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Transcript of Episode 410 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  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #410 here.


It’s Episode 410 and I’ve got plugins for Verified Reviews for WooCommerce, Emailing Users, Broken Link Checking, and Classic Press Info. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #410

John:    It’s Episode 410 and I’ve got plugins for Verified Reviews for WooCommerce, Emailing Users, Broken Link Checking, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from 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. And I’m pushing towards Episode 420, so we know there’s a big party coming in there, right? (All right, we’ll let you think on that one.)

All right, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews. You can also catch the show every Thursday at noon, live here on the YouTube channel where you can also subscribe to the channel, check out the training videos, screencasts, and other extra shows that do appear here from time to time.

Follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. Join me on my Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook. And if you’ve got a minute or two, please subscribe to the newsletter. Just simply go to wppluginsatoz.com right there on the front page. Name and email – subscribe to the newsletter – we have lots of great information in it.

All right, with all of that little bit out of the way, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

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Okay, first up I have for you a plugin that I have yet to use. These are plugins that are sent to me by developers or concerned users that would like to have these plugins reviewed and checked out. Sometimes I actually have a use for them. Most of the time, they’re not something I can use but occasionally I’ll manage to squeeze out the time to get them into a testing site. But for the most part, they’re untested.

This one is untested, but it’s sent in to me by Michael Allen and it’s called Rebusify Verified Reviews from WooCommerce Extension. Now, this is available as a free plugin from WordPress, but they do have a premium version. It’s a third-party service and what they do for you is once you’ve integrated into your WooCommerce store, it allows your verified users to create reviews that are verified and then sent to their service and then encoded using – I wanted to say Bit Torrent for some reason – silly me – the blockchain; it uses blockchain from Etherium to encode the information in the blockchain, so the information stays fairly permanent from what I know about blockchain. It’s a really interesting kind of plugin for verifying and having good, quality reviews and keeping the information there.

Now, they do have a setup as their premium service. It’s a subscription service and from what I was able to see here, the free service would be really good for a lot of WooCommerce stores out there with, you know, 500 reviews per year. If you’ve got a really busy store and you start paying for the plan, it seems quite affordable. It looks like a very interesting plugin to use if you’ve got an active WooCommerce store that is sending out information and giving reviews of products.

So go check this one out. It’s called Rebusify Verified Reviews WooCommerce Extension and based on all the information and everything I can gather on it, I’d say this one’s worthy of a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

And a little bit of WordPress news and information this week, what I’ve got for you here is first off, there is a malicious redirect code being found harboring in Joomla and WordPress sites. I know Joomla — they’re still around? Really? I’m surprised. But seriously, the WordPress site – what this is is it’s a really interesting article and you might want to check it out to make sure your site is not susceptible to it. But what the hackers have been doing is they’ve been targeting the HT access files of WordPress websites, and those HT access files live in multiple directories of your site. What they do is they’ve been using it to create redirects that redirect people to spam and other miscellaneous sites, so this is something you might want to read, check out, and see if you might be susceptible to it.

Next article I’ve got here, a little bit of information is this is an article from ServeBolt. It is about a presentation a fellow gave at a WordCamp and it’s talking about the plugins that slow your site down, and this is a pretty interesting article. I don’t fully agree with some of the recommendations in here, but most of them, yeah, they talk about a lot of interesting stuff, like the good and bad security plugins, alternatives to use, good and bad page builders, image management, broken links, etc., and backups. So it’s a really good article to go in and find out if you’re running anything on your WordPress site that might be susceptible to slowing it down. The link is in the show notes for it. It’s a really great article.

And for those of you who do not know, maybe you’ve been living under a rock like I was during the last week (although I should’ve realized it) because WordPress turned 16 and the same day they turned 16, my oldest son turned 12. I keep forgetting that WordPress shares a birthday with my son. (No, it’s not the other way around. My son’s more important than WordPress.) So at any rate, it’s their 16th birthday, talking about some of the things that they’ve done, where they’ve come, some of their beginnings. It’s always kind of interesting to know that WordPress has been hanging around for 16 years and it’s something you’ll might want to check out just to, you know, see what’s up in the WordPress world, but happy birthday to WordPress turning 16. You’re now old enough to drive a car. Not old enough to drink yet, but you can drive a car.

All right, this show currently brought to you by…

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Absolutely – for all your WordPress needs, especially for emergency WordPress repairs. That’s still my specialty.

All right, and the contests. We do have contests and our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin who were kind enough to provide us with the premium version to run our contests off our website. A really fantastic plugin. It was reviewed way back – I can’t remember what episode I reviewed the Simple Giveaways plugin; it’s been a while.

The current contest is running until June 5, next week – next Wednesday is when the contest ends, so you’ve got one more week to get your entry in for the contest. Get in there and you can win yourself a single site license for the WooCommerce All Discounts plugin. It was reviewed back in Episode 405 and it’s really a great plugin to allow you to apply bulk discounts across your WordPress website. I found it to be a pretty fantastic little plugin, if I recall correctly, so you’ll want to check it out. This is a full-on premium license, you know. You can get it for free just for entering the contest. Get in there and check it out. All you’ve got to do is go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests for more information on how to enter it. In fact, all we really need is your name and email address. The rest of it, not a problem.

All right, next up I have for you a plugin called Email Users. This is a plugin that comes in really handy, and in particular after you’re working on a website – I’m working on a client site I’m about to launch this Friday. It’s a full-on membership site and we’ve done such massive changes to it and integrated a lot of new members. When you get to the end of doing something like that, you need to inform all your members about what’s going on.

This is a plugin that will allow you to do that. Go in there, create an email, notify all the users of the great new site upgrades, how they might have to go through logging in to the site now that you’ve changed things, and all in all, it makes the job of contacting everyone a whole lot easier. It’ll help you with those issues by allowing you to send out mass emails to groups of users based upon their user groups or their roles. You can send out the emails with all the information you need to let the users know about the new site.

There are some caveats to this plugin though. It does not do queueing or limiting the number of outgoing emails at once. So if you’ve got like 500 users and you send them all out, it’ll try to send out 500 emails very rapidly. That could be a problem on some hosting providers. You know, you could get tagged spam or other issues, so that is one thing its got an issue with. Another is that there have been some comments when I was researching for the plugin is that it’s a bit buggy. I haven’t had any problems with it, but for non-techies, it sounds like it could be a little bit of a challenge to use and can pose some problems, or there may be other solutions. I know I’ll be coming forth with more solutions. I’m testing this to see how it’s going to work. I haven’t quite settled on the solution I’m going to use when I do this launch on Friday, but I thought I’d bring this one out.

Currently, all I can give this plugin here is a 3-Dragon rating just based upon what I’ve done with it so far. So you can go check it out. It may still be a solution for you, and it’s called Email Users.

Listener feedback – I do love listener feedback, but I haven’t had any in a while. Please folks, give me some listener feedback. Let me know if you’re liking the show, if it’s sounding good, if I’m doing a crappy job, if you want to hear more of this or more of that. Hey, let me know and it’s something I can use. Please, all you’ve got to do is go to the Contact page, send me an email from there. You can hit the SpeakPipe button in the lower right-hand corner of the website or you can email me directly at john@wppro.ca.

I do have some feedback I want to share. I know I shared it in the last episode, but I’m going to share it again. WP Plugins A-Z was featured as a Top 20 WordPress Podcast You Need to Hear for 2019, and we came in at Number 6. Hey, that’s not bad, considering this is actually the first list I’ve ever been on. Somehow, I’ve always been missed on those lists. I never understood that – just not enough people listening. At any rate, kind of a good piece of information to let folks know. Share it out there if you like it.

This show is also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, I like to acknowledge those who have supported the show with donations of $50 and over, and for all those who come in below $50, they remain anonymous and I thank you very much.

So this week a big thank you to all our donors who came in under $50 and to those who have set up small weekly subscriptions. All those really small subscriptions do help out. None of the money actually makes it into my pocket as of yet. It doesn’t even quite cover the costs that I put forth for putting this show together, which is my time, the transcripts, the server space, hosting, etc. – all of these things that go into running a website. If you run a website, you know all about that.

So I still would like to thank everyone out there who has supported the show with small to large donations. And if you would like to support the show, please just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate, create a donation that suits your fancy, and donate it to the show direct to PayPal.

Another way you can support the show (and I swear it’s coming soon), I am still researching it. I’m trying to find the right solution. I am looking for artwork. I’ve been changing the artwork that goes out into the feed for iTunes and all of the podcast feeds out there, so I changed the artwork with every show, and it’s kind of cool. It gives it a different look each and every time. But I’m limited to what I can do. I don’t have time, I’m not an artist. I just put something together that looks cool. If there’s any of you out there that are artists or graphic designers that want to share it, I’ll happily use your artwork. You can email it to me in the interim, but pretty soon I will have a way to submit it off the website, and I’ll make sure you get credit for the artwork.

All of my supporters out there, you guys are becoming the producers. Little by little, you guys are helping become producers of this show, so thank you very much for all of your support.

And the next thing I have up for you here plugin-wise is called WP Broken Links Status Checker. Now, this is something I normally don’t recommend doing this. But if you are in need of checking out your site for broken links and don’t have access to tools such as Screaming Frog, this is a good option. Just be sure that if you do use this, activate it, and use it, you turn it off when you’re done. You don’t want it continuously running in the background.

The problem is broken link checkers have been around for years in WordPress, and back in the beginning they were a fantastic thing, but they did use, and they still use lots of server resources to do that. And if they’re continuously running, they’re continuously running calls to database, checking pages, etc., it can cause you grief on shared hosting, which is most people out there – the vast majority of people on shared hosting. And if you start sucking down resources, your hosting provider is going to shut you down; that’s all there is to is.

So this is a really good option. It’s a really decent plugin and it seems to work all right. The developers built it with the idea in mind for it sucking down resources and they did the best they can to improve performance on it. I myself don’t use this, but it is a good thing. I gave it a quick test on the lite site, and it looked all right. It seemed to function okay.

What it helps you do is discover any 404 errors, 400 errors, 302 directs – basically broken links on your website, which can impact your SEO in multiple ways, so this is something you’ll want to do regularly. I personally recommend using Screaming Frog, but that’s a pretty expensive program. You can get the free version, but it does limit you on how many pages it will index and if your site has more than 500 pages or 500 links to follow, it stops pretty quick (which most sites do).

At any rate, go check this plugin out. It’s called WP Broken Links Status Checker, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

ClassicPress Options – yes, and this section is starting to grow little by little. I don’t have any ClassicPress plugins this week – not specific, as I still haven’t found any recent new ones coming out, but I know they’re coming. I hear that there’s developers out there. Of course, since the release of Gutenberg and its fallout, ClassicPress has garnered a lot of attention and it is gaining ground. I really believe this is going to be a massive competitor for WordPress. It may take them a couple of years to get there, but it is going to happen.

This week though, I do have a little bit of information – just some news and tidbits. ClassicPress itself has added some new directors to their ClassicPress Limited board. They’ve got new directors on the board; it’s a really interesting article. You’ll want to go read that up if you’re interested in ClassicPress and find out what they’re doing. There is some information from the ClassicPress forums.

This is a really good article on the ClassicPress forums about must-have plugins. These are plugins that are listed up that are either built for ClassicPress or the developers are supporting ClassicPress. They’ve stated that they’re supporting and developing for ClassicPress. It’s a really good roundup of your main plugins you’ll want: security plugins, advanced editors, image sliders, backup, duplicators, migration plugins, etc., and they’re still looking for some other plugins along the way, so I’m sure this list is going to grow and improve as time goes on also. But go check it out; it could be of a really good value and interesting information for you.

Okay, next up what do we have for you here? Oh, we’ve got a little bit of information. This was a submission from a ClassicPress community member who sent this to me. He prefers to stay anonymous on this, but this is about the Asgaros forum. I never actually heard about this plugin for WordPress, but he was saying that in his email to me that it works fantastic on ClassicPress. So if you’re looking for a forum plugin for your ClassicPress install, go check out this plugin here, and it just might be – he says it’s a really good, solid forum plugin, so something you’ll want to check out.

And there’s other additional links in the show notes with general information and another developer, JediPress, who is developing four plugins for ClassicPress or WordPress. I liked that they put ClassicPress first. That’s kind of interesting. And then other links in the show notes for ClassicPress itself, and those links will continue in the show notes for the foreseeable future so more people will have information to everything.

All right, well that closes out this episode where I covered up the Rebusify Verified Reviews, which I gave a 4 to; the Email Users plugin, which I gave a 3 to; and the WP Broken Links Status Checker, which I gave a 4 to. And that wraps up everything from this episode.

And a couple of quick reminders – there’s been a few new interviews that have come out in the last week. I’ve got some more interviews lined up. I also appeared on the Be Busy podcast, a really great show. I’ll leave a link in the show notes that takes you to that podcast, so you can go check me out on another podcast just to hear what I say there.

The next WordPress Meetup is in Victoria on June 23rd and at the Boston Pizza here in Victoria, and it’s not going to be broadcast live. It’s just going to be a socializing event where we get together and talk about the WordPress community, the ClassicPress community, and maybe gather some ideas for next year’s monthly presentations from the WordPress Meetup group here in Victoria. So go to wppluginsatoz.com/meetup to go check that out.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel here. Visit every Thursday at noon, catch the show live. I really enjoy it when people come in live and leave me comments here. It makes it a little more interactive and fun. You can also check out the training videos, screencasts, and other items that do get posted here on the channel.

And if you have suggestions about plugins you would like to have reviewed, please submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit. And if you’re a developer, submit it there or if you’re someone who thinks it’s a plugin that people would be interested in, please submit it to me.

And for all developers who would like to support the show, you can donate a premium license to be used in a future contest. Please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to donate and fill all the information out for the plugin.

And finally, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com. That’s all I’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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Episode #410

John:    It’s Episode 410 and I’ve got plugins for Verified Reviews for WooCommerce, Emailing Users, Broken Link Checking, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from 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. And I’m pushing towards Episode 420, so we know there’s a big party coming in there, right? (All right, we’ll let you think on that one.)

All right, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews. You can also catch the show every Thursday at noon, live here on the YouTube channel where you can also subscribe to the channel, check out the training videos, screencasts, and other extra shows that do appear here from time to time.

Follow the show on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. Join me on my Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook. And if you’ve got a minute or two, please subscribe to the newsletter. Just simply go to wppluginsatoz.com right there on the front page. Name and email – subscribe to the newsletter – we have lots of great information in it.

All right, with all of that little bit out of the way, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

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Okay, first up I have for you a plugin that I have yet to use. These are plugins that are sent to me by developers or concerned users that would like to have these plugins reviewed and checked out. Sometimes I actually have a use for them. Most of the time, they’re not something I can use but occasionally I’ll manage to squeeze out the time to get them into a testing site. But for the most part, they’re untested.

This one is untested, but it’s sent in to me by Michael Allen and it’s called Rebusify Verified Reviews from WooCommerce Extension. Now, this is available as a free plugin from WordPress, but they do have a premium version. It’s a third-party service and what they do for you is once you’ve integrated into your WooCommerce store, it allows your verified users to create reviews that are verified and then sent to their service and then encoded using – I wanted to say Bit Torrent for some reason – silly me – the blockchain; it uses blockchain from Ethyrium to encode the information in the blockchain, so the information stays fairly permanent from what I know about blockchain. It’s a really interesting kind of plugin for verifying and having good, quality reviews and keeping the information there.

Now, they do have a setup as their premium service. It’s a subscription service and from what I was able to see here, the free service would be really good for a lot of WooCommerce stores out there with, you know, 500 reviews per year. If you’ve got a really busy store and you start paying for the plan, it seems quite affordable. It looks like a very interesting plugin to use if you’ve got an active WooCommerce store that is sending out information and giving reviews of products.

So go check this one out. It’s called Rebusify Verified Reviews WooCommerce Extension and based on all the information and everything I can gather on it, I’d say this one’s worthy of a 4-Dragon rating, so go check it out.

And a little bit of WordPress news and information this week, what I’ve got for you here is first off, there is a malicious redirect code being found harboring in Joomla and WordPress sites. I know Joomla — they’re still around? Really? I’m surprised. But seriously, the WordPress site – what this is is it’s a really interesting article and you might want to check it out to make sure your site is not susceptible to it. But what the hackers have been doing is they’ve been targeting the HT access files of WordPress websites, and those HT access files live in multiple directories of your site. What they do is they’ve been using it to create redirects that redirect people to spam and other miscellaneous sites, so this is something you might want to read, check out, and see if you might be susceptible to it.

Next article I’ve got here, a little bit of information is this is an article from ServeBolt. It is about a presentation a fellow gave at a WordCamp and it’s talking about the plugins that slow your site down, and this is a pretty interesting article. I don’t fully agree with some of the recommendations in here, but most of them, yeah, they talk about a lot of interesting stuff, like the good and bad security plugins, alternatives to use, good and bad page builders, image management, broken links, etc., and backups. So it’s a really good article to go in and find out if you’re running anything on your WordPress site that might be susceptible to slowing it down. The link is in the show notes for it. It’s a really great article.

And for those of you who do not know, maybe you’ve been living under a rock like I was during the last week (although I should’ve realized it) because WordPress turned 16 and the same day they turned 16, my oldest son turned 12. I keep forgetting that WordPress shares a birthday with my son. (No, it’s not the other way around. My son’s more important than WordPress.) So at any rate, it’s their 16th birthday, talking about some of the things that they’ve done, where they’ve come, some of their beginnings. It’s always kind of interesting to know that WordPress has been hanging around for 16 years and it’s something you’ll might want to check out just to, you know, see what’s up in the WordPress world, but happy birthday to WordPress turning 16. You’re now old enough to drive a car. Not old enough to drink yet, but you can drive a car.

All right, this show currently brought to you by…

Are you tired of the same old web hosting? Not having the resources you need to run your website properly? Having a lack of control? Then you need JohnOverall.com web hosting, providing you with all the resources you need to smoothly run your WordPress website or ClassicPress website. With strict limits on the number of clients allowed per server, JohnOverall.com provides high-quality, fast server performance. Visit JohnOverall.com for web hosting that won’t slow you down.

Absolutely – for all your WordPress needs, especially for emergency WordPress repairs. That’s still my specialty.

All right, and the contests. We do have contests and our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin who were kind enough to provide us with the premium version to run our contests off our website. A really fantastic plugin. It was reviewed way back – I can’t remember what episode I reviewed the Simple Giveaways plugin; it’s been a while.

The current contest is running until June 5, next week – next Wednesday is when the contest ends, so you’ve got one more week to get your entry in for the contest. Get in there and you can win yourself a single site license for the WooCommerce All Discounts plugin. It was reviewed back in Episode 405 and it’s really a great plugin to allow you to apply bulk discounts across your WordPress website. I found it to be a pretty fantastic little plugin, if I recall correctly, so you’ll want to check it out. This is a full-on premium license, you know. You can get it for free just for entering the contest. Get in there and check it out. All you’ve got to do is go to wppluginsatoz.com/contests for more information on how to enter it. In fact, all we really need is your name and email address. The rest of it, not a problem.

All right, next up I have for you a plugin called Email Users. This is a plugin that comes in really handy, and in particular after you’re working on a website – I’m working on a client site I’m about to launch this Friday. It’s a full-on membership site and we’ve done such massive changes to it and integrated a lot of new members. When you get to the end of doing something like that, you need to inform all your members about what’s going on.

This is a plugin that will allow you to do that. Go in there, create an email, notify all the users of the great new site upgrades, how they might have to go through logging in to the site now that you’ve changed things, and all in all, it makes the job of contacting everyone a whole lot easier. It’ll help you with those issues by allowing you to send out mass emails to groups of users based upon their user groups or their roles. You can send out the emails with all the information you need to let the users know about the new site.

There are some caveats to this plugin though. It does not do queueing or limiting the number of outgoing emails at once. So if you’ve got like 500 users and you send them all out, it’ll try to send out 500 emails very rapidly. That could be a problem on some hosting providers. You know, you could get tagged spam or other issues, so that is one thing its got an issue with. Another is that there have been some comments when I was researching for the plugin is that it’s a bit buggy. I haven’t had any problems with it, but for non-techies, it sounds like it could be a little bit of a challenge to use and can pose some problems, or there may be other solutions. I know I’ll be coming forth with more solutions. I’m testing this to see how it’s going to work. I haven’t quite settled on the solution I’m going to use when I do this launch on Friday, but I thought I’d bring this one out.

Currently, all I can give this plugin here is a 3-Dragon rating just based upon what I’ve done with it so far. So you can go check it out. It may still be a solution for you, and it’s called Email Users.

Listener feedback – I do love listener feedback, but I haven’t had any in a while. Please folks, give me some listener feedback. Let me know if you’re liking the show, if it’s sounding good, if I’m doing a crappy job, if you want to hear more of this or more of that. Hey, let me know and it’s something I can use. Please, all you’ve got to do is go to the Contact page, send me an email from there. You can hit the SpeakPipe button in the lower right-hand corner of the website or you can email me directly at john@wppro.ca.

I do have some feedback I want to share. I know I shared it in the last episode, but I’m going to share it again. WP Plugins A-Z was featured as a Top 20 WordPress Podcast You Need to Hear for 2019, and we came in at Number 6. Hey, that’s not bad, considering this is actually the first list I’ve ever been on. Somehow, I’ve always been missed on those lists. I never understood that – just not enough people listening. At any rate, kind of a good piece of information to let folks know. Share it out there if you like it.

This show is also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, I like to acknowledge those who have supported the show with donations of $50 and over, and for all those who come in below $50, they remain anonymous and I thank you very much.

So this week a big thank you to all our donors who came in under $50 and to those who have set up small weekly subscriptions. All those really small subscriptions do help out. None of the money actually makes it into my pocket as of yet. It doesn’t even quite cover the costs that I put forth for putting this show together, which is my time, the transcripts, the server space, hosting, etc. – all of these things that go into running a website. If you run a website, you know all about that.

So I still would like to thank everyone out there who has supported the show with small to large donations. And if you would like to support the show, please just go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate, create a donation that suits your fancy, and donate it to the show direct to PayPal.

Another way you can support the show (and I swear it’s coming soon), I am still researching it. I’m trying to find the right solution. I am looking for artwork. I’ve been changing the artwork that goes out into the feed for iTunes and all of the podcast feeds out there, so I changed the artwork with every show, and it’s kind of cool. It gives it a different look each and every time. But I’m limited to what I can do. I don’t have time, I’m not an artist. I just put something together that looks cool. If there’s any of you out there that are artists or graphic designers that want to share it, I’ll happily use your artwork. You can email it to me in the interim, but pretty soon I will have a way to submit it off the website, and I’ll make sure you get credit for the artwork.

All of my supporters out there, you guys are becoming the producers. Little by little, you guys are helping become producers of this show, so thank you very much for all of your support.

And the next thing I have up for you here plugin-wise is called WP Broken Links Status Checker. Now, this is something I normally don’t recommend doing this. But if you are in need of checking out your site for broken links and don’t have access to tools such as Screaming Frog, this is a good option. Just be sure that if you do use this, activate it, and use it, you turn it off when you’re done. You don’t want it continuously running in the background.

The problem is broken link checkers have been around for years in WordPress, and back in the beginning they were a fantastic thing, but they did use, and they still use lots of server resources to do that. And if they’re continuously running, they’re continuously running calls to database, checking pages, etc., it can cause you grief on shared hosting, which is most people out there – the vast majority of people on shared hosting. And if you start sucking down resources, your hosting provider is going to shut you down; that’s all there is to is.

So this is a really good option. It’s a really decent plugin and it seems to work all right. The developers built it with the idea in mind for it sucking down resources and they did the best they can to improve performance on it. I myself don’t use this, but it is a good thing. I gave it a quick test on the lite site, and it looked all right. It seemed to function okay.

What it helps you do is discover any 404 errors, 400 errors, 302 directs – basically broken links on your website, which can impact your SEO in multiple ways, so this is something you’ll want to do regularly. I personally recommend using Screaming Frog, but that’s a pretty expensive program. You can get the free version, but it does limit you on how many pages it will index and if your site has more than 500 pages or 500 links to follow, it stops pretty quick (which most sites do).

At any rate, go check this plugin out. It’s called WP Broken Links Status Checker, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

ClassicPress Options – yes, and this section is starting to grow little by little. I don’t have any ClassicPress plugins this week – not specific, as I still haven’t found any recent new ones coming out, but I know they’re coming. I hear that there’s developers out there. Of course, since the release of Gutenberg and its fallout, ClassicPress has garnered a lot of attention and it is gaining ground. I really believe this is going to be a massive competitor for WordPress. It may take them a couple of years to get there, but it is going to happen.

This week though, I do have a little bit of information – just some news and tidbits. ClassicPress itself has added some new directors to their ClassicPress Limited board. They’ve got new directors on the board; it’s a really interesting article. You’ll want to go read that up if you’re interested in ClassicPress and find out what they’re doing. There is some information from the ClassicPress forums.

This is a really good article on the ClassicPress forums about must-have plugins. These are plugins that are listed up that are either built for ClassicPress or the developers are supporting ClassicPress. They’ve stated that they’re supporting and developing for ClassicPress. It’s a really good roundup of your main plugins you’ll want: security plugins, advanced editors, image sliders, backup, duplicators, migration plugins, etc., and they’re still looking for some other plugins along the way, so I’m sure this list is going to grow and improve as time goes on also. But go check it out; it could be of a really good value and interesting information for you.

Okay, next up what do we have for you here? Oh, we’ve got a little bit of information. This was a submission from a ClassicPress community member who sent this to me. He prefers to stay anonymous on this, but this is about the Asgaros forum. I never actually heard about this plugin for WordPress, but he was saying that in his email to me that it works fantastic on ClassicPress. So if you’re looking for a forum plugin for your ClassicPress install, go check out this plugin here, and it just might be – he says it’s a really good, solid forum plugin, so something you’ll want to check out.

And there’s other additional links in the show notes with general information and another developer, JediPress, who is developing four plugins for ClassicPress or WordPress. I liked that they put ClassicPress first. That’s kind of interesting. And then other links in the show notes for ClassicPress itself, and those links will continue in the show notes for the foreseeable future so more people will have information to everything.

All right, well that closes out this episode where I covered up the Rebusify Verified Reviews, which I gave a 4 to; the Email Users plugin, which I gave a 3 to; and the WP Broken Links Status Checker, which I gave a 4 to. And that wraps up everything from this episode.

And a couple of quick reminders – there’s been a few new interviews that have come out in the last week. I’ve got some more interviews lined up. I also appeared on the Be Busy podcast, a really great show. I’ll leave a link in the show notes that takes you to that podcast, so you can go check me out on another podcast just to hear what I say there.

The next WordPress Meetup is in Victoria on June 23rd and at the Boston Pizza here in Victoria, and it’s not going to be broadcast live. It’s just going to be a socializing event where we get together and talk about the WordPress community, the ClassicPress community, and maybe gather some ideas for next year’s monthly presentations from the WordPress Meetup group here in Victoria. So go to wppluginsatoz.com/meetup to go check that out.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel here. Visit every Thursday at noon, catch the show live. I really enjoy it when people come in live and leave me comments here. It makes it a little more interactive and fun. You can also check out the training videos, screencasts, and other items that do get posted here on the channel.

And if you have suggestions about plugins you would like to have reviewed, please submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit. And if you’re a developer, submit it there or if you’re someone who thinks it’s a plugin that people would be interested in, please submit it to me.

And for all developers who would like to support the show, you can donate a premium license to be used in a future contest. Please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to donate and fill all the information out for the plugin.

And finally, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter at wppluginsatoz.com. That’s all I’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.

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Rebusify Verified Reviews, Email Users, WP Broken Link Status Checker and ClassicPress News in Episode 410

Episode #410 Verified Reviews for WooCommerce, Emailing Users, Broken Link Checking #WordPress #Plugins #Podcast Click To Tweet

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WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 410

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The WP Plugins A to Z Podcast is where we review and discuss four of the many available free, freemium and premium plugins for WordPress. John describes and reviews the plugins and then rates each of these plugins on the show. He also talks a little WordPress, ClassicPress and is happy to answer questions you may have about #WordPress or a plugin he’s reviewed.
 
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Interview 37 with Seth Shoultes from Event Espresso

Today’s interview is with Seth Shoultes from Event Espresso.
This Plugin was reviewed again recently in Episode 409. We also interviewed Seth in Episode 39.

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

We talk a little bit about the evolution of the plugin, some of its features, and more. Listen closely for a way to get a 10% discount on their products!

 

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Transcript of Episode 409 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  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #409 here.


It’s Episode 409 and we’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Shipping, Managing Events, Data Tables, and ClassicPress information. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


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John:    It’s Episode 409 and I’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Shipping, Managing Events, Data Tables, and ClassicPress information, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

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WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from 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.

And of course, I have the usual great show for you today, but right off the top, you can get all the show notes over at wppluginatoz.com. And if you’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and in the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews.

You can also catch me live every Thursday at noon here on the YouTube channel, where you can subscribe and check out our training videos, screencasts, and the extra shows as they show up. You can follow me on Twitter @wppluginsatoz. You can also join me on my Facebook page at wppluginsatoz.com/facebook. And if you’ve got a minute, please subscribe to the newsletter. Just go to the webpage, front page, enter your name and email address, and you’re all set where you can get additional information that’s not covered in the show.

With all that being done, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

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All right, first up I have a plugin that I have yet to use but I thought you might like to know about it. And I’ve got a fair number of these in the queue now and I’ll just keep bringing them out one by one until I’m overly stocked again, then I may double up.

At any rate, the one I’ve got here for you today was sent in by Sanjay Negi, and it is called Shiprocket, and this is a plugin to set up for shipping in WooCommerce. Now, I don’t know how many listeners I may have in India, but since this plugin seems to be focused on India, well, I thought I’d bring it out anyway because they brought it up to me and I said, “That looks interesting.”

Shiprocket is India’s leading e-commerce shipping solution and they have various features in this plugin that help you get shipping across, you know, 26,000+ pin codes in India, 220 countries across the globe. Shiprocket WooCommerce plugin easily handles your order fulfillment processes. It’s a free shipping plugin but they do have a freemium option or a premium option for shipping. They have different levels of packages, etc. that I discovered after looking at their website, so it looks like it’s something that will help you do your shipping. I’m not exactly sure what it does; I don’t run a website that uses a lot of shipping. But for those that do and if you’re looking for a shipping solution, this might be something to look into, maybe examine it, dig a little deeper, see if it can help you out.

Go check it out. It’s called Shiprocket and I currently give it a 3-Dragon rating based on everything I can read and understand about it, so something that might be useful and interesting.

I’ve got a little bit of WordPress news this week, and of course the little bit this week here, really not a lot in WordPress World, aside from 5.2.1 was released this week. It had 33 bug fixes in it. It’s a short cycle maintenance release and updates for the plugin. There were some security fixes and bugs that were done in it, so you’ll want to make sure you get it updated if you’re not already doing automatic updates on your website.

Another little piece of information is if you are using Elementor (which I am now using for all of my builds), Elementor, they released their Hello theme. It’s now available at the WordPress repository. You don’t have to go to them to download it. Although I don’t use that one; I use the Jello theme from Jezweb Pty. Ltd. Jezweb, we’ll talk a bit about him later, but he did a really great job of forking off the Hello theme and making it even cleaner than the Hello theme. So if you’re using it, go check that out.

So that’s all I’ve really got in WordPress news. Not a whole lot this week, but that’s how it goes. Some weeks a lot, some weeks not so much.

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And currently we do have a contest this week. All our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin, a very nice, fast plugin which allows you to set up and produce contests on your website, giveaways of all sorts. It collects all the needed information, it integrates very nicely with MailChimp and other mail providers. It allows you to automatically select the winner at the end, let it be autogenerated, notifications – everything – sent out automatically. Once you set it up, it just makes the contests run a lot smoother.

So currently we are giving away a single site license for WooCommerce All Discounts. This is a plugin I reviewed back in Episode 405, the last discount plugin you will ever need for WooCommerce. It’s set up bulk discounts by applying a percentage or fixed discounts off the quantity of an item ordered for your customer. It’s selling strategy, it works for product sellers that want to move unsold products faster. Check it out at discountsuiteforWP.com. A very nice plugin. I reviewed it, checked it out, and it worked really excellent for the specific purpose I needed it for, and I used the free version at that time. But they do have the premium version and we are giving away a premium license, so make sure you go sign up for our contest and get what you need.

All right, next up I have for you – now this is a plugin that I haven’t used for a few years. A very interesting plugin. I interviewed one of the founders of the plugin, had another founder as a guest on my host. This plugin is called Event Espresso, and I’m going to show up here real quick the Event Espresso Decaf, which is the lite, free version you can get from WordPress.org. It’s very useful for taking care of lite stuff as far as events go.

But what I ended up doing was I hadn’t touched this plugin in quite some time, and the reason for that was of course that I just hadn’t had a need for it, and I’ve been using another plugin waaay back – now we’re talking it’s been a few years since I’ve used this plugin. And, well, Garth from Event Espresso, he was a guest on Episode 161 (the link is in the show notes). I also interviewed Seth Schultz back in Episode 39, and I reviewed this plugin all the way back in Episode 37. That’s quite a few years back now, and I did give it a 4-Dragon rating way back then.

But what happened was for a couple of years after that, something occurred. They took the wrong choices, directions, they made the plugin difficult to use, better competitors popped up, and I ended up switching to their competitor’s software and using it for quite a while. Recently, I came in contact with this plugin when I took on a project for the North American Garden Tourism Conference, which I just launched that website, and when using Event Espresso to build out this website for their registration system for their conference, I found Event Espresso had dramatically improved.

It’s easier to use than it ever was. It integrates much better with the payment processors. The way they have split out their addons and other pieces made much more sense than it used to do. All in all, I found it to be quite fantastic and more usable than I had thought it would be. It’s just been so long since I had used it, but because the client wanted it – and I also did make sure of one thing with it, and that is if you’re looking at Event Espresso, make sure you go purchase the entire package – everything for it. It costs a bit more, but if you only get the addons you need, it can end up costing you as much as the premium license anyway, and that’s what you’ll want to do. You’ll want to have everything you need for it for your single site license, and this way you can add the pieces as you need them.

By the time we were done adding the pieces we needed from all their different addons, it went over the cost of buying the individual addons over their $299 license fee, but well worth the cost – well worth it. The plugin sets up nice. It’s got really good layouts in it now. It makes more sense when you’re setting it up. It’s more intuitive than it used to be.

All in all, I can’t say enough about it right now. I really enjoy it, and as a special treat, I’m going to have Seth Schultz on for an interview again next week, and so that’ll be coming up soon. At any rate, go check it out. If you haven’t looked at it (which I hadn’t in a long time), check out Event Espresso. Check out the Event Espresso Decaf if you’re looking for something lite. But because I got to play with the premium version, I know what it’s fully like. I had to go and give this one a full 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Event Espresso, a very nice plugin. Very, very excellently improved over the years.

All right, listener feedback. I do love listener feedback and I look forward to it when I can get it, where I can get it – anywhere I can find it. Please feel free to reach out to me on our Contact page at wppluginsatoz.com/contact. Go to the website, click the SpeakPipe button in the lower right-hand corner, leave me a voicemail message, or you can email me directly at john@wppro.ca.

I do have a little feedback this week – something kind of cool:

Wppluginsatoz has made the Top 20 podcasts that you need to hear in 2019. Not just WordPress, but the Top 20 podcasts from Tech Funnel, and I fell in at Number 6. I’m really quite happy about that. So there’s a link in the show notes that takes you to their article of their Top 20 plugins, but this is a really great little piece of feedback for me. I was really quite thrilled to be there.

When I talked to them back and forth, they found out that it was one of their writers had recommended us, so that’s what I thoroughly enjoy. Thank you everyone for listening out there. Go check out Tech Funnel. They’ve got a lot of really great articles there of information technology and, of course, this fantastic article about WP Plugins A-Z as a Top 20 need to hear plugins of 2019.

This show is also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. In that vein, I like to acknowledge those who have supported the show. All donations $50 and over get their note read out and published here. For those who come in below $50, they remain anonymous and we thank you very much.

This week here, I would like to acknowledge and thank Jezweb Pty. Ltd., who donated $50 here. And his donation will note:

This donation is on behalf of Summit Roof and Exterior Painting at https://www.summitroofpainting.com/ who paint houses in Australia. It is a WordPress website created by Jezweb https://www.jezweb.com.au built with Elementor and J Theme Jello.

Thanks, Jez! I really appreciate you donating to the show – I always appreciate it. So yeah, and as I mentioned a little earlier, I was talking about the Elementor theme, the Jello theme. Jez was kind enough to give me a link to his repository, which of course I promptly shared out with the world a few shows back. Just go do some searching in the WP Plugins A-Z. There will be a link back there where you can download his copy of the Jello theme, which is really quite nice for working with Elementor. It’s a very clean theme. So a big thank you out there for Jez and a big thank you to those who came in under $50 and for those who have set up the little, small weekly subscriptions – all those small subscriptions really help this show out. And a big thank you to those who have hired be because you’ve been listening to the podcast. That is as good as donating to the show. I really appreciate that.

If you’d like to give some value back, you can do so by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate, create the donation amount that fits you, and just donate it. And I’m also setting up a page I’ve been researching. I haven’t found the right result, but I am looking for artwork that I can start using in my iTunes art, and anyone who would like to donate art, you can just email it to me directly at the moment. But pretty soon, as soon as I find the right solution, I will have a page set up where people can just upload it to the site, and it’ll also eventually get showcased on the site – all different artwork. So thank you very much! Much appreciated.

All right, next up the plugin I’ve got for you here is called Data Tables Generator. Now, this one here I ended up using because of a project I was working on where I needed to display an Excel table, and normally not much of a problem. You can get something where you can convert the Excel table to CSV file and then import the CSV file, and most table plugins do that. But every time I went to CSV, I would lose critical data from this table that was created in Excel.

This plugin here, their free version didn’t import the Excel file, and I did try the CSV first; it didn’t work. But I saw they had an Excel version and I thought, “Okay, we’ll take a chance on it.” I bought the premium version of their plugin and the premium version being $39, well worth the money. If you want to import and export tables, you can import the tables. All the data that is contained in the Excel file in its proper formatting is imported into your site and it makes it really easy.

You can also export it again from your site in that format if you want. Once it’s in your site, they have a very nice interface for going in and managing the table or adjusting the table later. A very excellent plugin. I found this to just work very well. The premium version, well worth the money. Go check it out. It’s called Data Tables Generator and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, ClassicPress Options. I know everyone wants to hear this. Everyone comes to the show just for the ClassicPress Options. Of course – frog in the throat. Since the release of Gutenberg and the fallout, ClassicPress, a hard fork of WordPress, has garnered a lot of attention and it’s still continuing to gain attention. I’m looking forward to seeing how this community grows. I am becoming a small part of it at the moment, but I think I’ll end up taking a little bit larger role in it and showcasing more and more stuff on ClassicPress as I can find it and showcasing developers as I find them.

Right now, there’s not a lot of ClassicPress-specific plugins, and so this week I’m going to focus on some of the recent press that ClassicPress is getting, and I’m talking press in the last couple of months, not the press from back in December – November and December and early January when they made a big splash. I’m talking about what’s happening now a few months later, and that gives you an indication of what’s happening in the community and how it is actually growing.

So what I’ve got up here first is from Rough Pixels Themes. This is from May 19, 2019 and this is an article about ClassicPress as an alternative to WordPress. It’s a very nice article describing what ClassicPress is, how it is growing, a little bit about how it came about, some information a bit about, and of course them in the end saying that they’re going to be supporting ClassicPress with all of their themes. This is from Rough Pixels Themes, a theme development company that is going to be supporting both ClassicPress and WordPress, which is a really cool thing that there are developers out there that are going to be supporting this project and building for this project. I know that that’s what we’re going to be doing with Plugin Dynamics as we’re going to be supporting both.

Another article from March 4th is from Specky Boy. This is a behind-the-scenes of ClassicPress, the WordPress alternative, and this is another article talking to you about the fork and why the switch and how it came about, and a little bit more information about it and the democratic decision making of the ClassicPress community and what their future prospects are. All in all, it’s a really good, positive article about ClassicPress.

And these sorts of things are really good to know about and it’s really exciting to see that this community is starting to grow bit by bit, and it does remind me a lot of the WordPress community in its early years, where people sort of dismissed them, said they weren’t going to do anything, how are they going to compete against the stuff that was out there already. But what happens is as you get more and more developers behind it, it starts to evolve, and it starts to grow.

And another one I found, this one is kind of interesting. This is called The ClassicPress Club. This is a secondary kind of forum. They want to be an informal forum for ClassicPress, a place where the non-techie or the general user can show up to discuss information about ClassicPress, maybe ask questions if they’re a little more unnerved about going to the formal ClassicPress forums. Maybe they want to check out this. I found it to be kind of an interesting idea that somebody has put forth something like this as a place to have an alternative discussion. So go check this out if you’re a ClassicPress user. Maybe reach out to the developer of the forum; I know I’m going to see if I can get him to come talk to me.

All right, and that’s really the more this community puts out, the more it’s going to grow, and we’re going to see more and more talented people migrating over to it. You know, that’s what’s going to happen with it.

All right, well that’s all I’ve got there on ClassicPress this week and I’ll be hunting up specific plugins. I do know that I’ve caught a couple of links just before I went live with the show of some more ClassicPress stuff, so there’s more out there and it’s coming.

All right, that’s all I’ve got this week here on plugins. I covered up Shiprocket, which I gave a 3 to; Event Espresso, which I gave a 5 to; and then Data Tables Generator, which I gave a 5 to.

As I said, another new interview is going to be coming down the pike next week with Seth Schultz and I’m also going to be appearing as a guest host on another podcast, so stay tuned for that one – Be Busy podcast, that’s the one. I’ll be appearing as a guest host there, so stay tuned for information to where you’ll be able to get that information.

And the next WordPress Meetup is in June, and the meetup for June is not a seminar; it is just a social meetup here in Victoria, so it’s not going to be broadcast live. But if you happen to be in the Victoria area, please come down to the meetup. It’s going to be at the Boston Pizza here in Victoria, where we have lots of room for lots of people to show up and we can meet, greet, have a chat, and maybe help work out the plan for next year’s meetings for the Victoria WordPress Meetup group.

Take a few moments also to subscribe to the YouTube channel by clicking the Subscribe button down below if you’re watching me on YouTube or watching this on YouTube. If you’re listening to it on the podcast feed, head over to the YouTube channel and subscribe to it. I can use some more subscribers.

And a final note out there to the developers, if you would like to have your plugin featured in a plugin contest, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to submit all the details. And if you are a developer that has a plugin that you would like reviewed or you know of a plugin you think would be interesting to be reviewed, you don’t have to be a developer to submit it. Just go to wppluginsatoz.com/submit-plugin and I will review it for the show.

So that’s all I’ve got for you this week. Yeah, pretty much it. I’m gonna let my girl take us on out of here.

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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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Shiprocket, Event Espresso, Data Tables Generator and ClassicPress News in Episode 409

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It’s Episode 409 and I’ve got plugins for WooCommerce Shipping, Managing Events, Data Tables, and Classic Press Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 409

JohnOverall.comListen to John Overall LIVE, on #YouTube, Thursday May 23, at 12 pm PST, on Episode #409 of the #WPPluginsAtoZ #podcast!
The WP Plugins A to Z Podcast is where we review and discuss four of the many available free, freemium and premium plugins for WordPress. John describes and reviews the plugins and then rates each of these plugins on the show. He also talks a little WordPress, ClassicPress and is happy to answer questions you may have about #WordPress or a plugin he’s reviewed.
 
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Victoria WordPress Meetup

WordPress Seminar – May 2019

For our meeting there will be one presentation about WordPress with time for questions and a break. This months presentation will be about “Maintenance and Monitoring of your WordPress Website to Prevent Issues” made by Shawn DeWolfe. 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, or presenters, 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 to help cover the cost of the room.

We look forward to seeing you!

Interview 36 with John Alarcon from CodePotent

Today’s interview is with John Alarcon from CodePotent.
His plugins were reviewed in several episodes (393, 394, 402, 403, and 408).

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

John A. has several different plugins designed specifically for ClassicPress. He is a very active member of the ClassicPress community. We talk a bit about his plugins and upcoming projects, why he decided to get in to the community, and the future of WordPress and ClassicPress.

Transcript of Episode 408 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  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #408 here.


It’s Episode 309 and we’ve got plugins for Social Sharing, Top 10 Posts and a Thumbs Up/Down button. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #408

John:    It’s Episode 408 and I’ve got plugins for Syncing WooCommerce and QuickBooks, Metric Conversions, Importing/Exporting Users, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins from A to Z!

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WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from 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. And I 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’ve got a couple of minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, subscribing to the show and leaving reviews there. They really do help the show out.

And also watch it every live – there we go, tripping over my own tongue already. You can also watch the show every Thursday at noon live here on YouTube, where you can subscribe, check out our training videos, screencasts, and extra shows that get up here on the channel.

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All right, with all of that being done, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

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All right and starting off I have a plugin for you here that I have yet to use but thought that you might want to know about it. And keep in mind, the rating for it is based on the descriptions of the plugin off their site and using a demo if it’s available.

Today’s plugin was sent in by Erick Jessen and it’s called Infinity Sync. This is a WooCommerce to QuickBooks integration plugin. It helps you connect up the industry standard accounting software with your WooCommerce website, thereby helping you sync up your data in real-time. It makes the accounting really simple and easy, knowing that you sell something that gets automatically placed in your QuickBooks, allows for you to really trust the numbers in there to some extent (as much as you can trust data anyway). It looks like a very interesting plugin. I myself don’t use QuickBooks; I pay an accountant to do all of that for me. But hey, here’s an idea. If your accountant has it, maybe you can connect it up with them. It might work well – I don’t know.

At any rate it does look like a very interesting plugin. Now, there’s one thing with it: it is a third-party premium plugin and you use a third-party platform for transmitting your data as far as I can tell from reading the stuff over on their site, so it does have that drawback going for it, plus it’s fairly pricey. It’s somewhere in the neighbourhood of $69 a month, so you might want to – you’ve really got to have a lot of sales off your site before you consider this, at least as far as I’m concerned.

At any rate, it does look interesting enough. Go check it out. It’s called Infinity Sync and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

All right, and a little bit of WordPress – well, not sort of WordPress news. This one here, I’ve seen a lot of articles this past week discussing the issues around restoring websites after they’ve crashed and how people – do they have a proper backup system in place? Do they have a proper restore process in place for it? And this is something a lot of people don’t think about on their website until unfortunately it’s too late, and this creates a lot of grief for people. They’re not backing up their websites regularly and then what happens is you can have something that happened at A2 recently in that they had their Windows server outages – crashed down – and when they had to restore all their client sites to it, many of their clients found that the data that was stored on the servers themselves was either corrupt or it was too old or it wiped out sites or restored people to the point where they’d lost weeks or months’ worth of data.

I read one article where a guy had lost eight months’ worth of data and work on a website, all because he didn’t have a proper backup system in place for himself. So you should be backing this stuff up to your own local computer or a local data storage device – something away from the server. Don’t depend on this hosting provider to provide your backups. Most hosting providers, and having done this for oh, almost two decades now, most hosting providers do not guarantee – all of them – none of them. Even my hosting service, I can’t guarantee the backups I make off of my servers for my clients. You can’t guarantee the backups. I do provide lots of them; most hosting companies don’t provide backups unless you manually make them, and then they wipe them out after seven days, 15, or 30 days, they wipe out that backup file, so you will have needed to download it.

Some of them say they make the backups but when they go to restore it, it’s old data, it’s corrupted, it’s mismatched. I’ve seen this many times helping people recover from catastrophic failure. So you’ll do want to have a plan in place and think about that for your own personal websites and your clients in particular. If you don’t know how to do it, hey, you might hire someone like JohnOverall.com to go in there and manage the site, monitor it, and make regular backups of the site that are off-server and exactly what you need, so this is something to think about and this has been in the news a lot this week dealing with all of the backups and what people should be doing for that.

All right, and a little bit of promo. This show brought to you by:

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All right, and we do have a contest this week and the current contest is for – let’s bring it up, because I didn’t put it in my show notes again. We are offering up a license for Discount Suite for WP – or, let’s see what we’ve got here – WooCommerce All Discounts. Win a license for WooCommerce All Discounts. It is a one-year license for it and it is a really great plugin. I reviewed this plugin a while back, back in Episode 406, and currently that contest is live on the site, so go over there, enter your name, email address, and win a copy of that contest. If not, well, go check it out and just buy the plugin anyway – a great plugin. I seem to recall giving it some really good rankings on that.

And currently all the contests are powered by our Simple Giveaways plugin. They were kind enough to provide us with a premium license to run all of our contests. This is a fantastic plugin if you’re considering running any kind of contests. It allows you to do all kinds of things. It even does the automatic random selection of the people that enter the contest for you, saving you the grief of hmm…how do I pick?

All right, next up I have for you Length Converter. This is a really nice plugin. I was all set to give this plugin a top, glowing ranking until I discovered one big flaw in it. While this plugin is really great and simple and works and does exactly what it’s supposed to do, which is it converts lengths from meters to feet or feet to meters. I mean, they’ve got a really great here, you put it in it here. It tells you – you put a number in here, either centimeters, meters, feet, yard, and it tells you how many kilometers, inches, feet, yards, and miles it is. It’s a really excellent plugin. It works really well.

One flaw in it, it does not have a shortcode. And without the shortcode, I couldn’t use it on a page. Now they said, “Ah, you don’t need that. You can just use a page builder.” Well, the page builder I’m using for building a website right now being WP Bakery where I’m actually using this plugin, it didn’t work with WP Bakery, so I couldn’t stick it on a page. It would only work in its widgeted format, which didn’t go with the design of this page. So that was one flaw in it.

I like the plugin so much, so I’ve decided to fork it, improve it a little bit, and we’re going to add in the shortcode to it and it’ll be one of the new plugins that’ll be offered by Plugin Dynamics, a joint venture between DeWolfe consulting and JohnOverall.com, where we are putting together and we’ve been developing a couple of plugins over the last year. Those plugins will be coming out in the next coming months along with an additional website for Plugin Dynamics, a nice, new business venture. So stay tuned for that. That’ll be coming up and you’ll hear more and more as we get closer and closer to launching it, and this will be one of the free plugins we offer up along the way, since I’m gonna – since we’re forking it off.

At any rate, go check out this plugin. It’s called Length Converter – a very fantastic plugin for the most part, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

All right, listener feedback – I do like listener feedback and all you’ve got to do is come visit wppluginsatoz.com on the Contact page and send and email with your feedback for the show, questions, answers – anything along that line – I’m always looking for that. Or you can hit the little SpeakPipe button in the lower corner, leave me a voice message that will be played on the show.

This show is also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of the show, I mean if I help save you five, ten minutes, what’s that worth to you? Is it worth $5? $10? Anything out there, you know, please give some value back to the show. I like to acknowledge all those who support the show with donations. Anything $50 and over is – they get their full acknowledgement and a note read out here. All those who come below $50, they remain anonymous and I thank you very much for that.

I’d like to thank all the donors that have provided the small donations on a weekly basis. They are rather helpful. None of the money ever makes it into my pocket yet – eventually, maybe – but right now it just doesn’t even quite cover the costs that occur, which is the transcripts that I pay to have done, the server bandwidth, etc. So please, if you find any value in this show, give some value back.

And there’s more than one way to give value; not just by cash. You can give some value back by providing me with artwork. I’m always looking for a – what is it now? – 3600 x 3600 square images that I can use of my iTunes art, which changes on a regular basis. That’s the show’s artwork and I will acknowledge the artist and that and I haven’t finished the way for people to donate that artwork to me yet, but that is coming. It’s always amazing how little time is in the day. So any way you can help out the show, please do. Give some value back.

Okay, next up I have for you a plugin for importing and exporting users for WordPress it’s Import Export WordPress Users. This plugin here is the second; I talked about one last week in last week’s episode, which was eh, so-so, and it didn’t quite do what I wanted with the site that I’m getting ready to launch that’s a membership site. This one here worked out perfectly, and what I found it to be excellent for in particular, I was building a website using the Ultimate Membership plugin and I needed a way to import new members. That plugin’s one flaw, while everything else fit the bill for what I needed, it did not have its own built-in ability to import and export users. I needed an extra plugin for that, so I went searching.

This one here worked perfectly in that one of the great things is I had a few members in here, but I needed to import another 30 or 40 into the system. This one exported all of the old ones out, which gave me a nice CSV file with all the table headers in it that I could add all the new members into, and then I reimported that file right back into WordPress. So I worked beautifully and did exactly what I needed it to do.

Now, they do have a premium version of this plugin of course, which allows you to import extra metadata for it, and they did design this plugin to be used for WooCommerce, but it works well with other things. Now, the premium version I didn’t use; I didn’t need to go that far. I didn’t have enough members to justify the extra costs, because I only had to enter a little bit of extra metadata for the users. But if you have a lot of metadata aside from the standard fields in your user fields, you might consider going to their premium version.

But all in all, a fantastic plugin. It would get a 5, but of course having a premium version always knocks a point off it if I don’t get to test out the premium version. Go check it out. It’s Import Export WordPress Users, and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

And finally here I’ve got some ClassicPress options, and of course ClassicPress – I believe this segment of the show is going to just grow as time expands out. The time for the ClassicPress, right now they’ve limited the number of dedicated plugins for ClassicPress, so it’s getting harder and harder to find which ones to review, but I know this is going to grow as time moves on. I’m really enjoying the interactions I’m having with the ClassicPress community and actually, I’ve got an interview scheduled later today with a ClassicPress community member, and that interview will come out next week.

So at any rate without further ado, what I’ve got for you this week is Username Protection from CodePotent, and this is a ClassicPress-specific plugin. And what it does for you is it’s a plugin that removes the anonymous access to usernames in ClassicPress to help mitigate the brute force attacks. For visitors who are not logged in, usernames are removed from the REST API, feeds author page and prevented from exposure through other common vectors of discovery.

And one of the great usefulness of this is if you can keep the username hidden and away from the hackers and bots and everything, it helps prevent brute force attacks against your website. It looks like a very excellent plugin. I have yet to actually use it, but it will be something that goes into all of my ClassicPress websites of which I currently have three, and that number is slowly going to grow over the next while, I’m sure.

An excellent plugin – go check it out. You can download it off this Github page (there’s a link in the show notes to go get it), and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

And a little bit more on the ClassicPress community… another great little article I tripped across today, it’s an older article but I think it’s rather relevant as far as ClassicPress goes. This came from November. This talks about the issues that happened in and around the mandatory or the cramming down everyone’s throats of Gutenberg, and how you might want to consider rebelling and heading out into the world and trying ClassicPress.

If you’ve got particular styles of websites you’re working with, ClassicPress is definitely where you’re gonna want to be, and that’s why I’m going to be probably straddling the WordPress/ClassicPress world for a while. I’m eventually gonna have to make a choice between the two and we’ll see how that goes in the next year or two as ClassicPress grows.

At any rate, that’s what I’ve got for you today. Closing out the show, I covered up in this episode the Infinity Sync plugin, which I gave a 3 to; the Length Converter, which I gave a 4 to; the Import Export WordPress Users, which I gave a 4 to; and for ClassicPress, I covered up the Username Protection, which I gave a 4 to.

And a couple of quick reminders… The next WordPress Meetup in Victoria is on May 21st, so that’s next Tuesday. That’ll be before the next show, so make sure you go check that out. It will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. on this YouTube channel. If you happen to be in the Victoria area, please come down and visit us. This is a presentation being given by Shawn DeWolfe Consulting on managing your WordPress website – pitfalls, things you want to deal with, how to keep yourself secured and safe – all kinds of stuff, so come check it out. Shawn is a really great speaker and presents really well.

Also, be sure to check out an subscribe to the YouTube channel for WP Plugins A-Z, where you can find training videos, screencasts, and of course, the live show every week here at 12:00 on Thursdays.

And if you have suggestions for plugins you’d like to have reviewed, please submit them on the website at wppluginsatoz.com/submit, and you don’t have to be a developer to submit a plugin to me. If you’ve got one that you think I should know about or you think other people should know about, please feel free to submit it. I’m more than happy to take those submissions.

If you are a developer and you would like to sponsor a contest for the show, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest and submit your plugin for a contest.

And that’s pretty much I have – everything I have here. So for those of you on the livestream right now, hang around after the credits. I’m more than happy to chat with you and answer a few questions and anything along that line.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got, so I’m gonna let my girl take us out of here.

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