It's Episode 529 - We have plugins forStats, Making it Rain, Killer Zombies, Retro Games, Related Posts, Getting Spicy ...and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Going Retro on ya! With WordPress Plugins!

Going Retro on ya! With WordPress Plugins!

It's Episode 529 – We have plugins for Stats, Making It Rain, Killer Zombies, Retro Games, Related Posts, Getting Spicy … and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WooHeat!, Related Posts Thumbnails Plugin for WordPress, WP Statistics, Let It Rain, Shoot the Zombie, Retro Game Emulator……. and ClassicPress options on Episode 529.

John's Intro:

The Change is Upon Us..

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:

Executive producer:

Nobody this week. Maybe next week!

Show Art:

Greg's Graphics (Greg Holdsworth) —

All the show notes can be found at:

Check out all the art work at

Ambers' Rant:

This is #36 of 52 episodes for 2021! Can you smell the coming of Halloween??? I can! Fall always smells like candles, leaves, and wood smoke.

Not sure what it is, but I have been listening to the music of my teens a lot lately – and I realized, a lot of it actually has some pretty good messages in there. It also has some really good sound to it! Mind you, the music of my teens ranges from Cherry Poppin Daddies, to The Beatles. Soooo… there's quite of bit in between – but I was thinking that maybe everyone should take about a week or so, and rediscover the music of their teens/childhood!

I think it could be a great idea to go down the rabbit hole of rediscovering your music from years abound – I have found that it has nearly drowned me in content and hilarity as I remember singing HORRIBLY to this song or that with friends, or developing film to System of a Down blaring. Sometimes I think we need to be reminded of the carefree version of ourselves, so that we can move forward a little lighter.

Also, we can (legally) drink beer to the same songs – and it's way better beer this time around!

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:

What will the future of WordPress searches look like after COVID-19? – Recent update in the monthly volume of WordPress Search Trends for those that rely on this kind of information.

Benefits of cloud computing: The pros and cons – This is a great article to check out for people who are on the fence about whether or not to enter into the cloud universe, or those who are questioning being there already. Things like: Pro – unlimited storage space. Con – Completely reliant upon internet connection in order to access.

Nomophobe = unhealthy – article on the uptick by 40% – 70% in use of smart phones since the pandemic started, and how it is raising anxiety and depression. (Need to unplug!)

Open collective launches new way to support open source through public stock shares – This is interesting, I believe they are saying that they are getting companies to donate stocks in order to support open source without having to pay capital gains taxes… very interesting.

WordPress contributor teams seek to curb spam pledges in five for the future program – The idea is that the ‘Five For The Future' program is going to get rid of the spam, and outdated pledges that appear on the programs dedicated website. For those of you who use this, here's hoping that the messages will be gone soon!

Gravity Forms launches INPUT YouTube Channel and Podcast – They launched this in hopes that by focusing on sharing the stories and experiences of the people both in and outside of the WordPress ecosystem that they will help a lot of those out there! So far, it seems to be going off without a hitch, and people seem to like it! They are also discussing the changes that GutenBerg are bringing for them.

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

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

Multi-party breaches causing 26-times damage of worse single breach report – The report goes through a decent explanation of how there were more than 2,726 cyber events between 2008 and 2021. Over half of the ripple events from that time period were identified between 2019 and 2020. This is quite the article, goes into great depth.

4 months later, Alaska's health department still recovering from sophisticated cyberattack – The potential breach of personal information from this attack has only just been revealed, and Alaska Health Department is dealing with the fallout still. This article goes on to explain how the attack was completed, and what is going on right now from the attack.

Tips Tuesday with MayAnna! – Storyboarding for posts and videos, Cloudflare bad bot blocking, Apples new privacy protection and its impacts on you, and much more!

Future Proofing the Branch Network – Considering that most are going back to work as partially online from home, this is an interesting and likely important read! The article goes through and talks about the things that will effect the network, likely trends, likely issues, so on and so forth.

From TNW's Neural – Head Transplants and Brain Implants – Really quite an interesting read!! I had no idea about Sercio Canavero, a scientist who was determined to swap heads successfully on patients by 2019 – didn't happen, but you know, it's still interesting!

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm' may emerge sooner than you think – A little out there, but based in fact!

The hall of shame via Automattic:

Matt's Famous Quotes

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Show Producers

We'd like to acknowledge all the producers who have supported the show in the various ways over the last week.

This weeks show Art Work comes from:

Greg's Graphics (Greg Holdsworth) —

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This week's Executive Producer/'s are:

Nobody this week. Maybe next week!

A big thank you to all the Producers who came in under $50 and to those who have set up weekly subscriptions they will remain anonymous and I thank you very much.

All these small subscriptions really help the show out.

A big thank you to those who have hired me because of the Podcast, thank you that is as good as donating to the show.

You can Support the Show by:

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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 News:

Gary Pendergast Praises ClassicPress, Extends Invitation for Collaboration
(Article from August 29, 2021 but still interesting.)
Gutenberg and WordPress core contributor Gary Pendergast has weighed in with this thoughts on ClassicPress, a fork of WordPress created by Scott Bowler.

ClassicPress alternatives for popular WordPress plugins

ClassicPress Usage Report – September 2021
One of the most frequently asked questions about ClassicPress is “how many websites are using it?”
It’s a fair question.

Using the Update Manager to handle updates
Anyone developing a CP-specific plugin needs to be aware that (for now) it’s the developer’s job to process the updates.

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

ClassicPress Resources:

“Must Have” Plugins List

It seems ClassicPress now has it own repository you can check it here they now have 72 plugins available.

CodePotent's plugin directory

WordPress Plugins

Are you looking for some great newly released plugins check this link


John's Plugin

WP Statistics

Requires:5.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.4
Released:20 March 2011
Last Updated:17 June 2024
(4.1 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a plugin that will let you look at the stats on your site and keep them local.
You can get all this and more:

  • Visitor Data Records including IP, Referring Site, Browser, Search Engine, OS, Country and City
  • Stunning Graphs and Visual Statistics
  • Visitor’s Country Recognition
  • Visitor’s City Recognition
  • The number of Visitors coming from each Search Engine
  • The number of Referrals from each Referring Site
  • Top 10 common browsers; Top 10 countries with most visitors; Top 10 most-visited pages; Top 10 referring sites
  • Hits Time-Based Filtering
  • Statistics on Contents based on Categories, Tags, and Writers
  • Widget Support for showing Statistics
  • Data Export in TSV, XML, and CSV formats
  • Statistical Reporting Emails
  • [Premium] Real-time stats
  • [Premium] More Advanced reporting
  • And much more information represented in graphs & charts along with data filtering

Rating 4 Dragons


Amber's Plugin

Retro Game Emulator

Requires:3.5 or higher
Compatible up to:5.6.13
Released:06 March 2016
Last Updated:03 January 2021
(4.5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

SO COOL! Updated 9 months ago, this is what you do:

Install, find the settings under ‘settings' heading on your menu – than you upload your roms. You need to make sure that they have a .nes extension, or it won't work.

The roms are stored in /home/sandboxpage2/public_html/wp-content/uploads/retro-game-emulator/ for your convenience – and you are able to get it onto your site!

I think this is just AWESOME! I don't know how many people could use this out there, but I certainly think this is awesome!!

Rating 5 Dragons


John's Plugin

Related Posts Thumbnails Plugin for WordPress

Requires:3.6 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.4
Released:21 May 2010
Last Updated:11 June 2024
(4.8 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

Related Posts by WPBrigade will add related posts thumbnails after the post. This Related Posts Plugin allows you to customize thumbnail sizes, display settings and type of relation. This is an interesting plugin to add if you don't already have a related posts plugin.

Rating 4 Dragons


Amber's Plugin

Shoot the Zombie

Requires:3.0 or higher
Compatible up to:4.1.40
Released:12 January 2015
Last Updated:14 January 2015
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

The song ‘zombie' by Bad Wolves was playing while I was trying to get this one to work – Honestly I didn't plan it!!

Unfortunately, when I decided to try this one out, I did not think to look at the age of it, or its last update…. last update was 7 years ago…..

It doesn't work anymore. What it was supposed to do, is generate a short code for you to put onto your site, creating a ‘fun button' that when clicked, generates zombies for you to shoot!

Totally awesome plugin that seriously needs to be brought back!!! If any of our listeners have the know how on bringing plugins back from the dead, and you decide to bring back this zombie shooting game plugin, let me know! I would LOVE to add this to our site!!

Extra point for total awesomeness!

Rating 2 Dragon


John's Plugin


Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:5.5.14
Released:22 July 2015
Last Updated:08 October 2020
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a plugin for stores like where I will be having differnet levels of heat for some of my spices, hot sauce and salsa. Also for the varying pepper seeds and plants I will be selling. And you can use either a basic mild, medium or hot rating or use the Scoville scale.

Rating 5 Dragons


Amber's Plugin

Let it Rain

Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:5.3.17
Released:24 December 2019
Last Updated:24 December 2019
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

I was pretty excited for this, you put in whatever emoji, or the html code for the emoji, and this plugin is supposed to rain it down all over your site!

Unfortunately, I don't think it works anymore due to it's lack of updates for the past couple of years…

You put your chosen emoji from the site provided into the settings page of the plugin, then go and check out your site – and if you have recent installations, you get this line on the left hand site appearing for a moment before the page loads…. and that's it.

Really too bad, because I thought this was a fantastic idea! Make your site rain anything you want – Halloween, X-mas, birthday stuff, engagement stuff…. anything! Unfortunately though, I believe that the creator of this plugin sort of forgot about it.

Extra point for a really cool idea though.

Rating 2 Dragon


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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.

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Are you currently running an online store? If so, you may explore various methods that can support your conversions and sales. One of the best methods you can use is by providing partial payment options to all your customers.

Doing this will let your customers not having to pay the total product price while they buy. What’s more, it allows you to give an amount they need to pay upfront and then collect the rest of the amount at predefined intervals.

Enter for your chance to win a Single Domain Lifetime License valued at $179! It’s time to let your customers divide an order payment, leave a deposit, and pay the remaining balance later. ( The contest will run until September 30th!!

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The plugins we covered were:

John’s Plugins: wooHeat! – 5, Related Posts Thumbnails Plugin for WordPress – 4, WP Statistics – 4

Amber's Plugins: Let it Rain – 2, Shoot the zombie – 2, Retro Game Emulator – 5

Matt's Famous Quotes

Reminders / Commercial / Promotions:

Next Week:

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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 and we will answer to the best of our ability!

My first two questions are to both our listeners, and to you. I would LOVE to hear feedback on these two questions from people who are coders/techs!

  • How often do coders/computer techs need to change their keyboards due to the CTRL button or random letter keys failing?


  • Do coders actually remember ALL this coding, the same way we remember all the words in order to write things like these notes???

These two questions are specifically pointed at you, though I am always stoked to hear Hemdian's responses as well as anyone else out there who would like to put their two cents in!

  • What does your PHP being out of date actually do to your site, plugins, and theme?


  • What would updating your PHP before you update your site do?

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