When the Dashboard of your Dodge Transforms into that of a Chev (or WordPress Hides the Classic Editor Again)

Logged onto my WordPress Account this morning and the Dashboard (the place where you manage everything to do with your blog) was different. Familiar enough to know where everything was, but presented in a different manner.

I explained to The Car Guy that it was like getting into an old Dodge and finding the familiar dashboard was now something that belonged in a new Chev. I would be able to use it, but it would take a bit of time to figure out how everything worked… though there was a problem because I couldn’t figure out how to start it.

In WordPress, the ‘start’ button is the post editor. I’m used to the ‘Classic Editor’. WordPress is pushing us to use the new and improved and very confusing ‘Block Editor’. This morning, I couldn’t find the button to start the ‘Classic Editor’.

I contacted support and was told that the dashboard changes (which removed the Classic Editor ‘start’ button) are slowly being rolled out, which is why there was no announcement.

I’ve chased the Classic Editor over hill and dale and will not give up on it until WordPress ‘kills’ it. It is no longer about what is the best editor, it is about my stubborn determination to hold onto something that works for me.

After a bit of back and forth, the WordPress Happiness Engineer eventually found me a link to get me back into the old Dashboard. If you are a blogger and you want to get back to the dashboard that lets you use the Classic Editor, then here is the link. Just replace ‘yourblog’ with the part of the url that is specific to your blog:

https://yourblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php

27 thoughts on “When the Dashboard of your Dodge Transforms into that of a Chev (or WordPress Hides the Classic Editor Again)

    1. I pay an annual fee for WP so that I can use some of the advanced features and to get rid of ads. It also gives me almost immediate access to a Happiness Engineer. It has been worth it to get fast answers!

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  1. I really don’t like the block editor; it’s designed for people reading on mobile devices, but it’s awkward to use and not at all intuitive. SIGH! I suppose, like everything else in the world of change, we’ll just have to get used to it. Thanks for the link back to the classic editor; let’s hope they don’t ditch it permanently.

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    1. I asked them how long this link will work. The said, “As far as I know, we don’t have a set date to deprecate that page.” Hopefully we’ll get a heads up when that happens.

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  2. I’m sticking with the Classic Editor until we all go down with the ship. I swear WP intentionally makes it harder and harder to find CE so eventually we’ll give up and actually learn the Block. Not me. I just want to write and not have to worry about the mechanics behind the scenes (don’t we all?) If they ever take away the CE they’re gonna lose a load of bloggers. “Mark my words” 🙂

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    1. I’m with you on ‘going down with the ship’! I’ve had enough of government restrictions in the past year – don’t need WP to take something more away from me.
      I really don’t know what the alternatives would be if I left WordPress and tried to blog elsewhere. Starting all over and staying in touch with folks like you would be daunting.

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    2. I finally decided to jump ship. I’m in the process of migrating to Blogger now (I know. Who’d have thunk it). Losing my sidebar was the final straw. And yeah, it was my own fault for using an old theme, but I wasn’t expecting total implosion. With their insistence on pushing us towards the block editor, it was only a matter of time anyway, so I jumped before I was pushed. Blogger is inferior to WP at its best, but WP is no longer at its best. At least Blogger’s post screen does what it needs to without gimmicks.

      Moving over is a pain (still archiving 2008’s posts haha), but I don’t want to have a split blog, so here we are.

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  3. Thanks for this info. Like everyone else (it seems), I hate the Block editor. It comes at a bad time for me too, when I’m having difficulty juggling things. Trying to learn a new think might make it harder to get back into blogging regularly. Like Dave said above, WP will likely lose a lot of bloggers with this.

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    1. Hopefully the link to the classic editor will keep working until such time as the block editor becomes something that is as easy to use. I’ve looked at reviews of other hosted platforms – I’m not sure there is an alternative that would suit my needs better, especially when I would be losing the ease of communicating with my existing WordPress.com community!
      Sometimes it is better to dance with the devil you know than the one you don’t…

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  4. That’s weird, nothing changed for me. The classic editor still works for me same as usual, although I’m sure my time will come. I really like WP but if they are going to force this ridiculous nonsense on us, I’ll have to restart my blog on a new host. It’s a shame.

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    1. Apparently the changes are being ‘rolled out’ which could mean they are specific to a particular parameter, maybe country. It is almost worth sticking with WP just to see what rabbit hole they go down next!

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      1. I know. I mean, I’m at the point where I’m looking back at beep-boop with affection. At least the darned thing was usable. I bypass the dashboard these days anyway, I just type “cl” into my address bar and look for the /wp-admin/post-new.php?classic-editor link, and same if I need to edit a post, I just note the post number and use the bookmark for /wp-admin/post.php?post=POST_NUMBER&action=edit&classic-editor.

        Making the simple complex, indeed!

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        1. Beep-boop – ah the simpler silly times!
          Glad you have the links that take you where you want to go. I mostly start from the dashboard because I’m working on a couple different blogs.

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  5. I’m with you, Margy – it took me an extra hour to edit my last post using the block editor and I still couldn’t quite get the layout I wanted – argh! Your end graphic sums it up perfectly. Thank you for the link, I will use it 🙂

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    1. Hope the link works for quite a while! External forces are managing our lives way more than enough right now without having the added inconvenience of WordPress messing with how we edit our work!

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  6. My turn did come eventually, so for anyone else, here are all the relevant links. I did the hard work so you don’t have to! This has the links for editing pages as well. I couldn’t find the links anywhere online, and they weren’t in my history either, so I had to do a lot of guesswork to find them. Here they are for posterity.

    https://silverssimstuff.wordpress.com/2021/07/06/old-wp-admin-links-for-the-classic-editor/

    And just to remember happier times…

    https://wordpress.com/forums/topic/beep-beep-boop-screen-is-a-joke-is-this-a-glitch/page/48/?replies=945

    Now today rootjosh says:

    We have no plans to permanently remove the classic editor from the dashboard, but our goal is to improve the new editor in a way that users will prefer it over the classic one.

    I wonder how many more lies we’ve been told by the council…

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    1. That’s strange, the link is broken. How did that happen? Replace “yourblog” with “silverssimstuff” to get the correct link for the post with all the old editor links. How did I manage to screw that up lol

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