WordPress In 2018 Is Getting A New Page Editor And It’s Called Gutenberg

Here are 3 things most people don’t like about WordPress:

  1. It’s not easy.
  2. It’s not WYSIWYG.
  3. 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 roll out 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.

WordPrss TinyMCE Editor Screenshot

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.

Take A Look

I made these videos so you can see a bit about Gutenberg.

An Overview

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The Gutenberg Demo Page

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 say 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:

  1. You do not use this on any live site!
  2. You understand that 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.

11 thoughts on “WordPress In 2018 Is Getting A New Page Editor And It’s Called Gutenberg”

  1. Thanks Bud for drawing attention to this new development.
    Gutenberg will no doubt draw more users.

    Interestingly, just like the old printing press, the invention of Gutenberg was a major improvement. As Wikipedia points out, “typically used for texts, the invention and spread of the printing press was one of the most influential events in the second millennium.”

    Risha

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  2. I’ve gotten so accustomed to the classic editor and I 95% hate the so-called “improved” editor. I just don’t know what to think anymore. I’ll do my best to look through a lens of optimism. Personally I’ll tell you what’s mystery meat: CSS

    Reply
    • Alex

      For WordPress to go forward it had to change. To stay where it is will eventually reduce its market share. Block editing has been around some time and for WP to stay competitive it has to change in this direction. And what you will see in the spring is just the beginning as we move to the Holy Grail of in-browser design. Gutenberg will be disruptive. No doubt.

      As for CSS, the reason you think it is mystery meat is that you don’t understand how Styylesheets of the Cascade work. That’s the trick and what I teach. If you are in NYC then consider my upcoming Web Coding class at FIT. Reach me at bud@joyofwp.com. Next class starts early Feb 2018.

      Reply

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11 thoughts on “WordPress In 2018 Is Getting A New Page Editor And It’s Called Gutenberg”

  1. Thanks Bud for drawing attention to this new development.
    Gutenberg will no doubt draw more users.

    Interestingly, just like the old printing press, the invention of Gutenberg was a major improvement. As Wikipedia points out, “typically used for texts, the invention and spread of the printing press was one of the most influential events in the second millennium.”

    Risha

    Reply
  2. I’ve gotten so accustomed to the classic editor and I 95% hate the so-called “improved” editor. I just don’t know what to think anymore. I’ll do my best to look through a lens of optimism. Personally I’ll tell you what’s mystery meat: CSS

    Reply
    • Alex

      For WordPress to go forward it had to change. To stay where it is will eventually reduce its market share. Block editing has been around some time and for WP to stay competitive it has to change in this direction. And what you will see in the spring is just the beginning as we move to the Holy Grail of in-browser design. Gutenberg will be disruptive. No doubt.

      As for CSS, the reason you think it is mystery meat is that you don’t understand how Styylesheets of the Cascade work. That’s the trick and what I teach. If you are in NYC then consider my upcoming Web Coding class at FIT. Reach me at bud@joyofwp.com. Next class starts early Feb 2018.

      Reply

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