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  • WordPress Offers “Sticky” Option

    A new feature at WordPress for users with FSE (Full Site Editing) themes now provides for an assignment of blocks as having a “sticky” (fixed) position. I learned about this while reading an article at WP Tavern and have since applied it to my primary navigation, which now remains in place at the top of my web site.

    To do so, I defined the Navigation block as a Group block and set its position to “Sticky”. In the templates, I also made it a top-level element. Because I use a Cover block in my header, it was also necessary to add the following CSS (Appearance > Additional CSS) to keep the menu and header image plum…

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    margin-block-start: 0 !important;

  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After reading “My Inspired Blog Back Story“, written by the very talented and lovely Arizonian poetess, Michele Lee Sefton – wherein she elaborates upon her decision to pursue writing, discusses challenges, hard work and successes – I was inspired to write this poem…

    From an absence of light came a spark in the dark
       In a call from her dreams to connect with her heart
    Inspiration brought joy with both truth and reward
       When she answered to make a creative fresh start

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

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    Soul Searching by Average White Band (1976) – see lyrics here.

    NOTE: this poem uses the Preformatted Block, which allows for indentation of text exactly as pasted. However, in so doing, a monospace font is used.


    Today, I received this notice from WordPress…

  • New Theme

    Yesterday, I changed my WordPress theme to the Full Site Editing theme called Quadrat, in part as a bug was recently discovered in the Twenty Twenty-Two default theme; it was missing the option to assign Featured Images within Portfolio Projects.

    Also, following backlash pursuant to altering plan options, WordPress has reverted back to their original offerings. It’s been noted that purchases made in the interim are intact and may be renewed as such.

    As for storage capacities associated with different plans – e.g., 13 GB with the Premium Plan – I was advised via recent Support discussion that added storage will likely be made available (at an undisclosed time) as an a la carte item for purchase.

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  • Reblog & Link but Don’t Copy


    Reblogging is a common function built into WordPress, used to both share content as well as to increase traffic by displaying interesting posts for ones viewing audience.

    Some WordPress site owners choose to discourage other users from sharing their posts, however, by visiting Tools > Marketing > and unchecking the “Show reblog button” option. While this broadly prevents reblogging, at present it is still possible for others to reblog content through The Reader, clicking the “Share” button and selecting their site.

    With the growing prevalence of block patterns in use, though, reblogging can at times produce an unpredictable display, as some themes don’t yet adequately accommodate these new features.


    Rather than reblogging, a user may instead choose to link to someones content. And, it’s easy to do so properly without copying the work (i.e., art, design or photography) of others.


    Suppose that you wanted to link to my post on April 22, 2021 entitled, “A Lesson About Friendship“. You’ll need to include the following information –

    • the post link
    • the image address

    The post link is displayed in the URL address bar:

    To find the image address, use your mouse to right click on the posted image (here, my photograph of a horse) and select “Copy Image Address”:

    Now, create a new post. Use the same or modified title (e.g., “A Lesson About Friendship” or “A Lesson About Friendship – Perkins Designs”) and add an image by typing “/image” (if using the Block Editor), or choosing the add image icon (if using the Classic Editor). Next, choose “Insert from URL”, and paste the image address. Doing so, you’ll see the horse photograph appear within your post only (not in your media library).

    Lastly, add attribution by connecting the post link with the source text, such as: “Source – Perkins Designs“.

    Hopefully, this practical information may prove to be useful. Thanks!

  • WordPress Block Patterns

    I’m not a WordPress expert, but I’m happy to share information about features which I enjoy using on my site. This particular post relates to use of block patterns.

    In order to use block patterns, you must be using the block editor to compose content. Haven’t tried it, yet? Well, here’s information on converting from the classic to the block editor.

    Footnote: As a result of this fundamental change, theme updates regarding compatibility have ensued, and several themes have been discontinued. These themes remain in use, however, until such time as owners change the theme used on their respective sites; after which, the previously used (discontinued) theme will no longer be available.

    Here is a list of themes which “fully support use of the new block editor to create and edit content”.

    I use the free Twenty Twenty-One (default) theme on my site.

    Block Patterns are a collection of predefined blocks that you can insert into posts and pages and then customize with your own content.

    Source: Support

    Here’s a video demonstrating how you can add block patterns into a post or page on your web site:


    One of my favorite block patterns serving to complement use of a vertical perspective photograph, can be found at Patterns > Images > Images And Text. You can see an example post, and I’ve also included a screenshot below:

    After replacing the provided image with my own photograph, I select the desired image size to use from the right sidebar. Then, add text.

    If you should decide to delete the block pattern you’ve selected, simply click in the editor on the top edge of the block pattern, then on the three (vertical) dots & choose “Remove block”.

    Here’s another one of my favorite block patterns to use. It’s can be found at Patterns > Images > Two Images And Quote. Screenshot:

    You can adjust the spacing of your image in Column 1 by changing the Offset numbers (from 0 to 1 shifts the image right, towards center). To do so, first select “Block” at top of the right sidebar. Next, you’ll need to click within the block itself, in between the two columns. Having done so, you’ll see the aforementioned spacing options become available in the right sidebar. Adjust as desired.

    Here are linked examples of other block patterns I commonly use:

    • Example: Patterns > List > Numbered List
    • Example: Patterns > Quote > Image And Quote


    Though many themes in the past have provided WordPress users with varied aesthetic and functional capacities, the new block editor with block patterns has changed the extensibility of what is possible.

    Now, users have the opportunity to create content in a myriad of manners, using block patterns individually, or in combination with other blocks (i.e., Media, YouTube, Lists, Quotes, etc.).

    There are presently dozens of block patterns available, with many more in the pipeline. This is the likely future of WordPress, one in which users will have much greater control over their content.

    I hope you’ve found this post informative & useful. Thanks for reading!

  • WordPress Reader Lists

    In case you didn’t already know, it’s possible for WordPress site users to create a Reader List. This is a convenient means with which to see new content from a friend or site(s) of interest, without having to search – simply click their list link in the sidebar to see what’s new!

    Step By Step Directions

    1. click on “Lists” (in sidebar).
    2. click on “Create a new list”.
    3. enter a name (i.e., Phil Perkins).
    4. select visibility option (private).
    5. click Save.
    6. at the top, click “Site”.
    7. paste the URL (i.e.,
    8. click the “Add” option, underneath.

    You now have a Reader list link. Repeat as desired to add more.

  • Shoutout To Friends

    Shoutout To Friends

    I have many friends here on WordPress and would like to mention a few. Please visit their sites, like their posts and leave comments, too.


    Tiffany Arp-Daleo

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    From San Diego, California, Tiffany is a very good painter & mixed media artist, utilizing a style she describes as Bohemian Abstract…


    Carla Milho

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    From Lisbon, Portugal, Carla is a very talented creative writer sharing imagination, positivity, courage & her inspirational life experiences…


    Mamen An

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    From Spain, Mamen An describes herself as a free thinker with the soul of a poet, with splendid lyrics about dreams, relationships & love…


    Anna Liwun

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    From Germany, Anna is Indonesian and trilingual, sharing her experiences on travel, food, faith, communication & also writing fiction…

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from

  • 14 Years On WordPress

    14 Years On WordPress

    Today marks the 14th anniversary since I began using WordPress. Prior to that, I was using the Joomla content management system.

  • Shoutout To Friends

    Shoutout To Friends

    I’ve enjoyed many friendships over the years here on WordPress and thought it would be nice to mention a few I’ve known for quite a while:



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    From Düsseldorf, Germany, Balle is a true culinary artist, sharing delicious recipes combined with mouth-watering food photography…


    Marina Kanavaki

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    From Athens, Greece, Marina is an artist, with a splendid diversity of talents, and musician, performing with Oannes in the band MK-O…


    Josephine Unglaub

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    From Munich, Germany, Josephine is a contemporary digital artist and photographer, creating artworks within a surrealist framework…


    I Lost My Lens Cap

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    From Texas, USA, Leyla specializes in photography to create beautiful pictures – primarily of flowers – focusing on macro captures…

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  • And Yet More Likes

    Well, it happened again…for a fourth consecutive day, I’ve now set a new likes record. Statistics show yesterday’s final count as being


    Thank you my friends for visiting!!!

  • WordPress Likes

    One day after setting a record for most likes, yesterday had exactly one more than the day before. So, now my new web site record is…


    Thank you my friends for visiting!!!

  • WordPress Contributor

    WordPress Contributor

    If you’ve had a request by someone who would like to share content through your web site – per some acceptable renumeration, or other agreement – you might consider inviting them to do so by issuing them the user status of Contributor.

    Once granted, the Contributor has no publishing or uploading capability, but they can write and edit their own posts until they are published – published by the site Administrator. Learn more here: Invite People To Your Site.

  • WordPress Trivia

    As a user of WordPress, it may at times be advantageous to invite people to contribute to your web site. And, it’s also easy – visit this link to invite people to your site. Make sure to include the correct email address which that user has registered on WordPress.

    Also, you may not know that there are over 40,000 beautiful and useful copyright-free images which you can use on your site. These are provided courtesy of Pexels and can easily be added to your content – visit this link with information on how to use the free photo library.

    Themes. There are many themes available for WordPress users, dependent on which membership plan you have – visit this link to see WordPress themes.