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WordPress Changes – Losing the Old Admin and Editor

The False Appearance of Success

Matt Mullenweg seems to be under the impression that the new User Interface and Editor have been a success. From his recent “State of the Word Address” ⇒.

“Matt gave some updates on Calypso’s adoption since it was released last year. He says that 68% of posts on WordPress.com are now written in Calypso. 17% of posts are written via a mobile device, and only 15% of users are using the WordPress admin. For reference, Calypso is the default method of publishing on WordPress.com now, so that includes the desktop website, desktop app, and mobile app”.

We need to tell him that it is a false impression based upon being herded into the new system by the removal of virtually all links to the old one.  A move which seems to have precipitated an increasing number of abandoned and infrequently used blogs.

We also need to list all the new UI’s and Editors shortcomings.  Including the low-speed for those who aren’t fortunate enough to have super-fast broadband and super-fast computers. 

It seems, for business reasons which include the use of Rest-API ⇐, WordPress are determined to set aside what remains of the old system.  They had better be persuaded to perfect the new one first.  That will take many voices, so please add your comment to the forum and pass the news to others and, for the present,  How to Access the Old System ⇐

The places to comment.

Where you can place a comment and, should you so wish, address a comment to Matt Mullenweg as @Matt:-

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

Comments about the WP Reader:-

https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/reader-update/page/2?replies=15

This is my message to Matt Mullenweg on the “stats” thread of the forum:-

Message for @Matt via @supernovia

It is noticeable that there are an increasing number of blogs that are infrequently used and an increasing number being abandoned.  Pushing Reader “Recommendations” at us, without an opt-out will only annoy customers more.

The idea that the new UI is successful (according your State of the Word address) is false one, brought about by the destruction of links and making all but one point away from the old UI.  Many bloggers do not even know that it still exists.  You have been fooling yourselves.

As an aside: You would make the UI/Editor/Reader less cramped if you employed slide-away or drop-down menus.

The new UI/Editor remains deficient of original function.  There is lot of work to do before it will reach the original functional standard.  You shouldn’t need us to tell you what’s missing. That is a ludicrous failure of perception and a disrespectful misuse of our time.

Unless one has super-fast broadband and a super-fast computer, which most people do not, especially in the farther regions of the world, then the new UI/Editor/Reader is horribly slow.  Using more code to achieve less is a failure and no amount of contrived hyperbole or herding of customers can alter the reality.  And, why on Earth is the “Reader” loading Olark.

If you are using OAuth 2.0, as it seems you are, you should bear in mind what the lead project author entirely disavowed that version.

I suggest that you give the project at least a semblance of genuine improvement, then beta test it and only then launch it.  Do not destroy what works in favour of what does not.  We are paying customers (and paying for No-Ads does count). We are not here for you to experiment on.

Here ⇒  are just some of the comments that you don’t see.

Further: There has been exclusion of adverse customer comment on the WP Blog and the Forum’s “Reader” thread.  That is against WP’s apparent stance on censorship, a contravention of First Amendment Rights and fuels the argument for making WP a Regulated Public Utility under Congressional control.  Perhaps it would be a good idea to see that it doesn’t happen again.

Have a nice day.   🙂


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 ⇐


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.


WordPress Changes – Poll – Kept in the Dark ?

Duck back 2Others in this series are Start – Herded ? Kept in the Dark ? Valued Customer ?  and more to come. Workarounds are here.  My standby blog is http://freedfromtime.blogspot.co.uk/

Purpose

It is now evident that WP management will not pay attention to customers disquiet and have opted for obstinate.  It also evident that they have kept some motives hidden (see below).

The only option left is to seek a change of management by alerting investors via the tech-media.  The forums and this opportunity to vote is a means of doing so.


 1.  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 the Rest-Api system provides three facilities.

  • 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.

Further information is available  in sections  2 and 3.  Otherwise jump to sections 4-6 .


 2.  Public/Limited Access

You might try clicking on some of these (I’ve kept it to the 4 most recent)_:-

Revealing my 4 most recent posts, or anybodies.

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

Revealing my 4 most recent comments, or anybodies, 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, or anybodies,  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

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.

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

2.1  Whats the problem.

This does provide further information such as numeric ID’s for Blog, Post, Author and Comment relating to yourself and your visitors.

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 reveal any hidden Log-in/User name.

To test this I have temporarily changed my Display name. Take another look at the first Link and you can see my Display name (Graham With Hats) and the hidden Log-in/User name (grahaminhats).

It is of course too late for me to hide my User name, as this is already attached to previous posts/comments. But, those who took that extra precaution, from the start of their Blogging, have been let down.

I debated whether to release this information but, considering that the content is now publicly available, it seemed better to make it known to Bloggers.

Given the present situation there seems no point in changing one’s User name (you can’t change it back) or Display name. Therefore, we must rely on strong Passwords. One form of strong Password, for recent times, is a phrase of three or four words that has a personal meaning.

3.  Full Access

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 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.”

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 “go forth and multiply- off”.

E-commerce companies might want to make use of a developers services to compete. 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. For instance the Mobile App fails or crashes on some devices and the New Editor doesn’t even have an “Add Contact Form” function.

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.


 4.  A Remaining Mystery

The Rest-Api system is not exactly a secret. Therefore why not tell bloggers what it’s all about. There have been plenty of questions put on the forums and here, including questions to Matt Mullenweg on About WordPress Changes and What We Can Do.  All we’ve been told is that it is “Improved or Upgraded” and that it will be “Neat or Nifty” . Why not tell us the whole truth. What are we, peasants ?

What’s the mystery, why are we being herded and why remove the original stats page (as we have been told will happen).

The manner with which this has been undertaken seems irrational and unnecessarily forceful. This leads me to think that there is more to discover.

None of this nuisance seems necessary for the implementation of the new functions. Is it necessary for a fuller implementation or to Beta test it on the present customer base or are there others looking on and want to see it “neat” ?  Others like Tiger Global who have invested and also have investments in mobile and e-commerce interests.  Or, is it a “Just Do it” or “Plough on” or just plain daft attitude or a need to meet deadlines or are control issues involved ?

Perhaps, with new system, it is possible to monitor the Stats that we take an interest in.

Insights and conjectures will be welcome as comments, together with anything else you might wish to say

5.  Did You Know  ?

I’ve looked for the below item on the company blog and the the Daily Post.  There does not seem to be any mention of it anywhere on WordPress.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2158771/wordpress-com-vulnerable-to-account-hijacking.html

It has probably been fixed by changing to https and the introduction of what looks like a security cookie. But, that login cookie still has a three-year expiry date unless you have a .com, in which case it expires at the end of the browser session.

 

6.  Kept in the Dark ?

Do you feel Kept in the Dark ? This is hardly transparent. There is an opportunity to vote by clicking on a Like in the appropriate comment box below. The third comment box has a link to commentary with replies available.

Please spread the word by Linking, Sharing, Reblogging, or however you think best, so that others have the opportunity to view and vote.

Thank you for taking the trouble to visit.


* Automattic employees may comment but may not vote. * For surety, I have not used PollDaddy because it is owned by Automattic.


⇐ Herded ? ……… Valued Customer ? ⇒


WordPress Changes – Your Poll #1 – Herded ?

Duck back 2Others in this series are Start – Herded ?  Kept in the Dark (Why this is really happening) ?  Valued Customer ?  and more to come.  Workarounds are here.  My standby blog is http://freedfromtime.blogspot.co.uk/


This is your opportunity to vote on the recent changes to WordPress and there are two vital reasons to do so.

Firstly, the survey is unlikely to be published, so this is your opportunity to be heard.

Secondly, it is now evident that by ourselves it is unlikely that we can bring about improvement but, investors and allied businesses do not like mismanagement that alienates it’s customers and fails in new endeavours.  They can make a difference and bring about the only solution available to us which is a change of management.   With enough support there will opportunity to refer this matter to tech-journalists.  The more who attend, the better chance we have. So please Link to here, Share, Reblog, or spread the word however you think fit.


Herded ?

The Reader: However one gets to the Reader, there is no way out except via the new Stats interface.  The Reader lost it’s small drop-down menu late last year, which offered a link back to one’s Dashboard and a Sign Out.  That loss paved the way to confinement.

The standard login (via wordpress.com) now goes directly to the Reader.

Almost every link to “Stats” goes to the new Stats interface. There is only “View All” beneath the Dashboard graph that still goes to the original statistics page. Other than this, one had to endure the nuisance of scrolling all the way down the new Statistics interface to find the only other link.

The New Editor was almost impossible to avoid until one has loaded it and then chosen “Classic Editor”. Then an opt-out cookie was placed with your browser. But, it expired after six weeks and was only useful if one was willing to keep WordPress cookies between sessions (more on those later). There is was no knowing how short it’s expiry date may be in the future.   That option has been removed and one can only access the classic editor via direct links.

Taken all together, do you feel herded by nuisances, towards the new user interface and it’s editor.

How to vote:   Beneath you will find two comment boxes.

One is for:        Yes  –   I do feel herded into the new Stats interface.

The other is:     No   –   I do not feel herded into the new Stats interface.

Please click on the small blue . ⭐ Like .  in the box of your preference. You can withdraw your like at any time by clicking on it again.

Comments on this topic can be added in the usual way. And, thank you for taking the time to read. 🙂


* Automattic employees may comment but may not vote. * I have not used PollDaddy because it is owned by Automattic.    * I regret the loss of Reply levels, but need to keep this simple. * Comments can be a testament to the extent (or not) of nuisance or whatever you may wish to add.


About WP Changes ……. Kept in the Dark ? ⇒


Forum Topic Moved

 The forum topic “Classic Stats – How to Set” has been closed.  We continue here:- Upgraded Stats ~ for those who are not happy about it.

 


WordPress Navigation Links – Improved

Using the Old Facilities and Avoiding the New

Revised 11th April 2015.

A roundup of other methods, which includes using a redirect script in your Browser is here.

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Using Bookmarks is quite simple once you get the hang of it.  By creating and using a few Bookmarks/Favourites you can move from anywhere to anywhere without delay.

All that you really need is to open your Dashboard (WP-Admin) and keep it open in a tab so that you can return to it.

  • Log-in to your WP Dashboard:-

Type or paste the following in your browser’s address bar, placing your blog name where indicated.  Then you can Log-in to your dashboard.

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

You only need to do this once and then  Bookmark/Favourite it for future use.


  •      Using the Dashboard and keeping it open

Right click on a button/link/menu item and choose “Open in new Tab”.   Thus:-

For the usual “classic” facilities such as the Editor,  use the left hand sidebar and Right click your choice for “Open in a New Tab”. You might then Bookmark/Favourite anything for future use (i.e. Dashboard, All-Posts, Classic Editor, etc).   It is better to use the left sidebar for all functions except switching blogs. You can reduce the left sidebar to icons by using the small arrow at the bottom.

For the original Stats page, Right click on “View All” (beneath the graph) and select “Open in a New Tab”.   For the older “Stats” page, Right click “Site Stats” from the menu of the small dial at the top left.  Whatever our preference, you might Bookmark/Favorite for future use.  If it is slow to load, refreshing/reloading often works.

Avoid the top left “My-Sites” because, on this page, it will go to the new UI.

To restore the your Dashboard or navigate/switch to your other blogs.  .

Use your WP-Admin (Dashboard) Bookmark.

Or, from the original Stats page, choose a Blog from the top right drop down menu and click on the small blue house (home) icon.

Or, if the black left sidebar is available hover your mouse pointer over the small dial at the top left and select “Dashboard”

Or, use the top left “My-Sites – Switch Site” which has more options

But, beware the “Stats” links on that menu will take you to the new UI (User Interface) and the “Blog Post – Add”  link will take you to the New Editor.

To Log out hover your mouse pointer over your Gravatar and use the drop down menu.


  • To add the Reader, without getting trapped, whilst you are logged in Right-Click on a link to the Reader and choose “Open in a new tab”.  Alternatively, click on:-

https://wordpress.com/

and might Bookmark/Favourite  for  future use or repeat this method.

Again, “My-Sites” on this page will take you to the new UI.


  • To add the Notifications Archive, whilst you are logged in click on:-

https://wordpress.com/notifications

and might Bookmark/Favourite for future use:-

Again, “My-Sites” on this page will take you to the new UI.


 If you would like more direct Links (e.g. My-Stats, older Stats, All Posts, New Post etc), please see:-

https://freedfromtime.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/help-with-wordpress-changes/

With thanks and credit to all those on the forums who initiated Bookmarking.