Good morning all you lovely people 🌼 . How are you my dears? I hope life treats you well and if not that you get all the help you need.
You’ve probably seen my re-blog of Cyranny’s post about bloggers who have trouble using the new block editor.
So I took some time to have a conversation with a Happiness Engineer (my chemo-brain allowed some coherent sentences 😇) who kindly let me post it here.
Sadly he or she did not introduce themselves and I forgot to ask the name, so I can’t thank them.
Here is the conversation:
Bee: “Hi there, I am rather confused. You are called “Happiness Engineers”, but you seem to make many of my fellow bloggers rather unhappy. Could WP please be so kind and keep the classic editor. I feel you need some knowledge of coding to use it well and not everyone has the time to gain that knowledge. Does WP really feel they are so big now that they can lose often longtime and very loyal bloggers? That would be very disappointing! Kind regards B. Halton”
Happiness Engineer (HE) “Hi there!
That’s a very valid concern and I thank you for sharing this.
Please note that WordPress software is managed by WordPress community at https://wordpress.org and we adapt WordPress.org software for our hosting users.
The community has decided to move away from the classic editor and adapt the block editor.
Bee: “How long will that be possible?”
WE: “We are still trying our users to get access to the classic editor. They can do so from the wp-admin interface.
I can’t provide any timeline but we’ll try it as long as possible technically and not posing a security risk for our users.”
“Ok and where can I contact the WP community to let them know my concerns?”
“You can find them here: https://make.wordpress.org/“
Bee: “Thanks very much. Am I allowed to post our conversation on my blog so others can find help or show their concern too?”
HE: “Of course! Feel free to post this on your blog.
You can also use Classic Block in the block editor”
Bee: “Thanks very much. Have a wonderful day!”
HE: “The Classic Block provides almost all the features of the classic editor.
You can see more details about the classic block here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/wordpress-editor/blocks/classic-block/“
Bee: “It doesn’t seem to make any difference to those who have trouble with the block editor but thanks for the tip.”
HE: “Also, see https://wordpress.com/support/editors/#classic-editor on how to access the classic editor
It is basically the same steps that I told you (to go to wp-admin interface and access the classic editor)
Anything else I can help with or clarify for now?”
Bee: “No thanks very much. Have a wonderful day. Bee”
HE: “Please note that we love our users and always here to help them in anyways we can.
Thanks. You too!”
My next steps will be to contact the WordPress Community, however I need to rest a little now before I do that. I just wanted to let you know what they said to me.
I find the block editor unpractical but can handle it. I had these troubles with all the changes that WP made since I blog here and eventually got used to it.
However, I think this is a major and different change and bloggers who can’t get used to it should have the chance to do so and not be forced to leave.
One factor that worries me though is: ” Does using the old editor mean a security risk?”
Will need to research that. Stay tuned my dears… 🙋♀️🐝