It's Episode 484 with plugins for Virtual Life, Variations, Colours, Dark Life, Notifications, Pro Admin pages, and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! WP VR – 360 Panorama and Virtual Tour Creator For WordPress, Variation Swatches for WooCommerce, Cubecolour New Plugins, Dark Mode for WP Dashboard, Notification Bar Builder for Elementor, WP Admin Pages PRO and ClassicPress options in Episode 484.

Under a New Flag & Charting a New Course

It's Episode 484 with plugins for Virtual Life, Variations, Colours, Dark Life, Notifications, Pro Admin Pages, and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WP VR – 360 Panorama and Virtual Tour Creator For WordPress, Variation Swatches for WooCommerce, Cubecolour New Plugins, Dark Mode for WP Dashboard, Notification Bar Builder for Elementor, WP Admin Pages PRO and ClassicPress options on Episode 484.

John's Intro:

With great appreciation for the No Agenda Show for their inspiration of ideas and the occasional stolen sound clip.

This is a value for value show and I look forward to everyone providing some value back.

Before I get started, you will want to hang around to the end of the show for our segment with Amber…. Also to those listening on the podcast, you may want to check out the YouTube version which has some great discussions before the show starts…

Producer Credits:

Show Art:

Angel Lemus —

All the show notes can be found at:

Amber's Rant

This is #43 of 52 51 episodes for 2020. Its Episode 483 and things on this show are moving and shaking into a whole new creature. We have reached week 44 of the year 2020, and we are now 33 weeks into the Rona. Interesting how USA Election week matches up with the week 33 of the Rona.

I wanted to mention that it is now called Election WEEK because of the few states that are STILL holding back their findings of the vote count – first time in history that the count wasn't completed by 7 am of the Wednesday after Election day. There's a whole lot of things going on with the election down there – so therefore, it is an EXCELLENT time to grab up a piece of sanity for yourself AWAY from the insanity!

Make yourself a little place where you can TUNE OUT for a while! For me, it's my balcony with potted plants and a swinging bench, though it can be a blanket thrown over your couch to build a fort, in your bed with your door closed and a ‘Do Not Disturb' sign or a sock on your door, or even in your car! Get into that zone out space of yours, throw on some fun music, grab a book, or even throw on a book and grab a drink! Kick back, and breathe. Try to get there at least once a week, more if you can.

If you have kids, let them know that they should only bother you if they are broken, dying, or bleeding for 1 WHOLE hour. Make your area comfy for you, and try to remove all internet AND radio with news hours while zoning out. Try to let go of everything outside of your control, and work on pestering those you know and care about to get their own Zone Out Space's started.

I'll bet this helps within a few short weeks.

We have some news from the world of WordPress for you today as well as some great plugins.

Let's get to the fun we have today.

WordPress News and Info

Before we jump into the news, ……

We have a guest host today Shammi Rahman from RexTheme (

News this week:

Log Into WordPress By Touch or Face ID Via the Passwordless WP Plugin

This Week In Security: Discord, Chromium, And WordPress Forced Updates

List of top 10, most popular Cache Plugins for WordPress

WordPress 5.5.3 is now available…one day after version 5.5.2 was released

How to Run a Domain Name Auction to Sell Your Website

Emergency WP 5.5.3 Release

The hall of shame via Automattic:

Matt's Famous Quotes

Donor – Support

Talk about about what the value for value model is and why we are trying to use it. Explain why I do not have advertising, affiliate links ect.

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This weeks show Art Work comes from:

Angel Lemus —

This week's Executive Producer/'s are:

A big thank you to all the Producers who came in under $50 and to those who have set up weekly subscriptions they will remain anonymous and I thank you very much.

All these small subscriptions really help the show out.

A big thank you to those who have hired me because of the Podcast, thank you that is as good as donating to the show.

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Off we go into the meat and potatoes, Into the depths of plugin depravity…..

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:


Just a note for my ClassicPress listeners please send me info to help keep the ClassicPress section full.

Random Links to ClassicPress supporters

ClassicPress Resources:

For some up to date news on ClassicPress check out the ClassisPress Club news.
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 49 50 52 55 57 58 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.

CodePotent's plugin directory

WordPress plugins

Are you looking for some great newly released plugins check this link

John's plugin

Giving up my first spot to Charlie for his prerecorded review of

WP Admin Pages pro

With WP Admin Pages PRO you can create Admin Pages for your clients using your page builder of choice, like Beaver Builder, Elementor, Brizy, Oxygen, and more to come!

Rating 5 Dragons

Amber's Plugin

Easy Dark Mode on One Click

Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:5.9.9
Released:22 October 2020
Last Updated:07 March 2023
(4.9 star out of 5)

This plugin was an AWESOME idea – however, in practice, it fell short of the mark.

Brand new, this plugin turns your site to dark theme as soon as you download and activate it.

Unfortunately, while inverting all of your backgrounds and word colours, it also inverts the colours of all of your pictures.
It's a pretty cool effect honestly, but REALLY not the kind of effect most people would go for unless they are setting up the site for a Rave or something.

The idea was sound, the practice was not quite there. I will check in later on this to see if they manage (or even bother) to fix the picture issue.

Rating 3 Dragons


Shammi Rahman: Podcast Guest Host

Variation Swatches for WooCommerce

Repo URL:
Landing Page URL:

Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:
Released:01 January 1970
Last Updated:01 January 1970
(0 star out of 5)

Instead of drop-down options, buyers choose from product variants in a smart way using visual button swatches of colour, image, or label. Moreover, you can use images or icons of your own choice as Variation Swatches to connect with buyers on product pages.

You can also choose the shape, border colour, background colour, hover colour, font size and many more to customize your own Variation Swatches and make your buyers curious with attractive swatches on display and grabs the attention.


John's plugin

Notification Bar Builder for Elementor

Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:5.7.11
Released:04 November 2020
Last Updated:30 March 2021
(0 star out of 5)

The lowdown:

If you're an Elementor user this may be a great plugin for you to create notification bars for your website that have some pretty decent controls in the free version. You can set which page/s to show it on, customize it in any way you like, make it closeable and more.

Rating 4 Dragons


Amber's plugin

CubeColour new plugin

Requires:4.4 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.3
Released:22 January 2016
Last Updated:16 April 2024
(5 star out of 5)


This is an interesting plugin – not quite what I thought it was going to be at first.

When you plugin and activate this, go to ‘plugins' than ‘add new', and you will see two new tabs called ‘New' and ‘Beta Testing' for your plugins. When you go to Beta Testing, you get a list of plugins that are still in the beta test phase, and you have the opportunity to play around with them.

When I first saw the description, I thought that this meant you had the option to use new plugins as a beta test within your site – now THAT would be an awesome plugin.

When you go to the ‘New' tab, you now have instant access to all of the ‘less than 10 downloaded' plugins that are available. The ‘New' tab is also the default tab when you go to add a new plugin. Certainly makes it easier to find the less used and brand new plugins!

This is a total freebie, and I think a very useful plugin, as it cuts away the need for a separate search tab for new plugins when you are searching the new and innovative plugins to try out.

Rating 5 Dragons


Shammi Rahman: Podcast Guest Host

WPVR – 360 Panorama and Virtual Tour Creator For WordPress

Repo URL:
Landing Page URL:

Requires:5.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.4.4
Released:12 December 2018
Last Updated:17 May 2024
(4.7 star out of 5)

With WP VR, you can create a virtual tour where visitors can navigate a 360 view of your location, switch between several scenes, get information on items on the location, zoom in and out to get a better view, and get an overall idea about how your place may look in reality.

Simply provide a 360 panoramic image, and this plugin will transform it into a realistic virtual tour.

Rating: 4.7 out of 5


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Enter The Contest to Win!!:

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I do want to thank Charlie for coming to the aid of the show and getting our contests all organized..

We have a winner from last contest where we gave away a Lifetime license for FluentCRM which is a Self Hosted Email Marketing Automation Plugin for WordPress. Go to fluentCRM’s site to learn more about this plugin.

The Winner is: John Kirkpatrick, Congratulations..

We have a new contest!

Contest runs from November 5th until November 17th winner announced November 18th.
We have a new giveaway contest for you starting today. You have a chance to win a WP Admin Pages Pro Unlimited Lifetime License valued at $149. This plugin is a MUST HAVE for anyone that creates websites for clients, friends, groups, etc. With WP Admin Pages PRO you can create Admin Pages for your clients using your page builder of choice, like Beaver Builder, Elementor, Brizy, Oxygen, and more to come!
This contest will run from today, November 5th to November 17th with the winner being announced on the show on the 18th.
Enter to win and remember to share this contest with friends to earn extra entries to the contest.

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The Plugins We covered were:

John’s Plugins: Notification Bar Builder for Elementor – 4, WP Admin Pages PRO – 5

Amber's Plugins: Cubecolour New Plugins – 3, Dark Mode for WP Dashboard – 3

Shammi's Plugins: WP VR – 360 Panorama and Virtual Tour Creator For WordPress, Variation Swatches for WooCommerce 4.7


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Questions and Answers –

What are webhook connectors? (Mentioned in the previous contest write up.)

What is SQL Injection?

What is Beta? How is closed Beta different from Beta?

What is Gzip compression?

Say that there is a site with 150 posts, and there is an identical embedded link on every single post that no longer applies; how would you remove that link? Would you need to go through and remove the link individually, or would you be able to do something that would change all 150 posts in one foul swoop?

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