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Please don't get rid of the old Appearance editors

  1. WordPress, please, please, please do not get rid of the old Appearance editors. The new WYSIWYG editor is neat, but for some settings the old way works much better.

    For example, the old header editor offers the exact dimensions for preferred image size. If I provide an image of that size, it doesn't impose some funky scaling and additional cropping to my image.

    Please make the old, existing editors available as an option when the new style editors become the default.

    The blog I need help with is atypicalamateur.com.

  2. I am with 100% on that. However, in the over 7 years I have been here I have seen Staff back down on only two changes.

    I used to change themes multiple times every day in my test blogs to help bloggers with their issues quickly and easily. As the theme documentation does not always provide header image sizes I used to quickly change themes and go directly to the header page. Now we have to use the customizer. My browser version etc. is up to date and it is still slow to load rendering the whole process of changing a theme and determining header size header which used to take no time at all a grind -- such a grind I avoid answering those threads now.

  3. Hi there, thanks so much for your feedback on this.

    While the customizer is going to eventually be the new home for all custom header functionality, the transition is a gradual one, and I will pass along both of your comments to the team working on the tool so they can take them into account.

    Thanks again for your thoughts on this.

  4. @kathrynwp
    Thanks for responding but your response doesn't make me happy at all.

    While the customizer is going to eventually be the new home for all custom header functionality

    Unless or until the customizer loads as fast as using the direct Dashboard > Appearance > Header loads I won't be answering any support questions that compel me to use it. Why? Because any "new" feature that makes it more difficult to make minor theme adjustments than it did before it was introduced doesn't impress me. I'll just tag the threads for Themes Staff to answer them and move onto the next thread.

  5. I totally hear you, timethief. It's a top priority of the team working on the customizer to make the next iterations of the tool faster.

  6. For example, the old header editor offers the exact dimensions for preferred image size.

    The new tool has this! The dimensions did move though. They're now in the same same screen you use to select an image because that's where you can see your already-uploaded images' dimensions too.

    Here's an example:
    https://cloudup.com/c7Dmg45W9ii

  7. I won't be answering any support questions that compel me to use it.

    Could you just let them know the dimensions are at the top right on the screen where they select an image? I think that would be very helpful to users and you don't have to look up the exact dimensions yourself each time.

    If you did still want to look up dimensions, the theme team maintains a support page with header image sizes and that's a really good place to look:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/custom-header-image/#supported-themes

  8. Hey timethief, I just wanted to let you know that the recommended header dimensions have been added to the customizer: https://cloudup.com/cjVRYo5rajW :-)

  9. So now they appear in both places?

  10. Yes.

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