My WordPress Has Gone Crazy!

As of this morning, my WordPress account is no longer allowing me access to WP Admin — which means I’m not able to use the “Classic Editor.” In addition, a message continues to pop up telling me that my CART IS AWAITING PAYMENT.

I have no idea what is going on, but I don’t like the “Gutenberg” block editor. I’ve submitted a question to the WordPress Community Forum, and hopefully I’ll get some answers soon.

Until then, bear with me, please. Posts may not appear correctly formatted, but I will do my best to fix any problems!

Is this happening to anyone else?

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    1. Thanks for the info. Shutting down the computer was my next thought. I’m going to do that now. I detest the block editor! And I just want my free account. πŸ™‚ I’m logging out now. Hopefully things might correct themselves.

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  1. I agree with you complete the block editor is not good and in WordPress 5 the classics editor can only be installed if you pay to move to .org
    Quite outrageous
    After 10 years I a am like you frustrated by this
    I have tried to email the CEO but no answers yet
    Cheers
    Brianswatercolours

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    1. I really hate being forced to use a program I don’t like. I’ve been comfortable with WordPress, but the block editor makes blogging so difficult, it’s not enjoyable. 😦

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      1. I’m afraid that Block Editor now is the only way to post cheaply on WordPress. It’s taken me weeks to get my head around using HTML on my site. To use classic is going to cost – a lot. Either self-hosting (I’ve left that after many additional expenses), or paying extra to WordPress. I’m going to struggle on with Block Editor for a while, but I’m not confident.

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      2. Good luck! I’m still able to access my WP Admin dashboard by using the Admin URL. What I did was type the name of my site into my search bar like this – https://NAME OF SITE.wordpress.com/wp-admin/

        That takes me right back to the Admin dashboard where I can then select “Classic Editor” from the “new post” drop down box. I don’t know how long we’ll be able to keep using this little fix, but for now it’s still there.

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      3. I’m using classic on my free blogs no problem. Look at the information on my post. WordPress does provide both editors, but you have to select the advanced setting in your profile. The only difficulty is making sure you have it set to primary blog ( if you have more then one blog).

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      4. I have another blog, but I rarely use it, so I’m doing fine now with the classic editor and Artistcoveries. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you’re able to access it, too.

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      1. Thank goodness the work-around ghostmnc posted worked for me! So I’m back to the old dashboard. Now if the payment request will just go away, everything will be fine again!

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  2. I think I heard someplace that there was a planned phase out of the classic editor, but I think it is still in the future. They are moving towards whole-site editing, which is part of the motivation to move towards movable blocks.

    It may seem clunky, but I think you might want to move towards experimenting with the block editor. It threw me off at first but, because I’ve worked with about 10 different editors in WP since their inception, I’ve gotten used to going with the flow and just working with what they have. Do I miss being able to put symbols in with the WYSIWYG editor? Sure, but Alt-codes are my friend now (I’m a scientist, so I regularly insist on things like a degree sign). But, overall, I’m not clear on the reason for the hate. It’s a tool and it is powerful, although it has it’s quirks and bugs (but really only on the lesser-used items from what I’ve experienced).

    Try clearing your browser cache. It solves most ills. If you are using Explorer, move over to Edge, Firefox or Chrome. Explorer is not being maintained and that might be the issue, too (if you’re using it). Even a F5 refresh might fix it. Try those.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions. I am using Chrome, and I will try clearing the browser cache. I’ve used the “block editor” but to me it’s simply not as quick and easy as the “classic editor”. What I’m most concerned about at this point is WordPress telling me they’re awaiting payment — I haven’t upgraded or “ordered” any changes. It’s frustrating.

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      1. That… I would ignore. Something’s up with that. Nothing in WP news suggests they are going pay-only (I’ve got my ear to the ground on WP news).

        Or submit a ticket asking about it. I’m not sure if it is only community-based support for the free sites (I pay for mine, but plan to move hosting from WP to Bluehost in late summer when my contract is up to get more control).

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      2. I’ve posted in the Community Support Forum but haven’t received any replies yet. I just want to be able to access WP Admin from my dashboard, but it has completely disappeared. Apparently I’m not the only one who is having problems, judging from the comments coming in.

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      3. Been there, done that. The “advanced settings” doesn’t bring back the old “WP Admin” dashboard or anything equivalent. 😦 The best I can do at this point is use the “Classic Block” format. I still want to know how to get the upgraded plan OUT of my cart since I didn’t put it there!

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      4. Oh, I appreciate all the suggestions! I’m open to trying any work around I can find. Maybe I’ll get some response in the forum. Nothing yet. 😦

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      5. I’m just out of ideas.

        The “purchase” is a bit of a puzzler. It should time out. Because it hasn’t, I assume some bug got introduced or it’s something they need to fix on the backend to clear it out of your cart.

        Hope it gets fixed soon.

        I can’t test on my end, because I do have the WP Admin link (probably because I’m on a modified .com version for paid members and have more control). So I’m tapped out.

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      6. I do appreciate all the help. I’ll wait things out and see what happens. No payment information is entered, so it’s not like they can charge me for anything they’ve put in my cart. I hope this all gets fixed soon!

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  3. Hi Judith, I have copied below a support response I received from WordPress. Hope it is of help. Joanna

    As for Classic Editor, I hear you. If I may, there are some ways to use Classic Editor — and, without using plugins.
    First, you can try Classic block:
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/wordpress-editor/blocks/classic-block/
    Classic block is Classic Editor within our new Block Editor. This is for folks who might want to try both worlds — Classic Editor, and trying new Block Editor with blocks. We recommend this as you can explore more and about Block Editor and see what’s in it πŸ™‚
    The second approach is, by accessing it from WP Admin dashboard:
    https://naturetails.wordpress.com/wp-admin
    If you noticed the WP Admin sidebar looks hidden/not visible, you can click the “Collapse menu” button here:
    !{image](https://cldup.com/2KJNzAOiyF.png)
    Direct link: https://cldup.com/2KJNzAOiyF.png
    Then, to create a post using Classic Editor, you can go here:
    https://naturetails.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php (WP Admin > Posts)
    On the dropdown arrow on “Add New” button, click the arrow then choose ‘Classic Editor’.
    If you wish to edit existing post using Classic Editor, hover your mouse on top of the post you want to edit, then click ‘Classic Editor’ option.

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    1. Thanks. Unfortunately none of those responses resolve my issue. I can’t access the “WP Admin” feature on my account, so I can no longer get to the Classic Editor when I write a new post. I have used the “Classic Block” format — and I don’t like it, although that might be my only choice. I’m very upset, especially by the message coming up telling me that WordPress is awaiting payment. I haven’t upgraded anything!

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    1. Is WordPress telling you it’s awaiting payment? That’s what really upsets me. It shows I have an upgrade plan in my “cart” — which I never put there — and it won’t give me any option to remove it. I am beyond frustrated!

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      1. Yes! This worked. It didn’t come up asking me for any verification code, but I did use the “admin” link to directly access my Admin Dashboard. Thank you so much!

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      2. I am definitely not going to pay for anything I didn’t order! There is no “payment info” included on the account, so Word Press can’t chanrge me for anything.

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  4. I had the same problem and one of their “happiness engineers” sent me a link for a program to enable me to continue to use the classic. It didn’t work; every time I composed something in classic, when I opened it the next time, it opened in block and there was no way that I could find to change it back. I’ve gotten used to the block editor, but still hate it. It sometimes takes five steps to do something where one or two used to work. My BIGGER problem is that the theme I use “Dyad” is no longer being upgraded for the block editor. Half the time, when I’m composing, it is with a really horrible san serif font that makes me crazy. As a write, the font I’m using matters. Also, commands such as centering text don’t usually work. It is all really frustrating, I’ve written several emails, and I’m pretty much told it is what it is. They should do a survey!

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    1. I hear you! I went through the “changed theme” problem a few months ago. That was another huge frustration. I’ve been accessing the Classic Editor by going through WP Admin to start new posts, but that’s no longer available on my dashboard, plus Word Press is telling me my cart is awaiting payment. I didn’t put anything in the cart. I don’t want to purchase any upgrade, but it doesn’t give me any option to remove it.

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      1. No, it didn’t affect my previous posts. Word Press just changed my “Balance” theme to “Re-Balance” which is essentially a newer version than the one I had. It did affect the “featured images” in the posts, and it required me to go through all my settings to be sure the blog was publishing correctly. It was a hassle, but once it was done, things ran smoothly — until now. I am really frustrated this morning.

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    1. The real test will be tomorrow… hopefully my post will publish correctly. In the past, I’ve noticed that posts done with the “block” editing often lack any formatting. Everything gets run together into one long, incomprehensible paragraph. I sure hope that doesn’t happen.

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    1. Thanks! Once in a while WordPress throws a real curve ball. I’m glad someone figured out a way to work around the problem. I’m back to the “old” editor and old dashboard now. πŸ™‚

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  5. Looks like it must be WP-wide. The Classic Editor is gone. Long Live the Classic Editor!!

    I was lucky enough to have gone through the experience of building a new blog (an as-yet private writers group thing) from the ground up and used the opportunity to get to know the Block Editor.

    My real concern was that, as a poet (working on a poetry-focused site), formatting is ExTrEmely important. If I lost the ability to format posts I would have to leave WP, even though I’ve been on here for about 10 years and it really is kind of home now….

    But also luckily I was already using the “code editor” and that is still (again luckily) available. For most things not poetry, the block editor (though janky and clunky to work with at first) does seem to suffice.
    After about 20-30 posts/pages under my belt, it became more and more second nature.

    I’d be happy to help if you find yourself stuck. Please don’t hesitate to reach out:

    aprayerlikegravity@gmail.com

    Hope it all works out for you. I’ve really been enjoying your posts.

    Johnny

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    1. Thanks so much, and good luck with your site. I would imagine trying to format poetry could be a nightmare! Thanks to a helpful reader, I was able to find a work-around, so I’m able to access the “classic editor” again. I’m sure eventually Word Press will disable the work-around, too, but I hope that doesn’t happen for a while. I’ve used the “block editor” but I hate it. And I did get rid of the “upgrade” in my cart that kept asking for payment. So, the blog is as close to “back to normal” as it can be with the recent WP changes. I wish they would just leave things alone!

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  6. This is scaring because I am in the group which hates the block editor! I tried it but requires to much time for waht was so simple in the classic editor.
    I think WP wants us to use the block editor which probaΓ²bly is more idoneous for people using, posting from phones or tablet, my guessing.
    Anyway I only post from my computer and the classic editor makes all what I need!
    For the moment I can access to it via WP Admin I hope it woill stay so. Each time I opne it now I?m a little nervous…

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    1. If you can access your WP Admin dashboard, you’re lucky. I can no longer access it directly from the menu, but I can get there with the “admin” URL for the blog. I agree with you completely on the inconveniences of the block editor. It’s much more time-consuming and not nearly so user-friendly. Let’s hope we can continue to use our “classic” for a long time to come!

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  7. You found the oldest work around possible. That was there through a number of different iterations of WordPress. That said, I have two thoughts.

    Since I pay for the business version I have access to WordPress staff whenever I need them. I generally get this young man with whom I’ve worked often. He tells me that the block system is eventually going to be the only way we can work. They are well aware of the work around and they may close it. Or, they may leave it. He didn’t know.

    Change is the only certainty in life. Why do you think you are painting? Something changed and you wanted to do something new. I fought the block system for months. Finally, I decided to experiment with it. I created posts that nobody would ever see just to play. Eventually, I came to like it. It can be fast if you essentially do the same thing most of the time. These days, the only thing that ever trips me up is if I use their block templates. As long as I work on my own, I’m good.

    Good luck.

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    1. Thanks. I used the block editor for quite a while before someone clued me in to the WP Admin “fix”. No matter how much I used it, I still didn’t like it. I haven’t found any way to quickly and easily re-size photos for the “featured image” — which is a must — and I had a lot of problems with WP running blocks together when posts published. For me, it was a nuisance, and I know I’m not the only WP user who feels that way. I hope they “forget” to remove the admin access.

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      1. Resize photos before you use any designer in WordPress. Not only does their sizing tool compress pictures, but it can mis-size. For a lot of the floral images I generally use Snapchat on my phone. I think it’s a Google product and it’s free.

        I know a lot of people don’t like it. But, these days, more people like it than don’t. Sheesh. I don’t even like digital photography or social media. But, I use them both.

        You might research Block Design. The original format is European design. It doesn’t resemble the WordPress offering, but it may help you to understand it.

        As I’ve aged (And, aged), I’ve learned that it’s easier to learn something than kick and scream because after your tantrum you still have to learn it. Heh, heh.

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      2. Oh, I can use the block editor. I just don’t like it. Again, I’ve seen too many instances (not only on my blog but on other blogs as well) where the formatting doesn’t work properly. It’s not fun to try reading a post that isn’t broken down into paragraphs. That doesn’t happen with the classic editor, but it seems to happen a lot with the block editor. As for resizing photos, yep, so this adds another step to the process.. One thing I’ve learned as I’ve aged (and aged) is that if we can’t enjoy what we’re doing, maybe we should be doing something else.

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      3. You can do something else. Or, you can think like I do, that the work is the prayer.

        I have no idea why you can’t format paragraphs. That works fine for me. Just make sure that you use the paragraph format and not try to force text into a block that isn’t designed for text. Your pages are fairly simple, like mine. It shouldn’t be an issue.

        I don’t know how you came to painting, but for photographers, we always make the picture in some other software and re-size it there. Since the image is the most important thing for us, that’s where we like to control it.

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      4. I’m not the only one who has experienced the formatting problem. As I browse through posts on the reader each day, I see numerous instances of the problem. Obviously you’re happy using the block editor. Great! I’m not. Oh, well. That’s life.

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      5. Well, gee. I probably will keep bringing up the issue. What can I say? Well, Get used to it. LOL. I don’t like it. When I’m forced to use the block editor full time, I’ll make the adjustment. Until then I’m going to keep using and supporting the classic editor that I love. How else will Word Press know my feelings?

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      6. You’ll be done in months. WordPress doesn’t care what you like unless you are paying for it. Besides their VIP clients like FEDEX and The NY Times, they have about 90 million regular users. That number stays fairly steady as people like you go and new ones replace them. Oh, and guess what? Your followers will dwindle as they get tired of your complaints.

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      7. LOL… I love reading your comments. I’ve been blogging for a good many years, both on Word Press and Blogger. I’m not going anywhere, and it seems like a lot of my readers are in agreement with me about the frustrations with Word Press. You’re not, and that’s fine. You have your opinons, and all is well with my world. I hope the same is true for you.

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      8. I know a lot of YOUR readers complain. You rant, they follow along. Crowd Dynamics 101. There are far more bloggers and website builders who have taken the time to understand the block system than not. That said, I have no idea why you can’t format your text, unless you are trying to format text and imagery at once. That won’t work unless you use a template.

        One more thing, after reading about your thinking about painting, me thinks you complicate things too much. But, what do I know? I have a number of friends who wanted to paint. They just painted. They learned a little here and there as they need to. Color theory was the most important. Two of sell their work for thousands of dollars. They’ve been painting for about 4-5 years.

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      9. I am who I am, and I am happy being the artist I am. You may criticize me, my art, and my blog all you want. You can predict my downfall and tell me how wrong I am about many things. What you can’t do is diminish my love for life, for learning, and for sharing my experiences. So you do you and I’ll do me, and I will continue to find your comments interesting.

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      10. Oh, I’ve done my work for 45+ years. I’ve worked for newspaper and wire services, I ran the publishing departments of two major agencies, I baby sat big book projects on large commercial presses. I’ve lived and worked in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore. I tell you this because I’m done with the this conversation. It’s a time sink. The real rule I know is change or die. Later.

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      11. LOL… I’m having fun toying with you, too. If you want to stay in this “time sink” as you call it, that’s fine with me. You’re not hurting my feelings.

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      12. Nah, you’re the person who always has to have the last word. That’s obvious. Oh, your poor husband or wife. And, you mirror me because you don’t have a creative bone in your body.

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      13. LOL… and you’re the one who continues to visit my blog. I have a policy here, you see. I respond to all comments, so rest assured, each time you visit and comment, you will receive a reply.

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  8. I enjoyed reading all the comments.I hate the block editor. It is limited, I don’t like the look when I edit, I can’t copy paste formatting from Word. I need to go to HTML editing which increases editing time, galleries are difficult to edit,,, There is no flexibility. Classic editor is everything I love, simple and effective. I simply don’t understand why they are fading this out. I think programmers are justifying their jobs by complicating and limiting our options. Block editor has doubled my time posting without adding any benefit πŸ™ Good luck

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  9. I feel your pain! I too hate the new WordPress block editor – it’s so complicated, and I’m quite IT literate, goodness knows how less technical people manage! Up till now, like you I’ve been able access the classic editor but it seems that now it has gone, probably for good. I don’t like these WordPress changes at all and don’t like having to pay for what I don’t like. So I have moved my watercolour blog back to BLOGGER – https://evelynflint.blogspot.com – and I love it !! I have complete control over how my blog looks, I have a SIMPLE classic editor I can use and it’s FREE. Happy days… ! I know moving blog location is a big thing to do but I’m glad I did it.

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    1. I’ll be sure to check out your new blog! Will you put a link the comments here, please? I’ve used Blogger in the past, so I’m familiar with it, too. It’s a good platform.

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  10. When I started blogging over two years ago, I promised not to post or comment negatively. Well, then came WordPress. It seems to change things at will and without notice. When it is time to write a post, I need familiarity in order to concentrate an produce good content. WP makes that very, very difficult!

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  11. YES! Half the time WP doesn’t seem to remember who I am, even though I kept a blog here for years! I gave up but may come back.

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    1. That was another problem I had for a while! I couldn’t comment on any posts because Word Press wouldn’t recognize that I was logged in. 😦 At least that finally straightened itself out!

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  12. This ‘cheat’ works.

    This Worked For Me


    It should last until WP does away with Classic for good. I have been complaining about this forced change for ages now, but they just don’t care. Too many people just accepted the Block Editor, so there are not enough ‘rebels’.
    Thanks for following my blog.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  13. I had the same thing happen to me back last year. I swore several times complained a lot and threatened myself with upheaval and moving to another provider. I have since adapted to change , looked at a few other providers and have decided this new thing. is not so bad after all.

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    1. I’m still using the Classic Editor… and will keep using it until Word Press finally takes it away forever. I hope that doesn’t happen for a while.

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    1. Yes. I was able to log in to my site with the Admin URL, and that gives me access to the old “Admin” dashboard. From there I can access the Classic Editor for each new post. πŸ™‚ It’s an old fix, but thankfully it still works!

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