So if you read these pages, or the pages of just about anyone working in WordPress lately, you know that we have all been fighting with the “New and Improved” editing solution that WordPress.Org and WordPress.Com are inflicting on everyone. Their new idea, styled “Gutenberg,” is a nightmare for people who just want to write a blog.
Now there is workaround available for the time being, but God only knows how long it will be before the people who are not listening to feedback insist that they really do know better and kill the current means of invoking the Classic Editor.
I think most of the problem is arrogance.
WordPress powers something like 35 percent of the internet. So of course since they did something right 5 or 10 years ago, that must mean everything they do today is right as well. At least it does in their tiny minds. Even if a whole bunch of people tell them they are wrong, those people are just users, and don’t know what they really need, even when they do.
Here are just a few of the reactions to the “New and Improved Editor.”
- Could WordPress Have Fucked Up Any Worse? « Bacon Time !!!!!!
- Fuck WordPress – Random Acts of Gibberish
- Damn You WordPress!!! – Freedom Is Just Another Word…
- So Much for the Needs of the User | 357 Magnum
And it isn’t just us poor schmucks using WordPress.com; the reviews of the “Classic Editor Plugin” at WordPress.org are telling as well. Here’s one example.
Thankfully this is still available on WP. However it states that ‘Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin, and will be fully supported and maintained until at least 2022’
What’s going to happen after 2022? Am I going to have to rewrite my websites? Maybe I ought to start looking at other options instead of WP?
Gutenberg is really starting to piss me off. I wish I’d never heard of WP and instead just use html/css/js like I used to do.
The following image is from WordPress.Org. If I was seeing this kind of response, I might be willing to consider that I made a mistake. I don’t believe the the folks at WordPress/Automatic will make that admission. They know best.
Bear at Random Acts of Gibberish thinks the new system is aimed at clickbait, and in a way, I agree. I think the block from might make sense if you are trying to sell shoes, but most of us are not. But as I stated above, it is all about arrogance. They know better than you do, what you need to get your work done. I can’t begin to tell you how many hours (days?) I spent in meetings with developers convincing them (or trying to) that they were wrong. It was easier in manufacturing because they mostly didn’t know squat about cost accounting, inventory management, or statistical quality control. And it’s been 35 or 40 years since I even heard of anyone doing human-factors analysis on a user interface. Certainly no one applied human-factors to the new WordPress editor.
As a result of all this pain, I’ve been looking into alternatives. At least I don’t have to make a decision in a mad rush. And one of the things I’ve decided is that if I have to end up paying for blog hosting, I am not going to pay for WordPress. They have clearly demonstrated that turning a deaf ear to the complaints of people using their system is now standard operating procedure. There are plenty of other Content Management Systems out there, and they probably aren’t in a position to completely ignore their user community.
I may let you know what are the results of my search as it goes along, and of course if I actually move, well then that will be announced well in advance. While I could live with the current interface at Blogger/Blogspot, I left that platform because Google was being ridiculous about the Second Amendment. Lately they have become even more ridiculous with the WOKE thing. And it has been sometime since, as a search engine, they answered the question that you asked. They insist on answering the question they think you meant to ask, and then they feed you the data they think most appropriate. (e.g. the most woke answers to your question.)
I am currently working my way through the Terms and Conditions at Joomla! which powers about 5 percent of the web, so maybe they feel like they have to work harder to appeal to users. We shall see, as the blind man said, when he picked up his hammer and saw.
And as always, if anyone has suggestions, please leave them in the comments.