It's Episode 365 and we've got plugins for Counter Widgets, External Post Links, Space Invaders, Google Fonts and Social Proof. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 365 Counter Widgets, External Post Links

It's Episode 365 and we've got plugins for Counter Widgets, External Post Links, Space Invaders, Google Fonts and Social Proof. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It's Episode 365 and we've got plugins for Counter Widgets, External Post Links, Space Invaders, Google Fonts and Social Proof. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Today we are reviewing our usual allotment of six great plugins.


Jellyfish Counter Widget

Requires:3.0 or higher
Compatible up to:5.4.15
Released:13 January 2013
Last Updated:02 April 2020
(4.4 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
The Jellyfish Counter plugin provides a widget and shortcode enabling you to
easily add animated counters to your WordPress site.

Counters can be used as a manually updated total, an automatic counter that
updates over time or just as an animated visual effect.
Each counter can count upwards or downwards making them suitable for both
incrementing totals or countdown situations. A great visual effect for travel
blogs or any website that wants to display a running total or countdown of anything.

Jellyfish Counters are highly configurable through the widget interface, and
being generated using CSS and JavaScript, they require no external graphics
files. You may have as many counters as you wish on a page, all can have
individual settings for totals and appearance.

Rating 4 dragons


Lenix Post External Link

Requires:3.8 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.25
Released:01 July 2018
Last Updated:01 July 2018
(0 star out of 5)

This Plugin gives you the option to replace any post on the site with an external article by replacing its link on an archive page to the external link. The link will open in a new tab. All you have to do is edit a post and enter the external link that will replace it. This is something that I used to forward a client page to their external 3rd party hosted store and it worked great.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Jellyfish Invaders

Requires:3.0 or higher
Compatible up to:5.4.15
Released:06 January 2013
Last Updated:02 April 2020
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
Just a fun little plugin to add a splash to your site like the good ol days.
Your new pixelated pals will randomly fly around, and if you choose, home in
on any mouse clicks. The glowing retro 8bit scan-line effect space invaders
work on most backgrounds but obviously are more suited to a dark theme. It’s
easy to configure the number, size, behaviour and where the invaders appear
through the comprehensive admin control panel.

Rating 3 Dragons


Flip Counter

Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:
Released:01 January 1970
Last Updated:01 January 1970
(0 star out of 5)

This is a simple countdown or count up timer that's easy to set up and fast to implement. Just enter in the count settings you want and it works out of the box. Great for showing the deadlines to special offers, store sales, or anything else you are counting down to.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Our last couple plugins today are:


Embed Google Fonts

Requires:6.5.2 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.3
Released:14 June 2018
Last Updated:02 May 2024
(5 star out of 5)

Embed Google Fonts tries to automatically replace registered Google Fonts from themes and plugins with local versions, directly loaded from your own server.

Rating 4 Dragons


Real Time Social Proof

Requires:3.7.4 or higher
Compatible up to:5.6.13
Released:24 June 2018
Last Updated:12 January 2021
(4.5 star out of 5)

Every time you look at one of those courses or membership programs, heck, even e-books; you see a neat little popup that coomes up saying something like “John Doe from Los Angeles, CA just purchased XXXX” or anything like that. Registered, whatever. Most sites use a very expensive service called Proof for that script. Here, I'm presenting you the WordPress alternative to that.

WP Real-Time Social-Proof shows popups of the recent sales and signups on the bottom left corner of your sales page. You can configure the pages on which you want to show the real-time social-proof. Performance oriented, only loads on pages where required. Option to show an alternate action that users take on your site. Best to increase webinar signups, product sales and conversions on landing pages.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Closing out this Episode The Plugins we covered where:

John’s Plugins: Jellyfish Counter Widget – 4, Jellyfish Invaders – 3, Embed Google Fonts – 4

Marcus’ Plugins: Lenix Post External Link – 4, Flip Counter – 4, Real Time Social Proof – 4

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