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How to Disable Gutenberg and Keep the Classic Editor in WordPress

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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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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    Great article. Many people struggle with Gutenberg because it’s quite complex. For websites where someone doesn’t want to use a page builder like Elementor or Seed Prod, this option is a great choice, especially for simple small websites. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Moinuddin Waheed says

    classic editor has been great for writing content and specially for bloggers where the main aim is to publish regular content.
    moreover, making table is a lot of easier when it comes to classic editor whereas Gutenberg editor still lags flexibility in table customisations.
    I had to use classic editor mainly for making table.
    Is there a way we can have both the editors and can make a switch to utilise the best features of both the editors?
    or will we need to disable one to use the other?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would need to only use one editor at a time as swapping editors can cause formatting issues.


    • Jiří Vaněk says

      Using two editors at the same time is not a good practice. I tried mixing Gutenberg and Elementor this way, and it always ended badly. Usually, the second editor would take over the article and damage the formatting done by the first editor. Therefore, it is necessary to choose just one of them; otherwise, you can easily mess up your article and will have to use revisions to revert back.

  4. mohadese esmaeeli says

    One of the issues with Gutenberg that has bothered me is the absence of the ‘Show Revisions’ feature, which is available in the classic editor. Another problem is that Ctrl+Z doesn’t work in this editor, and I’m always afraid that my writing might be lost due to an internet interruption, WordPress hang-ups, or any other reasons.

  5. Ahmed Omar says

    As a new beginner on wordpress, I found that classic editor is easy for me to use.
    Should I continue using it or I should train myself to use block editor from now

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If possible it would be good to start learning the block editor as WordPress updates there will be more and more added to the block editor.


  6. Tikyda says

    Thanks a lot. I did not know it could be so quick to get rid of the new wordpress text editor. I used the plugin you recommended.

  7. VickyR says

    WOW! Did this article “find me” at the right time! I think this is the best WordPress site on the internet, have been following it a long time and decided put foot in the waters and test a new site with WordPress 6.0.1 (local install). The toggle button popping up and hiding all the dashboard options was driving me crazy every time I tried to create a new page or post! Have been sitting here all day trying to figure out stop the Dashboard menu from dissappearing. Didn’t realize it was Gutenberg vs Classic Editor. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS POST wpbeginner! :-) :-) :-)

  8. Frances Sinclair says

    Unfortunately I can’t install the plugin as it requires me to have a Business Plan. I know I had plugins on my blogs but can’t install any now. Have been forced into block editor.

  9. Brigitte says

    Hi, I’ve downloaded the plug in for the classic Editor since I couldn’t figure out how to Indent paragraph in the Block editor. I’m now able to “indent” a paragraph in the Classic Editor. I then save the Classic editor and close it.

    However, as soon as I open the Classic Editor, my “indents” are gone (Even though I had saved my post)? I’m used to the Block Editor, but it’s missing some functionalities (like indents). Not sure what to do? I prefer not to use the Classic Editor too much, only for the missing functionalities. Can we not use both?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would not want to swap between editors as that can cause different issues like the one you are running into. For those situations, you would want to use the Classic block for that styling or stay in the classic editor.


  10. John says


    installing the classic editor was easy on WP 5.6
    Only thing is that the classic “look” is not there ? It has a different interface ?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to ensure you’ve enabled the classic editor in the plugin’s settings for it to be visible.


  11. Angelina says

    I’m using, but when I go to the writing settings this option isn’t there..? I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to ensure the plugin is installed and activated for the option to be available.


  12. Frank White says

    I’m using WordPress COM. On Oct 1, 2020 when I added a post to my blog I was shocked to discover that the familiar Classic interface had been replaced by Gutenberg without my permission.

    Even worse, when I tried to restore the Classic interface I got this message — “To install plugins you need to upgrade to a business plan.”

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would need to reach out to’s support for what the current options that they have available are without upgrading to be able to use plugins. Our guides are for sites currently.


    • Matt says

      On free plans, you can’t install the plugin, but it’s still possible to use the old editor. Go to the WP Admin page which is located at Click Posts->All Posts to get a list of your posts. If you hover over a post title, you can choose Classic Editor below it. Note: This may not work if your WP account is new.

  13. Hendrik says

    I recently updated my site to WP 5.5.1 – no choice, but Gutenberg. When I install the Classic Editor plugin, the article previews get a 404 error. Any ideas, whether it’s the theme or other plugins interferring?

  14. Mark says

    I happened to do a fresh WP installation last night and noticed that block editing is the default status as now the block editor is built into the WP core. A couple years ago I installed the Gutenberg plugin. Is it possible to uninstall the plugin and retain the block editor or will uninstalling the Gutenberg plugin disable block editing? It would be a disaster to uninstall it and find pages and posts created with the Gutenberg plugin all in a mess.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If your site is up to date you should be able to uninstall the Gutenberg plugin safely.


  15. Heather Davis says

    Hi. I have been using the Classic Editor plugin, but isn’t there an expiration to that? I thought I remember they will require everyone to move over to Gutenburg by a certain date. Do you know about this?

    I ask because I was going to hire someone to recreate my blog in Gutenburg blocks… because I thought I had to eventually. But I don’t want to do the dust has settled on Gutenburg and all the kinks are worked out.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      They mention this on the Classic editor plugin page itself. Currently, the plugin will be supported until 2022, or as long as necessary.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      Some people think that which is why the Classic Editor plugin is available, should you not want to use the block editor you can use that plugin. We would recommend trying the block editor when you can as it has improved over time.


  16. ValerieB says

    I’ve read the post above and do not see these options when I look at settings on my 2nd site. When I choose plug-ins, I get the message that I have to upgrade to a paid plan in order to be able to use either the disable gutenberg plugin or the classic editor plugin.

    Is this correct? People with free sites are not allowed to disable the “new block editor”? Thank you.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Our tutorials are for sites, not sites. should be able to let you know the options available but they may have an option in the top right of the post editor unless it has been removed


  17. Cheryl says

    In trying to find a way out of Gutenberg I installed Classic Editor, also Classic Editor add-on, and then finally Disable Gutenberg. A third party tool I used to use used to work perfectly for months. Now it does not, even with this plugins. Do I have too many plugins at this point? Suggestions? Thank you.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would only want one plugin for the classic editor active, you may be running into a conflict between the plugins that is preventing the classic editor from displaying.


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