Disabling The Gutenberg Website Editor

Gutenberg Website Blues

Disabling The Gutenberg Website Editor

Are you seeing unexpected changes to your WordPress website?

If you woke up this morning and found your WordPress website was no longer displaying as expected, then there’s a good chance you’ve got the Gutenberg Website Blues.

Is your premium theme editor is gone… and in its place is some strange quaintly-named WordPress Block Editor meant to replace the basic WordPress Classic Editor (WCE).

disable gutenberg wordpress editor

Is Your recognized WordPress Editor Gone?

Are your fonts no longer configured correctly?

Are you seeing unexpected formatting changes?

Yes, you were notified and warned about Gutenberg.

Gutenberg is a the new WordPress block editor. It’s a clear upgrade to WordPress’ Classic Editor – if that’s what you use, but not an editor I currently want to use as a replacement for my far superior premium theme with the WCE.

See a Gutenberg example here.

Premium Themes + WordPress Classic Editor

Most web designers don’t use the basic editor by itself, we use WCE and a premium theme (I recommend and use Jupiter by ArtBees) with plug-ins to make our websites look and awesome and work smarter!

The WordPress Classic Editor hasn’t changed much, and is now facing some competition from new (paid) web design platforms such as Medium and Ghost. But don’t worry die-hard WordPresser’, Medium is on it’s way out (financial problems), and Ghost will not gain market share (no free option).

About The WordPress Classic Editor (WCE)

The WordPress Classic Editor hasn’t changed much, and is now facing some competition from new (paid) web design platforms such as Medium and Ghost. But don’t worry die-hard WordPresser’, Medium is on it’s way out (financial problems), and Ghost will not gain market share (no free option, recurring monthly fees).

This is how to disable Gutenberg, fix your site, and get back to business as usual.

Disable the Gutenberg WordPress Editor

I went to WordPress.org and entered search term: “disable Gutenberg”, and found a same-named plug-in. I installed and activated the plug-in.

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RESULT: FAIL!

The result was wasting 10-minutes of my life installing and testing the plugin. The plugin did not work (for me). See, no WCE!

Enabling the WordPress Classic Editor

So, what’s next?

It’s super-easy!

Mouse-over your page title (don’t click), and choose “Classic Editor”… and voila!

disable gutenberg wordpress editor

That’s it. : )

disable gutenberg wordpress editor

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12 Steps to Build a Better Website

If you want help with your website visit my tech savvy blog and read my original post 12 Steps to Build a Better Website (techsavvynyc.com).  

Try the Gutenberg Demo

If you do want to play with Gutenberg without installing it you might check out Frontenberg, a limited front-end demo of the WordPress Gutenberg editor.

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