It’s Episode 494 Time Tracking, Shortcodes, Brute Force Prevention, Unique Images, Changing Text, Passwords …, and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Work Time Allocator, Password Policy Manager | Password Manager, WordPress Shortcodes Plugin — Shortcodes Ultimate, WordPress Brute Force Protection – Stop Brute Force Attacks, Text Filtering, Unique Headers and ClassicPress options on Episode 494.
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This is #2 of 52 episodes for 2021. Its Episode 494, and so far this year seems pretty awesome! Though things always seem to be on the up and up in people’s personal lives for the first couple of months – none of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions as of yet. Still working out, still feeling good.
Despite the world having gone nuts, there is lots to enjoy still! Including having a little place of your own where you can TUNE OUT for a while! It can be anywhere – 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 your car! Get into a space all your own, throw on some music and grab a book, or even throw on an audio 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.
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:
WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: January 2021, Part 1
14+ Best Free Translation Plugins for (WordPress 2021)
WordPress Proposal To Align Release Cycle With Industry Standard
WPScan Can Now Assign CVE Numbers for WordPress Core, Plugin, and Theme Vulnerabilities
WordPress Powers 39.5% of All Websites
6 Web Design and Development Trends for 2021
Marketing Trends to Watch in 2021, According to 21 Experts
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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:
They have been making progress on their developer portal for ClassicPress this will be their game changer I believe.
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“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
Are you looking for some great newly released plugins check this link
The Unique Headers Plugin adds a custom header image box to the post/page edit screen. You can use this to upload a unique header image for that post, or use another image from your WordPress media library. When you view that page on the front-end of your site, the default header image for your site will be replaced by the unique header you selected.
This functionality also works with categories and tags.
Rating 4 Dragons
WordPress Shortcodes Plugin — Shortcodes Ultimate
This is fantastic if you are into using your own CSS, and prefer to use the built in WordPress editor rather than something like Elementor.
Once you download and activate it, go into the settings, and simply add your CSS into the provided text box.
It supports Paragraph, Shortcode, and Classic, and you can enable where the shortcodes will be able to take effect.
Be sure to enable the ‘inset shortcode’ button in the selected blocks when using this though.
This is very easy to use, works well, and is a total freebie to boot!
Rating 5 Dragons
Sent in by Arun Thomas
Filter out the text in your posts, replace them with your preferred phrase during page load across all your posts for the specified category posts.
Rating 5 Dragons
Password Policy Manager | Password Manager
Now, I don’t know how many people out there are aware of the rather weak abc123 type passwords that are most common by users, but for those that are and would like to stop that from continuing and possibly endangering their site they have worked so hard on keeping going, I think this would be a great plugin!
You can be a little mean with this, really… Once you download and activate, you go over to the settings; you will find that under ‘mini orange’ on the left hand side.
And from there, you can make the password requirements up to 25 characters long, require both upper and lowercase letters as well as a number, and even special characters. You can also make the password expire between 1 and 28 days.
It works for everyone right off the get go, rather than you having to set it up to work for specific types of users or anything.
Another feature they have here, is the option to disable the password policy there in the settings, so you don’t have to deactivate the plugin to stop it from doing its thing to everyone. I appreciate the option being there – just makes it that much easier.
One neat feature I have never seen before, is on the right hand side of the settings for this. There is a little message box with your email already filled in, where you can shoot off a message immediately if you need any support or have any questions. I thought this was a kind of neat addition. Saves you the time of having to go to their site and find their info to contact them with an issue.
There is a premium version that brings this down one dragon, though this free version offers up the needed bits to make your site more secure.
Rating 4 Dragons
Sent in by Steve
WordPress Brute Force Protection – Stop Brute Force Attacks
I love the podcast and wondered if you would be interested in reviewing a new plugin from GuardGiant. It stops hackers by way of limiting login attempts but without impacting the user experience.
When a genuine user makes a successful login to their account using their mobile phone, tablet, or computer GuardGiant starts treating their device as Trusted.
- Failed login attempts from trusted devices are directed towards ‘Lost Password’ forms rather than being subject to account lockouts or additional counter measures.
- Users receive an alert when anyone logs into their account from an unrecognized device or browser.
This is the same security approach as many large websites such as Facebook, Google etc. and is a much more viable method than the ‘limit login attempts’ plugin that is popular on WordPress sites. It stops hackers but does not lock out genuine users.
There is also a rather nifty login activity log.
You can download the plugin from WordPress
Thank you for taking a look, I would love to hear what you think!
Rating 5 Dragons
Work Time Allocator
This can be a VERY useful plugin for people who have multiple workers on any given site. Or even for people who are rather forgetful in setting down how many hours they are putting in.
A bit of a production to set it up though – once you plug this in and get it activated, you have to go through multiple stages to set it up – starting with allocating which user is an employee; then you have to go to the plugin settings and set the employee up, put in the information for the client, and a few other things. Also, when you set someone up as an employee, they don’t have to lose whatever other user role they have – the employee role is simply added to their existing role.
You also need to choose what sort of currency you are working with – the options are a little limited, only 3 to choose form. dollars, pounds, or euros.
Then you enter in the shortcode onto whichever page you want to keep track of hours spent. It then shows up on the page as a proper login for time spent. Though it only shows up to the person who is set to work on the page, and to administrators, there are no worries about a client or the public seeing this very 90’s looking hours sign in popping up in the middle of your page.
Useful, except that it only keeps the last 10 records in stock for you, so unless you are regularly copy and pasting, you only have the last 10 sign in’s to go off of for your work history and employee history. Though it is easy for the workers to use, and when the job is done, simply choose the option ‘done’ in the settings for that job, and the sign in form disappears from the page it was on.
I personally think that this is a little limited in what it does, very useful for the basic need, though it does not really expand as much as I think it could. And I hope it will; I see a lot of potential here.
This is still a rather new plugin with less than 10 activations. I look forward to keeping an eye on it and seeing if they expand what the plugin is capable of.
Rating 4 Dragons
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The plugins we covered were:
John’s Plugins: WordPress Brute Force Protection – Stop Brute Force Attacks – 5, Text Filtering – 5, Unique Headers – 4
Amber’s Plugins: Work Time Allocator – 4, Password Policy Manager | Password Manager – 4, WordPress Shortcodes Plugin — Shortcodes Ultimate – 5
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What’s going on with the site when some pages are working properly, but others are not through the CSS? For instance, some pages have one blue paragraph and the rest black, when it should all be blue?
How come some pages – or is it all pages? – don’t translate properly to Elementor from WordPress when you initially made it in WordPress? One would think that those pages could properly translate, and go back and forth easily.
Translations of plugins, API’s, and translatable strings from your source code – can you explain what this means to me? I came across a plugin that was talking about being able to do these things, and I am honestly at a bit of a loss as to what it was saying it could do.
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