WordPress Plugins Mega Slideshows, Child Theme, Media Features, Excuse Generators and Featured Category


WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 102

It’s episode #102 . and we’ve got WordPress Plugins for Mega Slideshows, Child Theme creation with one click, Media Features, Excuse Generators and Featured Category post management. It’s the show that saves you time in the new year unlike any other, It’s WordPress Plugins A-Z.

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So I find I really dislike this new media center when trying to go back and make an image tied to a post the featured one. It does not show me the images only associated with that post but shows me everything.. there must be a setting I just have to find it, but until then whenever I encounter this I will simple install faster image insert which makes it easy

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Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Brian asking about a file repository plugin.
You might try Easy Digital Downloads http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-digital-downloads/ this is a pretty extensive download manager plugin and may be what your looking for..

Tim Keaty looking for a plugin to schedule social media tweets —suggest wp tweet button http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-tweet-button/
Tweetily – Tweet Your Posts Automatically! http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweetily-tweet-wordpress-posts-automatically/

Social by Alex King (Twitter Tools) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social/

Tomas J —  with a great comment

Be sure to visit our site and leave feedback about the show or any questions you may have about plugins or WordPress needs you’re looking for help on.

Shoutouts to:
Chad for the great tip to add plugin name to end of review.

World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:

Make sure you update your W3 Total cache plugin if you have not already since it has a major flaw in it.
Wordpress Remote Exploit – W3 Total Cache — it seems that Jason over at seclists.org has published an expliot about W3Total cache this is no small affair if you use W3 total cache and many do this is a must read. http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2012/Dec/242

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Featured Category Posts Widget 1.0

The Lowdown:
I installed this plugin because I needed a widget to showcase a category on a site that was not using genesis. , I found this to be a great option which allows some very nice customizations to the widget and actually works. It does a nice job of displaying one main featured article while creating a list below of all the other articles in the category depending on the number you set for iot. i can recommend this one as a great option if you are using something other than a genesis theme.
Rating 4 Dragons


BOFH excuses 0.1

The lowdown;
I have been a follower of the BOFH for years now and love anyway I can find to share the humor. You need to be a tech working on or have worked on servers, and have worked in an environment where you offer support to people in an internal way such as internal corporate stuff.
This plugin is based on the hello dolly plugin and places comments in the top right in your wordpress dashboard for you to see so you can have some great excuses as to why it is broke such as
Decreasing electron flux
bank holiday – system operating credits not recharged
and more
Rating 3 Dragons


Media Features 0.1

The Lowdown:
This plugin add a couple of nice function to the media manager such as an auto sizer to resize all uploaded images to fit the max size you have set. It also ads PDF support and allows you to set the max jpg quality percentage. this can help you lower your overhead. It adds a couple of custom hooks for your use also.  You also get to create categories for your media making it easier to organize your info, all in all it looks to be pretty helpful.
Rating 4 Dragons
Thanks to Yoram for suggesting it.


**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**

Child Themify


Create child themes from any non-child theme at the click of a button.
This plugin is multisite compatible; if used on a multisite network, controls for creating child themes will be in the network admin instead of the regular site admin.

Marcus’ Take: This plugin worked really well in an instance that I needed to create a second version of a web site that was just for a specific promotion.

Rating: 4 Dragons


Advanced Blog Metrics


Advanced Blog Metrics is an analytics tool dedicated to bloggers. This plugin allows you to improve your blog performance by tracking the following features:



  • Total number of posts on your blog
  • Average number of posts per day
  • Average number of words per post
  • 5 posts which generate the most Facebook shares and likes


  • Total number of comments on your blog
  • Average number of comments per day
  • Average number of comments per post
  • Average number of words per comment
  • 5 authors who comment the most
  • 5 posts which generate the most comments

Best time to publish:

  • When do your posts generate the most comments?
  • When do you post the most?


  • 5 posts which generate the most Facebook shares and likes

Marcus’ Take: This plugin is a throttled down stats plugin that gives you just the basics. For my use it was too basic, but for those who aren’t as massive-data hungry as I am, this would work very well.

Rating: 3 Dragons


Vegas Slider


A fullscreen background slideshow plugin based on Jay Salvat's Vegas Background jQuery Plugin

Marcus’ Take: This plugin does full screen slideshows. I’ve not yet gotten it to work as a slideshow/backdrop with actual content of the site over the background, which would actually be pretty cool. Despite this I thought this was a really great plugin.

Rating: 4 Dragons



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