Restore WordPress Classic Widgets

Because of Gutenberg, the release of WordPress 5.8 has removed the classic widgets editor. We know this is a pain in the back, but don’t panic, in this article we will help you Restore WordPress Classic Widgets in 2 steps.

Step 1 – The easy way!

Restore by Using a WordPress Plugin

You can simply log in to your WordPress Dashboard navigate to Plugins -> Add New and search for Classic Widgets plugin then install and activate the plugin.

Install a WordPress Plugin

Step 2 – The hard way!

Restore by Adding Code to WordPress

Navigate to your WordPress Dashboard Appearance area and click, Editor -> Select from the right menu the functions.php file. Add this code to your functions.php file then scroll down and save your file “Update File“:

Edit your WordPress Theme functions
function example_theme_support() {
remove_theme_support( 'widgets-block-editor' );
add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'example_theme_support' );

This code disables the Gutenberg block editor in your widget area and Restores the Classic Widgets area.

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