Plugins from other people’s WordPress websites

I’m nosey. When I see a WordPress website that has a feature I’m not familiar with, I like to take a look at the source code and see what theme and plugins they are using to see if it is something I can learn from or use on one of my own sites. So here are a few that I have picked up recently.

this is for people who want to public a magazine format where articles are grouped together as if one issue of a magazine. Personally I think this is kind of old school and you could of course do it with a category. But for magazines that are paper based but want to replicate their material online, this is perhaps worthwhile.

Member Mouse
Member Mouse is a membership plugin that allows you to sell products, subscriptions and memberships, setup a password protected member’s area, offer 1-click upsells and downsells, manage customers, automate customer service, track critical retention metrics and more. There are 6 tariff levels that they cunningly present as 3 levels – that relate to number of members. The lowest starter level is up to 1,000 members at $19.95/month and climbs to Professional unlimited members at $599/month with the middle advanced package for up to 50,000 members at $99/month. They offer a free 14 day trial. There are other membership plugins available and I will have to do some research to compare and contrast. I am just noting this one as I see that a charity I am familiar with, that isn’t on a high income level, is using it.

bbPress is a bulletin board/forum plugin. The plugin has mixed reviews. One of the authors is Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress and the founder of Automattic, the company behind I don’t know why but that makes me feel more comfortable about it but the negative reviews are about not being able to uninstall all of the elements when it turns out not to work with a theme. There are far more positive reviews. Forums are notoriously difficult to get people to participate in. Getting the structure right so that it doesn’t put people off participating is also a big issue.

The feature image for this post is CC-BY-NC-SA Bart van de Biezen

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