Starting with WordPress 5.0, the default editor on WordPress is the new Block editor. The new editor is radically different from the current WordPress editor which is now been referred to as the “Classic editor.”

Block editor has a learning curve and will take some time to get used to. It’s the future, we don’t argue that. But the editor is still in developing stages because even with all the new fancy controls, it doesn’t improve the natural editing experience. Block editor in its current version is all fancy but doesn’t match the writing flow that the classic editor offers.

Luckily for us, the classic editor is now available as a plugin for WordPress and it’ll be officially supported until the year 2022. That’s enough time for Block editor to improve on the writing experience while providing redefining content formatting tools.

How to install Classic editor and disable block editor

  1. From your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins » Add New, and search for Classic Editor.
  2. Click on the Install Now button, and then Activate the Classic editor plugin.
  3. Go to Settings » Writing from your WordPress dashboard.
  4. Set Default editor for all users to Classic Editor.
  5. Set Allow users to switch editors to No.

That’s it. Block editor is now fully disabled on your WordPress installation and Classic editor is set as the default editor. Everything is back to normal. Cheers!