WordPress’s interface is a bit of a moving target. As of now — April 2021 — they seem to have made it a little harder to get at the classic editor, which is a shame because it is a lot easier to use than any of the editors that have come since. The newer ones hide useful tools behind menus that appear and disappear, create a lot of extra cruft in the underlying HTML and are generally less flexible and straightforward. I assume it is a tactic to push people into paid plans. Every time I google ‘get back the classic editor in wordpress’ (or similar) I get directed to an add-in that I can only use if I have a paid plan.
You can’t blame a business for wanting to make money, I guess.
Anyway, as of now, you can still do this:
- From https://wordpress.com/support/classic-editor-guide/#how-to-access-the-classic-editor, we can see that:
If you have a free site or a site on the Personal or Premium plan, you can access the Classic Editor by enabling WP Admin dashboard pages. Visit your account settings and look for ‘Dashboard Appearance’. Turn on the option for “Show advanced dashboard pages” and click Save Interface Settings.
OK, done that. I would add to that:
- Then go to your dashboard; something like https://mysitename.wordpress.com/wp-admin.
- Click Posts on the left menu.
- To add a new post, click the down arrow beside Add New at the top of the page, and choose Classic Editor.
- Now it will create your post in the classic editor.
- To edit posts, always go in through the Posts page, because if you don’t you may get funnelled to use the new editor, but on the Posts page if you hover over the name of the post, you should see an option to choose the classic editor.
There are in fact other ways to use the classic editor. If you start a new post in the Quick Draft box on the front page, and then save it and then go to edit it by clicking on its name under Your Recent Drafts, you’ll end up in the new editor, and it just might tell you that ‘this block contains unexpected or invalid content’, which is … interesting. Especially because in my test post that block contained exactly ‘test post’, which does not look very invalid to me. Anyway, who cares? We don’t want to use that crummy interface anyway.
If you once again click on Posts on the dashboard left menu and then choose Drafts, and hover over the post name, you should see the option for Classic Editor come up — you may need to first do our first bullet point above for this to work, though.
Anyway, this is my experience. As you can see, I do not like the block editor. It also seems to take longer to load and use up more system resources, though given my dislike of it that could be subjective.