Our blog was the last period a bit quiet and what was written was posted as private (so only visible to registered members with proper permissions). But I am glad that it is once again more active, also for public articles (readable by all). Both Marissa as Miranda told me that they are working on something and I can see that they are (as an administrator, I see these things, but no worries, I have read nothing. I want to be surprised when the articles are published).
But yesterday Marissa asked me about the huge number of articles in the category “Not reviewed”.
Well, allow me to explain: Some time we now use “The Backpacker” theme for the blog. It’s a commercial theme I bought that I really like. It is fully compatible with the latest versions of Word Press (and therefore with the wonderful block editor).
A characteristic of this theme that I really love is the use of a “featured image”. It is a picture that will be placed at the top of the article, but is also shown in the overview of the available articles.
So I marked all the articles with no “featured image” as “Not reviewed”. In this way, I can easily select and make the first picture to a “featured image”.
If because of that the text of the article must be changed, I will alert the author about it.
At the same time, I will review the photos in the articles. If this is a photo taken by one of us, there’s no problem.
If the picture is licensed in the public domain, also no problem (I may suggest adding a line at the bottom of the article, as done with this article). In all other instances, I will try to find the source of the image and add this to the article. If necessary, I will make the article private and ask the author to check it out.
The purpose of all this is of course to have only content on the blog that we are allowed to use.
When everything looks good, I’m going to remove the category “Not reviewed” for the article and one more is done.
But all this will be an enormous amount of work which will need time to complete.
Then I added something new to the blog.
Before the “featured image” was added to the blog, all photos where directly uploaded to the website through an FTP session and in the articles the link to the photo or image was used.
Now we have the media library in Word Press.
The thing I love about the media library is that you can upload photos directly from Word Press without requiring an FTP client.
What I didn’t really like was that all the photos were stored in a big group.
But I have found a Word Press plugin called Filebird. It adds the ability to add folders to the media library to store photos (and other content) and that’s just what I wanted.
I think that Filebird is self-explanatory how to use it. But if one of the authors has a question on that, don’t hesitate to let me know.
In time, I would like to move all the photos to the Media Library with Filebird. But that will be truly an enormous task.
And yes, I purchased the pro-version of Filebird. It has not been costly at all and adds a few very nice features.
Still on the to-do list: Fix the problem with the contact form so that no spam passes (that is why it is currently deactivated).
Copyrights: jks Lola has released this “Look Blocky Text” image under Public Domain license. It means that you can use and modify it for your personal and commercial projects.