Here are 3 things most people don’t like about WordPress:
- It’s not easy.
- It’s not WYSIWYG.
- It’s a “mystery meat” system when it comes to creating web pages and blog posts.
That’s all going to change in 2018!
The smart people behind the development of WordPress have been working over time to rollout the new content creator known as Gutenberg. It is expected to be released in Spring 2018.
Gutenberg will completely replace this editor which has been the bane of many WP users.
In its place you’ll use a block editing system. If you’ve every used Medium, WIX, Squarespace, MailChimp and other publishing systems you have a notion of what I’m getting at.
Let me give you a tour of Gutenberg.
Gutenberg works with Gutenblocks (that’s what the smarties call it) that form the heart of the system. Blocks can easily be added, moved or removed when you are making a page or post. Content types such as a heading, paragraph, image, video or audio are inserted into a block. Depending on the content type you are working on, Gutenberg will display different options that allow you to change the appearance of that content.
You’ll be able to save a Gutenblock if you need to re-use some content for more than one page. That’s going to be a huge time saver.
Not A Plugin
Gutenberg will be added to the core of WordPress. That means it will be part of WP out of the box. It will be as integral to WordPress as choosing themes, adding plugins or creating menus.
It will be in the WordPress 5.0 version. (The current version is 4.9.1) That means when you install or update WP to version 5.0 you’ll be saying goodbye to the WP Editor that has been used for over 10 years and hello to Gutenberg. It’ll be that simple.
And that will just be the start of the Gutenberg story. Over time Gutenberg will allow for drag and drop functionality not just of the Gutenblokcs but for all elements on a web page. If you want to adjust a page’s header, footer, sidebars and other design elements then regardless of the theme you are using you’ll be able to do that with Gutenberg. So sayeth those in the know.
What Happens To Page Builders?
That’s just one of the many questions those in the WP community are asking. If you’re using Divi, Beaver Builder, Elementor or countless plugins that make it easier to build pages what is their future? No one really seems to have a good answer for that.
What If You Don’t Like Gutenberg?
I think you will and I suggest you give it a try. Many have been clamoring for a WordPress WYSIWYG design environment for years and while the first versions of Gutenberg won’t quite get us there over time we are likely to see that and the Holy Grail of inline web design aka in-browser design.
In Beta Now
I suggest that you if create WP sites for clients you outing to get a jump now on what Gutenberg is. Currently you can download Gurneberg as plugin but you have to promise me the following:
- You do not use this on any live site!
- You understand thatt Gutenberg is in a beta state. That means things will not work as you expect nor should you consider Gutenberg as ready for prime time.
Download the beta test version of Gutenberg.
What do you think? This will be a monster change. Have your heard of Gutenberg? Have you tried it? Please leave your reply below.