WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg Editor

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WordPress 5.0 is welcomed, obviously, however Gutenberg editor is probably still too big problem. That is true, that many people like the Gutenberg editor (I don’t) but you will always find somebody who likes something. Problem is, that with WordPress 5.0 update you have no choice – default editor is Gutenberg.

The good news is, that Gutenberg can be disabled. There are three options:

  1. installation of Classic Editor plugin
  2. installation of Disable Gutenberg WordPress plugin (recommended).
  3. modification of WordPress code in functions.php file.

From the tree options mentioned above I recommend the Disable Gutenberg plugin, especially that it has rather very good feedback. By installing the plugin you don’t need to mess with PHP code in functions.php file, and footprint of this plugin is lower than in case of Classic Editor plugin.

Disable Gutenberg plugin which you can download here:

Disable Gutenberg

The option based on modification of functions.php file is very simple, actually can be the best one due to the lowest footprint, but requires editing PHP file, which – if done not correctly – can put your website down.

Below is the code you need to add to functions.php file:

add_filter('use_block_editor_for_post', '__return_false');

Gutenberg editor still has interface which is needs improvement. I understand, that people areĀ  happy using javascript here and there, but so far success of WordPress was also partly based on Classic Editor for good reasons.

In fact, as such Classic Editor didn’t require any replacement and – in my opinion – Gutenberg editor is not needed at all under if you use premium, high quality paid WordPress theme which almost always comes with special graphical editor for creating better designed pages.