It's Episode 603 and we have plugins for Merging WP Users and Resetting Databases... and WordPress News. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Nothing But The Meat of WordPress Plugins

Nothing But The Meat of WordPress Plugins

John's Intro:

It's Episode 603 and we have plugins for  Merging WP Users and Resetting Databases… and WordPress News. 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 …'

Amber's Rant:

Welcome to Episode 603 – Nothing But The Meat of 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!

Wound up having the kids bday on the one single rainy day we have had in the past month – but it was a perfect day! Just goes to show that even the worser weather can wind up being the best times to do things like have a bday party!

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Let's start the show with this weeks Featured Artist:

Artist: 

Jsaliba

This one always gets me hungry for good burgers! What does it make you think of?

Going through the Art Vaults is awesome, but we would love some new art! You can send it into us at https://wppluginsatoz.com/artwork/. You can also check out the art vaults yourself there too!

…We can NEVER have too much art!

Breaking News in the WordPress World at large!! 

…If I missed something, shoot me a link at amber@wppro.ca – it may show up on the next show!

News this week:

WordPress Vulnerability Report – June 7, 2023 (https://ithemes.com/blog/wordpress-vulnerability-report-june-7-2023/) – There is a long list of patched plugins, and an even longer list of plugins with vulnerabilities this week. The ones I most easily recognize are: Contstant Contact Forms, WordPress Social Login, LWS Hide Login, Google Fonts for WordPress, WP-Cache.com, Blog-in-Blog, and WordApp.

No real news from the world of WordPress today – longest I've ever seen a lack of news like this. Instead, I've got my random piece for ya!

What happens when you set your techies free to build the perfect work space? (https://thenextweb.com/news/what-happens-techies-build-the-perfect-workspace) – Well, what you get is a serious mish mash that includes everything from sleeping pods to laundry capability to yoga rooms. This company's goal was to essentially create a home away from home – and they kinda did! It looks more like a resort than a work space, though it seems that the working capability of everyone is pretty high up there which is really interesting! Worth looking through the article to see the cool craziness of the setup.

The Extras – check out our Facebook, or Twitter page for even more!

2024 and how the coming CPU war is likely to play out (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/2024-and-how-the-coming-cpu-war-is-likely-to-play-out-178325.html)

AMD could rescue the Windows Thin and Light lap top market from Apple (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/amd-could-rescue-the-windows-thin-and-light-laptop-market-from-apple-178319.html)

AI ‘hallucinations' can become an enterprise nightmare (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/ai-hallucinations-can-become-an-enterprise-security-nightmare-178385.html)

The end of Reddit? Here's why most of the site is down – and what happens next (https://www.techradar.com/news/the-end-of-reddit-heres-why-most-of-the-site-is-down-and-what-happens-next)

Adobe makes Express and Firefly for enterprise happen (https://www.techradar.com/news/adobe-makes-express-and-firefly-for-enterprise-happen)

Google fixes serious email authentication bug – make sure you're not affected (https://www.techradar.com/news/google-fixes-email-authentication-bug-that-could-have-let-hackers-pose-as-real-firms)

DeepMind made its AI name in games. Now it's playing with the foundations of computing (https://thenextweb.com/news/deepmind-applies-games-ai-to-fundamental-algorithms)

The case for letting workers live in the WFH la-la-land (https://thenextweb.com/news/the-case-for-letting-workers-live-in-the-wfh-la-la-land)

Why the future won't look like a sci-fi movie (https://thenextweb.com/news/why-the-future-wont-look-like-a-sci-fi-movie)


Dragon Rating Time!

John's Plugin

WP User Merge

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-user-merger/

Version:1.5.7
Requires:4.4 or higher
Compatible up to:6.3.3
Released:09 August 2019
Downloads:5262
Last Updated:26 September 2023
Ratings:
5
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

If you run an online store or membership site there may come a time when you need to merge an account, this plugin helps with that issue.

What this plugin does for you is allow you to combine multiple accounts and then go though and choose what parts of each account to keep and then merge them together. And if you make a mistake you can undo it and try again.

After activation there will be a settings page under Users menu. User Merger lets you merge the information of two users. There are two dropdowns on the settings page. Select the two users you want to merge. See screenshot 1.

Then press “Merge Users” button. A warning notification will appear for confirmation. Confirm action by pressing the Yes button.
After pressing proceed there will be a successful message which means users has been merged successfully.

If you select the same users, the merge action will not be performed. A warning message will appear that same users cannot be selected for merge action.
For detailed selection, there is a toggle button that will allow you to choose what information the user should include after the merge action. This is a premium feature.

Rating 5 Dragons.


WordPress Tips

This is a newer segment we have brought forward, and would love some feedback from our Producers out there. What would be most helpful and useful for you here?

Making Sites

If you are thinking about using one of the array of plugins that claim to make things like resetting your site back to default easier, make sure you learn how to do it manually before trying out the plugin. The reason for this is because if the plugin somehow goes wrong, you won't know what to do to fix it if you haven't already learned how to do this on your own manually. You won't know what went wrong, or how to complete the job the plugin is unable to do.

Beginners Tips

Double and triple check that you are on the correct URL before commencing changes. I have made the mistake once before where I thought I was in the right site – but I was in the live site rather than the dev site. Luckily it was my own sandbox I was playing around and learning – so it wasn't bad. However, if that had been an important site, that could have been catastrophic. ALWAYS check your URL before clicking that mouse.

SAVE!! Make sure that when you finish anything that was even SLIGHTLY tedious/hard/tricky, even if it was a single button on a page you are working on, save it. You don't know when the power might cut, or the cat might jump up on your keyboard and change something – who knows what buttons they are pressing but I have seen some interesting things happen beneath cat paws – make sure you save!! If you are worried about the space each saves takes up, go back in and delete the saves later down the road. But while you are working, SAVE!!

…Some random entertainment in the World of WordPress!

…Matt's Famous Quotes
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Amber's Plugin

Reset Database

https://wordpress.org/plugins/reset/

Version:1.3
Requires:3.4 or higher
Compatible up to:6.4.3
Released:12 June 2023
Downloads:2318
Last Updated:09 February 2024
Ratings:
0
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

I saw this and thought it might make resetting the sites like sandboxes a little easier and faster.  The way this plugin works is by removing all media files and putting everything back to default settings. All customizations and materials are removed. Your theme will be set back to default, all active plugins will be deactivated, and all internal data such as custom posts and pages will be deleted.

Once this is installed and activated, you will find it in the left hand menu towards the bottom. One of the cool features of this is that you cannot just click a button and have it go – you need for first type in ‘reset' to the text area the dashboard gives you, then you will be able to reset.

Unfortunately, when I went to use this plugin, it had a critical error, locked me out of my sandbox by deleting all logins. I had to create a new administrator email, and it appears that my elementor hello theme was still in charge of the site, though the information of posts and pages had indeed been deleted.

I'm not sure if that is normal for these kinds of plugins to delete all user information removing even the administrator – I really didn't like that and found it very irritating to deal with.

I will be trying out a few of these, perhaps because this is a newer plugin it had an issue, or perhaps the error that popped up was due to some other plugin on my site causing the whole thing to go all wonky. I am not sure, because I was kicked out of the site and required to login before I was able to get any further, but couldn't get in because my user account had been deleted.

Either way, at this time, I was not overly impressed – what they claimed was supposed to be a short period of time before the site would be set back to basics turned into a few hours of time spent trying to figure out what went wrong and having to recreate login and other things.

I rated this with the idea that the critical error may have been due to one of my own plugins already installed, though I get the feeling that the deletion of the logins was part of the plugin's job – which there is no warning about in the plugin information page I could see.

Rating: 3 Dragon


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Today's Plugins we covered were:

John’s Plugin:

WP User Merger

  • great for online store or membership sites
  • helps if to merge accounts
  • allows you to keep bits of multiple accounts, than merge them into one

Rating: 5 Dragons

Amber's Plugin: 

Reset Database

  • Speed: Resetting the WordPress database is a remarkably quick one-click procedure.
  • Safe: You can’t unintentionally click reset. It contains a confirmation-style text.
  • Confirmation Role: There must be typing confirmation. The alert notice appears if you enter incorrect information rather than choosing the reset text option.

Rating: 3 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 much about website security do you need to understand in order to run your own site?
  • What area of website security would you recommend starting with to get enough of a handle on it?

Questions asked after closing credits:

  • What are you looking for to see if a security plugin is a good one?
  • What tells you when a security plugin is not a good one – how can you tell it's not working?