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FOUND! Stop Related YouTube Videos

I found a plugin that will fix another issue I have run into. This problem was caused by YouTube, not the WordPress Editor, aka Gutenberg.

This plugin also will automatically center your YouTube videos, so you won’t have to go to the WordPress Customizer and add the Additional CSS snippet I mentioned in my last post.

This plugin is the YouTube Embed and YouTube Gallery WordPress Plugin. So far it is working well. When you install it, just make sure that you go through the plugin’s Setup Wizard and select the options you need.

That’s it!

Note: The plugin has a premium version, but when I tested it today, I could accomplish what I needed without purchasing the upgrade. Although I am recommending this plugin, I am not receiving any commission for recommending it. All support questions need to be directed to The EmbedPlus Team.

FOUND! How to Center Video Embeds with the New Editor

I like the new editor in WordPress. During development, it was called Gutenberg. Some still call the editor by its development name, but as of November, 2018, the editor is part of the WordPress Core.

I like it, but I have had one problem with it. I couldn’t find a way to center an embedded video from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Every time that I used an embed block, the video appeared justified to the left. I tried using the Center button. It didn’t work. I tried editing the block in HTML, adding the code to align to the Center. It didn’t work.

Well, today, I had had enough, so I went back to Google to see if anyone had found the solution. WinWar Media has the solution! Unfortunately, their instructions to make all videos appear centered didn’t work. So I tried the other code snippets and voila!

To implement their solution, go into the WordPress Theme Customizer (Appearance|Customize) and scroll down to Additional CSS. To center YouTube videos, just copy/paste the following code into that section of the Customizer:

.wp-block-embed.is-provider-youtube {
display: block;
margin: 0 auto;
text-align: center;
}

To make Vimeo videos center, use this CSS Snippet:

.wp-block-embed.is-provider-vimeo {
display: block;
margin: 0 auto;
text-align: center;
}

Now…. if I can just find a way to not display the Related Videos at the end that are automatically supplied by Google. It used to be possible to do this by adding a little code to the end of the embed. But now that WordPress uses its own embed, I haven’t found a way yet.

I’ll post the fix when I find it!

Celebrating Ten Years of Website Solutions

Many of my Facebook friends have taken the “Ten-Year Challenge” where they post a picture of themselves from ten years ago alongside a current picture. Well, I have a different kind of “Ten-Year Challenge” and it works to your organization’s advantage!

I have been developing website solutions for Ten Years now. Admittedly, the look of my own website hasn’t been updated (much) in those ten years. That will change soon as I update the theme and layout to be more modern and responsive.

So let me ask: When was the last time you updated your website? Have you ever updated your website? How well and how often is your website maintained?

My clients receive software updates to their WordPress websites as often as several times a day. This protects them against bugs and vulnerabilities. Updates need to be installed as often as possible because no one wants their website hacked to redirect their visitors to someone else’s website or to display nefarious content uploaded by someone else!

So here’s my “Ten-Year Challenge”. It’s very simple: For a limited time, take advantage of my company’s Ten Year Anniversary Celebration with a special 10% discount on my services.

What services do I offer? That’s a GREAT QUESTION!

I don’t sell websites. I offer affordable, custom website solutions for small organizations like churches, non-profits, and small businesses. I use the most popular Content Management System, WordPress, which powers almost one-third of the websites on the Internet.

This means that I don’t just create a WordPress website and hand it off to my clients, wishing them “good luck” as they go their merry way to try to figure out how to manage their website on their own. I want my clients to know that their website is actively monitored, backed up and protected from hackers. That makes for great peace-of-mind!

Your website is one of the first impressions your prospects have of your organization. Don’t gamble with your organization’s website!

Contact me for a free website evaluation! Let me take a look and make suggestions for updating and maintaining your WordPress website. And take advantage of this limited-time “Ten-Year Challenge” at a 10% discount!

Security Patch to WordPress 5.0

WordPress 5.0 was released on December 6 and an update has already rolled out. A second is scheduled to be released on December 19.

Ok, so why so many updates in such a short time?

WordPress 5.01 was released on December 13. It was a security update to patch some recently-discovered vulnerabilities. These are some pretty significant vulnerabilities, so please check your website to see what version you’re running and update accordingly.

The upcoming update (WordPress 5.02) will bring some performance improvements.

We continue to keep a watch on what’s up in the WordPress world. And our clients’ are protected from vulnerabilities.

How about you? Are you running the latest version of WordPress on your website or blog? Give us a shout! We’d love to take a look at your website and let you know if we find anything that needs updating.

And we’ll do it for FREE!

All of Our Organizations’ Websites have been Updated

All of the organizations that we work with are running the latest version of WordPress (5.0). Everything seems to be working properly. You may not see much difference since the Classic Editor is still set as your Default Editor. However, you may notice a slight speed increase.

As I said last week, there are some good introductory videos on the new editor, Gutenberg. I highly encourage you to watch a few of them to familiarize yourself. I will hold off until January before making Gutenberg available for you to use (unless you want to jump in now, in that case just let me know).

Videos:

  • WordPress for Non-Techies released this video six weeks ago using a pre-release version of Gutenberg on WordPress 4.98:
  • This short video was released earlier today with WordPress 5.0: 

New WordPress Update December 6, 2018

Gutenberg

This is a much-anticipated major update and it includes several enhancements, most notably a new visual editor called Gutenberg. The release date has been very fluid with the date pushed out a little more and a little more as developers worked to fix the reported software bugs. For instance, the update was supposed to be released the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but because of the holiday, it was pushed out further. Many people were expecting Automattic (the company that develops WordPress) to push the release date into January.

However, I was very surprised to read yesterday that WordPress 5.0 with Gutenberg will be released tomorrow, perhaps in a lead up to this week’s keynote address at WordCamp US by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg.

Because this is a major update and the perceived issues with client confusion regarding Gutenberg, many developers will postpone the update until the New Year. Others are allowing their clients’ websites to update tomorrow, but without the Gutenberg Editor enabled.

Rather than automatically rolling out all of my clients’ websites at once, I have backed up everything on your website and I will manually install the update on each website over the next few days, individually ensuring that the update runs smoothly.
For those of you who do not log into your website to update the content, all of this is just academic. But for those of you who do update your own content, Gutenberg will take some getting used to.

For this reason, I will install the WordPress update without initially enabling Gutenberg. Unless you advise me otherwise, I will plan to enable the new editor in January. But before that, I’ll email some links to some introductory videos so you’ll have an idea of what to expect.

Note: You do have the option to not install the Gutenberg Editor. I believe that Automattic is planning to continue to support the Classic Editor “for many years to come“. Please let me know if you do not want Gutenberg installed. However, I recommend that you try the new Editor at some point. After getting past the learning curve, I think you’ll find an easier editing experience.

I’m sorry to have taken so much of your time. I will keep you updated on the WordPress 5.0 rollout.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

In the meantime, here is a good preview of Gutenberg.


How Much is a Website?

A snicker crept across the auditorium as a room full of website developers awaited a panelist’s answer when asked this question last weekend at WordCampDFW.

Her response? “How much is a house in Dallas? That all depends on what size house you want and the neighborhood you want to live in!”

Website developers are often asked the question. And many of us hesitate to give a cut-and-dry answer. Because it depends.

Do you want a website that is basically a business card that includes your logo, color scheme, and a way to contact you?

Or do you want a website that helps you establish and maintain a connection between your organization and a website visitor? Do you want to include a slideshow of a recent event? Do you want your website visitors to complete a survey? Do you want to sell something on your website? Do you want to give something away? If you’re a church, do you want to provide audio or video your pastor’s recent sermons on your website?

The answer to how much a website costs has everything to do with what you want to accomplish with your website. That’s why it’s difficult to get a straight answer to a vague question — from a quality website developer.

That’s why we ask questions. We don’t want to merely sell you a website. We want to help you establish and maintain a connection with people.

 

 

Another Phishing Scam

phish

verb (used without object)

  1. to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an email that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one. (Source: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/phishing)

Steve Dotto has identified another phishing scam. In it, they attempt to lure you into clicking a link to cancel a payment to PayPal. Pretty sneaky!

Be careful before you click. Watch the video for more information.

Countdown to WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg

If all goes according to schedule, WordPress 5.0 and the new content editor Gutenberg will be released in three weeks (November 19). With this new major version upgrade, Gutenberg will move from being a WordPress plugin to being integrated into the WordPress Core.

If you have not installed the new editor, it’s time to do so and get acquainted with the new features.

Until recently, it seemed everyone was cautioning against using Gutenberg on a “live” site because it was seen as being “not ready for prime-time”. Well, we’re down to three weeks, so it’s time to get acquainted with it, even on a live site if you don’t have an option to check it out on a local or a staging site.

You may already have Gutenberg installed on your website as a plugin. If so, go to your WordPress Plugins Menu and enable Gutenberg. If it’s not installed, just Add New and type Gutenberg. Next, Install and Activate it. If you see a plugin called Classic Editor, you will need to disable it.

When you go to create a new Post or Page (or edit a Post or Page you already have written), your screen will look very different.

You are used to seeing this:

WordPress Classic Editor Screen Capture
WordPress Classic Editor

Now you are greeted with this:

The new Gutenberg editor screen capture
The New Gutenberg Editor

As you navigate around, you’ll find that Gutenberg is more than a little bit different than you’re used to. But that’s ok.

Admittedly, this is the first post I’ve written with Gutenberg. And actually, it’s not been as bad as I feared. It was surprisingly easy to navigate and insert the pictures.

If you want a little more about navigating around Gutenberg, check out WPCrafter’s tutorial geared for non-techies.

 

Join Me at WordCamp DFW 2018!

WordCamp DFWWordCamp is a gathering of WordPress enthusiasts. This year’s WordCamp for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is November 10-11 in Fort Worth. I’ll be speaking on WordPress 101; it’s an introduction to WordPress. I’ll cover what WordPress is, how to install and navigate it, some basic troubleshooting tips, and some best practices when using it.

Regardless of your experience with WordPress (or lack thereof), there’s something for you at WordCamp. This is the only WordCamp in the entire state of Texas this year.

Here’s a bio about my background with WordPress.