Basic Gutenberg Tutorial

When the WordPress version 5.0 was released, it came with one of the biggest changes to the platform of all time – the new block editor, named Gutenberg. Since its release in December 2018, a lot of folks have dedicated large blocks of time (see what I did there) to write ‘How to’ blogs for the new Gutenberg editor.

This new block editor is a major change from the previous editor, so for everyone that has used the ‘Classic’ editor, this basic tutorial is aimed to make the new Gutenberg easier to understand. So without further ado, let’s get into this.    

Difference between Gutenberg and Classic Editor

You can see the basic difference between the classic editor and the new block editor from the below illistration. The new block editor is on the left whereas the classic one is on the right side.

plr4wp gutenberg editor image
plr4wp classic editor image

You can clearly see that Gutenberg WordPress editor is much more advanced as compared to the classic editor. Although the classic editor is more like Microsoft Word, Gutenberg uses a different approach known as ‘Block’.

I’m going out on a limb here but I think that is why it is called the ‘Block Editor’.

Gutenberg looks cleaner and less jumbled than the older editor version —and useful too—the new block editor and short keys enables you to remain in the visual editor without

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My Take On The Gutenberg Editor

In the previous post I mentioned I would begin this post with a little info about the Gutenberg Editor.

When I first heard about the proposed change to the editor I was not thrilled at all. For many reasons but mostly because I’m an old fart and pretty set in my ways and major changes are not why I get up each morning.

The Gutenberg Editor Isn’t Evil Afterall

One thing that age has taught me is that the more times you do something new, it eventually stops being new (thanks Capt. Obvious). At that point you know how things Continue reading My Take On The Gutenberg Editor

Video Update News March 2019

Hello & thank you for checking in to see what’s happening in the World of WordPress here at PLR4WP.

Instead of writing long emails on what’s up here on PLR4WP, I decided to write long posts. Then send you a short email telling you about the long posts.

I was getting a bunch of emails from Members saying they never received my notification emails. The ones about the new training that was added or updated videos that were changed out.

I have two theories on that. The main theory is that my long-winded notification emails were getting caught in the overzealous spam filters.

So I’m going to give this ‘post instead of an email’ a try for a while and see if that fixes things.

Plus this allows me to post general WordPress info along with the update info.

Upcoming Updates

As for the Updates to the PLR4WP training, I have several videos in Volume 1 that require some minor cosmetic changes.

I might just make the minor changes instead of a total re-do so that anyone that has recorded new audio/voiceovers will not have to re-record new audio if they do not have to.

If the changes are big enough though, I’ll have to re-record the entire video. Either way.., for me, it takes about the same time but I’m trying to keep your work to a minimum when possible.

Also in Volume 1, I’ll be adding at least 3 new videos.

1. How to connect your WordPress website to an autoresponder like Aweber?
2. How to Set Up Your Site To Accept Leads to Build a List?
3. How to get your site ready for Blogging?

These three videos will be in sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Also, I decided to update the first two video in Volume 6 on SEO.

The content of the videos are ‘evergreen’ meaning, they will be accurate for a long time without having to update them

Evergreen or not, they had a kind of an old look to them so I gave them a new look.

Plus video 2 on Keyword Research required some additional info so it is more complete now than it was – in my humble opinion.

The updates will be finished by the end of April at the latest.

Future Plans

One of the items I mentioned in those previous emails were that I plan to add more Volumes to PLR4WP.

Hopefully 2 of them this Spring but at least 1 on Proper Maintenance of a WordPress Site.

The other Volume I plan to add will cover the details involved in moving a WordPress site from one host to another & all the fun stuff involved in that nightmare.

When I add the new Volume (s), the annual cost to NEW Members will be higher than the current locked in price you have. So consider that if your renewal is coming up soon.

Also covered in those recent emails were the new videos in Volume 5. They were all new except the first couple of videos so I did not put them in a separate ‘Update’ section on the download page. I just replaced all the existing videos with the new ones since again, they were all new.

I’ll leave it at that for now. Next post I’ll talk about the Gutenberg editor – the good & bad that I’ve seen so far. Actually, it is mostly good.

WordPress Security In 6 General Tips

WordPress Security

Security is as important to your website as the monetization of your website. Since WordPress is an open source platform, the original source code is made available to the public for modification.

You don’t want to give a hacker free access to the very power house of your website.

Do You?

Taking a few precautionary measures to protect your website is a step in the right direction. WordPress Security plr for WordPress

Today I will be teaching you the basics of WordPress security.

1: Don’t use the “default” admin username

WordPress comes with a default username “admin”.

An experienced blogger or WordPress user always knows the importance of deleting this default username and coming up with a customized username.

Come to think of it, it’s just human nature to identify with originality. So for the sake of originality as well as security – don’t use ‘admin’.

Besides being very common, every hacker’s first attempt at hacking a WordPress website is trying the username ‘admin’ and then trying to guess the password.

That gives them 50% of the access right there.
That brings me to my next tip.

2: Use strong passwords

If you remember nothing else from this article, remember this:

Avoid Clowns With Red Balloons AND ALWAYS USE STRONG PASSWORDS.

Strong passwords are NOT your dog’s birthday or some easy to guess number or phrase.

A strong password is a combination of 12 or more unique characters.  Characters like upper & lower case letters, numbers and special characters like $#*[email protected]

Tools like RoboForm and LastPass could come in handy to help you generate strong & unique passwords, AND remembering them.

Also, don’t write passwords on post-it notes and stick them  on your monitor for the world to see.

Plus it is a good idea to change that login password regularly.

I believe both RoboForm & LastPass have built in reminders to let you know when it is a good idea to change those passwords. There are some security plugins for WordPress that can do this also & I’ll get to the plugin stuff in a bit.

3: WordPress Hosting

Recently, the big players in the website hosting industry go the extra mile in protecting their servers against threats. The onus lies on you though, to do your research and find the right hosting for your WordPress site with a reasonable level of security.

Because of the vulnerability of shared hosting, a hosting platform where multiple users share the same server, the risk of having a hacker attack a neighboring website is very high.

Hosting providers like A2 (affiliate) and Liquid Web (affiliate) provide very reliable hosting with a good amount of security. Plus their support is top notch.

4: Install a WordPress backup solution

We understand that there is no ultimate solution to internet security. Even the White House can be hacked.

The idea is not to eliminate but to reduce the chances of being hacked.

Backup solutions help you recover your files and information in case of any problem or attack. At best, we suggest storing it on a cloud service like Amazon or Dropbox.

Do NOT store those backups on the server where the site is located.

If the site is compromised then there is a chance those backups are as well.

5: Install WordPress security plugin

For security reasons, you may want to keep track of everything that happens on your website like file integrity monitoring, failed login attempts, malware scanning, etc.

The good news is, there is a unique plugin that can take care of these and the coolest part is, it’s free! The name is Sucuri Scanner.

A quick search on WordPress.org will give you more possibilities.

6: Delete unused plugins & themes

Delete all unused plugins & themes, as this can create loopholes that hackers can use to easily gain access to your website.

Old and unused plugins and themes are some of the primary factors that can attract malware attacks and many other website issues. Only download plugins and themes from a well-known source. It is advisable to download your plugins and themes from WordPress itself, since they will have been scanned before being placed on their site

There are more security items you can put in place like 2-step authentication, Web Application Firewall and adding code to your sites htaccess file, but the items I’ve covered here will be a great start in discouraging the average hackers and get them moving on to the next less secure site.

One last thing, ALWAYS* keep your WordPress site core files up to date. Also your plugins and themes.

I would like to hear from you. What are the security challenges you are facing?

*Regarding updates to the main core files of your WordPress site. Basically wait 3 or 4 days after a major update is released before adding to your site. Apply Minor or security updates immediately. 

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