How to Disable WordPress Block Widgets and Use Classic Widgets Again

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Monday, September 27, 2021 | views Last Updated 2021-09-27T12:03:41Z

In WordPress 5.8 (released in July 2021), WordPress eliminated the traditional widget system and replaced it with a new block-based system where you use Gutenberg blocks to control your widget areas instead of widgets.

While the new block-based widget editor does give you access to a lot of the same functionality as the older widget system, you might have a situation where you’re better off if you disable WordPress block widgets. Or, it might just be personal preference.

Thankfully, it’s very easy to disable WordPress block widgets. And in this post, we’ll show you exactly how to do it using simple, free solutions.

We’ll show you two free plugins that make it super easy to go back to the classic widgets. Then, we’ll also share a simple code snippet that you can add to your site if you want to skip the plugin route.

Let’s jump in!

The methods for how to disable WordPress block widgets

Below, we’ll share several free methods to disable WordPress block widgets. If you’re not sure which to choose, we recommend just using the first option on our list.

The Classic Widgets plugin comes directly from the WordPress contributor team, just like the popular Classic Editor plugin that lets you disable the block editor.

This plugin has no settings. Just install and activate the free plugin from and your site will instantly go back to using the classic widget system.

If you ever want to start using block widgets again, you just need to deactivate the plugin and your site will go back to using the new widget system.

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