It's a Light Show It's Episode 503 - We have plugins for Lightening your load....., and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! Booking X, WordPress Booking Plugin – TheBooking and ClassicPress options on Episode 503

It’s a Light Show

It's Episode 503 – We have plugins for Lightening Your Load….., and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Booking X, WordPress Booking Plugin – TheBooking and ClassicPress options on Episode 503

John's Intro:

Make sure to have a look at the new system for submitting art work for the show You can also view the art work from the past. Currently you can see all the submissions for Episode 500 here and you can even vote on the art work.

Happy One Year Anniversary of 2 weeks to flatten the curve from the Rona. The greatest Scam perpetrated on the entire world at once. This is it we only have 2 weeks left to flatten the curve.

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 —

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Just a light show today……………………….

Yes, I am doing the show by myself this week as Amber is not feeling well and no its not the Rona just a bug. People do get sick for other reasons though you would not know that listening to the news these days. After all if there is one things kids share it is those little bugs.

This is #11 of 52 episodes for 2021. Its Episode 503 and Spring is just a few days away We are now 13 weeks into 2021 and 52 weeks of the Rona, and yet the world still has not found its collective brain and insanity still abounds .

Now more than ever it is time to start claiming your life and sanity back.

Today's show is a light one due to Amber being off and me just having been over taxed this past week. I haven't been up to the Oasis in a couple week and need the soul cleaning that comes with that. So I am off shortly after the show today.

Heal your Soul by starting your own Oasis like the one at The Rogues Tavern, a place where you can check out from the world, unplug and recharge your soul.
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We have some news from the world of WordPress for you today as well as some great plugins.

News this week:

Attackers Continue to Exploit Vulnerabilities in The Plus Addons for Elementor Plugin

Introducing Form Submissions, PayPal Button Widgets, and Feature Improvements

The hall of shame via Automattic:

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

ClassicPress Options

ClassicPress is a fast growing fork of WordPress that is starting to come into its own. ClassicPress is focused on Business Websites, runs fast and is looking pretty good. 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.

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. Currently there are not a lot of ClassicPress specific plugins but I do know it is going to grow and I'll have to expand this segment then. Who knows, it could take over the whole show.

This week for ClassicPress I have:


Just a note for my ClassicPress listeners please send me info to help keep the ClassicPress section full.

Random Links to ClassicPress supporters

ClassicPress Resources:

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

“Must Have” Plugins List

To find a listing of ClassicPress specific plugins check out this link there is currently 37 42 49 50 52 55 57 58 plugins here and growing. I look forward to the day they have their own repository. I can still recall WP when it had a small repository.

CodePotent's plugin directory

WordPress plugins

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

John's plugin

It seems booking plugins are all the rage today and I have a couple of new booking plugins for you to examine.

WordPress Booking Plugin – TheBooking

Requires:5.3 or higher
Compatible up to:5.7.11
Released:17 March 2021
Last Updated:14 June 2021
(3.7 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

TheBooking is a modern booking plugin to manage reservations.
Note: the plugin is in early stage of development, so please be patient. Suggestions, bug reports and feature requests are more than welcome.
User friendly booking plugin
With its reactive calendar widget and a step-by-step reservation process, TheBooking allows the users to book your services in a snap!
Availability plans
TheBooking implements an intuitive weekly planner to define working hours (i.e. the hours in which your services can be booked) and a comfortable year calendar to define vacations and day offs.
Reservation form
Define and customize a reservation form for each one of your services. TheBooking ships a nice form builder in which you can add custom fields, even set some conditional logic.
File upload fields are also available.
Service locations
If you offer some services in a specific location or want the customer to pick from a list of locations, you can do that with TheBooking.
Google Maps is also supported.
Notification email messages
TheBooking is very powerful when it comes to the configuration of the perfect confirmation and cancellation email messages. Dynamic placeholders can be used to personalize the messages with customer’s user data and service data.
Service restrictions
Services can be configured to be booked by registered users only.
Data export
Reservations and customers can be conveniently exported in *.CSV format.

Rating 3 Dragons


John's plugin

Booking X

Requires:5.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.3.4
Released:16 March 2021
Last Updated:19 August 2023
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

Booking X is a flexible WordPress plugin that allows you to create, accept, and manage bookings for your business. You can access and arrange bookings all in one place. The seamless workflow from posting your bookings to managing payments are just a few clicks away.
See Everything in Your Schedule
The calendar, with multiple views, makes it easy to manage your resources. Having an agenda, weekly, and monthly view allows you to focus on what’s important. Integrate your bookings to your Google calendar as well.
Remind Your Customers Through Email
Remind your customers through Booking X’s easy email notifications. Make sure that they don’t miss a thing with the customizable email templates. You can quickly add your business branding and marketing right at their inbox.
Manage Bookings in Your Personalized Dashboards
The personalized dashboards will help you focus on each resources and bookings. Manage staff, products, or space on different dashboards. You won’t miss a business opportunity as you can see all bookings clearly.

Rating 3 Dragons


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The plugins we covered were:

John’s Plugins: Booking X – 3, WordPress Booking Plugin – TheBooking – 3

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