Gutenberg: WordPress Editor

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As a small business owner who’s business website is built on WordPress, you may have undoubtedly come across the Gutenberg Hype.

Very simply put Gutenberg is the next WordPress editor. The entire editing experience has been rebuilt for media-rich pages and posts with Gutenberg. As the WordPress visual editor has been stagnant for many years, most consider Gutenberg to be the step forward for WordPress. The goal is to have an interface that is more intuitive for new users like those offered by Wix and Squarespace. The Gutenberg editor will provide a clean writing environment, with great typography and lots of space for your content to shine.

Here’s what the WordPress TinyMCE editor looks like:

original wordpress tinymce editor

Here’s what new WordPress Gutenberg editor looks like:

new wordpress gutenberg editor

Gutenberg is a block-based editor, which means content is added in blocks of various types from the WordPress backend. It operates on a system of customizable and movable blocks that offer users more flexibility and control over the way content appears on a page. This is a major change compared to the single edit field of the current WordPress TinyMCE  editor.

You might ask “What is a block”? Well, a block can be pretty much anything. For example, you can have blocks for text, images, buttons, widgets, etc. Each block is its own entity so that you can manipulate on an individual basis. Which means you can move each blogs using drag and drop method or you can style each block independantly of each other. While the current focus of Gutenberg is on content creation, the eventual goal is to go beyond the post and into page templates and ultimately, full site customization. So in the future we may be able to build a whole site using Gutenberg, including landing pages and other important content.

If you have worked with any of the WordPress page builders, you may think “Hey Gutenberg is a page builder then, right?”. No its not, at least not in its current state.

While Gutenberg makes it a lot easier to style regular content like blog posts or standard pages, but it’s not a substitute for page builders in its current form. It still lack some essential elements and the greater flexibility offered by well established page builders out there (However, Gutenberg might get there someday!)

While Gutenberg will definitely require some getting used to, it will definitely enhance the WordPress experience.

Gutenberg is currently available as a plugin. WordPress 5.0 will have Gutenberg as the WordPress default editor.

You can test the new editor at https://testgutenberg.com/

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