Editor, Dandelion Salad
April 1, 2015
Last Update: Jan. 22, 2018
On March 13, 2015 wordpress.com eliminated the “use the classic editor” link on new posts and on editing older posts. Many bloggers have no idea how to find the classic editor, so that’s why I’m doing this post.
How to find the classic editor to make a new post:
Go to “My Sites” at the top left of the page, click on “WP Admin”. Scroll down on the sidebar on the left-hand side of the dashboard, find “Posts”, hover over that and choose “Add New”.
https://yourblogname.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php (replace “yourblogname” with the name of your blog, obviously).
Note: if you have a new blog on WP (September or October 2015 or later) you will not have the link to WP-Admin as WP eliminated the link. You will have to physically add /wp-admin/ to the end of your blog’s name, then bookmark that link for future use.
Update: Nov. 28, 2015, WP re-added the WP-Admin to newer blogs. It is now located at the bottom of the left side-bar, under “My Sites.”
How to use the classic editor to edit older posts:
Go to “My Sites”, click on “WP-Admin”, find “Posts”, click on “All Posts”. Click on the title of the post to edit. If it’s a very old post, you will have to do a search.
https://yourblogname.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php (replace “yourblogname” with the name of your blog, obviously).
I suggest making bookmarks for your browser for these links that you use frequently.
Never use the “new, too-blue-to-use, mostly nonfunctional, Beep, Beep, Boop” editor again:
tpenguinltg made a post with a list of work-arounds so you can use the classic editor both for making a new post and editing older posts. I use the user script with Greasemonkey on Firefox and it works better than the cookies WP used before they eliminated it.
More information on this blog post by tpenguinltg: A hack to use the classic editor in WordPress.com
Updated: June 13, 2015, please see tpenguinltg’s blog post, WordPress editor redirect script bug found for private and Jetpack-enabled blogs.
Updated: June 14, 2015, see tpenguinltg’s blog post, “Redirect script bug fixed!” Thanks for fixing it so quickly, penguin.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2015, see tpenguinltg’s blog post, “WordPress.com Classic Editor script updated for new editor”
Updated: Nov. 21, 2015 tpenguinltg has made a new user script to remove the sentence and link to the “new” editor on the classic editor: “There’s now an easier way to create on WordPress.com! Switch to the improved posting experience.” Huge Cheers to The Penguin for taking the time to make this and all other scripts for us.
Vote in the poll:
imperialtwilight made a poll where you can vote for your preference:
How to comment about the changes:
Forum threads on “new editor feedback”, and “Beep, Beep, Boop”:
Now closed: Please Reinstate the Option of Choice to Use the Old Publishing Format (32 pages of comments)
Updated: April 2, 2015
How to change the color scheme for the classic dashboard:
From the left sidebar on the classic WP-Admin pages, go to “Users”, click on “Personal Settings”, then choose your color scheme. Click each one for a preview before deciding. Click “Save” at the bottom of the page when finished.
Update: Nov. 24, 2017
With the new Firefox update many of the userscripts will not work until they are updated.
Update: Jan. 22, 2018
See Penguin’s new post about the Firefox update: Editor script v1.5.0; Migrating to Firefox 57
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