When I woke up this morning I did what I always do. I went to the toilet, got back into bed, reached for my Samsung Tablet which was on charge on the bedside cabinet and began to see what was happening in the world. I checked the latest news and football headlines and then I took a look at my emails. One from WordPress caught my eye. My worst fears were confirmed. Just like that I had been thrown into the world of the new editor function!
Suddenly my head ached and I found myself sweating. I told myself to stay calm. Surely it cannot be that bad? Think logically. Read the email, it will explain everything. Remember, others had said you can still use the classic editor. Cool, no problem, I can do this. The email says there are two ways to choose the Classic Editor. The second option doesn’t involve “Blocks” and looks easier. Just hit the link and go to WordPress Admin. Nothing, fuck all. The link worked but when you get there nothing to explain how to use the Classic Editor. Bastards. OK it might be me there, I’m a guy, I don’t read everything and I certainly don’t look at instructions. Even if there is something there they are still bastards.
A light bulb moment!
Not the first to experience the new editor I remembered that others had provided a solution to this problem and I recall saving the tip for such a moment as this. Now where did I save it? Yes, yes, I book marked it! Now what does it show? Right, press the funny green symbol, then choose “options” and then select “Classic Editor”. Simples! Fuck, fuck fuckety fuck. No Classic Editor option under Options. Now what?
Keep calm, the email said there were two options, just take a look at the other one. OK, it says you can choose the “Classic Block”. I touched a few icons, a plus sign I think and then hit a few buttons, can’t recall which then scrolled down and some how found something that said “Classic”. Is this it? Let’s give it a try. Wow, something I recognise at last but now I only have half a fucking screen! How to get a full screen back? Touch a few buttons. No, no, no, yes, it’s gone. What did I touch last? Bugger, do it all again and make a note. No, no, no, yes, hit the plus button again. Progress. you wont beat me you fucker. Now I’m on a role!
Let’s take a look at the Classic Editor. Looks the same so it must be the same. That button works, so does that one and that one. How do I insert a photo? OK so that works but the symbol is new but I can live with that. Now how do I justify the text? That looks like the button but it doesn’t do anything. Must be another icon. Nope, none of the others do it. But I have to JUSTIFY!!! Everything I do I Justify, it’s an OCD thing. If I can’t Justify it’s the end of the Blog! Check help. To Justify use Shift, Alt and J. Simples. No fucking ALT on the Samsung Tablet keyboard!
Calm down. Think. Think. Yes I remember now, I bought a Bluetooth QWERTie keyboard to use with my tablet. Now where did I put it? Ah, there it is. Now why the fuck is that not working? Needs to be charged!
Pause for 20 minutes.
Now Bluetooth enabled. Shift, ALT, J. Yippie I aye mother fuckers we can now justify!
Time to review where I am. Can bring up Classic Block √. Can insert photo √. Can Justify √. Can add a tick √. Can link to Categories, not yet. OK now I can √. Publish, not yet. OK now scheduled √. Starting to look like I “might” be able make this thing work.
So what do I think of this new experience?
Let me try to be objective for a minute. My blog, like most of those who I follow, is a relatively simple affair. A few paragraphs and photo’s and voila. It is a basic diary, it’s not a a newspaper or magazine and neither is it a fall blown website. The Classic Editor, essentially a word processing tool with a few bits added to it is all I and most people need. It seems to me that the new editor is over kill for me and I would hazard a guess and say for most people too. I’m an old dog and happy to learn a new trick but it feels like I am being asked to learn a whole new show. The problem with technology is just when you get the hang of something and it becomes time saving some spotty wanker on a skateboard living in California or wherever decides it’s time for a change for no other reason than they are bored. In future please leave things alone and when you do get bored do some modelling.
So, in conclussion it gets a big thumbs up from me.
It might only be 10:30 am but I need a beer.