How to disable the Gutenberg editor

Gutenberg is the latest WordPress page/post editor that was released in December 2018 that changed the writing experience for all WordPress users. But why disable Gutenberg?

Many would feel that the update is not ready for live sites, and there have been reported issues with conflicting Plugins/Themes that cause unexpected behavior. If you’re looking to revert your editor, below are steps that allow you to revert from Gutenberg to the classic WordPress editor before the big release:

For this method, we will be using the Classic Editor plugin which is developed and maintained by the core WordPress contributors.

To get started, you need to first log into your admin dashboard:

To install the plugin, this is done on the Plugins page, where you will search and install the Classic Editor plugin:

The plugin works as soon as you activate it, disabling Gutenberg. It also gives you an option to keep both Gutenberg and the Classic editor at the same time.

Simply go to the Settings » Writing page in your WordPress admin area. You will see the option found in the screenshot below:

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings. And that’s it! This can be disabled at any time, as well as allow each user to switch editors as they choose.