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It's Episode 522 We have plugins for Image Comparison, Critters, Rolling The Dice, Avatars, Replacing media ... and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! Advanced Image Comparison for Elementor, Cute Animals, Reward Dice by PreciseFunnels WooCommerce Exit Intent Popup with an Email Optin Form, Dice Roller, Avatar Manager, Enable Media Replace

It’s Episode 522 and I’ve got plugins for Advanced Image Comparison for Elementor, Cute Animals, Reward Dice by PreciseFunnels WooCommerce Exit Intent Popup with an Email Optin Form, Dice Roller, Avatar Manager, Enable Media Replace… and ClassicPress options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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John’s Intro:

The new magik number is 66, July 1 is the new majik day. Trust the plan.

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 Q & A segment with Amber…. and 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

Executive producer:

Nobody this week. Maybe next week!

Show Art:

Greg’s Graphics (Greg Holdsworth) —

All the show notes can be found at:

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Ambers’ Rant:

This is #30 of 52 episodes for 2021. Its Episode 522! Time to get yourself outside and enjoy the last of that nice weather!

If you have the time, get yourself out for a walk, or maybe take the kids out swimming in a lake or river. Perhaps you can get out camping for a few days even!

And if you don’t have the time for camping or swimming, just find some time to chill out to some good music, or a good book. Open a window and let some fresh summer air in, I feel pretty certain that it will help. Just be sure to turn off all that social media and news stuff for your chill out time – after all, if you watch too much of that stuff you might go blind.

Rinse and repeat as often as needed.


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

News this week:

This one was sent in by a listener:
‘Praying Mantis’ threat actor targeting Windows Internet-Facing Servers with malware – This one seems to have been made by someone who likely helped to create Windows – it gets into the memory, leaving little to no trace, and uses the internet facing servers to get into networks. I can see this one being a huge issue for Window’s…

Woo Commerce has sent out version 5.5.2 – fixing the issues that had been brought up by the forced security update that happened not too long ago.

Tips Tuesday with MayAnna – This week she covers the issues found so far on WP 5.8, new tutorials for testing and fixing schema markup, a new way to get your videos into Google Search, and more!

A reason to update all Mac products right now – The most recent update has security patches for vulnerabilities found in Mac products that were recently found alongside basic bug patches. These vulnerabilities ‘may have already been actively exploited’ says Apple.

Component shortages not going away any time soon says Microsoft. This has been an issue for a while as anyone who builds computers is already aware – and it seems that the supply chain has not been able to recover, and likely won’t for a while yet.

How to read like a Vampire and improve your skills as a WP Professional – awesome title right? It’s actually a pretty good article – read like a Vampire as in read a lot and still have personal time. The books listed here are very useful if you are in the WP Industry!

Alexa is becoming anti Windows – The king of entertaining, but also interesting as the AI seems to be developing a bit of a personality!

The extras – for even more extra news, check out our Facebook, or Twitter page!

This is the extra news stuff that someone out there might find interesting. To read more, you can head on over to the show notes or newsletter and check it out! If you find something to add for next show, send me a link at

Colorado becomes the first state to require accessibility standards to be met at both state and local government levels for sites online.

MyAnna with how your theme can be having an impact on your SEO – If you find that you are having issues with your SEO, look at your theme. MayAnna goes through and explains the process really well.

is the growth of active installs of WP Plugins declining in 2021? – An interesting article going over the decline in active installations on WP. Perhaps just due to the fact that they are only paying attention to the popular ones, and everyone already has those? Or is there another reason? Read on to find out more!

A bit about the booming spyware industry – A look at the spyware industry, how and where it is booming, and where it is most likely being used (and abused).

Building and keeping your professional network – A great basic guide on how to build and keep your network, as well as find great hires!

Google requiring workers to get vax to return to office – This could cause a few issues for people who either cannot or will not get the vax.

Average time to fix high severity vulnerabilities goes from 197 days to 246 days – It is becoming harder and harder to fix these vulnerabilities that are being found within industries.

Biden: Major cyber attack could lead to a ‘real shooting war’ – Issues between USA and Russia are coming to a head over the cyber attacks that have been made, and unless resolved could possibly lead to more physical head on collisions.

The hall of shame via Automattic:

Matt’s Famous Quotes

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Show Producers

We’d like to acknowledge all the producers who have supported the show in the various ways over the last week.

This weeks show Art Work comes from:

Greg’s Graphics (Greg Holdsworth) —

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.

You can Support the Show by:

Yes, I am pimping out my daughter here, if you want to see her very pretty mug in the live stream it is now up to a $500 donation and until it happens that price will continue to go up… At the rate it is going she will never be live. Someone may want to start a Go Fund Me to make her mug live.

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Or something I may not have thought of.

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

ClassicPress Options

ClassicPress is growing really well, but I just don’t have the time to add reviews on ClassicPress myself. I am always open to reviews sent in by listeners; though unless there is a review sent into me on ClassicPress, I am not going to do more than mention that ClassicPress is a thing, and here are some resources. I hope some listeners out there find this information useful!

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. 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, I just have not time to help them in getting it out there.

ClassicPress News:

The First Release Candidate for ClassicPress 1.3.0 is available!
For more information about what’s included, and how to help, checkout…/classicpress-1-3…/3356
Happy Testing!

For some up to date news on ClassicPress check out the ClassicPress Blog.

ClassicPress Resources:

“Must Have” Plugins List

It seems ClassicPress now has it own repository you can check it here they now have 72 plugins available.

CodePotent’s plugin directory

WordPress Plugins

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

John’s Plugin

Advanced Image Comparison for Elementor

Requires:4.5 or higher
Compatible up to:6.2.6
Released:21 May 2021
Last Updated:13 June 2023
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is an interesting plugin that can be used by many different people from photographers to real estate agencies, also is it good for those who do renovations or create stuff to show before and after picture in a comparison slider. I have seen this used on historical sites to show pictures of how a city looks now, and how it looked then.

Rating 5 dragons


Amber’s Plugin

Dice Roller

Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:4.4.33
Released:20 August 2010
Last Updated:31 March 2016
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

Dice are something that I really like. I have dice made from Ivory, meteor, wood, metal… I like dice. So when I saw this plugin I thought this would be really cool for my fellow dice lovers! I was looking forward to seeing dice roll across the top of the page or something!

So, I activated this, used the widget it creates for you, and set it up so that I had 7 D6 that would roll, exploding on maximum roll, with a reroll of the dice on a minimum roll.

Unfortunately… it’s a simple word statement of 7e6 = 42 (3 explosions). No pictures, no dice… just words. I was honestly pretty disappointed with this. I was all psyched up to see dice roll and explode!!

I suppose to be fair, they didn’t exactly say that there were actual dice rolling across your screen or anything. It’s just what popped into my head from the title.

Ah well. I’ll just have to keep my eyes open for a plugin that will give me dice that roll.

Rating 2 Dragons


John’s plugin

Cute Animals

Requires:3.5 or higher
Compatible up to:6.6
Released:21 May 2021
Last Updated:22 July 2024
(4.7 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a simple plugin to add some cuteness to your site just choose your animal such as spiders, cats, birds and more. Its just a little fun.

Rating 5 Dragons


Amber’s plugin

Avatar Manager

Requires:3.5 or higher
Compatible up to:5.6.14
Released:29 January 2013
Last Updated:02 February 2021
(4.8 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is pretty cool! This plugin adds in options for your customers to use their own avatar, or choose from one already there for them.

Once activated, look beneath ‘Discussions –> Settings’, towards the bottom of the page.

There you can choose which available avatar is default, and whether or not you will allow anyone to upload an avatar.
Pretty nifty, easy to use, and well done! The pictures are even good!

Rating 5 Dragons


John’s plugin

Reward Dice by PreciseFunnels – WooCommerce Exit Intent Popup with an Email Optin Form

Requires:3.8 or higher
Compatible up to:5.8.10
Released:28 July 2021
Last Updated:17 October 2021
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a plugin that could help you catch those who came to your store and decide to leave. They get to roll the dice for a discount code and you collect an email for future marketing.

The one drawback is the 3rd party service and that it is only free if you have 5k visitors or less to your site.

Rating 4 Dragons


Amber’s plugin

Enable Media Replace

Requires:4.9.7 or higher
Compatible up to:6.6
Released:01 June 2009
Last Updated:16 July 2024
(4.4 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This seems to be a great plugin if you are working with a limited amount of space on your site – it allows for more easily replacement of any media file in any post or page. Rather than having to go through and do the whole thing of replacement we are all used to, you can simply click ‘upload a new file’.

What this does though, is it deletes the current media file there and replaces it with whatever you are wanting. You need to make sure it is the same kind of picture though – for instance, make sure they are both a PNG. You can choose whether or not the file name, date and links are kept the same, or if they are deleted and replaced with all new. That’s a neat addition I think.

However, if you are using something like Elementor, and you try using this – it will take you off your page in order to do this. So, great so long as you are not using anything like Elementor to build your site.

Rating 4 Dragons


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Listener Feedback

Feel free to send in your thoughts to us – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly – we’ll take them all!

Hey there!

I’m Peter. Recently I was digging around searching for the best weather widget for my website. That’s how I came upon your page
It was good and informative, so I checked the links you shared as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t find what I wanted, so I kept my research. And my time has paid off, here’s what I encountered:

(The easiest to use, and the clearest weather widget I’ve ever seen :) 100% customized).

I thought you might be interested to check it and maybe share that page with your readers since it’s a really great addition for many webmasters!

I could save a lot of time if I’d see it among your resources ;-]

Thanks a lot for your work, keep it up!


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The plugins we covered were:

John’s Plugins: Advanced Image Comparison for Elementor – 5, Cute Animals – 5, Reward Dice by PreciseFunnels – WooCommerce Exit Intent Popup with an Email Optin Form – 4

Amber’s Plugins: Dice Roller – 2, Avatar Manager – 5, Enable Media Replace – 4

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 If you have questions you would like to have asked on the show, send them in to me at and we will answer to the best of our ability!  

  • What’s the difference between reCaptcha with Google and other companies? Isn’t it all just reCaptcha?
  • If two plugins appear to do the same thing, is there a way to tell which one is better? Or do you just need to try them both and see which one works better for you?
  • When a plugin gets older, or is sold off to another company, it can change or simply stop working the way it was meant to work. Are there signs you can keep an eye out for so that you know when to simply delete or replace and move on from that particular plugin?

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