Has Word Press Gone Crazy?

Just a short note… what is going on with WordPress? Yesterday my entire interface went through some bizarre change, making it almost impossible for me to compose a post. After struggling with a “block editor” that didn’t want to cooperate and revisions that kept coming up when they weren’t intended to, I finally completed a post on Notan — or so I thought.

To my dismay, when I logged in this morning and reviewed my post, what I saw was a mish-mash of several different drafts, all incomplete. As I worked to correct them and restore the post to its finished form, problems only multiplied.

Finally, I had no choice but to go back and re-create the entire post from the beginning. So, my apologies to anyone who saw or “liked” one of the incorrect posts WordPress put up on the blog.

I’ll be playing around in the studio today, and I’ll do my best to have another post ready to publish on Monday. If it’s late or if something seems wonky about it, too, please know that I’m doing my best with WordPress, but recent changes are making it more and more difficult.

Has anyone else found their WordPress interface changed?

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  1. I haven’t yet had problems but hate the block editor. Glad I’m able to revert to the classic editor…hope they leave that alone. Good luck. It always sucks when your programs are messed up and it’s not under your control to fix!

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    1. I can use the “Classic Block” but not the old editor. I’m on a PC… not sure if that makes a difference or not. Yeah, I despise the new “block editor”. I don’t know any blogger who is happy with it. 😦

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      1. Yes, you’re definitely in the minority, I think, at least among my friends. I’m so glad that I’m able to get back to the “Classic Editor” now when writing my blog posts. For me, it’s much easier.

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      2. Well I was thrown into it. From Jan-July I was arts editor on another blog that exclusively used the block editor, so I had no choice but to learn and I grew to enjoy using it that I switched my blog to the new editor. But I sometimes feel I have an edge. I’ve been working with computers for 21 years.

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      3. It’s good that you’re able to adapt so easily. I’m just glad I still have the option to stay with the “classic” editor. 🙂

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      4. Yes, as long as I can keep selecting the Classic Editor, I think I’ll be fine. One problem I’m having is that if I write a post with the Classic Editor and then later try to “edit” it, WP tries to make me use the “Block Editor” and then it seems to make a big mess of my post by trying to save it differently, so when I try to publish the post there are two different versions and the only one I can access is totally wrong. It’s been a lot of frustration, for sure.

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    1. Thanks so much. I schedule my posts in advance then come to the studio early each morning to see that the day’s post has published correctly. I was really upset when I saw the mess that WordPress published for me today. And then the more I tried to fix it, the worse it got. I finally just gave up and started over. I hope it goes better today. 😦

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  2. I started using wordpress with the block editor, so it’s what I’m used to. I didn’t realise there was a classic editor, that one could change to – I’ll have to investigate that. I’m surprised that the classic editor hasn’t been switched off completely – perhaps it”s because I’m using the web based application (although not on my ipad)?

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  3. The forced change to the Block Editor is driving me crazy too; it doesn’t work for me at all. WordPress didn’t take away the Classic Editor, but they made it very hard to find to try to make people work in the way they think is easier. It’s not.

    I found a workaround that lets me write in the Classic Editor (not classic blocks within the Block Editor.) I start off in my dashboard by adding /wp-admin/ to my regular address. Then I choose Posts>All Posts from the left hand menu bar. At the top left next to Posts, I click the arrow next to Add New. From there I choose Classic Editor, and I am back in the old familiar interface.

    I work on a Windows computer. I don’t know if this will work for web-based apps.

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  4. Hi there. I went through the same struggle with the new editing version. It’s terrible. I tried to learn it. It’s very awkward and I gave up. Fortunately you can go back to the old editor. Contact WordPress and they will tell you how. Kim

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  5. Hi Judith – You are not alone in your frustrations with WP. It is the most unintuitive program to work with now. Yesterday I had trouble finding out how to add a photograph and, from trial and error, it would appear that where I click on the screen produces different drop-downs. I have no place on the text screen area to hover the cursor and get some info … so it’s just currently random clicking until I see what I want. Overall … the future of my Blog is being contemplated as a result of this poorly thought through upgrade (?) to Block Editing.
    A number of my Blogging colleagues have approached WP, but were not satisfied with the help available.

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    1. I’ve been blogging with Word Press for quite a while now, and I remember the last time we got an “upgrade”. I hated it, but gradually I learned to adapt. This time around, it’s worse. I don’t think I’ll ever adapt to it. So many easy-to-use features have been removed and/or complicated. It’s frustrating, and adding to the frustration is the fact that this was forced upon us. I even had to change to a completely different theme. It’s similar to the previous one, but not quite the same. I try using the “classic block” as much as possible, but it doesn’t work like the old editor. Blogging isn’t nearly as much fun now as it once was. 😦

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      1. I previously blogged on Blogger — this goes back to about 2011 or 2012. At the time I found it much easier than Word Press. WordPress seemed popular though, and many of my friends advocated for it. I finally gave it a try. Once I learned to use it, I liked it much better than Blogger. Recently — due to the frustrations with the new editor here — I revisited Blogger and toyed with it a bit. I didn’t like it. So, for now at least, I’ll be staying here with Word Press. I guess so much depends on what we become accustomed to using.

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  6. I had trouble with pictures showing up sideways or upside down. It took about 4-5 conversations with techies to help me. And still I couldn’t tell what I would get until I hit Publish. All looked fine in the rough draft. Not sure what was going on.

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  7. I have trouble with the tags section when I am trying to schedule a post. Block editor always wants to close before I am done with putting my tags in!

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  8. I immediately went back to the classic editor after the latest forced “upgrade”. I have been using classic since 2009 in spite of intermittent changes WP tried to convince me were superior. I don’t need WYSIWYG while composing. When I have what I think is a final version I click “preview” (it’s right next to “publish” so I have to be careful to click the proper one) and I unfailingly get an exact view of what the published version will look like. Hopefully WP will never ditch the classic editor.

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      1. I create a post from the admin page, not from the dashboard. If you click “all posts” on the left sidebar, up at the top will be an “add new” button with a down arrow right next to it. If you click on the down arrow it gives you the choice of block editor or classic editor. At least it does on my PC laptop. Maybe this will help?

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      2. I’ve tried every different approach I can find… but let me look again. I know I can use the “classic block”… I’ll see if I can find “classic editor” on my PC. Thanks!

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  9. On my laptop I don’t see the option of switching to classic editor on mobile it is hence these days I mostly use my mobile and I just pray that they don’t remove it from mobile too.
    Coming to issues I did faced some minor issues like I scheduled my post but its still in draft I changed and rechanged the time it got fine and also just last week my schedule post was not published. I cross checked the time if I have done any mistake but no it wasn’t my mistake

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    1. I used to love blogging. I’m getting to the point now where I almost dread trying to put a post togther because of the “block editor”. To me, it’s just a lot of frustration. 😦

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  10. I’m blogging on WP since july 2011. I’m still in the process to learn the block editor but honestly I find it very disappointing and frustrating…I use most of time the classic editor via the admin page as it was already explained and I do really hope this option will be available in future. The classic editor takes away the pleasure of blogging…not a great help probably but at least you know you are not the only one frustrated by the block editor 🙂

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    1. I’m very glad I know how to use the drop-down box on the Admin page now. That makes it so much easier for me. I do find solace in knowing I’m not the only one frustrated by the changes Word Press has made. Maybe they’ll listen to their users and let us continue using our Classic Editor for a long time to come.

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  11. You hit a nerve with all of us for sure with this post, Judith! I’ve had many of the issues everyone has mentioned, but I did try Kim’s way to get back to the classic editor, and it worked! We’ll see on my next post how it goes! Thanks for bringing this up!

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  12. I had problems with the block editor and tried to get back to classic to no avail. HOwever, contacter wordpress on a chat and was easily explained how to get back to the classic editor now all is well! Good luck

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  13. I have trouble using the Block Editor with my old site — everything gets messed up, and not even in a rational pattern that I can figure out. It’s so frustrating. (Thanks for tips on how to get back to the Classic Editor with that site.) But when I created another, unrelated WordPress site this summer, I used the Block Editor and I much prefer it to the Classic. It’s so so easy. So I guess I’d say it’s great for new sites and a horror for old ones. 🙂

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    1. Hmmm… interesting to know. Maybe newer Word Press users aren’t having as much problem. I’m just glad I can use the old Classic Editor here. Even though I did have to change to a “newer” theme, it’s still an older one compared to a lot of the other Word Press themes.

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  14. I feel your pain. Started my WP blog in 2012, stress free user friendly and always reliable. Several months ago WP unceremoniously forced me to unravel their convoluted new format. Thought I’d lose my mind. Tried everything to retrieve classic editor All paths led to the same brick wall – upgrade to a paid plan to restore classic editor. Over my dead body!
    I calmed down, took a deep breath and chose to ignore extraneous new format jibber-jabber. Took a few days, but once I ignored all the pretentious gears, posts weren’t as daunting.
    That said, sweet mercy WordPress – leave well enough alone.

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    1. Have you tried the “fix” offered here? Both Kim and Alli mentioned using the “WP Admin” option. From there, go to Posts and All Posts. I’d done that before, but I’d never noticed the drop-down box at the top. Click on that — voila! I can select “Classic Editor”. This, BTW, is on a PC. It might be different on a phone or tablet. It has definitely saved my sanity! I am still using the free Word Press format, so the option should be available for any blogger. I hope it works for you!

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