How to disable WordPress 5.0’s new editor
If you keep on top of your wordpress installation updates, you would have noticed WordPress 5.0 was released on the 5th of December. With it came a couple of game changing updates:
- The platform is heavily moving towards a more user-friendly experience. WordPress was already at the forefront of user friendliness with the use of plugins and ease of implementation. With the latest update, they are upping the ante by make the post and page builder even easier to use. The problem with this is it now competes more aggressively with Page Builder plugins and therefore causes issues such as disabling their functionality altogether.
- Page builder plugins could see a downturn in use. There are a few good page-builder tools that integrate very well with WordPress, some of which can make any amateur look like a professional developer. Gutenberg won’t replace them overnight, but it has the potential to deter people people from requiring plugins to do what is now built in.
If you are here, the new editor has removed your ability to keep using your current page-builder plugin (until they update and put a fix in place). The easiest fix right now is to disable Gutenberg and go back to the original editor.
How to Disable WordPress Gutenberg Editor:
Login to your admin dashboard and locate the Appearance tab
Ensure your current (child) theme is selected
Click “Functions.php” in the side bar
Insert this code at the bottom -> add_filter(‘use_block_editor_for_post’, ‘__return_false’);
Click “Update File”
That’s it. If you change themes then you just need to do the same thing. I have already this works on 4 different theme websites so this isn’t a theme specific fix.