How To Disable Gutenberg & Enable Classic WordPress Editor

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With WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg has been imposed on your WordPress blog. That means you have lost your old WordPress editor and now onward have to use the new WordPress Gutenberg editor only.

But, that is not 100% correct and that is why I love WordPress. There are always workarounds available to fix any WordPress issue.

In this article, I will be sharing 3 different methods to get back to your old classic WordPress editor, by disabling the WordPress Gutenberg editor.

What is WordPress Gutenberg Editor?

Gutenberg is the new WordPress editor which has now become mandatory with the latest WordPress 5.0. This is a new generation editor where everything is in the forms of blocks. Here is a snapshot of the new WordPress Gutenberg editor.

gutenberg editor

It is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented a printing press with movable type more than 500 years ago. This editor has replaced the classic editor where you have to use a lot of shortcodes, HTML to create a visually awesome content.

Now with Gutenberg editor, you can explore many “little blocks” for each element. Although they are very basic now, with time they will be updated with more advanced features.

Why You May Need To Disable Gutenberg Editor?

Well, even though there are many features and future for WordPress Gutenberg Editor, but immediately after the release of WordPress 5.0, it has created a huge chaos. Let me tell you a few of the drawbacks of Gutenberg for short time.

Problem #1: Gutenberg will be a part of core WordPress now. That means websites with old plugins, which is not updated frequently may break. Definitely, this will be fixed as soon as the plugin updated, but, make sure you are not using any such plugin which has not been updated in years.

Problem #2: Similarly the same thing will also apply to your WordPress themes. If you are not using any of the recommended or Gutenberg ready themes like StudioPress Themes, then you may face the problem. But, none of my websites faced any problem as I use only premium themes like GeneratePress, Genesis Framework & Thrive Themes.

Problem #3: With this new editor your writing experience will completely change. If you are a blogger who loves to edit posts in MS word and then paste it directly to WordPress editor then you had a very bad today, I understand that. But, don’t worry as you can easily go back to the old WordPress editor by following this tutorial.

Is Gutenberg Really A Problem?

Frankly speaking, Gutenberg is a blessing for all bloggers. How?

The demand for visually attractive and interactive content is high. In fact, if you notice all top bloggers, they use Thrive Architect plugin to create awesome content. These kinds of content get huge attention, numerous shares and get better ranking too.

With Gutenberg, you will gradually get used to with using “little blocks” while creating content. And, as they will bring more advanced features in the future, one can easily create visually appealing content.

But it is obvious that accepting such changes so easily is not at all possible. After all, we all want a settled environment to work and Gutenberg has done exactly opposite. Now, we have to upgrade our skills to extract the best out of Gutenberg in the coming days.

Steps To Disable Gutenberg & Enable Classic WordPress Editor

No need to panic as you can easily do this task in just a few seconds. There are 3 ways to disable Gutenberg editor and get back to classic WordPress editor.

#1. Classic WordPress Editor Plugin

You just have to install this Wp Classic Editor Plugin After that from the settings section choose the option to permanently disable it. You will get an option against every post to EDIT(classic) way. I have not used this plugin though.

wordpress classic editor

#2. Disable Gutenberg Plugin

This is what I have used. Simply install this plugin and you don’t have to do anything.

disable gutenberg plugin

In case you want to get back to the Gutenberg Editor, you can check the plugin settings and click on disable option.

Disable Gutenberg Plugin Settings

#3.  Editing Theme File

This option only for confident blogger who can actually change the WordPress theme file. You have to put this code into the functions.php file. Make sure you take a backup of your website first as a small error on that file can break the entire website.

So, it is always was recommended to edit any file through cPanel only. This way we can avoid using one plugin.

add_filter('use_block_editor_for_post', '__return_false');


So, I hope it is quite easy to go back to the classic WordPress editor. But we can’t avoid the fact that WordPress is changing and they want us to accommodate fast.

Although personally, I am investing my time to learn to use Thrive Architect, so Gutenberg editor may not be useful for me. But I would say, you better enable Gutenberg in a different domain or website and whenever to get time start practicing to create content using Gutenberg editor.

Let me know how do you like this WordPress tutorial about how to disable Gutenberg WordPress editor. I am going to share such useful tutorials to resolve your issues. Feel free to share your comments, any corrections, and suggestions to improve this article. Thank you for reading & sharing this article on social platforms. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “How To Disable Gutenberg & Enable Classic WordPress Editor”

  1. I agree with Ryan,
    I find the old Classic WP Editor clean, simple to use and teach new bloggers on. And no fiddling with dragging and dropping. Most Platforms that use drag and drop are fiddly too even Funnel sites like Click funnel!

    So I have disabled the new WP 5.0 Updated version by adding the plugin. I cant imagine WP without the classic editor…some things arent meant to be changed loL!

  2. Glad to see this nice tutorial. I have some clients and most of them are not yet ready to change. This is really simple guide to make them little more comfortable by the shadow of Gutenberg.

    • Thank you, Atul for finding this easy. Gutenberg will take time to settle, and for users also it is not easy to go directly into the block-based editor. So better to disable Gutenberg editor for time being.

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