Useful WordPress Key Shortcuts

If you’re a multi-tasker like me, you want to be productive and get tasks done quickly and efficiently. The best thing is that WordPress also provides key shortcuts in the WordPress Block Editor that can be both useful and necessary.

You may be familiar with many of these WordPress Editor key shortcuts as they also apply to Windows and Microsoft Word. These key shortcuts work with both the WordPress Gutenberg Block Editor and the Classic Editor.

WordPress Key Basic Shortcuts:

  • CTRL + C = Copy
  • CTRL + V = Paste
  • CTRL + B = Bold
  • CTRL + I = Italic
  • CTRL + X = Cut
  • CTRL + A = Select all
  • CTRL + Z = Undo
  • CTRL + S = Save changes
  • CTRL + P = Print
  • CTRL + U = Underline the selected text
  • CTRL + K = Convert the selected text into a link
  • SHIFT + LEFT/RIGHT = Select one letter to the right/ left
  • SHIFT + HOME = Select all the text until the beginning of the current line
  • SHIFT + END = Select all the text until the end of the current line

Gutenberg Key Shortcuts for Windows users:

  • Enter = Add a new block; Can also be combined with / to quickly insert multiple blocks
  • CTRL + SHIFT + D = Duplicate the selected bloc’s
  • ALT + SHIFT + Z = Remove the selected blocks
  • ALT + SHIFT + D = Strike through
  • ALT + SHIFT + Q = Insert block quote
  • ALT + SHIFT + X = Add/remove code tag
  • CTRL + ALT + T = Insert a new block before the selected blocks
  • CTRL + ALT + Y = Insert a new block after the selected blocks
  • / = change the block type after adding a paragraph
  • ESC = Exit selection
  • CTRL + SHIFT + Z = Redo your last undo
  • CTRL + SHIFT + , = Show or hide the settings bar
  • ALT + SHIFT + O = Open the block navigation menu
  • ALT + SHIFT + M = Insert Image
  • ALT + SHIFT + N = Navigate to the next part of the editor
  • ALT + SHIFT + P = Navigate to the previous part of the editor
  • ALT + F10 = Navigate to the nearest toolbar

Although these shortcuts can be intimidating at the beginning, you’ll get used to them in time and speed up the article or page writing process. At the end of the day, productivity doesn’t appear by magic, you can’t expect great results without preparing for them.

WordPress Block Editor

Hello, dear readers! I am writing on this topic today to provide insights about the WordPress Block editor and to address one of my follower’s questions about the Block Editor. Sorry, Kevin, it was just too much to write in a comment! 😅

As you might tell, WordPress is ongoing a lot of updates lately. Safety reasons are on the top of the list, as we don’t want to leave or website pray to hackers. Apart from that, we get to experience new updates and upgrades along with a new version of WordPress.

WordPress Block Editor

I started writing on WordPress a long time ago, so my first experience was with the WordPress Classic Editor. However, not long ago the Classic Editor got replaced with the new Gutenberg Block editor.

If you are accustomed to writing to the Classic Editor, details may seem confusing and hard to comprehend at the start. I recall my first interaction with the Gutenberg Block editor (the website did let me know that an upgrade was done), needless to say, I went back to the Classic Editor after just a few posts.

I have to recognize that I feel uneasy and not understanding how this latest block editor worked altogether, it was a challenge. In time, using the Gutenberg block editor and going back to the Classic one made me discover the importance of the latest update, and took some time to study it.

Gutenberg Block Editor

Gutenberg and Classic are two separate editors for content development in WordPress. While the Classic Editor was a text editor with formatting buttons identical to Microsoft Word, Gutenberg uses an entirely different method called ‘Blocks’. Blocks are primarily content components that you can apply to the edit screen to create content layouts. Thus, each item attached to your post and page is a block.

This is how the Gutenberg Block Editor looks like (the language displayed is Romanian, my primary language):

Gutenberg Block Editor, WordPress example

Blocks can be added for each paragraph, images, videos, galleries, audio lists, and more. For the WordPress Free and Premium Plans, these blocks are based primarily on the theme used, as we cannot include WordPress Plugins.

What do I love about the Gutenberg Block Editor?

  1. Creating a new post anytime I feel like doing it, either by selecting the top bar to write a new post or by going to ‘Posts » Add new’ to my WordPress admin menu. If I am writing a new page, then I can use the ‘Pages » Add New’ menu.
  2. As the new Block Editor helps me to write my title and then move on to the first paragraph, I can start writing immediately.
  3. Functionality. I love that I can move content elements up and down, edit them as individual blocks and create my posts faster and more efficiently.
Gutenberg Block Editor, WordPress example, functionality

Also, each block comes with its own toolbar, which displays at the top of it, and the buttons in the toolbar can change based on what I’m editing.

4. By clicking the ‘add new block’ button present in several sections of the page, I can add any block I want:

Gutenberg Block Editor, WordPress example, functionality

5. Key Words. Apart from clicking on the tabs to search the block, I can also use keywords to make my work easier. TIP: To enable the keyboard shortcut, type / to search and add a block:

Gutenberg Block Editor, WordPress example, functionality

6. Drag and drop. I love this feature because I can drag and drop any picture I want to insert into my post, and it will instantly create a block for me.

7. Pexels. I can add any free image on ‘Pexels’ by simply selecting an image block and clicking on the ‘Pexels Free Photos’ option. Here I can type any keyword for the preferred image, type on search, and Voila:

Gutenberg Block Editor, WordPress example, Pexels

I don’t like the Gutenberg Block Editor, can I go back to the Classic one?

You can still change to the Classic Editor via WP Admin if you like. However, the Classic Editor will be supported until 2022, which means that if you don’t have the chance to switch to the Gutenberg Block Editor, there is yet time to learn.

WordPress offers free courses and if you want to learn even more, their Blogging U. offers free courses: https://en.support.wordpress.com/blogging-u and also free webinars: https://wordpress.com/webinars/.

Conclusion

In my view, the update to the Gutenberg Block Editor is a successful one. Not only does it deliver quick and simple handling, but it also offers a fantastic experience as a blogger. Taking time to read and understand this new upgrade is certainly going to benefit you, and it’s a step ahead in the future.

WordPress Plugins

In today’s post I will delve into WordPress Plugins basics and why are they important for our blog growth.

When we release a new WordPress Website we can choose from approximately 55,000 available plugins to add to our blog. WordPress offers a broad variety of plugins, whether we are referring to photography plugins, newsletters, or some other plugins that can provide the required functionality and features for our site.

In simpler terms, plugins are the features that will turn our page from a simplistic blog to a dynamic one with advanced functionality, according to our preference, providing a better experience to our website guests.

Plugins are pieces of software (pre-coded apps that integrate with our WordPress site) that are designed to perform a specific set of functions or add a specific kind of feature, to any self-hosted WordPress site.

Sadly, these plugins function only for self-hosted websites, and not hosted versions such as WordPress.com. Hosted websites typically provide theme options for customizing plugins so it isn’t possible to add plugins freely and customize sites on these platforms.

Many of these plugins can be discovered on the WordPress Plugin Page, but as previously mentioned, they work only for self-hosted websites (WordPress.org platform). In this case, if we own a self-hosted website, we can download the plugin .zip file, and then upload it on the plugin page of our WordPress Page.

What Plugin experience does the WordPress Premium Plan offers?

Sadly, the WordPress Premium or Free Plan does not offer the possibility to install plugins from third-party vendors. To install plugins, bloggers like us require to purchase the WordPress Business Plan which costs about $299 per year.

WordPress.com hosts a collection of about 200 homemade and partner themes so we can style our site with a layout at our preference. Thanks to the Premium plan, we’ll be able to install any of these themes for free, even the paid ones.

(Image Source – Pexels, Markus Winkler)

WordPress premium

2021 started with new emotions and hopes for me, one of which was moving to a new WordPress plan. For a couple of years now, I’ve been using this platform and decided to take a new approach in using this tool. Today, after a long pause, I’m going to delve into whether we should or should not use the WordPress Premium Plan.

Since I’m mainly interested and enthusiastic about this new WordPress Premium adventure, I’ll start with a one-day post to understand and get engaged with the pros of this package and how it can help me and you, dear blogger, keep progressing with blogging.

WordPress Premium Benefits

Unlimited support

One of the advantages is the direct help via email and chat, in every time zone, whether you’re writing from Africa or Romania. Worldwide writers can be helped by the WordPress Team to address any problems relevant to the blogging activity on their platform.

Free Domain

The WordPress Premium Plan includes a free custom domain name for one year. While WordPress offers two different versions WordPress.com and WordPress.org. As you may know, on WordPress.com you obtain a free domain and website without the need of signing up or hosting a domain.

In comparison with WordPress.org that allows you to self-host your WordPress site, WordPress.com uses a subdomain, in my case ‘katespage23.wordpress.com‘. The Premium Plan changes everything and allows us to grow a popular site without using a subdomain or being limited to the requirements of a free blog.

Premium Themes

While the WordPress unpaid plan didn’t offer that many themes and control, the Premium plan not only offers a wide range of themes but also allows the users to customize their themes, colors, fonts, and styles. 

WordPress offers a range of 200 themes-even paid themes, and these can be customized using directly the CSS Code. Having your blog stand out in the crowd, using exclusive, responsive themes that adhere to the present-day standards should be a priority.

Security

One of the important features of this plan is security. If due to any reason you want to download a free WordPress theme from a 3rd party website, there is a huge possibility for the theme to be corrupted with malicious code that may infect and steal essential information from your website.

Monetization 

One of the advantages of this package is the possibility to monetize your WordPress Site. While the Free Version of WordPress showed commercials without any reimbursement, the Premium Plan allows you to earn money by clicking on these ads, that are further tracked by WordPress using the Word Ads program. Also, you can make money using embeddable payment buttons.

Updates

Along with WordPress updates, the Premium Themes are updated to be compatible with the latest WordPress version available. Moreover, these updates offer perfect compatibility with a wide range of plugins and true responsiveness. Sadly, this doesn’t apply to free themes, that may bring security concerns to your website, making it highly vulnerable to cyber threats.

13 GB of storage space

Most of the time, writers require photos, audio, and video files and in time, you may reach a point where the media library gets full. Then, you may think of a solution to resolve this, with WordPress Premium you are given additional storage space along with the ability to upload more types of files and media.

Conclusion

In my view, choosing WordPress Premium will provide resources and ways to expand and improve both you and your blog, whether we’re talking about a personal blog or a business-oriented one. Better support, reliable updates, and functionality should be made available to any effective blogger who wishes to make a career or just enjoy a flawless WordPress experience.

Food award 2020

Hello, dear readers and writers! I have been nominated by Daneelyunus for the Food Award 2020. Please visit Daneelyunus’s page; he has many fantastic posts that will keep you intrigued. This is my very first Food Award! 🙂

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Jovan Vasiljević)

Rules of the award:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you.
  2. Pingback to the creator, Daneelyunus.
  3. Use the same featured image as your nominator.
  4. Answer the five questions. Create five questions about food.

My answers:

What is your favorite food during lunch or dinner?

I adore chicken soup, or „bors” as we call it in Romania. I also enjoy spaghetti, schnitzel with mashed potatoes, salads, and barbecued salmon.

Do you like eggs?

I enjoy eggs, although I generally eat them in omelets, salads, mayonnaise, and other dishes. Eggs are high in vitamins and are regarded as one of the most nutritious foods.

However, it is essential to restrict egg intake in order to prevent rising cholesterol levels in the body and thereby reducing the chance of having a heart attack or developing cancer. With moderation, everything is OK. One egg each day should be plenty for our health.

Do you like vegetables?

I love carrots, broccoli, zucchini, radishes, and onions. Eating veggies keeps us healthy and aids in illness prevention.

Do you like any fruits?

Who doesn’t? I normally consume seasonal fruits, but I must agree that the finest time to eat fruits is during the summer when every good fruit is supplied directly from the garden. Strawberries, cherries, kiwi, apricots, oranges, and bananas are among my favorite fruits.

What you most like tea or coffee?

I must admit that I am a coffee junkie who cannot imagine her morning without coffee, but I also enjoy tea. After a hard day at work and a shower, a cup of hot linden and mint tea with a drop of lemon juice is excellent!

My nominees:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/

https://viewfromtheback.com/

https://thethoughtsandlifeofme.com/

https://shegotwings.home.blog/

https://naloewe.wordpress.com/

My questions to them:

  1. Do you think people should eat to live, or live to eat?
  2. What is your favorite dish? Present a recipe.
  3. What were the most craziest recipes you tried during this quarantine?
  4. Is cooking one of your favorite activities?
  5. What was your first prepared dish?

In the end, I want to thank Daneelyunus for taking the time to nominate me for this award. In terms of my readers, if your name does not appear on the list of nominations, you may just consider yourself nominated and promote the Food Award 2020 via WordPress. I’m excited to read my nominee’s responses!

Have a great weekend, stay safe! ✌️😇

1300 followers, thank you!

Hello there, dear readers and authors. I wanted to take a few moments out of my day to express my heartfelt gratitude. Katherine’s Page has been expanding so beautifully recently.

I promised to devote part of my personal time to this blog page and improve it every day, adding original content, encouraging others with new postings, and always doing my best to make a difference.

The figures speak for themselves: I have over 1000 K hits per week and 1300 followers. The numbers are growing by the day as new brilliant authors and readers find my website, subscribe and become active.

I’d want to take this opportunity to apologize due to my chaotic, ever-changing schedule. Unfortunately, I don’t always manage to be on time on each new special person’s blog and do the same beautiful thing for them (liking, commenting, and becoming active).

Therefore, please be patient with me; I do love and admire every new fellow writer that joins Katherine’s World, and I promise to visit and become a part of your great world on WordPress as well.

“I appreciate you more because of the road I’ve traveled. My story brought me to you and I wouldn’t revise a word of my past if it led me anywhere but to your door.”

—Aaron Polson

1000 followers, thank you!

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A thousand followers, who would have guessed? I had no idea that my simple views would be followed by so many people all at once. Exactly 6 years have gone by since this blog was created, with little and humble thoughts aimed mainly at spreading inner emotions and expressing personal perspectives on the world and life generally.

In short, I can say that I grew up alongside the blog and that the website matured with me. I built this page when I was just 18 years old. At that age, I didn’t know much; I was getting ready to go out into the world, meet new and exciting people, and find myself.

I graduated from high school and went to college, departing my parents’ home. I then fell in love for the first time and got heartbroken. I discovered another world at the age of 18, created my individuality, and moved on to the next life chapter.

It was the exact time when I went to work, learning to labor, toil, and respect money, which is difficult to earn but effortless to waste. Life has brought me to so many places, emotions, and experiences throughout the years that it is difficult for me to convey them all in one piece.

Dear readers, you have always been there for me when I needed a viewpoint or just your presence. The blog is my favorite place to be just „myself” in my world, with my people.

Thank you for existing and transforming my little world into a unique and amazing universe!

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200 posts 🎉

I just received notification from the WordPress platform that I have 200 articles registered on this blog. What else can I say? I have no idea how much time has passed or how many articles I have posted, but I am thrilled and extremely pleased!

This blog had only 100 followers and a few posts a few months ago. Today, I have 580 followers and 200 articles. It gives me great satisfaction and joy to know that there are people in the world that love and read my work; it’s a fantastic feeling!

Thank you for being a part of my story!

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500 followers, thank you!

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While reading a couple of my bloggers’ articles, I received this WordPress message announcing a rise in the number of followers on my blog:

I was both astonished and happy. I never expected that the texts written in time would attract so many people willing to know about my personality and thoughts.

When I first started blogging 5 years ago, I did it for fun, trying to leave something behind. I didn’t want my passion to be wasted in a dusty waste, but rather to be discovered someplace.

I gradually came to the conclusion that reading is the process of discovering the world. WordPress, as a blogging platform, is another dimension to me. My „small” world is made up of you, the readers, and the blog authors, and I’ve noticed that it grows „enormous” with time.

Thank you for joining me in creating and developing a new reality – the realm of creativity!