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Use WordPress? Hate Gutenberg? Good News!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

To much chagrin, and outcry of many long-time WordPress users, the company unilaterally decided to switch to a “block editor.”

It has not gone over well.

Run atop JavaScript, “Gutenberg,” as it’s called, runs entirely in the web browser, according to the company.

The longtime, stable editor built using the WYSIWYG HTML editor TinyMCE which parlayed WordPress into a power player and preferred “provider” in the web design world, has come close to being abandoned, in lieu of something touted as “new and improved!”

It is not, and anything but.

The rollout was unceremonious.

It was almost as bad as a violently forced kiss on a first date – or, maybe even worse.

If some of the technical jargon is beyond you, not to worry, we’ll do our best to explain how this is not only applicable to you, but to all of their customer base – including the no-cost gratis accounts hosted on WordPress dot com, such as this site – and how they could have done better, and apparently, have taken a lesson from, at least for the time being.

First is Customer Service.

WordPress has been a pretty good company and enthusiastic member of the tech community, and has definitely found their niche as the practical backbone of the web design world insofar as a significant portion of the world’s major websites – some which you would immediately recognize were I to name them (Microsoft, the White House official site, the UK National Archives, Sony Music, UPS (United Parcel Service), Target, The New York Times, The Walt Disney Company, Tribune Media, Vivendi {a French multimedia company}, Toyota, the official site of the government of Sweden, Wired, Variety, Best Buy, Xerox, Etsy, Home Depot, Fortune, The New Yorker, Reuters, Skype, Yelp, Chicago Sun-Times, People, IBM, GoDaddy, etc.) – and comprise at least 37.6% of ALL websites, while 62% of the fastest growing companies do so.

WordPress has become a “Content Management System” (not to be confused with CMS – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services of the U.S. government), which sounds all nice and knowledgeable, even “professional” – use of acronyms and abbreviations make it seem to others like you’re sophisticated. However, being plain-spoken is more admired, and reaches more people than being a jargon-using weisenheimer technogeek.

To date, WordPress has been responsive to the needs of their customers insofar as creating a usable, workable product, which is fully scalable to comport to the specific needs of each individual user. Whether BIG or small, WordPress had been responsive.

Next, is ease of use.

Artist’s rendition of what it might have looked like in Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press workshop.

WordPress’ learning curve has been short and shallow. Having emerged from the initial fray of bloggers, WordPress has emerged the clear winner. That includes among contenders like “the Great G,” also known as Google, which continues hosting their blogging service called “Blogger,” and among newcomers like Wix.com – which ostensibly, at least as it would seem, is what WordPress is working up against. Not that it’s a contender by any stretch of the imagination, but it promotes itself by claiming that “When you choose Wix, you don’t just get a drag and drop website builder. You get the whole package. Free reliable web hosting, top security, the best SEO and a dedicated support team to help you along the way.”

WordPress has long had, and continues to have, an excellent, even enviable, gratis service.

That solitary combined three-part claim – “free,” “reliable,” and “drag and drop” – has appeal. Among those who study such matters, the word “free” has continually shown itself to be a powerful and motivating word… because, everyone wants something for nothing. And in an increasingly costly world, “free” can be perceived as a significant benefit – even if it’s not all what it’s cracked up to be. And while reliability is almost taken for granted, though again, claims are not always what they’re cracked up to be.

And then, there’s the “drag and drop” aspect.

THAT is what is most concerning to WordPress.

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Hi WordPress! What’s up with all the SPAM?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, August 9, 2013

Used to, the good folks at WordPress had fantastic SPAM catchers.

Nowadays, it very much seems like they’re falling down on the job.

Too much SPAM!

Check out the latest offings.

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That was the best SPAM I’ve ever seen!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SPAM

comes in the most interesting flavors.

The Many Flavors of SPAM

The Many Flavors of SPAM

This is some of the BEST SPAM I’ve ever seen!

Now, for those who don’t know, here are a couple give aways to discern and detect SPAM.

Number One:
Examine the Read the rest of this entry »

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What does Unified Info mean on iPhone?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, January 20, 2013

Among the standard WordPress offerings are statistics on each blog, and corresponding search terms that were used to discover any particular entry. Those are very powerful tools, and in the proper hands, can be effectively utilized.

It’s interesting to read the search terms that often lead to this blog, and to this point, though I have considered opining on some of the more “fascinating” or “peculiar” entries, I shall share something a wee bit less salacious.

In fact, it’s not salacious at all.

One such entry was “what does unified info mean on iPhone“?

First, consider what the word “unified” means.

“Unified” means “to make, or become united, uniform or whole.”

The prefix “uni” means “one.”

By implication, unity, unification, or unified means that exactness is present. There is no variation, or difference.

Things are as one. They are made into one. To unify is to make into one.

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New Contact on iPhone – Note the data fields.

Note the data fields.

New Contact in “Contacts” address book on OSX
Note the data fields.

Sample Contact entry in "Contact" address book on OSX.

Sample Contact entry in “Contacts” address book on OSX.

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SPAM Alert! Akismet up to bat… swings, misses. Striiiike one!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Most often, Akismet – a spam filtering service by Automattic – catches spam.

Sometimes, it does not.

Here’s one instance in which it did not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Water, water everywhere… Audio Post

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 26, 2012

While recording this entry, I couldn’t think of T. Boone Pickens name. Now – obviously – I have.

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Social Media Mega Melee: The Flickring Twittering FaceBooking Googleplex -or- How I made FaceBook work for me!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, February 7, 2011

I have found a way to make FaceBook work for me! Read the rest of this entry »

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Audio Post: Tiger Intruder Song

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, January 8, 2011

You’d better hide your eggs, hide your drakes, hide your hens, ’cause DUCK HUNTING SEASON is about to begin!

The Oregon Ducks – what kind of self-respecting team is named the “Ducks”!? What a joke! Why not name yourselves the “Fleas”? – are about to have their lunch eaten, and every one of ’em are going to go home empty-handed, hungry, with more than just their pride wounded.

The MIGHTY AUBURN TIGERS have arrived!

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Amazing! Simply Amazing!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Finally!

The WordPress iPhone app has been HEALED! The latest incarnation – 2.6.1 – has …Continue…

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WordPress CrashBlog: “We created new bugs that made things worse.”

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, October 4, 2010

By most accounts – including my own – WordPress 2.6 for the iOS is an abysmal failure. While this blog entry (http://ios.wordpress.org/2010/09/29/introducing-version-2-6/) lauds many “new and improved” features, reports from the users’ community – as read on the Apple app store – are anything but complimentary, and instead reveal a miasmatic cornucopia of problems, not the least of which is “crashing,” the unexpected and sudden failure if the app. Equally concerning among the complainants is the perception that …Continue…

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Do NOT “update” WordPress iPhone app

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, September 30, 2010

For the untold numbers of iPhone users whom even occasionally use the WordPress blogging app, I have ONE suggestion: STAY AWAY from the UPDATE to version 2.6!

Having been a faithful customer of Apple, and of the iPhone, I am experiencing increasing discontent with what I perceive to be very careless, lackadaisical, even malicious failures of developers to be attuned to the iOS and issues of compatibility, or even operation! It’s akin to going to a restaurant, ordering a two eggs omelette, and having the raw ingredients dumped in your lap by the cook. Meanwhile, the hotty-totty waitress smiles and coos, asking if you’d like a refill on your coffee.

“Sure, hon… can I have a hot fresh cup poured in my lap?”

The text of my report to the developer follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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Spam the Spammer

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, March 28, 2010

If you keep a blog, or if you have an e-mail account, you know what a headache it is to get such garbage in your inbox, or on your site.

I’m referring to spam… not the tasty mixed-meat-in-a-can which is apparently popular with Hawaiians, but to the automatically-computer-generated gobblydegook that purports to promote everything from …Continue…

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