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Weekly Round Up – 11 March 2013

This week has been an action packed week for WordPress plugin developers.   There are some great ecommerce and affiliate marketing plugins this week that I’m sure if you are an internet marketer you will find a great use for. Best of all,  there’s a great selection of free plugins in this weeks round up.

Free WordPress Plugins

If you have an e-commerce store and you have fulfillment from a dropshipper then this nifty plugin called Dropstream can automate that process for you.   The plugin is free and comes with a free trial but the fulfillment centres that you are working with may charge a fee.

DropStream – Automated eCommerce Fulfillment
by Dropstream

DropStream Automates Your Order Fulfillment process

DropStream is the leading provider of ecommerce fulfillment integrations, allowing merchants to automate the process of fulfilling their sales orders. DropStream automates 3 main processes:

  1. Automatically send orders to your fulfillment center or shipping solution
  2. Automatically send tracking numbers back to WordPress, notifying shoppers that their package is on the way
  3. Automatically update product inventory levels, keeping your online store updated with accurate available quantities

DropStream offers two core products:

  1. DropStream (http://getdropstream.com/)
  2. PackageBee (http://packagebee.com/)

Depending on your integration needs, you are able to you use one or the other. Contact DropStream to find out which product is best for you. (http://getdropstream.com/contact)

See what others say about DropStream

We were hampered by data entry work-arounds, until DropStream tore down the technical wall that stood between us and our customers.
— Clay Clarkson, Whole Heart Ministries

DropStream is a useful capability that gives us greater flexibility in meeting our fulfillment requirements. The service was easy to set up and has been very reliable.
— Scott Madsen, National Imports LLC

Get Started With Your Free 14-day Trial

DropStream is actively integrated with thousands of fulfillment providers in North America and Europe, giving you tremendous flexibility on where to send your sales orders. You can see a [list of desitnation systems: (http://support.getdropstream.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2847048-currently-supported-warehouse-systems-wmss-imss-erps-?b_id=2404)] on our website. Don’t know the system used by your fulfillment center? Contact us and we’ll confirm whether we currently support the system or if we can add support for it for you.

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.1.4
  • Downloaded 4,726 times

If you are using Podio to organise your life and contact form 7 to collect emails on your site you can now integrate the two.   Using the Podio for Contact Form 7 plugin messages can be sent direct to your Podio App.

If you have a local website, ticket site or perhaps a coupon site then you might find the Ticket Manager plugin helpful.  It scours sites on the web like ebay for prices on tickets in the secondary ticket market and displays them on your site.

Do you work with clients and provide quotes?   If so, then you might find using the Proposals plugin could save you some time when putting together a client proposal.   I use  a paid plugin that has a lot more features than this free version but if you are on a budget or only do a small amount of client work then this plugin could be really useful

Proposals
by Rolling Lab

Allows you to create, manage, and send proposals to prospective clients. Uses Foundation (http://foundation.zurb.com/) for base stylesheet meaning your proposals, regardless of theme, will be responsive.

If you have any questions, please find us on twitter @rollinglab, or visit http://rollinglab.com

Stats:

  • Current version: 0.3
  • Rating: 100(1 ratings)
  • Downloaded 1,684 times

There are a number of question and answer plugins already in the WordPress repository and in paid marketplaces and they seem to be getting better all the time.   I found CM Answers this week and really like the look of this free question and answer plugin.

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CM Answers
by CreativeMindsSolutions

Product Page | Video | Demo | User Guide | AddOns | Additional CM Plugins

Enables users to post questions and answers (Q&A) in a stack overflow style. Includes voting, moderation, notifications, access control and more.

The CM Answers is a questions and answers plugin for WordPress that enables users to add questions and answers (Q&A) in a stack overflow style.

The Answers plugin allows users to post questions and answers, leave comments, vote, and upload files in a discussion board format.

Users of this WordPress answers plugin have full moderation access of questions and answers, can restrict user capabilities, and create multiple forum categories.

Admins also have the ability to customize the questions and answers, filter any unwanted content, add answers, and easily keep track of users actions in the forum.

The CM Answers discussion forum plugin has many other unique features, like voting for questions and answers, which allows administrators to customize it according to his or her needs.

Additional features of this ultimate WordPress questions and answers plugin include multiple file uploads, private messages, and the ability to subscribe to categories and certain topics, as well as receive notifications when there is new content.

Add-Ons & Extensions

Use-Cases

  • Forum – Puts a lightweight and easy to use Discussion Forum on your WordPress site or blog.
  • Support Forum – Supports your users while allowing them vote and answer existing topics that you moderate.
  • Community – Adds a discussion forum to your site that allow your members to start their own conversations and ask questions.
  • Questions & Answers – Users can answer questions sent in by other users.
  • Customer Support – Support for retail customer’s questions.
  • StackOverflow – Adds a StackOverflow style forum to your site.
  • Paid Support – Charge users for posted questions & answers.
  • Anonymous Posting – Support anonymous posting with aditional add-on

Basic Features

  • Includes a views count
  • Includes an answers count
  • Administrators can moderate question & answers and can receive email notifications.
  • Users can receive notifications when answering a question pending follow-up.
  • Sorting options in the question and answer pages.
  • Template can be easily customized according to users requirements.
  • We will be happy to add more language files and submit them to our WP community members. Currently we support: Spanish, German, Polish, Russian, French and Czech.

Pro Version Features

Pro Version Detailed Features List

  • Mobile Responsive – Adjusted design and uex for mobile devices.
  • Anonymous Posting – Support anonymous non logged-in user posting when used with Add-on.
  • Private Answers – Mark answer as private so only question author can see.
  • Private Question – Send questions privately to question author.
  • Advertisements – Integration with Ad-Sense or other Ads networks.
  • Comments – GAdd comments to question or answers.
  • MicroPayment – Grant or Charge virtual currency based on use-case.
  • Comments – Ability add comments for question and for answers.
  • Multiple Attachments – Multiple attachments in questions and answers.
  • Spam Report – User can report span questions or answers.
  • Access Control – Admin can define who can ask questions and who can answer based on user role.
  • Integration with Twitter – Users can register and post using existing Twitter account
  • Edit Question / Answers – Users can edit the question or the answer after submission.
  • BuddyPress – Stronger Integration with BuddyPress.
  • Two Levels Category Navigation – Support two level category navigation.
  • Ajax Support – Uses a Shortcode that displays the Category, supported by Ajax. Views of categories fit within the current site template.
  • Social Media Registration Integration – Integrates with Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn profiles. View Image, [See another image] (http://www.cminds.com/wp-content/uploads/edd/cm-answers-image2.png)
  • Shortcodes – Generates a Questions List by using a Shortcode: cma-questions with additional parameters. For example, limit=10 author=123 sort=hottest [View Demo] (http://answers.cminds.com/cm-answers-shortcode-example/)
  • User Dashboard – Adds “My Questions” and “My Answers” dashboards to the user profile page by using Shortcodes: cma-my-questions and cma-my-answers View Image
  • Categories – Ability to add categories and display them using a Shortcode. cat=catname View Demo, View Demo in Questions Index
  • Widgets – Widget integration that can sort and display hottest questions, most viewed, most recent answers and more. View Image
  • User Posting Meter – Ability to add the user’s profile of the number of posted questions and answers that the user has contributed displayed beside their user name. View Image
  • Show/Hide Views – Administrator can choose to hide or show the number of views that a topic has. View Image
  • Moderation- Administrators can define a list of users who are exempt and can post without any need of moderation. View Image
  • Multisite – Supports multisite.
  • Gravatar – Ability to display a Gravatar near the user’s name and in the user’s profile.
  • Order Answers – Shows and sorts all answers in ascending or descending order. View Image from Settings, View Demo
  • Attachment – Accepts file attachments when posting a question. Limits for file types and sizes. View Image, View Image from Settings
  • Localization Support – Frontend (user side) is localized.
  • View Count Control – Controls how a view count is tabulated (by view or by session). View Image from Settings
  • Public User Profile – Automatically generates a public profile page containing all the questions and answers a user has posted, with a link to his or her social media profile. View Image
  • Gratitude Message – Does not include our Gratitude Message in the footer.
  • Tags – Tags are fully supported. Administrators can control the appearance of tags with an available Tags widget. View Demo – Widget on the right, View Image
  • Sticky Questions – Supports sticky questions with an administrator defined background color. View Demo – First question is sticky, View Image When Admin edit question post, View Image from settings
  • Code Snippets in Posts – Support for code snippets and custom background color. View Demo of code inside a question, View Image from settings
  • Homepage – Supports options to define CM Answers as the Site or Blog homepage
  • Permalink – Customizable CM Answers permalink. View Image from settings
  • Disclaimer – Added Disclaimer support for first time users. View Image from Settings, View Image of when disclaimer appears
  • Social Share – Includes a social share widget in the question page. View Demo

Keywords

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Suggested Plugins by CreativeMinds

  • CM Ad Changer – Manage, Track and Report Advertising Campaigns Across Sites. Can turn your Turn your WP into an Ad Server
  • CM Super ToolTip Glossary – Easily creates a Glossary, Encyclopaedia or Dictionary of your website’s terms and shows them as a tooltip in posts and pages when hovering. With many more powerful features.
  • CM Download Manager – Allows users to upload, manage, track and support documents or files in a download directory listing database for others to contribute, use and comment upon.
  • CM Answers Plugin – A fully-featured WordPress Questions & Answers Plugin that allows you to build multiple discussion forum systems Just like StackOverflow, Yahoo Answers and Quora, Now with MicroPayment and Anonymous posting support!.
  • CM MicroPayments – Adds the in-site support for your own “virtual currency”. The purpose of this plugin is to allow in-site transactions without the necessity of processing the external payments each time (quicker & easier). Developers can use it as a platform to integrate with their own plugins.
  • CM Restrict Content – A full-featured, powerful membership solution and content restriction plugin for WordPress. Support access by role to content on your site.
  • CM OnBoarding – Superb Guidance tool which improves the online experience and
    the user satisfaction.
  • CM Booking Calendar – Customers can easily schedule appointments and pay for them directly through your website.

Stats:

  • Current version: 3.0.1
  • Rating: 78(97 ratings)
  • Downloaded 110,570 times

All things mobile …

Make your You Tube and Vimeo videos on your site responsive for mobile users just by installing this little plugin called WP Responsive Video

WP Responsive Video
by Brandon Orndorff

Simple light weight plugin that automatically and recursively makes all YouTube and Vimeo video’s site wide responsive.

Demo

Go to: http://www.brandonorndorff.com/wordpress/plugins/aas-digg-digg-alternative-wordpress-plugin/ and scroll to the bottom and shrink your browser window and watch the video resize to fit the screen.

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.0
  • Rating: 92(5 ratings)
  • Downloaded 2,464 times

While we are talking about all things mobile you can also generate QR codes for your posts by using a plugin.    Install the Show QR Post Image plugin to display a quick response code for the blog post

show QR post image
by iYannis

/* Plugin Name: iYannis show QR post image Description: automatically generate a QR code for your posts with this [show_QR_image] shortcode Version: 1.0.9
Author: iYannis Author URI: http://www.iyannis.gr */

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.0.9
  • Downloaded 422 times

If your mobile site doesn’t have a mobile site map then using the Udinra Mobile Sitemap plugin will allow your mobile site to be indexed in the popular search engines

Udinra Mobile Sitemap
by Udinra

Features

  • Creates Mobile Sitemap and automatically pings Search Engines
  • Multisite support
  • Index Mobile Sitemap support

Udinra Mobile Sitemap Pro Features

  • Creates Mobile Sitemap from your AMP pages. Only plugin with this feature
  • Prioritize your Product (eCommerce) pages over other pages
  • All features of free plugin

You can buy Pro Version at Udinra Mobile Sitemap Pro

Why Mobile Sitemap?

Other Sitemap Plugins

Shop Plugins

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.7
  • Rating: 96(5 ratings)
  • Downloaded 14,334 times

Premium WordPress Plugins

WP Image Finder is  a plugin that helps you locate royalty free images for use in your blog posts and pages.    There are other free image plugins that you can use like PhotoDropper,  Zemanta – just to name two.   The advantage of using this plugin is that a has a number of sources that it checks for images and the licensing on the images is checked by the plugin to ensure that they are royalty free.

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WP Mass Article Poster is a plugin that allows you to upload a zip file of articles (in text or doc format), schedule the articles to post,  optimize the articles for SEO, track clicks and insert a banner ad image for affiliate marketing.  If you have been using WordPress and been in internet marketing for any  length of time check your hard drive that you haven’t already bought a similar product as there have been a number of plugins and software/services over the years.

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YT Fusion is a new WordPress plugin which basically finds You Tube videos in your niche, you can then overlay your optin form on top of the video.   The videos are posted to your blog and you can schedule them to drip out and post in advance.   The idea is that you can generate content easily,  build up a large list of  content in a niche and attract subscribers.   If you haven’t done any type of content curation on your blog (text/images/feeds etc) then this video curation plugin may be a great addition for you.  Personally, I wouldn’t use it on its own to autoblog with as you will need to add some quality unique content if you want to steer clear of panda bears and penguins.

More Info http://youtu.be/0sjnVRfJ7Kk

Couponazon is a nifty WordPress plugin for  the Amazon niche site builders.   What it does is allow users to display Amazon coupons on their site.  Let’s face it, most our visitors love a bargain so a coupon is a great incentive to convert a browser to a buyer.

More Info

Premium WordPress Themes

if you have an Amazon affiliate site or perhaps your own e-commerce store you might like the SimFlazon theme.  It comes with a number of different skins, is responsive, creates terms of service pages automagically and has a built in Amazon discount finder.

simflazon-theme

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My name is Leanne King and I'm an Australian internet marketer and WordPress fanatic. I share my knowledge of WordPress here on my blog, through my products, private coaching and in private forums. In my spare time I like to develop products for WordPress users that are easy to use. Find me on Google+