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How to Switch Back to the WordPress Classic Editor from Gutenberg

WordPress 5.0 is here and one of the most notable features that it brings is the Gutenberg editor. If you are anything like us, you will have tried out Gutenberg over the past few months, when it was still available as a plugin. You will also have discovered then that modernity is not all that it’s vaunted to be. To put it in simple terms, the new WordPress block editor sucks, which is why you may wish to switch back to the WordPress Classic Editor from Gutenberg.

Switch to the WordPress Classic Editor

Gutenberg hated

If you have recently gotten the upgrade to WordPress 5.0, you will have noticed that Gutenberg now comes standard with the update. Considering that Gutenberg has received a rating of 2.5 stars, it’s surprising that the powers-that-be at WordPress still decided to go ahead and force the update. Here, in any case, is how to switch to the WordPress old editor from Gutenberg;

  1. Download the WordPress Classic Editor
  2. Install the Classic Editor on your site
  3. Activate the classic editor

Activating the Classic Editor Disables Gutenberg

Note that activating the WordPress Classic Editor in your plugins automatically disables Gutenberg. Also note that you can install the Classic Editor through the Plugins section in your backend. Simply search for the “WordPress Classic Editor,” install and activate the plugin and you should be good to go.

Why you may wish to disable Gutenberg

The new WordPress block editor, as we have already noted, largely sucks. There are a number of reasons why you may wish to disable it;

  1. It is rather slow and not conducive to real productivity. We found, while using it, that the simple process of typing an article became a chore, with words constantly hanging and freezing.
  2. The Classic editor has worked all along, so why discard it?
  3. Gutenberg has received such a lowly rating that it should never have been foisted on people in the first place.

Anyway, hope this article helps you switch back to the WordPress Classic Editor from Gutenberg. You may also wish to check out our article on how to have continuous numbering in a WordPress post.

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