WordPress Plugins Password Strength, Full Background Slideshows, Site Lockdown, Background Music


WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 108

It’s episode #108 and we’ve got plugins for enforcing Password Strength, Full Background Slideshows, Site Lockdown, Background Music and a new way to WATCH the visitors on your WordPress site. All coming up next on WordPress Plugins A-Z.

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Listener Feedback / Audio Clips

Robert has a question regarding migrating from one host to another. This is another great example of the outstanding features of CMS Commander that we talk about so much. http://wppluginsatoz.com/cmscommand is the place to go. What CMS commander can do that Backup Buddy cannot is pretty staggering. In the case of cloning a site, it can be done in just a few minutes. The limitations with Backup Buddy are also restricted by the size. Have a site that’s more than 90 megs? Forget about Backup Buddy.


**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**

Simple Site Lockdown 1.1

The Lowdown:
A simple way to hide your site from others and only allow admins access to it. This is a great way to hide your development website from the world if you're in a hurry to get it hidden simple and clean.

Rating 4 Dragons


Minimum Password Strength 1.1.2

The Lowdown:
Security Security Security… We all know how important the ever hated password is but many still do not pay attention to this issue. The plugins take that pretty bar that goes from red to green when creating a new password for WordPress and then enforces a minimum password standard for all users changing passwords or creating new users on your site. You choose the setting you want from weak to strong to enforce.. a nice little plugin.

Rating 4 Dragons


Background Music 1.0

The Lowdown:
Also known as how to annoy your visitors in one easy step.. You simply install it and point it to an mp3 file that will start automatically.. It may have a use for force feeding your podcast if you like.. It does place a prominent button on the top of page to turn it off..

Rating: 2 or 3 Dragons


**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**


Minimum Password Strength


Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-8
Downloads: 47

WordPress profile pages contain a visual indicator which shows the strength of a user’s chosen password. This is nice, but WordPress doesn't actually enforce this in any way, so users are free to select weak passwords.

Minimum Password Strength uses the same method to calculate a password’s strength, but forces users to meet a minimum strength requirement before they can change their password.
By default, passwords must have “Medium” strength, but administrators can change this to force passwords to be at least “Weak”, “Medium”, or “Strong”. To change the minimum strength, go to Settings -> Password Strength after installing Minimum Password Strength.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Full Screen (Page) Background Image Slideshow


Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-2-10
Downloads: 457

This plugin allows you to add single or multiple backgrounds that spans behind whole website contents. You can

  1. Set single background
  2. Configure multiple backgrounds to behave as slideshow
  3. Randomize Backgrounds for each refresh
  4. Set animation duration and delay
  5. Add dotted Overlay
  6. Set Opacity of Background Images
  7. Set single or multiple images for individual pages

If image is larger than the user's resolution, plugin will stretch either width or height (keeping aspect ratio) to fit on the screen. It will also centralize the image. If image is smaller than the user's browser resolution, It will be displayed centered in the background without stretching.

Rating: 5 out of 5




Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2013-2-5
Downloads: 40

Use SessionCam to record every customer journey made on your website. Replay individual sessions, generate heatmaps, understand and investigate funnel and form drop-off. Tackle abandonment, improve conversion and reduce support costs. SessionCam is a cloud-based solution that's easy to implement and generates super-fast RoI for our clients.
SessionCam is a “Software as a Service” solution – just add our JavaScript tag to your web site and every feature of the product is delivered remotely from our secure, cloud-based infrastructure.

SessionCam includes features for:

  • Recording web sessions in real-time
  • Analysing recorded activity
  • Understanding funnel and form conversion
  • Creating stunning behavioural heatmaps for mouse movement, mouse click, page scrolling and browser attention
  • Replaying web sessions
  • Integrating with Google Analytics, other web analytics systems, CRM solutions and customer feedback solutions.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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