WordPress appears to have fallen off its best horse

 
 

This weekend I came back home from a road trip in France, where I, at moments could have some very bad internet. That made it impossible to continue my urgent work to get my Google-Sites converted or those which could not convert to transfer them manually. So that is some big task waiting for me these days. But to my surprise not only Google pushes us to renewal or renovation. Also, WordPress pushes us something terrible down our throat.

Why do so many think they always have to renew something?
If they could make it better, no problem. But WordPress has chosen for one of the worst editor systems. I have several blogs made in different systems and until recently Word Press scored best on all matters. But now I have to rate it down (from a 9/10 down to a 3/10, and if I have more trials it even could get worse to a 2/10 because it frustrates me now a lot) them having created an unpractical editing system.

By converting all users to their new “block editor”, Word Press misses the opportunity of being the favourite of those who regularly want to post new material, and followed so many other blog systems with much better block editors (compare for example: Site 123 a much better block editor; but look also at SimpleSite , Jouw Web, Jimdo, Webnode, Weebly, Wix a.o. just to call a few which got through my trials as a possibility to use.

WordPress really upset the apple cart a few nights ago by converting all users to their new “block editor. {The WordPress apple cart}

is the least what can be said in a friendly manner. Looking at Google Searches to get back on the Old Word Press Editor it seems lots of people got frustrated like I seem to have become.

I wonder why Word Press has taken away the toolbox so many enthusiast writers have been using for many years. They now left us with a scrambled pile of unrelated parts and pieces. Before we had a very easy and handy system which allowed us to edit and give every article a layout like we wanted. Looking at their “Gutenberg” (shame on the name) and reading all the articles concerning ways to get back on the classic editor it looks like WordPress Company and Word Press Organisation allows only the paying people to choose for the Old or traditional Best ever Editor, because those who can afford it can choose than the Plugin “Classic”.

Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.

Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin, and will be fully supported and maintained until at least 2022, or as long as is necessary.

At a glance, this plugin adds the following:

* Administrators can select the default editor for all users.
* Administrators can allow users to change their default editor.
* When allowed, the users can choose which editor to use for each post.
* Each post opens in the last editor used regardless of who edited it last. This is important for maintaining a consistent experience when editing content.

In addition, the Classic Editor plugin includes several filters that let other plugins control the settings, and the editor choice per post and per post type.

By default, this plugin hides all functionality available in the new block editor (“Gutenberg”).

Minh, who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada writes

I got my first taste of the new WordPress.com editor today, and I spat it out faster than the worst food I had ever tasted! Blah!

Looking online for ways to get back to the Classic Editor, all I found was crap, unfortunately. If there were a good answer out there, it certainly didn’t rise to the top of my Google searches. All kinds of bad advice about converting every freaking block to a Classic Block, each time with a prompt to dissuade you from using it, if not by narrative then by annoyance! Some suggested changing a theme like your image and identify wasn’t worth anything, and I’m not convinced it worked! It was all crap! {How to Enable (Get Back) the Classic Editor in WordPress.com}

Like her, I could not find a good answer, leading me to an easier way to create new messages with the present Word Press system. The advice for changing a theme brought me unto sites where I only had three months for free and then had to pay monthly or yearly.

In the new system may be a lot of tools people may want, but it takes hours to find them or their new versions, also clicking on some of them, like choosing a feature picture does not work (or nothing seems to change and I have no opportunity to choose the picture I want) though it advises using a feature picture. Yesterday I tried to place two articles on my ecclesia site, which took me more than two hours whilst otherwise it would have been fixed in half an hour max 3/4 of an hour.

— 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.) {The WordPress apple cart}

I have already grey hair, but it could turn “green”!

The Canadian girl is the first one in a lot of posts I read who could bring a reasonable solution. But why should we be forced to take such a “detour” to easily write an article?!?!!!!!

By chance, in trying to see how hard it would be to edit old posts using this new Block editor, perhaps to learn from reverse engineering of a fully formed post rather than from scratch on a blank post, I saw the option for a Classic Editor! Enlarge photo at right. I took the screenshot in the middle of forming this post which I wrote in the Classic Editor, by the way.

With a way to actually enable the Classic Editor, I just then devised a way to use it for new posts with a little ingenuity around WordPress’ navigation for doing new posts. It’s not without its small annoyance to start, but you know, compared to the new Block Editor, if you don’t like it, you’ll forget about the annoyance soon enough! It’s easy and here’s how to do it, preferably with your post title known, but that’s not mandatory. It just skips annoying editing steps later.

  • Add a new post. You’ll see one in the Block Editor, which is fine.
  • Give your post a name and Save Draft. If you wanted, you could even put a first letter, word, or whatever amount of text you want into the initial block before Saving Draft. Saving Draft means your currently incomplete post won’t be seen by anyone like followers or in the WordPress Reader.
  • Go back to your WP Admin page. I have this as a bookmark on my Favourites Bar in my browser. If you didn’t and published to any frequent extent, you may want to consider it now.
  • Hover your mouse over Posts in the left hand menu. This should open a submenu with All Posts as a choice.
  • Click on All Posts. This will show your most recent posts, drafts, and/or scheduled posts, of course, just like in my photo above.
  • Mouseover your newly created DRAFT post title. This will give you some editing choices like in the photo, one of which will be Classic Editor. When you click on that, it will take you to the Classic Editor, which I am working with now as I type this post. There is a pop up dissuading you from it, but you’d get the same pop up every time you made a block a Classic Block in the new Block editor anyway, so this is nothing!

Then edit away and post as before! Happy WordPress editing! {How to Enable (Get Back) the Classic Editor in WordPress.com}

I am very grateful (to her) I could find her very useful post, but I do regret Word Press is not offering us a straight forward choice of editing the new or the old-fashioned way and there being again to use the shortcut keys. Working by a keyboard goes much faster than gripping for a mouse and scrolling with the mouse.

Blogger also had first forced us to get to the new editor, but thousands of bloggers complained and found it a useless new system. I wrote a lot of letters back and forth to the Google technicians and on forums. I even thought of stopping to write on Blogger, but in the end it turned all right. Also, for the new Google Sites with also a “block editing” system (but a lot easier and far much better than WordPress, I am busy transferring my Google Sites to the New Google Sites). (For the religious sites there is still a lot of work to fix them. My personal Profile site was converted all right – it took some time to cut all the words of the old lines /which became one word with the beginning word of the next line / and to make one word again for the words which became split by the new lines) and is now already restored.) Now Google fro Blogger created something in between and made it again easy to write texts and to place labels (which was horrible in their new system and took ages to scroll through the available labels – when there are many like in my “Our World” blog.)

In my eyes tagging and labelling are a very handy tool to allow readers to find more articles on the subject they want to read more about. I find it essential for a blogger to allow their readers to find out more of his thoughts and about related articles. Though I must admit lots of people did not like it that their article was mentioned in a “related” section, so for many sites, I stopped putting all that work for searching articles on the subject and for making a free advertisement for their article by getting readers away from my websites going to look at someone else’s website.

Having tried out several systems for getting material on the internet platform, after the shutdown of Multiply, WordPress was the best option and getting much more readers than Multiply or any other system. To check the number of readers and/or views I created two blogs with the same articles to check the amount of views: they were a WordPress and a Weebly site. In the end WordPress came out with the best results. Then, the most easiest to place articles (less time-consuming) and receiving the most views: Relating to God – WordPress site versus Relating to God Weebly Site.

For so-called Free sites, Webs proved useless, shutting down the site or getting Frozen,  every time after a few people visited it or when not enough people visited it in a certain time, and as such not generating enough views for all the work invested.

Infinity Free is so-caled free but to start it up one has to pay for this and for that, becoming more expensive than other systems. So no advisable system seems to me.

Gutenberg according to the developers should help us to create new content with pre-built blocks. Each block can be added to our page and edited in a simpler way than ever before, they promise. But I can not find such a thing. My impression is that Gutenberg is not at all handy in its presumed flexibility, though there may be numerous Gutenberg block plugins designed to help us create amazing content.
Instead of having one big HTML file, our page is divided into sections or blocks, which should make it easier to edit and design according to the developers. How we can also save our blocks and reuse them, no need to start from scratch every time we wish to edit something, is not clear to me. Because, then I would choose straight ahead a block with the classic editor. (If you know how to do it — please tell me.)

WordPress was my favourite bread and butter. I created many websites in the system and was pleased I could get many views on those sites about God and His commandments and His promises. All the work I do for God is not paid for and to do it, I have to invest already in several necessary costs to get it on the internet (like the internet connection, copyrights, Bible software, etc.) To accomplish my preaching work I must say I prefer to have a strong set of instruments to get the job finished. For years now, I could trust Word Press and was very pleased to have it around for me to help in my preaching work.

Today it seems I lost the right gear to keep my horse going in the wild.

I look forward to find a solution which shall make it again easy to create articles and to reach people from all over the world.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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