WordPress Plugins A-Z #190
It's episode 190 and we've got plugins for WooCommerce Product Images, Google Chromecast integration, Perfect Contact Forms, Widgetized Menus, Featured Podcasts and a plugin to completely rebrand the admin dashboard. All coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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BuddyPress 2.1 “Patsy” is fresh out of the oven, named for a coal-oven pizzeria in East Harlem, NYC. Patsy’s is famous for its traditional New York style thin crust pizza and claims to have originated the practice of selling pizza by the slice. The name is fitting, because 2.1 is another slice of excellence from BuddyPress contributors. Building on the @mentions feature in the activity stream, this release introduces a totally revamped @mentions interface. As you begin to type the @ key, members will be autosuggested via a new suggestions panel. You’ll find that this feature also works nicely on mobile.
Netropolitan “Facebook for Rich People” is Powered by WordPress and BuddyPress! One glance at the site and it’s obvious that it was built with WordPress, BuddyPress, and bbPress, using a $63 Themeforest theme. The theme packages with it a drag-and-drop page builder as well as extra functionality to extend BuddyPress, add integration with Paid Memberships Pro, and display sliders via Slider Revolution. The intriguing aspect of the story is how long this site took to build. Touchi-Peter’s answer to Vice implies that the network required two years of development. “From when we decided to move forward, we’ve been working on it technically for two years. It’s been a four-year process.” Touring Netropolitan’s informational pages shows a screenshot of the founder’s BuddyPress profile page, which seems identical to the theme’s demo, with the exception of the logo.
*WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**
vCast Button for WordPress
Submitted by Amor Avhad
Versatile Chromecast button for sending videos from your WordPress powered website to Cast Ready devices like Chromecast and the upcoming Android TV. Adds optimized chromecast functionlity to your WordPress website in less than 5 minutes! Sends supported video found on the page to Chromecast in the background so there is no duplicate playback on your remote control device, just like when you visit youtube.com and cast a video. Minimizes lag due to tab casting videos, especially high definition content. Easily integrates with many existing video players. Works with WordPress 3.3+ and PHP5
Rating 3 Dragons
Perfect Contact Form
submitted by Bartek Jazwinski
|Perfect Contact Form is plugin which allows you to create your own contact form (displayed by variety of ways with viariety of animations) using simple drag&drop form builder and 5 clicks setup. So it is very easy and fast to use for not experienced users.
But if you are a PRO it can be a really powerfull tool that can be fully adjustable. For example you can define your own layout without editing CSS or add js. events directly from admin panel.This plugin is based on thier popular Contact Form (no.1 in Joomla Extensions Directory) to WordPress .All features are listed at: http://www.perfect-web.co/wordpress/contact-form
This plugin looks to be a great way to insert some down and dirty contact forms.
rating 3 dragons
Featured Podcast Widget
Submitted by Richard Farrar
The Featured Podcast Widget is a WordPress plugin that enables you to display your latest podcast from a given post category (or a specific episode) in any widgetized area of your WordPress site.
The widget displays the title of your podcast episode, the post’s “featured” image and excerpt, together with a link through to the podcast’s post. Underneath the excerpt is an embedded audio player enabling you to play the podcast episode directly from within the widget.
This is actually a great little widget to showcase your most recent podcast or with some work any specifi show by ID.
Rating 4 dragons
*WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus Couch**
- Repository page: Admin Branding at WordPress.org
- Plugin Home page: Admin Branding Home Page
- Current version: 1.0.0
- Last Updated: 2014-09-23 6:47pm GMT
- Requires: 3.5
- Tested up to: 4.0
- Downloads all time: 8
- Average rating:
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Download Admin Branding
Admin Branding Overview:
It seems like it’s been forever since I first asked for this kind of functionality. Well, wait no longer, because it’s finally here! This plugin allows you to completely customize the logo, look and feel of the WordPress admin dashboard.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Quick Product Image Upload
- Repository page: Quick Product Image Upload at WordPress.org
- Plugin Home page: Quick Product Image Upload Home Page
- Current version: 1.0
- Last Updated: 2014-09-18 8:58pm GMT
- Requires: 3.9
- Tested up to: 3.9.2
- Downloads all time: 12
- Average rating:
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Download Quick Product Image Upload
Quick Product Image Upload Overview:
Recently I’ve been working on a number of new WooCommerce sites. One thing that I found really frustrating was the issue of updating product images. Fundamentally, you have to go in and edit each individual product one by one, changing the featured product images. With this plugin, you can actually edit and replace the images just by clicking on the thumbnail in the products view. It’s a much easier way to update without having to go through the whole process over and over.
Rating: 4 out of 5
- Repository page: Widget Menuizer at WordPress.org
- Plugin Home page: Widget Menuizer Home Page
- Current version: 0.5.6
- Last Updated: 2014-09-23 5:11pm GMT
- Requires: 3.9.2
- Tested up to: 4.0
- Downloads all time: 43
- Average rating: 5
- Number of ratings: 2
Download Widget Menuizer
Widget Menuizer Overview:
This plugin gives me the functionality that I’ve been looking for! It lets you add ANY widget into a menu position. I can’t even begin to talk about the possibilities for design that you can include in this. Everything I tried, even video has worked within the confines of this plugin. Great work!
Rating: 5 out of 5
John’s Plugins: VCast Button – 3, Perfect Contact Form – 4, Podcast Widgets – 4
Marcus’ Plugins: Admin Branding – 4, Quick Product Image Upload – 4, Widget Menuizer – 5
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