How to Use the WordPress Classic Editor in a Gutenberg World

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You might have noticed that your WordPress editor looks totally different if you are making updates to your website.  With the launch of WordPress 5, its a totally new way of making edits to your wordpress site.   Most people do NOT like Gutenberg and its gotten like a 2.2 star review rating so far and people are pissed!

I can see why and if you are used to doing something a certain way and now all of a sudden it totally changes, its not cool.  Yet luckily there is a way to go back to the classic editor.

What Exactly is Gutenberg?

It’s not related to former Police Academy star Steve Gutenberg first off. No Gutenberg is the new WordPress editor that is being used with the new WordPress 5.0 software.

Classic Editor Plugin is Solution

Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.

At a glance, this plugin adds the following:

  • Administrators can select the default editor for all users.

  • Administrators can allow users to change their default editor.

  • When allowed, the users can choose which editor to use for each post.

  • Each post opens in the last editor used regardless of who edited it last. This is important for maintaining a consistent experience when editing content.

How to Disable Gutenberg and Enable the Classic WordPress Editor – Solution #1

Most wordpress users want to have an option to disable Gutenberg and keep the classic editor.

Thankfully, there’s a plugin by the WordPress core team which allows you to do just that.

—> Classic Editor Plugin #1—> Download plugin at

Let’s take a look at how to easily disable Gutenberg and keep using the classic WordPress editor.

#1- For this to work, you can use the Classic Editor plugin which is developed and maintained by the core WordPress contributors, or the disable Gutenberg plugin.

#2- For this first solution, first Install and activate the Classic Editor plugin. The plugin works out of the box, and it will disable the Gutenberg editor upon activation.

#3- This plugin also gives you an option to keep both Gutenberg and the Classic editor at the same time. You can configure this in the plugin’s settings.

Simply go to the Settings » Writing page in your WordPress admin area. You will see the option to do this under “Classic editor settings”.

Disable Gutenberg Plugin – #2 way to use classic editor only

This plugin disables the new Gutenberg Editor (aka Block Editor) and replaces it with the Classic Editor. You can disable Gutenberg completely, or selectively disable for posts, pages, roles, post types, and theme templates. Plus you can hide the Gutenberg nag, menu item, and more!

The all-in-one, COMPLETE solution for handling Gutenberg.
Hide ALL traces of Gutenberg and replace with the Classic Editor.
Restores the original Edit Post screen (TinyMCE, meta boxes, et al).

The Disable Gutenberg plugin restores the classic (original) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. So you can continue using plugins and theme functions that extend the Classic Editor. Supports awesome features like Meta Boxes, Quicktags, Custom Fields, and everything else the Classic Editor can do.

—> Download Disable Gutenberg plugin from wordpress

If you upgraded to the latest version of wordpress, you might have gotten a big surprise. Gutenberg sucks! That does seem to be the general consensus and people just are not happy when you totally change something and make it hard to do basic tasks.

You can figure it out and in some ways it does make the writing experience better, yet overall I think it was a big mistake to force this on people and make it the default editor


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