ADMIN: Response to Internet Explorer and Other Browser issues

Hi guests,

Thank you all so much for bringing this to my attention. I have not been ignoring you and appreciate the time you take to write comments here. WordPress customer support is great, but the LiveChat option only works during the weekday. On weekends, I depend on email support and browsing through their help topics.

It took me a little while to figure out what options to try, but I finally decided to use the help topics. That way I can share the answers and links here with you. Then you can try the suggestions and follow up on your own.

Internet Explorer & Browsers

The main issue coming up lately is compatibility issues with Internet Explorer.

WordPress support says that only Internet Explorer 11 and later is supported now. Internet Explorer 10 and earlier version have known compatibility issues with WordPress. Here is the link to the WordPress Support article.

WordPress also offers this link to a list of supported Internet browsers with download links to the latest versions of each browser. Microsoft Edge, Safari, Mozilla, Opera, and Internet Explorer 11 are some of the browsers on that list.

My Learning Curve with Gutenberg Editor

Other issues, especially for posts with images, are part of my learning curve with the new WordPress Gutenberg Editor. I’m still learning how to add and embed photos into my posts without causing HTML errors. Yes, using a visual editor can cause problems like this.

With my post from earlier today, I had to publish a couple updates because I missed a couple minor spelling errors. In the process of updating the site, WordPress kindly let me know that two sections of my content had multiple HTML code errors.

In fact, WordPress gave me the option of viewing the HTML code that created the visual image and highlighted the errors in RED.

Solution? change the types of block I used for the text and images.

Thanks again for commenting and informing me about content errors. That helps me learn from my mistakes and create a checklist of what to look for before I publish a post in the future.

Thanks for reading

ADMIN: Sick Day

Dear Guests,

I hope you are all doing well. Apologies for the late post.

You won’t get much from me this week. Maybe not this upcoming Sunday either.

I am down with a head cold and a bad rash on my body and arms. It started end of last week and got really bad over the weekend. Tomorrow I’m going to the doctor – yes it’s that bad – to get everything checked out.

Take care while I am gone.

Thanks for reading.

AlterXpressions

ADMIN: Taking a posting break – see you in 2 weeks

Dear guests,

A lot is going on in my life right now. Between my family and the management changes in my building, I need to concentrate on finding my equilibrium again if I want to keep publishing quality content here.

That said, I’m taking a two-week blogging break (that includes comments). I wish you all the best and hope you continue to practice self care too. Thanks for understanding.

Sincerely,

AlterXpressions

ADMIN: RSS Feed Issues, Opera, more FAQs

DISCLAIMER: I am not a tech expert, so any information quoted here comes from A) the guest who wrote a comment; or B) WordPress support. To maintain privacy, I did not include any names or handles.

Item 1: RSS Feed Issues

WordPress Customer Support says that my site and blog are available to add to RSS Feeds since both are listed as public. The free article offered this information:

rss feed link update 2019-01-23 at 5.26.09 pm
Option 3 under “Categories” RSS Posts Button – click to add Untangled Connections to your RSS Feed
  • Google Chrome does NOT support RSS feeds like some other search engines (Yahoo, Mozilla, Safari, etc.) so you can encounter errors trying to add any blog or site to a feed from there

WordPress suggested that I also add an RSS Feed links button to my side bar. This button is now the third item on the list, under “Categories”. Click on the button to add this blog or site (or specific post) to your feed.

Item 2: Viewing issues with Opera

A guest mentioned viewing issues in the comments section. This partial quote covers it:

“Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your content seem to be running off the screen in Opera.”

WordPress support offered this information:

Opera is another internet browser like Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. I don’t use Opera on my computer (I did install the most recent version of it to test but couldn’t replicate the issue), but it’s likely that this is a compatibility issue in Opera itself; I’ve used it previously and regularly experienced that sites can look slightly different from one browser to another. That was more of a problem in previous years though but not so much anymore!
If your reader notices this consistently, it would be really helpful to us to find out what version of Opera your reader is using, so that we can better identify where the problem is.

If any guests are experiencing similar issues and want to help Support improve compatibility with Opera, please send me a message.

Item 3: Two More FAQs

Yes, they’ve been added to the sticky post too.

Q5: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers/bloggers? Apprenticeships, etc.?
A5a: I never thought I would be in a position where people asked these kinds of questions, so at this time, no I don’t have any published posts, articles, etc. about blogging or writing. 
A5b: However, I have responded to guest comments with quick tips and information about this topic on the About This Site and Home pages.

Q6: I want to donate to your site. Is that possible? Is there a donation button?
A6: Thank you for your interest in supporting this website and blog. At this time, I am not accepting donations. To accept donations, I have to turn this site into a non-profit organization. That requires legal and business steps I am not ready to take at this time. Maybe in the future…

Thanks for reading.