What You Should Do Now That WordPress Have Officially Retired The Classic Editor

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.

The Classic Editor Is Moving

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.

For full details and how to create a new blog post using the Classic block, click here. You can also find out more information by clicking here.

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.

Any questions?

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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156 thoughts

  1. “don’t shoot the messenger”! 🙂 You are a wonderful blogging friend to keep us all informed about the WP changes. Looks like half the people like them, half don’t, and you deflect those who complain very nicely. I’m a busy writer/teacher (as I’m sure most are – busy, that is) and yes, I resent the fact that I have to take more time to figure out the new WP editor. So, I’m sticking to doing things “my way” as long as possible, and making changes when I have to. No sticking neck in sand. Trying to keep my head up – proudly – and keeping on keeping on. 🙂 Many thanks, Hugh.

    1. You must do what works best for you, Pam. My recommendations were so that people did not find themselves in a panic situation when the WordPress.Com classic editor is either removed or that it has so many bugs that it’s impossible to use. The latter is because WordPress has now withdrawn support for the editor, so any reported bugs, etc., will no longer get fixed.

      1. You know, it isn’t hard to use. It’s just a lot more effort to do less than we used to do with the older editor. For each action that took one click, now it’s three or four. There are functions missing entirely, like “sticky” which because of the way I use my blog, is important to me, so I found myself writing it in block, then having to move it into the old version to get the other functions that they’ve simply dropped.

        I’m never going to love it. If they are going to force us to use a much more difficult editor, the least they could do is give us nice results than we used to get. But that’s not happening and I seriously doubt that paying them more would improve the situation. The took a bunch of functions I paid for and moved them to a more expensive plan already, so why should I believe they wouldn’t do it again? It IS nice of you to keep us up to date. I wish what you were updating were a more worthy product, but that’s not your fault.

        1. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘Sticky’, but I have seen an option where you can make a particular blog post a ‘sticky’ post so that it appears whenever somebody visits your blog.

          We all have our different views on whether the new block editor works better for us as individuals. Personally, it’s taken blogging to a brand new and exciting level for me. It was tough getting used to how it worked and what all the different functions and blocks do, but what helped me the most was reading and watching tutorials. They were of great help. I soon realised that I don’t need to use all the blocks they offer, just the ones that I know I need.

  2. Overall I like the new Editor, but I use a small fraction of the available options. I didn’t know about the Classic block, doubt that I will use it. My main issue has been trying to edit old posts done in Classic as “converting to blocks” doesn’t work smoothly, I usually lose something in translation and feel like I’m writing a whole new post. But I have fewer old posts in Classic so it will eventually cease to be a problem. Thanks for the tips and discussion.

    1. Good to hear you overall like the new block editor, Aletha. I’ve never had any problems editing and converting older posts (written with the classic editor) to the block editor. I found it a seamless experience. If it continues to happen, it would be worth mentioning it to WordPress as there could be a bug.

    1. That’s great to hear, Michele. The more you use the block editor, the more you’ll get used to how it all works. And you need never use all the blocks on offer. Just use the ones that suit you and your blog the best.

  3. For us poets, the verse block is actually better than the classic block, which inexplicably inserts extra blank lines between the lines of my poems.

    BUT I still have issues with the block editor as we have lost functionality when it comes to scheduling posts. When you schedule a post, the calendar used to show you all the other scheduled posts. Now it does not do this. So how am I supposed to know if I’m scheduling my new post on a day when another post has already been scheduled????

    ALSO, I believe that there are bugs in the new editor. For example, I am having problems selecting images from my image library to be the featured image. It only works about 50% of the time.

    1. I don’t write poetry, but I’ve tried out the Verse block in a test post I have in my draft folder. I liked what it did, although I don’t think many know about it.

      Have you reported the bugs you’ve found to WordPress? They rely on their users reporting issues to them so that they can be fixed. I’ve always found them helpful and quick when I’ve reported problems.

      Likewise, ask them about the scheduling issue you mentioned. They may take it on board and get their developers to implement it. It’s definitely worth a try.

        1. I take that back — I have responses to both.

          The image bug is due to a fault in FireFox, so out of WordPress control

          The Calander issue i
          has rbeen reported muliple times, so “known issue”. as a software developer myself, I know that means “we will fix it when we get round to it, if at all” 😉

        2. I’m glad to hear they responded.

          In my experience, WordPress fixes bugs. It’s in their interest to do so. I’d recommend you keep checking, as they sometimes forget to inform users that an issue has been fixed.

  4. I know that progress is good, but the new editor lacks certain features of the older classic editor that make it easier to compose a blog. I do like having the ability to level up the videos and images. But I can’t resize images in the new editor, and I can’t find an option for editing hyper-links. I also noticed a ‘feedback’ section that is basically a spam folder. Why feedback? I don’t want feedback, but I love comments. I guess I’m getting old and cranky. We’re also on fire in California, which has me on my last nerve. 🙂

    1. Hi Rob, remember, though, there is the Classic block for those who prefer to stick using an editor that WordPress says provides an editing experience that mimics the Classic editor — the same options and tools, in the same spot. Users need not use any of the other blocks if they don’t want to.

      I know too that WordPress is open to feedback regarding any bugs or difficulties with the block editor. I’ve sent them over several issues and recommendations, most of which they have taken on board. They rely on us giving them feedback to improve their products.

      Thanks so much for reblogging my post.

      And take care and stay safe during the wildfires in your part of the world.

      1. Thank you Hugh. I look forward to the day when I can go out without choking to death or catching a lethal virus. Until then, I have more than enough time to learn the new editor. I’m just cranky. Thanks for always using your blog to us to become better bloggers.

  5. Thank goodness I got to grips with this some time ago. It’s one of those things that really terrifies people but once you get the hang of it you think oh… it’s not so bad after all… and in fact it has some positives! Lol. That’s life for you Hugh. Hope you are doing fine in this weird world we are inhabiting at the moment. Marje

    1. Exactly, Marge. And given that WordPress has been warning of these changes for well over a year, I’m still surprised at how some continue to stick their heads in the sand as if the changes won’t happen. It still seems a big deal for some to simply click on the ‘Classic’ block where they can still use the classic editor. They need never bother with any of the other blocks if they don’t want too.

      Yes, all well here in Wales, thank you. Hope things are good for you too. Take care, and continue to stay safe.

      1. Yes I know. People are reluctant to change. We’re all good here too Hugh. Eldest daughter off to Scotland today to uni (secondary teacher training) youngest still at home until mid Sept. Then we’ll truly be empty nesters!

      2. Feeling that the changes they are making are unsuitable to the writing and art we do is not sticking our heads in the sand. I do not LIKE the direction of the changes. It’s all elementary school primary colors. This kind of glitzy presentation has nothing to do with the way I write, the subjects about which i write OR my photography. If it is up to WP, all our blogs will look like cheese advertisements. Maybe that will make some people happy. For most of us, it’s a matter of trying to continue doing what we do. We aren’t running businesses and even if we were, this isn’t at all the way i would go. I HAVE run a business and I would have never voluntarily used this format.

        Not LIKING something isn’t a form of denial. We ARE entitled to not share WordPress’s taste in formats. Almost everyone I know who writes or takes pictures — or both — or any other kind of art is merely looking for a way of continuing to do what they do without being forced into doing it they WP seems to think we SHOULD want to do it.

        Well, no one asked me. After 8 years, nearly a million hits and 11,000 posts, I think I SHOULD have been consulted. There was no reason on earth to force us all to spend our time trying to avoid the choices made for us, ignoring completely the nature of our blogging experience.

        Yes, we can find a way to not use their format. But why should — considering we ARE paying customers — be forced to do that? We are CUSTOMERS. I think we earned the right to be consulted and to have choices — real choices. If there was somewhere else to go, I’d already BE there.

        1. As a paying customer, I’m within my rights to write and complain to a company about goods and services I’m not happy with. Likewise, as a paying customer, I also have the power to take my business elsewhere if I’m not satisfied with the outcome of a complaint. I’m not able to respond to your concerns about the changes WordPress have made, Marilyn. As one of their paying customers, I merely shared the information WordPress sent out with those who follow my blog as I was concerned that some of them would not have seen the announcement.

  6. Personally I hate this new block editor. As a formatter and Interior Book Designer, I like to do my own formatting on my websites.

    First of all, the Classic Editor is meant to be available until 2022 and beyond as stated on their blog. Secondly, the Classic Editor Block isn’t the same. You can’t add media to a post and there is no Justify. You have to use different blocks for each of these which is annoying. Lastly, you can still use the original Classic Editor if you buy a business plan and install the plugin…

    Apparently, user pays…

    Not happy at all about these changes. It wasn’t broken…so why change it?

    1. I checked, and there is a ‘add media’ button on the toolbar of the Classic block. I was able to add an image without any problem. What media are you referring to?

      Claire, I’m afraid I’m not able to answer some of your questions. They should be directed to WordPress rather than me. All I have done is to share an announcement from WordPress with those that follow my blog. So I’m not able to help with why it says the Classic editor will be available until 2022 on their blog. Maybe they’re referring to the Classic block? You’ll have to ask WordPress I’m afraid. Again, it was on the WordPress announcement that the Classic block provides an editing experience that mimics the Classic editor — the same options and tools, in the same spot. So that’s something else you need to take up with them if you believe that not to be the case.

      The announcement also goes into some of the reasons as to why they are making the changes. If you have not already done so, I’d recommend you read the announcement they made (first link on my post) and contact them directly with any questions as to why they are making the changes.

      Sorry, I can’t help, but thank you for reblogging the post.

      1. If you write the post and then want to add graphics — which is how most of us work — you can’t INSERT a graphic into the post. It ALWAYS attaches to the bottom of the post and you have to copy and paste it where you want it. As I said, instead of one action, at LEAST three. Why?

        1. I am using the image block too, but it does not insert between existing “classic” blocks. It always comes out left-aligned, full size at the bottom of the past. I then have to align it, size it, copy and past it, then go back to the bottom and delete the original. This is AFTER I’ve already written the text — which is my style. I write, then decide what graphics I need, then do another edit, often moving graphics around. I can’t move blocks, either except by copying and pasting.

        2. I guess we all have our different styles of drafting blog posts. I always insert images first and then write around the images. Seeing images seems to inspire my writing.

          If you’re using the Classic block, I recommend you insert images between paragraphs using the ‘add media’ button on the toolbar within the Classic block. I’ve tried it out on a test post, and it works great.

    1. You’re welcome, Chuck. I thought it only right to share the information WordPress announced with those who follow my blog. I knew that some of them will not have seen or read the announcement, so I wanted to make them ready for the changes.

      I had to fish your comment out of my WordPress spam folder. Not sure why it went straight in there, but fortunately I check that folder at least once a day.

  7. Like so many bloggers I knew this was happening but have been putting off looking into it. Guess it’s time to get some training in and have a real look at how the block editor works. Nice post Hugh.

    1. Thanks, Jonno. Remember, though that the only block you need to use (if you want to continue to use the Classic editor), is the Classic block. You don’t need to try out any of the other blocks unless you want to.

  8. Hugh, can you point me to the announcement made by WordPress? I’ve seen the one article about how to use the new Classic block but not the announcement itself of the timing of switch over. I changed to the new block editor last year and though initially it was confusing, now i love it

    1. Hi Karen,

      Yes, the first link in my post will take you the announcement. It’s a later one than the announcement you sent in your other comment.

      I’m pleased to hear you’re enjoying using the Block editor. The same goes for me, although I do use the Classic block for a few things.

        1. No worries, Karen. Unless you’re following the WordPress Blog, you would not have seen the announcement. They may loathe the block editor, but they only ever need to use the Classic block to continue using the Classic editor. They’re under no obligation at this stage to use any of the other blocks. I think a lot of ‘Classic’ editor lovers will go down that route.

  9. Just like WP monopoly deciding what’s best for us, lol. No different than Windows hijacking our computers. Well I’ve added a temporary plugin fix to keep my classic LOL. But I have no doubts WP will find a way to destroy that. 😦

    1. I’m not sure how it works for those with self-hosted blogs, Debby. However, all WordPress.Com users will still have the Classic editor by way of the Classic block. It works the same as the WrordPress.Com classic editor does, but with some added benefits.

  10. I switched before and know how to use it. Right now I’m still using Classic editor, it keeps asking me to switch every time I click, even to the Reader. I’ll let them move me.

        1. Remember, though, that if you were happy using the WordPress.Com Classic editor, then you need only ever use the Classic block. You can ignore all the other blocks (unless you get tempted to check some of them out). The first link in my post takes you to the WordPress announcement where they also give a quick tutorial on how to use the Classic block.

  11. Thanks Hugh for keeping us all up to date with the WordPress editors. These changes just creep up on you. It’s interesting reading what everyone here has to say. Personally I felt the Gutenberg editor was clunky, but I do think there are things to like about the block editor. I haven’t used much of it yet but I hope it won’t mess with my CSS coding that I’ve got going for my fonts – which I don’t think it will at all.

    1. I hope they don’t mess with your CSS coding either, Mabel. You can always use the Classic block if you want to remain with the Classic editor. Apparently, it gives users the same experience when using the WordPress.Com Classic editor. I’ve had a play around with the Classic block, and I like some of what it does.

      1. I have CSS coding within my blog theme, but also within each post. As the editor has evolved over the years the coding hasn’t gotten messed up. I’ll check out the Classic block and look forward to more WordPress updates on your blog.

        1. In their communication, WordPress announced that older posts and pages written with the Classic editor won’t be affected unless any changes are made to them, Mabel. If changes are made to them, then the only option offered will be to convert the post to the Block editor.

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