It’s Episode 581 – We have plugins for Preloading AI, Estimated Date, Speedy Widgets, Temp Accessing, Magic Bots, Auto Logout… and ClassicPress options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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It’s Episode 581 and we have plugins for Preloading AI, Estimated Date, Speedy Widgets, Temp Accessing, Magic Bots, Auto Logout… and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Welcome to Episode 581 – Feel The Force of WordPress Plugins – This is episode 41 for 2022, and Jack Frost is having a blast out there! At least he is round abouts here – be sure to pull out your warm stuff and keep it ready for the mornings especially!
A Message from your AtoZ Plugin Worker Bee’s – 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…
Remember, don’t skip the end of the show – you never know what kind of amazing life altering advice you might catch! Like how to fill your site as full of spam as possible…
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We are lacking in new art, so we went digging deep into the archives – we have no idea who made this freaking AWESOME art piece, though it totally tugs on my heartstrings since I am both a Star Trek and a Star Wars fan. Not many of us out there I know, but we do exist!!
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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 – November 16, 2022 (https://ithemes.com/blog/wordpress-vulnerability-report-november-16-2022/) – First up, WordPress Core is dropping support for WordPress Versions 3.7-4.0. If this will affect your site, you can follow this link here in our show notes.
There was a WordPress Theme Vulnerability, though it has been fixed – be sure to update Wordreap – Freelance Marketplace and Directory if you or your clients use it.
There is a fairly decently long list of Plugins to pay attention to, you can follow the link in the show notes to see them all, though the few I recognize are: Photospace Gallery, 3DPrint, WP Page Builder, Simple Video Embedder, and Advanced WP Columns.
– WordPress to explore using GitHub Codespaces for improving contributor experience (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-to-explore-using-github-codespaces-for-improving-contributor-experience) – I think that this is a fantastic idea! GitHub is already used by soooo many developers, and the codespaces is really useful! WordPress lead developer Helen Hou-Sandi is looking to make WordPress/WordPress-develop usable in GitHub Codespaces in hopes that it will get more folks to get started with contributing to core on Contributor Day.
– Meetup.com raises concerns with New Accessibility Overlay (https://wptavern.com/meetup-com-raises-concerns-with-new-accessibility-overlay) – So the issue is that Meetup.com added an overlay for accessibility options. This is a quick fix solution, though it tends to scare away users… because WordPress Community Team uses Meetup to organize local and virtual meetups, this is becoming an issue. The users are requesting to find alternatives, and though Meetup did take the overlay down after complaints, it went back up the next day. This could very well mean that Meetup may be binned after years of use if they don’t figure out something soon I think!
– Jetpack search adds Free Tier and 3-month free trial (https://wptavern.com/jetpack-search-adds-free-tier-and-3-month-free-trial) – This is exciting news for people who like and use Jetpack – this option was only previously available as a paid upgrade until now! It seems that the reason for this is because the user base hasn’t grown beyond a couple hundred active installs this last year. The new free tier and the free trials are a way of trying to gain access to new and excited users.
– WordPress.com adds support for new pocket casts block (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-com-adds-support-for-new-pocket-casts-block) – So this is a new addition to its library of blocks. This one helps to make it easier to embed any show or episode in the WordPress editor, or specific episodes via URL. This is an awesome thing, since this is designed (targeted at really) podcaster’s. Could be very useful down the road.
– WordCamp Asia 2023 announces speakers, unveils Wapuu Mascot (https://wptavern.com/wordcamp-asia-2023-announces-speakers-unveils-wapuu-mascot) – For those who can never wait to hear all about the WordCamps, this is a quick overview of everything you can look forward to for the 2023 WordCamp in Asia! Also, their mascot looks kind of like a fuzzy Pikachu I think – very cute! If you are interested in learning more, feel free to browse the link in the show notes!
– Meta takes new AI system offline because Twitter users are mean (https://thenextweb.com/news/meta-takes-new-ai-system-offline-because-twitter-users-mean) – This is a fantastic article written through a real experience of Tristan Greene as he tested Galactica’s strengths/weaknesses. It turned into a bit of a twitter war, which he of course documented – it’s really quite an entertaining -and enlightening – article!
…Our News Section really isn’t complete without ClassicPress News…
A message from ClassicPress!
It may not seem that way, but the team actively works on ClassicPress and its related projects. You can track core development progress by visiting our GitHub repository or reading transcripts from our weekly core meetings.There is a new Blog Post available on the ClassicPress site!
New at ClassicPress: Security Release, GitHub Issue Templates, And Morehttps://www.classicpress.net/new-at-classicpress-security-release-github-issue-templates-more/
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!
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The Extras – check out our Facebook, or Twitter page for even more!
…Here you will find news on tech in general, and some random things I think are pretty nifty! If you come across something you think should be added, send me a link at email@example.com
– 8 foolproof ways to clutter up your mac (https://thenextweb.com/news/8-foolproof-ways-to-clutter-up-apple-mac)
– New ransomware encrypts files, then steals your Discord Account (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-ransomware-encrypts-files-then-steals-your-discord-account/)
– New attacks use Windows security bypass zero-day to drop malware (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-attacks-use-windows-security-bypass-zero-day-to-drop-malware/)
– Yes, staging can be a pain – but here’s why you shouldn’t skip it (https://thenextweb.com/news/staging-pain-why-you-shouldnt-skip-it)
– Exploid released for actively abused ProxyNotShell Exchange bug (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/exploit-released-for-actively-abused-proxynotshell-exchange-bug/)
– Chinese hackers use Google Drive to drop malware on govt networks (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/chinese-hackers-use-google-drive-to-drop-malware-on-govt-networks/)
– Google Search results poisoned with torrent sites via Data Studio (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/google-search-results-poisoned-with-torrent-sites-via-data-studio/)
– Atlassian fixes critical command injection bug in Bitbucket Server (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/atlassian-fixes-critical-command-injection-bug-in-bitbucket-server/)
– Phishing kit impersonates well-known brands to target US shoppers (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/phishing-kit-impersonates-well-known-brands-to-target-us-shoppers/)
– Microsoft fixes Windows Kerberos auth issues in emergency updates (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-fixes-windows-kerberos-auth-issues-in-emergency-updates/)
…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!
Our winner for the Umbrella WP: Josef – be sure to check your email for further instructions!
Remember, there will be 2 more chances, to enter and win a Breakdance License! Keep listening to find out when!
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Time for the Good Stuff! …
Off we go into the meat and potatoes of plugin depravity…..
AI Preloader animation makes a good initial impression on the user and gives the webpage a more professional look. It shows the user your commitment to delivering a high-quality experience and that you don’t leave any stones unturned.
Rating 4 Dragons
This is an interesting plugin created to give temporary access to users. There does not seem to be a limit to how many users you can give limited access to at once, though you do have to create the user role before limited access can be granted.
First, create a user account. Then, go to settings of the plugin – you will find ‘Temporary Access’ in your left hand menu – choose the user, check off ‘Enable Temporary Access’, choose the time in seconds, minutes, hours, or days, than hit ‘Generate Temporary Access Link’.
Once you have hit ‘Generate Temporary Access Link’, you will be given a code on the page that you can then copy and paste to send to the new user.
Regarding amount of time, I added 42 digits before I gave up. I don’t think there is a limit on how many digits you can enter to specify the number of seconds, minutes, hours or days.
This could be very useful for when you want to provide access to someone short term so that they can diagnose your site or help you with a project, but don’t want to give them forever access.
Temporary Access Plugin!
Rating: 5 Dragons
Estimated Delivery Date Per Product For Woocommerce
This Plugin allows you to Display Estimated Delivery Date or Shipping Date Per Product. You can Display Estimated Delivery Date on Product Page, Cart Page, Checkout Page, Order Page and Order Email. You can Display Estimated Delivery Date For all your products that have the same delivery time.
Rating 4 Dragons
This is a plugin I can see going far. It’s a newer fresh-out-of-the box plugin, but it’s coming out of that box swinging!
This plugin was designed to stop the robots wasting your resources and slowing down your site. This is designed to optimize your SEO results, and to reduce your operation costs in both time and money!
Setting this up is pretty easy, very straightforward – You will find the settings in your left hand menu under ‘Magic robots.txt’; from there, they use leyman’s terms to help you decide what server load to choose the optimization for, the savings desired, whether or not you want to exchange links – again, leyman’s terms explanation of ‘uncheck if you are not interested in being located to exchanging or selling links or guest posts’, and whether you want to use a real or virtual file.
They WILL have the option of being able to see advanced settings – though they have not come out with that bit as of yet.
Setting it up on my site, I actually did notice a difference. The site is running better – and since it’s a sandbox with millions of random things on it, I would say that’s pretty good! I am going to be trying it out on a few other sites that have slowed down over the years as well.
This is a pretty awesome find I think, well worth the less than 10 minutes it takes to install and setup.
Magic robots.txt – I would say to grab it up before they start charging for it!
Rating: 5 Dragons
We Interrupt the Meat and Potatoes of Plugin Depravity Edition to bring you our Donations Segment and to thank our Producers!
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Thank you, now back to the Meat and Potatoes of Plugin Depravity Edition!
Widget Speed Test for Elementor
Identify Elementor widgets that are slowing down page rendering and load times.
How to use:
When logged-in, go to any front-end page and click the “Widget Speed Test” button in the WordPress toolbar (the black bar across the top).
Rating 4 Dragons
This is a fairly straight forward plugin – it’s made so that when your users have gone inactive, their session will be automatically terminated – in other words they will be auto-logged out.
Very easy to set up, you will find the settings in your left-hand menu under ‘Settings -> inactive logout’.
Here you can choose the idle time before they are auto-logged out, what message they get, timeout countdown period before the actual logout – this will show up as a tiny pop up.
Cool thing about this is that you can actually set it to role based – so an admin can have hours of idleness if you want, while a subscriber is only allowed half an hour.
Another cool aspect is the option of preventing multiple logins from multiple locations, and even choose a special page where the auto-logged out user will be sent. If you don’t want to bother though, the user will simply be sent to the login screen after timeout.
Also, there is a ‘wakeup!’ button – you have the option of this message being shown instead of being logged out.
The Pro version has a lot more options and lots of fun little goodies to add as well!
Rating: 4 Dragons
We have sadly neglected ClassicPress… we are working to remedy this.
…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/!
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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.
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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:
John’s Plugins: AI Preloader – 4, Estimated Delivery Date Per Product For Woocommerce – 4, Widget Speed Test for Elementor – 4
Amber’s Plugins: Temporary Access – 5, Magic robots.txt – 5, Inactive Logout – 4
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