It's Episode 317 and we've got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #317 Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider

It's Episode 317 and we've got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It's Episode 317 and we've got plugins for Caldera Forms, Post Carousel & Slider, Facebook Messenger, Before and After Images, Robot Fireworks and your listener feedback. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


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**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John Overall**

Post Carousel & Slider

sent in by Aeonian

Requires:5.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.4.4
Released:08 July 2017
Last Updated:14 February 2024
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
This is another post slider plugin but does seem to be a bit easier than some I have used to create a post slider. It has custom post type support, you can include or exclude categories, show posts of only a certian tag and you can also show posts based on a keyword search. Determine how many posts to appear per page, choose a layout from full width to grid style set you excerpt length and then insert it via short code into the site.

Rating 4 Dragons

Rocket Fireworks

Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:6.3.4
Released:07 November 2016
Last Updated:28 October 2023
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
This comes from the last page of recommended plugins.
In honor of The WP Plugins show approaching Episode 320 and that we now have Training videos starting to appear I thought I would play a little with some celebration plugins. This one is simple yet effective every time a page is loaded it created about a 5 to 10 second barrage of fireworks that explode in multi colours on the page then stops. There are not settings just install and activate and it works. A great way to celebrate.

Rating 3 Dragons

WP Live Messenger

Requires:3.8 or higher
Compatible up to:4.9.25
Released:02 July 2017
Last Updated:10 November 2017
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
If you are like most every other business out there you have a FaceBook page for it we are no different stop in and like us at and what this plugin will do for you is to allow your site visitors to start a FB messenger conversation with you. pretty simple to get up and running just place your FB url in the setting and it set an icon on your site that can be clicked to start a conversation.

Rating 4 dragons

**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus Couch**

Caldera Forms

Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:
Released:01 January 1970
Last Updated:01 January 1970
(0 star out of 5)

Caldera Forms is a different kind of WordPress form builder. With its intuitive drag and drop interface, it’s never been easier and less stressful to create forms for your WordPress site that look awesome on any device. The visual editor simplifies form building for WordPress. Set up your form with multiple columns, add additional pages, and funnel user responses with conditional logic to get more robust data and relevant information from your customers and visitors.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Zotabox Facebook Messenger Live Chat

Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.2
Released:09 June 2015
Last Updated:18 March 2024
(4.7 star out of 5)

Support your customers via Facebook Live Chat. Start conversation on your website. Take advantage of Facebook Messenger with over 800 million active monthly users. This plugin is Free and convenient. Permenant chat history available for both store owner and customer. Zotabox includes 20+ Free and Premium on-site marketing tools to boost your sales and get more subscribers. This is a freemium plugin with lots of other options added for a small cost.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Twenty20 Image Before-After

Requires:3.5 or higher
Compatible up to:6.1.6
Released:28 April 2016
Last Updated:23 March 2023
(4 star out of 5)

Twenty20 is the WordPress plugin of TwentyTwenty script that developed by Zurb team. This sparked a few new ideas on how to do something similar for our own needs. It had to swipe between two images to show “before” and “after”. Most of all, it had to be responsive. This plugin takes all of that into account with a great before and after image tool that beats all others I have tried.

Rating 5 out of 5


Plugins Overview:

John’s Plugins: Post Carousel & Slider – 4, Rocket Fireworks – 3, WP Live Messenger – 4

Marcus’ Plugins: Caldera Forms – 5, Zotabox FB Messenger – 4, Before and After – 5


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