Writing & Editing

Replacing the Older WordPress.com Editor with the WordPress Block Editor

This guide covers the benefits of the WordPress editor, the other editings options you have, and addresses some common questions.

The WordPress editor (i.e. the block editor) is the default editor for all WordPress.com sites. Those of you who have an older site, though, might be more familiar with the classic editing experience.

We know it can be frustrating to get used to an online tool only to see it change or go away. Retiring an entire editor — the place where you publish posts and pages on WordPress.com — is not something we would ever do on a whim. What inspired us to take this decision is the positive experience site owners have had with the WordPress editor.

Why switch to the WordPress editor? Let us count the ways.

The WordPress block editor offers a far superior experience compared to the classic editor. Not sure? You can take the WordPress editor for a spin here. In case you’ve never encountered it before, here are only some of the features you’ll find in the WordPress block editor that aren’t available in the classic editor.

Over 100 content blocks for publishing virtually any type of page or post
Content blocks can be mixed and matched to customize the content of any page or post.

A growing collection of block patterns
Block patterns are simply collections of blocks pre-bundled together to form beautiful designs.

Dozens of beautiful, built-in page layouts
Page layouts simplify the creation of common pages within WordPress by giving you a beautiful predesigned layout to get started.

Customizable styles directly within the editor
You can now customize the look and feel of your website by testing out different fonts directly within the WordPress editor.

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What other options do I have?

We hope you give the WordPress editor a try — it’s been the editing experience of choice for millions since it arrived on the scene. That said, we know some of you might prefer to avoid this change and stick with the classic way of editing your content.

Use the Classic block
Within the WordPress editor you’ll find the Classic block, which replicates the functionality of the classic editor inside of the block editor.

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Frequently asked questions

Q: How do I preview the post or page I’m drafting?
A: Within the WordPress editor, once you’ve saved a draft, just click on Preview in the top navigation bar:

Q: Where did the “Read More” tag go?
A: Instead of inserting a “Read More” tag, the WordPress editor comes with a More block which does the same thing — it defines the chunk of your post that is visible on your homepage, posts page, and in the email notifications subscribers get when you publish a new post. You’ll find the More block within the Layout Elements section of the block inserter:

Q: Where are the sharing and SEO settings?
A: Sharing settings are now in the WordPress editor’s Jetpack section. To get there, click the green Jetpack logo in the top-right corner of the editor. If you’re on the WordPress.com Business or eCommerce plan, this is also where you’ll find the SEO description field.

Q: Where did geotagging (tagging your location) go?
A: We no longer support tagging your location from within the editor. If you have strong feelings about this, we’d love to hear from you!

Q: Where can I find the revision history of my content?
A: Once a page or post has revisions, you can access them in the document sidebar by clicking on “Revisions”:

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