In this episode of WordPress plugins A-Z we talk about plugins for Custom Fields and Post Types, Google Typography, Auctions, Comment Plugins, Debugging and more. Today’s show also features special guest Jeff Chandler from WP Tavern.
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Listener Feedback / Audio Clips
Richard is looking for a plugin that will allow split testing of widgets.
Marcus has used AdRotate with some good success. It will split and weight test various widgets or content areas and also provide conversion/close rates. AdRotate (http://wordpress.org/plugins/adrotate/) or Ad Injection (http://wordpress.org/plugins/ad-injection/) will also work.
Shrimp test also is worth trying.
Christina from Globalspex is looking for a plugin to notify subscribers or users every time a change is made to a site (not just for new posts)
This plugin notifies by email in the WordPress.com way to all your subscriptors. It notifies subscribers of Posts, Edits in posts, Pages, Edits in pages, Comments, Edits in comments.
Subscribe to Comments Reloaded http://wordpress.org/plugins/subscribe-to-comments-reloaded/
Automattic – http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/06/17/the-founder-of-poster-gets-acqu-hired-by-automattic-as-the-minimal-blogging-ios-app-is-taken-down/
WordPress 3.6. When will it be released? Your guess is as good as mine. Originally slated for the end of May, WordPress 3.6 suffered a major setback when it was decided that it would be better to remove the Post Formats UI from core and put it into a plugin. The new release date has not been posted and there is little in the way of information as to when we can expect it. I imagine sometime this year 🙂
Not Newsy material but two things I’d like to bring up to people who work with plugins all the time
**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by John**
WCK – Custom Fields and Custom Post Types Creator 1.0.1
Last Updated: 5 days ago
Requires WordPress Version: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Downloaded: 3,398 times
Well it has come to me again to create a custom post type for a client who needs a page for adding numerous items. While I could have made a simple template for the items it would not have made inputting the data easy, since there are hundreds of items to be inputted. So I thought a custom post type would do the trick and while I could have gone the hard route and simply written the necessary co0de I decided to see if improvements had been made since the last time i tried a plugins for custom posts types..
Well of course they had and even the ones I had used in the past have improved I came across this one which seemed to make it even easier even allowing you to simply create the necessary meta boxes for your custom posts type.
They also have a premium version that will allow you to do some more tweaks like front end publishing and additional options.
Rating 4 out of 5
Google Typography 1.0
Author: Eric Alli
Last Updated: 3 days ago
Requires WordPress Version: 3.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Downloaded: 336 times
For those of you who think the standard set of web fonts is not enough and really want to get crazy this is a plugin for you. You can get any font Google has and then apply it to any tag in your css. Then pick your colour and size and you too can have a site that makes the head spin with at least 25 fonts per page in multi colours.. I like it Have fun
Rating 4 Dragons
**WordPress Plugins Reviewed by Marcus**
Class Booking by lordlinus
Requires: 2.0.2 or higher
Last Updated: 2013-6-14
This plugin allows you to accept appointments from your students or clients any time any where from your website or blog. This plugin directly allows you to book appoinment with your business directly from your website.
There is no need of registration. With a single click your customers can be the schedule for the day.
Class booking by lordlinus can be used for :
a) Class Booking b) Gym class c) Physiotherapist d) Ballon rides
a) Add Staff b) Add class c) Add shift to a class d) Tuition classes e) Summer classes
Marcus' Take: This really helped out in a specific site application that required online appointments. It's designed for schools, but can be used for any appointment or services based business that relies on time. The one thing that is missing is a calendar invite or something that locked to your internal personal calendar, but all in all I thought it was a really nice plugin worth checking out.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Plugins Reviewed By Jeff
Ajax Edit Comments
Requires: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6
Last Updated: 2013-6-6
Ajax Edit Comments allows users to edit their own comments for a limited time. Administrators can edit all comments on the front-end. Some of the notable features include: setting a time limit on when comments can be edited, users can request that their comments be deleted, the ability to trash and move comments from the front-end comment form, a light box like popup that enables quick and easy comment editing,
Jeffs’ Take: This plugin is awesome and if I had my way, I’d have something like it installed on every WordPress site. By default, most WordPress sites don’t allow anonymous users to edit their comments. This one does, and then some. I’ve used this plugin on WPTavern for a few years and it’s still chugging along. If you choose not to use this plugin, I ask you to at least consider installing something that enables users to edit their own comments.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Basic Comment Quicktags
Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6
Last Updated: 2013-5-14
This plugin displays the most basic of quicktag buttons on your comment forms, using the Quicktag API built into WordPress (as of 3.3).
You can turn these on and off for bbPress or comments on the discussions page. Please note, the plugin defaults to off, so you have to go turn them on. Auto-activating isn't nice, as it may conflict with other plugins.
Jeffs’ Take: When my original comment quicktags plugin stopped working, I set out for an alternative and was lucky enough to come across this Basic Comment Quicktags plugin. Using the built in Quicktags API that was added in WordPress 3.3, this enables commenters to be able to use basic text formatting such as blockquotes, italicize, linking, and bold. If you know what you're doing, you can add more but according to Mika, when she polled her users, these tags were the ones most often used.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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