Sometimes site developers make changes for the sake of it, I think. WordPress seems to have taken away the classic editor functions that made blogging here so simple.
Indeed, we still use the old wordpress classic editor format at my workplace.
But it seems wordpress is not giving personal bloggers a choice here, at least not one that I can see. WordPress transitioned to a new block format a while back, but one could still use the classic editor. Now that seems to have been wiped out.
Honestly, I am looking for simplicity. After all, this is a blog, not a high-quality fashion magazine or the like that require more sophisticated publishing platforms. And I am paying to use this site.
So, this post is both a test run to see if it is worth staying here, and a notice to my readers that I am going to scout some other sites and possibly make a move.
As some of you know, I have joined the substack community and am publishing a couple of newsletters from that site. Substack has a very simple platform that makes it a breeze to publish, plus one can easily monotize their newsletters if so desired.
I’ll keep you posted on this. Meanwhile, I wouldn’t mind hearing from other wordpress bloggers about the changes they’ve forced upon us. Have you learned to live with it all? Is it just a question of getting used to it? Is it better now, in your opinion? Or worse?
Not blogging, but WordPress is installed on our websites.
But, haven’t posted or edited anything for a long time. So, no idea what impact it has for us.
Hmmm. Maybe you’re on a multisite platform that for some reason is bucking the ways of the wider WordPress world……. Ah. I see in the legend below this comment that you are apparently on WordPress.com. ……..Hmm again.
For most in the WordPress world, there is a plugin that restores the classic editor.
I have been using the plugin on my site and, indeed, it’s the same old classic editor, just as horrible as always.
I have the opposite issue. My theme won’t work with Gutenberg. So, in the coming months I will be doing a complete rebuild so that I can use the new editor and blocks instead of the much more complicated “builder” features of my theme.
For what it’s worth, on my test site, the new editor does seem more usable and somewhat less prone to frustrating glitches than the old one. I’m hopeful for it.
……I just did a Google search. It’s a bit frustrating because WordPress.com doesn’t show the date on help pages. That’s ten kinds of dangerous! Bad developer! No Mountain Dew for you! Anyhow, apparently there is a “Classic Block” into which you can put a whole post and edit in the old way. No idea if it works, but hopefully this may help.
Thanks. I see they added a photo library for writers to access, which is very good news. Sometimes I have a hard time finding art to accompany my posts here.
If you go elsewhere, please make sure we know where to find you again.
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Yeah, we dislike the new editor very much 🙂
Luckily, there’s the plugin “Classic Editor” which allows you to use the original editor. We’ve been using this ever since.