Classic Editor

Description

Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.
By default, this plugin hides all functionality available in the new Block Editor (“Gutenberg”).

At a glance, this plugin adds the following:

  • Administrators can select the default editor for all users.
  • Administrators can allow users to change their default editor.
  • When allowed, the users can choose which editor to use for each post.
  • Each post opens in the last editor used regardless of who edited it last. This is important for maintaining a consistent experience when editing content.

In addition, the Classic Editor plugin includes several filters that let other plugins control the settings, and the editor choice per post and per post type.

Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin, and will be maintained until at least 2022.

Screenshots

  • Admin settings on the Settings -> Writing screen.
  • User settings on the Profile screen. Visible when the users are allowed to switch editors.
  • "Action links" to choose alternative editor. Visible when the users are allowed to switch editors.
  • Link to switch to the Block Editor while editing a post in the Classic Editor. Visible when the users are allowed to switch editors.
  • Link to switch to the Classic Editor while editing a post in the Block Editor. Visible when the users are allowed to switch editors.
  • Network setting to allow site admins to change the default options.

Reviews

Old is good

I really don’t like the new editor. I’ve tried using it for a few days but I’m switching back to the old one.
The document editable area width is way smaller than the original editor, and I can’t understand why that’s not re-sizable (seriously why ????…??? that’s literally a CSS trick!)
Switching to HTML is harder than before.
Tiny MCE is not working properly, I’ve lost many useful features such as anchor links.
Inserting a picture moves the cursor at the top of the document which is very annoying.

The only thing I like about the new editor is the AJAX save without reload feature.

Best editor until Gutenberg solve some major issue

Gutenberg have one major problem. Just as simple as having a Title, and then a paragraphs of text follow by a image, and then follow by another paragraph of text, there is no easy way to do this in Gutenberg. You have to create many different blocks for all these above.

In the Classic editor, you can just type what you do in WORD, and then add media to attach an image, and the keep on typing another paragraph of text. This CANNOT be done in Gutenberg.

thank god for the classic editor

I still don’t understand why Gutenberg wasn’t released as a plugin instead of the so called classic editor. Gutenberg is something for wordpress.com but not for developers that know how to build websites.

Lifeline. Thank you.

Thank you so much.

Cheers to everyone who is battling this mess, another late night with yet-another latte, trying to make sure small business owners stay in business…just in time for the holidays.

Boycott Gutenberg

I will only be using WordPress for as long as this plugin is supported. Gutenberg is the beginning of the end for WordPress.

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Contributors & Developers

“Classic Editor” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“Classic Editor” has been translated into 39 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

1.3

  • Fixed removal of the “Try Gutenberg” dashboard widget.
  • Fixed condition for displaying of the after upgrade notice on the “What’s New” screen. Shown when the Classic Editor is selected and users cannot switch editors.

1.2

  • Fixed switching editors from the Add New (post) screen before a draft post is saved.
  • Fixed typo that was appending the edit URL to the classic-editor query var.
  • Changed detecting of WordPress 5.0 to not use version check. Fixes a bug when testing 5.1-alpha.
  • Changed the default value of the option to allow users to switch editors to false.
  • Added disabling of the Gutenberg plugin and lowered the required WordPress version to 4.9.
  • Added classic_editor_network_default_settings filter.

1.1

Fixed a bug where it may attempt to load the Block Editor for post types that do not support editor when users are allowed to switch editors.

1.0

  • Updated for WordPress 5.0.
  • Changed all “Gutenberg” names/references to “Block Editor”.
  • Refreshed the settings UI.
  • Removed disabling of the Gutenberg plugin. This was added for testing in WordPress 4.9. Users who want to continue following the development of Gutenberg in WordPress 5.0 and beyond will not need another plugin to disable it.
  • Added support for per-user settings of default editor.
  • Added support for admins to set the default editor for the site.
  • Added support for admins to allow users to change their default editor.
  • Added support for network admins to prevent site admins from changing the default settings.
  • Added support to store the last editor used for each post and open it next time. Enabled when users can choose default editor.
  • Added “post editor state” in the listing of posts on the Posts screen. Shows the editor that will be opened for the post. Enabled when users can choose default editor.
  • Added classic_editor_enabled_editors_for_post and classic_editor_enabled_editors_for_post_type filters. Can be used by other plugins to control or override the editor used for a particular post of post type.
  • Added classic_editor_plugin_settings filter. Can be used by other plugins to override the settings and disable the settings UI.

0.5

  • Updated for Gutenberg 4.1 and WordPress 5.0-beta1.
  • Removed some functionality that now exists in Gutenberg.
  • Fixed redirecting back to the Classic Editor after looking at post revisions.

0.4

  • Fixed removing of the “Try Gutenberg” call-out when the Gutenberg plugin is not activated.
  • Fixed to always show the settings and the settings link in the plugins list table.
  • Updated the readme text.

0.3

  • Updated the option from a checkbox to couple of radio buttons, seems clearer. Thanks to @designsimply for the label text suggestions.
  • Some general updates and cleanup.

0.2

  • Update for Gutenberg 1.9.
  • Remove warning and automatic deactivation when Gutenberg is not active.

0.1

Initial release.