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Classic Editor

Classic Editor

The post editor, also known as the Classic Editor, is the tool used to write content in WordPress versions older than WordPress 5.0.

The post editor is displayed directly beneath the title of your post or page when you’re editing it in the administration panel. It comes in two flavors:

  • The visual editor, which allows you to format your content by clicking buttons and selecting text styles, similar to a traditional text editor like Word or Pages. It also gives you a preview of how the content will look when it is published.
  • The text editor, which displays the content as HTML code and has a limited set of buttons for adding elements. It can be more difficult to handle for people who are not used to writing HTML, but it gives you more control over the final result.

You can switch between the two modes by clicking the tabs in the top right corner of the editor: “Visual” and “Text”. When in the visual mode, you can also enter the “Distraction free mode” by clicking the fullscreen button beneath the tabs. When in that mode, everything but the post editor is hidden, allowing you to focus on your writing.

With the release of WordPress 5.0, the old post editor was replaced with the block editor, which constitutes the biggest change to the WordPress editing experience since the system was launched. The block editor allows you to construct the content of your posts and pages by building it with blocks. Blocks can contain headings, paragraphs of text, images, quotes, and so on. Blocks can easily be added, removed and edited to create more engaging page layouts, and custom blocks can be added by themes and plugins.

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