Sidebar Management, Genesis 404s, Server Info Snapshots, Unique Sliders and a Great New Inline mp3 Player

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 134

It’s episode #134 and we’ve got plugins for Sidebar Management, Genesis 404s, Server Info Snapshots, Unique Sliders and a great new inline mp3 player. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

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Content “Block” WordPress Plugin ( is something experimental that is being worked on by the wordpressdotorg folks. Though it’s in the early stages, it’s something that I am going to be very active on an invite you to do the same. While I’m not exactly sure of what this plugin will do or what .ORG’s plans for it are.


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**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Custom sidebars 1.2

The Lowdown:

This plugin was tried in an attempt to allow for setting unique sidebars on a per post basis. As well as using your main sidebars widget areas you can add as many as you like and then apply them on a per page post basis. You can set it up to be able to replace any or all of your existing sidebars with unique content. This has some great potential..

Rating 4 Dragons

Genesis 404 Page 1.2

The Lowdown:

So if you're a Genesis fan like me and want to have a better looking 404 page then this plugin make creating that an easy task without having to resort to creating a new template. Just install activate and create just like you were creating a post.

Rating 3 Dragons


WP Menu Cart 2.1.5

The Lowdown:

This plugin also comes in a pro version and is worth the extra bucks. What this plugin does is if you have an ecommerce store be it WooCommerce, WP-Ecommerce, EDD, Eshop or Jigoshop. You can install this and it then add a new link to you main menu to the far right that allows people to see their shopping basket and if you get the pro version you get to add an instant drop down so they can see what they have and you get more controls over it apperance. The free version is fully functional except for the drop down to see if it will work for you.

Rating 4 dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

System Snapshot Report

Requires: 3.3 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.6

Last Updated: 2013-8-19

Downloads: 5

Author: Andrew Norcross

Utility plugin for getting system and WP specific data for support or troubleshooting. Provide a snapshot of data for someone providing assistance to better determine possible issues. Any time you are seeking help with tech support, a utility like this is always a good thing to have so you can get down to fixing the problem properly. This plugin helps to display system, server and browser configurations.

Rating: 4 out of 5



Folder Slider

Requires: 3.5 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.6

Last Updated: 2013-8-19

Downloads: 19

Author: Vjalby

This plugin generates picture sliders from a folder using a shortcode. [folderslider folder=”wp-content/upload/MyPictures”]. I’ve always loved sliders, but it was hard to get them to work without a lot of post setup or designating a bunch of featured images. This is a lazy plugin that allows you to instead point to an online folder, which serves up the images. I liked this because I was able to update the entire slideset via FTP and the slider was instantly new again.

Rating: 5 out of 5




Requires: 3.0 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.6

Last Updated: 2013-8-19

Downloads: 15

Author: Ned Zimmerman

Harmonia turns any link to an MP3 or M4A file into a minimalist inline audio player. This will completely speed up the development of a client site for me. Instead of having to download all the old mp3 files or enter them into a shortcode, I can now install this and be finished. Lazy plugin that works great with zero interaction. I tried it on dropbox hosted mp3 public links and it worked great too. Even link redirects from Pretty Link were functioning!

Rating: 5 out of 5

**Rambling Last Words and Plugin Wrapup

John:  Custom sidebars – 4,  Genesis 404 Page – 3, WP Menu Cart – 4

Marcus: System Snapshot Report – 4/5, Folder Slider – 5/5, Harmonia 5/5



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