How To Restore Your Classic Editor On Your Blog

How To Restore Your Classic Editor On Your Blog

Are you trying to find out how to restore your classic editor on your blog or website because WordPress has updated your site and it’s now broken?

I had this problem today. I’ve spent most of the day trying to figure out first of all what was wrong with my site and then what to do about it. But the good news is I’ve fixed it.

Here’s how…

Apparently, earlier this week WordPress automatically updated any WordPress site that had Yoast added to the theme. It has caused chaos for many website users and bloggers.

When you go into the dashboard to edit your posts, it looks funny. It has updated the theme to the Block or “Gutenberg” editor. I do know how to use the new block based editor but if your site is anything like mine, when I clicked on edit to edit my post, a completely different post was shown for editing aaarrrgghh! I haven’t got time for this!

So I know you want me to just get on with it so here goes, here’s what you need to do to fix your site so that it goes back to the way it was before.

  1. Got to plugins > add new
  2. Find the plugin called Classic editor
  3. Install it and click on activate
  4. Go to the settings and click on configure
  5. Change your preference to the classic editor as default

Once you do this you will be able to choose whether or not you use the classic editor (the one you are used to) or the new block based editor. You will notice in your dashboard that your posts will now be showing editable in the classic editor

To take your site back to an earlier version

I thought while I was on the subject that I would mention that you are able to take your site back to an earlier version – if, for example something you add breaks it. You can ask your developer to do this, or your hosting service should be able to do it for you, or at least show you how to do it yourself.

As long as your site is backed up, you will be able to take it back to this previous version at any time. If, for example, like me, you like to try new stuff, and add a new plugin that totally breaks your site and you get a big fatal error sign pop up, don’t panic, the worst that will happen is that you will just lose what you put on to your site since the back-up. No real harm done.

You can also stop future automatic updates by WordPress

There is also a plugin called update manager that you can add to your site to stop WordPress from being able to make automatic updates to your site.

Of course, you need to remember that most updates are for our own good. They plug security issues, make things faster, increase user satisfaction etc and you should update your site when these new versions are released.

However, it is sometimes nice to get a heads up that things are about to change so that you can make necessary back ups BEFORE the update is done and wreaks havoc.

To add this:

  1. Go to plugins > add new
  2. Update manager
  3. Install it
  4. Activate it
  5. Go to setting and disallow automatic updates

It will let you decide which updates you will allow. and which ones you want to manage yourself.

What is this new block or Gutenberg editing system?

For a while now, WordPress has been working on ways to enable you to get your site to be more adaptable, and show things in the way you want them to be shown without having to learn about coding.

It has been possible to add a “page builder” plugin to your site for a while now which has enabled you to add images where you want them to go rather than just in the places that the current layout allows.

But for most people this was a difficult thing to learn and manage and so a better, easier system was needed. For those of you who use email templates such as on Mailchimp, you will already have a good idea about how to use this new module or block based editing system.

In the same way you add elements to your templates on Mailchimp, you will add the same blocks and elements to your page to build it in a way that suits you and your blog. Anyone who has used a Wix website in the past will also be familiar with the building process.

An element sits within a block in the same way your widgets sit within your sidebar at the moment. Once you get to play with it, you will realise that you are already familiar with a lot of it’s tools.

So, create your block and then drag an element into the block that lets you add text, images or videos. you can then create a new block and lay it out in a completely different style so that your blog starts to create its own personality, style and individuality.

Like most things, when they are new we find them frustrating and wish things could stay the same. But, I am sure that once we get used to this new editing system, and when it stops breaking our sites, we will never look back and wonder how we ever got on without it.

I really hope that you have found this post to be helpful and informative. If so, I would really appreciate it if you would share it so that others might find it so that they can mend their sites too. I have included some popular share icons so please just click away. Without being too cheeky about it, if you found this valuable maybe you would like to show your appreciation by buying me a coffee? By supporting me you are helping me to keep providing this free content to help future bloggers.
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2 comments so far

Kathy DPosted on2:12 am - Dec 8, 2018

Great post! I bet a lot of people need this info right about now!

    Lynne ThomasPosted on8:49 am - Dec 10, 2018

    Hi Kathy, yes, The forced update by WordPress has caused a lot of problems for a lot of people, I hope this will help them to restore their sites much more quickly.

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