Blogging Insights — WordPress in the Time of the Pandemic

Blogging insightsFor this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know…

How satisfied (or not) are you with WordPress during the pandemic?

Up until August 2020, when WordPress decided to decommission the classic editor and force the block editor down our throats, I was very satisfied with WordPress. But I’m not a fan of the block editor and so my level of satisfaction diminished considerably.

The good news, though, is that, while the block editor is not a viable option for me to use on my iPhone if blogging on wordpress.com using a browser, I can still use the WordPress iOS version of the classic editor on my iPhone. However, WordPress has recently announced that the classic editor option will soon be removed from its iOS app, as well. And that, as far as I’m concerned, will suck.

The other consideration that has lessened my satisfaction with WordPress is that when WordPress rolled out version 16.0 of its iOS app this past November, there was a major bug in it, which I wrote about in this post on November 3rd.

Since that time, I’ve had countless exchanges with various happiness engineers, explaining the bug, providing screenshots, and even a video clip illustrating the issue. Over the months I have been told that the developers had been able to replicate the issue and were working on a fix. And yet here we are, five and a half months later and that bug has yet to be fixed.

So, overall, I have not been very satisfied with WordPress. I’m disappointed, frustrated, and pissed off.

But none of that has anything to do with the pandemic. It’s more about how the powers that be at WordPress don’t seem to give a shit about how we feel about the removal of the classic editor and their insistence that we embrace the block editor. Basically, they’re telling us that it’s their way or the highway.

And it’s also about how the happiness engineers and developers at WordPress are terrible when it comes to fixing bugs.

Unfortunately, as far as other blog hosting sites, none of them have the blogging community that WordPress does. It was that blogging community that landed me at WordPress to start with and it’s that blogging community (i.e., all of you) that is keeping me on WordPress.

11 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — WordPress in the Time of the Pandemic

  1. Sadje April 12, 2021 / 7:49 am

    This is my story too. It’s the community not the site which hold me here.

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  2. Melanie B Cee April 12, 2021 / 11:38 am

    Amen, brother! Now Suze Hartland has suggested Wix as an alternate site, and I’ve gone there and poked around. If things keep disintegrating over here, I may explore Wix further. It’ll take a fair bit of work to set it up though, fair warning. But it’s at least as usable as this one is going to be IF they take away classic for good.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong April 12, 2021 / 12:53 pm

    For different reasons, I completely agree with you. I STILL don’t understand why they seem to care so much that we all march in lock step to their drumbeat. I don’t get it. Why should they care at all? All that should matter to them is that we can and do turn out quality material that other people enjoy reading. But I’ve said that so many time, I feel like I’m boring myself!

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    • Fandango April 12, 2021 / 1:46 pm

      Yeah, I feel like a broken record.

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  4. Taswegian1957 April 12, 2021 / 7:56 pm

    Me too. I’ve written and commented numerous times about the changes in WordPress and their general attitude to non business bloggers. I don’t think I’m even going to bother in future. I’ll just muddle along for as long as I’m able because I love the community too. However, none of this has anything to do with the pandemic. It didn’t start then and it probably won’t stop if/when normal ever returns. I just wish those people would stop calling themselves Happiness Engineers. It used to just be corny, now it is downright annoying given that many of us are unhappy and most of them don’t seem to care.

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  5. Carol anne April 13, 2021 / 9:50 pm

    I agree, wordpress has a fantastic blogging community, I dont know of any other blog site that has such an amazing community, which is why despite their bugs and flaws, I stay.

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  6. leigha66 April 16, 2021 / 10:30 pm

    Has it really been five months since the bug showed up…. nice to know they are in a hurry to fix it. Ridiculous!

    Liked by 1 person

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