Return Your WordPress Editor to the previous easy editor.

Recently WordPress released a new version,5.0.  Before this release, a new plugin called Gutenberg was developed and users were told that once the 5.0 is out, it will automatically come with a different editor.

I have not updated any of my websites or my clients’ websites yet, but today something happened.

Today, I was helping a friend install a theme and after installing the theme, because the new version of WordPress was carrying the new editor and its a bit complex or confusing to use if you have not mastered it.

As usual, I decided to figure out a way to make it easy for him to edit the website contents.

I discovered two plugins that can help anyone facing such issues resolve that.

Before we go further, you must know that it’s not just the editor alone that changed, some other things changed as well.

The list of things that are replaced by Gutenberg includes the RTE/Visual Editor, Plain Text Editor, Custom Fields, Custom Post Status, many others.

How do you use your previous editor for a seamless editing?

Two Ways to Override the Gutenberg based editor using a plugin

  1. Using the Classic Editor Plugin

Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.

By default, this plugin hides all functionality available in the new Block Editor (“Gutenberg”).

At a glance, this plugin adds the following:

  • Site Administrators can select the default editor for all users.
  • Administrators can allow users to change their default editor.
  • When allowed, the users can choose which editor to use for each post.
  • Each post opens in the last editor used regardless of who edited it last. This is important for maintaining a consistent experience when editing content.

In addition, the Classic Editor plugin includes several filters that let other plugins control the settings, and the editor choice per post and per post type.

Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin and will be maintained until at least 2022.

You can download the plugin free here Classic Editor

2.Disable Gutenberg Plugin

As the name implies. It Disables Gutenberg Block Editor and restores the Classic Editor and original Edit Post screen. Provides options to enable specific post types, user roles, and more.

With this plugin, you can achieve the following:

  • Disable Gutenberg completely (all post types)
  • Disable Gutenberg only on specific post types
  • Disable Gutenberg for specific user roles

Download the plugin here  Disable Gutenberg

Is there any other way you have overcome this issue, share with us in the comment.



Okey Chigbu is a tech solutions expert. He helps business owners and personal brands grow and scale their brands using digital tools and solutions. He loves sharing valuable resources with his audience.

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