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Dear WordPress… what have you done now?
This latest game’s a joke…
Why did you have to tamper
With a thing that wasn’t broke?
‘Press This’ had always worked so well
I was over the moon
When I found I could schedule posts
Reblogging was a boon.
It made short work of setting up
A timely scheduled piece,
It needed the odd tweak or two…
But this latest release?
I do not like the way it works,
Or how it loads, a bit…
You’ve taken something useful, once again
And made it… hmmm…
First, the ‘Press This’ marklet ceased to function, warning me it had been ‘deprecated’. Unfamiliar with this particular application of the term, but having the sneaking feeling I knew all too well what it meant anyway, I Googled…
Sure enough, it has ceased to function altogether and needs the new version installing.
Now, ‘Press This’, for those unfamiliar with its beauties, is an exceedingly useful function that allows you to reblog or share anything from the web, not just from WordPress. Not only can you select which parts you wish to share, you can format it to suit your own blog, schedule a reblog for a time that suits you (thus ensuring you don’t forget or lose all those wonderful posts you would love to share but not right at this minute…) or even write an article around the bits you are sharing. You can format the text to suit and it even adds the source link and title for you.
I first came across the ‘Press This’ marklet thanks to D.G. Kaye and it solved my biggest problems with reblogs… how to reblog when there is no reblog button…and how to schedule a reblog for a future date. Hugh also wrote an excellent ‘how-to’ on it. What could go wrong?
Well, as we all know, as soon as something is working well, WordPress can go wrong… they just have to tamper.
So, I duly deleted my ‘deprecated’ version of ‘Press This’ and, with some trepidation, installed the new and improved version. Wonder of wonders, it appeared to work! Then we got down to the nitty gritty…
On the ‘up’ side, the article to be reblogged now opens in an editing screen with a full set of editing tools! This is fantastic… it was the one thing that bugged me about the old version. It was easy to work around, though, because all you needed to do was press to publish later and it opened in the main editor anyway… where you could tweak to your heart’s content.
On the down side… it takes you to the ‘new and improved’ editor immediately… and then, it loads only what it decides you are going to reblog. And it loads it as a block quote, like it or not. Without pictures. And, just to add insult to injury, it takes ages to load the title and all the twiddly bits that go with it.
To get around this you have to select, copy and paste the text and pictures you want to reblog, replacing what is in the block quotes. Then fiddle with the placement of the pictures. By this time, if you are lucky, the title will be loaded… and it will refresh itself and you can paste the whole thing again…
Then you can add the tags and categories and schedule the post (ignoring the fact that the drop down menu for ‘publish’ makes it too easy to accidentally publish now instead of later and that you hate the fact that you can’t use a 24 hour clock but have their silly am/pm option).
And when it is all set up, you can go navigate your way to the classic editor and solve all the formatting problems caused by the imposition of block quotes…
- Use the reblog button if there is one…but you can only reblog instantly with it, not schedule for a time of your choosing. It also does some strange things with formatting which you cannot alter and it will not automatically add tags and categories, you still have to go in and add them manually.
- Or… you can set up a new post as normal, cut and paste the text and images you wish to share, add tags and categories, add a link back to the original post to create a pingback and redirect readers, and schedule as usual.
- Persevere with the new ‘Press This’ and hope they sort the glitches before you have torn all your hair out…