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It's Episode 450 with plugins for Optimizing Your Images, Banishing Gutenberg to the depths, Keeping your Analytics to yourself, Disabling users, and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! Image SEO Optimizer – auto images alt text, name and open graph tag, Disable Gutenberg, Matomo Analytics – Ethical Stats. Powerful Insight, ZP Disable Users and ClassicPress options in Episode 450

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It’s Episode 450 with plugins for Optimizing Your Images, Banishing Gutenberg to the depths, Keeping your Analytics to yourself, Disabling users, and  ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Image SEO Optimizer – auto images alt text, name and open graph tag, Disable Gutenberg, Matomo Analytics – Ethical Stats. Powerful Insight, ZP Disable Users and ClassicPress options in Episode 450

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Producer Credits:

Executive producer: 

Jon Palmer – $100

Show Art: 

Johann Reuther 

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Johns Rant:

Its episode 450 and I am still looking for more participation from you the producers this year as the sword of Damocles is still hanging over the show. Keep the feedback coming….. This is #10 of 52 episodes for 2020..

I am looking for guest hosts to appear on the show starting in March, It does look like I have a couple lined up and if you would like to join me as a guest host please reach out to me at You can also go to

The KungFlu still seems to be a concern and while Costco is running out of toilet paper help your own Amygdala and find out why your not gonna die by listening to the No Agenda Show

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

Let get to the fun we have today.

WordPress News and Info

Clip from WP Water cooler talking about possible issues with WordPress development. And with Google jumping into the mix with their track record of dropping/changing development when they decide its not working how they want.

full show here

Will Page Builders Remain Competitive in the Block Era?

Interesting things in Elementors future

Elementor Raises $15 Million, Plans to Invest in the Team, Product, and Community

Elementor Raises $15M: Will They Move into SaaS Services Next? (And Why You Should Too)

WooCommerce Screws People again

Wuhan flue info

The International WordPress Community and WordCamps Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 and WordPress Community Engagement in 2020

Preparing for WordPress 5.4: Changes Theme and Plugin Developers Should Know About

New in WP 5.5

Lazy-Loading Update

Feature Plugin: WP Auto-updates

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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:

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This week’s Executive Producer/’s are:

Jon Palmer – $100

My name is Jon Palmer. I donated $100 to your show. This is not the first time and hopefully not the last time. For a change this time, the endowment divides to two. 50 as a good job and help keep the show going. (I did it before under Minimali and Hoozwagger). The second 50, I would like to hire you for 30 minutes to read this and hopefully to reply.

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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:


Classic SEO is moving right along! The beta 2 is out and it’s looking pretty great! Feedback is requested; take a moment to share your thoughts if you can – Tim (and team) have put a lot of work into this for you!

ClassicPress Plugins

ZP Disable Users

What they say:

This free ClassicPress plugin allows administrators to disable user accounts, preventing users from logging in and logging them out if they are already logged in.

You can customise the meta key that the disabled status is stored under in the usermeta table.

You can also decide whether anyone with the “edit_users” capability can disable/enable users, or whether only admins (with the “manage_options” capability) can.

Please note that the download link on the right is a direct link to the zip of the current release hosted on Github. To install the plugin, go to the admin plugins page, click the ‘Add New’ button, then click the ‘Upload Plugin’ button and upload the zip file.

Even though this plugin is not in the WordPress plugin repository, future updates will be shown on the admin plugins page when available. Please note that the plugin must currently be active in order to check for updates.

NOTE: This plugin is designed for ClassicPress, not WordPress (though it will currently work with WordPress). The ZigPress website plugin pages will soon be updated to reflect the fact that we are now developing separate plugins for both platforms.

Rating 4 Dragons


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 ClassisPress Club news

An alternate forum for the non-techies.

“Must Have” Plugins List

To find a listing of ClassicPress specific plugins check out this link there is currently 37 42 49 50 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

Image SEO Optimizer – auto images alt text, name and open graph tag – WooCommerce friendly

Sent in by  Aurelio Volle

Requires:5.8 or higher
Compatible up to:6.4.4
Released:19 December 2018
Last Updated:28 February 2024
(3.4 star out of 5)

What they say:

mage SEO optimizer is the best plugin WordPress to optimize your image alternative texts (alt text or alt tag) and names with SEO friendly content. The plugin can optimize your image html attributes on upload or bulk your entire Library. Start saving time with your image gallery optimization, improve your WordPress accessibility and grow your organic traffic!

Our plugin also auto generates amazing Social Media images for your articles using The Open Graph protocol (og tag).

Don’t feel guilty: nobody enjoys writing images alt text, meta titles, pinterest attributes, Twitter or Facebook card attributes and images description. Leave it to our auto alt tags generator.

The plugin also allows to manually edit images names.

Our image optimization plugin is compatible with WooCommerce, NextGen Gallery, Yoast, SEOPress, All in one SEO, and all the major plugin.

Our Image SEO plugin works in all the major languages and is compatible with all the major image formats (JPEG, PNG, WebP, GIF, etc.).

What I say:

Bummer priced in Euros first ten images a month are free after that you need a paid account and the fees look reasonable.

If you have lots of images you have not optimized you may want to have a look at this plugin

Rating 4 Dragons.


Disable Gutenberg

Sent in by  Angel Lemus

Requires:4.9 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.3
Released:18 April 2018
Last Updated:28 February 2024
(5 star out of 5)

What they say:

This plugin disables the new Gutenberg Editor (aka Block Editor) and replaces it with the Classic Editor. You can disable Gutenberg completely, or selectively disable for posts, pages, roles, post types, and theme templates. Plus you can hide the Gutenberg nag, menu item, and more!

The all-in-one, COMPLETE solution for handling Gutenberg.

Hide ALL traces of Gutenberg and replace with the Classic Editor.

Restores the original Edit Post screen (TinyMCE, meta boxes, et al).

The Disable Gutenberg plugin restores the classic (original) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. So you can continue using plugins and theme functions that extend the Classic Editor. Supports awesome features like Meta Boxes, Quicktags, Custom Fields, and everything else the Classic Editor can do.

What I say:

With over 500k installs

Looks to be a great way to get Gutenberg out of your way and may be maintained long after the Classic Editor plugin has stopped being supported.

Rating 5 Dragons



Matomo Analytics – Ethical Stats. Powerful Insights.

Sent in by Joselyn Khor

Requires:4.8 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.3
Released:13 February 2020
Last Updated:30 April 2024
(4.5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a powerful stats plugin that keep your data under your control on your site. You can customize up the tracking code on your site to track many things such as downloads and more. There are lots of customizations available.

they do offfer some premium features such as

  • Heatmaps & Session Recordings
  • Form Analytics
  • Media Analytics
  • Funnels
  • SEO features – Keyword rankings
  • Custom reporting
  • Cohorts
  • Users flow

prices vary.

Rating 5 Dragons

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Closing out this Episode the Plugins I covered were:

John’s Plugins: Image SEO Optimizer – 4, Disable Gutenberg – 5, Matomo Analytics – Ethical Stats. Powerful Insights – 5, ZP Disable Users – 4

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