If you’re using a new theme that supports block editing (released in WordPress 5.9 or 6.0), you may have noticed that the old customizer has disappeared. This includes options such as Site Identity, Widgets, Menus, Homepage Settings, and Additional CSS.
I recently came across this issue on one of my websites and it was frustrating because the theme was perfect for what I needed it for, however it was a long process adding additional CSS to each element manually, using the Otter plugin.
I finally figured out how to access the old customizer so I could add additional CSS to my theme without creating a child theme. Here’s how to do it.
- In the block editor, click your site logo at the top of your screen. You’ll know if it’s the correct element because in the top right it will say ‘Site Logo’ (screenshot below)
- Scroll down to where it says ‘Site Icon’ followed by a paragraph of text
- In that paragraph is a hyperlink that says ‘Site Icon Settings’ – click that and you will arrive at the old customizer that we all know and love
Alternatively you can visit add ‘/wp-admin/customize.php’ to your URL, like this: https://example.com/wp-admin/customize.php.
It’s not an ideal solution but it’s a workaround nonetheless. Hopefully a future release will add ‘Additional CSS’ as a dedicated separate panel in the block editor.
Update: The ‘Additional CSS’ interface is due to return in WordPress 6.2.