SOLVED: How To Get The Old WordPress Editor Back

If you have recently upgraded to WordPress 5 you will know that there is a new editor for creating posts and pages.  This new editor is named after the inventor of the printing press “Gutenberg” and while it has a fresh interface, it also leaves much to be desired.

I personally find it substantially more complex that the old editor and I am not a fan of the BLOCK logic.  I like WYSIWYG and blocks are not conducive to that.  To me Gutenberg feels like a very old text editor from the Commodore GEOS days.  It starts very clean, but there are content menus that appear and disappear and a the menu bar on the right side has two tabs which makes it less than obvious where things are. 

I also very much dislike the narrow editing window.  I suppose this narrow formatting would be nice on a cell or tablet, but I don’t do any heavy editing on anything but a PC, so I find the giant white frame to be quite frustrating.

Soooo, if you want to change to the old text editor there are several ways to go about it but the easiest is to install the OFFICIAL ‘Classic Editor’ plugin from WordPress.  

You can change to the old WordPress editor by:

  1. Logging into your site
  2. Clicking PLUGINS (on the left hand menu)
  3. Clicking the ADD NEW button at the top
  4. Typing CLASSIC EDITOR in the KEYWORD box in the top right corner
  5. Clicking INSTALL NOW and then ACTIVATE on the CLASSIC EDITOR

Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.
By default, this plugin hides all functionality available in the new Block Editor (“Gutenberg”).

WordPress support notes

As you can see in the screen shot above there are two other plug-ins that will also roll back your WordPress editor to the old version, but they are much less popular and are not written by WordPress.

Personally I am going to stick with the new editor Gutenberg for a few more weeks and suggest you do the same.  Often change is improvement but takes some getting used to.


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    Dinesh April 8, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks a lot.

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    Ostrix January 11, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Thanks, you saved me!

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