Previously, we introduced ClassicPress: the forked WordPress version without the Gutenberg editor. It is the solution for WordPress users who long to the ‘good old’ classic editor. To let you become acquainted with it, we will handle four highlighted ClassicPress features. Read on to discover what ClassicPress has to offer.
Take part in the ClassicPress development process
As mentioned on the previous blog, ClassicPress is community-led when it comes to new features and improvement of existing ones. This is great news for developers who have their own ideas of what the platform should look like. Or well, it is great news if the community finds it beneficial too. That is because a change will only be considered if the community loves it. It all starts with a request for a new feature or a fix. Subsequently, the community will respond with a vote. If the community responds positively, the ClassicPress decides if it is achievable to implement or improve. If yes, it will be placed on the short term or long term roadmap. Note that ClassicPress has a ‘security-first’ approach, which means a feature will not be added if it is not secure.
Removal, replacement and addition of features
The community-led character is visible in many parts of ClassicPress. For example in the ClassicPress admin board, where you will find – in contrast to WordPress – a widget called ‘Featured petitions’. WordPress has some specific features too. Examples are community events and featured plugins. ClassicPress removed and/or replaced them with their own versions. Specific examples are two standard WordPress plugins: Akismet and Hello Dolly. They are removed from ClassicPress, but can be installed if desired. ClassicPress also added some features, like adding your site logo to the login page and add a security screen to maintain some security options.
Upcoming feature: an independent plugin directory
Above the current highlights, but what can users expect in the future? The independent plugin directory is certainly an upcoming feature which deserves a highlight. ClassicPress is planning to launch an independent plugin directory. It will rethink and modernize discovery, updates and promotion. The directory will be used as an avenue to introduce and test out new ClassicPress features in the future. The plugin files will not be hosted by ClassicPress itself. They will only be indexing plugins that people submit to the directory.
Use the classic WordPress editor
And last but not least, or better said, the thing it is all about: ClassicPress comes with the classic WordPress editor. You might not be able to use the drag and drop builder Gutenberg, but you are able to use the ‘good old’ editor as you might have used the last few years. Although WordPress is developing and improving Gutenberg fastly, ClassicPress might be a solution for you. So if you are done with the Gutenberg builder and longing back to earlier times, we recommend to take a look on the website of ClassicPress.