How to Disable Gutenberg in WordPress & use the Classic Editor Instead

How to Disable Gutenberg in WordPress & use the Classic Editor Instead

As you probably know, WordPress introduced the new Gutenberg editor in late 2018, which replaces the Classic Editor as the default editor. However, if you think that your website is not well suited for it, then you have the option of using the classic editor. In this post we’ll show you how to disable Gutenberg and keep the Classic Editor running.

WordPress is constantly evolving

WordPress is the most popular blog and CMS system worldwide. More than 31% of all websites on the internet use WordPress. The open source software WordPress also supports thousands of plugins and themes and allows you to build almost any kind of website (from huge ecommerce stores and news sites to small community websites and private blogs).

There are a lot of changes coming up to modernize WordPress and prepare it for years to come. In the first step, the existing classic standard editor has been replaced by the new Gutenberg editor. The integration period has been completed in late 2018.

Writing A Blog Post In The Gutenberg Editor.
Writing a blog post in the Gutenberg Editor

While many have welcomed this upgrade, others are unsure about the changes and many are currently struggling with their website to run it without problems using the new Gutenberg editor.

Developers are currently working hard to make their plugins and themes compatible with the new Gutenberg editor. However, it is possible that many plugins and themes will not be fully compatible with the new Gutenberg Editor for some time yet.

If you think this could be the case for your WordPress website, it may be helpful for you to keep the Classic Editor for at least the beginning. In this article you will find out how to keep the Classic Editor on your website from WordPress 5.0.

Disable the Gutenberg Editor in WordPress

There are many discussions about the Gutenberg editor right now. Some WordPress users already love the new editor, others do not like it at all, and many still do not know enough about Gutenberg.

At the moment Gutenberg is still in the development phase and new improvements are constantly being released. Despite the still numerous negative reviews in the WordPress.org plugin directory, the WordPress development team is pushing ahead with the adaptivity of Gutenberg.

This worries some users and they prefer to keep the classic WordPress editor first. And that’s not a problem at all. If you think your website is not ready for Gutenberg yet, there are already some plugins to disable Gutenberg and keep the Classic Editor running.

Classic Editor WordPress
The Classic Editor in WordPress

Disable Gutenberg with the Classic Editor plugin

One way to disable the Gutenberg editor is to use the Classic Editor plug-in.

First you have to install and activate the Classic Editor Plugin. The plugin deactivates the Gutenberg editor immediately after activation. You also have the option to use Gutenberg and the Classic Editor at the same time. You can configure this in the settings of the plugin.

In the WordPress admin section you can just go to Settings and then access the Classic Editor settings from there. Do not forget to save your changes. You can now see a new link in the menu to create new posts with the Classic Editor.

Disable Gutenberg Plugin: Using the Classic Editor

Another way to disable Gutenberg is the plugin Disable Gutenberg. First you have to install and activate the Disable Gutenberg plugin. After activation, you will need to visit the ‘Disable Gutenberg’ pages to configure the plugin settings.

By default, the plugin disables Gutenberg everywhere for all users on your website. However, if you want to restrict it to specific user roles and contribution types, you must turn off the “Complete Disable” option. After turning it off, more options appear to selectively disable Gutenberg for specific user roles, post types, topic templates, or individual posts.

We hope you find these tips helpful!

Feedback and questions

What do you think about Gutenberg so far? Do you think that you can make friends with Gutenberg as the new WordPress Editor, or will you rather use the Classic Editor? We look forward to your feedback, just leave a comment.

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