# Being the strictly plain text/Markdown kinda guy I am I've always resisted the move to the block editor in WordPress (aka Gutenberg) but have been curious about it for a while.

I decided to take a quick look earlier but my theme (a highly customised version of an old, old Automattic offering) isn't compatible with blocks.

I could probably make it compatible but think it wouldn't be worth the effort and I've yet to find a clear and concise guide to building block compatibility into existing themes. I could also move to a newer theme with compatibility built in but would then have to spend far too much time and effort reintroducing all the indieweb elements.

Again, it's just not worth it.

So, as the old saying says, if it ain't broke...

  1. bix says: #
    Don't bother. The block editor generates all sorts of extra block-editor code wrapped around the actual copy/content. It's a nightmare.
  2. strandlines says: #
    I think the block editor is just another opportunity for unnecessary and lumpen functionality to be added to Wordpress.
  3. Colin Walker says: #
    Having used various page builder plugins on other sites I like the idea of it but the execution seems lacking. Maybe it will mature into a better option.
  4. Colin Walker says: #
    I decided straight away with v5 that I was going to install the classic editor plugin and avoid Gutenberg, it seemed overkill for the way I post and that looks to have been a wise decision in the long run.
  5. It took a bit of getting used to, and I think they made some strange changes (which confused me to begin with) not long ago, but I don't mind it myself. I am on WordPress.com though, so I don't know that I have a choice. :) On Markdown, have you tried the free editor Typora? Fantastic.
    1. Colin Walker says: #
      I'm worried as to how long they will continue to give WordPress.org users a choice, whether they'll eventually remove the ability to revert to the classic editor. Yes, I use Typora on my Macs occasionally and love it, such a clean interface.
      1. I think they will eventually remove it, but if I remember rightly, they were going to continue to support it for quite a while (a couple of years at least?)

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