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The Show Continues????
It's Episode 597 and we have plugins for Poets of the Mail, Duplicating… 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 …'
Welcome to Episode 597 – The Show Continues???? – enjoy our lovey, still rather new setup for the show, let us know if you can think of anything that should be added, removed or changed!
Regarding other things, my crazy cats seem to be going nuts with Spring Fever, so maybe get yourself out there before you too start singing to the walls and trying to climb them! Not sure about where everyone listening in is located, but for the Island I am very much enjoying the beginning of the warm season! If you grow things, better get your seedlings in soon to get a good start on your garden if you are in the right area!
Some reminders before we start the show today….
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That's it for reminders, don't forget to stick around until the end of the show for some possibly life altering advice!
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Let's start the show with this weeks Featured Artist:
As we have not received anything new lately, we're pulling up some amazing art from our vaults! If you'd like to take a gander at the art vaults yourself, or if you have an idea for some art, head on over to https://wppluginsatoz.com/artwork/.
…We can NEVER have too much art!
Breaking News in the WordPress World at large!!
…If I missed something, shoot me a link at firstname.lastname@example.org – it may show up on the next show!
News this week:
WordPress Vulnerability Report – April 19, 2023 (https://ithemes.com/blog/wordpress-vulnerability-report-april-19-2023/) – As usual, there are a lot of plugins that have had vulnerabilities patched. There is also a bit of a hefty list of plugins that currently have unpatched vulnerabilities though. The ones I most easily recognize are:
Enable acceptability, WP EasyPay – square for WordPress, Database Collation Fix, SImple Popup, WP Roles at Registration, and Events made easy.
There a couple of themes that have been patched, and a couple that are having issues. The ones having issues are: Educenter and Blogger Buzz.
Be sure to have a look yourself through the plugins and themes both with patches and with vulnerabilities. You can find the link to this in our show notes.
WooCommerce 7.6 introduces single product details block and ‘add to cart' form block (https://wptavern.com/woocommerce-7-6-introduces-single-product-details-block-and-add-to-cart-form-block) – The two buttons in this latest release may very well save sanity for some! Along with the button, the ‘add to cart' form will automatically display additional options, depending on if the product has a set of available quantity or variations. For those designing with patterns, this release has improved it's mini cart's performance, with content pre-loaded, and an appearance that more closely matches the site's active theme. This new release also makes it easier to get a more consistent design with improved, scalable margins for patterns using the products block. There is more on this, be sure to check out the show notes to find the link to find out more!
WooCommerce launches Woo Express (https://wptavern.com/woocommerce-launches-woo-express) – Woo Express is a new managed hosting product that uses WordPress.com's infrastructure and relieves store owners of the responsibility of hosting and maintenance. The company soft launched Woo Express in early March with a selection of visitors but has concluded that phase and is now open to the public. Check out the show notes for more!
Virtuozzo launches version 2.0 of its application platform for WordPress (https://wptavern.com/virtuozzo-launches-version-2-0-of-its-application-platform-for-wordpress) – Virtuozzo is the software company behind the virtualization and cloud management capabilities of many popular hosting service providers. On their WordPress Platform they enable service providers to sell containerized hosting as a service. Most recent updates introduces a new user interface for WordPress customers that makes it easy to configure resources, adjust scaling, pay invoices, and deploy WordPress sites.
WordPress contributors continue exploring migration of public and private messages from Slack to Matrix (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-contributors-continue-exploring-migration-of-public-and-private-messages-from-slack-to-matrix) – WordPress and Matrix contributors proposed a new Meta team sub-project to explore replacing Slack with Matrix back in early 2023. This would be an open source federated chat system. After this most recent metting between the team, Automattic sponsored contributor Alex Kirk published an update on the status of recent experiments in migration. It is currently being looked into as to whether or not the Apache 2.0 Slack Matrix migration tool could work for this project. When we find out more, we will let you know!
Newly rewritten WordPress SQLite database integration plugin needs testing (https://wptavern.com/newly-rewritten-wordpress-sqlite-database-integration-plugin-needs-testing) – WordPress contributors are making progress on officially supporting SQLite in core, a project that would benefit less complex sites (small to medium sites and blogs) that don’t necessarily require WordPress’ standard MySQL database. In a recent update, Yoast-sponsored core contributor Ari Stathopoulos said the SQLite Database Integration feature plugin has been rewritten, with the help of Automattic-sponsored core contributor Adam Zielinski, to be a more future-proof implementation. To learn more about the code having been written and the proposed next step, be sure to follow the link in the show notes!
You can now eat dinner in space – for just €120K (https://thenextweb.com/news/french-startup-zephalto-space-balloon) – French startup Zephalto has just announced plans to send eager tourists to the stratosphere in a space balloon by 2025. Starting at €120,000 per person, simple six-hour round trip!
“We choose 25 km high because it’s the altitude where you are in the darkness of space, with 98% of the atmosphere below you so that you can enjoy the curvature of the Earth in the blue line. You’re in the darkness of space, but without the zero gravity experience,” Vincent Farret d’Astiès, Zephalto founder and aerospace engineer, told Bloomberg.
Trip includes gourmet meals both before and during the flight, aperitifs, wine tasting, stratographic photography, and the possibility to share the experience instantly with the people back on Earth via Wi-Fi. The capsule would have 20 square metres of interior room, accommodating six passengers and two pilots.
The Extras – check out our Facebook, or Twitter page for even more!
How high-performance car data will increase EV battery performance (https://thenextweb.com/news/high-performance-car-data-informing-battery-performance)
German creatives want EU to address ChatGPT copyright concerns (https://thenextweb.com/news/germany-creatives-chatgpt-copyright-concerns)
EU lawmakers fear AI is moving too fast – and call for global oversight (https://thenextweb.com/news/eu-lawmakers-fear-ai-moving-too-fast-call-for-global-oversight)
AMD is quietly arming an entire new wave of steam deck competitors (https://www.theverge.com/2023/4/21/23693046/amd-steam-deck-competitor-ryzen-z1-extreme-7840u-aokzoe-gpd-asus-ayaneo)
Stack Overflow wants AI to pay up for training on its data too (https://www.theverge.com/2023/4/23/23694818/stack-overflow-wants-ai-companies-to-pay-up-for-training-on-its-data-too)
UK startup space DOTS wants to test space materials… well, in space (https://thenextweb.com/news/uk-startup-space-dots-wants-to-test-space-materials-well-in-space)
Italy's new rules for ChatGPT could become a template for the rest of EU (https://thenextweb.com/news/italys-new-rules-chatgpt-could-become-template-for-rest-of-eu)
The world's first self-driving bus fleet will soon hit Scotland's streets (https://thenextweb.com/news/the-worlds-first-self-driving-bus-fleet-will-soon-hit-scotlands-streets)
Dragon Rating Time!
Yes, I have covered this in the past and even interviewed the developer before Automatic acquired it. https://wppluginsatoz.com/wp-plugins-a-to-z-interview-47-with-kim-gjerstad-from-mail-poet/
Take control of your mailing list with Mail Poet to become no longer dependent on a 3rd party like Mailchimp.
This also makes your life easier for creating auto emails vs having to manually create it in Mailchimp. You can set it up in multiple ways and integrate it into your e-commerce store such as WooCommerce.
You can have multiple lists and get 1000 free subscribers to use their mailing service or you can use your own mailing service.
You can easily schedule your email for automation and it will automatically pull information and place it in each new newsletter. You can setup campaigns within limitations or integrate coupons into the newsletter to help increase sales. It can also be setup with auto emails for WooCommerce.
Take some time to get it setup right though, this is important as a wrong setup can cause you some grief, as I have experienced. Once you have this setup, it is easy to use. It is important to protect your list sign up and prevent spamming as much as you can. Use all the tools available such as recaptcha. If you do not do, this you will be working hard to clean the lists up.
Here is a list of features:
- Create and add a newsletter subscription form to your website
- Manage your subscribers and subscriber lists in WordPress
- Build and send newsletters with WordPress
- Create automatic emails to send new post notifications
- Send automated welcome emails
- Behavior and interest-based subscriber segmentation options
- Pre-built and customizable email and subscription form templates
- WooCommerce emails: abandoned cart, first purchase, specific product, product category
- Customize WooCommerce transactional emails
- Reliable email delivery with MailPoet Sending Service (available for free – plan required)
- Basic engagement statistics (available for free) and detailed engagement statistics (paid plan required)
- Multi-condition segmentation (paid plan required)
- Google Analytics integration (paid plan required)
- Support via our Knowledge Base and Community Forums (available for free), and Priority Customer Support (paid plan required).
Rating 4 Dragons
NEWER SEGMENT! WordPress Tips
This is a new segment we have started bringing forward, and are looking for some feedback from our Producers – like it so far? What else would go well here?
When using the Them Builder, don't forget about the Default Kit. When first getting used to utilizing the Theme Builder in full, I neglected to do anything with the Default Kit, and found myself wondering why the typography and colour's just weren't showing up quite right in the themes all across the board – figured out a little too late that if I had set things up in the Default Kit, then those typography and colour issues I was having would have been solved. Set them in there, and they are added to the global settings for the Theme Builder.
You can also go into the Global Settings for Elementor right from whatever page you are using – I'll talk about that more next show.
Slider Revolution Pro:
When using Slider Revolution, if your home screen for Slider Revolution, where you access your various slides, get's a little wonky, the menu is off kilter, the information is waaaayyyyy down your screen – chances are there is a plugin that is causing this rather than something wrong with the plugin. I found out that a plugin I really liked called Dobby was causing this exact issue – I was unable to solve it though. Once I deactivated the plugin, all was well – I have noticed a couple of other plugins that really just do small things like Dobby – hiding the notices, adding a hello notation at the top, etc – these plugins seem the be the worst culprits for doing this to Slider Revolution. I have come across it 2x so far. I know that generally people look at their plugins first – but a lot of people tend to go for the more intricate plugins they have recently added – when it comes to Slider Revolution, it seems the simpler ones tend to be the culprit.
…Some random entertainment in the World of WordPress!
…Matt's Famous Quotes
…The hall of shame via Automattic:
I came across this in a site that had already been built that I was making small changes in. This plugin is very simple in the free version, though if you are interested there are a lot of features in the pro version.
With this plugin you can create duplicates of pages, posts, and custom posts. Once you have downloaded and activated the plugin, you will find the settings for the plugin on the left hand menu under ‘Settings', ‘Duplicate Page'. In the settings you have the option of choosing Elementor, Gutenberg, or ‘All Editors' for your editor, what status your duplicated page/post will have once made, and where you land once you have duplicated the page/post.
This last part means you can choose to stay on the all pages/posts page, or you can go to the duplicate editing page where you can start editing your duplicate immediately.
There is also an option where you can add a prefix to any duplicated page/post, making it easier to tell which one of the pages or posts are now a duplicate, and which on is the original.
That is the limit of the options in the free version, though I tell you I have found this plugin endlessly useful! Great for creating content with a specific layout where you just change bits of the writing for each post, or if you are needing to create a bunch of spoof pages and posts for a demo site.
These guys do keep the plugin fairly well up to date, though they are not always changing it every few weeks. They tend to throw out updates every few months or so, and they have not changed their interface from what I can tell – which I really appreciate.
They do have a banner at the top of the settings page asking you to rate them, though you can exit out of that and it doesn't seem to come back too often. Not real spammy which is good. And so far as can be seen, there don't seem to be any issues with the plugin not playing nice with others.
In the Pro version you receive the following key features:
- User Roles: Allow User Roles To access Duplicate Page.
- Post Types: Filter to show Duplicate Page link in post types.
- Clone Link Location: Option where to show clone link.
- Status: Option to select Duplicate Posts Status.
- Redirection: Option to Redirect after click on clone link..
- Clone Link Title: Option to change Duplicate Post Link Title.
- Post Prefix: Option to add Post Prefix.
- Post Suffix: Option to add Post Suffix.
- Editor: And Many More Filters and Features.
I have not felt the need for upgrading as I find it very useful at its free level, although I can certainly see the usefulness of having user roles able to do things, filters, and cloning of link locations for particular types of sites.
Rating: 4 Dragons
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WordPress Victoria Meetup
We don't have any Meetup's ourselves right now, but keep checking back!
And remember, the show notes found at wppluginsatoz.com has a whole lot of extra information to grab up that we don't read on air so be sure to check them out!
How to reach us:
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We also have virtual addresses too!:
- My website: http://www.johnoverall.com/
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Today's Plugins we covered were:
Mail Poet by MailPoet
- Create and add a newsletter subscription form to your website
- Manage your subscribers and subscriber lists in WordPress
- Build and send newsletters with WordPress
Dragon Rating: 4
Duplicate Page by mndpsingh287
- Duplicate pages
- Duplicate posts
- Duplicate custom posts
Dragon Rating: 4
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 is the simplest way to deal with spammy comments in a WordPress Site?
- What is a simple-ish way to speed up a WordPress site?
Questions asked after closing credits:
- How can you tell if a WordPress error you see is something you can fix yourself, or something you need to call in a specialist for?
- Which 5 plugins would you recommend a new user install in their brand new WordPress site first and why?