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It's Episode 486 with plugins for Feeding the Monster, Tracking, PDF Viewing, Mobiles Zooms, Databases, Woo Searching and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! Definitely allow mobile zooming, PDF Viewer for Elementor, Dashboard Feed Widget, Activity Log, Advanced Woo Search, Participants Database and ClassicPress options on Episode 486.

It’s Episode 486 with plugins for Feeding the Monster, Tracking, PDF Viewing, Mobiles Zooms, Databases, Woo Searching and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Definitely Allow Mobile Zooming, PDF Viewer for Elementor, Dashboard Feed Widget, Activity Log, Advanced Woo Search, Participants Database and ClassicPress options on Episode 486.

John’s Intro:

Today, November 19, 2020 is International Men’s Day. So Today, take a few moments to acknowledge the men in your life who have inspired you and made a difference in your life.

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.

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…

Producer Credits:

Show Art:

Angel Lemus —

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Amber’s Rant

This is #45 of 53 52 episodes for 2020. Its Episode 486 and things on this show are moving and shaking into a whole new Kritter. We have reached week 46 of the year 2020, and we are now 35 weeks into the Rona, and since there are still a few mom and pop shops that survived the FIRST lockdown, we need ‘obviously’ to go into ANOTHER lockdown. Gotta get em all!

The world appears to have jumped out of the pot and into the frying pan, so now is the perfect time to make yourself a little place where you can TUNE OUT for a while! It can be anywhere and anything – 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 a 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.

Let’s get to the fun we have today.

WordPress News and Info

Before we jump into the news, ……

C S Sultan from RexTheme, our guest from show 485, would like to inform you about thieir Black Friday deal. With a special deal to WP Plugin A to Z listeners. So head over to and purchase a lifetime plan for any of our plugins at a 40% discount. Use the dedicated coupon code for all listeners: “REXBF40” . Thanks Sultan.

International Men’s Day today spread the word

News this week:

Envato Passes $1 Billion in Community Earnings While Continuing to Aggressively Market Its Elements Subscription Against Marketplace Authors

101+ WordPress Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2020

How To Set and Manage Client Expectations in Web Design

How To Set and Manage Client Expectations in Web Design

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.

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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.

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Angel Lemus

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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.

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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:


Azurecurve posted this in March or May (?) 2019 but it has a list of plugins he developed for ClassicPress

Endorse ClassicPress Plugin


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

Participants Database

Requires:5.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.3
Released:03 January 2012
Last Updated:21 May 2024
(4.9 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is an interesting plugin I am just starting to experiment with for a pet project or you can use it for creating a database of predictions. It can be used for so many different things including collecting info about your users and more. It has some premium expansions for the plugin.

It was developed for tracking voter roles but has so many more applications and great little plugins if your collecting and managing data.

Rating 4 Dragons


Amber’s Plugin

Dashboard Feed Widget

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


This is a neat plugin I found while looking for something else.

Apparently, this started out as thing that the creators would put onto sites they worked on to help their clients and then they realized that it was actually quite useful for any other developers that may need to come onto the site and get some work done, so they made it into a plugin.

This plugin shows up on your dashboard under the heading ‘Recent Updates’, and you can choose how many updates will show up on your new little widget. You can also choose whether or not the links show up in a new tab or just stays on the same tab.
Though the mustard yellow colour leaves something to be desired – oh wait! You can change that too!

It is simply designed with functionality in mind, and I think that they did a bang up job on it.

I’ve been using it for a bit now, and I find it pretty helpful honestly. I would absolutely recommend this freemium plugin to you if you like to stay in the know on what’s been done recently on your site, and don’t like having to search around for it.

Rating 5 Dragons

John’s plugin

Advanced Woo Search

Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.3
Released:30 January 2016
Last Updated:20 May 2024
(4.8 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a great replacement for the search function in your WooCommerce site. Using ajax, it returns great results along with images as the user is doing their search. You can place it via shortcode or widget anywhere in your website.

It does have a premium version that will give you better results, layouts, more custom searches, stock status and more.

Rating 4 Dragons


Amber’s plugin

PDF Viewer for Elementor

Requires:5.1 or higher
Compatible up to:5.7.11
Released:17 December 2019
Last Updated:10 May 2021
(4.5 star out of 5)


I came across the problem of PDF viewing in a project I am working on, and found this little diddy. It has 2 aspects to it – one is a PDF viewer, and the other is a PDFjs viewer.

The PDF viewer only works when you let it load, then press the refresh button and let it load again – sometimes not even then.
Though the PDFjs viewer works every time.

I’m not clear as to whether or not the people who took it over recently have any plans to fix this, though they themselves suggest that you use the PDFjs viewer over the PDF viewer.

It works well on the PDFjs, and it is what I needed and was able to find for the project I’m on, though I am searching for a better version of a PDF viewer that works well with Elementor.

This plugin is a ‘good for now’ type plugin, and I am hoping that the new owners of it fix whatever issue they are having with the regular PDF part.

Rating 3 Dragons

John’s plugin

Activity Log

Requires:6.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.3
Released:23 May 2013
Last Updated:17 April 2024
(4.3 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

While working on a site I was in need of a better logging plugin and there are a few to choose from. I had been using one for a couple years but their recent update has made it almost unusable for me. They have moved much of what it used to do to the premium version and as I just want to track things for a short time, I want something to do a better job.

This one came close but it had issues with the setup, does not seem to work correctly so had to abandon it.

Rating 3 Dragons.


Amber’s Plugin

Definitely Allow Mobile Zooming

Requires:1.2.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.3
Released:27 February 2014
Last Updated:19 April 2024
(5 star out of 5)


This is a neat plugin; it gives you the ability to make your website capable of zooming on mobiles.

Now, I know that generally, a person CAN do this on most sites – but some sites get a bit odd when zoomed in on.
This plugin fixes that.

There’s nothing to do with this plugin, just download and activate, and it does everything on its own.

Pretty nifty, total freebie; Generally I would give this a 5, but since it’s a neat, though not overly useful plugin since most sites do this anyways, I’m lowering it a bit.

If you have found that your site is one of those that is a little odd when zoomed in on, go check this one out.

Rating 4 Dragons


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We have a winner from the last contest where we gave away a license for WP Admin Pages Pro
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Contest runs from November 19th until December 2nd winner announced December 3rd.
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The Plugins We covered were:

John’s Plugins: Activity Log – 3, Advanced Woo Search – 4, Participants Database – 4

Amber’s Plugins: Definitely allow mobile zooming – 4, PDF Viewer for Elementor – 3, Dashboard Feed Widget -5


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Questions and Answers –

How does a plugin work? Does it create it’s own Universe attached to WordPress? Or does it fully mesh with the programming that’s already there? How does it interact with the WordPress site itself?

What’s going on with the site when a plugin stops it from working? Is the plugin stopping communication somehow?

When you mix 2 themes, one parent and one child, do they always work together, or are there issues where the themes don’t work?

What’s going on when they don’t work? Why aren’t they able to communicate and work in harmony?

Do front end and back end programming languages communicate the same way, or are they different? It seems to be the same, but they are separated. Why?

What is the difference between meta data and meta tags? Actually, what even are those two things? Or are they one in the same?

Have you ever used Github? I noticed that a lot of plugins are now supporting their plugins through this site, do you use it?

Is there a list somewhere where I can go and look up all the best sites to go to in order to learn about this world I am still so new to?

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