I’m back to my blog with a bit more technical post about my website’s setup, that will probably interest those of you who have designed and run your personal portfolio websites on Wordpress and you are already fed up with the dysfunctional new default editor.
If you belong to this category of people then ….
Those who use Wordpress on their websites, will definitely are aware by now about the changes that Wordpress did in the platform’s user interface, by changing the the TinyMCE text editor that was the default wordpress editor up until some months ago, to the supposedly more advanced Gutenberg editor.
The problem with Gutenberg editor though is that it is not what someone could call a classic text editor. It has neither the looks nor the functions of a normal editor. In other words it doesn’t offer an area where you can write some text, add some images, use the buttons to edit the text and the images, click on publish and post your new article or blog post.
Gutenberg is all about virtual blocks. Blocks for everything! Blocks for each and every paragraph of the text you intent to publish, blocks for each and every image, each and every link, sentence etc. etc. etc. which the user have to edit individually from countless menus and submenus available for each and every block and each and every possible function, some of them hidden at the most unpredictable places.
Gutenberg works with the logic of Lego toys, ( or should I say Tetris game perhaps?! ) and is designed to be used more from those who make websites from scratch and want to move parts of the websites layout up and down, in order to find where to place everything. It is more about page building and less about text editing and publishing.
That makes any attempt to write and publish a post with Gutenberg the equivalent of trying to edit the text of an email of yours with a Desktop Publishing application! Or writing and essay on Photoshop! That much complicated and unneeded.
It seems that the Wordpress people, those at least who take the decisions on Wordpress Foundation, don’t really understand that the majority of those who use WP don’t use it in order to build a new web page on each and every single post they publish.
The average bloggers or website owners, just want to add new posts on an already existing website, with an already existing design and layout. They simply want to update their websites and not build them from scratch. So they don’t need something so complicated as a page builder for writing and publishing their posts.
Personally now, after trying for a while to get used to this and spending effort and time in order to publish the simplest of posts, I found my self completely fed up with the whole thing. So instead of turning to half solutions like the plugin that brings back the old editor, I did something more radical and permanent.
I switched my website on Classic Press that is free to use fork of wordpress without the new Gutenberg editor.
That was really easy to do as there is available a plugin here that when you use it in yours installation migrates your website’s cms from Wordpress to Classic Press in a matter of minutes without changing anything of what already exists there.
All and everything stay where you initially have them but the new editor goes away…. where it came from! It is that simple and effective.
In case now that you still worry about your skills on doing the migration… don’t worry that much. There is a whole community of people here made of people that were also fed up with the new editor, that will gladly assist you and help you resolve the/any issues that you might have, ( if you encounter any).
So … to conclude. If you are fed up, sick and tired and your nerves are already broken with the new wordpress editor, do yourself a favour to switch back to what you knew how to use and trusted.
There is an alternative that if anything else it will spare you the money that you would otherwise spent for psychological support! lol
P.S I’m not affiliated with Classic Press. Classic Press is after all a free to use, open source CMS that doesn’t sponsor anyone, neither is for sale. This post is here in order to inform you about the existence of an alternative and save you from the hassle of dealing with Gutenberg editor.
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