How to Disable the Gutenberg Block Editor

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The Gutenberg editor provokes a lot of debate in the WordPress world. Some people love Gutenberg – we're in that camp and built the PublishPress Blocks plugin. Some people really don't like Gutenberg and prefer to stick with the editor they've used for years.

However, most WordPress users have more mixed feelings and prefer to switch back-and-forth depending on the project. We've had several questions from PublishPress customers who want to know how to disable Gutenberg in some situations, or for some users.

In this guide, we share several different ways you can disable Gutenberg. Each option has its own methods for switching between Gutenberg and the older, classic editor.

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Block Controls Are Now Available in PublishPress Blocks

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The PublishPress Blocks plugin is growing in a new direction.

The latest release of PublishPress Blocks (version 2.14) introduces a feature called “Block Controls”. This will give you the ability to control who sees your blocks and when they display.

This first “Block Controls” setting allows you to schedule blocks to publish and unpublish. Every block can have a “Start showing” and “Stop showing” option.

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How to Show Gutenberg Blocks in Elementor

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Both the Gutenberg Editor and Elementor are excellent ways to build a WordPress website. We recently checked the numbers and found that these are the two fastest growing options for WordPress sites.

However, in most situations, you need to choose either Gutenberg or Elementor. The two systems are not very compatible with each other.

So we considered it a challenge this week when a PublishPress customer asked us if they could use the PublishPress Blocks plugin inside pages built with Elementor. After some research, we found that this is possible. I'm going to show you how to insert any Gutenberg block into Elementor layouts.

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How to Use Nested Blocks in the Gutenberg Editor

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Nested blocks are a really useful feature in the Gutenberg editor. If you haven't used them yet, you almost certainly will when the new “Full-Site Editing” changes arrive in WordPress 5.8. At that point, you will be able to build complete webpages in Gutenberg and I guarantee you'll be using nested blocks.

Nested blocks makes it easy to create advanced layouts. This is because nested blocks are blocks inside other blocks. A simple example is a Column block with a text block inside. Another example is a pricing block with a “Buy Now” button block inside.

Some common uses of nested blocks are the default Columns, Cover, or Group blocks.

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Block Access Allows You to Control Blocks for User Roles

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“Block Access” is one of the most popular features in the PublishPress Blocks plugin. This feature allows you to control which blocks are available to different user roles.

For example, if you want to prevent some user roles from adding “Table” blocks, you can block them from doing that with this feature.

In version 2.10 of Blocks, we've simplified the “Block Access” feature. The system is now based on user roles and is very similar to the PublishPress Capabilities plugin.

  • To get started, go to “Blocks”, then “Block Access”.
  • In the top-left corner, you can choose the user role you want to edit.

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The List Block and the Advanced List Block

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One of the things I love about WordPress is that the project has a clearly-stated philosophy. One of the principles is to design for 80% of users and leave plugins to fill in the more advanced features.

This is happening with the Gutenberg block editor. Many developers are adding extra features on top of the default blocks.

Inside the PublishPress Blocks plugin, the Advanced List block is based on the default List block in Gutenberg.

The Gutenberg team have done the hard work. We're standing on their shoulders.

If you want to show lists in WordPress, both the List block and the Advanced List block are a great choice.

The Advanced List Block has functionality that the extra 20% of WordPress users may find helpful. If you are a WordPress power user, you'll want to check out these features, especially the custom icons for list items.

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