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Classic Editor is a complement to the official management of the WordPress equipment that will restore the previous WordPress editor (“clásico”) and the pantalla “Editar publicación”. Allow to use complements that amplification of this pants, aggregate metaboxes of old model or depend on previous editor.

Classic Editor is an official WordPress add-on, and will be fully compatible and until 2022, or mientras sea necesario.

At a glance, this plugin adds the suivant :

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

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

By default, this plugin hides all features available in the new block editor (“Gutenberg”).


screenshot-1Administrator configuration in the pantalla Configuration -> Escritura.

screenshot-2Configuration of the user in the Profile screen. Visible when users can switch editors.

screenshot-3 “Enlaces de acción” para elegir editor alternativo. Visible cuando los usuarios pueden cambiar de editor.

screenshot-4 Link to switch to the block editor while editing a post in the classic editor. Visible when the users are allowed to switch editors.

screenshot-5 Link to switch to the classic editor while editing a post in the block editor. Visible when the users are allowed to switch editors.

screenshot-6 Network settings to select the default editor for the network and allow site admins to change it.

screenshot-7 El enlace “Cambiar al editor clásico”.

Administrator configuration in the pantalla Configuration -> Escritura.

Configuration of the user in the Profile screen. Visible when users can switch editors. "Action Links" to choose alternate editor. Visible when users can switch editors. Link to switch to the block editor while editing a post in the classic editor. Visible when users can switch editors. Enlace para cambiar al editor clásico mientras edita una publicación en el editor de bloques. Visible cuando los usuarios pueden cambiar de editor. Configuración de red para seleccionar el editor predeterminado para la red y permitir que los administradores del sitio lo cambien. El enlace "Cambiar al editor clásico".


Default settings

When activated this plugin will restore the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and hide the new block editor (“Gutenberg”). These settings can be changed at the Settings => Writing screen.

Default settings for network installation

There are two options:

  • When network-activated this plugin will set the classic editor as default and prevent site administrators and users from changing editors. The settings can be changed and default network-wide editor can be selected on the Network Settings screen.
  • When not network-activated each site administrator will be able to activate the plugin and choose options for their users.

Cannot find the “Switch to classic editor” link

It is in the main block editor menu, see this screenshot.



Esse plugin me salva

Murj September 26, 2022

Toda vez esse plugin me salva, ele é incrível, eu detesto a nova interface!


Love this plugin

abbxxx September 22, 2022

I wish wordpress would go back to the normal backend layout or at the very least keep this updated.


My top plugin

complementos muy buenos September 18, 2022

C’est le premier plugin que j’installe sur un nouveau site Web. J’aimerais que ce soit une option intégrée à WordPress, car je pense qu’il est essentiel de pouvoir gérer le contenu à l’aide d’un éditeur WYSIWYG.


Le classique était classique

Utilisateur anonyme 13836360 13 septembre 2022



Vive l’éditeur classique !

bram22 12 septembre 2022

Tellement soulagé de trouver ça. L’horrible éditeur de blocs est pénible à utiliser et ne ressemble pas à un traitement de texte. L’éditeur classique est le SEUL éditeur en ce qui me concerne. Éditeur classique = WordPress


La vie est finie.

altmmc 9 septembre 2022

Gutenberg is definitely a great plugin. However, not everyone wants to spend a lot of time creating magazine-like articles. We are not immortal and our time is limited. For those who want to create articles in a fraction of the time, the best plugin is this one.

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Contributors & Developers

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


  • 43b5ab8e3924f8f952c06d2b644a6576Andrew Oz
  • ed4f856405e64c1492839d2bf4913baaMel Choyce-Dwan
  • da526066c9f187ca1e16263158d2e9a3Josepha
  • 41261ee7861fe1331bf1cd32bb24f4eaAlexis Lloyd
  • 1ad9e5c98d81c6815a65dab5b6e1f669Gary Pendergast
  • 9929daa7594d5afa910a777ccb9e88e4Riad Benguela
  • f22c0ec09eb5a6df4da4239a37dbdf9dJonathan Desrosiers
  • e598c948e82a783e0f40634c0766c965luciano-croce

“Classic Editor” has been translated into 68 languages. Thanks to the translators for their contributions.

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Journal des modifications


  • Correction d’un bug qui empêchait la sauvegarde du dernier éditeur utilisé.


  • Correction d’un avertissement sur l’écran des widgets basés sur l’éditeur de blocs.
  • Correction de l’utilisation d’un filtre obsolète.


  • Mis à jour pour WordPress 5.5.
  • Fixed minor issues with calling deprecated functions, needlessly registering uninstall hook, and capitalization of some strings.


  • Updated for WordPress 5.2 and Gutenberg 5.3.
  • Enhanced and fixed the “open posts in the last editor used to edit them” logic.
  • Fixed adding post state so it can easily be accessed from other plugins.


  • On network installations removed the restriction for only network activation.
  • Added support for network administrators to choose the default network-wide editor.
  • Fixed the settings link in the warning on network About screen.
  • Properly added the “Switch to classic editor” menu item to the block editor menu.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


Initial release.


  • Version: 1.6.2
  • Last updated: 1 year ago
  • Active installations: 5+ million
  • WordPress Version: 4.9 or higher
  • Tested up to: 5.8.5
  • PHP Version: 5.2.4 or higher
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  • 61ee2579b8905e62b4b4045bdc92c11a
  • 43b5ab8e3924f8f952c06d2b644a6576 Andrew Ozz
  • ed4f856405e64c1492839d2bf4913baa Mel Choyce-Dwan
  • da526066c9f187ca1e16263158d2e9a3 Josepha
  • 41261ee7861fe1331bf1cd32bb24f4ea Alexis Lloyd
  • 1ad9e5c98d81c6815a65dab5b6e1f669 Gary Pendergast
  • 9929daa7594d5afa910a777ccb9e88e4 Riad Benguella
  • f22c0ec09eb5a6df4da4239a37dbdf9d Jonathan Desrosiers
  • e598c948e82a783e0f40634c0766c965 luciano-croce


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Can I Use the Classic Editor Instead of Gutenberg in WordPress?

Updated on April 18, 2022 by John-Paul Briones

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Deshabilitar bloques

The Gutenberg editor, also known as the WordPress block editor, allows you to create and manage content via self-contained blocks. If you would prefer to use the classic WordPress editor, there’s an easy way to do that. In this article, you’ll learn how to disable the WordPress block editor in two different ways.

  • Disable blocks with classic editor plugin
  • Using the classic editor
  • Disable blocks with classic block
  • Classic editor in practice

Disable WordPress Block Editor With Classic Editor Plugin

Follow the steps below to install the classic editor plugin:

  1. Log into the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click Plugins
  3. Click Add New Agregar nuevo complemento
  4. You may see classic editor as a the first option, if so, click Activate Enable classic editor

Using The Classic Editor

Once you’ve installed and activated the classic editor plugin, that’s all you have to do. You will notice when editing a post (or creating new content) that the Gutenberg editor has been replaced by the classic interface.

Classic Editor Interfaz

All previous posts and pages will have been automatically converted to the classic editor. However, you will notice that if you ever go back to Gutenberg, posts created with the classic editor will be in a classic editor block. Learn more about using the classic block below.

Disable blocks with the classic block editor

Installing the Classic Editor add-on is not the only form of disabling blockers. Also can opt to use the clásico editor block.

  1. Log in to the Control Panel
  2. Create a new post or edit an existing post
  3. Use the + sign to create a new blockPlus sign to create block in Gutenberg
  4. Elija blocks it classic

You will now have a classic l’éditeur style block within the Gutenberg editor.

Classic editor block

Using the classic block is a great way to use the classic editor without having to disable Gutenberg.

Use the classic editor while reading Gutenberg

Now that you have the Classic Editor plugin installed, you can enable it for all users or allow them to choose the editor of their choice. We will now show you how to select the Classic Editor in your WordPress dashboard.

  1. In your WordPress Dashboard, go to Configuration , then Script .
  2. Next to “Default editor for all users”, choose which editor you want your collaborators to have. The options are Classic Editor and Block Editor .default editor
  3. Choose if you want to “Allow users to switch editors”.allow-users-to-switch-editors
  4. If you allow users to switch editors, they will see options for “Edit (Block Editor)” or “Edit (Classic Editor)” when accessing Pages or Posts.selection-editor
  5. Click the Save Changes button . It will finish when you see a ” Configuration saved ” message .

Well done ! You savez comment using the classy editor in the current version of WordPress. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.

J. B.

John-Paul Briones Content Writer II

John-Paul is an electronics engineer who has spent most of his career in IT. He has been a technical writer for InMotion since 2013.

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