Gutenberg WordPress Editor: Is it the Future?

Gutenberg WordPress

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”― But it is also a fact that change is perhaps the most difficult thing to accept. Since WordPress has released Gutenberg WordPress editor, WordPress users across the world have had similar feelings. So, let us see how it’s impacting the users.

What is Gutenberg WordPress Editor?

Gutenberg is a new WordPress plugin named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the movable printing press more than 500 years ago.

The present WordPress editor demands shortcodes and HTML to operate. Therefore, the main aim behind developing Gutenberg WordPress editor is to create content and post editing experience that makes the creation of rich post layouts easy for both, beginners and professionals.

Main Objectives of Gutenberg WordPress Editor

  • It will redefine your whole editing experience and how you create content.
  • It looks forward to developing further into initiating full site customization rather than just being used as an editor. Thus, users will be able to build a complete site using it.

This new editor will be replacing WordPress’ current TinyMCE text editor.

Here’s a look on what the WordPress TinyMCE editor looks like:

gutenberg wordpress editor

WordPress Gutenberg editor:

gutenberg wordpress editor

Difference between TinyMCE & Gutenberg

1. The advantages of TinyMCE can only be exploited by the users who are familiar with writing code since it involves coding.

2. Well, in the case of Gutenberg WordPress, it’s completely different. It does not involve any kind of coding.

Moreover, Gutenberg is being developed as a key feature plugin over GitHub and has been scheduled to release in the version 5.0 of WordPress, somewhere in 2018. From last few months, it has been in its testing phase. The latest version is 3.0.1. Therefore, it is yet to be approved to be used on production sites. However, you can test Gutenberg plugin on the frontend.

Impact of Gutenberg on WordPress users

WordPress 5.0 will bring the biggest change the platform has ever seen. Gutenberg is an editor that will re-create the layouts of pages and posts in WordPress. The replacement of current WordPress editor with Gutenberg will interrupt the workflow of existing WordPress users, for sure. There has already been a lot of objection against the idea of Gutenberg over the past few months, especially from plugin developers and development companies. This is quite obvious as such changes cost you time and money to rewrite the way your plugins work.

Twitter has been one of the main sources for these individuals and developers to disclose their opinions and reactions.

The plus points

1. It is an upgrade to the WordPress visual editor

WordPress visual editor has been stagnant for years. The goal is to have an interface that is more responsive to new users.

2. Use of HTML comments to store block’s info

Gutenberg stores information in HTML comments which can be seen on the back end of the site and not on live pages.

3. No breakage on disabling

If you install Gutenberg, you won’t break your site. The special HTML is kept in the content so that you can activate it again without losing already arranged blocks.

4. Enhanced copy and paste routine

In previous versions, it was a mess. Formatting used to lose in the process but not anymore. Text markup such as bold and italics are retained.

5. Strong HTML5 output

Gutenberg blocks output content using HTML5 tags. It helps to future proof created content.

6. Ability to create own blocks

Developers will have the pleasure to create their own blocks for customization in content.

The minus points

1. No more post window composing

Gutenberg UI is focused more on content layout rather than content creation.

2. UI is a bit old-fashioned

It makes simple tasks complex. For example, updating a page now will be taking two clicks.

3. Shortcodes restricted in paragraphs

Shortcodes can’t be executed in text columns or paragraphs. I want them to work, they must be placed in the shortcode block.

4. No text around an image

You cannot wrap text around an image because they have their own block.

5. Accessibility issues in the testing phase

There are major accessibility issues on using the back end Gutenberg editor (at least currently). The WordPress team will certainly make the way out before it releases.

6. Old themes un-matching HTML5 output

Gutenberg lacks its own stylesheet to account for this.older themes don’t have CSS to address styling tags, so margins and padding will be nonexistent.

Gutenberg WordPress: The future

Gutenberg lays the groundwork for incredibly exciting developments. Gutenberg is the first stage amongst the three-pronged roll-out strategy.

WordPress will first get a redeveloped editor and then will focus on page templates and at the final stage, it will become a full site customization platform. Hence, you can imagine endless possibilities. At present, the Gutenberg WordPress editor is currently in its beta stage and will take some time before the actual general implementation. Although it has some weaknesses, we cannot ignore that the power of this tool. 

What is stopping WordPress users from seeing Gutenberg as the default content editor? Let us know in the comment section below!

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