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I’m working with WordPress to figure out why when I copy posts the share buttons disappear. I’ve left a “test-post” published so they could see the issue. Please ignore. As soon as we’re done. I’ll delete the test post. <3

I’ll be upgrading the site soon to the business plan. Hopefully, this will not be a difficult move. Fingers crossed!

Please bear with me.

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Coming back from a long break, I too feel some chaos with wordpress…I hope it works out :/

  2. I’m glad you’ve found it helpful, Colleen. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

    I’ve done WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress transfers before (where the flexibility is similar to the Business plan) where clients have wanted a complete redesign afterwards because they have more options to upgrade the functionality and look.

    If you want to save a bit of money then I’ve heard SiteGround’s GrowBig plan is good at $14.95 a month (with a special deal for the first purchase) which has a similar feature set to a managed host but not the priority support. I’ve also heard mixed reviews about their customer service (some say they’re fab and others’ terrible.)

    If you want a rock-solid host with no worries about speed, security and advice if you’re stuck then a proper high-end managed host is worth it.

    P.S The free version of Astra has been fully updated for Gutenberg a while back.

    • I think I’d stay with the WP business plan. I’ve read great reviews for Astra, so I’ll have to weigh the fees. From what I can tell, the $300 a year isn’t unreasonable. You’ve been so helpful. Thanks tons. <3

      • It sounds like you’ve had a great experience with WordPress.com support so it’s best to stick with what you’re happy with.

        You don’t need to pay for Astra, Colleen. The free version of Astra is more than sufficient for most people (especially with a page builder) and you can use it with the Business plan you want.

        I look forward to seeing what you do with your blog when you upgrade. If you know anyone that needs help with WordPress or their website, I’d be happy to help.

  3. I hope it all comes right quickly, Colleen.

  4. That has happened to me, also. Very frustrating@

  5. Ok, not sharing if it’s a test, lol. I see the share buttons <3

  6. WordPress has gotten a bit strange lately. Hope you get it worked out soon.

  7. Oh, my, I hope the problem is solved soon!

  8. Hi, Colleen. Good luck on the site upgrade. I find plugins one of the best features of WordPress. If you want to customise your website layout through drag and drop like Gutenberg check out Elementor free. It’s a great free way to create a custom look when paired with a theme that has a full-width page template like Astra free.

    • Thank you so much Louise. That is just the information I was looking for. You’re a gem! Thank you. <3

      • No problem at all, Colleen. Glad, I’ve helped.

        I’m developing a few websites for non-profits and business owners using that combo at the moment.

        • I’m looking into it. $300 a year for the business plan. I don’t know if that is pricey or what. 🤔

          • Hi, Colleen, not for what they offer since it’s a managed WordPress plan (the cream of the crop) which means you can access a lot more dedicated support if you have issues, auto back-ups, caching and CDN (which makes your website load faster and they will fix your site if it’s hacked.

            The downside to that plan is they don’t allow backup plugins to be installed so if you wanted to move to self-hosted WordPress further down the line then it would be very difficult to migrate your content and get your data out. That’s quite concerning because you should be able to have the freedom to move your website if needed. Managed WordPress hosts do block certain plugins (usually because they have their own versions which work better) but WordPress.com’s is bigger.

            They don’t offer staging which is a feature that clones your website so you can work on it (safely away from the version you’re users see) if you want to experiment or make major changes before merging it with the live version. It’s best practise to use a staging environment before updating plugins, themes and other changes so if you encountered a bug like this then your users wouldn’t see it before it was fixed.

            It’s also a little more expensive than some of the entry-level managed hosts like Flywheel (the one I use.) For $25 a month or $275 a year, you can get all the features WordPress.com Business plan has plus staging and can install backup plugins. I find their support is great and filled with friendly and nice people.

      • Thought this would be of interest to you, Colleen especially the part about the updated social share block: https://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-coming-in-wordpress-5-3-features-and-screenshots

  9. I could not open the Tanka Tuesday post.

  10. Now the buttons are there again, Colleen, although if it is only when you copy posts… I could see them on the test post as well, but I got to it quite late. I hope everything gets sorted soon. ♥

    • I create templates for the different challenge posts. That way, I copy the post and fill in the blanks. When you look at the post in the old editor the share buttons were checked. Somehow, on that one post, the share buttons were unchecked when it converted it to the blocks. So… I have to check all of my template posts in the old editor to make sure those buttons are checked. They do not show up on the new editor. I think it is still a glitch between the editors. It’s been really rough finding a theme that works. They all glitch. Thanks for checking for me. I appreciate the help. <3

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