This plugin disables the new Gutenberg Editor (aka Block Editor) and replaces it with the Classic Editor. You can disable Gutenberg completely, or selectively disable for posts, pages, roles, post types, and theme templates. Plus you can hide the Gutenberg nag, menu item, and more!
The all-in-one, COMPLETE solution for handling Gutenberg.
Hide ALL traces of Gutenberg and replace with Classic Editor.
Restores original Edit Post screen (TinyMCE, meta boxes, etc.).
The Disable Gutenberg plugin restores the classic (original) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. So you can continue using plugins and theme functions that extend the Classic Editor. Supports awesome features like Meta Boxes, Quicktags, Custom Fields, and everything else the Classic Editor can do.
Does not “expire” in 2022! 🙂
Easy to Use
Just activate and done! The default plugin settings are configured to hide all traces of the Gutenberg Block Editor, and fully restore the original Classic Editor. Further options for customizing when/where Gutenberg is enabled are available in the plugin settings.
- Disable Gutenberg completely (all post types)
- Disable Gutenberg for any post type
- Disable Gutenberg for any user role
- Disable Gutenberg for any theme template
- Disable Gutenberg for any post/page IDs
- Disable Gutenberg admin notice (nag)
- Option to hide the plugin menu item
- Option to hide the Gutenberg plugin menu item (settings link)
- Adds “Classic Editor” link to each post on the Posts screen
- Adds item to the WP sidebar menu: “Add New (Classic)”
- NEW! Option to enable Custom Fields Meta Box for ACF
- NEW! Choose which editor to use for each post
- NEW! Whitelist any post title, slug, or ID
- NEW! Option to disables frontend Gutenberg stylesheet
Works same as Classic Editor plugin, but can do a LOT more!
Lightweight and super fast, built with the WP API 🙂
Fully configurable, enable or disable Gutenberg and restore the Classic Editor wherever is necessary.
Automatically replaces Gutenberg with the Classic Editor.
- Super simple
- Clean, secure code
- Built with the WordPress API
- Lightweight, fast and flexible
- Regularly updated and “future proof”
- Works great with other WordPress plugins
- Plugin options configurable via settings screen
- Focused on flexibility, performance, and security
- One-click restore plugin default options
- Translation ready
Disable Gutenberg is developed by Jeff Starr, 13-year WordPress developer, book author, and support guru.
Super light & fast plugin, super easy on server resources!
Gutenberg is a useful editor but sometimes you want to disable it for specific posts, pages, user roles, post types, or theme templates. Disable Gutenberg enables you to disable Gutenberg and replace it with the Classic Editor wherever you want. For example, lots of WordPress users already enjoy robust page-building functionality via one of the many great plugins like Composer or Elementor. So many options, no need to feel “locked in” to using Gutenberg!
The Disable Gutenberg plugin is targeted at everyone who is not ready for the major changes brought by Gutenberg. Install Disable Gutenberg NOW to be ready for when Gutenberg is finally merged into core and released to the public (likely in WP 5.0). That way, your users and clients will experience the same awesome UX as before 😉
This plugin does not collect or store any user data. It does not set any cookies, and it does not connect to any third-party locations. Thus, this plugin does not affect user privacy in any way.
If you like this plugin, please give it a 5-star rating, thank you!
Support development of this plugin
I develop and maintain this free plugin with love for the WordPress community. To show support, you can make a donation or purchase one of my books:
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Installing the plugin
- Upload the plugin to your blog and activate
- Configure the plugin settings as desired
- Enable theme switcher via settings or shortcode
Out of the box, Disable Gutenberg makes your WordPress 100% Gutenberg-free. If you visit the settings page, you will see that the “Complete Disable” option is enabled, and so is the “Disable Nag” option. This is all that is required to disable Gutenberg (and the nag) sitewide.
Now, if you want to customize things and, say, only disable Gutenberg on specific post types, you can uncheck that first “Complete Disable” option. When you uncheck the box, more options will be displayed. So you can choose exactly where Gutenberg should be disabled.
In some cases, you may want to disable Gutenberg everywhere, but enable only on certain posts. To do this, set the “Complete Disable” option to enabled. Then visit the “Whitelist” settings to specify which posts always should open in the Block Editor.
Do not use Disable Gutenberg with other plugins (like the Classic Editor plugin) that also disable or replace Gutenberg. Why? Because it may cause loading of redundant scripts, which may in turn lead to unexpected/untested results.
Hide Menu Option
Disable Gutenberg provides a setting to disable the plugin’s menu item. This is useful if you don’t want your clients to get curious and start fiddling around.
If you enable the option to hide the plugin’s menu item, you will need to access the plugin settings page directly. It is located at:
So if WordPress is installed at this URL:
..then you would access the plugin settings at:
Or, if WordPress is installed in a subdirectory, for example:
..then you would access the plugin settings at:
So if you hide the plugin’s menu item, you always can access the settings directly.
Here is a description of the tools available by clicking the “More Tools” link.
- Disable Nag – Disables “Try Gutenberg” nag
- Enable Frontend – Enables the frontend Gutenberg stylesheet
- Whitelist Options – Displays the Whitelist settings
- Plugin Menu Item – Hides the Disable Gutenberg menu item
- Gutenberg Menu Item – Hides the Gutenberg plugin menu item (for WP less than 5.0)
- Display Edit Links – Displays “Add New (Classic)” menu links and Classic/Block edit links
- ACF Support – Enables the Custom Fields Meta Box (ACF plugin disables by default)
- Reset Options – Restores the default plugin options
This plugin cleans up after itself. All plugin settings will be removed from your database when the plugin is uninstalled via the Plugins screen.
For developers wanting to customize further, check out:
I strive to make this free plugin the very best possible. To show support, please take a moment to leave a 5-star review at WordPress.org. Your generous feedback helps to further growth and development of Disable Gutenberg. Thank you!