WordPress Plugins Issue Trackers, Benchmarking tools

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 89

It’s Episode 89 of WordPress Plugins A to Z and we’ve got plugins for enforcing word count minimums, online appointment schedulers, Issue Trackers, Browser and Benchmarking tools, and the laziest video carousel plugin ever! It’s the show that 4 out of 5 successful designers recommend.. It’s WordPress Plugins A-Z.

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John’s & Marcus Rant:

The Stitcher Awards are here! Nominate your favorite shows across 20 categories to help select the best of 2012. Submissions are open until October 19th and you can vote everyday. Happy voting!

The count down to episode 100 is starting, if you have any favourite tips, flubs from past episodes let me know I will bring them in for the show..

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Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Question from Dave Jackson from Weekly Web Tools regarding the “Bonus Information” item found at the bottom of with an orange colored tab.

The plugin Dave is asking about is called the “Sliding Drawer” plugin ( which we covered way back in January of this year in Episode #56.


**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Random Plugin time for me since I have been simply polishing off websites this past week.

Really Simple Issue Tracker 1.0

  • Version: 1.0
  • Author: Andreas Lundgren
  • Last Updated: 3 days ago
  • Requires WordPress Version: 3.4.2 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 3.4.2
  • Downloaded: 74 times
  • Plugin Page »


This seemed like a interesting new way to track a to do list of things I need to do on several websites that need to be completed or a new things come up for clients websites. Once you create a todo task you can then assign it to a person then choose the type of task and set a priority to fix it. And finally determine if it is still open or closed. It does not publish it to the front end. Going to give this a shot at entering tasks for a week and see how it goes..

Rating 3 Dragons


Advanced Browser Check 1.0.1

You can determine to warn users visting your ewb site that if that have an old browser that they need to upgrade and that your site may not work properly for them. This I think is a nice little plugin if you are tired of trying to support older browsers. The one thing I as not too sure about was that they will not even be able to surf your site at all unless they click a provided link to upgrade, both good and bad here.
Rating 3 Dragons


Benchmark 1.1

The Lowdown
this will run a test of your hosting for your wordpress website simple and quick it tests your CPU, Network and Database Query speed seems my servers perform about the industry average. I was hoping for much more but it is a good start.
Rating 2 dragon


WP Really Simple Health 1.0

Just an extra no rating



**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

BookFresh – Online Scheduling

Book appointments directly from your WordPress site! Use BookFresh to manage your business, reduce no shows, synchronize external calendars and more!

Requires: 2.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-10-2
Downloads: 182

I used to use this utility called “Time Trade” for setting up appointment requests. This is a similar tool in BookFresh. I will warn you, this is not an entirely free plugin, as it does work within the system. But overall I found this to be of good value when you’re in the need to add a schedule or appointment request function to your WordPress installation.

Rating: 3 out of 5 (-1 because it’s for a paid service)


Youtube Carousel Gallery

Used to fetch youtube videos by video ids or channel name or search query and align video thumbs in nice carousel form.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-9-30
Downloads: 271

Marcus’ Take: In my ever nearing quest for a cool site for my new video show, I needed to have a way to get a slider like feel but be automated so I did not have to regularly update all the time (as it’s a daily show). This plugin is a perfect solution for getting the best of both worlds. The video opens up in a lightbox format, which gives the viewer instant, 1 click access to viewing the video content.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Minimum Word Count

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-10-1
Downloads: 48

This plugin allows you to set a minimum word count required to publish a post. You have the option to exempt administrators from this requirement. As part of this plugin, a “Word Count” column is added to the post listing pages. Also, on the post editing pages, the “Word Count” field just below the content box is now changed to “Live Word Count” and updated as you type. If the current post is below the minimum word count setting, the count will turn red.


  • Require a minimum word count to publish a post
  • Option to allow administrators to publish below the minimum
  • Adds a Word Count column to post listing pages
  • Changes ‘Word Count’ to ‘Live Word Count’ on post edit pages

Marcus’ Take:
This is a great tool for SEO and content, as it sets the word count at whatever minimum you choose. I also used this on a client site to prevent the writer from “accidentally posting” their drafts or scratchpads of just a few lines of text. It happens. This plugin helps make sure that everything that goes out is of a good content length.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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Stats, Databases, Featured Videos, Ad Injection, JQuery and Security all on Episode 77 WPPlugins A to Z

It’s episode 77 and we’ve got plugins for Stats, Databases, Featured Videos, Ad Injection, JQuery and Security. Plus more of your audio feedback from around the world! It’s all right here on WordPress Plugins A-Z, Coming up Next!Faces in the wind

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Shout Outs:

Ken the author of the scripts and styles plugin from last episode. Still a nice plugin.

Marcus gives a shout out to Dave Jackson, host of Weekly Web Tools. If you are looking for things that can help your site that are not always wordpress based, Weekly Web Tools is the place to go to hear about all the latest applications to use in conjunction with running an online business.

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Now I have a question.
I would like to create my own webpage as much as possible as I am very curious how it’s done and I love to be creative. My webpage is for my photography business and that’s where I have a question.
Could you recommend certain Themes and/or plugins which are a must? Perhaps also Twitter/FB/G+/P etc Widgets. And how can I post something on my blog which then is automatically pushed to my FB/G+/Twitter accounts?
Thanx a lot for your support. And again I love the show. But not Diablo :D
Oliver Schirach — Denmark

Tim Norton from Australia, thanks us for last episode’s GZIP Compression plugin.



Saving Grace**** Plugins Reviewed by John ****

Ad Injection

The lowdown:
This plugin is a pretty nice way of adding Google ads to your website. the only issue i had was in the installation and configuration of the plugin. It required some deciphering to understand how to place all the code and setting up how many ads would; appear and when. All in all a pretty good plugin though once you figure out the installations of it all. I do like the way you can float the ads left or right but it has one flaw I think in that it will only allow you to float all or none. It does have some nice features for filtering the ads by ip, keyword, referrer such as search engines. You can also limit ads to appear only in certain categories or with certain authors. Lots of ways to limit ad showing.

Rating: 3 Dragons.

JQuery Expanding Box 1


The Lowdown:
I needed a simple way to create expanding boxes for an FAQ page and instead of coding jquery I thought I would see if there was a plugin ready to go and here it it is. It turns out this is a very nice plugin for handling that on a couple of pages when you do not want to code everything. It uses short codes to handle the placement of the expansion of content and you can format it in any way you like. All in all a nice little plugin. It did require a small bit to understand the full use of the short codes but they do offer you some starter samples to get you going.

Rating: 4 Dragons


Wordfence Security 3.0.8

The Lowdown:
This plugin was introduced to me by a client who had it recommended to him after his site was hacked. I have now installed it on several sites and am finding it pretty useful. It has a premium version that will scan your plugin files and theme files against the repository. It does scan the core files against the repository it will send you alerts and it even has some firewall rules you can implement. It will tell you if someone is trying to use your password retrieval page as well as lock out their IP address. It will look at live traffic and all in all this is a pretty nice security plugin.

Rating: 5 Dragons


Its all in 3d**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****

Edit Any Table

Version Reviewed: 1.0
Requires: 3.0.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-7-8
Downloads: 58

A WordPress plugin/Dashboard Widget that allows you to connect to any database and edit the contents.

This plugin is a dashboard widget to allow you to connect to any MySQL database of your choice (as long as your hosting allows) and search, edit, add and delete records in an easy to use interface. Ideal if you have built a site referencing another database and you want to allow other editors/administrators of the site to alter, update, delete, add and correct entries.

Marcus’ Take: A really great platform for the do it all webmaster. This lets you edit any database that you have credentials for. I was searching for a plugin that I could edit my ad server output and found this as a result. It gave me everything I asked for and more.

Rating: 5 Dragons

Replace Featured Image with Video

Version Reviewed: 1.2
Requires: 2.7.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-7-7
Downloads: 169

Replace Featured Image with Video is a simple plugin to replace the featured image in your wordpress post or page with a video. Supports Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and many other sites that provide embedd code.. just don’t forget to edit the embedd code to the size of your featured image. BONUS: This plugin will override any existing featured image so removal or deletion is not necessary.

Marcus’ Take: In a nutshell, this will replace the featured image in your wordpress website with a video. I have been looking for a way to add videos into a theme automatically, as I would have embedded images from the featured images inserted dynamically. This cross-theme solution was my lazy way out of programming the entire theme core over.

Rating: 5 Dragons

WP Post Stats

Version Reviewed: 2.0
Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.1
Last Updated: 2012-7-3
Downloads: 364

Simple wordpress plugin that embeds a counter in your blog and shows the number of visits your website’s pages and posts has. Enables you to display how many times a post/page had been viewed.

Marcus’ Take: Simple and easy way to add a counter on your posts for popularity reasons. I sought this out for a client project that needed an old school counter. This was an easy way to get the counter embedded without going through a third party counter source.

Rating: 3 Dragons

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