alternative names for the game, similar titles. And if you get some of the extensions that allow you to add your affiliate IDs, you can also connect it to a WooCommerce store, add videos to demonstrate the game, and more.

This is one that I’m just starting to work up on his website at jadowan.com, and it looks to be a really great tool for a gamer-focused website publisher, a WordPress publisher, or YouTube person who wants to connect their YouTube channel to a website, so this is something you might want to go check out. Go check it out. It is called WordPress Game List and at the moment this plugin gets a 4-Dragon rating due to the number of freemium addons that you have to purchase for it, so of course that’s what happens with a freemium plugin; it gets knocked down a peg unless I’m playing with the full-blown paid version of everything. At any rate, go check it out: WordPress Game List, a really great plugin for gamers out there.

And the ClassicPress Options this week, I forgot to get the plugin in for it, but I’ve been reading a bit about ClassicPress and there is a few more people out there moving off to ClassicPress. I ran into a client of mine that we thought we could move it forward with their website to Gutenberg, but it turns out we’re not going to be able to, so this is another site that is going to disappear from the WordPress market just due to the Gutenberg integration. We can’t go forward with the way their site is designed and so we’re going to have to move forward into the ClassicPress era, which is going to be basically the business end of publishing.

And since they’re starting with WordPress core and continuing along that line, it’s probably going to be quite interchangeable for some time to come. That’s all I’ve really got on ClassicPress this week, so… I can see more and more of that coming as it integrates into my life and as I – you have to separate the clients out along those two different paths.

All right, well that closes out this episode and I covered up the UNLOQ Two-Factor Authentication, which I gave a 3 to; the Push Monkey Pro Web Push Notifications, which I gave a 3 to; the WooCommerce Abandoned Cart, which I gave a 3 to; the Poll, Survey, Form & Quiz Maker, which I gave a 3 to, and the WordPress Game List, which I gave a 4 to. That covers that up for today.

And final reminders… don’t forget the next WordPress Meetup here in Victoria is next week on February 20, and it will be broadcast live on YouTube and I’m relatively certain I’m going to get it all correct this time with all of the setup of it. I’ve been planning for it to make sure the stream comes out a whole lot smoother than it has been for this and it should be a great presentation. It’s going to be a WordPress disaster recovery and planning presentation by me and then a presentation from Dean B. and he’s giving a presentation on email systems and how to use them, covering up all the different email systems that are out there, including Office, Exchange, iMap, and POP, so this’ll be a very interesting presentation on those two there.

Okay, and that’s pretty much everything I’ve got for you today. A final note would be out to developers. If you would like to support the show and donate a premium license to be used in a future contest, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate. And be sure to check out and subscribe to the show on YouTube at the YouTube channel for WP Plugins where you can also find training videos, screencasts, and of course the live shows every week.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you, so I’ll set my girl take us out of here.

[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]

 

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

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #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]

All right, starting the show off with a bang today. All right, and currently this show is brought to you by…

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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.

 

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Transcript of Training video- How to Place Image in WordPress Post Page WP Plugins A to Z

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for this training video.


How to Place Image in WordPress Post Page

This is one of the great training videos from John Overall at WP Plugins A to Z. This is a straightforward one for people to use on how to properly insert images into your post content. Now we’re going to run through this from basically the beginning and easy part, and once you’ve already got your content in, then you need to get your images placed up on here.

So what you’ll need to do is first, you’ll need to click on the Add Media button right here at the top of your post. Once you click on that, it’ll open up a window for you and you can go open up your window inside your computer, such as this, and you can go grab the image you want and then drag it over and drop it. You can get all the images you want to use in one easy shot, from all the different places you’re going to use. That way, you get them all uploaded and ready to go.

Once you have the image uploaded and ready, what it’ll do is it’ll give you the ability to then customize it up. You can go customize it up and change the title on it – you know, whatever you want to call that thing. You can give it basically whatever you want as a title. Make sure you fill in the ALT tag and the Description tag also in here as it adds a little bit more. If you want a caption underneath your image, you would then fill in that information here in the Captions spot.

While you’re at it, finish up the other image, get that information added. This allows you to have great titles on everything already set to go. And then you can then click Insert Into Post for the image, and it’ll insert it into the post wherever you had your cursor last set.

We’re going to back it out for a second and remove the images since we ended up inserting both the images, and we’re going to verify where we’re at. We’re going to put the cursor right here at the beginning of the first paragraph of text right below the headline. Then we go back to the Add Media button. Your images are already uploaded; you can click on the Upload Files tab and they should be right there (or it may be a Library tab, which is where they’re at).

We’re going to add in first this one here – our beautiful little headstone for this current post. You can go down to the bottom here, choose where you want that image to go, whether you want it right aligned, left aligned, center aligned, or no alignment. Link it to the media tab itself or you can even custom URL link, too. And custom URL for it is very easy. This gives you the ability to then – if someone clicks the image, redirect them to another page or post.

Then you can choose the size of thumbnail you’re going to have. You can have the full image, a medium size, small – generally choose something average on what you need, then you can insert it into the post.

Once it inserts, it just inserts it right into it, left aligns it, and then we’re going to drop down here real quick and we’re going to add in the second image. This time, we’ll add it to the left-hand side. So we’ll choose that image, we’ll come down, we’ll go have it left aligned, and this time we’ll choose a small thumbnail of 150. Custom URL it again, insert it into the post, and it places it right here to the side.

Now the other thing you need to do about your images on your post is you need to set a featured image. To do that, scroll down your post until you get to the box on your right-hand column called Featured Image. Click Set Featured Image, go choose the image you want to be the featured image for the post, select, and set it.

Then what you need to do is go save it all as a draft so you can take a look at it. Once the draft has been saved, you can then click on the View Preview Post button, opens it up, so you can get a look at what your post is going to look like – and this is how this post is going to look – all set and ready to go.

Okay, I hope that helps everyone out. Thanks very much for listening. This has been John Overall at WPPluginsAtoZ.com.

[End of Audio]

Transcript of Episode 378 WP Plugins A to Z

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WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #378 here.


It’s Episode 378 and we’ve got plugins for Creating Web Directories, Using Any Font and Advanced browser Checking. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #378

John:               It’s Episode 378 and we’ve got plugins for Creating Web Directories, Using Any Font and Advanced Browser Checking, 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’m all by myself again this week. Marcus couldn’t join me. It’s just troubling with the way my life is and current state and shape of all the additional work I have to do. I recommend to you if you’re ever asked to be the executor of an estate, you say no. It’s a lot of work.

At any rate, right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. If you have a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, leaving us reviews and subscribing to the show on those various channels.

Take a few minutes also and go check out our screencasts, training videos, and more over on our YouTube channel, and you can also follow us on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. And off our website, subscribe to our newsletter where you can get all the latest bits and pieces and information, news, and other stuff that does not make it into the show.

And the show’s format this week is going to be a little different than it has for the last couple of weeks. I’ve got four plugins I’m going to be covering up today. And just to add a little bit to it – and well, with that, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in music]

Okay, first off I’ve got a couple of web directory plugins that I’m checking out. I have a client of mine that asked me for some information about them. He said he was looking at these and said, “Hey, I’d like your opinion.” I said, “Sure, why not? I can take a look at them and see.”

The first one I’ve got for you is called Web Directory Free. Now this is a freemium plugin. It does have a premium version available over at CodeCanyon. I think it’s $39 for it. But the free version is a very good plugin if you’re looking to create a basic website directory based around your local area, your local neighborhood, or your small town, city – whatever it’s going to be. And what this one allows you to do is go in there and create a directory for any purposes such as classifieds or cars, boats – all sorts of different things.

They make it relatively easy to set up using your current theme by using shortcodes to just insert onto the page themselves. This one here also has some nice advantages to it that a lot of other web directory plugins don’t have in that you can import and export .csv files. This way, you can make the job of building out your directory a whole heck of a lot easier than it would’ve been previously.

All in all, this is a pretty decent plugin. It allows you to do all kinds of things with it. It’s SEO-friendly, it’s got customizations for it, adapted for CAPTCHA. If you want to get some of the full advantage of it such as be able to set it up to collect money from people, putting up listings, PayPal, Stripe gateway, etc., you’re gonna need the premium version for this plugin. They do say it’s compatible with site builders like WP Break Free, Visual Composer, and Site Origin, and you can customize in numerous ways with it here.

So anyway, go check this one out. It’s called Web Directory Free and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Next up here, I have another one that’s a web directory plugin. This is another freemium plugin. It’s called WP Geo Directory. Now this one is a lot like the previous one, expect it’s more extensive. It has more items to it; more stuff you can do if you go for the premium version. The free version is still pretty much the same as the previous one. You can build out a directory website based upon your local area. You can set it up to bring in – set it up – it has built into it some of the free version – this one here has the reviews and other things built into the free version into it.

But to get the full functionality of it, you’re gonna have to pop to the premium version of it and start paying for the plugin. What you’re looking at here when I went and looked over their site of it, the premium plugin add-ons, they don’t quite nickel-and-dime you, but they do get you for all the different pieces. You can either buy the whole package at $199, which includes themes that are built specifically for this plugin, so you can base and entire website off of their themes and this plugin, or you can buy ‘em one at a time and I saw the prices range from about $20 to $40, depending on which item you buy, which could get expensive if you bought them all individually versus buying the whole package and the kit and caboodle.

The nice thing about this one here is that I believe the other one had it, where you can add listings. This one here has a better listing page for where the visitors can come in, add listing pages. They also had a claim page, so if you created a bunch of listings, the owner of that business could come in and claim that listing so that they could customize it up and maybe you could make a few bucks off it this way.

This one here – also, if you’re a developer, you can extend this one dramatically. They have their own hooks and filters built in and available with this, so if you’re a developer and you want to take it in your own direction, you could do that with this particular plugin. So it would help you out dramatically and allow you to take full advantage of what this plugin offers. So anyway, check this one out. This is called the WP Geo Directory and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

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And right now we are currently running a contest for October. We’re giving away a copy of the Interactive U.S. Map donated by Botrous, which we reviewed in Episode 368. The contest is running until the end of October and it is from WP Maps Plugin, which is a plugin reviewed and gave it high rankings, high ratings. It’s an excellent plugin for building out interactive maps across all of the world. They do a great job of producing these maps for you, so go check them out.

Okay, next up – next plugin I’ve got for you here is called Advanced Browser Check. Now, there’s not a lot of use for this plugin these days as virtually everyone has a modern browser. But every once in a while, you’re gonna have – such as one of my clients – they’ve got a website up and they – all kinds of people visit them and people who don’t have modern computers or their computers are lacking, or numerous things wrong. So they would have people hit them with older versions of Firefox or older versions of Internet Explorer being the biggest one – the biggest culprit here. And you need to let the customer know that if they’re not hitting your website with a modern browser, it’s not going to work.

Well, this plugin here, while it’s a little bit old – it’s a couple of years old. It hasn’t been updated in a while. It still works great. I recently needed it for a client that was being hit from the older browsers and the people using the browsers were complaining to them that they couldn’t do things such as make donations on the website, they couldn’t see certain pages correctly, etc., when they found out it was the browser. It was like, “We’re sorry. You have an old browser. Please update it. But we put this in there to help notify people what they’ve hit and where their problems are so that it takes care of the problem.”

Fantastic plugin. Even though it’s out-of-date, it works great, does exactly what it’s supposed to, so of course I give this one a top 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, and listener feedback! We do like our listener feedback here on the show, and the more the better – good, bad, indifferent – please sent it all into us. We like to check it out. Even occasionally we get something from iTunes. We recently had an iTunes review and it was popped up – it’s from utilitylocator, United States, US Store, and it said:

“Hey guys! I love this podcast and seriously look forward to each episode. The team always have great new plugins for review and I have discovered a bunch of plugins that I would have never found otherwise!”

Well, thank you very much. We appreciate that, utilitylocator, and that’s what this show is all about to try and bring you great plugins, and it helps me, too.

And this week here, we do have a SpeakPipe from Ken Richman, PDF Print Flyers, so take it away, Ken…

“Hey, thanks for reviewing my WooCommerce plugin, Print Flyers Lite – much appreciated. Four out of five? Yep, I’ll take that. That’s pretty fair. Obviously, there’s the premium version Print Flyers from print-flyers.com. That’s print-flyers.com. If you ever fancy reviewing that, let me know; I’ll send you a copy. Much appreciated, take care.”

Thanks, Ken. Much appreciate you leaving us a SpeakPipe, and absolutely, I’ll send you an email off so you can submit the premium version for us to review. We’ll bump you up to a five.

And this show, value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And in that vein, we would like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past week or month, depending on when we’re doing the live shows. All donations $50 and over are read out and their note is published here in the show notes.

And there is a new form for donations. Just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and you will hit that form. And for all those that came in below $50, they remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week’s donors are – came in October 9th from Jezweb Pty. Ltd., and his note says:

“This donation is on behalf of Mayfield Osteo https://www.mayfieldosteo.com.au,a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au built with the efficient and innovative Elementor. Thank you for continuing to review WordPress Plugins. Jez”

Thank you, Jez. You have been a fantastic supporter of the show and really appreciate it greatly – all the support you’ve given us.

Next one up here, this one came in from Botrous from WP Maps Plugin, which of course we’re giving that one away this month.

“This donation from WP Maps Plugin is on behalf of https://www.wpmapplugins.com/ who offer free and premium professional looking interactive maps of different parts of the world (continents, countries, states, etc.). Thanks for your time, effort, and for your valuable reviews.”

Thank you very much. We really appreciate it. All of that support really helps the show out. It helps us cover the costs of doing the basics of the show: paying for the transcripts (which get up just about every week as soon as we get them). They’re up now. Our transcripts are completely up-to-date. It covers the costs of having the server, bandwidth, etc. for the website. All of the little miscellaneous stuff – nothing ends up in our pockets – not yet, anyway. Not until we’ve got tons and tons of development and then who knows? This could become a full-time gig – although I tried that once; it didn’t quite work out and I went back to working for a living.

So a big thank-you to all our donors under $50. You know who you are, and for those who’ve set up small weekly and monthly subscriptions through PayPal or Patreon, thank you very much. And if you’d like to support us through Patreon, you can go to wppluginsatoz.com/Patreon to get there, or click a link in the show notes.

All right, and the final plugin I’ve got for you here today…is called Use Any Font, the freemium version. Now, this one here is one I’ve got on one of my client’s websites, and the reason we went with this was she was looking for a very unique font. She wanted to make her website look like old typewriter on there. And now where there’s fonts available, she’d found a very specific font she wanted to use.

What this plugin allows you to do is use any font in such a way that all you have to do is have the original .ttf, .otf., woff file, and then you can upload it and it will convert it and play it onto your website for you. You can then assign it in quickly and easily without the hassles of CSS, etc., etc.

It’s quick and easy to set up, supports all major browsers. The font conversion is within the plugin interface font uploader. It also uploads directly into the WordPress editor, supports font formatting, and more into the site.

So hey…we’ve got a pinger here…go away. Messages, messages, messages…

Embed fonts – multiple fonts can be used but you have to go to the premium version. Now, the premium version of this is actually for a personal site; it’s only $10, so it’s really quite affordable. So you can use the fonts directly inside Divi Builder, Site Origin Page Builder, and probably other visual builders using the classes in them.

All in all, a pretty great plugin. But of course since I only checked out the freemium version, we have to give it a 4-Dragon rating. Take one point off because it’s got a premium version. I have to test the premium version before it can get a 5.

So anyway, that wraps that up. Go check this one out. It’s called Use Any Font [Freemium], and it’s available at the WordPress Repository.

Okay, so closing out this episode here, I covered up the Web Directory Free, which I gave a 4 to; the WP Geo Directory (freemium version), which I gave a 4 to; the Advanced Browser Check, which I gave a 5 to; and the Use Any Font (freemium version), which I gave a 4 to.

As – check out all the couple of quick reminders. We do have another WordPress Meetup. And for those that you watch the WordPress Meetup Live when we did it, it seemed to broadcast live, but it was reversed, and that was because I was using the wrong camera on my iPhone. That’ll teach me – something I’ve learned. So every time I do these things, I get better and better at the technology.

So the next one will be on November 29th and we’ll be broadcasting it live. I’ll be giving a presentation and maybe a second one; it depends on whether the other person lined up comes through or not. So at any rate, it’ll be a great presentation full of useful information and titbits. Be sure to tune in for that live show.

Also, you can go check out all our previous shows, episodes, and other things that we’ve done through YouTube over at our YouTube channel.

Also, stop in, sign up for the WP Plugins A to Z contest at wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest…and that’s all we’ve got for you now, so take care, bye-bye.

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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.

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John:                Take care.

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Transcript of Episode 256

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

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for Episode #255


Transcript for Episode 256 and we’ve got plugins for Cleaning your Media library, Limiting Login Attempts Visual Composer Realty Listings, Country Based IP Blocking and a great new way to import products into Woo Commerce from Excel.


Episode #256

John:                All right, the first plugin I’ve got this week is a premium plugin. It was sent into us by Jason Xie. It’s called VT Property Plugin and it’s available over at Code Canyon. If you hit the link in the show notes, it is an affiliate link, so please do. We can use the extra $5 if you purchase it. This is a plugin that integrates into Visual Composer, and I remember last week you were talking about Visual Composer add-ons, Marcus, and do this looks to be another one.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                And it’s probably going to be more and more of those Visual Composer add-ons, since Visual Composer is becoming so useful. But this plugin here is designed for property websites – real estate websites – be they listings for sale or rent or whatever.

But what it helps you do is create advanced property types for more precise listings. It works great for both rental and sales listings. You can use it with multiple agents, it’s got Google Maps integrations, it helps you create all the specialty items such as rooms, listings, and all the little bits and pieces. Since it integrates into Visual Composer, it helps it look good with your website.

All in all, a pretty good plugin. I gave it a brief checkout but I don’t have any real estate websites I’m working on at this current moment in time. It does check out pretty nice, so I gave it a 4-Dragon rating. So check it out: VT Property Plugin.

Marcus:           Very nice. Yeah, a lot of Visual Composer stuff coming down the pipe lately and it seems like it’s going to be one of those kind of bridges in terms of being able to design pages and components within the page, so I’m looking forward to checking that out.

John, today I want to talk about this first plugin that’s called Media Cleaner and it’s very nice. It basically takes your media library and it scans it and tries to see which items in your media library are not being used in any posts, galleries, and so on. What it does is it helps you to clean out your media library so you don’t have images in there that don’t belong in there. or maybe you have old ones or you uploaded three different ones to get the versions in there – all those things.

Now this is a freemium plugin; there is a pro version which also scans the uploads folder and not necessarily just the media library – it scans everything. It also does something in the pro version where it scans for retina images, tries to pop those down, it also looks in short codes and HTML on the side bars to see if image items are being used or not, and it scans through all pages and post types.

I would have given this a perfect 5 out of 5, but it does have that pro version, which I always take off a point, and it gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Yeah, this is the one I reviewed last week or the week before.

Marcus:           It’s the same one?

John:                Same one – gave it the same rating.

Marcus:           Oh, wow. Well, I actually used it on a site and it was a site that I did some presentations on. Then after I killed the conference, I had 600 images of speakers and slide decks and things like that, and this thing took care of it in about 10 minutes.

John:                Very nice! Yeah, that’s nice. I didn’t have that kind of opportunity to test it, but yeah, it checked out really good then. So check it out, folks. There’s two good resounding reviews for it.

All right, the next one I’ve got here is called WP Limit Login Attempts. It’s another plugin to help limit the logins and attacks on your website. While I’m not a Captcha fan – I really dislike using Captchas unless it’s 100% necessary – this plugin seems to depend on Captchas. What it does is when someone tries to login, they’ve got to enter a Captcha and once that’s entered, they get five attempts to log into the website. After five attempts, it then locks the access for 10 minutes. It’s a pretty simple way to help slow down all the attempts on your website from bots and malicious login attempts.

It does seem to have an issue with the creation of the Caption PHP file that’s working in it. From time to time, you may have to manually create that file when installing this plugin. But it does look like an okay kind of way – fast, quick, and dirty – to block unauthorized access to your website. So if you’re looking for something simple, check out WP Limit Login Attempts. It was sent into us by Arshid KV and I gave this a 3-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm…nice plugin.

John:                Yeah, it’s a good, average plugin. Nothing super special about it, so —

Marcus:           Yeah. The next plugin for me is a Woocommerce product importer. It is called Woo Product Excel Importer and it does exactly that. It lets you take an Excel sheet and on the fly, you get to import it. It does data mapping so you can kind of drag and drop what fields go to where in Woocommerce. It’s submitted through AJAX, so there’s really no page reloading or anything like that after it happens.

You can import things like title, description, products category, you can include custom taxonomy for things like weight, SKU, and that kind of thing, regular price, sale price, stock, manage the stock, and the product images. All of that can be done right in Excel Import, so if you’ve done any kind of major Woocommerce project with potentially hundreds of different items, this is your way to go. You definitely want to use something like this to import it all at once and then go back in, do a little cleanup, editing, or whatever it takes. I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. This is a relatively new one, is it? It is.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                Yeah, because last time I did a Woocommerce site that I had to import a couple hundred products, I had to use a different importer, but you definitely want one of these.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                This one works; check it out, folks.

Marcus:           Yeah, this is different because the other ones that I’ve used did not have custom taxonomy, so it’s even more detailed in terms of what it can import.

John:                Very nice. Okay, the final one I’ve got for you here today is called Country IP Specific Redirections. This is a plugin that will detect what country your visitors are coming from based upon the IP address and then you can either redirect them to a specific page, block them completely, or if you’ve got the urge, send them off to Disneyland if you want.

You set this thing up and it’s pretty simple and basic. Once it’s set up, you go in and you create your list of rules. You have to choose the country and then you can block them by category, by specific posts, or by general landing on your website, and send them off to a very specific page.

Now, this does have some good uses if you’re marketing to specific countries or areas, they come from those specific countries and you can direct them to it. You could direct people from specific countries to specific language sections on your website, for instance, so it can be very useful in that way. Or if you’re getting a lot of traffic from Uzbekistan or Russia or some other strange place and you know you don’t want them, you can redirect all that traffic off to Disneyland.

So all in all, a pretty nice plugin but it does take a fair bit of work to get it all set up. I gave this a 3-Dragon rating. Check it out: Country Specific IP Redirections.

Marcus:           Ooh, we’re running out of short names for plugins, I guess.

John:                Well, you know, there are over 40,000 right now so it gets harder and harder to come up with a name.

Marcus:           Yeah. So the next plugin I’ve got here – the final one for the show – is called User Login History. This is really nice; it’s not a feature that’s native to WordPress. What it does is it looks at all of the different users that you have and provides a complete history for you. It has tracking functions for login, logout, in terms of what time they logged in or out, how long their user session duration was, what IP address was, what browser they were using, operating system, country name, country code, last seen, and all that stuff.

It’s a really nice, comprehensive way to log all of your user activity to see what kind of traction you’ve been getting in terms of your site and it works very, very well, so I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! It looks like they’ve got some additional features and one of the nice things they could add to it would be to add tracking on what they do when they’re logged in.

Marcus:           Yeah, exactly – like a full history of modifications. What was the thing they used to have that did that?

John:                There was a plugin way back and I haven’t seen it in a while. It’s something that would track the user’s login, their logout, their session duration, but also track if they turned on and off plugins or if they have new posts, or uploaded media, to find out what people are actually doing. That’s a very useful kind of thing to have if you’ve got a multi-administration website and even for yourself, because sometimes it’s hard to remember what you do to a website where you’re working for it.

Marcus:           Is it called Scribe? Was that it?

John:                That might be.

Marcus:           I don’t know. Anyway —

John:                It’s somewhere in the hundreds of plugins we’ve reviewed, which we’ll eventually get this stuff sorted.

All right, well, that’s what we’ve got. This time I covered up VT Property Plugin, which I gave a 4 to; WP Limit Login Attempts, which I gave a 3; and Country IP Specific Redirections, which I have a 3 to.

Marcus:           And I reviewed Media Cleaner (second appearance here on the show), rated that one a 4 out of 5; Woo Product Excel Importer, rated that one a 4 out of 5; and User Login History, also a 4 out of 5.

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Transcript of Episode 255

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

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for Episode #255


Transcript for Episode 255 and we’ve got plugins for cleaning your Media Library, image enhancements for Visual Composer, Stopping Bots, Custom Bulk Post Delete and a new plugin that integrates live chat with Slack.

John:                All right, well this week here I’ve got great plugins for you, the first of which is a freemium plugin. It’s called Media Cleaner and what it’s designed to do is help you clean up your media library or your uploads folder. Now as a preemptive warning, before you use this plugin, ensure that you have a complete backup of all files. What it helps you do is delete files from within your WordPress dashboard. Once you delete them, they are gone forever. It not only deletes the files, but it also deletes data in the database that’s assigned those files. You want to make sure you’ve got both a file system backup and a database before you start playing with something like this.

So, that being said, now one of the great things about it is if you’ve had a website for any amount of time under WordPress, you will build up random files in your media library. I know I’ve got a few and every once in a while I’ll need to clean it up, because I get stuff in there I upload and I never use and it just clutters things up.

This goes through and it scans and helps you find which files need to be deleted or which ones you can terminate that are not connected to a post or a page within your website. Now they also have a premium version which is only $14 and it allows you to scan and check the entire upload directory for extra files. So check it out, it’s a pretty decent plugin, it works fairly well. I give it a 4-dragon rating and it’s called Media Cleaner.

Marcus:           Well, that’s pretty important but yes, as you mentioned, I can’t stress how important it is to actually backup everything, not just for that plugin but for every plugin that you install.

John:                Yes.

Marcus:           You need to take precautions like that.

John:                Always make backups.

Marcus:           So one of the things that I’ve been actually kind of getting into lately is Visual Composer. The reason is this: Visual Composer and also something else called Cornerstone, which is kind of a hack off of Visual Composer. But Visual Composter is interesting because it allows you to use one plugin and no matter what the theme happens to be, you can really stylize it and do a lot of other cool kind of page builder type tools and not be theme-dependent.

I’ve run into some problems lately with the Divvy theme on a client’s site that they weren’t doing anything spectacular in terms of building with the Divvy theme. But because of the fact that they were building a hundred and something courses within their site in Divvy and using the Divvy builder, I can’t change the theme.

John:                Ah, yes.

Marcus:           Right? I can’t change out of the Divvy theme without screwing up hundreds of pages, so they all have to be rebuilt. What we’re going to rebuild them in is Visual Composter. The reason is by the time – I know that I can change these pages, make them look nice, and then when it comes to changing over the theme, those pages will remain intact in terms of how they look and I don’t have to redesign them a second time. Now that’s Visual Composer; that’s why I use it.

Now, I want to talk about what this plugin does. This is called Image Hover Effects and I think with Visual Composer and the 2016 theme, you can just about make every other theme you’ve ever seen with this plugin too in Image Hover Effects. It adds probably 50 different image hover effects into Visual Composer and you can animate them, do lightbox stuff, custom links, and all of that kind of thing.

This is a freemium version. There is a pro version attached to this, but in terms of animations and changing images into squares and circles and being completely responsive and all of that, this one is outstanding. So I thought this plugin is – if you use Visual Composer at all, this is something that you should install. I gave it a 4 out of 5. It would have been a perfect 5 out of 5, but again, there is a paid version and I always take one off for that.

John:                Still, very nice. It can actually help you out quite a bit, I’m sure.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                All right, the next one I’ve got and this one that is near and dear to me because I’m constantly battling it. Most everyone is, even if they don’t know it, which is bad bots hitting your WordPress website, sucking down your bandwidth, creating overloads, creating grief with you, your hosting provider – everybody. Blocking them is sometimes a pain in the neck. You’ve got to add [inaudible 16:52] access rules or block IPs, and it just goes on and on.

This is a nice, simple plugin to allow you to block bad bots, such as the Chinese Baidu bot, if you have no reason to be doing business with the Chinese, which is one of the worst bots out there. Anyway, this one here, simply set it up, plug it in, turn it on, go to the settings page, and pick the bots you’d like to pick. They give you a predetermined list of the known worst offenders and you can even add your own offenders if you make a collection of it. It’s got a custom blacklist for it. Just a few simple clicks and you’re off.

This was one of those plugins that was just so simple, great, and it actually worked, we had to make this one a Top 5-Dragon rating. Check it out, it’s called StopBadBots.

Marcus:           And one of the other bots that you need to think about too is not just search engine bots; these are manual website scraper bots —

John:                Oh, yeah.

Marcus:           — because they emulate Google and things like that. How do I know? Because I use them. I use them to scrape competitors’ sites and, you know, that’s how that works.

John:                Oh, yeah.

Marcus:           So–

John:                Yeah, it works and the idea is to block them.

Marcus:           Right, so I’m not going to reveal the tools I use, because I might want to scrape one of our listener’s sites – I don’t know.

John:                You never know. They might have something useful for us.

Marcus:           Yeah. Okay, the next plugin I want to talk about is called Drift, and this is a completely free plugin. But what it does is it allows you to do live chat on your website. That’s no big deal. We’ve heard of that before, right?

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           But this one actually integrates with Slack, so if you’re a Slack user, it’s not just integrating live chat to one person, one app, or somebody logged into a page. It actually goes into Slack and then one of your entire team members – anybody on your team – can pick up that message and just start rolling with it in terms of the chat.

John:                Nice!

Marcus:           So Slack obviously is desktop, it’s mobile, it’s all of that, so it just integrates really, really well with that. It also works with HubSpot, Marketo, MailChimp, Zapier, Intercom, SalesForce, Segments, and a bunch of other different services that it ties into. That’s where the paid part of it comes in too, in terms of your integration. But if you want to go straight into Slack, this is totally free – completely free – and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! You know, that can be quite useful. I’ve used Slack from time to time and it comes in handy to communicate with your customers in real-time, beautiful.

Marcus:           Yeah, it’s awesome.

John:                All right, the final one I’ve got here is called Tree Website Map. Now, I know website maps are no longer the rage they once were, you know, creating a map for your users to a visual display map. But every once in a while they’re useful, especially if you’ve got a lot of varied content. It’s good to break it out for people to find it a little easier and creating those maps can sometimes be a pain in the neck, especially if it’s being done manually.

But this is an automatic plugin that allows you to turn on the plugin, go create two types of map, either a vertical map tree or a horizontal map tree. The horizontal one actually will bring in images from your featured images if you have them set for your posts and pages. It builds a tree based upon the categories, the page hierarchies, and all sorts of different ways. It builds it fairly quickly; a fairly nice tree that you can then display on any page with a short code. So it’s a very nice website map tool. Check it out, it’s called Tree Website Map and I rated it at 4 Dragons.

Marcus:           Awesome! So another thing that I’ve been doing is kind of trimming the trees when it comes to content and deleting some old things and old post types within a client’s site. I really was kind of ticked off at how long it was taking and just the whole process, so I went out looking for a plugin – like I usually do – and I found one that actually just came out recently. It’s called WP Bulk Post Delete.

Now, it’s really not that big of a deal but, you know, we can go through and delete our posts 20 at a time or whatever our screen setting happens to be, but it’s not really intelligent. We have to keep going through these navigation points and deleting all of it ourselves. So this plugin actually does something different. It allows you to bulk delete posts according to conditions, like you can delete according to a date range – delete everything that’s older than 2014 is what I did.

You can also assign what their post status is: give me everything that’s pending and delete it. You can do categories and you can do it with custom post types as well.

John:                Oh, sweet!

Marcus:           So this really, really helps out in terms of weeding out a site, making sure that all of the brush has been cleared in terms of the old stuff and in with the new. It’s called WP Bulk Post Delete and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Yeah, it looks like it could be quite useful for cleaning up an old website that has a lot of old data.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                And we’re seeing more and more of those these days as people have been having their websites up for three, four, and five years now.

Marcus:           Yeah, and not just that. What about demo content when you install a theme?

John:                That’s always a problem too with demo content.

Marcus:           So you’d want to kill that stuff off as well, so find out what your install date was and kill posts that are a week older than that in terms of when you put it on.

John:                And the sweet thing here is after you kill the posts with this and it has left behind those images, you can go back to that first plugin I reviewed and go clean up the images now.

Marcus:           Oh, yeah – and then send them the bill!

John:                Yeah, there you go. That’s a bonus. All right, well in this week here I covered up Media Cleaner, which I gave a 4 to, StopBadBots, which a gave a 5 to, and then Tree Website Map, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Image Hover Effects (Visual Composer extension) and gave that one a 4 out of 5, Drift, a 5 out of 5, and WP Bulk Post Delete and gave that one a 4 out of 5.

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