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Reflections of Self

Reflections of Self It's Episode 489 with plugins for Making Money, Widgetizing, Image Control and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! Podcaster Kit – monetization of your podcast, Widgets on Pages and Posts, Grey Owl Thumbnail Resize Lite and ClassicPress options on Episode 488.

It’s Episode 489 with plugins for Making Money, Widgetizing, Image Control and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Podcaster Kit – Monetization of your Podcast, Widgets on Pages and Posts, Grey Owl Thumbnail Resize Lite and ClassicPress options on Episode 488.

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.

No Q&A section today as Amber is off ill.

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…

Show Art:

Angel Lemus —

All the show notes can be found at:

Johns Rant:

Reflecting on the important things in life……………………..

Yes, I am doing the show by myself this week as Amber is not feeling well, and no its not the Rona just a bug. People do get sick for other reasons though you would not know that listening to the news these days. After all a man crashes his motorcycle but dies because of the Rona.

This is #49 of 52 51 opps 52 (forgot leap year) episodes for 2020. Its Episode 489 and we are now only 3 weeks away from the end of the year and the show has moved into new directions. It looks like we will survive into the new year. We are now 49 weeks into 2020 and 38 weeks of the Rona. The world still has not found its collective brain and insanity abounds.

Now more than ever it is time to start claiming your life and sanity back along with your health…..

If you want your health, life and sanity back now is the time to turn away from Social Media and the M5M folks. Claim back your health, sanity and life. Go out into the real world without a useless paper mask (or in some cases a pointless bandanna), meet and talk to real humans, relax and do not be afraid.

Find yourself an Oasis like the one at The Rogues Tavern, a place where you can check out from the world, unplug and recharge your soul.

Heal Your Soul in a few short weeks by:

Minimizing or eliminate your M5M exposure,
Stop using FaceCrack (I have not looked at mine in over 3 months and never felt better)
Make your own little part of the world a better place to be.
Inspire others around you to do the same.
Don’t worry about things you cannot control.
Stop accepting and doing things that are not be your best interest.
Work in your best interest while at the same time respecting and helping others, the rewards will follow.

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

Let’s get to the fun we have today.

WordPress News and Info

Before we jump into the news, ……

Check out the interview currently out….
with Arindo Duque from WP Admin Pages Pro/WP Ultimo (Plugin was reviewed in Episode 484)

News this week:

As you may have heard, PHP 8 dropped recently and it’s a huge change. With lots of new features and improvements, there are many breaking changes. The WordPress Core team has been busy getting WordPress 5.6 ready and have released it with aims to fully support PHP 8. However, that doesn’t mean it will be safe to flip your sites over to PHP 8. All your plugins and themes will need to fully support PHP 8 as well.

If you’re a plugin or theme developer, you should have a look at Jonathan Bossenger’s article Getting Your WordPress Plugins and Themes Ready for PHP 8.

What’s New in WordPress 5.6

Fake WordPress Functions Conceal assert() Backdoor

WordPress Easy WP SMTP Plugin Vulnerability

Automattic Acquires MailPoet
I interviewed Kim Gjerstad a while back check it out at Interview 47 Kim Gjerstad

Create a Bilingual Website for Free (Using WordPress)

The hall of shame via Automattic:

Matt’s Famous Quotes

Donor – Support

Talk about about what the value for value model is and why we are trying to use it. Explain why I do not have advertising, affiliate links ect.

Show Producers

This Show will not work without you, the producers, as it is a Value for Value model, meaning if you’re getting any value out of it then give some value back and help the show out.

Start by subscribing to the newsletter for additional information and get out there round them up and rope them all in, belly up to the bar and enjoy. Spread the word about WP Plugins A to Z and catch it live every Thursday at noon PST on my YouTube Channel.

I’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:

Angel Lemus —

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.

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Alright Not pimping out my kid this week but if you could send her some get well Karma and greetings. Send them to Amber at

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 $200 donation and until it happens that price will continue to go up…

Donating money to help the show Donations of $50 and over are credited with an Executive Producer Credit in the Show Notes, and their note is read out on the show.
Submitting art work at the WP Plugins Art generator,
Submit articles news and information
Submit plugin suggestions for reviews
You can also create a monthly donation at Patreon
Or something I may not have thought of.

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

ClassicPress Options

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:

General info:

This link takes yo to a Google doc created by ClassicPress that currently lists compatible plugins from the WordPress repository that have been tested by ClassicPress to be listed as compatible with ClassicPress.

This link takes yo to a Google doc that lists plugins that have been developed for ClassicPress (GitHub)

This link is the page on WP for CP plugins


Just a note for my ClassicPress listeners please send me info to help keep the ClassicPress section full.

Random Links to ClassicPress supporters

ClassicPress Resources:

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 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

WordPress plugins

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

John’s plugin

Grey Owl Thumbnail Resize Lite

Requires:4.4 or higher
Compatible up to:6.2.5
Released:28 November 2020
Last Updated:22 July 2023
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

If you’re managing a few images per posts and just need to make some minor adjustments from time to time this may be a plugin for you. It allows you to resize and re-crop an image right in your WordPress dashboard. It looks to be a pretty useful tool you may want to check out.

Rating 4 Dragons.


John’s plugin

Widgets on Pages and Posts

Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:
Released:01 January 1970
Last Updated:01 January 1970
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a great tool when it is needed, what it does is allow you to create multiple side bars with special widgets that you can place on a single page/post or multiple pages/posts with just a short code. It does come in handy from time to time for special cases. I have used a similar plugin for one off cases. This one looks to be better than the last one I used so will run them to the top

Rating 5 dragons

John’s plugin

Podcaster Kit – monetization of your podcast
for those who actually think this will work out

Requires: or higher
Compatible up to:
Released:01 January 1970
Last Updated:01 January 1970
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

Well this is an interesting idea and I suppose it could do well provide you gain an audience that will kick out some cash in this manner.

How it appears to work is by locking all or part of your podcast behind a paywall. Tough sell in the world of free podcasts. The ”Value for Value’ model works best in my opinion. For some this does works but for most it is a pipe dream.

Rating 3 Dragons


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Enter The Contest to Win!!:

Contests Powered by Simple Giveaways who kindly provides us with the premium version for our contests.

I do want to thank Charlie for coming to the aid of the show and getting our contests all organized.

We have a winner from the last contest where we gave away a license for Cart Lift for Woocommerce License The Winner is : Jes S., Congratulations.

Seems we have an unclaimed prize from the contest where we gave away a license for WP Admin Pages Pro: we will recycle the prize in due course.

There is a new interview out with Arindo Duque, from WP Admin Pages Pro/WP Ultimo, (Plugin was reviewed in Episode 484)

We have a new contest!

We have a new giveaway contest for you starting today. You have a chance to win an Unlimited Lifetime license for wpultimo

Enter for your chance to win an UNLIMITED LIFETIME License of

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This giveaway is for an UNLIMITED LIFETIME license valued at $499.

Listen to the great interview with Arindo Duque, the founder of NextPress and the creator of WP Ultimo & WP Admin Pages Pro.

Let your friends know about the giveaway!

This contest will run from December 3rd until December 16th, winner announced December 17th
Enter to win and remember to share this contest with friends to earn extra entries to the contest.

Visit for more info.

For all developers who would like to support the show. You can donate a premium license to be used in a future contest please go to

The plugins I covered were:

John’s Plugins: Podcaster Kit – monetization of your podcast – 3, Widgets on Pages and Posts – 5, Grey Owl Thumbnail Resize Lite – 4


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