It's Episode 591 and we have plugins for Advanced Wishlist, Profiling WordPress, Magical AI, Local Avatars, Post Order, Inline Relation… and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Welcome to Episode 591 – WordPress AI is Here – So far, I think the AI helper apps are the coolest ones. They are fully connected to the Internet, even though the ChatBot GPT isn't. Personally I'm kind of on the fence regarding the AI development – on one hand I find them absolutely fascinating, on the other hand I am rather worried about how they will decide to logically respond to us emotional and irrational creatures when they reach sentience… what do you think? Would love for some of our listeners to reach out and let us know where you stand on the whole thing.
Remember: This is a Value for Value show, meaning any value you find here, offer that same value back! We accept all currencies including time and talent currency! Chocolate is always good too…
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Let's start the show with this weeks Featured Artist:
Artist: Artist J. Saliba
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!
Feeling Inspired? Hit up our site at https://wppluginsatoz.com/artwork/ and submit some artwork of your own!
…We can NEVER have too much art!
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Breaking News in the WordPress World at large!!
…If I missed something, shoot me a link at email@example.com – it may show up on the next show!
News this week:
WordPress Vulnerability Report – February 1, 2023 (https://ithemes.com/blog/wordpress-vulnerability-report-february-1-2023/) – No new core vulnerabilities to worry about, and not that long of a list of plugins with vulnerabilities either. As always, be sure to check this link out in our show notes so that you can double check and see if there are any plugins in the ‘fixed' list that you have.
Plugins with vulnerabilities I most easily recognize are:
Page Builder: Live Composer, Login Logout Menu, Easy Social Box, Post Views Count, and Bootstrap Shortcodes. There are more in the list, you can check out the link from our show notes at WPPluginsAtoZ.com.
WordPress Plugin Developers alerted ahead of Twitter API changes (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-plugin-developers-alerted-ahead-of-twitter-api-changes) – Beginning February 9, 2023, Twitter will turn off free access to its API's. The company announces yesterday that it will be offering ‘a paid basic tier' – though you won't get the details until sometime later this week. Hopefully before the 9th.
When asked about why Twitter will be removing the API and if it had anything to do with the bots, Elon responded with the following: “Yeah, free API is being abused badly right now by bot scammers and opinion manipulators,” Musk said. “There’s no verification process or cost, so easy to spin up 100k bots to do bad things. Just ~$100/month for API access with ID verification will clean things up greatly.” .
NetNewsWire has announced that they will be removing Twitter API citing ‘you may think we rely on RSS feeds from Twitter, but Twitter removed RSS feeds from the service something like ten years ago. We rely completely on the Twitter API.'
The following types (features) of Twitter are likely to be affected:
- Login with Twitter
- Management Tools
- Scripted Interactions (auto-blocking etc)
So keep in mind that if a plugin that does any of these suddenly breaks around the 9th, it's not likely the plugin developers fault – it's the removal of the API that your plugin relies on to present your feed. Be kind to your developers on this.
On the flip side, developers out there – you might want to get yourself settled in and be ready for a bit of a hurricane regarding this if you have clients who rely heavily on Twitter API's.
You have been warned.
New proposal calls for Automated Performance Monitoring for WordPress Core (https://wptavern.com/new-proposal-calls-for-automated-performance-monitoring-for-wordpress-core) – WordPress Core committer Adam Silverstein has put forth a proposal for continuous monitoring for performance issues so they can be resolved before major regressions are committed to Core. The idea comes from the Gutenberg uploads where the site health is now showing ‘time to first byte' (TTFB) for classic vs block themes; also displayed are metrics for changes in loading time, typing time, and block selection time – all in your health dashboard. It seems the idea is to present this kind of information for the WordPress Core, allowing any issues to present before it is included in the next upgrade.
Open Source Initiative and OpenLogic Release 2023 State of Open Source Report (https://wptavern.com/open-source-initiative-and-openlogic-release-2023-state-of-open-source-report) – OpenLogic a technical support company Open Source Initiative (OSI, also the non-profit stewards of Open Source Definition (OSD)) have published the 2023 State of Open Source Report. The Open Source Report seems to be a large survey comprising of 872 qualified responses from more than 20 major industries showing that 80% of organizations report an increase of (Open Source Software) over the past year. There are more percentiles throughout the article, you can check it out in our show notes.
WordPress launches Old Tickets Trac Triage Sessions (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-launches-old-tickets-trac-triage-sessions) – As part of the ‘big pictures goals for WordPress 2023', the project is making a serious effort to work through old tickets that have been stuck in limbo due to no consensus, missing decisions, or multiple possible solutions. JB Audras a WordPress Core Committer seems to be especially dedicated in moving these tickets forward or closing the ones that are not longer relevant. At least 19 tickets are 15 years old, 688 are 10 years old, and the vast majority of these tickets fall into the the 5-10 year range of age. The first triage session was on January 26 in the #core slack channel, and there was a 13 year old ticket that became part of the 6.2 agenda. If you want to join in and see if you can take up some of these older tickets yourself, the next triage session will be on February 9 at the #core slack channel.
WordPress Contributors work towards removing Site Editor Beta Label for 6.2 release (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-contributors-work-towards-removing-site-editor-beta-label-for-6-2-release) – This has been in discussion for a while, contributors have been aiming to remove this label since the 6.1 release; currently, we are being told “… fingers crossed that we get to remove the label this time around…” There is an acceptance criteria keeping them from being able to remove the label this far: everything must be loaded before users start interacting, removing jumpiness of half-rendered states. For those who are worried, Phase 2 does not mean that feedback or bug reports will stop being accepted. You can read more on this in our show notes.
WordPress.com introduces Browse Mode, Style Book, and Push to Global Styles Features (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-com-introduces-browse-mode-style-book-and-push-to-global-styles-features) – WordPress.com is getting early access to features from WordPress 6.2. One of the most impactful features coming down the line for WordPress 6.2 is ‘Browse Mode' – this is supposed to unify design and make it easier and less confusing to navigate the Site Editor.
Generative AI and the ensuing computer human whisperers (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/generative-ai-and-the-ensuing-computer-human-whisperer-177689.html) – This is a really cool article I found on the likelihood of the need for whisperers for AI to Human, and Human to AI. Whisperer is generally used when referring to a person who has a seemingly uncanny ability to understand animals, to be able to create that bond of trust of which seems impossible for the owner to comprehend; whisperers seem to be born with this ability, not learn it. So when we are reading about Human to AI whisperers, it will likely be those who come by the gift naturally, who are able to understand what the AI needs to hear in order to understand and properly answer the question. The AI to Human whisperers will be the AI's that have grasped the ability to translate the information the AI has into Human understanding most easily. I found the idea very interesting.
…Our News Section really isn't complete without ClassicPress News…
At the beginning of January, ClassicPress asked ‘Why Do You Use ClassicPress Instead of WordPress?' They want to hear your story so follow the link and read why they want to hear from you and how they may use your story.
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 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.
CES 2023 and the Smart Energy let down (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/ces-2023-and-the-smart-energy-letdown-177682.html)
Here's how ChatGPT could look as part of Microsoft Bing (https://www.techradar.com/news/heres-how-chatgpt-could-look-as-part-of-microsoft-bing)
China reveals huge blockchain cluster that could be a taste of our dystopian future (https://www.techradar.com/news/china-reveals-huge-blockchain-cluster-that-could-be-a-taste-of-the-dystopian-future-to-come)
Your Smart Speaker could be listening more than you think (https://www.techradar.com/news/your-smart-speaker-could-be-listening-to-more-than-you-think)
Jury rules that Elon Musk is not liable for shareholder losses after ‘funding secured' tweets (https://www.engadget.com/elon-musk-tesla-shareholder-trial-verdict-232434731.html)
NASA Satellite will use radar to map Earth's crust in extreme detail (https://www.engadget.com/nasa-india-nisar-radar-satellite-215200448.html)
Researchers can now pull Hydrogen directly from seawater, no filtering required. (https://www.engadget.com/clean-hydrogen-fuel-split-seawater-214042411.html)
All the big tech layoffs in 2023 (https://www.engadget.com/tech-layoffs-183005204.html)
The best AI art generators: DALL-E2 and other fun alternatives to try (https://www.zdnet.com/article/best-ai-art-generator/)
Shortage of Interaction Design in a world obsessed with Design Systems (https://www.zdnet.com/article/best-ai-art-generator/)
Color-Magic – generate ideal color palettes with the power of AI (https://colormagic.app/)
…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!
The Winner of the
SweepPress – Unlimited Lifetime Agency Licence Giveaway
valued at $459
Is Jason Lee!!
No Contest starting this week.
Remember, this is YOUR show! We are just the Worker Bee's here – Don't be afraid to jump up and down and demand a turn at the wheel to help guide the show to where YOU want it to go!
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Time to dive in to the meat and potatoes of plugin depravity!
Off we go….
Advanced Wishlist for WooCommerce
Advanced Wishlist for WooCommerce is exactly what you need for creating a wishlist on your site.
This plugin not only adds wishlist to your WooCommerce store. As a shop owner, you can view a list of popular products added to the user's wishlists that is so helpful for the further marketing purposes. Use the plugin to create bookmarks, a list of the favorite products, and in many other ways.
It is so easy to setup “Add to wishlist” button on your site and change it's style through the Customizer. You can show the wishlist button both on the product page and on the shop loop and adjust the style of each button separately.
Rating 4 Dragons
Inline Related Posts
Looking for a plugin to help bring forth related posts I tripped across this one. It makes me think of one of my favourite sites to peruse where there are always related posts linked throughout the articles – sometimes great to have, sometimes irritating because it can break up the article I am reading. This one though only shows up at the bottom of the article it seems, which in my opinion makes it better.
You will find the settings dashboard under ‘Settings'>'Inline Related Posts'. And honestly, the settings are a lot of fun to play with, and it has been set up really well! First you need to make the option ‘active', then you get to play with the colours! They offer quite a selection in the free version of the colours for the site title, link, background, and border colour.
That's just the super fun part – other settings include, though are not limited to:
- how many boxes of related posts per post
- interval between boxes counted in words
- posts from the last how many days – 0 = no limit
- where to use the boxes
- where to pull the posts from – categories, tags, or both
- where to integrate it – in post, in product, etc.
There are so many options in the free version, and the premium version is even better! More options, more ability to personalize, just loads of options.
This is a great freemium plugin, well worth checking out if you have a site just chalk full of posts, and it looks great.
Rating: 4 Dragons
Profiler – What Slowing Down Your WP
This plugin allows you to run most important test for performance, request time and number of
You will be able to detect the plugin which cause troubles and result with longer waiting time for request results.
Testings are executed based on your homepage
Rating 4 Dragons
Post Types Order
This plugin makes it possible to change the order of your posts.
Once installed, you will find the option for re-ordering under Posts>Re-Order. Once this is chosen you will see every post of yours listed, and you simply drag and drop the post to set the order it will layout. This does not change the categories or anything, just the order it shows up.
Excellent plugin to make sure that your posts show up the way you want them to.
Just a short note to the creators NSP Code – I think it is super cool that you guys have a live code feed at the bottom of your page right beside your twitter button!
Rating: 5 Dragons
We Interrupt the Meat and Potatoes of Plugin Depravity Edition to bring you our Donations Segment and to thank our Producers!
Remember, this is YOUR show! We're just the Worker Bee's here. Don't forget to restock the show's larders with some Time, Treasure, or Talent Donations! Need more info on how to do that? Check out our site wppluginsatoz.com – right up in the menu you will see each one under ‘Donations'!
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…If you have listened to even 10 minutes of this show, or shown up a single time to one of our live shows on YouTube, you are one of our many Free-Lance Producers! Although you guys are always popping in and out at unexpected times, we appreciate your support and periodic help with one thing or another – thank you!
Back Room Producers hanging-out in the Lounge:
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Thank you, now back to the Meat and Potatoes of Plugin Depravity Edition!
WordMagic AI – ChatGPT GPT-3 AI content writer
WordMagic AI powered by most advanced GPT-3 artificial intelligence module makes it super easy to generate high quality, SEO optimized, engaging content for your WordPress site within seconds!. Choose your preferred writing style and writing tone to get the perfect content with the help of natural language processing technology.
Rating 5 Dragons
Simple Local Avatars
What this plugin does is make an avatar option for you where you can use any picture you like, uploaded from your own media files or from your computer, cuts it down to proper avatar size, and saves the new version into your media file for you as an avatar.
Working on a clients site recently, they had a lot of Authors they needed to have added who did not have Gravatar accounts, though they had proper head shot jpgs. With this I was able to upload their jpgs into the avatar and make it possible to have a good picture for the author boxes.
Once this is installed and activated, you will find an extra option below the usual Gravatar option in the user's dashboard. Here you can add whichever picture you want, and it will be changed to a proper Avatar size, and saved in your media.
In other avatar plugins I have tried, I have noticed that it simply replaces the Gravatar option – this one does not. It is an additional option that works alongside the Gravatar, making it so that everyone who already has a Gravatar option set up will not lose what they have.
Great free plugin.
Rating: 5 Dragons
ClassicPress seems to be gaining some forward momentum with the new leaders at the helm. I hope that they manage to keep ClassicPress going, that they become super strong and amazing like I know they can, and that they manage to keep that part of themselves that caused us to like them so much in the first place.
…A little about ClassicPress for those who aren't sure: ClassicPress is WordPress frozen at version 4.9. Once WordPress moved to 5, they added in a whole lot of new folders, and the experimental additions to the Core started in earnest. ClassicPress is literally the Classic version of WordPress. A few plugins have been made over the years for just ClassicPress, though all Plugins compatible with WordPress 4.9 should work for ClassicPress.
To any ClassicPress user listening right now: I challenge you – yes YOU – to write a review of your favourite, or least favourite ClassicPress plugin, and send it into us! You can do so by hitting us up at https://wppluginsatoz.com/submit-plugin-review/!
…And feel free to add more to this section by reaching out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ClassicPress Resource Section:
This information is like Fruit Cake! It doesn't wither away and will still be good years down the road so it's great for learning! Go and check this section out in our Show Notes if you have an interest!
…We have thrown some ClassicPress Resources in here for you – and they appear to have stuck like well cooked pasta! Glad you made it to this part of the notes since we only mention it lightly on the show – If we missed something, let us know!
…Learn more about ClassicPress 1.4.0 RC2:
…ClassicPress Tutorials on their site:
…ClassicPress's “Must Have” Plugins List:
…https://directory.classicpress.net/plugins They now have 71 plugins (and counting!) available.
…WordPress Plugin Section compatible with ClassicPress:
Questions, Notes, and Feedback from our Producers out there:
…Send us your thoughts and opinions, but most of all send us your questions! No such thing as a stupid question people! I was new not too long ago, and I know how overwhelming it can be stepping into this world at this stage – I know for a fact that questions you have are the same questions others out there have!
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Stuff and reminders about Stuff:
Nothing new has been set out yet, it all depends on how moody our Island is going be this winter and how much snow/rain we get – no sense having a meetup if the main highway gets washed out again!
Keep an eye here for the next Meet Up, eventually we will get it going!
Remember you can check out our Show Notes on our site wppluginsatoz.com! There is extra information to grab up there that we don't even speak out loud on the show!
Today's Plugins we covered were:
- Advanced Wishlist for WooCommerce 4
- Profiler – What Slowing Down Your WP 4
- WordMagic AI – ChatGPT GPT-3 AI Content Writer 5
- Simple Local Avatars 5
- Post Types Order 5
- Inline Related Posts 4
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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!
- How would one re-create a 6 year old website from a full-site backup zip file?
- What is the most tricky part of doing something like this?
I have a couple more questions for my dad just after the closing credits, for those listening elsewhere, you will have to make your way over to the YouTube's!
Questions asked after closing credits:
- Say you really liked a website you built years ago. Would you be ‘allowed' to take that website, upload it, and than change the information to your own? The setup would be the same, though the information would be different. Is something like that allowed?
- Does the copyright cover the layout of the site for the owner of the domain, for the creator of the website, or both? Or does the copyright only cover the information inside the layout of a site?
One more time for the ways to contact us!
Our Brick and Mortar Address – just in case you decide to send along a gift!
(Especially art if you enjoy drawing – no matter what age!)
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Victoria, BC V9A 5T9
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