An Alternative to the New WordPress 5.0 Block Editor

With the release of WordPress 5.0 back in December 2018, the classic content editor was replaced with a block editor called Gutenberg. This is a completely new execution of the editor which uses ‘blocks’ instead of the classic editor look which is similar to the classic Microsoft Word document. Change is good they say, right?

Not so much.

Well, we gave it try and while we were hopeful at first, the whole blocks thing just didn’t feel efficient. This really feels like an attempt to re-invent the wheel.

On one hand we admire the WordPress team for trying something new but this completely revised approach does not actually save time in any way when it comes to writing. When it comes to writing posts, most people simply want to do so with as few steps as possible: start with a bank page, write, format, publish. It’s not that we’re afraid of new features and new learning curves. The problem in our opinion is that this change in editor methodology feels like a huge change for the sake of change. If you haven’t already seen the new WordPress Block Editor, judge for yourself by having a look at the new editor on the WordPress 5.0 release page.

With that said, if you really do not like the new Block Editor, a simple solution is to go back to the classic WordPress editor. It’s easy to do as you just need to install the Classic Editor plugin:

How to Replace the new WordPress Block Editor with the Classic Editor Plugin

Yes, you too can relive the heady days of WordPress pre-December 2018 when life was simpler. In the pre-block editor world, composing and editing a document required just 1 click or almost as few. Stop worrying about where your tools are so that you can get back to writing great content.

You can get the Classic Editor Plugin here: Classic Editor Plugin or search for Classic Editor from the WordPress Plugin section.

Sorry Gutenberg devs/designers. We gave it a chance but the whole block editor vibe feels too distracting. I have no doubt that the new WordPress Block Editor style will become the norm for newer generations of WordPress users. For now, we’ll stick with the classic editor.


One thought on “An Alternative to the New WordPress 5.0 Block Editor

  1. People really hate the Gutenberg but I think it is much easier to use. You can write your own blocks and manage much easier your article. I know it’s a new feature and WordPress stopped looking like 20 years ago but all in all it was a move in a right direction.

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