What is WordPress Gutenberg Editor and what You should know about this!

What is Gutenberg?

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Gutenberg is an editor for WordPress which is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who is known for the invention of the movable-type printing press. Gutenberg Editor optimizes for direct manipulation of the visual presentation of the content. The current visual editor requires a lot of us to utilize short codes and HTML to make things work. The actual goal is to make this easier, especially for those just starting with WordPress. Gutenberg Editor is currently in its beta and testing phase, it’s not ready to run on production sites yet so there are a lot of lot of the bugs and issues. Here we will discuss about Gutenberg Editor in detail.

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Why Gutenberg?

Gutenberg is more than an editor. While the editor is the focus right now, the project will ultimately impact the entire publishing experience including customization. The goal of the block editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. Gutenberg enables WordPress to build content layouts, not just write articles. It is one of the many transitions happening in WordPress toward a more simplified user experience.

Gutenberg is a plugin now:

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You can download Gutenberg as a plugin from the WordPress plugin directory and can add Gutenberg to any WordPress site. Mention that this plugin is not finished yet. It’s available as beta software. At the time of using, please be careful. The Gutenberg plugin is usually updated weekly as new features are included. .

When will be Gutenberg fully available?

As we said Gutenberg is not completed yet. Many of the features of Gutenberg are still being implemented. New versions have changed previously implemented UI and features. Gutenberg is currently written using REACT JavaScript. With Facebook’s recent move to relicense the project under the MIT license, Matt Mullenweg announced that WordPress.com and Gutenberg would be rewritten using a different library. Here’s more info on REACT and WordPress. This will surely delay the Gutenberg project for some time.

The revised Gutenberg roadmap was published in August.

  • Aug 2017 (late): Technical and design vision complete, iteration begins. This is in progress.
  • Aug 2017 (late): Testing plan begins: this will start with a public meeting.
  • Aug 2017 (late): Promotional page goes live for Gutenberg. This is in progress.
  • Sep 2017: Potential *.1 release with banner to encourage use of and feedback for Gutenberg
  • Nov 2017: 4.9 release
  • Dec 2017: Begin merge proposal for Gutenberg
  • Jan 2018: Gutenberg —> Customizer crossover (switching the focus)

No date for WordPress 5.0 has been officially set based on the official WordPress roadmap.

Blocks & Embeds:

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Gutenberg employs a number of ‘blocks’ you can use to customize your content and layout in the editor.

You can disable Gutenberg:

If you uninstall any page editor, it will break your site but if you uninstall Gutenberg, nothing will happen! Your website will be same as before, it will not break your website.  The special HTML comments are retained in the content so that you can reactivate Gutenberg without losing previously arranged blocks.

Some Cons about Gutenberg:

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  • It doesn’t support responsive columns yet. We hope this is coming.
  • With so many themes and plugins out there, backwards compatibility is going to be a huge issue going forward
  • It takes more clicks to do simple tasks
  • The three columns formed by the admin menu, Gutenberg editor and Gutenberg sidebar get crowded and can be confusing to scroll around on smaller displays
  • Shortcodes cannot be executed in text columns or paragraph blocks.
  • You can’t wrap text around an image. Images have their own block

Inspite of some cons, we can say that we are quite impressed with the new Gutenberg WordPress editor. We can ignore the cons as it is running beta still now, we hope that these problems will be fixed on the final version. Anyways time will tell if the Gutenberg project is a success or not. For now, it is definitely a powerful software and it could be a game changer.

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