On December 6th 2018 WordPress released WordPress 5.0 and It came with some pretty major changes. We’ve worked with WordPress for over 10 years and this is one of the largest visual changes we’ve seen so far.

Introducing Gutenberg!

Named after Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the Gutenberg press over 500 years ago, the Gutenberg WordPress editor is a new block based visual editor where you will create your websites posts and pages. It’s actually the 1st step in a 3 step process aimed to turn WordPress into a full blown website customiser.

The 3 step process looks like this…

Step 1 > Release of WordPress’s new, block based, visual editor. Aka Gutenberg – DONE

Step 2 > Roll out of a page template system.

Step 3 > Roll out of a full site customiser.

This will really empower WordPress users and developers, pushing design and development into a new area. It’s a necessary step to keep WordPress as the #1 content management system (CMS) in the future.

Here are some great links to get you started using it straight away but if you feel it’s too much to take on at the moment we’ve also included some information on removing the update until you’re ready to give it a go.

Diving Into the New Gutenberg WordPress Editor (Pros and Cons)
WordPress 5.0: What is Gutenberg?
The new Gutenberg editing experience
How to Use the New WordPress Block Editor – Your WordPress “Gutenberg” Guide

Removing Gutenberg

We recommend getting used to the new editor but we also understand it may be a bit too much to take on straight away. We’re not alone in this either. The stats on the WordPress Gutenberg plugin page highlight to us that although it will be good, it’s not quite ready yet. We’re therefore going to show you a few simple ways to switch this off until you’re ready to use all the features or until the full roll-out to has been achieved.

Option 1 – Plugins

Classic Editor Plugin

Probably the easiest way to get back to basics is to use the Classic Editor plugin. This is built and maintained by the WordPress team which should reassure you that it’s a good plugin to use. It will be maintained and updated by the WordPress team as needed. Follow this link if you’re not sure how to install a WordPress Plugin.

Disable Gutenberg Plugin

Another good option is a plugin called ‘Disable Gutenberg’. It’ll allow you to completely disable to editor or on a per role basis. This means some uses can start to use the new Gutenberg editor whilst others use the standard editor, a great option if you have multiple people editing your site. Follow this link if you’re not sure how to install a WordPress Plugin.

Option 2 – Code

If you’d prefer to make the changes in code. You can add the 2 following code snippets to your functions.php file.

// disable for posts
add_filter('use_block_editor_for_post', '__return_false', 10);

// disable for post types
add_filter('use_block_editor_for_post_type', '__return_false', 10);

You can get more information and code for different scenarios by reading ‘How to Disable Gutenberg: Complete Guide’.


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