Saving πŸ”– Post!

A while ago I tried to update my WordPress Android app. I noticed some major interface changes. The Reader view becomes prettier, other buttons as well, but the most important and the one I am going to discuss in this post is the bookmark symbol πŸ”– button in place with Like and Comment. Well now, it more like the trilogy than with the Follow button.

10.2:

  • New feature: Something there caught your eye? Read it any time with Save for later!
  • Various bugfixes.

All of WordPress.com related products (website WordPress.com, iOS app, Android app) are open source. The above quote is from the Android GitHub page. In the version 10.2, there is a change which mentioned that the users can Save posts. This is huge for a user like me. Please note that this post will only about the Android app and maybe a little about WordPress.com, I won’t talk about the iOS because I don’t have one, hahaha.

Usage

I tried to find an article that officially created by WordPress.com but couldn’t find any, meh, I didn’t try hard (XD), and this is my attempt to make it as my own post. As usual, I open my Android app, I go to the Reader, I find a new streams/category called Saved Posts. It will be empty or doesn’t appear, oh wait, I’ll check it… yes, the category will be available, but it is empty. I tried removing my saved posts and there will be an undo button.

Choose another category: Discover, Followed Sites, My Likes, or tags you have. You should see a post-cards with the new Save button if there isn’t try updating your Android app first (^.^). After clicking a post, try changing the category into Saved Posts, and voilΓ , there is a post in that streams, it’s not really a stream I think because it’s waiting for you to update the records for it, haha.

While I was resting from writing this post, I finally found the post from WordPress.com blog Bookmark Posts with Save For Later. But don’t stop here, I’d like to talk more.

Save is like Like

I used to use the Like feature as much as I wanted it with this bookmark feature. When I find an interesting post, make some posts as my references, or just to mark a specific post, I use the Like button to save it for later. But sometimes, I forget why I liked the post before, have I finished reading the post? or I just marked it.

The Like feature works similarly with the Bookmark. There is a category for the posts I liked. All the posts that I’ve liked will appear in that category. As I said before, I use the Like for different reasons, but then when I don’t follow up or forget, it will just make a mess, and mostly it just doesn’t work for multiple purposes.

Save isn’t like Like

I haven’t used the Save feature that much, but at least now I can minimize the mess I make using Like. The Like feature will notify the post’s owner, I don’t think the Save will, so I can click it multiple times without “distracting” people. But the Like still win, why? Because it works for multiple platforms.

While the Save feature only works locally in an app, Like is more global. When I mark a post using Like on the web for example, and then I open the mobile app, it will appear in the My Likes category. The Bookmark category doesn’t even exist in the web stream.

Falling Snow until January β„️

You can add Falling Snow on your WordPress website until January 4th. You can go to My Sites → Settings → General → Site Profile → Holiday Snow (Click the toggle and Save Settings) or You can go to {your-site.wordpress.com}/wp-admin → Settings → General → Snow (Check the checkbox input and Save Changes), after that You can visit your website URL and the snow should be falling.

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I have never seen snow with my own eyes, never touch it with my hands. It’s sad! I really want to experience snow. Probably I will add this to my new year resolution since I didn’t have one yet. Enough about the self pity, move on to the post. If you are interested knowing more about WordPress.com Holiday Snow feature keep reading…

Let it snow! Let it snow!

But now regardless of the weather conditions wherever you’re spending this holiday season, you can at least have snow on your blog! Go to your Dashboard, then Presentation, then click on Extras and you’ll see this:

extras-snow

Check the box, hit save, and you and your visitors will see small white flakes of snow coming down on your blog. (This works best if you don’t have a theme with a white background.) Much like snow in Houston, the flakes won’t stay long on the ground, I think because our servers tend to be a little hot. This feature will be available for a limited time only, on January 2nd it will disappear until next year, but just imagine it as our little present to you, an opportunity to spread a little cheer.

It’s been around for 10 years! Thank You WordPress.com!

It’s JavaScript

Now is the time for me to talk. After toggling the feature, the snow started falling in my site. What actually happened? I check the source of my page clicking Ctrl + u buttons combination on my keyboard, then in the new tab I click search shortcut Ctrl + f enter “script” in the bar, Enter a few times, I see this

script

I click the link, it’s opening a new tab

wp-js

It is JavaScript that make my page snowing! Is it what real snow looks like?

falling-snow


There is not much I can do to modify the snow in the page. I want more! So I created my own snow with help from http://www.schillmania.com/projects/snowstorm. The result just like this post featured image you can view the live version here. Happy holidays!

wp-admin Dashboard

What platform You use to open WordPress.com? I mostly use the website one. If You are like me How do You usually manage Your content? Do You know that You can hit the URL {your-site.url}/wp-admin? This will bring You to the backend of your WordPress site.

WordPress.com site administration has moved little by little from the WP Admin dashboard to the new-ish Calypso dashboard since it’s introduction two years ago. There are still many features that are ultimately handled in the WP Admin dashboard, even if they start out in the Calypso dashboard. Some examples include changing your site address, transferring site ownership, approving a new Viewer on a Private site, adding links to a blog roll, adding a poll to your site, disallowing comments on media files, emptying your site content without deleting your entire site, and many others.

A new user might not even know what wp-admin is. I’m new here but I have been familiar with WordPress, I usually try the WordPress.org and install it by myself. I just recently using WordPress.com and wondering the difference between them. I’m sure that they are both the same thing with different look and place. Now I’m going to talk about the wp-admin in more detail so if You are a desktop computer user and using the desktop website of WordPress.com You maybe want to read what I’m going to talk about.

Dashboard

There are few items I can see from my wp-admin dashboard like: welcome(I don’t actually know what to call this one), At a Glance, Quick Draft, Activity, WordPress Events and News, Your Stuff, Stats and What’s Hot.

Welcome

This section is just like a simple application greeting but it has some usable links like how to get started, technical questions, write a post, general settings, your profile, select theme, upgrades, WordPress.tv. I know some of them but I don’t even know what WordPress.tv is. I will probably check the link after this. The screen can also be hidden but I don’t know if I hide it how I bring it back, so for now I will just leave appear in my dashboard.

welcome

At a Glance

at-a-glance

This section has some info about Your writing content like How many posts, pages, and comments are in your site. It also has a brief information about what theme You use. Other than those, there are also the thing about akismet I don’t actually look up about this yet but in this screen it gives me the information spam comments. The last thing I can see in this part is Storage Space. I can see about this information from the Calypso, but the difference is this is more detail. I can see numbers from the wp-admin, if I look at the Calypso I will only see 0% but here I know the exact Byte.

compare-storage

Activity

activity

Activity box contains information about posts and comments, the recent published posts and recent comments on your site not comment that you’ve made in the platform. There is also tabs that can bring You to manage comments grouped by All, Pending, Approved, Spam and Trash.

Quick Draft

Me personally really like this draft thing than from the Calypso. It has really simple interface and doesn’t have automatic save feature (some time I will tell You why I don’t like the automatic save). And the most important thing is it works really well, when You Save Draft it doesn’t reload the whole page, it just load partially the Quick Draft and there it is the new Draft.

quick-draft

WordPress Events and News

events

You can organize an event through WordPress! I haven’t tried it, but based on this section I think I can. There aren’t any events scheduled near you at the moment. Would you like to organize one?. I would love to. There are some links like survey, Dev Blog, WPTavern, Matt: Design in Kentucky, Meetups, WordCamps, News. I don’t know any of them, I might try to checkout later.

Your Stuff

This is where I usually track what I was commenting. In the calypso I don’t see convenient way to do this. This part contains comment activity You’ve made or someone commented on your site. But the links for comment You’ve made for other site is not detailed, it just shows You the URL to the blog, not jump to the comment part.

your-stuff

Stats

stats

This is the only part where I prefer to use the Calypso. I believe that You can see everything about your site stats in there.

What’s Hot

WordPress.com Blog

whats-hot-blog

Latest

whats-hot-latest


Both versions will always be updated, the new one haven’t covered everything but it’s pretty, the wp-admin is powerful it is the base of the backend. I guess it worth checking out between the new and wp-admin once in a while.

Achievements

Do You know about achievements feature on WordPress? There are 4 kind of achievements You can get: Post Milestone, Bestday Likes, Likeable Blog & Followed Blog.

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I’m not sure about this though, this is based on my own experience, and the type of achievements I just group it by image URL that I track from notification. Based on google search I haven’t found a post that explain more about this feature but I found this

Once in a while, it’s important to stop, catch your breath, and look at your accomplishments before you move on to the next thing β€” to put a stake in the ground that says, β€œI made it this far!”

We all blog for different reasons. Some might chronicle their travel adventures, others might detail their culinary undertakings. If you find a post or a blog you enjoyed, like it or follow the blog β€” your action might send them a badge and make them smile. It’s easy to find great new blogs to follow using the Reader.

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Pretty nice saying from the platform provider. By the way, this thing already out from 2012 and I just blogging using WordPress in the end of year 2017. I’m pretty happy about this, about everything in this blogging platform, I don’t know why I didn’t start my WordPress Blog long time ago. Okay, now I wanna reveal the real thing, the achievements…

Post Milestone

post-milestone

Just by writing posts You can get this kind of achievement, it will count the number of post You’ve published, this will pop up in to your notification when You’ve reached certain number of post up to 1000 (1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000). I will get my second post milestone badge after publishing this post I believe.

Bestday Likes

post-milestone

After writing your post(s) You might get this achievement, but it really depends on the reader, You might get like if someone read your post and feel happy about it, just like when I’m reading other people post. If your post is good, I believe that it will get many likes.

Everyday You may get this notification, I guess this thing will compare your stats each day and if yesterday likes is lower than today it will reward You with this achievement. In my opinion, this kind of reward is really good to push You to be better than what You did yesterday, so You can be the best of You some day.

Likeable Blog

post-milestone

Another stats kind of achievement after Post Milestone and Bestday Likes. This reward can be achieved the same way with Bestday Likes but the difference is this will count all the likes of all your posts and its counting! (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000) the same numbers with Post Milestone just no 1.

Followed Blog

post-milestone

The last (that I know) and the best! You start making post, You start reading others posts, You might get some likes back, and finally you get followers! This is part when You make a new post and it will appear to your followers reader, so be sure that You make a post that will make Your followers happy, cause that’s important, it’s like the point of creating blog on WordPress.

The numbers are the same with Likeable Blog reward but this is a trophy kind of achievement. I know this by seeing small icon in the bottom right of notification image, so its a win!


Thank you for the likes, Special thank You for following my blog, I’ll try my best to provide You better content every time, Have a nice day and keep posting!