On June 1 we’ll be retiring our older WordPress.com editor and transitioning to the more recent (and more powerful) WordPress block editor. Want to know how this may affect your site and what you can expect? Read on.The WordPress.com Blog-Say Hello to the WordPress Block Editor
And so, say goodbye to the Classic Editor in the MySite dashboard which, unless I’ve read this announcement incorrectly (granted, it’s been that kind of a month), will be given up in favor of the even older Classic Editor in WP Admin?
I found it especially ironic reading this in the announcement “Here’s what it looks like, in case you haven’t seen this one in a while (or ever)…” since WP Admin was considered beyond the pale for years while the MySite dashboard took root.
Commenting on the WordPress.com Blog announcement was closed quite quickly, but they’re worth reading for the additional information (and feedback) they give. Dave Martin, the author of the announcement, replied to a user that’s I’d like to repeat here and it perhaps explains the removal of the Classic Editor from MySite:
The reality is that each editor we keep around takes resources to maintain. With the continual development and improvements that have been made to the new WordPress block editor, it no longer makes sense for us to maintain three separate editors.
Not to mention keeping up three variations of support documentation to go along with them.
I appreciate that WordPress.com agrees that there is more than one way to create a blog post, but my mind is just awhirl with thoughts and questions. For starters, what’s the user experience going to be for a member who activates one of the older WPcom themes and wants to work with the Classic Editor and not the Classic Block? I could see where the option to “Switch to Classic Editor” currently found in the dropdown menu behind the ellipsis in the MySite Editor will be retired or point to something else. Or perhaps they’ll style the WP Admin Classic Editor to reflect the MySites dashboard, like they’ve already done with your site’s Feedback tab.
In preparation for this changeover, if you are using the MySite Classic Editor and navigate to your MySite’s Home Dashboard, you’ll now see a large friendly notice:
Clicking on the “Learn More” link in the notice brings you to a support document that echos the WordPress.com Blog post with a few extra how-to details. There was also a mention of video tutorials in the comments, but the only MyHome dash I found them in so far was on sites where the Block Editor was already enabled, which doesn’t make much sense to me.
After blogging here for 14 years and watching the changes, no, upheavals to the admin and editing processes in WordPress and WPcom, I have no doubt that we’re going to be in for a rough ride in the short-term. If you’re a longtime user already using the Classic Editor in WP Admin, you probably won’t feel anything. However, for the rest of us, buckle up! I can only hope that TPTB work quickly to smooth out the bumps in the road ahead.
UPDATE: the big friendly announcement is now in your MySites Classic Editor too.
As always, the information in this post is correct as of today’s date. Changes are inevitable.