You Don't Have To Use Gutenberg If You Don't Want To

Last Update: November 19, 2018

I've see in chat and on posts a lot of people getting anxious about the upcoming wordpress update to Gutenberg and how it's going to impact things because it's a new editor.

Well there is no need to be anxious.

You don't have to use gutenberg if you're not ready. You can still use the Classic Editor.

Personally after playing around with it for some time I find gutenberg slow and clunky, and some basic functions are not available in the core, which I find odd.

Now this update has no affect for me because I use Thrive Architect which is far superior to gutenberg on so many levels. But I'm also going to keep the classic editor in play as well.

So to keep using the classic editor, once wordpress updates at the end of the month (27th) in your dashboard you'll see the button to switch to the classic editor. Click it and you're good to go.

Here's my reply to another post done here regarding the classic editor:

Also it nice to know that Matt Mullenweg has confirmed that support for the Classic Editor will be available for a very, very long time. Good news for people not ready to use Gutengurg or don't use an alternative editor such as Thrive.

Here's what he said:

“I love that people are using the Classic Editor plugin!” Mullenweg said in comment on a recent post. “There is an infinite number of ways that WP can be used and not all will be ready for Gutenberg when 5.0 is released, Classic allows people to still be able to update core and stay current with releases, and with the click of a button try out Gutenberg again in the future if they want to. It’s also trivial to maintain because Gutenberg also uses TinyMCE, so Classic Editor users will still get improvements and updates to TinyMCE — I won’t say ‘forever’ but I don’t see any reason why we can’t maintain classic for the edit screen for many years to come.”

https://wordpress.tv/2017/12/04/matt-mullenweg-state-of-the-...

Here's another great read about Gutenburg and here they talk about the possibility of supporting both editors.

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-to-support-classic-editor-for...

Hope this helps

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As far as I know, Gutenberg will become the default editor instead of the classic TinyMCE when 5.0 is released. I've personally tried it and I think it is not bad at all. Despite the fact that for now it doesn't even come close to major page builders like Elementor, which I also personally use, it has a great potential as it will be the DEFAULT editor from 5.0 on. It will be a huge advantage because all other themes/plugins will have to be compatible with it. I am sure Gutenberg will be gaining grounds very quickly as long as they fix its bugs. Anyway it is another milestone for WordPress history.
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leoemery Premium
It will be the default but as I said you can switch back to classic. There's a lot they have to do to Gutenberg, right now and this is my opinion it's a very poor excuse for a page editor.
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Yep I can get that. Gutenberg is still very primitive and causes a lot of issues. It should be seriously worked on. That's why it is now flooded with 1-star review, lol.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Leo,

Thank you for writing his. I haven't decided yet whether to go with Gutenberg yet... I really don't know much about it and I'm curious to use it.

I have Thrive Architect but haven't really used it much... I like what you mentioned about Thrive so I'm also thinking of getting back to learning it.

Monica
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leoemery Premium
You can always use one of your free site rubix sites and play around with Gutenburg, this way you're not trying things out on your live site. Same goes for Thrive
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YvetteC2 Premium
Thanks for easing my mind, Leo. Even though people keep talking about the new roll out, I seriously didn't want to have to bother with yet another new thing. I figured I'd deal with it as I absolutely needed to and feel better with this information. Thanks again.

Have an awesome day!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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KayOSmith Premium
Great news! Thanks for sharing. I haven't used Gutenburg yet, but this helped put more into perspective for me as to how it was supposed to work and what to expect with it. Great idea about trying it out on one of our test sites as well before establishing it on a working site first.
Thanks so much for sharing this!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome - test sites are a blessing because you can do anything on it and screw up as much as you want and not screw up your live site.
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Leo, thank you for the very useful information, I was hoping the old editor would be available as I guess as with any new update or platform it will have its fair share of issues. I would prefer to try the new editor once they have ironed out all the issues etc.

Enjoy your day.

Roy
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leoemery Premium
You're ewlcome. You can always create a test site with one of your free site rubix sites and play around with gutenberg on there and not have to do anything on your live site.

I have a few tests sites and that's what I used one of them for.
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Roybretton Premium
Yes this is a great idea, in fact, I have a Webmaster who helps me a lot and we have a test site which is really useful at times, it's good to be reminded that sometimes I almost forget that it is there!

I really appreciate your input Leo as I believe you have much knowledge.

Roy
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Marley2016 Premium
Leo,
Thank you so much for sharing this I have been so
afraid of having to switch and I did try the Gutenberg
but I seriously did not like it at all - hard to use and
could not find half the things I need that are very
easy to use on WP :)
Susan
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome, you have many, many years of using the classic editor - so no worries.
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DonnieK2 Premium
Thanks for sharing this information Leo. I made the switch a few months ago and did run into some transitioning problem but found switching back to classic to get by problems until I figured them out on the upgrade. Overall after spending time using Gutenberg, I have come to understand and apply it better now.
Donnie
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leoemery Premium
Like anything the more you use it the more comfortable you'll get with it. And like anything new, some will love it and others won't.
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Fleeky Premium
Good to know we have choice!
Thank you for telling us
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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JackieSmith Premium
Thanks Leo.
This time of the year is very busy leading up to Black Friday and Christmas.

One less worry not having to update to Gutenberg and resolving any idiosyncracies which may fall out from the update.
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leoemery Premium
Yeah I think a lot of people were stressing out - can't blame them. But as I said no need to worry, it's all good.
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JackieSmith Premium
A bit like the GDPR rollout.

There were so many posts concerning it... I know a lot of people were stressed about the whole thing.
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leoemery Premium
No kidding, when that was happening you thought the sky was falling. And more often then not it's just mis-information freaking everyone out.

Best course of action don't listen to the noise, go to the source.
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JackieSmith Premium
Love that! 'Don't listen to the noise, go to the source.

Me ... I'm easy like Sunday morning 😉
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marmar463 Premium
Thank you for sharing this information with us now to stay with the classic editor is that a plugin that we have to get or how do we do again because this is a little confusing for me.

I am sorry but since my stroke, my brain is not really functioning like it used to so I have a problem remembering what to do next. I have my note but it doesn't have this information in it.

Thank you in advance for helping me out I really appreciate that so very much.

Mary
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leoemery Premium
You'll find the button to activate the classic plugin already there in your dashboard, you just have to click the button.

You can go to your wordpress dashboard right now and you'll see the classic button.
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marmar463 Premium
Thank you so much for letting me know about the classic button I really appreciate that.

Mary
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ExpatMark Premium
Thanks for sharing some very useful information.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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PoppaJoe Premium
Although I am going to stick with the classic, you have my interest piqued with Thrive!
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leoemery Premium
Thrive is amazing -
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jvranjes Premium
"you'll see the button to switch to the classic editor."

So no need for the plugin? But you mentioned the plugin as well. Confused.
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leoemery Premium
No there is no need for a plugin, I never called it a plugin Matt calls it a plugin which is probably causing the confusing.

You can go to your wordpress dashboard right now and you'll see the classic editor button
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jvranjes Premium
OK, thanks. Have seen several blogs/trainings here recently about some plugin.

In any case, plan to stay with the classic option as long as possible.
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leoemery Premium
You have many, many years of use with classic
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Stella2 Premium
Hey Leo;

Thanks for posting this to ease everyone's minds.

Just wanted to add that when you click the Classic button, it does show up in the list of plugins to be activated. Maybe that's why he calls it a plugin.

Stella :-)
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jvranjes Premium
So it is a plugin after all. Pity.
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marchanna Premium
gonna check out Thrive Architect!
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leoemery Premium
You'll love it
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CarolMeador Premium
Thanks for the info.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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MisterV Premium
Thanks Leo. Yes. I’m staying with Classic As well.
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leoemery Premium
You're not alone
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TRPEng Premium
That's a good article. I am going to stay with classic.
Trevor
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leoemery Premium
You're not alone, I think a lot of people will.
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