How to disable the Gutenberg Editor for the Classic Editor in WordPress 5.0

How to disable the Gutenberg Editor for the Classic Editor in WordPress 5.0

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to disable the Gutenberg editor that came with WordPress 5.0, to get back the old Classic Editor that you love.

WordPress 5.0 came out with a bang last year, only to receive tons of backlash for its arguably woeful editor, which they call the Gutenberg Editor. It can be a bit difficult to decide whether or not you like it at first, because it does not really have anything terrible you can pinpoint as a reason to prefer the old Classic Editor. Nevertheless, this is where the problem is: Though it does not have serious performance issues, it does practically nothing to improve your efficiency as a writer or publisher.

The Gutenberg Editor now forces users to make use of blocks. There are virtually blocks for everything, from adding text to custom content. The layout and flow of actions simply doesn’t make the Gutenberg experience an enjoyable one, and for this, we are all justified for rejecting it and turning back to what we now refer to as the Classic Editor.

But how can you disable the Gutenberg Editor in WordPress 5.0? How can you switch back to the Classic Editor? Thankfully, the guys at WordPress have provided a simple answer: the official Classic Editor plugin.

As the name suggests, the Classic Editor plugin acts as a tool that restores the old WordPress editor and the Edit Post screen back to the way they were in WordPress 4.9. The plugin is expected to be maintained by the WordPress team until 2022, at least, which means that you have ample time to make the switch—if the Gutenberg Editor isn’t your preference.

Below is a video tutorial detailing how to disable the Gutenberg Editor in WordPress 5.0. You can view it directly or scroll down for the written steps.

Step 1

Log into your blog’s admin dashboard. We recommend you access your dashboard using an account with administrative privileges.

Logging into your WordPress blog's dashboard

Step 2

We need to install the Classic Editor plugin, so go to Plugins > Add New.

Adding a new plugin via your WordPress dashboard.

Step 3

In the search bar, make sure the dropdown menu is set to “Keyword”, and then type the name of the plugin as shown in the screenshot below.

Searching for the Classic Editor plugin.

Step 4

Click on the plugin—it should be the first search result—and click on the Install Now button.

Click on the plugin to install it on your blog

Note: I have already installed the plugin, that’s why the “Install Button” reads “Latest Version Installed”.

Step 5

Once the plugin is done installing, click on Activate Plugin.

Activate the plugin after it has installed.

Step 6

Now, we need to confirm that we want to disable the Gutenberg Editor and use the Classic Editor instead, so go to Settings > Writing.

Set the default editor in your Settings.

In the section labeled “Default editor for all users”, make sure the Classic Editor radio button is checked, then scroll down to click on the Save Changes button.

Step 8

To confirm that you now have the previous editor restored, go to Posts > Add New. You should now have the Gutenberg Editor disabled.

Restoring the classic editor in WordPress 5.0