I’m all for innovations and no adherent of If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’m disappointed with myself that I still use the old WordPress editor because I can’t deal with the new and improved one.
My general complaint about the new editor (which is now getting old, when you think about it) is its limited functionality. I like to be in control and I don’t like it when any application tries to presume that I don’t know what I’m doing and attempts to help me with it. There’s an easier way to create on WordPress.com. Switch to the improved editor, says the banner in old WordPress admin area. That’s actually a fair way to advertise it: it is easier to use the new editor because it doesn’t allow you to do fancy things.
Among the actions that you can’t do in the new editor and that I regularly perform are these:
- Switch to a distraction-free mode. I don’t normally hide navigation elements, certainly not when writing in an offline text editor like MS Word, but this function of the old editor has grown on me and it’s hard to give it up.
- Copy a post. I always use my old posts as a template for new ones. When you copy a post in the old editor, the categories and tags are copied, which comes in handy when you’re like me and blog serially in the sense of, say, 365 projects.
- Edit an image directly from the new post screen. You can’t resize, crop or rotate the image. You can add a caption and change the display size, but even there, you can’t choose a custom display size.
It’s difficult to switch to an editor in which I can’t do what I’m used to do. I find the trend of withdrawing functions rather than improving the current functions or even adding new ones quite disagreeable (to put it nicely). I hope the old editor will stick around for a while. Sure, it probably needs an update by now, but not really the update it received. This post is very much an ode to the old editor, may it live long and may I not be forced to write an elegy to it any time soon.