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.
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The new WordPress widgets interface is literally unusable: Parts disappear off the screen, images are shown at ridiculous sizes, and editing is impossible. This plugin fixes this, reverting to the previous easy and usable system. Thank you!
I had to change a photo in a widget, which would normally take 2 seconds, but with the new block editor, it took an hour and a half of extreme frustration and ruined the look of all of my widgets. I lost a very important one entirely. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this plugin. WordPress, please stop this block editor nonsense. It does not work, it is extremely frustrating, and is making me hate WordPress.
PLEASE keep this plugin going for the foreseeable future - thanks 🙂
Don't know why WordPress is hurting the functionality by adding confusing updates. Thank god, this plugin brings back the simplicity.
Another needed plugin while those who have massive sites built with themes that over the years, didn't keep up with new vision, branch of WordPress development.
Saved my bacon this morning when I naively went to to update an older website and sadly - realized the SNAFU AFTER I had already hit the 'Update/save" in new widgets screen -
That said, for anyone who might have missed this info in other comments, support, etc. forums - Have a BACKUP of your site to fall back on IF you need to - because I took that backup - INSTALLED Classic Widgets, then went and made my changes and all was right again -
Trying to go through installation/activation and 'fixing' widgets area AFTER I had ONCE saved in the new block widgets area, one small widget? Would have had to go through, recreate many/reset show/hide settings etc... end of my review with attached PSA I hope others find helpful if they, like me, forget - - 'oh, yeah - the new widget block thingee - - " - - LOL
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