I was so glad to see CP had been created as a place for people to go, who wanted to continue using “WP”, but without Gutenberg. As we suspect, it will affect a lot more than just the editor over time.
The release of the Beta version is enabling people to see CP in action, and I have switched over on two of my sites. Currently, things work exactly the same for end users, with just the word ClassicPress replacing WordPress here and there in the admin backend.
However, a lot of the categories and posts in this forum are about topics most people (like me) don’t understand. While the technical issues obviously need to be discussed publicly, it does come across as a bit scary and overwhelming.
While I realize the target audience for CP is primarily business sites, I feel ordinary mums and dads should have a category to go to in the forum, where our concerns can be addressed in layman’s terms.
For example, if a certain plugin we are using suddenly needs Gutenberg to work in the future, how is this going to be overcome for CP users? Or even simpler than that, is CP really going to be a “replacement” for WP for everybody, or only for businesses? Is CP only going to be for the elite?
I have watched a lot of YouTube videos, listened to podcasts and read articles discussing the pros and cons of whether CP is even a good idea. Personally I believe it is, for many reasons - not just avoiding Gutenberg. But the average WP user is going to need to be convinced and reassured that it is a viable and long-term solution.
A separate category for non-tech or semi-tech users would allow them (us) to feel a part of the community, without feeling embarrassed about not understanding geek-talk, or asking “silly” questions.
Just a thought