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WP Plugins A to Z Interview Show 8 with Katie Keith from Barn2 Media

In this show I interview Katie Keith from Barn2 Media where they have several plugins and some training for WordPress.In this show I interview Katie Keith from Barn2 Media where they have several plugins and some training for WordPress. We discuss their slate of plugins and other product offerings. The main product we discuss is the Post Table Pro plugin which allow you to display your sites content in a table that is sortable in multiple ways as well as searchable.

They also offer up a couple other plugins that make life easier for those who use WooCoomerce and ModernTribes Events plugin. With an e-course and e-book that help explain how to create an events website.

This was a great interview and Katie was an excellent guest and you can find out more about Barn 2 Media in the following links:

Barn2.co.uk

Check out their WordPress Plugins https://barn2.co.uk/our-wordpress-plugins/

https://twitter.com/Barn2Media

https://www.facebook.com/Barn2Media

In this show I interview Katie Keith from Barn2 Media where they have several plugins and some training for WordPress.

Posts Table with Search & Sort

Version:1.1.4
Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.8
Released:29 January 2016
Downloads:17162
Last Updated:10 September 2018
Ratings:
4.9
(4.9 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is the free version of the plugin I gave it a quick spin to get a feel for their plugin before tackling the premium version. It is pretty straight forward and can be of benefit if you need a quick table for your users to sort your data. You can sort by clicking the columns or do a keyword search. It does not have any other settings but you can add to the short code to build out some more specific tables. The pro version looks to have more and I’ll be covering that in an upcoming show.

Rating 4 Dragons

 

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Capture qualified leads with this easy-to-use mortgage pre-qualification survey. The WPrequal widget gives any website owner an easy way to gather mortgage and real estate leads.

WP Plugins A to Z Interview Show 7 with Keven Brent from WPrequal.com

Capture qualified leads with this easy-to-use mortgage pre-qualification survey. The WPrequal widget gives any website owner an easy way to gather mortgage and real estate leads.In this show I interview Kevin Brent from WPrequal.com who has created an interesting plugin for developers and users in the real estate field. One of the hardest things for people in the real estate industry is finding qualified leads and getting people to fill out the qualification forms on websites.

The reason is that most forms ask lots of questions and many times those questions come after they have already asked for their name and phone number. The uniqueness about this plugin is that instead of users having to actually fill out the form it lead them though several steps where they simply choose a multiple choice question and moves though all the pre-qualification questions and when users get to the end the simply enter thi8er name, phone and email and their done.

This was a great interview and Kevin was an excellent guest and you can contact him in the following ways:

support@wprequal.com

https://wprequal.com/

https://reblogdog.com

https://abrentco.com

Capture qualified leads with this easy-to-use mortgage pre-qualification survey. The WPrequal widget gives any website owner an easy way to gather mortgage and real estate leads.

wprequal

The Lowdown:

This is a pretty good leads plugin that is easy to get set up. Install activate and add as a widget to a widget area and add the email you want leads sent to. It does have everything ready to go for you and there is no way to customize the questions that are displayed. This can make life pretty easy for you unless you need something more specific. You can easily control the look and feel of the widget in the settings.

I do feel the plugin could benefit from being able to customize the questions and also change from the default privacy policy and terms although they are pretty good. It could also benefit with being able to have the leads dumped direct to something like Zapier or Salesforce other than that this is a pretty good plugin.

Rating 5 Dragons.

 

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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

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

You can now also find the show by using the new Podcasts app on your Apple device, with the ability to speed up the show to hear John and Marcus knock out 6 plugins in 10 minutes! (Though we do sound rather chipmunk-like) Great app with a really great new way to hear the show streaming to your phone wherever you are without having to download to your device or use iTunes.

 

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Do you need WordPress Emergency WordPress support for issues you know when you see the ever favorite White Screen of Death. Or just some questions on how to do something please visit  www.johnoverall.com/wordpress-emergency-support/ for some quick tips or request some help.


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 1.2.0.15

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
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/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
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/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
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/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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AngelicHow to Contact Us:

John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/

Twitter @Ahkonsu

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email: dragon@wppluginsatoz.com


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com

Twitter  @marcuscouch

Facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

email: marcus@wppluginsatoz.com



A gold moon rising

Advertising, Personalization, Universal Type Sizes, a Uniqule New Carousel and more on Episode 73 WPPlugins A to Z

It’s episode #73, and we’ve got plugins for Advertising, Personalization, Universal Type Sizes, a uniqule new carousel, and a new plugin that lets you target your posts to individual users. All that and more coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

The Golden MoonThis Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

John’s Rant

A Ramble about what a great place Victoria is , Social Media Camp Victoria and of course Diablo3. The sad state of the top 5 or 7 or 10 plugins depending on what article you read. Seems they all have the same thing to say. Never going outside the box. Guess I will be doing my article soon of the real top five or actually 15 that I put on every site. Or even an up and coming top list of plugin failures.

Shout Outs:

Gerald MephisSewingMachine.com thanks for the email

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Gordon Drayson from Drayson Design in the UK sends in a question about managing multiple wordpress installs with a WP Management tool.

Marcus has used WordPress Manager DX before with some pretty good success in the past, might be worth a look. (wpmanagerdx.com)

List of interesting sites that run on WordPress:

https://www.sitepronews.com/

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordPress 3.4 Release Candidate 3


Golden Horseshoe Up my Yohoo**** Plugins Reviewed by John ****

WP AdCenter (Premium Plugin)
The Plugin site at WPAdcenter.com
The Authors Site https://kooc.co.uk/ where they have a few other plugins

The Lowdown:
After install head over to its menu The only setting to make is paypal address seems it does not offer the sandbox top bad. The you need to set up your zones, packages and campaigns. Then set up at least one advertiser so you can test it out. The one problem I ran into was lack of documentation until I went duh!! Check the zip folder for info and there is a link to complete online documentation on how to use it. It uses widgets to place your ad block a nice feature or get the code and place that. It is either php code or short code nice feature.
Adding the ads was pretty easy after that and so was setting up the payment page now just sit back and let the cash roll in.
Rating: 4 Dragons

 

I have a coupe plugins from the same authors Sean & Randy over at beAutomated.com
First is one that seem like allot of fun more than anything else.
beCounted 1.0.2


The Lowdown:
Ok what can I say it can also be used for serious stats presentation but I found it to be much more for fun than anything else. simply install activate and add your stats and credit line. It can be good fun.
Rating 3 Dragons

 

Now onto a serious note for a plugin
Benchmark Email Lite 2.3
Last updated June 5th
Author: beAutomated

The Lowdown:
First you will need an account at Benchmark email https://benchmarkemail.com wwhere you get a 30 day free trial after that it costs not sure how much did not examin thier services.
I had a little trouble locating my API key at benchmark but the instructions from the plugin where pretty good only missing one line look for small link to generate your API key.
I do like the one feature I noticed in tier plug ins and that is to limit what page to show it on.
It works very nice and if you have more than one list you choose it when setting up the widget plus a couple other base settings. All in all pretty nice plugin that has a widget that conforms to your theme quite nicely.  And if you want to place elsewhere they have the code ready to go for you. And you can send any post as an email right from the posts edit area. Where you can schedule it or send now. It send a pretty nice email but I would want to edit up what it send I am sure that can be done somewhere.

Rating 4 dragons

And finally one for WP e-commerce since I have recently completed that site I thought I would start sharing the plugins used
WPEC Personalize


The Lowdown:
Ok this plugin is pretty simple in essence of course you need wp e-commerce installed before you can use this. Ok here is the deal in wpec you can set a spot for your clients to personalize the product but it is simple one big text box. what this plugin does is allow you to create single line or text box and even double up on them and to determine which products they go to. This is great like this store which is an embroidery shop and sells things like name badges and sometimes it is one name other times it is multiple names. All in all pretty good.
Rating 3 Dragons



The Multi Use Tool**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****

wpTextResize
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptextresizecontrols/


Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2012-6-4
Downloads: 188
Author: bradparbs

wpTextResizeControls is an easy to use template tag to generate Increase, Decrease, reset font size controls for body text on a WordPress site. Just add wpTextResizeControls(0) to your template for the controls to be automatically styled, or wpTextResizeControls(1) to manually style. When manually styling, wpTextResizeControls is the container, and increaseFont, resetFont, and decreaseFont are all anchors you can target.

Marcus’ Take: This was a real easy plugin to use when trying to redesign an old client site that only needed tweaks with the typestyles. Rather than mess with the entire CSS and stylesheet structure, I opted to use this plugin instead. It took a few minutes to clear the cache and make sure the plgin qas working, but it did it’s job well and works just as promised.

Rating: 4 Dragons


 

multicarousel

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multicarousel/

Using this plugin you can create multiple carousel in pages or posts both vertical and horizontal , you can give links to each carousel images

Requires: 3.2.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.2.2
Last Updated: 2012-6-4
Downloads: 309
Authors: Dhananjay Singh, Rananjay Singh, Ashwani

 

  1. You can create multiple carousels with unique name and id.
  2. You can also delete the carousel.
  3. You can upload different images to any carousel also has the option to delete particular images from any carousel.
  4. All images have a unique id.
  5. You can link the images to any URL and have option to update later.
  6. You can choose different settings for different carousels . a. Time delay in second b. Number of images to scroll c. Animation speed d. scroll right to left e. wrap (end slide on first image, last image, both and continue circular) f. vertical slide g. number of image to visible on frond end h. start index i. Effect j.  skin k. Container width, height l. image size.


Marcus’ Take: This little plugin worked some pretty good magic for me on a client site. It’s not too often that you require both a horizontal and vertical carousel in one page, and this plugin was the only one that I could locate that could handle what I was looking for.

Rating: 4 Dragons



Enabled Users

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/enabled-users/

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2012-5-26
Downloads: 44
Author:  lucdecri

This plugin add a new metabox in posts, pages and custom post type. In this metabox you can insert name of users (comma-separed) enabled to view it. If a post haven’t users enabled and it has a parent, it is enabled for users for parent posts and pages.

Marcus’ Take: This was the perfect solution for an intranet site I was working with that was limited on the specific user TYPES that I would use to read a post. This let me break it down into individual teams instead. This let me call out individual people to see a particular post. Quite a nifty advancement.

Rating: 4 Dragons


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What’s coming in future podcasts:


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How to Contact Us:


John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/

Twitter @Ahkonsu

Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

email: dragon@wppluginsatoz.com


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com

Twitter  @marcuscouch

Facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

email: marcus@wppluginsatoz.com



News ticker plugins, Shortcode Disabler, Featured Image In RSS Feed, DB Cache Reloaded — Episode 64 WordPress Plugins from A to Z

half a carPlugins covered this episode:

News ticker plugins, Shortcode Disabler, Featured Image In RSS Feed, DB Cache Reloaded.

This Podcast Can now be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com


John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Well I just wish there were enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. Spent the entire weekend teaching classes. BTW if would like to hire a teacher I am available online or in person contact me for details.

Shout Outs:

One out to Glenn who called me early this morning while I was getting ready for work I didn’t recognize the number so I let it go to voice mail.

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Hackers booby-trap WordPress site with botnet-weaving Trojan Crooks lure punters in with LinkedIn lies

 

Just a kewl shot**** Plugins Reviewed by John ****

RP News Ticker 0.7


What They Say:
The plugin creates a shortcode to be used in a widget to display a nice horizontal newsticker which can be placed in a sidebar. Since 0.7: one can use a php tag or shortcode to insert it in the theme template, widgets or posts, all tuning moved to Settings Based upon liScroll.js by Gian Carlo Mingati. Tested in WordPress 3.0+ only, expected to be compatible from 2.6+. Demo: https://chernivtsi.ws (in Ukrainian).

What I Say:
I loved the sample on their site but I was unable to duplicate the sample and the instructions for use are very limited and I simply did not have the time to figure it out so I had to pass on this one..
Rating 2 Dragons

 

News-Ticker 2.1.0


What They Say:
A JQuery based News Ticker Displays a sliding or fading list of post titles, rss reeds or comments and excerpts with links to post. Starting from ver.2.0 the ticker can also be used as a featured posts image gallery
You can display:

  • Most Popular Posts over the last x days (via WordPress.com Stats Plugin)
  • Most Commented Posts
  • Recent Posts
  • Recent Comments
  • Specific Posts
  • Number of Posts to display
  • Your default RSS feed, your Comments RSS or even an RSS feed from another site, like Twitter or your favorite news site.

You can set:

  • Category Filter
  • Ticker Length in characters


What I Say:
Unfortunately I had to abandon this one because it was simply not widget ready and I do not have the time to make it that way. It requires you to enter code directly into your template. But it would be great for someone to fork off of since it is pretty complete in many other ways.
Rating 2 Dragons

And I have a new one for you:
News Tick-O-Matic 0.1

What They Say:
jQuery animated WordPress widget that displays the newest of news in a a silky smooth scrolling news ticker in the sidebar. Full documentation is available to delight and inform. Need help? Check out the excellent, free community support here on WordPress. Need a heaping’ helping’ of help? Premium support is available for at crazy low rates.

What I Say:
This one works pretty great in that all you need to do is install and then add widget and configure it there. The instructions were pretty simple and I had it running in a fem in. If you need just new then you simply create a new category and assign that category to it and you will be in great shape. I like the way it move from one story to the next and I imagine with some creative CSS you can make it great.
Rating 4 Dragons


Storing it all**** Plugins Reviewed by Marcus ****

DB Cache Reloaded Fix

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/db-cache-reloaded-fix/

The fastest cache engine for WordPress, that produces cache of database queries with easy configuration. Compatible with WordPress 3.1

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.1.4
Last Updated: 2011-10-25
Downloads: 48,427

I think you’ve heard of WP-Cache or WP Super Cache, they are both top plugins for WordPress, which make your site faster and responsive. Forget about them – with DB Cache Reloaded your site will work much faster and will use less disk space for cached files. Your visitors will always get actual information in sidebars and server CPU loads will be as low as possible.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Featured Image In RSS Feed

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/featured-image-in-rss-feed/

This Plugin adds featured image to your rss feed.

Requires: 3.0. or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.1
Last Updated: 2012-3-25
Downloads: 19

You can easily change the image size from the setting page of the plugin under Settings > Image In RSS Feed. By default the plugin uses thumbnail size.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Shortcode Disabler

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shortcode-disabler/
Disable old, unused shortcodes on your WordPress site.

Requires: 3.3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.1
Last Updated: 2012-3-25
Downloads: 11

Over time, plugins and themes tend to leave behind shortcodes. Shortcode Disabler allows you to “disable” those old shortcodes by replacing them with nothing on the front end.

Rating: 5 out of 5

 


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message in a bottleHow to Contact Us:


John can be contacted at:

on my website @ https://www.johnoverall.com/  or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

email: dragon@wppluginsatoz.com


Marcus can be contacted at:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at marcuscouch.com  on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at facebook.com/marcuscouch

email: marcus@wppluginsatoz.com

 

 

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