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Bright Ideas for WordPress
It's Episode 590 and we have plugins for Captcha Woo, Register User, Login Profile, Pete's Login, FreeSoul Plugins, Auto Table, Redirect Pages… and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
– ‘good morning, good afternoon, good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today! Coming to you LIVE from …'
Welcome to Episode 590 – Bright Ideas for WordPress – Hopefully this is the last cold front we experience this winter, and that everyone is keeping warm!
Remember: This is a Value for Value show, meaning any value you find here, offer that same value back! We accept all currencies including time and talent currency! Chocolate is always good too…
And don't skip the end of the show – you never know what kind of amazing life altering advice you might catch!
A special note to all of our Listeners out there: What do you think about the way our show flows? Got an idea? Share it with us! Got a question? Don't be shy about asking! If you have a question or an idea that will make this show better, don't hesitate to chuck it at us – if we can't catch it we will just duck.
…When you see this in the notes, this means we didn't read this on the show, and that the only way to find this information out is to read our Show Notes!
…You can send any questions/suggestions or notes saying ‘hi' over to me at email@example.com, or hit up our site wpppluginsatoz.com/contact – Be creative with the title so that the spammer eater doesn't eat your note though!
Let's start the show with this weeks Featured Artist:
Artist: Angel Lemus — http://www.koadigital.com
We are still lacking in new art, however because of this we get to bring forth some amazing art that has not been seen for a while!
Feeling Inspired? Hit up our site at https://wppluginsatoz.com/artwork/ and submit some artwork of your own!
…We can NEVER have too much art!
Or check out allll the artwork at: https://wppluginsatoz.com/artwork/
Breaking News in the WordPress World at large!!
…If I missed something, shoot me a link at firstname.lastname@example.org – it may show up on the next show!
News this week:
WordPress Vulnerability Report – Jan 25, 2023 (https://ithemes.com/blog/wordpress-vulnerability-report-january-25-2023/) – There is a large list of fixed vulnerabilities in plugins, and the list for plugins with vulnerabilities is decent size this week. The ones I most easily recognize are:
Eays PayPal Buy NowButton, Page Builder: Live Composer, YouTube Channel Gallery, WP TopBar, and MapWiz.
Awesome Motive acquires Thrive Themes (https://wptavern.com/awesome-motive-acquires-thrive-themes) – Awesome Motive's second acquisition of the year already! Thrive Themes is a drag and drop page builder. The co-founders of the plugin have stated that they will not be joining Awesome Motive, they have said that nothing will be changing for their loyal customers. Hopefully that stays true.
WP Migrate 2.6 introduces full-site exports and import to local (https://wptavern.com/wp-migrate-2-6-introduces-full-site-exports-and-import-to-local) – WP Migrate, formerly known as WP Migrate DB, recently acquired by WP Engine, has now expanded the plugins capabilities to include full-site exports for full integration with Local, a popular and free WordPress development tool also owned by WP Engine.
WordPress Project to evaluate replacing Slack with Matrix Open Source Chat (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-project-to-evaluate-replacing-slack-with-matrix-open-source-chat) – WordPress Matrix contributors are proposing a new meta team subproject that would explore replacing Slack communication with Matrix, an open source federated chat system. Matrix already powers a variety of community chat systems including Element, what is referred to as the Slack Alternative. This is something that has been talked about since 2020, and seems to be coming to fruition.
Yoast SEO 20.0 introduces new admin interface (https://wptavern.com/yoast-seo-20-0-introduces-new-admin-interface) – For those who use Yoast, the new update has reordered the munu into 4 sections: General, Content Types, Categories, and Tags. Hopefully it will not take too long for everyone to get used to the new setup.
SQLite Database Integration is now available as a plugin for testing (https://wptavern.com/sqlite-database-integration-now-available-as-a-plugin-for-testing) – This is an interesting plugin to try testing out. It's part of the effort of WordPress's Performance Teams effort to turn their features into plugins.
How will ChatGPT, DALL-E, and other AI tools impact the future of work? We asked 5 experts (https://thenextweb.com/news/how-will-chatgpt-dall-e-and-other-ai-tools-impact-the-future-of-work-we-asked-5-experts) – Great article from TNW with some interesting insights! Like ‘creativity for all – but loss of skills, with humans surpassed, niche and ‘handmaid' jobs will remain, and leaps in technology will lead to new skills.
…Our News Section really isn't complete without ClassicPress News…
Driven & Funded By The Community
ClassicPress is a community-led and funded open-source content management system and a fork of WordPress that preserves the TinyMCE classic editor as the default option. Estimated Annual Budget
Amount Raised in 2022
updated on 2022-12-30
Why Do You Use ClassicPress Instead of WordPress?
Posted on January 9, 2023 by Viktor Nagornyy | Category: General
Share your story, what’s the reason you chose ClassicPress over WordPress? We need to help outsiders understand how ClassicPress helps its users.
ClassicPress has released 1.5.0 which which brings ful support for PHP 8.0., Image Lazy Loading, And More In v1.5.0 Read up on all the changes that come with the new version.
Remember to do your backup before you upgrade!!
ClassicPress is doing a Poll of its users to see where they want ClassicPress to go in the future. They have given two options to vote on. Go check out the options and cast your vote!
ClassicPress has projects they are looking to have some support with. They have a page with these projects listed and who the contact is for the project. Check out the following page if you are using ClassicPress and are interested in helping them move forward! https://forums.classicpress.net/t/currently-active-projects/3630
They also have some petitions posted check them out!
…For some up to date news on ClassicPress check out the ClassicPress Blog.
The Extras – check out our Facebook, or Twitter page for even more!
Researchers to release VMWare vRealize Log RCE Exploit, patch now (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/researchers-to-release-vmware-vrealize-log-rce-exploit-patch-now/)
What the hell is job boomeranging and why is it trending right now? (https://thenextweb.com/news/what-the-hell-is-job-boomeranging-and-why-is-it-trending-right-now)
Hackers use new SwiftSlicer wiper to destroy Windows Domains (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hackers-use-new-swiftslicer-wiper-to-destroy-windows-domains/)
Massive Microsoft 365 outage caused by WAN router IP charge (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/massive-microsoft-365-outage-caused-by-wan-router-ip-change/)
Tech bosses face jail for ‘harmful content' under new UK laws (https://thenextweb.com/news/tech-bosses-face-jail-for-harmful-content-uk-online-harms-bill)
Ukraine: Sandworm hackers hit news agency with 5 data wipers (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ukraine-sandworm-hackers-hit-news-agency-with-5-data-wipers/)
Microsoft fixes Windows 11 issue behind Remote Desktop freezes (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-fixes-windows-11-issue-behind-remote-desktop-freezes/)
PlugX malware hides on USB devices to infect new Windows hosts (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/plugx-malware-hides-on-usb-devices-to-infect-new-windows-hosts/)
Microsoft starts force upgrading Windows 11 21H2 devices (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-starts-force-upgrading-windows-11-21h2-devices/)
…Some random entertainment in the World of WordPress!
…Matt's Famous Quotes
…The hall of shame via Automattic:
Let's have a peek at our Contests for this week…
Firstly we want to thank Simple Giveaways for being totally awesome and providing us with their Premium Version for our contests!
Secondly we want to thank Steve Goodtime & Brant Matthews for creating our amazing jingle we still use!!
And we want to thank Charlie for coming to our aid and rescue yet again with another fantastic contest!
Last week to get your name into the draw for:
SweepPress – Unlimited Lifetime Agency Licence Giveaway valued at $459!
Powerful Database Cleanup Plugin for WordPress
SweepPress is an easy-to-use plugin for WordPress, built around 28 different Sweepers for database cleanup, support for WP-CLI and WP REST API, the ability to create sweep jobs that can include one or more sweepers, and that can be scheduled to run periodically, and other useful tools for database clean up and optimization.
Click HERE to visit SweepPress
…To Enter, head on over to wppluginsatoz.com/giveaway and enter for your chance to win!…
Remember, this is YOUR show! We are just the Worker Bee's here – Don't be afraid to jump up and down and demand a turn at the wheel to help guide the show to where YOU want it to go!
That goes for all the Developers out there too – this is YOUR show! by supporting us with your Plugin donations you are helping to guide the show to where you want to see it go! A GIANT Thank You is owed to the Developers who have been supporting us this whole time, we honestly could not have even gotten this show started without you!
If any Developers out there listening right now are interested in adding to the show by donating a Premium License for our Contests, you can do so by going to WPPluginsAtoZ.com/PluginContest!
Time to dive in to the meat and potatoes of plugin depravity!
Off we go….
reCAPTCHA for WooCommerce
Easily add Google reCAPTCHA to WooCommerce checkout and forms to help prevent spam.
Rating 5 Dragons
Freesoul Deactivate Plugins – plugin manager and cleanup
I covered this the week before last, and I really liked it! Gave it a 5 dragon rating despite it being a freemium!
Going to use it this week, I realized that they took away one of the most useful tools I had talked about – where you can get a suggestion on which plugins to deactivate – and they put it behind the paywall.
Now I understand that they need to make money, and I fully accept that in order to do so they need to put the really good tools behind the paywall.
That does not stop me feeling rather cranky about it.
They left the ‘preview' tool, so at least you can deactivate plugins on each page, and preview it before saving to make sure you didn't break anything with the deactivations. That's good, I just hope they don't throw that behind the paywall too…
Still really love this plugin, they did a great job! But I am really cranky about their decision to put the tool behind the paywall – and in my opinion losing that tool brings them down to the typical 4 dragons since now all of the most useful tools are officially behind the paywall.
Rating: 4 Dragons
User Registration – Custom Registration Form, Login Form And User Profile For WordPress
Are you a beginner with absolutely zero coding skills? No problem! User Registration’s drag and drop form builder lets you create custom registration forms of any kind for your WordPress site. Go for simple forms or create complex multi-step forms. It’s all up to you.
Moreover, this free, lightweight, and 100% responsive plugin comes with a beautifully designed login form ready for you to use. It automatically creates a user profile account for WordPress users as well.
Rating 4 Dragons
Automatic TOC – Table of Contents
This is a pretty nifty free plugin, one of the plug'n'plays.
It's a shortcode you can enter into any page or post you want, and you will have a table of contents created from your headings on the page/post.
You can use this as shortcode or as a widget, and you can personalize it through CSS.
This is a great, easy plugin to add a bit more to your pages and posts.
Rating: 5 Dragons
We Interrupt the Meat and Potatoes of Plugin Depravity Edition to bring you our Donations Segment and to thank our Producers!
Remember, this is YOUR show! We're just the Worker Bee's here. Don't forget to restock the show's larders with some Time, Treasure, or Talent Donations! Need more info on how to do that? Check out our site wppluginsatoz.com – right up in the menu you will see each one under ‘Donations'!
Special thanks goes to:
Free-Lance Producers popping in and out:
Though always showing up at unexpected times, these Producers are surely part of the reason our name is getting out there! Thank you!
…If you have listened to even 10 minutes of this show, or shown up a single time to one of our live shows on YouTube, you are one of our many Free-Lance Producers! Although you guys are always popping in and out at unexpected times, we appreciate your support and periodic help with one thing or another – thank you!
Back Room Producers hanging-out in the Lounge:
Always about the place consuming all the coffee and donuts, these Producers earn it by helping out with our contests, artwork, site organization, notes, questions, suggestions, licenses, and by hiring us! Your Time and Talent Donations are equal to your Treasure Donations of under $50, and we would not be here without you – thank you!
…Back Room Producers, if you ever notice something that needs some work feel free to reach out to us and let us know – you can offer to take it up yourself, or just let us know and we will add it to our list.
War Room Producers:
With their donations of $50 or more these Producers receive a few extra perks – an official AtoZ Handle of their choice, a spotlight in that weeks show for a short speech, an official Executive Producership Credit, and seeing the ‘Magic' as it happens up in the War Room before we send the show out into the netherworld of the internets! Thank you for sticking by us and helping to keep the Back Room Producers stocked in coffee and donuts!
…**If you prefer to stay anonymous, please let us know at the beginning of your note to us regarding your donation! We are more than happy to keep you anonymous from the world – nobody is ever forced out of the tender embrace of the shadows on this show!**
…To receive your Official AtoZ Handle, think up an original name, and send it into us! Be sure to note down the show number and title of the show so that we know when to log it!
…Your spotlight can be an elevator pitch for your business, a note, or you can just skip it!
…The Producership Credit we offer is REAL! When you send your donation in to us of $50 or more, please be sure to note down the number and title of the show your donation shows up on, and we will back up your right to claim Producership!
…'Seeing the Magic Happen' refers to being part of the show – if you are interested in taking up a larger part in the show, reach out to us and let us know! We will be happy to discuss the options!
…War Room Producers, same as for the Back Room Producers, reach out to us if you notice something that needs work! Whether you are wanting to take up the job yourself or just inform us and leave it, we will add it to our list!
Thank you, now back to the Meat and Potatoes of Plugin Depravity Edition!
LoginWP (Formerly Peter's Login Redirect)
LoginWP (formerly Peter’s Login Redirect) lets you define a set of redirect rules for specific users, users with specific roles, users with specific capabilities, and a blanket rule for all other users. Also, set a redirect URL for post-registration.
Rating 4 Dragons
Page Redirects – Redirect to any post, page or product
This is a great plugin for creating custom redirects for your pages, posts, or products! Totally free plugin, you will find the dashboard under Settings>Redirecs (they seem to have forgotten the t).
Unfortunately when I went to try the plugin out, it broke the site. Could be worth looking into if you really want this plugin on your site, likely something going on with the code; I don't think this one plays nice with others.
Rating: 3 Dragons
ClassicPress is at a crossroads right now, we aren't sure whether or not they are going to stick around. It seems that either option they choose will have a lot of hard bumps ahead – I hope that they manage to keep ClassicPress going, that they become super strong and amazing like I know they can, and that they manage to keep that part of themselves that caused us to like them so much in the first place.
…A little about ClassicPress for those who aren't sure: ClassicPress is WordPress frozen at version 4.9. Once WordPress moved to 5, they added in a whole lot of new folders, and the experimental additions to the Core started in earnest. ClassicPress is literally the Classic version of WordPress. A few plugins have been made over the years for just ClassicPress, though all Plugins compatible with WordPress 4.9 should work for ClassicPress.
To any ClassicPress user listening right now: I challenge you – yes YOU – to write a review of your favourite, or least favourite ClassicPress plugin, and send it into us! You can do so by hitting us up at https://wppluginsatoz.com/submit-plugin-review/!
…And feel free to add more to this section by reaching out to me at email@example.com.
ClassicPress Resource Section:
This information is like Fruit Cake! It doesn't wither away and will still be good years down the road so it's great for learning! Go and check this section out in our Show Notes if you have an interest!
…We have thrown some ClassicPress Resources in here for you – and they appear to have stuck like well cooked pasta! Glad you made it to this part of the notes since we only mention it lightly on the show – If we missed something, let us know!
…Learn more about ClassicPress 1.4.0 RC2:
…ClassicPress Tutorials on their site:
…ClassicPress's “Must Have” Plugins List:
…https://directory.classicpress.net/plugins They now have 71 plugins (and counting!) available.
…WordPress Plugin Section compatible with ClassicPress:
Questions, Notes, and Feedback from our Producers out there:
…Send us your thoughts and opinions, but most of all send us your questions! No such thing as a stupid question people! I was new not too long ago, and I know how overwhelming it can be stepping into this world at this stage – I know for a fact that questions you have are the same questions others out there have!
How to be part of your own production!
Interviews – get yourself out there using us as your tool!
…Looking for a way to get your name and work out there? Use us as a stepping stone! Hit us up at https://wppluginsatoz.com/interview
Send in Plugin Reviews, or suggestions for Plugin reviews!
…Have a plugin you love? Or one you really think people should avoid? Reach out to us and get your words and opinion out into the world by hitting us up at https://wppluginsatoz.com/submit-plugin-review/
Send in questions and/or comments!
…Have a thought to share? Send it in! You can stay anonymous or belt your name out in all caps!
Stuff and reminders about Stuff:
Nothing new has been set out yet, it all depends on how moody our Island is going be this winter and how much snow/rain we get – no sense having a meetup if the main highway gets washed out again!
Keep an eye here for the next Meet Up, eventually we will get it going!
Remember you can check out our Show Notes on our site wppluginsatoz.com! There is extra information to grab up there that we don't even speak out loud on the show!
Today's Plugins we covered were:
- reCAPTCHA for WooCommerce – 5
- User Registration – Custom Registration Form, Login Form And User Profile For WordPress – 4
- LoginWP (Formerly Peter's Login Redirect) – 4
- Freesoul Deactivate Plugins – plugin manager and cleanup -4
- Automatic TOC – Table of Contents – 5
- Page Redirects – Redirect to any post, page or product – 3
Ways to support the show!
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…Just showing up to our YouTube Channel and joining us live every Thursday at 11am PDT is a FANTASTIC show of support! So is joining our FaceBook page and hitting *Share* on our posts every once in a while!
…Giving a review of us on any of the platforms listed above would be super helpful too!
Want to get ahold of us???
If you still do Snail Mail, you can send an actual, physical letter or item to this Brick and Mortar address:
…(Pssst! I love receiving things that are not bills! Especially art if you enjoy drawing – no matter what age!)
WP Plugins A to Z
C/O John Overall
20-754 E Fairview Rd.
Victoria, BC V9A 5T9
OR, you can email us!
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 stay on top of the tech in the world?
- What has been your favourite thing about working on computers? (mine is learning code)
I have a couple more questions for my dad just after the closing credits, for those listening elsewhere, you will have to make your way over to the YouTube's!
Questions asked after closing credits:
- How do you help someone who wants to hire you to build a site, when they simply say ‘I just want you to build it.' and give you no other direction?
- What is your idea of an awesome site?
One more time for the ways to contact us!
Our Brick and Mortar Address – just in case you decide to send along a gift!
(Especially art if you enjoy drawing – no matter what age!)
WP Plugins A to Z
C/O John Overall
20-754 E Fairview Rd.
Victoria, BC V9A 5T9
Fastest way to contact us:
- My website: http://www.johnoverall.com/
- WordPress Emergency Support: http://wppro.ca/wpemergency
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- email: email@example.com