WordPress is releasing its latest versions time after time. Now WordPress 5 and 5.1 is available. The latest version of WordPress 5.1 is released on 21st February, 2019. If you want you can upgrade to the latest version of WordPress 5.1. The new versions of WordPress 5 and 5.1 brings several new changes like Gutenberg editor. This version replaces the WordPress old Classic Editor that its users have been using for many years.
What is Gutenberg editor?
First of all you have to know about Gutenberg editor. In fact it is a very smooth and modern block-based editor that is why, it completely changes the ways posts and pages are created. But also keep in mind that Gutenberg editor is still in its early stage. Due to its complexity and unfamiliarity most of the bloggers and publishers don’t like it. These bloggers and writers think that the new Gutenberg blog-based editor is more complex as compared to classic editor. Here we will talk about how you can disable the Gutenberg editor and get back the Classic Editor.
We our self also tested the new version and fortunately, Gutenberg editor does not affected our content. But we switched backed to the classic editor due its simplicity and ease of use. In spite of our blog, GoDaddy has also tested it with more than a hundred websites. By switching to new version no difference was found in the front end of posts and pages.
Those posts and pages that is already created of Gutenberg will appear in a Classic block, which is marked by a “Classic” heading. Similarly you can easily convert the old Classic block into multiple blocks with the help of blocks menu. You can do it by just clicking of the three dots.
As a blogger/publisher you will have noted that the old classic editor has a very clean writing area/box that is identical to Microsoft Word. While the new Gutenberg editor has the feature of blocks headings, paragraphs, videos, images and plugins. Now it is mostly depending on the WordPress theme, that you are using, you can style the editor to look like the published page.
In the beginning some reports also suggested that the new Gutenberg editor’s users have faced and encountered random bugs while using the new Gutenberg editor. Due to the problem faced by the users the Gutenberg plugin received disappointing rating of 2.3 out of 5. The developers need to give more time for resolving the issue of bugs. Similarly they should also work upon this plugin to enhance the user experience. For the time being, you can disable the new Gutenberg in WordPress 5 and switch back to the old classic editor of WordPress.
How to switch back to the Classic Editor from WordPress new version?
Fortunately you can easily switch back from your new WordPress editor to the old classic editor. WordPress provides you the option to disable the new Gutenberg block-based version and switch back to your favorite old Classic Editor. The process is very simple. Just follow the below given steps and you will be don.
STEP-1: In the first step, jut log in to your WordPress blog, as an administrator, and go to the Plugins > Add Plugin.
STEP-2: In the next step you have to type the Classic Editor in the search box of WordPress plugin directory. The WordPress directory will show you several results, but remember to choose the Classic Editor Plugin. It will be present near the top of your search results. Also note that this plugin has been developed and maintained by the core WordPress contributors. If you don’t see and are unable to find the exact results you can download Classic Editor Plugin here.
STEP-3: In the next step, you have to Click on Install Now button, present in front of the name of your desired plugin. Once your plugin has installed, now click on the activate button, to activate your plugin. When your Classic Editor Plugin is activated it will automatically disable the new Gutenberg block-based editor in WordPress 5. Now you will be able to see your old classic editor Plugin.
STEP-4: In the next step you have to go to Settings > Writing to optimize the Classic Editor settings to your liking. Here you have the option to keep both the Gutenberg editor and the Classic Editor. Once you have made your desired setting, click on the Save Changes button, present at the bottom of this page.
You are done! Now with the help of old Classic Editor you can create and publish new posts. With the help of old Classic editor you can edit older posts and pages.
One point should must be noted that Gutenberg editor is the future of WordPress and it will here to stay. But the WordPress developer’s team will provides its support to the Classic Editor through the end of 2021. It means that WordPress is giving you considerable time to get familiar with Gutenberg block-based editor.
As reports suggests that some WordPress themes and Plugins are not compatible with the new Gutenberg block-based editor, but expectations are there that developers will resolve and address this kind of problems very soon in the coming months. To add compatibility with Gutenberg, it will take some time and for this reason the WordPress developers team giving developers of third-party themes, plugins and tools.
After you get familiar with Gutenberg block-based editor, you can again enable it from going to setting page, from the Dashboard. Similarly you can simply uninstall the Classic Editor Plugin altogether and you will be done.
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