Ready for GUTENBERG?

Are you ready to embrace GUTENBERG for WordPress?

Gutenberg is reported to be a take on a new editor for WordPress. It has been named after Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press with movable type more than 500 years ago. The current visual editor requires a lot of us to utilize shortcodes and HTML to make things work.

The current WordPress visual editor hasn’t had many changes over the years and for the most part, has stayed pretty much the same. While this isn’t a bad thing, many think it is time for a change.

Other platforms such as Medium or Ghost provide a really unique and refreshing experience for writers, so why can’t WordPress?

Well, many contributors and volunteers have been working on the new Gutenberg WordPress editor behind the scenes for the past 6+ months. Their goal? To make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable.

According to a post by Alex Denning’s Kinsta blog:

Pros of Gutenberg WordPress Editor

Here are a few pros we see with the current Gutenberg Editor.

Ditching *some* reliance on TinyMCE is a good thing in our opinion. We would love to see a tighter integration between core, theme developers, plugins, and the editor.

‘Right now WordPress makes you learn a lot of concepts… [Gutenberg lets you] learn it once and use it everywhere.’

For publishers that prefer the newer Medium style editing experience, they are most likely going to love the WordPress Gutenberg editor.
Gutenberg provides a less distracting experience with more screen space.

Blocks are fun to use and the new alignment options are a step forward for larger resolution screens and full-width templated and responsive sites.
Already works great on mobile, and going forward we can actually see people utilizing this a lot more. Need to make a quick edit on your phone while on the go? No problem.

The ability for theme and plugin developers to create their own custom blocks.
Easier to use for beginners.

Another thing that caught our eye was in Gutenberg 0.4.0 they mentioned in their development logs adding an API for handling pasted content. (Aim is to have specific handling for converting Word, Markdown, Google Docs to native WordPress blocks.) This would be amazing. Right now copying from Google Docs to WordPress is completely broken.

Cons of Gutenberg WordPress Editor

And here are a few cons we see in the current Gutenberg editor. Remember, it is still in the testing phase, so a lot of these things will probably be fixed or added.

It is currently missing Markdown support.

While we also listed it being easier to use for beginners, we can also see this as being harder for some to learn.
As of October 2017, Gutenberg does now support meta boxes. However, this is only initial support and it will require developers hopping on board. However, it’s a step in the right direction. You can at least tweak your Yoast SEO settings now. ?


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