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It's Episode 482 with plugins for Social Sharing, Downgrading, In the Box, Security, Samhaim Decorations, and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! Lightbox with PhotoSwipe, WP Hide & Security Enhancer, WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version, Simple Halloween Decoration For Your Page, ShareMe Simple Social Share Plugin, and ClassicPress options in Episode 482.

It’s Episode 482 with plugins for Social Sharing, Downgrading, In the Box, Security, Samhaim Decorations, and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Lightbox with PhotoSwipe, WP Hide & Security Enhancer, WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version, Simple Halloween Decoration For Your Page, ShareMe Simple Social Share Plugin, and ClassicPress options in Episode 482.

John’s Intro:

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 a new segment with Amber…. Also 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 —

All the show notes can be found at:

Johns Rant:

This is #41 of 52 51 episodes for 2020. Its Episode 482 and we are now only 10 weeks away from the end of the year and the show is moving into new directions. We are now 42 weeks into 2020 and 31 weeks of the Rona, I find it hard to believe they are still pushing this crap on us, but I guess they need to keep the sheep people scared for some reason.

Now is the time to turn away from Social Media and the M5M folks. You need to reclaim your sanity and life back. Time to get out, 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.

You can Heal Your Soul in a few short weeks by:

Minimizing or eliminating your M5M exposure,
Stop using FaceCrack
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.

WordPress News and Info

Before we jump into the news, ……

I want to talk Premium Plugin licenses….. We are heading into a new world for plugins. I have only seen a couple so far but it will be mainstream soon. That is the Trial-Ware plugins.

I make my clients all buy their own licenses when they need premium plugins, which will be more int he next few years as we enter the era of Trial-Ware plugins vs the Freemium model we are now in.

News this week:

3 Essential Rules For WordPress Code Security

WooCommerce Tests New Instagram Shopping Checkout Feature, Now in Closed Beta

WordPress Caching: The Essential Guide

WordPress can now turn blog posts into tweetstorms automatically

New Chrome 0-day Under Active Attacks – Update Your Browser Now

The Incredible Story of the Great Cannonball Boom

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 your’e 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 PDT 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.

You can Support the Show by:

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:


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 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

Lightbox with PhotoSwipe

Requires:5.3 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.4
Released:02 November 2017
Last Updated:04 April 2024
(4.9 star out of 5)

The lowdown:

I was in need of a simple lightbox to add to a site I have been working on. and this one fit the bill quite well. Simple and easy enough, it creates a pretty good looking lightbox and has a few settings you can adjust to make it a bit better. Just install, adjust and it works great even on a site using the horrible Divi theme system.

Rating 5 Dragons.


Amber’s Plugin

Simple Halloween Decoration For Your Page

Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:5.4.15
Released:18 April 2020
Last Updated:18 April 2020
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a totally awesome kind of Halloween creepy!


Total freebie, exceedingly creepy. It has spiders and bugs that start crawling across the page – and they are creepily realistic.

A little odd to get going though – once you have the plugin activated, you need to go into your sidebar settings, click on Halloween, and then you get the options for whether you want bugs or spiders or both of these creepies crawling across your pages on your sites.

Highly recommend it for creepy factor for Halloween!

Rating 5 Dragons


John’s plugin

WP Hide & Security Enhancer

Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.4
Released:09 December 2015
Last Updated:28 May 2024
(4.3 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is another security plugin to enhance the security of your WordPress website. Setting it up it changes the path for your login page to help create security by obscurity. It does also help with many other areas of your site to increase the security.
Main plugin functionality:

  • Custom Admin Url
  • Block default admin Url
  • Block any direct folder access to completely hide the structure
  • Custom wp-login.php filename
  • Block default wp-login.php
  • Block default wp-signup.php
  • Block XML-RPC API
  • New XML-RPC path
  • Adjustable theme url
  • New child Theme url
  • Change theme style file name

and more

Rating 4 dragons


Amber’s plugin

ShareMe Simple Social Share Plugin

Requires:4.7 or higher
Compatible up to:6.3.4
Released:16 October 2020
Last Updated:15 August 2023
(5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This one is hot off the press! Less than 10 downloads; and it seems like it would be very useful for those who need social media – especially with all those changes we have been hearing about to FB and what not.

This one is pretty awesome, I gotta say. Another total freebie first of all, and it’s really simple!
Simply download it, activate it, and it places itself at the bottom of every one of your posts and pages. Very cool!
Not much else to say on this one, easy as 1 2 3 really. Go check it out for yourself, makes life just a little easier!

Rating 5 Dragons


John’s plugin

WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version

Requires:3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to:6.2.5
Released:30 April 2016
Last Updated:08 May 2023
(4.8 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This is a pretty cool plugin I came across while working on another website that I was doing some updates on. What it does for you is locks your current version of WordPress and if you, or someone, upgrades it, this plugin makes downgrading a simple task. It also helps prevent someone from upgrading unless they disable this plugin.

Rating 5 Dragons


Amber’s Plugin

Requires:3.5 or higher
Compatible up to:6.0.8
Released:12 October 2020
Last Updated:25 August 2023
(0 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:

This plugin is not actually about dogs, FYI.


Another one hot right off the press for ya, with less than 10 activation’s.

This is a pretty awesome new little plugin, an another total freebie it seems.

What this does for you, is it auto posts your blogs on a schedule for ya!

You have to make an account with in order to get this working (which I don’t entirely like), but it seems worth it! Easy to use, easy to set up. Very good for beginners or people who just don’t have enough time to do absolutely everything themselves.

Go and check this out. If there are any glitches in this brand new plugin, let me know!

Rating 5 Dragons


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Enter The Contest to Win!!:

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

We have a new contest

Contest runs from October 22 until November 3rd winner announced November 5th.
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This is for a LIFETIME license. Lifetime licenses are not available to purchase, so the value of this giveaway is $129 per year for life.
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The Plugins We covered were:

John’s Plugins: Lightbox with PhotoSwipe – 5, WP Hide & Security Enhancer – 4, WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version – 5

Amber’s Plugins: Simple Halloween Decoration For Your Page – 5, ShareMe Simple Social Share Plugin – 5, – 5


Matt’s Famous Quotes

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Questions and Answers –

How DO you find the plugin you are looking for? Is there a trick to the key word, or something like that?

How do you connect posts into the categories you make for them?

How do you figure out what is going on with the site page when you can’t figure it out immediately? Like, if there is an issue with the font or colouring of the page somewhere?

(try to create chatter with these questions)

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