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Weathering The Storm

It's Episode 448 and I am Weathering The Storm while Working though the 2020 hack meltdown with a couple of plugins and some ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! Username Changer, Coming Soon Page and ClassicPress options in Episode 448

It’s Episode 448 and I am Weathering The Storm while Working though the 2020 hack meltdown with a couple of plugins and some ClassicPress Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Its episode 447 and I am a little punchy and still a bit tired and I am still looking for more participation from you the producers this year as the sword of Damocles is still hanging over the show. Keep the feedback coming….. This is #8 of 52 episodes for 2020..

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Well I forgot what it was like to pull an all niter been a couple years since the last time I had to do that. It seems the Hack that I had tweeted out earlier this week hit one of my clients who has multiple sites and we had to deal with a full blown melt down. So far we have been dealing with 12 sites and wile this hack is insidious it also appears we have been dealing with a previous hack that was not yet fully utilized and started working at the same time. This all started late Monday night

Yes I feel there is a special place in hell for the hackers that create this kind of havock. It often boggles my mind in that with the skill set involved in creating these hacks if they where applied creativatly to something that would help the world they could make some good coing doing that.

It always seems like an arms race between those that are trying to stop the hackers and those that hack the events just keep getting more and more creative. Look for more information about this when I do my presentation Feb 25 live here also.

WordPress News and Info

Malicious attack ongoing

Bug in WordPress plugin can let hackers wipe up to 200,000 sites

Critical Issue In ThemeGrill Demo Importer Leads To Database Wipe and Auth Bypass

lesson once your done with a plugin deactivate and remove this does not provide full protection but is some help
well we are not alone on this one

Can a JS script block a whole server? If so, how can I possibly get rid of this attack?

Your Domain Names Will Get More Expensive

ICANN Allows .COM Price Increases, Gets More Money

Active Attack on Recently Patched Duplicator Plugin Vulnerability Affects Over 1 Million Sites

Johns news:

How to piss off your user base for a plugin. bring up the facebook post

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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:


Thanks to Codepotent for some feedback via Twitter

List of new plugins on the ClassicPress forum I will get to ASAP
. – Add Open Graph Tags (new)
– ZP Disable Users (new)
– ZP Multiple Roles (new)
– PHP Error Log Viewer (new release)
– To Twitter (new)
– Stats for Update manager (extension for Update Manager)

…in other news, the Update Manager plugin has been a smash hit in the community and it will provide a huge chunk of code for the official ClassicPress plugin directory.

Just a note for my ClassicPress listeners please send me info to help keep the ClassicPress section full.

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An alternate forum for the non-techies.

“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 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

Minimal Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode – Coming Soon Page


Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.3.1
Released:03 August 2014
Last Updated:13 September 2023
(4.5 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
If you happen to be workinng on a site located on an old serverr like I was this past week and need a quick way to throw up a maintenance page this plugin still works on older php versions. When I needed a plugin I went foiirst for my standard one but found it would not run on old php this one fit the bill and it is pretty decent check it out

Rating 5 Dragons.


Username Changer


Requires:3.0 or higher
Compatible up to:5.4.13
Released:15 May 2012
Last Updated:25 May 2020
(4.6 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
From time to time you will need to make changes to the user name for an account and while this can be done though phpMyadmin in the DB you want an much easier way to acomplish this task.

This plugin make it easy simply instal navagate to the user and change the name and save it. be sure to remove this plugin when your done.

Rating 5 Dragons.


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