It's Episode 311 and we've got plugins for Managing Popups, Hiding Notifications, Locking Down BuddyPress, Global Search and a New Look for your Old Admin Dashboard. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #311 Managing Popups, Hiding Notifications
It's Episode 311 and we've got plugins for Managing Popups, Hiding Notifications, Locking Down BuddyPress, Global Search and a New Look for your Old Admin Dashboard. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It's Episode 311 and we've got plugins for Managing Popups, Hiding Notifications, Locking Down BuddyPress, Global Search and a New Look for your Old Admin Dashboard. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**

Contact Form 7 Gravity Forms Importer

Requires:3.3 or higher
Compatible up to:4.1.40
Released:14 September 2011
Last Updated:09 February 2015
(2.7 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
When it becomes necessary to switch  your contact plugin from Contact Forms 7 to gravity forms, sometimes the biggest challenge is recreation of all the forms you have already. This plugin simplifies that task but allowing you to just import the form from Contact Form 7. The only caveat here is that sometime the conversion is not clean and you need to go in and fix a couple items. You will also need to re-setup the notifications for the form. All in all a pretty good plugin and does same some time.
Rating 4 Dragons

Hide All Notices

Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:5.5.14
Released:13 August 2016
Last Updated:19 August 2020
(4 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
If your tired of the questions from clients about the notices that occur from the various plugins and redundant update notices inn the Dashboard then this one is for you. Simply install activate and all those useless notifications go away and are hidden from view.. It does not remove the notices just hides them via CSS and get all notices using standard classes but some plugins do not use standard so may get missed. For what I was after and in need of it did a perfect job.
Rating 5 Dragons

Popup Manager

sent in by Janis Sprincis
Freemium plugin starting at $35 per quarter
Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:
Released:01 January 1970
Last Updated:01 January 1970
(0 star out of 5)
The Lowdown:
This is another plugin with this new type of pricing model I am beginning to see where there is a charge more often than once a year for the license. Look to be a new trend in licensing
The free version gives you 4 templates to choose from one image, one text and three email templates. You can get more templates by buying the seperatly starting at about $19 or subscribe to the full package. Setting up a popup is pretty easy with their interface but you will need the pro-version to make them real useful. Once complete you then place it in your site via short code so you can make specific popups per page or post. There does not seem to be a way to universally set it. While this can be useful it seems it could be additional work.
All in all not too bad for a popup manager
Rating 4 Dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus Couch**

WordPress Lock for BuddyPress

Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.0
Released:11 June 2017
Last Updated:05 April 2024
(4.9 star out of 5)
This plugin allows site owner to lock the different components on the site for non-logged in users such as the various bp components, the custom post types, the wp pages. The site owner can allow pages to be visible for non-loggedin users, else a locked message will be displayed on the page.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Admin Global Search

Requires:3.3 or higher
Compatible up to:5.0.21
Released:09 June 2017
Last Updated:04 January 2019
(4.6 star out of 5)
This is one of the best plugins that I've come across for a long time. It does exactly what it says. You can searh the entire site in this master global search que. Previously you would have had to search your MySQL database.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Flat Panel Admin Theme

Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:
Released:01 January 1970
Last Updated:01 January 1970
(0 star out of 5)
Tired of the same old admin theme? Give the WordPress dashboard we all know and love a boost, with a splash of color, and a more refined flat panel design. You can easily change the colors to reflect the look and feel that best suits you and your website.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Plugins Overview:

John’s Plugins: Contact Form 7 Gravity Forms Importer – 4, Hide All Notices – 5, Popup Manager – 4
Marcus’ Plugins:  WordPress Lock For BuddyPress – 4, Admin Global Search – 5, Flat Panel Admin Theme – 5

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