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My name is Louise. I am a freelance hairdresser by trade, and I have been in the industry for over 35 years. My passion for hard

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All of my posts and pages are now changed over to the block editor. Is it safe to delete the classic editor plugin, please?

Yes. Delete any plugin you're not using.

Thanks Phil. Wasn’t sure if it would mess anything up but all sorted and deleted.

Great!

Hi Phil, I've also got the Classic Widgets plugin still activated. Could I delete that one too as I'm now working with the block editor?

I would think so.

Thank you

Woohoo! Congrats.

I think so :) You can also access the classic editor from within your block editor.

Fab! It took some time but as I've been off work with covid, I thought I'd take the opportunity. It's great to use too. Found my way around it within a few days :-)
Thanks, Abie!

You are welcome, Louise :) I am happy for you.

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Can I delete the classic editor plugin ?

Can I delete the classic editor plugin ?

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All of my posts and pages are now changed over to the block editor. Is it safe to delete the classic editor plugin, please?

Yes. Delete any plugin you're not using.

Thanks Phil. Wasn’t sure if it would mess anything up but all sorted and deleted.

Great!

Hi Phil, I've also got the Classic Widgets plugin still activated. Could I delete that one too as I'm now working with the block editor?

I would think so.

Thank you

Woohoo! Congrats.

I think so :) You can also access the classic editor from within your block editor.

Fab! It took some time but as I've been off work with covid, I thought I'd take the opportunity. It's great to use too. Found my way around it within a few days :-)
Thanks, Abie!

You are welcome, Louise :) I am happy for you.

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I currently have my links set to a contrasting colour but was wondering if it's possible to also underline each link for more emphasis? Especially for readers who may have low

Appearance > Customize > Additional CSS

Copy and paste



a { text-decoration: underline; }



Publish.

Oh Abie, you are a star!! ⭐️
Thank you so much! All done and looks much better :-)

That's fantastic, Louise :) And you are welcome.

:-) so simple to do as well so thank you!

Always a pleasure, Louise :)

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How do I underline links in bulk ?

How do I underline links in bulk ?

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I currently have my links set to a contrasting colour but was wondering if it's possible to also underline each link for more emphasis? Especially for readers who may have low

Appearance > Customize > Additional CSS

Copy and paste



a { text-decoration: underline; }



Publish.

Oh Abie, you are a star!! ⭐️
Thank you so much! All done and looks much better :-)

That's fantastic, Louise :) And you are welcome.

:-) so simple to do as well so thank you!

Always a pleasure, Louise :)

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I have joined around 30 merchants on Share A Sale. I've noticed that at least 10 have been 'temporarily offline' for several months. This leads to 'dead-end' clicks if a reader

I work for ShareASale.

Some of the merchants are good about staying funded, others aren't. One key thing to look at when choosing a merchant on ShareASale is that they are on auto deposit. You can see that on their merchant profile. You can also see how long the merchant has been online; the longer the better. If a merchant does go offline and doesn't come back online within a short period of time, I would definitely swap out the links to a competitor. You can also always reach out to the merchant and ask them when they are coming back online. If the merchant responds promptly, then they will probably also get back online quickly. No response can also be your answer.

Thank you Jeannine.
I've created another page that redirects so that readers will be sent to another page if any links are no longer active.
I'm getting lots of clicks but no purchases so if you have any tips, I would be most grateful.
Louise

So this page has some sort of sensor about whether the link is live or not?

Keeping track of your links probably runs up there in importance as maintaining quality content.

When you get into having dozens and even thousands of links across all your sites I use a rotator link.

You place the same rotator link across all your blog posts that are of course niche-specific yet you can manage where they click to in your rotator account.

This way when programs go under or M.IA. you only need to update one link instead of all of them.

Hi JR,
Thanks for this. I have been going through those programs that have been offline for several months, quit their programs and joined new ones.

Would you mind explaining how I could create a rotator link, please?

I already have a redirect page for visitors who click on a link where the merchant is currently offline, but your suggestion sounds good, especially as I have several links on my website.

Rotators are a must especially when you get into the hundreds and thousands of links. Also, it will not harm on page SEO.

There are many sources to choose from and with any link tracking service, you also get analytics along with it. I use ClickMagick.

The way they work is by placing your rotator link in the place where your affiliate links are, then inside your rotator account, you enter where you want your traffic to go via that rotator link.

It is called a rotator because you can "rotate" the destination of your rotator link to different destinations if you choose, or use it to update all your links at once to a new destination.

Thank you, I'll take a look at this.
I appreciate your help JR and thanks for following. I have returned.
Louise

Well, no. It is a tricky situation. Do you have any idea why? Can you contact their support?

Yeah, any alternatives?

I've just been watching a YouTube video and they have a 'redirect' option where I can create a new page informing readers that the merchant is offline and then I could potentially add my resources page instead. They may come back online at some point.

With some, it's due to low funds.

Yep, you can do that... User experience is essential.

I keep adding new content when I can. We have to keep improving our business site operations so that we can best serve our visitors. The addition of hubs and authorship has enhanced productivity.

Totally agree. Never realised I could do such to be honest but it’s a lifesaver. Don’t want to have to remove links if I don’t need to.

Yeah, that can be a tiring job (back-and-forth), but it's also important to consider alternative content options should you need to change it.

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What to do with share a sale merchants 'temporarily offline?

What to do with share a sale merchants 'temporarily offline?

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Keyword, Niche and Market Research
Updated

I have joined around 30 merchants on Share A Sale. I've noticed that at least 10 have been 'temporarily offline' for several months. This leads to 'dead-end' clicks if a reader

I work for ShareASale.

Some of the merchants are good about staying funded, others aren't. One key thing to look at when choosing a merchant on ShareASale is that they are on auto deposit. You can see that on their merchant profile. You can also see how long the merchant has been online; the longer the better. If a merchant does go offline and doesn't come back online within a short period of time, I would definitely swap out the links to a competitor. You can also always reach out to the merchant and ask them when they are coming back online. If the merchant responds promptly, then they will probably also get back online quickly. No response can also be your answer.

Thank you Jeannine.
I've created another page that redirects so that readers will be sent to another page if any links are no longer active.
I'm getting lots of clicks but no purchases so if you have any tips, I would be most grateful.
Louise

So this page has some sort of sensor about whether the link is live or not?

Keeping track of your links probably runs up there in importance as maintaining quality content.

When you get into having dozens and even thousands of links across all your sites I use a rotator link.

You place the same rotator link across all your blog posts that are of course niche-specific yet you can manage where they click to in your rotator account.

This way when programs go under or M.IA. you only need to update one link instead of all of them.

Hi JR,
Thanks for this. I have been going through those programs that have been offline for several months, quit their programs and joined new ones.

Would you mind explaining how I could create a rotator link, please?

I already have a redirect page for visitors who click on a link where the merchant is currently offline, but your suggestion sounds good, especially as I have several links on my website.

Rotators are a must especially when you get into the hundreds and thousands of links. Also, it will not harm on page SEO.

There are many sources to choose from and with any link tracking service, you also get analytics along with it. I use ClickMagick.

The way they work is by placing your rotator link in the place where your affiliate links are, then inside your rotator account, you enter where you want your traffic to go via that rotator link.

It is called a rotator because you can "rotate" the destination of your rotator link to different destinations if you choose, or use it to update all your links at once to a new destination.

Thank you, I'll take a look at this.
I appreciate your help JR and thanks for following. I have returned.
Louise

Well, no. It is a tricky situation. Do you have any idea why? Can you contact their support?

Yeah, any alternatives?

I've just been watching a YouTube video and they have a 'redirect' option where I can create a new page informing readers that the merchant is offline and then I could potentially add my resources page instead. They may come back online at some point.

With some, it's due to low funds.

Yep, you can do that... User experience is essential.

I keep adding new content when I can. We have to keep improving our business site operations so that we can best serve our visitors. The addition of hubs and authorship has enhanced productivity.

Totally agree. Never realised I could do such to be honest but it’s a lifesaver. Don’t want to have to remove links if I don’t need to.

Yeah, that can be a tiring job (back-and-forth), but it's also important to consider alternative content options should you need to change it.

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I currently don't have a table of contents on any of my articles but I see many websites online that have.
Should I be adding a table to each page and if so, is there a 'on

Hi, I was looking for earlier. I tried a few that I couldn't figure out, then I kept looking and I found SimpleTOC - Table of Contents Block. I've only just activated it, but so far so good. Open up the block editor, type in "TOC," and it pops right up. I like how it creates the link to the sections, and after clicking around a bit, its easy to put in a background color and change the H tags.
So far so good for a easy, user friendly plugin....

I use Rank Math's TOC feature.

Hi Kevin,
Thank you, I'll take a look at this one too,

Simple answer . yes.
:-)
Richard

Thanks Richard :-)

Great idea Hair

:)

Hi Louise

A TOC can be helpful for your readers and can improve your SEO because it creates links to your sections (H2, H3, etc.), which are written into the HTML code of your post.

Frank 🎸

Hi Frank,
Yes, I must admit I like a website that has a TOC as I tend to navigate to the section I am after. Any tips on the best way to add one?

Hi Louise

Use a plugin like Lucky Table of Contents.

Frank 🎸

Thanks Frank :-)

I love it, Frank :)

You're welcome, Louise. 😎

Frank 🎸

Thanks, Abie! 😎🙏

Rock On! 🤘
Frank 🎸

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Is it beneficial to add a table of contents ?

Is it beneficial to add a table of contents ?

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I currently don't have a table of contents on any of my articles but I see many websites online that have.
Should I be adding a table to each page and if so, is there a 'on

Hi, I was looking for earlier. I tried a few that I couldn't figure out, then I kept looking and I found SimpleTOC - Table of Contents Block. I've only just activated it, but so far so good. Open up the block editor, type in "TOC," and it pops right up. I like how it creates the link to the sections, and after clicking around a bit, its easy to put in a background color and change the H tags.
So far so good for a easy, user friendly plugin....

I use Rank Math's TOC feature.

Hi Kevin,
Thank you, I'll take a look at this one too,

Simple answer . yes.
:-)
Richard

Thanks Richard :-)

Great idea Hair

:)

Hi Louise

A TOC can be helpful for your readers and can improve your SEO because it creates links to your sections (H2, H3, etc.), which are written into the HTML code of your post.

Frank 🎸

Hi Frank,
Yes, I must admit I like a website that has a TOC as I tend to navigate to the section I am after. Any tips on the best way to add one?

Hi Louise

Use a plugin like Lucky Table of Contents.

Frank 🎸

Thanks Frank :-)

I love it, Frank :)

You're welcome, Louise. 😎

Frank 🎸

Thanks, Abie! 😎🙏

Rock On! 🤘
Frank 🎸

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I have always used classic editor, which I find very simple to use and have no issues. I saw a post on here yesterday regarding the block editor, so I thought I would try and s

Block editor is most definitely where it's at. Its ease of use, intuitive design, flexibility, customization, all make classic feel like you've been building your posts carving into a stone tablet :)

As with anything, it's all about getting comfortable with it and getting your hands dirty with it. You'll learn how to navigate around it and be efficient in no time.

Also, there's no need to go back and change any of your old posts. You can leave those alone and nothing will happen to them. You can start creating your new posts with block editor and you'll start enjoying it.

Jay has some great classes and training on it. Just go to the smart search up top (magnifying glass) and type "magistudios block editor" and it will pull up several classes :)

Many thanks for this knowledge Eric. I was concerned that I’d have to spend hours going through all of my older posts. I will definitely use the Block Editor for future posts and search up Jay’s classes. Thanks so much ! :-)

Absolutely. 👍🏼

Hi Louise

I would definitely go Block Editor for all new posts and pages!

It’s super-simple to learn and incredibly more flexible than the classic editor, with options to do many things without plugins, such as build tables, etc.

The Classic Editor is basically a “dumb” word processor with HTML capabilities.

The Block Editor is much smarter, with opportunities to incorporate AI into plugins already available, and some of this functionality will eventually be integrated directly into Wordpress.

Check out this webinar series: Plus, the Classic Editor is being sunset.

I hope this helps. 😎

Rock On!
Frank 🎸

Cheers, Frank. It does appear to do far more than the classic editor so I will make time to watch a few lessons and gain some knowledge.

Will anything happen to my older posts if I don't manage to change them to Block Editor soon enough?

Hi, Louise

No, your old posts should be fine, but at some point, I would manually change them over so you can make any necessary edits to text and image size and placement, etc.

Once you get used to the block editor, you'll never want to go back to the classic editor. 😎

Frank 🎸

Ok thanks Frank. I’ll try and do a few each day and change them over. Keep in too if it.
Thanks for your help ☺️

You’re welcome, Louise. 😎

Frank 🎸

Block editor rocks, Frank! 💯

🎸🤘🔥🤘🎸

Hey Louise,

The block editor can be painful to learn. That's why I created a brand new version of the site I wanted to update to use the block editor.

What I did was use the SiteRubix server where I setup a fresh new site, used only the block editor and plugin that I needed from the old version... being sure to Go to your WordPress Dashboard Settings > Reading ... and I checked the Search engine visibility to Discourage search engines from indexing this site... so I could work on this new version without interruptions.

SIDE NOTE: One site even had Pretty Links... so, I made NOTES to be sure to transfer EVERY link to the newer version before completion...

Once my theme and plugins were in place in this new site, I then exported my content: ...all of it... images, PDFs... the works.

Then, whenever I had time, I would go over EACH post... one at a time, fixing the content so that it displayed correctly and adding the relevant affiliate links when and where necessary.

This way... my live site stayed uninterrupted and LIVE while I worked on a fresh version of it. Once completed... ask Site Support to transfer the temp site to your LIVE site...

THEN... once the test site is on your LIVE version... be SURE to Go to your WordPress Dashboard Settings > Reading and UNCHECK Search engine visibility to Discourage search engines from indexing this site... because you WANT to keep this version on your LIVE site indexed.

Sounds complicated... but it works without a need of panic... plus... you get to learn the easiest way that I have found to convert a site from Classic to Block.

I've kept a LOT of my blocks as permanent HTML block simply due to converting those would be TOO complicated.

Do hope you find this helpful.

Hi Trish, yes that does sound a little complicated, especially for a Friday evening but I will learn how to use Block Editor moving forward.
Thanks for your guidance, much appreciated.

It sounds more complicated that it actually is, Louise. But I do understand it being Friday and most of us are exhausted from our work week.

Have a great, restful weekend!

I’m learning bits as I go and I must say the layout is better. Will change all of my articles with the block edit when they need updating.
Have a great weekend Trish and thanks again!

why change them all -do them when you update - there is no problem with mixed classic and block posts
you can create reusable blocks and recall them to use in other posts - if you save one as create pattern - it will save the size and settings...
if you then click on the + and choose patterns>>my patterns and add the block - it comes in with the same image - you need to click on the three dots and choose detach pattern or if you change the image all other images become that one - useful if you have a sitewide promotion....
it can be a right pita - but once used to it then you have a lot more flexibility....
click on the text in your post to see if it is created as a classic block and change it to blocks....
i would just do the updates and new posts going forward...

Thanks, Phil. It makes sense to do them when I update. I'll copy and paste your tips so I can refer back to them.

Hi - it's definitely a good idea to get to know the Block Editor, as the Classic Editor is now unsupported.

So, if the Classic develops any bugs, etc, in the future, they won't be fixed.

And you don't need to change all your old posts, it won't make any difference, just use the Block Editor moving forward.

Thanks Diane. I'm gradually finding my way around the Block Editor, so it looks like it's something that I will need to get used to. I'll make sure that my future articles are created this way as you have suggested.

I learned Block; it is more sophisticated. Also, now you have the classic within your block editor if you weren't aware.

Did you have photo sizing issues?

No, I just choose the size I want to display...

Ok, so if I change to block editor, do I need to change every single post to' convert blocks', or can I just change the classic editor plug-in settings to 'blocks'?