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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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How to Create a Holiday Sale Landing Page Template

Landing page templates are all the rage. In fact, they are the primary product offered by LeadPages… who doesn’t disclose its revenue figures, but is doing well enough to have recently received $27 million in VC funding. And, according to the CEO… those revenue figures grew 1000% between 2013 and 2015. Point is… there’s a huge market for these. And, with the holiday season quickly approaching, these kinds of templates will be in high demand. Here’s how to build one: Get the template along all the others I’ve released, exclusive coder training courses and 1000s of lines of example source code as

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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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Weekly Web Developer Q&A (5/20/2016)

Subscribe to the Podcast [saf] It’s once again time for our weekly Q&A. If you sent me a question via email, Twitter, YouTube, Patreon, etc… check below. You may find your answer. Before, I get into the questions a BIG thank you to everyone supporting the show on Patreon. You are awesome and allow me to keep serving our community. I really appreciate it and I can tell you by the messages I receive on a daily basis that you’re helping change people’s lives. So, thank you! If you’re not a supporting listener and would like to become one, learn

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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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Build a Grid Layout For WordPress Using WP_Query

Here’s how to build a grid layout for WordPress via shortcodes and WP_Query: A lot of WordPress developers immediately rush to query_posts in order to create custom loops. But, query_posts is meant for altering the main loop of a WordPress page/post (actually, it’s not even recommended for that anymore). Using get_posts() is okay… but, if you want that real WordPress flavor using WP_Query is the way to go. In the video above, I show you how to use WP_Query to create a custom loop inside WordPress in order to build a Pinterest-style grid layout. Here’s the code I used in

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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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7 Reasons Why You Should Start Using the Official Facebook for WordPress Plugin (and 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t)

Facebook just launched its official WordPress plugin which allows you to “easily” integrate Facebook features into your WordPress website. I’ve spent the last day or so playing around with it and here’s my initial thoughts. Why You Should Install Facebook for WordPress 1. Easy connection to your Facebook account. If you’ve ever setup one of the many Facebook plugins for WordPress, you’ll know that you typically have to create a new application in Facebook, grab the API Key and API Secret from your app, and paste them into your plugin. This plugin is no different, except you only need to

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