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At the End of a Long Road It's Episode 499 - We have plugins for Showcasing Art, Stopping the Updates, New Thumbnails, Acting Like a User, Cooking with Gas, Saving Money ....., and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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At the End of a Long Road It’s Episode 499 – We have plugins for Showcasing Art, Stopping the Updates, New Thumbnails, Acting Like a User, Cooking with Gas, Saving Money ….., and ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #499

 

John:                You might ask why do I play that sound? Well — because years ago, it used to be harder to find the location in the show. Some people skip over all the beginning stuff — which has good content, but they just want to hear about the plugins. So if they fast forward to this point here, they can jump right to the plugins. All right. This week here, ClassicPress options. And what do I got in ClassicPress options? I actually have ClassicPress options, and it’s very much thank you to Mike over at savvyify.com. So thank you very much, Mike. I greatly appreciate this. And Mike has a little note that goes with it. In the morning, my name is Mike, and I wanted to help with the value for value model. So here is a ClassicPress plugin review for the show. Sorry, if it’s a little short. Hopefully, it’s okay for the show. Hey, anything is great for the show, Mike — or anyone who wants to submit, I don’t care if it’s a small encyclopedia or just a quick short note, anything that helps out with providing us with content, especially for ClassicPress. So here’s what Mike had to say about it. The plugin is the utility plugin by code potent. And we’ve talked a lot about him over the last couple of years since ClassicPress came into existence.

This week for ClassicPress plugins, we will review the utility plugin by code potent. This plugin was created to allow you to add code snippets and tweaks to your ClassicPress site without modifying your functions php file in your theme. On its own, the plugin doesn’t do anything when you first download it until you add your own custom code snippets. But by using a plugin like this, you will be keeping your custom code in its own plugin that will not be overwritten when you update your theme, and you will be able to easily deactivate your custom code by simply deactivating this plugin. The utility plugin by code potent can be downloaded at — link is in the show notes. And while you are there, also check out the other ClassicPress plugins. If you’re new to using code snippets, code potent also has a good blog post about the advantages of using a plugin versus adding the code to your functions php, along with examples for adding your own snippets and making this plugin your own. While using this plugin, a template may be a little more advanced for some members of WP plugins A to Z. I feel that most members will benefit from using this for their customizations. This plugin is completely free, and I give it a five-dragon rating.

Thanks a lot, Mike, greatly appreciate you taking the time to do that for us.

Amber:            Yeah, sounds like a pretty awesome plugin.

 

John:                Yeah, it is. All right. And also ClassicPress stuff, the usual ClassicPress resources, links to the forums and other bits and pieces in the show notes. So onward forward to WordPress plugins. First one, I have for you out the gate is called Contest Gallery – Photo Contest Plugin for WordPress. This is the plugin I used to make the new photo, the new art generator for WP plugins. It’s a really great plugin. It’s got a free and pro version. I use completely the free version. I’d love to get the pro version. I just don’t have the cash at the moment. It’s not that much, it’s only 49 bucks, but $49 is 49 bucks. Okay, let’s face it, you know, unless you’re making money off and spending money, it’s usually not a good thing to do. So I’ll hold off until either they give me a free one and they get lots of promotion out of it, or I justify the added expense for the added functions — because it does give you some great functions. First off, as you looked at and you saw when I showed it off in the beginning, you get the ability with a form that you embed via shortcode that allows people to upload their photos.

Well, the registration part of the form is part of the pro version. So what did I do, I went and added a membership plugin, so I could bypass it, and I wrapped that form inside a membership tag. So I just kind of cheated there so that I can still force people to register without paying for the time –paying for the extra plugin on it. But there’s other thing that the premium version does. The free version allows you to have multiple galleries, create one gallery of multiple categories. It gives you the voting options. You can turn those things on or off. It was designed, of course, for those that want to run a photo contest, and so that their users can submit their photos and people can vote on the photos. When the person who submits a photo is a logged-in user and they submit the photo, they get a gallery that they can look at that will just see their uploads that they’ve uploaded to the site. There’s a whole lot that this plugin does. I’ve only touched the surface on what it does right now getting it basically set up and functioning. You know, I only put a couple of three hours into what I was doing yesterday, just to get this far with it. Once I get further along with it and get it even more fine-tuned, it’s even better, but all in all, it’s a fantastic plugin. I like the free version. I would love to give it a five, but because it’s got a premium attached to it, I’ve got to give it a four-dragon rating, but who knows, I’ll get the premium version. I’ll come revisit this again, and we’ll crank it up to five, but go check it out. Contest Gallery – Photo Contest Plugin for WordPress, a really great plugin offers a lot of tools.

Amber:            That sound like — wow, that’s all I can really say. It’s pretty cool.

John:                Yeah, it is. It’s the plugin I’ve been looking for the last couple of years. And the funny thing is — the sad thing is this plugin has been around for years. At least when I went and read in the research, it has been around for about six years, has less than 2,000 active installs. This should be installed on multiple places. I don’t think people understand how many options that can be used for. Plus these guys here, they’ve got tagged as contest gallery and photo contest. It’s no wonder I didn’t find it, because I was always looking for a photo gallery or for user upload photo gallery, and that’s where they should be using tags like that to get it found in a WordPress search. I finally did a search to DuckDuckGo, which is what revealed it to me. So it’s like it’s really — it was really funny that I had to go through DuckDuckGo to find it. I could never find it on WordPress search. Even after searching through — I think yesterday I was sitting there searching and I went through like — I think you get a result when you search for user upload galleries, you get a result of like 49 pages of stuff. I went through like 30 pages before I just gave up, and then went to DuckDuckGo, and in the top three results was this one. So, yeah, it’s really great plugin. It’s what I’ve been looking for, and now that I found it all to make the best use of it. And who knows, man? We reach out to them. They gave me a free copy to use on the website. We’ll promote them on every website — or on every show — not every website. And every show — we’ll promote them in every show as the sponsors for our art generator.

Amber:            You can get behind that.

John:                Yeah, well, we’ll see. Got to reach out to them first and see what they have to say. All right.

Amber:            The first one I have is Login as User. This is a pretty nifty plugin. It allows you to log in to the front end very easily in order to check data like the shopping cart to make sure all is well. Once you install it, you just go over to the users — to the all-users section and you can choose any user to log in as on the front end. You click it and it logs you into the front-end as though you were that user. So you can go and you can test your cart, you can test whatever you need to, to make sure that from the front-end, kind of users perspective, it’s working. There are basic settings for this where you are able to choose the URL you will be directed to, while signed in as one of users. You can choose the login names, like first name, both names, et cetera. And you can choose the toolbars position because there’s this nice little black toolbar that pops — that appears at the top. So you click the different things that you need to check. Very cool. Unfortunately, it does have a upgrade version — so a pro version. So I can only rate it at four, but when I got to play with there when I was testing this out very, very awesome. Definitely go check this out, the Login User. I rate this at four-dragons.

John:                Very cool. Yeah, that’s always a useful thing to have a good way to log in as a user when you’re testing out — especially useful on things like membership sites and other places. So you can see a user says, “Oh, something’s wrong and they can’t do it.” Well, you got to go log in as them and see what’s happening. And that way you don’t need their password to do it. It just brings you through the loop.

Amber:            Exactly.  This is definitely a pretty cool plugin.

John:                Yeah, the next one I have for you here is called WT Smart Coupons for WordPress.

Amber:            For WooCommerce.

John:                For WooCommerce, sorry. WordPress, WooCommerce, you know, tomato-tomato — to hell. You don’t have WooCommerce without WordPress. All right. So WT Smart Coupons for WooCommerce. Let’s get the title right. All right. So if you’re running a WooCommerce site, sooner or later, you’re going to want to do coupons. Now there is a built-in way in WooCommerce for creating coupons. It’s pretty basic, straightforward. You create a simple coupon. It gives you a number of people use the number. Well, I recently — site I built for some friends, they needed to create coupons. They didn’t — they wanted something a little better than the default way, but what this one does for you is, it allows you to go in and create a coupon that is automatically applied when people hit the checkout, versus having to remember a coupon code or copy a coupon code. You can also assign specific coupons to specific users. You can also set it up so that people can buy time, or buy credits on your website via the coupon that they could then give off to somebody else. There’s a whole bunch of little features. And these are all in the free version of the plugin. And it also gives you the ability to design your coupons to make them look fancy on your site as fancy pictures or something instead of just a plain old number. Kind of cool, useful. I installed into my friend site, and I installed it on the Rogues Tavern, so I can start working with it. It’s pretty decent. Now, it does have a premium version which has more of the features you might want to use. So unfortunately, we have to knock it down a notch for that one problem. Other than that, a pretty great plugin for creating coupons for your WooCommerce site. I give it a four-dragon rating until I get around to paying for the premium version. Go check it out at WT Smart Coupon for WooCommerce Plugin.

Amber:            You’re choosing long-named ones today.

John:                I did, I was trying to outdo you.

Amber:            Well, I think they’ve only chosen short names, so you totally win. The next one I’ve got is Recipe Key. I was actually pretty excited about this when I first thought. It has the Gluten-Free & Dairy Free titles. It’s got little icons that go with everything, which is actually really great because a lot of people have allergies like me — we’re kind of trained to look for the little picture first. And if you can’t find a little picture, you have to scan again, look for the words. But the picture having a little like worldwide icons that go for no-gluten or no-dairy, they’re really useful to have. And unfortunately, when I activated this though, I found that using it was not really all that easy. I was kind of completely underwhelmed by this plugin to be honest. I went to the settings and was looking around, and where they said that some features are locked and can be accessed by upgrading to the Recipe Key Premium. What they really mean is that you are allowed to have 4 out of the 19 styles until you pay for the upgrade. You also don’t get to use any of the settings for the styles until you bought the premium version. And you get ads until you pay for the premium version.

John:                Oh, wow!

Amber:            Yeah. Yeah, I was really excited when I first saw this, and then just — it just sort of flopped when I activated it. I rate it three-dragons.

John:                Yeah, that’s too bad. I kind of liked the idea myself. I have a recipe plugin I’m using is great, and the free version gives you pretty much everything you need. It doesn’t give you these little icons, which would be a cool and useful thing. I don’t even think they have these icons available in their premium version, but yeah, if you want a good recipe plugin, just holler at me. The one I’m using at the Rogues Tavern is fantastic out of all the recipe plugins. And I’ve used a lot of recipe plugins over the years. I’ve created a lot of recipe websites. And I finally settled on a plugin that is top-notch in its free version, and the premium version, I’ll probably be buying in the next six months to add in the additional functions that it offers.

Amber:            Yeah, I was really sad when this one would just turned out to be so not overwhelming, right underwhelming.

John:                Send the suggestion of the Recipe Keys to the developers of the plugin. I’ve got to see if they can add them in. All right. The last one I have for you here today is called the reGenerate Thumbnails Advanced. Now, every once in a while, and sooner or later, if you’re developing websites and you take over a website, you’re going to create a new theme or put a new theme on a website over an old theme, you’re going to have to regenerate all the thumbnails. Now the primary plugin everyone uses out there is called reGenerate Thumbnails. It’s the most popular one. It’s the one everyone grabs first. It works very well, nothing wrong with it. Well, this time around, I thought, well, let me try something a little different. I want to see what this one is. And besides I need another plugin for, you know, for the next show.

And this one here works just as well as the other one except it gives you a couple of more functions that the other one doesn’t give you for customizing the regeneration of the thumbnails you got to do. Now, it depends on how many pictures you have in the site. It can take a while and depend on the host that the site is on that it could crash partway through. So that’s something to be aware of, and that’ll happen with any reGenerate Thumbnail plugin, because it’s trying to regenerate. You got to remember, for every image you upload into a WordPress website, you upload one image, it automatically creates anywhere from 3 to 15n additional images. Because it creates all little smaller images that are used throughout the site — all the thumbnails that are used in there. And every once in a while, you got to regenerate thumbnails because every theme has its own specific sizes for thumbnails. And so you’ll have to — once you put a new theme in, you have to run a plugin like this to regenerate all the thumbnails so that the theme you’re using can now access the proper size thumbnails for displaying of content. And that’s where these plugins come in real handy. And if you got a website, like the one I recently did, it had 570 some odd images in it, and it took 45 minutes for it to regenerate the thumbnails. Because it was regenerating, I think there’s a total of nine thumbnails that had to be regenerated for each image. So it takes a while. But it’s well worthwhile. This plugin here turned out to be fantastic, worked very well, is absolutely free, and of course, we give those a top five dragon rating.

Go check it out, the reGenerate Thumbnails Advance.

Amber:            The last one I’ve got is TLC No Update. I think this has been covered by us before, but I couldn’t remember. And I think it’s probably a good one to have. What it is, is it — you activate it and it stops all the auto updates from happening. You have to — once this is activated, you have to go in there and update things manually; you just don’t get a choice. If you want things to start updating automatically, again, you just deactivate the plugin. There are no real settings for it. I think it just — it stops the auto updates, which I think is pretty awesome. I would love to hear back on what people out there think about this plugin. So you go check it out, that’d be awesome. I rate this at five dragons because it’s totally free.

John:                Cool. Here’s one that I may have to look at using on a couple of my sites just to prevent the auto updates from occurring instead of going in and writing in the code. All right. Well, that’s all the plugins we’ve got for you. This show still currently brought to you by

 

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John:                Absolutely nothing, but the finest quality web hosting out there. All right. This is a point here where we like to cover listener feedback, you the producers, but there is no feedback from you, so I guess everything is perfect in our little world. So we’ll assume that everybody loves us and nobody hates us right now.

Amber:            Works for me.

John:                Yeah, I like it. And, of course, we have . Absolutely, we have our contest powered by the simple giveaways plug in. Make sure you go check them out — and that jingle came from Steve Goodtime and Brent Matthews. Thank you very much for that. I do want to thank Charlie for all his hard work on keeping the contest blowing for the show. So thank you very much, Charlie, really greatly appreciate it. We do have a minor complaint for everyone out there. I know people are downloading this show. I don’t know how many are listening to it this far into the show, but if you are, hey, enter the contest, even if you don’t need or want the plugin we’re giving away, enter it. Come on, folks, enter, show us your listening, show you got some excitement for what we’re doing. You know, we go through a lot of effort to get these contests. Well, Charlie goes through a lot of effort. You know, it takes a lot of time, energy, reaching out to the developers, negotiating with developers, getting the keys, pulling it together, writing up the contest, then setting it up, you know, me hollering it out at the end. You know, we have an auto generation which auto selects the winner. Then they reach out to me, I got to reach out to Charlie. Charlie’s got to get them all the contact info. It’s a lot of work for each contest, folks. Please take it and take a moment and show some consideration and say enter the contest, you know. You don’t have to want the plugin. If you win it, you can always give it back. If you win it, you can always sit on the license, you never know you might need it. Come on, help us out here, folks. Show us some love. That’s basically it, show us some love.

All right. This week here, we do have a contest, and the contest is for the Equalize Digital Accessibility Checker Pro, and this is a plugin to automate the checking of your website for accessibility making sure you’re filling in or dealing with the most key components that your site needs to make it accessible to those who have troubles finding stuff on the Internet, those that have to use machine readers, talking devices, you know, have trouble moving a mouse et cetera., all of the disabled that try that are accessing the internet now because it’s the vast — the biggest place of buying stuff, making your site more accessible to them. This is a plugin that can help you out. And if you’re working for a larger corporation or company, you might want to really consider us because you could be facing some major lawsuits because they don’t sue small people because there’s no money in it. Anyway, go check this plugin out. It’s a really great one. And go enter the contest over at wppluginsatoz.com/contest. And if you want to hear more about this plugin, go listen to the interview I did with Amber Hind from Equalize Digital. And it’s a really great interview where we go in and talk about this plugin and more. So go check it all out, folks, and go enter the contest. Okay, this episode here, I covered up the following plugins. Contest Gallery – Photo Contest plugin for WordPress, which I gave a four to, Smart Coupons for WooCommerce, which I gave a four to, and the reGenerate Thumbnails Advance, which I gave a five to.

Amber:            Got to say, you say coupons funny.

John:                Coupons?

Amber:            You say coupons.

John:                Coupons. Well, that’s the American way of saying. It’s coupons. My English is a bastardization of Southern slang, California. Washington State, you know, Canadian — you know, it’s a bastardization of every place I’ve ever lived in my life.

Amber:            Yeah, mine too, but I guess I have fewer places I’ve lived.

John:                Yeah, some places you learn to pronounce things better than others?

Amber:            Yeah, like coupon.

John:                Like coupon.

Amber:            All right. So I covered Login as User, which I gave a four — no, I gave a five to that, didn’t I?

John:                No, you gave a four.  You gave a four, three, and a five.

Amber:            Okay, so Login as User, which I gave a four to. Recipe Key, which I gave a three to, and TLC No Update, which I gave a five to. That’s what I was thinking, TLC Update.

John:                Yeah. All right. A couple of quick reminders — and we like to get these reminders out of the way because we’re going to do the Q&A segment of the show with Amber — and part way through the Q&A segment, we drop off for those of you listening here on the podcast, and we continue it on the YouTube stream. And if you want to catch it, you got to come back to the YouTube stream and catch the other half of it. So quick reminders is there’s still no plan meetups, and there is a — I’m working on a meetup that will happen in mid-summer sometime, and as I get closer to that, will let you know. There is a Rogues Tavern event for the Height Club for Men who go to roguestavern.com Height Club for Men to find out more about that. And if you’re not getting enough of us, you want to hear more of me and Amber jabbering on and talking about something besides plugins, go check out the roguestavern.com/live or podcast for the podcast we do every Tuesday evening, live at nine o’clock PST on our YouTube channel. Okay, that’s it, it is time for

 

It’s question and answer time.

John:                With Amber.

Amber:            So, first of all, if anyone out there is listening has any questions that they’d like to send in, have me read, then send them over to me at amber@wppro.ca. I’ll get them in here, I’ll read them out, and you’ll get your answer. So first question I’ve got for you is, I’ve seen sites with a minimum of plugins and sites with a lot of plugins. Is there a normal amount of plugins or perhaps an optimum number of plugins to have?

John:                That is a question that has been asked since the advent of plugins? Okay. And for a while, there was a major argument in the WordPress community about eight or nine years ago, give or take. Well, it was a major argument because we got too many plugins. That’s why it’s running so slow. Well, no, you should put all that code in your functions file — and the argument came back — well, if you put all the code in your functions file, isn’t that the same as having a plugin? Well, yeah, so why would it make any difference? It’s like, oh, well, you see the argument — the plugins meant — I guess, you know, there’s no minimum amount of plugins, you know, because you can — when you load WordPress up, it has zero plugins. And at that point there, you can use it as a blog posting service. So you can, you can just start creating content, and it’ll create really nice content. It just has no functionality without plugins. So there’s no minimum. Maximum, I’ve had my website at one point. I had a website that was running 125 plugins.

Amber:            And none of them interact with each other shutting each other down?

John:                No, no, it ran fine. Eventually, what happened was, you know, new plugins came along, or I decided I didn’t need the functionality anymore. And over time, some of them started to fail, and then they started to have problems. But at one point, I had 125 plugins. So right now, currently — now what do I have on my — what do I have right now? Let’s see.  Currently, on my primary site, I have 37 plugins, 32 active on my primary site, which is down because it was up on the WP plugins site. We have 49 active plugins. I have 57 installed, but I have 49 active. So, you know, at one point in time, like not very long ago, I had like 45, and sometimes I’ve had as many as 70. You install the plugins you need for the functionality you need if you don’t want to write the code yourself. And that’s really all the limitations are.

The biggest thing with plugins, of course, is that, you know, the more plugins you have, the better the chance of them conflicting with each other because each person has their own way of solving the problems. You know, for every problem that needs to be solved in code, there’s about 100 different ways to approach it and solve it. That’s the biggest thing about plugins is, sometimes it’s like — I’ve had times where I’ve gotten a plugin, and it conflicts with stuff, but I go looking, I find another plugin that gives me the same function, I’d able to disable the one that’s causing a problem. I enable the one that I brought in, and it works fine with everything else. So that’s the biggest thing about plugins. So there is no minimum and maximum. They used to say, “Oh, don’t run any more than 20 plugins.” That’s bullshit. I used to argue that all the time, and I ended up — to prove a point I ran my plugins up as high as I could get just to prove a point that it had no impact on the site. And that’s the biggest thing is that it doesn’t matter. It’s whatever functionality you need, do you need to use a plugin for it? You use a plugin for it. If you can get your code written, you write your own code for it. But it’s basically the same thing because if you write your own code, you got to stick it in your functions php file, or use a plugin such as the one we just talked about from Code Potent that allows you to put your custom code in this plugin. And then you have a plugin. So your code goes into a plugin, or your code goes into a function file. So either way, you’re using a plugin.

Amber:            I guess, in essence, an optimal number of plugins would be however you need to make your site run the way you want?

John:                That’s exactly. And that’s the optimal number of plugins. It’s the number of plugins you need to make it run away well. Now there is one caveat thing you got to do — and I’m not adhering to best practices at the moment, I usually do. But any plugins that you aren’t using, that are deactivated, if you have no intentions of reactivating them, you should remove them from your site. And the reason you remove them if you’re not intending to use them is that they become a security risk because since they’re deactivated, they have no impact on the way your site runs, but they could still be an access point for hackers. I’ve had it happened to me once before in the past where they hacked the plug in that wasn’t being used, and they used that point to hack the rest of the website. So that’s the reason why — because if they hack a plugin that you’re actively using, it’ll break your website, and you’ll know immediately.

Amber:            Is it possible for them to hack one that is activated and do the same thing?

John:                Well, that’s like I just said. If they hack an active plugin, it will usually break your website. Because the plugins providing certain functionality for your website, and suddenly that functionality doesn’t work, so you go dig into it, why is it not working, what’s wrong with the plugin, and you discover the plugin has been hacked. So you can often prevent them from doing more damage to your site.

Amber:            Hemdian said I have 30 and 36 plugins. The only issues have been conflicts between different Gutenberg block add-on sets. So I just use one.

John:                Yeah, well, that’s probably going to be a problem for a while until this standardization comes around Gutenberg block sets. You know, Gutenberg Block add-ons are really — they’re still new, there’s only a couple of years old, so the standardizations of stuff haven’t fully come out yet. Usually, it takes a few years for standardizations to hit. But yeah, so that’s really all there is. The optimal number is the number of plugins you need to get all the functionality you want for your site. Now, there was once upon —

Amber:            Without killing your site?

John:                Without killing your site. Well, there was once upon a time where I used to throw in every plugin, I thought I would need them build my site, and I learned that, no, that’s the wrong way to do it. You get overwhelmed. So now, I build the site with — you know, basically, I start with five plugins — the primary essentials that I need — there’s five basic plugins that go into every site I build;, security plugin, and anti-spam plugin, a couple of them — I can’t remember precisely. But then I start adding, “Oh, I want this functionality. I’ll go find a plugin for this functionality. I need that functionality. I just keep — and as I build up, it’s like all the functionality that’s now in WP plugins with the art gallery. You know, that’s — and when I added that, I took out some other functionality that was duplicating that work. So it’s just the way it all works.

Amber:            So my next question, is there a way to tell if a plugin will work with the ones you already have before you download and activate it, or is it just upload and hope every time?

John:                It’s upload and hope every time.

Amber:            Well, that sucks.

John:                Because there’s no way to know about it.  The nice thing about it — okay, you don’t know if it’s going to work unless you’re a code writer, and you can go read all the code — and there’s lots of files and a plugin sometimes. So you don’t want to try and read the code and see how it’s going to interact with all the other code unless you have a photographic memory, which can remember 10,000 pages of text on cue. The simplest and easiest thing to do is you upload the plugin and activate it. It’s either going to break your site immediately or it’s going to work. And if it breaks your site immediately and you get the great white screen of death, and you can’t get into your site anymore, this is where you need to know how to use FTP. Because what you have to do is you FTP into your website, and you go in, you find that plugin, and you go change the name of the folder, and it automatically deactivates the plugin, just by changing the name of the folder for the plugin. It causes it to be deactivated, need to get back into your website, and then you can delete the plugin from the website. And, you know, okay, it doesn’t work with my website. Now, if you really, really, really, really need that plugin, then you’re going to have to hire a programmer to debug it and see what’s going on as to why you need it, but chances are, for every function you need, I find that there’s usually anywhere from a minimum of three to five plugins for it to like — I’ve seen as many as 60 to 70 plugins for the same functionality. So there’s always a plugin option for whatever functionality you’re looking for. Now, it’s not always a free plugin, but there’s always a plugin for it. And yeah, so the only way to deal with it is you upload it and hope. You’ll find out in the first second after you activated if it’s going to work or not.

Amber:            Not always. That’s my next question. Hemdian said plugins are Russian roulette, I agree.

John:                Yeah. All right. So this will be your last question — or you’ve got two more questions.

Amber:            No, I’ve only got one question.

John:                Okay. So read this question out. We’ll play the in-show credits, and if you want to have the answer to this next question, you got to come back to the YouTube channel.

Amber:            So, this is when I was checking out plugins, and I ended up downloading activate plugin, and when I went to open a post, I got the message, “You need to have the content brought forward.” When I tried to open it, it wouldn’t open. And I had this happen to me the other night. A message just sort of pops up and you’re unable to open the post at all. It turned out to be a plugin causing the issue, but what is the issue when that’s happening?

John:                Okay, well, that’ll be a very entertaining one to address. And we’re going to let my girl take us on out of here, and I’m gonna enjoy my shot. We’ll come back after the credits and answer this question. So off we go.

 

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