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Le Image Issues

WPTavern reported on the Image issues with Gutenberg, the new editor for WordPress 5.0.  I reported a similar image issue-  https://wordpress.org/support/topic/adding-an-image-is-a-nightmare/#post-10647313

I’ve accepting that  images cannot post left or right. I wanted to have images within a paragraph body, but its difficult in Gutenberg. After reading the WP Tavern post, I see that I’m not the only one frustrated with the image options in Gutenberg. 

I hope that this issue is resolve before the 5.0 release date later this month. 

Site Builders

I’m not fond of site builders. I don’t care for them. I’ve felt that using website builders was cheating. It is like tracing when drawing buildings. The latest theme from Cyber Chimps, called Solome, requires the Elementor plugin. I was not happy with having to use a builder plugin. But, after using the plugin, I’ve revised my opinion about page builders.

Elementor is a WordPress plugin designed to “build” custom pages and posts. Users can add responsive columns and widgets as well as add background not set by the WP theme. Users can also save designed templates to use on other pages or export to other WP sites. There is no extra coding required and the free version is powerful.

The one thing I liked about Elementor is how much I can do with a simple page. I used to rely in tables and HTML tricks for custom page layouts. The plugin removes the need to hard code. Verse Gutenberg, Elementor is much easier to use. The block editing/drop and drag designer with this plugin is superior.

My opinion has changed about site builders. Site builders for WordPress are good… if the user knows the fundamentals of WP. I wouldn’t recommend it for all types of websites. A user/developer would need to decide if it is right direction on a case by case basis.

The Gutenberg Debate

Gutenberg will be the new WP editor, wither or not users want it. WP Tavern posted about the mixed user reviews at (https://wptavern.com/gutenberg-plugin-garners-mixed-reactions-from-new-wave-of-testers).

I try to be open to change. I understand that programs need to evolve to meet the needs of the user. I am also very aware that I am not a programmer nor a web developer. I have a very limited knowledge so I am not an educated authority on the topic. In my attempt at learning, Gutenberg became my default text editor for my sites.

The issue I have is the block editing. This is distracting and unwieldy. I want to create a post. I don’t enjoy writing when every block of text has it’s own option sections. I also want the option to edit my entire post using the HTML editor. I don’t want to go through each paragraph and select “Edit as HTML.” I don’t want pictures to be its own block. I want to add a picture and choose where it’s located with ease. In Gutenberg, the picture is its own editing block. Once the image is set then it is very difficult to impossible to change its location. 

I know that like it or not I must learn to love Gutenberg. I trust that WordPress is reaching out to a broader range of uses. I also know that the Gutenberg Editor will become intuitive. I am worried that the new core editor may make the WP experience more cumbersome. 

Learn more about Gutenberg at https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/

Health Check Plugin

Heart Beat

Health Check & Troubleshooting is a new plugin by The WordPress.org community. The plugin test the WP install for errors. The plugin will troubleshoot some common problems offer solutions to solve install issues.

Before anyone runs the plugin, it is ideal to do a backup. I was too eager to explore this plugin and ran it. I had no errors on my WP network install. My multisite install had some issues with the scheduling functions. In both sites, the troubleshooting section, both sites were clear of errors.

The Health Check & Troubleshooting is definitely a great plugin to install. For more information, read up about it at https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/appendix/troubleshooting-using-the-health-check/.

Gutenberg vs. Classic Editor

Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress, gave an address in Belgrade about Gutenberg. He discussed that future installs will ask users to choose between the Classic Editor or Gutenberg for text editing. This is one feature of Gutenberg that I have reservations about.

My first reservation is the ability to copy and paste text. In the Classic Editor, I can copy and paste text from a Word Doc to a post with ease. With Gutenberg installed, I get extra paragraphs or no paragraphs at all. Additionally, I worry about the ability to add HTML/CSS code into a post. I’ve modified page layouts by adding CSS styles and tables. Gutenberg has yet to adjust for plugins that fall under the “Extended Settings” field. For example, I use a plugin called WP Multisite Crosspost. In a multisite environment, I can create a post and have links show up in other blogs. It works fine in the Classic Editor, but not in Gutenberg. I also cannot add links without reverting back to the Classic Editor setting. 

What I want and hope is that Gutenberg will not give an “either/or” option for how users write their blogs. But, I recognize that may not be the direction WordPress will want to go. WordPress seeks to increase their user base.

More Information

Gooding, Sarah. “Matt Mullenweg Unveils Gutenberg Roadmap at WCEU, WordPress Agencies and Product Developers Sprint to Prepare.” WordPress Tavern, 21 June 2018 https://wptavern.com/matt-mullenweg-unveils-gutenberg-roadmap-at-wceu-wordpress-agencies-and-product-developers-sprint-to-prepare

The issue as of 6/21/18

KISS my WP

Vintage Wallpaper

This term I’m taking a WordPress class. I’ve been using WordPress since 2009 so I went into the class thinking this would be an easy A. Because I’m a punk, I thought I’d go nuts with my final. I mean… really start showcasing what WP can do. I even added my mod of the Hello Dolly plugin. I figured this would demonstrate that I’m a WP god. Then I received my first critique of the site…

  1. You need to set the home page to a static page rather than your activity stream – it’s confusing to your site visitors to see that on the home page.
  2. I’m not sure what benefit the Hello Nacho plugin provides to your site? And I wasn’t able to see where it is on the back end, or what it does.

My teacher is right. The site is hard to read. In my attempt to be artsy with my site created some confusion. I have an assignment and I was arrogant. My take away is that I need to remember the first rule of design… Keep It Simple, Stupid. Sometimes customers don’t know what they want. Sometimes customers do know exactly what they want… a WordPress site. Nothing fancy or complex. Keep it simple. Stick to what the customer wants. I learned the K.I.S.S. concept in graphic design, so I should carry that thought process in web design… Keep It Simple, Stupid.

I got a 90 in the assignment when, with my skills, I should have received a 100. Oh well… lesson learned.

Gutenberg

I’ve been reading articles on WPTavern regarding Gutenberg. Gutenberg is a plugin which changed the text editor into a text block editor. It’ll be a part of the core WordPress install for WordPress 5.0.

I’ve been using Gutenberg on my portfolio site and a few of my parody sites (https://rose-city.net/live) and I like it. When I first tried it, there were a lot of bugs. The plugin was not meant to be used on live sites yet when I installed it. Over time I’ve watched it improve and I think it will help make posting easier for people who may not be as tech savvy with WP. It definitely changed the Text Editor to something similar to Medium.com.

I hope that when they do roll it out with WP 5.0, the option to switch to the Classic Editor will remain. I like adding my own codes.

-Illya

Read more about Gutenberg at https://kinsta.com/blog/gutenberg-wordpress-editor/