It's Episode 424 and I've got plugins for Clearing Shortcodes, Protecting Files, the Topper and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Shortcode Cleaner,Prevent Direct Access, WPFront Scroll Top and ClassicPress options in Episode 424

It's Episode 424 and I've got plugins for Clearing Shortcodes, Protecting Files, the Topper and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! It's Episode 424 and I've got plugins for Clearing Shortcodes, Protecting Files, the Topper and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Starting out I have a plugin that I have yet to use but felt you would want to know it exists. Keep in mind the ratings are based off the descriptions on their site and using their demo if available.

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Shortcode Cleaner (freemium)

Requires:4.6 or higher
Compatible up to:5.7.11
Released:08 February 2018
Last Updated:11 March 2021
(4.2 star out of 5)

What they say:
Shortcode Cleaner – Clean WordPress Content from Broken Shortcodes

|| Shortcode Cleaner Is Your Helper

– Save your time and your content from broken shortcodes.
– Keep your content cleanly and fresh all the time.
– Switch between themes and plugins without worrying.
– Automatically clean your content without a click, just activate cleaner.

|| Shortcode Cleaner Features
– Clean the frontend site content.
– Clean the backend admin content.
– Cleaner Dashboard Reports.
– Check where broken shortcodes found in.
– Broken shortcodes status in Admin Bar.
– Control of the cleaner settings.

Save Your Time and Your Content Now
Keep your content cleanly and fresh all the time.

What I say:
This is a prrtty good plugin when your changing from a theme or plugin that has used lots of short codes thoughout the site and it is hard to track them down. It make the job of cleaning or hiding them an easy task .

Rating 4 Dragons


WordPress news and info

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Johns news:
Plugin Dynamics is starting to come to life and we have 4 plugins just about ready for general testing plus 3 more in the cue.
Date Calculator
Metric Conversions
Clock de Resistance
Tabular Data dynamics

in the development cue
the Tarot Reading plugin
Intranet Lockdown
All coming soon to

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The current contest is running until September 18th, 2019 and we are giving away a license for the Magic Conversation for Gravity forms plugin from the makers of WP Payper view.

Magic Conversation For Gravity Forms is a conversational form WordPress plugin that let’s you convert a Gravity Form into a conversational web form.
The plugin provides a chat style conversational interface that provides a more user-friendly alternative to the standard form check it out here

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Prevent Direct Access (freemium)

Requires:4.7 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.4
Released:27 November 2015
Last Updated:20 May 2024
(4.7 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
While building out an intranet site I was looking for a new way to protect files in the downloads directory since the plugin I have been using has not been updated in a few years. I found this and it looked promising but was soon disappointed.

The free version is very limited and does not do the job of simply protecting the uploads directory it only protects individual files and the free version is limited to 3 files only and you have to set them one by one in the media page. Even from the description of the premi, version it is not much easier to use.

If you looking for simplicity probably best to avoid this one.

Rating 2 Dragons

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WPFront Scroll Top

Requires:5.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.4
Released:02 January 2014
Last Updated:25 March 2024
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown

The plugin solved a minor issue I was having and did a great job of it. I have been working on a site where most pages did not need a back to top button but, I hit one page that was very long and was linked from another page that would take people to the middle to bottom of this page. Ther big issue was making it easy to get back to the top. Well not really an issue just add a back to top button.

The issue was I did not want a back to top button on every page, this plugin solves that it allow you to add a back to top button on a page by page basis. It even have custom look built in for the button or you can add your own image for it. Customize which page to display on or exclude pages. Lots of great options and it works very smoothly.

Rating 5 Dragons

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:

Listen to the Interview with James Nylen and Michelle Coe from ClassicPress Two of the Leads for the ClassicPress Team, Michelle Coe (lead designer), and James Nylen (lead developer) it is a great interview so follow the link to listen to it.

General info:
NO reason to delay – SWITCH to ClassicPress TODAY!

A couple of interesting discussions on CP Forums about what the needs for for CP plugins

Update of what's been happening with Classicpress

1. ClassicPress turned 1 year old.
2. CodePotent's plugin directory soft-launched!

ClassicPress Plugin


from @Simone
With cpvars you can define name-value associations from the admin.

Then, in your content you can insert [cpvars]name[/cpvars] and get value displayed.

Useful if you have a value (a phone number, number of employees) in several pages that can change, so you can change this once from the admin.

There is also an option (that affects every shortcode in your site) to display shortcodes in areas where normally they are not.


It integrates into TinyMCE by adding a menu.

Rating 4 Dragons

For some up to date news on ClassicPress check out the ClassisPress Club news

My experiment with migrating a fully mature WordPress website over to ClassicPress and record the results of that for people to see. The videos is here on our YouTube channel. I have completed the conversion of WP Plugins A to Z dev site to Classic press and it went quite well and all my plugins have continued to work well. Now the process of completing the theme update.

ClassicPress Resources:

The ClassicPress Club
An alternate forum for the non-techies.

“Must Have” Plugins List

To find a listing of ClassicPress specific plugins check out this link there is currently 37 42 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.

Closing out this Episode the Plugins I covered were:

John’s Plugins: Shortcode Cleaner – 4, Prevent Direct Access – 2, WPFront Scroll Top – 5, cpvars – 4

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