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  • I keep updating this thread with the issues I’ve had with this dumb ediing thing or whatever the heck it is! I remember when I first started with WordPress, I knew a handful of HTML. I learned so much about CSS, PHP, and more HTML so I could customize my theme. It was so much fun and gave me transferable skills. Now I’m stuck trying to learn some BS system that will not help me with anything else.

    There’s so much wrong with it!

    The stupid pop-ups pop up and block what I’m writing constantly. It’s particularly annoying as you can’t always find that little + thing that lets you add another block so you have to hover and click around like a crazy person figuring out where to add a stupid block–boy were things terrible when you just typed and typed without interruption, just copy and pasting image links and properties quickly and efficently? Total chaos Or just making a list on your own? End of times, end of times!–and half the time you accidentally click something and change it but there’s no way of knowing because the stupid pop-up blocks it.

    I’ve used it for months because I’m too lazy to learn a new system so you got me by the balls, but it just gets worse and worse and more and more annoying! I used to love WordPress and recommend it to everyone. Now I never do. It’s WAY TOO HARD to use now.

    And warn people before you change things. That full screen mode freaked me out. I thought my menu disappeared. I’ve been opening a new window and typing the dashboard address again to get to my menu. Never occurred to me to click those three little dots at the top and check if maybe there was some setting in there.

    And things jump and move around all the time. Every time you click on anything, you have to wait for everything to stop moving or you risk clicking on the wrong thing!

    I am DYING for someone to tell me what specific concrete problem was raised with the old editor that this is supposed to solve.

    UPDATE: I tried using it for a while and it is terrible and it’s just gotten worse. So many mouseclicks to do the simplest things. It may be great for people who know exactly what they want everything to look like from the very beginning down to whether your links are no-follow and which text will be bolded. But if you work on the fly or god forbid make a mistake and want to change things, it’s awful!!!

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  • See Classic Editor plugin, which has over 5 million users (statistics are capped at 5 million).
    It’s right there in the Featured Plugins section of the directory.
    Also, for WP 5.8, you will likely want to use Classic Widgets.
    There are plenty of other systems out there to use, you know, and it’s pretty easy to export your content.

    Yes I use Classic exclusively and while it has irritating foibles (well it always had) you should try it.

    I’m sorry to hear that Gutenberg is not working out for you. Fortunately, as @joyously mentioned, you do not have to use Gutenberg and instead you can use the Classic Editor Plugin which will give you the experience you are accustomed to.

    The team will continue to update Gutenberg and earnestly try to make it better.

    I like Gutenberg, and they keep making it better. I wrestled endlessly with the old editor.

    Thread Starter Walton


    Good for those of you who like it. It makes me want to stab knives in my eyeballs every time I use it. And every time I try to do a workaround, it’s like “Nope, sorry, there’s no way around it”

    The team can’t make it better. I agree I need to use the Classic plugin. Originally they said it would eventually go away but I hope they don’t do that. But people may be right, after 15-odd years on WordPress, it might be time to throw in the towel and admit that they want to make it for hardcore programmers and casual users, not people like me who enjoy tinkering and fiddling and learning without getting a second masters!

    I have the same problems with the block system. Understand what I’m saying is from the perspective of a causal bloggers point of view, a layperson in all things HTML or visual blog editing If that .
    I’m a lay person in terms of computers. My HTML and CSS is limited to copy pasting.
    So I just use the visual editor . I used to share my interests in digital art, and history whenever inspiration hit me . Id open up wordpress .com ( Blocks being on both platforms .org & .com ) and start typing away composing my thoughts into text and arranged eye catching pages .

    I used to simply make a new page, or post and start typing away.
    I could easily upload or use previously uploaded images quickly and make paragraphs with a few space bar clicks. Links would generate videos instantly . I used to be able to change the color of fonts instantly In a large page of text, I could instantly color any paragraph or lines i wanted with Literally a few clicks . The colors would remember my previous selection, all I needed was to highlight and press the color button . And Done .

    The proof is in the numbers :
    Blocks effectively caused me to abandon my two blogs I’ve worked on for many years .
    My Digital art blog was very popular getting well over 100k visits through a year, hundreds of views daily . That’s all come to a crawl since the new block editor was ” introduced ” . Inspiration is fleeting .For some people a creative spark is quickly extinguished, and fades away and is lost perhaps never to reignite again .
    For someone as myself, with learning disabilities, I cannot waste time fumbling through editing it has to be instant . It must be a seamless uninterpreted process otherwise the inspiration the motivation dies.

    I tried repeatedly to make this work , to post and edit as fast as I used to but to No avail. Blocks make it very difficult to just copy past . I figured if Blocks wont allow me to edit ; then maybe I can do that on another software and just copy paste my work into my blog post ? I was WRONG .
    It’s near impossible as the block editor hijacks posts and does not allow instant editing within a single block . As the OP stated the blocks move , they are not visible, and editing options previously available in times pasts ,are not readily visible and a plethora of other problems .

    I’ve tried . Because of this I’ve stopped making new posts for my blogs for many months now 🙁 . I visit them just to see the dwindling visits .

    I feel my blogs ; that I’ve built up for so many years are now held hostage by Gutenberg editor .

    I’m searching for a new platform that returns ease of use and instant editing , as wordpress used to be before this travesty of a editor marred the world of the simple blogger . The well of free thought and expression slows and drys in the presence of The Block editors reign of Tyranny .

    Harsh but that’s my experience as a digital art, and history buff blogger . It is The Truth . . . I can’t help but feel there was some ulterior motive to this block editor, or some greater psychological sociological environmental factors that played on the minds of the developers of the Blocks. I guess that will be for the historians and conspiracy theorist to hash out .

    My final blog posts to my visitors will be why I have abandoned my blog outlining all the rocks Gutenberg ” block ” editing ; has thrown in the path of further development of my blogs as a final farewell .

    rip my blogs Rip wordpress .

    PS .As fast as I was able to compose this comment here , in the same time would be impossible in block editor .

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