Taking the Block Editor Plunge

Blocks A, B, CIt is approaching a year since the WordPress Block Editor entered production with the release of WordPress 5 in December 2018. Up to now I stuck with the Classic Editor. Classic works fine for me. But WP support for Classic will not go on forever. At some point I will have to switch to Block, so I might as well start the transition now. This is my first post using the Block Editor. And … I’m immediately stuck. Where is my trusty Pixabay plugin? The only way I can find it is using a Classic block.

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Space Alien Technology and WordPress

Update (August 2, 2019):  In case it is not obvious – this post is a joke!  To the best of my knowledge – and I have a high level of confidence about this – no space aliens are being held captive at Area 51. Please do not storm area 51 based on this post.

WordPress is awesome but could it be even better by incorporating space alien technology? Of course it could.

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cPanel and the greedy, treacherous betrayal

cPanel is easily the king of the hill when it comes to web hosting control panels. It is, in a word, awesome. It gives me an intuitive interface to simplify the process of managing my site. cPanel had its origin in the late 1990s. With ongoing improvements it became the default hosting control panel of choice early in the millennium, and remains so today. But likely not tomorrow.

cPanel and the greedy, treacherous betrayal

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Text to Speech

I launched my first website way back at the dawn of the millennium. It features public domain literature. From the start, it cried out for text-to-speech capability, but I could find no practical solution. I could have recorded my reading of each page in an audio file, but that would have been way too time consuming and storage-intensive (at the time, disk space was dear).

text to voice

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This is My WordPress Point of View

  • A WordPress Point of View: Security
    WordPress Security

I am by no means an expert on WordPress or web development in general, but I have dabbled for quite a while and have stumbled onto some things that might be of interest.

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Robots dot text

Robots dot text (robots.txt) is a really interesting, conflicted, frequently disrespected – but useful – little file. Its intended purpose is to give me control of how bots visit my site. Depending on the bot though, my robots dot text directives might be obeyed, ignored, partially obeyed, and/or interpreted in different ways.
robots dot text

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Prank contact form emails

My first website, byGosh.comlaunched at the dawn of the millennium – features public domain literature. It includes all the classic stories for kids. I rewrote parts of many kid’s stories to remove the violence. Red Riding Hood is rescued by her grandmother who chases the wolf away with a broom, Jack returns the harp and lets the giant climb back up before cutting down the beanstalk, none of the three little pigs get eaten – even the wolf lives happily ever after, and so on.

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Cloudflare Canaries

Cloudflare is awesome – in many ways. Not the least of which is their support for Internet freedom. Twice a year, CF issues a Transparency Report, with the opening statement …

An essential part of earning and maintaining the trust of our customers is being transparent about the requests we receive from law enforcement and other governmental entities. To this end, Cloudflare publishes semi-annual updates to our Transparency Report on the requests we have received to disclose information about our customers.

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WordPress Lives!

Any question of the demise, or even decline, of WP due to the inexplicably clumsy imposition of the block editor has been resoundingly answered with a thunderous “nope”. WP continues to thrive. In fact, WP just passed a huge milestone – it now powers over one-third of the web!  From about 13% in January 2011, WP use has grown steadily to 33.4% to start 2019. Non-CMS share of the web has correspondingly plummeted, from over 75% in January 2011 to less than 50% today.

The trends appear intractable, so much so that I will make a foolishly reckless prediction – WP web share will surpass non-CMS before the end of calendar year 2019, U.S. Pacific time.

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Cloudflare Access

Back in January 2018, Cloudflare introduced a new service, Cloudflare Access. As is their generous habit for many of their features, CF even made it available on the free tier. CF describes Access as “a perimeter-less access control solution for cloud and on-premise applications”. Basically, Access lets me host internal applications on the Internet, where use is controlled, authorized, authenticated, and encrypted. For the end user, it works very similar to two-factor authentication. But it all happens on Cloudflare’s servers.

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