How to revert WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg back to the classic editor

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December 7, 2018 at 9:03 pm

To WordPress, I have one statement, and I’ll phrase it in my southern dialect:

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

WordPress 5.0 just released and I have to say that I am not very thrilled. I’ve updated all the sites I work on and then I instantly had to install the classic editor to avert using the new Gutenberg feature. I’m just not a fan of the new block editor. When I use WordPress, I have the visual editor disabled and like to write my posts in plain text with HTML, shortcodes, and other code. I like total control when I code and write, so a pure text editor works best for me.

I wonder if they’ll start censoring the reviews?

wordpress gutenberg 994 1-star reviews

Almost 1,000 1-star reviews as of this screenshot! Ouch! By the time you read this post, it will surely be in the multiple thousands.

Sure, I guess a block editor might be user friendly for someone who has never used WordPress in their life, but for someone like me who has been using WordPress for several years, it just isn’t ideal. I’m sticking with the classic editor for now, and if WordPress ever decides to remove the classic editor entirely, I’ll be going back to hard coding PHP and HTML websites, switching to another content management system, or just build my own CMS in my spare time that works best for what I do.

I tried the Gutenberg editor during the beta phase and never liked it. On every new WordPress install, the first thing I did was get rid of Gutenberg with the hopes that it would one day be gone for good, but now it seems like it is here to stay. Even with plenty of negative reviews during the beta phase, the talking heads at WordPress still decided to release this monstrosity upon its reluctant user base. It seems like another case of big corporate ignoring the infinitesimal vocal echoes of its customers and going full speed ahead with no brakes only to find out they’re soon to be falling right off a cliff unless they divert their path. I doubt WordPress will be removing the classic editor, however, considering they’ve been bombarded with hundreds of 1-star reviews for the new Gutenberg editor in the past day. A decision maker has to be feeling pretty awful at WordPress right about now.

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