WP: It ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

It probably won’t do any good whatsoever, but I am adding my five cents worth to the request NOT to install the new block editor on WordPress.
I tried it and got in a mess, it is not easy to use and it is confusing, so I am happily back on the classic editor AND WOULD LIKE TO TO STAY PLEASE!!!!!
I access my blog on a laptop. I have no other appliances and no wish to get any. One is enough for me and I am happy with my lot………… using the classic editor.
It would also appear that email providers assume you have every mod con communication device and insist on pop ups pushing you to link everything together.

So, if the Powers That Be in WP techno support have any clout and read posts such as mine, I believe not all WP users want the block editor as several of my followers and those I follow don’t like it either. Could we not still have the choice?

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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39 Responses to WP: It ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  1. Paula Light says:

    I’m against forcing people to use it because it’s making so many of my blogging pals so unhappy 🙁

  2. We should all ban together as a community of writers and let the Happiness Engineers know how unhappy we are. We could make a post and get everyone who is displeased with the block editor that is being forced on us to write their comments at the bottom and if they don’t listen, then we should find a new place to blog.

  3. colinandray says:

    Hi Di – I do not disagree with your position re WP but to state “that the majority of WP users” (do not want the Block Editor)???? Majority? Are you sure about that? I would suggest that such a choice of words could give WP reason to ignore your comments, unless you can back it up with some stats.

  4. Liz says:

    I have certainly seen a lot of bloggers, whether paid, or unpaid and to me, it’s growing. But so these Happiness Engineers say to those who have expressed their unhappiness, that they can’t keep the editors going.

  5. Sadje says:

    I don’t want it either.

  6. John Holton says:

    I still use the original editor. It’s among the wp-admin screens: you would find it by going to https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/wp-admin, clicking the thumbtack icon on the left, and clicking the “Add new” button at the top of the screen. You get an editor very similar to the “Classic” editor you had been using. I stuck with the original when the Classic was being touted as the “easier” way to write posts, because I didn’t like the feel of the Classic editor: I couldn’t reduce the font.

    That being said, the solution they’ve proffered to the loss of the Classic editor, to use a Classic block which duplicates the look and feel of the Classic editor, seems to work all right. I’ve tried it out and it works as well as the original or the classic. I’ve never used the “Visual” mode of the editor to write my posts, but I have tested the “Code” mode (what used to be called HTML) and it gave me the results I wanted. If push came to shove and they took the original editor away, I could use it. I wouldn’t be happy about it, and I’d probably go in search of a new home for The Sound of One Hand Typing. I think you’ll find, though, that most other blogging solutions out there are moving in the direction that WordPress has chosen to push us in, toward an editor similar to the block editor.

    A possible alternative is to get a copy of the WordPress software, find a host that allows you to install it, and become a self-hosted WordPress site. There are hosting packages that are reasonably priced (and you will end up paying for it) and some will even install the software for you and set up your database. I installed it on my desktop, and so far they haven’t breathed a word about changing the software to include the block editor (in fact, the only editor available is the original). The operative phrase there is “so far”; I’m sure that when some people running self-hosted sites hear the hype about the block editor they’ll want it, too…

    I’m just as adamant that WordPress keep all editor options available. There are no doubt people for whom the block editor is the greatest thing since perforated toilet paper, but many WordPress.com users (maybe a plurality) have very simple needs and would just as soon stick with what they know. The Classic block solution is their attempt at meeting us halfway. From a software development standpoint, I understand what they’re doing and why they’re doing it; from a customer service standpoint, they’ve handled this very poorly and are receiving the backlash they deserve.

  7. John Holton says:

    I just left you a very long comment and it disappeared. Did it get chucked into your spam folder?

    • Found it and restored it. Thanks John. I’ve got the classic as a link on my desktop in case they push me onto the block editor. I’ll look into the other one. Thanks!

  8. scifihammy says:

    I hear you and agree. I had a look at what the new editor would be – and like you, I don’t want it, as I don’t use tons of stuff off the internet or link anything. So I did not, and will not, install this new feature. I wonder if it’s more for the youngsters?

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  10. For what it’s worth, I have no intention of switching over to the block editor until such a time as I’m forced to do so. If at that time, I find it’s overly annoying, I may just drop my WP subscription completely. I don’t need any additional grief in my life right now. The classic editor is user friendly and does what I need it to do. Why change it?

    • I feel the same. Mine is a free site and I’m not happy with change as it takes me ages to learn and understand anything technical. I got in a right pickle when I was changed by default, but manged to get back to the classic editor, for which I have an auto link on my dashboard for it.

      • I’m already annoyed that WP forced me to buy more storage space because of all the photos I post. I was already paying them for a private domain and for no-advertising. Blogging is starting to not be much fun; if it becomes too much like work, I’ll just drop out.

      • That would be a shame. I’m not looking forward to the switch over and Hubby is already looking at alternative blogging platforms.

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  12. murisopsis says:

    I’m with you 100% on this topic! I dread the day I no longer have a choice!

  13. Carol anne says:

    I agree! I dont use it, I usually post via email! There is a way to do it and it works well! I couldnt see myself using the block editor! I hate it!

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