WordPress Classic vs. Block Editor How-To by da-AL

Photo of da-AL asking whether you prefer WordPress Classic or Block Editor.

Readers and writers alike, happy blogging! If you publish your blog from your phone, I hold you in the highest esteem — you’re one heck of a dedicated blogger!

As for me, I have the luxury of blogging from a desktop computer, a 2013 iMac. Which is to say that it’s super easy for me to stick with WordPress Classic editor because yes, I most definitely prefer it. In a recent blogging class I attended, even the teacher recommended a workaround for students to use Classic! Given how many folks read blogs from their phones, Guttenberg’s block-fanciness is worse than useless. When I read anything on my 5s iPhone, the simpler the layout, the better.

This is how I use WordPress Classic Editor on my desktop: in the admin page, I pull up a list of my posts. Then I hover my mouse pointer over a post title. Below that, a selection appears, which includes the choice to use Classic Editor.

See how on the bottom left is the option to use Classic Editor? Using a desktop computer, just hover your mouse under your blog post title on your admin page. See how on the bottom left is the option to use Classic Editor? Using a desktop computer, just hover your mouse under your blog post title on your admin page.

If I wanted to write a post from my iPad, WordPress offers an abbreviated version Classic. To switch over to it, tap on the three dots in the screen’s upper right corner.

Clicking on the 3 dots in the upper right corner of your tablet gives you the option to use Classic. Clicking on the 3 dots in the upper right corner of your tablet gives you the option to use Classic.

Using an iPhone works similar to an iPad.

Here's when I clicked on the 3 dots in the upper right corner of my phone. Here’s when I clicked on the 3 dots in the upper right corner of my phone.

For a more detailed explanation, but that doesn’t include the way I described that I do it from my desktop computer, WordPress has this link.

In another post of my blogging tips, the mention of WordPress’ newer editing system got people talking, so here I’m offering you a chance to comment below. Vent? Praise? Either way, when I let WordPress know about this post with your comments on it, maybe they’ll actually listen to us.

Again wishing you joy — and ease — whether you’re blogging, reading, writing — or are you traveling online?

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78 thoughts on “WordPress Classic vs. Block Editor How-To by da-AL

      • mildredprincewelch May 11, 2021 / 2:58 am

        reminds me of what woman say about men, “size matter!”

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      • mildredprincewelch May 11, 2021 / 2:58 am

        reminds me of what woman say about men, “size matter!”

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  1. pennygadd51 October 18, 2020 / 1:44 am

    I believe block is supposed to make it easier to lay out your website/blog prettily. Unfortunately, this feature doesn’t seem to be stable if you use MS Edge as your browser – which I do. Also neither Classic nor block is properly compatible with Word – apparently Word has too much formatting functionality. And that’s awkward for me since I write my post in Word and copy and paste.
    Big defects.
    However, the WP blogging community is great, so I grit my teeth and stick with them!

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    • da-AL October 18, 2020 / 3:33 pm

      thank goodness you don’t let it deter you 🙂

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    • mildredprincewelch October 11, 2020 / 5:50 am

      Why don’t you write an article about getting writers books published=something that benefit writers the most why don’t you??

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      • da-AL October 11, 2020 / 3:58 pm

        do you have such info, Mildred? I haven’t published a book yet…

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        • mildredprincewelch October 11, 2020 / 4:11 pm

          1 am a man, my name is Van Prince, i use my mothers name as my blog,but it is to honor my mother. Many has thought my name is mildred. Read my post titled *Van Prince* I will write an article on publication! You are great!

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          • da-AL October 12, 2020 / 3:52 pm

            I can’t wait to read your article, Van Prince 🙂

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            • mildredprincewelch October 12, 2020 / 3:54 pm

              You are a creative good lady!

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          • da-AL October 12, 2020 / 3:54 pm

            btw – what a sweet tribute to your mom! I couldn’t find the post you mentioned – perhaps add a ‘search bar’ widget to your site?

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        • mildredprincewelch October 11, 2020 / 4:13 pm

          I will inform you soon how to have your book published!

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        • mildredprincewelch October 11, 2020 / 4:18 pm

          If you beome a member of Amazon (join) they will publish your book fot free and pay you three dollars for every book you sell=check it out!

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    • mildredprincewelch October 11, 2020 / 6:01 am

      It is time that editors edit all credible creations by worthy writers and time for publishers to publish the credible writings of worthy writers. It is TIME”

      “Time has told, Time is telling *&* Time will tell again.” _-Van Prince

      The wise one who put writers first so they become successful authors through their masterpieces turned into books, that wise one will beawarded the Nobel Peace Prize!!

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  2. Pam Lazos October 7, 2020 / 5:19 am

    Classic all the way, da-AL. You can actually see what’s going on which you can’t with block, and I want to know: why are they forcing block on us?? Are we blockheads? ;0) Thanks so much for this post!

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    • da-AL October 11, 2020 / 3:44 pm

      I chatted with wp last week, Pam, & asked them just that. they said block has more features, ie the ability to add a follower form within a post — but as far as how they function once something is published, they’re the same

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      • Pam Lazos October 12, 2020 / 5:49 am

        Thanks, da-AL. I understand that they want to keep things fresh, but I wish they wouldn’t constantly revamp things. I am comfortable with classic. Block is too blockheaded for me. Not everyone thinks In crude stick symbols. 😂

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  3. gifted50 October 6, 2020 / 4:03 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I appreciate your efforts!!
    Be blessed!

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