This post is coming to you via the WordPress Classic Editor in the WP Admin dashboard. In case you’re wondering whether it is still there and functional, it is.
You might remember that when the Block Editor was introduced to the world in WordPress 5.0 in 2018, we WordPress.com users kept hearing that the Classic Editor would soon be going away. Then, as late as last year, an announcement came of a reprieve to the WordPress Classic Editor end of life. Well, here we are closing in on the “through 2022” mentioned in that post and the official plugin used here to bring us the Classic Editor in the WP Admin dashboard was last updated a year ago and tested to be compatible through WordPress version 5.9 (updated yet again. See below*). The current WordPress version is 6.0.2, as of this post’s date, and WordPress.com is continuously updated to the latest version (and beyond).
So, it looks like (again) the writing may be on the wall, although I hope for the many people still using the Classic Editor in WP Admin, there will be a further extension. Otherwise, it’s certainly time to get on board with the Classic block or transitioning to the full Block Editor. If you need help with that, check out my posts:
Keep in mind that the Block Editor of today is vastly improved since its introduction in 2018! And also keep in mind this is not full-site editing (unless you want to go there).
*Edited to add: According to a thread on the Classic Editor plugin’s support page, the plugin’s current version is now 1.7 and is compatible up to WP version 5.9. It’s available for download on github but, for whatever reason, is not mentioned on the plugin download page. Now the question is, what version is installed for us here on WordPress.com and that I don’t know. I’m going to say 1.7 just because that’s how we roll here.
And also adding manually, because there’s no access to Reusable Blocks here: As always, the information in this post is correct as of publication date. Changes are inevitable.
Let us know in the comments in which Editor you’re writing your new posts in 2022. I would have added a poll, but apparently that’s no longer an option in the full Classic Editor.