Andy of Eden in Babylon was asking the other day about alternatives to the block editor. I’ve lost traffic of the different names of editors and what exactly they’re getting rid of. I also realized I wasn’t sure how to access the classic block editor that WordPress says gives similar functionality to the editor they’re now in the process of get rid of.
There doesn’t seem to be a distinct classic block editor; rather, you can use the “classic block” type within the block editor. Let’s take a look at an example of what can be done in a single classic block, as shown in the screenshot below that runs between the teal lines.
Classic block starts below
Test 1: Heading 2 with colour
Test 2: indented x1
Test 3: horizontal line below this text
Test 4: 2 lines of white space below this line
- test 5: list
- test 5
Test 6 – link
Test 7: blockquote ( this is the last line of this classic block)
Standard block editor blocks start here
The following image is a screenshot from the toolbar that was displayed what I was editing the classic block above:
What you see above this teal line is a screenshot of the tool bar that was displayed while I was heading the classic block. The camera/music note icon lets you add media. The weird box with black dot thingy beside it toggles whether or not the bottom toolbar row is displayed or not.
When you click on the A that appears with an aqua underline in the screenshot, it shows the same colour selection there used to be in the old editorl.
Classic blocks used to ignore blank lines, but that doesn’t appear to be an issue anymore.
When you insert an image within a classic block (using the camera/music note button), you get the image adjustment setup from the old editor. This is shown in the screenshot below.
I think WordPress has really dropped the ball with this whole transition. From unclear naming to unclear descriptions of alternatives, it’s really been poorly done.
While I used a mix of new blocks and one classic block in this post, it seems like it should be doable to do a whole post, complete with images, within a single classic block.
Since it took me some fussing around to figure out the classic blocks, I wanted to do this post in case any of the folks thinking about leaving WordPress haven’t tried this out.
How are you feeling about the whole editor situation?