Since about 2011-12, WordPress.com users have been redirected to the New Dashboard (“New Dash”) after logging in on the main WP.com log-in page rather than to their primary site’s Dashboard. This change coincided with the introduction of the WordPress.com Reader and “Freshly Pressed” to the New Dash. The “Quick Editor” was added and allowed users to select a Post Format to make a quick post on their site directly from the New Dash.
Over the last 6 months or so, the “Quick Editor” has morphed into what WordPress.com calls “the improved posting experience”, i.e. New Dash Post Editor, which now has been imposed on users as the default Editor for writing new Posts and new Pages, as well as editing already published Posts and Pages. This strong-arm tactic to force users to use the New Editor has hijacked all links in the WordPress.com Admin Bar, as well as in-post or in-page links for editing already published posts, which previously brought users to the Classic Editor.
The two editors may look similar, but they are not and the differences are significant. Forum volunteers have routinely advised users not to use the Quick Editor/New Dash Editor because of problems with lost drafts, no post revisions, uploading and managing media files, spacing issues and others. These problems exist today even with the current iteration of the New Post Editor.
Up until a week ago if users landed in the New Dash Editor after clicking a link, they had the option to return to the Classic Editor to edit their post or page via a link in the New Dash. No more. The link to the Classic Editor from the New Editor has been removed and according to Staff replies to upset and angry users in the Community forums, the link won’t be coming back. What has been amazing to me to learn is how many users did not know that they could get to the Classic Editor directly in their Dashboard via Posts>All Posts without needing to detour through the New Dash Post Editor to get there.
What’s behind this change? There are some decidedly wild hare theories being opined by users in the forums, but there has to be a concrete benefit for WordPress.com to continue foisting the New Editor on unwilling users. According to a Staff reply in the Community forums:
WordPress.com is moving in a direction that will allow users to manage multiple sites from one central location. The end result will be faster and easier to use while also working across any setting (mobile, desktop, tablet, etc). The road won’t be perfect, and there will be bumps along the way. But, we’re going to continue to iterate and adjust. Like any web project, we’ll continue to tinker so I don’t have a guaranteed finish date for you, but we’ll continue to launch new pieces as we have here: https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/dashboard-update/
Personally, I’m not entirely convinced that this is the only reason for the changeover.
Regardless, the New Dash Editor’s birthing pains have been excruciating and WordPress.com users are its suffering midwives. According to extensive and overwhelming negative feedback from users, even after months of labor, the current New Editor is still a far cry from a fully-fledged Classic Editor.
For those who are interested, a bit of reading about the changes to posting over time:
January 2012: Read All Your Favorite Blogs In One Place
March 2012: A Faster Way to Publish Posts (seems not all experiments are successful.)
January 2013: A New Responsive Design for WordPress.com
April 2013: Preview the Future Design of the WordPress Dashboard (the move to make the WP Classic Admin Dashboard usable across devices)
June 2013: The WordPress.com Dashboard Gets a Beautiful Makeover (implementation of April’s preview)
March 2014: Introducing Smoother Editing and New Playlists
October 2014: A New My Sites Section
December 2014: One Central Hub for All Your Content
December 2014: Upgraded Stats and Navigation Enhancements
As always, the information in this post is correct as of publication date. Changes are inevitable.