As of WordPress V5.0 they have inflicted the block editor onto us. I suspect this is a very bad attempt at a sort of year-1 finger-painting for web page creation. It may suit one page school projects quite well for anyone who has grown up with cellphones and is not familiar with a real computer.
If you seriously maintain a WordPress based web site, the original editor seems to be far more functional and productive.
Got to Plugins, Add New and install the “Classic Editor” plugin and activate it. In Settings, Writing, you can set the default editor and whether users can choose.
I found the solution in this short but very helpful Youtube video.
A Serious Concern:
I chose wordpress years ago because it was capable, stable, consistent, popular and well supported. I get the impression that it is now moving away from being a serious web site creation tool and is being targeted more at cellphone users.
This could be a big problem when you have put so much time and effort into a web site then have the platform put it at risk. I am probably an unusual case having a lot invested in the site, all DIY.
I Wonder Why:
Why did they make such a big change that is bound to upset a lot of serious users ?
- are they looking towards another group of users.
- are the developers are not really site managers and have gone off the rails.
- will they ignore the initial backlash then force the change on everyone.