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Widget Attributes, Lottery Numbers, microdata, Resume pages

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 148

wordpress  Lottery NumberIt’s episode 148 and we’ve got plugins for Widget Attributes, Lottery Numbers, microdata, Resume pages and more. All coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Widget Attributes 0.2

The Lowdown:

This plugin will allow you to make easy customizations for css to your widgets. It gives you 2 additional fields in which you can assign an ID tag and a class tag for the widget in this way it makes the job of doing custom css allot easier since you no longer have to search the code for the specific instance you can assign it.

Rating 4 Dragon



 Limit Login Countries 0.6.2

The Lowdown:

This is a great little security plugin it works as either a whitelist or a black list using the maxmind geo ip database. This can be an additional security for your site preventing access from countries you know you will never have logins from.

Rating 4 Dragons


Lottery Number Generator 1.2

The Lowdown:

So you want to win the lottery this may be your plugin. Simply install and add this shortcode to a post  then click to pick your numbers.

Rating 3 Dragons



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Log User Stats

Requires: 3.0.1 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.7.1

Last Updated: 2013-11-19

Downloads: 60

Log User Stats provides an ongoing activity log for users on your WordPress installation. It displays the ‘Total Minutes“, “Number of Logins“, and “Average Time in Minutes Per Login” that each user has logged on the site. Stats can be exported to .CSV and can be reset manually. Statistics that track engagement are quite valuable. It helps to identify your most ardent readers and contributors. This could also serve the role as an audit log for people who charge for client work based on time.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Organization Schema WIdget

Requires: 3.5.0 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.7.1

Last Updated: 2013-11-14

Downloads: 88

Installing Organization Schema Widget enables you the opportunity to display the newest microdata. For those that are unfamiliar with what micro-data is and how it works, let’s take a second or two to break it down. As of June 2, 2011 Bing, Google and Yahoo! implemented a common schema set for micro-data markup on web pages. In order to further classify what entity a website represents, further meta data was developed by These different classifications identify different types of organizations. Current official classifications include a general category in addition to Corporations, Educational organizations, Government organizations, Local Business, NGO’s, Performing Groups and Sports Teams. The data can be as simple as contact information, but also as complex as social “interaction count” that accounts for all the shares and likes that your business entity has received. While not a lot of people are implementing this background micro-data, those who do find a clear strategic advantage within search engines. Another nice feature about this plugin is that I can embed the contact data into the widget, yet choose not to display it in text format. This setting would only display the data as meta data.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Resume Page

Requires: 3.5 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.7.1

Last Updated: 2013-11-19

Downloads: 13

Resume Page does one thing; it turns any page into a Resume Page. It has all the built in basics for what a resume needs, and more! It follows the traditional resume layout, and is completely customizable with built in design options and an area for custom CSS. You could turn every page of your site into a different resume page. It also has a smart templating feature that let’s developers in the house easily override the template. Just drop it into your child theme, and mod away.

Rating: 4 out of 5


**Rambling Last Words and Plugin Wrapup


John:  Lottery Number Generator – 3,  Limit Login Countries – 4, Widget Attributes – 4

Marcus: Log User Stats – 4, Organization Schema Widget – 4, Resume Page – 4



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