Classic Widgets


Classic Widgets is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress widgets settings screens. It will be supported and maintained until at least 2022, or as long as is necessary.

Once activated and when using a classic (non-block) theme, this plugin restores the previous widgets settings screens and disables the block editor from managing widgets. There is no other configuration, the classic widgets settings screens are enabled or disabled by either enabling or disabling this plugin.


Are there any settings?

No, there are no settings. Once activated, this plugin restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress widgets screen and disables the block editor from managing widgets.

Does this work with full site editing and block themes?

No, as a block themes relies on blocks. See Block themes article for more information.


06 May 2022
I thought something was really bad happening. Like I got hacked. The Block Editor may be good for some, but NOT for most.
02 May 2022
Does exactly what it's supposed to: Restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress widgets settings screens. Exactly what I needed!
02 May 2022
I spent half an hour trying to figure out what broke the display before I figured out it was _intended_ to look broken. At least I can install another plugin to unbreak Wordpress.
25 Aprel 2022
I really appreciate this plugin. I didn't know it existed until today, and wow, so happy. I despise the block editor, so finding this plugin has made my life easier. To the creators, you rock!
25 Aprel 2022
Updated Wordpress today and suddenly when trying to update a widget I was presented with blocks... NOOOOOOO. Not again. Well, looks like I may have to install another plugin to make it go away. I tried giving block widgets a go and it was just as bad as the block editor, which I've literally never used longer than about an hour when testing out. Super counterintuitive and totally destroys my typical workflow. Adds 10 extra steps and a buggy experience to the mix. Hate to say it but Wordpress, as much as they try to make it better, is not doing a very good job as of late. Classic widgets and post editor should always be an option, even 10 years from now. Not everyone wants "blocks" or needs blocks. If you're writing a post, you're writing a post. Messing with and writing in blocks is a blockhead move, period.
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Update for 5.9.


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Initial release.