Without wishing to be insulting, I deeply dislike your new ‘blocks editor’. It doesn’t, as you claim here – https://wordpress.com/support/replacing-the-older-wordpress-com-editor-with-the-wordpress-block-editor/- offer a superior experience.
It might offer improved functionality, or easier backroom stuff for you. But I’m an old dog, and I don’t learn new tricks. Particularly not if I don’t find the trick (at least initially) intuitive.
I’m sure whoever designed it thinks it’s the best think ever. I don’t like it, and I dislike it enough not to want to even try to learn to use it.
So I’m not going to.
And it’s not just the editor, it’s the pages that I use to locate my posts/pages. They’ve changed too.
I’m happy for other people to use the new system if they want, but can those of us who are used to the old way, and don’t want to invest and effort in learning a new system I instinctively dislike (why the big print nonsense, do you think I’m 3 years old?) could possibly just keep using the old system?
If so, how can I do that?
If I can’t, how can I export my blog so I can take it somewhere else?
I understand that you are not satisfied with the Block Editor and wish to not to use it.
The Classic Editor is still available to all WordPress.com users, and it’s still free. Here’s the recently updated How to Access the Classic Editor section of the Classic Editor support page.
If you have feedback about the Block Editor that we can pass on to the developers, we are happy to receive them.
Hope this helps!
We have tips for transitioning from the classic editor to blocks https://wordpress.com/support/switching-from-the-classic-to-the-block-editor/ and FAQs: https://wordpress.com/support/replacing-the-older-wordpress-com-editor-with-the-wordpress-block-editor/#frequently-asked-questions
And, if you really want to use something like the classic editor, we recommend sticking with the classic block: https://wordpress.com/support/wordpress-editor/blocks/classic-block/
We also have some extensive documentation available at https://wordpress.com/support/wordpress-editor/
If you have any feedback on the new editor, we’re always looking for ways to improve it, so please let us know!
@csabarakasz, Thank you, that’s very helpful. I’d offer feedback to the developers, but I’m not sure I have anything constructive to say!
@macmanx, Respectfully, given my comments why did you say this?
It’s clear I don’t wish to transition, nor even try. So “Tips” are an entirely unhelpful response to my pleas for help.
I also want to use the old dashboard, so a ‘classic blocks editor’ that’s “something like” the old editor is just going to annoy me even more when in all the areas that it isn’t “exactly like”.
Honestly, it’s this kind of “if you try it you’ll like it (because we think it’s great)” that makes me feel that if I did give feedback, it would be ignored.
We’re definitely looking for feedback to improve the new editor, but the old editor won’t be returning.
Again, that doesn’t answer my question.
Again, doesn’t give me confidence you’d listen.
My main bit of feedback is that the new editor doesn’t work. At all. I just get a virtually blank page with an error message saying “This block has encountered an error and cannot be previewed”.
Doesn’t cover the new system in glory.
Ah ok, that we can work with. :)
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