Enabling the WordPress Classic Editor in Divi

AKA – Disabling Gutenberg

WordPress 5.0 introduced “Gutenberg” the block editor that allows for moving blocks of content around.  It’s named after Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press and the concept of “movable type”, but the name Movable Type was already taken, so I guess they just decided to call it “Gutenberg”. The new features for Gutenberg may be great for sites that don’t include a drag-and-drop experience, but the Divi framework already has that built in, and having Gutenberg enabled on alongside the Divi builder and trying to use both can be daunting.  Fortunately it’s easy to disable Gutenberg with a few short clicks and get back to the Divi editor you know and love.

Do I need a plugin to disable Gutenberg?

No.  Well, no longer do you need a plugin to disable Gutenberg.  For a short period of time it was required to install the WordPress Classic Editor Plugin but the developer at Elegant Themes wrapped that functionality into a recent release of Divi so it’s now all built in, so you don’t need to install an additional plugin.

If I have the Classic Editor Plugin should I disable it?

Yes.  And remove it.  If for no reason other than it’s one plugin that you don’t need to maintain.


How to disable Gutenberg on a Divi site.

  1. Go to Divi >> Theme Options 
  2. Click on [Builder] Tab
  3. Click on the [Advanced] Tab
  4. Flip the toggle switch for “Enabler Classic Editor”
  5. Click Save

That’s it!  Now the classic editor is installed for the Divi framework without the use of another plugin!