How To Force A Redirect To The Classic WordPress.com Editor Interface
The Solution To Use The Classic Editor
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If you are blogger at wordpress.com, this post here will help you to solve a big problem. As you have noticed, the decision makers at WordPress want to force you to use the recent new editor interface that is purely designed for mobile devices and for users who only create short-form content. This is of course a pain if you are desktop user and if you like to create long-form content as well. In this post you will learn how to get back to the classic editor permanently.
In the new editor form, we had a link back to the classic editor but that link is now gone too. WordPress does not have the intention to give us the link back as you can read here in the forums. If you go through this huge forum thread, you will find out too that they don’t care what users think.
Happiness Engineer at WordPress: I just confirmed with our team that there aren’t plans to bring that “edit in classic mode” link back to the newer editor. Given that, I’d definitely recommend bookmarking the classic editor in your browser so you can quickly open it to write new posts there.
Hence, the community has to create own solutions and I am lucky to announce that there are solutions to get rid of the new editor. In this post you will find the solution to basically restore the classic editor and I strongly suggest that you reblog this post as quite a lot of people might not be aware of the solution, people who maybe otherwise would stop to blog because the new editor is such a pain to work with.
Before we start, what you will do now is no rocket science, the steps are very easy! Don’t be afraid, it doesn’t take time, and it is absolutely not difficult!
All we need is a browser extension that can load user scripts. With this browser extension we will load a script that a fellow in our WordPress community created.
This script will then force a redirect to the good old classic editor whenever the new downgraded editor tries to appear. As said, if you have no idea, this sounds more difficult than it is. We have to thank the Penguin for this magic and wonderful redirect script! But now lets start to get rid of the new editor permanently…
1. We need to know what kind of web browser we use. You probably installed your favorite browser on your own so that you know what you use. If you are not sure, then check out this site that will tell you what kind of browser you do use.
2. Now we need a browser extension for our browser that can load user scripts. We pick one extension from this list that is compatible with our browser and install the extension. Read on and you will find my suggested extension for each browser.
Small side note: I can’t stress this enough, and I do evangelize and suggest family members and friends the same. If you don’t use them yet, do either install the Mozilla Firefox browser or the Google Chrome browser. Both browsers are superior over all others in any case, especially more flexible. I strongly suggest to use one of them for your daily web browsing instead of any other browser.
So, here is how you install the extension we need for our particular browser…
For Mozilla Firefox users:
Greasemonkey is a very well-known extension that can load scripts. Just open the Greasemonkey extension page and click on the green “Add to Firefox” button and install the extension.
For Google Chrome and Opera users:
Tampermonkey is a suggested extension that can load scripts. Just open the Tampermonkey extansion page and click on the blue button to add the extension.
For all other browser:
The extension installation might be more of a pain, as same as the script installation. But for Internet Explorer you can use TrixIE, and for Safari you can use the NinjaKit extension. You probably need to download the extension and put them in the right folder, as same as the scripts. I really don’t know how it works there. But again, I highly suggest to install and use Firefox or Chrome as your browser, because they are much more modern and flexible.
3. As we have an extension installed now that can load scripts, we just need to click on this link and a window will pop up where we choose to install the script.
That is all! Now, whenever we click a link to edit our posts and pages, the script will force a redirect to the good old WordPress editor. The new editor layout has no chance anymore to annoy you again. Wherever you click on edit on your blog, the good old editor appears and you never will see the new editor again.
It’s great that the Penguin came up with this great classic editor redirect script. Also check out how the script is made, if you are interested and if you can read lines of code. You can find the source code of the script here on GitHub.
Did you know you can do the same with the stats page? You dislike the new stats screen? Here is how you can force a redirect to the classic stats screen of WordPress.