So I’ve been building my blog in X Theme for 3 years.
I’ve recently had to update both the theme and Wordpress and I’ve spent the past couple days playing around and testing which will be the best way to adapt my workflow to all the changes.
It’s really annoying to have lost the easy access to shortcodes when working within Wordpress (Gutenberg in this case). My posts are basically text and images but I’ve always made an effort to lay them out beautifully. I always use the Gallery Post Type and have dozens of images mixed with the text. All these other images that are not attached to the post itself, hence are not part of the gallery, always open up in a lightbox and their thumbnails use the “circle” style.
Because Gutenberg doesn’t make it easy for me to use shortcodes, I decided to test what it would be like to start posting using Cornerstone.
My first frustration comes from the fact that the image element doesn’t offer the “circle” style I’ve used on every post since day 1. The classic element that does offer that style, seems to only show up because it was there in my template, but I can’t find it under the Elements list.
The other thing I am really really confused about is how to get these images to open up in a lightbox, like I’ve always done while working within Cornerstone.
Also, I used to use the blockgrid shortcode to creatively layout my images and text in columns, pairs, groups resembling a “wall” layout. Using the Classic Blockgrid within Cornerstone only allows me to put an image in the blockgrid via html, leaving me without an easy way to use the “circle” style and of course, the lightbox issue persists.
I’m going to spend more hours researching but the feeling right now is that both Gutenberg and Cornerstone are offering me less than the Classic Editor used to offer me in combination with the shortcodes. I’m frustrated and worried I’ll have to change my posts style radically because of the updates.
Any ideas on how to work around these specific issues?
PS: I know I can download a plugin and continue using the Classic Editor, but I’d rather catch up with the world if it’s not a complete headache…