Monthly Archives: March 2019

WordPress, your new Gutenberg block editor is terrible

WordPress, your new Gutenberg editor provides a terrible UX. Not the worst ever, but much worse than it should have been, for no apparent reason.

I’m really damn tired of that toolbar floating above the block. It seems to always be covering up what I want to be seeing as I’m working.

Put the toolbar back at the top of the page, where it belongs. Let me change block types by picking them in a drop-down list, instead of having to click to change the type, click to pick the type, and then click again to pick the variation.

The side bar of the page constantly shifts to provide me with block information. That might be nice, if you actually put stuff I could use there, but you don’t. At least, not usually. For Headings some of the same stuff from the toolbar appears over there, but not for other block types. And none of that would be necessary if you just kept the toolbar stuff at the top, like it used to be, and like everyone else does it, because it works that way.

If I pick Hide Block Settings, since they’re usually not at all useful, why does it hide the Document tab also, instead of just hiding the Block tab like I wanted, and letting me keep the Document tab?

Why can’t I add media from a button? I still have no idea how I add media from my Media Library into a post. Best I can tell right now, I can’t add media at all unless I drag it onto the window.

Your new block editor could have been easily, and almost transparently, integrated into WordPress if you’d just kept the basic UI the same, meaning the basic UX would also be nearly unchanged. You seem to have changed things just to change them, without considering how people actually use the tools.

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