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How to disable the new WordPress Page Editor

How to disable the new WordPress Page Editor

How to disable the new WordPress Page Editor

Christmas is a time for many things – presents, family, friends, food and…….a new WordPress page editor?

That’s right, this festive season WordPress is spreading Christmas cheer by releasing WordPress 5.0 to the masses and there’s one thing that you will notice right away.


Wordpress 5.0

For many WordPress users, Gutenberg is about as welcome as a Vegan around a Christmas table (sorry Vegans!).

When you first try and create a new post or page after upgrading to WordPress 5.0, you will be hit straight away with the new page editor and your reaction will almost certainly be….

“What the heck is this?”

The Guternberg Page Editor

This my friends, is Gutenberg. A block based page builder that now ships as the default page editor in WordPress and love it or hate it, it’s here to stay.

But what if you really, really don’t like the new page editor, is there anything you can do?


For those of you that don’t like change (or new WYSIWYG page builders!) then fear not, you can go back to the classic WordPress page builder in just a few clicks by installing the “Classic Editor” plugin.

To do this, log into your WordPress dashboard and click on Plugins > Add New.

Add new plugin

In the search box at the top right of the page, enter the search term “Classic Editor” and you should see the following plugin come up in the search results:

Hello my old friend

Click on the “Install Now” button and in a few short seconds you will be able to breathe a big sigh of relief as your WordPress world returns to normal!

The classic editor is back!

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