Who is ready to see the new site?

TA, Christine and I think we’ve got the foundation of the site as done as we three can make it.  You all ready to come on board and help up with last minute stuff?

PM me here, please (go up to the WP bar, and hover over where it says “Howdy <your name>”, go to messages – Compose, and my address is: @threecatsdesign_8y1lbt.  Let me know if you’re happy for me to add you with the address I used here, or if you’d prefer to use a @secretreadingroom.com email I can setup for you. It will forward to your ‘real’ email address and offers a layer of privacy.  CAVEAT: if you use this address, you won’t be able to connect the secretreadingroom to your wordpress.com gravatar, though you’ll be able to manually upload it to the new site to use.

We hope you’ll join us on the ‘official’ site soon!

An odd thing happened to me on the way to The Secret Reading Room…

Today I wanted to copy a Post into a Project and delete the original Post. Easy-peasey.

Except, when I went into the site directly and clicked on New I was taken to the is


And repeatedly got this:

Everything was very slow and I gave up.

It reminded me of being on BL on a bad day

I came back to my own WP site, clicked on Switch Site. Went to The Secret Reading Room and everything is fine, except I don’t get access to the same control panel

Anyway, I’m going to try and do everything from here but I thought I’d check to see if anyone else is having the same problem.

New theme/layout preview.

We have a new theme/layout that we are running on the main site that we want to introduce to you here. It enables us to do a lot of things that we can’t do using this old theme.

It will look similar to this, but not identical.

Themis/MBD can give you a better idea of the tweaks that we are running over there. They both rock at CSS and other tech stuff. I’m not so great at that, so I’ve just been along for the ride. But we really like the functionality of this theme!

Let us know thoughts below.

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Restructuring the Block Editor Guide

Following TA’s feedback, I’m going to make the following changes to the Block Editor Guide. I should have the new version available for review by end of Friday.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you want any changes to this structure.

Changes to the structure

  • Use Project rather than Page
  • Split the material into shorter sections, each as its own Project
  • Link the Projects together so that it’s easy to navigate between them

Proposed Structure

Master Project that explains structure and makes links to three sub-projects

Gives an explanation of what Blocks do and an overview of the Blocks that are available.

Shows how to find, add, edit and move a Block

Gives details on the basics of how to use each of the eight blocks

HTML anchors will be used at the start of this sub-project and in the master project to allow users to navigate directly to the block that they want to use.

How to use the Block Editor to make your posts look the way you want them to

Added a question: How do I edit a block
Added Slash Command for adding blocks
Added details of the Block editor
Added sections on the key blocks: Image, Header, Quote, Audio
Corrected typos and shortened headingings and text

key block sections on the three Layout blocks: Image and Text, Spacer, Seperator
Last three questions (which are very short answers=
Add HTML anchors to the eight questions to take people to the answers

This post is designed to answer eight questions for new users of the WordPress Block Editor:

What are blocks and why should I use them?

What types of blocks are there?

How do I add a block?

How do I move a block ?

How do I edit a block?

Which blocks do I need most?

How do I check what my post looks like?

What do I do to publish a post?

Where do I go if I want to learn more?

Click on any question to go directly to that part of this post.

What are blocks and why should I use them?

The WordPress Block Editor is like a box of Lego, with different designs of bricks that you can use to build a post. 

The bricks are blocks. Some blocks offer you an easy way to way of adding and customising particular types of content to your post, such as pre-formatted text, images, and embedded links to audio and video content. Other blocks help you layout your post the way you want it to be.

Your finished post is built out of blocks, assembled in the shape you want them to be, without you having to use any shortcodes, custom HTML or code.