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It's Episode 287 and we've got plugins for publishing to LinkedIn, Anti-Spam Tools, Auto Deleting Users, Image Insertion, and a new plugin to enhance your admin posts view. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Another great show to wrap up the year, thank you John and Marcus. The new Twenty Seventeen WP theme looks great ey, so much nicer as a business theme than the last few ‘twenty' year themes. This donation is coming to you on behalf of Jezweb WordPress client http://www.McElwaines.com.au (pronounced Mac Ell Waynes) who manufacture and install window furnishings like blinds, shutters and curtains. ps. the Pty Ltd on the end of Jezweb you are welcome to leave off and simply say ‘Jezweb', it's a bit of a mouthful but usually pronounced as P T Y L T D. It's equivalent to a usa LLC.
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We have a winner in the previous giveaway from Barn2 media for the WooCommerce product Table Plugin
The next contest we are giving away a another Premium Licenses from Barn 2 Media for WooCommerce Password Protected Categories plugin that is a great way to password protect your categories. Check out the interview I did with Katie http://wppluginsatoz.com/wp-plugins-z-interview-show-8-katie-keith-barn2-media/ where she discusses this great plugin. Contest will run until January 13, 2017 to celebrate the first Friday the 13th of 2017.
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WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:
PHPMailer Exploit in WordPress Core http://www.blogaid.net/phpmailer-exploit-in-wordpress-core/
https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2016/12/phpmailer-vulnerability/ this looks to be pretty sever but managable and a fix is on its way.
Listener Feedback / Audio Clips
We have a couple speakpipes this week
First one from Marv about a plugin for to show outline different cabinet doors or overlay of different designs.
—I would say you might have to hire for for some customization's of a plugin that sort of works, maybe check with the creator of a plugin that is pretty close and see what they would charge you to modify it.
And from Gary looking for the best way to do site cleanup — this would depend on the cleanup you want to complete Gary, if it is just removing some old table from the database I would recommend WPDBSpringClean https://en-ca.wordpress.org/plugins/wpdbspringclean/ although it is 3+years old it still does a pretty good job. Or you can try wp- sweep I have not used it yet but it looks pretty good. https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-sweep/
**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**
Requires:3.8 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.4
Released:10 January 2009
Last Updated:12 February 2018
This is my number one plugin to install everything I setup a new WordPress website, right after I remove the default installed plugins of Akismet and Hello Dolly. The reason is of course no matter how new your domain, website or even if you get the site hidden down a directory or two the spammers will find you. This I still experiment with from time to time to see how long it takes from setting up a WordPress website to how long it take for the first spam comment to arrive. My record for that first arrival is 3 minutes.
Why this plugin over akismet well for starters it really is free, then you do not have to hook it to a third party service for it to work. Plus it seems to take less of a load to run on your site and finally it does a better job of keeping out the Spam than every other anti-spam plugin I have ever used.
Rating 5 Dragons
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It is pretty much a giving that every website will need a contact for and maybe even other types of forms for the finished site. Yes, there are a couple of pretty good free form plugins such as Contact forms 7 and ninja forms and while the form plugins can work pretty well none have as much extensibility as Gravity forms. You can work Gravity forms into your WooCommerce site, you can use it for specialized site registration forms and more. There are dozens of add-ons for gravity forms to extend its abilities. See this list of of 35 addons for it http://www.wpulti.org/best-wordpress-gravity-forms-extension/ The biggest problem I have found with Gravity forms is getting a good layout and I am seeing more and more ways for that to be solved.
Rating 5 Dragons
Faster Image Insert
Requires:2.6 or higher
Compatible up to:3.5.2
Released:19 February 2009
Last Updated:03 January 2013
While at first you might wonder if a plugin that has not been updated in 4+ years is still any good I will say that it is and I continue to use it on site after site especially if I have to add content to that new site or on an ongoing basis. The reason is that this plugin allows for you to start uploading images or other larger files and continue to do your content edits. You do not have to open the add media window and then sit and wait until your media uploads. It adds a new box below your content box to upload the files and add the meta data to them as well as allow you to access the media library to add files previously uploaded to your content. You can even get the faster image insert to show up for all your custom post types to make life easier with them. I continue to use the plugin on site after site running latest version of WordPress with no issues. It is a great plugin.
Rating 5 Dragons
**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus Couch**
WP LinkedIn Auto Publish
Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.4
Released:28 December 2016
Last Updated:05 March 2018
WP LinkedIn Auto Publish lets you publish posts automatically from WordPress to your personal LinkedIn profile or to a LinkedIn company page that you are an administrator of.
The plugin is simple, lightweight and free. It does have a couple of options which includes choosing who you want to share your LinkedIn posts with and whether you want to enable simple text-based sharing or more advanced sharing where you can tell LinkedIn to use your posts feature image. You can also setup a default share message format for all your posts which you can over-ride on the post settings. You can also filter items to be published based on categories selected on the plugin settings page.
Every post will automatically be published to LinkedIn, however on each post there is a checkbox which enables you to not share a particular post.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Simple Admin Columns
Requires:4.6 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.5
Released:27 December 2016
Last Updated:10 September 2017
Simple Admin Columns is very easy to use WordPress plugin. It helps you to create custom columns on the admin screens for posts and pages.
You can create a Modified Date sortable column and Post Thumbnail column for posts and pages in WordPress admin area by using a friendly interface.
Rating 4 out of 5
Auto Delete User
Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.9
Released:27 December 2016
Last Updated:22 December 2016
Auto Delete User plugin will delete your users automaticly according to the user roles and days you will set in the plugin settings. E.g If you have set the subcriber user role to get auto delete after 4 days then this plugin will wipe out all the subscriber users. You can set the settings in the Users -> Auto Delete User .
Warning: We highly recommend that you use this plugin on your Dev server first and please take a fullback up of your site before installing
Rating: 4 out of 5 (But be CAREFUL!)
John’s Plugins: Antispam Bee – 5, Gravity Forms – 5, Faster Image Insert – 5
Marcus’ Plugins: WP LinkedIn Auto Publish – 5, Simple Admin Columns – 4, Auto Delete User – 4
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Well this has been a pretty good year and I would like to thank all out listeners out there especially the ones who have stepped up to support the show on a regular basis. Thanks to your donations many things have improved in the show and continue to improve. It has shown me that while at the moment it is not a way to support Marcus and my self your support of the show does go a long ways to supporting the show itself and helping it pay its own way.
Your support this past year has helped get started the http://WPSupport.ca website where we now have at least one viable WP Plugins A to Z plugin and a listing of a few other of the best plugins. We have forums that are not yet used but I am sure will be, we have a WP Pro section that is starting to gain some traction. I have started adding interviews from developers to the show. The shows sound has improved. the shows content has improved and more to come.
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