What if you’ve got a ton of authors on your site? What if you’ve got a ton of guests or customers or things like that that log into their account or things like that on the back end? There’s a million things that I could think of, but then I realized you can add any HTML code to this, so it doesn’t really have to be an ad. It could be a widget to something, like a speed pipe. It could be anything — I mean, any kind of HTML that you would want some function on the back end to be. Maybe that’s you RSS feed embedding something in the admin area so that you can take a look and get inspired about what to write about — any of those things. You can embed a channel for YouTube so you can have like the latest news or something like that on there — anything. So now I get it. Now I understand. I don’t really need to show ads on the back end, but I can use this HTML embed to put other things in there, so I thought it was a pretty useful idea at least in the way that I figured out how to use it. So I rated this one an 8 out of 10.
I saw this plugin in the repository and I went, “No way.” It’s called Easy Site Importer and by no way, I meant no way did somebody really make something really this cool. It makes the process of migrating a site much, much easier. And by when I say a site, I’m not talking about just WordPress. I’m talking about any website — any content management system. I don’t care if it’s HTML.
What this does, you enter the URL of the site. It loads up kind of this little page. It scans the target site and finds different sections of the site that have content, and this plugin actually scrapes that content and makes posts and things out of it.
This is really awesome if you’re going to migrate client sites, even if they’re not WordPress, and scrapes some of their posts and contents off of it. It’s probably really great for affiliates and duplicate content people that just want to embed their links in it. It’s pretty unbelievable. It didn’t do things like yanking out YouTube clips and stuff like that. But it grabbed the text for sure. While not fully complete, I think this is a pretty cool plugin and definitely something worth trying if you have a website that’s really tough to migrate. It may not be WordPress or some other site that you think that you can just grab some content and make some content of your own out of it, that’s great, too. I noticed it kept it in draft when I pulled everything in, so that was nice that it didn’t automatically just flood my entire website with somebody else’s stuff. But I did it on a stage site anyway, so it really didn’t matter. Overall, I thought that this is a pretty good plugin. Pretty good outside the box thinking here, and I rated it an 8 out of 10.
This plugin is called Login Joomla Users and really what it does is it lets you take a migrated Joomla site and it takes your entire user base that you’ve already got in Joomla, and it brings it right in and makes nice WordPress users. You can define the roles and all of that good stuff. So it’s really cool. It’s been tested on WordPress, all the way up to 4.1 and Joomla 2.5.9. And it works pretty well. I actually tried it. I stole a client’s Joomla user base and put it in WordPress and it worked. I love WordPress and this is just another good piece of technology that could bring Joomla users over the fence to this side of the web. So I rated this one 8 out of 10.
I love bringing up plugins like this just because of the fact that it’s kind of a good-natured thing. This is called Pet Adoption Listings and it has two different ways in which you can display the listings of adoptable pets from your local pet shelter. It’s run from adoptapet.com and it does run through an iFrame, but that’s okay. So you can embed it with the short code or you can also do it on the sidebar. Now what’s pretty cool about this is you can specify down to the breed at the shelter, so it’s got some functionality to it as well. So if you’ve got any kind of a specific breed website, this is perfect for that and I’ve seen tons and tons of pet websites out there. So this is really cool.
If you’ve even got a local business or something like that, it might be good karma to put something like this up. So check it out for yourself; it’s called Pet Adoption Listings and just for the heart factor alone so I gave this one a 10 out of 10.
Another year has passed and it's time to attend one of my favorite conferences of the year! WordCamp Orange County, my home WordCamp.
Like previous years, this year there are many great sessions and speakers. I thought it would be fit to let everyone know my tentative schedule and hopefully I can meet several fellow attendees.
Saturday, June 6th
9:00 AM – “How Not to Submit Your Plugin” with Mika Ariela Epstein.
9:50 AM – “Blurred Lines – A Workflow for Responsive Projects” with Natalie Maclees
10:40 AM – “Selling WordPress Products” with Scott Bollinger
11:30 AM – “You Don't Have to be a Core Contributor to Give Back” – Chris Ford
2:00 PM – “Which WordPress Job is Right For You?” – Suzette Franck
2:50 PM – “The Road to Success is Paved with Superior Customer Care” – Levan Apriashvili
3:40 PM – “Selling a Million Dollars in Design” – Jennifer Bourn
7:00 PM – After Party
Sunday, June 6th
10:00 AM – Business Workshop with Chris Lema, Jeff Turner, Karim Marucchi and Cory Miller
2:00 PM – “Going from Solo to Sustainable” – Tony Mazzarella
2:50 PM – “Marketing Automation Using WordPress” – Robert Donnell
3:40 PM – “Creating a Blogging Schedule using the 20/30 Rule” – Jarrett Gucci
I'm looking forward to every one of these sessions, but especially thrilled to take part in the business workshop. I am eagerly anticipating meeting many more people in the community for the first time, and running into regular colleagues in the industry that I have networked with or worked together with on projects. It's going to be a great event!
Well, I have a very, very handy plugin that you could probably use because you deal with clients in making sites and probably there are certain sections of the website that you may not want a client to get into, right? Well, this is called User Roles and Capabilities, and it’s a new plugin that lets you manage and modify user roles and you can create, delete, clone, do whatever you want as far as the user roles. You can do it all from just one single page. Now what would you use a user role for in the capabilities? Well, here’s a couple of things. If you had say a client and you don’t want them to monkey around in the plugin section or definitely don’t want them monkeying around with appearance, you know, to get into widgets or create crazy stuff like that, so you just kind of want to lock them out of different sections of the website.
Perhaps you have customers that also login to the back end and maybe there are things natively as a customer that people see that you don’t want them to see, or maybe there’s extra sections that you want them to see and want them to play around with. So this lets you do all of that. Now there is a safeguard. Before you get any ideas, you can’t go in and edit the admin role and make it so that I can’t do anything on the website, okay? But in fact, all of the native formats within WordPress as far as user roles still remain, but you just get to make new ones. That’s really all it is. I’ve found it a really handy plugin and it served a purpose that I desperately needed it for. I know that there’s other user role plugins out there, but they don’t do the cloning feature like this one does — not this well. So I rated this one a perfect 10.
SEO Enforcer] requires that you use Yoast. And to me, it should sort of be part of Yoast, but it’s not. It’s a real tiny kind of footprint plugin that works with WordPress SEO by Yoast. It truncates your title if it’s too long — same thing with your meta description tags… If it’s too long, it will trim it to that specific point of I think it’s 155 characters. And you can actually set that length limit, so you can go 150, 160 — whatever you want. Now here’s where I used it, which is I have a client site that they decided rather than go through CSS or things like that within their page, that they would just go ahead and put H1s on everything, as far as the headings of every single paragraph and all that.
They just went, “Yeah, that’s a big enough font. We’ll just use that,” without knowing the implications of having multiple H1 tags on your content. It’s a no-no, as far as SEO. You want to make everything else in H2. And typically your title is in H1, so that would mean you really can’t use H1s in the rest of your post. What this does is it automatically finds multiple H1s within your post and automatically changes them to H2, without you having to do anything.
If you use anything like SEM Rush or Moz or Raven Tools or any of those cool things for SEO, that’s one of the biggest errors that it typically finds within an SEO crawl is multiple H1 tags. That and no alt tags on your images. This one doesn’t do that one for you but it definitely takes care of that H2. And if you’ve got a lot of different pages on your site, this is definitely one to help save a ton of time having to go back. So I rated this one an 8 out of 10.
It’s episode 221 and we’ve got plugins for Curated Search, Zoomed Images, Multisite Theme Management, Global Search, and a great new address verification plugin for WooCommerce. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!