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

Disable Blocks

The Gutenberg editor, also known as the WordPress block editor, allows you to create and manage content via self-contained blocks. If you would prefer to use the classic WordPress editor, there’s an easy way to do that. In this article, you’ll learn how to disable the WordPress block editor in two different ways.

Disable WordPress Block Editor With Classic Editor Plugin

Follow the steps below to install the classic editor plugin:

  1. Log into the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click Plugins
  3. Click Add New
    Add new plugin
  4. You may see classic editor as a the first option, if so, click Activate
    Activate Classic Editor

Using The Classic Editor

Once you have installed and activated the classic editor plugin, that’s all you have to do. You will notice when editing a post (or creating new content) that the Gutenberg editor has been replaced by the classic interface.

Classic editor interface

All previous posts and pages will have automatically converted to the classic editor. However, you will notice, if you ever switch back to Gutenberg, that posts created with the classic editor will be in a classic editor block. Learn more about using the classic block below.

Disable Blocks With The Classic Editor Block

Installing the Classic Editor plugin is not the only way disable blocks. You can also opt to use the classic editor block.

  1. Log into the Dashboard
  2. Create a new post or edit an existing post
  3. Use the + sign to create a new block
    Plus sign to create block in Gutenberg
  4. Choose the Classic block

You will now have a classic editor style block within the Gutenberg editor.

Classic editor block

Using the classic block is a great way to use the classic editor without having to disable Gutenberg.

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 to select the Classic Editor in your WordPress Dashboard.

  1. In your WordPress Dashboard go to Settings, then Writing.
  2. Next to “Default editor for all users” choose what editor you want your contributors to have. Options are Classic Editor and Block Editor.
  3. Choose if you want to “Allow users to switch editors.”
  4. If you let users switch editors, they will see options to “Edit (Block Editor)” or “Edit (Classic Editor)” when accessing Pages or Posts.
  5. Click the Save Changes button. You are finished when you see a “Settings Saves” message.

Well done! You know how to use the classic editor in the current version of WordPress. If you have any questions or comments feel free to drop them below.

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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5 thoughts on “Can I Use the Classic Editor Instead of Gutenberg in WordPress?

  1. 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.

      1. Ronnie, this article is about It costs $300 a year to install a plug-in on this “free” site.

      2. No, this is about having your own free website installed on your web server.

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