Editors

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In WordPress, our authors can choose between two editors:

  • Classic Editor (old default)
  • Block (Gutenberg) Editor (new default)

Since the Block Editor is the new WordPress default editor, we installed the Classic Editor plugin, which allows authors to choose which editor they want to use.

Below is a comparison between the two editors from CyberChimps. Despite what the table shows, many authors prefer working in the Classic Editor because they’re familiar with it.

Note: Since the Classic Editor is a plugin and not baked into WordPress, there’s no guarantee it’ll be around forever, so it’s a good idea to at least get used to working in the Block Editor.

Table 1: Comparison between the Block Editor and Classic Editor.

Classic Editor

The Classic Editor is set as the default editor on our site.

To use the Classic Editor:

  • On the Dashboard, select Pages or Posts, and then select Add New.

The Classic Editor will open by default.

Block Editor

While the Classic Editor is set as the default editor on our site, you can switch to the Block Editor at any time.

To switch to the Block Editor:

  1. On the Dashboard, select Pages or Posts, and then select Add New.
  2. On the new Page or Post, in the right sidebar, in the Editor box, select Switch to block editor.

The page or post opens in the Block Editor.

Settings

Administrators have two editor settings they can set:

  • Default editor for all users
  • Allow users to switch editors

To access change the editor settings:

  1. On the Dashboard, select Settings, and then select Writing.
  2. On the Writing Settings screen, you can change either of the following settings:
    • For Default editor for all users, select either Classic editor or Block editor.
    • For Allow users to switch editors, select either Yes or No.

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