The challenges of mastering software come from the continuous advancements that inevitably await all digital tools. Whether it be Adobe, Microsoft, or even free software, they all get updated. Some changes are small. Patches with a download that could finish in minutes or seconds. On the other hand, there exist updates that completely restructure a service. A new interface added features, and the relocation of various assets are all commonplace. Users often don’t want to relearn a software they’ve spent years using. They could resort to downgrading, however that risks a lack of developer support for any worst-case scenarios.
When referring to WordPress, their software is one that must constantly update. The landscape of something like web design must continue to advance. Websites that looked good years ago will look outdated today. There’s also a vast library of themes and plugins to cater to. Given these variables, the WordPress team have an endless task of keeping up.
WordPress recently had a large substantial update that restructures the interface completely. Known as the “blocks editor”, this new system effectively replaced what is now known as the “classic editor” across all WordPress websites. This update will change the backend (and some front ends) of every website made in WordPress. The block system was introduced to simplify and streamline the development of web pages for all web page users.
Many web developers find the new system to be tedious. The system is simple; however, the potential breaking of webpages is a major inconvenience.
Luckily, there are 2 factors that save millions of WordPress users from the block system. The first is that WordPress offers “classic mode” as a free plugin. Unsurprisingly it’s one of the top downloaded plugins of WP’s plugin directory. While it seems like the be all end all solution, the plugin will only be active until 2022. After that, blocks will become standard and all WP sites that use the native builder will need to adapt. The other factor is that if you use an external builder like beaver builder, the update shouldn’t change much if anything.
Updates like these will never cease in something as fickle as web design. Continuous advancement is part of what keeps work fresh. Clients will always want a modern tune-up to their product. WordPress developers will always be working hard to keep their software as resourceful as possible, even if it at times means trying something new.