Classic Editor


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

By default it will hide all traces of the new Gutenberg editor including the Dashboard widget asking the users to try it.

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 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.


Short Chocolate

This will be sweet for a while, but I fear that in the long run people have to put up with Gutenberg. Anyways, thanks for this plugin! Great job!

Thank You

It’s a shame that this plugin is even necessary but thank you for restoring the classic editor.

five stars for nothing.

And when you think about it, then why five stars for the old way of doing things.

We are supposed to basically embrace the future, and boldly go forth to see into new horizons: whilst standing proudly on a rusty pipe on a cliff overlooking the mighty FORTRAN sea, with all it’s negative connotations and Eddies, but not forgetting Ada’s and Ruby’s to be politically correct.

The programming languages all come and go, but basically, (pun intended), they are all the same in the goto stakes, but when a slow blocked out printing press replaces the highly efficient ink and quill: then questions really do need asking.

– And I still can’t see why some people say it’s good!
Tried to use it, tain’t good: it’s like a python twisting itself round your pressed words that are pasteurized, to the point of *not* going swiftly anywhere in your lisping stuttering prose.

Because that’s what blocking does in writers: it stops you dead scratching your head for the next word, as you futilely reach for a cup of java, the thinking woman’s elixir of life in the hope that it will stimulate you.

This Plug-in is doing what no other Plug-in has ever done before: it’s sending us back to our caves to cogitate in peace, as the hordes of wordpress master user’s rape and pillage ever on in our goodly names.

Not in my name they don’t.

Questions really do need asking here, and we really do need to ask why this situation even came about in the first place: because first place we aren’t with this antiquated printing press in the lead, when pressing return in a block of text, starts up yet another block of text, which is a recursive move in my books.

You want to get back to writing your posts and blogs, and not work out how to learn to write all over again: then install this plug-in, your returns will thank you.

Thanks for reading, Jessica: Praise be the ORI.

Para que alterar algo que funciona bien?

Porque alteran o modifican el antiguo editor si este funcionaba correctamente? No saben que hay un lema “no modifiques algo que funciona bien”; El gutenberg por lo que he leído en algunos casos y websites les ha roto todo el sitio web :s No entiendo porque cambiar? Ahora bien, al activar el antiguo editor al parecer solo modifico algunas lineas de mi htacces que solo reescribí. De ahi todo esta al perecer bien… Y Señores de WP no quieran obligar a usar Gutenberg, funciona bien el anterior asi como esta… Espero que sea solo una opción y no una obligación.

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Fixed removing of the “Try Gutenberg” call-out when the Gutenberg plugin is not activated.
Fixed to always show the settings and the settings link in the plugins list table.
Updated the readme text.


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.