WordPress’s new, “new format” is bad in so many ways. It’s a classic example of “stealing defeat from the jaws of victory.” They have replaced a format that works with one that is pretty and useless. There are dozens of sayings about this kind of thing from “all that glitters is not gold” to “pretty is as pretty does.”
They all mean the same thing. Looking good is not enough. An attractive cover does not a good book make. The new format:
- No word count
- No proofreading
- Confusing scheduling
- Bad default setting for “save” ; the default is instant publication rather than draft, which will mean a lot of accidental postings
- No “paste as plain text” (major problem — adds a lot of bugs and bad code)
- Very slow loading, even slower saving
- You cannot edit photographs in this format. Galleries have no “edit” link. Individual photos are missing the functions that allow you to set their position (left, center, right, none) and size
- You cannot change or add a caption. Even if you set it up using the “classic” mode, you cannot edit it in the new one.
I have not tried creating a photographic post using the new, “new post” function because I never liked that format anyway and it’s so very much worse now. I have heard very negative things about how it handles photographs. I can confirm you can’t edit photos … I have heard you can’t download photos either, but haven’t checked it out personally.
Did I mention the “paste as plain text” option stopped working a week ago? Pasting anything you copied from another source is perilous to your post and produces a godawful mess you can’t clean up unless you can edit code.
You will get the new format if you use “New Post” from the top right on your dashboard or if you click “Edit” from your website. One of the worst features is that it takes minutes, not seconds, to load. It takes even longer to save. And be careful because you may think you’re saving, but unless you change the default settings, you are publishing. Gonna be a lot of accidents.
It has a lot of display bugs. The old one — been around awhile — where all your spacing disappears if you preview the post. Several new ones where coding does not delete when you remove the text to which it was attached. And “view post” and/or “preview” not working at all.
As of this writing, you can still get the old format via the dashboard menu (left column), but for how long? They just (a few minutes ago) added “Classic mode” in case you don’t like the new format. Maybe someone complained.
Anyone who cares about formatting won’t like the new post format. The loss of both the word count and proofreading is serious for writers.
Is it pretty? Maybe, but you have less space to work in. Does anyone want less work space? How could that be an improvement for anyone?
Who is making decisions at WordPress? Based on what? It certainly isn’t based on what their customers want or need.
WordPress is continuing to try to make everything look nice without regard for functionality. An elegant GUI full of glitches and bugs. It’s a terrible trade-off and it will come back to bite all of us in our collective asses. It’s already doing it. WordPress does not remember how many popular blogging platforms have disappeared.
Will the rest of you please complain to customer service? I’ve done my part. You all have to jump in. If you complain, they might change it. If you don’t, I guarantee they will assume you like it.
Don’t do it for me. Do it for yourselves.