How To Use The WordPress Classic Editor Plugin

Learn how to restore the Classic WordPress editor in WordPress sites using version 5.0 or higher using the WordPress Classic Editor plugin.

How To Use The WordPress Classic Editor Plugin

WordPress Gutenberg - The Ultimate Guide For Non-Technical WordPress UsersThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Gutenberg: The Ultimate Guide For Non-Technical WordPress Users series.

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On December 6, 2018, WordPress announced the release of WordPress version 5.0.

WordPress 5.0 introduced a new content editor called Gutenberg (named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the printing press over 500 years ago) …

WordPress 5.0 introduces the new Gutenberg content editor

(WordPress 5.0 introduced Gutenberg – the new WordPress content editor)

The Gutenberg editor replaces the pre version 5.0 content editor (now referred to as the WordPress ‘Classic’ editor …

WordPress 'Classic' Content Editor - pre WordPress 5.0

(WordPress ‘Classic’ Content Editor – pre WordPress 5.0)

If you have been using WordPress for a while and prefer to keep using the pre-WordPress 5.0 content editor (i.e. the WordPress ‘Classic’ editor), a ‘WordPress Classic Editor’ plugin has been developed by the WordPress community that restores the familiar editor to your WordPress site, replaces the new Gutenberg editor as the default content editor, and lets you keep working as you were previously.

The tutorial below shows you how to install, activate, and use the WordPress ‘Classic’ editor plugin.

Important

If you’re new to WordPress, see these tutorials first:

How To Install The WordPress Classic Editor Plugin

Important

As new updates and improvements are made to WordPress Gutenberg and new features are introduced to support the new direction of the platform, WordPress plans to eventually phase out the old editor.

For this reason, the plugin developers have stated that they will fully support and maintain the plugin until at least 2022 (or longer if necessary).

WordPress Classic Editor Plugin

WordPress Classic Editor Plugin

(WordPress Classic Editor Plugin)

Plugin Description

WordPress Classic Editor Plugin is the free official plugin maintained by the WordPress team to restore the pre WordPress 5.0 (‘classic’) WordPress editor and the ‘Edit Post’ screen.

This plugin also makes it possible to use plugins that:

  • Extend the ‘Edit Post’ screen,
  • Add old-style meta boxes, or
  • Depend on the previous editor.

Once installed and activated, the plugin will hide all functionality available in the new Gutenberg Block Editor.

Plugin Installation

To install the WordPress Classic Editor Plugin plugin from your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New …

WordPress Dashboard Menu: Plugins > Add New

(WordPress Dashboard Menu: Plugins > Add New)

If the plugin isn’t showing on the screen, type in “classic editor” into the Keyword search field …

Add Plugins > Classic Editor

(Add Plugins > Classic Editor)

Click on the ‘Install Now’ button …

Install the plugin

(Install the plugin)

After installing the plugin, click ‘Activate’ …

Activate the plugin

(Activate the plugin)

The plugin is now installed and activated.

Plugin Configuration

The Classic Editor plugin is ready to use as soon as it has been activated.

If you want to change the plugin’s settings, select Plugins > Installed Plugins from your dashboard menu, then locate the Classic Editor plugin and click on the ‘Settings’ link …

Classic Editor > Settings

(Classic Editor > Settings)

This will take you to the ‘Writing Settings‘ screen, where a new section will be added, allowing you to specify the ‘Default editor fo all users (‘Classic’ or ‘Block’ editors) and whether or not to allow your site users to switch editors …

WordPress Writing Settings - Editor Section

(WordPress Writing Settings – Editor Section)

Using The Plugin

Once the plugin has been installed and activated, you will see the familiar ‘Classic’ editor screen appear when you create or edit your posts or pages …

Classic Editor Screen

(Classic Editor Screen)

Important

If you deactivate the Classic Editor plugin (go to ‘Plugins > Installed Plugins’and click on ‘Deactivate’ link) …

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(Classic Editor plugin – Deactivate)

Your content editor will instantly revert to the new Gutenberg interface …

Gutenberg Content Editor screen

(Gutenberg Content Editor screen)

Congratulations! Now you know how to install, activate, and use the WordPress Classic Editor plugin.

If you need help understanding the Gutenberg content editor, we have created a comprehensive guide here:

WordPress Gutenberg - Making WordPress Easier For Non-Techies

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New WordPress Version Release – WordPress 5.0 Bebo

WordPress has just released version 5.0, named “Bebo” in honor of Cuban jazz musician Bebo Valdés. Learn about the new WordPress v. 5.0 updates.

WordPress 5.0 BeboNew WordPress Version 5.0 – Bebo

Release Date: December 6, 2018

WordPress released WordPress 5.0, named “Bebo” in honor of Cuban jazz musician Bebo Valdés (October 9, 1918 – March 22, 2013).

Bebo Valdés

(Bebo Valdés. Image: Wikipedia)

With the release of version 5.0, WordPress introduces a new block-based editor as the first step into a new future aimed at making the platform even easier to use for non-technical website users, especially when it comes to adding, editing, and displaying content on your site.

WordPress 5.0 introduces the new Gutenberg content editor

(WordPress 5.0 introduces the new Gutenberg content editor)

The new WordPress content editor is called Gutenberg after Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press and aims to provide greater flexibility and a streamlined editing experience across your site.

Here are some of the changes you will see in WordPress 5.0:

Block-Based Editor

(Gutenberg – The new block-based content editor)

The new block-based content editor is a radical departure from the previous content editor (referred to now as the WordPress ‘Classic’ editor).

According to the WordPress  version release notes, the changes are aimed at helping WordPress simplify the process, not the outcome.

The WordPress Gutenberg editor lets you insert different types of content (e.g. paragraphs, images, quotes, multimedia, etc.) into your posts and pages and configure or rearrange layouts using ‘blocks’.

The WordPress Gutenberg editor includes many useful default blocks (with more blocks being developed and added to the platform by the WordPress community) …

WordPress Gutenberg Editor - Blocks

(WordPress Gutenberg Editor – Blocks)

Blocks can be added anywhere on the page with the click of a button, inserted before or after other blocks using dropdown menus, converted into different block types, and easily reordered using ‘drag and drop’, or ‘up and down’ buttons.

This lets you build your pages and display your content exactly as you imagine, without having to learn how to code.

(Blocks let you build pages to look the way you want them to!)

Important

As WordPress 5.0 introduces a number of significant changes to how you work with content on your site, we have created a comprehensive guide to understanding and using the new content editor here:

To learn more about using ‘blocks’, see this tutorial:

New Default WordPress Theme – Twenty Nineteen

New WordPress Theme - Twenty Nineteen

(New WordPress Theme – Twenty Nineteen)

WordPress has introduced a new default theme that lets you experience and take full advantage of the new editor.

The Twenty Nineteen theme ships with all new WordPress installations and aims to create a true WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) content creation and editing experience for users and features custom styles for the default blocks available in WordPress 5.0.

Additionally, the theme features a modern, simple, and clean-looking type-driven layout with lots of whitespace and uses system fonts to display sans-serif headlines paired with serif body text, combining a strong, visual presence with fast loading page speed for your readers.

Twenty Nineteen is designed to be flexible and versatile and can be deployed for a variety of uses.

To learn how to install WordPress Themes, go here:

WordPress Classic Editor Plugin

WordPress Classic Editor Plugin

(WordPress Classic Editor Plugin)

If you have been using WordPress for a while and prefer to keep using the pre-WordPress 5.0 content editor (i.e. the WordPress ‘Classic’ editor), a ‘WordPress Classic Editor’ plugin has been developed by the WordPress community that restores the familiar editor to your WordPress site, replaces the new Gutenberg editor as the default content editor, and lets you keep working as you were previously.

Important

If you are updating your WordPress installation from a pre 5.0 version, you may see a window in your dashboard giving you the option to install either the new Gutenberg editor or the old WordPress ‘classic’ editor …

Updating WordPress from a pre-5.0 installation (Updating WordPress from a pre-5.0 installation)

If you are installing a new WordPress site on your domain, it will have the Gutenberg editor installed by default and you will then need to install the WordPress Classic Editor plugin to restore the old editor functionality.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to install, activate, and use this plugin, go here:

Additional Enhancements And Bug-Fixes: WordPress version 5.0

In addition to the new features and improvements listed above, WordPress 5.0 also includes a number of other enhancements and bug-fixes.

Important WordPress Update Tips

WordPress 5.0.2 - WordPress Update

Important

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WordPress versions 5.0 and higher require using themes and plugins that support the new WordPress content editor blocks.

Being quite new, not all WordPress themes and plugins currently support the Gutenberg editor and may cause issues or create conflicts when you update your site to the new 5.0 version.

During the transition phase to the new editor, you may see notifications on your dashboard from plugin developers about plugin compatibility with the Gutenberg editor …

Plugin notifications - Gutenberg compatibility

(Plugin notifications – Gutenberg compatibility)

If you are not sure, refer to the plugin or theme developer’s notes and documentation for compatibility issues.

Tips

You can check the official WordPress Plugins directory for a list of free WordPress plugins that offer block-enabled features …

WordPress.org: Block-Enabled Plugins

(WordPress.org: Block-Enabled Plugins)

To view all block-enabled plugins click on ‘See All’ …

WordPress.org: View all block-enabled plugins

(WordPress.org: View all block-enabled plugins)

We also recommend doing the following before upgrading to any new version of WordPress:

  • Perform a complete backup of all your WordPress files and database.
  • Search online for any problems or issues that other WordPress users may be experiencing with the new version. This includes incompatibilities and conflicts with plugins, themes, and other issues (search online for something like “WordPress 5.0 Bebo problems” or “WordPress version 5.0 bugs”, then go through some of the results to see what kind of issues and errors users are experiencing).
  • Once you have done the above, then upgrade to the new version as soon as possible to ensure that your site remains protected against any security vulnerabilities found in previous versions.

WordPress version 5.0.2 - Important WordPress Update Tips

Important

If you don’t want to perform your own backups, then consider getting help from a professional WordPress service provider, test your WordPress site on a local environment, or use a backup plugin.

(WordPress 5.0 Bebo)

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Note: WordPress images used on this page were sourced from the official WordPress site’s release notes.

WordPress Gutenberg Tutorials For Non-Techie WordPress Users

This comprehensive guide for non-technical users explains everything you need to know about WordPress Gutenberg and the new WordPress content editor …

WordPress Gutenberg – Guide & Tutorials For Non-Technical WordPress Users

WordPress Gutenberg - The Ultimate Guide For Non-Techies

On December 6, 2018, WordPress announced the release of WordPress version 5.0.

With this new release, WordPress introduces a new approach and a new direction for the WordPress platform.

As stated in ‘Non-Techies Are The Future Of WordPress: WordPress Gutenberg & The WordPress Paradox’,  most WordPress end users are non-techies. To continue being the world’s most popular website-building platform, WordPress must continually evolve to make the platform easier for non-techies to use and have control of their digital processes.

WordPress 5.0 is a significant step in this direction and the changes WordPress introduces with the new version will provide many benefits to non-techies and non-coders in the future.

This comprehensive guide, then, is aimed at helping non-technical users understand where WordPress is going, why WordPress has introduced these changes, and what these changes will mean to you. This section contains links to in-depth tutorials that will help you understand and apply these new changes to your website and the way you create content online.

WordPress Gutenberg - The Ultimate Guide For Non-Technical WordPress Users

WordPress 5.0 – Why

As discussed in ‘Non-Techies Are The Future Of WordPress: WordPress Gutenberg & The WordPress Paradox’  if you are a non-technical person working in a business where everyone else is also a non-techie, non-coder, non-web developer, or non-digital marketing expert and your business wants a web platform that can deliver better results, then your best option is to choose a technology platform where things are made so simple, automated and easy to use that you don’t even need to understand how the technology works to get the results you want.

As a non-technical user who has been observing the evolution of WordPress for over a decade, this seems to be the direction they are heading, and WordPress 5.0 is the first step toward this destination.

The introduction of the new WordPress content editor, called Gutenberg (after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the printing press over 500 years ago) is part of a plan to transform WordPress into something bigger than just a website publishing and content management platform.

As the video presentation below recorded at a WordCamp held in Nashville, U.S.A. in 2017 (and its mission to democratize publishing) shows, WordPress is moving toward being a platform where non-technical users will be able to transform their web presence into just about anything they want using modular elements and components that will:

  • Provide users with all different types of functions
  • Integrate seamlessly with what you already have built
  • Be simple to configure, using methods like ‘point and click’, ‘drag and drop’, WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), selecting options from drop-down menus, etc.

(Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow)

While the decision to introduce a completely new content editor generated heated debates and strong reactions from many users, web developers, and members of the WordPress community, it seems that WordPress had to make a decision if it is to continue to grow and evolve.

WordPress 5.0 and the new Gutenberg editor, then, is just the first step toward the bigger picture.

WordPress 5.0 -What’s New

To learn what’s new in WordPress 5.0 and what you need to do if you haven’t upgraded yet, go here.

WordPress Gutenberg Tutorials

To learn more about using the new WordPress content editor, click on the links below:

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