How To Disable Wordpress Gutenberg Editor and Install Old Classic Editor

How To Disable WordPress Gutenberg Editor and Install Old Classic Editor

Since wordpress community has released its 5.0 version Gutenberg editor, it is gaining quite good talks within bloggers. Some bloggers are still not ready to go with the new editor and so, they are trying ways to disable WordPress Gutenberg Editor and switch back to old classic editor.

So if you are also one of those bloggers and are thinking to go back to TinyMCE then this tutorial is for you.

Why to Disable WordPress Gutenberg Editor

The first question is that why many people want to stay away from the new gutenberg and want back the old classic wordpress editing style? As per me, there could be below listed 3 possible reasons:

1. No Separate Visual and Text editing style

In TinyMCE, you have 2 tabs – Text and Visual. But did you notice that those 2 tabs are missing in gutenberg?

Switch Tinymce WordPress Editor
Visual Text in TinyMCE

The Text and Visual tabs are something with which bloggers are familiar from so long. The WordPress community has previously also done changes in the overall framework and also in the editor but this is the first time that they have completely replaced the TinyMCE and as such, Visual and Text tabs have also disappeared. And the sad thing is that official wordpress team has not bothered to keep it in Gutenberg.


Many bloggers are not in a position to lose the difference of 2 tabs, which help them to write the posts in a better way. They are no longer interested in new editor and so, they are planning to disable wordpress Gutenberg editor and thus, want to install old Tiny MCE.

I would say that official wordpress team should have integrated Visual and Text tabs into the new editor and then many bloggers would have continued happily with new editing tool.

2. Unfamiliar with Gutenberg Editor features

If you are still unfamiliar with the new features of Gutenberg and are facing difficulty in drafting your articles then there is a good reason for you to switch back to classic editor.

Gutenberg is all about blocks. The official wordpress team has embedded everything in the form of blocks. Whether you want to embed any paragraph, list, heading, ad, video; you have do that through blocks. Click on + sign, search for any block, click on it and that block (html element) will be inserted in your code.


3. Your clients are still not ready for Gutenberg Editor

If you have a base of clients and they are not ready with the new wordpress editing style then you have to replace the blocking style with old wordpress editpad.

How To Disable Gutenberg Editor And Keep Using Old Editor

The good thing is that the official team of wordpress knows about the problems that the bloggers will be facing in initial days and many of them would like to restore the old editor till the time wordpress 5.0 Gutenberg remains unfamiliar to them.

In order to tackle this problem, they have come up with a nice solution. The solution is in the form of a plugin which you can install and get rid of unwanted new editing framework.

Below are the solutions by which you can disable wordpress gutenberg editor.

Method One – Install Classic Editor WordPress Plugin

• Go to official wp directory and install classic editor.
• You can also install the Classic Editor WordPress Plugin through your dashboard.
• Go to Plugins –> Add New and search for “Classic Editor”.
• Click on “Install Now”.
• Activate it.


Classic WordPress Editor takes you back to Visual and Text tabs and you can switch back to Edit Post screen. This plugin hides all the new features of Gutenberg and you will not even remember that you have upgraded your wordpress to version 5.0.

As per official team, Classic Editor plugin will be available to you till only December 31, 2021. You have the timing window till end of 2021 and you have to learn the new gutenberg till this date. After that, this plugin might not be available and any future updates to your wordpress CMS might hinder the functionality of your post-editor.

After 31 December 2021, the official team will check if still their users need this plugin or they can halt its maintenance and can discontinue it.

I would recommend you that you become familiar with gutenberg till 2021. You have plenty of time as the discontinue date is too far and you can learn the Gutenberg till then.

WordPress Classic Editor Features

The plugin comes with handy of features and modes which you can enable or disable.

Switching Between Classic and Block Editor For All Users
Go to Settings –> Writing and you will find the option to toggle between classic and block editors. As of now, if you are not familiar with Block Editor then you can toggle to Classic and at times in order to have hands-on on the block editor; you can revert to Block Editor by just clicking a radio-button.


If your site is multi-author blog in which you have multiple writers writing for you then this feature will toggle between the old and new editor with just click of a button. In this mode, all the users on your site will experience the old TinyMCE and they will not have any option to switch back to Gutenberg.

The downside of this mode is that if anytime any of your users want to change the editpad and he asks you to do so; then if you are reverting to gutenberg then all users will see gutenberg only and similarly, if you revert back to classic one then all users have to work on TinyMCE only.

But you need not to worry on this as the plugin provides you another mode also where individual writer will be allowed toggling between Tiny MCE and Gutenberg.

Switching Between Classic and Block Editor For Single User
Go to Users –> “Your Profile” and you can select the type of editor that you are interested in. You can even choose different editor based on users and their preferences.

Switch Block Editor
Toggle Block Editor

Allow Users To Choose Classic Or Block Editor
You also have the ability to allow your writers to revert to classic editor if they want. For each of the posts, they can see both the editing options and can click on any of them to edit the post either in Block or in TinyMCE. By default, the post will open in the last editpad used, no matter who edited it.


There is also another plugin available in official repository, for which you can read below.

Method Two – Install Disable Gutenberg WordPress Plugin

Another option is to download and install Disable Gutenberg wordpress plugin from official repository.


After activating the plugin, you will see a new menu by the name “Disable Gutenberg”. Go inside that menu and you will find various options. If you will check ‘Complete Disable’ then the plugin will disable the new blocks completely for all users and for every post.


But if you uncheck the ‘Complete Disable’ option then the plugin allows you to choose custom items where you want to disable the block editpad. For example: if you want to hide new editing style only for selected roles or for selected posts then you can do that.


Method Three – Disabling Gutenberg With Custom Code

If you are not in favor of using any plugin then you can hide the new blocking writing pad with a custom code.
Go to “functions.php” and at the end of file, paste the below code:

add_filter('use_block_editor_for_post', '__return_false');

Save functions.php file.

Let me know if you have disabled Gutenberg WordPress Editor and reverted back to Classic Editor or not?

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