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  • From the 5.0 announcement “Support for the Classic Editor plugin will remain in WordPress through 2021”.

    What does that mean? ‘We promise not to deliberately break the Classic Editor with core changes until 1st Jan or 31st Dec 2021’? (and which date? In UK English, the first is a possibility, but I am guessing it means the later.)

    Or ‘After (whenever) you may have no choice but to use Gutenberg’?

    Or something else?

    Given that it’s acknowledged that there are people with accessibility needs who cannot use Gutenberg, and you know that there is a bunch of people who hate it anyway, it seems somewhat odd to say that you’re not promising to keep something people need / want after a maximum of two years.

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  • perriaqua


    lovingboth (@lovingboth)
    I don’t want to reopen the ‘we know better than our users’ debate, but the need for an alternative to Gutenberg is not going to go away.

    So far none of my clients are happy with this new editor gutenberg.

    I have to say that I really am not a fan of Gutenburg default editor either and the two-year life span sounds dire, however, I did find this link which seems to give hope to those of us who prefer using ‘Classic Editor’ for the time being

    Letis see what the future brings

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by perriaqua.

    @iamhere See what I wrote 6 months ago:

    The Classic Editor plugin won’t stop existing after Dec. 31, 2021, it will stop being supported officially by the team. To my understanding the community will continue to offer support if need be. Gutenberg is the official editor now and three years of official support for the Classic Editor plugin should be enough for Gutenberg to become massively adopted and supported by themes and plugins.

    I’ll add this: Gutenberg is not meant to remain at the editor stage. Next phases includes support for Widget, Menus, and ultimately all parts of a WordPress sites.

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