WordPress is broke.

People might have noticed the site is looking a bit weird, what with the picture on the current article now being repeated. Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

It’s Sunday, my writing day, and WordPress is broke.

The wonderful editor that was hoisted upon us with no warning a few weeks ago is now completely broke. You can write whatever you want, but anything you append to an article now appears as one gigunda paragraph.

The vertical scroll bar in the editor now doesn’t scroll to the end of the article you’re editing. Sometimes it does though. If you click on the article text and press the down arrow, you can get to the end.

Even inserting a paragraph break has become an exercise in hope. It seems to depend on which way the sun is shining or the wind blowing.

Unless it’s fixed by WordPress, I’m going to have to move to an alternative platform. My apologies for the inevitable break in service, but if you can’t actually write anything, what’s the bloody point?

Enough is enough.

Does anybody have any recommendations for decent alternative providers?


12 Responses to “WordPress is broke.”
  1. M Simon says:

    It comes up wonky sometimes in Firefox. But usually it looks good.

    BTW I see you have outed yourself with the picture. Scepticism is very popular among engineers.


  2. It just goes to prove the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. We’ve been with wordpress for 3 years now and I never had any problems with posting, editting, pictures, etc. Now it’s just one giant clusterf**k. I hate it. And if they don’t change it back real soon, we’ll have to move as well.


  3. YouSoWould says:

    Have you tried switching back to the classic editor?


    • Pointman says:

      Hiya YouSoWould.

      Yes, but it didn’t do any good. What worked in the end was swapping from “visual” mode to “text” mode and hacking out the specious HTML tags that the BeeBop editor had inserted.

      I’ve got the expertise to do that but I’m sure that’d stymie your average blogger.

      I also hacked the repeating picture problem by brutalising the style sheet that had mysteriously changed.

      Thanks for the tip though.



  4. Pointman,

    I don’t know what it is about Mullenweg and other powers that be at WP that their “culture” is such that they do have this dreadfully annoying habit of pushing out “improvements” long before they are ready for prime-time live – with no consideration (or explanations) for those whose post-composing preferences and/or environment might differ from those of their so-called “experts”.

    And what makes matters worse, I’ve found, is that attempts to get explanations and/or assistance from their staff via “correspondence” can be extremely frustrating and time-consuming as their staff have this apparently uniform and annoying habit of stripping all context from their so-called “replies”.

    I’ve also found that much depends on the WP template one is using (they are not particularly adept at ensuring that all templates are updated prior to releasing one of their “improvements”) – as well as the browser (and/or operating system) of one’s choice. Nor, I’ve found, do they notify users when they’ve made a decision to “retire” support of a browser version.

    All of the above being said, however … FWIW, I have just attempted to create a draft post (from 6-month old tidbits sitting in one of my drafts) using their new, improved interface on my (preferred, but probably on its last legs) WinXP machine using Chrome.

    View from here, so to speak, is that it’s fine. Although, to be fair, I haven’t attempted to publish and I tend to use their “text” interface rather than their “visual” interface most of the time – unless I’m feeling lazy and in need of adding a feature, e.g. a coloured font, in which case, I’ll switch to “visual” and back. But even this test succeeded and I did not experience any of the litany of problems with which you appear to have been saddled 😦


  5. nofixedaddress says:

    You may like to check these folk,


    I have merely downloaded and checked some of their software but not taken it live.

    I like their philosophy.



  6. John Shade says:

    Did it chop the end off your ‘broken’?


  7. Google seems to be an useful alternative provider. You could try blogspot.


  8. Magnum says:

    Hi Pointman
    I’m a complete layman, but you mentioned beep bop and if you read WUWT’s articles on his latest format change he has mentioned that WP have listened to complaints and this beep boop thing is being dropped. Don’t know if this is applicable to you, but thought I would mention it just in case.
    Kind regards


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