It's Episode 517 - We have plugins for Email Management, Social media Publishing, Radio Player, Restrict Contact, Admin Colour Schemes ... and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

A Return To the Light

It's Episode 517 – We have plugins for Email Management, Social media Publishing, Radio Player, Restrict Contact, Admin Colour Schemes … and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Mailroad Switch, Localhost to IP, Social Media Publish, RadioPlayer – Live Shoutcase, Icecase and Audio Stream Player for WordPress, NutsForPress Restricted Contents, Retro Color Scheme ……. and ClassicPress options on Episode 517.

John's Intro:

66 weeks and the count continues, trust the plan, life is what it is and the show continues.

With great appreciation for the No Agenda Show for their inspiration of ideas and the occasional stolen sound clip.

This is a value for value show and I look forward to everyone providing some value back.

Before I get started, you will want to hang around to the end of the show for our Q & A segment with Amber…. and to those listening on the podcast, you may want to check out the YouTube version which has some great discussions before the show starts…

Producer Credits:

Show Art:

Angel Lemus — http://www.koadigital.com

All the show notes can be found at: WPPluginsAtoZ.com

Ambers' Rant:

This is #25 of 52 episodes for 2021. (Palindrome episode!) Its Episode 517! Summer – we wish for it, look forward to it, and than it appears with a boxing glove in our face. While I am SO happy to be warm and have longer days, this random heat is a bit of a killer, is it not? A couple weeks ago, we were hanging out around 15, now we are up between 27 and 32…. A little rougher than I usually like from Mother Nature…

So, if you do manage to get outside, remember to bring water. Or, make some lemonade – rather important to get the salt and sugar alongside the water into you while it's hot out. And take lots of breaks in the shade! If you DON'T manage to get outside, open a window to get some fresh air at least. Sitting in recycled air isn't the best for you all the time, even if it's colder than outside.

Also remember, turn off the media! Have a nap, read a book, enjoy the lazy summer as much as you can! And media/radio/tv will just kill that enjoyment.

Rinse and repeat as often as needed.

 

 

We have some news from the world of WordPress for you today as well as some great plugins.

News this week:

 

Automattic launches Maryland Blocks – It's second FSE theme on WordPress.org.

WooCommerce has chosen PayStack as their preferred payments partner – At least in Africa. These guys are a free plugin, and have made it pretty big it seems.

Info on Windows 11 from ZD Net – A basic overview of what is coming to us in the form of Windows 11.

Astra 3.5 is out and going strong! – Their recent upgrade seems to be going really well, things are running more easily, accessibility is better, and the controls are easier to use!

Elementor has some great advice on how busy developers can build a successful social media presence – very useful article! Totally worth checking out.

How to know when you have been hacked – With all the hacking that's going on right now, this may be a good thing to look over and just take notes on.

Have we reached the peak for ransomware? – An article on why we may have reached the peak, and might start seeing less ransomware on the net in the future.

 

This is the extra news stuff that someone out there might find interesting. To read more, you can head on over to the show notes or newsletter and check it out! If you find something to add for next show, send me a link at amber@wppro.ca

The extras – for even more extra news, check out our FaceBook, or Twitter page!

 

Tips Tuesday with MayAnna! Covering how to monetize, revamp, upgrade, and whether or not AI is your friend.

WordPress has refreshed all Twenty* themes with their own block patterns – This project started a year ago and has come to fruition. Everything twenty* has a new look and feel!!

Google launches Search Console Insights – Essentially a user friendly guide on how to use Google Analytics in laymans terms.

What happens with the can't see you at all? – This is a comprehensive paper on it. A little hard to read, but very useful. The guys at Neural did a pretty decent 5 paragraph cover of it if you don't want to try and get through technical jargon to get the gist.

How to make money with your freemium plugins – Great advice on how to make money while keeping your plugins free!

For those following BitCoin – This might be good news for you! Australia's Lloyds Auction house now accepts BitCoin for everything including and between a Tesla and a toaster! Likely a glimpse into what we have to look forward to.

The hall of shame via Automattic:
transparency.automattic.com/tag/hall-of-shame/

Matt's Famous Quotes
https://www.idrlabs.com/quotes/matt-mullenweg.php

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Angel Lemus — http://www.koadigital.com

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Off we go into the meat and potatoes, Into the depths of plugin depravity…..

ClassicPress Options

ClassicPress is growing really well, but I just don't have the time to add reviews on ClassicPress myself. I am always open to reviews sent in by listeners; though unless there is a review sent into me on ClassicPress, I am not going to do more than mention that ClassicPress is a thing, and here are some resources. I hope some listeners out there find this information useful!

One thing I am looking forward to in the ClassicPress World is the expansion of the number of ClassicPress specific plugins and their own repository. There are a few plugins specifically for ClassicPress and all plugins for WordPress 4.9.9 work well on it. I do believe it has a future, I just have not time to help them in getting it out there.

ClassicPress Resources:

For some up to date news on ClassicPress check out the ClassicPress Blog.

“Must Have” Plugins List
https://forums.classicpress.net/t/must-have-plugins-list/1163

It seems ClassicPress now has it own repository you can check it here https://directory.classicpress.net/plugins they now have 72 plugins available.

CodePotent's plugin directory
https://codepotent.com/classicpress/plugins/

WordPress Plugins

Are you looking for some great newly released plugins check this link
https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/new/

John's Plugin

Mailroad Switch

https://wordpress.org/plugins/mailroad-switch/

Version:1.0
Requires:5.2 or higher
Compatible up to:5.7.2
Released:10 June 2021
Downloads:44
Last Updated:10 June 2021
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is looking to be a very useful plugin if you have hit the point on your site where the email being sent to the Admin needs to be redirected somewhere else. You can enter a specific email address for the following errors.

Auto Update, Site errors, New users, and Jquesry Migrate.

This could help clean up your in box a little bit.

Rating 5 Dragons

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Amber's Plugin

RadioPlayer – Live Shoutcase, Icecase and Audio Stream Player for WordPress

https://wordpress.org/plugins/radio-player/

Version:1.0.1
Requires:5.0 or higher
Compatible up to:5.8
Released:24 June 2021
Downloads:459
Last Updated:10 July 2021
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

Long name, but pretty awesome plugin.

This gives you a sticky player for your page or pages that can be a pop up, full width, or there can be various on a single page.

You can play MP3, M3U8, do a Stream – there are many options as well for how you can make it look. Size, colour, where it shows, etc.

This uses a shortcode, or you can use an Elementor widget, a Gutenberg widget, or a sidebar widget.

This is certainly something you will want to look into if doing streams and MP3's is something you do often.

I really like their ‘get started' thing they have when you download the plugin; makes using this very easy indeed!

Totally recommend checking this out, they are still new so there are bound to be a few issues, though I didn't find any in my perusal. Also, totally free!

Rating 5 Dragons

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John's plugin

Localhost to IP

https://wordpress.org/plugins/localhost-to-ip/

Version:1.0
Requires:5.2 or higher
Compatible up to:5.7.2
Released:17 June 2021
Downloads:90
Last Updated:18 June 2021
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

The lowdown:

This is a useful plugin if you're doing local development and you need to share the site out. It lets you change the URL info of your site from localhost to an IP that can be accessed. The one caveat I would think here is, if your router will allow that to happen.

Rating 5 Dragons

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Amber's plugin

NutsForPress Restricted Contents

https://wordpress.org/plugins/nutsforpress-restricted-contents/

Version:1.1.1
Requires:5.3 or higher
Compatible up to:5.8
Released:23 June 2021
Downloads:82
Last Updated:25 July 2021
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

Interesting plugin, what they do is make it so that the option to restrict a page appears on the right hand side of the editing area. It shows up as an option to the right just above the ‘publish/update' option. I found it a little confusing at first, as the content restriction plugins I have tried in the past gave me the option to restrict pages in the settings of the plugin itself.

All in all, I think I prefer the option to choose restriction status in the same area you are editing the page/post in!

In the settings area, you can choose which ‘courteous page' link to send non-logged in users to, and then copy & paste the chosen link into the option area in the editing page.

If you are looking for an easy to use content restriction plugin, look no further!

Rating 5 Dragons

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John's plugin

Social Media Publish

https://wordpress.org/plugins/social-media-publish/

Version:1.0.2
Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:5.7.2
Released:03 June 2021
Downloads:142
Last Updated:05 June 2021
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a plugin to help you share your content across social platforms. It will auto publish to Facebook and instagram and you can also do a manual push at any time. You will have to setup your Client ID stuff to get it to work but this could help in your promotions.

Rating 4 Dragons

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Amber's plugin

Retro Color Scheme

https://wordpress.org/plugins/retro-color-scheme/

Version:1.0.0
Requires:3.0 or higher
Compatible up to:5.7.2
Released:22 June 2021
Downloads:33
Last Updated:22 June 2021
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

Want to pull a silly prank on someone? Download and activate this plugin, then go to their profile and select ‘retro color scheme'.

The colour's are terrible together! It's awesome! I don't think I could actually get any work done with these colours, but they are a lot of fun to look at for a bit!

I'm sure some people prefer these kinds of colours together, but for me it's just too much.

Really though, simple yet easy to use plugin, great for pranks for preference.

Rating 5 Dragons

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Random links for plugins

WordPress plugins crafted from love and experience
https://codeat.co/

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I do want to thank Charlie for coming to the aid of the show and getting our contests all organized. I also want to thank all the developers again for supporting our show with their plugin donations! Please check them out.

Short note about participating in the contests folks. Remember we go to great efforts to get these licenses and look for more participation from you the producers.

Welcome back to our contests!
Bloksy
Congratulations to the Winners of the three lifetime licenses from Blocksy!
Check out the great review given this plugin from Charlie who was our guest in Episode 515
Luis Hermenegildo – Personal
Martin Wedepohl – Professional
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1st Place – Agency Lifetime, valued at $299 with unlimited licenses
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This contest will be open to enter starting June 14th. Check out our contest page then for all the details and to enter for your chance to win!!

Visit https://wppluginsatoz.com/giveaway to check out our previous contests and see what type of plugins we have handed out before.

For all developers who would like to support the show. You can donate a premium license to be used in a future contest, please go to WPPluginsAtoZ.com/PluginContest

The plugins we covered were:

John’s Plugins: Mailroad Switch – 5, Localhost to IP – 5, Social Media Publish – 4
Amber's Plugins: RadioPlayer – Live Shoutcase, Icecase and Audio Stream Player for WordPress – 5, NutsForPress Restricted Contents – 5, Retro Color Scheme – 5

Matt's Famous Quotes
https://www.idrlabs.com/quotes/matt-mullenweg.php

Reminders / Commercial / Promotions:

Next Week:

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****Q & A Time with Amber ——– Catch this info on our YouTube Channel*****

*** Note: if you have questions you would like asked, send them to Amber at WPPro.ca she will get them into this segment. ****

  • When working on a new client's site, one of the things done is looking over the plugins.
    • What are you looking for when looking at whether or not your clients plugins need replacing?
    • How do you know whether or not the plugins are still working? Do you need to test them beforehand?
    • How do you know that the plugins you are thinking of replacing work better than the ones already there?
  • When looking over a site to see what needs doing, what are the first things you look at? What grabs your attention the most?
  • have you ever come across a site that cannot be fixed?
    • If so, what was wrong with it that it couldn't be fixed?
    • If not, what would have to be wrong with a site where it would be at the point of no return and you wouldn't be able to fix it?

 

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