WordPress Weekly Round Up – 18 August 2013

Well thankfully I’m over the worse of the flu but it does appear to be hanging on a little more than I like. As I was feeling a lot better this week it did give me an opportunity to check out more plugins for you!

Free WordPress Plugins

User Tracker WordPress Plugin

The user tracker plugin has quite a few little features and is a worthwhile plugin to test on your blog. It does, however, have the potential to annoy your visitors …hence testing is required.

user tracker wordpress plugin

Pix Gridder

If you are not using a framework or theme that has column and row shortcodes in built then the Pix Gridder plugin can give you those features without changing themes

pix gridder wordpress plugin

PixGridder
by Manuel asia | Pixedelic.com

Here is the demo page: PixGridder where a link to Pro version is available (pixgridder-pro)

I prefer to define this plugin as a “grid builder” instead of a page builder, because a page builder is commonly intended as a tool that allows to create sections and, usually, comes with shortcodes such as tabs, accordions, particular sections, galleries etc… And, in many cases, all these shortcodes are not compatible with other similar plugins you could prefer to use.

PixGridder is instead very simple, because it only allows to split your page into rows and columns by moving the functions available on your tinyMCE editor from the whole page to each column you decide to split your page into. In this way you can use the plugins you prefer with the shortcodes you prefer (and also the buttons available on your tinyMCE editor) since the editor is exactly the same one you would have without using PixGridder.

How it works

PixGridder doesn’t generate shortcodes, it only puts into your posts and pages some html comments like this: <!--pixgridder:row[cols=3]-->

They’re invisible except through the source code. So if you want to disable the plugin you don’t have to worry about a lot of strange and unuseful shortcodes across your content because everything will be hidden for both the users and the search engine robots.

However, if you want to remove any trace of the plugin from the source code of a page, you can do it by enabling the “no trace” option: you’ll get rid of all the HTML comments, but you’ll keep unaltered your content.

Page builder visual description

Take a look to the 2nd screenshot

  1. title and version of the installed plugin
  2. Preview tab: by clicking it you will see the live site with a preview of the changes, not editable from the preview visual itself
  3. Builder tab: where you can edit your page/post by using the grid builder
  4. row dragger: use it to sort your rows and move them to the top or to the bottom
  5. ID and class: use it to open a dialog box where to add an ID or a class to your row
  6. clone button: clone your entire row and append the clone below the original one (everything will be cloned, cloumns, IDs, classes etc.)
  7. column select: select how many columns your row is based on
  8. delete: remove the row
  9. alert icon: this icon will appear when you make a not-allowed operation, such as adding a column where there is no space for other columns or try to reduce the width of column if it already has got the minimum width allowed
  10. add row: click to add an empty row
  11. add column: click to add an empty column
  12. column dragger: use it to sort your columns and move them to the left or to the right inside a row
  13. column content: here is displayed a preview of the content (the font and the text color won’t reflect on the frontend)
  14. expand column: click to increase the width of the column
  15. contract column: click to reduce the width of the column
  16. edit column: click to open a dialog box where to edit the content of the column (a tinyMCE editor will open in the dialog box, the width of the textarea will be relative to the max width set for the theme you’re using and the width of the column you’re editing)
  17. clone button: clone your entire column and append the clone to the right of the original one, if there is enough space (everything will be cloned, content, ID, class etc.)
  18. ID and class: use it to open a dialog box where to add an ID or a class to your column
  19. delete: remove the column
  20. “Disable the grid builder”: tick the checkbox and update the page ? now the page is editable without using the grid builder, but the frontend still displays columns and rows, so pay attention to not remove any html comment or you risk to break the layout
  21. “Remove any trace of PixGridder from this page”: tick the checkbox and update the page ? all the row and the columns will be removed but without touching the content, still available both on the frontend and on the editor

Stats:

  • Current version: 2.0.6
  • Rating: 92(21 ratings)
  • Downloaded 28,027 times

Specials

This is a great little plugin for offliners or digital marketers. Easily display your specials that you run on your website in an attractive way.

specials wordpress plugin

Specials
by Hal Gatewood

Your small business runs specials all the time and our plugin creates an easy way to showcase and manage those specials.

Simply add a title, short description (if needed) and an image. Then use our custom controls to position the text on your image.

Contribute on Github: https://github.com/halgatewood/specials

Some helpful plugins for more functionality

Create New Images sizes for your Specials:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-image-sizes/

Reorder your specials faster:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/cms-tree-page-view/

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.1
  • Rating: 66(3 ratings)
  • Downloaded 2,585 times

Simple Magazine

It’s a pity that the developer hasn’t found time to add more information to the repository on this plugin. However, if you follow the github link you will find more information. You can install the plugin on your site, quickly add articles and display all your magazines nicely.

simple magazine wordpress plugin

Simple Magazine
by Christoffer Korvald

A simple WordPress plugin to create magazine style issues.

Fork/contribute/give feedback at:
https://github.com/christofferok/simplemag

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.0
  • Rating: 100(1 ratings)
  • Downloaded 1,803 times

Free Live Support

Want live support on your WordPress blog wihtout paying monthly fees? Well Livesupporti is the latest offering this service. You do need to have an account with them to use this plugin

Free Live Chat Support
by LiveSupporti

LiveSupporti for WordPress allows you to add free live support chat to your WordPress website so you can chat with your customers and provide great customer support.
You can use Forever Free Plan (free of charge) with unlimited websites, unlimited simultaneous chats, unlimited chat sessions, SSL encryption and chat history.

See the Demo here.

Get LiveSupporti for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch from here

Get LiveSupporti Beta for Android from here. Coming soon on Google Play.

How to install

  1. Sign Up for a free account.
  2. Log into your WordPress admin panel, go to the Plugins menu, click Add New, search for livesupporti plugin and install it.
  3. Click on LiveSupporti menu on the left and enter your LiveSupporti credentials. You’re done!

Watch video:

Is it really free?

Yes. Our Forever Free plan is free of charge and includes unlimited chat sessions.

Free features

  • Unlimited concurrent chats
  • Unlimited websites
  • Visitor monitoring in real-time
  • Custom chat box width and height
  • Chat box skins
  • Chat box transparency
  • Chat box statuses
  • Position chat box bottom left or right
  • Agent visible/invisible statuses
  • Agent job title
  • Agent permissions
  • Visitor information
  • Offline messages
  • Proactive chat
  • Canned responses
  • Chat history
  • Chat transcripts hostory
  • Shortcuts
  • Pre-chat form
  • Social logins
  • Ask for phone
  • Visitor viewing/away from page
  • Sound notifications
  • Desktop notifications
  • New visitor notifications
  • Responsive design
  • Draggable chat box
  • Embedded chat box
  • Pop-up chat box
  • Chat transcripts
  • Change visitor name
  • Block/unblock visitor
  • Ban/unban visitor
  • Animated chat box
  • SSL encryption
  • Time zone
  • Typing Notifications
  • Demo

Premium features

  • Unlimited concurrent chats
  • Unlimited websites
  • Visitor monitoring in real-time
  • Custom colors
  • Custom languages
  • Custom company logo
  • Custom sounds
  • Custom chat box width and height
  • Chat box skins
  • Chat box transparency
  • Chat box statuses
  • REST API
  • WebHooks
  • Position chat box bottom left or right
  • Hide chat box on specific page
  • Agent visible/invisible statuses
  • Agent job title
  • Agent permissions
  • Visitor information
  • Offline messages
  • Offline message to email
  • Automatic messages
  • Proactive chat
  • Send and receive files
  • Canned responses
  • Transfer chat between agents
  • Chat history
  • Chat transcripts history
  • Groups (departments)
  • Shortcuts
  • Filters
  • Eye-catchers
  • Pre-chat form
  • Social logins
  • Ask for phone
  • Visitor viewing/away from page
  • Sound notifications
  • Desktop notifications
  • New visitor notifications
  • Direct chat pages
  • Responsive design
  • Draggable chat box
  • Embedded chat box
  • Pop-up chat box
  • Chat transcripts
  • Send chat transcripts to email
  • Add custom visitor information
  • Auto response based on condition
  • Agent photo
  • Custom agent chat colors
  • Change visitor name
  • Block/unblock visitor
  • Ban/unban visitor
  • Animated chat box
  • Emoticons
  • SSL encryption
  • Time zone
  • Typing Notifications
  • Statistics
  • Geolocation
  • Demo

Please visit livesupporti.com for more information.

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.0.6
  • Rating: 82(17 ratings)
  • Downloaded 52,825 times

live chat wordpress plugin

Memphis Documents Library

This plugin has me scratching my head! So simple yet why on earth haven’t we seen more plugins with this idea? (yes, I know there are plugins like it but…) Memphis has a beautiful interface, easy tracking of downloads and the ability to easily replace versions of files is a god send to product creators and others that often update materials on their site.

memphis-documents-library

Memphis Documents Library
by Ian Howatson

Memphis Documents Library (mDocs) is a documents library for WordPress with a robust feature set. It is a great tool for the organization and distribution of files.

What’s New With Version 3.7

  • New – Added a session check.
  • Update – Removed redundant file.
  • Bug – Added a catch for no file extension when importing.
  • Bug – Security fixes.

Memphis Documents Library Features

  • Document preview and thumbnails available for most file types.
  • Batch Upload of files into the system
  • Upload media files that match WordPress’s white-list. This white-list is configurable from the WordPress menus.
  • Download tracking of files
  • Posts created for each new media upload, showing information of the specific file.
  • Version control, allows you to view and revise to older version of your file.
  • The ability to share you files on other websites.
  • Social media buttons for each document.
  • Referential file methodology. This allows for the updating of a file while the link remains the same.
  • Importing of document libraries into your current library, or just migrating to another website.
  • Exporting you documents libraries for safe backup and store, migration to another website or sharing with someone else.
  • The ability to create, edit and delete categories and subcategories.
  • Search for files using the WordPress search.
  • Customization of download button

Feature Requests

  • Feature – Have the ability to define sort options per folder.
  • Feature – Add max file size configuration settings.
  • Feature – Add WordPress categories to mdocs.
  • Feature – Shrink and expand folders.
  • Feature – Shortcode take parameters to be able to hide version/last mod/etc.
  • Feature – Apply a hierarchical structure to files in the folder.
  • Feature – One file added into multiple folders.
  • Feature – Have the ability to comment on documents and have the owner notified what changes need to be made to the file.
  • Feature – Change the font size of the folders or have them in a gallery like format.
  • Feature – Have a shortcode to display all files by tag.
  • Feature – Add a print button.
  • Feature – Have the ability to create a custom sort order.
  • Feature – Custom input fields.
  • Feature – Restrict file download by user or role.
  • Feature – Allow a role type to mange all files.
  • Feature – Add FTP batch upload process.
  • Feature – Permissions in folders instead of each document independently.
  • Feature – Add the ability to add a link back to the mDocs documents list.
  • Feature – Added more level to categories.
  • Feature – Add the ability to change the path name and breadcrumb name.
  • Feature – Add the ability to add files from the front-end.
  • Feature – Exposing filepath for indexing website via ElasticSearch.
  • Feature – Add author to the list of file information items.
  • Feature – Prettified HTML preview.
  • Feature – Add hover colour configuration to the navbar background on hover.
  • Feature – Add folder structure to the mdocs post page.
  • Feature – Password protected files.
  • Feature – have a button that will add shortcode directly in editing posts.
  • Feature – Export has option to manually delete system temp directory.
  • Feature – Add the file description to the file list.
  • Feature – Allow other users access to mDocs admin menus.

Stats:

  • Current version: 3.7
  • Rating: 84(30 ratings)
  • Downloaded 61,403 times

Silo Plugin

The folks at ThemeZoom have released a free WordPress silo plugin.

You can read more about it here and watch the demo vids as well.

In order to download the plugin you do need to opt in. The opt in will be pre-filled with your Facebook information (if you are on Facebook) or you can use your regular email. ThemeZoom are using Aweber and it seem to take a few hours between confirming the subscription and notification.    Don’t panic.  It may take a few hours to hit your inbox.

One thing that I do like is that the guys at ThemeZoom are keeping track of theme conflicts. If you are worried that this plugin might conflict with your current WordPress tehme then check out the google doc spreadsheet and see if it is compatibile with the Silo Builder plugin

You can see the google doc here 

They have submitted the plugin to the WordPress repository so by the time of publishing of this post you may find it there.

Naturally, the guys are giving this away for a reason. The reason being that shortly they will have a Video WordPress Silo Architecture plugin on the market ($27). Giving away this plugin will help them gain more interest in their new release in the future. Kudos to them.

 Paid WordPress Plugins

As you know I only like to post things that I think will be useful to WordPress users that are internet marketers. Nothing this week in the premium market has taken my fancy as being useful to you in the long term. Hopefully, next week there will be new toys to play with 🙂

About Leanne

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+