..too heavy man, too heavy. It had way too many features already... for that reason I abandoned WP a few years ago. It took a while however, to find good lightweight WP-replacements for my former WP-sites.
The real problem is not the core, but the themes. I have so much modified mine that I am scared to at some point not being able to keep those mods as they are. Or the new updates won't be tweak-able without losing it for a few days, time to rebuilt the thing.
@henry0 Did you use a child theme? If so, then you should be fine to update and can tweak that without issue. Another option is to build yourself a sandbox setup using a copy of the theme and database to play with and work out any issues there before going live.
@henry0, you don't need to use a separate box to hold the site. In fact, I'd recommend against it because the setup (hardware and software) can be different enough from the primary install to cause issues when you port it back to the live server.
I'd actually build either a sub-directory or a sub-domain instead.
To that point… A new "feature" in this version of Wordpress is that it strips out any onClick actions you have in your links - assuming people who put them there need to be protected from themselves. It happens in the editor - when you switch between the visual tab and the text tab. Apparently there's no way to turn off this behavior.
I have Google Analytics on outbound clicks to sponsors since I want to know exactly which links are getting people to go to sponsor sites. But as far as I can tell that's now impossible.
I really hate it when software thinks it knows better than you and undoes the things you do without asking you if it's OK to do so. It's one thing to replace what you do with a functional equivalent, but quite another to remove it completely.
>> I really hate it when software thinks it knows better than you
I dislike this feature too though last I knew it affected Editors and down. Also, it sounds like you feel the team works in a vacuum without transparency when in fact they share every change they're even thinking about. They post regularly and invite the community to give feedback, make arguments for and against, and even suggest new or alternative functionality and to otherwise get involved.
If you're vested in how WordPress functions (I know I am)consider participating here: [make.wordpress.org...] I have dipped a toe in and look forward to becoming more involved because I know it will only help me and my opinions on WordPress will be heard by those that help craft it.
When you are hooked to using a certain type of feature and you find it easy and quick and all of a sudden its updated with new feature, it takes time to adjust with that. I love WP, but I simply don't understand why so many changes? I don't like changes
@JennyGSmith - I understand. Using a CMS requires a shift in the way we think. Buying into a CMS requires buying into the upgrades. The upgrades are driven by user desire for increased functionality, security and performance. The INet is changing and I don't expect it will stop anytime before I'm long dead. I've come to accept this - grudgingly at time. :)