Category: Tips & Tricks

 

 

 

Review: Better Notifications for WordPress

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Overview

Better Notifications is a great way to send out automatic email notifications to individuals, groups or users by role on WordPress. With this plugin you can customize the email using the WYSIWYG editor and short-codes. For example, the administrator can notify all subscribers when a new post has gone up on the website and include a logo, a link to the website and an unsubscribe button in the email.

Problem We Faced

We had a client that wanted to notify new WordPress users when their account had been set up.

The Solution

After a little bit of searching, this plugin seemed like the best solution for our client. We were able to set up notifications to a user when their account was set up, with a customized email featuring link to the site and instructions on how to log in for the first time.

What We Liked

We liked the automation of this plugin. Once it’s set up to the proper specifications, the administrator will no longer have to send out a manual email whenever an update is made, a new user is created or any other custom notification.

What We Didn’t Liked

While we loved that this plugin came with several automated email notifications, some of these weren’t user friendly, and can be difficult for site administrators to update.

 

 

Review: Disable Comments

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Overview

As the name suggests, this plugin can disable comments site wide in just a single step. This includes comments on posts, pages and attachments.

Problem We Faced

On most of the sites we build, our clients ask us to disallow comments on blog posts to minimize annoying spam. For this particular site, we didn’t want comments to be allowed anywhere on the site, not just on certain posts (comments can be removed selectively on individual posts standard with WordPress).

The Solution

This plugin has been a standard on our sites for some time now. We have found that disabling comments is a great way to tighten up security and is one less thing an admin needs to monitor on the website.

What We Liked

What we loved most was the quick and easy solution. Once the plugin is downloaded and activated, it only needs to be set up once so that comments are disabled throughout the site.

 

 

 

 

Review: Social Share & Locker Pro

Price: $19

Platform: WordPress

Overview
Make it easy for visitors to email posts or articles from your WordPress blog without leaving the website.
Problem We Faced

Our client didn’t like that other plugins directed you off of their site in order to share their article via email.

The Solution

This plugin gave us everything we were hoping for and more. Besides the fact that the share buttons were super easy to install, our favorite part was that the pop up allows the user to share the post without having to configure an email on another page.

The pop up shows that the sender only needs to add the recipient’s name and email. They can also add more text along with the attached article, but it’s not required.

What We Liked

Given the five star rating, there was nothing about this plugin we didn’t like. The email pop up feature alone made the $19 purchase well worth it and the countless icon options were just icing on the cake.

 

 

Review: Quiz Cat

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Overview

Give your visitors a reason to stay on your WordPress site with Quiz Cat! This plugin is perfect for creating custom, interactive quizzes on your website that are a snap to make. With the trend of Facebook and Buzzfeed quizzes going around, there is no better time to customize one for your web audience.

Problem We Faced

We had a client who was looking for a unique way to interact with their website visitors.

The Solution

Quiz Cat was the best plugin we found for creating custom quizzes. From figuring out what WordPress host is best for their site, to what Friends’ character is most like them, the possibilities are endless and keeps visitors engaged.

It can also be a great way to help sell online inventory. For example, a site selling skin care products could set up a quiz titled “What cleanser is right for you?”. The results would link right to the product page, making it quick and easy for customers to make a purchase.

What We Liked

Easily the best thing about this plugin was how simple it was to create new quizzes. We were able to quickly show the client how to put one together so they could do it on their own in the future — no coding required.

 

 

Review: Enhanced Media Library

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Overview

This plugin allows the user to organize their media library with as many tags or categories as they want. All an admin needs to do is add the desired categories to the plugin settings. From there, tagging new and existing media types is a breeze.

Problem We Faced

Every time we needed to find a specific image in our media library for posts and pages, it was a huge pain to go through hundreds of images and media types.

The Solution
2016-12-02_11-47-52Once we downloaded Enhanced Media Library, finding everything from PDF documents to portfolio images took just a couple seconds. Filtering out categories is simple with a drop down menu of options. Posts, portfolio images, head shots and demos were just a few of the tags we used to make our media library more efficient.

What We Liked

The best thing about this plugin is that you aren’t limited to a set of categories. You can have as many custom tags as you need. Feel free to be as detailed as you want, since you don’t have to worry about front end users seeing these tags.

 

 

 

Review: Adminimize

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Overview

Clean up the admin area for your WordPress users. Administrators can hide unnecessary dashboard options so they can only see the items they’ll be using, based on the user’s role (ex. author, editor, subscribers, etc).

Problem We Faced

On multiple sites, we found that back-end users would get overwhelmed by the vast WordPress dashboard. One client in particular wanted recruiters to only be able to have access to job listings and candidates.

The Solution
Adminimize solved our problem because it gave our users exactly what they needed and nothing more. After installing this plugin, recruiters could only see and update job listings and candidates once they were logged in.

With the ability to tailor each user role’s dashboard with a restricted view, there is less confusion for WP beginners and a cleaner look for everyone else.

What We Liked

We loved that we could use this plugin on all roles, making everyone from contributors to administrators happy that they no longer had to guess what they had access to. Everything they could see, they were able to use.

 

 

Review: Import Users from CSV with Meta

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Overview

Set up multiple WordPress users at once by importing them onto the back-end of your site using a CSV file.

Problem We Faced

Upon going live with a site, a client asked if we could set up login credentials for their new admins and editors. There were over 20 users and we didn’t want to waste time manually creating an account for each person.

The Solution
This plugin allows for the addition of many users at once using a CSV file with the new users’ password, email address and username. From there you only need to let the plugin know what admin level each new user will get, import your CSV, and you’re off to the races!

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What We Liked

Our favorite thing was simply how much time it saved us. It took a tedious task that could easily take 45 minutes to an hour, and took all of two minutes to complete once the CSV file was imported.

Another impressive feature was that the plugin would email all your new users their credentials. If you don’t want this feature, just uncheck the box.

What We Didn’t Liked

We would have liked if we could import users with different roles at one time. We ended up having to create two CSV files, one for admins and the other for shop managers. It only added a couple minutes to the process, but would have given the plugin five stars if not for this inconvenience.

 

 

 

Review: Hide My Site

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Overview

With Hide My Site one password protects your entire site from everyone without credentials. The plugin is ideal for any site under development because it temporarily hides the site from the public and search engines.

Problem We Faced

We were creating a new site for a client and needed a way to keep the site hidden from everyone but the client and developers working on the site.

The Solution

Hide My Site was the ideal solution because it limited access to the site. We were able to give the password to our client when they wanted to see process on the site, while screening it from their visitors.

What We Liked 

screenshot-2 (2)The option to choose how many days you want a user to stayed logged on was one of our favorite features. We would give the client a few days to access the site so they could note any changes they wanted to make. After the three days, only our developers had access to work on the site. The plugin was very straightforward to use and, as of now, we have no complaints.

 

 

 

Review: Bulk Delete

Price: Varies based on addons

Platform: WordPress

Overview

The Bulk Delete plugin allows the back-end user of any WordPress site to delete posts, pages, attachments and users. You simply enter filter criteria to choose what you want to delete, and with a push of a button, it’s gone. Although there is a free version available, if you want advanced deleting capabilities, you must purchase separate addons.

Problem We Faced

We were looking to do some clean up on the back-end of one of our client’s site and didn’t want to waste time deleting one unwanted post at a time.

The Solution

We downloaded Bulk Plugin and it worked as promised. Deleting unwanted pages and posts was a breeze by entering in criteria for a set of posts we didn’t want. We were able to get rid of all drafts that were never published and delete posts by users who were no longer active on the site.

What We Liked 

Capture1We loved the option to eliminate posts that fell past a certain time period. Enter in “delete posts older than 80 days” and all those posts would be wiped out. Our client was able to easily use this plugin without previous coding experience.

How Could This Plugin Be Improved?

While it’s convenient that you can purchase just the Bulk Delete addons you need, we would like the option to buy the plugin with all addons included in one price.

 

 

5 star review

Review: Domain Mapping

Price: $19 per month

Platform: WordPress

Overview

The Domain Mapping plugin offers multi-site users unique domain names on one primary hosting account. This allows users to drop excessive site names and identify a simplified, more clear one. For example, the plugin can change “ABCToys.com/products/trucks” to “ABCToyTrucks.com,” making your sites easier to find.

Problem We Faced

We had a client who needed multiple sites that were connected on the back end of WordPress but displayed different URL’s to the end user. The company didn’t want its employees to have to log in on separate WordPress accounts when it made more sense to connect both sites anyway. Finally they wanted a way to more easily share articles and images between both sites.

The Solution

We found that Domain Mapping was an excellent solution because it effectively fulfilled all of the needs of the client . We gave our client a shared account that was able to host completely separate sites with unique domain names but under one roof. It also provides individual network owners with the option of selling domain names directly from their network.

How Could This Plugin Be Improved?

While we didn’t encounter any issues with Domain Mapping, we did find that it required more setup than most plugins.

What We Liked Most

Domain Mapping was very appealing because it enabled us to create multiple sites with different domain names under the same WordPress back-end.