If you’re a WordPress.Com user and use the WordPress.Com Classic editor, WordPress recently made an important announcement which will affect you and which you may have missed.
Well over a year ago, WordPress announced that the WordPress.com Classic editor was being set for retirement. Since the beginning of 2019, I’ve also mentioned this in several of my own blog posts.
On August 13, 2020, WordPress finally announced that their Classic editor was now officially retired. However, it’s not entirely disappearing.
To continue using the Classic editor, users will have to access it via the Classic block on the Gutenberg Block Editor.
The Classic block provides an editing experience that mimics the Classic editor with some added benefits.
When are the changes taking place?
The changes are happening in phases. WordPress will email users informing them when to expect the change.
I’m still using the WordPress.Com Classic editor. What should I do?
My recommendation is to start using the Classic block straight away. Don’t wait for WordPress to move your account to the block editor without you having had any practice of using it. Give yourself some time to get used to the Classic block before WordPress move your account over.
Set up a ‘test’ draft post where you can practice using the Classic editor block straight away. You won’t then find yourself in a panic situation when the only option of writing a new blog post is via the Classic block.
I’m happy to answer any questions you have about this change. However, may I politely remind you that it’s WordPress making this change, not me.
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