WordPress Plugins Issue Trackers, Benchmarking tools


WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 89

It’s Episode 89 of WordPress Plugins A to Z and we’ve got plugins for enforcing word count minimums, online appointment schedulers, Issue Trackers, Browser and Benchmarking tools, and the laziest video carousel plugin ever! It’s the show that 4 out of 5 successful designers recommend.. It’s WordPress Plugins A-Z.

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Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Question from Dave Jackson from Weekly Web Tools regarding the “Bonus Information” item found at the bottom of wppluginsatoz.com with an orange colored tab.

The plugin Dave is asking about is called the “Sliding Drawer” plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-sliding-drawer-content-area/) which we covered way back in January of this year in Episode #56.


**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Random Plugin time for me since I have been simply polishing off websites this past week.

Really Simple Issue Tracker 1.0

  • Version: 1.0
  • Author: Andreas Lundgren
  • Last Updated: 3 days ago
  • Requires WordPress Version: 3.4.2 or higher
  • Compatible up to: 3.4.2
  • Downloaded: 74 times
  • WordPress.org Plugin Page »


This seemed like a interesting new way to track a to do list of things I need to do on several websites that need to be completed or a new things come up for clients websites. Once you create a todo task you can then assign it to a person then choose the type of task and set a priority to fix it. And finally determine if it is still open or closed. It does not publish it to the front end. Going to give this a shot at entering tasks for a week and see how it goes..

Rating 3 Dragons


Advanced Browser Check 1.0.1

You can determine to warn users visting your ewb site that if that have an old browser that they need to upgrade and that your site may not work properly for them. This I think is a nice little plugin if you are tired of trying to support older browsers. The one thing I as not too sure about was that they will not even be able to surf your site at all unless they click a provided link to upgrade, both good and bad here.
Rating 3 Dragons


Benchmark 1.1

The Lowdown
this will run a test of your hosting for your wordpress website simple and quick it tests your CPU, Network and Database Query speed seems my servers perform about the industry average. I was hoping for much more but it is a good start.
Rating 2 dragon


WP Really Simple Health 1.0

Just an extra no rating



**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

BookFresh – Online Scheduling


Book appointments directly from your WordPress site! Use BookFresh to manage your business, reduce no shows, synchronize external calendars and more!

Requires: 2.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-10-2
Downloads: 182

I used to use this utility called “Time Trade” for setting up appointment requests. This is a similar tool in BookFresh. I will warn you, this is not an entirely free plugin, as it does work within the BookFresh.com system. But overall I found this to be of good value when you’re in the need to add a schedule or appointment request function to your WordPress installation.

Rating: 3 out of 5 (-1 because it’s for a paid service)


Youtube Carousel Gallery


Used to fetch youtube videos by video ids or channel name or search query and align video thumbs in nice carousel form.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-9-30
Downloads: 271

Marcus’ Take: In my ever nearing quest for a cool site for my new video show, I needed to have a way to get a slider like feel but be automated so I did not have to regularly update all the time (as it’s a daily show). This plugin is a perfect solution for getting the best of both worlds. The video opens up in a lightbox format, which gives the viewer instant, 1 click access to viewing the video content.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Minimum Word Count


Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-10-1
Downloads: 48

This plugin allows you to set a minimum word count required to publish a post. You have the option to exempt administrators from this requirement. As part of this plugin, a “Word Count” column is added to the post listing pages. Also, on the post editing pages, the “Word Count” field just below the content box is now changed to “Live Word Count” and updated as you type. If the current post is below the minimum word count setting, the count will turn red.


  • Require a minimum word count to publish a post
  • Option to allow administrators to publish below the minimum
  • Adds a Word Count column to post listing pages
  • Changes ‘Word Count' to ‘Live Word Count' on post edit pages

Marcus’ Take:
This is a great tool for SEO and content, as it sets the word count at whatever minimum you choose. I also used this on a client site to prevent the writer from “accidentally posting” their drafts or scratchpads of just a few lines of text. It happens. This plugin helps make sure that everything that goes out is of a good content length.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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