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WordPress Changes – The User Interface and Old Stats Page – 2016 and 2017

Periodically updated list of news/articles/contacts about the WP User Interface Changesbell-and-cross-3.

↓ Accessing the old system.

Many bloggers do not like the loss of the old Stats Page and the loss of  Links to the older User Interface with its links to the older Editor, Post Lists etc.

Any logged in blogger can comment on the forum and it is well worth doing.  Imagine how bad it would get if we just gave in.

https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/stats-feedback/page/3?replies=52

Articles

Accessing the Old System ⇐  All the links to the Dashboard, an old Stats Page, Classic Editor,  Page and Post Lists etc

WordPress Reader Changes⇐ including an alternative design and forum link and more.

WordPress Changes – Losing the Old Admin and Editor ⇐  Looking to the future and amending it. 

Behind the Scenes ⇐   The new User Interface relies upon Rest-API (Application Programming Interface) and cannot work without it. The reason for API and the implications are found in “Behind the Scenes”.


Preventing WordPress Recommendations being sent by Email

WordPress intend to send their reading recommendations to bell-and-cross-3WP bloggers by email (as well as putting them in our WP Readers). 

You can stop the emails by:-

  • Click on your Gravatar (personal image) at the top right.
  • From the drop-down menu select Notifications.
  • From the next page, at the top, select Updates.
  • From next page uncheck Digests (Reading & writing digests, tailored for you).

Done.


WordPress Changes 2016 and 2017 – Accessing the Old System

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Accessing the Old System

Much of the old system still exists.  For example the older and better “Classic Editor”, Dashboard, older Stats page, Post/Page Lists etc (see below).  It is only the links from the new system that have been withheld.  I presume, to give the appearance that the new system is preferred.

Any attempt to remove all access to the older, and generally preferred system, will surely be seen as a destructive act of belligerence against customers by WP. 

The new system, which uses Rest-API (Application Programming Interface ⇐), makes “apps” programming easier, provides remote access and records a lot of information about our activities as bloggers. The information collected is potentially profitable as a saleable item. Perhaps that is why WP are so keen to force it on us.  Allowing the old system to co-exist would probably mean replicating it using API.  More about API and WordPress ⇐. 

I don’t suppose that anyone would have minded the new API system if they hadn’t made such a hash of it.

Accessing the Old System

Please pass it on to any who might find it useful.

Two methods:-

1. Login to the Dashboard by using:-

https://yourblogname.wordpress.com/wp-admin/

Just copy the above to a notepad, replace yourblogname with your own blog name and then copy the result to your address bar (overwriting or deleting its current content) and then click on Go or Enter.

Example using my blog name. address-bar

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2.  Thanks to a comment by notewords.wordpress.com, one can click on “WP Admin” at the bottom left of the new Stats Page and start from there.

Either way, your dashboard should then open and it is possible to use the left side menu to access all the old system, including a very old version of stats.  

Do bookmark/favourite your Dashboard for ease of future use. .

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The left side menu can be expanded to text, or slid back to icons, by using the lowest arrow button of the menu.

The menu includes the original Post Editor (Add New),  Posts List (All Posts) etc.

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There is also access to a very old Site Stats.

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By using the right hand mouse button, any link can be opened in a new tab.  More ↓.

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I found it helpful to open a number of menu items in new Tabs and then bookmark/favourite for ease of future use. One can even create a Browser Folder of useful bookmarks, for each of one’s blogs, and use them as a custom menus. 

One can log in to any part of old system by using the relevant Bookmark.

Always open the Reader in a new tab, to avoid getting trapped in the new system. 

Using Bookmarks is very helpful if you find yourself trapped in the new system. It will also be helpful if WP start removing more links.

If you would like to make your views known about recent changes (and the more comments the better), the forum link is:.

https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/stats-feedback/page/2?replies=52

All logged in WP bloggers have the right to use it.

About changes to the WP Reader ⇐.


WordPress Changes – Behind the Scenes

bell-and-cross1. Behind the Scenes

The recent changes are not just about the appearance on mobile phones. There is further enterprise involved and perhaps the real reason for being so stubborn and rash in it’s implementation.

The following applies to any WP hosted blog and any using Jetpack.

A system known as Rest-Api is being installed. The system plants a Rest-Api cookie bundle on your computer. The new user-interface does not work without it.

The Rest-Api system provides:-

  • Easier Application Programming
  • Publicly available access to your posts/comments/likes. There is nothing new there, except that some further information is provided (e.g. the ID’s of visitors).
  • If you give permission, remote access to your blog/image-library for the purposes of allowing a service (e.g. a printing company) to download content.
  • If you give permission, remote access by a developer. Access may include your statistics, the ability to create/edit/delete posts and whatever else you provide permission for.

2. Public/Limited Access to Our Blogs

You might try clicking on some of these (I’ve kept it to the 4 most recent). Each of these will open in a new Tab. You can change the Blog name and you don’t have to be logged in to your account in order to use them. However, Private and Password Protected are not shown unless you are logged in and add “&status=any”. Note: Pretty=1 makes it readable.

Revealing my 4 most recent posts, or for whichever blog is named.

https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/sites/freedfromtime.wordpress.com/posts/?number=4&pretty=1

Revealing my 4 most recent comments received, or for whichever blog is named, with information about the commenter.

https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/sites/freedfromtime.wordpress.com/comments/?number=4&pretty=1

Revealing my 4 most recent Likes recieved, or for whichever blog is named, on a post with information about the Liker. The Post ID for this is “1” (my About page but may not be the same for you). Otherwise you will need a Post ID which can be obtained from the first link.

https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/sites/freedfromtime.wordpress.com/posts/1/likes/?number=4&pretty=1

Further content is available, when logged in and/or for a developer who has a Blogger’s permission. (see Section 3).

2.1 What’s the problem.

This does provide further information such as numeric ID’s for Blog, Post, Author and Comment relating to yourself and your visitors and, it seems, slows normal access.  Added to this, the design and function are generally considered as inferior to the previous User Interface.

2.2 A Greater Concern

One might consider this point a breach of security. Usually half the battle for a hacker is knowing one’s Log-in name/User name. With WordPress one’s Display name is often the same as one’s Log-in name/User name. However some have wisely hidden there User name behind a different Display name. The above Links publicly reveal any hidden Log-in/User name.

3. Full Access to Our Blogs

With a bloggers permission, a remote service provider (e.g. printing company) or developer may have a limited or complete access to your site using the Rest-Api system. That access relies upon a new cookie bundle “public-api.wordpress.com” on your browser. None of the new UI (Stats, Editor and Notifications) will work without it. However, unless you are adept at cookie management, I don’t recommend trying this. One can lose the ability to comment/like on other blogs if one cannot fully restore cookies.

The full range of Gets (view) and Puts (create/change), available with a Bloggers permission, can be found by clicking here ⇒. Full access can include Private and Password Protected.

Some Gets (as with the links above) are available to anyone.

A developer console here ⇒ provides extended access when logged in to one’s account or for a person who has the blogger’s permission. When using the developer console; to see the full return, click on the bottom left arrow of the brief return.

3.1 The Possible Problems

3.1.1 Security

Access is acquired using OAuth2 authentication. That method has been entirely disavowed by the lead author, who has removed his name from all specifications. His main concerns seem to be that, whilst OAuth1 was a protocol, OAuth2 is a framework that includes many musts and must-nots and requires an unusually high level of expertise to make secure. To read his post click here ⇒. An extract below:-

“To be clear, OAuth 2.0 at the hand of a developer with deep understanding of web security will likely result is a secure implementation. However, at the hands of most developers – as has been the experience from the past two years – 2.0 is likely to produce insecure implementations.”

He also wrote “When compared with OAuth 1.0, the 2.0 specification is more complex, less interoperable, less useful, more incomplete, and most importantly, less secure”.

3.1.2 Business Worth

Being able to store images from a mobile phone/tablet, upload them to WordPress and then download them to a service provider might be of use to some. However, serious photographers and/or those creating company literature (e.g. pamphlets, brochures etc) are more likely to upload higher resolution images directly to a printing company.

Most of us, if approached by a developer who wants access to our site, would likely respond with disinterest.

E-commerce companies might want to make use of a developers services to compete. But, if they’ve got any sense they will use in-house services provided by people who have a deeper knowledge of their company’s business and dedicated to it.

3.1.3 Business Loss

I believe that the new User Interface has been so badly implemented as to deter users in the new enterprise.

Existing customers have suffered considerable and pointless nuisance.

It has been shown that it takes less effort to keep existing customers than acquire new ones.

WP Reader Changes ⇐

WP Changes – Accessing the old system ⇐


A Lament for The Ancient Code Wrangler at Xmas

Twas the night before Christmas,
And through all WordPress house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Because they’d eaten the mouse,

The code wranglers were nestled,
All snug in their beds,
Whilst visions of fudge brownies,
Danced in their heads,

Then down from the chimney,
All covered in soot,
Came an ancient code wrangler
Who’d chewed of his foot

Up, he proclaimed,
There’s work to do still
There’s a Reader to wrap,
And send them a bill,

The customers heard this,
And thought it unfair,
So they caught the old wrangler,
And pulled out his hair,

He’s a national treasure,
They cried loudly and puffed,
He belongs behind glass,
But first have him stuffed.

😀

I hope you enjoyed that, although it’s not up to the standard of this chap.   How did he know about code wranglers so long ago.

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An Ode to WordPress Reader⇐ and more on the subject of the New Reader ⇐.


WP Reader Changes – Wouldn’t This Be Better

It seems WP want the Reader to fit on a cellphone, but wouldn’t the format below be better for all ?  It makes maximum use of the available space by hiding the menu (or by spreading it along the top bar), minimizing the white space and fitting all pictures into a 4:3 frame without cropping. Modified 21 Dec 2016.  More↓.

There are icons for a full gallery view (pics), plain reader (read) and visit the blog (visit).  The gallery icon shows the number of images on the post and changes colour if there are more images than shown by the reader.  A click-on the left side larger image will expand it.

This alternative uses a little more height than the new Reader, but far less than the previous Reader, is more accommodating and even looks better on a cellphone than the current new Reader.

The present load speed problem is partly due to the extra data transfer junk (e.g. Google Analytics, Google Ads, Olark, WordPress Public API and many more) and partly due to the larger number of posts (in thin slices) being loaded at one time.  Although the number of posts being loaded at one time might be less for those using a mobile application.

The fonts and juxtapositions aren’t brilliant, but it conveys the idea. Next week, I’m teaching it to do singing and dancing.

The point of this exercise being; to show what can be done and encourage WP to consult in future. And, of course, stop WP from pushing their recommendations into our reading lists.

More on the Reader here ⇐.

WordPress Changes – Accessing the Old System ⇐

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WP Reader Changes – 2016/2017

Periodically updated list of news/articles/contacts about the WP Reader Changesbell-and-cross-3

and a link to – User Interface Changes ⇐  and Accessing the old System (Stats, Editor etc)

Following the introduction of a new WP Reader format in December of 2016, objections were raised about the layout and the intention to “push” WP’s recommendations into our readers. More recently there have been complaints about censorship and then an intention to “push” recommendations by email.

The WP Forum ⇒ on this topic with members comments (available to all WP bloggers).

The WP Blog announcement ⇒ is still readable but now closed for further comments.

Articles

Articles in reverse chronology:-

Preventing WP Reading Recommendation Being Sent by Email ⇐    Opting out of the automatic email subscription.

A Lament for the Ancient Code Wrangler at Xmas ⇐  😀 An Ode of humour.  Oh alright, taking the mickey. (Dec 24, 2016).

WP Reader Changes – Wouldn’t This be Better ? ⇐  An alternative design that addresses the problems (Dec 21, 2016).

WP Reader Changes – WP Test Sending Recommendations by Email ⇐  Update: It seems that we will be able to manage our subscription. Please see the post for details (Dec 20, 2016).

A Xmas Ode to the WP Reader ⇐  😀 A little fun at their expense.  Well we can’t let them get us down and become dispirited (Dec 19, 2016).

** WP Reader Changes – Worse to Come ⇐  General Information about WP’s intent to put their recommendations into our Readers, problems with the new format and the means to complain (Dec 18, 2016).

WP Reader Changes ⇒ by Cindy Knoke which contains a large number of adverse comments (Dec 15, 2016).

 


WP Reader Changes – WP Test Sending Recommendations by Email

Update: From Jeff Bowen of Horizon Feedback responding to a suggestion of  Opting-in/out for recommendation by email.

“Thanks for the suggestion, Graham. It’s not shown in the screenshot, but you will definitely be able to manage your subscription status for these, regardless”.

So it seems, one less thing to be concerned about.

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Original Post was

On December 19 2016 at 2:43pm I asked Horizon Feedback if they had been asked to test the new WP Reader (using their “Call for Testing: Image Editor” post). The answer of “No” was published as a comment on the same post at 10:19pm on the same day.

Subsequently, Dandelionslad ⇒ kindly gave me a heads up that a new post of “Call for Testing: Recommended Reading Emails” had been published.  Please click here ⇓ to view. 

https://horizonfeedback.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/call-for-testing-recommended-reading-emails/

!!  There is a comments section  !!

It seems that WP intend to send us unsolicited recommendations by email (straight into my junk folder) in addition to placing them in our Readers.

 

More news and articles ⇒


WP Reader Changes – Worse to Come

The Lesser Known Problem:  According to the Announcement ⇒, WordPress will be putting their recommendations into our reader lists.  From the WordPress Blog announcement:-

“There are millions of amazing posts flowing through WordPress.com every day that you never see, and we want to bring a few of them to your attention, so we’re adding a bit of serendipity. We call it Recommended Posts.”

“This new section will show up in Reader intermittently — more for new members, less for existing members who already follow a lot of sites. You can also see Recommended Posts on the Search page.”

If this is allowed to proceed, how long before we start getting emails of the recommendations which appear in our reader.

From the WordPress Forum on this topic.

“Recommendations will hopefully work to help to connect more people with more blogs they like. More are shown to people who are new to using the Reader and less are shown to people who already follow a lot of sites. if you don’t like a recommendation, click the X icon to dismiss it and we’ll keep that in mind.”

That is, we are coerced into following more blogs in order to reduce this intrusion.

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Update: It now looks as if WP will try to push their recommendations into our emails.  Here ⇐.   The Fix ⇐

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Further:-

There are many bloggers who do not like the new format which misrepresents/distorts/crops pictures, minimizes samples and lacks respect for their work.

For those without super-fast broadband, the reader has become much slower.

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Why Push Content: One can only conjecture.  There seems to be a need to stimulate activity. (i.e the number of recorded views). This may be an attempt to retain the WordPress image in the face of those blogs which have been abandoned or are rarely used. I think this approach is likely to make the situation  worse

Another possible reason, for the new format, is so that it fits cell-phones and creates more space for the “recomendations”.

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Censorship: There are a number of complaints that adverse comments have been excluded from the WordPress Blog on this subject and at least one from the WordPress Forum on this topic.  That will be another post later, with screen-shots of the items reinstated on the forum after complaints.

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Solution: For everybody to enter a comment on the WordPress Blog ⇒ and the WordPress Forum ⇒ (which every WordPress blogger has a right to use) and thus spill outside of those forums to the ears of those who bear influence.  There is a further mass of dissent at Cindy Knokes post ⇒.

The WordPress Blog seems only to accept very short comments.  Please report anything short that is rejected.

Complaints are numerous, these are mine. Pick as you will or add you own.  One does not need to justify or argue, only state.

As a paying customer, I (also) object to:-

The intrusion of unsolicited posts into my reader.

The intrusion of my unsolicited posts into the readers of others, causing them annoyance.

Any prospect of unsolicited emails from the reader.

The misrepresentation/distortion/cropping of my photographs and lack of respect for my work.

The reduction in sample size.

The slower reader speed.

The high-handed manner of this action without any prior consultation.

The poor competence in its implementation.

Any form of censorship, being contrary to the stated views of WordPress, the precepts of the free-world and the free-press.  Particularly of dissenting views and the marginalisation of dissenters.

The more we accept without protest, the more we will be used without respect. 

“Merely exist on our knees, or take the chances of being fully alive on our feet.”

Making an effort does make a difference.  Imagine how bad it would be if we didn’t.

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More News and Articles on this Subject ⇐

And, on a lighter note, A Christmas Ode to the WordPress Reader ⇐  😀

 

 


The WP New Editor Protest

Poll

These posts are from March 2015 bu continues to receive views.  The Poll below is still open and shows a a vast majority of protest.  Some further articles/information on the WP changes are here.

Add Your View and Please Share the Opportunity

This Poll, in response to the New WP Editor, has a gathering momentum (2,500+ votes) , it is independent, the results visible and well worth a moment of your time to add your vote. There is nothing to lose, it may help and it might deter any further nuisance. Please click on:-

http://www.poll-maker.com/poll277402x1D5c4173-10

With credit and thanks to blogger “imperialtwilight” for the initiative.

It is also worth leaving a comment on the most recently active forum thread.  Please click here:-

https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/disappointed-in-new-wordpress?replies=11

The previous forum thread of 32 pges (now closed) is here.

https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/please-reinstate-the-option-of-choice-to-use-the-old-publishing-format/page/29?replies=553

If you would be kind enough to Share, Post with a Link or Reblog, it will help to spread the opportunity to others.  Spreading the word is very important if we are to avoid further problems.

The Poll is spreading well enough that, if WP ignore it, then it will be obvious to all that they have made a wrong turn.  On that basis, maybe they will not ignore it.

Workarounds are here.

Some further articles/information on the WP changes are here.