I love WordPress blogging, but like most bloggers, I wish it were easier. That’s not to say that WordPress is hard once you’re used to it, but I have many blogs. The minutes you spend dithering around with the post editor mount up.
I’ve long wished I could just create a post and have it instantly appear on a blog. Another fervent wish: to be able to edit an older post, in place… right on the webpage, so I could do more with my archives.
Here’s what inspired those two wishes: my intense jealousy of Barley. Barley’s an impressive Web editor because you can create and make changes to pages, right on the page. No saving or fiddling necessary.
The green-eyed monster’s gone. The Barley people have created the Barley for WordPress plugin.
Let’s see how it works.
1. Add a new blog post in your chosen format.
I’m using Barley for WordPress on my Just Write a Book Blog. The plugin installs in the usual way. Once you’ve activated it, you’ll need to add your license key, and then you’re good to go.
Here’s where it gets fun. Forget about the dashboard. Just click the New button on the toolbar, and choose the format you want. I’m using the default WordPress Twenty Thirteen theme on this blog; it has a great range of post formats.
Choose your post format from the toolbar
2. Start typing: delete the placeholder text, and go.
Your new post is loaded with placeholder text. Highlight and delete the post title’s placeholder text, and type your post’s title.
Just start typing
Notice the little tag icon? Click it to choose a category, add tags, and a featured image.
(SEO maven? Publish your post, and then edit the post later to add a page title, description and keywords.)
3. To add headings or a link, select some text.
Adding headings or a link is easy, just select some text.
Choose an icon from the formatting box
The star icon lets you add headings, quotes, and code. If you want basic formatting, click the edit icon. The link icon lets you add a link.
4. Want to add HTML or an image? Easy
It’s simple to add items such as images, video and code. Just click the “+” button.
Click the plus button to insert items
5. Click Publish on the toolbar when you’re done.
Is your post ready? Click the Publish button on the toolbar.
Want to update an older post? Freaky…
If you want to update an older post, you’ll freak the first time you do it. (I did.)
Just start making changes, right on the webpage: delete paragraphs, or add them. Add images, and links.
Updating an older post? Just make any changes you want
The changes stick. There’s no “update this post” or “save” button. The first time I updated a post, I couldn’t believe that the changes were saved. (They were.)
This is a huge timesaver. If you’re been putting off going through your archives because it’s such a pain, you’ll love the Barley for WordPress plugin.
Because I have a lot of blogs – my own, as well as clients’ blogs – I’m always looking for better workflows. Anything which saves time and energy gets a huge thumbs-up from me. After using the Barley for WordPress plugin for a few hours, I’ll be adding it to all my blogs, and client blogs as well.
At the introductory price of $12 for 12 months of use, it’s a bargain. By the way, a disclaimer; I have no connection to the Barley people (kudos to them!) I simply like this plugin. You may too.