Classic Editor


Warning: This is beta software, do not run on production sites!

Requires WordPress 4.9-beta2 or newer and Gutenberg plugin 1.5 or newer.

Classic Editor restores the previous Edit Post screen and makes it possible to use the WordPress plugins that extend it, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.

It has two modes:

  1. Fully replaces the Gutenberg editor and restores the Edit Post template.
  2. Adds alternate “Edit” links to the Posts and Pages screens, on the toolbar at the top of the screen, and in the admin menu. Using these links will open the corresponding post or page in the Classic Editor.

The modes can be changed from the Settings -> Writing screen. See the screenshots.

The current release is intended for testing with the Gutenberg plugin version 1.5 or newer.


  • The plugin settings are on the Settings -> Writing screen.
  • Link to edit the item using the Classic Editor on the Posts screen. Visible when the option to fully replace the editor is turned off.
  • Link to use the Classic Editor on the Admin toolbar. Shown on the Edit Post screen and on the front end when a single post is displayed. Visible when the option to fully replace the editor is turned off.


A must have

I’ve downloaded this plugin and stored in in a safe place in preparation for the coming apocalypse.
Thank you.


I was writing my review in Gutenberg and I was about to ask developers to build a plugin that brings back classic wordpress.

And Voila! I read about this plugin and I can smile again.

I haven’t tried it yet but I hope that it does the job well.

Thank you for having such a GREAT THOUGHT!

I added it in my favorites and I’ll be back when it’s time.

Thanks again a million!

Some hope of a Glutenburg Free WordPress

I have no intention or interest in re-training all of my clients for free because of this ridiculous junkware called Gutenburg. I am sure once it is forced upon the world millions of regular users will revolt in disgust, so please keep this project going, I’ll even pay for something that gets rid of guntenblag.


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Contributors & Developers

“Classic Editor” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Updated the option from a checkbox to couple of radio buttons, seems clearer. Thanks to @designsimply for the label text suggestions.
Some general updates and cleanup.


Update for Gutenberg 1.9.
Remove warning and automatic deactivation when Gutenberg is not active.


Initial release.