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How to get Facebook Live Chat on WordPress website

February 6, 2018

Currently, there are many plugins support adding Facebook messenger feature into your WordPress website. However most of these plugins only allow us to send our first message to Facebook page and you are unable to live chat on your website.

Although, recently Facebook is developing on a messenger platform that provides a customer chat plugin base on Javascript and it can be easily embed on any website platform, includes WordPress.

And WP-Chatbot is a WordPress plugin which can help you to integrate Facebook Live Chat feature with your WordPress website easily. It’s simple but useful, the plugin will give you many options to setup your Facebook Live Chat.

Please follow these steps to install and get Facebook Live Chat ready on WordPress site.

Install plugin

Download or install WP Chatbot for facebook Messenger plugin at https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-chatbot/

Config WP-Chatbot Settings

On WP-Chatbot Settings page, Facebook App ID and Facebook Page ID is required to enable live chat feature.

  • Facebook App ID : Please follow the instructions in this document to create Facebook App and get Facebook App ID : https://holithemes.com/wp-chatbot/facebook-app-id/
  • Facebook Page ID : You can easily find the Page ID in Facebook Page > About > Page ID or go to https://findmyfbid.com/ to find your Page ID from URL.

Config Facebook Page Setting

You need to add your website address to Facebook Page Whitelisted Domains to authorize the Facebook Page Messenger. Go to Page > Settings > Messenger Platform > Whitelisted Domains.

Add shortcode to website

WP-Chatbot will provides you the shortcode to show Facebook Live Chat in your website front-end. The shortcode will depends on what you set on WP-Chatbot Settings > Shortcode name. By default, the shortcode is [chatbot].

You can put this anywhere on your website to show the Facebook Live Chat. In this example, I would use Text widget to paste this shortcode and place it in any Sidebar of your theme.

Please note : Where ever you place the shortcode, then the Facebook Live Chat will only be displayed in the bottom right corner of the site.

 

Wordpress Developer, WordPress Plugins

The best Meta Box plugins in WordPress

January 29, 2018

1, Option Tree

Option Tree – WordPress.Org

Option Tree – GitHub

OptionTree attempts to bridge the gap between WordPress developers, designers and end-users by creating fully responsive option panels and meta boxes with an ease unlike any other plugin. OptionTree has many advanced features with well placed hooks and filters to adjust every aspect of the user experience.

Build your Theme Options panel locally with an easy to use drag & drop interface and then export a functioning `theme-options.php` file for production use that is i18n translation ready, with your custom text domain automatically inserted.

And, in just a few simple lines of code, save settings to the database with a unique array ID so none of your Theme Options conflict with other themes that use OptionTree.

Also, OptionTree now takes full advantage of the new color schemes introduced in WordPress 3.8, it looks and feels built-in.

2, Meta Box By MetaBox.io

– Plugin URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/meta-box/

A lightweight & feature-rich WordPress plugin that helps developers to save time building advanced custom fields and meta boxes in WordPress.

The plugin provides a wide range of field types and a lot of options to for each field type, which gives you unlimited possibility to control and customize the custom fields.

 

3, CMB2 by CMB2 team

– CMB2  URL: https://cmb2.io/

– CMB2 – WordPress.Org: https://wordpress.org/plugins/cmb2/

CMB2 is a developer’s toolkit for building metaboxes, custom fields, and forms for WordPress that will blow your mind. Easily manage meta for posts, terms, users, comments, or create custom option pages.

FEATURES:

  • Create metaboxes to be used on post edit screens.
  • Create forms to be used on an options pages.
  • Create forms to handle user meta and display them on user profile add/edit pages.
  • Create forms to handle term meta and display wherever your taxonomies are used.
  • Flexible API that allows you to use CMB forms almost anywhere, even on the front-end.
  • Several field types are included.
  • Custom API hook that allows you to create your own field types.
  • There are numerous hooks and filters, allowing you to modify many aspects of the library (without editing it directly).
  • Repeatable fields for most field types are supported, as well as repeatable field groups.
  • CMB2 is safe to bundle with any project. It will only load the newest version in the system.

 

 

WordPress Plugins

How to get Disqus Comment for WordPress Website

January 8, 2018

Disqus is a popular network comments platform which is trusted by hundreds of thousands sites to feature the comment system with social network integration. Disqus Comments has a good looking, it works perfectly on all devices from desktop to mobile and especially it supports over than 70 languages.

Disqus Comment System plugin official released by Disqus will help you to bring Disqus Comment to your WordPress website easily.

However, there are still some steps that you need to get through to accomplish the Disqus installation progress on your site.

This article will be very helpful if you wanna install Disqus Comment System on your WordPress Site.

  1. First of all, you need to download and install Disqus Comment System on WordPress Plugins site.
  2. Go to Dashboard > Comments > Disqus and click on Upgrade button in Upgrade Disqus Comments screen.
  3. After done of upgrading, Disqus would require user login to install Disqus Comments. If you have not account yet, please move to the next step.
  4. Go to Disqus Signup/Login to register your Disqus account, you need to fill-in all fields to accomplish account signup
  5. After Signup successfully, you will be redirected to Create a new site page. Website Name can be anything that you want to name for your new site, and select proper Category for this site.
  6. In Select Plan page, you can select your wanted plan for this site, in this case I would use Basic plan, which is Free and Ads supported.
  7. In the next step, you will need to choose the platform that your site is on, and of course, the platform we are working on is WordPress.
  8. After selecting the platform, you will see the Install instructions which we have done already.
  9. After this step, please get back to WordPress Dashbard > Comments > Disqus and Login your Disqus Account to complete the installation.
  10. Then you will get the Disqus Comment System on your WordPress Site which would be replaced completely for default Comment form from your current WordPress theme.

Note :

  • Disqus Comment System will override the default Comment system from WordPress, so all of your old Comment data will not be loaded in Disqus Comment.
  • To configure Disqus Comment on your site, you need to the URL that you have been created on Disqus to moderate it. Or you can go to Dashboard > Comments > Disqus to find the link to Go to Disqus Moderation.
WordPress Plugins

How to use the lightbox effect  to post images

January 2, 2018

In this post, I’m going to introduce an interesting plugin named Responsive Lightbox by dFactory (free on WordPress.org). This plugin enables the light effect on all images in your post content easily

1.Install Lightbox Plugin

To install Lightbox Plugin incluses 3 steps:

  • Step 1: Go to Plugin > Add New
  • Step 2: Enter Keyword plugin in search box  and click on “Install Now”
  •   Step 3: Click on  “Activate”

2. Use  the lightbox effect  to single images

  • Step 1: go to Setting > Responsive Lightbox
  • Step 2: In the General tab, Choose Default lightbox, Single image title and click on “Images”
  • Step 3: Hit  “Save”
  • Step 4: to Advance Setting, go to Lightbox tab and click on “Your Default lightbox” (PrettyPhoto). After, Select Animation speed, next to click on “Slideshow”. Beside, you can setting for  the opacity 
  • Step 5: Click on “Save”
  • Step 6: Create a Post with format post is Image. Then,  Click on “Add Media” and Select “Link to  Media File” and Click on “Insert into post” and Hit “Publish”.
  • Step 7: The Result is:
CactusThemes Users, WordPress Plugins

BULK IMPORT VIDEOS PLUGINS FOR WORDPRESS

December 29, 2017

As team author of CactusThemes – provider of 3 well-known Video Themes: VideoPro, TrueMag, and NewsTube, we received numerous questions about what’s plugin to bulk import videos to the themes and its features. Today, we summarize both Pros & Cons of 3 popular plugins with some reviews especially regard to videos import. Hopefully, it will help you make a good choice. Here we go!

1. WordPress Automatic plugin – 25$

This powerful plugin offers you the widest range of content sources to import data: Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Facebook, Twitter, etc. In my opinion, the key feature of the plugin is it imports content by campaigns. Let’s imagine, you have a plan to import YouTube videos, another for Facebook posts, and they both work automatically to fetch content into your site. That’s why the author calls it auto-pilot plugin

Download link            Document                  Video tutorial

PROs

  • Support to import data from 19 content-sharing networks
  • Quick & easily manage your import plans via campaigns
  • A lot of options to import video: by Channel, Playlist, single or multiple videos import by IDs.
  • Can fetch many YouTube statistics: Views, Likes, Dislikes, Comments counts from
  • Import YouTube tags, comments without add-on – really a plus point of the plugin

 CONs

  • Old-fashion plugin interface possibly makes you feel bored while using
  • Its document is just the explanation of the plugin options. There was lack of examples and demos.
  • Some advanced options such as Add custom fields to the post requires technical knowledge to handle

REVIEW

An effective import plugin at a reasonable price for all but it’s strongly recommended for experienced WordPress users.

2.     WordPress Video Robot plugin – 36$

Download link            Document                  Video tutorial

PROs

  • Rich sources of reference materials including document and video tutorials for beginners
  • The plugin author even build demo for VideoPro, TrueMag, NewsTube themes with tutorials
  • Modern & catchy plugin interface which options explanations & illustrations
  • Once installed, the plugin auto fills the Youtube, Vimeo & Dailymotion API keys for users.
  • Responsive support team for plugin fixes bugs and usage

CONs

  • You have to install theme-fix add-on to make the plugin work with your theme.
  • Plugin options and settings are scattered in various sections may confuse users at the beginning
  • Work really slow compare to the other plugins.
  • Technically, if you import video follow the default WordPress video post format, the plugin adds many custom fields to the post data which reduce processing speed.
  • In case, you import video using the custom WPVR post type, it may cause some compatibility issues with the theme.
  • You have to buy premium add-ons for more functionalities. For example, it costs 19,9$ to get Comment Importer add-on while WordPress automatic plugin supplies a built-in option to import comments from YouTube, Facebook, etc.
  • Currently, the plugin doesn’t support to fetch data of likes, dislikes, comments count from YouTube but the author planned to make it work in the next release. (So I will delete this point afterward :D)

REVIEW

It’s now a recent trending plugin with friendly interface. Although we don’t appreciate the of the plugin stability at this time, the plugin developers actively update to improve plugin functions.

3.     YouTube WordPress plugin – 36$

Download link            Document                  Video tutorial

PROs

  • Fast and straight-forward to operate
  • Support to import videos by ID, Channel, user uploads or playlists.
  • Synchronize your YouTube channels with your WordPress site.
  • You can select any number of videos from YouTube when doing bulk import
  • Can be customized to fill any custom fields needed to display your videos

CONs

  • Support only one video source: YouTube
  • It seems to be a quite pricey plugin for import content

REVIEW

Set at a dear price, however, this plugin only helps you to import video from Youtube network. Probably, the advantages of the plugin are its speed & convenience and the ability to synchronizing videos from your YouTube channel.

The bottom line

Within this blog post, maybe, we didn’t completely cover all the advantages and limitations of these plugins. By our hands-on experience, we use WP Automatic for two main reasons: speed and performance. How about you? Have you found the one that suits you best? Please feel free to share your thought and ideas.

WordPress Plugins

How to attach images to multiple posts

December 4, 2017

By default, WordPress does not allow to associate attachments between the posts. This means if you uploaded image X to post A, and you want to attach image X to post B, you must un-attach from post A or you need to upload image X twice. So there are some troubles when you make the galleries. To improve, you can use WP Better Attachments plugin. This plugin lets you attach  images to multiple posts without uploading twice.

If you are using theme from Cactusthemes, this plugin indeed is helpful. It helps you create the gallery or video screenshots easily and quickly.

Download plugin here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-better-attachments/ 

After installing it, your post/page editor will be added this button to quickly add the attachments…

…and this section to manage the added attachments (un-attach/edit/delete)

As we mentioned previously, this plugin helps you attach the images from Media Library (images that uploaded for other posts/pages). No need to upload the same images twice.

Using this plugin for the themes come from Cactusthemes, just attach the images to the Gallery post or Video post, the image gallery and video screenshots preview will be created automatically.

Video screenshots preview

Image gallery

WordPress Plugins

7 Free WordPress plugins for video theme

April 13, 2017

Free WordPress plugins for video theme to consider

Video theme is powerful and it’s an important element in your online marketing. On the internet, if a photo talks a thousand words, then a video tells a million more.

In fact, videos can help drive sales, go viral and increase the time a visitor spends on your website! Videos can be used to show your work process, or explain something a little more complex or simply post entertainment news. Moreover, you can use videos to explain how to use a product, present an online course, or create a vlog about yourself!

WordPress has luckily many great video plugins to extend your video WordPress theme functionality. In this article i have compiled a list of 7 Free WordPress plugins for video theme.

1) Video Embed and Thumbnail Generator

Video Embed Thumbnail Generator

Video Embed and Thumbnail Generator is a plugin to make embedding videos, generating thumbnails and encoding files easier.

Several fields are added to any video uploaded to the WordPress Media Library with this plugin. After choosing some options, then you’ll get a shortcode that will embed a flexible Flash & HTML5 video player with a preview image into your post.

2) WordPress YouTube Embed

WordPress YouTube Embed

WordPress YouTube Embed plugin is convenient and useful plugin to add videos to your WordPress website without coding knowledge.
You can easily add videos in widgets, posts, pages. It means that you can add videos almost everywhere(also you can use this plugin shortcode to add videos in header or footer of your website).

WordPress YouTube insert module have some helpful components that you’ll need.

3) FV Flowplayer Video Player 

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FV Flowplayer Video Player is simple to utilize and finish answer for inserting different type of recordings into your blog or site pages. It is a complete solution for embedding FLV or MP4 videos into your posts or pages. With MP4 videos, FV Flowplayer Video Player  offers 98% coverage even on mobile devices.

4) Cool Video Gallery:Cool-Video-Gallery

Cool Video Gallery is a Video Gallery plugin for WordPress that is used to upload videos, attach media files, add Youtube videos and manage them in multiple galleries. Preview image generation automatically for videos uploaded using FFMPEG library is now available .
Cool Video Gallery also provide option to upload images for video previews. It supports ‘.mp3’, ‘.mp4’, ‘.mov’, ‘.m4v’ and ‘.flv’ video files.

5) Workbox Video from Vimeo & YouTube Plugin

Workbox-Video-from-Vimeo

Workbox Video from Vimeo & YouTube Plugin allows to create a video gallery on any wordpress-generated page.
By pasting the video URL, you can add videos from Youtube, Vimeo and Wistia.
Moreover, it allows to control sort order of videos on the gallery page and video galleries can be called on a page by using shortcodes now.
Workbox Video from Vimeo & YouTube Plugin is for advanced users. If you run into problems, please send us detailed notes about the errors and your set up, then we’ll do our best to get back to you.

6) WordPress Colorbox Lightbox

WordPress Colorbox Lightbox

WP Colorbox plugin is a free-simple lightbox plugin for WordPress. It allows to pop up content in lightbox using the popular jQuery ColorBox library. Users can also view the larger version of a particular media file without leaving the page.

7) Sidebar Video Widget

Video Sidebar Widgets

Sidebar Video Widget is a collection of sidebar widgets for displaying Flash Videos from 14 video sharing networks.
These video networks includes Youtube, BlipTV, Vimeo, Google, etc. Sidebar Video Widget consist of 2 widgets and 1 TinyMCE editor button.

 

WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes

5 teaching plugins should be included in WordPress education themes

October 21, 2015

WordPress is one of the most used platforms for academic researchers and the professionals who teaching online. To improve usability and productivity of WordPress education themes, there are interesting plugins designed for the field of education.

A plugin is basically an application that complements the functionality or content. They are generally easy to install and here you can find some of the best ones developed for WordPress education themes.

Top 5 teaching plugins should be included in WordPress education themes

1. Class Blogs

WordPress education themes 1

The Class Blogs plugin simplifies the creation of content in a classroom blog with all students. It facilitates organization and analysis of the work created by your students. With this plugin you can show:

  • Entries and comments recently published by students
  • A tag cloud formed from the labels used by students in their entries
  • YouTube videos embedded on student input
  • A randomly selected image entry from students
  • Links to watch the inputs of each student

One of the features making the plugin suitable for responsive WordPress education themes is that it provides additional management pages for teachers and students, which you’ll see when logging to create new content. These admin pages allow users to:

  • View a table with all input and feedback from students sorted by date
  • View the number of words on the inputs and comments of students, broken down by week
  • Disable comments on all current and future entries
  • The student also has an additional management page where they can:
  • Create a nickname or changing your username
  • See how many words they have written this week

This plugin also includes a new aesthetic for the blog in order to submit entries from students in a more clear and easy way to navigate. Instead of displaying the entries sorted by date, the main page shows the most recent entries grouped by student, with new content always appears first.

2. mTouch Quiz

WordPress education themes 2

The mTouchQuiz plugin allows you to add polls to your WordPress education themes and tests in order to see whether students have understood a topic or motivate a game show through questions and answers. This plugin is very versatile and very easy to use and adapted to mobile devices so that students can respond at any time. It also allows you to:

  • Include tracks when choosing the wrong answer
  • Add a detailed explanation of the solution
  • Offer multiple correct answers
  • Specify when correct answers are shown
  • Specify the number of attempts to answer the question
  • Specify the score achieved on each question

3. WP Document Revisions

WordPress education themes 3

Revisions Document WP is a document manager that allows a group of students or teachers to work together to edit files of any format (spreadsheets, text, images, etc.).

The plugin lets users see in an instant the progress of a team and change history, even with the option to return to a previous version. Also students can receive RSS notifications of any changes in the document. Each document is assigned a URL that can be private, password protected or public. It is highly customizable and very useful in the work of a thesis. So it should be included in WordPress education themes.

4. WP LaTeX

WordPress education themes 4

Write equations and formulas in a blog or web page can be complicated, but this plugin combines the power of LaTeX and simplicity of WordPress to teach mathematics in the classroom blog. If you want to create the best WordPress education themes with mathematical features then this plugin will help.

5. WP Hide Post

WordPress education themes 5

WP Hide Post allows full control over the visibility of any blog post on a WordPress site. By default, any input is immediately displayed on front page in the first position. Sometimes you may want to give information to students through the blog to expand a curriculum issue, but it does not mean that the entry has a prominent place on the blog. This plugin allows you to hide that entry on the home page and students can only access it if having its link.

What is the essential plugin that you have used for your WordPress education themes? Share yours now!