In which I talk about the Gutenberg editor, WordPress and the nascent fork: ClassicPress.

ClassicPress is a fork of the WordPress platform from version 4.9. Nominally designed to be a line in the sand regarding the new block editor known as “Gutenberg“. Clearly, some are not happy with the direction of WordPress, but how fervent they are remains to be seen.

I have been a long time WordPress user and administrator. I’ve seen it from it’s nascent betas, up to current. The block editor is the largest, most seismic change in the platform, and it’s way overdue. The old process of using the plain text box, or goodness forbid: TinyMCE.

ClassicPress, such as it is, wants to retain that editing framework while backporting security fixes and keeping as much plugin compatibility as possible. This is a noble endeavor, even if I disagree with the project, as it’s not easy to make this kind of sea change. That is, of course, if the project actually had any life to it.

Since it’s inception, they released a petition that, after two years, has not managed to break 2000 signatures. Additionally, despite the low scores of the Gutenberg experimental branch plugin on, the team has stuck with it, building it into a much more powerful editor. Going so far as to begin looking at expanding it into full-site building functionality.

ClassicPress is Forking Disappointing

The reality is that Gutenberg, and blocks as a whole, are here to stay. Like it or leave it. Unless some technical hurdle is so insurmountable that the block editor is unable to be continued, it’s a settled argument.

When you fork a project like WordPress, you need to hit the ground running. Especially if you brand yourself “business focused”. You need to be backporting security fixes. You need to be moving forward. Right now, it seems the project is trying to just throw something together. It’s been three months since any substantive update.

Change is Hard

I get it. Change is hard. Especially one as large and disruptive as Gutenberg. However, instead of working through those changes, understanding things and getting used to the new normal. These people are just plugging their ears and screaming so they can try and ignore the future.

By Nathan

Nathan is a technologist and Open Source enthusiast living and working in Florida. Often, he can be found playing board games with his family, video games by himself or breaking technological things in order to fix them "better".