Well, this is a pain.
By ‘this’, I mean the new WordPress editor.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love youngsters. I can’t eat more than one at a sitting, though.
My theory — which is mine — is that young’uns have lots of bright ideas, but they lack the experience to know which of them are worth implementing.
The whippersnappers also fail to take into account that old fogeys like me resent the time spent learning to use a brand-spanking-new hammer, especially when the old one banged the nails in perfectly well, thankyouverymuch.
Microsoft Word was a case in point: once upon a time it had a perfectly good menu system backed up by shortcuts. And then, some bright spark came along and decided that this needed to be completely replaced with a thing they called a ‘ribbon’. Overnight, I had to suddenly relearn how to walk. What pointless nonsense!
Change for change’s sake is always a mistake.
Now then, where’s my handy word counter gone? Oh, look, I can’t see it anywhere. So much for computers being used to good advantage; my 199-word flash fiction pieces are going to be a tad difficult to compose now… ah, found it.
Word count: 199
Prompt: WordPress’s decision to implement the new block editor
I think I’ve discovered a Cunning Plan. It seems that there is, after all, a way to continue to use the ‘Classic Editor’ (which is, I think, the name of the original editing system that was accessed through the Dashboard) — for the time being, at least.
What you do is this:
- Create a new post (it will be in the new Blech Editor)
- Give it a title
- Save it as a draft
- Go into Dashboard > All posts
- Locate the post you want to edit
- Hover over the title. You will see ‘Classic Editor’; click on this (see image A)
- You will be presented with a pop-up box that gives you the option to ‘Continue to Classic Editor’ (see image B); choose this
- Et voila!
(This postscript was crafted with loving care for my visually-challenged friend, Lorraine… and I hope she can see it ok.)