The new WordPress editor

By now, many of you have discovered that when I upgraded our website to use the newest software releases, we were given a new editor. When you open up the page to add a new post, it looks much different than the old version did:

The new version, called a Block Editor, was implemented with WordPress Release 5.0. It was introduced because it supposedly gives you much more control and flexibility, and new options for formatting and structuring your posts. I can’t confirm this though, because I haven’t experimented with it or studied the literature.

Some of you may wish to have the old version back, so you can keep working with what you are already familiar with. Thanks to research done by Old Grumbleface, this is now possible. He found that there is a ‘plug-in’ available, called Classic Format, which allows you to swap between formats and use the one you prefer. I’ve installed this and have granted everyone the option to change the format.

To change from the new Block Format to the older one, simply click on the three dots in the upper right corner and select Switch to Classic Editor. Note though that you don’t want to do this in the middle of writing your post, because it will wipe it out and you’ll have to start over. I know from experience, because this is my second version of this post.

Also, there is the option to set up the website so that the Classic Editor (the old format) is the default one, so it’s the one you will automatically see unless you decide to change it yourself. Please give us feedback on this. If folks would rather we flipped back to the old format as the default, it’s very easy to do. Even for me.

This is just a placeholder for now. I’ll add a real description when I get more time.

6 response to "The new WordPress editor"

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 5, 2020

      Bill, what am I doing wrong? The plus sign in the circle is not active, the three icons next to it are.

      • By: Scooter Posted: March 5, 2020

        Found it. See the latest post, about updating your user profile. If you’re still having problems, please let us know.

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 5, 2020

    The new version seems OK to me.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 8, 2020

    So, exactly how do I make the classic editor my default?

    Well, Duh!! Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy at the bottom of the profile page is Update Profile — works fine now.


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