I don’t normally descend into complaints about tiny things that bother me, but every now and then things get under my skin and I just need to vent. In this case, the most appropriate places for my venting were shut down, cold.
If you are reading this, then you probably know that WordPress has decided to remove the ability to manage image placement in a post or page, which was easily doable from the advanced options section simply be entering how wide you wanted the horizontal or vertical spacing, the width of the border, and so on.
I spent about twenty minutes trying to properly align one simple little image in 3.9, figuring that it had to be my stupidity for not being able to figure out where this setting was. I decided to take to the net to find the answer. Then I found some threads on WordPress where it was revealed that it was intentionally removed. Dude. Not cool.
I would have complained there, but as is often the case, the omnipotent forum administrators–knowing what’s best for everyone (and hence, also omniscient) closed the threads down. If comments in the thread are true, there were some complaint threads that were actually deleted. Here are the two that I found, here and here, both closed. WordPress forum admins insist that there was no great demand for these features, but a user astutely pointed out the obvious:
“You don’t see a groundswell of complaints regarding the changes to images because you keep closing topics.”
It seems that I, too, am in the ‘minority’ that found this functionality very useful, and its removal incomprehensible. But now I think I have it figured out:
“Those features are not coming back any time soon. […] use a theme that actually formats your images properly in the first place.”
I think this comment admits more than was intended. In a sane universe, we could simply give a retort that should not even have to be explained–no theme can possibly anticipate all the different ways an image may need to be formatted on a particular page. As if every image needs to be vertically aligned, or given a padding of 5, or a border of 2. Even if themes had an easy way to adjust the CSS for all of the images on a website… who on earth would really want that? Presumably, this particular coder has not had to deal with people who have exacting demands on how they want their webpage to view; in many cases, this is not optional, as there is money involved.
But that’s a sane universe.
The real answer probably has to do with snobbery.
You know what kind of person I mean, even if you haven’t met a code-snob before. These are the people who are so confident that they know the best answer and the right solution that they’re just going to enact their program without explanation, defense, or rationalization (and often without warning), and if you don’t like it, TOUGH. If only others had done it “properly in the first place!” But ‘proper’ is often in the eye of the beholder. For me, as for thousands, if not tens of thousands, instead of being able to very easily manipulate how an image appears on the page through a couple of simple clicks, I will now have to edit stylesheets or the code itself on a particular page.
A WASTE OF MY TIME.
So, WordPress forum mods–you were able to shut down and stifle complaints and feedback in your own sandbox, disabling my ability to leave polite but dissatisfied feedback on your site–leaving me no option but to post a rant here in hopes that the code-snobs might see the light.
Anyway, I’m really a big fan of WordPress and use it on all of my websites. But this could be a serious obstacle to my continued use, at least or especially in cases where I have to work with a lot of images. Even more so, in cases where I have been hired to build sites with the intent that I will turn over management to the client–who usually will know next to nothing about stylesheets, CSS, and the like.
Don’t forget who made you great.