How to Disable the Gutenberg Editor in WordPress

Gutenberg is the WordPress page/post editor that was released in December 2018 which changed the writing experience for all WordPress users. Why should we disable Gutenberg?

Many would feel that the update is not ready for live sites, and there have been reported issues with conflicting Plugins/Themes that cause unexpected behavior. If you’re looking to revert your editor, below are steps that allow you to revert from Gutenberg back to the Classic WordPress Editor.

For this method, we will be using the Classic Editor plugin which is developed and maintained by the core WordPress contributors.

Logging into WordPress Dashboard

To get started, you need to first log into your admin dashboard.


Installing the Plugin

To install the plugin, this is done on the Plugins page, where you will search and install the Classic Editor plugin.


The plugin works as soon as you activate it, disabling Gutenberg. It also gives you an option to keep both Gutenberg and the Classic Editor at the same time.

Simply go to the Settings > Writing page in your WordPress admin area. You will see the option “Default editor for all users”, which can be the Classic Editor or the block editor (Gutenberg).


Don’t forget to click on the Save Changes button to store your settings. And that’s it! This can be disabled at any time, as well as allow each user to switch editors as they choose.

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