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WordPress Weekly Round Up – 28 April 2013

What have the plugin and theme developers brought us this week?

It seems like plugin developers have been on a google plus bender! It also seems that the scare mongering continues with a lot of new WordPress “security” plugins/reports being generated for sale. Again, I am NOT going to review any of them.

Free WordPress plugins

Selective Loading Plugin – this nifty little plugin helps make your blog faster which is good news!

It appears from the installation instructions that the plugin creates a mu-plugin folder (must use plugins not multi user).

Another chat solution is available for WordPress users called Web Site Alive (sounds scary!)

AliveChat
by AYU Technology Solutions LLC

WebsiteAlive is the easy-to-use Live Chat/Click-To-Call solution for your WordPress website. Visitors can immediately chat or initiate a click-to-call session with someone at your company who can answer their questions, in real-time. This WordPress plug-in instantly updates your WordPress site with WebsiteAlive Tracking Code which tracks visitors in real-time and also displays a call-to-action icon.

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.4
  • Rating: 100(1 ratings)
  • Downloaded 4,472 times

Show your recent posts in a news ticker at the top or bottom of your site

Just Ticker
by Tanbin Islam Siyam

This plugin adds a ticker which shows recent posts as headlines. You can set the position top or bottom, fixed or absolute or set the number of posts to show. Some pretty neat features yet to come.

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.2.3
  • Rating: 100(4 ratings)
  • Downloaded 3,668 times

just ticker wordpress plugin

In the screenshot above you can see the latest posts displayed ticker style on the footer of the theme.

If you change sites around for your clients or yourself then the site address migrator can save you a little bit of time

Site Address Migrator
by MembershipWorks

If you ever change the Site Address under the WordPress settings, you may notice that all the links in your pages and posts may still use the old site url. This plugin plugin migrates all those urls in your WordPress database when you change the Site Address, without requiring the Search Replace DB script.

Site Address Migrator updates all links matching the old Site Address in:

  • Description, content and excerpts of all posts, pages and media (including custom types)
  • Post and page option fields
  • Comments and comment option fields
  • Post category and tag descriptions
  • User descriptions
  • User website fields
  • WordPress and widget option fields

Site Address Migrator will update links inside serialized data correctly. Site Address Migrator will also match links when the protocol does not match the Site Address (eg. the link uses “https://” instead of “http://”, or if it is protocol-relative “//”). The protocol used for the original link will be honored (ie. if the link was “https://”, it will remain “https://” even if the Site Address is given as “http://”).

Warning: Make sure you have access to the new site domain before updating the Site Address, and double check for spelling errors! Entering the wrong site address can prevent you from accessing WordPress again without manually fixing the MySQL database entries. Backup your MySQL database if possible.

This plugin is not designed for, and has not been tested for Multi-Site installs.

Stats:

  • Current version: 2.0
  • Rating: 60(4 ratings)
  • Downloaded 3,411 times

Google Plus Bender

As I said in the introduction it seems like the plugin developers have gone on a G+ bender this week.   Here’s a few G+ offerings that have been created for the WordPress community this week.

A lot of people hang out on Google Plus nowadays. If you have built up a large community there then you might want to import those comments to your blog

Google+ Comments
by Alex Moss

Google+ comments was introduced in April 2013 to blogger.com users. This plugin lets you add Google+ comments to your WordPress site!

Simply install the plugin and follow the instructions on the Settings page.

You can also insert the comment box as a shortcode into any post, page or template and use your own settings for each time you do it! Simply use the shortcode [gp-comments]

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.0
  • Rating: 72(10 ratings)
  • Downloaded 10,470 times

or alternatively

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WordPress Google Plus Comments
by Andrea Pernici

Automatically add the Google Plus Comments Box to your wordpress posts.

More info:

Changelog

1.0.2

  • WP Compatibility and username fix

1.0.1

1.0.0

  • Release

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.0.2
  • Rating: 100(2 ratings)
  • Downloaded 7,133 times

Pingdom Real User Monitoring

Find out what your visitors are up to on your site with real user monitoring via your Pingdom account (it’s free)

Sticky Notification Bar

Having a notification bar that scrolls with the user is often useful if you want your visitors to have quick access to information like your navigation menu, share buttons etc

Info Pop Up (my fave plugin this week)
info popup plugin

If you want to add a little tooltip to your content then the info pop up plugin will do just the trick

Premium WordPress Plugins

Evanto Affiliate Helper plugin – allows you to embed a shortcode for one of the products in the Evanto store. If you are an affiliate then you can earn a commission on each sale

evanto affiliate plugin

Check out the Evanto Affiliate Helper plugin

Taqyeem WordPress Review Plugin

There are a ton of review plugins and themes already on the market. What I like about this one is that the styling is very customizable and it also supports google rich snippets.

review plugin

1 Minute ListBuilder

If you don’t have a pop up plugin to get subscribers this may be something worth checking out. Once you get past the hypey sales copy you will see that the plugin allows you to have an optin box together with a second message on rotation.

wordpress pop up plugin

At the time of writing the plugin is on sale.

I hope you found some of the plugins useful in this weeks round up.

There are no WordPress themes to review this week 🙁

Sadly, the themes that I’ve seen this week have limited functionality or just suffer from “sameness” – meaning that there are already plenty of the same themes in the WordPress wild.  When I find a great theme I’ll post it here for you 🙂

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+