Outer World WordPress Plugin
It's Episode 620 and we have plugins for Showing ID's and Simple Customizations… and WordPress News. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Welcome to Episode 620 – Outer World 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!
Dunno about the rest of you – but I really find snow rather irritating. I mean, with a snow blower it's a lot less so – but its… wet… and cold… and it sticks around long after its welcome has worn thin! It's like the guest that has overstayed it's welcome…
Although it IS a good excuse to drink more hot chocolate and cuddle up to your loved ones, so it does have that going for it. Hoping everyone out there is keeping warm and dry and enjoying their hot drinks with their loved ones!
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Sir Rogue of the Tavern – Barron of the Cowichan Valley
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Breaking News in the WordPress World at large!!
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News this week:
WordPress Vulnerability Report – January 17, 2024
(https://solidwp.com/blog/wordpress-vulnerability-report-january-17-2024/) – I believe I was right about the timing of the reports within the holidays! They seem to be on a roll again which I am very happy to see! In this report there are 77 new vulnerabilities since their last report on January 10, luckily none of them are WordPress Core issues! Of the plugins there are only 16 that have yet to be patched, though the ones with a patch are definitely ones if you use them should be updated ASAP. Be sure to have a look through!
The ones I most easily recognize are: Constant Contact Forms by MailMunch, WPS Hide Login, The Events Calendar, Plugin for Google Reviews, EventON, EventON Pro, and Max Buttons.
WordPress Vulnerability Report from PatchStack
(https://patchstack.com/database/) – This is a great link we are keeping here, it gives the most recent issues that have cropped up and the severity of them. Most recent at the time of writing this was 2 days ago that I can see immediately, and it is a plugin.
Data Liberation in 2024
(https://wordpress.org/news/2024/01/data-liberation-in-2024/) – In an article written by Matt Mullenweg himself, Data Liberation is an article about a more open web, where people can switch between any platform of their own choosing, and where being web locked into a system would be a thing of the past. Honestly makes me think of Ready Player One…
Data Liberation 2024 is the ability to export all of your content, or migrate all of your content to WordPress in one single click. His goal is to get WordPress' export format to become the lingua franca of CMSes, whether coming to WordPress or moving within it – though I noticed he doesn't say anything about leaving WordPress. I suppose if the migration is perfect coming in the door, it would probably be good for heading out the door as well, though I am not sure…
3 Predictions for WordPress in 2024
(https://thewpminute.com/3-predictions-for-wordpress-in-2024/) – This is actually a podcast – although it seems that this may wind up being one of the changes for 2024 – most news being given through podcasts with a transcript rather then just written out as an article. The 3 changes talked about by Matt Medeiros are:
- New Admin changes the game
- New addition to the culture of WordPress
- AI decisions to make: Closed Source vs Open Source
He makes some very good points on all of these, and then throws in some really good links at the bottom as well.
Google's Chrome Browser could soon help you hide your IP address
(https://gizmodo.com/google-chrome-browser-help-you-hide-your-ip-address-1850950257) – Not exactly a VPN, and it will only work with Google-owned domains to start – though it could offer users more ways to hide their activity online perhaps. I don't think they are going to really help much at first… but if they branch out and away from only Google-owned domains, then I believe that they could certainly give VPN's a run for their money! Although I can't help but wonder – why are they doing this for no cost? What do they get out of this?
VPN companies always charge you. So that is what they get out of it – they get paid for a service that they provide.
What will Google get out of this though? I would take a careful look at any agreement with Google you will be asked to agree to when using this service to see what it is that they will get out of this. Nothing comes for free.
2024 tech industry predictions: a few may surprise you
W3Techs names Elementor Content Management System of the year 2023
Post Status's take on ‘Data Liberation' and other items
These rugged Android phones have a second screen that's surprisingly useful
Tech billionaires release map of Uptopian City they want to build in California
Learning product life cycle management
Courts, regulators pose threat to Apple services revenue in 2024
Building a digital Workplace: Tips and Strategies
Meta is going all in on artificial general intelligence, says Zuckerberg. Here's why it matters
Dragon Rating Time!
Show IDs by DraftPress is super light-weight and does not need any configuration or separate options page. Simply activate the plugin and IDs will be displayed on all admin pages.
- Light-weight with no options page required
- Adds a new column on admin page to display IDs of all posts, pages, categories, and more
- Supports custom post types and custom taxonomies
The Show ID plugin will reveal IDs for the following:
- link categories
- custom taxonomies
- custom post types
Rating 5 Dragons
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A neat trick I've learned is to get someone who knows absolutely nothing about web design and graphic art to have a look at the site you are creating and/or rebuilding. Ask them to really look at it and to point out any flaws between the two sites for one you are rebuilding, or to point out any oddities that make the site out of whack or not great to use for the ones you are creating.
Sure, they don't know anything at all about creation of a site – but that's kinda the point.
Sometimes, we need the outlook of someone who knows nothing of the creation to tell us whether we are on the right track. Getting people who go to sites just to get the information rather then to get the ‘know how' on doing things, or those of us who look at a site and try to figure out which plugins they are using based on what they see on the site – we are probably the worst ones to look over a site creation and have the ability to tell if it is heading in the right direction.
We want the teenagers, and the technology inept to look at the site and tell us what they think the site could use to be easier to use and easier for them to navigate – and also their eyes will be able to spot the differences between the original and rebuild of a site then yours will because once again, you are too immersed in everything about it.
Don't look down on those who know nothing about this, look at them as one of the best tools you got in the tool box!
Sometimes it feels like it's a constant uphill battle, trying to learn everything you need to know to keep going forward in this business – and it is. You don't stop learning – I feel like I am still at the very beginning of my learning although I have been learning for 3 1/2 years now – loads of research later I find I can answer a lot of questions and do a lot of things, but that I still feel like I know nothing. That is just how it feels because there is always so much more to learn!
But don't despair, eventually you will feel less like you are drowning in the learning, and more like you are keeping yourself a float.
But one thing you need to remember – is that cutting yourself off from everyone and missing out on living in order to learn what you think is enough to learn – that's not good. And oddly enough, you will learn less that way. By taking regular breaks and spending a decent amount of time away from the computer and the learning, you will actually hold more in your mind, and have better recall of the information you are cramming into your brainmeats.
Don't give up on living in an attempt to make a living.
…Some random entertainment in the World of WordPress!
…Matt's Famous Quotes
…The hall of shame via Automattic:
Simple Custom Login Page
This is a newer plugin designed to modify your WordPress Login page, a lot like a plugin I have used in the past for a client so I figured I would give it a try.
When you first download and activate it, you will find the dashboard under ‘Settings'>'Simple Custom Login'. I like when they keep the same name and don't get all fancy on you, changing the name that shows up in your left-hand menu…
Another place you can find the settings dashboard is on the plugin page, right below the plugin you will see a link for ‘Settings'. I also very much like when they add that into the plugin area – makes it very easy to jump from download and activation over to the ‘Settings'!
Once in the dashboard for the plugin, you will see an area to add your logo image, the logo link, page background, form background, text colour, and link colour.
You can be very specific with the colour option too, putting the code in there to get exactly what you want rather then having to choose between a set of pre-chosen colours.
Unfortunately you can't change the font, or choose a ‘hover' colour for the links, though considering that this is a free and very easy to use light plugin, it's an easy thing to live without!
Once you hit ‘Save Changes', your login page is now saved!
It works for when you are keeping your site behind a maintenance wall as well, making sure that the login looks just as pretty as always.
I really like this plugin for its ease of use, and simplicity in everything – makes for a great grab and go tool!
Rating: 5 Dragon
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Hi Amber and John,
Thanks for doing this show, I learn a lot from you both. As I go through my email, I see emails that appear to be coming from my website but I am not sure if they really are. Below is a sample of one of the emails, however, I have not included the links that were sent in the email. How do I know if this is really coming from my website? Where in my C-panel do I go to check without having to click on the links in the email? I am paranoid about clicking links and getting a virus, spy ware or worse, have my website hijacked.
Look forward to your insight.
Subject: Your Site is Experiencing a Technical Issue
WordPress has a built-in feature that detects when a plugin or theme causes a fatal error on your site, and notifies you with this automated email.
In this case, WordPress caught an error with your theme, Astra.
First, visit your website (insert link to website here) and check for any visible issues. Next, visit the page where the error was caught (insert link to page with the apparent problem) and check for any visible issues.
Please contact your host for assistance with investigating this issue further.
If your site appears broken and you can't access your dashboard normally, WordPress now has a special “recovery mode”. This lets you safely login to your dashboard and investigate further.
(Insert another link)
To keep your site safe, this link will expire in 1 day. Don't worry about that, though: a new link will be emailed to you if the error occurs again after it expires.
When seeking help with this issue, you may be asked for some of the following information: WordPress version 6.4.2 Active theme: Astra Child (version 1.0.0) Current plugin: (version ) PHP version 8.2.14
It then lists 16 lines with inactive links.
This is the end of the email
Miscellaneous Announcements from us and Producers:
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WordCamp Garazoga – January 19-20, 2024
WordPress Web Challenge – January 27, 2024
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To see the entire list you can follow the link here in the show notes, then click on ‘More WordCamps' right below the list of the next 5. https://central.wordcamp.org/
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For those that live in Victoria, unfortunately the YYJ WordPress Meetup group has been cancelled and no longer exists.
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Today's Plugins we covered were:
Show IDs By DraftPress
- Super Light Weight
- Displays IDs of all posts, pages, categories, and more
- Supports custom post types and custom taxonomies
Rating: 5 Dragons
Simple Custom Login Page By George Pattichis
- Easy customizeability for your login page
- Simple to fill out
- Light load plugin for your site
Rating: 5 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!
- What are some tips you might have for people looking to build an office at home?
- How about those who like to travel? What would you advise them of doing to keep up with work and still be able to travel?
Questions asked after closing credits:
- What is the difference in security when traveling vs when at home?
- Could one do web hosting traveling all summer, or would a person need to be in a singular spot to do that kind of work?