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September 15, 2016
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The following list is some of the software that we use daily and recommend.

Providing of course, your needs are inline with what the functionality that the software provides.  We thoroughly review the code, the support, and responsiveness of our software providers and then make recommendations.

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Date of Review:  01/17/2017

thumbs up imageSeveral of our clients requested our assistance in monetizing their sites and requested we evaluate options to employ ads on their website and we of course complied and began researching.  After reviewing the ratings and comments at the WordPress repository of adsense and other ads insertion plugins, we came up with a list to dig further into.  Although we reviewed 30 or so plugins, for the sake of brevity, we will only discuss the final three that we looked at and actually installed on our own systems.

Our hands down favorite is Advanced Ads.  Straight out of the box it was extremely easy to configure and covered the capabilities of some of premiums found in the other plugins.  We then bought the premium version Advanced Ads Pro.  We loved every bit of the additional capabilities and flexibility thats available and the price was very fair.  The support and documentation is also top notch and far superior to the others we reviewed.

Gard and Gard Pro is another ad insertion plugin that we evaluated for several months.  While we like the management console for the configuration, the plugin did not work for placing ads on the custom posts that our theme used.  We reached out to their support several times and a month or more since we posted our request for help, we haven’t received any communication from the site developer.  At this point we are forced to strongly advice against this ad insertion plugin application.

Another we used was from google surprising and it failed with our theme miserably.  While it has great potential and strong integration with the entire Adsense control panel, it didn’t work very well and caused some very strange things to happen to our adsense account.   So again, given all of the options available to us, we would recommend against this plugin at this time.

Overall recommendation is hands down Advanced Ads Pro.  The free version available on WordPress is pretty good too, but you will love the additional features and placement capability with the Pro version.  As always, if you have any questions or would like to talk with us in person, please don’t hesitate to call – 702.430.1849.

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Founder and CEO

Date of Review:  01/17/2017

thumbs up imageIn a nutshell, Sliced Invoices is a free WordPress invoicing and quoting plugin that allows you to send invoices & quotes to your clients from within your WordPress admin panel.  With a range of free and paid extensions available, all of your invoicing needs are covered.

We love the functionality and ability to use our admin section as a central focused point for sales and invoicing.  The premium add-ons are decently priced and bring with them just about any feature that you might need; payment gateways, partial payments, secure (https) links, and customer portals.

Additionally, and some might say most important, the developer is very responsive and great to work with.  The company is based out of Australia and we often wondered if they sleep they are so responsive.  Big kudos for being at the top of the support game.

In summary, we love every bit of the capability this brings us.  That and the support make this plugin a must for any small to medium business trying to stay organized.

Date of Review:  01/05/2017

thumbs up imageWP-Spamshield is our hands down longest used plugin and our most treasured of plugins.  It is an application that you install on your wordpress website and it virtually eliminates spam of any sort.  It will protect you from comment spam, registration spam, and a whole host of other types of script infiltration’s. You can safely remove your akismate plugins, remove any and all of your captcha plugins and strictly rely on WP-Spamshield to ensure the people on your blog are actually people and not computer machine driven scripts.

The plugin project was originally developed under the name wp-spamfree back in 2007.  Since then, it has undergone a complete rewrite of the code and is regularly updated and improved under the name WP-Spamshield.  All of the sites that Covered data use and manage for clients use this plugin and have been free of spam about the last 5 years.

Date of Review:  9/15/2016

Wordfence security plugin  provides the best protection available for your website. Powered by the constantly updated Threat Defense Feed, WordFence Firewall stops you from getting hacked. Wordfence Scan leverages the same proprietary feed, alerting you quickly in the event your site is compromised. Our Live Traffic view gives you real-time visibility into traffic and hack attempts on your website. A deep set of additional tools round out the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.

The premium service is also highly recommended, and in some of our customers cases, is mandated by us due to the level of sensitivity that the client has.

Date of Review:  9/28/2016

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