The Gutenberg project looks like the future of WordPress today. – “Gutenberg is the future of content in WordPress” – The insiders say. It will provide the elegance of an advanced media editor but with much more power, layout flexibility and content types. All in a plugin to date updated to October 31st. WordPress Editor Gutenberg already included in the next update of our dear CMS. The news comes directly from the last meet-up held in Rome. Gutenberg text editor will be the next level text editor in the era of WP.
At WordCamp US 2016, Matt Mullenweg announced that the new WordPress releases will focus on many additional features. He would also like WordPress to be more focused on post-writing experience. He acknowledged how content editing has changed and evolved a lot over the years, while the WordPress editor has changed relatively little.
WordPress Editor Gutenberg
Since 2015 WordPress is the most used platform, in fact about 29% of the websites present use the best known of the CMS. Impressive numbers thanks to the idea of Matt Mullenweg who invented the platform with the aim of giving the average user the opportunity to create their own website without knowing anything about programming and codes.
In June 2017, the first beta update was released, thanks to which it was possible to discover the first version of the WordPress Gutenberg editor. A new editor that radically changes the content management on the new platform. The new editor is being tested and is continually updated with versions that eliminate any bugs or add amazing features.
WordPress Editor Gutenberg: new features
Before introducing the new editor, we clarify some basic concepts that will be the basis of the new WordPress editor Gutenberg. It is, therefore, necessary to describe the functionalities of the so-called “blocks”, which will provide the user with a completely different experience from the current one.
The developers of WordPress describe them as “the synthesis of all that is now permitted by shortcode, embed and widgets”. We are therefore faced with a functionality born to reduce the complexity of editing. You can insert blocks related to texts, images, videos from Youtube, audio, photo galleries, HTML code and much more. Each block will have its own toolbar, and the three dots icon on the right side will allow you to change the block configuration.
Another feature will be the “fixing” of the blocks in all the contents of the site, modifying them only once to get a change in all the pages. This will greatly simplify the management of internal text banners.
WordPress Editor Gutenberg: retro-compatibility
As for backward compatibility with the current WordPress functions, shortcodes remain basic, and indeed a block is dedicated to them. The meta-boxes will instead be supported initially, but it is said that they will be in the future: the direction that is taking WordPress does not provide meta-box.
Why this update?
In all these years WordPress has improved considerably bringing with it in addition to great improvements. Also the difficulties of approach to new users who wanted to learn how to create sites/blogs with WP.
So the first reason behind the development of the new editor is certainly the need to “clean up” the editing experience, making it more intuitive and essential. The second reason for the change is the need to “standardize” the relationship between the user and the platform.
In general, then WordPress will point to the famous WYSIWYG (“What you see is what you get”), or try to make the editing interface as similar as possible. By aligning in this way with other services that have made “customization” their strength (for example Wix).
Finally, the perceived need to improve the mobile editing experience should also be mentioned. Gutenberg will also come to the rescue of this type of use of the platform.
What we liked
- The insertion and management of the media is well done
- Developed for writing
When will Gutenberg be added?
Currently, on the Gutenberg Github repo, there are still many open problems labeled as “bugs”. But what does Gutenberg mean for the future of WordPress? We think that Gutenberg opens up tons of opportunities. WordPress was born and built for the purpose of publishing. A better user experience in writing and publishing is therefore crucial. Gutenberg has the potential to provide greater flexibility with layouts and content types. For now, you just have to try Gutenberg Plugin, waiting for it to be implemented in WP version 5.0. And do not worry, you can always decide, especially in the early days, to continue using the classic editor.
The transition to Gutenberg will be only the first of a series of steps that will lead WordPress to be more and more customizable. Even by those who do not know it fully. After the revolution in the content editing it will be the turn of the page template and only then will it come to the full site customization. Improvements that will be applied gradually, following a plan of at least 3 years.
In addition, the authors of plugins and themes will be able to add custom content blocks. This will create a much better user experience than current codes. Finally, we think that Gutenberg is another step towards simplified management of WordPress by administrators. Imagine accessing your site and being directed to your home page, then clicking on an “edit” icon to start typing directly on the page. Would not it be great? While the Front End Editor plugin development has been stagnating for years. We think Gutenberg is moving in the right direction and WordPress users cannot wait long.