It’s Episode 400 and I’ve got plugins for Instant Site Security, Project Management, WooCommerce Orders, Admin Emails, Top Page Builder, and Elementor for Classic Press . It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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It’s Episode 390 and I’ve got plugins for Site Performance, Classified Ads, Gutenberg Blocks, Site Security and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
John: It’s Episode 390 and I’ve got plugins for Site Performance, Classified Ads, Gutenberg Blocks, Site Security and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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All right, first up as I have – start off with a couple of plugins I have yet to use but I thought you might want to know they exist. These are plugins that are sent in to me by developers that I don’t have time to test. I don’t have a project in the works currently that I can use them in, etc. But they looked interesting enough and I’ve had a very big collection of these for a long time that it’s time to get them out there and let you folks know about them.
Now keep in mind, the ratings on them are based upon what I think about the way their descriptions are, their demo sites if they have one, etc.
So first off here I have one that was sent in to me by Ante Laca, and this one here is called WP Performance. It looks to be another caching plugin to help improve the speed of your website. And when you set it up, it sets up – it’s got a lot of checkboxes in it. They can go in there, it’s got – it creates of course cached HTML pages much like every other caching plugin out there. It does look kind of interesting. It looks along the lines of all the rest of them. It doesn’t look like it has anything special or unique to it from all the other plugins that I’ve checked out.
But if you’re looking for something different than the standard caching plugins that are available, go check this one out. This one here might be just what you’re looking for, so go check it out. It is called WP Performance plugin and I give it a 3-Dragon rating, so go check it out.
The next one I’ve got for you, sent in by Blazej Krzymowski. I’m working on the names. Really, I am. This is called TerraClassifieds, and it is another classifieds plugin. It’s a free classifieds plugin from their website at https://www.pixelemu.com/wordpress-plugins/i/245-terraclassifieds, and again, it is a classified plugin that allows you to go through, create up classified ads, user registration, edit/add user profiles, etc. It’s a standard WordPress classified plugin that does look kind of interesting. Their demo of it, not too bad. It’s a good layout from what I can see. I don’t know if it requires a theme to get this layout. (Some do, some don’t.) It might just be the standard way it sets up. I’m willing to bet it’s a theme because they also sell themes off their website.
So this is one that you may want to check out if you’re looking for a classifieds plugin. I’ve used several over the years. I think WP Classifieds, another WP Classifieds plugin is the one that I use. I bought a premium one years ago that gave me a great license on, so I still use that one when I do build a classified site. They’re not nearly as popular as they used to be, but every once in a while you’ll run across the need to build one up. So anyway, go check this one out. It’s a pretty decent little plugin from what I can tell and I give it a 3-Dragon rating. Go check it out: TerraClassifieds Free Classifieds WordPress plugin.
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Okay and contests – I don’t have the new contests set up. I do have a couple of keys in the works and it does take a little bit sometimes to get these things fully organized and set up and working. But we do have a couple of them that are coming your way and our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin. If you’re looking to do a giveaway on your website, go checkout the plugin, Simple Giveaways, an excellent plugin. You can get it free – a free version off of WordPress.org or the premium version, which is really nice for managing all the little details of a contest off of your website. Excellent plugin.
All right, the next plugin I’ve got for you here is of course a Gutenberg plugin. Well, not of course, but – all right, well you’ve gotta get used to it. I’m slowly wrapping my head around Gutenberg and starting to work with it and deal with it through a couple of small projects at the moment. And I have started playing with Gutenberg and there’s some things I like and many things I still don’t like about it. It is confusing at first after being so used to the standard theme – or the standard editor. But once you start wrapping your head around it, you can work with it. But the blocks are actually kind of a nice feature and basically what it is is boiling down to me is it’s just another theme builder or another page builder system, or a page builder plugin, which is what it should’ve been.
But anyway, one of the nice things about Gutenberg is all of the blocks that are coming up, and this plugin here is called Premium Blocks for Gutenberg, and this is similar to the one from last week except it’s a different set of blocks. More and more plugins are bringing these in and they’re bringing their own uniqueness to the blocks that they’re creating.
Now, I’ve only used this one here for the maps block, and the maps block on this one is really kind of nice in that it allows you to get in there and do some customizations to the map. You can create a custom image marker, it lays out the map in a really good custom stylizing, so it’s something you can check out and use. And they do have several blocks for this plugin. You’ve got – they’ve got the banner blocks, they’ve got button blocks, icons, pricing tables, sections, and more. There’s a whole bunch that this plugin can do for you as far as adding blocks to your Gutenberg website.
Go check this one out. It’s called Premium Blocks for Gutenberg and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.
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Okay, and the final plugin I’ve got this week for you…this is a security plugin. It’s called WP Hide & Security Enhancer. And you may have a need to maximize your site security to the extent that this plugin can do for you. Now, most of the time your site security boils down to installing Wordfence or something else – Cloudflare, prevent the spammers from getting in. But sometimes you may want to just hide everything from everyone. Even if they hit and look at the code on the page, they get there and they won’t even be able to determine that it’s an actual WordPress website.
This plugin hides everything from prying eyes. It will not only hide your login URL, but the locations of your plugins, your uploads, your themes, it blocks XML RPC, API, it blocks direct access to all folders. In fact, it will do such a good job of hiding everything that the online detectors that many people use – they go, “Is this a WordPress website?” and they put in your URL, it comes back and says, “Oh, yeah. It’s a WordPress website.” What is this theme? It’s telling you what the theme is, what plugins are installed, etc.
This actually hides that information to the point they’ll look at it and say, “Nope, WordPress isn’t running there,” so this is a very, very interesting plugin. I’m actually going to be doing a tutorial video on this one, so I’ll be putting that up and showcasing how it works for you. It is such a great plugin that of course I had to give this one a 5-Dragon rating.
Go check it out: the WP Hide & Security Enhancer to maximize your site’s security and to hide everything that exists.
Okay, ClassicPress options…I do have a ClassicPress option this week. I do have some little information thought to feedback from last week. I talked about the Wordfence plugin working well in ClassicPress – and it does work – it works very well, but there is a caveat to it. And one of the things that Wordfence does is Wordfence goes in and it looks at your site, continuously looking for changes in the files, and it monitors it partly by monitoring the file name changes.
So what happened to me was a couple of days after I installed and activated this, I got a notification from Wordfence – actually, it wasn’t even a couple of days; it was within 24 hours. I got a notification that I had a whole pile of file changes in this ClassicPress site that I was testing it on, that they’d all been changed and possibly infected. And when I went in and looked, what it had done is it picked up all the file name changes that were done by ClassicPress. So if you switch to ClassicPress, all your WP files are changed to CP files; they’re defining it as ClassicPress.
So Wordfence is not programmed yet to ignore the CP files. Hopefully, Wordfence is going to come onboard for ClassicPress; we don’t know. But if they don’t and you see that, you’ll know it’s not — that’s not an actual problem. But it still works well for dealing with the other issues on your site. So you can still use it but that’s a nice notification there about the issue that Wordfence is having with ClassicPress.
This week, the plugin I have for you though that does work in ClassicPress, as far as my testing so far goes – something I use continuously and have been using for over eight years, it’s the PowerPress plugin for podcasting by Blubrry. This is an excellent plugin. I’ve been using it since way back when I first started the show eight years ago and I’ve watched this plugin grow up, enhancements, improvements, speed, better tweaks. It still has all of that and my tests on ClassicPress show that it does seem to work effectively with no problem, so you can use it and go check it out: PowerPress Podcasting by Blubrry. You can use it in ClassicPress and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.
So that’s our ClassicPress options for this week.
All right, closing out this episode…I covered up the WP Performance plugin, which I gave a 3 to; the TerraClassifieds, which I gave a 3 to; the Premium Blocks for Gutenberg, which I gave a 4 to; the WP Hide & Security Enhancer, which I gave a 5 to; and PowerPress, which I give a 5 to.
And a couple of final quick notes: Don’t forget, it’s coming up quick: WordPress Meetup here coming to Victoria. This is the monthly meetup that I do here. It will be broadcast live. It’s on January 22; it’ll be at 6:30 p.m. and for those that can’t make it, check into our YouTube channel where it will be broadcast live. I’m giving a presentation on Gutenberg and what I think its future in WordPress is, and how it’s going to impact the community and how it impacts people using it.
And then we’ve got another fellow here who is giving us a presentation on what it’s like to be a WordPress freelancer and five years of being a freelancer and what he wished he had known, so going to be talking about the things he had learned along the way, so it’ll be a very interesting evening of information, so make sure you check that out.
Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel. And for a final note to developers who would like to support the show, please, if you would like to offer up a premium license to give away, head on over to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest. Give us all the details and information about your plugin and submit it to the show for a contest.
And if you would like to suggest a plugin for review and you’re a developer, please go to the usual form for plugin submissions and I will get them appeared on the show. If I can use them, I will give a better review. If I can’t, I will put them into the first two for the beginning of the show.
Okay, that’s pretty much everything I’ve got for you this week. This has been a quiet, easy week as far as things go and I didn’t get any responses back last week to my request that if someone wanted to have discussions after the show was over. But if anyone would like to see that if they’re coming into the live show, I will hold open a small segment at the end of the show as soon as I get people who are talking to me.
That’s all I’ve got for you now. Take care, bye-bye.
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This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.
We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.
Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.
This week we have the following news for you.
How to Use Domain Mapping When You’re Not Running Multisite
Our Domain Mapping plugin makes mapping domains super easy in Multisite. It lets you create as many sites as you want in one WordPress installation and then make them all behave as if they’re separate sites echo on their own domain.
But sometimes you want to map a domain when you’re not running Multisite. You’ve created a site in its own WordPress installation somewhere on your server, maybe in a subdirectory, but you want to direct a domain name to it and have that show up in the browser instead of your own domain with the subfolder or subdomain showing up. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org
How to Track Post Changes by Adding a History Feature to WordPress
If you’re running a website with multiple contributors, it can be hard to track post changes in WordPress itself. This can become a problem if you’re trying to identify the source of an error, or keep tabs on your writers’ activity.
Finding a way to track post changes in WordPress enables you to keep logs of practically all of the activity for your posts and pages. For this article, we’ll talk about why this functionality can help you and how to implement it in three simple steps. Let’s get to it! Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com
How to Run a Contest with WordPress (and Plugins to Help You Do It)
About a month ago, a woman named Mavis Wanczyk won a monster Powerball payout of $758.7 million. Wanczyk wasn’t the only winner that night either. In a store nearby, someone else bought a ticket worth $1 million. There were also other winners from this single Powerball play—9.4 million people (or, rather, tickets) to be exact.
Now, if that isn’t proof enough of how much people love entering contests in the hopes of winning something (no matter what sort of odds are stacked against them), I don’t know what is. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org
Handling Form Submissions in WordPress with Admin-Post and Admin-Ajax
WordPress provides incredible support for you to work with form submissions in your application. Whether you add a form in the admin or public facing areas, the built-in mechanism with the admin-post and admin-ajax scripts will allow you to handle your form requests efficiently.
In this article, I’ll show you how to handle custom form submissions using the WordPress API. I’ll walk you through the process of adding a custom form in the admin area of a plugin, handle the form submission via an HTML as well as an AJAX request, and write the form handler in PHP to validate, sanitize and process the form input. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org
20 of Google’s limits you may not know exist
Google has a lot of different tools, and while they handle massive amounts of data, even Google has its limits. Here are some of the limits you may eventually run into.
Many of the data reports within Google Search Console are limited to 1,000 rows in the interface, but you can usually download more. That’s not true of all of the reports, however (like the HTML improvements section, which doesn’t seem to have that limit).
The limit for the number submitted is higher, but you will only be shown 200. Each of those could be an index file as well, which seems to have a display limit of 400 site maps in each. You could technically add each page of a website in its own site map file and bundle those into site map index files and be able to see the individual indexation of 80,000 pages in each property… not that I recommend this. Read original article here…. searchengineland.com
This week we have the following Security News for you.
Malicious plugin installed backdoor on 200,000 WordPress websites
A very persistent malicious actor added a backdoor to a WordPress plugin called Display Widgets that installed backdoors on possibly 200,000 websites since June 21.
The hacker used the open-source Display Widgets plugin, which lets users control how their WordPress plugins appear on their sites, as the delivery mechanism for the backdoor. Although the number of potentially infected sites is large, what is almost as impressive is the hacker’s persistence. The infected plugin was repeatedly removed from the site by WordPress.org between June 22 and September 8 with the hacker dutifully replaced it.
It was finally removed for good on September 8. Read original article here…. scmagazine.com
60 Abandoned WordPress Plugins
WordPress security threats are on the rise. In some cases, hackers can gain control over WordPress sites. Now, the question arises, how can you secure your WordPress sites?
A major cause of security breaches in WordPress sites is outdated plugins and themes. These elements of a site can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation, and hackers are well aware of this. If a plugin hasn’t been updated during the past 2 years, it is categorized as an abandoned, or outdated plugin. Moreover, it may pose compatibility issues with WordPress. Read original article here…. pressable.com
7 Signs Your WordPress Website Has Been Hacked
One of the reasons WordPress is so popular as a content management system is because of its airtight security (read: it’s rare ability to be hacked). But the truth is, 136,640 attacks are happening per minute to WordPress websites across the globe.
That’s a scary thought.
In fact, weak passwords, domain or hosting level breaches, insecure themes and plugins, and even an outdated WordPress core may cause your website to become more vulnerable than normal. Read original article here…. domainnamewire.com
And now for something older in the past article collections.
How to Beat Procrastination and Get More Done on Your WordPress Site
Everyone procrastinates now and then, but some people suffer much more than others. If you feel that procrastination is negatively affecting your productivity, then it is time to do something about it.
In this article we will look at why people procrastinate and what you can do about it. We discuss the importance of being clear on your goals and knowing your distractions and other weaknesses. We then consider productivity tips and tricks to help you maintain motivation and keep focused. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com
How to Become a WordPress Professional in Your Free Time
Getting established as a WordPress pro isn’t easy. If you want to freelance or set up a WordPress business, you’ll need to build up a list of clients and establish a reputation for yourself. And if you’re looking for a WordPress job, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve got experience with WordPress and can work with it at a professional level.
But all this takes time learning and preparing, which you won’t get paid for. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an employer who’ll pay for you to learn WordPress (and give you paid time to do it), or who’ll help you learn marketing and business skills (working for a startup can be helpful), you’ll need to do it in your own time. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org
The Complete Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer
WordPress 4.7 was released with a ton of great new features (which you can check out here), including some user experience and user interface upgrades to the theme Customizer.
In case you’re hearing about the Customizer for the first time, it’s a feature in the WordPress admin (go to Appearance > Customize) that allows users to tweak theme settings using a WYSIWYG interface and customize a theme’s colors, fonts, text, and pretty much anything else you want to change. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org
6 Steps to Building a WordPress Maintenance Business
Recurring revenue is the Shangri-La for business owners. Rather than scrapping and fighting and hunting for new clients, you have the same clients coming to you again, providing you with a steady stream of income. It takes away the stress of having to dig up new streams of revenue and allows you to start planning ahead.
But if you’re a WordPress designer or developer, you may be a bit perplexed about this whole “recurring revenue” thing. You make your money when clients need something new, like a website refresh for a site that looks like it was designed when MySpace was hot. You essentially have to wait for them to decide they want to change things. The whole idea of regular income feels like a mystery. Read original article here…. sitepoint.com
Tom McFarlin to Launch Marketplace for Blogging Plugins, Finds New Maintainer for WordPress.org Plugins
Daily blogger and plugin author Tom McFarlin has found a new maintainer for five of his WordPress.org plugins. Within two days of putting the plugins up for adoption, McFarlin announced that Philip Arthur Moore will be taking over Category Sticky Post, Comment Tweets, Single Post Message, Tag Sticky Post, and Tipsy Social Icons. Moore, who is currently working as CTO at Professional Themes, has inherited roughly 10,000 users overnight in the transfer of maintainership.
WordPress.org plugin adoption stories are few and far between. The most common scenario for an orphaned plugin is to languish in the directory until it disappears from search results (with the exception of exact matches) after two years of no updates. In McFarlin’s case, he was looking to tie up some loose ends before shifting Pressware’s focus to launching Blogging Plugins, a marketplace for extensions that streamline WordPress for regular bloggers. Read original article here…. wptavern.com
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