WordPress Plugins A-Z #294 Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer’s Plugin Listicle

It's Episode 294 and we've got plugins for Sales Countdown Woocommerce, Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle sounds like something from Epic Spell Wars. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It's Episode 294 and we've got plugins for Sales Countdown Woocommerce, Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle sounds like something from Epic Spell Wars. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
This week Marcus could not join me as he was pulling an all nighter on a major project and needed to sleep. I could not reschedule as I have a couple of my own major projects this week but the show goes on..

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Just thought I'd let you know about an interesting little plugin we used this week, https://wordpress.org/plugins/hide-youtube-related-videos/  which automatically hides the related videos without any changes to the embed. I don't think I've ever wanted related videos on a client site, too random. I've been in meetings when a related video has shown in the clients browser that was not very work appropriate.
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**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**

Sales Countdown Woocommerce Addon

Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:
Released:01 January 1970
Last Updated:01 January 1970
(0 star out of 5)
The lowdown:
This add-on for Woocommerce allows you to enhance sales on your e-commerce website. You apply a timer to your sales and when displayed with a short code it shows how long until your product goes off sale. This helps create a sense of urgency and may improve your sales. a pretty useful plugin for your WooCommerce website.
Rating 4 Dragons

Blackhole for Bad Bots

Requires:4.1 or higher
Compatible up to:5.6
Released:18 February 2016
Last Updated:16 November 2020
(4.9 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
Bad bots can cause all kinds of issues on a WordPress website and having an easy way to just send them away is a blessing. This plugin works on the one strike method by adding a honey pot link in your robots.txt file and if followed the IP is permanently banned and the will bother you no more.
There is a little bit of work to set up if it wasn't for hat this would be a perfect 5
Rating 4 Dragons

Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle

Requires:4.4.2 or higher
Compatible up to:4.8.15
Released:17 February 2016
Last Updated:06 March 2018
(0 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
Sharing is what WordPress is all about right? Well for many anyway it is.. This plugin allows you to easily share the plugins you are using on your website by creating a nice list. Doing this will allow you to give some credit where it is due, for all those plugin developers who have helped you build your WordPress website. Its easy to setup and the default style is not too bad.
It also has a setting to hide plugins if you do not want them listed.  One of the nice features I see in this one vs plugin list plugins I have used in the past is it only shows your active plugins not the ones you have turned off.
Rating 5 dragons
Plugins Overview:
John’s Plugins: Sales Countdown Woocommerce Addon -4, Blackhole for Bad Bots -4, Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle – 5

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