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”).

At a glance, this plugin adds the following:

  • Administrators can select the default editor for all users.
  • Administrators can allow users to change their default editor.
  • When allowed, the users can choose which editor to use for each post.
  • Each post opens in the last editor used regardless of who edited it last. This is important for maintaining a consistent experience when editing content.

In addition, the Classic Editor plugin includes several filters that let other plugins control the settings, and the editor choice per post and per post type.

Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin, and will be maintained until at least 2022.


  • Admin settings on the Settings -> Writing screen.
  • User settings on the Profile screen. Visible when the users are allowed to switch editors.
  • "Action links" to choose alternative editor. Visible when the users are allowed to switch editors.
  • Link to switch to the Block Editor while editing a post in the Classic Editor. Visible when the users are allowed to switch editors.
  • Link to switch to the Classic Editor while editing a post in the Block Editor. Visible when the users are allowed to switch editors.
  • Network setting to allow site admins to change the default options.


Спасибо за возможность продолжать работу

Спасибо за то, что этим плагином вы дали мне возможность работать, а не экспериментировать с новым редактором и разбираться/бороться с его говнотерками. Разработчики WP, допустившими в движок это недоразумение под названием “Гутенберг” забыли прописную истину – “Лучшее – враг хорошего”. Может быть восторжествует здравый смысл и Гутенберг вновь сделают плагином для тех единиц кому он понравился, и вернут по умолчанию старый редактор?

Thanks for saving me from this disaster

WordPress 5 and Gutenberg or “Block Editor” or whatever they’re calling it now was a looming disaster for me. Thousands of hours of work were about to be ruined. I’m hoping ClassicPress takes off as I’m looking to move away from WordPress eventually. This whole mess and the arrogance of the way it’s been handled has left a very bad taste in my mouth.

Thanks for saving me from Gutenberg

Thanks for this plugin. I have really given Gutenberg two opportunities and, with respect to its developers, it is really bad and stupid to create a post. Why do I need blocks in each image and in each paragraph when I can simply cut and copy to accommodate my content (something that is much faster and easier)?

Why dont simply add a main block with the classic editor and leave the option to add other blocks as a “plus”?. Really, we do not need or want to separate a post into many blocks.

As a text editor to create post … this editor (Classic) has everything we need, Gutenberg should be a WordPress “page builder”, not its editor / content creator.

Thank you for classic editor!

This plugin alone has saved ≈75 of our websites from breaking since we design our own custom themes and have developed some close sourced plugins not compatible with Gut. This plugin has bought us time to start making our own CMS based on React & Node for our clients. In a way, the 5.0 update has forced us away from legacy CMS’ and make us innovate faster, so there was a silver lining in this Gutenberg mess.

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Contributors & Developers

“Classic Editor” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Classic Editor” has been translated into 39 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Fixed removal of the “Try Gutenberg” dashboard widget.
  • Fixed condition for displaying of the after upgrade notice on the “What’s New” screen. Shown when the Classic Editor is selected and users cannot switch editors.


  • Fixed switching editors from the Add New (post) screen before a draft post is saved.
  • Fixed typo that was appending the edit URL to the classic-editor query var.
  • Changed detecting of WordPress 5.0 to not use version check. Fixes a bug when testing 5.1-alpha.
  • Changed the default value of the option to allow users to switch editors to false.
  • Added disabling of the Gutenberg plugin and lowered the required WordPress version to 4.9.
  • Added classic_editor_network_default_settings filter.


Fixed a bug where it may attempt to load the Block Editor for post types that do not support editor when users are allowed to switch editors.


  • Updated for WordPress 5.0.
  • Changed all “Gutenberg” names/references to “Block Editor”.
  • Refreshed the settings UI.
  • Removed disabling of the Gutenberg plugin. This was added for testing in WordPress 4.9. Users who want to continue following the development of Gutenberg in WordPress 5.0 and beyond will not need another plugin to disable it.
  • Added support for per-user settings of default editor.
  • Added support for admins to set the default editor for the site.
  • Added support for admins to allow users to change their default editor.
  • Added support for network admins to prevent site admins from changing the default settings.
  • Added support to store the last editor used for each post and open it next time. Enabled when users can choose default editor.
  • Added “post editor state” in the listing of posts on the Posts screen. Shows the editor that will be opened for the post. Enabled when users can choose default editor.
  • Added classic_editor_enabled_editors_for_post and classic_editor_enabled_editors_for_post_type filters. Can be used by other plugins to control or override the editor used for a particular post of post type.
  • Added classic_editor_plugin_settings filter. Can be used by other plugins to override the settings and disable the settings UI.


  • Updated for Gutenberg 4.1 and WordPress 5.0-beta1.
  • Removed some functionality that now exists in Gutenberg.
  • Fixed redirecting back to the Classic Editor after looking at post revisions.


  • Fixed removing of the “Try Gutenberg” call-out when the Gutenberg plugin is not activated.
  • Fixed to always show the settings and the settings link in the plugins list table.
  • Updated the readme text.


  • Updated the option from a checkbox to couple of radio buttons, seems clearer. Thanks to @designsimply for the label text suggestions.
  • Some general updates and cleanup.


  • Update for Gutenberg 1.9.
  • Remove warning and automatic deactivation when Gutenberg is not active.


Initial release.