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Interview 36 with John Alarcon from CodePotent

Today’s interview is with John Alarcon from CodePotent.
His plugins were reviewed in several episodes (393, 394, 402, 403, and 408).

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

John A. has several different plugins designed specifically for ClassicPress. He is a very active member of the ClassicPress community. We talk a bit about his plugins and upcoming projects, why he decided to get in to the community, and the future of WordPress and ClassicPress.

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Infinity Snyc, Length Converter, Import Export WordPress Users, and Username Protection for ClassicPress options in Episode 408

Episode #408 Syncing WooCommerce and QuickBooks, Conversions, Import/Export, and Username Protection #WordPress #Plugins #Podcast Click To Tweet

the logo and show opener over an image of someone fixing things to a saddle.It’s Episode 408 and I’ve got plugins for Syncing WooCommerce and QuickBooks, Metric Conversions, Importing/Exporting Users, Username Protection, and Classic Press Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Interview 34 with Ivan Giugni from Stockdio.com

Today’s interview is with Ivan Guigni of Stockdio.com
Their stock ticker plugin was reviewed in Episode 406.

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

The plugin reviewed is a stock ticker plugin but they have 5 different plugins. The plugins are very easy to install and customize and available in multiple languages.

We also discuss their pricing and other plugins.

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WordPress Image Security & Compression Plugin – SmartFrame, Import Users from CSV, Remove Orphan Shortcodes, and ClassicPress Info in Episode 407

Episode #407 Image Compression, Importing and exporting user lists, Cleaning up Short Codes, #WordPress #Plugins #Podcast Click To Tweet

the logo and show opener over a cowboy themed table.It’s Episode 407 and I’ve got plugins for Image Compression, Importing and Exporting user lists, Cleaning up old Short Codes, and news on what’s happening for ClassicPress. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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GraviTsheets, Stock Market Ticker, GamiPress, and Conditional Links for ClassicPress in Episode 406

Episode #406 Stock tracking, Gamifying your website, and more. #WordPress #Plugins #Podcast Click To Tweet

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Advanced Shipment Tracking for WooCommerce, Table Reservation, WooCommerce All Discounts, WHA Crossword and Elementor for ClassicPress in Episode 405

Episode #405 Shipping, Restaurant Reservations, Bulk discounts, and more #WordPress #Plugins #Podcast Click To Tweet

text with the show intro blurb over a mesa backgroundIt’s Episode 405 and I’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Shipping, Restaurant Reservations, WooCommerce Discounts, Crossword Puzzle, Elementor, and Classic Press Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Ultimate Product Catalog Plugin, WP Email Users, Comment Redirect, Reduce Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG Editor for ClassicPress in Episode 403

Episode #403 Product Catalog, Emailing Users, Welcoming New Commentators, Reducing Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG #WordPress #Plugins #Podcast Click To Tweet

It’s Episode 403 and I’ve got plugins for Product Catalog, Emailing Users, Welcoming new Commentators, Reducing Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG for Classic Press, and Classic Press Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Transcript of Episode 403 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 #403 here.


It’s Episode 403 and I’ve got plugins for Product Catalog, Emailing Users, Welcoming New Commentators, Reducing Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG for Classic Press, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!


Episode #403

John:    It’s Episode 403 and I’ve got plugins for Product Catalog, Emailing Users, Welcoming New Commentators, Reducing Bounce Rate, Advanced WYSIWYG for Classic Press, and Classic Press 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 Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And I have the usual great show for you today but of course right off the top, don’t forget 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 in Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving me reviews. They really do help the show out.

And if you’re new to the channel, don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. You can catch me every Thursday at noon here live or, you know, catch some of the training videos and other bits and pieces that I upload to the channel, so make sure you subscribe and hit the notification bell to get notifications of when that occurs.

Now one brief thing before I get started here. I wanted to give a brief note due to some things I’ve heard and read this last week about the show and I’ll cover those later in the show. But a brief note reiterating what the rating system is that I use and why I use it here at WP Plugins A to Z. This show is over seven and a half years old and I’ve been using the Dragon rating system since about Episode 20 after it was suggested to me by one of my listeners, and that was due to a song that I overused – a dragon-related song that I overused a lot, and they sort of suggested the rating system. So I took it and ran with it.

The rating system goes from 1 to 5, kind of like a 5-star rating, and you know, getting a 5 out of me is usually a pretty hard task. I don’t hand out 5 Dragons willy-nilly; they usually have to hit it right out of the park. Most of the plugins I get, they get a 3, which is pretty decent – a common plugin. You know, it means it’s a good plugin. Four, it’s a great plugin. But 5, of course is the outstanding. It means they just knocked it right out of the park.

Ones and twos, I do give them out, and if you’ve listened to me any length of time, you’ll know I hand them out and it’s usually because I tried this plugin for something I was working on – any number of factors – and if it’s a 1 or a 2, it’s probably not the best plugin and you might want to do well to just avoid that plugin if I hand out that rating.

But anyway, that’s just what I wanted to cover up and let folks know about it. With all of that out of the way, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

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All right, first up I have a couple of plugins that I have not used yet. These are plugins that have been submitted to me over time by developers through the website, where if you’re a developer or just know a plugin that should be suggested for review, please go do that. Suggest plugins for review over at wppluginsatoz.com. These plugins here, I haven’t had a chance to use them. I couldn’t get them into any projects I was working on or I just didn’t have time to do anything, but they seemed interesting enough that I thought I should just start bringing them forward and letting folks know they exist. I’ve had a pretty long list of these for some time, so I just sort of started including them.

First off here, I have a plugin that was sent in by Stephanie Hruby and this is a freemium plugin. It’s called Ultimate Product Catalog Plugin and what this one here does for you is it allows you to create a catalog of your products on your website, and it does have a bit of an e-store component and it does combine with WooCommerce. I think I’ve used this or something similar way back when I was working on a project that got killed partway through, so I’m kind of sketchy on that thought in my head. It’s been over a year and a half, two years since I was doing a project like that and they just pulled the plug on the project partway through.

At any rate, it’s a nice, responsive catalog. It allows you to create different catalogs, multiple catalogs of separate products, all within one plugin. You can display these projects in grid formats or other formats on here. They’ve got custom CSS that’s available. The premium version offers up the full WooCommerce integration to allow you to sync all your products between the product catalog and WooCommerce.

It also has setups for such as if you run an affiliate store or affiliate linking to products, you can use this to build out the products with the way it sets up. All in all, a pretty interesting plugin if you’re running that kind of thing, it might be something for you to go check out. It is called Ultimate Product Catalog and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

Next up, I have for you a plugin that was sent in to me by Siddharth B., and this one here is called WP Email Users. It does look rather interesting, something I might consider getting a real good look at later down the road. No use for it at the moment, but it allows you to sent emails off to various groups of users in a different format such as Image, Rich Text. It has a WYSIWYG editor available for creating the emails. It’s basically an email program system that allows you to get all kinds of emails out there to your users, and you can group them out by your users. I believe they mentioned something about roles or other bits and pieces in here.

All in all, it looks like an interesting emailing program. I don’t know how it would be for newsletters, but it does sort of kinda remind me of a newsletter plugin – something you may want to go check out if you’re looking for a plugin to deal with emailing users or large groups of users or subgroups of users. This may be something that helps you solve that, so go check it out. It’s called WP Email Users and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

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Okay, and contests. Currently, we don’t have a contest running yet, but I would like to congratulate the winner of our last contest for the Graph Comment plugin, and that was Randolph P., so congratulations out there to Randolph for winning the contest. The next contest should be up by next week. We’re in the middle of getting it all situation and set out. And remember, the Graph Comment plugin, a great plugin to allow you to organize up the comments of your website, so go check it out.

And our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin, who kindly provided us with the premium version for all of our contests, so thanks a lot out to them – much appreciated – a really great plugin. They’ve been keeping it up-to-date and have been improving it dramatically. I’ve been using the plugin for about two years now and they just keep improving it, so go check it out.

All right, next up I have for you a plugin called Comment Redirect. This is an interesting plugin. I have yet to use it, but it’s something that I’m going to be implementing onto a couple of sites – possibly even my own site, although I don’t get many comments there. But this is a site – if you get comments, regular comments, or new commenters on your website, this would be an interesting plugin to give yourself that little extra pizazz for people.

What it does for you is when a new user, a new commentator, comes to your site and makes a comment – as soon as they make the comment, it redirects them to another page. And on this page here, you could say, “Thank you for your comment,” offer them specials, give them other options to say, “Hey, subscribe to our stuff. Check in here. We do this. We also do that,” so it’s ways to further interact with your new commentators to sort of encourage them to keep coming back and make them feel special and thank them very much for showing up and taking a look at your website and taking their time to make a comment for you.

So it’s a really cool kind of plugin; something that looks really interesting, and I do have a couple of sites I think it could be useful for that do receive comments. So if you’ve got a site that receives comments regularly or you get new comments, check this one out. Maybe you might want to look at implementing it. It’s called Comment Redirect and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, listener feedback. I do love listener feedback or feedback I find on the internet, and this week here was a really good week for me. I’ve got a couple of pieces of feedback about the show that are fantastic. The WP Plugins show has been featured in a couple of articles this week and the first one we have here is we were featured as one of the Top 20 podcasts in Tech Funnel. It’s a really great article of Top 20 WordPress Plugins to go check out.

We landed at Number 6, so I’m really quite thrilled about that. Go check it out. I really thank the guys over at Tech Funnel. They did send me a note saying that I was going to be featured. They didn’t say where I was going to be in the list, but they asked for some quotes, so I gave them some quotes to go with their article, so thank you very much to the folks at Tech Funnel for that. I much appreciate it.

The second mention I got this week was by Code Poet, and it’s been on my coverage of the ClassicPress system – the ClassicPress CMS system and the ClassicPress plugins. I’ve been featuring ClassicPress plugins since about January of this year and I really liked it. I’ve used ClassicPress on one website here; I’ve got a couple of others that it’s going to be.

As I’ve mentioned many times in my show, I’m sort of straddling between worlds. But I think there’s room for ClassicPress and WordPress out there in the world and I’m pretty sure ClassicPress is going to take their chunk of the websites out there on the internet, because they’re moving along quite nicely. They’ve been moving forward. He made some really good comments here about us. You know, I really liked this one paragraph here I’ll just read out, and it was:

John Overall, producer of a popular WordPress podcast, had an added short segment highlighting his Registration Honeypot plugin on the WP Plugins A to Z show. He said it was a good find, expressed a need for it – oh, absolutely. And really, thank you very much. I appreciate it, John. That’s the guy who runs Code Poet and I really hope to get in touch with him and hopefully get him for an interview on one of my interview shows.

So thank you very much to all of the community out there that has been following me. I really appreciate it.

Okay, and that brings me up here next – so yeah, thanks a lot. I didn’t even know you were on this stream. Thanks, Code Poet. I really appreciate it and I really appreciate your article.

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

This week here, I would like to thank Jezweb Pty. Ltd. for his donation of $50 – much appreciated, Jez. I really appreciate your support for the show over the last couple of years. His note is:

This donation is on behalf of RBR Moving Removalists Newcastle at https://www.rbrmoving.com.au for people moving home in Newcastle Australia. It is a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au built with Elementor and J Theme Jello. 

So thanks a lot, Jez. Thanks a lot. I really appreciate your support of the show and yeah, I’m really liking since I’ve started switching to Elementor. I’m about three projects in with Elementor and I’ve been using the theme Jez was kind enough to provide me a link to his repository for this theme, the Jello theme. It’s really a nice, sweet, super clean theme to use with Elementor, so you might want to reach out to Jez if you’d like to and find out more about his theme. I really appreciate it.

And a big thank you to our donors who came in below $50. Those small donations really help and thank you to all of our Patreon donors that provide small donations. Those amounts really help cover the costs of the show, such as the transcripts we have produced, the bandwidth, the server space, etc., so thank you very much to everyone who supports the show.

Code Potent – why do I keep reading ‘poet’? I am so sorry! I will have to get that one corrected in my brain. For some reason I kept seeing ‘poet’. Sorry about that.

But – comments, folks. For those listening that are not here on the stream and listening to the show later, that’s me reading the comments off of the livestream. Potent – Code Potent. Stick that one in my head.

All right, dyslexia. Blame it on dyslexia. (I am, actually.)

All right, next up – the next plugin I have here is called Reduce Bounce Rate, and Reduce Bounce Rate, this is a plugin that helps you get the real time of onsite bounce rate from your Google Analytics. Google Analytics calculates the time onsite based on the length of time between the user entering your site and their last page view. This won’t give you the real time onsite and bounce rate stats.

The plugin helps intercede, add some activity when a user is on your site so that the real bounce rate can be calculated. They give a couple of examples where they quote out what happens here – this is interesting.

A visitor is very interested in one of your pages, takes 2:13 to read the article. After this, he bookmarks the page and leaves. The visitor stayed 2:13 on your site but never interacted with it. To Google, that’s a bounce, and bounced visits are marked “0” on the site. Well, not fair.

They give another scenario. A visitor goes to your website, stays 1:11 on the first page, then goes to the second page where he stays another minute without any interaction on the second page, then he leaves. Since Google doesn’t know how long your visitor stayed on the second page, Google will add only the time the visitor spent on the first page. So this helps clean that up and maybe get you some real stats and change your bounce rate a little bit.

You might want to check this one out if you’re really big into Google stats. I know I’m gonna be giving it a checkout even further and see how it goes. At the moment, we give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, ClassicPress options. Who knows? This may extend out further as ClassicPress builds the things a lot. They’ve garnered a lot of attention since the Gutenberg fiasco. And of course, ClassicPress is a fork of WordPress and it’s focused in the business websites communities and it’s definitely looking pretty good. In the last few months, ClassicPress seems to be coming into its own. And with some plugins now being created specifically for ClassicPress, I do believe it definitely has a future, and I do believe it’s going to be growing.

Now, if you want to see the ones that are specifically for ClassicPress – oops, wrong link. There we go – go check it out. There is a link in the show notes that takes you to the ClassicPress forums where there is a list of the plugins that are built specifically for ClassicPress. Currently, I believe there’s 37 in there, and I think I found the list when there was only half a dozen. I remember WordPress back when it had very few.

So before I go much further with that, let me jump into this week’s ClassicPress plugin. This one here is Advanced WYSIWYG Editor for ClassicPress. This is kind of a cool plugin. It’s a great step forward for ClassicPress, I believe. And if you are like me and use the Tiny MCE plugin in WordPress and you’re looking for a replacement for your ClassicPress install, this would be it.

The WYSIWYG Advance plugin adds lots of additional options to the ClassicPress visual editor. The plugin is a fork of the Tiny MCE Advanced that was usable in Version 4.8 of WordPress and contains no Gutenberg code. This looks to be a really great plugin. I haven’t installed it yet in my ClassicPress website, but I will be doing that so that I can take advantage of that, because these are some very important tools for a lot of developers. They add a lot of buttons and stuff that you need when you’re doing your editing. These are the editing tools that are on those buttons up above the windows for those of you that don’t know what they are.

Anyway, go check this one out. It’s a really great looking plugin and I like that it’s a fork out of the Tiny MCE and I look forward to seeing how this one evolves as it develops with ClassicPress. The name though – well, I don’t know. WYSIWYG Advance? You need a better name, really. It does.

Excellent. Good to hear, Ray. According to Ray, the Advance WYSIWYG is first-rate.

All right, so that’s what I’ve got here, and I give this one a 4-Dragon rating, so go check out the Advance WYSIWYG Editor for ClassicPress.

Okay, and a side note. I think I skipped ahead here. I jumped around in my notes a little bit, but I talked a little bit about it. If you’re doing research using the Repository for ClassicPress, you can find WordPress-compatible plugins by typing in ‘ClassicPress’ or you can search with the tag #ClassicPress to find who have tagged their plugins for usable in ClassicPress. I’ve used that tool a couple of times when hunting down plugins for the show, so make sure you go check that out.

And of course, I mentioned the listing of the ClassicPress plugins, and this one here I’m looking forward to this list growing, and I’m looking forward to the day when ClassicPress has their own repository of plugins. As I said, I can still recall when the WordPress plugins had a very small repository. When this show started, there were less than 9,000 plugins in the WordPress Repository. I think I’ve actually got screenshots of it way back when.

So at any rate, that closes out everything on this show. Thank you very much for showing up here, everyone who showed up to the show today. I really appreciate your time and coming in to listen to me. Much appreciated and I’ve been enjoying that the show has been gaining some attention lately.

Good to hear, Code Potent, is that ClassicPress is headed toward a plugin directory. That’ll really help out that software quite a bit, I believe, and it’ll make it easier for people to use over time.

All right, so we’ve got some final reminders. The next WordPress Victoria Meetup here is on May 21st and will be broadcast live here on the YouTube channel. For location and more information, go check out wppluginsatoz.com/meetup. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be giving the presentation, but I don’t know what the subject is going to be about in this next presentation.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel for WP Plugins, where you can find training videos, screencasts, and more. I’ve put up as much as I can, when I can. And if you have suggestions on plugins you would like to have reviewed, please feel free to go submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit, and you will be able to submit your plugin even if you’re not the developer. Feel free to submit it to me. I will take it in there and take a look at the plugin.

Developers, I look forward to you submitting them. And if you’re a developer with a premium plugin and you would like to support the show and be featured in our contests, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest. Submit all your details and we will create a contest for you. All it costs you is the plugin license and you get a ton of free advertising and promotion from me.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for the show here today, so make sure you take any time, go subscribe to the newsletter, and I’ll let my girl take us out of here. So thank you very much for showing up.

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Transcript of Episode 402 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 #402 here.


It’s Episode 402 and I’ve got plugins for Live Chatting, Members Directory, World Time, Content Creation, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #402

John:    It’s Episode 402 and I’ve got plugins for Live Chatting, Members Directory, World Time, Content Creation, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

[Intro]

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

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And of course, I have the usual great show for you today.

But right off the top, I want to put out a public service announcement, and what it is is I am the chair of a local charity organization here, and the sister organization that I work with needs a webmaster for their website – someone to manage it. We’re looking for a pro bono person who would like to manage a WordPress website. If you’re interested in this, please send me an email to john@wppro.ca and I will get all the information and communicate back and forth with you if you want to pick it up, so looking forward to it.

And 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 at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews. You can also catch the show every Thursday at noon live on YouTube and that’s where you can also subscribe to all the videos and other items that we have there, so please check it out.

You could also follow me on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. Join me on our Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook or take a couple of minutes and sign up to the newsletter on our website where there’s even more information that goes out on a weekly basis there – stuff that’s not covered in the show.

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

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All right, and I have the usual great set of plugins for today and to start off, I have a couple of plugins that I have not tested but were sent to me by developers, so I thought you might like to know they exist. I never get a chance to test them, I don’t have projects for them, but they look to be of use and value to those of you in the community who may be doing work like this that these plugins apply to.

The first one I have for you was sent in by Bianca Allery and it’s called Live Chat & Talk. This is a plugin that will connect your WordPress site through a 3CX live chat phone system. You need to have the 3CX phone system installed. 3CX is a piece of software that allows for VOIP setup of phone systems and you can integrate that then into this plugin and integrate it into your website so that people could do live chatting and talking. Maybe you’re chatting and you need to raise it up to a phone call, get them to call. They don’t have to call you; you can call them. There’s lots of connectivity in this, but you do have to have this phone system installed for the plugin to work.

It does look like an interesting tool and if you’re running a big enough website where you have these kinds of questions and other stuff and you’re communicating with visitors on a regular basis, this could be an additional tool for you to add that extra level of customer appreciation and customer connectedness for your website. So it’s something that may allow you to connect with your customers better, so make sure you check this plugin out. It’s called Live Chat & Talk and currently I give it a 3-Dragon rating. Go check it out.

The next item I’ve got for you here was sent in by Richard Taylor and this is Membership Software. It’s a third-party plugin access to your WordPress website. This is a third-party service; it ranges from free if you have less than 50 members to $239/month if you have 10,000 members, and the prices are varied in between. The costs vary of course depending on the number of members you have, and it offers up a lot of the services you would need for running a membership site.

Now, I have my reservations about using third-party services. I’ve never been a fan of sticking my content into somebody else’s system. I’ve seen it too many times over the years where a great third-party service appears, you get content you build up with them, they become successful, they get bought out by a competitor or something where a competitor kills them, your information gets rolled into a new system. All of a sudden, what you’re used to isn’t there. Or, they may – there’s a possibility the could just go away. The problem of handing your data over to a third-party system – you’ve got to make sure that you can retrieve that data in a usable fashion that you can then take elsewhere, so that’s something to check out with something like this, especially something as important as a membership site, because you could have some really important data there.

So anyway, it looks to be a great service. It does offer up everything you need such as an events calendar, online payment systems, member directories – all of the little bits and pieces for running a membership site. Now again, the content is not on your site; it’s contained on their site. Your website just interfaces with that website, so you’ve got to think about how that’s going to work for you.

At any rate, go check it out if you’re looking for a membership solution that you don’t have to go through a lot of headache to deal with. Check out Membership Works and I currently give it a 3-Dragon rating.

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So you’ll want to go check them out. For more information about this plugin, it’s over at graphcomment.com. Make sure you get in there, enter the contest today, and we’ll be drawing the winners first thing tomorrow morning. So thank you very much for all of those who have been participating in our contests and we will have another one coming up shortly hereafter.

Okay, the next plugin I have up for you is called CoolClock – a JavaScript Analog Clock. Now, I know a few episodes back I talked about a few different clock plugins and I had settled on what I thought was a really great clock plugin for a project I was working on where I needed to display multiple clocks in a widget to showcase the projects I’m working on with their multiple offices across the globe. I needed to showcase that in a very nice, clean way and I thought I’d found it. It worked well on my test site.

When I went to put it on the development site, I couldn’t get it to work and I was having problems and I didn’t find it for a little while, but it was a jQuery error and it was conflicting with the FooGallery, and a FooGallery was a must-use plugin. So I had to revert back, and I decided, “Well, let’s go back through that list of clocks I had looked at and see if one I missed.”

Well, this one I missed in the system. I needed something that was able to produce multiple clocks with shortcodes, set up multiple time zones, give a very clean look. This one here was even better than the first one I looked at. It gives you these really nice skins that you can choose from for your clocks. It can set up with a shortcode, so you can set up multiple clocks within one widget block.

You can also take this one here and it’s got another function that the other didn’t have, and that when you set up dial clocks and people see the dials, they don’t know if it’s a.m. or p.m., just off the dials of the clock. And with international time zones that I’m setting up, there’s some zones that would be in the a.m., some in the p.m. Well, this one here has another added thing that you can turn on that turns on a little digital function, which is in the middle of the clock face that tells the time in digital format and sets it for a.m./p.m.

Really nicely done, nicely laid out, an excellent plugin. It’s free, sets up well, functions, and it played well with the other plugins that are using jQuery, which was a major bonus. So go check this one out. It’s CoolClock – a JavaScript Analog Clock, and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

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Okay, the next plugin I have up here for you is called Edit Flow. Now, this plugin here is one that would be very useful, and you might be able to use it for yourself too if you’re a single author, but this seems to be mostly usable if you have multiple authors on your site. I have a client currently – we just launched their site. They have five people in their office, all of them contributing content, all of them doing it through separate login accounts so that they know who’s creating the content. But there’s still one overall person who manages the content and makes sure it’s happy.

This is a plugin to help you do that. It allows you to set up a work flow so that you can set up on here an edit flow that will allow you to go from the point of conception to completion. It has a calendar. You can set up so when certain content is due. You can set up custom statuses for the content, if it’s in edit, if it needs a review, if it needs a rewrite, if it needs to be published, set up all these different things.

It offers up the ability to add editorial comments that get passed back and forth with the notes so that if someone says, “Hey, take a look at this and read it,” the person who reads it can leave editorial comments, making suggestions on how to change it and make it better. It’s a really nice way to gain control of all your editorial content on your website, and something you will want to have a look at and check out.

A really nice little plugin. It seems to flow quite nicely from the free version. They do have a couple of premium support pieces in it that could be of help with you, so go check this out. It’s called Edit Flow and currently I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Okay, and finally we have ClassicPress options here for you. And of course, since the release of Gutenberg and its fallout, ClassicPress has been gaining ground, and I’ve noticed lately it’s gaining ground at even more rate. After this last week’s fiasco with WordPress (and if you haven’t heard about that, just go google “Jetpack and inserting ads.”  That’ll give you exactly what you need.) So anyway, I imagine ClassicPress will gain a few more people.

At any rate, this week here I have a plugin specifically for ClassicPress. They now have a list of plugins on the ClassicPress forums that will allow you to search up and see plugins that are written specifically for ClassicPress, not just for WordPress and ClassicPress, but pure ClassicPress.

This week here, what I have for you here is called Registration Honeypot, and this is a plugin that allows you to go in, plug it in turn it on. It adds a hidden input into the ClassicPress registration form and if the input contains any data when the form is submitted, the account won’t be created. This is a spammer prevention tool. I’m beginning to wonder, does this exist for WordPress? Because it would be a really nice tool to have, because I have sites that the spammers just won’t leave alone.

So at any rate, this is a very nice tool, fantastic, and free plugins that just work, do a job and do it right, only one thing for them: this gets a 5-Dragon rating. Go check it out: Registration Honeypot.

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Anyway, well that wraps up the plugins for this week. I covered up the Live Chat & Talk, which I gave a 3 to; the Membership Software, which I gave a 3 to; the CoolClock, which I gave a 5 to; and then the Edit Flow, which I gave a 4 to; and then the Registration Honeypot, which I gave a 5 to.

And one more time, I’d like to give a special shout-out to Steve Schmidt at nowowl.com for his donation of the WP Plugins A to Z logo. We thank you very much.

Also, the next WordPress Meetup, which if you didn’t catch it, you can go catch last night’s WordPress Meetup which was a presentation on WordPress SEO 101. The next Meetup is going to be on May 21st and the subject has yet to be determined. In fact, I might have a different speaker for that night, which would be cool for me – I mean one less presentation for me to actually prepare for. So go check it out. The information can be found at wppluginsatoz.com/meetup for all the information for that.

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And one final reminder just about the fact that I am looking for a WordPress developer would like a pro bono project, I am stacked to the gills with my pro bono projects. I can’t take on another one anymore. I’m full on that. At any rate, it is for a health cooperative and it is a really great local organization here in Victoria. If you would like to support and help them out in some way, please get a hold of me and I will get you hooked up with all the information to manage and maintain this site.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you, so thank you all for tuning in and listening to the show today. I greatly appreciate your time. Y’all have fun, take care. Bye-bye.

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Interview 33 with Shakhawat Sultan from RexTheme

Today’s interview is with Shakhawat Sultan from RexTheme, who have created a 360 degree virtual tour plugin.

This is the second interview with RexTheme, the last one was Interview 24. Their plugins have also been reviewed by us previously.

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

The WP VR plugin creates a virtual tour using 360 degree panoramic photo. It’s a much cheaper and more flexible alternative to making videos or hiring a camera crew. WP VR is designed for realtors to showcase homes, but it is also useful for hotel owners, theme parks, museums, etc.

You can use the plugin in both the Gutenberg editor and the classic WordPress editor.

Basic features include clickable info hot spots, buttons to take you to another room/place, and Gutenberg block support.
Premium also includes customizable hot spot buttons, an on-screen compass, unlimited scenes, and more.

We also talk about some of their other plugins and upcoming projects.

The free and premium versions of WP VR are available on their website, rextheme.com/wpvr/.
YouTube tutorials – RexTheme
Find them on Facebook – facebook.com/RexTheme/
Follow their twitter – @rexthemeltd

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