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Classic Block – First Look

Today I am in WP-Admin writing this blog. This space is very familiar to me as it is the editor I always used for my Web Design clients. It is more like the classic editor. Yesterday, I wrote my blog using the Classic block in the block editor. Here are a few comments on the process on my iPad.

Look / Feel

While the classic block looks similar, it is different. The formatting controls are no longer static and seem to offer fewer controls. Instead, the formatting Controls float on the page often obscuring the line of text above. There were times I thought my text disappeared only to discover it was just obscured. I can see how this might be helpful if you write a long post – the controls would float down the page as you write.

The + sign for adding blocks seemed to always be below the line I was typing. I am not sure what triggered it. It was easy to delete.

Spacing between paragraphs did not look consistent although when previewing the post, the formatting looked as it should.

Frustrations

I often received the message indicating the saved post was different than the current version. It did not tell me if it was more current which left me confused. At one time I restored the saved version only to discover it had less content than what appeared on my screen.

If I left the WordPress tab and went to read an email or research something, when I returned my screen was ‘frozen’ meaning I could not Scroll the screen or type. I had to close the post and reopen to unfreeze it. All content was there when I returned.

Even though I was using the classic block editor, it became obvious the paragraphs were treated as mini-blocks. For example, I could not highlight the entire post and delete it all at once (which I often do when copying a post for recurring posts like SoCS or One Liner Wednesday). I had to delete each paragraph independently.

Time to Post

It definitely took a little longer to write a post because I did not prepare. I just dove in.

I am attaching screen shots below that show the classic block I used yesterday and the WP-Admin editor I am using today. Keep in mind I am writing on my iPad. Eventually I will do this on my laptop and report back. Also, I did not add photos or do any fancy formatting with either post.

Classic Block

Photo of classic block editor

WP-Admin Editor

Photo of WP-Admin editor

28 thoughts on “Classic Block – First Look”

  1. I hate to say it, but I just re-read yesterday’s post and there was absolutely no reason you couldn’t have just dove in to the Block Editor. The paragraphs are blocks of type, well, Paragraph, and the subtitle is a block of type “heading”. You’re probably making things more complicated than they need be by using the “classic” block. I mean, they have different blocks available on different devices, but these two blocks are probably the most common and I can’t imagine the iPad not supporting them.

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    1. I realize that. I made the decision to step in slowly. I am familiar with blocks as I used the Divi theme for several clients. I just find the additional steps unnecessary. I did see you can combine blocks which may make some things easier.

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  2. Mine looks just like your second screen shot when I’m formulating a post. I guess I’m not using the classic block editor here, but on my other blog I was forced to a long time ago. Weird!

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  3. I got ‘caught’ yesterday and although I know how that dratted thing works, I don’t like all the flipping around one has to do. So I’ve found a short cut (at least on my own site). The Word of the Day challenge site is a different matter and was tricky to navigate. Even using the alleged “classic editor”. I got a rather smarmy email from WordPress Happiness Engineers too about how (paraphrased) “uniformity is a good thing. We (WordPress) don’t see the sense in running THREE different editors, when the Block is the best one.” Yeah. Well I, like BeetleyPete there do NOT agree, but I suppose it is what it is. Assimilate! Resistance is futile!

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    1. I agree, Melanie. It is the extra steps and cross screen movements for formatting I do not care for. I do understand from a software release perspective how maintaining multiple functions can be costly in manpower alone. Does not mean I have to like it!

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  4. I’ve been using the block editor for about a week now. I think I use about three blocks, the Markdown block, the Image block, and the Custom HTML block. The HTML block is for embedding and resizing videos, tweets and Instagrams and for building tables, things that the blocks for those items don’t do right, as far as I’m concerned. If I need another kind of block, it’s easy enough to go to the block manager and pick it off the list. Do I wish there was a simpler way to do all that? Yes, but the happiness people at Automattic let anything I say go in one ear and out the other. I’ve tried using the Classic block, but it again doesn’t work the way I want it to.

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    1. I was thinking using a few separate blocks might be easier than trying to manipulate within the classic block. This change was definitely made to stand next to the drag and drop web design competition. WordPress is no longer a blogging platform. It’s been heading that way for a long time.

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  5. I refuse to use the block editor or even the block editor’s Classic block. It just doesn’t work well for me on my iPhone and whenever I go to preview a post in progress I get either an error message or my text is gone. So I use the WordPress app for iOS, which has a “lite” version of the classic editor and then I go to the wp-admin version of the classic editor (similar to your second image, but “optimized” for viewing on the small screen of a smartphone) to fine-tune and finalize the post. I never had to do this before WordPress decommissioned the classic editor I used to use on WordPress.com on Safari on my iPhone. I wish they would bring it back.

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    1. I used to use the app, but it was flaky at the time. It became so frustrating, I trashed it. I am very accustomed to the WP-Admin editor and it is so similar to the classic editor I am confused as to why they cannot support both. I think they were worried about the competition of all the drag and drop web design platforms out there and the maintenance overhead people were experiencing keeping up with their software changes. They definitely did not consider those people on mobile platforms which I imagine include a large number of bloggers. I use my phone or my iPad 98% of the time.

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  6. I write my blog on LibreOffice and the I copy it to the Classic and add in pictures etc. It works for me.
    I am in my 80’s and there isn’t a day I don’t learn something new…and I am sick of it.

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    1. You know, Don, when I was a young manager, I did not understand why the older staff resisted change so much. I get it now. I have been through and had to learn so many different packages and software now, I am just looking for something to remain stable.

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  7. I always write in Word and paste it into the editor. Pasting in the dialog of my SoCS post creates a block for each line. It’s a good thing Linda doesn’t want us to edit.

    Good luck navigating the finer points.

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    1. I read it is possible to combine blocks, but sounded like that would be after the initial composition. I will experiment and test thoroughly, but right now it seems that there will be extra steps involved in using the classic block or the block editor itself.

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      1. Except for periodically switching blocks, or adding my CSS class to indent a block, this hasn’t been a lot of work. The inline images seem to have some issues. Otherwise, I’ve managed to get things looking the way I want. It is not easier, that’s for sure. I’m spending more time in the editor, even though I write my post in Word.

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        1. I think one thing that will hurt most bloggers will be the absence of formatting tools within the same space. Every movement and dropdown takes just a little more time and practice. I worked with the Divi WordPress theme a lot and this feels very similar to me. If I remember with Divi, you could create a ‘page’ of formatted blocks and use that saved template over and over. Not sure that exists here.

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          1. You can create/format blocks and save them. Then you can choose to insert that block later. It’s a powerful tool, but I’m not sure most bloggers want to go that far into the weeds.

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  8. your second screenshot, the WP Admin, is easier for me to use as i’m familiar with the features. but i’m slowly introducing myself to the new editor. very challenging for me. finally, after a lot of click and unclick, i was able to post ‘wilting dahlia’. baby steps…

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