Breaking Through with Great WordPress Plugins
It's Episode 605 and we have plugins for Reloading Login Limits, Bottoming the Admin Bar… and WordPress News. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Welcome to Episode 605 – Breaking Through with Great WordPress Plugins – We've got a couple of great in-depth plugins to cover for you, some recent news in both the WordPress World and the Tech World in general, and some awesome WordPress Tips!
Hoping everyone out there is taking good care of themselves in the heat as summer has decided to come back with a vengeance! Remember you need salt alongside that water to let your body absorb the water right!
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Let's start the show with this weeks Featured Artist:
This one makes me think of explorers of the New World – the iciest areas of our planet have not been fully explored so really it is a snapshot of humans exploring a New World! Very cool picture
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Breaking News in the WordPress World at large!!
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News this week:
WordPress Vulnerability Report – June 28, 2023 (https://ithemes.com/blog/wordpress-vulnerability-report-june-28-2023/) – There is a surprisingly small list of new vulnerabilities this week, and the list of patched plugins is rather extensive!!
The ones I most easily recognize for plugins with vulnerabilities are: WP Cookie Notice for GDPR, CCPA & E Privacy; Form Builder; Image Protector; and Upload Resume.
One theme vulnerability: Balkon
Be sure to check the link in our show notes to see the list in full for both patched and unpatched.
Hackers actively exploiting unpatched privilege escalation vulnerability in Ultimate Member Plugin (https://wptavern.com/hackers-actively-exploiting-unpatched-privilege-escalation-vulnerability-in-ultimate-member-plugin) – This vulnerability allows unathenticated attackers to create new user accounts with admin privileges to take over the site. This has since been patched, although it is good to be aware of how they did this, and to give your member list a once over to see if anything stands out. If any of the names stand out double check and delete them. Be sure to check out the article to learn more on this.
Reusable blocks renamed to patterns with synced and non-synced options (https://wptavern.com/reusable-blocks-renamed-to-patterns-with-synced-and-non-synced-options) – This could be a little confusing for some, so be aware that this renaming has taken place. The reason for this name change is because of the difference between reusable blocks and patterns. The reusable blocks now that they have been renamed, will still have the same working functions as before, though now with the option to sync or not to sync there should be less confusion – once everyone gets over the initial confusion of the name change that is.
WordPress 6.3 will introduce a command palette (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-6-3-will-introduce-a-command-palette) – A quick update on the spirited debate on calling the command center the wayfinder – the majority of the participants were against calling it the wayfinder. It appears that the command center will now be referred to as ‘Command Palette'. You can read the article in depth to find out why this seems to be the chosen name.
WP Feature notification contributors seek feedback on admin notices with community survey (https://wptavern.com/wp-feature-notifications-contributors-seek-feedback-on-admin-notices-with-community-survey) – If you are interested in adding your 2 cents regarding the current system of notices in the WordPress Admin, be sure to check out the link in our show notes so that you can become an active party in this survey!
UK police report epidemic of Android false emergency calls (https://thenextweb.com/news/uk-police-report-epidemic-android-false-emergency-calls) – Users are being urged to temporarily turn off the emergency SOS feature as it appears a recent update in Android smart phones has been sending calls – the new feature update has set it so that if the power button is pressed 5 or more times it sends an SOS. The power button can easily get pressed 5 or more times consecutively in a persons pocket or bag – I know my volume gets hit constantly when I shove my phone into my back pocket while working out in the garden… This could be entertaining if it weren't such a nuisance!
WordPress 6.3 Beta 2 released, ready for testing (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-6-3-beta-2-released-ready-for-testing)
WordPress plugin review team adds 6 new sponsored volunteers, opens applications (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-plugin-review-team-adds-6-new-sponsored-volunteers-opens-applications)
Gutenberg 16.1 introduces pattern creation and library, adds distraction free mode to site editor (https://wptavern.com/gutenberg-16-1-introduces-pattern-creation-and-library-adds-distraction-free-mode-to-site-editor)
WordCamp Asia 2024 scheduled for March 7-9 in Taipei (https://wptavern.com/wordcamp-asia-2024-scheduled-for-march-7-9-in-taipei)
WordCamp Europe 2024 calls for organizers (https://wptavern.com/wordcamp-europe-2024-calls-for-organizers)
Twitter limits number of tweets users can read amid extended outage (https://techcrunch.com/2023/07/01/twitter-imposes-limits-on-the-number-of-tweets-users-can-read-amid-extended-outage/)
Netflix axes basic plan in Canada, IRL shuts down and Shein's influencer stunt backfires (https://techcrunch.com/2023/07/01/netflix-axes-its-basic-plan-in-canada-irl-shuts-down-and-sheins-influencer-stunt-backfires/)
This week in robotics: teaching robots chores from YouTube, robot dogs at the border and drone consolidation (https://techcrunch.com/2023/07/01/the-week-in-robotics-teaching-robots-chores-from-youtube-robot-dogs-at-the-border-and-drone-consolidation/)
It's clearly time: all the news about the transparent tech renaissance (https://www.theverge.com/23774468/clear-transparent-tech-gadgets-news-announcements-products)
An AI model designed a functional RISC-V CPU in less than 5 hours (https://www.theverge.com/2023/7/2/23781985/an-ai-model-designed-a-functional-risc-v-cpu-in-less-than-5-hours)
Dragon Rating Time!
Limit Login Attempts Reloaded
Limit Login Attempts Reloaded stops brute force attacks and optimizes your site performance by limiting the number of login attempts that are possible through the normal login as well as XMLRPC, WooCommerce and custom login pages.
Simple to get setup and running in just a few minutes and begin blocking those bots and other malicious attacks on your site. Simply set the number of time they can fail then set the lockout time and if they exceed the number set the set the number of days they are locked out in hours.
This is available in a couple of flavours of Premium for this plugin which provide additional benefits such as Auto IP Blocklist, Block by Country, Access to Cloud Optimizer, and a full on Auto Block List.
Rating 4 Dragons
We would love to hear some tid bit tips from some of our producers out there – what did you figure out by breaking something? Or what did you need to learn in order to help someone? You can send these tid bits into me at firstname.lastname@example.org
When you are making sites and looking for plugins for said sites, make sure you actually read the description thoroughly – not just look to see if it does what you are looking for. Often times in the description there will be bits further down that tell you whether they will work with whatever theme you are using, or if they are just meant for a block editor, or if they won't work with your current theme or site editor.
Also be sure to check out the last time this plugin was updated, because sometimes plugins that are older and have not been updated in a while will still work, though generally they will either create issues or just break your site.
When searching for a specific plugin, don't be afraid to download a bunch of plugins that look like they might work – but don't activate them until you have a few collected. As you try them out, don't forget to deactivate the one you just finished testing.
Often when you have more than 1 plugin that does the same thing – such as an SEO plugin – they will counteract one another if you have them both going at once. So only activate them one at a time, test it thoroughly, then deactivate it before moving on.
If you think you found the one you want, make a note of the name of the plugin – but still deactivate it and finish testing all the rest. Just 'cause you think you found the right one doesn't necessarily mean you have – there is still a chance that a different plugin will give you what you need AND what you want rather than just what you need.
A lot of time is spent testing and trying out different things and comparing. Often this busywork will actually teach you quite a bit though, so don't let it frustrate you. Use it as time to experiment – keeps things interesting.
…Some random entertainment in the World of WordPress!
…Matt's Famous Quotes
…The hall of shame via Automattic:
Bottom Admin Toolbar
Ever been working on a site, and wish your admin toolbar could just go away for a moment while you finish off your header/top of the page? I know I have, and I came across this plugin that just moves it down to the bottom of your page.
After working with it down there for a bit, I actually find it really useful! It's out of the way of most things until you get to the footer portion, though you can just go in and turn the plugin off while you are working on that.
Having the admin bar down at the bottom is really nice I am finding. It gives you more of a feeling of a user to not have that bar right up there and covering some of your work.
This is a plug'n'play free plugin that does exactly what it says it will – nothing more and nothing less. Very straightforward, if you want the bar at the top again, just disable the plugin.
There are no settings, plays well with others, no ads, nothing to think about.
Sometimes, the simplest plugins are some of the best tools!
Rating: 5 Dragon
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Today's Plugins we covered were:
Limit Login Attempts Reloaded By Limit Login Attempts Reloaded
- Stops brute force attacks
- Optimizes site performance by limiting login attempts
- block IP/username when limit # has been reached
Rating: 4 Dragons
Bottom Admin Tool By Michael Revellin-Clerc
- Moves your admin bar to bottom of page
- Clears up the top area so you can more easily see your site
- Simple plug'n'play
Rating: 5 Dragons
Q & A Time with Amber – Catch this info on our YouTube Channel
If you have questions you would like to have asked on the show, send them in to me at Amber@WPPro.ca – let's see if we can stump my dad!
- How do you know whether you need to add additional security into your site?
- How do you figure out which security plugin to use?
Questions asked after closing credits:
- How can you tell if a security plugin is working if it's a new site?
- How do you figure out the combination needed for security plugins that will work for what you want?