About Face!

“Make sure everyone in your boat is rowing and not drilling holes when your face is turned the other way! – Unknown.

Please Note:  This is an informational post not a Challenge/prompt and Comments Are Enabled.

As many of you know Weekly Prompts has created several types of instructions on our How-To Page. All pages were created by us and most were written in response to queries from our readers. 

Recently WordPress caused entangled confusion because it had three Classic Editors in use, all called Classic, one was to be removed, but which one? By now, having woken up to a new default editor, most bloggers will know the answer. 

Yesterday following a chance remark/query from a blogging friend, I updated for the umpteenth time our instructions on the Weekly Prompts How-To page  Choosing the WP Admin Classic Editor. I saved my updated PDF file and uploaded to the How-To page.

Then, while reading page one of my instructions, the friend commented that on his screen, he had a different image to the instruction page.

Almost as if I hadn’t heard, I continued repeating the instruction, each time in another way (duh!) I expect he was by now feeling doleful when suddenly he had a Eureka moment and solved the mystery – Perhaps it’s because I have a free site!

Quick as a flash, I visited my free site (a site I still have from a few years ago but don’t use). Sure enough, the initial instructions for accessing the WP Admin Classic Editor are now slightly different for free sites. WordPress has made recent adjustments. So, once again I edited my step-by-step instructions (step-by-step because of the differences in the range of skills of our readers).

I asked myself why accessing WP Admin Classic Editor was a simple one-click with Free sites, surely that’s not very fair? Then the penny dropped, WordPress has two faces!

WordPress has finally realised that in the main, the free sites are used by bloggers who don’t need blocks to blog, it’s a waste because all most bloggers need is a simple word processor and a decent gallery. Whereas owners of subscription sites are a mixed bunch and many are very likely to use the blocks to build a website, therefore owners of subscription sites need to be offered options!

Comment: In our opinion, using blocks to blog (including the Classic block) slows down the blogging process. The default blocks editor remains unstable and is often unresponsive to commands. 

If you’d like to see the instruction differences between the free and subscription sites for the Admin Classic Editor, Click Here WP Admin Classic Editor Our Weekly Prompts How-To pages have been very successful with regular daily downloads, our advice is to keep checking back because as WordPress makes adjustments, we will attempt to keep up and do the same. (Unfortunately, they don’t tell us!)

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Post copied from Sue’s Nan’s Farm site.

Weekly Prompts Challenges are published Wednesday and Saturday – 07:00 AM (UK) – 00:00 EDM (CA)

Site ownersGC, themainaisle.com and SueW, nansfarm.net

16 thoughts on “About Face!

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  1. We have a free site. We started the blog in August and it is all blocks, so I don’t know what to compare it with. It seems pretty functional on a basic level, but I have been experimenting with different blocks and the main thing I have noticed is that some work on the actual blog site, but not in the Reader, which seems kinda odd.

    My pingbacks still don’t work on your prompts, but I keep trying. I don’t know if that has anything to do with us having a free site. Do we need to pay to be able to join in with pingbacks?

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    1. Hi Jenna, if you’re happy with the block editor then stick with it. As for paying for a site, unless you are planning on uploading lots of images and videos then I would say it’s not with it.

      As for your pingbacks, I really do not know why they are not showing up, your comment appeared without problems.

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      1. One One blogger told me to try the Classic Editor block, but it seemed very basic. I could not justify the text or use images the way I wanted. I am knew to this so I feel as if I still have a lot to learn.

        It’s a shame about the pingbacks, but I still get inspiration from your prompts.

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      2. The trouble with the block Classic Editor is it’s not flexible enough. Try the Admin Classic Editor, it is very similar to the blocks classic but more flexible and does most of the things the blocks editor does, but after getting used to the blocks you might not like that one either. Give me a shout if you get stuck. 🙂


  2. I am not having any of the problems I first had with blocks. Writing is easy, loading galleries just load now. Just have to remember that using some blocks ie adding a quote, to do a double enter so I have a new block after the quote block as it will give another quote block when enter is pushed.
    One happy camper now 🙂

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    1. I keep going back to check whether the improvements I hoped for have been addressed, and also to keep my hand in so to speak, but for me, the Gutenberg is still too slow and editing as a whole remains non-existent. Inserting a single image from the media file that hasn’t just been uploaded still requires repeat instructions, so not worth spending any more time on it.
      Thank you, Brian I’m glad it’s working out for you. 🙂

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      1. No repeating any more here loading images. Maybe because I load lots it’s used to me lol
        Even on my satellite it’s relatively quick, even adding a new photo from my folder into the post itself has worked easily.
        Sorry it’s a bother for you and others Sue 😦

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      2. I found using the Gallery a doddle, no problems whatsoever, unfortunately, I rarely use the gallery. I did wonder if the browsers have anything to do with it, but I couldn’t be bothered to give up any more time to look into it. Thank you, Brian.

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