Wordpress: Turn off the Gutenberg Editor – Instructions with and without a plugin

The Wordpress editor Gutenberg is on board as standard from version 5. So it can be deactivated.

Version 5 of Wordpress will be the first version that no longer delivers the Gutenberg editor as a plugin but as an integral part of the Wordpress installation. Although it has been possible to get the editor into Wordpress with a plugin since the beginning of 2018, many bloggers have done without it in order to keep their blog system.

The Wordpress editor Gutenberg is on board as standard from version 5. So it can be deactivated.
The Wordpress editor Gutenberg is on board as standard from version 5. So it can be deactivated.

What does Gutenberg offer?

Before we switch off, maybe a quick look at the editor. I don't think that the Gutenberg editor can generally be described as a worse alternative to the classic Wordpress editor. It offers many benefits when writing blog posts that don't just consist of text, headlines, and images.

Compared to the classic editor, the Gutenberg editor works with “blocks” that you may already be familiar with from other “builders”. For example, you can easily add a block with photos from the Instagram account or a gallery of photos without having to use an additional plugin. Most of the things that we have solved with shortcodes so far should also be a thing of the past with Gutenberg. Code blocks, quotes and much more can be implemented with the editor without having to resort to additional plugins. So actually a good thing - assuming you need some of it at all.

If you want to get an overview of the functions of the editor, you can watch this video in which Nikolaus Kolba gives a short (but reasonably current!) Overview:

No Gutenberg editor wanted - this is how you deactivate it!

If you are aware that you don't need Gutenberg and your life will be better without this new Wordpress editor, then here is the guide on how to get rid of the editor.

Deactivation via plugin

The easiest way to turn off the editor is via the plugin”Disable Gutenberg” by Jess Star. I have already installed the plugin for a customer who told me before Wordpress 5: "Please turn off this Gutenberg!". I don't know what prompted him to make this decision, but obviously he had already read about it. ;-)

Deactivation via code in functions.php

If you would like to save yourself a plugin and prefer to use the functions.php in the folder of the current Wordpress theme, you can copy the following line there to get rid of Gutenberg.

add_filter ('use_block_editor_for_post', '__return_false');

If you only want to switch off Gutenberg for certain user roles or post types, you can do this with conditional queries that you can here in the blog post.

Remove the dashboard reference to the new Gutenberg editor - this is how it works!
Remove the dashboard reference to the new Gutenberg editor - this is how it works!

Turn off the Wordpress reference to Gutenberg in the dashboard

There's even one for that annoying hint Pluginthat turns it off, but don't overdo it with plugins. If you don't want the notification, simply click on "Hide" in the top right corner of the notification window or select the "Customize view" field in the top right corner of the dashboard and you can not only hide the "New editor" notification but also a lot of other things that Garbage dashboard.

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