Just Say No to Gutenberg

Text Boxes are so 20th Century!

It seems young people today feel that rules are not simply made to be broken, but that they should be completely destroyed and eradicated entirely!

When I first learned that WordPress (WP) was going to move off the TinyMCE text editor app and implement the Gutenberg app, I was intrigued. I was very curious and interested to learn why. To me, the TinyMCE was working just fine, and I’m from the generation that holds to the premise that, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

So I have been reading all the hype and promotion as WP has been moving forward with the new Gutenberg editor app. Recently I learned that this ‘new app’ is a throwback that uses text boxes.

I sure hope that WP is not going to force Gutenberg upon those of us who have no desire to wrestle with text boxes, and will at least give us an option when it comes to the text editor.

TEXT BOXES ARE FROM HELL! And from the comments and reviews I’ve been reading from those testing the new Gutenberg app, it would appear that I’m not the only one who feels that way.

In the past, I nearly lost my mind trying to work with web design software that had a text box editor. Text boxes are so frustrating, because of all the limitations that are inherent with a text box editor — as current Gutenberg testers are discovering.

I don’t understand why young people think that something needs to be changed and/or done away with just because it has been around a while. This attitude/mindset seems to be most prevalent in the field of software programs (excuse me… apps, as they are called by the youngsters who feel the need to get rid of everything –including terminology– that was in existence prior to their birth).

I guess it is good that I have more days behind me than I do ahead of me; because the way things are ‘moving forward’ in this century, it looks like a big pot of chaos is getting ready to boil over — and not just in the field of technology.

Thank you for letting me share. 🙂

ADDENDUM:

I just discovered a video demonstrating the Gutenberg (GB) editing platform on YouTube. You can view it here: 

Morten Rand-Hendriksen: Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow

I also added the following comment to the video:

I have worked with website builders in the past that had all these options, and it was a pain in the neck, because there was too much to learn and it took forever to create content. Look at all the clicking around you need to do with GB. It’s insane!

KEEP IT SIMPLE is always a good idea and unfortunately, the developers have opted to muck it all up with bells and whistles. All this under the guise that it is needed due to various screen types (which is all nonsense — can you imagine trying to read three columns of content on your smartphone? The text would have to be so small just to fit it on the screen!!!).

GB is a bad idea, an old idea, and is completely unnecessary. It is nothing more than a group of developers hijacking a once great blogging program and turning into a proven nightmare/headache.

Pride always comes before a fall.

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Author: Karl D Rhoads

I am a Married, Forgiven, Imperfect Follower of Christ. I am a recovered alcoholic (since July 12, 1999) and an ordained minister of the Gospel of Christ (since July 6, 2002). I have been saved from the grave (more then a few times) by the loving hand of the God and Father of our Lord, Christ Jesus. My heart's desire is to meet the needs of others with the love of Christ as he directs and enables me to do so.

3 thoughts on “Just Say No to Gutenberg”

  1. Karl, thank you for your contribution here. I hadn’t heard of the format switch. I have enough difficulties managing the current app. Perhaps the Lord wants both of us to focus on the editorial content and leave the gimmickry alone. You do an excellent job from what I can tell in managing your blog site, so I have every confidence you’ll come out ahead with the new format. God bless you and your ministry! Ward

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    1. Hi Ward. Thanks for the encouragement.

      From what I understand, the change of the text editor will be the most dramatic change in WordPress v5. Not sure what others changes and enhancements will be included in the new version.

      On the whole, I like WordPress better than any other blogging program I have tried. To me, it is the easiest to use, navigate, and create with. It has more options than other blogging platforms I’ve tried, and when using wordpress.com hosting, I don’t have to be so concerned with hackers and other malicious attacks.

      Hope your August is going well. \o/

      kdr

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