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WordPress Gutenberg is AWFUL compared to the classic editor

I got this comment yesterday on a Gutenberg video of mine: “Anybody who knows HTML/CSS hates the damn thing. They should have incrementally introduced it.  Personally, I think it sucks. All the assumed functionality is has been removed.” And I asked him: “Compared to the Classic Editor?” And he responded: “Yes…I love the concept but the layout and how it works is not intuitive. This, in my opinion, is a fail. I’m sure it’s better. I just hate it.” I honestly don’t get it. What can you do in the Classic Editor that you can’t in Gutenberg? Like, if you

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Gutenberg is a clunky, horrible mess

Spaketh the troll: “The only thing laughable here is this smug, horrible take. That’s what cracks me up. Gutenberg is a clunky, horrible mess. I can see how the childish building block approach might appeal to an arrogant prick like yourself who believes that every sentence deserves a new line, but to real content creators who actually know how to write, it’s a nightmare. An actual blog, an actual article…something you clearly know nothing about, since you’re committed to this self-congratulatory “I’m smarter than everyone else” drivel you laughably call a blog. I’m sure you’ll offer up some snarky reply

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Gutenberg is NOT a page builder

This is the mistake everyone keeps making. I’ve heard it probably a dozen times now. “As a page builder…” “Compared to Elementor…” “If you’ve used Beaver Builder…” I don’t care what WordPress calls it. What any core committer might say about it… Gutenberg is NOT a page builder. Not yet, anyway. So, if you’re looking at it that way and comparing to other page builders… Sure, Gutenberg sucks… As a page builder… For now. But, that’s the wrong comparison, IMO. Instead, think of it as a post editor. And, compare it to the old TinyMCE editor. THAT is what Gutenberg

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Gutenberg. The death of WordPress

People crack me up. I remember when I first showed my mom a smartphone. “What the hell do I need THAT for?” You should see her now. Getting her off Facebook is like trying to get a politician to quit lying. I remember when Twitter came out. “This is so stupid. Why would anyone care what I’m doing?” We see where that went. And yes, yes… I even remember when the internet came out. (Old jokes will get you BLOCKED! :D) There were people who said it’d never be a “thing”. People are so often horribly, awfully, terribly wrong about

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NEW COURSE: The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Gutenberg

If you don’t know… Gutenberg is the new editing experience for WordPress 5.0 and beyond. And, it is a drastic shift in how post and page creation works in WordPress… moving from one large block of text in the Classic Editor to small, individual blocks of text and media in Gutenberg. And, the big thing is… this is only the beginning. Gutenberg will continue to become more and more apart of WordPress moving into full-site layouts and theming and even, eventually, into the WordPress admin area. So, if you’re using WordPress and haven’t yet… It’s time to learn Gutenberg. Which

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Why WordPress Doesn’t Suck

Subscribe So You Never Miss An Episode [saf] Let me state it plainly… Using a tool like WordPress is by far the fastest way to jumpstart your web development career, carve out more time and leverage that time to learn new skills so you can get paid even more. Here’s a perfect example: “Hey, John. I want to thank you again for your advice on keeping an open mind about CMS’s. I completed an amazing site in 2 days that would have taken me months to build out from scratch. You have no idea how much your videos have helped me get out

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The Case Against WordPress

Subscribe to the Podcast [saf] Let’s get more into this great debate, shall we? Thing is… This is important. There are too many new developers who fall hook, line and sinker for the “roll your own” mantra of the know-it-alls. You know, those devs who tend to greatly over-estimate their skills whilst sitting behind their keyboards… yapping about how everybody else is an idiot (duh) and should RTFM! And, it can stop you from realizing your dream of coding for a living… Heh. Not on my watch! All right, so here’s what I got in response to the last episode

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[Periscope] How do I create a multilingual website using PHP?

In this week’s WebDev Q&A, I answer questions on: How do I create a multi-lingual website using PHP?  What about SEO is important to learn for developers? Who should I follow for SEO? How do you create a site key for hashing passwords in PHP? Watch below: Links mentioned in the video: Get the best price on Bluehost web hosting (affiliate) How to Add PHP Multilingual Support to a Website With I18n Freelancing Tips Playlist 10 Questions You Must Answer Before a Client Says Yes MD5, SHA-1 or BCRYPT For Hashing and Storing Passwords With PHP? Let me help you publicize your

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[Periscope] Do I Need to Learn WordPress?

In this week’s WebDev Q&A, I answer questions on: What text editor do you use? Why? Can I make my whole living as a web developer? Where’s the source code? Do I need to learn how to use a CMS, like WordPress? What’s the right learning path to take? Watch below: Links mentioned in the video: WordPress Theme Development With Bootstrap (affiliate) Let me help you publicize your blog Take my “How to Start a Blog” free tutorial Follow me on Periscope to ask questions live If you get value from this video, please consider sharing it with another developer or

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[Periscope] What WordPress Development Tutorial Should I Invest In?

In this week’s WebDev Q&A, I answer questions on: What WordPress development tutorial you should invest in? The key to continually getting freelance clients Sending emails with PHP’s built-in mail() function Watch below: Links mentioned in the video: Pippin’s Plugins WordPress Development Tutorials iThemes WordPress Training WordPress Theme Development With Bootstrap (affiliate) Let me help you publicize your blog Take my “How to Start a Blog” free tutorial Follow me on Periscope to ask questions live If you get value from this video, please consider sharing it with another developer or group who could benefit from it.

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What WordPress Theme Should Developers Use?

I used the wrong WordPress theme for about 3 years and it made my life miserable. Finally, I switched it up and have never looked back. Here’s what I learned. Watch this, then check the full episode on YouTube. What WordPress Theme Should Developers Use? I used the wrong WordPress theme for about 3 years and it made my life miserable. Finally, I switched it up and have never looked back. Here's what I learned. Watch this, then check the full episode in the comments. #wordpress Posted by John Morris on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Watch the full episode on

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WordPress Plugins Are Dead

iOS and Android have forever changed what people expect from their technology. For the most part, however, that wave of expectations hasn’t hit the WordPress community. Sure, WordPress itself functions a lot like iOS and Android in a platform/app context… But, most of its plugins don’t. That is changing. And, in this new world… you’re either a plaform or an app… but you’re NEVER a plugin. App vs Platform iOS is a platform. Android is a platform. WordPress is a platform. Evernote is an app. Gmail is an app. SmartS3 is an app. Platforms are the operating system. Apps are the software that run

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