Gutenberg not only will change how you create content in WordPress, it will radically alter the world of plugins – how they are developed and how they are used by us regular folks.
Some of the major developers are embracing Gutenberg which is what you’d expect. There is a lot at stake for plugin developers of any size whose income is dependent on their work.
In case you don’t know, Gutenberg is the new WordPress editor that is in late stage development. It is scheduled to completely and permanently replace the current TinyMCE Editor when WordPress 5.0 is released. See “WordPress In 2018 Is Getting A New Page Editor And It’s Called Gutenberg.”
Will all the plugins you’re currently using work with Gutenberg? As much as I’d like to give you a yes or no answer, I can’t. I suggest you test your site now and not wait until WordPress 5.0 is released.
But since some plugins are so widely used, I looked to see how they’ll perform with the editor that will soon be released.
Gravity Forms, the most well known and fun forms-making plugin developer, weighed in with their “Gutenberg Is Coming. Are Your Ready?” in February of this year.
Gravity Forms is completely onboard with Gutenberg. They’ve created their own Gravity Forms block that will be a part of the new editor thus making it very easy to insert any form right into a “Gutenblock.” (That’s what a Gutenberg block is called.)
What about the most widely used SEO plugin?
“Concepts For Integrating Yoast SEO” outlines how they see integrating their plugin with Gutenberg. Everything’s going inline, meaning Yoast is going to try to relieve the need to scroll down past the editor to a meta box to work with the Yoast plugin.
As the say…
“By working inline as much as we can, we’ll create a tighter connection between what you do and what effect that has on SEO. You’ll get actionable feedback in context. You don’t have to scroll down to a meta box to see the advice and scroll up again to the place where you should implement it.”
This means that the way you’ll use Yoast in the future is very different than how you use it now. Plus, Gutenberg offers the opportunity to create new features for us end users.
Advanced Custom Fields
ACF is a widely used plugin that allows site developers and content creators to add all types of content to any WordPress page or post.
In “Exciting Developments Coming for ACF as 2018 Rolls On” the ACF team reports that they’ll need to make only a few minor changes to make their well-known interface work with Gutenberg.
That’s good news for all who use ACF!
The world’s leading eCommerce platform which is owned by Automattic (the same folks managing Gutenberg’s development) should fit like a hand in a glove. So you’d think.
This is a big project and still very much under development. How will creating product pages in Gutenberg work? Surely, this issue presents a serious set of complex design and development issues to overcome.
My recent test demonstrated they have quite a ways to go. One thing is certain. Gutenberg won’t be released until Woo can play perfectly with it.
When Will We See Gutenberg As A Core WordPress Feature?
When WP 5.0 is released Gutenberg will be the WP editor – but that doesn’t answer the question.
Positive progress is being made with Gutenberg since I saw its first iteration about a year ago. From what I can see – and no one is telling me this – it will be released in August or September of this year. I could be off, but I’ll guarantee it will be released by December (before WordCamp US 2018).