WordPress Weekly Round Up – 1 September 2013

It’s a short round up this week because I need to get to a tv. Yes, I’m addicted 🙂 It’s the Masterchef final tonight and I’m dying to see who is the winner. I love cooking shows and Masterchef is one of my faves. So many personalities, so many types of food! I’m a pretty good cook myself but there’s no way that I could cook under pressure the way they do. I would still be thinking about a recipe by the time plating up came around!

WordPress plugin developers have been cooking up a great variety of code this week for WordPress internet marketers to use.

Here’s my favorite selection of the free plugins from the repository.

Free WordPress Plugins

Social Deals Engine – does what it says on the tin! Turns your WordPress site into a daily deals site. If you were going to go with this route I’d also suggest that you add in some content as well including FAQS and more information to help your user.

social deals plugin

Social Deals Engine
by wpDealsEngine.com

The Social Deals Engine is more than just “another” Deals plugin. It is an Extendable Plugin built to allow you to use Special Offers and Deals through the Power of Scarcity, Limited Quantity, Exclusivity, and Price Manipulation. With the Social Deals Engine it doesn’t matter if you own your own products or not. It doesn’t matter if you sell Physical or Digital products, are an Affiliate or CPA Marketer, a Local Business, etc. None of this Matters because the Social Deals Engine Plugin was built to work for everyone.

Promo

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More info at the Social Deals Engine Homepage

Social Deals Engine Demo

Features of this plugin include:

  • Fully integrated shopping cart to let customers purchase more than one Deal at once
  • Integrated PayPal Standard payment gateway
  • Other payment gateways as extension available
  • Social Checkout (Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Foursquare, Windows Live) are already integrated
  • Dime Sales – ability to increase the sales price after x amount of sales
  • Limit offers by selecting a limited quantity so the offer expires when the Stock limit runs dry
  • Time limited offers
  • Complete payment history
  • User purchase history and ability to redownload files
  • Sales and Earning charts and ability to export them as CSV
  • File download limit – ability to restrict the amount of times files can be downloaded
  • Download link expiration – ability to let download links expire
  • Ability to let customers check out as guest
  • Customizable email templates (Purchase Receipt)
  • Mobile ready – Twitter Bootstrap is integrated to make the Deals mobile friendly, if your theme is mobile freindly too
  • Easily extensible with many extensions
  • Deals widget

Get Support

Contact support/Open Support Ticket

Customizable

The integrated templating system makes it easy to customize everything for your needs.

Stats:

  • Current version: 2.3.2
  • Rating: 68(14 ratings)
  • Downloaded 27,988 times

My Effecto – want to know what people right think of your content? Rather than wait for a text reply you can use the cute emoticons based on the Myeffecto.com site. You will need to sign up with myeffecto.com to use the emoticons and to make use of the analytics.

MyEffecto-Instant Emotion Reaction
by MyEffecto

Myeffecto emotion reaction plugin is the most easily customizable plugin, available on wordpress.
All our service, analytics, etc are free for wordpress community

Features

  • Instant Visual Feedback :
    Track your visitor sentiments by one-click feedback

  • Share With Emotion :
    Share your blog post with emotion hashtags and emoji

  • Recommendation :
    Recommend post within your blogs based on visitor’s reaction

  • Customization :
    Customize emoticon names, look and feel

  • Upload :
    icons/emoji’s of your choice

  • Multi-language Support
    MyEffecto currently support following languages:-

    • English
    • Italiano
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Français (French)
    • ?????? (Hindi)
    • Portuguese
    • ??????? (Arabic)
    • Indonesia
    • Türk (Turkish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • ??????? (Russian)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • ????? (Hebrew)
    • magyar (Hungarian)
    • ??? (Japanese)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • ??????? (Thai)
    • Român? (Romanian)
    • Lietuvi? (Lithuanian)
    • ???????? (Greek)

also users can customize language by using edit option in plugin configure screen

Other Features

  • Custom-Widget :
    Based on user request we have provided custom widgets like Most-Voted content, trending article sidebar. We use wordpress short-code for custom-widget, For more info visit : myeffecto.com/wordpress

  • Blog Promotion :
    We provide Free Blog promotion for some selected blog’s based on category, content and type of blog. To bring more traffic to your website

Support

Email support(at)myeffecto(dot)com for any help.
Our support is limited to English language at the moment.
Support days: Monday to Friday. We will revert within 24 hours.

Stats:

  • Current version: 3.92
  • Rating: 84(24 ratings)
  • Downloaded 26,529 times

Artists Painting Using Pretty Photo – if you run an art gallery site then you may want to add in more details about a painting including the medium used. This plugin makes adding in those details super easy

artists wordpress plugin

WP Reading List – yet another reading list plugin! These plugins are helpful though if you do reviews of books or just like to keep your readers up to speed with what you are currently reading.

WP Reading List
by Mike Stumpf

WP Reading List (or, WPRL) is a plugin designed to help organize and display books, magazines, articles, and anything else that you have read lately. This plugin allows users to display what they have read, attach text like a review or notes to it, and provide a link to where visitors can find the piece. The plugin comes bundled with two archive templates (as well as templates for single items and “author” & “type” archives) and is easily customizable with CSS. View a working example at http://www.mikestumpf.com/reading-list

Stats:

  • Current version: 3.0
  • Rating: 60(3 ratings)
  • Downloaded 6,217 times

WP Rapid Quiz – quizzes area a great way to build engagement with your audience but they are also helpful when selling products and services. Adding a short quiz that is designed to assist the visitor find the appropriate product/service for their needs could increase your sales.

wordpress quiz plugin

Rapid Quiz
by Rapid ESL

A simple way to add multiple choice questions and answers to posts and pages, directly from the Edit Post / Edit Page screen, without needing to know programming code.

You can see a live demo here.

Developed by Rapid ESL.

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.0
  • Rating: 82(7 ratings)
  • Downloaded 2,998 times

As Heard On – are you a gad about and a mover and shaker? If you are and have been interviewed by peeps on their podcasts you might want to spread the word on your own blog. You can do this by adding this plugin that is designed to showcase other podcasts where you have been interviewed

As Heard On
by Dustin Hartzler

The plugin includes the option to display a random (one or more) album artwork image in your sidebar using the built-in widget.

Album Art images can also be displayed all on one page. Simply put [aho] in the body of the page.

Be sure to read the included documentation for style and configuration help.

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.14
  • Rating: 100(2 ratings)
  • Downloaded 1,943 times

My Kindle Books – allows you to show your readers what you are reading on Kindle and insert your affiliate link as well.

kindle reading list plugin

My Kindle Books
by Adam Groom

If you are anything like me you’d love to see the books that your favourite bloggers are reading, that’s why I built this plugin that hopefully they’ll all use.

The reward for sharing your books is money, just add your Amazon affiliate tags, and make money everytime a user clicks on one of your books, and then buys it from the Amazon store.

After installing My Kindle Books, simple go to it’s admin page to add your books. This is done by simply connecting your kindle, then browsing it’s documents folder that contains all the books on your Kindle, then selecting your favourite books.

Once your books have been selected we then take the ISBN numbers from your selected books and send them to our central server, we then get the title, author and cover images for each of your books.

This information is then displayed on the admin page and you can move the order of your books by dragging them, or remove them from the list by clicking the delete button.

To add new books just click the browse button again select your new books, and they then will be added to your list.

If you want to make money when users click on your books, and then purchase them from the Amazon store, you will need to add your Amazon affiliate tags, in the “Affiliate tags” admin page. To get affiliate tags just go to the Amazon store for each country mentioned on the admin page, and fill out the online application.

A new page will now be created called “My Kindle Books”, this page is a table of your books.

Each time this page is visited a small request is made to our central server that returns the Country the user is connecting from. This information is then used to update the Amazon link, for example if the user is from Canada there is no point giving him a link to the German store, also we update the affiliate tag as you’ll need a different tag for each country.

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.0
  • Downloaded 500 times

Agreement – allows you to add a pop up agreement to your blog. Useful for terms of service, over 18 statements and the like. Of course, you need to supply the text of the agreement herself

Agreement
by Pranav Pathak

The Agreement plugin helps to create pop-up licence agreement or term to use before download any thing from post or page. It will give freedom to change text in pop-up. After activation of plugin in post/page add file from “Add Media”, then change editor type from Visual to text and give id to that media file. Id will be like this id=”agreement”. Your link will be like ‘id=”agreement” href=”http://yourdomain.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/pdf.pdf”‘, Now save post/page.

Example

{a id=”agreement” href=”http://yourdomain.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/pdf.pdf”} file name {a}

This plugin works for multiple item in single page.

After activation there is a sub menu in Settings called Agreement. Click on this and there is a option to change license agreement text called “Enter your License Agreement setting text below:”. You can also insert html tag like ul,li, br, hr from agreement option in settings.

Requirements

  • WordPress 3.5.1 or greater
  • PHP 5.2.6 or greater (5.3 recommended)
  • MySQL 4.1.2 or greater (5.x recommended)

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.1
  • Rating: 92(7 ratings)
  • Downloaded 3,378 times

Funniest Plugin of the Week Award

Strain To Try – displays a random medical marijuana strain to try in the footer

Strain To Try
by DankLife.us

This diplays a random medical marijuana strain to try in the footer.

Arbitrary section

This plugin displays a Medical marijuana strain to try randomly in the footer.

Stats:

  • Current version: 1
  • Rating: 60(2 ratings)
  • Downloaded 309 times

Premium WordPress Plugins

There have been quite a few premium plugins released this week. However, I am not recommending any to you. The ones that I checked out can be found for free in the WordPress repository and/or there are premium plugins that do the same thing, have been tried and tested and have great customer support. Just like anything, always do your research before pulling out the credit card on the latest must have plugin 🙂

Until next week ..

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+