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WordPress Plugin Review: EverKinetic

Everkinetic was created by Greg Priday. This WordPress Plugin provides users with over 289 specific images of exercises to insert into posts and/or pages. If you a have fitness blog, this Plugin has a library of images that can be downloaded with a push of a button. A shortcode is added to the content area with the image(s) the user selects.

Screen Shot of EverKinetic barbell iconWhen you click on the EverKinetic icon (Barbell) that’s located in the Content Editor Bar, EverKinetic is activated and opens up. Please note that the icon will only appear when in the “Visual” view and not in “Text” view. I couldn’t find anywhere on this subject to see if this is normal functionality or not.

Screen shot of types of exercise images from EverKineticEverKinetic Plugin categorizes its images in several ways, making it easier to locate specific images. The menu located across the top main menu in this Plugin lists all the features the user can search with. Here is a list of those features:

Specific Image Categories:

  • Isolations
  • Compounds
  • Isometrics
  • Primary Muscules
  • Secondary Muscules
  • Equipment

The only downfall to this Plugin is when selecting the exercise, the Plugin provides written steps on how to complete the exercise, these steps do not download with the image. The screen shots below show an example of what you see on the user end and what you see at pageview end.

everkinetic stepspageview

There is not a lot of information available on this Plugin. There are 60+ active installers and the Plugin does require WordPress Version 3.5 or higher.

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WordPress News: Live Chat with Matt Mullenweg–Founder of WordPress

Product Hunt is a website that lets users share and discover new products, from apps, websites and technology products that everyone’s talking about. On September 22, 2015, Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, Automattic, JetPack, and Audrey Capital hosted a LIVE Chat on Product Hunt.

There’s a large list of participants (or community members) who ask Matt questions about almost everything; from what are his favorite apps on his phone, to questions about Plugins, themes, and new upcoming releases. One conversation between community member Nikhil VIMal and Matt that caught my interest is below in the screen shot provided:

Screen shot of a conversation between Nikhil and Matt on Prudhunt.com

Not all questions got answered, but Matt did a fantastic job answering as many as he could.

Maker Stories

Product Hunt also features podcasts called, Maker Stories. Episode 44: features Matt Mullenweg on hiring, investing and picking his friends wisely. Erik Torenberg–Product Hunt interviews Matt and has this to say about him:

Real pleasure to chat with Matt, the most successful humble person I know.

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Interview With Mojo Mustapha: A WordPress User

A picture of Mojo with bananasMojo Mustapha, the Community Director for Hedonisia Hawaii Eco-Community. He chooses WordPress for his professional website. Hedonisia.com is mostly a virtual tour of his community, built with informational pages and applications. While his business is located in Puna, Hawaii, his WordPress website can reached anywhere in the world.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Mojo Mustapha. My choice of communicating with him was through emailing, as he is located in the jungle of Hawaii and me, in a classroom located in Vancouver, Washington.

Samantha Yuill: How and when did you initially find out about WordPress?

Mojo: A Tech Intern at Hedonisia Hawaii told us.

Samantha Yuill: Mojo provided me with a link to Tech Volunteers In Hawaii when he answered this question. I’m assuming that Leonardo is the Tech Intern that told him about WordPress.A screen shot of Hedonisia, Tech Volunteer webpage

Samantha Yuill: What was your first impression after using WordPress for the first time?

Mojo: I liked the fact that you can use it from any computer.

Samantha Yuill: I’d like to know what the WordPress Community is like in Hawaii, especially in your area. Are their meetups? Workshops? Classes?

Mojo: That’s why I have to go to Portland. There’s nothing in Big Island.

Samantha Yuill: Do you have experience with any other CMS? Why did you pick WordPress?

Mojo: Drupal was way too complicated. As a community that depends on Volunteers and Interns, we found many more had WordPress experience.

Samantha Yuill: How has WordPress helped build your Eco-Community in Hawaii?

Mojo: It allows me to create multiple user accounts so interns can also play a role in editing and updating the site.

Samantha Yuill: Are there any changes you would suggest to make WordPress more user friendly?

Mojo: Yes built in levels of Admin control based on security clearance. Right now when I give Interns Editor access they can’t do much unless I give the Admin status which then allows them access to everything. There should be more levels of clearance and control between Editor and Administrator when adding Users.

Samantha Yuill: Is there anything extra you would like to share about your experience using WordPress?

Mojo: I wish there was a better way to work offline with it. We live in Hawaii and when the internet is down we are unable to use the site. This is different from the old html days where we could still read our site offline.

Although Mojo and I didnt get to communicate in person or over the phone, I got the sense that most of his website Hedonisia.com is maintained by his interns. He travels off the Big Island to attend any workshops on WordPress. Maybe someday I will be able visit Hawaii and help Mojo with his WordPress site.

Tutorial: How to Auto Update WordPress

WordPress has two ways to update. There is a three-step process through the WP-Admin screen, while WordPress.org has a tutorial for updating for multiple versions, as well as package you can download. There is a warning: The updates can affect your files and folders including the main WordPress installation, so backing up WordPress is highly recommended.

It’s important to update; updating WordPress applies fixes and patches. WordPress does automatic updates for security and maintenance that is done in the background.

In WordPress, you can easily update your application directly from the Admin screen. When a version is available, you will see a notification in the WP Admin area. You can choose to update the newest version from this screen. There will be an important message that provides you with a button “Update Now.”

Automatic Updates

Screen shot of update notification in the WordPress WP Admin area

The following are step-by-step instructions on using the automatic WordPress update method.

  1. From the WP-Admin screen, select Updates. If there are updates that need to be installed, there will be notifications.
  2. Under WordPress Updates from the WP-Admin screen, there will be a blue button entitled “Update Now.”
  3. Select the blue button and WordPress will update. Your notification will change to “Update WordPress.”Screen shot of WordPress updating
  4. After the update has completed, you will receive a “Welcome to WordPress” notification.

Screen shot in the WP-Amin area, welcoming the new update

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