Bringing in the Future of WordPress Plugins
It's Episode 592 and we have plugins for Fast Indexing, Security and Firewalls, Easy MailChimp, Bible Up, Limit Mailers, Custom Logins… and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Welcome to Episode 592 – Bringing in the Future of WordPress Plugins – Hoping everyone is keeping healthy and avoiding those nasty colds floating about!
We have a bit of an announcement for everyone, we are going to be moving our show officially to Monday, noon-thirty (12:30pm). Reason is simple – our clients need us on Monday mornings so all other things need be bumped so we can be there for them. Used to be that Mondays were the quiet days – now it almost feels like a super busy Friday!
Onto the art!
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!
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Let's start the show with this weeks Featured Artist:
Artist: Artist J. Saliba
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 email@example.com – it may show up on the next show!
News this week:
WordPress Vulnerabilty Report – February 8, 2023 (https://ithemes.com/blog/wordpress-vulnerability-report-february-8-2023/) – First of all, for those who are into testing, WordPress Core 6.2 Beta is up and ready for testing!
The list of plugins to be aware of this week is decently long. The ones I most easily recognize are:
User Acivity, Embed PDF, LIst Pages Shortcode, 0mk Shortner – there seems to be an issue with a few different shortcode plugins. Be sure to check out the list yourself as I don't list them all on air here. You can find the link here in the show notes.
WordPress.com is testing AI-Generated Images and Content (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-com-is-testing-ai-generated-images-and-content) – WordPress is currently testing two new blocks for generating paragraph content and images to be generated by AI. The two blocks are labelled as experimental, and are being called ‘JetPack AI – your writing assistant on WordPress.com'. Could be great, could also spell the end of content generators who do this for a living. Who knows? You can read more on this by following the link in our show notes.
Twitter Outage uncovers more details on the upcoming API Access changes, giving fetaverse a shot in the arm (https://wptavern.com/twitter-outage-uncovers-more-details-on-upcoming-api-access-changes-giving-the-fediverse-a-shot-in-the-arm) – Twitter's major outage on February 8th left a lot of Twitter users without the ability to Tweet or send/receive private messages. Some reported receiving messages stating that they were over their daily limit for sending tweets. This has sent a lot of Titter users off to Mastodon, CloudFlare's newly released WildBeest – people are escaping the Twitter and moving onto other platforms for constant use.
Gutenberg 15.1 adds Openverse integration (https://wptavern.com/gutenberg-15-1-adds-openverse-integration) – 15.1 Gutenberg was released this week with Openverse integration in the Media Tab. The Openverse Library of openly licensed and public domain works has also moved to its own website with an updated design. It contains more than 600 million free-to-use images and audio files that are now available inside WordPress's editor. I can see this being directly connected like this very useful in the future – you can follow the link in our show notes to learn more and read up more on this.
WordPress opens applications for 2023 Community Summit (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-opens-applications-for-2023-community-summit) – The WordPress Open Source event will be hosting a community summit as part of the WordCamp US this year. This will take place on August 22-23, 2023, in National Harbor, Washington DC. This is an invitation only event, and will be the first one in six years. The last one was held in France, 2017. The application to attend is no open to all contributors, regardless on how long you have been involved in the project.
WP Community Collective Names Alex Stine as first Accessibility Fellow (https://wptavern.com/wp-community-collective-names-alex-stine-as-first-accessibility-fellow) – The WP Community Collective (WPCC) is a newly formed nonprofit organization dedicated to funding individual WordPress contributors and community-led initiatives, has announced its first Accessibility Fellow. Alex Stine, an individual who is a fully blind contributor, who has been working with WordPress Accessibility team since 2016, is the first recipient of a Fellowship. You can read more on this by following the link in our show notes!
What Greek Myths can teach us about the danger of AI (https://thenextweb.com/news/what-greek-myths-can-teach-about-dangers-of-ai) – There are many stories of intelligent humanoids peppered throughout the Greek Mythologies; we are not the first to think up AI. There are some really cool stories brought up by the writer of this article like The Golden Maidens made by Hephaestus, Talos: Intelligent machines in the hands of tyrants, and a favourite – Pandora. I really like the take on these stories and really, they offer quite a bit of wisdom on the modern day version of AI, some decent insight, and even some wisdom.
…Our News Section really isn't complete without ClassicPress News…
ClassicPress has a forum page for Community Feedback… if you use ClassicPress and want to help improve it, then head over to the Community Feedback page and choose the category you feedback fits into and share.
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.
Quiet quitting is comforting – quitting is liberating (https://thenextweb.com/news/quiet-quitting-is-comforting-quitting-is-liberating)
1Password is trying for zero passwords (https://www.theverge.com/2023/2/9/23592917/1password-passkey-password-account-security-biometric-authentication)
Your Google searches are quietly evolving. Here's what's next. (https://www.wired.com/story/google-search-shopping-ads-malware-trends/)
Gmail creator predicts that AI will totally disrupt Google Search in 1 to 2 years (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/gmail-creator-predicts-ai-will-totally-disrupt-google-search-in-1-to-2-years-177745.html)
China delivers its first practical quantum computer system to a customer (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/china-delivers-its-first-practical-quantum-computer-system-to-a-customer-177753.html)
This week in apps: AI apps, Bing hits the top charts, Google and Mozilla test non-Webkit browsers (https://techcrunch.com/2023/02/11/this-week-in-apps-ai-apps-bing-hits-the-top-charts-google-and-mozilla-test-non-webkit-browsers/)
AI is coming to your Bing and Google searches, Apples M2 chip and Super Bowl Streaming (https://techcrunch.com/2023/02/11/ai-google-bing-apples-m2-chip-super-bowl-streaming/)
Why tech jobs are vaporizing (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/why-tech-jobs-are-vaporizing-177744.html)
OpenAI exec admits AI needs regulation (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/openai-exec-admits-ai-needs-regulation-177772.html)
Cyber forecast for 2023 and beyond: hang on for a bumpy digital road (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/cyber-forecast-for-2023-and-beyond-hang-on-for-a-bumpy-digital-ride-177752.html)
…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!