Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.
I hope all of you are well despite the increase of infections in many of our countries. With two more countries in Europe being removed from the air bridge scheme it is becoming a gamble taking that long awaited holiday.
This week we should have been basking in the sunshine by the pool of our selected villa in Malta. Back in June we decided to lose our deposit and cancel the trip, thankfully no flights booked, as my two older sisters were not keen on the travel aspect and even then there was the threat of 14 day quarantine there and also back in Ireland and the UK.
As it turns out, whilst in June there were relatively few cases in Malta, with the arrival of their summer visitors this is not the case now.
Yesterday I shared a brilliant funny from Biff Sock Pow which resulted in quite a few comments on the subject. Another ‘fan’ of the block editor Beetley Pete (Johnson) had shared it and started this particular chain of events….
WordPress Block Editor and the Classic Editor
Like many I was under the impression that the Classic Editor would be fully supported at least until the end of 2022. And Carol Balawyder sent a link through that confirms that and it was only updated a month ago: WordPress.Org – Plugins – Classic Editor
For the last couple of months I have been accessing the classic editor via the WPAdmin and as of today still able to do that. However, I have lost one of the functions that I used nearly everyday for my 6pm. post which was to ‘Press’ a post from another blogger. Being able to schedule a reblog for a specific time was great and it meant it was much easier to share the work of others. Now when I try to ‘press’ a post it forces the block editor and there is no other option. So I will set my alarm to remind me to reblog posts I want to share.
Anyway, hopefully the ability to access the original classic editor by clicking on WPAdmin will continue as promised until the end of 2022 when I will be nearly 70 and probably after 10 years of blogging might consider my options.
I am not against progress but when it impacts the time spent preparing blog posts, loss of functionality I do feel the need to question the point of it. I know that the commercial bloggers who are in it to make money want to create adverts and blocks suit their copy writing abbreviated style of writing. But for longer articles and stories it is not useful. I certainly don’t have the time to spend additional hours putting together an author or book promotion which is the most frequent post on the blog.
I have a couple of links to share that I think you might find interesting.. and also a great Youtube tutorial which shows you how to access the classic block editor when you are forced across to the new editor.. It also shows you how to create a post from scratch.. Very useful and will be referring it to myself when I need it.
My thanks to regular visitor and wonderful supporter of my blog and others Michael of Bizmarc for sourcing this useful post from Fraggles Other Place where you can find a post on the Classic Editor and the New Block Editor with links to Youtube tutorials.. One of which I am sharing here which shows you how to access the Classic Editor currently and also when forced into the block editor. Useful to see it virtually with an explanation.
I am currently accessing the Classic Editor via the WPAdmin button and have been doing so for the last few weeks, but very pleased to have this guide for when the inevitable happens. More on that after the video.
I was interested to find out more about the Origins of WordPress and how it makes its money as a non-profit and found a blog post from 2016 that has some interesting elements. I suggest that you read the full post but here are a couple of snippets to get you started.
“Before we can answer the question about the ownership of WordPress, it’s important that you understand which WordPress you are talking about.
The #1 root cause for confusion is that often people don’t know that WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two fundamentally different products with different owners.
WordPress.org is the popular content management system (CMS) that you always hear about. This is the real WordPress, and it is 100% free. It is often referred as self-hosted WordPress. When you hear things like you can create any type of website in WordPress with plugins and custom themes, this is the WordPress people are talking about.
WordPress.com is a web hosting service that offers a stripped down version of WordPress to make it easy for you to blog. You don’t get all the WordPress goodies like plugins, custom themes, etc.”
“Who owns WordPress.com
WordPress.com is owned by a privately held company called Automattic.
You have to understand a little bit of history of the open-source WordPress project to understand Automattic’s contributions and the reasons why they get favorable treatment such as the ability to use the WordPress trademark and the coveted WordPress.com domain as part of their paid product.
Automattic was started by the co-founding developer of the open source WordPress software, Matt Mullenweg.
Matt created Automattic in 2005, almost two years after WordPress, with the primary purpose to make WordPress hosting easier and allow people with little technical knowledge to start a blog with WordPress.
I do recommend that you read the full post as it is quite illuminating to see how things have moved on in four years. Origins of WordPress and how it makes its money as a non-profit
Now time for the posts that you might have missed during the week and my thanks to William Price King and special guest this week on the Author Spotlight D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies.
And of course to you for dropping in and commenting and sharing the posts.. I am very grateful..
Thank you for dropping in today and have a lovely weekend.. I hope you will join me again next week.