It’s Episode 508 – We have plugins for Watching the Earth, Making Sure it Fits, Searching, Login Controls, Tracking Sales, Going FLoC’ing Crazy…., and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Size Guarantee, NVV Login Control, Search Only Posts, Earthquake Monitor, Order Reports for WooCommerce, Disable FLoC Easily and ClassicPress options on Episode 508.
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This is #16 of 52 episodes for 2021. Its Episode 508, and it appears that Spring has decided to stick around for a bit! Gotta love when the little Death Star pollens find their way into your system and make you sound like you’re dying – they could at least make you sound cool like Darth Vader or something.
Honestly, allergies aside – I love this time of year. Everything looks and feels so fresh and new! ‘Spring Cleaning’ may be a cliche, but it really is a thing we all do one way or another every year.
But it doesn’t have to stop with the physical stuff! Spring Clean your mind from all of the prattle online and on the tube by retreating from the world to a comfy spot where you can lay about and listen to some music, or maybe catch up on that podcast or audio book you’ve been thinking about! Grab yourself a drink, and tell your kids to go catch fish or frogs! Trying to find frogs at this time of year should keep them busy for hours.
Never be be afraid to tell your kids to bugger off for an hour – it’s totally allowed to demand they not bother you unless they are broken, dying, or bleeding for the entirety of the hour! Send them outside with a can of nails, a hammer, and some old wood, and tell them to make a fort. Let them drive the neighbors nuts with the hammering while you catch up on some *you time*.
Remember, remove all social media and main stream news during your 1 hour!
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:
Siri spills the beans on Apple’s 4/20 event (BLAZE IT LOL) (thenextweb.com) – Siri offers up a date for for Apple to reveal new Ipad Pros, and possibly it’s AirTags smart tracker for 4/20. But Apple hasn’t agreed, it’s just Siri talking about it.
Cumulative Layout Shift Debugger (CLS) – webvitals.dev – good tool for debugging. Example of what this helps with: “Have you ever visited a website and was about to click a link to an article, and then… the layout suddenly moves, an ad appears, and somehow instead of clicking on the article you wanted to read, you click on the useless ad?”
WordPress Jobs | Post Status – A current listing of the WordPress jobs available for all those looking for a job. Currently 21 listings to look at.
Headless Form Submission With the WordPress REST API | CSS-Tricks (css-tricks.com) – For those of you using Headless CMS out there, here is a way to use a form withOUT REST API.
What’s new in Gutenberg 10.4? (14 April) – Make WordPress Core – What’s new in Gutenberg!
How to Enable Classic Editor in WordPress.com (lireo.com) – How to enable Classic Editor in WordPress.com
See EXPAND 2021 at GoDaddy Events GoDaddy Pro (Online) – Virtual Web Designer and Developers ‘get together’ for April 27-28, for those who are down with the virtual events that are now taking place.
Everything you need to know about… setting up an office space | Courier (mailchimp.com) – Offers up a fantastic guideline to those who are still struggling with figuring out how to make a space for working at home.
Patchstack Whitepaper: 582 WordPress Security Issues Found in 2020, Over 96% From Third-Party Extensions – WordPress Tavern (wptavern.com) – WordPress security issues from 2020 from third party’s – mostly from Patchstack recently re-branded as WebARX.
Apple is changing Podcasting
Time to get the FLoC out of here
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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:
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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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Really, get the FLoC out of Here!
Disable FLoC Easily
FLoC is the new surveillance arm from Google and it seems that it’s not being well received through the WordPress sphere. Although I get the feeling it will happen anyway. If you choose to not have your website participate in this surveillance then you can install this plugin. This is the first one I found and it seems there are more in the REPO. Four that I found in a short time, it seems FLoC is not all that popular.
Rating 5 Dragons
Search only Posts
I came across this plugin when I was looking at different options for the search function – and I thought that there would be more to it honestly.
Once you download and activate this, it’s on. There is nothing else you need to do, it just forces the WordPress search function to search in only posts – and to turn this off, you need to deactivate the plugin.
I had thought that there would be a settings page where you could choose to turn it on or off, or perhaps set it up so that there would be a time when it would only allow the option to search only posts – but that is not the case.
Seeing how it is only for the WordPress search function, I could see using this in conjunction with another search option, and having them both up on your site, stating that the one is for post searches and the other is for the whole site searching.
I was honestly a little underwhelmed by this, though I can see how it could be useful.
If you think this is something you could really use, than please go and check it out!
Rating 3 Dragons
Order Reports for WooCommerce
What they say:
Filter all WooCommerce orders by timeframe, status, amount or payment method.
For example, using filters you can generate report by payment method and display all orders made with given payment method.
Using the plugin you are able to generate reports for the following:
* Orders by Payment Method
* Orders by Status
* Orders by Amount
* Orders by Date
Customer name, and country (billing) columns for each order is provided.
Tax totals, shipping totals, and amount totals are calculated automatically for filtered orders.
All results are exportable to CSV on a single click.
Rating 4 Dragons
NVV Login Control
I thought this was a neat idea, set your site apart from most by changing up the login page!
Once this is activated, you can personalize the login page via colours, pictures, or graphics. This comes in English and Russian, and has custom CSS style options, customizable maintenance page, offers you the ability to access a closed site on behalf of any user, so long as you are a trusted user – these are just a few of the options this has, and there are quite a few more.
This is a brand new out of the box freemium plugin! I think it’s gonna go a long way, though I could be wrong, there are so many of these sorts of plugins they may be entirely missed – but I hope not. I like the way that this one works, very user friendly, easy to set up, and runs smoothly.
I also like that it has a recaptcha – I know that not many out there appreciate the captchas, but I personally like them a lot.
If you are looking to customize your login page, I recommend you go and check this one out!
Rating 5 Dragons
33 is the Majik Number
Earthquake Monitor is a customizable widget that shows an overview of earthquakes around the world from the U.S. Geological Surveys data. You can show this in a widget (or multiple widgets) or use the shortcode . All requests can be cached so it won’t slow down your site.
This is a pretty nice plugin for those of you wanting to keep track of what is happening in the world today. Easy to setup and get going using either a widget or a short code. See it in action here https://theroguestavern.com/news/
Rating 5 Dragons
This plugin is designed to make it easier for those using woo commerce to sell clothing and other size related apparel sized more properly and individually to the customers needs.
What this does, is it takes the customer through a ‘size guarantee’ profile set up that can than be used anytime by that customer, anywhere. The shopper just needs to log in and compare the clothes from any retailer or distributor with their size profile to know their best fit.
Drawback though, is that in order to use this for your site, you need to sign your site up with Size Guarantee website. Once you’re signed up with them, you can put your API key into your plugin, and off you go!
I can see the major uses of this if you are a clothing store, though I personally don’t like the idea of having my customers create an account with a third party to shop on my site.
Rating 4 Dragons
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The plugins we covered were:
John’s Plugins: Earthquake Monitor – 5, Order Reports for WooCommerce – 4, Disable FLoC Easily – 5
Amber’s Plugins: Search only Posts – 3, NVV Login Control – 5, Size Guarantee – 4
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