Writing & Editing

Editors

The Editor is where you add the content to your site or blog. Both posts and pages use the same editor. This page explains the different editors you can use.

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WordPress Editor

Also referred to as the Block Editor, the WordPress Editor launched in late 2018. It is the most powerful and flexible WordPress editing experience and used by millions of website owners around the world.

Each site element, like images, text, videos, and headers, is added through a block. Blocks are distinct structural elements that allow you to isolate areas of content to edit.

Edit HTML in the WordPress Editor

You have two options for editing HTML in the WordPress Editor:

In the toolbar for each block (that appears when you click on the block), the ellipsis, or the three dots, has an Edit as HTML option to edit the HTML for just that specific block.

Edit as HTML - Block
Edit a block’s HTML

If you want to edit an entire page or post’s HTML, click the ellipsis near your Publish button to switch to the Code editor.

Code editor

Not all code will work when editing as HTML. If your code is well-formed and without error, check to make sure it’s on the approved HTML tags list, and that it’s not a restricted code, like JavaScript.

Switch to the WordPress Editor

If you created a page or post in the classic editor before the WordPress editor was introduced, the WordPress Editor will preserve your existing content in a Classic Block, which maintains a lot of the same functionality as the Classic Editor.

You can convert the content to blocks using the three dots at the top right of the Classic Block.


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Classic Editor

The Classic Editor was the default editor for WordPress.com sites and blogs before the WordPress Editor (see above) launched.

Within the WordPress editor, you’ll find the Classic block which replicates the functionality of the Classic editor inside of the WordPress editor. Here’s what it looks like:

Use the Classic block for the same editing experience as the Classic Editor

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Third-Party Editors

This section of the guide applies to sites with our WordPress.com Pro plan. If your site has one of our legacy plans, it is available on Business and eCommerce.

Sites with plugins enabled can install third-party editor plugins such as Elementor and WP Bakery. Sometimes third-party themes will include their own editor too.

Keep in mind that when you use a third-party editor, the best place to get support for the tool is through the developers who made it. They often include links to contact them directly through the tool’s setup page in your WP-Admin Dashboard.

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