Knock it off, WordPress!

30 thoughts on “Knock it off, WordPress!”

  1. I’m almost to frightened to look PT; I’m not a big blogger like you. I work in spasms, which recently seem to be coming less frequent; the work type spasms that is; but I’m quite used to and comfortable with the system that I’ve been using since 2011 or 12 whenever it was I started. There have been a couple of minor changes in that time I think, but if they obviously didn’t worry or upset me.

    But after reading your blog I’m a bit “thingoee” (an Australianism) about starting another blog.

    You certainly haven’t made my day with this post thank to WP; I might downgrade to a cheaper WP when my annual fee falls due now. Bugger them!!! 🙁

    1. I haven’t worked with the new interface yet, and you might like it. It’s possible all the pieces are there, just in different places. But that alone annoys the hell out of me. I don’t like people messing with my workspace, period.

  2. ” Your favorite wrenches are gone and in their place are pliers.” Exactly.
    WP has been slow and quirky for several days – which is a heads up for me….struggling to write/edit is frustrating – and Molly is less trouble and more entertaining….so really feel like wandering off.
    The changes are causing a lot of talk….think I’ll wait until tomorrow to try another post…I just want to write or visit and comment….WP please don’t make it a chore.

    1. Oh, but it’s their job, they seem to think, to keep putting roadblocks in our way. It’s not like anyone launched a campaign demanding WP change something. Who has gone to WP and said, “Please, please you have to change this interface.” When was the last time you heard of WP users demanding cute bubbles and smaller workspaces and misplaced tools?

      I think my son (the developer) made a relevant point when talking about a certain game and he said, “It’s because it’s run by a bunch of developers.” All they know how to do is tinker with the code and the interface. They don’t deal with customers, make policy, etc.

  3. I like the QWERTY to FUBAR analogy PT, but it leaves out the fact that (at least in my case) they’ll change the darn thing again before I can get up to speed on it. Heck, I was just getting used to the annoying changes they made with the New Editing and Media Updates Are Here announcement – which left me with a “fixed” editing toolbar, but having to constantly scroll up and down save my draft, preview the post, and set my category, tags, & featured image!

    1. That update was dated July 29 (and I never saw it. Don’t they mail these notices to users?). And now, just two weeks later, they’ve chucked that whole interface? Who the hell is running this asylum?

      1. I did get it in an email PT. Are you subscribed to News? Once I figured out how to avoid the “beep beep boop” screen, the old editor was as that post, and my complaints, described.

      2. I thought I was subscribed. I get news of new themes and other stuff. But what I’d most like and don’t seem to get is news of any changes or “improvements” WP is making.

      3. Took me a while to find my subscription list, but I am subscribed to News. It’s about the fifth thing I ever subscribed to. (Your blog was fourth!) So yes, maybe they’re avoiding me because I make so much noise when they change things.

    2. You know, it’s not that I don’t eventually adjust to and learn new features, UIs, etc. I have to in order to keep publishing. It’s that WP doesn’t stick with one. They keep changing things. We’re always off balance, trying to deal with new, unfamiliar features and get proficient with them. Even making allowances for my possibly being “old and set in my ways,” this is ridiculous.

      1. I’m resisting a LOL here; depression is not a laughing matter. But if you can see an advantage to being depressed, then you’re being an optimist!

      2. I’ve always been the most optimistic person I know PT, at least when it comes to what’s possible. It’s knowing that we’ll always fall short of the mark that depresses me! O_o

      3. I stopped expecting perfection of anyone long ago. But damn, some people sure need to come closer to the mark than they do. Or at least try harder.

      4. You said that so much better than I did PT. I know no one’s ever gonna be perfect. Certainly not me. But there just seems to be this attitude that says not even trying is okay. I don’t get that. Especially when the people with that attitude are also the ones complaining the loudest about how bad things are…

    1. I’ve looked at alternatives in the past and they all came up short for one reason or another. I don’t recall these two names, though. I might take a look at them.

  4. Why is ignoring us (its paying customers)?
    Microsoft Office Live Small Business (OLSB) website builder did the same thing to its customers a few years ago. I had OLSB for 4 years prior. For some reason, OLSB started making desperate changes too. They also ignored customers complaints about those changes (like is doing now). Eventually, all their customer’s websites were wiped, unless you had hundreds of dollars to transfer it to another site before the deadline. OLSB eventually shut down and now Microsoft is taking another shot at it via Office 365. ( appears to be doing the same thing here. Why else would they be making drastic changes without consideration to current customers? customers… If I were you, I would look into moving to another blogger site soon, as I am doing.

    1. Hi, Andrew

      I don’t know how many WP bloggers are paying customers, but two years ago WP said they were hosting 426,589 blogs. And they are way bigger than that, as you can see here. The few hundred of us who complained in the forum thread are just a drop in the bucket to WP. Certainly not worth their getting upset about. But they do read the forums and they are taking note of the actual bugs that were pointed out and they will eventually fix what isn’t working properly. And yes, they will implement the new screens. I can think of only one time they made a change and then retracted it.

      Thousands of WP bloggers, maybe most of them, are not paying customers. They are enjoying the benefits of a great free blogging platform. I was one of them for maybe 4 or 5 years before I finally started paying for some premium upgrades. When you’re getting something for free, you can’t really complain or expect your complaint to be heard (although that never stopped me from complaining!).

      It’s widely known and grudgingly accepted that WordPress.COM is a beta tester for WordPress.ORG and maybe even the giant commercial clients (like CNN and the NFL). For all the hassles, changes, complaints, etc., it’s still a great free or relatively inexpensive platform for bloggers.

      I’ve been with WP for 7 years and I get bent out of shape every time they make some change I don’t like. And sometimes I’ve gone out and looked for an alternative. And every time, I’ve come running back. Other platforms charge more, or don’t have great themes (or nearly as many), or don’t give me enough control or as many options, or any support. Not to mention most don’t offer any way to import this blog, and I’m not about to leave behind 7 years of work.

      I’ll admit this is one of the biggest, most disruptive changes I can recall. It looks like they dumped something on us that was only half done and completely untested. I’m furious. But I’m only a grain of sand on the WP beach. They’ll get it ironed out eventually and I’ll get used to the changes eventually. I’m not going to look for another platform. If there’s a better one out there now, it’s too new for me to take a chance on.

      Sorry, didn’t mean to write a whole ’nother post.

  5. I’ve been posting comments this past week about the new WordPress Reader. The Happiness Engineer says “… as users (and developers) of the Reader, we much prefer…” That comment, to me, explains much about the changes going on at WordPress – they are driven by people who aren’t producing content. If the millions of blogger’s needs were even remotely important, then the Beep Beep Boop reader would never have seen the light of day.

    I’ve been thinking about the ‘free’ blogs, and I think they must (through the ads that are inserted at the end of each post) produce some amount of revenue. I’ve read that the revenue generated from serving Google AdSense ads on hosted blogs may be significant as they do about a billion page views per month.

    1. I’ve given up trying to figure out what WP does or why. I assume it’s profit driven. And I’m convinced it has absolutely nothing to do with what we the users want or need.

... and that's my two cents