Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know if we enjoy playing with blocks. He wants to know…
How have you adapted to the complete removal of the classic editor from WordPress.com? Are you managing to get by with the block editor, or are you finding it difficult to want to blog now that your trusted tool is no longer available?
Oh man, don’t get me started on the block editor. I have been very vocal about how much I hate it. The classic editor was fine. It was unobtrusive and it enabled writers to focus on writing, not on mechanics. But, for whatever reason, the folks at WordPress decided to put all of their money (and our money, for those of us who have upgraded) into the block editor.
The good news is that several bloggers have posted a way to continue to access the classic editor on wordpress.com. And that’s great for those who use their desktops or laptops to blog.
Unfortunately, most of my blogging is done from my iPhone. As of now, the option to use the classic editor is still available on the WordPress iOS app for the iPhone, although WordPress is threatening to take that option away at some point in the near future. So I may have to try to embrace the iOS version of the block editor.
Preparing for that day, I’ve been using the block editor on my iPhone for about a quarter of my posts. It’s okay, but I feel like I have way less control. And then, when I look at the HTML code, there is so much more of it with the block editor than there is with the classic editor.
In order to get the final post to look the way I want it to, I often give up on the block editor and revert back to the classic editor. And then I have to go into the HTML editor and strip away a lot of that weird code. As a result, it has taken me two to three times longer to publish a post using the block editor than using the classic editor.
So, bottom line, I have mostly stuck with the classic editor mode on the iOS app.
Now to answer Frank’s question, if WordPress dumps the classic editor in the iOS app, I’ll either have to abandon blogging from my iPhone and blog exclusively from my laptop, try to make do with the block editor on my iPhone, or maybe just call it a day and stop blogging.
I guess I’ll make that decision when the time comes.