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Out of Stock Message for WooCommerce, Weather Forecast Widget, User Activity Tracking and Log, Disable Gutenberg, Super Progressive Web Apps, Remove Social ID for WP… and ClassicPress options on Episode 511.
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This is #19 of 52 episodes for 2021. Its Episode 511, and things are looking pretty good outside! All except for the Scotch Broom, which seems to have taken over every single hill in my area… it’s really no wonder I’m waking up feeling like I have a cold every morning lately. Thank goodness for allergy medicine!
I hope everyone out there is managing to get out and enjoy the better weather that is slowly coming our way! If you live by some trees, or some type of water whether it be fresh or salt, start taking your lunch break to go out and just sit quietly by tress and/or water. Throw on some music, read a book, have a coffee or a tea, and just soak in that vitamin D. Whether you work from home or in an office, getting yourself outside once a day is even better than hiding away in a chill out zone inside. The fresh air and sunshine on your skin refreshes and energizes you like nobodies business! And bonus, you don’t need to remember to turn off social media or the news when you go for a walk, it’s just simply not there.
Just remember to ignore your phone for that little bit of your day.
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.
News this week:
WordPress Vulnerability Report: May 2021, Part 2
https://wptavern.com/liquid-web-acquires-givewp – Liquid Web acquires GiveWP
https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/05/12/cyber-security-remote-work/ – 51% of Canadian info security officers stating that cyberattacks are up, and this is mostly due to human error.
https://is.gd/HX0I7n – Security hole exploited by ‘Wanna Cry’ is still there 4 years later.
https://is.gd/wAKSVT – Chia Crypto Mining could chew through your SSD’s at a rather alarming rate.
https://is.gd/KYkaWo – Duck Duck Go unwraps Google FLoC Blocker
https://is.gd/9IEEMr – Classic widgets plugin disables WordPress 5.8’s upcoming Block-Based widget system.
This is the extra news stuff that someone out there might find interesting. To read more, you can head on over to the show notes or newsletter and check it out! If you find something to add for next show, send me a link at firstname.lastname@example.org
https://is.gd/HLCb98 – Signal’s smart@$$ ad exposes Facebook’s creepy data collection.
https://is.gd/MxO8po – For those who use Dark Mode Repurposed plugin, the name has changed to WP Markdown Editor.
https://www.wired.com/story/how-amazon-sidewalk-works/ – Great article on how the Amazon Sidewalk works, and why you might want to turn it off.
https://is.gd/jnG8bt – A humorous and informative article about how the PHP project really depends on just two people.
https://is.gd/DGRxy8 – Ransomware Group hit DC Police – then pivoted to extortion.
https://www.techradar.com/news/frag-attacks-could-fry-all-your-wi-fi-devices – Frag attacks are coming back with force. Great article on what frag attacks are and how to secure against them.
https://is.gd/xPxZN6 – Recent Microsoft update crashed the whole system.
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Off we go into the meat and potatoes, Into the depths of plugin depravity…..
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:
WordLift has released a new version that is compatible with ClassicPress
Just a note for my ClassicPress listeners please send me info to help keep the ClassicPress section full.
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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 https://forums.classicpress.net/t/plugins-built-specifically-for-classicpress/1011?u=codepotent 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
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Out of Stock Message for WooCommerce
This is a pretty cool little plugin that may help you with making more sales. You may for instance use it to tell folks you are temporarily out and if they reach out to you, you can still help or in my case I do not want people trying to buy certain items on the site but they are available.
Rating 4 Dragons
Side note; wow does the search function suck! Searched title no results on this one but add the author just to get it to show.
This is kind of neat. Great for people who have Gutenberg but want to use Classic Editor for post and page creation.
All you need to do is plug it in, activate it, and poof! Everything Gutenberg is now hidden, and all you have to work with is Classic Editor style.
If you find that you don’t actually like it after all, you can simply deactivate the plugin, and you have Gutenberg back.
This is also great if you have a theme or post / page style that Gutenberg does not work for creating. Just flip back and forth as needed!
Also, totally free.
Rating: 5 Dragons
Weather Forecast Widget
If you have a site that, in anyway, has relations to the weather this might be a great plugin for you. I have it for use with ‘The Hike Club for Men’ (https://HikeClubforMen.com) so that when I schedule a hike people can see right away what the weather forecast will be for the day of the hike.
I think it will also come in useful when i start adding more gardening content to the site also.
Rating 5 Dragons
Super Progressive Web Apps
This is awesome! This plugin takes your site, and turns it into an app on peoples phones!
The person will need to download the app onto their phone, just like a regular app. Once that’s done, the users can come back to your website by launching the app from their home screen and interact with your website through an app-like interface. Your return visitors will experience almost-instant loading times and enjoy the great performance benefits of your PWA!
They have great support available, and the free version gives you pretty well everything you need. Though be warned, when something like this is free, even just has a free version, you are the product.
Their premium version has a lot more options. Due to this, and the fact that you will be their product, I marked it down a notch.
Rating: 4 Dragons
User Activity Tracking and Log
If you have a membership site, or one with multiple access, you may want something like this to see what people are up to. This will track them and see what they are up to. It is especially useful if you build out a site for a client and it keeps getting broken. This may tell you what people are doing when it broke.
Rating 4 Dragons.
Remove Social ID for WP
This is a brand new plugin! (I think) Though they have a great idea going here.
Face Book has added individual URLS to each user and visitor; because of this, cache and other various functionalities on WP have been breaking down.
What this plugin does, is it removes those individual URLS from FB so that your site won’t muck up anymore – and it does this by scanning the incoming URL for FBCLID, and redirects the URL after removing the querystring.
It seems like a great idea! I would love for someone out there to give it a go on their own site and let me know what they think, whether or not they notice a difference.
Rating: 4 Dragons
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The plugins we covered were:
John’s Plugins: Out of Stock Message for WooCommerce – 4, Weather Forecast Widget – 5, User Activity Tracking and Log – 4,
Amber’s Plugins: Disable Gutenberg – 5, Super Progressive Web Apps -4, Remove Social ID for WP – 4
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