Do You Need the Classic Editor Plugin? YES!

Last Update: November 16, 2018

Do You Need the Classic Editor Plugin? YES!

When WordPress 5.0 is released later this month (or perhaps in January next year) the blocks editor (Gutenberg) will be the default way to create and edit posts.

The Classic Editor plugin provides a way to use the classic editor we've become used to as a personal choice for all new and existing content. Or, by tweaking the setting as I show in this video we can make a choice between the blocks editor and the classic editor on a post by post basis.

Gutenberg or Classic Editor? You CAN Have Both

So yes, in my opinion, you do need the Classic Editor plugin. Everyone who has existing content needs the Classic Editor plugin. The only people who don't need the classic editor plugin are the people who start their WordPress website after WP version 5.0. This is my opinion, based on my experience with WordPress and the Gutenberg plugin.

Although WordPress 5.0 will not break your website, you could break an individual post or page by converting it to blocks when you edit it. I discovered that issue myself before the option to edit on a post by post basis was added to the Classic Editor plugin. At that time it seemed that the best (perhaps the only) way to edit existing content was to convert it to blocks.

The Classic Block

As part of the blocks editor there is a block simply called "Classic". When you're using the blocks editor you may find that you want to do something the "old" way. Use the Classic block. It adds all the stuff you're used to including a way to use the WP Edit plugin if you have it installed.


Hate Change, Love Progress

WordPress 5.0, which incorporates the blocks editor (code-named Gutenberg), is an improvement to the way we create and edit our content. It's the biggest change to the WordPress editor in around 10 years since WYSIWYG was incorporated.

I've been following the reviews and comments on the Gutenberg plugin which is the fore-runner to the new blocks editor. Most of the complaints seem to be from users and developers who resist change, or from people using the plugins and themes that were developed by those who resist change. That's why the Gutenberg plugin was released so that theme and plugin devs could see what's coming and what they need to do to keep up with the changes (progress).

Some plugins and themes need to be updated to work nicely with the new editor. That's progress. Hopefully most of these issues will be resolved by the time WP 5.0 is released.

Don't worry, your premium themes and plugins have been developed by professionals and the professionals are keeping up with progress. You can expect your premium plugins and themes to keep working as usual after WordPress 5.0.

How You Can Help Yourself

Most of the plugins and themes we use are kept up to date by their developers. But not all devs are so professional. Sometimes plugins and themes get abandoned and, when they don't get updated, compatability and security issues ensue.

Please check all your plugins and your themes to make sure that they've been updated within the last few months. If not, then consider changing to better supported plugins and themes.

Any questions?



Join the Discussion
Write something…
Recent messages
Derrence Premium
Thank you Marion.

I have been struggling far too long trying to edit Gutenburg block editor.

I did not know I could come back to classic til I read your post just now. Installed the plug in and now my life is so much easier.

HATED THE BLOCKS! Never could get it to do what I wanted it to do.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU MARION

Pastor Derry
Reply
MarionBlack Premium
I'm glad you're happier with your website now, Derry.
Reply
Derrence Premium
Hi Marion. I am learning gutenburg now and just wrote a post about it. thanks for your help.
Reply
laurenjean Premium
Oh Yaaaaay!! You SAVED me, Thank You Marion!! I just installed the Classic Editor plugin and my site is back to normal. RELIEF!!

Installing a plugin is so much easier than trying to get to grips with the block right now!

I'm sure I could get my head around Gutenberg if I had more time on my hands but I'm under pressure.

And I'm learning to use Divi at the moment, so maybe I'll never have to get to grips with Gutenberg.
Reply
MarionBlack Premium
Yeah, it's not a good idea to try learning too many different things at the same time.
Reply
KayOSmith Premium
This is great news! Thank you for sharing this. I've been using the classic editor since the beginning. But, I've heard some good things and bad things about Gutenburg. Wanting to try it nonetheless. But, it's good to know that I can switch between both, especially on a post by post basis! So happy for this! :) Thank you!
Reply
MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome K'O
Reply
pasionazul Premium
Hello Marion a question for you:
I am currently working with the classic editor with the twentyeleven WordPress template. When the update of WP 5.0 appears, could I work with Gutenberg? The previous posts would be edited with the classic without problems? I mean my site would be with the old post with the classic editor and the new ones with Gutenberg without problems, is this correct?
Claudio
Reply
MarionBlack Premium
It should be fine, Claudio. Twenty Eleven is getting a bit old now but I looks like they keep it up to date. https://wordpress.org/themes/twentyeleven/
Reply
laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Marion,

We will check the total for sure. Might have a problem with my theme as their latest update was last year. To be on the sure side we are trying to find a similar theme to switch over to if needed.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
Reply
davehayes Premium
Thats a good idea Taetske, in my own experience I have only this year started using premium themes, which eliminate that problem in the main, as they are from Reputable developers, but in the last few months have moved over to Thrive Themes, for a couple of different reasons and they produce absolutely birilliant conversion focused tools, which work so well
Reply
laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Dave,

You know I have this theme for both my websites since I started in Jan. 2017. If it is a good or bad theme I do not know but I have grown fond of it during this time. Even if it does this strange rolling down of the head bar, theme related, I would prefer to keep it. Let's see what happens.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
Reply
MisterV Premium
Thanks so much Marion. As usual you are an awesome asset to the WA community.
Reply
ValerieJoy Premium
Thanks Marion for this information. I'm not looking forward to the change - still trying to come to terms with my recently installed genesis theme. However, change is something that must accepted, and I will cope with it.
Reply
BillandSue Premium
Hi Marion,
Let me ask you about themes? I have never gone in for "exotic" ones but usually, deal with the main ones WA promotes. I would assume these would be the ones you are talking about that keep up with the Gutenberg Editor? Thanks.

Bill
Reply
MarionBlack Premium
There are thousands of themes, Bill and Sue. The only way to be sure if your theme is up to date is to check on wordpress.org. The last few years of default WordPress themes, Twenty Seventeen, Twenty Sixteen, Twenty Fifteen etc. have been updated just this week. Are they the ones you're referring to?
Reply
BillandSue Premium
Hi Marion,
Yes, they are, I couldn't remember the names at the moment.

Bill & Sue
Reply
Loes Premium
Thanks 👍 sensible advice, I do need that plugin🤗
Reply
NewLaurie Premium
Thank you for this, Marion! I'm busy with content and don't feel this is the right time to embark on a new learning curve. I'm relieved to know we have an option (and I might not have discovered that for myself).
Reply
Vickic3 Premium
Hi Marion
Have you got trainings on plugins? I need to learn more about what ones to use and when and why
Vicki
Reply
MarionBlack Premium
Here's a post that may help
Reply
Vickic3 Premium
Thank you Marion- I'm on my way
I sent you a pm as well :)
Vicki
Reply
MarionBlack Premium
Thank you. I'll read it now.
Reply
CandP Premium
Hi Marion. If we are understanding you correctly, you seem to be saying that, moving forward, all pre-Guttenburg posts have to be edited with Classic Editor. Is that right? If it is then hasn't something gone horribly wrong in the development process?
Colette and Philip
Reply
MarionBlack Premium
In my experience, it's safer to use the Classic Editor when editing existing content. When I converted an existing post to blocks I lost my jump links. I haven't tried editing an old post since so I can't be sure.
Reply
TopAchiever Premium
What about Tiny MCE? Is this a viable option if we are using it?
Reply
MarionBlack Premium
TinyMCE is the name of the old (classic) editor. TinyMCE Advanced, as well as WP Edit, are plugins which work in conjunction with TinyMCE. So yes, we can still access TinyMCE by using the Classic Editor plugin and/or the Classic block.
Reply
JKulk1 Premium
Thank you Marion. Unfortunately most people seem to think they're an expert today. That's why it's so confusing for those of us that aren't. Going to a New set up can be overwhelming for some. Thank goodness for Classic Editor. I must add here as well an old saying we have in Australia. 'X is an unknown quantity, and spurt is a drip under pressure'. Jim
Reply
jivitaa339 Premium
Hey Marion,
Thanks for the training on Gutenberg and classic editor plugin, really helpful.
Regards,
Reply