New Look for the New Year on Dandelion Salad and Continued Hiatus by Lo

Happy New Year!

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Last updated: March 16, 2015

by Lo
editor, Dandelion Salad
December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

I recently changed themes on WordPress so mobile and tablet users can read the blog posts more easily. The previous theme was “retired” by WordPress so it needed to be changed to a newer one anyway.

Lots of internal changes have happened with WordPress this past year, most of which make blogging more difficult, more clicks to get something done that used to take one click, for example, to log off.

I’ve updated this post throughout 2014 and 2015, if you are interested in reading about some of the problems with the so-called “new” changes on WordPress. It’s mostly interesting to other WordPress bloggers.

Many thanks to all the readers of Dandelion Salad for sticking with us this year with less frequent postings. Less postings will continue especially for the next couple of months as I have some other things to do in my real life. Good things, too. Will update you later in 2015.

Cheers to all.


Updated: Jan. 3, 2015

WP recently posted a blog touting their “new” changes. So I wrote a comment on it. It is still under moderation, and very likely will not be posted. Even if it is approved, no one will be going there to read the comments as it’s now not a new post. So WP has shut down any dissent on their “new” changes which are downgrades for the bloggers who still use desktop computers. WP obviously doesn’t care about its bloggers, particularly those of us who have been here for years. It’s very sad. And not good business sense either.

Here is my comment:

I question the use of the word “smoothly” when the major changes to the dashboard/Stats page have been anything but smooth, not to mention the “too-blue-to-use” BBB editor, all of which I never use.

These changes may be helpful to those using mobiles/tablets, but for us bloggers using a desktop computer with a wide screen all the scrolling makes for an unpleasant blogging experience.

Many of the features we have been used to having have been eliminated, including the time on the “new” Stats page; no bulk edit on the “new” blog posts page; and all WP pages are too blue to use. I prefer the old administrative pages where we can choose the colors and it doesn’t remind me of Facebook.

Happy New Year. I will continue using the old classic administrative pages and hopefully they will not be eliminated.


Updated: the comment was approved after 4 days being under moderation, long enough that most people never saw it on the post.


Updated: March 16, 2015

A few days ago WordPress eliminated the “use the classic editor” link on new posts and on editing older posts. Thankfully, tpenguinltg has made a user script (must have GreaseMonkey or another program like it) to install to redirect to the classic editor when editing older posts or making a new post. This is not cookie dependent, so it’s better than what WP was giving us as an option to use prior to them eliminating it.

see also

About WordPress Changes and What We Can Do

Recent Changes to WordPress User Interface


How To Use the Classic Editor on Blogs and Never See the Beep, Beep, Boop Editor Again! by Lo

Dandelion Salad Is Going On Hiatus (updated)

Note on Older Videos Posted on Dandelion Salad by Lo

9 thoughts on “New Look for the New Year on Dandelion Salad and Continued Hiatus by Lo

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    • Thanks for the link, flyingcuttlefish; it’s so true. Journalism is dead in the corporate media and has been for a very long time. That’s why we choose to blog. And speaking of blogging, WP really messed up with these recent changes. Haven’t heard many who even like them. Not sure if they even do work on a cell phone.

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  4. Lo, You have been doing a remarkable job with the Dandelion Salad website and we thank you very much for it and for your service to mankind, the animal kingdom and the Earth itself.

    May 2015 bring much joy, happiness, better health, abundance, and fulfillment in your personal life and affairs.

    Grateful Frank

    Happy New Year!

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