Dear WordPress family and friends, some tips for you and a small favour I ask

Dear WordPress family and friends, some tips for you and a small favour I ask

17 January 2016

You must have noticed that WP has put in a lot of changes that can get some of you frustrated asking for the old panel back to work on your posts. Some kind bloggers have explained that this is available from the dashboard (WP Admin of your wordpress window) before I was able to respond and thanks to them a lot of people have reintegrated the old editing mode they were comfortable with.

Pictures on how to integrate the old mode of posting for those who were more comfortable with the old options feature below. If you start a new blog post from anywhere else, you will end up only with the new functionality. Last but not least if you want selective sharing without having to de-link your various social media presences from your blog, you can first save the post as a draft in your old dashboard format and then reopen it in the new functionality which allows you to tick off some social media for that post only and without de-linking unlike the old posting mode.

As part of the sweeping changes, you might have noticed like me that many notifications on comments people have made on your posts are not reaching you. This can be remedied by visiting the same dashboard and choosing the option comments which then shows you all the existing comments and allows you to answer those that you have visibly missed out.

When publishing, you have the option of publishing as standard publishing or you can publish as a link which then forces the person reading you to go to your website to read the whole article rather than in the reader.

Usually this link method is used by those who are concerned with statistics and performance of their blog but probably many of you may be using the link version without knowing this difference and without even the intention of increasing their stats. I personally use the standard method to create the least hassle possible for those reading.

I have just one small favour to ask from those of you who read my posts and whom I follow back and read and that is that you publish as standard instead of as a link if you don’t mind and are not too concerned about your stats. I love reading all of you and have even resorted to a daily or weekly email digest of your reading because of my reducing time to read but when you choose the option to publish as a link, I cannot read you from my email but have to open all the websites one by one and I am really following many people, too many to open all their websites without hassle.

For those interested, note that from the reader, you can choose the option manage for the blogs you follow and subscribe either to instant, daily or weekly emails for the main post of the blog or for the related comments (picture below as well).

I understand that it might be a big sacrifice for those who are keen on statistics but have to say that I will unfortunately not be able to read you for a long time if you publish as a link and will be sad to miss out on your updates. Aside from the email version, the WP reader also allows one to read with minimum pain in switching between full post and reduced post when you publish as a standard format. When you publish as a link, this is no longer possible.

Most of you publish the standard way thankfully and I am ever so grateful to be able to read you with simple browsing and enjoy your posts. Keep blogging and keep shining with my best wishes for a wonderful 2016 on blogosphere.

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Especially for my friend Shiva Malekopmath:

Adding a new post in the new posting facility (best to start from an actual page of your blog)


This is the little icon that you pres on to add your reading of your poem


You choose the option Add new and then choose the directory where you have saved your reading in your local disk then upload that



My readings are in the format m4a which is apparently the automatic format under which iphone saves all recorded memos.

I hope this works for you Shiva 🙂

57 thoughts on “Dear WordPress family and friends, some tips for you and a small favour I ask

  1. Thank you Geetha for very useful pointers. I use Standard too but because some posts are long, say more than 500 words, I use the “continue reading” option. Does that affect anyone wanting to read from reader? I also like to go through ‘followed’ posts in Reader. Thanks and best wishes

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    • Welcome Kamal. Yes, unfortunately it does because a person would not be able to read your posts directly from the reader. I have had people tell me that they unfollowed blogs that did not allow you to read everything from the reader and even I who have some people whom I really want to follow and who use that option am thinking of leaving their blogs to be read when I have time and with the reducing time chances are I simply will not read them before at least 2-3 weeks go by, which is a pity. Best wishes to you to

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  2. Really appreciate your point … you are far more tolerant than me! I have unsubscribed from someone who sends the summary only and thinking to do so from another. Visiting the site each time is too much.

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      • Wow that is a lot! I am far more selective as I simply don’t have that much time. I tend to follow those with less followers, who write well, entertain or share their challenges. And totally enjoy visiting those who come to my site.

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        • I actually found a lot who fit that description although perhaps they have quite a few followers. I actually am tempted everyday to add a few new ones because I participate in a challenge with Ronovan and each time the stories or haikus he publishes from some writers are so good I end up following their blogs. I guess I will have to trim it down soon though as I won’t have enough time left.

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  3. Geetha, darling. Not a problem at all. I am not concerned about stats and performance as I am already an athlete and prefer to pay attention to my heart’s performance during a workout. The next thing is that I am too busy to open every blog that does the visit page option as I mainly use reader and reading lists to organise the blogs I read. I have always wanted someone to be nice to me and make it easy for me to read their blogs. I am happy that at least one person has thought about it. x SB

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    • Great, we think alike except I still have connected to many who publish as a link and want to continue reading their posts; I just do it later that is all. May your heart always perform well dear 🙂

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    • Actually Monica you post as a link to your blog and not as standard but perhaps you did not realise that at all before 😀 Your posts mention a small part of the introduction and then it asks to visit your blog for the rest which is the typical way when it is posted as a link and not as standard. I love your posts anyway but will just take more time to be able to read them if I don’t have a few minutes during the day to browse through your website.

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  4. I haven;t really had any issues but then again, I only use my laptop so I would not be privy to issues you may be experiencing via mobile or email. I read everything from the Reader if I can which makes life simpler, except, when I have been away for more than a day, then it’s tough to scroll through all the posts.

    As far as I know, I publish in standard format. 🙂

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    • That is one good advantage yes. There is also the fact that you can tag while searching your document for content which you could not do in the older version as both moved together. Finally I also like that you can choose to put one specific post on twitter and other social media without having to disconnect the link like you had to do in the previous format.

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  5. Not sure if I’m using Standard or not. I can’t find the screens to change the format. My eyesight is so poor that it takes me forever to figure out anything on WordPress so I just go with the flow. I must keep my screen items enlarged so I probably miss things others see clearly.

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