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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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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