WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 99
It’s episode #99 and we’re talking plugins for Product Comparison, Holiday Displays, Unique ways to show a portfolio or sponsors, and we talk with Dave Jackson of the School of Podcasting and Weekly Web Tools. It’s all coming your way next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.
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Coming soon the WordPress Medic Podcast 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.
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Looks like Marcus won WordPress 3.5 dropped today just shy of 30mil downloads of 3.4
Interesting Sites Running WordPress:
CIO.GOV is the home page for the US Government’s Chief Information officer, and it’s powered by WordPress! I guess with someone smart enough to use WordPress at the help of the USA’s information technology that at least one government worker’s salary is money well spent.
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World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:
WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” dropped today, named after Elvin Jones a prominent Jazz drummer. The biggest improvements is in dealing with Media. You can now edit the meta data of all your images, reorder them with drag and drop capability and there are improved upload options as well. 3.5 also includes the new Twenty Twelve theme, a responsive, retina ready WordPress theme that’s worth playing around with. New users will also find a refreshing welcome screen, showing them a few tasks to get them started using WordPress. There are also a lot of developer enhancements and additions that have been made, so look for a flurry of really cool plugins coming your way that take advantage of all these new capabilities, and as always you’ll hear about those first on WordPress Plugins A-Z.
And today we’re featuring a guest plugin analyst, we’re joined by Dave Jackson, the founder and host of The School Of Podcasting, Weekly Web Tools, The Marketing Musician Podcast and many others. Dave is not only an experienced podcast coach and instructor, but he’s also a rabid WordPress enthusiast and advocate going back nearly seven years.
**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**
More ways to decorate your website for the holidays While I may have covered these last year I thought it would be nice to mention them again.
Snow, balloons and more
Snowflakes (and more) falling down your blog! Inspired by the unforgettable xsnow. Since 0.8.0 images can float upwards too. You can add a little holiday cheer with some snow, balloons and more… like falling Santas, trees or snow flakes all over. Add this great little plugin, which is also good for other festive occasions. A special treat of this plugin is you can limit it to specific pages. and you can add you own images to really get creative.
Get it here http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nksnow/
Rating 4 Dragons
You can add a Snowman message to greet the visitors to your website with this simple little plugin. This presents a couple of animated Snowmen who come in from the side of the screen to a simple melody, share a scarf and then disappear. It has settings for individual pages and to show it only once. You can get it here http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-christmas/
Rating 4 Dragons
**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**
Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-12-3
Komper is a plugin to create side-by-side product comparison. With this plugin, you can create product specifications, add products information, and display the comparison form widget to the front page. In front page, user may search the product to compare via comparison form widget with autocomplete feature. The result will be displayed in table chart.
- Create product specifications fields dynamically
- Drag and drop fields to change the order of the fields
- Widget supported
- Search product with autocomplete features
- Display side-by-side product comparison in table chart
Marcus’ Take: This is something that I’ve been wanting to incorporate into one of my product sites for a long time. The lite version of Kompar is good enough for what I need, but there is also a pro version which gives you functionality like unlimited fields and a few other added goodies. Overall though, this is a perfect solution to a problem that was lingering for about a year. Before I had to use HTML tables, now I can use this instead.
Rating: 4 out of 5
WP Sponsor Flip Wall
Requires: 3.1.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.2.1
Last Updated: 2011-7-28
This is a WordPress plugin that use jquery’s sponsor flip wall plugin. This provide an administration to include, alter and deletes sponsors.
Marcus’ Take: I was looking for a plugin that would uniquely show off some of the projects and campaigns in my portfolio that I’ve worked on. This plugin really did the trick nicely and gave a piece of style to the site that I was pleasantly surprised with. A really nice plugin for showing a corporate logo with a brief description and link on the flip side.
Rating: 4 out of 5
**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Dave**
- Version: 3.2.2
- Author: Ralf Weber
- Last Updated: 124 days ago
- Requires WordPress Version: 3.0 or higher
- Compatible up to: 3.5-alpha
- Downloaded: 52,826 times
- WordPress.org Plugin Page »
- Plugin Homepage »
Dave Gives it a 5 Dragon rating
Social media Widget
- Version: 2.9.5
- Author: Brian Freytag
- Last Updated: 18 days ago
- Requires WordPress Version: 2.9.2 or higher
- Compatible up to: 3.4.2
- Downloaded: 641,188 times
- WordPress.org Plugin Page »
Dave Gives is a 5 Dragon rating
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