- The visual editor, which allows you to format your content by clicking buttons and selecting text styles, similar to a traditional text editor like Word or Pages. It also gives you a preview of how the content will look when it is published.
- The text editor, which displays the content as HTML code and has a limited set of buttons for adding elements. It can be more difficult to handle for people who are not used to writing HTML, but it gives you more control over the final result.
You can switch between the two modes by clicking the tabs in the top right corner of the editor: “Visual” and “Text”. When in the visual mode, you can also enter the “Distraction free mode” by clicking the fullscreen button beneath the tabs. When in that mode, everything but the post editor is hidden, allowing you to focus on your writing.
The WordPress developer community is currently working on an editing experience meant to replace both the visual editor and the text editor. The new experience is called Gutenberg, and it allows you to construct the content of your posts and pages by building it with blocks. Blocks can contain titles, paragraphs of text, images, quotes, and so on, and blocks can easily be moved around within the content.
When Gutenberg is released, websites can choose to retain the old visual editor and text editor by installing the Classic Editor plugin.