Crash & Burn

WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 49 Lazy Plugins

High FlyerToday's show brings in some great lazy plugins that will help you make life simple on your WordPress website and ushers in a great direction for the show. Tuesday November 8, 2011.

John’s & Marcus Rant: What to rant about?

How about some WarCrack rants… A little whining about top 10 lists damn they permeate the web it is time I think for  new number to be chosen suggestions anyone.. Targets for hacking my take on why Apple is still not hacked as much and why WordPress is a target vs say Drupal..

Some discussion about number of plugins used— What is a good number??

Also our new Goal of discovering lazy plugins.


Shout Outs: Yup a couple

Out to Casey someone who has listened for a while and submitted a plugin for a review coming up in a new episode along with possibly an interview.

Stefan who had some trouble putting a comment due to my spam filter… Hmmmmm

Manny who likes the addition of Marcus as co-host


Something new list of interesting sites that run on WordPress:


Crash & BurnWorld of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Still in the news timthumb issue how to avoid a costly WordPress hack Check out the Timthumb Vulnerability Scanner from the repository.

You know misery likes company and even Yoast can get hacked Why not updating your Core, Themes & Plugins is Stupi

Big News! Will Be Carrying WordPress Topics Once Again

WordPress sites hacked to lead to malware sites

Gravity forms dropped 1.6 and a few days later 1.6.1


List of Plugins:


—–Johns Plugins——-

Simple Tags


What they say:

Simple Tags is the successor of Simple Tagging Plugin This is THE perfect tool to manage perfectly your WP 3.0 and 3.1 terms for any taxonomy It was written with this philosophy : best performances, more secured and brings a lot of new functions


What we say:

This is a plugin I have covered before but I recently discovered a couple other great uses I had overlooked before. It has the ability to mas edit your keywords/terms and to have them automatically added to your posts/pages it will even go back to old content and add them. Listen for more on this plugin and how to use it. Used it to clean up allot of junk from a converted site from Joomla

Rating on this is 5 Dragons


WP SlimStat
Author: Camu
Last Updated: 12 days ago
Requires WordPress Version: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3
Downloaded: 108,282 times Plugin Page »
Plugin Homepage »

What they say:
powerful real-time web analytics plugin for WordPress. Spy your visitors and track what they do on your website.

Main Features

  • Supports both InnoDB and MyISAM (autodetect)
  • Tracks Google Plus One and Facebook Like clicks
  • Tracks known commenters, screen resolutions, spammers and other browser-related parameters
  • The best country, browser and platform detection ever seen, thanks to Browscap and MaxMind
  • Filters visits based on IP addresses, browsers, referrers, users and permalinks
  • View and admin access can be restricted to specific users
  • World Map

What we say:

I found this to be a pretty decent stat plugin that gives allot of data and seems to be lightweight and fast. It gives you to option to have its own menu or place it in the top dashboard menu. Grest info on recent search terms, traffic sources, most popular pages and so much more.. Dont forget the extra plugin for the dashboard widgets and short codes..

 Rating on this is 4 Dragons


SEO Smart Links

Version: 2.7.4
Author: Vladimir Prelovac
Last Updated: 58 days ago
Requires WordPress Version: 2.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3
Downloaded: 492,205 times Plugin Page »
Plugin Homepage »

What they say:

SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more.
SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog.
Further SEO Smart links allows you to set up your own keywords and set of matching URLs. Finally SEO Smart links allows you to set nofollow attribute and open links in new window.


What we say:

This is pretty easy to use and make your life easy down the road. You can setup some specific keyword you want to have specific links to and anytime they are used on your site auto link it goes. It is great if you simply want to setup for some special affiliate links or build some very specific internal links.

Rating on this is 3 Dragons
——Marcus Plugins———-




LiveJournal Crossposter


Automatically crossposts your WP entries to your LiveJournal or LJ-based clone.



* Crosspost entries to a LiveJournal account or community.

* Customize the crosspost header or footer notice using built-in shortcodes, or create your own.

* Force comments to be on one site or the other, or allow them on both.

* Edit privacy settings for the LiveJournal posts. Choose whether to crosspost private WordPress posts to LJ as private, for friends (including custom friends groups), or not at all.

* Assign tags based on WordPress categories and/or tags.

* Assign <!–more–> tag settings (use LJ-cut or just link back to the WordPress post).

* Crosspost only certain categories.

* Crosspost excerpts or full text.

* Choose LJ userpics for each post.

* Add the link to the LJ post to your WordPress post or theme.

* Relative links in the WordPress post are converted to full URLs in the crosspost.

* WordPress galleries, which rely on theme CSS for layout, are crossposted with inline styles.

* Option to not crosspost by default.

Requires WordPress Version: 2.8 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.3

Last Updated: 2011-10-10

Downloads: 25,247


–Rating: 5  





Google+ Crossposting


Imports your public Google+ activities in your WordPress blog. This does not post TO your G+ account. That is a different process entirely.

This plugin imports your public activities on Google Plus into your WordPress blog. It creates a post for each Google+ activity you posted. The plugin regulary checks your public Google+ profile for new activities and posts them automatically to your blog.

With the Google+ Crossposting plugin, you can keep your blog readers updated on what you are posting on Google+ without everyone requiring to also be on Google+.




Side Note: Google is allowing businesses to create their own pages now, so this is a very viable option for you WordPress designers out there to get your clients into Google+. And you're going to seem like a genuis, cutting edge tech wizard once you show them how well you can get their existing wordpress site to talk to google so easily.





Sk Latest Post Widget


This plugins adds a widget with the latest posts from your forum.

This plugins adds a widget with the latest posts from your phpbb3 forum. To make it work you have to add a file on your forum directory wich is easily configurable to fetch the posts from a specific category or the whole forum. This plugins supports multiple istances so you can display topics from different forums or categories in multiple widgets.










Tumblrize crossposts your published WordPress entries to Tumblr and Posterous. All you need is a Tumblr account.

Tumblrize posts to Tumblr whenever you hit the “publish” button. It uses Tumblr's simple API to keep posts in sync; when you edit your WordPress post, it updates your Tumblr post.

Tumblrize is very lightweight. It just requires you to input your Tumblr email and password in the plugin's options screen. After that, you're ready to cross-post!

Other options allow posting to Posterous, sending additional metadata from your WordPress entry (notably tags), to Tumblr, and more.

Requires WordPress Version: 2.6 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.0.5

Last Updated: 2010-10-11 Downloads: 12,575







Twitter Tools

Twitter Tools is a plugin that creates a complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account.

It creates a new tweet the instant you create a new page or post, and it also imports all your tweets into wordpress, so you have a daily, weekly, and even monthly archive automatically created.

What happens if I have both my tweets posting to my blog as posts and my posts sent to Twitter? Will it cause the world to end in a spinning fireball of death??? Actually, Twitter Tools enables both creating posts from your tweets and tweets from your posts without duplicating them in either place. It looks at the content you have and makes sure there are no duplicates.

Requires WordPress Version: 2.9 or higher

Compatible up to: 3.0.5

Last Updated: 2010-8-16 Downloads: 866,941


Rating 4  




back of the busSome Terms here for plugins: Nothing special this week..

post tags = the terms that are used for key words

shortcodes = a quick peice of code something like this [short_code_plugin] that allows you to use many things without the hassel of trying to embed java or other scripts i your posts.

API Key =  application program interface, is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications.


In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:

An interview with Scott Cariss the creator of the File Monitor plugin coming soon, just as soon as I can connect with him.

Possible interview with Casey

Membership Plugins

WEBphysiology Portfolio

More Lazy Plugins


How to Contact Me:

John can be contacted at:

on my website @ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at


How to Contact Marcus:

Marcus Couch can be contacted at his website at, on twitter   @marcuscouch and on facebook at


Some of the music provided tonight from Mevio's Music Alley. Check it out at ‘



4 replies
  1. Manny Oliverez
    Manny Oliverez says:

    Another good show this week. John your volume was perfect.
    Question: If I install the LiveJournal Crossposter and Tumblrize plugins they will post my content to those sites. Wouldn’t this be duplicate content? Could I get penelized by Google on my main site? Thanks!

    • John
      John says:

      Thanks again for the comment Manny, I have passed your question along to Marcus as he can better answer that than I can. Will see if we can get you and answer in the next show..

  2. Carlos
    Carlos says:

    Hi guys, livejournal and Tumblrize cross-posting. You will be fine as far as your blog is indexed first, otherwise it may be seen as duplicate content.
    Due the big authority of sites such as Tumblr or LiveJournal, a good idea may be to add a link to your original blog, so making clear to Google eyes which one is the original post.


    • Manny
      Manny says:

      Carlos if my site is is not indexed first but I have rel=”author” on my posts with links to my G+ profile, do you think I will still be OK?


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