WordPress editor upgrade woes

Well, this is a pain.

By ‘this’, I mean the new WordPress editor.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love youngsters. I can’t eat more than one at a sitting, though.

My theory — which is mine — is that young’uns have lots of bright ideas, but they lack the experience to know which of them are worth implementing.

The whippersnappers also fail to take into account that old fogeys like me resent the time spent learning to use a brand-spanking-new hammer, especially when the old one banged the nails in perfectly well, thankyouverymuch.

Microsoft Word was a case in point: once upon a time it had a perfectly good menu system backed up by shortcuts. And then, some bright spark came along and decided that this needed to be completely replaced with a thing they called a ‘ribbon’. Overnight, I had to suddenly relearn how to walk. What pointless nonsense!

Change for change’s sake is always a mistake.

Now then, where’s my handy word counter gone? Oh, look, I can’t see it anywhere. So much for computers being used to good advantage; my 199-word flash fiction pieces are going to be a tad difficult to compose now… ah, found it.

Word count: 199
Prompt: WordPress’s decision to implement the new block editor



I think I’ve discovered a Cunning Plan. It seems that there is, after all, a way to continue to use the ‘Classic Editor’ (which is, I think, the name of the original editing system that was accessed through the Dashboard) — for the time being, at least.

What you do is this:

  1. Create a new post (it will be in the new Blech Editor)
  2. Give it a title
  3. Save it as a draft
  4. Go into Dashboard > All posts
  5. Locate the post you want to edit
  6. Hover over the title. You will see ‘Classic Editor’; click on this (see image A)
  7. You will be presented with a pop-up box that gives you the option to ‘Continue to Classic Editor’ (see image B); choose this
  8. Et voila!
Image showing where to find the 'Classic Editor' in WordPress

Image A: indicating where the ‘Classic Editor’ option is

Image showing dialog that gives option 'Continue to Classic Editor'

Image B: showing the ‘choose editor type’ dialog

(This postscript was crafted with loving care for my visually-challenged friend, Lorraine… and I hope she can see it ok.)

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25 Responses to WordPress editor upgrade woes

  1. mistermuse says:

    I agree completely….but if the new WordPress editor magically corrects my “Loading-where-Like-should-be” problem (without causing new problems), I may have to recant. I’m not counting on it though.

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  2. Sadje says:

    This seems helpful. I’ll give it a t try. Thanks a lot for sharing


  3. blindzanygirl says:

    Wow! Thanks Colin. Let’s see what happens on Jun 1st when we try this out. Thanks for your caring Colin x

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    • pendantry says:

      You’re very welcome. Note, though, that the ‘June 1st’ date seems to be a bit flexible: on my site I’m already being obliged to use the new Block Editor….


  4. You are the BEST! Thanks for your efforts. I went round and round with WP Help the other evening in trying to understand the differences between the “3” editors. Don’t get me started. I couldn’t agree with you more, though, about all this nonsense and I won’t disclose what version of Word and Excel I still use (because they work just fine thank you). Of course, if you need a good laugh, just let me know. Good luck with the editor — whichever you end up with.

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  5. the old wp-admin dashboard will also give a list of your posts, one option is to “edit in the classic editor”, although I have only ever known the block editor, so don’t have any issues with it.
    I hope they don’t get rid of wp-admin, because it allows some things that just can’t be done in the new dashboard.

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  6. That’s a bummer.

    I’ve used the block editor just once, and I didn’t like it. It’s quite confusing, so I mostly use the classic editor. As long as WordPress doesn’t remove the classic editor, I don’t really care how many times a year they upgrade to a worse editor. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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  8. Beck says:

    “Now, don’t get me wrong, I love youngsters. I can’t eat more than one at a sitting, though.” Coffee spewed and now I have a mess to clean but… there is no better way to start a day then with a good laugh. And for that I thank you!

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  9. Laurie says:

    I bookmarked this post. Thanks for the info. I am still using the old editor. Ugh!

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  10. When I first started blogging on WP, I had the classic editor and I took to it like a pig to mud. Then, I found out about the whole wp-admin dashboard and stuff. While I know it’s useful for some things, I rarely visit that page (though I wouldn’t want them to get rid of it completely).

    I didn’t even think of the old editor. I thought it was between the classic and the block. I wanted them to give us the option to keep the classic. But they get rid of it but leave the old one? Where’s the logic in that???

    I’ve been huffing and puffing about this for over a year since they introduced the block editor.

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    • pendantry says:

      I have to admit I’m a tad confused about which editor is which. I think that the one accessible via the dashboard is what they call the ‘classic’ editor. I don’t think there’s a name for the ‘old’ editor (if it has one it’s probably the ‘new editor’). The block editor is clearly the new one that’s being introduced to in a rushed way that takes no account of those loyal customers who may have qualms about the change.

      In short: my head hurts…

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  11. Val says:

    Unfortunately, the Classic Editor selection in wp admin’s all posts area is unlikely to be available after 1st June (but don’t quote me on that) and for anyone who has a new blog and already has to use the Block editor, it’s not there at all. I have three different blogs, on only one of which do I use Block editor, and on that one it’s not there.

    But there is now and will be, after the change on 1st June, a way to use the classic editor (that’s the one that is currently only accessible via the wp admin dashboard), and that is to use it as a block. Yes, there’s a classic editor block! I’ll post a link to it in a separate comment (in case your comment moderation, if you use it, throws comments with links into the spam filter. This way you have the chance to fish it out!)

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  12. Val says:

    Here’s the link I mentioned in my previous comment, it goes to a wordpress dot com support page: https://wordpress.com/support/wordpress-editor/blocks/classic-block/

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