WordPress Plugins A-Z #173

It’s episode 173 and we’ve got plugins for Feed Readers, Admin Tool Tips, Print Sharing, Ratings, Post Editor Tools and enhanced Maintenance Mode. All coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Robert has a question about creating sound clips as song previews. Unfortunately there is nothing in WordPress that can edit audio yet. You’ll have to create your own preview clips.

WordPress Plugin Reviews From John Overall

[plugin_name src=”smart-maintenance-mode”]

  • Repository page: [plugin_name src=”smart-maintenance-mode”] at WordPress.org
  • Plugin Home page: [plugin_name src=”smart-maintenance-mode”] Home Page
  • Current version: [plugin_version src=”smart-maintenance-mode”]
  • Last Updated: [plugin_last_updated src=”smart-maintenance-mode”]
  • Requires: [plugin_requires src=”smart-maintenance-mode”]
  • Tested up to: [plugin_tested src=”smart-maintenance-mode”]
  • Downloads all time: [plugin_dl src=”smart-maintenance-mode”]
  • Average rating: [plugin_rating src=”smart-maintenance-mode”]
  • Number of ratings: [plugin_num_ratings src=”smart-maintenance-mode”]

Download [plugin_name src=”smart-maintenance-mode”]
[plugin_name src=”smart-maintenance-mode”] Overview:

This is a nice simple maintenance mode plugin that has some great configurations. You can limit access by user role, access by IP or even an IP range, you can choose the preset page which is very simple or you can add you own custom information all in all a pretty good maintenance plugin.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Premium Plugin

submitted by Craig.

SharePrints Gallery


While this is a pretty great gallery plugin the biggest flaw I found in ti was the lack of ability to add images in bulk, you have to select them on at a time. The install and setup is easy enough and choosing to display the gallery a breeze just create your galleries and then insert into posts/pages via the quick button. Then choose your layout This ia a pretty good plugins for the price of $39.

SharePrints Gallery Overview:

Rating: 4 out of 5

[plugin_name src=”orbital-feed-reader”]

  • Repository page: [plugin_name src=”orbital-feed-reader”] at WordPress.org
  • Plugin Home page: [plugin_name src=”orbital-feed-reader”] Home Page
  • Current version: [plugin_version src=”orbital-feed-reader”]
  • Last Updated: [plugin_last_updated src=”orbital-feed-reader”]
  • Requires: [plugin_requires src=”orbital-feed-reader”]
  • Tested up to: [plugin_tested src=”orbital-feed-reader”]
  • Downloads all time: [plugin_dl src=”orbital-feed-reader”]
  • Average rating: [plugin_rating src=”orbital-feed-reader”]
  • Number of ratings: [plugin_num_ratings src=”orbital-feed-reader”]

Download [plugin_name src=”orbital-feed-reader”]
[plugin_name src=”orbital-feed-reader”] Overview:

This is a great feed reader especially if you are doing research for a post or if you are like many people out there who write additional articles based on what they read. This make it easy to get a pull quote from an article and drop it right into a post. While the layout and functionality is a little raw in its appearance it seems to work very well and to give it a good go I added it to my secret blog site as a place to test some ranting on article and stories. And it seems to work quite well..

Rating: 4 out of 5

WordPress Plugin Reviews From Marcus Couch

[plugin_name src=”better-admin-pointers”]

  • Repository page: [plugin_name src=”better-admin-pointers”] at WordPress.org
  • Plugin Home page: [plugin_name src=”better-admin-pointers”] Home Page
  • Current version: [plugin_version src=”better-admin-pointers”]
  • Last Updated: [plugin_last_updated src=”better-admin-pointers”]
  • Requires: [plugin_requires src=”better-admin-pointers”]
  • Tested up to: [plugin_tested src=”better-admin-pointers”]
  • Downloads all time: [plugin_dl src=”better-admin-pointers”]
  • Average rating: [plugin_rating src=”better-admin-pointers”]
  • Number of ratings: [plugin_num_ratings src=”better-admin-pointers”]

Download [plugin_name src=”better-admin-pointers”]
[plugin_name src=”better-admin-pointers”] Overview:
This plugin allows creation and placement of Admin Pointers (those little blue help boxes) on any page or post, including custom post types. It creates a custom post type called Pointers to store information. You need to add the following info to make it work:

Title – the part in the blue title bar
Main content area
Pointer id – A unique id so that it can be tracked in the WP DB as dismissed
Screen – What page/screen it should appear on
Target – CSS id or class we want the pointer to attach to on the screen above
Position Edge – top, bottom, left, or right
Position Align – top, bottom, left, right, or middle

Overall this is a really great plugin for creating small areas of help within your WordPress installation. Great customization features that allow you to get into very finite detail.

Rating: 4 out of 5

[plugin_name src=”editor-color-on-word-count”]

  • Repository page: [plugin_name src=”editor-color-on-word-count”] at WordPress.org
  • Plugin Home page: [plugin_name src=”editor-color-on-word-count”] Home Page
  • Current version: [plugin_version src=”editor-color-on-word-count”]
  • Last Updated: [plugin_last_updated src=”editor-color-on-word-count”]
  • Requires: [plugin_requires src=”editor-color-on-word-count”]
  • Tested up to: [plugin_tested src=”editor-color-on-word-count”]
  • Downloads all time: [plugin_dl src=”editor-color-on-word-count”]
  • Average rating: [plugin_rating src=”editor-color-on-word-count”]
  • Number of ratings: [plugin_num_ratings src=”editor-color-on-word-count”]

Download [plugin_name src=”editor-color-on-word-count”]
[plugin_name src=”editor-color-on-word-count”] Overview:
Google or other search engines love longer articles because of in-depth keywords and detailed analysis (if required). Editor Color on Word Count plugin helps you in achieving this goal as it automatically changes the color of the content editor based on number if words written yet for that article. For example, if you have written 90 words so far, the editor color would be light red and when you cross the 100 words limit, it changes to yellow. After 300 words, it automatically changes to green which means now you have crossed your set goal and keep writing.

Rating: 4 out of 5

[plugin_name src=”rating-review-matrix”]

  • Repository page: [plugin_name src=”rating-review-matrix”] at WordPress.org
  • Plugin Home page: [plugin_name src=”rating-review-matrix”] Home Page
  • Current version: [plugin_version src=”rating-review-matrix”]
  • Last Updated: [plugin_last_updated src=”rating-review-matrix”]
  • Requires: [plugin_requires src=”rating-review-matrix”]
  • Tested up to: [plugin_tested src=”rating-review-matrix”]
  • Downloads all time: [plugin_dl src=”rating-review-matrix”]
  • Average rating: [plugin_rating src=”rating-review-matrix”]
  • Number of ratings: [plugin_num_ratings src=”rating-review-matrix”]

Download [plugin_name src=”rating-review-matrix”]
[plugin_name src=”rating-review-matrix”] Overview:

Rating: 3 out of 5

Plugins Overview:
John’s Plugins: [plugin_name src=”slug1″] – 2, [plugin_name src=”slug2″] – 4, [plugin_name src=”slug3″] – 4
Marcus’ Plugins: [plugin_name src=”better-admin-pointers”] – 4, [plugin_name src=”editor-color-on-word-count”] – 4, [plugin_name src=”rating-review-matrix”] – 3

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4 replies
  1. Craig Rentmeester
    Craig Rentmeester says:

    Hi John & Marcus,

    Thank you reviewing SharePrints image gallery plugin on episode 173 of your podcast. I wanted to clear up the confusion about adding multiple images to gallery as you are building it….You can add images in bulk to a gallery by holding down the Shift key. This allows you select multiple images at once from the Media Library. Once your images are selected, you can insert them into the gallery you are building.


  2. Stephen Cronin
    Stephen Cronin says:

    Guys… As someone who used to live in China my heart sank a little when you talked about blocking users from China… Apart from that, another great show.

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