New Backup Plugin for WordPress

I just finished this new Backup Plugin for WordPress. It started from a spin-off features I’ve added to my SQL Reports Plugin. I have really dialed in all the important aspects of a database backup in this new plugin and not going to stop there. I have plans to add more backup options soon.

Spanish translation added in last release

Thanks to Andrew Kurtis of my plugin has now been translated into Spanish of by Jelena Kovacevic. The new language files were tested and packaged in the last release. Now, if you have WPLANG defined as ‘es_ES’ in your wp-config.php file then the Anti-Malware Settings and Scan pages will be output en Español :-)

I’m also thinking of creating a facebook page for my plugin to get more feedback and collaboration form my users. Have some big ideas I would like share and get some help with to move this plugin forward. Leave a comment here and let me know what you think. Would you follow me on facebook? comment, Yes or No.

Added automated database backups to my SQL plugin

I just released a major update for my SQL Reports plugin. The new version, 3.06.14, has a lot of exiting new features like automatic scheduled backups of your database, and the ability to save archives of your DB and have them emailed to you. You can also retore these backups directly into your native WP DB or to an external database. The plugin uses the WordPress CRON API to schedule hourly and/or daily DB backups.

I also added a quick and easy shortcode for displaying a single variable from an SQL query. Just wrap your SQL query in the sqlgetvar short code like this:
[sqlgetvar]SELECT COUNT(*) FROM wp_users[/sqlgetvar]

Have fun with these new features and let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for improvements.

Clean Energy solution by Dan Tracy

This is a great project from my friend Dan that we all need to support.

The world needs more clean energy but for many people, the cost is too high. Building on the successes of conventional wind power technology, Pacific Sky Power has developed affordable wind turbines that can be used at many different locations. If you don’t have a good spot for installation, we also have towers. These systems are good starter kits for learning about this technology.

Wind turbines convert kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical energy which spins a generator to produce clean electricity. Our wind turbine is rated at 15 watts which can be used for charging 12 volt batteries. They’re great for camping, on boats and science projects. The 30 and 45 watt wind turbine systems include multiple turbines on a specialized tower.

Technical Specifications

Startup wind speed:   8 mph

Survival wind speed:   40 mph

Rotor type:   Horizontal axis

Number of blades:   2

Blade material:   GWS plastic

Rotor diameter:   15″

Generator type:   Brushed 30 volt DC motor

Battery charging:   12 volt DC

Operable rpm:   200 to 1800 rpm

Weight:   1 lb

Power cable length:   10 ft

Output:   15 watts

Over speed protection:   Yes

I added a shortcode for preg_replace to my SHORTcURL Plugin

Now, with a shortcode for the single most powerful PHP function there is (preg_replace), I dare to imagine that there is nothing that this simple plugin cannot do.

If you know what this amazing function, preg_replace, is capable of then put it to the test.

Here is an example of the syntax for the new new shortcode that calls preg_replace:

[preg_replace replace=”/to be searched/” with=”I replaced”]<li>The content to be searched</li>[/preg_replace]

and this is what you get:

  • The content I replaced

  • Added the ability to Move comments and modify Karma

    I released an update to this Comment Testimonials plugin that makes it easy to manually change the Comment Karma from the main comments section in your WordPress Admin.

    You can also move comments, from the page or post that they were made on, to any page or post you want them to be on.

    My new Plugin for making cURL calls

    I created this plugin that uses a shortcode to call wp_remote_get with parameters you pass to parsed and display a bit of HTML from a page on another site. You can include this shortcode in your page or post.

    Here is an example of the shortcode that will display the Download Stats page for this Plugin on
    [remote_get url="" start='&lt;div class="block-content"' stop='!-- block-content--' length="-1"].
    and this is what you get:
    EZ SHORTCURL Shortcodes to Fetch and Parse External Content — WordPress Plugins

    EZ SHORTCURL Shortcodes to Fetch and Parse External Content


    Use the shortcode “remote_get” with the parameter “url” to insert the content from that url into your page or post. You can also use parameters like start and stop (or end) to parse out a specific part of the content that you wish to display.

    Now you can also wrap any content in the “preg_replace” shortcode to manipulate it into the desired format. Tricky stuff, but very powerful, if you know what you’re doing.

    Updated August-3rd


    1. Download and unzip the plugin into your WordPress plugins directory (usually /wp-content/plugins/).
    2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in your WordPress Admin.


    What do I do after I activate the Plugin?

    Use the shorcode remote_get with a url parameter on a page or post to bring in external content.

    What does a example of the shortcode look like?

    [remote_get url=”” start='<div class=”block-content”‘ stop=’!– block-content–‘ length=”-1″ replace=”=’/extend” with=”=’” replace2=”%2Fextend%2F” with2=””]


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    Contributors & Developers

    “EZ SHORTCURL Shortcodes to Fetch and Parse External Content” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




    • Added a Shortcode Widget with pop-out position options.


    • Replaced the SESSION code with the use of GLOBALS for broader compatibilty.


    • Fixed the “with” parameter in to remote_get function to accempt empty string.
    • Decoded HTML Entities in the URL parameter to improve the handling of GET variables in the URL String.
    • Improved the error messages by adding what URL triggered the error.


    • Added a shortcode for str_replace simple string manipulation.
    • Added support for arrays in preg_replace shortcode.
    • Added an alternate shortcode for running preg_replace on another shortcode vs. on the results of another shortcode.

    • Added a shortcode for preg_replace to further manipulate content.

    • Fixed error handling on line 71 to report the whole curl error on the admin pages.

    • Fixed call to plugin_row_meta.

    • Added 24 hour caching to speed up page loads.
    • Added admin_notices if fatching or parsing produces any errors.

    • First versions uploaded to WordPress.