As many of you already know, WordPress aims to launch the new Gutenberg editor by the end of 2018 / early 2019. Gutenberg will replace the classic editor as the default editor in the WordPress core. However, if you believe that your website will not accept these upcoming changes well, once Gutenberg is integrated, you will have the option to return to the classic editor. Compatibility with previous versions will be compatible with WordPress for years to come. In this post we show you how to disable Gutenberg and keep the classic editor in use.
WordPress is constantly evolving.
WordPress is the most popular website creator in the world, with more than 31% of all websites on the Internet.
Great changes are currently being made to modernize WordPress and prepare it for the future. The default classic editor will be replaced, with the integration of new editor Gutenberg in the core of WordPress at the end of 2018 / beginning of 2019.
While this is great news for most, it is potentially not for everyone or at least not yet. The considerable future changes will affect all websites built by WordPress.
The developers are currently working hard to make the add-ons and themes compatible with the new editor Gutenberg. However, it is possible that many of these are not fully compatible with Gutenberg for some time.
If you think that this may be the case with your WordPress site, or you will not be ready to use Gutenberg, then staying with the classic editor may be useful for you.
Disabling the Gutenberg editor in WordPress
There has been a lot of debate about the new Gutenberg editor. Some WordPress users love it, others do not like it. Many users feel that Gutenberg in its current state is not ready for live sites. However, what must be remembered is that the Gutenberg editor is currently in its active testing and development phase, so further improvements will be made.
While Gutenberg will be a wonderful editor for bloggers or publishing / media websites, it may not be the option for some WordPress sites.
Despite its fair share of negative reviews, the WordPress development team is moving forward with the release, making Gutenberg the default editor in WordPress 5.0. This is worrying some users, and they want the option of keeping the classic editor once Gutenberg launches. Do not worry, there are plugins that will allow you to do that when the time comes.
Also keep in mind that at this time (October 2018), you do not need to do anything, since the Gutenberg editor has not yet merged with the WordPress kernel. However, if you have already installed the Gutenberg plugin to test it, you’ll see that it replaces the classic editor in WordPress by default. To disable the Gutenberg plugin and return to the classic editor, you can simply use the plugin Classic Editor.
Disable Gutenberg using the Classic Editor plugin
First, you need to install and activate the plugin Classic Editor. For more details, look at this step by step guide that explains how to install a new plugin in WordPress. The plugin works immediately and will disable the Gutenberg editor after activation. This plugin also gives you the option to keep the Gutenberg editor and the classic editor at the same time. You can configure this in the plugin configuration.
Simply go to Settings > Writing Page > Classic Editor Settings in the WordPress admin panel.
Once you have saved the changes, you will see a new link in the publications menu to create new posts with the classic editor.
Use the classic editor with the Disable Gutenberg plugin
Another option to disable the Gutenberg editor is the plugin Disable Gutenberg. First, you must install and activate the pluginDisable Gutenberg. For more details, look at this step by step guide to install a plugin.
After activation, visit Settings > Disable Gutenberg, to configure the plugin options.
By default, the add-on will disable Gutenberg everywhere for all users of your website. However, if you wish to limit it to certain user roles and types of publications, you must uncheck the option “Disable Complete”. Unchecking it will show more options to selectively disable Gutenberg for certain user roles, publication types, topic templates, or individual publications.