Classic Widgets


Classic Widgets is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress widgets settings screens. It will be supported and maintained until at least 2022, or as long as is necessary.

Once activated, this plugin restores the previous widgets settings screens and disables the block editor from managing widgets. There is no other configuration, the classic widgets settings screens are enabled or disabled by either enabling or disabling this plugin.


Are there any settings?

No, there are no settings. Once activated, this plugin restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress widgets screen and disables the block editor from managing widgets.


June 16, 2021
The WordPress transition to block widgets breaks many custom classic widgets. Thankfully, the WordPress team developed this plugin to restore classic widgets. However, it would be better if the new block widget system considered classic widgets more carefully.
June 14, 2021
I ran an agency who's been using Gutenberg for all of our clients since it's launched. But I honestly feel using blocks for widget is a downgrade. Widget supposed to be consistent. I don't want my Footer and Sidebar to be a Body Content 2.0. I'll definitely install this on all of my old and future sites.
June 11, 2021
I activated this plugin and now a blank page comes up when I go to edit the page. If I deactivate it, the new block widget editor just rolls and never finishes loading. I can't edit my widgets at all because neither the plugin nor the new editor is working. Very frustrating. UPDATE: I'm not sure if this is actually related but once I removed some old plugins that I was not actually using this plugin worked perfectly. 4 stars for the issues I had but happy with it once it began to work.
June 1, 2021
This plugins works well but it really should've been incorporated into the Classic Editor plugin, with an extra option to turn the feature on/off. Once 5.8 rolls out, I'll now be forced to go back to every single site just to add an extra plugin.
May 7, 2021
very good and on time As recently as yesterday I tried to edit the widget, but I couldn't even add the "First Footer - 1st Column". But I found a way around this: disable the Gutenberg plugin, complete my plan, and re-enable it. And then you're done! I hope for the further development of Gutenberg, in which there will be no such difficulties.
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