ClassicPress was created for website owners who didn’t want to use Gutenberg. Not to be confused with the Classic Editor, which is a temporary fix as a plugin, ClassicPress not only keeps the popular TinyMCE editor, it has no underlying Gutenberg code at all – anywhere!
WordPress claims to be the platform of choice for over 30% of all websites. There is no doubt it is one of the most popular, self-hosted, free, content management systems (CMS) available. With thousands of plugins and themes, most of which can be used for free, it is understandable why users would not be keen on trying something else.
Despite the uproar when Gutenberg was released as the default editor in WordPress V5.0 and the more than 5 million installations of the Classic Editor plugin since, most people are unaware of ClassicPress.
The similarity in the two names is an unfortunate coincidence and doesn’t help. WP is also saying, “The Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin, and will be fully supported and maintained until at least 2022, or as long as is necessary.” This is giving people a false sense of security.
Most website owners are completely unaware that the effects of Gutenberg go far deeper than the editor and WP will never again function the way it did beforehand. Once the Classic Editor plugin is pulled, a lot of people are going to be in for a rude shock.
ClassicPress, on the other hand, is a CMS that was forked from WP V4.9 and uses the same plugins and themes that WP did. It is not a plugin or a new platform.
The CP website enables users to switch from their current version of WP by simply installing a “migration” plugin. None of your content is lost. If you had been using the Classic Editor plugin, then even your formatting will remain unchanged.
So why haven’t the 5 million plus users of the plugin not moved to CP? The answer, of course, is people either simply don’t know it exists, or don’t realize it’s not a plugin. Promoting CP is going to be a long and hard road. The project doesn’t have either the money or manpower to launch a major campaign.
ClassicPress can benefit from exposure through private sites like this one, which costs them nothing. I am just a website owner, the same as any other. My technical skills are nothing special, but I know CP works and is the more logical choice going forward, than relying on a band-aid plugin.
I am also comforted by the knowledge that the core files remain free of any hidden changes and are not constantly being hit with version updates. Stability and predictability are very important to me.
If you are looking for an alternative to WordPress that doesn’t use Gutenberg and still behaves like WordPress always used to, then I hope you give ClassicPress a go and tell your friends and customers. Nothing beats word-of-mouth when it comes to advertising!