Category: WordPress Plugins

 

 

 

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: WP Live Chat Support

Price: Ranges from free to $149.95

Platform: WordPress

Overview

Chat with your site visitors — no third party connections or monthly subscriptions needed.

Problem We Faced

We were asked to find a solution to online chatting with customers that was user friendly for both the web visitor and the administrator.

The Solution

WP Live Chat Support was the perfect solution, with plenty of features we didn’t even know we wanted! The plugin will alert the admin when a chat request comes through and will give an away message if you aren’t at the computer. It’s super user friendly on the customers’ end and even shows if the agent is typing back.

What We Liked

Besides all the mandatory features we needed, such as offline messages, access to chat history and unlimited agents, we loved all the smaller features that combine to create an awesome user experience. The typing indicator, social icon integration and easy translations are just some of the reasons site visitors love this plugin.

To top it off, with easy customizations, it was easy to make the chat window look great on the site by incorporating the company’s colors and logo.

What We Didn’t Liked

The only thing that lost half a star for us was that it didn’t look as sleek on the back-end as it does to the end user. That isn’t to say it wasn’t intuitive for the admin — which is why this wasn’t a deal breaker for us.

Review: WP Dashboard Notes

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Overview

Leave sticky notes on your WordPress dashboard as a reminder to yourself or other admins.

Problem We Faced

With multiple editors, admins and subscribers using the back-end of the site, keeping up with relevant changes was challenging. We wanted to be able to let back-end users know what previous edits had been made, to make sure tasks weren’t done multiple times.

The Solution

With Dashboard Notes, we were able to keep people posted when plugin updates had been made, if a post was edited, or if something was deleted.

What We Liked

It’s simple and to the point. The plugin is perfect for informing admins of any changes. The notes can be public or private and also come in multiple colors so they are sure to get your attention as soon as you’re on the dashboard.

Review: Tao Schedule Update

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Overview

Make scheduled changes on your WordPress site based on a pre-made edits. With this plugin there is no need to be logged-in to the back-end of the site when these changes are being made.

Problem We Faced

We needed a contest page to close out at midnight and didn’t want to have to wait up to manually take the page down.

The Solution

We used Tao to take down the page for us so that entries would no longer be accepted after midnight. This plugin allowed us to sleep while the update was made.

What We Liked

This plugin is great because of the versatility. Not only can you take down an entire page like we did, but it also allows for small edits on the page to be made at a scheduled time.

Since this is a newer plugin, we’ll keep an eye out for any bugs, but so far Tao Schedule Update has worked like a charm!