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How to Disable Gutenberg and Keep the Classic Editor in WordPress

Do you want to disable Gutenberg (block editor) and keep the classic WordPress editor on your site?

Gutenberg is the default block editor in WordPress which has replaced the classic WordPress editor. A lot of users find it hard to adjust to and would prefer to keep the classic editor.

In this article, we will show you how to easily disable Gutenberg and keep the classic editor in WordPress.

Disable Gutenberg and keep classic editor in WordPress

What is Gutenberg?

Gutenberg is the developmental name for the block editor in WordPress. The block editor was created with a goal to modernize the WordPress writing experience.

WordPress block editor with default Twenty Twenty-One theme

It attempts to work like a page builder plugin and allows you to drag and drop items into a post or page. The goal is to offer more flexibility and enable WordPress users to create unique layouts for their content with rich multimedia content.

Since the release of WordPress 5.0, the block editor is now the default editor in WordPress.

Why Disable the Gutenberg Editor in WordPress?

Many users who have been using WordPress for years are more comfortable with the classic editor.

Also, since the block editor is relatively new, some plugins are still not compatible with it.

Thankfully, there’s a plugin by the WordPress core team which allows you to use the classic editor even on WordPress 5.0 or later.

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

Method 1. Disable Gutenberg with the WPCode Plugin (Recommended)

At WPBeginner, we recommend disabling Gutenberg using the WPCode plugin.

WPCode WordPress code snippets plugin

WPCode is the best code snippets plugin for WordPress. It makes it easy to add custom code in WordPress without having to edit your theme’s functions.php file.

WPCode also has a built-in code snippets library that makes it easy to customize WordPress functions.

In the library, you’ll find verified code snippets for popular feature requests like disable Gutenberg, disable WordPress REST API, disable automatic updates, and much more.

This eliminates the need to install a bunch of single-use plugins.

To get started, you need to install and activate the free WPCode plugin. If you need help, see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin for step by step instructions.

Once the plugin is activated, go to Code Snippets » Library from your WordPress dashboard.

Next, search for the ‘Disable Gutenberg Editor (use Classic Editor)’ snippet and click on the ‘Use snippet’ button.

Search for the Disable Gutenberg snippet in WPCode library

Then, WPCode will automatically add the code, set the proper insertion method, and add a title and tags to help you remember what the code is for.

WPCode Disable Gutenberg (use Classic Editor) snippet

All you need to do is toggle the switch from ‘Inactive’ to ‘Active.’

After that, click the ‘Update’ button.

Switch the code snippet to Active and click Update in WPCode

That’s it. The Gutenberg block editor is now disabled and you can use the Classic editor.

Method 2. Disable Gutenberg with the Classic Editor Plugin

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

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Classic Editor plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

The plugin works out of the box, and it will disable the Gutenberg editor upon activation.

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”.

Classic editor settings

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

You will now be able to see a new link under the Posts menu to create new posts using the classic editor.

Switch to classic editor

You will also be able to edit older articles using the classic editor. Simply go to the Posts » All Posts page and you’ll see an ‘Edit (Classic)’ link below posts.

Edit classic

Method 3. Use Classic Editor with Disable Gutenberg Plugin

If you want to disable Gutenberg for certain user roles and post types, then this method will help you do that.

First, you need to install and activate the Disable Gutenberg plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Settings » Disable Gutenberg page to configure plugin settings.

Disable Gutenberg settings

By default, the plugin will disable Gutenberg everywhere for all users on your website. However, if you want to limit it to certain user roles and post types, then you need to uncheck the ‘Complete Disable’ option.

Unchecking it will display more options to selectively disable Gutenberg for certain user roles, post types, theme templates, or individual posts.

Selectively disable Gutenberg

This option is helpful if you are using a WordPress plugin that’s not compatible with Gutenberg, but you want to use Gutenberg for other areas on your site.

WordPress is the world’s most popular website builder powering more than 43% of all websites on the internet.

It has thousands of plugins and themes and powers all kinds of websites from eCommerce stores to membership communities.

Many of these plugins are now compatible with the block editor. For example, WPForms includes a custom contact form block so you can easily insert your forms into any post or page with the block editor.

However, a lot of third-party tools still rely heavily on the classic WordPress editor and may not be fully compatible with the block editor.

If that’s the case, then these settings could be very helpful for you.

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

We hope this article helped you disable Gutenberg and keep the classic editor in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of the must have WordPress plugins for all websites, and our comparison of the best email marketing services for small businesses.

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    • If neither of these plugins was able to revert you to the classic editor, you may want to disable your other plugins to ensure this isn’t a plugin conflict.

      Admin

  1. Thank you, I don’t like Gutenberg at all, and was able to get my website, which I’m still working on, back to normal.

    • Glad our guide can help, as Gutenberg evolves the editing experience should improve for the future :)

      Admin

  2. You cannot install ANY plugins on WordPress if you don’t “upgrade to the business plan” as is what happens when you go to the plugin page. For the zillions of us who have blogs on there and are forced into the block editor, what do we do?

  3. Gutenberg is very annoying. Add the below code to your theme function file

    add_filter(‘use_block_editor_for_post’, ‘__return_false’);

    Save and have fun.

    • That is one method, we recommended the plugins as those are easier for beginners to disable if they would like to use the editor in the future

      Admin

  4. I’ve been using the Classic Editor for awhile now and it works great. Some of my editing features are missing though. There is no longer an option to change the color or font size and underline is missing too. Is there a way to fix that?

    • Those were likely added by the tinyMCE Advanced plugin if you were using that previously

      Admin

  5. Thanks! Your post about the classic editor plugin solved my issue with new default editor of WordPress immediately!

  6. Just started panicking when first saw this update! But now I’m back on track! Thank you so much!

    • Glad our recommendation worked, it is continuing to be developed so as it is worked on the editing experience should improve :)

      Admin

  7. I gave myself two weeks to adjust to this and reinstalled the old editor months ago on my personal site. Now I’m having to work with it again for a client and man do I hate this editor.

    • There is a learning curve but this editor should hopefully reduce the barrier to entry for new users to WordPress

      Admin

  8. I used your method and it worked instantly… after hours of despair!
    Super Mega Thank you!!!

    Would you have any estimated idea of when wordpress developer intend to force everyone to use the Gutenberg editor?

    Where best to leave them feedback?

    It messes up my whole website structure and all of a sudden pictures disappeared from post without me being able to access.

    • The classic editor plugin plans to be officially supported until December 2021 at the moment. If you visit the Gutenberg plugin page they have information on how to leave feedback :)

      Admin

  9. THank you for the article. I have searched for hours trying to get my drafts saved and my posts published with no success. I even played the permissions in the files sections of my cPanel. Nothing worked until after many searches through WordPress forums and after reading 10’s of Google suggestions on “How to get my posts saved” or “Posts won’t save in WordPress” I finally found your article and I didn’t know that was so simple to solve that problem. I simply installed the plugin Classic Editor and it worked right away! Thanks again!

  10. Thank you for the informative article. The new editor is the most time consuming and complicated editor ever, (this thing is unresponsive and lugs continuously) which they shoved it to our throats. forcing us to run yet another plugin, for something that didn’t need a plugin in the first place.
    Thank you again for the article.

    • There are certainly parts that are works in progress, as it improves it should hopefully help new users to WordPress :)

      Admin

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this information I have been off my blog for long.

    Today I was trying to post something and I got stuck with this.

    But after a very long search, I have finally managed to get the results that I wanted and finally on the read again.

    Keep on sharing this great information all the time you are such a great help.

  12. Excellent information!! Thank you. As of 20180321 a couple of the menu items listed above have been removed but other than that this was a life saver for editing previous content. Outstanding!

  13. Thank you so much for showing me the way out of my Gutenberg Nightmare. What on earth are the WP development team thinking?!?!?

    • It can certainly be confusing if you’re accustomed to the classic editor but it is the current attempt to make creating a post on WordPress more beginner friendly.

      Admin

  14. Was having so much trouble with Gutenberg I wasn’t blogging anymore. The work around you showed wasn’t appearing on my “writing” page. There was no option for Classic Editor on there. I had to reinstall Classic Editor. YAY!!! Back up and off to work I go!

  15. Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOO much for this!!! The new editor ought to be called Clunky Anxiety Producer. Your article just gave me my blogging life back!

    thanks you! :-) <3

  16. Ive been experiencing issues with the editors today. We had the Classic editor installed on a few sites but two of them will now not change to text tab view from visual tab in the editor screen. Both have Bakery visual builder plugin installed which i thought might be the issue but even when disabling that plugin i still have same issue. Ive tried both suggested plugins and get the same results. Im now looking for any other option as really dont want to use Guttenburg. Any ideas would be gratefully received. Thanks.

    • We would recommend first reaching out to the support for the classic editor plugin to see if this is a known issue or if they have a recommended solution.

      Admin

  17. Gutenberg was a nightmare to me, so many issues with it. Thanks for your article it really helped!

  18. Thank God for Classic Editor!!!!! Hahahaha. The new WP was a culture shock for me when I went back to blogging.

  19. Oh, Thank you very much! It works like charm! I love you! You save me from so much stress. You’re a lifesaver. It works like charm.

  20. Thank you for the instructions! We went with option 1 and it put us back on the classic editor. Worked like a charm!

    Thank you!

  21. I have tried all of the instructions offered above and unfortunately for me, any page that i open to edit with classic editor contains nothing but red wavy lines. I do not have time to try more failed suggestions, so please tell me how to revert back to a previous word press version that worked as advertised.
    Thank you.

  22. Hi, I’m currently taking way longer than intended whenever I’m writing a new post. My editing tool bar doesn’t have the tools i need it to have and is very limited, as it seems to be not compatible with the puglin I downloaded for it to adjust to my needs. As I was half through a post when I decided to install the new version of WordPress, it wasn’t as hard to use because i had little work left to do. So my question here is: if I download the classic editor, will my published post (that used images blocks) remain the way it is right now? Or will it be altered when i switch back to classic one?

    Thank you,

  23. Gutenberg is a disaster and it seriously inhibits my workflow. Thanks for your great advice.

  24. Installing the “Classic Editor” plugin worked like a charm. Automatically disabled gutenberg editor.

  25. Am I screwed? I have a free version blog using WordPress (wordpress.com). Am I correct in saying that I don’t have an option for the Classic Editor plugin, unless I upgrade to the business plan? The free version doesn’t allow for plug ins :-(

    • On WordPress.com when editing your post, in the top right under the verticle ellipses you should have more options and under there should be the option to swap to the classic editor for now.

      Admin

      • Same here with the free account. However, when I switch back to the classic editor the scroll bar is no longer existent. So I can’t scroll through my post. How do I get the scroll bar back in classic editor because the new editor leaves much to be desired. Thanks

        • You would sadly need to reach out to WordPress.com’s support for that. We do not have control over anything that WordPress.com is offering and our recommended solutions are for WordPress.org sites.

    • Thanks for the advice on where to find the Classic Editor option.
      I have a free WordPress.com account too, and my workaround was to start in Gutenberg for the title, then save, jump back to All Posts and then reopen in Classic. Tedious? Time consuming? Sure. But I felt like a blind man with a Rubik’s cube when I tried to use Gutenberg.

  26. Hello I installed the classic editor plugin ant it works fine but when I create a new post, the editor is by default on “text editor” and not “visual editor”

    IS there a way to enter a new post in visual editor by default ?

    • Hi Yves,

      After switching to the visual editor, WordPress remembers your preference when you click on the save or publish button. Then the next time you edit a post it will open the Visual editor.

      Admin

  27. Hello Team,

    I’ve never been able to use Gutenberg plugin.
    Every time, I try to save a post I get an error message: “updating failed”.
    First of all, I got WordPress updated to version 5.0.
    But before the update, I had already installed Gutenberg.
    After the update, I tried to use it.
    The issue persists.

    I hope you can provide some advice.
    Thanks.
    Regards,

    MJ

      • Hello,

        I did the following actions:
        a. clicked on settings and set the classic editor as default.
        b. I installed WordPress 5.0
        c. Uninstalled Gutenberg plugin as it is integrated already with WordPress 5.0

        But, the result was the same. Issue persists: “updating failed”.
        Do you have another suggestion?

        Gutenberg appearance looks great and I would love learning how to use it.

        Thanks in advance for your support.
        Kind Regards,

        MJ

  28. did I miss something? How do you disable Gutenberg if you only have a wordpress.com blog if you can’t install plug-ins? I have two wordpress.com blogs and I really want to keep the classic editor for both.

  29. Hey, thank you for the article. When I use the classic editor plugin I only have the option for editor instead of both visual and editor. So basically I can’t see my headings and titles as they are in code. Any suggestions for what I am doing wrong? Thanks!

    • I am really thinking to stop using wordpress anymore. Since I am using this it I daily get headache with their non sense updates and no solutions.
      I couldnt post since four days due to disappeared editing bar.

  30. Hallelujah!!! The new version ruined my editing capabilities using Bakery Builder. I hate it. Thanks for this plugin!!

  31. Why do I need a plugin to remove a change I did not want, nor need? In other words why am I doing work I shouldn’t be? The other editor worked fine for me and learning a new one is definitely not within my resources at the moment.

    • Thank you so much for this tutorial. I wholeheartely hate Gutenberg. There is a reason why I don’t like Jimdo and Wix and so on. And why I love WordPress. I really don’t understand why they went that way. It’s ugly and complicated. More importantly though: I really don’t have the time to learn those blocks. I need to be able to write and then I format. Done.
      Though, my screens look a lot different than yours but I use Multisite so maybe that’s why.
      Again, THANK YOU!

  32. I installed the “Classic Editor” plugin. When I go to Settings –> Writing, I don’t get the wording you said, but I get
    Default Editor for all users with radio buttons for Classic Editor and Block Editor.
    Underneath that I get Allow users to switch editors yes/no

  33. I been blogging for over 10 years and I hate the new Gutenberg. It is not user friendly and makes writing posts so much longer. For starters you can only add 1 image at a time and there not even any instructions on using the interface.

    What a disaster from wordpress

    • I’ve used WP on dozens of blogs for over 10 years. This is the first time in 10 years I’ve thought about getting a custom CMS built. The old editor was fine. For those that wanted changes, there were plugins, or experienced WP coders.

      • HI GD,

        You can opt-out of using the blocks editor by disabling it and keep using the classic editor. Meanwhile, your feedback will help core developers in improving blocks editor and make it better.

        Admin

  34. Thank you for the information, however, now that I’m using the Classic Editor, I am not able to insert a gallery. Any tips on why it’s not working? Thank you.

  35. Newsflash people… Classic Editor does NOT work. Disable Gutenberg plugin does NOT work.

    Nothing works. Whatever typing screen you’re on – it still shows the annoying Gutenberg. No Classic Editor, no nothing. Both plugins are useless. Not one of them works out of the box, no changes are seen, so that’s what we have.

    If anyone actually knows how to Disable Gutenberg now – after the WP 5.0 update, do let me know.

      • Or perhaps they are conflicting with other plugins that we are using.

        This type of update is far too advanced to be required to run side by side with our all our many plugins.

        And now we have to add an additional plugin to avoid it which further adds to the site load while increasing chances for conflict.

        The feature should have been left as a plugin and not build into the core.

        I’m not a developer but I would presume you would want the core as bare bone as possible in order to enable other software to built on top of it… now its this mess of an editor that is disrupting some of my already installed plugins…. which I may have to purchase new subscriptions to in order to receive updates to the new setup.

    • Classic editor worked on one of my sites… then on another it fixed the formatting but elements were inoperable.

      “Disable Gutenberg” plugin didn’t work for me at all.

      It’s ridiculous that I need to add addition plugin load to revert back to a classic layout.

      These changes are too advanced to be implemented in the core of WP and expect to not have conflicts across the entire marketplace.

      The block editor should have remained as a plugin!

  36. Gutenberg editor is not newbie friendly. For those who have been blogging and editing their own blogs via WordPress they can figure things out but for those who are just starting out, it will be disappointing!

  37. Is the Classic Word Editor for web sites or just blog sites? I have a website that includes a blog. I installed and activated it but there was no option in settings to disable Gutenberg, only Block editor? I have disabled it for now.

    • Hi Diane,

      Classic editor is for all kind of content. Gutenberg isn’t out yet, unless you have it installed as a plugin. Once it is out, the plugin will automatically disable it for you and you’d be able to continue using your WordPress site as it was.

      Admin

  38. I’m just starting my blogging. I’ve only done a little to set up my site and it’s going very slow due to learning curve so I’m wondering if I should just wait until Gutenberg comes out so I don’t have to learn two ways of building it? It looks so much easier for a novice blogger but I don’t want to assume that and waste time not moving forward. Just hoping to get an expert opinion! Thanks!!

  39. Thanks for the advice. So if we don’t want Gutenberg at all, we should download and activate the Classic Editor now and then when the 5.0 update comes out we won’t notice any difference? And we won’t need to download the Disable Gutenberg plugin either? Still confused as to why we’d need to download and activate both as some people are suggesting. Cheers!

    • Hi Carolann,

      You can install it right now, it doesn’t do anything if you don’t have Gutenberg installed. With 5.0 Gutenberg will merge into the WordPress core and will be the default editor, so if you had the plugin already installed you wouldn’t notice the change. You can also choose to wait and install it after Gutenberg is merged into the core.

      Admin

  40. do we want for the release first and then install the plugin or install it now before the release?

  41. Gutenberg is a total disaster for a busy WordPress site. Perhaps okay for a blogger tutning out a couple of posts a day. It will add 15 minutes per hour to our workflow.

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