Bad News From WordPress

In case you haven’t seen the notifications, WordPress will shortly be doing away with the ‘Old Editor’, and forcing us to use the ‘New’ Block Editor. This supposedly improved Gutenberg editor will replace even the original block editor, so everyone on this platform will have to bite the bullet and try to cope with it.

I have written before about how I consider it TOTALLY UNNECESSARY for WordPress to do this. People who are not good with technology -like me- are dreading this all over the bloging community. As with so many things in the modern world, WordPress is choosing to ignore the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ commonsense maxim, and I have yet to read any reasonable excuse as to why they consider the change is worthwhile.

If ‘business users’ find the new system better, then let it just be an option for them. That should be easy enough for WP to arrange.

Paying to blog won’t help. I pay for a plan, but that will still not allow me to keep my cherished ‘Original Editor’. Many current bloggers struggle to get the best out of the basic system, and they will now be forced to try to adapt to a change that seemes to me to offer no discernible improvement for the average blogger.

June the first is the big day, so brace yourselves!

I am very serious about this, and worried that I may get so frustrated with trying to cope, I might have to give up my one real joy in life, blogging.

If any of you very tech-savvy bloggers have an ‘idiots guide’ to the new system, or even screenshot tutorials, I for one would be grateful to see them.

**UPDATE** Video guide from Fraggle, via this link.

https://fragglesotherplace.com/2020/05/22/the-new-editor-for-wp/

Another short fast track guide from Ron in Alabama.

Quick and Dirty (New WP Editor)

 

Otherwise, I might be saying a sad ‘Farewell’ to you all, on June 1st.

If that happens, it’s been fun, and I send you all my best wishes.

160 thoughts on “Bad News From WordPress

  1. As someone that does these kinds of rebuilds for a living, often they happen because the underlying technology has degraded or become too expensive to maintain. It may no longer conform to security standards or may be failing because of bugs. If you keep something live you must maintain it and if that is sinking so much money that you can’t keep your tool free you might be forced to rebuild. I’m not saying it is what has happened but it’s not always just “for the sake of it”.

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  2. A slightly different remark about the new editor: it surely costs me much time, since blathering babbler as I am always feel the urge to put in my twopennies’ worth. πŸ˜€

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  3. Pete and others,
    let me first mention that I was sharing your reservations re a new editor, especially as I’m quite change-resistant: born in muleheadedness aggravated by old age. πŸ˜€
    But even so I’ve just created a new post [https://wp.me/p4uPk8-2lD] using – to simply give it a go and try it out – the new block editor and didn’t incur any but minor problems: no difficulties creating and uploading the post. Of course, as things were not (all) in the places I was used to, it took me a little longer. There were two minor glitches with captions in single pictures as well as in galleries. I’ll have to check if/how I can overcome those.
    Conclusion: basically I’m not unhappy with the new editor and even if I don’t know if I will – in the long run – keep using it, I’ll certainly go on at least trying it out more.
    What I also found out: the link that used to take me to the old classic editor now takes me to the new block editor. If I want the old one, I have two options:
    – I can write a new post via the dashboard: “add new” in “posts” takes me to the old editor immediately
    – in the new block editor I can go to “more tools & options” [the three dots one below the other in the top right corner of the window], and scroll down a bit to “switch to classic editor”.
    I hope this helps you all to alleviate your misgivings.
    Best,
    Pit

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      1. These three dots, Pete, will definitely remain, as they lead to a lot of options NEEDED for th enew editor. Let’s hope they last item in the list, “Switch to Classic Editor” will remain.

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  4. I’m so fed up with so called technology improvements….The boffins have to keep reinventing themselves. It’s a royal pain in the hemorrhoids. Mostly its change for changes sake. So does this men that the new set up will throw all the old formatting out of the window ? If so I will have to drop them, co’s I’m not doing it all again.
    That’s why I went for the Xpro3 with the bright frame lines in the OVF back to basics all be it in a new guise.
    Cheers.

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    1. If you look at Fraggle’s video guide, ( link above in the text) you will see the new setup. I doubt it will faze you, as it doesn’t look half so tricky as Photoshop. πŸ™‚
      Cheers mate, Pete,

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  5. PETE JOHNSON!!! YOU ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE, MISTER!! YOU DO THAT AND I AM SENDING A BIG WATER TANKER AT YOUR HOUSE TO OPEN YOUR SKULL AND WASH YOUR BRAIN. 😠😠😠😠

    You leave, I haunt you in your dreams. Forget the cockroaches, I am sending ghosts to haunt you at night. On June 1st I will do a post to show you how to use the block editor and trust me it is easier than the old one.

    BUT IF YOU SAY THE LEAVING WORD AGAIN. I AM GOING TO BOMBARD YOU WITH EMAILS, TWEETS AND TORTURE.😑😑😑😑 SAY SORRY AND PROMISE NOT TO LEAVE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I just installed that, but it won’t let me connect it to my blog, due to ‘WordPress authentication’. I have two-step security with WordPress so this MS App cannot access it.
      Nice idea though.
      Cheers, Pete.

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        1. I added it after my email got hacked ages ago. I didn’t want any hacker being able to mess around with my blog. Now they have to send a text to my mobile if they don’t recognise my login, or suspect anything suspicious. They give an access code that has to be entered quickly. It’s a bit of a faff, to be honest. Unfortunately, it also means some functions will not be allowed by WP, so every time I tried to use that App, they would block it as ‘unknown’, send me a text, and make me log in all over again with a ne code. It’s a good idea though.

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  6. Oh…this is awful! Can’t find my way around. Now I have to relearn everything!
    Is it really worth it to continue with this punishment?
    Forced payment! I think its time to look elsewhere.
    This is just another example of bait and switch.

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      1. No – I will. But that’s not even the point.
        The point is squatters rights for those who can’t afford to keep “payin the man” for every half inch of existence – especially during hard times. Its like protection money. “Hey Meester. For 10 dohlar I watch no one scratch your car!?”
        When you lose your job, your business, can’t go to church, are separated from family, prevented from engaging in activities that define pursuit of happiness for you, you turn to trusted ways to reach out.
        But now the screws are tightened just a bit more so we are unable to even freely create until yet another learning curve is wrestled to the ground.
        In my lifetime we went from TV is free to paying to be advertised to. Why? Because we put up with incremental annoyances. We live in increasingly frustrating times. It has to stop.

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          1. History shows that it always stops somewhere. I only have to point to the American Revolution as one example of a breaking point reached where every straw that was added to the camel’s back was laughably insignificant – derided as not important. We are now regarded by those who can make changes as willing victims. And they are right.

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  7. I have tried using the Block editor and found it very painful. But it’s my understanding after reading a Q & A on one of their blog posts, that we will still have the option of using the ‘Classic Editor.’ Apparently there are currently 3 editors and they’re retiring one of them which they call the ‘old editor.’ But we shall all find out soon enough!

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    1. If you scroll down through the comments, you will find various links that say the ‘old editor’ is remaining as a plugin option. I will wait and see what happens on the 1st.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. i’m not tech savvy at all and i hope things will work out well. if there is an option to retain the ‘old’ editor then it should be fine. thanks for the ‘how to’ link just in case. let’s hope for the best, Pete. regards. πŸ™‚

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  9. As a guy who has spent far too much time in his life worrying about things I can’t control, my advice is not to make any rash decisions. Perhaps there will be a bit of a learning curve but think of all of the other hurdles you have conquered already. It wasn’t that long ago you were compensating for an uncooperative keyboard, and you survived that inconvenience. (I know, by getting a new computer.) You would be lonely without something that gives you pleasure, Pete. I haven’t been around nearly as long as others, but I think you’d miss some of your longtime blogger friends if you said, “Screw it! Who needs this?”

    Anyway, that’s my feeble attempt to talk you off the ledge. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Pete. I have calmed down consideably since I posted this. I was just so furious at the time. Fraggle posted a video user guide to the new system, so I will use that to help me if I have to change.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  10. I earn my ‘living’ using WordPress.org framework for clients – I am ‘here’ on my long ago started blog – I am one of the ‘folks who didn’t like the blocks, etc., system’ when it first rolled out – and I waited for awhile, for a few updates – and finally realized, I had ‘better’ start trying out (in wordpress.org framework – first!) to learn better – OR I had best just hang up my spurs and find some other job to do to earn my keep – – that said – I found the updated versions past WP 5.0 “Gutenberg” to have come along rather nicely – the first early roll out/first launch? Pain in the arse – but little tweaks here and there have made it nicer for those who just log in and start typing – auto paragraphs – ability to change a paragraph to a heading – quickly – ability to save blocks as you go that you know you’ll want to reuse in future (that’s on my day job – seriously – I haven’t ‘redesigned my free blog here in years and keep wondering if I want to go through the time/energy to ramp up to a small paid plan, just to take the adverts of my blog – seriously! the adverts often show ugly skin infections on hands or feet – – WHO does that kind of shock & awe & GROSS! campaigns unless they are a loser who always goes for the ‘lowest hanging fruit”???! That all said, I feel your pain – I hear your pain – but, WP 5.4.1 rather rolled out and not too much pain form me on the .org/framework side of things and here? Well – they’ve been ‘herding’ me through their innovations, etc., for years – and surmise it will only get worse as tech once more moves forward and leaves behind even more, connection with users – – that said – if you leave, ya leave and I will miss you – on the other hand, if you are on a free plan and can’t install plugins to help ya navigate stuff – well – I get that too – but in the end – there is never – a free ‘lunch’ and we all pay someday – with our $, our time or our attention (ads) – :D. just saying – I earn my living in ‘the biz’ and I would walk away – but last I checked, there is an outcry here over food availability but no earning a living in becoming a farmer just now – – :D. So – I just truck on and sorry for long comment – but – I hear ya – and ya gotta do what ya gotta do – πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks, TamrahJo. I do pay for the basic ad-free plan with double space allowance, so might be able to use the classic version as a plugin. One of my friends compiled a video user guide to the latest version, and I will use that if and when I have to change . Then I expect they will change it again! πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. I just posed a regular deartedandjody using the new editor. Admittedly I cut and past as I usually do, but I do think the editing (correcting the few of the many errors I make) was easier and the presentation in the edit mode is closer to what I am used to in normal preprocessing. Warmest regards, Theo

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    1. Thanks for updating me, Theo. I have calmed down a lot now it is after 11:30 pm, but still niggling about the unnecessary ‘need’ for change. I hope I am as easily converted. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  12. I tried it a little but have no time to inclination to “learn it”. I like the classic editor. I hate this part of technology. No sooner are you comfortable than they change the platform. I deal with this all the time at work. I really like blogging, too. It’s been a part of my life for 8 years. I may be like you and decide to throw in the towel.

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    1. Watching Fraggle’s video guide has helped me a lot. And Chris has added a link that states we will be able to keep the classic editor as a plugin, if you scroll down to his comment. (Story-reading ape)
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  13. I saw the notice this morning, Pete. I did not see or read the small print. I have blogged about this before and I understand it for websites, but bloggers are unique entities. If my hand is forced I will not be impressed. The technology does not bother me. It is the added frustration and time wasting I am opposed to.

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  14. I don’t like change either, and for some reason, websites seem to always be making changes that are supposed to be “easier” and “better”, but rarely seem to be so. I will try to make the best of it I suppose and hope it won’t be too frustrating, but we’ll see how it goes.

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    1. I will certainly only do this if I have no other option, Maranda.
      I get frustrated with constant changes in everything ‘technical’, as I rarely see any improvement from that change.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I hope they retain it, Darlene, I really do. I know things have to change eventually, but why force a change on something that already works so well? It’s beyond me, it really is. It makes me feel completely fed up!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  15. The comments of your followers are testimony to the inconvenience, inequality and unfairness of it all…I think you’d be able to master the bloody Blocks, but it’s not really the point, is it?
    I’m disillusioned with blogging already, so it’s less painful for me, but this suppression of the creativity of “ordinary people”, specifically those in middle or old age, is despicable, especially when many are feeling more isolated than ever.
    And why? Follow the money, I guess.
    Lead a protest, Pete, seriously. XX

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    1. I protested when they first introduced the block editor. I was toild that it was for the benefit of most users who use phones and tablets for blogging. Apparently, it makes it easier for them.
      So sod the rest of us!
      Best wishes, Pete. xx

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      1. I blog from my phone as its only where I have my internet and I don’t like and not able to use it. It certainly not easy to use on phone.
        Visually for me, block editor has more than I need, so too busy.

        I shall be using classic editor. It is true they are keeping it. But my concern is, will they still keep it a year down the line?
        I will be gone if they get rid and as I can’t use the editor with ease on my phone, means my blog will disappear without warning.

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        1. Thanks for your thoughts, Liz. It is ironic that you don’t find it easy to use on a phone. When I contacted WP in my indignation, I was told that most of the reason for the change was that around 90% of bloggers no longer use a PC or laptop, so they were making it easier for those using phones and tablets!
          Best wishes, Pete.

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          1. I hate it. There isn’t room on the screen of my smart phone I feel to play with that editor. Time consuming, that I gave up because how I feel about the whole thing.

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  16. I haven’t tried the new editor yet, but I commented on Elizabeth’s Saved by Words blog that a lot of recent changes to web sites are driven by a move to mobile-friendly designs with spaced out lines to help users of small touch screens. My bank site used to look like a printed statement which made it easy to search for particular past transactions, but now you only see about 6 transactions per page and it isn’t even obvious which are debits and which are credits. Very irritating. Blogger has done something like this too, but there you can stay with the classic design.

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  17. Pete,
    as much as I agree with you that I’d hate WordPress forcing us on a new editor, they are NOT doing this. I got their note about the new block editor and it definitely says, under the heading “What other options do I have”: “You also have the choice to switch to the Classic editor.” So no need to worry. We had the same discussion in the blogosphere when they introduced what they now call the “Classic Block Editor”. They promised to give us the option to keep the old one and they kept their promise. So I’m pretty sure we will be able to use the old classic editor.
    What I’ve done before they introduced the “Classic Block Editor”: I created a link that takes me directly to the old editor, and I hope that’ll work still.
    As to the very new block editor: I might want to try it. Maybe I find it useful and can overcome my old-age resistance to new(-fangled) ideas.
    Giving up blogging altogether because of a new editor seems to me like giving up driving because there’s a new model of my favourite car. That doesn’t make sense to me.
    So, let’s hope for the best,
    Pit

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    1. You make a fair comparison, Pit, but my level of techinical knowledge is low, and always has been. That makes change unsuually frustrating for me, as I don’t see it as a ‘challenge’ in the way most people do. It might even be a personality defect, I’m not sure, or a condition akin to dyslexia, but with tech stuff.
      One example is my new smartphone. I am unable to find any way to get photos from it onto my PC. I spent 4 hours on forums and company websites one day, and downloaded two apps that were supposed to fix it. But I still can’t do it. No doubt a 14 year-old would do this in a heartbeat, but I don’t know any 14 year-olds.

      Fraggle has now compiled a guide to the new editor, and I have added a link to that in the post.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. I’m not that technical-savvy either. So – like you – I’ll have to hope for the best.
        Thanks for the link, and thanks to Fraggle for the effort to help us. πŸ™‚

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      2. As a PC user who spends all day reading or writing, I get frustrated by the technical hoops – even when there are ‘small print’ alternatives. I’ve adapted to Gutenberg but switch to Classic when I discover the limitations of the new ‘improved’. I suspect it’s down to my low tech knowledge …so, we’re in the same boat, except I don’t blog as often. Stay sane and inspired.

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        1. Thanks, Roland.

          I hate having to depend on asking people about compter stuff. Before I started blogging, I used to work with Police Special Operatons Compter-Aided Despatch, Criminal Intelligence, and Criminal Records computers for a living, believe it or not. As well as dedicated car-tracking mapping systems, CCTV interfaces, and many more applications, including computerised alarm systems for sensitive premises. I sat in front of no less than four screens at my post in the control room.

          You would think that personal computing would be a breeze after that. But they were dedicated systems, that I was trained to use. By comparison, Microsoft, WordPress, and all the rest are non-intuitive, and constantly changing for the sake of change. Presumably because they are driven by continuing to make money from advertisers, business users, and personal subscibers.

          Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. I didn’t know that. Good to know your computer is still protected.
          Btw, I didn’t have any difficulty to switch from Windows7 to 8.1 [which I’m still using on my desktop} and then getting used to Windows10 [which came with my new laptop].

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    1. I had to ‘upgrade’ to W10 when my PC died and the new one came with 10 loaded. I am still getting to grips with 10. It is familiar but different, all at the same time. Not as intuitive for me as 7, that’s for sure!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  18. I only just started using WP and so started with the block editor from the get but Quick Books does this thing all the time and I have to spend a entire day or two trying to figure out how to create an invoice, access bank accounts, pay a vendor, or send an email through the system. ARG… leave well enough alone.
    I hope you don’t give up – I enjoy your posts.

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    1. Thanks, Beck. A blogging friend has posted a video guide, and I have added that to the post. Looks like I will be needing to do some homework, and it is 50 years since I left school. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  19. I’m hoping I can continue with classic or I will have to give up blogging. We have had our car for nearly four years and I still don’t know all the features.The world is changing so fast and I’m getting left behind. No wonder the over 70’s are treated as if they don’t matter. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a society where we were valued and respected?

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    1. I don’t expect special treatment for my age, Julie, but see no reason why both systems of editing cannot work together for those of us who find the change too confusing.
      I have now added a video guide posted by a blogging friend. That might help you.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    2. You’re right Julie. Any and all accommodations made by the world to seniors is by way of covering their butt so they can appear inclusive. They know the lasting money comes from indoctrinating the young and foolish who will never know the difference.

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    1. I haven’t seen that Chris. If that’s true, then it’s a case of “Panic Over!” πŸ™‚
      But I have seen the option for retaining the ‘Classic Block Editor’, and that’s not what I use.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. Thanks for the link, Chris, I have read it, and bookmarked it. But it might just be me being stupid (or angry) but I can’t see any instruction on HOW you make the choice to stick with the old editor?.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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  20. I too may need to rethink whether I want to continue blogging. Learning a new skill is time-consuming, usually frustrating, and I don’t need any of that in my life right now.

    When all of this change at WP began, I strongly resisted being sucked into the vortex by it, figuring as you say if it ain’t broke … That original editor has always worked fine for me and I never saw the need to change it. At the time, I had planned on writing a blog post about all these technology changes going on everywhere (it was titled “Don’t go changing to try to please me …”) when I couldn’t find a way of contacting anyone at WordPress directly to make my opinion known. The post had the central thought that most changes seem to be driven more by the fact that technos can actually MAKE these changes and not because we NEED to have changes thrown at us. It’s technology gone mad, as far as I can see. But it’s all also driven by the almighty dollar – or pound or Euro – as you say, and as people figure out how to monetize the internet for their own benefit, they forget about those of us out here who are using it for pleasure or to make contact with others or to actually create and take part in a creative community. We, and our readers, are the ones who will lose out as we become more jaded and frustrated by all this unnecessary change. (IMDB just went through a drastic change to their website that has made it, to my eyes, almost unreadable and useless to me. I still check it out for new movie releases, but I scan through very quickly and mainly use the site now to just search movie titles I already know.)

    Thanks, Pete, for your blogging, and for being part of this online community. I hope I won’t be forced to also say … it’s been nice knowing all of you.

    Susan

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    1. I agree with you on the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but in this case, especially as WordPress seems to offer – as a CHOICE – an improved version of an editor. I might want to try it out and see if it has any value for me. Otherwise, I still have a direct link to the old “Classic Editor” I’ve bee using ever since I took up blogging with WordPress.
      Looking back at my comments here: it really seems strange to me that I’m defending WordPress, having been a very vocal critic of them before. πŸ˜‰

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    2. Thanks for your thoughts, Susan. I did try to contact WP via forums when they brought this out. I got a bland reply about it ‘working better for all users’, in other words, the business users.
      I have now added a link to a video guide compiled by a blogger. That may help. If you view it on You Tube you can hear it better.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  21. The “Classic” block is essentially the old editor in a block; are they also getting rid of that? (I haven’t read the notifications.)
    If not, I’ve found it possible to write an entire blog post using a single “Classic” block.
    I’m sure they will get rid of the Classic block in due course, but it might be a step too far for them to dump it at the moment.

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        1. For some reason, I can’t hear it. (I checked the volume settings and speakers, and they work fine on anything else) I’m pleased that you think it looks simple, Mary. To be honest, i am totally pissed off with WordPress, and at the moment I don’t even want to try to learn how to do something being forced on me for absolutely no good reason.
          My dummy is not only well and truly out of the pram, it is across the other side of the room!
          Best wishes, Pete.

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  22. Hang in there, Pete. Like all of these companies, they have grown so large that they forget their roots.
    My forum software, is no different. In 13 years I have watched it go from a growing, sharing community of developers, to a business. Where once you could find pages of free themes in their theme store, you’re lucky to see one or two now. They charge anywhere form $10-$30 a theme. Sickening. WordPress, like many others, are catering to the commercial side for revenue.

    But back to the editor question.

    I will try to make some new videos to help those that are not using it. I started using it months ago, and it has become pretty much second nature now. They have improved it to the point that it is not as confusing. I will NEVER like it as much as the well-loved classic editor, but I saw this coming a long way off.

    I’ll help anyone that I can.

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  23. I have been using the new editor since it started up and as with everything in life, the more you do it, the easier it gets. I will try and do you an idiots guide today if you like, would you prefer a video or a series of instructions with screenshots?

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  24. Agree totally with your sentiments, many in our group have a Learning Disability, which adds to the frustration. So much more making accessibility the cornerstone of good practice. I wonder how this change fits to the current guidelines around website accessibility?

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    1. My guess is that WP is driven by providing a platform requested by their fee-paying business users, and affiliates like Jetpack. The hobby blogger means very little to such a huge company, especially those with a free plan, or the cheapest paid plans that fail to generate sufficient revenue for advertisers.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Sadly your right. I will have to get together demonstrations for our members, who are at this time, are self-isolating and, therefore, not able to benefit from face-to-face interaction. Its really a poor showing by a leading social media company.

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