I don’t know about you but I loathe the Gutenberg Editor in WordPress. Yes, this editor has been the default WordPress editor since WordPress 5.0. This article will show you how to disable Gutenberg Editor and bring back the good-old Gutenberg Editor in WordPress.

Disable Gutenberg Editor

Without much other fluff and blurbs, let us get down to it. Follow the options below to disable the Gutenberg Editor:

Option 1 – Disable the Gutenberg Plugin

Developers at the heart of the WordPress 5.0 release thought it best to input Gutenberg editor as the default editor in WordPress (WP).

I think that was a horrible mistake on a couple of fronts:

  1. As a leading Content Management Software (CMS), WP commands 43% of all traffic on the internet. The developer forgot their main target users; the writers. The Gutenberg editor is built from the ground up with a web developer in mind – a drag-and-drop interface – and not the main user, a writer. A good writing experience is a flowing river and not a drag-and-drop experience. Much like what Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Medium offer.
  2. The Gutenberg Plugin does not work with a number of WP plugins. That is primarily because it is still new, and a lot of WP developers are yet to tweak their plugins to be compatible with it.

That said, here is how to disable the Gutenberg Plugin.

  • Step 1: Go to Settings > Disable Gutenberg

The above step will disable Gutenberg for all users across the entire website. That might not be what all the users want. If that is the case, you can selectively disable it for some users, while allowing it run for others. To do that you need to uncheck the ‘Complete Disable’ option, which will lead to display of more options where you can selectively disable it for some users, while leaving it enabled for others.

Option 2 – Install the Classic Editor on WP

In keeping with the old adage, ‘there’s more than one way to kill a rat.’ – some would include burning the entire house, but we do not recommend it. Now, back to our point. You can disable the Gutenberg editor on WP by installing the Classic Editor on WP. The latter will cancel out the former!

There’s a tight group of core ‘renegade’ WP contributors who didn’t like the direction the company was taking. (PS – We thank you guys so much!) So they kept working and improving on the Classic WordPress editor despite management’s decision to effect Gutenberg WordPress Editor to be the default.

Thanks to this guys, you can still install the Classic editor, which will automatically overwrite the Gutenberg WordPress editor. This trick works right out of the box! Just head over to the WordPress admin page and navigate to Settings > Writing and you should see the Classic editor settings

The Gutenberg editor, also known as block editor or block WordPress editor, can at times be a headache. Especially when you consider the fact that it is yet to become compatible with a lot of third-party plugins. With the tips shared above, you should be capable of disabling the block editor completely from your WP.org website.

PS – This trick only works for the premium WordPress.org websites, not the WordPress.com websites.

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