WordPress 5.0 was released on Thursday, and many people (those who are self-hosting, for example) were in for a nasty surprise: their entire way of adding a new post will have changed dramatically. The new release replaces TinyMCE with Gutenberg; a completely new way of adding content to your blog or website. In case you’re unfamiliar with the lingo, here is what TinyMCE looks like:
A Block, but not the Writer’s Kind
Gutenberg introduces a so-called Block Editor. Users of Elegant Themes’ Divi’s Visual Editor or even MailPoet or MailChimp will be familiar with the concept of composing posts through blocks. Basically, you build the page by selecting among a collection of premade kinds of content like Images, Text etc:
Still confused? Perhaps the following video will shed some light:
Thanks But No Thanks
If you are not ready to use the new WordPress 5.0 post editor, that’s ok. You can simply install the Classic Editor Plugin and your WordPress website will function just like it did before. The Classic Editor plugin restores the previous WordPress editor and the Edit Post screen. It lets you keep using plugins that extend it, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor. To install, visit your plugins page and click the “Install Now” button next to “Classic Editor”. After the plugin finishes installing, click “Activate”. That’s it!
Support for the Classic Editor plugin will remain in WordPress through 2021, so you can use that time to familiarize yourself with the new system. I hope this helps restore some sanity to your life, if Gutenberg has stolen it from you 🙂