This morning I installed a major upgrade of WordPress

This morning, instead of going to the gym — which probably would have been much healthier for me — I decided to install a major upgrade of WordPress, the open-source software that makes this blog run. So far, the upgrade itself appears to have gone off without a hitch. I made backups just in case, of course.

From the reader’s perspective, there shouldn’t appear to be any significant changes. I’m continuing to use the same parent theme, although it did receive a minor upgrade. The child theme I created — just a few slight modifications of the parent theme — hasn’t changed at all.

That said, it you find anything broken that shouldn’t be, please let me know.

As for the backend, the major change appears to be the new browser-based editor. It’s supposed to be a major improvement, but right now I hate it. Maybe someday I’ll learn to love it, but not today. I write the majority of my posts from my phone, so it’s going to take me a while to get used to it. The block concept is a rather striking departure from the document approach I’ve been using in WordPress for more than a dozen years now.

I guess it’s a sign I’m getting older that I gripe about something just because it’s new.

I know some of this blog’s followers are also WordPress users. Would any of you be willing to share your first impressions of the new editor? Were you able to get the hang of it relatively quickly? Is it better — or worse — than I realize?

7 thoughts on “This morning I installed a major upgrade of WordPress”

  1. I used it for a while one of my blogs. It isn’t horrible, but it isn’t great either. It kind of fits into the idea of the “drag and drop” website builders, like Weebly and Squarespace, etc. The blocks make it easier to move things around but it is much more of a challenge for writing I think.

    The other part I didn’t like was that the free photos aspect in the old editor were not/are not/ will not(?) available so that meant chasing down photos from the web and being more careful about how they’re used. That didn’t make for a quick solution.

    Finally, I didn’t like how it handled categories and tags. No count? It was really hard to tell how many you used and how many you had left. According to WP, 15 is the optimal number (in combination) so anything above that makes it harder for your post to be seen (not sure on that logic but OK). So they need a better way to handle it.

    I too am not a fan, but I know at some point I will be forced to use it and will get used to it too, like many things in our lives. Right?

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    1. Thanks for the insights! Your parting thought, that eventually we’ll be “forced” to use it, is the main reason I’m giving it a shot. Mostly I use the WordPress app on my phone to write posts, only using the browser-based editor later to tweak things, so it may take me a while to get used it.

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  2. I prefer the old editor, but that’s probably because I’m slightly averse to change. The blocks do make it handy to move things around, but I never did much “moving around” before, so it’s kind of pointless.

    One thing I especially don’t like is the fact that when I schedule things in advance, I can’t see when my other posts are scheduled. The old editor kept tabs on the calendar about what days a post was scheduled. Now, I have to exit the draft I’m working on, go to the scheduled post list, and check to verify the date the previous post will be published.

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    1. That’s good to know. Right now, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve ever scheduled a post, but I was thinking of trying to use the feature more in the coming year. Thanks for your thoughts!

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  3. I too do a lot of work on my phone/tablet, though I often end up going into the browser on the tablet and using the browser version of the editor to do some final edits before publishing, haha…
    I tried the new editor once a few months ago but got frustrated and switched back! It will definitely be something to get used to, though I don’t think I put much effort into figuring it out last time.

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    1. I confess, I often publish from the phone and edit again later, especially when I’m traveling. My friends and especially my family seem to enjoy the live blogging, even if it includes a typo here and there. If you can imagine, while backpacking in Iceland and Europe in 2006, I wrote the blog almost entirely from a Palm Treo 650 smartphone by sending e-mail to a secret account and calling a browser hook to publish it — at 2G data speeds that seem glacial today. Every so often I’d visit an internet cafe to see my posts for the first time and clean them up. Having the WordPress app on an Android smartphone and 4G data speeds is obviously a big improvement over those intrepid days. Thinking back to then, I almost wonder why I’m bitching about the new editor!

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