How to disable Gutenberg Editor?

I hope you already know that the default WordPress post editor is soon gonna replaced with the new Gutenberg Post editor. That’s why I am sharing this post about “How to disable Gutenberg Editor?”. If you don’t know about Gutenberg, then please read this detailed article on Gutenberg editor by Yoast.

The Gutenberg editor is coming with next WordPress update i.e., WordPress 5.0 which maybe released on November 19 which will replace the TinyMCE editor.

If you want to learn about Gutenberg editor, then have a look at this video by :

This Gutenberg editor is gonna change the whole way you write and edit your WordPress blog posts.

But not everyone is fan of this new WordPress editor(at least for now). If you’re among them and thinking how to disable Gutenberg Editor and get back the old TinyMCE/ Classic Editor. Is it possible to disable Gutenberg Editor and get back to our old editor?

Yes, a big Yes. It is possible to disable Gutenberg Editor and get back your old Classic editor.

In this post, I will be telling “How to disable Gutenberg Editor and stay with Classic(TinyMCE) Editor?”.

After reading this post, you’ll be able to disable Gutenberg Editor and keep using the classic editor even after the upcoming WordPress update.

So, let’s get started…

How to disable Gutenberg Editor and stay with Classic(TinyMCE) Editor

WordPress developers understand very well that not all of the WordPress are ready to replace their default editor with the new Gutenberg editor for different reasons. So, they given us a solution to disable Gutenberg Editor in form of a new WordPress plugin to tackle this situation.

This plugin is named “Classic Editor”.

Follow the below steps to install and setup the plugin :

Step 1 : Install and Activate the Classic Editor plugin

Gutenberg Editor
Install Classic Editor Plugin

Go to your WordPress Plugin directly through Plugins>Add New and search for “Classic Editor” and install the first plugin by “WordPress Contributors” or you can also download it from here.

After installing the plugin please activate it.

Step 2 : Enable Classic Editor Mode

You can select between these options :

  • Only Classic Editor Mode
  • Both Gutenberg editor and Classic Editor Mode

After installing and activating the Classic Editor plugin. Go to Settings>Writing and there select in between these options :

Classic Editor Gutenberg Editor
Choose Classic Editor

If you choose “Only Classic Editor Mode” then you’re done. Go, Sit and Relax your editor will remain same even after WordPress 5.0 or upcoming updates.

But if you choose Both then in this condition you’ll need to follow the following steps to use it.

Step 3 : How to use Both Gutenberg Editor and Classic Editor

When you’re going to write a brand new WordPress post then click on “Add New” for Gutenberg editor and “Add New (Classic)” for Classic Editor.

Gutenberg Editor

When you’re editing a previously written blog post then click on “Classic Editor” link on the Posts page in WordPress dashboard.

Gutenberg Editor


While already using Gutenberg editor then you can easily switch to Classic Editor just by clicking on “Edit (Classic)” link on the Top menu on WordPress dashboard.

Gutenberg Editor


Disable Gutenberg Editor for a short time is a good decision but it not recommended for long time. The reason is all the theme and plugin developers will start proving all their new features for Gutenberg editor not for Classic Editor so, you won’t get the benefit of latest features.

If you have any queries regarding “How to disable Gutenberg Editor?”, then please ask in comments, I will surely answer them as quickly as possible.

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  1. Jan Zac

    Hello ,

    Thanks for sharing this awesome post. It is so useful.

    Jan Zac

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