What is Classic Editor in WordPress?

Prior to version 5.0, WordPress core includes the editor interface called Classic Editor. With version 5.0 onwards, Gutenberg block editor replaced the Classic editor. However, you can still access Classic editor by installing Classic Editor plugin developed by WordPress community.

Classic Editor

It was a simple HTML editor where you can type content and format. You can toggle Text and Visual mode to see the content and the source HTML code respectively. However, Classic editor was missing basic elements like Tables and Social icons. The new Gutenberg editor is aimed to provide better user experience for users with reusable blocks. Unfortunately, people used to work with Classic editor for years do not like the new block editor. This is indicated with Classic editor plugin has more than 5 million active installation years after removing it from the WordPress core.

Classic Editor Plugin
Classic Editor Plugin

Using Classic Editor

As of WordPress 5+, Classic editor is still used on custom post types like WooCommerce product pages and bbPress forum replies. Therefore, it will not be in near feature to get rid of the Classic editor completely from WordPress world. After activating Classic editor plugin, you can access the editor by going to “Posts > Add New” or “Pages > Add New” in admin panel.

Classic Editor
Classic Editor

Classic Editor Block

If you want to use Classic Editor interface along with Gutenberg, then you can use the “Classic” block. It offers all features of the old editor as a block which you can use in-between other Gutenberg blocks. This gives an opportunity to use the functions of both editors in single interface.

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Article last updated on November 6, 2020

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