Plugins 031 – Configure SMTP WordPress Plugin

Today we’re covering the Configure SMTP WordPress Plugin. This simple plugin allows you to customize the server your blog sends email for notifications, comments, etc… It is very useful if your emails from your blog are getting blocked because of the smtp server they are relayed through is black listed.

Features Include:

  • SMTP host and port options
  • SMTP authentication user name and password
  • SMTP over secure SSL option
  • Sender “From:” name and email
  • Configure for Gmail option
  • Test configuration

Plugins Podcast Skill Level: Any

To learn more about the Configure SMTP WordPress Plugin, please visit the WordPress plugins page, To see more projects developed by Scott Reilly, please go to

Plugins 012a – MailPress Plugin

MailPressToday we’re covering the MailPress plugin to quickly add a newsletter mailing list to your blog.

Features include:

  • Newsletters for (users can subscribe to)
    • Each post
    • Daily (digest of posts each day)
    • Weekly digest
    • Monthly digest
    • Comments
  • Manually send newsletters
  • Detailed logging of sent messages
  • Themes for Email newsletters
  • Add-ons (Sort of like plugins for this plugin)
    • Bulk import tool (comma separated list of addresses)
    • Import data (csv, XML sample, other WordPress plugins from database)
    • Mailing lists manager
    • Newsletter categories
    • Synchronize WordPress accounts with MailPress Users
    • Add roles and capabilities (Special User Roles to apply to WordPress accounts)
    • Custom Fields

The plugin is very powerful which makes it very complicated to setup and configure. It definitely helps to read all of the documentation and have previous knowledge of how to edit source code before attempting to use this plugin.

Plugins Podcast Skill Level: Advanced

To learn more about MailPress, please go to

Plugins 007 – Special Guest Peter Keung author of Peter’s Custom Anti-SPAM plugin

In this episode, we have a special guest Peter Keung, author of Peter’s Custom Anti-SPAM plugin. During the interview, Peter tells us a little about what he does, gives us the 411 on his plugin and explains why he was inspired to create the plugin. Peter also recommends another plugin for us to check out called SimplePress forum plugin and has some tips for other plugin developers.

To learn more about Peter and his plugins, please visit

Plugins 004 – CFormsII Custom Forms

Today we’re covering the CFormsII plugin to add contact forms, applications and other custom forms to WordPress.

Key features include:

  • Complete gamut of field types (radio, checkbox, dropdown, listbox, password, date, etc…)
  • Auto confirmation Email message
  • Email admin(s) of form submission
  • Use forms for blog comments
  • Integrates with the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) content editor
  • Multi-page forms
  • Ability to attach files
  • Captcha image to prevent SPAM form submissions
  • Data saved in database exportable (XML, CSV, TAB)
  • Specify start and/or end dates when forms are available
  • Works with WordPress 2.7 (latest version as of this writing)

The plugin is developed by Delicious Days. To learn more about CFormsII plugin as well as other plugins developed by Delicious Days, please visit

Plugins 003 – Peters Custom Anti Spam

Today we’re covering the Peter’s Custom Anti-SPAM plugin to combat comment SPAM in WordPress. The plugin adds a Captcha image to confirm that the actual user leaving the comment is a human and not a scripted SPAM bot or comment spamming crawler.

Key features include:

  • Easy to read customizable Captcha words
  • Random font styles
  • Audio option for visually impaired users
  • Does not require Javascript or web browser cookies
  • Works with WordPress 2.7 (latest version as of this writing)

The plugin is developed by Peter Keung. To learn more about Peter’s Custom Anti SPAM plugin as well as other plugins developed by Peter on his web site,