Disabling Gutenberg in WordPress 5.0
If you are not sure whether your site is ready to use Gutenberg, the next best thing is to disable it. You can still upgrade to WordPress 5.0, but being able to turn off the new editor will give you more time to check things. There will be a long time before all plugins are ready for Gutenberg. I personally know that many plugin developers are waiting to be released so they can start working. There are so many changes in the plugin (you can get it on here), it makes it difficult to be developed. Companies like Yoast have joined and made their plugins compatible, but you will see more of them turning off plugins because they have to learn new programming languages. I see this as a way for many plugins to be cleaned from the WordPress repository. Because WordPress is open source, many developers have started to provide ways to disable Gutenberg so that there is more time to test and make sure the website is ready. There is a lot of work that must be done for several months after Gutenberg releases. Even though there are many choices, we want to give you the easiest way. Here is the easiest way to disable Gutenberg when it releases WordPress 5.0.
This is our favorite choice to deactivate Gutenberg (and what we plan to use by our customers) because it’s easy to use, has more than 700,000 active installs, and is compatible with WordPress 5.0 in beta. I tested it in beta 5.0 and it works properly.
This plugin basically turns off the Gutenberg Editor, but also has two options, so let’s discuss it. Installing the Classic Editor is very easy. You simply log in to your WordPress dashboard, then open Plugins > Add New and search for “Classic Editor“. You can also click the button above and download it then upload the plugin by opening Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin.
Usually, this will be the first to appear. As noted when we wrote this, it has more than 700,000 active installations with a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. That means success. You will see it saying it hasn’t been tested with our version, but we use the latest beta, which hasn’t been updated, but still works perfectly. After you install the plugin, you can click the settings link below in the plugin menu.
After you get to the settings area, which is actually part of the writing settings, you will see there are two options. Note, you can also get this place by going to Settings > Writing on your dashboard.
Note, you should not try to start posting on Gutenberg and finish it in the Classic editor. That will cause additional code to be added and can mess up the layout of your posts. Set it using classic editor or Gutenberg editor for each post. So, that’s the basis. I know there may be more words here than needed, but we want to give a thorough explanation. If you want to disable Gutenberg before you upgrade to WordPress 5.0, then we recommend the Classic Editor plugin. Free and easy to use.