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.


Without this would need to use another CMS. Hate the F* Gutenvberg plague.

Why enforce that Rottenberg [aka, GutenBerg, ‘good mountain’ in German] upon us? And make fun of all who hate it saying we fear change?
I use page builders, theme builders and all Themeforest themes I buy use builders which will get ruined with you enforcing upon us this half-baked retarded builder of yours.

A page builder should remain a CHOICE to be or not to be used, not some stupid attempt you force down our throats for whatever weird reason.

Your Badberg needs to be a plugin not in the core. Not that we need yet another plugin just to maintain a normal functioning editor and themes.

‘Progress’ Like This turns love into hate. We are grateful you made WP CMS but just keep up the GOOD work NOT Dummbergs. Use some poll system to ask beforehand what your users actually need, want and would like to see changed in core.

Line up the ones responsible to this dumbness and fire them. We ALL hate it. So just accept you made a terrible mistake and retreat from bad plan, we’ll love you if you can show greatness and not stupid ego.

A greatness is the ability to stand up, admit to mistakes and take responsibility.
Withdraw from a bad plan.
Not remove comments and reviews that are against you, but the offending ‘progress’ we all hate.


As I use HTML editor + Markdown, this is the first plugin I will have to install on a fresh WP.

Thank you!

A must have, and plus: removes the malware that will come in the next version of wordpress.

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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.