Disable Gutenberg & Return to the Classic WordPress Editor

The latest WordPress update “Gutenberg” has modified the Editor in the posts dashboard. Let me be honest I personally hate the new editor that is the reason I decided to create this article. Gutenberg’s current rating sits at 2.3 out of 5 stars and continues to go lower.

I believe that for simple blog writers should be easier to navigate and write, in stead they have done the complete opposite. So I created this three methods post to show you guys How to completely remove the “Gutenberg” editor and Return to the Classic WordPress Editor.

FYI: Disabling Gutenberg WordPress Editor Won’t Ruin Your Site

3 Ways To Get Classic Editor Back

  1. Classic Editor Plugin
  2. Disable It With a Plugin
  3. Disable in Code

Classic WordPress Editor Plugin

Go to Plugins –> Add New and search for “Classic Editor”. Click on the Install Now button, then after it’s done on “Activate”

Now, Go to Settings – Writing section, you will have more options, either to completely replace the new editor with the old one or to turn on the dialogue, letting you choose whether if you want to use it or not.

You will now have Edit (Classic) option under each post. If you just click on Edit, it will open it in Gutenberg.

Disable Gutenberg Plugin

Go to PluginsAdd New and search for “Disable Gutenberg”. Click Install Now, then immediately Activate.

Now, Go to Settings –> Disable Gutenberg. To disable it completely, just check mark “Disable Everywhere“, which is already the default setting. But if you un-check it you will find a lot of customization options which I am not going to get into because my goal is to completely remove it.


This is only for advanced users, the advantage is that you don’t have to install a plugin.

To completely disable it go to Appearance –> Editor –> functions.php, scroll all the way down add this line:

add_filter('use_block_editor_for_post', '__return_false');

The reason I chose to scroll all the way down is if something goes wrong I would know exactly where to go to delete the line we just added.


I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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1 Response

  1. Agyiri Sakyi says:

    Good well done,you are truly a teacher .