It's Episode 289 and we've got plugins for Word Counts, Auto Complete, SMS Notifications, PhoneGap, and Dynamic Maps. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #289 Word Counts, Auto Complete
It's Episode 289 and we've got plugins for Word Counts, Auto Complete, SMS Notifications, PhoneGap, and Dynamic Maps. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It's Episode 289 and we've got plugins for Word Counts, Auto Complete, SMS Notifications, PhoneGap, and Dynamic Maps. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**

WP Word Count Pro

sent in by Brian Link
Premium Plugin $10
free version at
Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.2.0
Released:18 August 2010
Last Updated:01 April 2023
(4.1 star out of 5)
 The Lowdown:
If you want to know how much you have been writing on your website (word-count) this plugin is for you it track all the words you have created by post. Creating some interesting stats to show how prolific a writer you might be (or not). You can use this information to see how you are doing at creating content and if you seem to drone on or not. You could also have some goals in mind about writing a certain amount of content in the coming year. This plugin will help you set and reach some writing goals.
I did run into some issues in the MU environment it got caught in a loop on activation but it does seem to work well in a standalone WordPress install.
check it out
Rating 4 Dragons


sent in by Josh Sears
Premium Plugin $49
free version from Mapify
The Lowdown:
Is it time to jazz up your Google maps or create your own custom image maps? This plugin will help you complete that task by allowing you to add any and all of the following to a map.
-Use either Google Maps or a custom image, which is rendered into tiles and behaves just like a Google Map!
-Ability to add full blog posts to a map, which is perfect for travelers!
-Share each location on social media and drive traffic to the maps.
-Fully responsive maps and features that behave as expected on any device.
-Bulk uploading of every location.
-Unlimited library of customized maps
-Customized map markers for each location
-Advanced search, filtering, and location suggestion based on search criteria makes finding different location types a piece of cake.
-Snazzy Maps implementation for dozens of pre-built styles
-Advanced style features to make your map fit perfectly within your site's style.
 A pretty good plugin check it out
Rating 4 Dragons

My CloudPress (site backup 3rd party service)

sent in by Christopher Hicks
Premium Plugin Currently in beta testing so free
The Lowdown:
If you are looking for a cloud solution for backing up your website and easy restore functions, this may be a plugin for you as it offers both for you. While the product is still in development it seems you can get in on the ground floor right now with free backups. It looks to backup your site by pulling the data from the database and does so in real time. Check it out.
rating 3 Dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus Couch**

Phonegap Connect

Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.7.28
Released:29 December 2016
Last Updated:16 May 2017
(0 star out of 5)
Plugin to provide you with a direct connection with WordPress from your Phonegap application, the connection library and its documentation is available on Github.
Rating: 4 out of 5

ShoutOUT SMS for WooCommerce

Requires:4.7 or higher
Compatible up to:5.0.21
Released:02 January 2017
Last Updated:24 January 2019
(5 star out of 5)
Allow your WooCommerce website to send SMS notifications to your customers. Auto send status updates, Use different SMS send corresponding to different WooCommerce Order Statuses. Customizable message variables using {{shop_name}}, {{order_id}}, {{order_amount}}, {{order_status}}. Customizable message text. This does require a ShoutOUT Lite account.
Rating: 4 out of 5


Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:
Released:01 January 1970
Last Updated:01 January 1970
(0 star out of 5)
This is a short and sweet autocopmplete plugin, useful for autocompleting words, as the post author types the contents in the WordPress content area. By default, “WordPress” is the only word, which is autocompleted. So after installing and activating the plugin, when you, as an author, start typing the blog contents, after adding a new post, and when when you type “wo” , a small autocomplete box pops up beneath, with “WordPress” written on it. If you want to type “WordPress”, you can click on that widget, or if you want to type “wolverine” , you can keep typing, ignoring the widget. For adding more words, go to settings=>autocomplete options In the top row, there is a text box and a button. Type the word you want to add and press the “add word” button. This text box accepts only alphanumeric inputs. Now the new word is added in the list. To reset the list, press the “reset” button. And the list now resets to the original value “WordPress” This plugin uses “textcompleter” Jquery plugin
Rating: 4 out of 5

Plugins Overview:

John’s Plugins: WP Word Count Pro – 4, mapifyPro – 4 , My CloudPress – 3
Marcus’ Plugins: PhoneGap – 4, ShoutOUT SMS – 4, AutoComplete – 4
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