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.


false idea

The quality of the code of the plugin is actually irrelevant as the idea behind it is totally false. Looking at the code it is obvious that disabling gutenberg is a relatively complex task which will probably require continuous updates for every new release of gutenberg, something that even if will happen in the code of this plugin will not be obvious for site owners.

The option to disable gutenberg should be part of gutenberg/core to make sure it is synchronized with whatever changes are made in the gutenberg code.

As an aside for the plugin to be useful it also needs to convert gutenberg posts to none gutenberg when such posts exists. Not having such an option means that this plugin can be deployed only when setting a new site.

Thank you!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to disable Gutenberg. It will probably be my most important plugin in the future.

A new must-have plugin

I can’t imagine using WordPress without this plugin after WP 5.0 will be released: I have strict content layout rules in all my sites and I heavily rely on the beloved meta boxes… I simply can’t accept Gutenberg.

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Contributors & Developers

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


Initial release.