Tag: 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.

  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After reading “By Chance” (translated: por un acaso), posted by a dear friend and wonderful writer from Portugal, Carla Milho – wherein she shares reasons for changing her nickname, formerly Red Warrior – I was inspired to write this poem in response…

    In a land known as Lisbon
    Across the sea, set apart
    Hails a cute girl named Carla
    – a beautiful work of art

    Her skin, golden tan
    Her eyes, lovely green
    Her smile warms my heart
    …you know what I mean

    Like a school-kid with a crush
    Poems of love that never end
    Yet, I know she’s spoken for
    And extend my hand as friend

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • A Few Site Changes

    Portfolio

    Following my post entitled Revised Portfolio Design, I’ve once again modified my portfolio category pages, each now utilizing the Masonry Block. This provides a cleaner and more uniform display per category, but does require that each page be manually (not automatically) updated.

    Navigation

    Following contact with support staff at WordPress, I added custom CSS to set my primary menu in a fixed position (on desktop viewing), instead of scrolling – similar to a sticky post. Now, it’s always visible for quick access.

    Header

    Next, I changed the color of my site header, which contains the (now) sticky menu, using a #F6F4EF hexadecimal color to differentiate from the #FFFFFF (white) body. Also, to save space, I used CSS to reduce the header height.

    Miscellaneous

    Having modified the header, I then added spacer blocks to the top of various pages, and also through Full Site Editing into the Archive template. This was done to correct for titles appearing too close to the newly delineated header.

  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After seeing Draadklossen (Dutch language, meaning Bobbins), a creative composition by my dear friend, Inge David – she’s a wonderful photographer from Belgium who specializes in black and white, especially interesting automotive and macro captures – I was inspired to write this poem…

    Haiku

    Threading clear insight
    Through her photographic eye
    Stitching life in stills

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com

  • Change of Domain Name

    In addition to perkinsdesigns.com, I also own philperkins.photography. As I’m principally working with photographs at present, I thought that it might be a good time for an official domain name change. Thanks for visiting…

  • Revised Portfolio Design

    Today, I finally redesigned my portfolio. Using the Portfolio Projects function in WordPress, where each project is assigned a category, I created a new page – see my Full Portfolio page.

    With Full Site Editing, I used the Query Loop Block – once per category – assigning it in each instance to display four columns, with one linked Featured Image per column. For a minimal appearance, I also removed the post title & date information. Other blocks were then added – spacer blocks, separator blocks – to format the page.

    Next, I created several individual pages (one per portfolio project category), and returned each working link to my Full Portfolio page. As such, only four items per project category are displayed, with a link to see more.

    WordPress Support was very helpful answering questions, and shared this instructional video regarding use of the Query Loop Blockthank you!

  • 15 Years at WordPress.com

  • Reblog & Link but Don’t Copy

    Reblogging

    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.

    Linking

    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.

    Example

    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: https://perkinsdesigns.com/2021/04/22/a-lesson-about-friendship/

    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”: https://perkinsdesigns.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/21jan_two_horses_friendship.jpg

    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!

  • Shoutout to Friends

    Shoutout to Friends

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

    01


    Kym Gordon Moore

    ⭐ visit web site

    From Georgia, Kym is an accomplished poet, author, marketing communications specialist, influential speaker, mentor, patriot and active volunteer.

    02


    Cindy Georgakas

    ⭐ visit web site

    From California, Cindy operates Uniquely Fit as a health and wellness professional. She’s a massage therapist, yoga teacher, Reiki master and poet.

    03


    Holly Rene Hunter

    ⭐ visit web site

    From Florida, Holly is both a poet and writer whose creative emphasis focuses on romance, love and dreams. Her site is called House of Heart.

    04


    Travelling Hannah

    ⭐ visit web site

    From England, Hannah works in finance and documents her travels as inspiration. She’s visited 35 countries and led me to Chattanooga, TN.


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • Shoutout for a Friend

    Shoutout for a Friend

    Every so often, I like to take time and highlight a friend from WordPress. Today, I’d like to give a shoutout to an exceptional mixed media artist who explores human emotions using an extensive array of creative tools. I’ve known her for many years…

    Robin King

    She’s a very imaginative artist and specializes in creating original faces of every shape, style and expression. I encourage guests to visit Robin’s web site to learn more about her wonderful work!


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • 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:

    Examples

    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

    Conclusion

    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!

  • Shoutout For A Friend

    Shoutout For A Friend

    Every so often, I like to take time and highlight a friend from WordPress. Today, I’d like to give a shoutout to an exceptionally talented and lovely lady from Arizona, an energetic woman with wonderful wit, dreams, optimism, friendly demeanor and a kind heart.

    Michele Lee Sefton

    In acknowledgment of gratitude for the enjoyment I’ve received through her creative works, including a friendly exchange of comments, I wrote the following short poem:

    Short stories painting pictures
    Photography on a roll
    Expressing freedom through dance
    Her poetry stirs ones soul

    I encourage guests to visit Michele’s web site ~ My Inspired Life ~ and follow her creative endeavors, which will entertain, uplift and inspire.


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.