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New WordPress Editor 2018

WordPress has released a new editor. It’s very different than the previous one. This is a little meta, but I am going to review my first impressions of the editor in real time. I will also try out a bunch of the features.

Drop cap is cool, I guess, but it looks like ass without a serif or stylized font. What’s the point of that. Changing text styles is pretty nice. However, every time I blur away from the paragraph the dropcap kicks in. It’s fairly disruptive when it flashes on and off if I am clicking around. I would suggest just leaving it big all the time.

Cutting and pasting from the clipboard works easy enough, but I can’t see how to make the image link to the media file. Where is it? Oh, there it is!

What about a quote? Hmm, looks nice, I think. Pretty easy to insert.

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I am not sure. – Anonymous

There is this “Sharing” block at the bottom, that I can’t seem to get rid of. It’s making it very difficult to just add text to the bottom. I think it’s a bug, but it’s really in the way. I had to switch to editing this paragraph in the code editor just to be able to edit it. Further more, the spot where I am typing is all the way at the bottom of the screen. This is really annoying. My eyes are being drawn to the edge of the screen rather than in the middle comfort zone.

On the right is a settings panel. This was first pioneered by Microsoft in Office. I have been using this technique for quite a while now. Since screens are rectangular on the desktop, it makes sense to utilize the horizontal space more aggressively. The panel is nicely designed. Each block you edit in the canvas has different settings. This removes the need for modals in many situations.

Adding in an H1/H2/Etc is fine, but this whole block thing is getting annoying.

By structuring the editor into blocks, you are forcing me as an editor to think about what each blog means. The alternative is to just type. This is alot more work. I get the benefit of the structured data, but I wish it wasn’t quite so hard to edit.

Playing with some of the block widgets, they have one from Mapbox. I interviewed there and really thought I was going to get an offer. Nice company. Unfortunately, it was not to be.

Pasting in a YouTube URL automatically converted it into a video. I don’t see how to change the size.

Some parts are nice, but I keep getting lost. I can’t see how to edit the map or the video size to make them smaller.

  • I like the graphic design.
  • I like the aggressive refactor. Go for it!
  • I don’t like some of the results. But that’s ok, keep iterating.
Tablesseemprettyeasy
but editingiswonky

Deleing blocks is also kinda wonky. Overall, this is a really interesting upgrade. The ambition is enormous and I approve of trying. What is critical is to not get overwhelmed by negative reactions. People don’t like change and this is alot of it. What you need to do is keep pressing forward. Keep making it better. Keep polishing.

Here is my starter list of things to improve upon:

  1. I don’t like editing at the bottom of the screen. Create artificial space at the bottom so my editor is higher on on the screen.
  2. There are lots of bugs. Just now, I was at the bottom of the screen and I pressed enter and I couldn’t see the new line. Fix bugs
  3. The block add/remove/add is clunky. It needs to be clearer
  4. Focus on “just type” and less on “make blocks”.

Again, keep up the good work. This version is not there, but I see the direction and think you will get there eventually.

UPDATE: The map looks good in the editor, but doesn’t work when I publish

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  1. Katie Lipka Katie Lipka

    cute kid. just sayin.

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