Writing & Editing

Editors

The Editor is where the magic happens; where you add the content for your site or blog. Both Posts and Pages use the same editor. Below are the different editors we have.

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WordPress Editor
Classic Editor
WP-Admin
Third-Party Editors

Which Editor am I using?

If your account with WordPress.com was created after January 2019, you are most likely using the WordPress Block Editor.

The easiest way to identify which editor you’re using is to open a post or page in the editor.

Look to the right and click on the Settings icon to expand the Settings Module, if you see Post or Page Settings, you’re using the Classic Editor. If you see Document, you’re using the WordPress (block) Editor.

Classic Editor
The Classic Editor

Block Editor
The WordPress Block Editor

If you see something else, you might be using WP Admin or, a Third-party editor.

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WordPress Editor

WordPress Editor

Also referred to as the Block Editor, the WordPress Editor launched late 2018.

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.

Learn more about how the WordPress Editor works.

Edit HTML in the WordPress Editor

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

In the toolbar for each block, the ellipsis, or the three dots, has an Edit as HTML option to edit the HTML for just that specific block.

WordPress Editor - HTML
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.

WordPress 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 have an older account and would like to start using the WordPress Editor, you can switch at any time by clicking the Learn More button under the “Try the new block editor and level up your layout” option on the right when editing a page or post.

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.

Classic Editor - Click Learn More to switch to WordPress Editor

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Classic Editor

The Classic Editor was the default editor for WordPress.com sites and blogs before the WordPress Editor launched. The Classic Editor is made of two editors; the Visual Editor and the HTML Editor.

Visual Editor
Editors - Classic - Visual

Powered by TinyMCE, the Visual Editor looks very similar to a word processor. The visual editor icons allow you to format text, change font alignment, insert bulleted and numbered lists, and more.

The WordPress Editor has a Classic Block that includes the same functionality found in the Visual Editor.

HTML Editor
Editors - Classic - HTML

The HTML editor allows you to write your posts in HTML or edit a post’s HTML. When you need to add a shortcode, add some font style, or paste in code from an outside source, you can use the HTML editor.

The HTML code you add must be well-formed and it must be listed in the allowed HTML tags list. The buttons at the top of the text editor make it easy for you to quickly insert most common HTML tags. You should also be aware that WordPress.com has some code restrictions, so JavaScript, embeds, and custom forms are not allowed for security reasons.


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WP-Admin

Similar to the tools you find when you log into your account through WordPress.com, WP-Admin, or the Dashboard, also allows you to edit posts and pages through either the WordPress Editor or the Classic Editor.

You can access WP-Admin by adding /wp-admin/ to the end of your website’s address. For example; yourgroovydomain.com/wp-admin/. Your site’s visitors cannot see this page.


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Third-Party Editors

Sites that have upgraded to the Business plan can install plugins like third-party editors. Sometimes third-party themes will include a customized editor.

Bear 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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