WordPress Seminars – October 2018

For our meeting there will be two presentations about WordPress with time for questions and a break. This months presentations will be made by Shawn DeWolfe and John Overall. The first presentation will be on “All the cool stuff you can do with Gravity Forms” by Shawn DeWolfe and the second will be on “How to Choose a theme for your WordPress website” by John Overall. Please bring a pen, paper, your questions and laptop if you like. There will not be any tables available.

If you have any suggestions on future presentations, presenters or locations, please message Sherri Lynn or leave a message on the message board and we will look at creating a presentation for it.

You must RSVP so we know how many to expect as space is limited.
Please bring $5 cash to pay John upon arrival.

Parking: Immediate street parking is residential only. This is highly monitored by the residents. There is a parkade near by and some street parking away from the Fisgard St Forum.

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WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 373 Disabling Toolbars, Intro Pages, Site Cleaners

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Victoria WordPress Workshop

Welcome back from Summer vacation. For our seminars, we will be covering two topics per Meetup session. Please bring a pen, paper, your questions and laptop if you like. There will not be any tables available.

For this meeting there will be two presentations about WordPress with time for questions and a break. Both presentations will be made by John Overall. The first presentation will be on the “Basics of setting up a website” and the second will be on “How to set up the Yoast plugin”.

If you have any suggestions on future presentations, presenters or locations, please message Sherri Lynn or leave a message on the message board and we will look at creating a presentation for it.

You must RSVP so we know how many to expect as space is limited.
Please bring $5 cash to pay John upon arrival.

Draft template – Transcript of Episode 325 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #371 here.


It’s Episode 371 and we’ve got plugins for Content Redirects, Plugin Notes, Conversion Tracking, Custom Author Profiles and Read-Only Admins. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #371

Marcus:           It’s Episode 371 and we’ve got plugins for Content Redirects, Plugin Notes, Conversion Tracking, Custom Author Profiles and Read-Only Admins. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

[Intro]

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.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you today but right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, leaving us a review and hopefully soon, we will be up on Spotify.

Marcus:           Yeah, I want to say to the audience, you’re slacking when it comes to iTunes. We had one review in the last year.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           One – one.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           You are slacking, people – slacking.

John:                And that’s where the majority of our listeners come from.

Marcus:           Yeah, so if you’re listening to us and you download this podcast in iTunes or the Apple Podcasts, or whatever they’re calling it these days, stop right now, pause the show, go to our page, give us a review. That’s the price of admission for today’s show. Go do it.

John:                There you go.

Marcus:           All right, next, you can check out all of our training videos, screencasts, watch us live, all the stuff on YouTube, and watch us live at noon the first of every month, and that’s actually next week, so be prepared. Come on, join us. Ask us some live questions. We’ll be happy to talk to you.

You can follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and also while you’re at our website, subscribe to our newsletter. That’s where you’re gonna find special discounts on items, you’re gonna find all the latest WordPress news, security bulletins – all that kind of stuff. It comes out every single week on Thursday. You’ve got no excuse. You need to get our newsletter; that’s where we talk about all the other stuff because on this podcast we talk about plugins.

John:                Absolutely, and with that being said, let’s jump right into the meat and potatoes.

[Plugins lead-in music]

Okay, first up this week I have a couple of plugins coming up that are replacement plugins. The first one here is called rw Quick Page and Post Redirects. Now, this is a replacement plugin for the Quick Page Post Redirect plugin. And one of the reasons for this is if you’ve had a website online for any length of time, being anywhere from two to five to seven years (which one of my clients I’ve been working with for several years now), we’ve got quite a few plugins there that we used way back when we built it.

But of course as time goes on, some of the plugins you like and you use that are really stable are getting older – three, four years old, they haven’t been updated in a while, they’ve got a couple of glitches. They’ve been abandoned. Well, you’ve got a choice: you can either redo the plugin yourself and upgrade it or go look for a replacement. And I’m noticing more and more and it’s something I’m actually doing myself; I’m hiring a small developer to help me do this is to take some of these old, abandoned plugins, fork them, update them, and re-upload them and use them to give away for people.

Now this one here, the rw Quick Page and Post Redirects plugin, this is a direct replacement for the Quick Page Post Redirect plugin. The author of the rw one, he took and forked the original one, used the original data – the original data blocks in WordPress, so this is a really simple replacement if you happen to have been using that plugin. You just deactivate the old one, reactivate the new one – all your data is still intact and in the same places except for it works a little better. It’s smoother, the bugs have been fixed in it and it’s a really great replacement plugin. So go check this out: the rw Quick Page and Post Redirects plugin.

If you don’t need it as a replacement and you just want something that’s a quick redirect plugin, this one here, what it does for you, it allows you to create 301 redirects quickly and easily directly from your post or page if you’re gonna redirect them, or you can create a list. You can also import a list that’s pipe delimited and insert that whole list of redirects into your site. A whole lot of nice, simple ways to do the redirects on your page and posts. So go check it out and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Awesome – that’s nice. All right, the first plugin I’ve got out of the gate is called Sys…ah, easy for me to say. It’s called Simple Custom Author Profiles and it actually simplifies the process of adding custom information to a user or an author account. It allows you to add custom fields to a user’s edit page without all kinds of crazy advanced custom field stuff or anything like that. It’s really easy. The new fields are automatically included in the user edit page once they are created and easily inserted into WordPress template files.

So if you’ve got multiple authors or you want to jazz up your own author profile, this really helps to improve kind of the off-the-shelf stock WordPress author page that is out there. It’s called Simple Custom Author Profiles and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s kind of nice! That’s similar to the plugin I covered up in that last episode or the episode before.

Marcus:           Yeah, actually. That’s what inspired me to bring this one.

John:                Yeah, absolutely. A great plugin. Okay, and this show here currently brought to you by…

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Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                It’s a really great plugin. It works great.

Marcus:           Yeah, I’m gonna actually either ask them to let me have a license or I’m gonna buy that one myself for my own new podcast – yeah.

John:                It’s cheap; I bought one for a client of mine who wanted to do it and I was like, “Here’s the plugin for you,” so yeah.

Marcus:           What is it? Like $20, $30 bucks?

John:                Yeah, it was $30. It wasn’t that expensive.

Marcus:           Huh!

John:                I can’t remember now — $30 to $40 – somewhere around in there.

Marcus:           Good.

John:                It’s a good license and the plugin has got a lot of useful tools. They do have a free version if you just need limited amounts, you know.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                They do have a free version of the plugin. The pro version just gives you more features.

Marcus:           Yeah, I want to find a giveaway thing that also not only just has somebody sign up —

John:                Mm-hm?

Marcus:           — but you have to do things. Like you’ve got to tweet it out, you’ve got to do – you know, you’ve gotta link to it or whatever. You know?

John:                No.

Marcus:           I’ve been in those kinds of things but anyway…

John:                There are plugins to do that, too.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                To enter the contests you must send this tweet before you’ll get the page that allows you to enter.

Marcus:           Exactly – or however many tweets you get and retweets you get, then that’s how many entries you get.

John:                Oh, the plugin does that.

Marcus:           Oh, it does?

John:                Yeah, this plugin here, it gives them a unique URL code that if they retweet it all out, they get additional entries into the contest.

Marcus:           Oh, excellent. Okay.

John:                And then you can —

Marcus:           It just might be the one I’m looking for.

John:                — you can set the number of entries they get. Like if the tweet it out, they can get one entry or if they tweet it out, they can get five additional entries.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                So you can set any number you want.

Marcus:           Hm.

John:                But it’s like anyone who retweets our contests to refer people, they get an additional entry into the contests.

Marcus:           Oh! A secret for all of you contest people out there.

John:                There you go. And I guess we should talk more about that with the contests. I seem to have forgotten that feature.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                We will do that in future shows.

Marcus:           Great!

John:                All right, well this brings us up to our next set of plugins here. The next one I’ve got is another replacement plugin. This is Plugin Notes Plus, and this one here is to replace a plugin called Plugin Notes. And what this plugin does for you, if you work on multiple websites such as myself, sometimes I’ll install a plugin on a website and I’ll come back to it and I’ll say, “What did I install that for? Because I can’t remember it.” It was something one-off for that site.

Well, what this plugin does is it allows you – it creates a column in your plugin list and you can create notes there and write down what you put that plugin in there for.

Marcus:           Hm!

John:                What it does, why you created it, what it’s there for. I did this for a client of mine who wanted to know what all the plugins were and we were using the Plugin Notes plugin, and that plugin now is four years since it’s been updated and it’s starting to have a little bit of glitchiness and starting to have problems with PHP 7.1, so I needed to replace it. And I found this one here, which while not in the exact match, was close enough to – it still gave me the plugin notes in the same or similar format, which is what I needed. So it’s a really great plugin. Go check it out: Plugin Notes Plus and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! All right – boy, there’s a lot of cool plugins in this podcast and I’m gonna continue with that roll. One of the biggest gaps besides the shopping cart (which we talked about last week for WooCommerce) is conversion tracking. There’s a huge gap. If you want to use your own JavaScript or use a tag manager or things like that to integrate into your analytics tracking, really you have almost no out-of-the box tracking when it comes to WooCommerce. You don’t have variations as far as cart, what items are put in the cart, what’s checked out, what order confirmations are, or things like that. You have nothing out of the gate.

Well this plugin, Conversion Tracking for WooCommerce, actually fills that gap for you. It allows you to set different variables on URLs that represent the cart, the checkout, and the order confirmation, so that you can track every single stage of your website in terms of the e-commerce stuff. That’s huge, because if you can’t test it, you can’t improve it. That’s just the way that it goes.

John:                Absolutely.

Marcus:           So check this one out if you do any sort of e-commerce on a heavy basis and you get into tracking and analytics and things. This is the tool for you. It is called Conversion Tracking for WooCommerce and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                There’s a useful tool for figuring out what they’re putting in their cart, what they’re checking out with, and what they’re taking out of their cart.

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                You know, why do they take it out of their cart? Was it too expensive? Did they not like it? Not the color? Hey, good – good information. You can enhance your site.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                Okay, and of course the show, we love listener feedback. We’re always looking for it and if you would like to get some listener feedback featured here on the show, reach out to us via our Contact page, SpeakPipe, leave us a message, email us direct. All the links are in the show notes for that. Reach out to us through our social media: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. All of those areas there, we do try to reach back out at you through the social media, and if not, we’ll definitely get it into the show and answer questions for you. A great way for you to get some expert advice and not cost you any money, so leave us some feedback, folks. We’d really appreciate it.

And this show, value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And because of that, we like to acknowledge when people give us $50 or more by reading out the note they give us and leaving them links in our show notes. Also, those below $50 are left anonymous, mostly because well, $50 is the break-even point.

And a big thank you to all our donors out there and we really appreciate your help with the show. And if you’d like to support the show, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate to support the show. Lots of ways there you can donate to the show.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                And our final set of plugins today is the last one I’ve got for you here is called Better Click to Tweet, and this is the free version of it, and it is a great plugin that makes it easy for your visitors to tweet out your content with a pre-prepared tweet. You write out the tweet, you put the hashtags in there that you want to go out, and all they have to do is two clicks away from sending out the tweet.

They click it, it pops up the Twitter window, they verify it, and it’s gone – provided they’re signed into their Twitter, which most people are on their computers anyway. So a really great tool. If you get the premium version of it, it gives you the ability to customize the tweet you’re going to send out, the way it looks on your site, to turn it into a block, give it colors, make it stand out more against your content.

We currently use this plugin on wppluginsatoz.com and I use it regularly to send out the tweets of when a show goes live. I go in there and click it to send out a tweet, so it’s a really great tool. It makes it easy, helps encourage people to tweet out your content to get it out there more than it normally is. Check it out: Better Click to Tweet, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Very nice! If you’re gonna use that, make sure you have them @youruserID, too —

John:                Oh.

Marcus:           — so that you can tell.

John:                This automatically does that.

Marcus:           Beautiful!

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           All right. Okay, I’ve got a very unique plugin to end the show with here and then the month. It is called Readministrator. It is short for Read Only Administrator. It sound kind of weird, but when I describe it you’re gonna be like, “Ah, that makes perfect sense.” So what this does is it allows users to get a “readministrator” role – not an administrator role, but a readministrator. In other words, they can just see things – no editing is allowed by this particular access level.

So these users have all the privilege of editors but they don’t have the ability to do anything with them at all. So they can see all of the admin settings, they can do a full audit, they can look at all the plugins, all the posts, all the themes – all that stuff. They just can’t change anything. Now this is perfect for any of those times that you want somebody to look at something to see if there is an error or something like that and you don’t necessarily want to give them edit access to the site. This is great – and by the way, clients, too. Don’t let them change things but let them see everything.

John:                Yep!

Marcus:           That’s a great way to do it. It’s called Readministrator and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                Now this could be a very useful tool. I like it.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                I definitely like it. It’s a great way to get things to work properly.

Marcus:           Yeah – without having clients interfere and change things.

John:                All right, well that closes out this episode of the show and I am closing out with rw Quick Page and Post Redirects, which I gave a 4 to; Plugin Notes Plus, which I gave a 4 to; and Better Click to Tweet, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Simple Custom Author Profiles, which gets a 4 out of 5; Conversion Tracking for WooCommerce gets a 5 out of 5, and Readministrator gets a 5 out of 5.

John:                Okay, and a couple of little quick reminders. For those of you that live in Victoria or here on the island. If you’re interested, we’ve got a Victoria WordPress Meetup group. Our first meeting is September 5th, so that’s like a week and a half away now. The sessions are going to be recorded and hopefully we will get them live up on YouTube at the same time. I will be doing two sessions; one session for how to install WordPress correctly and get it all set up and another session on how to set up Yoast SEO plugin and have it configured correctly from the get-go. And there’ll be more of these sessions from WordPress Meetup. We’re going to be having them once a month all the way throughout the rest of the year and into the next year. Go check it out at the Victoria WordPress Meetup group. If you’re a Meetup user, we are there. Just look for YYJ WordPress and you will find us.

Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for screencasts and a note to developers, if you would like to support the show and offer up a premium license for giveaway, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contests and leave all of the information there.

And that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

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Transcript of Episode 370 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #370 here.


It’s Episode 370 and we’ve got plugins for Shopping Cart Sidebars, Role Based Redirects, Duplicating Menus, Displaying Thumbnail Sizes, Amazon Links and Revisions for Widgets. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #370

Marcus:           It’s Episode 370 and we’ve got plugins for Shopping Cart Sidebars, Role Based Redirects, Duplicating Menus, Displaying Thumbnail Sizes, Amazon Links and Revisions for Widgets. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

[Intro]

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.

Marcus:           And from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, California, I’m Marcus Couch.

John:                And we have the usual great show for you today, but of course right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. And if you have a few minutes, we’d greatly appreciate your time over in Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, leaving us a review and subscribing to the show. And coming soon hopefully, we will be on Spotify.

And…we’re quiet.

Marcus:           Oh, sorry.

John:                That’s all right.

Marcus:           And remember that you can follow us every Monday month as we do our live show at noon Pacific time — that’s the first Monday of every month on YouTube. Also remember, you can follow this show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and subscribe to our newsletter while you’re at our website, and that’s where you get all the goodies, all the news, all the different stuff that we don’t talk about here on the podcast, because on this podcast we like to talk about nothing but plugins.

John:                Absolutely. And with that, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes.

[Plugins lead-in music]

Okay, first up what I’ve got for you this week here is a WooCommerce plugin. This one here is called WooCommerce Cart. Now, when you’re throwing together your WooCommerce website and you’re working through everything, there’s several WooCommerce themes or even just themes in general I’ve discovered that just don’t display the shopping cart very effectively, unless you go through a whole lot of effort to make them stand out. Meaning that, you know, once someone adds something to the cart, the initial window pops up where they can go to the cart. But if they continue shopping there’s no real quick way to get to the cart except by putting it up the top menu, which often scrolls out of view depending on how your theme is developed.

So what wound up doing was went looking for a shopping cart add-on that would display the shopping cart somewhere where it’s always in their view. And what this plugin does for you is it puts down in the lower right-hand corner a little floating shopping cart that if they click on it, it pops out of sidebar and it lists up everything that’s in their shopping cart. It gives them the opportunity to change the number of items in the cart or jump over to make payments – whatever you want to do, but it makes the job for your client a lot easier to view what they’ve got and then go pay for what they’ve got if they have decided to do a little additional shopping.

All in all, it just makes the customer experience a little bit better when they’re on your WooCommerce website. So this is a really great plugin, very easy to set up, it works exactly the way it’s supposed to, and so far I’ve used it with four different themes and gotten the exact same results, so it works beautiful across multiple themes. Go check it out: WooCommerce Cart and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Marcus:           That’s probably the most susceptible and ugliest looking page on the entire WooCommerce architecture is the cart. It’s ugly.

John:                Yes, yes. It is.

Marcus:           Yeah.

John:                It even if you spend a wacka load of time customizing it.

Marcus:           Right. So it looks like that plugin makes it a lot easier, which is great.

John:                It does.

Marcus:           All right, the first plugin that I’ve got out the gate here for Episode 370 is called Role Based Redirect, and this is a really simple kind of plugin. It basically redirects a user to a specific page or area based on what their defined user role is. You probably wouldn’t want to use this all the time, but maybe – maybe direct them to a specific member page or something like that if you have a membership site.

But what I thought of that you could use this for is actually redirecting an existing customer that logs in to a sale or perhaps a loyalty thing or an express coupon code for logging in to the site – anything like that. It could be maybe you’re doing some premium discounts and maybe only specific user roles want it. Or, maybe you’re doing a multi-offer blog and somebody who’s an editor or somebody like that gets to a specific page of maybe just new posts or whatever it happens to be so that they can review it and critique them. Who knows? There’s a lot of different possibilities that you can use this plugin for. It’s called Role Based Redirect and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s a very useful plugin and I like the way that – well, it can be helped out and used.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                Yeah, I kind of like that one.

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Absolutely. Give me a call. I can help you out with all your WordPress needs. And currently we also have a contest running for a giveaway for WP Nearby Places plugin. This is another premium license that’s being offered up by WP Nearby Places, a great plugin to help you use Google Maps to showcase all the neighboring businesses around your business. Go check it out and if you’d like to really get a good discount on it before you win the contest, there’s a 25% off coupon code for WP Nearby Places. Use the code FLASH and find out more about the plugin with the interview I did with Albert Harlow from WP Nearby Places. There’s a link in the show notes for it.

And a quick shout-out to Simple Giveaways plugin who provides the pro version of the contests plugin that we use on this website.

All right, and our next couple of plugins for you. The next one I’ve got for you is one I may have covered before. I sort of recall doing it but since it’s been a while and I recently had to use it again, I thought I would bring it back again. It’s called Duplicate Menu and this is a plugin that is a really great tool, especially when you’re redoing a website. You’ve inherited a website or some client’s come to you and said, “I want to rebuild my website,” and they’ve got multiple menus or they’ve got a couple of really big menus, and you just want to shorten them down and clean them up. Well, you can go about it either by deleting things and hoping you get it right or you can start from scratch and try to get it right.

The nice thing about this plugin is you can make a duplicate of that menu, preserve the original, and then go through and edit it until you’ve got it right. And if you mess it up, you can just wipe it and go duplicate the menu again. It saves tons of time when you are having to redo a website and allows you to create all the menus again in a much faster format than one at a time.

It works great, very easy, very simple to use, sets up and does exactly what it’s supposed to do; one of those really great plugins that are out there in the WordPress Repository for free. Duplicate Menu and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

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Marcus:           Nice. That might go along with the next plugin that I’ve got, and it’s pretty cool. It’s called Widget Revisions. We’ve all dealt with widgets and the big problem that widgets generate, right? You can’t really save them; you can’t really do anything with them.

John:                Right.

Marcus:           This is pretty cool. This plugin keeps a record of every single parameter change that you’ve ever made for any of your widgets. It enables you to roll back your widget, just like you would content when you’re creating a blog post.

John:                Oh, nice!

Marcus:           And you can restore those previous settings with just one click. This plugin maintains a log of all the changes that you’ve made to your widget and it shows a total list of the entire history, all of the parameters that were changed to every single widget, and like I said, just one click gets it right back to where you want it to go. It’s called Widget Revisions and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

[Dragon roar]

John:                I like that! That’s very useful and especially if you’re working on text widgets or HTML widgets.

Marcus:           Yes.

John:                Yeah, that’s – that’s a very useful one.

Marcus:           I would say in terms of a website that you’re setting up, you want to install this —

John:                Oh.

Marcus:           — so you can tweak out widgets and make sure that they’re exactly the way they were and if something screws up, you’re not having to store things in Notepad or lists in Excel as to how you had the widget or things like that.

John:                Mm-hm.

Marcus:           You’ve already got it saved.

John:                Yep, absolutely. Save you tons of time. Okay, this show here, we like listener feedback and if you would like to support the show and give us some feedback, you can reach us through our Contact page, SpeakPipe, lower right-hand corner of the website, or send us an email direct, and all those links are at the bottom of the show notes.

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Marcus:           Yes, we appreciate all your help. Thank you.

John:                Okay, and the final set of plugins we’ve got for you here today…the last one I’ve got for you is called Amazon Associates Link Builder. Now, this is actually an official plugin from Amazon itself and it is a really great plugin. If you’re like me, well, I’ve had my Amazon Associates Program for years, but recently I decided to revive it and start using it effectively after I’ve been doing some research. And I was trying to find the simplest and easiest ways to add links into the website itself, and to do that there’s multiple ways. You can go to Amazon, get a link, copy and paste, and then you can get the plugins. Some things bring in more than others. I was looking for something really nice and effective on a per-post basis.

What this one does for you is once you install it, activate it, insert all your Amazon connection stuff, choose the stores you’re going to use, whether it be U.S., Canada, U.K., etc. – whatever Amazon stores you want. Then all you’ve got to do is when you’re at a post, it has a little window up above in the editor window that says Amazon on it. You type in a keyword or two and it pops up a window and it presents you with all the products that are related to those keywords.

Now, hopefully those keywords are related to the post that you’re working on, so then you just choose those products, click on them, then you choose the format you want the products to be displayed, whether you want it to be displayed as a link, as a carousel, images, etc. Do that and it inserts the shortcodes directly into your posts for you and then you save it. Nice and simple, easy to use.

It’s a really great plugin and it might be a way if you’ve got an Amazon Associates and you’re not making full use of it, this could help you make full use of your Amazon Associate account into your WordPress website. Go check it out. It is the Amazon Associate Link Builder plugin from Amazon themselves and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

…and we’re quiet.

Marcus:           Aww…again?

John:                Again!

Marcus:           I was just caught in my head a brilliant comment for the Amazon Associates Link Builder, too.

John:                Ah…

Marcus:           I was gonna say, I gotta start using a lot more of that kind of stuff because there are so many products and things that you can talk about and share and believe it or not, you can make some money, even if they don’t buy that product that is featured on your site. So if they go to it, click your link and they go, “Ah…I don’t really want this,” chances are they’re gonna buy something from Amazon pretty soon and that cookie will still stay in there and you’ll still get credit, which is pretty great.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           All right, the final plugin I’ve got is called Show Thumbnail Sizes, and this is a simple but I’d call it a clunky plugin that presents you with the exact names and sizes for the different plugins that themes use thumbnails – I’m sorry – for the plugins and themes that use thumbnails. Sorry about that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve actually had to dig into demo content of a theme and try and figure out what the actual thumb sizes are supposed to be.

Half the time when they create the demo content, they don’t even put in the correct size that is called for.

John:                Hm.

Marcus:           They just stick something in there and that’s the way it is. So I was kind of sick of my thumbnails getting cropped and cut off due to either improper sizing or proportions. But now with this plugin, I don’t have to worry about it.

So what it does, John, is it actually outputs this screen that gives me all of the fields, like custom field names, and gives me the resolution that is called for within that specific custom field. And so that will actually let you determine what your thumbnail size is going to be. That’s why I called this clunky, because it is still a little bit of work and you have to kind of decode what the fields actually mean, but it works quite well. In fact, it worked on a site that I just put together. I was trying to put some podcast art in there and it ended up being full-screen every time it tried to do a square image, and I finally figured out why, and it’s because I completely had my proportions wrong.

This is called Show Thumbnail Sizes and I gave it a 4 out of 5.

John:                That’s an excellent plugin. I will probably make use of that with many things I develop, because I end up with so many different image sizes that I don’t know what’s what and the way this one looks is it pulls up, gives you the listing of all of the thumbnail names – all the image names and their sizes.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                It’s not just thumbnails; it gives all of the entire listing of all the images that are named in the themes and the base WordPress.

Marcus:           Right, right.

John:                That’s —

Marcus:           So you can totally format it —

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           — perfectly.

John:                That way, you can get your images perfectly formatted and of course that is a major thing for speed of your website, is getting the images —

Marcus:           Mm-hm.

John:                — formatted perfectly and proportioned and dropping compressed properly.

Marcus:           Yeah, because WordPress on its own stinks at doing it.

John:                Oh, absolutely. Okay, well that closes out this episode where I covered up the WooCommerce Cart, which I gave a 5 to; the Duplicate Menus, which I gave a 5 to; and the Amazon Associate Link Builder, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about the Role Based Redirect, which gets a 4 out of 5; Widget Revisions, which is great and you should try that – gets a perfect 5 out of 5; and Show Thumbnail Sizes gets a 4 out of 5.

John:                And if you’re a Meetup user, go to the Victoria WordPress Meetup Group in particular if you’re on the island or over there on the mainland and you want to come over to Victoria, September 5th is the first meetup of the fall for the Victoria Meetup group. And in that meetup I will be presenting two presentations, each presentation about a half an hour long with about a half an hour for Q&A.

I’ll be doing a presentation on how to set up WordPress properly from the get-go and a presentation on how to configure the Yoast SEO plugin from the get-go. So two great presentations; I’m gonna record those, get them up on the WP Plugins A to Z YouTube channel so everyone can share them, and with a little luck, we’re going to livestream it. This is gonna be interesting if the livestreaming actually works. So look forward to that, so check out our YouTube channel and subscribe to it so you’ll know when that is going to be happening.

Other than that, that’s all we’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye

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WrodPress Plugins

Episode 369

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John Overall

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Marcus Couch

Listen to John Overall and Marcus Couch, hosts of the WPPluginsAtoZ #podcast, talk about various WordPress Plugins on Monday’s!

The WP Plugins A to Z Podcast is where we review and discuss some of the best free, freemium and premium plugins for WordPress. John and Marcus each review three WordPress plugins and then rate each of these plugins on the show. The show is unrehearsed and neither co-host knows what plugin the other is reviewing. This can make for some interesting conversation. Sometimes there’s even a bit of lighthearted bantering between John and Marcus.

Schedule us into your Monday mornings to start your week off on the right foot!

Find episode 369 on our site @ https://wppluginsatoz.com/ on Monday, August 20 th.