How to Use the WordPress Block Pattern Directory on WordPress.com

On July 20, 2021, with the release of WordPress 5.8, the new WordPress Block Pattern Directory went live. In case you haven’t yet heard about WordPress Block Patterns or the WordPress Block Pattern Directory, we’ll explain why this is exciting, how it helps you design your website, and just how easy it is to useContinue reading “How to Use the WordPress Block Pattern Directory on WordPress.com”

The Future of the Block Editor

WordCamp Europe 2021 took place this past week and this year’s event was head and shoulders above last year’s online event thanks to the Hublio app, which brought a real sense of “being there” without actually being there. A huge thank you to the organizers and sponsors for all their work bringing this event toContinue reading “The Future of the Block Editor”

Go: The SEO Benefits of Creating a Website with WordPress.com

Almost every business has a digital presence now, and businesses that aren’t yet online should be. Whether you’re a small business, freelancer, or blogger, there are a lot of other sites to compete with and everyone wants to rank higher, for good reason.  The SEO Benefits of Creating a Website with WordPress.com – WordPress.com OK,Continue reading “Go: The SEO Benefits of Creating a Website with WordPress.com”

Getting One’s Head Around The Full Block Editor

The biggest stumbling block (sorry!) to working with the Block Editor is thinking you need to do something extraordinary to write in it. Let’s get back to writing rather than worrying about the “blockade”. As the Block Editor prompt says, “Start writing”. KISS!* If you previously wrote in the MySite Visual Editor, give the followingContinue reading “Getting One’s Head Around The Full Block Editor”

Behind the Wheel of the Block Editor’s Classic Block

Changing to a new and unfamiliar system can be really nerve-wracking! That’s the experience I have every time I get behind the wheel of a rental car that’s different than the car I usually drive. Suddenly I’m confronted with a dashboard and indicators that might or might not look familiar. Unless I sit for aContinue reading “Behind the Wheel of the Block Editor’s Classic Block”

Writing in the WP Admin Classic Editor-A Quick Tour for the Perplexed WordPress.com User

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In mid-March 2021, WordPress.com rolled out unified navigation to combine both the newer “Calypso/WordPress.com” dashboard and WP Admin. Later, in July 2021, a dashboard “Switcher” was introduced to make changing from one dashboard to the other more intuitive with a further refinement to the interface. As a result, in order to continue accessingContinue reading “Writing in the WP Admin Classic Editor-A Quick Tour for the Perplexed WordPress.com User”

Just Write

When you have an established website, changing themes can be an adventure because sometimes things go pear-shaped. When I switched last month from an older Premium theme to a free block-editor style theme, Hever, I combed my site from start to finish looking for issues and discovered that some earlier posts had formatting problems, evenContinue reading “Just Write”