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, 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.


September 16, 2021
Seinen Usern das 3. Plugin zuzumuten, nur um ein verschlimmbessertes Programm ohne Nachfrage zu standardisieren, ist die Krönung egoistischer Ignoranz. Wenn ich etwas in meinem Leben bereue, dann eine Website mit WordPress erstellt zu haben. Deshalb auch nur 1 Stern.
September 12, 2021
WordPress dudes, seriously, this new widget page is terrible. If it aint broke don't fix it. Please fix this in the next update. Sheesh!
September 10, 2021
With some of our news portals running WP since 1.6, we have many custom widgets for content management, relational data, and shortcode to embed dynamic elements within paragraphical content in 'classic editor' mode. We rely on these widgets for daily business and they will not be updated to the 'block widget' format which renders them unusable with wonky javascript mess. I think the value of this plugin cannot be overstated. Last week I installed on one site to make sure it worked. 100,000 installs showing on the plugin page. This week, installed on all of our sites (more than a dozen), now up to 200,000 installs, so it's not just us who need this, clearly. 🙂 Really, for long running WP sites, the option to enable/disable this should/could be a toggle, not afterthought. We will need this option *permanently* available so will be looking to see if there is function hook we can put into our own custom code base. THANK YOU for not abandoning your long time users by making this available! Works perfectly. 🙂
September 8, 2021
Awesome Plugin. In this day and age you should not force your users to follow the rest of the crowd, especially when the block editor is not very user friendly. This plugin saved a headache!
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