After all my complaining about the damnably evil block editor, I sat down and worked out how to make it work for me. I’m going to outline, in excruciating detail, just how I create my review posts with it. Doing this has made me realize that WordPress is no longer a blogging platform. * whole paragraphed removed due to self censure * I’m going to outline how I used to write a review and how I do it now.
BEFORE: 1) Write the entire post in Open Office using my Review Template. 2) Start a new post in WordPress w/ Review Title 3) Insert my cover picture 4) Copy/paste my entire review from Open Office 5) Left align the cover, thus bringing all the text into its correct place 6) Insert my avatar at the end of the post 7) add tags 8) add date and time for scheduled post 9) hit “schedule” and voila, done!
AFTER: 1) Write entire post in Open Office using my Review Template 2) Start a new post in WordPress w/ Review Title 3) Insert a “Classic Block” 4) Inside the classic block, insert my cover picture 5) Inside the classic block, copy/paste ONLY the info part of the review (legaleeze through the Word count) 6) Left align the cover, thus bringing the info into proper alignment 7) Insert Spacer Block (at 20pt, the minimum) 8) Copy/paste the rest of the review into wordpress 9) Insert Spacer Block between the last sentence of the Synopsis and My Thoughts 10A) Insert Image Block at end of review 10B) Insert Avatar in Image Block 11) Insert Spacer Block between star rating and avatar 12) Insert spacer block between avatar and any additional links 13) Click on “Document” over in the settings on the right hand side 14) Select Category 15) Add tags 16) Open a new tab in my browser 17) Select the Google Calendar shortcut 18) See what days of the month have no posts and select one 19) Type in the blog title into google calendar on that empty day 20) Close tab 21) Add date and time for scheduled post in WordPress 22) Voila, done!
Wow! I guess I was wrong and the gutless, spineless code engineers pimps at WordPress were right! What a time saving, incredibly efficient way to write! Those 14 extra steps make my review look SO MUCH BETTER (no, it takes me 14 profanity laced extra steps to make it look the same as before!!!!)
I have tried using only the classic block, but it doesn’t honor double returns (double space) between paragraphs so everything looked like total crap. So I’m forced to kluge together this abortion of a process to simply keep things looking how I’ve had them. How, in anyone’s brain who is sane, can this be considered a step forward, a net positive, something good?
23 steps. To write a FORSAKEN review. My workload to write a review has more than doubled and I’m supposed to be happy and ok with that? I’ve just completely depressed myself. See you all tomorrow ….
I don’t know if this will work for everyone but it is worth a shot. If you have been switched over to the block editor against your will, see if this works to get back. I know that I have NOT been forced over to the Block Editor even though it was trumpeted all over my homepage that June 1st was the day it was going to happen. Whatever the reason, it hasn’t.
I use chrome so if you use a different browser things might look a tiny bit different in the pictures below.
Start a new post while being terrorized by the block editor. I personally authorize any use of force you feel necessary, all the way up the nuclear option. We will not be held hostage by damnable traitorous terrorists! Or self-important computer engineers with their heads up their fundaments.
Over on the top right, there are 3 dots. Click those dots. See picture below:
Scroll down to the bottom and click on the “switch to classic editor”. See picture below:
That should do it. I’d be really interested to hear from those of you who were forced to use the block editor to see if this works for you. I’m also including a link to the forums where you can voice your complaints about the block editor. I’ve complained and I’ll probably go back and complain some more.
I’m sure you are all well aware that every wordpress user has been, or will be, forced over to the new Block Editor. I’m writing this 2 days before that actually happens to me, so there might be some things I say here that don’t apply or have been figured out or whatnot.
I am not a fan of this, at all. In fact, ever since they introduced the block editor back in ’19 I’ve tried it several times and each time gave up in disgust.
That link shows you how to get to the classic block and I figure I’ll be making use of it. Not as as good as starting everything automatically that way, but better than not having it at all.
My issue, however, is that I can no longer see at a glance, what days I have posts scheduled. When I went to schedule posts in the old editor it brought up a calendar of that particular month and any day with an already scheduled post was highlighted in blue, thus visually, and more importantly, easily (!!!!!!) clueing me in to what days I should avoid posting the new post on. I’ve talked to a so-called expert and been told that ability has been removed. So I’m supposed to either open a second tab and look at my scheduled posts on my site (which doesn’t show a calendar, just a list of posts with dates in very small writing) or better yet, just get a paper calendar and write down when I’m scheduling posts. What a great step forward!!! That is what I call progress. I could swear….