Why I Like the Old WordPress.com Editor Better Than the New One…Where Is Save?

WordPress.com Provides Writers With 2 Editors for Use When Writing Your Blog

Actually, they provide 3 or 4 if you include their ios and Android apps too (I haven’t looked, but I assume they offer an Android app too.) These seem to be in a constant state of flux. Maybe in part that’s because I’m a beta tester for their ios app. But it seems to me that the newer of the 2 online, browser-based editor changes often too. The older one, which was the one in general use when I joined WordPress…doesn’t seem to change much these days.

Below is a Screenshot of the Old Editor

WordPress.coms Old Editor

Displayed a Little Further Below is The New & Improved Editor…or is it? (new and improved I mean!)

The new and improved editor isn’t actually all that new anymore. I’m guessing it’s maybe a year and a half old by now. But I still think of it as the new one and I still prefer the old one for most things. Although I do appreciate some of the streamlined aspects of this editor. What I’m referring to primarily is how the menu bar which typically would be anchored at the top of the screen kind of floats. Maybe the floating is limited by bandwidth issues, or maybe it’s because I primarily use an iPad for all my writing, But the floating aspect only 1/2 works for me.

When the toolbar works correctly, I can be anywhere within a page  and  if I want some formatting changes I can easily and quickly add them because the menu appears to almost float right above my onscreen iPad keyboard. This is really great when it works because I tend to write long posts and having to scroll all the way up to the top of the screen to change the size of a font can take up a lot of time…especially when done repeatedly. But as I mentioned earlier, this only functions correctly about 40% of the time for me.

In regards to other aspects of the new editor…I often get confused by it.  For example, I still don’t get how to use the spellcheck or proofing utility that I’m certain must be built into it. Also. when I add images, I can’t do all the things with them that I can when using the old editor. The most notable missing items are that I can’t change the size of an image to a ‘custom’ sized one. And I can’t add a clickable link to the image easily by accessing the little menu that appears in the old editor that displays the Custom URL field for me to enter the URL I want. The reason I would ever do this is to make an image also act as a link to something. So that when someone clicks or taps on it, you’re taken to a different site.

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I could be wrong but I think there’s a way to move the Settings Menu for a post or page to either the right-hand or the left-hand side of the screen too. In fact…I think I did that once (because I remember it being on the left at one time)…but I don’t remember how I did it so I can’t change it back. If anyone knows how, please share it with me way down at the bottom of this post a little ways past the ads that WordPress.com adds to my posts.

But all of those issues are fairly minor in the big scheme of things. What isn’t minor, are 2 bigger problems that really hinder the usability of the new editor for me a lot.

The First Reason is My Key Reason for Preferring the Old Editor Over the New One

The main reason that I continue  to use the old editor most of the time is because I use a lot of images in my posts. I usually use the ios app to write the first draft of my posts…that’s also where I add all of my images. My main workflow is to create the content first using the ios app (or oftentimes a Markdown app like Ulysses for really long posts.) Then I fix it up online and put the final polishing touches on it.

When I use the new Editor for this (which I rarely do because of the problem I’m about to mention,) as I scroll down through my document, oftentimes I must accidentally touch an image causing it to disappear. If I notice this and it’s a brand new post, I can easily re-add the image. But if it’s an older one that I’m updating or adding information to…finding the exact image for it again can be a real chore. I have to scroll through rows and rows of hundreds of tiny thumbnails representing my image library at WordPress. I can quite literally spend an hour or more doing just that. Granted, I do know that I can change the size of the tiny thumbnails, making them larger. But if I do that it makes them too large unusually lengthening the time it takes to scroll.

In any event, finding the missing image(s) can be a HUGE problem…and that’s the best case scenario! The worst case is that I never even notice that an image…or several…were deleted! I can only imagine what my poor readers think when I reference an image that isn’t even there!

 


The possibility that I may lose some of  my images because I used the new Editor just isn’t worth the risk!


My 2nd Reason for Disliking the New Editor Can Be Summed Up With the Question: Where Did Save Go?

When using the old editor, writers are always required to manually Save their work. The new Editor does that for you…rather it’s supposed do that for you…but that feature doesn’t work very well either. So most of the time I need to manually Save my work. Sadly, finding how to do that is no easy feat! That tends to be a problem with auto-saving features in general I’ve found…the developer thinks that they don’t need to include a manual Save alternative because a user should never need to use it. But they are wrong…and I think I know why.

I’m not sure if this is truly an Apple ios network problem or it it’s unique to our network…but my iPad Pros (which are the ones I use for everything) drop the network constantly throughout the day and nighttime. The only way to rejoin our WiFi is to turn off WiFi completely and then turn it back on again.

I suspect the problem is multi-faceted and blame can be attributed to both. The reason I say this regarding Apple devices…is because this problem is unique to my iPad Pros. Any regular iPad Airs we have and even the new iPad 5 don’t constantly drop our network the way that the Pro iPads do. Also, they do it on other people’s networks too!

So, I’m pretty certain that Save used to be at the top of the menu items which now appear on my right-side of the screen…under the Post Status section. But I can no longer find it there. Today, after taking a chance on making some edits to a post I’m writing on how to create your own custom email signatures on an ios device…I wanted to leave the Editor webpage entirely…but I was warned that if I did so I’d lose my changes.

This isn’t the first time that this has occurred! But I couldn’t remember what I did the last time to solve the issue.

Which is primarily why I’m writing this post today as a way for me (and anyone else who needs it) to find Save easily

The screenshot below shows you where Save was moved to:

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Hopefully, I’ll never lose Save again now that I’ve written this handy little guide!

Closing

I seriously considered showing the steps needed to get from the new editor to the old editor. I took the screenshots and everything. But, it’s such a long and convoluted path that it would probably take me 1/2 – 1 full hour to edit and annotate all of them. That would serve no real useful purpose other than to illustrate something that doesn’t really need illustrating.

However let me just point out here that in my screenshot at the top of this post (of the old editor) I also show the convenient link that one can click on to bring themselves immediately to the new editor. :-/

I know that the WordPress.com’s ‘higher powers’ really want us to use the newer editor…but with the seriousness of the problems I discuss here…I hope you can see why that will never happen for me.

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One of the Best Free Photo Editing Apps for ios is Adobe Photoshop Express | Overiview of the New 2017 Version

Introduction

In May 2017 Adobe completely overhauled their popular free photo editing app. Because it is free and because Adobe offers more photo editing apps than any other developer, the number of features and tools they provide has almost become too much for me to handle. Just the number of amazing photo filters in this one app alone is mind boggling and they just added 25 more!

So I decided to write some notes for myself to keep examples of the various filters, and then I remembered that when I did that with LumaFusion, which is an incredible new video editing app for ios at my sister website…vsatrends…that I’d accidently published it without realizing it too…that several people had already liked it before I realized my mistake. So in that instance I decided that rather than unpublishing it I would just clean it up some clean it up some and let it remain published. Ironically, that post gets more views each day than all my others at vsatrends combined! Probably because the app is so incredible…not my post. But also because the reason I was keeping notes on learning to use it in the first place was because there aren’t any great learning tools for it…so I was compiling my own :-) And it turns out that other people are searching for the same thing.

Below is a screenshot of my LumaFusion post.

Another irony is that I already did accidentally publish this post too! With just a title!!

That’s the 2nd time in 2 weeks…so now I have to get some of my notes & screenshots added more quickly or people will think I’m crazy. I also realized why I keep accidentally publishing things…it’s because something was changed in the WP beta app that I use to write most of my posts. In the right hand corner where it used to say SAVE it now says PUBLISH. I rotely hit that many times while writing while and now sometimes I do it before I catch myself. So, sorry once again for the accidental post.

Filter Categories in Adobe Photoshop Express (aka PS Express)

There are 6 categories of special effect filters PS Express…this has increased from 2. I’d planned to keep an example of each one using a sample photo of mine.

Originally I”d intended upon using the same photo with the default settings for each filter…so an ‘Apple to Apples’ comparison would be possible. I still may do that but I may change up the sample images. Because I noticed when creating the first batch that my sample is dark therefore some the subtleties or nuances of the filters aren’t as obvious as they could be. So, after posting this first gallery, if anyone has any suggestions please let me know in the comments section at the very end.

The 6 Filter Categories Include:

  • Basic – 23 filters
  • Black & White filters
  • Portrait filters
  • Nature filters
  • Splash filters
  • Duo Tone filters

One of the really great things about PS is that you can vary both the intensity of the filter as well as edit all of their various image properties, like saturation, contrast, sharpness etc separately either before or after you use a filter. In fact the number of image properties that you can edit using PS is impressive.

What’s Even More Impressive is the Quality of PS’es Editing Tools

Some of the basic filters

Some of the basic filters

You can manipulate things like contrast, exposure and white balance with many diffferent photo editing apps in ios…some for free…and some for a price. So if you have some great editing apps already then you may think that another is worth your while to explore…but you might be wrong.

The reason is because PS offers some of the best tools I’ve ever encountered. Specifically my 2 favorite categories include:

Effects which includes:

  • Clarity
  • Defog

Details which includes:

  • Sharpness
  • Reduce Luminance Noise
  • Reduce Color Noise

Adobe’s Sharpness tool is unlike no other. It sharpens much better with creating a lot of artifacts. And the artifacts it does create are usually easily removed using Reduce Luminance Noise. When I get some time I’ll upload a couple examples of these.

Examples of All Basic Filters

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More to Come

I still have a lot more filter examples to upload…but since I accidentally published this I don’t have those ready quite yet! I’ll be adding them soon.

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Fonts | Unusual | ios beta app

This is a test post I didn’t mean to publish. I ran across an unusual occurrence with the ios beta app and was trying to duplicate the occurrence before reporting it.

Rather than delete this or unpublish it, which I know from experience leads to lots of confusion with the Reader feed…I decided to leave it as is for now…but that may change with feedback. I’m also leaving it published rig)5 now because as I’m changing font types down below…the app keeps crashing…so want it for referencing with the beta team.

Note to Beta Team

I’m using the new iPad 10.5 Pro and every line or 2 the virtual keyboard suddenly changes to the numeric view. I can’t figure out why…but it makes for some rather slow typing. I don’t think that I’m hitting the bottom left-most key which would enact that change.

In addition, you may receive a lot of auto generated crash repor5s from me. Those occurred when I tried to copy some text. It seems impossible t9 copy some text withou5 causing the app to crash. (I left the errors caused by the keyboard switching to numeric while,typing that last sentence for you to see.) Now, it just crashed again as I was typing this part…what seemed to cause the crash was my selection for the 2 typing errors in order to ‘bold’ them.

Update to Beta Team

Good News for You! The constant switching to numbers isn’t related to the WordPress app…my iOad is doing that in other apps too! It must be memory related or something else. It’s somewhat reminiscent of a problem I sometimes have had with my iPad Pro 9.7″ and the mini Retina where, when the memory is taxed and I cannot type the letter ‘i’.

Beta Notes

Some stats for you regarding the crashing…which occurred on 2 different posts…so I doubt it’s related to copy/pasting the dictionary font:

iPad Pro 10.5

Battery at 32%

Background apps running include: Mail, Twitter, Merriam Webster Dictionary, Notes, Photos and Safari.

Upon copying a word from the Merriam Webster Dictionary ios app, I was startled to find that it pasted the exact font type and size the app used. I was curious to see what occurred upon publishing but meant to do that privately. But then accidentally hit ‘Publish’ instead of Save’ when closing it.

Here’s the word in question:

perusing the copy/pasted 1 result which changed after publishing

perusing the 2nd test pre-publication

In both instances this was converted to the default paragraph font upon app crashing or publishing.

bona fides 3rd for comparison since app crashes caused 1& 2 to convert.

Did you know?

Bona fides looks like a plural word in English, but in Latin, it’s a singular noun that literally means “good faith.” When bona fides entered English, it at first stayed very close to its Latin use—it was found mostly in legal contexts and it meant “honesty or lawfulness of purpose,” just as it did in Latin. It also retained its singular construction. Using this original sense one might speak of “a claimant whose bona fides is unquestionable.” But in the 20th century, use of bona fides began to widen, and it began to appear with a plural verb in certain contexts. For example, a sentence such as “the informant’s bona fides were ascertained” is now possible.

WordPress in Merriam’s bonafides font

WordPress in H1

Comparing it to My Theme’s Fonts

  • Default This is a new label found in the beta app…it refers to the main paragraph font I think.
  • H1 Used for the main post title by WordPress…I rarely use this heading due to size.
  • H2 This is the main heading type I use in my posts for sections and titles
  • H3 This is my 2nd most frequently used size…I use it for subheadings.
  • H4 I don’t really use this much as it’s very similar to the standard body font my theme uses.
  • H5 I use this when I want a small font…usually for photo captions
  • H6 I use this when I want a tiny font to add something like a footnote.

Comments

Please feel free to leave me any comments below. I still can’t figure out a good way to get comments to auto-publish upon approval because it seems that any comments left here end up not as comments but as feedback in my Dashboard…but Imdont know why. Feedback is unpublishable apparently unless done via a widget, which I tried but doesn’t display well.

Any comments on recommended practices for when one accidentally publishes something would be greatly appreciated…as I think this has occurred too many times…at least 3 in my total of about 120 published and 70 unpublished posts.

I’d especially appreciate information about how to handle this situation in the way it impacts those following my blog. I have more ‘Reader’ followers than email ones…which makes sense since that’s how I prefer following others myself. But the Reader does present a challenge when something publishes accidentally. Because if I unpublish it or delete it…I receive Reader feedback about why there’s no post.

Thanks for your patience :-)

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P.S. I’d also be interested in knowing how other people using WordPress.com get comments to publish at the end of blog posts…I’ve tried everything and I’m out of ideas.

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Scroll to the Bottom of a Webpage in Chrome ios & Work With Chrome Bookmarks

The Best Way to Scroll to the Bottom of a Webpage on ios is Through the Use of a Bookmarklet

This Method Pertains to Both Chrome & Safari (my guided steps use Chrome to illustrate since many people don’t know how to work with bookmarks in Chrome for ios…by doing so in this guide, this ends up becoming a simple guide for using Chrome ios bookmarks too.)

Bookmarklets are Somewhat ‘Old School’ But They Work Well for Simple Tweaks Like This

If you’re not familiar with what bookmarklets are, they are simply bookmarks that perform an action instead of taking you to a webpage.  They were more popular before ios 8 when Apple introduced the Share Extension…which simply refers to using the Share icon (the rectangular box with an upward pointing arrow) more extensively with more app-enabled functions.

ios Share/Bookmark Icon

ios Share/Bookmark Icon

Most people are familiar with how to create and use a bookmark in Safari. But fewer know how to work with bookmarks in Chrome. Once you understand how to navigate the bookmark system in Chrome, creating and using a bookmarklet is as easy to do as it is in Safari. This step-by-step guide will result in your understanding how to navigate bookmarks in Chrome for ios as well as help you to create your first bookmark and bookmarklet in Chrome.

Why Create a Bookmarklet to Scroll to the Bottom of a Webpage?

Apple’s mobile ios  operating system doesn’t allow you to use plugins with the Chrome browser. While you can use the Share extension in both Chrome and Safari, you need to use it with apps that offer the tool or utilities you’re looking for. I’ve searched several times through the years and I’ve never found one for the simple function of scrolling to the bottom of a webpage.

Yet, oftentimes I need to do just that. Webpages may be very long for numerous reasons. Sometimes this occurs when very long comments sections are present or when multiple blog posts follow one after another on the same webpage.

When you encounter a very long webpage, getting to the bottom of it can become a tedious task. Yet, many websites bury important menus and information at the bottom of webpages. That’s when this bookmarklet becomes quite handy.

Creating a Bookmark in Chrome | Transforming it Into a Bookmarklet

The steps for creating a bookmarklet are very simple. You first create a bookmark and then edit both the name and the URL that’s captured as the destination webpage within it. Essentially you end up editing all the information that the bookmark contains.

Bookmark Name

Web browsers automatically assign a bookmark name when it’s created but you can always edit the name to make it something you’ll easily remember.

URL

When you transform a bookmark into a bookmarklet the transformation really occurs when you change this field’s information. Instead of including an URL to a webpage destination, you’ll add some code in JavaScript here instead. This code is a tiny little program that performs a function for you. To create more bookmarklets once you’ve mastered the steps in this guide, just Google something like ‘bookmarklets for ios’ to find websites that specialize in directories of bookmarklets.

Please be advised however, that because bookmarklets are somewhat ‘old school’ you’ll most definitely encounter some code that no longer works the way it was intended. That’s not a problem however, because you won’t do any harm trying out inoperable code here. Generally, that’s the best way to quickly ascertain the functionality of a bookmarklet.

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First here are the written steps for creating a bookmark and bookmarklet in Chrome. Next I’ve included a series of screenshots to illustrate the steps.

Steps to Create a Bookmark & Bookmarklet in Chrome ios

  1. Bookmark any webpage – this can be any page you want because you’ll end op editing the entire bookmark to make it function as a bookmarklet
  2. In the name field enter something simple you’ll remember easily – I’ll use ‘gtb go to bottom of page.
  3. In the URL field enter the 1 line of code in the blue box found in this PDF document.
  4. Tap on ‘Done’

Link to the PDF document with the 1 line of JavaScript code you’ll need to copy and paste into the URL field of the bookmark you’re editing.

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The 1st 8 Screenshots Below Show You Step-By-Step

How to Create a bookmark in Chrome ios

After the bookmark is created, you’ll immediately edit it to turn it into a bookmarklet. My screenshots are extremely detailed…so don’t let the fact that there are 8 of them deter you…this is really a very simple procedure once you know where to tap to get the right menus to show up!

The Next 4 Steps Show How Edit a Bookmark to Turn it into a Bookmarklet

Test the Bookmarklet

It’s a really good idea to test out your bookmarklet prior to using it for the first time. While it would be ideal to test it out on a really long webpage, that’s not necessary…any webpage will do for this test.

First, make sure that Chrome is open to a specific webpage. It can be most anything. You can even use this feature on a webpage that just displays search results for Google as I’m doing in my example below. But you can’t use it on the actual Google Search page itself.

Steps to Test Your Bookmarklet

  1. Once a webpage is displayed on Chrome, begin the test.
  2. Tap on the address bar to get the URL that’s displayed in it highlighted in blue.
  3. Tap the X on the right hand side bar of the address bar to delete the current URL.
  4. Begin entering the first few characters of the Bookmarklet name you created.
  5. Look down in the list that Chrome displays for you Bookmarklet and tap on it.
  6. Instantaneously you’ll be taken to the bottom of the webpage.

 Conclusion

That’s all there is too it. Once you’ve saved your bookmarklet if you’ve signed into your Google account and enabled syncing in Chrome’s settings…this bookmarklet will be available on all your ios devices. Below is a screenshot showing how to enable syncing is Chrome’s settings.

Chrome ios sync settings

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