The WordPress apple cart
WordPress really upset the apple cart a few nights ago by converting all users to their new “block editor.” Readers who don’t blog on WP won’t understand or care what that means but basically it means they’ve taken away the toolbox we’ve been using for many years and left us with a scrambled pile of unrelated parts and pieces. Somewhere in that pile are the tools we want, but it takes hours to find them or their new versions — time that should be spent thinking about our content, not how to get it onto the page. (My last post, meant to be a quick note that should have taken 15 minutes, required an hour or more of intense frustration to complete.)
For some months there was an option to use the block editor or revert to the classic editor. And many of us had continued to use the classic editor because it was familiar, fast, and easy.
Now familiar, fast, and easy are gone. In their place, all kinds of new stuff that may or may not be “better.” The most basic things, like how to center a single picture on the page, or add a caption to it, are buried in menus of totally unfamiliar terms. Sure, new things always entail learning curves, but in this case there’s nothing intuitive to aid the process. Nothing.
I would dearly love to pick the brains of the developers and understand why they think this new block editor is the way to go. I’ve been blogging, designing, coding, etc., for many years and I think I could understand their rationale — if only they’d present it!
There is still one backdoor open to the classic editor, but I expect it to close any day. Meanwhile, I’m using it to compile this post. Wish me luck in the future.
Note: A “sort of” explanation was posted earlier. It doesn’t tell me specifically why the devs made the wholesale changes, only that the new editor is better. In their estimation.