“Machines are designed not to be random. When you call up a word processing program on your computer, you don’t want it to be different every time you call it up. You want it to stay the same.” – Rupert Sheldrake
Occasionally, very occasionally – I write a post and publish immediately, but that’s quite rare. Even this piece you’re reading now I wrote yesterday, at least it will be yesterday by the time you read it. Or should that be tomorrow?
I’m a planner, I like to be organised and prefer to write in advance, which is what I did earlier this week. Usually, I write from the desktop App on my PC. Today though (yesterday to you), I’m writing directly from WP Admin which is something I never do.
I’m in the Admin section because I’m searching for a lost post, a draft post I wrote on Wednesday that I intended to place on the schedule for publication at a later date. I’m not sure why I expect it to be here, it wasn’t here on Wednesday so why should it suddenly turn up on Thursday?
Earlier this week, I wrote a post about the easing of Lockdown in England and what it means to me.
I resized three images and uploaded to my media file and inserted into the body of the post. I created a video from a few separate clips and uploaded and inserted into my post.
Periodically I checked that WP was automatically saving, and just to be certain I did a few manual saves too. Over the years, having taught and drilled the saving process into a few thousand children, there is no way I would ever forget to manually Save Work.
I finished writing my post and saved for a final time, then I clicked Preview – nothing there, so I gave it a few seconds and tried again. I checked the draft folder, but the post had completely disappeared. I act in a mature way when things go wrong, no swearing and no tantrums, but I finally gave in, not to immaturity, but admitting I needed help. Eventually, I contacted WordPress, but I’m still waiting to hear whether or not it has created a backup of my post behind the scenes.
I questioned my own ability, it must be me, I’ve done something wrong, it’s my mistake. Finally, I asked myself “Why are you here, Why are you blogging in the first place? Can’t you find something better to do with your time?“
Is the new Editor causing chaos – was it the cause of my missing post?
I’m not averse to trying something new, and while still in the Beta format I previously gave the Blocks editor a good chance, but I soon decided I didn’t like it. It wasn’t as if I was new to Blocks – I’d worked with similar ones on another website, but the WordPress version appeared unstable, and I couldn’t see the advantage in using it.
Eighteen months later it became the default editor here on WordPress, and I decided to give it another try. Unfortunately, after three weeks of trialling the editor, I’ve found it still has unstable elements, and I blame the instability for the loss of my post.
That said, coming back to Blocks was straightforward, and I found the editor very easy to use. I even wrote a couple of How-To Guides for our How TO Section on Weekly Prompts. However, I struggle to find the advantage of Blocks over the Classic Editor.
I like the tiled gallery and the reusable blocks, and embedding a video is immediate, but for me, the advantages are too few.
Using Blocks slows down my computer, there is a delay of a few seconds, both with loading and on exit; I don’t want a delay, I am used to a prompt response which is what I expect and receive from every piece of software on my PC apart from WordPress Blocks!
The Blocks editor no longer functions as a whole document word processor. The ability to drag text and images around to a different position has been lost and editing the document as a whole is a non-starter, each block must be edited separately which is something I find frustrating, even adding another block to the page takes longer than simply clicking the classic menu bar. I don’t enjoy chunking, I prefer my word processing to glide along smoothly.
Loading images is another time consuming process, the only way to upload several together is to choose Gallery and then insert separately. Positioning images is a process that needs to be repeated, the editor has never accepted my first instruction.
In Conclusion ~ The Block Editor is probably well suited for business websites that need nothing more than a few editing updates.
WordPress appears to have forgotten that thousands of its customers are ordinary people, bloggers who require nothing more than a simple word processor. The return of the spell-checker for my typos would be a huge improvement too!
Reverting to the Classic Editor is something I’ve already done on Weekly Prompts, and it will become my editor of choice for Nan’s Farm.
So to WordPress, I say – yes, I found your new editor easy to use, You Almost had me, but it lacks efficiency, it’s unstable, too slow and not fit for my purpose.
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 – Post linked to Fandango’s challenge Glide and Maturity and Ragtag Community’s Almost