It's Episode 283 and we've got plugins for Automated Gallery Compositions, Better Search, Logo Carousels, Shortcodes Anywhere and a cool new plugin for taking notes in the edit screen. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #283 Better Search, Logo Carousels

It's Episode 283 and we've got plugins for Automated Gallery Compositions, Better Search, Logo Carousels, Shortcodes Anywhere and a cool new plugin for taking notes in the edit screen. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 283 and we’ve got plugins for Automated Gallery Compositions, Better Search, Logo Carousels, Shortcodes Anywhere and a cool new plugin for taking notes in the edit screen. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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We have winners for the contest for the Elite License Valued at $99 for the QuizCat Plugin that I reviewed in Episode 276 and I Interviewed David Hehenberger in this show here.  Due to a technical issue we ended with 2 winners and David from Fat Cat Apps was kind enough to provide us a second license to give away kuddos to him and his team.  The Winners were Manny from Capturebilling.com and Larry from the Parliamentary Podcast https://www.parliamentariancorner.com/Podcasts/
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WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

How to Write Winning Case Studies That Will Score You More WordPress Work https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/writing-winning-case-studies-wordpress/

How to Write Winning Case Studies That Will Score You More WordPress Work

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/writing-winning-case-studies-wordpress/If you haven’t added any case studies to your portfolio yet, start now. Here’s a simple five-step guide to help you write a case study in no time.

The first step to developing a case study is picking a candidate. If you offer just one service, select any interesting project and go to step #2.

But if you offer multiple services, before choosing the client it’s a good idea to pick the services you want more clients for. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

8 Social WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Blog

https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/8-social-wordpress-plugins-to-improve-your-blog/Do you want to make your WordPress blog more social media-friendly?

Looking for easy-to-use solutions?

In this article, you’ll discover eight plugins to socialize your WordPress blog.

Sharing new blog posts on social media is pretty much mandatory at this point. You want as much content exposure as possible, but posting from your blog to your social channels takes time. Read original article here…. socialmediaexaminer.com

 

Hacking 27% of the Web via WordPress Auto-Update https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2016/11/hacking-27-web-via-wordpress-auto-update/  This is an interesting article about the risks of the central updates from WordPress, while the issue in the article has been patched it still presents us with some scary ideas.

Hacking 27% of the Web via WordPress Auto-Update

https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2016/11/hacking-27-web-via-wordpress-auto-update/The vulnerability we describe below may have allowed an attacker to use the WordPress auto-update function, which is turned on by default, to deploy malware to up to 27% of the Web at once.

The server api.wordpress.org (or servers) has an important role in the WordPress ecosystem: it releases automatic updates for WordPress websites. Every WordPress installation makes a request to this server about once an hour to check for plugin, theme, or WordPress core updates. The response from this server contains information about any newer versions that may be available, including if the plugin, theme or core needs to be updated automatically. It also includes a URL to download and install the updated software. Read original article here…. wordfence.com

 

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 Chris Friday Looking for a way to push posts and a way to show content via area, and a way to show stuff to people in a specific area.

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**

Shortcodes Anywhere or Everywhere

Version:1.4.2
Requires:3.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.6.11
Released:11 April 2014
Downloads:13513
Last Updated:11 September 2016
Ratings:
4.6
(4.6 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
Sooner or later you will be in need of having to display a short code somewhere aside from just on a post or page. You can do that in one of two ways, first by adding functions to your functions file or you can add this plugin which is much simplier. The simply go to the setting of the plugin and choose the areas you want to allow the short codes. You can choose to allow short codes in the Excerpts of a post or page, in Titles, in Widgets and the widget title, in the site title description or even in post/page custom fields. All in all this plugin has you pretty much covered for using short codes in your site.
Rating 4 Dragons

Better Internal Link Search

Version:1.3.0
Requires:4.4 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.6
Released:11 July 2012
Downloads:39252
Last Updated:02 December 2016
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
From time to time I think it is a good idea to go back and see how some of the plugins we have reviewed in the past are holding up now. This is one of those plugin it was first reviewed in Episode 121  in April 2013 and I was wondering how it was doing.
It looks like they have kept it up to date the functionality is still great in that it does a faster job of finding your links when using the add link button on a post or page, and it still includes an easy way to add links from from places like Wikipedia, GitHub, iTunes, Spotify and Codex) it is still a great plugin.
Rating 4 Dragons

Hide the Dragons

Version:
Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:
Released:01 January 1970
Downloads:
Last Updated:01 January 1970
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
Well we all need some fun from time to time and a plugin with the word Dragons in it just had to be reviewed. With almost no description I though ti might be a joke plugin (been caught by those a couple times now). But it is not a joke what it does it remove the editors from access keeping anyone from being able to edit plugins or theme code from the WordPress back end.. After looking at the code it looks like it also hides the dashboard nags, the plugin info links, removes the tools menu and so much more. I did find it conflicted with some plugins that depended on the Dashboard widgets but if you need to clean up an admin area in a hurry this might be for you.
Rating 3 Dragons.

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus Couch**

STM Gallery 0.9

https://wordpress.org/plugins/stm-gallery/
Version:0.9
Requires:4.6.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.10
Released:27 November 2016
Downloads:2187
Last Updated:07 January 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)
The plugin STM Gallery v.0.9. allows you to create original compositions of images of your media library.  It shows you the composition with the border, margin, shadow of every image as you choose. Also, if you want the images larger than their locations, and if the images appear rotated.  You can create as compositions as you want, and with the parameters you decide, and a image can be part of various compositions at same time.  Compositions can be placed into posts and pages through a shortcode. Or you can show the compositions into a taxonomy template, through the options of a menu.
Rating 3 out of 5

Unlimited Logo Carousel

https://wordpress.org/plugins/unlimited-logo-carousel/
Version:1.2
Requires:3.5 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.6
Released:13 November 2016
Downloads:10750
Last Updated:04 April 2018
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)
Unlimited Logo Carousel is a wonderful plugin to show logos of your clients, partners, sponsors and affiliates and additional. The plugin is 100% responsive which means logos can show across all devices e.g. PC, Mobile, Tablet etc. perfectly. After clicking on logo, user is redirected to manufacturer page with related products. The plugins lets you configure colors, speed, amount of items to show, and a lot of other features.You can display the images in center mode in this layout one logo will show in center it will be fully responsive and fit for all types of devices like Desktop, Mobile or Tabs.
Rating 4 out of 5

Take Note

https://wordpress.org/plugins/take-note/
Version:1.0
Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.6.11
Released:19 November 2016
Downloads:260
Last Updated:19 November 2016
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)
You can take note with this plugin. It shows up under content editor. Notes won’t appear on actual pages. So visitors can’t see your notes.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Plugins Overview:

John’s Plugins: Shortcodes Anywhere or Everywhere  – 4, Better Internal Link Search  – 4, Hide the Dragons – 3
Marcus’ Plugins: STM Gallery 0.9 – 3, Unlimited Logo Carousel – 4, Take Note – 5

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