How to Disable Gutenberg (WordPress Editor) and Return to the Classic WordPress Editor 2021
In 2021, WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world. 35% of all websites on the entire internet use WordPress.
Without a doubt, it has a lot of advantages.
However, in 2018 they added a significant drawback for many users: Gutenberg (the new editor).
We have honestly adapted and we are quite happy, especially because we know that soon with WordPress 5.6 it will be revolutionized.
It is not known precisely what will be added, they have unveiled some little things but it is nothing compared to what will actually be added. Just think of version 5.5 where functions such as XML Sitemap, Lazy Load and many other things were added by surprise.
But if all this hasn’t made you change your mind, then all that remains is to deactivate it and switch to the classic text editor.
The guys at Kinsta did a Twitter poll a while ago and many complained about Gutenberg, which prompted us to make this article on how to disable Gutenberg.
The most immediate method is by installing the Classic Editor plugin which will automatically disable the Gutenberg Editor.
The handy thing about this plugin is that it allows you to select whether you want to use Gutenberg or the Classic Editor. Imagine you have 3 people who are in charge of writing the articles, if one of them prefers Gutenberg they could activate it just for themselves.
If you want to make further changes you will have to click “Settings” -> “Reading”, from there you can change whether to allow the choice between the 2 WordPress Editors and which of the 2 you prefer.
Administrators can select the default editor for all users
Administrators can allow users to choose the editor they want
Each post opens with the last editor used regardless of who changed it last. This is important for maintaining a consistent experience when editing content.
Personally I have not had any problems, however some sites stop working due to compatibility with their theme. Or the blame could be placed on the Cache plugins, in any case what matters to us is to have the site secure.
So you could download the Code Snippets plugin , which has a feature that allows you to make the added code work for administrators only, which means it won’t interfere with the site.
After installing the plugin, you need to go to “Snippets” and then “add new”. You have to follow all the steps in order. This is the code to add instead:
Once all this is done, you have to save everything. You concluded, I guess it was a little more “complex” than the previous two methods.
If you intend to never download Gutenberg again then the best choice is method 2, via the Disable Gutenberg plugin . It will definitely be the plugin that will be updated the most in the long run and is the one that offers the most options.
Method 3 forces you to download a plugin which however does not offer you the same flexibility as the first 2 plugins, so I recommend it to those who already have that plugin active for other reasons.
I hope I have helped you, if you still have any doubts, do not hesitate to write it to us in the comments!