Somehow I ended up with two Gravatar Profiles and the old one kept displaying every time a visitor clicked my Gravatar.
It is quite easy to delete a Gravatar Profile.
Visit your account by logging into WordPress.com with your username and go to https://wordpress.com/me/account. Once the page opens scroll down the page to “Close your account permanently” option at the bottom of the page.
An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.
A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.
Gravatar is a free service for site owners, developers, and users. It is automatically included in every WordPress.com account.
I have Telkom ADSL that I use for my landline (telephone) and internet. I pay for a 10Mbps Telkom line yet I only get about 1.35 Mbps!!
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Last week 5 different Telkom technicians visited the premises and when the last technician left on Thursday he stated that the speed had been increased to between 8 and 10 Mbps. When I did another speed test it actually showed 0.7 Mbps. To add insult to injury this particular technician ‘cleared the Fault’ as “the issue had been resolved” (details below).
The Gutenberg editor has introduced many useful features to make editing of a WordPress website so much easier. The problem is that Gutenberg has technical glitches…
Should you be experiencing difficulties with your new Gutenberg editor (version 5.0 and up) go back to the Classic editor.
Go to your Admin Area > Plugins > Add New > search for ‘Classic Editor’ > Install Now > Activate
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And that’s it. You now have your Classic Editor back.
A word of caution: changing from Gutenberg to the Classic editor may mess up your photo Gallery(ies). You may have to create a new Gallery/ Galleries.
Which editors may I using? On my main website https://www.wordpresstrainingjohannesburg.com/ I have reverted back to the Classic editor. On my hobby website I am going to continue using the Gutenberg editor. New features are being added all the time to the Gutenberg editor and the technical glitches that many users are currently experiencing with Gutenberg will hopefully, in the not too distant future, be resolved.
WordPress announced that whilst new features are being added to Gutenberg on an ongoing basis, they will continue to support the Classic Editor until 2021.
Without any warning South Africa was plunged into darkness with Stage 4 Load Shedding (rotational load shedding, 4- 5 hours at a time). Load shedding continued for five days.
You can keep your laptop connected to the internet through your smart-phone.
There is an alternative way. Connect your laptop to the internet by using a mobile WiFi router. You can connect up to 5 laptops to the WiFi and once charged this WiFi router will keep you going for 8-10 hours.
The cost is approx R1200. I purchased mine (a M7300 LTE Advanced Mobile WiFi Router) at Matrix Warehouse but there are various retailers selling the device. You will find them on Google.
If you have your own website or if you are managing the website for a client make sure you move from http to https ASAP. Here are the reasons:
Website not secure. Google Chrome warns users that the site they are about to visit is not secure. If a user about to visit your website gets a warning that your website in not safe then the probability is high that the user will will not visit your site
Ranking boost. Google gives a slight ranking boost should your website be https (this means you will be ranked higher when a user does a search on Google)
Encryption. Encrypting the exchanged data to keep it secure from eavesdroppers. This means that while the user is browsing a website, nobody can “listen” to their conversations, track their activities across multiple pages or steal their information.
Data integrity. Data cannot be modified or corrupted during transfer, intentionally or otherwise, without being detected.
Authentication. Proves that your users communicate with the intended website. It protects against man-in-the-middle attacks and builds user trust, which translates into other business benefits.
Is it difficult? Not all all. You simply have to phone your hosting company and request that your URL be changed from http to https. Once this is done remember to:
update your Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools (for all of you who attended the SEO Training Course)
change the urls on all your Google Ads (should you be running Ad Campaigns on Google Ads).
The Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget is easy to use and can easily bring you leads.
A popular method for gathering leads is encouraging visitors to subscribe to your site. This way, they’ll receive notifications whenever you post new content. Users can subscribe through the Subscriptions Widget.
This ensures that your site visitors won’t miss your latest posts. When they receive notifications that you’ve published new content, they’ll be more likely to keep you top-of-mind when they’re ready to make purchases.
How to go about it?
Go to your Admin Area > Appearance > Widgets
scroll down the widgets list to the ‘Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget
Drag the ‘Blog Subscriptions Jetpack’ Widget to the right hand side (and drop this widget in the correct sidebar). Fill in details.
Did you recently open a page or post on your WordPress website and it looks completely different? If your WordPress website automatically updates to a new version then you got Version 5.0 (or higher). WordPress has introduced Gutenberg a brand new Editor that is going to make your life easier.
Gutenberg is amazing and it gives you many new features. If you are familiar with WordPress websites, Gutenberg is going to provide you with an even better experience.
Gutenberg, WordPress’ new block-based Editor gives you more flexibility w.r.t. how content is displayed, whether you are building your first site, revamping your blog, or write code for a living.
Gutenberg is the Editor by default on all new WordPress.com sites. On existing websites it is now also the default editor if you updated to version 5.0 or higher. Should you not wish to use Gutenberg you can continue using the Classic Editor by installing it as a plugin. Your life will be easier if you upgrade (at no cost) from the Classic Editor to Gutenberg.
Do more with fewer plugins
Create modern, multimedia-heavy layouts
work across all screen sizes and devices
Trust that your editor looks like your website
Building with Blocks
The new block-based editor won’t change the way any of your content looks to your visitors. What it will do is let you insert any type of multimedia in a snap and rearrange to your heart’s content. Each piece of content will be in its own block.
WordPress has tons of blocks available by default, and more get added by the community every day. Here are a few of the blocks to help you get started:
Freedom to Build, Freedom to Write
This new editing experience provides a more consistent treatment of design as well as content. If you’re building client sites, you can create reusable blocks. This lets your clients add new content anytime, while still maintaining a consistent look and feel.