Posts Tagged ‘review’

Plugin Review: YouTube Comparison

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April 20th, 2011
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John Young contacted us via our shiny new Plugin Review form and asked for our thoughts on the best YouTube embedding plugin for WordPress out of Youtuber, Youtube Embedder, and WP YouTube Player. As this is a comparison request, I’m going to approach from less of a review angle, and more of a well . . . a comparison. Fortunately, the subject of which YouTube plugin to use is relatively easy. YouTube embeds have been built-into WordPress for quite some time. All you need to do is paste the YouTube URL into your post and WordPress takes care of the rest. So the question is, “Which plugin gives you more than a standard embed?” Right off the bat, I’m going to take Youtube Embedder out of the running. It hasn’t been updated in over a year, lists its compatibility as up to WordPress 2.9.2 only, and doesn’t do much more […]

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Plugin Review – Dynamic Widgets

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December 29th, 2010
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One of the greatest strengths of WordPress is the widget system. As long as a theme supports sidebars, it can use widgets which can be anything from a Twitter status update area to a static text box. The beauty of the system is that you can move content around without using any extravagant code. Thankfully, themes have really started to embrace the sidebar/widget system in 2010 by providing an ample amount of sidebars and in some cases, the opportunity to create as well as place sidebars where you want them. However, the default widget system in WordPress does not offer granularity out of the box. When a widget is placed within a sidebar, that widget will show up on every post/page that the sidebar is on. I’ve personally been waiting to see WordPress come up with their own system of being able to dictate when and where widgets will show […]

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Contributing To The Theme Review Team

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Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to not only interview Chip Bennett regarding the new WordPress Theme Review team but I also had a chance to speak with Edward Caissie who is a member of the team. You can listen to the full interview and associated discussion on episode 106 of WordPress Weekly. However, one of the things that came out of that show was the need for community volunteers to help out in the reviewing process. After speaking with Edward, he accepted my request to write a guest blog post explaining how people can contribute to the theme review team. The following was written by Edward Caissie, member of the newly established theme review team. How do I get involved with the WordPress Theme Review Team (WPTRT)? It’s really rather simple. Just follow these steps below. Subscribe to the Theme Review mailing list. Make sure you have a […]

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Plugin Review – Headline Split Tester

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November 23rd, 2010
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Ever wonder if one headline would be better than another for a particular post? If so, you’ll now be able to test two different headlines per post using the newly released Headline Split Tester plugin developed by bhalliburton and peterbessman. The plugin is incredibly simple to use. Once installed, a new meta box is added to the post creation/editing page where you can enter an alternative headline. As you can see via the screenshot, you’ll be able to view the total number of impressions the article has along with the number of clicks each headline has received. By default, the total number of impressions an article needs to have is 250 before a headline is chosen. This can be changed via the plugin options. In fact, it’s the only option this plugin has. What’s cool about this particular plugin is that it was created by these two individuals over a […]

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VaultPress Review

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October 28th, 2010
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There are many ways to backup WordPress, but none as easy and thorough as VaultPress. VaultPress is one of the newest Automattic projects and is definitely a powerhouse in its field. One of the many things that sets VaultPress apart from the rest is its set it and forget it ease of use. Simply install the VaultPress plugin and watch as it begins to analyze and backup your database, plugins, themes, and uploads. After the first backup is complete, VaultPress will update your backup whenever a change is made, even for something as trivial as adjusting a setting. The result is a series of up to the minute full backups ready to be restored as soon as you need them. In contrast, iDrive is VaultPress’ closest competitor. Though iDrive’s service starts free, you’re only allotted 2GB before a paid upgrade is required, and the backups are only generated once every […]

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Plugin Review: WordPress Advanced Ticket System

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January 29th, 2010
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The other day, I had asked plugin developers to dish out their wish list for the plugin repository. Olivier published a comment recommending a plugin called WATS or WordPress Advanced Ticketing System as a way of handling support on your own website. After installation, users need to visit the Wats Options page within the Settings menu to configure the plugin. The top of the settings page has a donate button if you want to send a little coin to the plugin author which is not intrusive or bothersome. While configuring the plugin, you can click on each menu title to show detailed information about that settings group. The only problems I met when configuring this plugin is the user interface. Like I mentioned above, you can click on the settings title to show a hidden message that gives more details for the settings group but it’s not obvious this can […]

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Five Ad Manager Plugins for WordPress

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May 29th, 2009
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Next up in the “Five” series for plugins is a snapshot of five advertisement related plugins for your WordPress site. Once you have done the work to build your site, create the content and get the visitors streaming in it may then be time to monetize your site and maybe create a little income stream.  Now I am not talking get rich schemes here – just simple and easy ways to place ads in and around your site.  They may never make you a ton of money but they might create just enough of an income stream to make you a few bucks in the process.  I have a day job for paying the bills so the trickle I get from my site is mad money for tech stuff. How do you spend yours? So on to the “five”. WP125 – This is a great plugin that can be used […]

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Plugin Review: WordPress Filter

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Do you have filters set in your email program, be it Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail or even Outlook? Anyone who uses filters knows how their ability to improve productivity by getting basic things done easily. So, why not take the power of filters and integrate it with our very own WordPress? This is what Matt Walters’ plugin WordPress Filter hopes to establish. Description: WordPress Filter is a comprehensive post filtering & template system. It allows the user to define a set of simple “Catches” (criteria) to be met by a post, and then have a set of “Actions” applied to the post. This plugin takes action whenever a Post is published inside of WordPress (including Posts coming in via XMLRPC). It can be used for many tasks, including creating your own mini plugins without ever having to leave your WordPress administration area. Screenshot: Review: Working with this plugin is extremely […]

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How to write a good plugin review

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When we launched our Reader Review series, I’m sure we created a few doubts in your mind about: How do I write a review? Will my review be accepted? What if my review gets trashed by readers? Is it really worth the effort? And so on… We published a list of reviews from our readers, so that is a good starting point. I’ll guide you through a few tips on writing a good review. Step 1 – Select the Plugin The first step to starting the review, is well finalizing on which plugin you want to review, then downloading and installing the same on your blog. This could either be a dummy blog dedicated for this purpose or maybe your production blog itself. Do you really need to install it? Well, the answer is obvious. Yes, you need to. Because without getting a hands on experience, you will never be […]

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