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It’s Episode 476 with plugins for Stock Picking, Stopping Hackers, Cleaning & Caching, Notices, Before & After, Restricting Users and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
John: Time for the meat potatoes. Okay, first off, ClassicPress Options, I do have one item for ClassicPress this week. It’s a plugin here. It’s called OpenLiteSpeed for ClassicPress, and this is a plugin to help speed up your website load. And I haven’t used it on the couple of ClassicPress sites I run, but I thought I would bring it to everyone’s attention as a ClassicPress-specific plugin to help cash and speed up your website. So go check this one out. It’s pretty cool. It’s called OpenLiteSpeed for ClassicPress. Okay. And what else we’ve got? We don’t have very much else for ClassicPress this week, just the usual stuff, the ClassicPress Club, the links to the forums, and the links to the plugins built specifically for ClassicPress.
Well, let’s move into the WordPress side of things. And what have I got for you this week on WordPress plugins? Okay, the first one I’ve got for you here is called Before After Image Slider, and this is a brand new plugin out there. And it’s one of those cool plugins where you can upload two different images and it creates a little slider bar that allows you to slide back and forth between the images. I mean, the coolest thing I’ve seen is used for is somebody who does photography here in Victoria, it’s something I thought about when I was doing my photography, is try to take a photo of an area of Victoria that existed a 100 years ago and then, overlay those two photos and have you slide back and forth to see how that area has changed. And there is a really cool website that does that here for Victoria. But it’s often used in those areas there, and it’s a really cool thing. Really great plugin, it seems to work great.
The one flaw I found with it, and it may happen as this plugin evolves is that you can only do one photo. In other words, two images or one overlaid photo. You can’t do multiples of it yet. And it does seem to work very well. But other than that, a really great plugin, go check it out. It’s called Before After Image Slider (AMP) and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.
Amber: And the first one I got is Restrict User Access. This plugin restricts anonymous users from accessing your choice of pages or posts. Say that there is like a group personal thread or things on your site that you just don’t want people to see unless they are willing to log in for one reason or another, then this is the kind of plugin you need. It gives you the option to choose what pages, posts, or anything on your site that you want to restrict. You can plug in as many of these pages or posts as you want and you can restrict to logged in, administrator only, not logged in only, editor only, author only, you get the idea.
Now, this plugin doesn’t have an upgrade, but it does have add-ons, and the add-ons seem pretty decent although each one costs $29. The add-ons are really just more categories that you can restrict, so you can definitely go without it. It works on its own just as is, completely free as is, doesn’t have a real upgrade. If a restriction is something you absolutely need then this is a good one for you to grab up. I rate it 5 Dragons.
John: All right. Well, it does sound like a pretty cool plugin. Go check that one out. Okay, next up, I have for you, it’s called Stock Charts by Public.com. And while I’ve tested a few of these in the past, this one here, in particular, seemed to work quite well in that while initially you look at it and you set it up and it asks for an API key et cetera. But then when I was reading it, it says well all you got to do is go to a post. You get a little button in your editor that adds the stock chart. You click the button, type in the stock you’re looking for, and then hit Enter, and it just places that stock chart on your poster page. A really cool plugin, it works quite well. Aside from some of the setup with it and the fact that they want you to go sign up for it, I thought it was a great way for you to get out there. And if you’re interested in stocks or you talk about them from time to time, maybe you want to throw a stock chart in, that is provided by Stock Charts by Public.com, a really cool plugin. Go check it out. I give this one a 4-dragon rating.
Amber: That sounds pretty cool. The next one I have is WP-Optimize – Clean, Compress, and Cache. This is a plugin designed to make your site faster and more efficient. It actually seems to work all right. The site I tested it on, there is not much on it, it’s a sandbox site, but it actually did make it a little faster. I like the settings on this plugin. They are very easy to customize, lots of options, very straightforward. It even gives you the option to do a page cache immediately and you can turn it off whenever you want. Once you turn it on though, it stays on until you turn it off.
It does have an upgrade, but it actually gives you everything you need in the free version to get you going. So you won’t really find yourself missing anything too much unless you want more advanced options, more advanced capabilities. It works pretty well it seems. It’s easy to personalize. You can set it up to work autonomously at any time of your choosing. So you can just set up and it will go at 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. if that’s what works for you for to do its thing. And it gives you all the basics you need to get started. But it does have an upgrade, so I rate it at 4 Dragons.
John: All right. Well, go check it out. And it comes from Team Updraft, so it’s an Updraft plugin, which they have produced pretty decent plugins for the most part. But, of course, they always want to upsell you.
Okay, the next one I’ve got here for you is called Simple Login Limit & Protect. And what this one here is this is a way to help protect your login on your website. Keep the spammers away. It doesn’t keep them away but helps bat them away, you know, keep them away for a little while and they can come back.
But what it does, in particular, is it sets up, and when a failed login attempt happens after whatever number you set, it locks it and no more attempts can be made on the site. Now the one nice feature about this is that they have is if one of your users messes up and needs to get in, they can hit the Reset Password, reset the password. And instead of being locked out for an x amount of time, they can reset the password and then reattempt at that point in time. It has a maximum timeframe of a lockout for 24 hours on it. But all in all, not a bad-looking plugin, very simple to set up, and allows you to put some basic preventative measures against your website to help smack the spammers away. Go check this one out. It is another plugin that’s brand new. It’s fresh out of the box. It’s only been about two weeks. I would say go check it out. I give this one Simple Login Limit & Protect, I give it a 4-Dragon rating.
Amber: Sounds like it could be useful.
John: Well, absolutely, anything to help bat the spammers away is useful.
Amber: Question, does it say how long it takes for the user to re-login?
John: Yeah, it sends up a warning window that says you failed a login. You’ve been locked out in four or five minutes till whatever timeframe you’ve set.
Amber: I mean after they reset their password.
John: Oh no, they can try and log in again immediately.
Amber: Oh cool, see that I like. I’ve had lots of times when I’ve forgotten my password, reset the password, and then I’ve to wait for 24 hours. That’s always driven me nuts.
Amber: All right. So the last one I’ve got, I really like this one. It’s Admin Notices Manager. This is a neat plugin. It moves all of your admin notices into its own little page, which you access on a tab at the top over on the right next to your profile picture. I don’t think WordPress really wants you to find this though because I had to search through three pages before I was able to find it on the plugin page. I spelled it correctly, caps and all, yet it was still well-hidden. So unless perhaps this is something that happens often, and I’ve just never come across it before, I don’t know.
John: It’s the WordPress’s typical search function.
Amber: But it was perfectly imitating.
John: Yeah, I know. I’ve done that. Put the exact title in there and sometimes I have to search by the plugin author name just to find a plugin.
Amber: Okay, so it is kind of something that’s more regular than I thought. I just haven’t come across it yet.
John: It could be because this plugin is brand new. It’s only two weeks old too.
Amber: It could be that, could be that. Well, for this plugin, there are no settings or anything, but you don’t really need them. You plug it in, activate it, and you get a little tab. The first notice that you get once you activate is a notice saying you have activated the plugin. And all the notices you get from that point on end up in your little tab. And you don’t get a popup or anything like that, the little number on the tab, it’s a little red number, it just changes with however many notices pop up.
John: I’ll have to try this one if it’s an actual Admin Notices Manager that works.
Amber: It’s really awesome and it’s totally free, you know, to upgrade. I rate this at 5.
John: Oh, absolutely.
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Okay, and that’s really all we got there. So closing out this episode, the plugins we covered were, I covered up Before After Image Slider (AMP), which I gave a 4 to, the Stock Charts by Public.com, which I gave a 4 to, and the Simple Login Limit & Protect, which I gave a 4 to.
Amber: Hang on. My ratings aren’t.
John: No they are not there, you’ll have to remember.
Amber: I don’t remember them. I have to go back and look.
John: Well, then scroll back up and down and look.
Amber: That’s what I’m doing.
John: Yeah, well, what’s the hassle?
Amber: So I covered Restrict User Access, I gave it a 5, and WP Optimize – Clean, Compress, Cache, I gave that a 4, and Admin Notices Manager, I gave that a 5 also.
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All right. And that’s really all we got for you today. Well, I guess it’s time now to have ourselves a tequila shot and enjoy this and let my girl take us on out of here. So off we go.
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