As you may already be aware, the WordPress blogging platform is transitioning into a What You See Is What You Get [WYSIWYG] Content Management System [CMS]. This is being done in an effort to be like other programs (such as Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, et. al.) . No longer will WordPress be a unique and outstanding blogging platform. Beginning with WordPress v5.0, it will be out with the old and in with the new.
Why? Well, unfortunately, it seems that Millennials do not hold to the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Instead, they hold the opposite perspective…
I do not care for the WYSIWYG platform. It was great when I was new and didn’t know anything about building a website. I tried all kinds of WYSIWYG applications (we called them ‘software programs’ back then) and found them to be almost as difficult to use as one of the fancy web building programs, such as Dreamweaver and the ilk. The time it took to learn how to use the WYSIWYG program was insane and anything but simple and intuitive, as they were touted to be.
The new WordPress platform is just as insanely complicated and useless. Useless in the sense that it takes more time to put together an article such as this one, because you have to create a “block” for every little thing, including a new paragraph! No longer do you simply hit ENTER and start typing a new paragraph. Nooo… you have to go to the top of the editor page and click a symbol to tell the program that you want to start a new paragraph [block]. THEN you have to tell it what kind of paragraph [block], etc. IT’S INSANE, NOT SIMPLE!!!
THEREFORE, after much consideration, I have decided to move Focused and Free to a different [standard blogging] platform. I have already begun the process and I’m preparing to copy and paste all the articles posted here, over to the new platform. This will only include the articles and not their respective comments.
There are over 225 articles currently posted here, so it will take a fair amount of time to get everything moved over. Additionally, I do not know exactly how long wordpress.com will continue to support the blogs on its platform that are (1) under the free, ad-supported venue and (2) will no longer be adding new content once the switch to v5.0 is complete and the classic editor is no longer supported due to the core changes within v.5.0 . I imagine it will not be practical (or even possible) to support both the classic and newer versions of WordPress for an extended length of time.
I will post a new and separate article when the transition to the new platform is in place. Hopefully it will coincide with the expiration of the Premium hosting of this blog here in November. If anyone wishes to continue following this blog at its new location, they will be able to do so — once the transition to the new platform has been set up and the domain has been transferred.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this transition period.