I first have to confess that I haven’t started using ClassicPress over Wordpress yet but only because I just found out about it earlier today. I am, however, very excited to get going with it.
I just wanted to introduce myself and give a quick history of who I am. I started developing websites back before CSS even existed (I’m an old fart now at 39, almost 40). I started using Wordpress very early on, I want to say around version 2.0, or maybe even a little earlier at around version 220.127.116.11.
After becoming familiar with Wordpress. I spent multiple years developing on the platform, all the way up to around version 4.1.8. I was one of the first Plugin developers to release a Facebook Open Graph plugin, it was called the “Open Graph Protocol” and I released it under the name “BizzyLabs”.
But I made a massive mistake by overworking myself (16+ hour days, 7 days a week for multiple years with no breaks) and I became burnt-out, demotivated and wound up leaving Web Development for quite a few years (6-8 years). However, like all good passions, the programming bug has started to return in recent months. Side Note: I did kind of keep up over the years with major Wordpress announcements and with programming but haven’t focused on it full-time.
Needless to say I came back to find a whole new era of Wordpress with this thing called Gutenberg and the concept of Blocks. At first I thought ohh cool I can see the potential in this new tech but after digging into the code, trying to create a block, looking at the new themes, I quickly found myself feeling very overwhelmed and wondered why they added such a large amount of complexity to the Wordpress back-end. Wordpress used to be easy to understand, now it just feels needlessly complex.
That is a harsh critisism because on one hand I’m experienced enough to understand why they did it, it makes it easier for non-coders to make changes to there sites, it can be easier for the average joe but it comes at the cost of the back-end developer having to learn all the new complexities and well I’m lazy so I started Googling “Will Wordpress Continue to Support Classic Themes” and that search lead me to discover ClassicPress.
After a quick look around I’m like “AHHH now this feels like Home”, this is the stuff I remember. I’m very happy there are people out in the world who loved the Pre-Gutenberg version of Wordpress as much as I do so I look forward to becoming an active member of the community and I can get back to developing plugins and themes the way I remember.
I’ll stop rambling for now and just leave off by saying Hello, everyone, I’m Adam, sorry for the long post