Classic Editor

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Restores the Classic Editor and the old-style Edit Post screen layout (TinyMCE, Meta boxes, etc.). Supports the pluhins that extend this screen.

Author:WordPress Contributors (profile at
WordPress version required:4.9
WordPress version tested:5.8
Plugin version:1.6.2
Added to WordPress repository:24-10-2017
Last updated:21-07-2021
Rating, %:98
Rated by:1020
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Total downloads:36 130 122
Active installs:5 000 000+
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Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.

Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin, and will be fully supported and maintained until at least 2022, or as long as is necessary.

At a glance, this plugin adds the following:

  • Administrators can select the default editor for all users.
  • Administrators can allow users to change their default editor.
  • When allowed, the users can choose which editor to use for each post.
  • Each post opens in the last editor used regardless of who edited it last. This is important for maintaining a consistent experience when editing content.

In addition, the Classic Editor plugin includes several filters that let other plugins control the settings, and the editor choice per post and per post type.

By default, this plugin hides all functionality available in the new block editor (“Gutenberg”).