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  • Reading through a large group of people’s thoughts of Gutenberg, one thing stands out to me. Too much change at once.
    Yes, this is a criticism of WP. They failed to understand too much change isn’t good. If many of these changes had been done gradually people wouldn’t have been as critical of Gutenberg and the direction WP was going.
    Instead WP slapped it in as the main editor and went, deal with it. That’s not a good way to deal with your customers and users. People don’t like that attitude. They don’t like having to spend hours to do something they used to be able to do in 5 minutes. People are busy, and they don’t want to spend that time trying to do something they had been able to do easily before.
    I’m hoping that WP realizes this mistake, but alas, from their replies in the forum I’m not hopeful. They’ve gone all in with Gutenberg and WP will sink or swim. At this point I’m thinking sink due to the fact the devs and WP seem to have a deaf ear to any criticism of their pet project.

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  • Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator 🚀

    If you’d like to still use the Classic Editor, simply install and activate the Classic Editor plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/classic-editor/

    That way, you can expose yourself to change at a pace you’re happy with. 🙂

    For some great third-party documentation on the new Block Editor, see https://gogutenberg.com/

    James, that is the exact attitude I was speaking of. Oh, there is a third party editor for you, and if you don’t like it, deal with it. I already knew that and yes, have it installed. That wasn’t the point of my post.

    You’ve ignored the criticism. It was too much change too fast (why do people not understand this?). Saying there is a plug-in classic editor and some great ‘third-party’ documentation means you’ve missed the point. (Shouldn’t WP have this documentation, its part of their core product now?) People don’t want to spend hours looking over documentation for something they’ve been doing for years easily in the previous editions. And when people waste their time with such things they do get angry.

    Personally, Gutenberg could become good, but that’s only if they listen to the users as a whole.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator 🚀

    James, that is the exact attitude I was speaking of.

    No attitude intended. It sounded like you might not have been aware of the options available, so I just wanted to make sure you were.

    Oh, there is a third party editor for you

    The Classic Editor plugin is maintained by the core developers, it’s not third-party.

    You’ve ignored the criticism.

    I haven’t personally ignored anything, I’m just a volunteer moderator on the support forums.

    Saying there is a plug-in classic editor and some great ‘third-party’ documentation means you’ve missed the point.

    I propose you may have missed my point of offering some helpful resources just in case you weren’t aware of them (not everyone is).

    Shouldn’t WP have this documentation, its part of their core product now?

    It should. Everyone here is a volunteer, from the developers to the support personnel, and that includes the folks writing the documentation too. They’re working as hard as they can in the time they have available.

    People don’t want to spend hours looking over documentation for something they’ve been doing for years easily in the previous editions.

    That’s perfectly understandable, and why the core developers are continuing to maintain the Classic Editor as a free plugin.

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