Knock it off, WordPress!
Doncha love it?
I’ll let my favorite angry old woman picture speak for me, along with all those other WP users who are giving WP a piece of their minds over on the forums. The thread is up to 8 pages and still growing.
Once past the childish loading screen you’ll be met with a greatly simplified edit page with a much smaller editing space. Sized just right for all those really serious bloggers using tablet touchscreens to compose their posts. That’s how all serious, dedicated bloggers get their heavy duty blogging done. Right?
There’s a sort of workaround available for now: For a new post, you can skip the ugly blue screen and get to the old familiar full-featured editing screen by clicking on “New” in the dropdown (from the admin bar) menu instead of selecting “Post,” “Page,” “Media,” or “Link” in its submenu. (Of those items, for whatever reason, only “Post” drops you into beep beep hell.) Or add more clicks to open the Dashboard, scroll down to “Post,” and click “Add New.”
The change that really ticks me off, however, is the editing. Previously when I wanted to edit a post (which may be many times a day, given my penchant for editing everything repeatedly), I just clicked the edit link in the post’s header (in this theme it appears as a pushpin after the post’s title) and the edit screen for that post opened. Now, if I don’t want to edit on a beep beep boop screen, the only way to do it is to go to Dashboard > Posts > All Posts. Then, because I have more than 2,000 posts, I have to type in the title of the post to bring up the one I want and, when it comes up, click Edit under its title. Then and only then can I edit my post in the old editing screen. That’s a lot of time and effort wasted if all I want to do is correct a misspelling or add a comma. Maybe for something so simple, I’ll settle for using the new blue screen. But I’m not at all sure it will be acceptable long-term for more extensive editing.
Oddly enough, the comment edit screen remains unchanged. So far. Frankly, I expect it and all the old screens currently accessible with workarounds to eventually go away. It would make no sense for WP to keep supporting two different systems. Unless, of course, they were wise enough to realize that only mobile users need the smaller simpler screens. Computer users with full screens and keyboards want and need their large, full-featured interfaces. Two different UIs for two different platforms. Makes sense to me.
I do resent WordPress’s constant changes. It means instead of being really comfortable with the existing interface and navigating it quickly and easily without a second thought, I have to stop, fuss, fume, and waste time learning a new system. All of which gets in the way of my reason for being here — blogging. It’s like having a nice set of tools that you are happy with, accustomed to, and proficient with. And then overnight someone steals those tools and replaces them with a new set that has different tools in different places. Your favorite wrenches are gone and in their place are pliers.
Or, the most relevant way I can think of to describe the current change, and many of the others WP has made: Imagine you wake up one morning, ready to work on your blog, and discover that someone has rearranged your keyboard. It’s no longer QWERTY. Now it’s FUBAR. You won’t be able to work efficiently until you learn that new FUBAR keyboard. In the meantime you’ll have to hunt and peck. That’s a hell of a way to produce a blog post.