How to Switch to the Classic Editor

Since the launch of WordPress 5.0, the Block Editor has been the default editor when you create a WordPress website. If you want to switch to the Classic Editor, first you will have to install it from the plugins page. Open your WordPress dashboard and go to Plugins > Add New.

The Classic Editor is usually the first entry in the plugin directory. If you can’t find it, you can search for it in the search bar.

Locating the Classic Editor in the plugin repository of the WordPress dashboard

Click Install Now and activate the plugin. Once that’s done, navigate to your WordPress dashboard and then go to Settings > Writing. You will now see the “Allow users to switch editors” option. By default, this will be set to “No“. Select the “Yes” option and click the Save Changes button.

Changing the Allow users to switch editors option to yes in the WordPress dashboard

Afterwards, when you go to create a post or page, it will be automatically created using the Classic Editor.

A blog post being edited in the classic editor

When you go to the Posts or Pages page, you will be able to see two Edit links for the Classic Editor and the Block Editor. You can select which editor you want to edit the page or post in.

A post listed in the Posts page with the options appearing below the post title

Alternatively, if you want to switch back to the block editor, you should see the Switch to block editor link in the Classic Editor.

A screenshot of a blog post with the Switch to block editor option highlighted

When you click the Switch to the Block Editor link, you will be able to edit the post in the WordPress Block Editor.

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