WordPress 5.0 Survival Kit

WordPress 5.0 – Codename Bebo (for Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés) was released a day before yesterday. With many changes in WordPress Core, New Editor – Gutenberg replaced the Old classic TinyMCE Editor, which is an excellent move towards easy editing.

Yesterday I upgraded my websites and Clients website to WP 5.0. With No Hassle, everything seems working fine to me. But I found little distress in Users about change in Interface, which is widespread resistance to change behaviour. Also saw some developers spreading rumours about Gutenberg is going to break your website. So here’s my Survival Kit for those who feel they can’t upgrade to 5.0.

Following methods are for your Safely transition to WordPress 5.0

1. Install a Classic Editor Plugin

This one brings back the TinyMCE editor to your Latest Version of WordPress.

2. Update the WordPress Settings to use classic Editor and don’t allow any of your user to switch to Gutenberg. Settings is available in Dashboard Left Menu > Settings Section > Writing.

3. Install another Plugin: Fatal Error Notify

This one will Notify you if you have any Errors in your website. So once you update to 5.0, this plugin will keep track of upcoming Errors. Don’t Forget to enter your mail id in this Plugins notification section.

WordPress Releases are not just about features, and it comes with many security and bug fixes if you are one of those, who are not upgrading to WordPress 5.0 with fear that Gutenberg is going to break your site. You are keeping yourself vulnerable.

With above three things you can continue your WP Journey without worry. Let your developer think about what mess he has developed that is not compatible with Latest release.

Happy WordPressing 🙂

Card says “Not Valid for payment in foreign exchange in Nepal and Bhutan.”

What brought it to my attention:
Last month I was about to travel to Nepal, for WordCamp Pokhara. I was going through a couple of articles on the web about travel in Nepal. Found out there is conversion charge applicable on cash Withdrawl from ATM in Nepal. The cost was somewhat around 300 – 500 Rs per Card Swipe Transaction.

In India, we are getting used to with Paying even 100 Rs. By Card for Coffee. So if I have to Buy Coffee and pay by card in Nepal, it would become a 400-600 Bucks coffee. So Paying in cash is the only Open Option. So I checked for Nepali Currency, here’s what happened:

1. Forex Exchange:
None of the FOREX Operators in India had Nepali Currency available. All Operators said Indian Currency Works in Nepal.

2. State Bank of India has Branches in Nepal
There’s Nepal SBI, Branch of State bank of India, and I do have an SBI Card. But Article has special Note about, Check with your branch if your card is valid in Nepal or not. So I just visited my Home Branch and got with the Scenario titled.

Note: for those who have no idea about SBI, It is a government-owned Bank in India, where you have to treat SBI staff as Boss to get your things Done. You can google “Why SBI is painful” and learn about how bad things can go at SBI. Luckily My Home Branch has some sensible staff, except one Jerk on Helpdesk. Things go smoothly at SBI for me.

At SBI, I Went to international banking Section. IB Lady Told me to check the back of Card. Usually, on back of Card where you find CVV Code, in Small fonts, it is mentioned whether your card is valid for the International transaction or not. So I just checked my All Cards, and each of them was having the same line. “Not Valid for payment in foreign exchange in Nepal and Bhutan.”. so she offered me a Form for Traveller Card – Kind a Prepaid Card, which I need to get activated from Nagpur’s Main SBI Branch on Kingsway.

While heading to Kingsway, I Tweeted my Lovely Banks, Which reverted me after I reach Nepal, and Vodafone gave me no network so my query must be still pending in their systems.

At Kingsway Branch, Lady told me to carry cash, as Traveller cards also have the Same line “Not valid in Nepal and Bhutan”.

So Carrying Cash was the Only Option. But On 8th Nov 2016, Old 500 and 1000 Notes was removed from Indian Market. Thus People in Nepal are cautious about Indian High Denomination currency. So carrying Cash was not a Good Idea, Especially in 100 and Lower denomination as it was Trip by road. As for the last option, I paid things online and took a couple of variants 10,20,50,100,500 in my backpack.

On Reaching Nepal
The plan was to Exchange Indian Currency in Nepali Currency on Indian Border. But Co Passenger told me about Standard Conversion rule in Nepal. If you are buying a thing for Nepali Rs 160, then you have to pay INR 100 only. 1:1.6 is the standard Conversion ratio for Indian currency to Nepali Currency. So converting money would be creating two new issues mentioned below, so I skipped it.
1. The Size of Bundle of Currency would increase as I was carrying high power one.
2. I’ll be losing my money to pay a conversion fee. As Exchange is a Business, and they charge a percentage for conversion.

People based near Border accepted New 500 and 2000 notes. But in Interior of Nepal, even in Kathmandu, People refused to take it. In City, I Paid with 10,20,50 denominations, very few stores accepted those, few didn’t. Indian 100 Rupees note is the widely accepted Indian Denomination in Nepal.

So as I was low on 100 rs notes. I tried one of the Nabil Bank ATM near my hotel, Voila! My International Debit card was accepted, with Highlighted notice, that bank will add Fixed Cost NPR 500, to the transaction. For the first trial attempt, I withdrew NPR 2000, so bank added NPR 500 as Charges, so my card was billed NPR 2500, Indian equivalent was around INR 17XX which is far better than carrying a bundle of notes while travelling or trekking.

If you are an Indian Traveling to Nepal or Bhutan and you just found your card is not valid for payment in foreign exchange in Nepal and Bhutan. Don’t Panic. My International Visa Card Worked in Nepal despite having a Not valid line on the back of it. Bank Charges might vary, but it’s not like you won’t get cash in these countries.

Happy Traveling 🙂

November – My month of Travel is here

From past few years, November has always become Month of travel for me. Most of the times it’s for work or family trips.

November 2018 has many things and journeys in the bag. I will try my best to share my experiences in a blog post for almost every trip. Here’s My tentative Itinerary for November

1. Kochi, Kerala – 1st Nov to 5th Nov
I’ll be visiting Kochi, Kerala for WordCamp Kochi 2018, the Second WordCamp in Southern Part of India. Speaker Lineup is excellent, I’ll be on Happiness bar at WordCamp Kochi. If you have any queries regarding WordPress, Blogging, Websites feel free to drop by.

2. Nagpur – 6th Nov to 11th Nov
It’s Diwali time, This year we are celebrating Diwali at Nagpur. You are welcome for Diwali cha Faral 🙂

3. Amravati – 12th Nov – 14th Nov
My Cousin is getting married. I’ll be in Amravati City. I can quickly get some time for healthy discussions. If you are around Amravati, Ping me.

4. Pokhara, Nepal – 20th Nov – 27th Nov
It will be my first visit to Nepal. I’ll be speaking at WordCamp Pokhara 2018. I haven’t planned any itinerary in Nepal tour yet if you have any adventurous Ideas do let me know.

5. Ahmedabad – 30th Nov – 3rd Dec
Another WordCamp trip, WordCamp Ahmedabad is Last WordCamp of 2018 in India. I’ll remember my past two visits, Food in Ahmedabad is mesmerising, recommendations are welcome.

If you are in any of the cities mentioned above on those dates, feel free to ping me.