I interrupt this series of posts about murals to (a) apologize and (b) vent a little.
The apology is necessary because I have no idea how my posts appear on your electronic device but I’m pretty sure my last couple of posts were a bit haphazard, graphically speaking. They looked more-or-less OK to me before I hit “Publish” but when I looked back a day later I found that images were not where I thought I had put them.
So, if you were hoping for a high level of layout quality, I have let you down. My excuse is that I was trying out WordPress’s new block editor (formerly called Gutenberg) and having only limited success. Which brings me to (b).
For about eighteen months now, WordPress has been cajoling its users to try out the new block editor. I did that, didn’t like it, and kept on using the original (now called classic) editor. Recently, though, they started telling me that they were switching over to the new block editor on June 1st come hell or high water. Accordingly, I have been trying to get to know it better.
The trouble I have had is, first, I like to insert images into my posts and sometimes to wrap the text around them. I can’t figure out how to do that with the new system, and it is harder to centre the images on the page than it used to be.
Also, my most recent post was about two French-Canadians and the text required accents on some of the letters. In the past, accents were included among the special characters easily available on the editing menu. With the new block editor, special characters are only available if you get a special plugin.
“OK”, I thought. “I’ll get the plugin.” I duly downloaded it but when I tried to upload to my WordPress account I found that I couldn’t do that. Only users with the Business Plan are able to use plugins. I have the Premium Plan which costs $10 a month. The Business Plan costs $30 a month.
Forgive my cynicism, but I suspect that at least one of the reasons for the new block editor is to encourage more people to buy the Business Plan.
I have written a couple of emails to WordPress support staff and the response was to show me how to go back to using the classic editor. That is confusing to me because I thought it was being phased out. Even if they keep it, I doubt it will have ongoing updates and support when they really want us to use the new editor.
When I went to Google and typed in “Does anyone actually like WordPress’s block editor?” I found a number of sites providing information, insights, and workarounds. The workarounds all require the use of plugins, and so they don’t resolve my problem. I did, however, take solace in knowing that there are other people out there as frustrated as I am.
This post was written using the classic editor. Long may it live.