Where is my editor?

Some of you may have found out by now that the standard editor in WordPress 5 has now been permanently removed and replaced with the Gutenberg editor. Now you are stuck and not sure what to do because nothing is familiar. 

For Divi users it is a bit worse because they have changed their interface as well to coincide with the release of WordPress version 5 and if you are not careful you may end up deleting your page altogether if you try to revert back to a standard editor. 

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Divi Colour Palette

When you are editing a website, particularly when carrying out formatting it is useful to have a colour palette handy so you can apply the colours used in your website. 

If you have a Divi based website it is possible to set these up so that they are available whenever you want to do some editing. 

Home-Start Colours

In or around 2007 Home-Start had a very comprehensive guide for styles for websites and printed materials. It has changed over the years, but some of the colours are still commonly in use. 

I will create the palette below with the hexadecimal RGB values and also show you how to add them to the website palette built into Divi. 

Please note the guidance at the bottom of the image. The ultimate source for guidance on Home-Start branding is from Home-Start UK. Not from me. They will frequently change their guidance for branding. If in any doubt contact your sources at Home-Start UK.

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Two bugs to watch out for

All of the websites either automatically upgrade themselves, or I initiate an upgrade on most of the Divi based sites once per week through an automatic process. 

From time to time a plugin developer will do something that creates an incompatibility on your site, or impair the performance. 

GDPR Plugin by MOOVE Agency.

Some of you have a GDPR plugin in use from MOOVE Agency. It started off as a very simple and elegant pop up which advised you of the Privacy Statement included in websites following the GDPR regulation coming into force in May. 

It worked very well for several months, and for some reason they started to change things in the plugin, and introduce some bugs. There is one at the moment that is slowing websites down. It depends on the state of the plugin on your website. 

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Gutenberg

I am still using the new editor which is going to become standard in WordPress shortly. I turned it on in this site several months ago, and while I still use the same editor you are using everywhere else, I am finding that by persisting with the new editor on this site it is starting to grow on me. 

It is like most things that are new and different, you just have to keep trying. With only a few exceptions I can do everything I was doing in the old editor. So just in case your website changes at some point when it is rolled out to everyone; don’t panic.  You should be able to turn on the old editor, or simply give the new one a try. 

If you are stuck let me know and I will get the old editor working. I will try to put a Gutenberg video tutorial together in the next month or two to provide some tips on using it. 

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Password Protected Pages in Divi

On many Home-Start sites, and some of the regional charity websites I have included one or more password based pages. You can add these yourself, it is controlled in the editing view of the page or post on the right handside where it refers to Visibility. You have the following available:

  • Public
  • Public (and stick to the front page)
  • Password Protected 
  • Private

Items are normally set up as Public. If you use Public and stick to the front page, check what it does first. It may not work as you expect it to work because it relates to the template. 

Password protected pages in Divi

There is an annoying problem with password protected pages in Divi, if you try to enter one the first time you will see small writing on the left and a button on the right. On a wide screen these look totally disconnected, and not obvious. If you have a non Divi based website, you are unaffected. 

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Get a bear

I am adding a link behind this image at the bottom of new sites. Admin’s can click on it to go to a special admin page.

This is especially for Divi based websites. I have revised my training for new websites, and am now running the training for Divi based sites within the template environment. My tutorial is based on an ordinary post or page layout. 

If you think it will be helpful, I can add a special private page and post to your website. These can only be seen by an administrator who is logged into the site, the general visitor cannot see them. 

The Admin page has a general description on the relevance of Sections, Rows and Columns; these are elements within the Divi Template. It also talks about the differences between pages and posts.  There is a section with links back to my training videos and other education resources. 

I also include a Template Post which has guidance built into it to help you to remember what to do. It is explained at a very detailed level, and I would anticipate it would help to ensure you cover every step.  I also include a guide built into the website as well. The guide includes screenshots. You can see a copy here. 

Access to this area is through a small bear in the footer of your website. Or for those of you with more adult rather than family content I can use a different icon. The point being you click on it when you are logged in and it takes you to the Admin page with all of the tips on. 

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Where to go for free images

Free image from Unsplash.com by rawpixel

For those of you with Divi based templates on your sites, images have become more important as they can spice up your websites. I subscribed to Adobe Stock images at around £20 per month for a year, which I am now regretting as I have 120 credits and nowhere I can use them. While the images are excellent, there are other sources, many of them free, and for those of you in the NFP/ Charity sector, as we know paying for an image is a luxury you can ill afford. 

So here are two places I have been using. You probably have to sign up to both, but there is no money involved unless you wish to buy the contributor  a coffee or make a donation. However the images are licensed for free use.

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More on Gutenberg…

I have been using the new editor in WordPress on my website. It is a bit of a learning journey, but I am getting the hang of it. Like most things it needs a little effort on the part of the editor to learn how to use it. 

However, I do this every day and you do not. My guidance for now, is stick with the standard editor that is currently in WordPress and leave it a few months before considering upgrading your installation. I am concerned for those of you that dip into your websites once a month or less, the learning curve is going to be too steep, and as a result websites might no longer be updated which would be a disaster. 

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What does this mean?

Sometimes you can see a small symbol where an image should be located, why is it broken, what does it mean, and how can I fix it?

Missing image symbol is at the bottom of this screen shot

What this symbol means is that there was an image referenced here and it is now no longer available. It displays this small icon to indicate it is missing. 

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GDPR

Following my offer to review and upgrade sites to provide improved security for GDPR (see this item) and the inclusion of a Privacy Statement or Policy from the organisation I have modified 17 sites out of 130 sites.

Many organisations do not appear to have done anything, and one could argue after the GDPR deadline, not much has happened. If you have not taken any action, I would encourage you to do so. Most of GDPR applies to what you do behind the scenes in your internal operations. I cannot help you there. But there are parts that can affect your website which I can help you with.

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