What you see is what you hate

I run four WordPress sites, not counting the backup blog, and after my first experience with Gutenberg, WP’s vaunted new editor, I switched three of them back to the “Classic Editor,” which now requires a plugin. So I can relate to Warren Meyer’s plaintive wail:

WordPress 5 changed to an entirely new editor where construction of a post that historically just involved typing now involves pasting together a series of blocks that have to be added, for example, just to have quoted text. Am I missing something?

This seems ludicrously more awkward than the original editor, which I immediately switched back to by downloading and activating a plugin for that purpose. My guess is that this functionality is aimed at the large number of folks who use WordPress as a content management system for building websites and not for actual bloggers. I am guessing that content management for website design is actually a much bigger market for WordPress than blogging, and so development is focusing more on that market. Maybe someone needs to fork WordPress for a version track focused on traditional bloggers.

Someone needs to put out a “Fork WordPress” T-shirt. And I suspect that just about everyone who doesn’t work for WordPress parent Automattic will hear “Gutenberg” and think of “movable type,” by coincidence the name of the platform which dominated blogdom before the rise of WordPress.


  1. McGehee »

    18 December 2018 · 7:22 pm

    Using the free version on WordPress, I’m stuck with the new Gutenberg editor, which I agree is nicht so gut (I reserve the right to break that link at some point), though for slightly different reasons.

    I tried starting a TypePad blog, but got an error notice that didn’t explain a damn thing. Blogspot is out because it’s Blogspot…

    If I’m going to resume blogging on a dynamic platform, I’ll have to go to a new domain host that supports SQL — and that ain’t happening while our fridge is dying and our retirement savings are evaporating.

  2. McGehee »

    18 December 2018 · 9:14 pm

    One of Warren’s commenters suggested a static blogging platform called Publii. It’s not terribly flexible, design-wise, but it would simplify things for me, were I to decide to use it.

  3. Roger Green »

    19 December 2018 · 10:23 am

    OMG! It’s MADDENING! And if I want to edit after I post, I have to my backup blog. write it there, add it to the real blog then delete the other post!
    There was a moment before accepting WP5 that I was given the opportunity to ignore accepting it. Put me in the damn time machine!

  4. Roger Green »

    19 December 2018 · 10:27 am

    So how do I switch it back to WP4?

  5. CGHill »

    19 December 2018 · 11:53 am

    You don’t revert to WP 4; instead, you install the Classic Editor plugin, which restores the previous editor.

  6. Roger Green »

    19 December 2018 · 8:50 pm

    THANK YOU! My life is suddenly SO much better!

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