I know a lot of WP users prefer Gutenberg. I like Elementor. The drop and drag interface is far more user friendly than Gutenberg. I don’t want to watch a billion You Tube videos to learn how to maximize Gutenberg. I want to get to my page and start designing. I know that using Elementor I sacrifice page speed and resources. But Gutenberg is just not user friendly. More power to WP users who use Gutenberg. If deleting my comment posts defending Elementor makes others feel powerful, then I hope they get their fix. Gutenberg… just sucks.
By the way… I hate how the Gutenberg interface deletes my tags after typing them.
I changed my Heart WordPress blog address! I want toexperiment with the latest version of WordPress (WP 4.9.9 Alpha). Although WPdoes not recommend beta testing their programs on live site, I am doing itanyway.
My Heart WP site is a continuation of my college finalproject. Rather than let my WP project fade into portfolio obscurity, I use itto test new WP features. My final blog project site was a subfolder my WP network install. I created that network using the WP Multi-Network plugin and WordPress Multi-Site option. But, the plugins I use for my final are not usedanywhere else on in the network. This concerns me because I don’t want to usean untested plugin that will destroy my network. So I moved my blog to adifferent install which I can destroy without worry.
This site will be the first site I upgrade when WP 5.0 comesout. I’m anxious to see how WordPress runs when Gutenberg is its core text editor (https://wordpress.org/gutenberg).
I’ve accepting that images cannot post left or right. I wanted to have images within a paragraph body, but its difficult in Gutenberg. After reading the WP Tavern post, I see that I’m not the only one frustrated with the image options in Gutenberg.
I hope that this issue is resolve before the 5.0 release date later this month.
I’m not fond of site builders. I don’t care for them. I’ve felt that using website builders was cheating. It is like tracing when drawing buildings. The latest theme from Cyber Chimps, called Solome, requires the Elementor plugin. I was not happy with having to use a builder plugin. But, after using the plugin, I’ve revised my opinion about page builders.
Elementor is a WordPress plugin designed to “build” custom pages and posts. Users can add responsive columns and widgets as well as add background not set by the WP theme. Users can also save designed templates to use on other pages or export to other WP sites. There is no extra coding required and the free version is powerful.
The one thing I liked about Elementor is how much I can do with a simple page. I used to rely in tables and HTML tricks for custom page layouts. The plugin removes the need to hard code. Verse Gutenberg, Elementor is much easier to use. The block editing/drop and drag designer with this plugin is superior.
My opinion has changed about site builders. Site builders for WordPress are good… if the user knows the fundamentals of WP. I wouldn’t recommend it for all types of websites. A user/developer would need to decide if it is right direction on a case by case basis.
I try to be open to change. I understand that programs need to evolve to meet the needs of the user. I am also very aware that I am not a programmer nor a web developer. I have a very limited knowledge so I am not an educated authority on the topic. In my attempt at learning, Gutenberg became my default text editor for my sites.
The issue I have is the block editing. This is distracting and unwieldy. I want to create a post. I don’t enjoy writing when every block of text has it’s own option sections. I also want the option to edit my entire post using the HTML editor. I don’t want to go through each paragraph and select “Edit as HTML.” I don’t want pictures to be its own block. I want to add a picture and choose where it’s located with ease. In Gutenberg, the picture is its own editing block. Once the image is set then it is very difficult to impossible to change its location.
I know that like it or not I must learn to love Gutenberg. I trust that WordPress is reaching out to a broader range of uses. I also know that the Gutenberg Editor will become intuitive. I am worried that the new core editor may make the WP experience more cumbersome.
Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress, gave an address in Belgrade about Gutenberg. He discussed that future installs will ask users to choose between the Classic Editor or Gutenberg for text editing. This is one feature of Gutenberg that I have reservations about.
My first reservation is the ability to copy and paste text. In the Classic Editor, I can copy and paste text from a Word Doc to a post with ease. With Gutenberg installed, I get extra paragraphs or no paragraphs at all. Additionally, I worry about the ability to add HTML/CSS code into a post. I’ve modified page layouts by adding CSS styles and tables. Gutenberg has yet to adjust for plugins that fall under the “Extended Settings” field. For example, I use a plugin called WP Multisite Crosspost. In a multisite environment, I can create a post and have links show up in other blogs. It works fine in the Classic Editor, but not in Gutenberg. I also cannot add links without reverting back to the Classic Editor setting.
What I want and hope is that Gutenberg will not give an “either/or” option for how users write their blogs. But, I recognize that may not be the direction WordPress will want to go. WordPress seeks to increase their user base.
I just read an article on WPTavern about how Gutenberg has some flaws when using iPhones to create blogs (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-for-ios-and-gutenberg-dont-get-along). As a keyboard veteran, a term I learned in Social Marketing, I forget the need to blog with mobile devices. This is definitely a reminder to create content with a focus on it being used by mobile phones.
I’ve been reading articles on WPTavern regarding Gutenberg. Gutenberg is a plugin which changed the text editor into a text block editor. It’ll be a part of the core WordPress install for WordPress 5.0.
I’ve been using Gutenberg on my portfolio site and a few of my parody sites (https://rose-city.net/live) and I like it. When I first tried it, there were a lot of bugs. The plugin was not meant to be used on live sites yet when I installed it. Over time I’ve watched it improve and I think it will help make posting easier for people who may not be as tech savvy with WP. It definitely changed the Text Editor to something similar to Medium.com.
I hope that when they do roll it out with WP 5.0, the option to switch to the Classic Editor will remain. I like adding my own codes.