It’s Episode 512 – We have plugins for Filling Your Time, Tracking Email, Social Sharing, Simplifying Things, Going Fishing …, and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Booknetic, Fs Poster, Mail logging – WP Mail Catcher, Easy Appointments, Fish Tail, User Admin Simplifier … and ClassicPress options on Episode 512.
We are now at 61 weeks and still counting but life keeps moving forward and the show must go on and what a show it is. Time to get out the popcorn sit back and enjoy.
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…
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This is #20 of 52 episodes for 2021. Its Episode 512, and it appears we are going to get a little bit of freedom back! Not sure for how long, but the CDC has recently announced that there is no need for masks anymore! The big box stores are dropping the mask mandates, and the media is talking about how to ‘re-wire your brain’ so that you can more easily accept ‘the mask-less’ as a non threat!
I hope everyone out there is able to get out and breathe some fresh air! The weather is rather unpredictable, but that’s really no biggy; just bring an umbrella and a sweater wherever you go, and you’re good to go! Along with those two weather preparation items, why not bring a book, or some music? Find a place in the great outdoors somewhere to sit back and chill, catch up on a podcast or even just look up and see if you can catch one of those pyramid shaped UFO’s that are taking the internet’s by storm!
Just remember to stay away from the media for a little while at least once a day.
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:
Not news, but a warning to those who listen about old tricks being used in spam again. Recently I have been receiving on my honeypot emails, simple emails saying that I have exceeded my allocated space please click below to fix.
WPTavern discusses vax stats requirement – Heads up if you are wanting to join a WordCamp in person, you may be required to give your private medical information, stating whether or not you have had the vax. Not cool in my opinion.
Rebranding Plugins may be the new fad – Next up for Plugin Rebranding and Repurposing: Profile Press Plugin! It is now known as: WP User Avatar Plugin! This plugin is now full fledged user registration, profile, login, and membership management plugin rather then single purpose custom-avatar solution plugin.
Massive updates to Gutenberg 10.6 that include (but are not limited to) duotone filters, query pattern carousel, and most used tags selector.
WordPress 5.7.2 now available! Short cycle security release is what they are calling this – the next major update will be in the 5.8.
Top 10 Threat detection – for common threats vexing cloud customers whether the business is huge, medium, or small.
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 email@example.com
Googles Project Starline – very Star Trek. – Who knew that hologram tech would actually come to the fore so quickly? I think it’s pretty nifty.
AccessiBee and other overlay products are coming under fire due to their 3rd party overlay coding! Open letter from advocates and developers calling on industry to unite against the accessibility of these technologies.
WordPress Business Cheat Sheet for selling Themes and Plugins – Not a bad list to go through.
Random note on how much your private information is worth on the dark web.
Looking for work? – here’s the current job listings for WordPress.
SEO tips and practices from WP Rocket
Persistent Dismissible – a bit of code to help with centralizing/minimizing ” code required to execute multiple different calls and checks to the User Meta and User Options APIs inside of WordPress Core.” To be a little more clear, the creator states this: “How many times have you written some WordPress code to help you with storing the state of whether-or-not a logged-in user clicked “dismiss” on an admin-area notice, promo, or banner? Yeah. Us too.”
Google Quantum Computer by 2029!? – And they aren’t the only ones. IBM is in the race as well! Interesting read if nothing else.
Hackers hide in your network for up to 11 days before attacking says this report.
CryptoCurrency Glossary – from DogeCoin to BitCoin.
Auto Bot for CryptoCurrency Trading how to guide!
The hall of shame via Automattic:
Matt’s Famous Quotes
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Off we go into the meat and potatoes, Into the depths of plugin depravity…..
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:
WordLift has released a new version that is compatible with ClassicPress
Just a note for my ClassicPress listeners please send me info to help keep the ClassicPress section full.
Random Links to ClassicPress supporters
For some up to date news on ClassicPress check out the ClassicPress Blog.
“Must Have” Plugins List
To find a listing of ClassicPress specific plugins check out this link https://forums.classicpress.net/t/plugins-built-specifically-for-classicpress/1011?u=codepotent 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
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Booknetic is an appointment scheduler system plugin. It is the best-rated plugin in whole Codecanyon. Feature-rich and Customizable Appointment Booking in WordPress
A booking plugin for WordPress will fully automate the interaction with potential customers and enhance the workflow, as both customers and employees get instant updates on the scheduled appointments.
This one looks pretty interesting check it out.
Rating 4 Dragons
I was really interested in this! Hoping that it would turn out to be totally awesome – and then I downloaded and activated it, and I fooled around a little bit with the plugin.
Now, if you have few employees and easy to set up schedules for them, this will work great for you!
If you have the sort of business where the employee simply picks up the next available job once they are done their current project… maybe not so much.
You need to be able to name every single employee, put down their hours available, their days available, and you need to be able to link every single appointment to specific employees.
You also cannot create anything at all until all employees, their available hours and dates, are all put into the system. Would be a different story if they added an ‘N/A’ option though.
The options in this are rather restrictive.
There is also the aspect of needing to know CSS in order to get this to look ‘pretty’ in your site, if look and feel is important to you.
And there is an issue with the pro version not offering much more than the free version.
However, if you need this strict of a set up for your employees and times they are available, and you don’t mind the look and feel of this form, this will be the perfect plugin for you! Just don’t bother with the Pro version until they expand upon it a little more to make it worth the money.
Rating: 3 Dragons
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Auto poster plugin for 15+ social media platform. FS Poster gives you a great opportunity to auto-publish WordPress posts on the most popular social networks automatically. By making use of FS Poster you will also be able to schedule posts, re-publish previously created posts, and so on.
Rating 4 Dragons.
This is a fun new plugin! Once you activate this, you wind up with a small school of fish that follow the pointer around the screen! It’s a lot of fun!
The fish bounce off of the walls, and if you have more than one screen and your pointer goes off screen, they just sorta hang out on the side of the screen where your pointer vanished, waiting for you to get back. lol
It’s a lot of fun!
Also, bonus, the fish do not go onto the header, or anything you have on your page that is not the background. So they don’t interfere with the information itself on your pages.
Unfortunately, they are a little glitchy, they don’t work with WordPress 5.6.4, and you lose them when you scroll down the page. They just sort of hang out in the top section of your page, no following you all the way down.
Loads of fun though!
I really hope that these guys are able to keep this plugin going, maybe expand upon it and create other little shapes to follow the mouse! So much fun, and I think a great idea!
Unfortunately, because of the glitches, I am only rating this at –
Rating: 3 Dragons
Mail logging – WP Mail Catcher
This is a great plugin to help you diagnose any issues with the outgoing email from your website. It creates a log and tells you of success or failure if an email is leaving the site. You can also see what emails are being sent out, a great way to see if your site is generating any spam so.
A great tool but has some options for premium so have to give it a
Rating 5 Dragons.
User Admin Simplifier
I honestly wasn’t sure about this plugin when I looked at the description, it seems like one of those so basic as to be non-useful ones.
Then I tested it out and was very pleasantly surprised!
This is indeed a very simple plugin, easy to both understand and use, and it is also very effective!
Once activated, you go to the settings for this plugin under the Tools option, and than you are able to choose any of the users.
From there, you are able to disable any of the menu’s, sub-menu’s, even the admin bar from their home page!
This also works on multi-site! Just make sure you are in the correct site dashboard, and you’re golden!
Bonus, totally free! Gotta love the super useful freebies!
Rating: 5 Dragons
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The plugins we covered were:
John’s Plugins: Booknetic – 4, Fs Poster – 4, Mail logging – WP Mail Catcher – 5
Amber’s Plugins: Easy Appointments – 3, Fish Tail – 3, User Admin Simplifier – 5
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When renewing Domains: say you paid for 2 years. Then, 1 year into owning it, you paid for another 5 years. Would you now have 6 years paid for?
Old Domains you have never developed:
Do they get hacked?
Do you need to upgrade the PHP and what not on those in order to keep them? Or do you just do any upgrades needed when you go to build on them?
Old Domains you have developed:
Do they get hacked? If so, how do you know when they have been hacked?
Do they just sort of wither and die away on their own, the code falling apart like an old car left in your backyard?
Do you get any sort of reminders about their existence?
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