Expert Advice: Manage Your Site on the Go Using the WordPress Mobile Apps

For many people, the go-to tool for updating a website is a laptop or desktop computer. Did you know, though, that the computer you carry around in your pocket has as much power as the one on your desk? The WordPress mobile apps are packed with features that make it possible to manage your site no matter where you are.

Want to become a WordPress app pro? Register for our next webinar, “WordPress Mobile: Your site. Your inspiration. Anywhere.” We’ll be sharing bite-sized tips that will transform the way you manage your site and connect with your audience. 

Some of the topics we’ll cover include:

  • How to create a site from your phone.
  • Using stats on the mobile app for a deep dive into your site’s performance. 
  • Leveraging the activity log to keep an eye on what’s going on around your site.
  • The recently introduced WordPress editor and the ways it has revolutionized mobile content creation. 
  • Starter page templates and how they can jump-start your page designs.
  • How to use the WordPress.com Reader to find new content and expand your site’s audience. 
  • Making the most of real-time notifications and alerts.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. PDT | 11:00 a.m. MDT | 12:00 p.m. CDT | 1:00 p.m. EDT | 17:00 UTC
Cost: Free
Registration link

Eli Budelli and I will be your hosts — we work on the WordPress mobile apps, so you’ll be learning and sharing with the people who are crafting your mobile experiences. No previous knowledge using our mobile apps is necessary, but we recommend a basic familiarity with WordPress.com and installing the WordPress app to ensure you can make the most from the webinar. The session will cover both iOS and Android, last about 40 minutes, and conclude with a Q&A session (15-20 minutes), so start writing down any questions you may have, and bring them with you to the webinar.

Attendee slots are limited, so be sure to register early to save your seat! But if you can’t make it, we’ve got your back. A recording of the webinar will be uploaded to our YouTube channel a few days after the event.

See you then!

Enjoy a Smoother Experience with the Updated Block Editor

Little details make a big difference. The latest block editor improvements incorporate some common feedback you’ve shared with us and make the editing experience even more intuitive than before.

We’ve also updated the categories we use to organize blocks, so you can find exactly what you need, fast. Read on to learn about recent changes you’ll notice next time you open the editor.

Move on quickly after citations and captions

Have you ever felt as if you were stuck inside a block after adding a citation? Now, when you hit Enter or Return at the end of the citation, you’ll be ready to start typing in a new text block.

Quotes were a bit sticky…

Much smoother now!

Quotes, images, embeds, and other blocks now offer this smoother experience. It’s a small change that will save you a little bit of time, but those seconds add up, and less frustration is priceless.

Streamlined heading selection

Another subtle-yet-helpful change we’ve introduced is simplified heading levels. Before, the block toolbar included a few limited options with additional ones in the sidebar. Now, you can find all available heading levels right in the block toolbar, and adjust the heading directly from the block you’re working on. (For even more simplicity, we’ve also removed the dropdown in the sidebar.)

Select a parent block with ease

Working with nested blocks to create advanced page layouts is now considerably smoother. Some users told us it was too difficult to select a parent block, se we’ve added an easier way to find it right from the toolbar. Now it’s a breeze to make picture-perfect layouts!

Filter your latest posts by author

Sites and blogs with multiple authors will love this update: you can now choose a specific author to feature in the Latest Posts block.

To highlight recent articles from a particular writer, just select their name in the block’s settings.

Renamed block categories

Finally, the next time you click the + symbol to add a new block, you’ll notice new, intuitive block categories that make it both easier and faster to find just the block you’re looking for.

What’s new:

  • Text
  • Media
  • Design

What’s gone:

  • Common
  • Formatting
  • Layout

You keep building, we’ll keep improving

Thank you for all your input on how the block editor can be better! We’re listening. If you have more ideas, leave a comment below.

👋 Happy editing!

lily hanley making my blog 2020-06-04 23:57:01

I really wanted to do something cool and was very excited to play with stop motion. The day I decided to film came to halt when I realized I need something to keep my phone steady.

I sat for a couple of days and thought about what I would do with little resources and i thought about him traveling across my house, sliding his way using counters and even a banister. Things were quite shaky unless my phone was propped but not everywhere in my house or even outside had that kind of access.

to make it better I decided to I would make it a silly guide, and added the videos at the end as bloopers that weren’t as stable, or cute. I had lots of fun creating my character, based on a real character in a horror game I like called Five Nights At Freddy’s. I found a really awesome video/movie editor that the video will self promote and ruin parts of the video.. and couldn’t figure out how to get rid of. I had lots of fun creating his potato friends but it’s not what I wanted. but still I tried my best to turn it around and make it at least a little enjoyable. I think this assignment would have gone better with more planning and educating myself further on requirements for stop motion, like a tripod. I also didn’t realize how tedious the process is, but there was also reward in that. My family enjoyed my little creations with me. I think I will try stop motion again in a different time, when I have better resources.. and maybe when things are a little less stressful.

I definitely should have given myself more time, and space for error as I came across many. I’ll defiantly do better next time!

Dress Up | Sp20 Final project

This class went by so fast, maybe it was because I was happy to edit again. And I can’t wait to see everyone’s projects! 

For my final I wanted it to focus on something that I am very passionate about, and share it with all of you.

I deal a lot with anxiety and depression, and due to Covid, racism, and recent trauma from a very toxic friend, this year has been very overwhelming. But throughout all these struggles, cosplay has helped me get through it for so many years. For those who don’t know, cosplay is a mix between the words costume and play, and it is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game. But this hobbie let’s me express myself in a creative way.

But for my final I wanted to show my daily life, and me living with depression. Everything feels like there’s no color in the world. And the scribble animation is done by yours truly, and this is what anxiety looks like to me. And by the end of the video, when I get into the full cosplay, it shows it bringing color back into my life.

For this project, I wanted to show that when things feel down, doing what makes you happy, like art, sports, cooking, music, and even cosplay, will help cope with your day to day struggles. And I hope a lot of people got the message in this project. 

I’m sad that covid got in the way of attending this class in person, but overall, I really enjoyed it, and I enjoyed watching everyone’s creations. It was nice to get to know everyone, and If any of you want to talk , feel free to send me a message. Anyways, I hope your day is good. Stay safe, and stay healthy. -Gyllian

Final

To start off, I’d like to say that for all its faults, I do genuinely enjoy the final project I have made, however, the amount of hurdles I had to jump over to get to this point was frankly ridiculous. Is it possible I made my own life harder? Absolutely. 

Let’s start with the absolute basics: I don’t have an animation program, or at least, one that I understand. With that in mind I had to draw the frames individually in a drawing program, which means that I had the option of making 30 individual files, or one big one that I could use onion skin mode on for convenience. I chose the latter, however, that made inking especially rough, and I didnt like how the frames were coming out. Instead, I inked on the same layer I sketched on. Even though you can see the sketches, I actually like that, I feel like it has more character overall so I don’t regret that decision. 

The audio I actually am quite proud of, despite my subpar voice acting. My best friend played the male knight in this, and I used Epidemic Sound for all of the sound effects. I ended up using a lot more sound effects in this one than I did in the actual audio project, and I think it ended up better for all the risks I took! I especially am proud of the part where the female knight unsheathes her sword and cuts down her fellow knight, that had 3 different sound effects in close succession with my friends groans for good measure. 

Editing it together gave me the most problems. I learned how to use Premiere Pro well enough, but I couldn’t export it as an MP4 until I downloaded a certain driver, which, I cannot stress this enough, I didn’t know how to do. I didn’t know if I had a similar driver I needed to delete first or even which one was the correct one I needed. It got so bad that I eventually had to cut my losses after 4 hours of troubleshooting, and had to re-edit it in an entirely different program. 

With all that said, I think it turned out well! I wanted to do something like this sort of loose ‘animation’, but did not have an excuse to try it. It turns out I really like it! It was fun, I just wish I had done something more experimental with the editing or visuals, but overall, I am very pleased with how this came out.

Final Production

For the final project, I decided to test my skills and patience by making a stop motion animation. I wanted to do something fun, cute, and creative. Using very detailed Playmobil toys as my characters, animals, props and structures, I got to literally play with my ideas and use a sky blue colored sheet to act as the background. Imagining and creating these scenes was the fun part of the project, using a variety of props and animals to show attention to details. I knew that filming would be tedious, because it’s taking hundreds of photos and moving the toys and props a half an inch every frame; but this was not even the worst part.

The most challenging part was by far editing. So initially I was going to use Vimeo, however my Vimeo membership had expired, so I tried to go the free route. Big mistake, I used FilmoraPro to edit my video because it was listed as one of the better softwares for free editing on Google. After completing my video, I exported it and discovered that due to using the free version, there was a giant water mark in the center of the frame for the entire video. There was also a constant piano key being played, actually ruining the audio. So after purchasing the premium software (Filmora9), I had to download more software, only to discover that I am unable to retrieve any of the edits I made on the free version. So we are in the process of starting editing over, and scrambling to redo everything (hopefully it’s done before Sunday). I strongly recommend not using Filmora for anything.

As stated earlier, all characters, props, animals, and structures are Playmobil toys. I was able to use royalty free sounds and music from personal recordings and freesound.com. I used Filmora to edit, but again, It’s great for editing, not exporting. I also used the Stop Motion Studio app on my phone to record all the stop motion clips. Stop Motion Studio is a great app for anyone trying to make simple stop motions, while keeping all photos and videos consolidated in one app. Despite this project to be challenging at times, I do think I achieved all of goals to test both my skills and patience while making an entertaining short film. Please enjoy this preview in the meantime!

Final project – Fan pv

I decided to make a fan made pv for the final because it has always just been a dream project of mine. Since I had the resources, I took the opportunity and I’m glad I did. I feel like I kinda won for my eleven year old self. 

The story is kind of just how I interpreted this song. Searching for your love. 

The music is done by kikuo. Who is amazing. 

When I listened to it for the first time, I imagined it being just a normal love song but the singer was really dependent on who he was missing. When I looked at the original music video and the lyrics, I was like “ oh this is about a child.” So I wanted to express the feelings I envision when listening to it. Probably doesn’t make sense but another way to think about it is like this:

You know when you’re listening to moody or emo music in the car and you have that really moving movie play in your head while you gaze out the window. 

Yeah, I wanted to make that movie a reality.

So walla:

                      how to make your mother cry – animated.

 But yeah! Production was painful but it was done. I took a few days to rough storyboard and practice drawing more of the difficult scenes. Then I didn’t work for like a week until my friend came to me in a dream. She was showing me this amazing dnd animation she made. Knowing we had 3 weeks, I asked her how long it took to make. She told me 3 months. SO…

I woke up both literally and motivated. Frantically ready to work.

I worked on the animations everyday since that dream so maybe a week and a half?  I drew everything in clip studio paint then edited them in with the music into the premier. I edited and drew at the same time because I kept getting more Ideas when listening and plugging the scenes into the music.

The final product story is about a boy who is neglected by his mom. His mom is preoccupied with an abusive partner and she suffers from depression. But its also up to interpretation.

As a take away, This project proved to me I can make pv’s so I will definitely make another. I keep finding things I dislike about this video the more I work on it so I’m going to leave it be. I think it’s just perfectionism and if I over work it, I will probably ruin it like a lined drawing.

MUSIC: Kikuo

Kikuo’s original upload: https://youtu.be/5NnWQOXMpao

His website: https://kikuo.jp/

His niconico:https://www.nicovideo.jp/user/432349/video

Carlos Padilla 2020-06-04 22:09:25

For my final project I decided to make a video. It takes inspiration from the movie Le Samourai by Jean-Pierre Melville. We had talked about this film in Concepts of Visual Literacy and we even watched a scene from it.This film is about a French hitman named Jeff Costello who is seen by witnesses during a “hit” job. I later decided to watch the whole thing on my own time and I just loved the way the director framed movement coming in and out of the frame. I was kept engaged watching this man move from location to location it all seemed slick and seamless. The attire from the 60’s was something I also really liked I feel like it added to the coolness of it all. There’s a sequence of about 5 minutes where Jef Costello is released from being held under police custody after being a suspect of the murder, he leaves the station gets in a cab and takes it downtown where he is on his way to meet his employer. He suspects he’s being followed by a police officer therefore walks for a long time to lose him. This is when the director thrives in his composition and really makes you feel like you’re walking with him trying to lose whoever is following you. 

My interpretation has a simple plot. I had my talent wake up from a nap to a phone call that doesn’t clearly tell you what’s going on but you can see it sets him off in his journey out the door. This is followed by a long walking sequence where he walks through several sceneries until he gets to his location right before dark giving the effect that he walked for a long time. At the end you can see a car pull up in front of him and an exchange being done with the talent and the driver. What would look like some kind of drug deals ends up actually being a deal or transaction for a cloth face mask.

Im very happy to have had the chance to finally do a short video. I also feel fortunate to have good friends that understood my vision and helped me make this. I learned that it takes multiple shots and camera angles to get a well rounded sequence. I constantly kept continuity in mind as we had to do retakes when moving the camera to a different angles of the same shot. I thought it would be funny to use the face mask at the end as it’s relevant to right now. I also used some fun pieces of my wardrobe to replicate the same “cool” feeling I got from Les Samourai. The music used is actually an original piece from my friend Sebastian Hernandez and his dads album called Fade Away. I challenged myself in this project, did my own interpretation of something I liked and i’m proud of the outcome. 

By Carlos Padilla