I’m a bit late to getting this blog ready for the next era. But there is no time like now to get started.

First, and frankly forced by Google for reasons I am not clear, this site is no longer insecure. That’s right, CogDogBlog is fully safe, even for cockroach spammers like Glen to have an encrypted experience. 

This step was easy; I had already used Reclaim Hosting’s Let’s Encrypt service for create a certificate for cogdogblog.com (another subdomain required it), and a test of loading this blog as https://cogdogblog.com worked.

To make all URLs redirect from http://cogdoblog.com to https://cogdogblog.com and fix any internal references to content loaded over http:// (e.g. embedded images), I installed and activated the Force HTTPS (SSL Redirect & Fix Insecure Content) plugin

Easy Peazy.

Now, on to this Gutenberg thing.

Note: I wrote this in the week-long stint where I tried to be Good and Go Gutenberg. It was a bad scene. Then they flicked the switch on everybody. I went back to sanity via the Classic Editor plugin. but this post is a bit of a mess. I’m too tired to clean it up.
File:Gutenbergimpremta.jpeg a Wikimedia commons image by LoretoLeon9 shared under a Creative Commons CC BY-SA License.

I’ve been a bit heads in the sand, deal with this later, but it seems relevant to try it out first here, do I can start to figure out the implications for my other sites and themes. In theory, all old content should work. And it should be an opportunity for sites, to have a different editing capability.

I gotta get my Gutenberg Block thinking hat on.

Screen shot of the more minimal editing bar, just 5 icons
The new editor. Hmm. I am not going to get too cranky about this. But I miss all my little bars. And the image stiff, oh yes, alt text is over on the right. 

I quote, therefore I am. Okay, this is a new block. And it’s cool you get a citation entry below. But how will my theme deal with it?

— some dude no one knows.

Maybe this will be okay. It’s different for sure. But there’s no use being nostalgic for the old editor.

Will I come to love this Gutenberg thing? I’m lost in block landia!


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  1. Thanks for the tip on the Force HTTPS plugin. I wasn’t aware of it and immediately installed it on a couple domains. Much faster than messing with htaccess.

  2. I am not a fan of the Gutenberg but I tend to just write in the HTML view. I can see how it helps certain patterns. It’d be way better than shortcode plugins where I forget the parameters every time. It’d also open up some structure patterns for authoring that would be neat but I hate it for every day writing. It seems to hit that middle ground between being a Beaver Builder-like thing and a regular post editor. That’s not a good middle ground and the mess with accessibility doesn’t help either.

    1. I’m in the frequent cussing stage, a long ways through anger and resentment with little chance seen for acceptance. Everything takes me longer, I keep having to fix my style sheet because of the havoc it causes.

      But keeping on.

  3. Hi Alan,
    I’ve been testing Gutenberg occasionally for a while. It doesn’t suit me all that well, but like Tom I tend to write in text, in my case in a text editor or drafts on iOS.
    I’ve raised a couple of issues on github as the iOS, in particular, iPad editing is not great. My class use iPads for blogging. I expect we will not use Gutenberg until it has been out for a while. This might affect the Agora folk (I think they used iPads).

    1. I’m very tempted to boot it for now, but I can’t fight in, and need to figure out how to make it not so much get in my way, especially for things I can do almost w/o thinking in the HTML editor.

      Yes the Agora participants have iPads but blogging was not a core part of the experience. I hate to see what it looks like there.

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