A good or bad idea
I’ve been wondering whether installing the new WordPress 5.0 (software that makes websites look like websites) was a good or bad idea. The new Gutenberg block editor gave me the answer when I tried to put a new product on my Product page. Clearly, it was not one of my better ideas.
To link or not to link
Gutenberg would not let me put the needed product links for the gel overlay. It tried to put the link elsewhere on the Product page. I use Block editor. I use Classic editor.
What a mess
Gutenberg tried to mess up the text on the Product page. It froze. It crashed. It did everything but put the link where I wanted it to put the link. It lost the link. I found the link elsewhere on the page.
But it floats
It has a floating menu with the link. It floats everywhere except where I want it. I tried different links. Amazon provides a short and full size link. All to no avail.
The missing link
I could not put in the link to the affiliate disclaimer page. I could not link the Amazon product.
In my frustration, I decided to try placing the image without the text.
Computer code here I come
This required me to enter the HTML code editor. I am not great with computer code. I am still working on it. But I entered the HTML computer code editor. In the past entering computer code was relatively easy. You entered Visual or Text (for code).
Now for something completely different
Now Gutenberg has an “other” menu which you must look through to find how you enter code. It has three dots. I found the place for the HTML computer code and inserted it.
It’s all about the image
Now this provides an image of the gel overlay. If you click on the image, it will take you to Amazon and you can purchase the gel overlay. I still do not have the text links, but you can purchase the product.
Work on the text links
I will be working on the text links in the future and I hope that WordPress 5.0, and Gutenberg allow me to put in the text links. For now, at least you can purchase the product by clicking the image.
It is not fully stable, but then how many of us are?
This is a limited success and Gutenberg needs more work. It is not fully stable. It is still a work in progress. Wordpress has released it as part of WordPress 5.0, but working with it seems more like working with a beta product.
Someday they will fix it. Hopefully, it will be sooner than later. It often bothers me when websites don’t work the way they are supposed to work.
Don’t blame the webmaster
I often find myself blaming the webmaster, but this is not the webmaster’s fault. This is poorly designed web software. Better luck next time. I will continue to cajole Gutenberg to work, but it may take time.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave your questions and/or comments below.