It's Episode 317 and we've got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #317 Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider

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It's Episode 317 and we've got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It's Episode 317 and we've got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

 

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**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**

Post Carousel & Slider

sent in by Aeonian
https://wordpress.org/plugins/post-types-carousel-slider/

Version:1.0
Requires:4.6 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.0
Released:08 July 2017
Downloads:131
Last Updated:08 July 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
This is another post slider plugin but does seem to be a bit easier than some I have used to create a post slider. It has custom post type support, you can include or exclude categories, show posts of only a certian tag and you can also show posts based on a keyword search. Determine how many posts to appear per page, choose a layout from full width to grid style set you excerpt length and then insert it via short code into the site.

Rating 4 Dragons

Rocket Fireworks

https://wordpress.org/plugins/rocket-fireworks/

Version:1.2
Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.1
Released:07 November 2016
Downloads:1695
Last Updated:09 January 2017
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
This comes from the last page of recommended plugins.
In honor of The WP Plugins show approaching Episode 320 and that we now have Training videos starting to appear I thought I would play a little with some celebration plugins. This one is simple yet effective every time a page is loaded it created about a 5 to 10 second barrage of fireworks that explode in multi colours on the page then stops. There are not settings just install and activate and it works. A great way to celebrate.

Rating 3 Dragons

WP Live Messenger

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-live-messenger/

Version:1.0.0
Requires:3.8 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.1
Released:02 July 2017
Downloads:46
Last Updated:02 July 2017
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
If you are like most every other business out there you have a FaceBook page for it we are no different stop in and like us at https://www.facebook.com/WordPressPluginsA2Z and what this plugin will do for you is to allow your site visitors to start a FB messenger conversation with you. pretty simple to get up and running just place your FB url in the setting and it set an icon on your site that can be clicked to start a conversation.

Rating 4 dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus Couch**

Caldera Forms

https://wordpress.org/plugins/caldera-forms/

Version:1.5.4
Requires:4.5 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.1
Released:07 June 2014
Downloads:597356
Last Updated:04 August 2017
Ratings:
4.7
(4.7 star out of 5)

Caldera Forms is a different kind of WordPress form builder. With its intuitive drag and drop interface, it’s never been easier and less stressful to create forms for your WordPress site that look awesome on any device. The visual editor simplifies form building for WordPress. Set up your form with multiple columns, add additional pages, and funnel user responses with conditional logic to get more robust data and relevant information from your customers and visitors.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Zotabox Facebook Messenger Live Chat

https://en-ca.wordpress.org/plugins/zotabox/

Version:1.7.7
Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.1
Released:09 June 2015
Downloads:16514
Last Updated:01 June 2017
Ratings:
4.4
(4.4 star out of 5)

Support your customers via Facebook Live Chat. Start conversation on your website. Take advantage of Facebook Messenger with over 800 million active monthly users. This plugin is Free and convenient. Permenant chat history available for both store owner and customer. Zotabox includes 20+ Free and Premium on-site marketing tools to boost your sales and get more subscribers. This is a freemium plugin with lots of other options added for a small cost.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Twenty20 Image Before-After

https://wordpress.org/plugins/twenty20/

Version:1.2
Requires:3.5 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.1
Released:28 April 2016
Downloads:8373
Last Updated:11 May 2016
Ratings:
4
(4 star out of 5)

Twenty20 is the WordPress plugin of TwentyTwenty script that developed by Zurb team. This sparked a few new ideas on how to do something similar for our own needs. It had to swipe between two images to show “before” and “after”. Most of all, it had to be responsive. This plugin takes all of that into account with a great before and after image tool that beats all others I have tried.

Rating 5 out of 5

 

Plugins Overview:

John’s Plugins: Post Carousel & Slider – 4, Rocket Fireworks – 3, WP Live Messenger – 4

Marcus’ Plugins: Caldera Forms – 5, Zotabox FB Messenger – 4, Before and After – 5

 

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