How To Remove The Gutenberg Editor in WordPress

WordPress is making a big change in their software very soon. What does that change mean for you? What if you are not a fan of this new change? Good news, in this article we’ll tell you what the change is and how to revert back to the WordPress you’re more familiar with.

What’s The WordPress Change?

When WordPress 5.0 is released your editor may look a little different — which is the biggest issue this community has been struggling with for a while. WordPress is making a push towards the Gutenberg Editor which is a new page builder that is integrated within the WordPress core. This means the classic or TinyMCE editor that you have been using may be gone on your next core update.

Gutenberg acts more like a drag-and-drop page builder than the traditional content block and is “an important step forward that enables WordPress to build content layouts, not just write articles” ( Zack Katz, speaking at WordCamp Denver 2017 )

But I like My Old Editor

More good news, this post goes over how to revert the Gutenberg editor back to the TinyMCE editor:

  • Install the Classic Editor plugin from the WordPress repository. Unsure on how to install a plugin? Watch our How To Install a WordPress plugin video first.
  • Activate the Classic Editor plugin.
  • If you have the Gutenberg plugin already active on your website, click the deactivate link.
  • Refresh your page or post admin panel to see the change.

There should be no change to the public facing, front-end of your website.


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