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It’s Episode 468 with plugins for Discussions, Discussions , Discussions, Moving your stuff, Sponsors, Sponsors, Sponsors and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
John: Okay, here we go. Off to the meat and potatoes. All right, first off, ClassicPress Options. I do have some ClassicPress Options, thanks to my marketing manager who provided me with some because have been too off to go hunt for some. Now, these are some ClassicPress plugins; I have yet to test them, but they look good. They’re going in unrated, but it is something to go check out and they all come from ZigPress, and ZigPress has produced a few plugins.
They’ve got one out called Recent Tweets. This is a plugin that fetches tweets from an account and displays them in a widget on your WordPress website, so basically, it’s a Twitter widget. So, a nice plugin for that if you want to get your Twitter stuff into your ClassicPress website.
The next one up here is the ClassicPress Free Roundup for May 2020, so this is a roundup of plugins for ClassicPress from 2020, so there’s a few plugins in this list, so this is more of an article than it is a plugin itself. So you might want to check out this link, go read this article to find out what it is.
The next one from ZigPress is called ZP Multiple Roles. This is a plugin to allow the administration to allocate multiple roles to users. The capabilities of a user with more than one role.
They’ll have a combination of all the capabilities of the roles that you give them, so I guess they could be an administrator – well, an administrator is everything it wants, so I guess you could make them a subscriber and maybe one role has access to only do one other thing on your site and you can give them that role, and now they have their subscriber and that one other role. So yeah, there’s lots of ways this could be used. So this is designed for your ClassicPress website and you’ll want to go check this out. Go check out this article and other things to see what ZigPress has on the offering for people.
And of course, we have the usual ClassicPress news and resources from the ClassicPress Club, the ClassicPress Forum, CodePotent’s Plugin Directory, and more. All those links are in the Show Notes, so go check them out, folks.
Okay, so what do we got for WordPress plugins? And this week in WordPress plugins I do have a few. The first one up here, this one was sent in to me by Igor Benic, and Igor is the one that’s from the Simple Giveaways plugin, and this is another one he calls Simple Sponsorships. And this looks like an interesting plugin; I haven’t had a chance yet to test it, but it does look pretty good. And if the quality matches the Simple Giveaways plugin, this’ll be well worth checking out.
So what it does for you is it allows you to set up a simple sponsorship on your site, set up sponsorship packages, multiple levels, assign those packages to different content on your site.
And when people register by the sponsorship, their name gets attached to that particular content, their name, their logo – all the little bits and pieces to show they’re sponsoring that content. So this is a very useful tool. It’s one I’m going to look to see how it can be incorporated into WP Plugins so that people could sponsor a show or a page or a post. You know, if I ever get back to writing again, I used to write tons of articles. You can go back in my history and you’ll see all these articles I used to write. I just haven’t had the energy or drive to deal with that stuff these last couple of years. But this is something that could be useful. So go check it out. Currently, at its simple state, this is a premium plugin. It has a premium version of the plugin. I give this one a 4-Dragon rating. Wait until I get a good checkout of the premium plugin. I’ll come revisit this and give it a proper rating at that time.
Okay, next up, this is a plugin I may or may not have covered in a past show a year or two ago, but it’s also come back to my attention as I have to reuse it again for another client’s website, and this is the client now wants a forum on their website and one that works very well, very easily, creates great categories, has a lot of good customizations in it. This is called the Asgaros Forum, and this forum is lightweight, sets up very well, great categories. It’s not too hard if you dig into the CSS to get in there and customize it up to make it do things that it might not supposed to do, but I’ve made it do some really interesting stuff when I used it before, because I’m familiar with it and it is a great forum that works well. I’m going to be using it again and of course it is a free plugin, and of course it gets a full 5-Dragon rating.
Okay, the next one I’ve got here for you. This one was sent in to me by Angel Lemus and it’s called Migrate Guru – Migrate and Clone WordPress Free. And what Angel had to say about it,
Migrate Guru is the fastest way to migrate WordPress sites. It simplifies difficult WordPress migrations from one hosting company to another. It automatically rewrites URLs, bypasses import/export scripts, and handles serialized data, and it also can clone WordPress sites without any manual work, addons, or additional tools.
He didn’t give it a rating but judging by this, I’d say he’d rated it at a 5-Dragon rating.
So it does look like an interesting plugin to check out if you’re looking to migrate or clone a WordPress website. I would test it on a clone, go put it on somewhere else, see how it works.
Not one I’d heard about or ever used, so I don’t know anything about this one. But it was sent in. I take the word for it and I run with it.
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Okay, now I do have a special treat for you this week. I do have a SpeakPipe that was given out to me, so I’m just going to let it play from Christian and let it speak for itself and I’ll comment after.
Hey John, how ya doing? My name is Christian Petrosky. I love this! This is – I wish we had more of this on more sites, you could leave a voice message. This is great. I’m big into voice-based, too. We just started a company called ShoutWorks that is a WordPress plugin that allows you to publish an Alexa skill from your WordPress site in one click. And I’d love to see, you know, how we might get featured on the podcast somehow. We’ve got our weekly newsletter that goes out to around 100,000 WordPress site owners, so we’d love to like feature you in exchange for a feature as well. You know, as a startup, we’re trying to, you know, just build some buzz and do what we can, but of course I would want to help you out as well. So yeah, so you can reach me at or – yeah, or just go to shoutworks.com and if you use the little bubble there to chat, I’ll most likely be the one to pick it up as well. But yeah, looking forward to talking with you. I love the podcast. Thanks a lot. Have a great one. Bye.
Alrighty, thanks a lot, Christian. So basically you send me an ad; I’ll play it. Because that’s basically what that was. But he did offer a fair exchange. So at any rate, I’m going to stick my marketing manager on that because that’s her job, not mine, and I do have his email if you noticed the chunk in the center that was cut out. I didn’t, you know, want to broadcast his email out, so I cut that part out of it. But the rest of it, exactly the same, you use the SpeakPipe, send me an ad, hey, I’ll play it. Why not? I don’t mind at all. You know, you might get something out of it maybe you’ll feel guilty and give me something back.
So at any rate, we’ll reach out to him and go check out ShoutWorks. It does sound kind of interesting and that’s all I’ve got for feedback this week. So feel free, send me an email, send me SpeakPipes – anything. I get it in here, good, bad, the ugly. Let me know how I’m doing. I’d really appreciate that. I used to get lots of feedback, but I get minimal amounts now.
Okay, finally we come down to contests. Well, I don’t have a contest yet. I do need to finish talking to a couple of people and get them wrapped up and get the information set in a proper place so that when the contest is over, I haven’t lost it. So they will be coming. We will have them back on a regular and consistent basis once again. We have these spells. If you’ve been listening for any length of time, you know I have these spells where I have no contests for a while, mainly because my life is just a little too busy for it.
So at any rate, that’s all I’ve got. Closing out this episode, the plugins that were covered are the Simple Sponsorships, which I gave a 4 to; the Asgaros Forum, which I gave a 5 to; and the Migrate Guru – Migrate and Clone WordPress Free, which I gave a 5 to.
And of course, I’ve got a couple of quick reminders here now. This is a little bit of a notification for folks out there. I’ll still be taking people to join on the show occasionally but starting next week there’s going to be a new cohost and I’m not going to give you any information about it this week. You’re just going to have to tune in to next week’s episode to find out who the new cohost is and if that cohost will fit the criteria for the show. So I could tell you this much about the cohost: the cohost is a virgin, so we’ll leave it at that. All right, it’s going to be a fun time on the next show.
Okay, the meetup of course in June was a good success. I cancelled the one for July. I’m still looking to see if I can do one on a weekend in August. I will have more information as I get that one worked out. You want to know more about it? Go to wppluginsatoz.com/meetup where it will be posted because it will not be at Meetup.com. We won’t be using that forum any longer.
Okay, and again, I said if you would like to be interviewed for a show, please reach out to me at wppluginsatoz.com/interview, and I do actually have to do an interview with a developer later today, and so I’ll have a new interview coming next week.
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That’s pretty much all I’ve got, so I’m gonna let my girl take us on out of here. Oh, wait a sec. We’ve got tequila! We need to do that because stepping on her when she’s giving us the exit, she gets upset at me for some reason. Actually, she listens to the show and I don’t understand why. But, down the hatch. Wow, that’s good tequila. I think I need to invest in some – wow, some 1800 or something. It’s really high quality. At any rate, I’m gonna let my girl take us on out of here and if you’d like to leave any comments, please do and we’ll – out we go.
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