…or maybe not!
Yesterday morning I posted for the first time in quite a number of months; I’ve been thinking about getting back to work here on WordPress for a while now.
I had an eventful Sabbatical, by the way.
Sadly however, I came back to a platform I do not recognize, and find myself, after having posted literally thousands of times, without the slightest idea of how to do the things I used to do because everything, for my own convenience of course, has been changed.
I am now a complete Newbie!
I’m not sure which to do first: Unlearn everything I spent years learning, or learn the new stuff and forget the old stuff later.
Hmmm… I’ll let you know! 😊
Pray about it and I know that God will guide you
He will for certain 🙂
Fortunately, I’ve found the new stuff wasn’t that hard to learn. Though like everyone else I find it frustrating that tech people always think a successful product needs “improvement.”
Nice to have you back.
Thanks! I’m always amazed when they see a benefit to taking a tool that we used with one click for many years, and then hide it 4 or 5 clicks out of sight, and say that makes things easier to use 😊
If you don’t find it easier to use then the problem is with you, not the changes. Any tech person will tell you that.
I guess it depends on whether or not you know the new system
Welcome back, Don! I’m interested in what you learned during your sabbatical. Here’s hoping relearning Word Press isn’t too much of a hassle.
I must admit that my little learning curve is no different that everyone else’s 😊
And as for the other part, I suppose I do have a story or two I could share…
Welcome back, or not! Bargo
Thanks. I hope you learn the new stuff so we can hear your voice once again.
Just learn the new stuff Don. Prove you can teach an Old Dig new tricks.
I struggled with the block editor at first too. I still would prefer the old classic but I eventually figured the new editor out. I asked questions, made mistakes and watched one teaching video. I saw the techies do some thing that made sense of the mess. I understand the new editor well enough to get by. I hope you preserve.
Thanks for the encouragement
I still dislike the block editor, so I only use it sparingly. Don, if you don’t know this yet, you can insert a “Classic Block” which then gives you the familiar toolbar.
Thanks Brian, I’ll check that out
I use the Classic block, as well, to start then switch to the block editor. There are things I like in both. What I find frustrating is once I switch to block I can’t go back to Classic. I have started a post over more times than I carry to share!
I must admit that I have accidentally found some nice new things in the block while searching in vain for the ones I need to use
I’ve found a way to do that, too — but it’s cumbersome if you have a lot written. I go to the text editor (not the default “visual” edtior interfact) and delete all the html-type codes. Then it doesn’t force you into the Block editor.
I’m with you. Why fix what ain’t broke, right? I’ll give you the clue that kept me here. When you go to post, click on the “+” sign. There is an option in there called “classic.” It works basically the same as the old way. You can still paste in your word doc (or write a post in the blog) and add media same as before. It’s the ONLY reason I stayed. Hope it works for you.
Thank you, I’ll be trying that shortly.
Good luck. Hope it helps.
I was not willing to change, mostly because I do a lot of copying and pasting and that does not work with blocks. So, I just click the PLUS sign, click CLASSIC and get everything back the way it was.
Very interesting Katheryn. Someone else mentioned the classic editor being available and that’s my project for today’s figuring out. I too paste a lot in fact, I even write these replies in Word so I can make them large enough for me to see what I’m typing. So far I haven’t had any problems with that part other than centering Scripture quotations which now seems to require four steps instead of one…
On your blank screen, look for the plus (+) sign. click that.You’ll get a little window of 9 options. Look for “classic” which has a little keyboard for its icon. If you don’t see it, click the bottom of that window to “Browse All”.
Once you get the old Classic back, you’ll be back to normal. Just be careful you don’t start too far below the classic because it will put you back into those dratted frames. I’ll email you a screen shot.
I cannot find your email. Contact me at katheryn@inspirationsbykatheryn and I’ll send you a screen shot.
I found it! Thank you
I found the thing you’re talking about. It does have the classic tool bar, but it’s still in blocks. You get one block at a time, but it does have the classic tool bar. I guess that’s better than nothing. Thank you for the information.
Welcome back. I missed your posts. Like you, I am challenged by the block editor so far but am hanging in there. It definitely wrings out my creative juices lately. Here’s hoping you stick around!
Don ~ you can access the “Classic Editor” by going to All Posts and click on the dropdown button next to ADD POST. You don’t have to learn anything new. ~ Don
That is exactly what I have been doing to get to Classic Editor. Now I want to check out the + avenue to it, also.
I dislike the Block editor change over too, but discover if I copy from Word and the past the whole document under the title , it seems to be counted as one block
I’ve been doing that for years now, and it works OK… unless you want to add a picture and wrap the words around it. I know it will work, but I’m still struggling with the how part
I have found the new block editor absolutely confusing. I can’t find anything. I asked if I could switch back and they said no. I was happy to see some advice here and will try some of the suggestions.
There have been some great suggestions- thanks to all!
I was glad to see you posting again. Your articles have educated and inspired me.
I’m not a fan of the block editor either, but I have learned a few work-arounds over time. It can be annoying, but you can make it work.
I agree… I’m starting to figure it out, at least for the things I’ve always done, but it sure takes longer to get anything accomplished!
Hello Don! What a brilliant way to rise like a “block” Phoenix! Personally I am sticking with Classic. 🙂
Thank you for writing my anguish! I never have figured out to include the link to my books on the new WordPress and I haven’t got time to figure it out. Grrrr……
I hear ya!
I’m glad to see these suggestions as I have been struggling with the new block editor also.