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It's Episode 457 with plugins for Querying British Parliament, Managing Your media Files, Easy Popups in Elementor, and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It’s Episode 457 with plugins for Querying British Parliament, Managing Your media Files, Easy Popups in Elementor, and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Episode #457

Okay first off, ClassicPress Options. I have one little tidbit for ClassicPress but ClassicPress, I’m not doing much work there, so I’m not doing as much research for ClassicPress. If you are a ClassicPress user and you’re listening to this show, submit me some stuff, man. I need it. You know, help me out here. I just – there’s not – if I could clone myself then I could do all this stuff, but there’s only one of me unfortunately. Well, maybe it’s fortunate. It could be unfortunate. It depends on your point of view.

So at any rate, ClassicPress, I do have one item here for you today and this is a newer plugin and it’s an experimental plugin for ClassicPress, and it’s for ClassicPress Encryption. And this is experimental, keep that in mind if you’re working with ClassicPress. And what it does is it helps you set up encryption and decryption in your ClassicPress website. I don’t fully understand it, I haven’t used it, but it sounds pretty cool to set up and have encryption going back and forth for your ClassicPress website. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, check out this plugin, see what it does, and see how it can help you out.

Other than that, I don’t have a whole lot for ClassicPress this week, just the usual stuff: information at the ClassicPress Club, you know, where he puts up an article every now and again to see what’s happening. He’s also got a set of forums there for people to work and play with, so go check it all out. Then there’s the usual over at the ClassicPress forums, the list of the must-haves, the ClassicPress must-have plugins and what options have been found for people for plugins they need for their ClassicPress website that currently work in ClassicPress. And there’s always the list of ClassicPress-specific plugins that is managed by CodePotent, a really great guy, and currently there’s 52 in there. It’s grown up from the original 37 it had, so it is growing, you know. Not in leaps and bounds yet, but eventually it’s gonna hit an exponential growth that kind of reminds me of WordPress when it first started getting plugins. Like I often say when I first started this show, there was less than 9,000 plugins for WordPress and now there’s tens, hundreds of thousands available out there, so it’ll eventually get there. It just takes them some time.

Okay, so WordPress – what have I got for WordPress plugins? Well, the first one I’ve got here for you where I put up my fake British accent (which doesn’t work very well). It’s called British Member of Parliament Profile, and this is a great one for those of you in the UK and it’d be really great to see something like this available for Canada or even the US for their Congress. This is like a really brilliant kind of plugin because what it does is it provides a way to get the Parliament’s database and returns the profile of an M.P. in the House of Commons. And what that does for folks is they use a shortcode and it just puts in the shortcode and what constituency they were in. You know, such as the examples they give here is constituency as Leeds Central and then it kicks out their British M.P. in a beautiful layout for people. This is a great thing so if you’re doing political activism and what and you need people to reach out to the M.P., you put this in there, you can reach out to your M.P. Here’s his contact info. Make it real easy for people to get that info, because sometimes while it’s not overly hard, sometimes it could be a couple of steps to find the information, such as I’ve got to go reach out to my M.P. now about some crazy shit that’s happening in Canada.

So it’s just a really great tool. I found this to be a really great tool if you’re a Brit and it’s something you can use, but it’s something you should check out. I give the British Member of Parliament Profile plugin a 5-Dragon rating.

Okay, the next one I’ve got here for you, this plugin was sent in by Angel Lemus, who has been providing me with a lot of great stuff for this show. Thanks a lot, Angel. I greatly appreciate it. This plugin is called Mediamatic, and what it’s designed to do – and this is a premium plugin, so it’s not a freebie. And what Angel has to say about it is Mediamatic helps to organize the WordPress media library into folders, hierarchy, easily using drag ‘n drop interface, manage thousands of media files and folders in your WordPress media library, swiftly and smoothly, a breakthrough in the WordPress media library management and organization. This is something that should have been in the core of WordPress years and years ago.

From his other additional note to it –

John, I have tried this on one of my client’s websites which has thousands of images, and it is what I have been looking for. It is a $15 one-time fee, no subscription (yay!), and you can use it on as many websites as you like.

Well, I have to correct that. Now, this one was sent in a couple, three weeks ago, so they’ve probably updated it since he sent this in to me. And when I went and checked it out, it’s no longer $15, it’s now $19 and they no longer give you a single license that you can use everywhere, they’ve got it a tiered license for one site, three sites, 10, all the way up to unlimited at $299. So they realized they couldn’t make money at $15 for an unlimited license. I don’t blame them, you know. Everyone’s got to eat, pay the bills, but it’s a fair price for a single site license or even a multiple site. And if you’re a developer and you’re going to put it on tens and twenties and hundreds of sites, that $299 is more than worth the money. You can get that back by billing your client for the little bit of extra work it takes to set it up.

Other than that, it looks like a really great plugin. I didn’t check it out but because he didn’t rate it for me, it looks like it’s worthy of a 5-Dragon rating.

Go check it out, Mediamatic plugin. It looks to be quite nice.

Okay, the next one I’ve got for you here again was sent in by Angel Lemus, and it’s called Popup Trigger URL for Elementor, and this is a freebie plugin. And what it does for you is it allows you to trigger Elementor Pro’s popups by click only on buttons or links inside Elementor. The plugin will help you trigger your Elementor Pro’s popup from anywhere, even outside the Elementor content. When looking at this popup window you have a shortcode and it adds a URL where you copy a popup and then you add it to any link element to be it text or a button, etc.

Using the URL is much easier than Elementor’s method of triggering popups. I don’t use their popups, so I’m not certain. But it does look pretty cool and it looks like a great way to trigger popups when sending people to another page. You’ve got a link, they go to another page, and it triggers a popup for them. This could be a very useful marketing tool, a way to do some additional marketing on your website, bring some further functionality, maybe piss them off. You never know; it depends on who’s visiting your site.

But it does look like a great tool and because again Angel didn’t leave me his rating review on it, it looks like it’s worthy of a 5-Dragon rating, so let’s give it that.

Five Dragons to Popup Trigger URL for Elementor.

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All right, moving right along let’s see where we’re at here. Listener feedback – I still haven’t had listener feedback for a while. I know people are listening to the show. Maybe they’re not listening this far into the show anymore. I really have no idea. But if you are, please send me some listener feedback. On that vein here, we’ve got a little bit here in the YouTube channel. We’ve got Hemdien who kicked up some information when I was talking about the Mediamatic plugin. He uses a plugin called File Bird, which does the same thing as the Mediamatic. It’s $25 for the pro version and it does the same thing. So it might be another option for you to go check out. Thanks a lot for that tip, Hemdien. I greatly appreciate you engaging here on the YouTube channel as you regularly do, so thanks a lot.

Okay, contests! Our contests are powered by the Simple Giveaways plugin, a really great plugin that actually works in ClassicPress. I really enjoy that aspect. And it works very well for managing all the contests on your website that you’re ever going to need or want to do. It gives you lots of options and ways you can do it. Go check out Simple Giveaways plugin. I believe they have a free version and a pro version.

All right, so we’ve given away the license for Event Espresso. We have a winner! The winner is Martin, who has won the license. I’ve sent out an email. You send me back the email and then we will send you back your license key. It’s actually a coupon code you can use on checkout that gets you your choice of whatever license you want. It’s a specialized code that you will get. So reach back out to me, Martin. Congratulations to you and thanks to everyone who entered the contest. I greatly appreciate that a fair number of you got in there and entered the contest to make it worthwhile, so I really appreciate it.

And one last callout to Event Espresso, a really great plugin. Anything to manage all of your events online, you can use this to manage all your events online and set up not only for live events but for virtual events, take payments online, have tiers in there, had addons to an event, different types of addons depending on what they want. It calculates everything and the setup for it is relatively straightforward and easy. It’s become more intuitive than it used to be. A really great plugin, go check out Event Espresso. And thanks a lot to Event Espresso for supporting this contest and providing the license for us to give away. It’s a $300 value and congratulations again to Martin.

We will have another contest coming soon as soon as we can get our hands on another decent license key from someone or something else. We will let you know when the next contest is coming. Check out the contests to find out what’s happening at for information on that.

Okay, so closing out this episode I covered up the following plugins: British Member of Parliament Profile, which I gave a 5 to; Mediamatic, which I gave a 5 to; Popup Trigger URL for Elementor, which I gave a 5 to; and then ClassicPress Encryption, which is unrated because I don’t even know where to go with it.

At any rate, don’t forget the next WordPress Meetup in Victoria will be April 28th and it will be online only due to the fact that we have been quarantined, which is supposed to be done only for the sick, not the healthy (you know, go figure). This is where you’ve just got to listen to it and go, “Yeah, this is it.”

Fear is freedom! Subjugation is liberation! Contradiction is truth! Those are the facts of this world, and you will all surrender to them! You pigs in human clothing!

Absolutely. So anyway, it will be live on this YouTube channel and just go to for more information or go to to join live next Tuesday evening about 6:30 is when I will take it live.

And a final quick thing, if you want to be interviewed on the show, simply connect at, and there is a new interview out right now from Kevin Brent of WP Data Sync. And I am doing an interview with a developer later today, so there will be another interview coming out in another week or so.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for it. If you want to check me out a little further, go check out

Lots of stuff happening there just as soon as I get more editing done.

That’s all I got. I’m going to let my girl take us on out of here now.

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