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Blog status update (June 2021): Back to WordPress (with the Classic Editor plugin)

Time for yet another blog status update, albeit a brief one.

The blog moves back to WordPress

As you can see (unless you’re reading this via RSS), I’ve switched the blog back to WordPress, after almost a year on Ghost.

While I’ve enjoyed using Ghost (as I wrote in the last blog status update post), I’ve run into some limitations on what it can do:

  • The lack of free themes to choose from; meanwhile, the paid themes are too expensive.
  • Customizing Ghost themes isn’t easy. It’s also compounded by theme updates basically requiring one to manually re-add any changes.
  • No native comment support; adding such requires a third party (which often charges) or installing self-hosted software (which isn’t easy).
  • The inability to re-use already uploaded images, since Ghost doesn’t offer a media library.
  • Ghost requires some technical skill to maintain.
  • Finally, there’s still a lack of web hosts that support Ghost.

Thus, after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to switch back to WordPress for now. Among the other benefits, I also now have comments back!

WordPress concerns

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That said, I’m still not wild about some of Automattic’s choices about WordPress. The Gutenberg editor and some other decisions feels like they’re more focused on WordPress competing with Squarespace than, well, blogging. Thus, I’ve installed the Classic Editor plugin, which makes WordPress work like it once did. The Classic Editor plugin’s due to be supported until 2022; however, given the sheer number of downloads it has (over 5 million to date), I imagine there’ll be a similar third-party replacement. I did give the Gutenberg editor another look; however, I still wasn’t feeling excited about it.

That said, I’m also considering installing ClassicPress once again. Migrating the blog from WordPress to ClassicPress just requires a migration plugin ClassicPress’ creators make. While it has some of the same flaws as WordPress, ClassicPress also uses the old editor, making the Classic Editor plugin unnecessary. That said, ClassicPress also requires themes/plugins to basically support WordPress version 4.9, which some creators (like the Yoast SEO plugin) are dropping support for as time goes on.

Finally, the theme I’ve installed is called “Fairy.” (Update: I didn’t use Fairy very long; I’ve switched themes to Gambit, which is working out much better.)

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to respond below.

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