With the introduction of the Block editor, the WordPress.com Classic Editor was set for retirement at the beginning of June. We pushed that back a bit to make time for more changes that ease the transition to the Block editor — and now it’s time! The WordPress editor empowers you to create pages and posts […]The Classic Editing Experience is Moving, Not Leaving — The WordPress.com Blog
And so it begins, or so they say. While I’m thankful WPcom pushed back the roll-out date, it felt like an anvil hanging over our heads for the last two months, ready to drop and honestly, still feels that way. Why couldn’t WPcom wait to make their announcement until after they’d made those “more changes”?
From August 11 on all WordPress.com accounts will start to switch from Classic editor to the new Block editor. It will happen in phases, and you’ll get an email to let you know to expect the change.
Has anyone reading my post received an email from WPcom advising them their sites are now running with scissors, er, the Block Editor? I have more than one active account and thus far only one fairly old account has received such an email.
If you’d rather stick with the Classic editor experience — the one you used before we introduced the WordPress.com editor a few years ago — no worries. With the new and improved Classic block, you have the best of both editors: the flexibility and stability of the Block editor, and the Classic editor interface you know.
Nary a whisper of the Classic Editor in the WP Admin dashboard this time around.
Hey there! Are you looking for information on how to use the Classic Editor on WordPress.com? It’s still available for now! Make sure to check out this post:
More good news! An Update on the Classic Editor Plugin – WordPress.org
What follows is the history of this transition period from the MySite Classic Editor to the Block Editor.
Looking at my test account’s sites post-switch, it’s quite a mixed bag depending on what Editor was in use on MySite at the time of the switch:
- Classic Editor in MySite: There is now a clean split with the Block Editor available only in MySite dashboard and the Classic Editor available only in WP Admin.
- Block Editor in MySite with the option to switch to Classic: The Block Editor is now the default in the MySite dashboard, and both Classic and Block options are available in WP Admin, as illustrated below.
- Block Editor in MySite without the option to switch to Classic:
The Block Editor is the default editor in both the MySite and the WP Admin dashboards. There is no option to edit in the Classic Editor.
- Update! As of 5 October 2020 all WordPress.com sites now have the option to select either Classic or Block editor in the WP Admin dashboard as illustrated below.
That’s the current status for those 6 test sites. (Update 2020/08/20: All the sites under my account have now been switched to the Block Editor at MySites. The above holds true for another 32 sites, so it looks like this is the pattern for all sites.)
After checking my test sites, I created a new site under that same test account and found that while the Block Editor was the default in MySite, both Classic and Block Editing options are available in the WP Admin dashboard.
See update above.
So where does that leave those WPcom accounts or sites that only have the Block Editor available and who want to use the Classic Editor in WP Admin? What are their choices? Apparently since the earlier announcement about the switch, there’s been a change in support group think. Forum support staff no longer offer to use their internal tools to switch users to the Classic Editor and are advising users to use the Classic Block instead.
I’m watching the forums to see how this progresses, because there is still a cross section of WPcom users who do not have access to the Classic Editor in WP Admin. I’ll update here. Updated!
As always, the information in this post is correct as of publication date. Changes are inevitable.