The good news is that we WordPress.com bloggers can make the choice not to put up with the hassle, frustration and waste of time involved in navigating and using the new editor and new stats pages, while they are under development.
What’s happening and why it’s happening
The Classic Editor will not be removed from WordPress.com. However, many of the links will continue to point to the New Editor as we continue to increase your ability to manage your sites (self-hosted or not) straight from the WordPress.com interface. You can read a bit more about this plan here: One Central Hub for All Your Content
I am a solution orientated person. Last month I diverted my attention away from protesting the changes being made to the new WordPress.COM user interface, and focused on locating the ways and means of accessing the legacy or classic pages for creating posts, editing posts, and viewing stats.
Constructive Feedback Welcomed
Staff will read and welcome your recounting of your experience while using the new interface (new editor, stats pages, my sites pages and notifications pages), and your constructive feedback in threads posted into the support forum.
Please start your own thread and share your experience, constructive feedback and ideas for improvement by using this link https://en.forums.wordpress.com/?new=1.
Please also tag such threads with both modlook and new editor feedback or new stats page feedback (as appropriate) in the tags in the sidebar of the new thread(s) you create.
After reading several threads full of unhappy campers, I acted. I developed my own contingency plan. I hired a web host and set up a WordPress.ORG install, which is set to private, so I can move my domains and content and have more control if needs be. I doubt that I will have to act on my contingency plan but perhaps you may want to look into developing your own.
- I use only the classic editor to create and edit posts so I’m not impacted by any limitations that the new editor has.
- I use only the links to the classic stats pages so I’m not impacted by any changes to the new stats pages.
- I use only a desk top computer for blogging so I am not impacted by any mobile device issues.
Navigating the Classic WordPress.COM interface
What I post below is for those WordPress.COM bloggers, who are solution orientated and who do not want to unwittingly become a guinea pigs for BETA testing of the new user interface. If you are willing to stick your neck out as I do then please read on.
1. To use the classic editor to create posts,
go to Dashboard > Posts > Add New
Here is the model so you can see the format
Note that you can bookmark that link.
2. To use the classic editor when you edit posts,
go the Posts -> All Posts menu, hover over the post title and click the Edit link.
Note that you can bookmark that link.
3. To locate the legacy or classic stats pages:
If you go to the Classic Dashboard, and click the Site stats link there in the drop-down menu on the left hand side, you will be on the Classic stats pages.
These convenient legacy or classic stats page links are courtesy of musicdoc1
On my Classic Dashboard I clicked the screen options link in the top right hand corner of the page. Under “Show on screen” I clicked to include “Stats” and I have another handy way to get the classic stats display now. Maybe you ought to try these 4 suggestions that do work well for me out.
4. The workarounds to locate the legacy or classic posts and stats pages courtesy of tpenguinltg are:
- Redirect script (similar to the one for the editor
- Make the “Visit the old stats page…” button more visible (brings it to the top)
- Widen the new stats page
Dashboard message to use the new editor
The message we see on our dashboard quoted below will not be removed, but as my head is in the clouds and not in the sand, I just rise above it. ;)
There’s now an easier way to create on WordPress.com! Switch to the improved posting experience.
Over to you.
Is your head in the clouds and above it all while using the classic editor?
Or are you still deep in the trenches navigating the new WordPress.com user interface pages?
* Free images courtesy of pixabay.
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