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WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 393

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John Overall

Listen to John Overall LIVE, on #YouTube, Thursday January 31st, at 12 pm PST, on Episode #393 of the #WPPluginsAtoZ #podcast!

 
The WP Plugins A to Z Podcast is where we review and discuss four of the many available free, freemium and premium plugins for WordPress. John describes and reviews the plugins and then rates each of these plugins on the show. He also talks a little WordPress and is happy to answer questions you may have about #WordPress or a plugin he’s reviewed.
 
Have a question or comment for John about the show or a plugin? Send a message via any of our social media, through the website or give him a call!
 
Schedule us into your Thursday afternoon lunchtime routine.
 
Find episode #393 on YouTube – Subscribe to wppluginsatoz.com’s channel and also find the show posted on the wppluginsatoz website.
 
Are you looking for a specific type of plugin? Email us, fill in the contact us page on our site or send us a message on #Facebook and let us know; we’ll see if we can help you out.
transcript of episode 392

Transcript of Episode 392 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #392 here.


 It’s Episode 392 and I’ve got plugins for CMS Management, Site Security, Site Backups, Gutenberg Blocks, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #392

John:    It’s Episode 392 and I’ve got plugins for CMS Management, Site Security, Site Backups, Gutenberg Blocks, and Classic Press Options, all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And I have usual great show for you today. But of course right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com.

And if you got a few minutes, I’d greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes store, leaving us a review for the show. Also, take a few moments here, subscribe to the YouTube channel. Hit the notification bell so you get notifications of when we go live and notifications on when new videos are uploaded.

Also, take a couple of minutes out and follow on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and join us on our Facebook page or you can subscribe to our newsletter which goes out every Friday with additional news and information that is not covered in the show or even on the new Saturday evening wrap-up show.

All right, and with that all done, let’s take it and jump right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, first off as I’ve been doing and to start off with, I’ve got a couple of plugins that I have yet to use but thought you might want to know about them and know that they exist and they may be of interest to you. These are plugins that are submitted to me by developers and sometimes I manage to get in and test them, but many times I’m not able to test them for various reasons. Either they don’t fit the projects I’m working on or it’s not something I have time to test. But I’ve accumulated such a backlog of these things, I want people to know they exist. So now what I’m doing is I’m bringing to you every week a couple of them, give you my opinions and ratings on them, based up on what they show in their descriptions, their demo sites that they have available, etc.

All right, with that being done, let’s move on to the first plugin. The first one I’ve got for you is Groundhogg. Now, this one here I found it in my list but it turns out that it had been reviewed way back in Episode 381, but that was when Marcus was with me and he was the one that did the review. So I’ve checked this plugin out and Groundhogg is a plugin that provides essential tools for your client management system. It allows you to create emails, contact information, etc. to help you keep in touch with your clients, send out marketing emails, manage your content, contacts, automate follow-up, sending emails, and more – without leaving the comfort of your WordPress dashboard. So this is something you can do all within your WordPress dashboard.

The plugin is free, except for it does have some additional items for add-ons. The initial content system looks to be pretty decently full and you can do a lot with it. But if you want to integrate it into WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, WP Forms, Gravity Forms, Contract Signing, Advanced Form Builder, and a few other items, you will need to go get the premium version of the plugin. And if you don’t already have a client management system, this might just be what you’re looking for.

Go check it out. It’s called Groundhogg and I give it a 4-Dragon rating. And also, drop into Episode 381 and check out the review that was done on this plugin.

Next up, I have another plugin. This was sent in to us by Akshat Choudhary – I’m getting better. I really am. It’s called MalCare Security Solutions. It’s an anti-malware plugin. It helps you deal with viruses and spam and other issues on your website. It’s got a scanner that goes through and scans your site. They do have ways to help you fix your hacked websites. Again, I haven’t tested this one, so it does look interesting. It looks like something that may be of value to people.

They have one-click automatic malware removal features. The plugin comes with a login protection feature that helps protect the login page against brute force attacks. They make it easy for users to do site hardening measures on their website and it comes integrated with a complete website management module that ensures you can update your plugin’s themes and even WordPress core from the MalCare dashboard. So it may or may not be of value, but it does look like an interesting one if you have not settled on an anti-malware plugin for your site. You might want to go check this one out and it’s called MalCare and I give it a 3-Dragon rating.

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And contests – we do actually have contest up and I forgot to get it in my show notes but I can just pull it up off of the website. We have a contest now that is running from now until the end of February where we are giving away a WooCommerce Product Feed Manager license. It is a way for you to increase your WooCommerce store sales potentially by easily generating product feeds and uploading your projects into major merchant shops such as Google Merchant Center, Facebook Dynamic Ads, Amazon, etc.

What it does is it allows you to connect to all these different merchants with your WooCommerce store, upload your products there, and help and maintain and update that stuff. It looks to be a very excellent plugin if you’re looking to expand your WooCommerce store outside of just your website into all these other merchant areas. So this is a really nice license that we’re giving away and it’s a one-year license to the WooCommerce Product Feed Manager, so go check it out and go check out the contest at wppluginsatoz.com/contests, where all you’ve gotta do is enter your name, email address, enter for the contest, and it is live and running.

The next plugin I have for you is one to help you with backups of your website. This is WP Time Capsule, and WP Time Capsule is a plugin that will really help you with backups. It’s a little bit different than most of the other backup plugins. Most other backup plugins out there do a .zip file, allow you to upload it to your cloud places such as Dropbox or Amazon, etc. But it’s always a .zip file, it’s always a complete backup, and if you’re on a shared hosting environment – one of the cheaper hosting services; definitely not with JohnOverall.com – but doing those can use a lot of resources and get your site limited for periods of time.

So what this one does for you is it makes a full backup but it doesn’t zip up all the files. It downloads all the files intact and it ships them off to your Dropbox, your Amazon S3, Wasabi, Google Drive – wherever you want to send it. And then once it makes that first initial backup, it does incremental backups on both your files and your database, meaning that it only updates the files that have changed since the last time it made the backup.

And you can set it to do this on whatever schedule you’d like. Have it do it daily if you make daily updates to your website. Have it do it weekly if you only make weekly updates to your website. But do it – make sure you’re making backups of your WordPress website. I can’t count the number of times my clients have been saved simply by the fact that I make regular backups of their website and something went wrong and it wasn’t even necessarily a hack. It could just be an update that’s gone bad or it could be something broke in the server and corrupted files. Any number of things can happen, so make sure you’ve always got good backups.

Check out this plugin. It’s called WP Time Capsule and I give it a 4-Dragon rating.

Okay, listener feedback! I do love listener feedback and please people, give me some listener feedback. I would love to have some here. All you gotta do is go to the website, go to the bottom right-hand corner, click on Leave a Message, and leave me a SpeakPipe message there. If you don’t want to record yourself, simply send an email to john@wppro.ca or hit us up on the Contact page at wppluginsatoz.com and leave your comments there. You could also pop over to our Facebook page, leave your comments there. We do get to them. Also via Twitter – direct message me at Twitter or @message me at Twitter and I will get your questions brought to the show, so I look forward to your questions and I look forward to answering them. Think of it as getting free advice from a very expensive professional.

This show, a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And in that vein, we’d like to acknowledge those who have supported the show in the past. All donations $50 and over, their note is read out and published here. This week I would like to acknowledge and say thank you to all of those who have made small donations in the past week and the past month and to Patreon donors, etc. Thank you very much. Your small donations really help out the show. They help pay for things such as transcripts, server bandwidth, etc. None of the money from donations has ever made it into my pocket; it’s always gone out to pay for expenses. So a big thank you to everyone out there.

And if you would like to support the show, simply go to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and fill out the form, select your donation amount, and off you go, donate straight to PayPal. And every little bit is definitely appreciated.

And the final plugin I’ve got for you here today is a Gutenberg plugin. This is called Gutenberg Design Library and with Gutenberg here, unfortunately we all have to deal with it now if we’re going to stay in the WordPress environment. You just can’t escape it. I imagine it may eventually get better and more usable.

This one here is the first of what I see as a major future for WordPress and I predicted this with the rise of the freemium plugins. I’m kind of predicting the same thing here, although I’ve heard the predictions also from others. But what it is is gonna be the custom blocks, and this is the first set of custom design blocks. What they are is blocks for your Gutenberg site that you go in, you click a button, it inserts the block in their particular design format, already laid out with all the information, all the columns, everything you need, and then all you do is go in and customize and change the content based upon that layout.

This saves you having to go through the time to create your layouts in this manner here and saves you a bit of grief, and these are going to become more and more prominent and the blocks are gonna become fancier and fancier as time goes on, and there’s going to be a few more new companies evolving around creating customized Gutenberg blocks, and they’re gonna create some pretty unique blocks as it goes along. So this plugin here, it works fairly well. I liked it. The designs were kind of meh.

Initially when you set it up, this one here is a freemium model, actually. You set it up, you gotta click a button to say “Download 50 Template Designs.” You download your 50 template designs. Now, you go to their website. You can sign up for their newsletter where you can get an additional 50 – and I don’t remember the price on it now, but if you want even more, they’ve got thousands of other designs, they say, and you can download the other thousands of other designs by paying their annual subscription fee for it. So this is something you may want to look at especially if you’re getting heavily into Gutenberg.

So all in all, a pretty average plugin – nothing super special about it. It did do what it’s supposed to do. I give it a 3-Dragon rating. Go check it out. It’s the Gutenberg Design Library.

And finally as promised, each and every episode now has ClassicPress options, and this is a segment that will stay for a while I think because I have to live in the ClassicPress world, too. As I’ve mentioned a few times, I have a client who requires ClassicPress based upon what Gutenberg has done and it just won’t work – Gutenberg will not work with their site. We’ve already tried; we can’t get 5.0 to work with the customizations we have and it’s too expensive of a website to completely rebuild at this point in time, so we’re gonna be going to ClassicPress. So I’m testing out plugins to make sure and I’m going to be testing the plugins used on that site.

And this one here is a staple, one that I use across many sites also. This is the Events Calendar from Modern Tribe and it is a really excellent events calendar. It wasn’t my favorite for a long time. I mean for like two or three years I didn’t like it and I used another events calendar. But that other events calendar went down some really odd paths for their calendar and destroyed what was a perfectly functioning better than the Events Calendar and they just killed themselves by trying to get too fancy. The Evens Calendar stayed simple; they’ve gotten better. Their design has gotten better and their usability has gotten better, so I’ve been using it for the last couple, three years.

Excellent plugin; it works well in ClassicPress. The particular theme I’m working with, I had run into some CSS issues with it. It’s just breaking a few things. I wasn’t sure if it was the theme, ClassicPress, or the calendar yet. We just hadn’t gotten into figuring it out, but the calendar works and it works well the way it’s supposed to. So go check it out if you’re going to ClassicPress. The Events Calendar is going to work there for you, plus there’s also a link that’ll take you off to ClassicPress where they have the listing of all the plugins there (and currently virtually every plugin will work, but it’s good to test them).

Anyway, go check this out. It’s the Events Calendar and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

All right, well that closes out the plugins I’ve got for today and I covered up Groundhogg, which I gave a 4 to; the MalCare Security Solutions, which I gave a 3 to; and the WP Time Capsule, which I gave a 4 to; the Gutenberg Design Library, which I gave a 3 to; and then the ClassicPress option which is the Events Calendar, which I gave a 5 to. Just stumbling all over everything here today.

All right, and a reminder about the meetups. We do have another meetup. If you missed the January 22nd meetup which was a couple of days ago, you can catch the stream recording on our YouTube channel where we recorded the event where I gave my thoughts about Gutenberg and the future of WordPress and Jacob Buurma came in and he spoke about life as a WordPress freelancer – a couple of very great presentations. They were lots of fun and it was well attended. We had a lot of – probably about 20 people there, which was really quite nice. So come check it out. Come check out our next one which is in February and you can sign up for it on our Meetup page. Just go to wppluginsatoz.com/meetup and it’ll take you directly there to our Meetup page and February 20th is the next meetup and the presentations have yet to be set.

Okay, and be sure to check out and subscribe to this channel. We’d greatly appreciate it. And one more reminder to developers: if you would like to support the show, offer up a premium license to give away for contests, please go to wppluginsatoz.com/plugin-contest to submit all the details for that. And if you want to suggest a plugin for review, just go to Plugin Review and we will take ‘em all.

That’s pretty much everything I’ve got for you, so we’ll let my girl take us out of here.

[Female speaker]

Reminders for the show: All the show notes can be found at wppluginsatoz.com, and while you’re there, subscribe to the Thursday newsletter for more useful information directly to your email inbox. Wppluginsatoz.com is a show that offers honest and unbiased reviews of plugins created by developers because you support the show. Help keep the show honest and unbiased by going to wppluginsatoz.com/donate and set the donation level that fits your budget.

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John can be reached at his website at JohnOverall.com or send him an email, john@wppro.ca. Thanks for joining us and have a great day.

 [Outro]

Thanks for listening to the show. This show is copyright by JohnOverall.com. So until next time, have yourselves a good morning, good afternoon, or a good evening, wherever you happen to be out there on the globe today.

[Child giggling]

 

[End of Audio]

CMS Management, Site Security, Site Backups, Gutenberg Block plugins in Episode 392

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Helping you sort the trash from the gems!

WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 392

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John Overall

Listen to John Overall LIVE, on #YouTube, Thursday January 24th, at 12 pm PST, on Episode #392 of the #WPPluginsAtoZ #podcast!

 
The WP Plugins A to Z Podcast is where we review and discuss four of the many available free, freemium and premium plugins for WordPress. John describes and reviews the plugins and then rates each of these plugins on the show. He also talks a little WordPress and is happy to answer questions you may have about #WordPress or a plugin he’s reviewed.
 
Have a question or comment for John about the show or a plugin? Send a message via any of our social media, through the website or give him a call!
 
Schedule us into your Thursday afternoon lunchtime routine.
 
Find episode #392 on YouTube – Subscribe to wppluginsatoz.com’s channel and also find the show posted on the wppluginsatoz website.
 
Are you looking for a specific type of plugin? Email us, fill in the contact us page on our site or send us a message on #Facebook and let us know; we’ll see if we can help you out.

Victoria WordPress Meetup – January 2019 Seminar

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John Overall

Jacob Buurma

For our January 22, 2019 WordPress Meetup seminar, there will be two presentations about WordPress with time for questions and a break. This months presentations will be made by John Overall and Jacob Buurma. The first presentation will be on “What I Wish I’d Known: Ah-ha Moments from 5 Years of WordPress Freelancing” by Jacob Buurma and the second will be on “Gutenberg, the Future of WordPress and How It Impacts Your Website and Business” by John Overall. Please bring a pen, paper, your questions and laptop if you like. There will not be any tables available.

If you have any suggestions on future presentations, presenters or locations, please message Sherri Lynn or leave a message on the message board and we will look at creating a presentation for it.

You must RSVP so we know how many to expect as space is limited.
Please remember to bring $5 cash to pay John upon arrival to help cover the cost of the room.

Interview 30 with Gulam Hemani from PieRegister

Today’s interview show is with Gulam Hemani from PieRegister.

If you’re a plugin developer and you’d like to appear on the show, you can schedule an interview, donate your plugin for an upcoming contest, or submit your plugin for review.

This plugin was reviewed in Episode 384 of WPPluginsAtoZ.

PieRegister is a plugin for creating registration forms.

PieRegister Pro offers perpetual licensing – purchase once for the number of sites you need (1, 5 or 10) and use forever.
The free and premium comparison can be found at PieRegister.com/plan-and-pricing/

Features:

  • Drag and Drop editor
  • Role Based Redirection
  • Conditional logic
  • Invitation codes
    • You can restrict access by creating a set of invite codes then sending them to the people you want to register
  • Payment integration
    • PayPal, Stripe, and Authorize.net
  • Security features
    • Two Step authentication
    • Captcha
    • Time-Based submission filter
    • IP blocking
  • integration with Mailchimp

This plugin also includes themes for the forms to make them fit in with your website better.

Find more info, download, or purchase at PieRegister.com

WP Plugins A to Z WordPress Weekly Round Up – January 19, 2019

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John Overall

Watch John Overall LIVE, on #YouTube, Saturday January 19th, at 8 pm PST, on  #WPPluginsAtoZ #WordPress Weekly Round Up #podcast!

A new weekly live stream from WP Plugins A to Z covering the news John has heard in the past week about WordPress and anything else that comes up pertaining to the WordPress Community.

Catch up on this weeks WordPress news with John and sign into YouTube to chat with him during the show.

Page Speed, City Events, World Weather, Auto log-off plugins in Episode 391

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Transcript of Episode 391 WP Plugins A to Z

All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of  John’s discussion of the weekly plugins he has reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #391 here.


 It’s Episode 391 and I’ve got plugins for Page Speed, City Events, World Weather, Auto log-offs, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up next on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!


Episode #391

John:    It’s Episode 391 and I’ve got plugins for Page Speed, City Events, World Weather, Auto log-offs, and ClassicPress Options, all coming up next on WordPress Plugins from A-Z!

[Intro]

WordPress, it’s the most popular content management and website solution on the internet. And with over 80,000 plugins to choose from, how do you separate the junk from the gems? Join us for a weekly unrehearsed conversation about the latest and greatest in WordPress plugins. This is WordPress Plugins from A to Z.

John:    Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, wherever you happen to be hiding out there on the globe today. Coming to you direct from the Brewery Overlook in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I’m John Overall. And of course we have usual great show for you today. But right off the top, don’t forget you can get all the show notes over at wppluginsatoz.com.

And if you have a few minutes, greatly appreciate your time over at Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and the iTunes store, subscribing to the show and leaving us reviews. And don’t forget, if you’re really liking it here on YouTube, don’t forget to subscribe to the show and hit the notification bell so that you can get notified when I go live and also when I put up a new show, or a new training video, or any of the other things that are coming down the pike.

You could follow me on Twitter @wppluginsatoz and join us on our Facebook page at WP Plugins A to Z, and if you’d like, subscribe to the newsletter where we send out every week a weekly newsletter that goes out on Fridays. It’s got more information that is not covered in the show.

All right, with all that being said, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes of the show.

[Plugins lead-in rock music]

All right, first up here I have a couple of great plugins and these are plugins I have yet to use, but I thought you would like to know about them that they exist, and keep in mind the ratings for them are based on descriptions off their site and using their demo if it’s available. These are plugins that have been submitted to me by developers that I don’t always get a chance to test out, or use, or I don’t have a use for them in my current project lineup, etc. But they seem interesting and they look like they might be valuable plugins to people out there, so this is my way of getting those out and I do have a serious backlog of them.

So first off, we’ll start off with one sent in by Vaishali Soni and it’s called Events in the City, and this is an events calendar plugin for WordPress for setting up and having events into your city. Now, they do have a good demo site for it that displays how well it works and you can – they showcase how it’s for businesses, concerts, parties, exhibitions, sports, etc. in it. It’s a great way you can go and engage your site visitors to display the latest events right into your website. This looks like it integrates well with most themes that you can use. You can sort the events by city, simple shortcodes for placing the calendar into the site, the viewers can book tickets right through the plugin on your website. So if you’ve got something that has tickets for booking, this might be something to investigate and see.

It’s easy to manage as these good things that they say about it – user friendly – and it’s got an organizer plugin. Some of the features let viewers follow you instead of you following them, follow all events, tickets, simple shortcodes, and they’ve got shortcodes for the calendar. You can set it up for the calendar in the city if you’ve got more than one city you have events for. You can set it up by city categories, so there’s a lot to this plugin. It looks like a fairly useful plugin.

It’s a free plugin from the WordPress Repository; something you may want to have a look at and check out. At any rate, based on everything I see and the usability on it, well, I give it a 3-Dragon rating. Go check it out: Events in the City.

The next one I have for you is called Asset Cleanup, and this one looks like something I may actually get a chance to have a look at. It’s a paid speed booster plugin and what it’s designed to do for you is it’s to go through and clean up the assets on your webpage. What it does is as you’re creating a post, it lists up the assets that are gonna load on the page and you can look through and uncheck boxes to not load those particular assets on that page.

So this one here is designed to work with a caching plugin of some sort. They recommend WP Rocket. But it helps decrease the number of HTTP requests loaded and it helps reduce the HTML code load of the page. It makes source code easier, removes possible conflicts between plugins, and a few other things with it. This looks like it would be a pretty decent plugin to use on a page-by-page basis if you’re looking at improving some of the things on your site little by little, so this could be a real handy one.

All in all, from what I can check out of it from just reading it over, taking a look at everything in it, it looks like a pretty decent plugin so I have to give this one a 4-Dragon rating. Go check it out. It is the Asset Cleanup Page Speed Booster plugin from – you can get it at the wordpress.org repository, so go check that one out.

Now they do have a pro version of it available and it unlocks even more features to it, so their pro version here, $39 to $129 of it, go check it out. See the additional features that it unlocks for you. If you find the free version good, you may find the pro version even more worthwhile.

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Absolutely. Come visit me for all your WordPress needs, especially if you’re looking for quality WordPress hosting that doesn’t slow you down.

And contests…we are still working through getting the contests set up. I know we’re a week overdue on them now but they should be ready by next week, so keep tuning in here, follow the website, get the newsletter. All of it will be announced in there when it happens.

Next up, the next plugin I’ve got for you here is called Weather Atlas Widget. Now, this is a really nice plugin if you’re looking to add weather to a website or you need multiple cities in a setting. This is a plugin that works both as a widget and as a shortcode on pages and you can set it up to have as many cities as you want on a page or as many widgets with different cities if you have multiple widgets. All of that is very nice and easy to set up. It’s a fantastic one.

I currently use this plugin in a project I’m working on for an intranet for a company, and they’ve got multiple offices in multiple cities across the country that they have to deal with, and sometimes people want to know what the weather is going to be like. “I’ve got to go to Atlanta this week; I’m coming from California. How bad is the weather in Atlanta?” So they can go to the page on the intranet, they can look it up, they can see the weather in all these cities.

One of the interesting things I found about this plugin was that what it does is it sets up – when it gives you the weather, it color codes the weather from cold blue a hot orange or a hot red and a mild orange-ish color to tell you mild weather. It’s color coded to give you an idea on what the weather might be across those and it’s actually kind of fascinating to look at when it’s on a page with multiple cities on it, because you can see how cold and hot it is across the country.

All in all, a pretty fantastic plugin. I like the way it’s set up, I liked its functionality, and it just worked like it was supposed to – all in the free version. So give this one a check-out. It is the Weather Atlas Widget and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

And feedback – I love customer feedback, whether it’s good, bad, indifferent – whatever it might be, please give me some feedback. I haven’t had any for a while now, so just drop in over to wppluginsatoz.com, send us a SpeakPipe from the lower right-hand corner of the site, you can just click that, record a message, get us through the Contact page, send an email direct to john@wppro.ca, go to @wppluginsatoz on Twitter, Facebook page – anyplace – even comments here on the YouTube channel. All of those I will respond to. Sometimes not immediately but I always do respond to them. Let me know how the show is going, what you’d like to see, any plugins you would like to see. In fact, if you’ve got plugins you’d like to suggest, go use the Suggest Plugin for Review window, and it’s just the plugins that be reviewed, so anything like that. So feedback, feedback, and feedback – keep giving it in.

This show, also a value-for-value model, meaning if you get any value out of it, please give some value back. And that value can be anything from helping me with the sound of the show to helping me with the logo, helping me with anything for the show, producing content – all of those things I’m happy to accept. Also, cash – I just love cash. You know, just…

[President George W. Bush] We just need cash. I know a lot of people want to send blankets or water… just send your cash.

Absolutely, just send your cash. But donations can be made $50 or over, they’re published here. Notes are published here and read out. For those below $50, they remain anonymous and we thank you very much. This week I would like to thank the small donations that come in through PayPal and the weekly Patreon donations. Those are very helpful. They help defray the costs of doing the transcripts and the server stuff, etc.

That plugin that I just talked about, that can be displayed in Celsius, too as well, and you can actually multiple display Celsius and Fahrenheit across the page. Just got that comment, so there you go.

So anyway, thank you to all our small donors out there. We thank you very much for all your support. The money does not go into my pocket; it just simply helps support the show. One day it might, but not at the moment.

Okay, the final plugin I’ve got for you here today is called Inactive Logouts. Now, a couple of weeks ago, someone had asked me about an inactive logout plugin and I had recommended one. I’m not sure if it was this one here, but as I’m redoing a project for a client, I realized I had used this plugin in their site to deal with inactivity. They have an intranet site and that intranet site where they’ve got dozens of users on it, they had a problem of people not remembering to log out of the account and people finding it. They’ll log into their kid’s computer or their wife’s computer, or a café or whatever, and they wouldn’t log out, so we had to set something up to ensure that everyone properly logged out of the site and that weren’t left logged in.

This turned out to be an excellent plugin for dealing with that issue. It works very well. You can set up a countdown popup on it to determine how long – you know, after it’s been idle for a little while, it pops up a reminder that says, “You’re inactive. We’re gonna log you out,” giving them a chance to stay logged in. If you don’t need to log them out, you can set a wakeup message where the user will not be logged out, but instead a wakeup message will be showed when they’re inactive. You can set custom popup messages and you can use concurrent logout functionality with it. One of the really neat functions of this one (and this one was particularly important) is if you’re a crazy user like me on web browsers and you might end up with 20 tabs open at a time, you’ll log into a site, you’ll go open up another tab, be doing information you need to get for the other site, and you might spend 10, 15 minutes elsewhere before you come back. In that time period you could be logged out. This has a multi-browser tab support and what it means is that if you’re on another tab and you’re still active in the browser, it won’t log you out. It only starts to count down when the mouse stops moving on the computer. So if you’re doing anything, your mouse hardly ever stops moving if you’re not looking at it. So that was one of the really cool features about this plugin that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Other than that, it worked great. It’s still in use; we’ve been using it for quite a while. They’ve got some filter hooks and additional tweaks you can do to the plugin. All in all, there’s a whole lot you can do. I ended up tweaking this plugin a bit to customize it for my client’s site so that we got it so that the users were logged out if they left it idle. Great plugin, a fantastic one. Go check it out. It’s called Inactive Logout and I give it a 5-Dragon rating.

[Dragon roar]

Okay, the final thing I’ve got for you today is ClassicPress options. And this is here because I feel that ClassicPress is going to be continuing its growth for quite some time. They are going to siphon off – in my personal opinion, they’re going to siphon off approximately 30% of the WordPress community as it currently was in December when Gutenberg launched, because there’s a lot of people that just can’t use the Gutenberg functionality. Now of course, WordPress has promised they’re going to support the Classic Editor for a couple of years, but that’s only guaranteed until 2021.

Believe it or not, 2021 will be here before people know it, and what happens then? Are they gonna extend it? Probably not. They’re probably going to turf it at the time. And then what’s gonna happen to the people that have been dependent on the ClassicPress Editor for that whole time to hold their sites together? Then they have to switch and move. Well, many of them are switching and moving now over to ClassicPress. This is why I’m covering these plugins because I have to switch one site for sure to ClassicPress and I may have others. The nice thing about ClassicPress is it’s just like working in WordPress; it’ll just be cleaner and leaner is what they’ve been doing to it. They’ve been making it cleaner and leaner and a little bit faster. We’ll miss out on some things, but I think the ClassicPress community is gonna grow up quite nicely over the next couple of years.

At any rate, I’ve got a plugin for you here and the plugin of course is a standard plugin. For a while I’ll be covering the basic, standard plugins for ClassicPress because there’s some essentials that you need, and one of them is a good SEO plugin. Currently, the Yoast SEO plugin which I use – I use it across virtually every site I build. I use the Yoast SEO plugin because it’s very nice, it’s user-friendly, and it’s something you can explain to your clients quite well.

It works well with ClassicPress. It seems to have no problems with it. The compatibility is nice, the setup is the same, the functionality seems to be the same, so all in all, it seems to be working quite nicely. Hopefully it will stay it that, hopefully Yoast will see the value in keeping it compatible with ClassicPress as they age. If not, I’m sure somebody will fork it and move it along for a ClassicPress version of it.

Also as a side note, one of the things I noticed when I was doing this today – testing this plugin – is that when you are searching for a plugin in the Repository using ClassicPress, of course it searches the WordPress Repository, because that’s where all the plugins are right now. Well, they’ve added a note that appears in the plugin listing to tell you if this plugin is currently compatible with the current version of ClassicPress that you have installed. I thought that was a nice touch.

What it shows is it shows the vast majority of plugins are going to be compatible, but that is going to change over time. So keep that in mind if you end up going to ClassicPress. Eventually, your plugins and things are gonna change and unless your developers can see the money in it, they probably won’t change with it.

At any rate, that covers up everything for this show. I covered up the Events in City, which I gave a 3 to; the Asset Cleanup, which I gave a 4 to; the Weather Atlas Widget, which I gave a 5 to; and the Inactive Logout, which I gave a 5 to; and the Yoast on ClassicPress, which I gave a 5 to.

And final reminders here…don’t forget, we have a WordPress Meetup here in Victoria coming up next week. It’s on Tuesday, the 22nd of January and this seminar here is going to be me talking about Gutenberg and the future of WordPress and how I think about what it’s gonna do and how it’s impacting WordPress. Also, I have another speaker, Jacob, who is going to be talking about life as a WordPress freelancer. It should be a very interesting presentation and seminar. If you can make it and you live in the Victoria area of British Columbia, Canada, come on down. It’s held at the local center. You can get all of the information off of meetup.com. If you’re not in the area or you just can’t make it, this will be broadcast live on my YouTube channel as a livestream and it will be up there after it’s over. So please come check it out; either come check it out via YouTube or come check it out live. We’d really appreciate seeing you there.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel. It would be greatly appreciated.

Okay, and the end. I actually have a Yoast tutorial up. There is a Yoast tutorial in my tutorials on the channel. Just do a search in my channel for Yoast and it should appear. I’m pretty sure I did one not too long ago actually, because I did a presentation on Yoast back in the fall – September/October I did a presentation on Yoast, so go check that out.

All right, well that wraps it up. What else have we got? That’s all we got. Take care now, bye-bye.

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John:    And there we go. That was a rough close. I kept hitting the wrong buttons.

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Helping you sort the trash from the gems!

WordPress Plugins A to Z Episode 391

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Listen to John Overall LIVE, on #YouTube, Thursday January 17th, at 12 pm PST, on Episode #391 of the #WPPluginsAtoZ #podcast!

 
The WP Plugins A to Z Podcast is where we review and discuss four of the many available free, freemium and premium plugins for WordPress. John describes and reviews the plugins and then rates each of these plugins on the show. He also talks a little WordPress and is happy to answer questions you may have about #WordPress or a plugin he’s reviewed.
 
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