I’ve been using the new editor full-time on our site for more than a week. You may think that isn’t enough time to truly experience it, but trust me. I spend several hours each working day inside the editor: writing, tweaking and repurposing content. It’s what I do.
So I’m going to share with you what I have really liked and then a couple minor things that are a bit awkward and are taking a little more getting use to.
What I liked off the bat.
These are things I knew the moment I started using them would make my life easier.
When I save a draft it doesn’t pop up to the top of the post. It stays where I was, even in the fields after the post.
The bigger picture.
These are features that are more obvious and I am sure are on many lists of favorites.
Reusable Blocks – This had my brain going the minute I saw them. For someone who writes a ton of content, I knew that this would come in handy. I’m already planning for blocks that I know I will use over and over again.
Content Structure – Visually, I love this. Of course I like having the word count easier to access, but the entire content structure also gives me a much better view of the big picture.
Embeds and Shortcodes – This is going to be a time-saver with as much as I use both of these. On a broader perspective, this is a real plus for the average WordPress user, especially the embeds that make it much easier.
Saving and Updating – The old editor drove me nuts when I would update or save. Before, I always ended up back at the top of the post. And for someone who normally writes longs posts with lots of screenshots, it is nice that when I do it now, I stay where I was.
Content Flow – I didn’t know if having to add blocks would work for me. But the flow is so much more natural, especially when it comes to media. Adding the media block vs. going up to the menu and adding it via a button, well, that just makes my life easier.
The small stuff.
Permalinks – I need to access these a lot for reasons. Although the option is still there above the heading, I prefer not having to click the button to edit, which I don’t have to do in the side menu option. The latter is also easier to access without all the scrolling.
Previews – This is nothing new, but at the same time it gives me the full link of the site before I go live, and makes it easier to copy than the old editor did.
Advanced Text Link Options – Before, it was a bit cumbersome to get to the advanced options of a text link when inserting it. Primarily for me, it was to toggle the open in new page box. The new editor has made this simpler.
Publish / Schedule Calendar – I schedule a lot of posts. And to be honest, I often know the day of the week I need to post it, but not the date. You know, the Tuesday after next. And there was always the need to open a calendar to double check the dates. No more. Finally, that calendar appears right there.
The things that are a bit awkward, that it will take a little time getting used to.
Scrolling – This has been a bugger for me as I have two scrolling bars. When I write longer posts, which is often, I find that when I take the editor window all the way down, I don’t always make it to the end of the post or the fields I need to access afterward. I then need to scroll the outside browser bar. On the other hand, the ability to scroll the content window while having the side stay in place is very handy.
Ordering the Side Options for Document – Before, I was able to drag and drop the order of all the sidebar stuff. Now they are divided between document options and advanced options, not allowing you to drag any across these two areas. It has made my workflow more cumbersome as I had them in a much more logical order for myself.
Scheduled Posts Lost Update Button – I schedule a lot and once you have scheduled the post, the button remains schedule instead of update. When you are in the post you don’t really have anything that tells you it is already scheduled. So if you update it, you need to press schedule again to save it. A bit confusing.
When I first updated, it appeared all of my plugins worked perfectly. But after some time, I realized one was acting wonky, including messing with my edited permanlinks I would do before publishing. And that is Edit Flow. Although I love this plugin and the options it gives us for our editorial calendar, it just isn’t working right and, as a result, I have removed it and replaced it with a simpler editorial calendar plugin. It doesn’t do everything I would like it to do, but for now, until I find something else, I am not going to sweat it.
These are some of the things at the top of my mind, and I’m sure I am missing a few of the other delightful features that have made my life easier.
Overall, I can honestly say that the more I work with it, the more I am loving it over the old editor.
And here’s another perspective. As the in-house editor, Judy edits all of our posts. She has used WordPress for about as long as I have, but is on the other end tech spectrum (she would write with a fountain pen if she could). When I asked her what she thought about the new editor, she simply said, “It’s so much easier. I like it better.”
So I am already getting into a good groove with my workflow.
Sure, there will be plugins that will go wonky or don’t work. I expect that, but the world will not end.
No matter what you think, remember, this is not a page builder. To compare it with one is like comparing apples and oranges.
So forward I go. I hope you are able to, too if you have not already done so.
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