Can I Use the Classic Editor instead of Gutenberg in WordPress?

WordPress recently replaced their editor with Gutenberg but you may want to keep using the old one that you are familiar with. Can you use the Classic Editor instead of Gutenberg? Yes! While there are many editors available, the Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin.

This means it is fully supported and compatible with WordPress. In this guide, we will show you how to install and enable the Classic Editor plugin so you can use it in place of the Gutenberg block editor.

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Install the Classic Editor Plugin

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click Plugins then Add New.
  3. Type ‘classic editor’ in the search field.

    You will see the Classic Editor plugin by WordPress Contributors listed, click the Install Now button.

  5. Once it has been installed click the Activate button.

Using the Classic Editor Instead of Gutenberg

Now that you have the Classic Editor plugin installed, you can enable it for all users or allow them to choose the editor they want. We will now show you how select the Classic Editor in your WordPress Dashboard.

  1. In your WordPress Dashboard go to Settings, then Writing.

    Next to “Default editor for all users” choose what editor you want your contributors to have. Options are Classic Editor and Block Editor.


    Choose if you want to “Allow users to switch editors.”



    If you let users switch editors, they will see options to “Edit (Block Editor)” or “Edit (Classic Editor)” when accessing Pages or Posts.

  4. Click the Save Changes button. You are finished when you see a “Settings Saves” message.

Congratulations, now you know how to use the Classic Editor instead of Gutenberg in WordPress!

Learn more about the new WordPress editor, Gutenberg, and the capabilities of the separate Gutenberg plugin with our helpful Gutenberg articles!

John-Paul Briones Content Writer II

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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Thoughts on “Can I Use the Classic Editor instead of Gutenberg in WordPress?

  • Seems to me that WordPress requires a pricey “Business Plan” in order to use Plug-Ins, which would be something worth mentioning in this article. That’s the notification I receive, in any case, when I have tried to install plug-ins in a WP site with premium account.

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