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It’s Episode 377 and we’ve got plugins for SmartLink Dynamic URLs, Ecommerce Merchant Reviews and Online Website Antivirus Protections. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
John: And they’re off…It’s Episode 377 and we’ve got plugins for SmartLink Dynamic URLs, Ecommerce Merchant Reviews, and Online Website Antivirus Protections, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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 here doing the show by myself again this week. Marcus is still off doing things – show coming to you live on Canadian Thanksgiving Day up here in Candanavia. We are enjoying our Thanksgiving weekend and I decided to just do this show live this week because I haven’t had time yet to prerecord the shows and have a little extra time.
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Okay, and first off today what I’ve got for you is a plugin that was sent in for review to us by Sebastion Rossi. It’s called SmartLink Dynamic URLs. This plugin here is a plugin that helps you redefine the meaning of what a web link is. It allows you to insert up to five URLs to a single link; each URL selected randomly on a page load as to what that link will go to. They’ve also added a new functionality for geotargeting, so you can geotarget the people who show up on your page and have the link go to specific links, depending on where they’re located or coming from out there on the globe. So it’s a pretty useful tool that could help you out quite a bit with your website.
And this is one that can actually be useful if you’ve got lots of different links available or if you’ve got links that you’re doing some marketing on, you’re doing some A-B testing, you want to direct people to different products depending on where they’re located. Maybe you run a site that has multiple stores and other things. You’ve got one link; you can direct them to the correct store depending on where they’re geolocated from. Now, geolocation does have its problems but it’s generally pretty good.
You can attach several URLs to a single anchor text also. It’s useful for all kinds of links and it’s really a great little plugin. Checking it out, it looks like something that could be very useful somewhere down the road. So anyway, give it a good checkout. It’s called SmartLink Dynamic URLs and I gave it a 5-Dragon rating.
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And contests – we do have a contest that will be live later this afternoon hopefully. For October we are giving away a copy of the Interactive U.S. Map that was donated by Botrous from the U.S. Maps plugin that we reviewed back in Episode 368 of the show, and this is a plugin that we gave a 5 out of 5 rating to – Marcus reviewed it. I remember reviewing it quite some time back and I gave it the same rating. It’s an excellent plugin – WP Maps Plugins – and it offers a wide range of professional interactive mapping tools. Not just the United States but also offers other countries. Now, we’re only giving away the United States map, but really a great plugin for helping building interactive maps and it is the pro version that they’re giving away for us. So go check out wppluginsatoz.com for contests to enter the contest and get more information on that plugin.
All right, next up what we have for you…we have the plugin that was sent in to us by Jonathan Acosto. It’s a premium plugin, third-party service. I didn’t fully check out the service but it does look like something very interesting if you’re running an e-commerce website.
What it does is it allows you to deal with all the merchant data and get reviews on your website. They have numerous ways in which they go through and figure out the reviews for the products that are listed in your store and they base their reviews a lot on chargeback ratios. They hook into your credit card processor data somehow – your IPN data that comes in to your website. They use that to help figure it out. They also take into consideration the reviews made by customers and they use all of these things in their own algorithmic formula to give out a review of the products on your website.
And it’s a really great, useful tool. It could be of value to you if you’re running an e-commerce site. This one here is for of course WordPress itself, so you might want to check this one out if you’re running an e-commerce store. See if it’s something that could fit you. From everything I looked at, it looks like it could be a 4-Dragon-worth plugin, so I will give it a 4-Dragon rating. Go check it out. It is called the Boltron an Ecommerce Merchant Reviews Plugin, and it does look kind of interesting.
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And finally, what do we got? Oh, we just have the last plugin I’ve got to talk about here. This one here is another plugin that was sent in to us. This was sent in by Alan Wait. It’s a third-party service. It’s called WebDefender and this is a third-party service. I haven’t created my account with them yet to fully test it, so I’ve gone through and just reviewed everything that it does. But it is a free service at the moment. I imagine eventually they’ll have to charge for it because let’s face it: nothing’s truly free out there in the world today.
But what it does for you is it gives some smart protections on your website, help prevent hacker attacks, security, anti-spam protection, it helps stop brute force bot attacks, it provides a smart firewall, so it might be something similar to WordFence, which – who knows? If this one checks out, I might want to do it but third-party services, you know, I hem and haw about third-party services. They’ve got good things and bad things.
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And it also provides some diagnostic information for you for vulnerabilities detection, blacklist monitoring, built-in malware removal, security hardening, and some GDPR tools for those of you that have to deal with the GDPR. (Well, which is a fair number of us, unfortunately.)
At any rate, it looks like a pretty great plugin. Being a third-party service though, I can’t give it a 5 because third-party services are always kind of tough, so I give this one a 4-Dragon rating. It’s called WebDefender and go check it out if you aren’t already happy with the setup on your site, looking for something different for security protection for your WordPress website, give this one a go and check it all out.
All right, so before I head to closing out the episode, I know that I’m doing things a little bit different. I decided to, you know, take my Canadian Thanksgiving holiday and do a live show instead of prerecorded shows, because I haven’t had the chance to catch up on my prerecorded shows as it’s been very busy the last month for me. It set me behind the 8-ball quite a bit. For those of you that have been following me, you know the full details of it. Simply to say, my father passed away and it was a tough go for a little while.
At any rate there, what I’m going to do I may do for a little while is do an occasional Monday show when I have the extra time to pop one in. You’ll just have to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notifications of when they’re happening and see what’s up. And Marcus may or may not be able to appear with me on those Mondays aside from the dedicated Monday which is the first Monday of every month and when we prerecord the shows. So we’ll see how it goes.
This month here is a little bit of an oddball for me, so it could just be me doing it and I’ll have to bring in a little more information just to make the show a little bit better than just me with three plugins. I may have to bring it to four or a couple others or bring in a little bit of information. I’ll try to put that here at the end of the show so that you’re not wasting all of your time.
At any rate, closing out this episode of the show here, I covered up the SmartLink Dynamic URLs, which I gave a 5 to; the plugin that allows you to put as many as five URLs into one link on your website or into an anchor text. The Boltron an Ecommerce Merchant Reviews Plugin, which allows you to set up and determine what your store ranking or rating might be. It looked like an interesting kind of plugin to check out. And also I covered up the WebDefender, which is the free website security protection plugin for WordPress – third-party service but still a free service. And as we know, most free services usually end up paid after a while – they have to. They’ve got to pay their bills, too.
And as a few reminders here, please check out our YouTube screencast. For those of you that like to watch live, tomorrow evening, the 9th of October starting at 6:30 Pacific Time will be the livestream of the Victoria WordPress Meetup group where we have two speakers: myself giving a presentation on how to choose the correct theme for your WordPress website and then my buddy Shawn who is giving a presentation on all the cool things you can do with GravityForms. He does some amazing things with GravityForms and he’s gonna showcase them all to us and he’s even got a link to his slide notes and everything else which will be published shortly after the presentation. So it’s something you’ll want to check out just to see what we’re doing out here on the West Coast of Canada as we expand our WordPress Meetup group.
And also, you’ll see more WordPress training videos up and coming. I’ve got my new computer online; I just don’t have it completely organized and set up. But as soon as that’s online, more training videos and other things will be coming your way.
So that pretty much wraps up everything I’ve got for you. I’ll let my girl take it out to say thank you very much for stopping in and listening to us.
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