I Hope This Straightens Everything Out…

The Classic Editor

When I first started working with WordPress 8+ years ago, this was the only editor that was available. You could use it in WYSIWYG mode (“Visual”) or HTML (“Text”) mode. Despite all the noise that WordPress has made about “getting rid of the WordPress.com editor,” this isn’t going anywhere. See, the WordPress.com editor that goes away as of midnight (whatever that means: Eastern? Pacific? UTC?) is the one that looks like this:

The WordPress.com Editor

This is the “old” editor, the one that they tried to get us to abandon the Classic editor for starting in 2015. Here is its replacement, the block editor:

The block editor

Tomorrow, if you find the block editor where you don’t want it, it’s a simple matter to go to the upper-right hand corner of the screen where you’ll see the “three dots” (it looks like a colon with an extra dot), click on the three dots, which will give you a drop-down menu. Scroll to the bottom of the menu to where it says “Switch to Classic Editor,” and the Classic editor should appear.

I say should because there are a couple of different ways to get to things. if you’re accustomed to starting your session by typing in the URL http://wordpress.com, you come to a screen that looks like this first:

http://wordpress.com (yours will have your blogs etc.)

If you click on “Write blog post” on this screen, it’ll take you to the block editor. I don’t know what’s going to happen when you click on the three dots and go to the bottom. It might say “Switch to Classic Editor” or it might not. If it’s not there, close the window to go back to the screen above, scroll to the bottom of the left-hand column, and click “WP Admin.”

It’ll launch another window (or tab) with the Admin screen.

I think you know how to get around from here. If not, let me know.

19 thoughts on “I Hope This Straightens Everything Out…

  1. The new editor takes getting used to. WP is attempting to improve on it continuously. With that said, I tried to use the two-column feature to list my weekly prompt participants and while I was able to do so, the results weren’t what I expected. Oh, well, I keep trying.


  2. This is good info to have! I don’t actually use wordpress.com, but the self-hosted version. It doesn’t look like there’s much, if any, difference in the editor from hosted to self-hosted. I was so happy to be able to find the classic editor again. I never bothered learning the block editor – I get irritated enough with the visual editor, and prefer typing EVERYTHING out. It comes from my days of having to use my ISP’s free provided space. There was no sever-side script, so blogging software couldn’t be installed there, and for years, I basically coded my own website, comepletely in html and css. I’m glad I have a real webspace now, because html and css and whatever else is used today is way more complicated, and I wouldn’t be able to manually set myself up for xml. Okay, enough of my rambling.



    1. I use Markdown for all the text, links, and list stuff and insert HTML for the images and YouTube embeds. With Markdown, all I have to do is type, no pressing buttons for boldface and italics or lists. I can either type it right into the editor, or in situations where the numbers in a list have to go down instead of up, type it into BBEdit and run the script against it to change it into HTML, then cut-and-paste into the editor. Works like a charm…


  3. When blocky came in I didn’t realise you could still access classic, so I’m used to blocky now. I’ve found a way around images and text being in separate blocks which was my biggest issue when blocky appeared, so I’ll probably just stick with blocky.


    1. There is a Classic block, although itdoesn’t quite work the same as the Classic editor. If you write using Markdown (a plain-text way to code boldface and italics that also simplifies creating links), which I di, I have to convert it to HTML by running a script against it. I have BBEdit set to run Markdown, so I can write the post there and convert it, then cut-and-paste it into a Classic block. But, if I don’t have to, I’d rather not.

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  4. Thanks John! I’ve been trying to work with Blocky and it’s not so bad. Best thing so far is saving blocks and pasting them in. I can see this saving time on all the prompt posts. But we’ll see… great to know I can always have Classic Coke 🙂


    1. It’s about simplicity. Right now I can mix text, Markdown, HTML, video and pictures all in the same box. With the block editor, I have to use separate boxes for everything. There’s no way to reduce the size of a video and center it in a column. I can do it with HTML, but I’m doing that now anyway. Ditto with tweets and Instagram embeds. Now, there is a classic block that might work, and I might be able to mix elements there, but I doubt that’s the case. So I’ll stick with the Classic, and might move to a self-hosted solution if I have to install a plug-in. I’ll see…

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      1. Yes, it seems they complicated many simple procedures. Forex, I couldn’t seem to insert a blank line between blocks to insert a new block..,


  5. Thanks John. Blogger just did some update too so I may really let it go. If I have to learn something new, I may as well go where all my friends are, right? 193 followers on WP and 27 on Blogger – LOL. Happy Sunday.


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