Blogs hosted on WordPress.com benefit from some amazing support by the Automatticians keeping things running well behind the scenes. Many of us writers love to use these web publishing tools every day to communicate with our readers. Unfortunately some of the hard work and feature improvements result in difficult changes for some of us bloggers. I have been struggling with the “New High-Speed Editor” that replaces all my markdown with html tags and shortcodes if I ever accidentally use the new default “enhanced” editor. I LOVE markdown for the clean way that links and formatting are represented in the raw blog text, and I am very unhappy with the lack of full Markdown support in this New Editor – please Automattic, add the ability to save blog posts WHILE PRESERVING MARKDOWN with the stored text of post.
Here’s a short history of Markdown support with Automattic’s WordPress.com platform (from my perspective).
- November 2013, WP.com announces support for Markdown when authoring and editing blog posts
- November 2015, WP.com announces “New High-Speed Editor” which silently replaces your Markdown with html and shortcodes
- New Editor Feedback Forum – If you are unhappy with poor markdown support in the new editor, maybe post your issue here? They told me to use the old WP Admin interface – I’m happy that there’s a supported workaround at least :-). 753 feedback comments on this thread as of 8 Jan 2016. Topic features tags like “markdown missing” and “no markdown support”.
- Markdown Support Issue – Another forum topic specific to lack of markdown support in the New Editor.
- Editor: Add Markdown support #529 – Automattic has confirmed this issue, no dev assigned to the markdown support task as of 15 Jan 2016.
- January 2016, Full markdown support is still limited to the “old” WP Admin interface which WP.com has made more difficult to access
- Add “/wp-admin/” after your base blog URL to bring up the WP Admin interface if you’re having trouble finding a link for it
- The default “Edit” link on each blog page and “+Add Post Pencil” button throughout WP.com seem to bring up the “New Editor” with no option to set this to the WP Admin editor?