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.

How to disable Gutenberg

Classic Editor

Classic Editor

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.

Classic Editor and Gutenberg

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.

Important features:

  • 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.

Price : free

Disable Gutenberg

Disable Gutenberg

This plugin offers the same solution as the previous plugin (Classic Editor). Are you wondering why you should prefer it? There would be two reasons for choosing it:

  1. It offers more features and greater customization
  2. The developer said it would keep the plugin alive at least until 2022 (Classic Editor will be updated until 2021).

In this image you can see everything it allows you to do, in any case below I have created a summary table.

Disable Gutenberg settings

Important Features:

  • Disable Gutenberg completely
  • You can disable Gutenberg for any user role, theme template, article ID
  • Disable the Gutenberg warning
  • You can enable custom fields meta boxes for ACF
  • You can choose which editor to use for each article

Price : free

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Code Snippets

Code Snippets

Before disabling via this plugin, you could put this simple code inside functions.php your theme file .

add_filter('use_block_editor_for_post', '__return_false');

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:

add_filter('use_block_editor_for_post', '__return_false', 10);
Code Snippets plugin

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.

Conclusions

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!