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  • Resolved Keirwatson


    My wife has a great blog which gets lots of views, but most of the content gets written and posted for her by yours truly.

    The reason she won’t blog is because the interface is too complicated and the steps too numerous (write the post, upload a featured image, format everything, give it a title, write an excerpt, give it a category, navigate Gutenberg…)

    She wants simplicity; share a link with a short paragraph of commentary and hit post (just like you do in Facebook)

    Is there a plug-in or other way to achieve this? Surely there’s way to extract the image and title from a link (like fb does) to create the post title and featured image? There are GB blocks that do this within a post, but I can’t find anything to turn such a link into a fully formed post!

    If such a thing is possible, it could also do with having a short text editor for adding a brief commentary (like fb) – from which an excerpt could be extracted.

    The output of this little miracle would be a perfectly formed no hassle custom post type (e.g. link post)

    And it might just save a marriage.

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  • Thread Starter Keirwatson


    Thank you, that’s certainly one solution, but I’ve just found “press this” – a plug-in which used to be part of core. It does exactly what I want!

    What a pity that it is no longer maintained – there is nothing else that does this to my knowledge – really cool functionality that a whole generation of bloggers is missing out on!

    It provides a bookmark for browsers (works on Mac OS safari for me, which is perfect for wifey)

    You highlight some text from any webpage, click on the bookmark “press this” and a rich text pop up appears, inserting a source, heading and text in a ready-to-go low-tech post. It evens pulls in pictures from the article to select a featured image for the post – perfect!

    The post gets published to “uncategorised” which I shall rename “Short posts” or some such. This is a game changer for getting ‘er inside blogging!

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