How To Disable Gutenberg And Use The Old WordPress Editor

Imagine if you could just install a plugin and you get back the old WordPress editor that you are used to? Wouldn’t it be great to restore the original Edit Post screen?  It is very easy to do, and we show you how you can keep the old classic WordPress editor in this article!

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This is how the new WordPress,”Gutenberg” looks. 

Why does the new Gutenberg WordPress editor look so different?

We had actually waited for the new WordPress 5.0 for a long time and we had huge expectations to the new editor, as the old editor had not been changed or updated for years. Therefore it was a huge disappointment when we finally got the new Gutenberg WordPress editor and realized how difficult it was to use. According to WordPress, “Gutenberg will change the way you create content a lot”. You’ll be able to add complex elements to the post content via blocks. They can be images with overlay text or a list of items with thumbnails. Many people may wonder why WordPress wanted to change something that was functional and easy to use. Why was it important for the WordPress editor to get a modern look? We can’t really understand that.

All new features in Gutenberg are not good for all WordPress users

In general, we are cheering for new features and functions in the apps we are using. But not for every price. We discovered several errors and bugs with the new editor, so we were not able to even write text directly in the editor. Therefore I had to prepare all the text and write the text in my Microsoft Word editor and copy and paste it into WordPress afterwards. I know the WordPress team has launched several updates after Gutenberg was released, so the worst bugs are hopefully fixed by now. But still I’m skeptical to the new Gutenberg editor.

The layout of the editor doesn’t fit screens with small resolutions. I have always used the Squirrly SEO tool, and I have loved that I don’t need to scroll for using it – as Squirrly is located on the top right sidebar of the editor. With the new editor, Squirrly is moved below of the content, and I have to scroll – in the same way as I needed to do with their competitor Yoast. That’s another reason to miss the good old times with the classic WordPress Editor.

I’m obviously not the only one that are not completely happy with Gutenberg. According to the ratings for Gutenberg plugin on, the users have only rated Gutenberg 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.

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Gutenberg rating is 2 out of 5 stars. As many as 1170 users have given only 1 star to Gutenberg.

So, how to disable Gutenberg?

If you miss the old editor for WordPress, there is a simple way to revert to it. All you need is to install the plugin Disable Gutenberg. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Disable Gutenberg page to configure plugin settings.

And people love this new plugin ang rate it 5 stars! Already 40.000 users have installed it and 162 have rated it as an excellent plugin to disable Gutenberg.

Hallelujah!!! The new version ruined my editing capabilities using Bakery Builder. I hate it. Thanks for this plugin!!

Source: User comment Kristi on WpBerginner

The Disable Gutenberg plugin restores the classic traditional WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. So you can continue using plugins and theme functions that extend the Classic Editor. Supports awesome features like Meta Boxes, Quicktags, Custom Fields, and everything else the Classic Editor can do.

It is extremely easy to use. Just activate and done! The default plugin settings are configured to hide all traces of the Gutenberg Block Editor, and fully restore the original Classic Editor. Further options for customizing when/where Gutenberg is enabled are available in the plugin settings.

Check out this video for step by step instructions for how to install the plugin Classic Editor.

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We hope this post helped you disable Gutenberg and keep the original editor back in WordPress.