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.


Séptembor 21, 2021
The first time I tried to use the new block version, I got a bunch of error messages pop up (I assume it doesn't like something else... but doesn't really help me by saying what), but thankfully also a popup advising me to install this plug-in. Works fine, back they way it used to be / still should be!
Séptembor 20, 2021
Thank you for this, was having trouble with the new interface!
Séptembor 19, 2021
I was having the hardest time with this new widget design and it just isn't as user-friendly as the old one. Thankfully this app is here and I hope they keep it updated in perpetuity!
Séptembor 19, 2021
Thank you thank you thank you for returning the new to the classic where I can do what I need to.
Séptembor 18, 2021
Didn't work for me but I'm sure it's because a conflict with another plugin. Works for many, so you won't know until you try it.
Séptembor 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.
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