Rolling The Dice with WordPress
It's Episode 588 and we have plugins for Frequent Buys, Mail Catcher, Buying Free Stuff, Freesoul Deactivating, Editing Elementor, Lazy Elementor… and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Welcome to Episode 588 – Rolling The Dice with WordPress – WELCOME to the first LIVE show of 2023!! So far, a very interesting and exciting start to the year with the funky weather – is anyone else starting to feel just a little like they will need gills to breathe outside soon? The rain is falling so constantly that my front yard could be rented out as a mud wrestling pit!!
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Let's start the show with this weeks Featured Artist:
Artist: Angel Lemus — http://www.koadigital.com
DICE!!! WOOT!!! I lOVE DICE!!!!!!
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!
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Breaking News in the WordPress World at large!!
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News this week:
WordPress Vulnerability Report – January 4, 2023 (https://ithemes.com/blog/wordpress-vulnerability-report-january-4-2023/) – There is a very long list of plugins that have had vulnerabilities fixed recently. Be sure to check that out!
The list we have for plugins with vulnerabilities this week is a good one, though not super long thankfully. The ones I recognize most easily are: WP Limit Login Attempts, Accordion Shortcodes, Social Sharing Toolkit, and EU Cookie law.
We have a lot of WordPress Themes with issues this week listed: Aidreform, Kingclub-theme, Footysquare, Spikes-black, Stratfort, Spikes, Club-theme, Soundblast, and Bolster.
Check out the link in our show notes so that you can see what specifically is going on with these plugins and themes.
ClassicPress at a crossroads, Directors consider re-forking WordPress (https://wptavern.com/classicpress-at-a-crossroads-directors-consider-re-forking-wordpress) – ClassicPress is currently polling its users to try and determine what next step should be taken for the software. The two options in the poll are: ‘re-fork ClassicPress using WordPress 6.0, or continue as is'.
There is an exploratory of WordPress 6.0 with the block editor removed on GitHub called WP-CMS, and could potentially become ClassicPress 2.0. The upside of re-forking like this is that ClassicPress would catch up to WordPress compatibility with PHP, and would open up more plugins and themes for users so that they could have 5.0 compatibility. Downside – it will take many months to accomplish this and would need to be maintained in terms of security for some time – my understanding is that it would need to be maintained rather carefully and watched closely, which would be hard to do with so few people available to do the work.
Regarding the other option doesn't really seem to have any real upsides asides from keeping ClassicPress as Classic as possible – though there seem to be a lot of drawbacks: will take a while to catch up on PHP compatibility, backporting for WordPress is prioritized so new ClassicPress features may not happen, inability to catch up with WordPress features and functions, incompatibility with themes 5.0 and up.
The question driving this poll seems to this: ‘… is ClassicPress a pre-WordPress 5.0 or just WordPress without Gutenberg?'
There are currently two versions known: Version 1 targets plugins like WP GDPR Compliance, Easysmtp, WP Live Chat and more. Version 2 seems to just be a different list on a different server targeting plugins like FV Flowplayer Video Player, Brizy Page Builder, WooCommerce, and more.
Awesome Motive acquires Duplicator Plugin (https://wptavern.com/awesome-motive-acquires-duplicator-plugin) – While the creators of the plugin are relinquishing control in order to pursue other endeavors, the rest of the team is apparently going to continue working under Awesome Motive – which hopefully means that Duplicator will not change overly much in any sort of negative way. It seems that the creators of this plugin may have sold the plugin with the caveat of them accepting their wish list for the future of the plugin – I really hope it works out and that this plugin so many of us know and love will be able to keep the same core of awesome!
WordPress.com launches Newsletter Project (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-com-launches-newsletter-product) – This appears to be a new product by WordPress for creating, personalizing, and sending out emails from your WordPress site. I'm not entirely sure how well this will work out since there are already sooooo many Newsletter plugins, though this is apparently adjusted to go with Gutenberg, for those who want to have a newsletter site, rather than an additional newsletter for their site to send to their subscribers.
Commercial and Community Categorization is live on WordPress.org Theme and Plugins (https://wptavern.com/commercial-and-community-categorization-is-live-on-wordpress-org-theme-and-plugin-directories) – One of the things mentioned at State of the Word this last year, was an addition of new taxonomies for the theme and plugin directories in order to help users more easily search through them. Both Community and Commercial designations were made live a couple of weeks ago at the writing of this, though it seems the new classifications have not fully caught on. There is apparently a much broader version of these classifications to come, to be added into the site. It should be interesting to see what new classifications are to come, and whether or not they actually help or hinder – it has been my experience that sometimes, too many categories make it much harder to figure out what you are looking for.
Block Protocol Announces New WordPress Plugin Coming in 2023 (https://wptavern.com/block-protocol-announces-new-wordpress-plugin-coming-in-2023) – Block Protocol is a project that was launched earlier in 2022 with the goal of building a universal block system. Sometime soon they will be announcing their new WordPress Plugin that will allow users to embed interactive blocks compatible with Gutenberg. This should be an interesting development, I look forward to checking it out – although I also fear for the long term consequences of having globally accepted blocks through a plugin; what happens every time they patch something and/or update to keep up with one platform, to all the other platforms? How will changing something to work with one platform affect the other platforms?
WordCamp Europe 2023 speaker applications open, organizers call for more interactive sessions (https://wptavern.com/wordcamp-europe-2023-speaker-applications-open-organizers-call-for-more-interactive-sessions) – WordCamp Europe 2023 is being hosted in Athens, with two conference days planned for June 9th and 10th. First day's theme is ‘WordPress Now' – meaning ‘everything that can currently be achieved with WordPress', and second day's theme is ‘WordPress Tomorrow' – no meaning given, but I suppose the idea is to bring forth items and ideas for what might be in the future of what WordPress can do. Organizers are calling for speakers, with an emphasis on 'empower(ing) people to feel more comfortable using WordPress'. They are specifically looking for new voices with fresh perspectives. You can check out our show notes to find the link and sign up if you think this might be something you are interested in joining!
How to live off the grid as a techie (https://thenextweb.com/news/how-to-live-off-the-grid-as-a-techie) – This is an interesting article that goes through the various ways you can give yourself electricity, save heat by doing things like building a tiny greenhouse off the southern side of your house, and water filtration methods. Everything explained is based off of these interesting ReGen Eco Villages that are popping up all over the Netherlands. If nothing else, it's a great thing to go over in order to learn how to keep some power whenever your lights go out – at least enough power to save and close down everything you have open for work!
…Our News Section really isn't complete without ClassicPress News…
ClassicPress has released 1.5.0 which which brings full support for PHP 8.0., Image Lazy Loading, And More In v1.5.0 Read up on all the changes that come with the new version.
Remember to do your backup before you upgrade!!
ClassicPress is doing a Poll of its users to see where they want ClassicPress to go in the future. They have given two options to vote on. Go check out the options and cast your vote!
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.
…Here you will find news on tech in general, and some random things I think are pretty nifty! If you come across something you think should be added, send me a link at email@example.com
Evernote has been acquired – here's how its new owner can fix it! (https://thenextweb.com/news/evernote-acquired-how-new-owner-can-fix-it) – Evernote was sold on January 3rd to an Italian Company called Bending Spoons. Could be good, could be bad – who knows? I haven't updated my Evernote on my laptop in 4 years because I updated it regularly on my regular computer, and stopped about a year ago because I hated what they were doing. I so prefer my oldest version on my lap top – I still have my ‘sync' button. I miss that so much on the newer version….
What to expect from AI in 2023 (https://thenextweb.com/news/what-to-expect-ai-in-2023) – After the recent launch of the OpenAI's ChatGPT, we are looking at some pretty exciting things coming our way this year! Check out the link to find out more!
Microsoft ends Windows 7 extended security updates on Tuesday January 10, 2023 (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-ends-windows-7-extended-security-updates-on-tuesday/)
Hackers push fake Pokemon NFT game to take over Windows devices (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hackers-push-fake-pokemon-nft-game-to-take-over-windows-devices/)
Malicious PyPi packages created CloudFlare Tunnels to bypass firewalls (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/malicious-pypi-packages-create-cloudflare-tunnels-to-bypass-firewalls/)
Chik-Fil-A investigates reports of hacked customer accounts (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/chick-fil-a-investigates-reports-of-hacked-customer-accounts/)
Air France and KLM notify customers of account hacks (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/air-france-and-klm-notify-customers-of-account-hacks/)
VSCode Marketplace can be to host malicious extensions (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/vscode-marketplace-can-be-abused-to-host-malicious-extensions/)
FCC wants telecom carriers to report data breaches faster (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fcc-wants-telecom-carriers-to-report-data-breaches-faster/)
…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!
Reminder to our winner of the last contest, David be sure to check your email! I sent you a new confirmation email in case you missed the first one over the holidays, but unless you respond we can't pass on the prize!
Our Contest this week IS: