Grrr new editor – I need help

WP has forced me to use the new editor again.

Last time Wudugast and Mikko pointed me in the right direction to get back to classic which is those three little dots in the top right corner BUT now the option to switch to classic is no longer there.

When I searched google it said “simply install the plugin Classic Editor” but then I was taken to a page where it was asking for $300 to install plugins.


I need help haha. If anyone knows what I can do without paying $300 I’d be eternally in your debt.

OR should I suck it up and try to learn the new editor? I guess I’ve got the time for it now haha.



37 thoughts on “Grrr new editor – I need help”

  1. Hmmm, I just jumped out to write a post, hit the three little dots in the upper right-hand corner and tapped the “switch to classic editor”, the page refreshed and bingo! The new editor can be a PIA, but it’s not a steep learning curve. I like the way you can import a bunch of pictures, write some blocks of stuff about them, then using the little u/down arrows to move everything around to the proper order.
    Good Luck!

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  2. Sorry mate can’t help, they haven’t changed my editor yet either so just plodding along as usual here. Mind you I’ve only just figured out how to use the Video Recorder so I’ll be screwed when they do!!!

    Cheers Roger.

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  3. I’ve been using the new editor since it came about – mostly I wasn’t that used to the old one and didn’t noticed much of a difference cause of it.
    A very similar thing happened on DeviantArt (where I used to post all my art-stuff) and that was a change I couldn’t get used to and have since left the site. So I can understand where you’re coming from about not wanting to change.
    As for how to switch back to the old/classic editor, I have no idea.
    Maybe give the new one a chance and it won’t be as bad as you fear?

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  4. Yup, I haven’t worked out how to kill the damn thing this time either, although I’m working on it. If something works perfectly well WordPress why mess around “fixing it”? So far I’ve worked out how to do most things that I want from it but why has everything been made more complicated? If I used to be able to do something with one easy click of the mouse why do I now have to mess around taking five or six steps to achieve the same result? Basically I hate it.

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      1. I think that’s it, it works well enough but nothing about it seems to be straightforward, three or four steps where it took one before. I’m going to have to get used to it, and it certainly adds a few clever tricks and options when it comes to putting together posts, but the downside seems to be that doing regular tasks (like adding images for example) are buried under hundreds of novelty options which are nice to have but not exactly vital. If there was a way to create a “regularly used tools” bar or something like that, that would be handy. Anyway, I’m probably just being grumpy because it’s still first thing in the morning here – let me get a coffee and I’m sure I’ll be filled with love for the new editor (or at lease I’ll be able to hate it more quickly and with greater energy and enthusiasm!)

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  5. Yikes. $300??
    It hasn’t made me switch to the new editor yet so I’m afraid I can’t offer any advice. Maybe I’ll bite the bullet though and switch to it now while I’m still off work since, like you said, now we’ve got the time to learn it. I feel like once I go back to work I just won’t have the patience to deal with it. Haha
    Good luck! Hopefully it gets easier soon, and without a whopping $300 bill to go along with it! 😉

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  6. I use Classic Editor this way:

    1. When you log in, go to WP Admin in the left hand toolbar.
    2. Open it; this takes you to the classic dashboard.
    3. Post the title of your new post e.g. : “Blocks are for LOLboyz” .
    4. Save it without bothering to put anything in the post.
    5. Go back to your post title in the “All Posts” list: When you hover over the title you will see the following options: Edit, Classic Editor, Quick Edit.
    6.Choose Classic Editor and you are back in the familiar Editor for Grown-ups. 🙂

    Regards, Chris

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  7. *whispers* Switch to the new editor, mate, I really like it. Get used to adding those blocks of either text (Paragraph), Headings, or Images and you’ll be well away…

    Don’t hate me. 😉

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  8. I find that if I paste text in from MS Word it often reverts to the classic editor mid article – this is something I find annoying as I use the new editor, but it might work nicely for you!

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  9. I’m glad you brought this up mate, after hearing all the bad news I was starting to think I’d have to chuck it in as it’s only taken the Tech Adviser two years to teach me how to post something and now she has gone to SA there was no way I was going to be able to nut it out!!!
    For a while there I thought they were doing it to prune out the old wood like myself ,but thanks to our great mate Marvin mention of the WordPress post I was able to read it and that has given me some relief !!! Cheers mate.

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    1. Ahh good man. Stick with it mate. If it ever gets tricky I’ll do what I can to help. It could be a case of the blind leading the blind though haha. Either way I’m happy to try and help to keep your site up and running.

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  10. Still using the classic one. Even though part of my job is tech, I fucking can’t stand the way that tech companies just constantly change things endlessly seemingly for no other reason than the sake of change.

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