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WordPress Weekly Round Up – 7 July 2013

I often wonder if WordPress plugin developers will decide to take a week off work and have an on mass holiday. It doesn’t appear that that is going to happen this week, but  there’s not quite so many pickings this week probably due to the 4th July celebrations.

There are still quite a few plugins though to round up so it doesn’t appear all the coders were on a break watching fireworks!

There are already a few guest posters in the repository that allow users to submit a guest post. Here’s another one to add to the collection:

Free WordPress Plugins

Best Guest Blog Poster

The beauty of guest posts is that you can leverage the traffic from the blog you posting on and direct some of that traffic over to your site.

My Reviews

This looks like an interesting plugin to create a review archive on your blog. I would have liked to see some screenshots and a bit more information on how it works in the repository to tempt me to install it and play.

Invoice King Pro

Allows you to set up your invoices quickly and easily in WordPress

invoice wordpress plugin

Useful for freelancers and offliners looking for a quick, semi automated free system for sending out invoices to clients

Invoice King Pro
by Ash Durham

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Invoice King Pro makes creating and sending your invoices simple. The invoice creation interface gives you full control
over every word on your invoice. Choose a different theme to give your invoices the look, style and layout that you want. If there isn’t a layout that
suits your needs, thats ok, it can be created! Themes are available on the King Pro Plugins website.

The Invoice King Pro settings area will allow you to set some data that will be consistent across all of your invoices, so that you don’t need to enter them for every invoice
you create. Rest assured that if you need to change these details as a one-off, you can! Define your own columns for the invoice, no matter the theme/template/design.
Its your invoice, so you have control on what is on it. Once the columns have been defined, you set up the calculation for the invoice simply by assigning columns and
operators. Finally assigning what column will calculate the subtotal column will find you on your way to creating and sending your invoices.

Client information is stored and editable in the system so next time you need to invoice them, it is even quicker to create your invoice. Just choose the existing client from
the dropdown and click the insert button which will populate all the client fields that the theme uses.

So you’ve created your invoice, “Now what?” you say. Watch your invoice transform into a PDF file that you can save and email manually or just check to make sure
the output meets your standards. Made a mistake in the details? No problem, the PDF is created on the fly so you can make a change and view your PDF again with the new
details.

Don’t have the time to download your newly created PDF invoice and draft and email to your client with the invoice attached? Invoice King Pro has you covered. Provided you
have entered and email address for the client you have attached to the invoice, you can email the invoice to your client straight from WordPress! You can modify the details of
the email in the settings screen. Who it comes from and what email it comes from so that your client can simply reply to that email to contact you. Modify the subject
and body of the email to your liking. You can even insert invoice specific details into the subject and body of the email by using the variables listed! Suddenly you
have a dynamic invoicing email system at your finger tips!

Client requests a receipt? Guess what… Invoice King Pro has your back! Simply change the invoice status to paid and email the client from the system again (you can download
the PDF again which will contain the paid status). Invoice King Pro automatically adds a watermark on the document based on what you enter in the settings. Email the client
from the system with the invoice set to paid will send the paid message that you can also modify.

If you have any suggestions or would like to see a feature in the plugin, please let me know in the support forum.

Any issues you are having, I’d also love to know, so again, please let me know using the support forum.

Check out the King Pro Plugins range

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.1.7
  • Rating: 88(7 ratings)
  • Downloaded 11,444 times

Braille

This produces a shortcode to translate text into braille (I am so going to play with this one!)

braille
by University of Maryland, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

The Braille plugin provides a number of Braille-related services to WordPress
websites and the Anthologize WordPress plugin.

Short code

A braille short code is available for translating English text into
Braille. For example:

[braille]Text to be translated into Braille.[/braille]

Depending on how the plugin is configured, this will place either UTF-8
SimBraille in the page, or the ASCII sequences used when embossing on paper.

Page Part Translation

Primarily designed for testing, different parts of a site may automatically
be translated into Braille.

Depending on how the plugin is configured, this will place either UTF-8
SimBraille in the page, or the ASCII sequences used when embossing on paper.

Integration with Anthologize

The Braille plugin provides a Braille output type for the Anthologize
plugin
. You may select BRL or SimBraille output.
BRL is suitable for embossing. SimBraille produces an HTML file with UTF-8
encoded glyphs representing the embossed form of the characters suitable for
display in a visual interface.

**N.B.: This plugin requires
LibLouis installed on the same
system as the WordPress site or access to a remote service providing
LibLouis functionality. A free and public Amazon machine image is available
with the necessary software installed and configured.

Configuration

The plugin uses LibLouis to
translate English text into Braille. You either need LibLouis installed on
the same machine as your WordPress installation or access to a remote
LibLouis service such as the one provided by the
example remote LibLouis service.

  1. Go to Plugins screen and find the Braille plugin in the list OR select
    the Braille Plugin from the list of available Settings (see the first
    screenshot).

  2. Click on the plugin to go to the configuration screen.

  3. Select “Local” or “Remote” LibLouis.

    1. If “Local” LibLouis, place the full path of the executable in the text
      box (e.g., /usr/local/bin).

    2. If “Remote” LibLouis, place the full URL of the JSON service in the
      appropriate text box (e.g., if using the example remote-liblouis service
      mentioned above, use the braille.json endpoint). [Information is
      available on using a free and public Amazon machine image to provide the
      remote LibLouis service.](https://github.com/umd-mith/braille/blob/master
      /USING-REMOTE-LIBLOUIS-AMI.md) See the second screenshot for where the
      remote service URL is configured.

  4. Select the appropriate options for which parts of the website should be
    translated to Braille. If you are using this plugin to provide Braille
    translation for Anthologize, you do not need to select anything here.

Stats:

  • Current version: 0.0.6
  • Downloaded 1,182 times

Premium WordPress Plugins

QR Code Plugin – this plugin is currently free. You can use it to creat QR codes quickly and easily. Useful for ecommerce store owners and offliners.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbPpz3421TY&feature=player_embedded

Download it here

SMS Point System Plugin – this plugin allows you to send an sms message to contacts which enrols them in an incentive based reward system. Customers earn “points” for transactions. The plugin uses Twilio for the SMS. What I do like about the plugin is if you are an offliner, you client s can use this system and you can resell the service to them. Management is all taken care of via an admin panel and you collect the monthly fee.

Read more here

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+