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How to use the Classic Editor with WordPress 5.4

How to use the Classic Editor with WordPress 5.4

The new version of WordPress has brought a remarkable change in the editing experience. It has replaced the WordPress Classic Editor with a new one. The new editor, Gutenberg, is considered as a game-changer by the experts. It is an advanced and powerful futuristic block editor that has changed the editing process completely with its drag & drop feature. 

But, there are some users who are not yet ready to adapt to the change. 

In most cases, people are confused because they don’t know what to do. If you’re in a pinch and need the editor rolled back ASAP, install the Classic Editor Plugin– which will restore the old editor.

How To Install & Use the Classic Editor Plugin  

Classic Editor is the official plugin by WordPress Team. It enables users to switch back to the old Classic Editor and hides all the functionality of the new Block Editor (“Gutenberg”). It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.

This plugin facilitates the following-

  • Admin can select the default editor for the users
  • The user can choose which editor to choose when they are allowed.
  • Admin can also allow users to change their default editor for every post.

Installing the classic editor plugin 

  • Log in to your WordPress dashboard, click “Plugins” then “Add new”
  • Search for “Classic Edïtor”
Search for “Classic Edïtor”
  • Find the Classic Editor Plugin and Install it 
Install Classic Editor
  • Click Äctivate Plugin

How to Use the Classic Editor Plugin

After you have installed the plugin, you can see it under Settings > Writing.  You can also customize the settings of the plugin in this section.

Settings > Writing
  • Default Editor For all users: Admin can select the default editor for the users. When the “Classic Editor” option is selected the Gutenberg Editor cannot be used. All the users will be automatically switched to the old Editor. Whereas selecting the “Block Editor”won’t change anything.
Writing Settings
  • Allow Users to Switch Editors: This option will give users the authority to switch between editors if they would like to.

After you have saved the changes, your Dashboard will look something like this.


The WordPress team will keep supporting the Classic Editor plugin until the end of 2021. But, starting in 2022, the new Block Editor will be the only editor officially supported by WordPress.

Therefore, it is always advisable to get ready for Gutenberg. Because after a certain period of time, that will be the only option for editing!

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One Comment

  1. Magda van Tilburg

    July 9, 2020 at 1:43 am

    PLEASE, ask the creators of WordPress to keep the Classic Editor Plugin permanently!!!
    Many users really don’t like Gutenberg, just like me. It does not work intuitively and is confusing. 🙁


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