You see, the thing is whenever I’m in the mood to write, I want to write. I don’t want to bother with any other stuff.
Until now, WordPress has allowed me to do this with ease. With Gutenberg (codename for WordPress version 5.0) on the way, things are about to change. However, I don’t think this particular change is for the better. Why?
If you’re using WordPress, I’m sure by now you’ve tried the new Gutenberg plugin released some months ago. It’s meant to help us get a feel of Gutenberg before it’s baked into the core WordPress software.
I’ve tried the plugin, and I am not too fond of it. Why?
I’m comfortable with the classic WordPress. They say, if something isn’t broke, you don’t try to fix it.
So, I wonder why the good folks at WordPress want to replace the simple and straightforward TinyMCE post content editor with a more robust and in my opinion a complex editor like Gutenberg.
When I’m on WordPress, I want to blog. I don’t want to bother myself with ‘blocks’ or the other page building capabilities of Gutenberg.
Why You Need to Be Afraid
If you think I’m the only one that’s dreading Gutenberg, think again. I ran a Twitter poll a couple of weeks ago to sample people’s opinion. See the result below.
Poll: Which WordPress editor do you prefer?
— Ademola Abimbola (@ademolaabimbola) September 13, 2018
If that’s not enough to scare you, then check out the reviews here (brace yourself).They say, if something isn't broke, you don't try to fix it. Click To Tweet
Do you see why I say you should be afraid? Be very afraid.
It seems WordPress is trying to imitate competitors like Medium and so on. Why try to blend in, when you can stand out?
So far, WordPress has always been innovative. However, this change is too drastic, as far as I’m concerned.
There’s nothing wrong with change and innovation especially when it simplifies a task rather than complicates it.
No doubt some people are geeking over the robust benefits of Gutenberg. However, not everyone is a techie or geek. Not everyone wants to modify a web page and so on.
Sadly, Gutenberg is coming whether we like it or not. WordPress is going to force it down on us regardless of how we feel.
My prayer is that as the original Gutenberg press changed the world of printing for the better, WordPress’ Gutenberg will also change the blogging experience for the better.
Only time will tell. Let’s wait and see.
UPDATE: The Classic Editor plugin will be officially supported until December 31, 2021. Learn more.
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