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How to change back to classic WordPress editor

In today’s tutorial you will find out how to still use the classic editor in WordPress 5.0. One of the biggest changes introduced in WordPress 5.0 was the new ‘Block Editor’.

After updating to the latest WordPress version, when adding a new post you will see something similar to this:


Wordpress Block Editor

Sure, it looks nice and will certainly appeal to many WordPress users. Still, for various reasons some people will prefer to use the classic editor. I think that the old editor gives you more control how things should look like. Also, there is a number of people who simply do not like such a drastic change.

I am one of them and I personally prefer Classic Editor on this website. So this is also a good opportunity to show you how we can get rid of Block Editor and go back to the Classic one. Here are a few steps you need to take. 

How to go back to WordPress classic editor

In the first step, we need to install a plugin containing classic editor. The plugin is called… Classic Editor 🙂 In your WordPress back-end panel, go to Plugins and then choose Add New. In the search box in the right top hand, put classic editor and press Enter. You should see the following screen:

Classic Editor Plugin

[alternatively, you can also download it from this website Classic Editor Plugin and upload it directly to your server]

Click Install Now button and install Classic Editor. Once it is installed, it also needs to be activated (you can do so by clicking Activate button on the same page)

Now go to the Settings/Writing area of your WordPress site. You should see something similar to this:

Wordpress Writing Settings

Make sure that the option Classic Editor is marked. If your site has got many Editors and you want to allow them to choose between editors, you can use the option below which is Allow users to switch editors because I am the only author of in this blog, I will leave it as No).

How to go back to Classic Editor on WordPress – video tutorial

If you prefer to see this tutorial in a video form, please have a look at the clip I have recently published on YouTube where I show how to go back to Classic Editor:

That is all. If you have already started writing something, like myself, all you have to do is to refresh the page (it is always a good idea to Save Draft before 🙂 )

I hope you have found it useful. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions regarding this topic.

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