Easier YouTube Embeds, Locking User Accounts, Facebook Site Invites, User Activity, Plugin Version Monitors, and Activity Logs

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 112

It’s episode #112 WordPress Plugins A to Z and we’ve got plugins for Easier YouTube Video Embeds, Locking User Accounts, Facebook Site Invites, User Activity, Plugin Version Monitors, and Activity Logs. All this and more coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to manage multiple sites with one click updates for everything as well as a centralized point for content production check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergency WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

Plan for success with WordPress PluginsJohn’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Run the WP Medic Podcast commercial here

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

 

Interesting Sites Running WordPress:


https://chuckyeager.com
The official website of US Air Force General Chuck Yeager, the world’s first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound. Why it’s in the Showcase: The subject matter, rare historic documents and unique historic full-screen background photographs, and its innovative use of jQuery.

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Dave at TopekaDesign.com  has a question about Thickbox Content and a Suitable Audio plugin for one shot audio files.
an Idea might be to use slide deck

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Recent Revisions 1.1.1


The Lowdown:
In my search for a tracking plugin to track post revisions this one came up and it show all recent post revisions on your dashboard.. This is a great quick way to see any changes anyone has made to the site. Unfortunately this is all it really does..
Rating 3 Dragons

 

Simple History 1.0.9

The Lowdown:
This plug was discovered during my search for monitoring for a clients site who needed to know what the assorted editors were doing and editing.. While it tracks all usage such as plugin install activation and removals it has a limitation of only tracking the last 60 days. But it does do a great job of tracking all changes that happen to the site so you can see what people are up to.
This gives you a page where you can examine everything on your site from:
Attachment |
Comment |
Plugin |
Post/Attachment |
Post/Encyclopedia |
Post |
Settings page |
User

Including making check by individual user all in all a great little tracking plugin to see what is happening on your site.
Rating 4 Dragons

 

WP-Activity 2.0

 

The Lowdown
While this one does tracking it is more along the line of who logs in and what they did when they logged in. did they create a post create a user ect.. It does tell about comments added and stuff deleted. In actually this one help with a site that was compromised  a couple weeks back. When a client had an ex employee who knew an admin login to the site and came in and started deleted products from the estore.. This tracking helped us track their IP and when and what they deleted so we could fix it easier.. let that be a lesson that if an employees leaves the first thing you need to do is change all password to any account they might have access to.

Rating 4 Dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Account Lock

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/account-lock/

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6
Last Updated: 2013-3-10
Downloads: 33

This plugin enables administrators to lock user accounts without deleting the users posts and contents.

Account Lock is a state of the art WordPress Plugin which enables administrators to lock user accounts without deleting the users posts and contents. Locked users will not be able to login or reset their password. All content created by users whose accounts are locked keep accessible by website visitors.

Main features

 

  • Prevent users from login in to the Dashboard via the “Edit User” Screen
  • Prevent users from reset their passwords if their account is locked
  • See the current account status in the user management
  • Fast status change directly from the user management page


Rating: 3 out of 5

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Facebook Friends Inviter

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook-friends-inviter/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-3-10
Downloads: 81

Add an Invite Facebook Friends button to any WordPress website with the Facebook Friends Inviter Plugin.

This WordPress plugin adds customizable text links and customizable graphic buttons that are visible to anyone who visits your WordPress site. Buttons can be added using widgets and shortcodes.
Features

  • Facebook Requests Graphic Button
  • Facebook Requests Link Button
  • Seamless friend requests selector
  • FB Friends request widgets – as many widgets as you want to use
  • FB Friend inviter shortcodes – as many shortcodes as you want to use
  • Customizable link text
  • Customizable button
  • Put the button or text link anywhere within your site
  • Set button/text width
  • Set button/text alignment


Rating: 4 out of 5

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Rather Simple YouTube

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rather-simple-youtube/

Requires: 3.3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-3-10
Downloads: 16

A rather simple YouTube plug-in that allows the administrator to fill in a YouTube user and select a video to embed into a page.

This plug-in is different than others because it requires no pasting of special URL’s or remembering embed codes. The first step is to fill in your own (or someone else’s) YouTube username in the settings page. After this you can select any of your uploaded videos in the included widget.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Site Cleanup, Joke of the day, Better HTMLTables, Bulk Deletion, SEO Migration

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 111

 

It’s episode #111 WordPress Plugins A to Z and we’ve got plugins for site cleanup, joke of the day, better html tables, bulk deletion, SEO migration and a great new plugin to change content based on what season it is. All this and more coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to manage multiple sites with one click updates for everything as well as a centralized point for content production check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

MARCUS: I just used CMS commander to save myself a ton of time when dealing with a new client site. Let’s just say you have one really good site with the ultimate setup of plugins, or a personal list of favorites. Copying these plugins from one site to another is as easy as selecting the plugins you want to copy and choosing the destination WordPress install. One more click and you’re done. CMS Commander takes care of all the rest.

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

 

>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergency WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Run the WP Medic Podcast commercial here

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

 

Clean and power your WordPress plugins with Site Cleanup, Joke of the day, Better HTMLTables, Bulk Deletion, SEO MigrationListener Feedback / Audio Clips


Question no audio

John & Marcus,
I love your podcast!  I’ve learned so much from listening to you guys.  In one of your recent podcasts you mentioned a plugin for converting a site from Joomla to WordPress.  I’m about to begin a project like that for OldsJetfire.com.  It is a small community site for the first turbocharged, alcohol injected car in the U.S.  Oldsmobile only made them in 1963 and 1964.  My question is: Do you know of a good plugin for a forum?  Also, do you have any tips on how to convert the old forum threads in Joomla to a new forum in WordPress?

Thanks – and keep up the great podcast.
Rick

From the US store
Best Yet *****
Being Completely new to WordPress this podcast is excellent. These guys do a great job of getting to the point and giving useful feedback. the doesn’t follow the model of so many, with a couple of buddies just rambling about mostly nothing and adding crude humor. I would be completely comfortable recommending this show to “anyone” I know. I hope they keep up the good work. i am very thankful for their show. Be sure to give them a review and rating if you agree. We seem to spend more time writing complaints than giving compliments.
All-in 2013

very Nice and useful ***
First its obviously a vehicle to advertise their services… They plug themselves a bit much.. but the information they provide makes it worth it in the end. I listen on my ipad and often wish it was a video podcast because I want to see the plugins they review in action.. So thats dissapointing. but overall, if you’re a WordPress user/developer, you should subscribe..
Digibard

From our Canadian listeners
Excellent podcast – not to be missed *****
One of the best podcasts, I know of. Very focused on wordpress plugins, but that is a good thing – there are too many to try to keep track of yourself.. Keep up the good work guys.
whitetoque

Go-To_guys for wordpress Plugins *****
John & Marcus do a great job of showcasing useful plugins and more importantly staying away from the duds. keep up the great work.
Robin Heppel, Funeral Futurist

Shoutouts to:

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

WordPress 3.6 is coming.. Scheduled for release in April shall we start a pool now..
new features expected to be Post Formats UI
Improvement to auto save and Post locking
New Theme 2013 designed for personal blogging sites
editorial workflow useful for multi blogger sites
new menus

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

WP Clean Up 1.2.1

The Lowdown:
I needed to clean up an older site and was actually looking to nuke it without wiping out major settings.
This one turned out to be a simple cleaner that does a nice job of cleaning up things like revisions, drafts, the large collection of spam comments one site I used it on have over 20k stored.. that’s allot of space.. It also offers you the opportunity to optimize your database. all in all pretty good.

Rating 4 Dragons

 

Joke of the Day Advanced 1.2

Ok this one is just for fun and pretty much a complete waste of time but it is fun.. It simply adds a sidebar widget with a joke of the day from the Internet joke database. You can change from clean to dirty dependent on your desires..

Rating 3 Dragons

 

Bulk Delete 2.2.2

The Lowdown:
Well as I started looking for a complete nuke it solution I believe I found it here. With this plugin you can remove in stages or nuke the whole site of content.. This is useful if you have created a site with demo content and simply want it gone to start adding the real stuff. This is simple in is function you can remove everything in one shot by choosing categories or tags.. Or you can remove item by item. You can toss it into the trash if you are unsure or simply toss it all out. All in all a great little plugin to clean up the mess.

Rating 4 Dragons.

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

SEO Data Transporter

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-data-transporter/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.2.1
Last Updated: 2012-10-27
Downloads: 37,004

This plugin allows you to transfer your inputs SEO data from one theme/plugin to another. We all know how difficult it can be to switch themes or dump plugins. The fact that themes and plugins store their inputs SEO data differently makes it even harder. This plugin remedies that.
Just choose what platform you’re moving away from, and what platform you want to move to. Click “analyze” to see what records and elements are compatible, and click “convert” to make the conversion.
Supported Themes

  • Builder
  • Catalyst
  • Frugal
  • Genesis
  • Headway
  • Hybrid
  • Thesis (1.x & 2.x)
  • WooFramework

Supported Plugins

  • Add Meta Tags
  • All in One SEO
  • Greg’s High Performance SEO
  • Headspace2
  • Meta SEO Pack
  • Platinum SEO
  • SEO Ultimate
  • WordPress SEO


Rating: 4 out of 5


Footable

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/footable/

Requires: 3.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-3-4
Downloads: 261

Have you ever wanted to show a lot of data in a table, but hate how badly it scales on smaller mobile devices? Footable solves this problem by hiding certain columns on smaller devices, but still allowing the user to expand each row to see the columns that were hidden.
This simple WordPress plugin allows you to easily include and configure the Footable jquery script into your site.Check out the homepage to learn more about Footable and see some demos.

Rating: 5 out of 5

 

WordPress Seasons

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/axedit-seasons/

Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-3-7
Downloads: 12

If you ever wished to automatically modify portions of text depending on the season, this very simple plugin will do the job for you. Just go to ‘Settings’ and click on ‘Seasons’ menu, and define the specific text you want to show for each season. Finally, insert the [season] shortcode within any content to show the season’s related text.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Radio Station sites, In Post Twitter mentions, Social Media Content Locks, Social Counters, Social Feeds

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 110

It’s episode #110. And we’ve got plugins for Radio Station sites, In Post Twitter mentions, Social Media Content Locks, Social Counters, Social Feeds, and an easier way for the layman to add links into WordPress posts. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to manage multiple sites with one click updates for everything as well as a centralized point for content production check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergency WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

WordPress Plugins for socialJohn’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Something new has been brought to my attention https://www.cms2cms.com a service to convert CMS sites to another CMS site Presently, they offer migration from Joomla, Joomla K2 and Drupal to the latest WordPress, this platform is currently in beta so is free and I am looking for a test case to try out so if anyone has a site they want to convert to WordPress contact me and I’ll be happy to do it with this service as a test case.

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Feed Them Social 1.1.8

The Lowdown:
This is a very nice plugin for bringing in all kinds of streams of social stuff. The only thing I found was it has some layout issues that needed to be corrected.. You can use this to bring specialized social media content into your posts and it also has a widget to place material into. The free version allow you to generate short codes you place in your posts for the following Twitter, Facebook, Instagram if you want YouTube you will need the premium addon which is only $10 plus if you want to change the default # of posts you will need a premium plugin.. This is a great way to bring in that social content you have floating around and focus it into pages on your site.

Rating 3 Dragons

 

Subscribers Text Counter 1.6.4


The Lowdown:
This is a great little plugin to display your subscriber count from your various social media outlets. It is simple straightforward to use simply enter your account names for the various social outlets you want and then edit the fully customizable widget to display your links.. It is a nice looking way to show off your followings. plus if your CSS inclined you can customize in numerous ways.

Rating 3 Dragons

 

a great suggestion from Yoram
Konverto 1.1.0

The Lowdown:
While this is a straightforward plugin is does solve what I feel should be right in the core of WordPress.. That is making any link your create such as https://JohnOverall.com clickable without having to go to the add link button in your editor. I can’t count the number of times I have created a post a then discovered that I need to go back and edit simple links to make them clickable..

Rating 4 Dragons

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Radio Station

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/radio-station/

Requires: 3.3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-25
Downloads: 28

Radio Station is a plugin to run a radio station’s website. It’s functionality is based on Drupal 6’s Station plugin, reworked for use in WordPress. The plugin includes the ability to associate users with “shows” (schedulable blocks of time that contain a description, and other meta information), and generate playlists associated with those shows. The plugin contains a widget to display the currently on-air DJ with a link to the DJ’s show and current playlist. A schedule of all show can also be generated.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Twitter mentions in posts

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitter-mentions-in-posts/

Requires: 3.0.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-25
Downloads: 27

This plugin fetch all tweets from Twitter, which has been written about some of your posts. For new article are changes checking every hour. For oldone it is question one or two days.
You can set how many tweets to show and in swich format. It can be regular HTML or embed tweets generated by Twitter javascript.
List of tweets is automaticky show above comment form, but your can also do manually by put function <?php tmip_show_tweets() ?> into your WordPress theme.
Just remember, Twitter allow to search tweets only few days old, so i will show probably only in new articles. Be patient.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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OnePress Social Locker

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-locker/

Social Locker is a set of social buttons and a locker in one bottle. It allows you to lock a part of content on a web page until a user clicks one of the social buttons (Facebook Like, Tweet Button, Google +1) and help you to get more likes/tweets/+1s, traffic and customers!
Do you still place social buttons on every page of your site? But users don’t click the ones as often as you would like?
You should give people a reason why they need to click your social buttons. Even if people like your content, site or fanpage, they don’t click the buttons because they don’t worry about you, your benefits or your traffic. It’s not their problem.

Key Features

 

  • Any URL to like/tweet/+1. You can set any URL that will be used to share for social buttons.
  • SEO friendly. Locked content is still available for search bots (Google, Bing, etc).
  • Highly customizable. The plugin provides a considered html markup that allows you to create your own style for the locker. You can change colors, fonts, sizes, paddings, backgrounds, shadows, icons and all for any locker element. No coding required. Just add some CSS rules.
  • Preset Styles and Effects. We want to make a use of our plugins as simple as possible.
  • So we added some modern preset styles and effects for you. Every update we will add new ones. Feel free to use they.
  • Remembers users who already unlocked your content (via local storage and cookies).
  • Compatible with all the popular browsers.
  • Locks any type of content: text, videos, images, links, forms and more.

Click here to view the live demo!
The plugin is a free edition of the premium social locker plugin. You can activate premium features for a trial period inside the plugin.

Rating: 5 out of 5

 

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What’s coming in future podcasts:

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WordPress Plugins for Mobile utilization, Image Tooltips, Image Carousels, Social Sharing

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 109

It’s episode #109. And we’ve got plugins for Mobile utilization, Image Tooltips, Image Carousels, Social Sharing, and plugins for getting the most out of MailChimp and Genesis. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to manage multiple sites with one click updates for everything as well as a centralized point for content production check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Something new has been brought to my attention https://www.cms2cms.com a service to convert CMS sites to another CMS site Presently, they offer migration from Joomla, Joomla K2 and Drupal to the latest WordPress, this platform is currently in beta so is free and I am looking for a test case to try out so if anyone has a site they want to convert to WordPress contact me and I’ll be happy to do it with this service as a test case.

 

Interesting Sites Running WordPress:


https://ilovetypography.com/
I love Typography is a site devoted to fonts, typefaces and all things typographical.(and it runs on WordPress) It’s a great site that is in my daily reading list. Fonts are really something worth studying when you have the opportunity. Sometimes an entire site can look completely different just because of the fonts. This blog helps you to recognize when to use what font through hundreds of examples already on the site and new ones being added each day.

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:


Even the big boys can go down from time to time.. although short lived about 7 min WordPress.com went down last week due to a code error and took with it millions of others. a short statement from Automatic “At 1:20PM Pacific there was a site-wide outage/service degradation on WordPress.com.  The root cause was identified to be some debugging code which was trying to connect to servers which had been decommissioned.  Once the issue was identified, it was quickly resolved and service returned to normal about 1:27PM.”
Read more at https://thedroidguy.com/2013/02/wordpress-com-went-down-with-millions-of-blogs/#DP7cLYfZtr69DyCf.99

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Shareaholic | email, bookmark, share buttons 6.1.2.0

its been awhile since I covered any of these

The lowdown:
well I have not used this one in a while but a recent client wanted something different so I went looking
this definitely has gotten alot better with the sexy link and the optional links above the page and it run quite smoothly

Rating 4 Dragons

 

WP Genesis Box 0.0.1

The Lowdown:
Ok this tool add a nice simple affiliate box to your Genesis website posts. This plugin is based on a post from Brian Gardner, on how to create this box. It is a simple yet effective way to display that you build your sites in WordPress and then to promote your affiliate link for the themes from StudioPress. This is an excellent way of implementing it simple I had done it once but later changed themes and did not take the time to recreate this great little box then all you have to do is add either shortcode per post or add an action to your functions file. Just a bit of minor work but worth it in the end
rating 3 Dragons

 

MailChimp Importer 1.0

The Lowdown:
This looks to be a great little plugin if you are a Mailchimp user. It will go out and get your newsletter you do up in Mailchimp and then import them back into your WordPress website. A bit of a reverse from the way i usually do things but still looks like a great solution if you use Mailchimp which many of my clients do.

Rating 3 Dragons

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Telephone Number Linker

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/telephone-number-linker/

Makes sure telephone numbers are clickable on mobile devices.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2013-2-17
Downloads: 19

This plugin allows you to turn a phone number on your site into a link that only appears clickable for mobile phone users. This means mobile device users can click the number to call it, but desktop users won’t see it as a link – so won’t be taken to an error screen that they would normally when clicking on a phone number link. Some iOS and Android devices make numbers clickable by default – but not all do. If your client calls saying her ancient phone won’t call a number on his site when he clicks on it this is the plugin for you

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

WP Image Carousel

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-image-carousel/

WP Image Carousel lets you easily add stylish, highly customizable image carousels to your site.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-17
Downloads: 64

WP Image Carousel (WPIC) lets you create image carousels by using a shortcode.
WPIC includes an options panel which lets you add default settings to your shortcode for easier and even quicker use.

Features:

  • 10 different button colors
  • Highly customizable
  • Shortcode
  • Lightweight
  • Can be integrated with any site
  • Hackable
  • Active support through the wordpress forums


This plugin utilizes the jquery plugin jcarousel lite to create the image carousels. This plugin also makes a call to the google scripts api to get jquery instead of load it from your site. This makes the plugin load faster on your pages and consume less bandwidth.

Rating: 5 out of 5


PicTips

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pictips/

PicTips provides a shortcode for images to be used as ToolTips. Like ToolTips but with pictures.

Requires: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-17
Downloads: 18

Ever wanted to make your content more visual? With PicTips, you can! Hovering over an item with a PicTip enabled will display your chosen image.
PicTips features the following:

  • Displays images as tooltip bubbles
  • Uses pure CSS and Javascript
  • Automatically resizes and positions bubbles as required
  • Customise look and feel of bubbles for your site
  • Graceful fall back for non-compatible browsers


Rating: 4 out of 5


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WordPress Plugins Password Strength, Full Background Slideshows, Site Lockdown, Background Music

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 108

It’s episode #108 and we’ve got plugins for enforcing Password Strength, Full Background Slideshows, Site Lockdown, Background Music and a new way to WATCH the visitors on your WordPress site. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to manage multiple sites with one click updates for everything as well as a centralized point for content production check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

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WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Something new has been brought to my attention https://www.cms2cms.com a service to convert CMS sites to another CMS site Presently, they offer migration from Joomla, Joomla K2 and Drupal to the latest WordPress, this platform is currently in beta so is free and I am looking for a test case to try out so if anyone has a site they want to convert to WordPress contact me and I’ll be happy to do it with this service as a test case.

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Robert has a question regarding migrating from one host to another. This is another great example of the outstanding features of CMS Commander that we talk about so much. https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand is the place to go. What CMS commander can do that Backup Buddy cannot is pretty staggering. In the case of cloning a site, it can be done in just a few minutes. The limitations with Backup Buddy are also restricted by the size. Have a site that’s more than 90 megs? Forget about Backup Buddy.

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Simple Site Lockdown 1.1

The Lowdown:
A simple way to hide your site from others and only allow admins access to it. This is a great way to hide your development website from the world if you’re in a hurry to get it hidden simple and clean.

Rating 4 Dragons

 

Minimum Password Strength 1.1.2

The Lowdown:
Security Security Security… We all know how important the ever hated password is but many still do not pay attention to this issue. The plugins take that pretty bar that goes from red to green when creating a new password for WordPress and then enforces a minimum password standard for all users changing passwords or creating new users on your site. You choose the setting you want from weak to strong to enforce.. a nice little plugin.

Rating 4 Dragons

 

Background Music 1.0

The Lowdown:
Also known as how to annoy your visitors in one easy step.. You simply install it and point it to an mp3 file that will start automatically.. It may have a use for force feeding your podcast if you like.. It does place a prominent button on the top of page to turn it off..

Rating: 2 or 3 Dragons

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

 

Minimum Password Strength

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/minimum-password-strength/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-8
Downloads: 47

WordPress profile pages contain a visual indicator which shows the strength of a user’s chosen password. This is nice, but WordPress doesn’t actually enforce this in any way, so users are free to select weak passwords.

Minimum Password Strength uses the same method to calculate a password’s strength, but forces users to meet a minimum strength requirement before they can change their password.
By default, passwords must have “Medium” strength, but administrators can change this to force passwords to be at least “Weak”, “Medium”, or “Strong”. To change the minimum strength, go to Settings -> Password Strength after installing Minimum Password Strength.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Full Screen (Page) Background Image Slideshow

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/full-screen-page-background-image-slideshow/

Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-10
Downloads: 457

This plugin allows you to add single or multiple backgrounds that spans behind whole website contents. You can

  1. Set single background
  2. Configure multiple backgrounds to behave as slideshow
  3. Randomize Backgrounds for each refresh
  4. Set animation duration and delay
  5. Add dotted Overlay
  6. Set Opacity of Background Images
  7. Set single or multiple images for individual pages


If image is larger than the user’s resolution, plugin will stretch either width or height (keeping aspect ratio) to fit on the screen. It will also centralize the image. If image is smaller than the user’s browser resolution, It will be displayed centered in the background without stretching.

Rating: 5 out of 5

 

SessionCam

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sessioncam/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2013-2-5
Downloads: 40

Use SessionCam to record every customer journey made on your website. Replay individual sessions, generate heatmaps, understand and investigate funnel and form drop-off. Tackle abandonment, improve conversion and reduce support costs. SessionCam is a cloud-based solution that’s easy to implement and generates super-fast RoI for our clients.
SessionCam is a “Software as a Service” solution – just add our JavaScript tag to your web site and every feature of the product is delivered remotely from our secure, cloud-based infrastructure.

SessionCam includes features for:

  • Recording web sessions in real-time
  • Analysing recorded activity
  • Understanding funnel and form conversion
  • Creating stunning behavioural heatmaps for mouse movement, mouse click, page scrolling and browser attention
  • Replaying web sessions
  • Integrating with Google Analytics, other web analytics systems, CRM solutions and customer feedback solutions.


Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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Twitter Widgets, Comment Subscription, News Tickers, Slide Presentations, Mobile Content variations

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 107

It’s episode #107 WordPress Plugins A to Z and we’ve got plugins for Twitter Widgets, Comment Subscription, News Tickers, Slide Presentations, Mobile Content variations, and a great new way to give alerts to your site viewers. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to magage multiple sites with one click updates for everything as well as a centeralized point for content production check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

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WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Something new has been brought to my attention https://www.cms2cms.com a service to convert CMS sites to another CMS site Presently, they offer migration from Joomla, Joomla K2 and Drupal to the latest WordPress, this platform is currently in beta so is free and I am looking for a test case to try out so if anyone has a site they want to convert to WordPress contact me and I’ll be happy to do it with this service as a test case.

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips


Eric Dingler sends in his audio request. He is looking for Event Organizing promotion alerts and posts. Also looking for a plugin that provides a customized footer.

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

My Twitter Widget

  • Last Updated: 98 days ago
  • Requires WordPress Version: 3.0.1 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 3.3.2
  • Downloaded: 16,130 times
  • WordPress.org Plugin Page »

The Lowdown
Ok up at bat #2  for a twitter widget you might remember in last show I had a 1 dragon for this category. Well this one works just fine and has the ability to set your cache time as well as # of tweets and to even use your own custom css applied to the box. so check it out
Rating 3 Dragons

 

Subscribe To Comments Reloaded 2.0.2

The lowdown:
I needed a plugin for subscribing to comments now while I may have covered this is the past it s time once again. This plugin while being old still seems to do the job just fine. It add a nice little check box to comments for people who want to follow the fun. It also builds a list for you to manage all subscriptions and customize your messages to them, it also allows your visitors to subscribe without making a comment this is a great feature there are times i just want to follow a conversation and not be part of it. You know the old days of lurking in the BBS.
It seems to run clean and smooth and fit right into this site which already had 83 plugins installed and running.
Rating 4 Dragons

News ticker 1.0

The Lowdown:
We were in need of a plugin that would display news in a scrolling bar and would not conflict with the main event calendar, it took us a few tries to find one but this one did the trick and had a couple of nice features in the process. You can set it to show from any or all categories make it recent or most popular or most commented posts or you can limit it to specific posts. You can have it display the featured image dates and excerpts determine number of posts to show and the excerpt length. You can set the sped it shows and have them scroll left right up or down.. All in all a pretty good news ticker plugin.
rating 4 Dragon

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

SlideOnline

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slideonline/
Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-1
Downloads: 19

This is a very simple plugin created to embed PowerPoint presentations using SlideOnline.com in any blog powered by WordPress.
You can easily embed your PDF and PowerPoint presentations in a WordPress blog using SlideOnline.com that is a free service to share PowerPoint presentations online and an alternative to other PPT and presentation sharing platforms.

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Mobile Content

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobile-content/

Requires: 2.1.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-1
Downloads: 79

Mobile Content plugin allows you to use shortcodes to display different content, in your posts or pages, depending on the device it is being viewed on. Using these shortcodes you can specify to only show certain content to desktops, tablets, or mobile phones. See an example here.
Shortcodes:
[desktop]Your Desktop Content Here[/desktop]
[tablet]Your Tablet Content Here[/tablet]
[mobile]Your Mobile Content Here[/mobile]

Rating: 4 out of 5

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WP Alert

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-alert/

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-1-31
Downloads: 234

WP Alert Plugin is the easiest way to grab your visitors’ attention! It allows you to add images, icons, texts and links in a beautiful and smart way on your pages, posts.
Upload your images, set text and links, use it on home,page or post and you done!
You may use it in many ways: Navigation or sub-menu Social tool bar Buy / Download buttons Portfolio and image gallery and many more!

WP Alert Plugin allows you to: * Write your own text * Link images and text anywhere * Choose backgrounds color and font sizes * Simply place in your posts, pages,

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Special Guest Grant Landram & WordPress Plugins Backups, Twitter Feeds, Appointment Keeping, Editing and Custom Fields

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 106

It’s episode #106 and we’ve got plugins for Backups, Twitter Feeds, Appointment Keeping, Editing and Custom Fields, plus Special Guest Grant Landram. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to magage multiple sites with one click updates for everything as well as a centeralized point for content production check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

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WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.
>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Something new has been brought to my attention https://www.cms2cms.com a service to convert CMS sites to another CMS site Presently, they offer migration from Joomla, Joomla K2 and Drupal to the latest WordPress, this platform is currently in beta so is free and I am looking for a test case to try out so if anyone has a site they want to convert to WordPress contact me and I’ll be happy to do it with this service as a test case.

Our special Guest today is Grand Landram founder of FreshMuse.com a WordPress development firm located in downtown Seattle Washington. He is also active in the WordPress community as a WordCamp organizer.

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

https://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/23/wordpress-org-bans-themeforest-authors-from-participating-in-official-wordcamp-gatherings/
WordPress.org bans Themeforest members from participating in official WordCamp gatherings

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Note for episode 106 I am sorry Paul I heard you are from Ireland some reason file was mislabeled as new Orleans Must have been your Irish accent.

Duplicator 0.4.1

The Lowdown:
This plugin works great load it up make your backup download the installer and the package then move it to new domain then run the installer. Some notes if you move a big site I moved on database was 200mg compressed and 788mg of files in short this was a huge site. I found I had to allocate more memory for my server to the php, if you do not run your own server and have ability to do this you may have some trouble, but on the whole moving this site was a breeze I have to to rate this plugin
Rating 5 dragons

Twitter Feed Widget 1.0

The Lowdown:
I was looking for a simple Twitter feed widget that did not interfere with anything but it turns out this one did not work at all for me in its simple setup had to move on..
Rating 1 Dragon

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

WP Video SEO

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-video-seo/

WordPress Video SEO plugin allows you to generate a sitemap for your videos. It helps search engine index your videos for better ranking.
Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-1-30
Downloads: 65

Video sitemap is a way to help search engine discover your videos and index them accordingly. It also allows you to link one video to a specific post/page

WP Video SEO Features

  • Generate a sitemap for your YouTube videos
  • Reduce the time taken by the search engine to index your videos
  • Allow search engine to display a thumbnail of the video along with the title and description of the post/page

WP Video SEO Plugin Usage

Video Sitemap Generation
The plugin is fairly simple to use. Once you have installed the plugin go to the settings menu of the plugin from your WP Dashboard (Settings->WP Video SEO). Click on the “Generate Video Sitemap” button which will create a video sitemap in the root directory of your site. Check to make sure that the file “sitemap-video.xml” has been created.
If you make any changes to your existing posts/pages the sitemap will be updated automatically. sitemap for wordpress

Rating: 4 Dragons

 

Bookings +

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bookings-plus/

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-1-30
Downloads: 260

The Bookings Plus is an Ultimate Booking Calendar Engine that will enable WordPress running sites to manage all their business bookings/appointments

 

MAIN FEATURES

  • Implement Calendar via Booking Image, Booking Link, Iframe or Booking Shortcodes.
  • 5 simple steps to make an Appointment/Bookings.
  • Administrator has power to add and manage an unlimited number of staff members.
  • Administrators can search through the reservation database with a very flexible search tool.
  • Dynamic Booking Form. Enable/Disable fields on Booking Form easily.
  • Administrator has control over all reservations and can browse, modify and delete any reservation in the system.
  • Supports multiple languages: English (US & GB), German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Czech, Danish, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak and Slovenian.
  • Community support via our Forums
  • Approve/Decline appointments via an email link
  • Fully customised email alerts templates
  • Easily Adjustable Working Hours
  • Manage Group Day Offs/Time Breaks.
  • Limited to 3 services, 2 Staff Member and 50 bookings.
  • Payment Gateway Integration in Pro Version click here
  • Mailchimp Integration in Pro Version click here
  • For the full list of features click here


Rating 4 Dragons

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Grant Landram**

1. Edit Flow
A robust publishing management tool for professional content publishers.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/edit-flow/

Rating: 4 Dragons

2. Advanced Custom Fields
Create robust custom fields for posts, pages, CPTs, Users or any other content type easily and quickly with ACF.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/advanced-custom-fields/

Rating: 5 Dragons

Contact Grant at

https://www.freshmuse.com

https://www.twitter.com/grantlandram

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WordPress Plugins Hover Tool Tips, Reader Level Ratings, Scavenger Hunts & Special Guest Dustin Hartzler

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode #105

It’s episode #105 and we’ve got plugins for Hover Tool Tips, Reader Level Ratings, Scavenger Hunts and our Special Guest Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

This show supported by — CMS Commander — If you need a way to manage multiple installs of WordPress across multiple servers this is the plugin/Manager for you. Allows you to manage multiple site and has one click updates of all those sites check it out at https://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand ?

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on Stitcher Radio Click here to Download app or listen online Now.
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast can be found on the iTunes Store here.

>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone 818-850-7729.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

Wordpress is ArtJohn’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Quick note about Social media camp Victoria @ https://socialmediacamp.ca/ while it is still a great Social media camp to attend you no longer need to support me there, due to differences I have opted out of the guest blogging there. I still highly recommend them and I may still be attending myself Enjoy.

WordCamp 2013 Victoria BC https://2013.victoria.wordcamp.org/ was a great success and this is my presntation from that…  You can follow along with the presentation here or over on Prezi.com link to my presentation https://wpmedic.ca/wordcamp you can check out the entire presentation on the WordPress Medic Podcast at https://wpmedic.ca/wordpress-medic-podcast-wordcamp-victoria-special-edition/

So with us today is Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer who will be sharing with us two of his favorite plugins. Dustin has a great podcast with the same name and is a specialist in helping people develop better WordPress websites so when you’re done looking over our stuff today check him out at Your Website Engineer.com.

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Paul has a question on creating different versions of the same page with new revisions being held for review by legal and other departments.

Post Revision Workflow

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/post-revision-workflow/
This plugin adds a minor bit of workflow to the WordPress interface. When anyone edits a post or a page that has already been published, a few extra options will be available in the “Publish” metabox. Any time the appropriate option is chosen, the changes will be saved as a revision to the page or post, and the previous revision (the version that was already published) will remain published.

 

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

SpeakPipe is coming out of beta and will have a charge soon if you use it allot. https://www.speakpipe.com 

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Needed a plugin to display tooltips or show external content when someone hovered over a link.
The first two go together….
Hover 0.7.2

The Lowdown:
While looking for a plugin that would show external content in a link hover I came across this one. While it may do the job it has some convoluted settings and take a bit of work to get it functioning correctly. If you very technical minded and have lots of time try this out otherwise another one may suit you
Rating 2 dragons

LinkPeek 0.1

The Lowdown:
So after looking further I found this one and it does a pretty nice job though short links of showing a peek at the link. You need to make an edit in the php file and get yourself an API key from  The only problem I ran into is that the service linkpeek does not have a trial account and depends on a min of 15/mo, while the testing site for this looks great, I was unable to make a complete test since I did not need the service at this time.
Rating 3 dragons dropped one due to 3rd party pay service.

 

 

WordPress Tooltips 1.0.9

The Lowdown:
This is another tooltips plugin but allows almost any type of external content such as YouTube, html, web pages and more it has a free version and a pro upgrade. While there is the free version and it works great I opted to upgrade to the pro-version which gives you so much more control over the layout the trigger and the settings in general. This is great as it allows you to place any content, on any link automatically via keywords. And it works nicely across mobile devices.. The pro version is only $27 while a single user license is only $9. It tags itself to all sets of keywords on your site this is very sweet.

Rating 5 Dragons

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

WordPress Quest

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quest/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-20
Downloads: 154

WordPress Quest allows you to add ‘Quests’ to your site, granting users points and named achievements for certain interactions

WordPress Quest allows you to add ‘Quests’ to your site, granting users points and named achievements for certain interactions. Want to reward users for visiting a certain page of your site a number of times? It can be done! Hopefully the plugin will expand soon with more options for rules and quests.

Rating: 3 Dragons

 

Better Writing

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-writing/
Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-20
Downloads: 154

Helps you write better content with readability scores and preferred terms as you type. One way it achieves this is by providing readability information as you type. You can select from one of 5 different readability scoring methods including:

  • Flesch reading ease formula
  • Coleman Liau index
  • Gunning fog index
  • SMOG Index
  • Automated readability index

You are able to see at a glance if your content is on target with the readability meta box on the WordPress edit screen. You can also set a custom target score and sort posts and pages by readability.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Dustin Hartzler**

Restrict Content Pro
free version here

Rating 5 Dragons

 

Simple Menu Delete 0.2

Rating 4 Dragons

Contact Dustin at Your Website Engineer
https://yourwebsiteengineer.com/contact/
Twitter @DustinHartzler
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Audio feedback plugins, Image Walls, Custom Avatars, Category Thumbnails

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 104

It’s episode #104 and we’ve got plugins for 2012 stats, Audio feedback plugins, Image Walls, Custom Avatars, Category Thumbnails, and a great new way to handle guest posts. All coming your way on WordPress Plugins A-Z

This show brought to you by — CMS Commander Get it Here

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WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

 

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Quick note about Social media camp Victoria @ https://socialmediacamp.ca/ while it is still a great Social media camp to attend you no longer need to support me there, due to differences I have opted out of the guest blogging there. I still highly recommend them and I may still be attending myself Enjoy.

WordCamp 2013 Victoria BC https://2013.victoria.wordcamp.org/ was a great success and this is my presntation from that…  You can follow along with the rpesentation here or over on Prezi.com link to my presentation https://wpmedic.ca/wordcamp you can check out the entire presentation on the WordPress Medic Podcast at https://wpmedic.ca/wordpress-medic-podcast-wordcamp-victoria-special-edition/

 

Interesting Sites Running WordPress:

BBC America has just launched their new TV station web site using wordpress.
https://bbcamerica.com

Track star Usain Bolt, Olympic medalist and self proclaimed “world’s fastest man” is now using the fastest growing CMS, WordPress.
https://usainbolt.com

 

Listener Feedback / Audio Clips


Tim has a question about a local content plugin.

Try store locater plus https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/store-locator-le/screenshots/

Shoutouts to:

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**


SpeakPipe – Voicemail for Websites 0.1

The Lowdown:
We we mention speakpipe allot on this show but it seems that it has gotten easier to install on your site, Just add this plugin and the add your user information and then configure up and it is ready to roll. It might save you a couple of minutes over entering the Script into your theme or footer or even a text widget..
Rating 3 Dragons

Image Wall 2.1

The Lowdown:
You create the image wall by adding a page and entering the short code [image_wall] and maybe modifying it with a few options, you can regenerate the images on a schedule or manually in the settings area. This plugin creates an interesting way of viewing your website. It selects pictures from the post and creates a wall of them something akin to pinterest. All in all it is pretty interesting not sure where I will use it yet. But it looks cool.

Rating 3 Dragons

2012 Summary 0.1.1

The Lowdown:
Ok all you stats freaks out there this one is for you, it does a summary of what you did in 2012 and tally that up by number of posts, which were most popular and who was the biggest commentator, the hours of day you publish in, day of week and a few other things. This is just a nice quick stats plugin for you stats junkies.
Rating 4 Dragons

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Category Thumbnails

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/category-thumbnails/

Requires: 3.4.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.2
Last Updated: 2013-1-14
Downloads: 10

This Plugin provide functions like post-thumbnails for categories.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

WP User Avatar

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-user-avatar/

Use any image in your WordPress Media Libary as a custom user avatar.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-14
Downloads: 33

WordPress currently only allows you to use custom avatars that are uploaded through gravatar.com. WP User Avatar enables you to use any photo uploaded into your Media Library as an avatar. This means any image you’ve uploaded for a page or post is available for you to use as an avatar. No extra folders or image editing functions are necessary.
To use WP User Avatar in your theme, replace anywhere you use the function get_avatar() with get_wp_user_avatar(). get_wp_user_avatar() accepts the same fields as get_avatar() with added functionality.

This plugin uses the new Media Uploader introduced in WordPress 3.5, but is also backwards-compatible to WordPress 3.0.

Rating 4 out of 5

 

Guest Posts

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/guest-posts/

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-11
Downloads: 363

Offer your blog guests or unregistered blog readers an opportunity to post on your WordPress blog without registering themselves.

Guest Posts will help you to create a strong interaction and engagement with your blog readers.

This plugin will create a form where your guests can submit their posts.

The posts will be saved directly into your WordPress database and will show up in your WordPress Dashboard as pending. You can then review and approve them as needed.

It will save authors Name and email as custom field, so you will be able to display authors name and give them a credit back with some simple tweaks into your theme.

You can also show a custom Thank You message after submitting the post.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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WordPress Plugins for Anti-Malware, Modifying Admin Menus, Watermarking Images, Gravity Forms Importers, Enhanced Author Boxes and Joomla Style CMS

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 103

It’s episode #103 and we’ve got plugins for Modifying Admin Menus, Watermarking Images on the fly, Gravity Forms Importers, Anti-Malware, Enhanced Author Boxes and a way to add Joomla Style CMS content modules to WordPress. Coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

Don’t forget you can get the show notes at:
WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast Can also be found at WPPluginsAtoZ.com

And head on over and review us at:
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>>>Self Promotion of my businesses here<<<
WordPress has become easier and easier to use over the past 5 years and as we know the easier it is to use the easier it becomes to break. Do you find that you suddenly need some quick WordPress support & need to figure out that one simple task? Correct that simple layout issue or has something broken and you have the white screen of death. Or maybe you have received notification of a hack on your site? Visit me for Emergeny WordPress Support at WPPro.ca/Emergency for some quick tips or contact me and I can help you with live support via screen sharing or phone.


Marcus is now available for phone consultations at https://marcuscouch.com/call. If you need help with WordPress, Podcasting, SEO or general Internet Marketing help, the new Clarity.fm platform is an easy way to schedule and pay for a consulting phone call.

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

Join me on the WordPress Medic Podcast find it at https://wpmedic.ca where I will be discussing in depth how to help your ailing WordPress website help you through those tough times and interviews with experts from all over the World.You can find the WordPress medic Podcast at iTunes Store here, Blubrry.com here, and Stitcher Radio and any place else you find me.

Dont forget to head over to Social media camp Victoria @ https://socialmediacamp.ca/ and support me by commenting on my posts as linked below or even retweet them as it is a contest.
https://wppro.ca/smc1
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https://wppro.ca/smc3
https://wppro.ca/smc4
https://wppro.ca/smc5
https://wppro.ca/smc6
https://wppro.ca/smc7

WordCamp 2013 jan 13 in Victoria BC https://2013.victoria.wordcamp.org/ view my session info here https://www.johnoverall.com/wordcamp-2013-101-essential-plugins-for-wordpress-session/

 

Interesting Sites Running WordPress:

Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Work Week and The Four Hour Body has continued his WordPress usage with his new site, The Four Hour Chef. Check it out at https://fourhourchef.com

William Shatner, famed author, actor and celebrity has just launched his personal web site using WordPress. Transport yourself to https://williamshatner.com for a closer look.

 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Contact Form 7 Gravity Forms Importer 1.0.2

The Lowdown:
Well I have a client that need to move from Contact Forms 7 and he had several forms that needed to be converted over so instead of recreating them one by one I thought I would try this plugin to see if it helped out. It adds a nice link under you Gravity form menu click it and get a great interface simply select the form you want imported and it is done. It does a nice job of combining fields that go together such as address which is all separate in CF7. This probably saved me a couple of hours and some money for my client. This is a great plugins
Rating 5 Dragons

 


 

Fanciest Author Box

by Slobodan Manic at https://fanciestauthorbox.com/
Premium Plugin available at Code canyon available here https://wppro.ca/authorbox

The Lowdown:
This is not a simple upload of the file you purchased just an extra step, unzip the package you got and do one of two things either upload the unzipped files of the folder fanciest-author-box or use the enclosed zip file for auto install and upload. Once installed and activated you simply need to configure it up by going to your profile and adding the necessary info. It make a very nice looking author box and add the features for presenting yourself with your social media information.
All in all a great little plugin for only $10 check it out
Rating 4 Dragons

 


 

Anti-Malware (Get Off Malicious Scripts) 1.2.12.31

The Lowdown:
While this is a freemium plugin the free version is probably what most people will need. I discovered this plugin while working on a particularly difficult site that was infected and was having trouble finding the hack. After install you will need to register this plugin to get the full effect of it. It only takes a moment and is done in the configuration area.
When you perform a scan you will want to limit it if you have any non WordPress directories in your html directory. I found this to be a pretty good scanner and found a couple issues I had not seen before, so if you’re hunting something down or just looking for a preventive measure then give this one a try.
Rating 4 Dragons

 


 

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Customize WP-admin

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/customize-wp-admin/

Requires: 3.2.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-6
Downloads: 55

With Customize WP-admin you can customize your WP Admin. You can easily remove and menu or submenu from the admin sidebar. You can also change the footer at wp-admin. Customizing this way your WordPress experience. With Customize WP-admin you can also change the image and link of WordPress on wp-login.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 


 

Module Positions

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/module-positions/

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2013-1-5
Downloads: 96

This is an equivalent to Joomla’s module positions. Create module positions, assign content and choose on which pages it will be shown.

 

What does it do?

If you have a site with multiple subpages, you might have some positions in your template where you probably want to manage individual content (like a sidebar, a footer, a banner or whatever). The WordPress widgets can display content in specific widget-positions, but you can’t tell WordPress to only display your content on a certain page – That’s where my plugin comes in.
You can create different module positions, assign content and choose on which pages it will be shown. If you use WordPress as a CMS, this will be very helpful.

Create Module Positions

First, you can create different module positions. Rename these as you want. To put a module position in your template you can easily copy & paste the shortcode right next to the position’s name. if you have already created content, you can drag and drop these around to change their order.

Create Content

Now, you can create content for your module positions. You can choose on which pages, categories or posts your content will be displayed. For this information your custom menus will be loaded (which are defined in your template).
If there are categories with posts in your custom menu, click the “+”-button to show them. You also can choose on which posts your content will be displayed here.

Define your HTML-markup

In the little metabox on the right side, you can simply define your HTML-markup. Try writing {{post_content}} for your content and {{post_title}} for your title

Settings

  • Change your standard HTML-markup. If you click on “Reset” in your moduleposition-posts, this will be loaded.
  • Change the order of posts in the drop-down menus of your categories. That may be useful if you have a lot of posts in a category and you want to find a special post.


Rating: 3 out of 5

 


 

Simple Image watermark

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-image-watermark/

Requires: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5
Last Updated: 2012-12-28
Downloads: 430

This plugin allows you to add watermark to your images “on the fly”. Watermark was added while image is uploaded. You can choose image sizes on which watermark will be applied.

Configuration is simple:

  • choose image sizes
  • upload watermark
  • choose watermark position
  • enter margins for best positioning


Rating: 5 out of 5



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What’s coming in future podcasts:

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