Category: WordPress Wednesday.

quiz-pluginToday’s WordPress Wednesday topic is on the Top Four Quiz plugins for WordPress users. Have you ever been on the hunt for creating and managing a quiz or test for students or clients in your business? Instead of having to search for these kinds of plugins for a WordPress (self-hosted) site, I have provided a comprehensive list of the plugins below for you.

1. WatuPro Plugin

The WatuPro plugin will allow you to create multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank questions. Because you can use the default WordPress editor for this plugin, you can be creative as you like, even adding images and videos to your questions. It has a free lite version or you can get the “pro” or commercial version for $47.00.

  • You can create questions that have one or more multiple choice answers.
  • You can create different point levels for different questions in your test.
  • You can also award certificates for a successful completion of the test or quiz.

Here are a couple of screenshots of the plugin in action.

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A quiz in action…

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2. mTouch Quiz Plugin

The mTouch Quiz plugin was developed to be run on mobile devices so the big difference with their format is the big buttons that you can tap onto, making it easy to slide from one question to the next. It’s a free plugin, but for upgrades, there is a fee involved.

Here is an additional list of features provided by the developer of the plugin:

  • specify hints based on answer selection
  • give a detailed explanation of the solution
  • choose multiple correct answers
  • specify when the correct answers are displayed
  • specify if a question may be attempted only once or many times
  • specify point values for each question
  • include customized start and finish screens

 You can also be creative with the setup of the questions as it too uses the WordPress default editor for creating your questions.

A screenshot of the plugin below.

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3. WP Survey & Quiz Tool

 The WP Survey & Quiz Tool plugin not only provides quizzes and surveys, but it also allows you to set up polls too. It’s a free plugin.

Here’s a good size list of their features to consider:

  • Unlimited number of quizzes.
  • Unlimited number of sections for quizzes.
  • Auto marking for quizzes with all multiple choice questions.
  • Ability to limit quizzes to one submission per IP address.
  • Ability to send customized notification emails.
  • Ability to send notification emails to a single email address, multiple email addresses or a group of WordPress users.
  • Ability to have notification emails only be sent if the user got a certain score.
  • Ability to have quizzes taken by registered WordPress members only.
  • Ability to have quizzes and surveys with or without contact forms.
  • Ability to have custom contact forms.
  • Ability to export and import quizzes.
  • Ability to have PDF certifications.

Here’s a screenshot of how the WP Survey & Quiz Tool looks like in action.

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Note: In order to insert a quiz into a post or a page, you must apply a shortcode. This is how it would look:

[wpsqt name=”Quiz Name” type=”quiz”]

For example, a quiz inserted into a page or post would look like this:

[wpsqt name=”Famous Inventors” type=”quiz”]

4. WPQuiz

The WPQuiz plugin is a very simple and easy-to-use plugin that’s great for an easy quiz without all the “bells and whistles”. It’s a free plugin as well.

You can insert your quizzes into pages and posts using a shortcode.

The shortcode would be, for example:  [wpquiz id=2]  

Here’s a screenshot of the plugin in action.

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If you have tested or used a quiz plugin yourself, please feel free to share the name of the plugin and the experience you had with working with it, whether it be a good or bad experience. You can leave your comment at the bottom of this blog post.

Until tomorrow (Day 9 of The Ultimate Blog Challenge)!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014! I’m starting off January 1 with a full month of blog articles and it just so happens that it lands on my favorite themed day of the week called “WordPress Wednesday”. I am participating in the January Ultimate Blog Challenge once again so you will see blog posts coming from me for the next 30 days. As a fellow blogger (or blog reader), I encourage you to start off your blogging and blog marketing efforts by participating in some kind of challenge to jump-start your blog content generation. The more content you post and share, the better your chances of improving your SEO and the increase of traffic to your blog or website.

hangoutpluginimgcropSince it’s “WordPress Wednesday”, I want to share with you a dynamic and really cool WordPress plugin called the Hangout Plugin. If you have a WordPress site and you want to start hosting free or paid webinars for your business this year, then this is the must-have plugin you need installed on your site. (If you are not familiar with what a Google Hangout is, it’s a Google+ feature that allows you to host video calls for free.) Here’s why:

Five Reasons Why You Need the Google Hangout Plugin

  1. You can host webinars WITHOUT the expensive monthly fees – if you have previously subscribed to webinar platforms like GoToMeeting or GoToWebinar, then you pay way too much, especially if you do not host webinars on a regular basis. You can host an UNLIMITED number of webinars and invite as many participants as you want!
  2. You can host webinars directly on your own WordPress site and build your brand to give your business reputation a huge boost.
  3. Installation and configuration of the plugin is super-simple and you will be able to host a webinar in less than 10 minutes.
  4. You can easily collect registrations and opt-ins that can be integrated into your current email marketing platform. This will be a huge boost for your list-building efforts.
  5. You will have the convenience of sending reminders, follow-up emails and broadcast messages right from your dashboard.

I will be hosting a large amount of webinars this year, so I know I will be putting this plugin to good use. It’s well worth the $47.00 I spent. Later on this month, I will provide a quick training video and I will provide my own review of it in more detail.

If you have already purchased and you have been using this plugin, then feel free to share your experiences with it in the comments box at the bottom of this blog post.

Until tomorrow! (Day 2 of The Ultimate Blog Challenge)!

Blog-CommentsAs part of you managing your WordPress website or blog, it’s just as important to manage your Comments section as it is securing and backing up your website regularly. Why? Because managing your site the right way can improve the success of traffic-generating tactics you put into your site daily or weekly.

One of these traffic generating tactics is managing comments you receive on your blog posts. Hopefully you have opened up your posts to receive comments or replies and you haven’t made it inconspicuous to find the comment box. The challenge that most people have in leaving or receiving comments is asking them to log into either WordPress.com or Google.com to leave a comment. I’ve had to experience this lately when I was participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I definitely like leaving comments, but I don’t like it when someone cannot get comments on their blog because they have made it hard to do so. They are leaving themselves in a position that they may never receive traffic when someone leaves a comment on a blog they have posted.

Not only that, when you have a comment audience on a particular article, they are engaging in a conversation that really resonates with your blog reader. Your written expertise + comments and questions from your readers = a trust in what you offer in your business. Do you get the gist here?

If your blog is powered by WordPress, you can locate your Comments section on the left side of your navigation dashboard. Here is a screenshot of my Comments section and you will notice I have one comment waiting to be reviewed.

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Check out this short video tour of the Comments section of my blog and start paying attention to your own comments if you are receiving them. And I hope you do!

I always welcome comments and questions on my own blog, so feel free to leave a reply or ask a question. I will be happy to answer you back!

Until tomorrow…

Warmly,

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buddy-460For this edition of WordPress Wednesday, I want to share with you a great membership plugin called BuddyPress. Perhaps if you have been using WordPress for a number of years, you’ve heard of the term, BuddyPress, because it sounds so much like WordPress. I had heard about it back a couple of years ago, but I never took the time to research and use the plugin until recently. I don’t believe most novice WordPress users realize it exists. To me, it’s the best-kept secret when you want to build a membership community. Did I mention it’s a free plugin? Granted it does not have the multi-level privacy or drip-campaign that WP Wishlist or Digital Access Pass, but you can get a lot of functionality for free.

BuddyPress was built to bring people together in a social community. Just like WordPress, it a open source project. It works great for people wanting to connect and communicate that have similar interests. That is why I highly recommend it for creating a membership community, whether it be a free membership or a paid membership.

Here is an example of how I use the BuddyPress membership community for bringing together WordPress training students. You can click on the screenshot below and it will take you to my BP WordPress student member site.

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Here are just a few of the features that you can get from using the BuddyPress plugin:

  • Multiple activity streams with a single-stream view
  • Unlimited user groups with custom public or private access to these groups
  • Multi-site blogging capability
  • Friend connection functionality (much like Facebook)
  • Discussion forum module for each group set up
  • Extended profile module available
  • Private messaging to friends

And below are a few resource links to visit and do your homework on using BuddyPress if you choose to build or host a membership site. Note: There are some themes that are BuddyPress-compatible. The Builder themes by iThemes.com is one example of compatibility. Another theme set that is compatible with BuddyPress is Headway Themes.

BUDDYPRESS THEME RESOURCE SITES

http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/search.php/page/2?q=buddypress

http://buddypress.org/extend/themes/

http://wplift.com/free-commercial-buddypress-themes/

http://premium.wpmudev.org/buddypress-themes/

http://www.buddyboss.com/live-demo/

BUDDYPRESS PLUGINS & ADD-ON PLUGINS

BuddyPress Plugin

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/ 

BuddyPress Group Documents

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress-group-documents/

BuddyPress Album

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bp-album/

BuddyPress Group Email Subscription

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress-group-email-subscription/

Invite Anyone

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/invite-anyone/

Welcome Pack

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/welcome-pack/

If you have any questions or comments you want to add about using BuddyPress, please feel free to leave one in the Reply box below. I’m happy to answer back. Or if you are interested in having me build your BuddyPress membership site, you can check out my design build plan HERE.

Until tomorrow…

Warmly,

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Membership sites have become very popular in the last few years because it provides a community feel for business owners that want to offer memberships to clients or customers and be able to create a passive income generated from these membership sites.

If you are hosting a WordPress site, there are membership plugins available and I want to share with you the three top plugins that work really well on a WordPress blog or website.

BuddyPress

Of all the membership plugins for WordPress, BuddyPress is my favorite plugin to use for managing membership sites, plus it’s free!

Here are just a few of the features that you can get from BuddyPress:

  • Multiple activity streams with a single-stream view
  • Unlimited user groups with custom public or private access to these groups
  • Multi-site blogging capability
  • Friend connection functionality (much like Facebook)
  • Discussion forum module for each group set up
  • Extended profile module available
  • Private messaging to friends

There are additional plugins you can use for BuddyPress that allows for additional features when you are customizing your membership site experience. You can find a comprehensive list of additional plugins HERE.

One of the things that BuddyPress does not have is the ability to accept payments for a paid membership, but there are numerous cart platforms you can use to accept payment, then have a thank autoresponder message in place to direct the purchaser to sign up for a BuddyPress membership once they have made payment. I use the WP eStore plugin for my cart purchases.

WP Wishlist

I have used WP Wishlist in the past with client sites and my own WordPress training sites, but the one thing it lacked that BuddyPress has is the ability to have a forum module associated with it. You would have to install and configure a separate forum plugin to run alongside the WP Wishlist plugin, but I find the separate forum plugins sometimes cumbersome and they may be limited to what you can offer in a forum/membership site. However, if you decide you want to use WP Wishlist for your membership site, then the Simple:Press forum plugin (free) would be the one to use with it.

Some of the other features of the WP Wishlist Membership plugin are:

  • Unlimited membership levels
  • Flexible membership options
  • Sequential content delivery
  • Shopping cart integration (for 1shoppingcart, PayPal, Clickbank and others)

You can find additional features for the WP Wishlist plugin HERE.

Digital Access Pass (DAP)

The Digital Access Pass plugin has become very popular over the past couple of years, but just like WP Wishlist, you have to pay for this plugin. Matter of fact, it’s more expensive than WP Wishlist at a cost of $167.00 for a one-site license. More multiple sites, you will pay a price of $297.00. I personally have not used the DAP on any of my membership sites, but it handles a lot of the “drip” release of material that you would offer if you have multi-level memberships you want to offer. These would be the “paid” memberships, of course!

Here are some of the features of the DAP plugin:

  • Sequential content delivery
  • Drip-feed all types of content
  • Built-in file and download protection
  • Built-in, free shopping cart
  • Integrates with PayPal, Authorize.net, 1ShoppingCart, Clickbank and others

You can find additional features for the DAP plugin HERE.

Be sure to review the plugins above before you decide if you need a free membership plugin or a paid membership plugin. Each one of the plugins has more features than the other one does, but if you feel you only need aplugin that provides a free membership, then I would recommend you start out with the BuddyPress plugin first, then decide later on if you want to invest into a paid plugin that has a lot more automation features associated with it.

Until tomorrow…

Warmly,