They make it sounds astounding, a new fangled invention that will revolutionize our blogging experience, like, wow, they just re-invented the wheel … and made it SQUARE!
So that now, no one can use—let alone WANTS to use—Gutenberg.
It’s chunky, clunky, clumsy and unintuitive. And after years of everyone using what is now laughingly referred to as the Classic Editor, we’re expected to switch from an editor that works perfectly, to something that leaves everyone sobbing with frustration. The only people who think Gutenberg a good idea are those venerable closeted folk at WordPress, with (apparently) nothing better to do than constantly tweak, change, and frustrate the rest of us … because they can. Like the idiots who go clime Mount Everest because … because it’s there.
So why am I mumbling on about WordPress and Gutenberg? Because I’ve read so many posts this December of horror stories from unprepared bloggers whose websites upgraded automatically to Gutenberg, and found themselves floundering in a vortex of doom. No one in their right mind wants to spend hours learning a new tool when the old tool worked perfectly well.
I for one, have not upgraded. I disabled the auto upgrade on all my websites in preparation when I first started reading news that WordPress was trying something new. New? New doesn’t mean better. New doesn’t mean easier or convenient.
All that said, however, I know (in part) why, I think, they’re going this direction. The cost of themes. Anyone tech savvy enough will, we are told, be able to create a website to suit their own needs and style individual posts, with distinctive layouts, using Gutenberg. And without the need to buy and use an expensive theme, which still might need tweaking. It’s all about offering that ability (supposedly) to create … which is all well and good. But I don’t need a stylized post to blog about my latest book review. Do you? No!
And so, I wait. I don’t want to upgrade and regret later. I don’t want to have to download and use the Classic Editor, I have that already. And now, worry that Gutenberg is going to be forced on us with subsequent upgrades. Meaning, so many of us will be running sites using older versions for many years to come. And, in the end, is that a good thing? Will we miss out on necessary security upgrades because we’re still running a pre-WP5 version?
I guess, like many, I will just have to wait and see how this all pans out in the coming months, and hope this isn’t going to end up being one nasty debacle in 2019.
And you, dear reader, have you upgraded, and what was your experience?