WordPress has “fixed” things again. And this time I’m really upset. This will affect almost everything I publish.
You may or may not subscribe to the WP newsletter and may or may not have noticed the recent announcement about changes to the image editor. I use the image editor a lot and I noticed the changes before WP announced them.
As we all know by now, WP does not take kindly to complaints and criticism. Complaints, criticism, and questions about the changes they make are likely to be ignored. If you post in the forums, you may get no response. If you post in comments somewhere, as I did in comments on the above-mentioned newsletter, you may find your remarks either edited or stuck forever in moderation limbo. So, for the record, my first comment about the image editor changes was (complete with the misplaced parenthetical):
Your comment is awaiting moderation.
The new image editor is nice, but usually when I use (which is often) it it’s because I want to add/remove/change a border or adjust white space around the image. Please, please put those functions back in!
It’s still “awaiting moderation,” although comments after it have been published. I just added another comment about another change I’ve noticed and it will probably stay in moderation also:
Your comment is awaiting moderation.Add me to the list of those complaining about the loss of the hex code setting for text colors. I used it a lot, and also had a particular shade of red from the more extensive palette that I like to use. I understand I can track down and insert the code in my html, but it won’t be as convenient. A lot of novice WP users will not know how to work around the changes you’ve made.
All of which means I’m not happy about the changes. The link editor no longer has a check box indicating the link should open in a new window. The image editor no longer offers a % scale for sizing the image on the fly. It no longer offers the Advanced Settings that I used frequently: blanks for specifying border color and size, and additional amounts of white space around the image.
My second comment was prompted when I tried to set a text color on a new post I’m working on. We now get only one simplified palette to choose from. We used to get a much more extensive palette and a place to add hex codes for specific colors — like the specific shade of dark red I’ve been trying to standardize across Pied Type.
All of these things can, I think, still be done by doing the necessary work in a post’s html coding, but some of it gets pretty tricky for me. I’ll have to look up every bit of it every time I want to use it. Maybe WP developers can remember all those codes off the tops of their heads, but I can’t. Even after looking up the necessary code, I struggle to get it just right for my purposes.
It seems like every time I revisit the newsletter comments, I notice something else. Just noticed that someone mentioned the blank for the image Title, the text that shows when someone mouses over an image, has been removed. That’s another thing that can be added if you’re familiar with html, but it will be time-consuming for me to figure it out every time I want to do it. The image title is a good thing to include with every image; it’s something search engines look for and recognize. It’s a good way to show more information about an image, including a source credit. But it’s gone now.
There are more complaints in the forums. I missed the chance to sound off in one of them; it’s already been closed. I guess WP thought two pages of complaints was enough. Another thread is still open and I may say something there if I can compose something cogent and relatively brief.
Why WP would remove all the easy-to-use options they previously offered, that we have used for years, I do not understand. Maybe they thought they needed to simplify things for WP newcomers who were confused by all the options and settings, but what used to be a simple post for me has now been made much more complicated. Maybe they should just figure out how to offer a simplified menu for beginners and retain the more advanced options for those of us who understood and used them on a regular basis.
And whatever they do, common courtesy dictates they at least explain their rationale for the changes they’ve made. They must have thought they had a good reason or they wouldn’t have done it. Right? Or am I giving them too much credit? Who knows, if they explained it to reasonable people, we might even understand.
Why, WP? Why?
Update: March 27, 12:15 am MDT: In fairness to WP, I must note that I just checked and both of my comments mentioned above have now been published.
For old time’s sake, here’s what the image editor used to look like. Ironically, this evening, these images still appear on WP’s page explaining image settings: