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Technological advancements have increased exponentially in the past 40 years. From the first computer, to the invention of the World Wide Web and the internet, to social media and memes, us humans have seen a lot of changes. As there's been so much changing so quickly, it's hard to assess the long term impact of such technology on our mental and physical health.

Humans are drawn to the feeling of belonging and look to their peers for validation often. Understandably, this is why social media has become one of the main sources for gaining validation. With social media in recent years, many studies have been conducted to help us understand exactly the impacts of it on our health.

In just one study based on how social media affects dopamine levels, it found it does release the chemical. The effect can be compared to other reward systems, as users anticipate the response from others online - whether that be a like, comment or share- which makes humans feel happy. In fact, it's now widely known the social media giants like Facebook, purposefully design the apps so they're addictive.

Obviously, the reason for its addictive nature is all down to encouraging consumers to come back for more. Despite it being beneficial for business, it in fact can be associated with causing depression and anxiety in some people.

Are there any solutions?

Thankfully, there are ways to help minimise the effects. rts. s the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you'll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and add them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing.

Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already add into your posts that you didn't know about. Here's a short list of what you can currently find there:

  • Text & Headings
  • Images & Videos
  • Galleries
  • Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
  • Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
  • And Lists like this one of course :)

Visual Editing

A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:

The editor will endeavour to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

Matt Mullenweg, 2017

The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It's always easy to add it back.

Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to add a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter.

You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.

Media Rich

If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:

Accessibility is important don't forget image alt attribute

Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it.

The above is a gallery with just two images. It's an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher.

Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:

You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here's a pullquote block:

Code is Poetry

The WordPress community

If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.

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? . Each have their pros and cons and it is important that you choose the right one for your company. If you’re unsure what to go for, check out this article from This Is Money. They’ve outlined five of the best business accounts and even included the small print for each one.

Getting your hands on funding when you’re a start-up can be quite difficult, but it’s not impossible. There are plenty of schemes out there, but the process of putting one into place is often complicated; this is why you need to start your research early and make sure you are perfectly prepared. According to The Guardian, “Banks offer overdrafts and loan facilities to businesses that meet their lending criteria, which includes a good credit record. You will need a clear business plan, with financial projections, but the banks will help you work on this.”

Basically, the financial side of your business may take time, research and effort, but it will be worth it in the end to have opened the perfect account and potentially gained a helpful bit of funding.

What about the licensing and legal issues you could face when starting up a new business?

It is vital that everything you do when you start a business is completely official and, of course, legal. For example, you need to make sure you comply with securities laws, you have the right employment documentation, you’ve trademarked your brand, you’ve addressed tax changes, you’ve put together your Terms of Use Agreement and so on. Getting a professional to help you out with this is often a sensible direction to go in.

As stated by Matthew Smith, a Corporate Lawyer based at Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s Commercial office, “Seeking professional advice from an early stage is crucial, whether it be from solicitors, accountants or other business advisors. There will of course be initial costs for this, which often puts new business owners off.  However, the value in spending a bit of money wisely at the outset will far outweigh the potential costs if things do go wrong in the future.”

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