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New Gutenberg Release

This should be fun. The team at Automattic have released version 7.7.0 of Gutenberg, that they have worked on and patted into shape.

The release notes explain the new features as follows:

  • Add the initial version of the Patterns UI as a sidebar plugin (This is not the final interface and work is in progress to integrate with the main block inserter).
    • Add an initial set of patterns

Great. What does it mean?

It means that when you click the + button at top left of the screen and use your cursor to move around the options, a little window opens at the side and shows you what it does. It’s supposed to be easier to understand because it is visual.

I am going to add some dummy text in columns and then use the feature that allows me to add a background colour to the columns.

Here goes with this block of text that I am going to repeat spread over two columns.

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

I have to say that working with columns is a big step up from how it used to be.

But there is more. There is now a library of patterns. Patterns are pre-designed (attractive) text layouts or of text and images. One of the layouts is ‘Two Columns Of Text’, and I wonder how that is different from simply creating two columns using the normal Gutenberg button? I’ll think about that another time.

Let’s try something. I just added the pattern named ‘Image and Description’ and it filled the space with a dummy image and text, with the image to the left and the text in small print to the top right.

When I click on the image, it offers me the option to replace the image. So, for the sake of making all this clear I will add the pre-built pattern and then alter it to show what one can do with it.

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

This is an egret in the mud that I photographed on the Eastern Cape in South Africa last year. He is unaware that its photo is now being placed in a post talking about the latest version of the Gutenberg Block Editor.

One thing I notice is that when I started a new paragraph here on the side, it reverted to normal size text.

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Themes For WP.Com

While looking at a site on WordPress.com I noticed something.

The VARIA theme is the basis for a number of child themes made by the WordPress team.

If you perhaps want to use one of the child themes on a self-hosted site, then you can download it from WordPress.com but you also need to download the Varia theme (and activate that first) before you try to activate the child theme.

Here is the list of child themes that spin off of Varia

  • Alves
  • Balasana
  • Barnsbury
  • Brompton
  • Coutoire
  • Dalston
  • Exford
  • Hever
  • Leven
  • Mayland
  • Maywood
  • Morden
  • Redhill
  • Rivington
  • Rockfield
  • Shawburn
  • Stow
  • Stratford

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WordPress

Safari Issue With Draft Post Preview

I reported this issue to the Happiness Engineers yesterday

Me:
I am getting the recurrence of an issue I had months ago – maybe a year ago. This is the issue: I am in WP Admin, creating a new post. I save it as a draft, and then hit Preview. It says ‘post not found’. The way the issue was resolved last time around was that I would refresh the ‘post not found’ page and if would then find the draft post. It is no longer doing that. When I refresh, it still says ‘post not found’.

The only way to see the Preview of the draft is for me to come out of the post and then hit ‘Preview’ for that post in the list of posts.

This is the URL that keeps saying post not found photographworks dot me/?p=12442

And this is the URL that does display the draft post photographworks dot wordpress dot com/?p=12442&preview=true

Happiness Engineer:
Hmm, this seems to be working fine for me. I wonder if it’s a browser issue this time. Which browser do you use?

Me:
Safari. So are you seeing the draft even when you use photographworks dot me/?p=12442

Happiness Engineer:
Yep, using both options. I know Safari had a very recent update that’s causing some issues, and our developers are still trying to provide a workaround. Are you able to test another browser and see if they both work or not there?

Me:
Yes, I can do it. In firefox, when I am in the post and I click Preview, it goes to photographworks dot me/?p=12442&preview=true. So yes, it looks like it’s a browser issue. Good sleuthing

Happiness Engineer
😉 Well, glad that at least works. We have found in general that Chrome and Firefox tend to be more compatible with lots of things compared to Safari.

Me:
If it is a known issue and being worked on, I can put up with it while a fix is put in.

Happiness Engineer
🙂


Update

So it is still happening this morning, and it occurred to me that perhaps I could add ‘&preview=true’ and force it to reload and display the draft post. But it didn’t work and it is still showing page not found.

So then I thought perhaps if I changed the URL to photograph works dot wordpress dot com and then added &preview=true – And that works and I can see the Preview of the draft.

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Photography WordPress

From Classic Editor To Gutenberg

Hello world. This is a post I am writing using the Classic editor. I haven’t used this editor for a long while, not since I switched to Gutenberg. I am writing it and I cannot see any way to change to Gutenberg while I am in this post. So I am going to save it and then look at the options. First though, a screen grab so that I can illustrate what is happening.

How To Change A Post From the Classic Editor to Gutenberg

Here are my notes and a series of screen grabs showing what I did to convert from Classic editor to Gutenberg.

First I had to save the draft and then go out of the post. When I hovered over the post in the list, I could see the options for Editor and Classic Editor.


I clicked on ‘Editor’ and that opened the post, it was still in Classic, which I could see from the word ‘Classic’ against a grey background in the little menu bar.



Know I know where I am, because I have done this many times when I have gone back to old, previously-published posts for whatever reason and changed them to Gutenberg.

Click in the menu bar that has the word ‘Classic’ in it, or click on the paragraph of your text – either place will do it – and you will see that three vertical dots appear along with all the other stuff.



Click on the three dots and that brings up a vertical menu, and the one I want is the second one down the list – ‘Convert to Blocks’. Click that and everything is converted to blocks and the new Gutenberg editor.



Done!

OK, now that you are in Gutenberg, how do you use it?

Using Gutenberg

There are a few key things that will make your life easier:

  • The reason it is called a block editor is that each paragraph, image, heading, quote, or whatever is in its own block.
  • The default block is a paragraph of text.
  • You can change a block from one type to another by hovering on it and using the tools in the mini menu bar that opens up over the block.
  • All the blocks are listed top left of the page, and you can see them by hovering over the list under the plus sign.
  • The plus sign at the left of a new block does the same job and you can add different types of blocks by hovering on that plus sign.
  • Finally, look over at the side bar on the right. You use it to change text size, set Drop Caps, and change the colour of the text and the background colour to the text.

Examples

Here are a few variations of this same piece of text using the block tools and the settings in the side bar. (The neat thing is that I didn’t even have to retype the text, I just clicked to duplicate it).


Here are a few variations of this same piece of text using the block tools and the settings in the side bar.

Here are a few variations of this same piece of text using the block tools and the settings in the side bar.

Here are a few variations of this same piece of text using the block tools and the settings in the side bar.

Here are a few variations of this same piece of text using the block tools and the settings in the side bar.

Here are a few variations of this same piece of text using the block tools and the settings in the side bar.


And if for whatever reason you want to stay in the same block, and don’t want to start a new block when you start a new line or a new paragraph, just hold down the shift key when you change lines.

That will keep you in the same block. (It’s useful when you want to make a list.)

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WordPress

Stuff

I changed the theme of this site to Balasana. It was only after I chose and activated it that I saw that it is made by Automattic, the company that owns WordPress-dot-com.

Balasana is described as a clean and minimalist business theme designed with health and wellness-focused sites in mind.

Well, now it is going to serve me for this site.

I googled and found out that Balasana means Child’s Resting Pose, a kneeling pose in yoga. You kneel on the floor, put your head to the floor in front of you and hold your hands behind your heels. I am pretty sure I did this as a child.

Newsletter

I published issue #1 of my GetRevue newsletter. If you want to read it, it is here:

David’s Satisfying Newsletter #1

And if you want to sign up to get future issues, the link is at the top of the page here.

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WordPress

WordPress.com Becomes Home.blog

A funny thing happened when I started what I thought was going to be a standard setup of a new WordPress blog. I expected it would be in the usual style of something dot wordpress dot com.

I started and chose the name Pangolin, and I could see that for the free option the URL would be https://pangolin.home.blog

Now I know that Automattic (the company that owns WordPress.com) bought the top level .blog domain a couple of years ago, but I never expected they would be using it to direct everything away from using the word WordPress on the front end. 

As I continued I could see that in the back end the URL was pangolinhome.wordpress.com.

Try typing that into the browser and you will it change to pangolin.home.blog

Is this just something they are experimenting with, or is it a permanent change for WordPress.com?

Follow-Up

I wondered what home.blog was, so I went visiting. It is the website of A3 – Appalachia + AGI + Automattic and in the About page it says:

Project A3 Goals

Building upon the ethos of WordPress — the open and collaborative technology platform co-founded in 2003 by Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg at the age of 19 — Alliance Graphique Internationale design legends Marian Bantjes, Michael Bierut, Minchaya Chayosumrit, Yung-Chen Nieh, Alejandro Paul, Taku Satoh, Eddie Opara, Nancy Skolos have created visual designs for the web together with high school students in Paintsville, Kentucky and digital designers at Automattic in an all-remote collaboration that spans the world. The one-of-kind visual designs crafted by the AGI designers center around themes that include Home, Art, Photo, Science, Code, Poetry, Water, and Music as presented on the dedicated websites Home.blog, Art.blog, Photo.blog, Science.blog, Code.blog, Poetry.blog, Water.blog, Music.blog as permanent symbols on the Internet of digital creativity. From these websites, anyone can create a blog as a free subdomain like: laura.science.blog or philippe.code.blog, etc.

(My emphasis – text made bold)

At the bottom of the page it said to click to start a home.blog so I clicked to start a blog and found myself back where I was when I had started hours earlier to create a new blog.

Only this time as I was going through the process I clicked on ‘alternative -something or other’ (can’t recall exactly what it said) and I typed in some vaguely random words. And before I knew it I had created SearchDotPress which is searchdotpress dot wordpress dot com

So by accident I had managed to make a site with an address that was wordpress dot com rather than something or other dot blog.

This is getting out of hand and about as confusing as heck.