Scotties Toy Box

The Many Things In My Toy Box ….my view may change due to verifiable evidence

I hate this new editor and it adds too many steps steps for the way I blog.   I complained and basically got told that if I did not like it, leave.   After 13 years and 3,237,011 hits that was the way they listened.   So I am looking around for a new blog host.   At $300 dollars a year I think I should have gotten a better answer.    Hugs

34 thoughts on “I am looking to move Scottiestoybox

  1. Nan says:

    I thought I read somewhere that you can still use the “Classic.” Not true? So far, I can still access the old format. But then I haven’t tried writing a new [post lately so it may automatically switch … ??

    Since you self-host, you can go just about anywhere. There are lots of web hosting companies to choose from. Just takes time and research to find one that meets your needs … and budget. (Just DON’T go to Blogger!)

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello Nan. It switched some time today. I lost two quick cartoon posts trying to make it work. I was angry. I got on chat support with WordPress. They wanted me to use the work around or to add the steps of going to my blog, going to admin, go to posts, new post and click there to use classic. I told them I don’t need to use 5 or more new steps to do what I could do pushing the one write button. Needless to say they said sorry for the inconvenience we cannot help you that is the way it is. I told them I wont keep using it as it is too many steps added in making blogging a pain in the ass. Sorry those are your only choices. No not really I own the domain name I can change blog host companies. The reply I got was “OK, maybe you should then”. I disabled my auto pay on the blog, I hope they get the message that no one likes this new system. Meeka in Australia was complaining a week or two ago about it. They had it working really good, not sure why they had to dick with it.

      I will give myself a day to cool off then I will start looking for a new hosting platform. Hugs

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  2. I use classic. But I’m using the free WordPress. So maybe that makes a difference.

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello Polly. Sorry but not anymore. As of today it is the block editor first then you have to go to through steps to the classic, more added steps for doing post in the classic, then more added clicks to set the categories and another click to get to jet pack to send to my twitter and tumblr pages. About 12 or more added steps depending on how long the post and if I have to fix something. I lost two posts today already and had a third hang up, had to go back and edit two others that just posted before I could set everything. I hate it . The classic way I would click on write, do the body of the post, give it a title, click the categories and post. That simple. I am still angry over this as I don’t see the gain for WordPress. Hugs

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    2. Scottie says:

      Hello Polly. Can you still use the classic editor? Because I will gladly save $300 + a year to have the classic back. Hugs

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      1. Nan says:

        If you switch to the WP freebie version, you realize your new internet ID would be changed … most likely to scottiestoybox.wordpress.com. I’m not sure how you would do a redirect. Of course you’d tell your visitors via a post, but not everyone would see it.

        Of course the same holds true if you switch providers. BTW, have you checked out SquareSpace? Have no idea how good it is, but was listed just below WP.org on a “best blog host” website.

        As much as you hate it, Scottie, I think in the long run you should probably stick with WP. Switching in any form would most likely be a bigger headache than learning the new editing tools. JMO.

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        1. Scottie says:

          this is wrong Scottie owns the domain to 2021 until he has to pay for it again

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          1. Nan says:

            Yes, he owns the domain. What I’m talking about is the “pointer” that’s required to get to his blog. If he were to switch to the freebie version, I’m not sure WP would recognize it since all the freebies (at least that I know of) use the format — blogname.wordpress.com.

            I’ve never known anyone to switch from paid to free so I don’t know for sure. Just making an educated guess.

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            1. Scottie says:

              Hello Nan. Not sure what you mean by pointers? I pay for the Scottiestoybox.com and can assign it to any blog I want. So if I switch hosting companies I simply assign that new blog the domain. As long as I keep paying for it the name is mine. While you can get to my blog by using the blog name, WordPress.com it is not needed. Simply typing in Scottiestoybox.com goes to my blog because the IP address is registered to it, which right now is on WordPress, but if I move it I can reassign the name to the new blog host. Hugs

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              1. Nan says:

                Obviously I’m not making myself clear. Let me try one more time. I at one time owned the name: ATime4Wine.com. Of course I could use ANY company I wanted to host it … and yes, all a visitor had to do was type in the name to access my site.

                Several years back, I decided to discontinue the site as I had “moved on” and was no longer giving it much attention, plus I no longer wanted to pay the annual hosting fees. However, because of all the work I had put into it over the years, I didn’t want to just give it up entirely so this is when I looked into switching it to a FREE WordPress blog. Here is what is on the WordPress.com website:

                You can register a new custom domain or transfer an existing one to your free site, but you’ll need a paid WordPress.com plan to use it as your site’s main address.

                In other words, I could continue to use ATime4Wine.com — BUT I would have to sign up for a PAID WordPress.com plan — which would have defeated my purpose. (As it turned out, I ended up changing the name slightly –ItsTime4Wine– so it’s now hosted by WP for free.)

                I hope I’ve cleared up the confusion.

                P.S. To illustrate — try typing in Scottiestoybox.wordpress.com and see what happens.

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                1. Scottie says:

                  Hello Nan. I think I am beginning to see what you mean. I understand about the other way to use the word press link to get to my blog. But I pay every year to keep the domain name Scottiestoybox.com and it was my understanding I could transfer it to any site I wished including other platform hosts. I will look into it more and if that is just a WordPress thing then I will register the domain with a domain company. Thank you for pointing out this because it goes against what I was told when I paid for the domain. I was trying to protect Scottiestoybox as a few years after I started the blog when it started to take off I found out some created Scottystoybox and was actually pulling traffic looking for me, and I did not want to lose the name I was building. I will look into how to secure the domain. It should be able to be redirected to any host I set up in is what I understood. But it is typical to be underhanded to make money from the uninformed. I will check it out. Hugs

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                  1. Nan says:

                    Scottie, the domain name is YOURS. You can take it wherever you want. You can stay with WP or you can move to another host and the name goes with you.

                    The advantage of WP as a host is your access to their blog platform. However, if you found another host that offered something similar, you could pay them to be your host. Your site name would not change, but you might have to create an entirely new blog and lose everything you’ve done until now UNLESS you moved all your files to your own computer and “pasted” them into the new host’s platform.

                    I hope I’m making sense.

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                    1. Scottie says:

                      Hello Nan. Yes you’re making sense. There are things about WordPress I like. I did download my media library but the file extension is .tar and I have to find a program to open it. I will most likely stay if they make some tweaks so that my blogging is so many steps. Which they have already done some. I don’t have to repeat some actions every time I move down like at the start. Hugs

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  3. I still use the dashboard to write stuff. It’s why I can’t make my posts look as awesome as yours. However, it also means they can’t change things on me as easily.

    Until they do. I have no idea what I’d do then. Them changing things is also why I don’t pay for a site.

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello Sirius Bizinus. Yes the customer support told me to use that also. Do you have it on a saved quick access? For me to get to it takes about four of five clicks changing pages. And that frustrates me when before I could just click write on the top of my blog page. This mornings roundup was a nightmare to do, the new editor is not set up to do repeated cartoons / memes all on one page.

      I was forced to go to the business plan because I had maxed out the media storage they would let me buy and I use a lot of media on my blog. If I delete it from the blog media library it deletes it from the post also. So I was stuck. Anyway thanks for the suggestion, I may end up having to do that. Hugs

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      1. Right now it’s a link on my homepage on this account. On my author account, they didn’t have it for a while. My workaround was to go through the nonsense of searching for the dashboard and when I finally found it, I bookmarked that page. Afterwards, I would log into that account, open up a new tab, and then click the bookmark.

        If they still let you access the old editor, you might be able to do the same.

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        1. Scottie says:

          Hello Yes the support staff have taken me through this today. They suggested I do what you did and bookmark the page. However that is as many extra steps as using the block editor to get to the classic menu. I guess I will have to put up with it for now. Hugs

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  4. acflory says:

    Before you decide to move permanently, check out the editing software used by different hosting companies. Many use the WordPress.org software. I also know that Medium – a different sort of platform but still – uses a different version of the block editor concept. I fear that a great many platforms use the block editor because it makes mobile use easier. Given that the bulk of people now use their phones instead of traditional computers, I have a bad feeling that we’re stuck with the ‘block’ way of writing. That said, the WP version really isn’t great. You’d think that after a couple of years they’d have worked out how to streamline the process. The sudden influx of new block types that make it a nightmare to find the one you want…that is a case in point. At the very least, you should be able to set up a personal category that is displayed /first/. All the blocks you use all the time should be in that personal category. The current system is…unwieldy to say the least. 😦

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello Meeka. Loved the video you posted of the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was very interesting the way the built it. Grand post I recommend.

      As for WordPress everything you say is true. It is almost unworkable for me to do the morning roundup, it was a nightmare. I have until october to decide if I will pay for another year. My domain is paid until July of next year. You know I liked WordPress, I enjoyed it. I post a lot and sometimes fast, so it was easy. Click write at the top of my blog page, that use to be all but for months I had to also click use classic editor, then put what I wanted in the body, add a title, click the categories and click publish. Now I have to click write, click the + sign, type cla to get the block for classic, click that, then click the bar on the classic editor that pops up all before I even get to adding anything in to the body of the post. If I do the title in between paragraphs I have to start over to get the classic editor back. It has raised the frustration level really high. I use 68 websites for my morning roundup and I had to start over several times due to this new system, it took me three hours to do the post. I complained but was told if I didn’t like it I should change hosting companies. After 13 years, over 3 million hits, and a business plan paying customer.

      I admit I am bitter about that. Customer support told me it was an economic decision, they did not feel it was worth supporting three different types of editors. I only knew about two. But why make it harder to do what you as a company want people to do?

      I will look around, thanks greatly for your advice. If you have any other suggestions please let me know. I am really frustrated and upset over this. Hugs

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      1. acflory says:

        -hugs- I’m so sorry to see you so frustrated, Scottie. Unfortunately, WordPress is now a ‘big business’ and doesn’t have to worry about losing a few of us.

        Before you go though, why don’t you try the ordinary block editor instead of using what amounts to the Classic block style?

        I’ve been using the block editor for a while now, and while it still annoys the hell out of me, it’s not that bad, especially for fairly simple posts. What I mean by that is that you can add text, videos and images without too much clicking and messing around. I still don’t like it for complicated formatting but hey, can’t have everything.

        The reason I suggest you give it a try is that a quick search of the net didn’t bring up much on blog editors. I know Medium uses a block editor, and I know that Wix is meant to be easy and very pleasing visually, but I couldn’t find anything about how you actually post stuff. Honestly not sure what’s out there that might suit your blogging style. 😦

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        1. Scottie says:

          Hello Meeka. Thanks for the suggestions. I will look carefully before I switch. I am just supper annoyed at all the extra steps I have to do compared to the way it was. I sometimes do dozens of posts and it gets frustrating having to do extra work when it use to be so simple. Hugs

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          1. acflory says:

            I noticed something yesterday. You know how I complained about all the new blocks and how annoying it was having to look through so many to find a basic block? Well, it’s been simplified! Haven’t looked closely enough to find out where all the ‘new’ blocks have gone, but it’s certainly better than it was. 🙂
            Anyway, this could be an opportunity for you to head off in a new direction.

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            1. Scottie says:

              Hello Meeka. Yes I noticed that it has changed also. For my simple one or two meme posts I can do them with out picking a block, I can just click the area and paste them. For writing I can just start typing but to make it bold with out the editor I have to use the control and B keys together. I am sure I could find key codes that works for quotes as I use a lot of quotes in my news posts. So it seems they have heard the screams from the people. The person I was on chat support with today mentioned that I shouldn’t have to keep selecting blocks anymore as I first did but instead just hit enter move down to a new section of what ever I was doing and keep going. So things are changing. Lets hope it gets better. Hugs

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              1. acflory says:

                lol – I think you may have just moved a small mountain, Scottie! I’ll keep my fingers crossed too. 🙂 Btw I use Ctrl B and Ctrl I as well. Soooo much faster.

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                1. Scottie says:

                  Hello Meeka. I hope so. The support person Kate was great to work with. The first one to not have an attitude of like or leave, and did not put it all on me. She was really helpful and made me feel better about staying. Nan said it was probably the first female support person I got as Nan says she finds male support people tend to be impatient with people. I lost the entire first roundup this morning and I was very upset, but the second one went faster and easier. If you have any suggestions you find makes working with the new system easier please share them, maybe even post them, I would love to see if I could use them. I love my blog, have loved WordPress until now.
                  I am not sure where I would go if I moved my blog. Hugs

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                  1. acflory says:

                    I tend to write long posts and use the old dashboard, not the new interface, so speed isn’t an issue for me. I just like the /power/ of being able to create something exactly as I want to see it.
                    Sounds like what WP needs is a Quick Post button where you set everything up in advance – e.g. the blocks you normally use, whether to copy to Twitter etc – so you just have to type, tag [and categorize?] and publish.
                    Come to think of it, I’d love to be able to set up customized ‘defaults’ as well. Oh! And the editing box needs to float to the /side/ when people are using large screen pcs/laptops. Having the editing box constantly getting in the way drives me crazy. So inefficient.
                    Let’s hope the damn happiness engineers are using us as guinea pigs and actually LISTEN to our complaints. lol

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                    1. Scottie says:

                      Hello Meeka. I agree. I use to write out my posts. But it got too painful to do a lot of typing and my fingers are too stiff, so I like to do more copy and paste sort of click posting. I save my typing for replying to comments or commenting on others blogs. Hugs

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                    2. acflory says:

                      Oh, that doesn’t sound like fun. 😦 Is it arthritis? -hugs-

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                    3. Scottie says:

                      Hello Meeka. Yes, and bad nephropathy causing my hands to be numb and to hurt. But I am lucky I have hands to do what I do, others have to find different ways to run their computers. Hugs

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                    4. acflory says:

                      I’m so sorry, Scottie. -massive hugs-

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                    5. Scottie says:

                      Hello Meeka, thanks for the hugs. All in all I feel I have a lot to be thankful for , and there are people who have it a lot worse than I do. Some times when I feel really bad I try to remember all the things I have going for me and think of those trying to deal with homelessness or hunger because they have no food. Some people can not get pain medication or other needed medications. Be well. Hugs

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                    6. acflory says:

                      Oh Scottie! That is what Sue and I were talking about on the blog. I’d posted pics dating back to the 1918 pandemic and we were talking about how things really had been a heck of a lot harder then. What we’re going through now is mild by comparison. I think we all need to ‘count our blessings’. A very dated saying but true nonetheless. -hugs-

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                    7. Scottie says:

                      Hello Meeka. I regret I have missed some recent post of blogs I enjoy reading. I will head over and look for the post. Hugs

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                    8. acflory says:

                      It’s fine, Scottie. Just stay well. -hugs-

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