WordPress is the leading Content Management System (CMS) in the world, but when it comes to its editor’s plugin, the platform is not at the forefront of the race.
If you take a close look at other platforms like Medium, you’d agree that WordPress has lost it when it comes to the editor’s plugin.
With the previous Classic WordPress editor, if you don’t understand HTML, shortcodes, and other forms of widgets, then you’d be left out in the cold. In response to market changes, WordPress launched the Gutenberg editor.
Everything changed with the Gutenberg editor, and you can create content just the way you like it.
In this article, you’d discover the fundamentals of the Gutenberg editor, and how to get the most out of it.
Gutenberg — The New WordPress Editor
To fully understand the concept of Gutenberg, you’ve got to dig a little into the past.
In the 15th century, Johannes Gutenberg invented a printing press, which changed the landscape of European media. With the printing press, more people began to have access to printed materials, and therefore the literacy rate increased. The new concept of printing revolutionized the media industry.
Matthew Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, predicted that the new Gutenberg editor would revolutionize the Internet in the same way that a printing press changed European media.
According to Mullenweg, all members of the WordPress community would benefit significantly from the new editor.
Plugin developers, theme builders, code developers, and the regular folks using WordPress would experience a stunning editor that was designed to be flawless.
Yes, Mullenweg may be wrong, but it’s still quite early to decide the fate of the new Gutenberg editor.
The new Gutenberg editor is not just an upgrade of the previous editor. It’s a complete revamp of the whole system, and more changes are yet to be added to the newly launched WordPress editor.
The difference between the old classic editor and the new Gutenberg is clear — a quick look at the interface shows it.
The classical WordPress editor.
The Gutenberg WordPress editor.
The entire concept of the Gutenberg editor revolves around blocks.
Unlike the previous classical editor where you’ve got a single editing field, the new editor provides blocks, and any web content can be added into a block.
Here’s the thing — any form of content can be contained in the Gutenberg block. And blocks can be created with text, images, widget, tables, and embedded video content.
Furthermore, third-party developers have the option of creating custom blocks for their plugins.
With the blocks, things like shortcodes, widgets, and other custom ways of creating content would be a thing of the past.
One of the core essences of the blocks is to help content creators get a flawless content-creating experience.
Also, end users would get a simplified platform that’s easy to navigate.
The Gutenberg is designed to provide a unique experience similar to that of Medium. Once everything is perfected, editing with the editor would be rosy.
The Gutenberg Editor’s Interface
First off, you’ve got to understand the new Gutenberg interface.
The screenshot above displays the following;
- A shows the Undo/Redo options
- B represents “New Block.”
- C indicates the ‘Setting’ of the selected block
- D shows a menu where you can make a quick adjustment to the categories, tags, visibility, etc. — it’s the document tab
- E is a space which would be occupied by blocks
- F shows a quick link to the publish/update options.
The new Gutenberg is quite easy to use, and by navigating through the editor, you get a feel for its design and other functionality of the editor.
Enough said. Let’s get into the juicy part of things.
Features of the Gutenberg Editor
First off, the new editor is mobile friendly. And if you love to make little tweaks to your posts every now and then, the editor is for you as it can accommodate your flexibility.
Furthermore, column creation is quite easy with the new editor. Unlike the previous editor, the creation of multiple layouts is quite easy with the Gutenberg editor.
Another quite exciting feature is the creation of tables — you can add tables without using additional extensions. However, it’s a bit difficult to create custom tables.
The addition of HTML codes is made possible by using the live HTML block.
What’s more, you can know the word count of your content by just clicking the “i” icon.
The i icon displays the headings, word count, and blocks of your content.
Yes, there are lots of compatibility issues with the Gutenberg editor, but the developers are providing some smooth inclusions that could solve the problems of shortcodes and meta boxes.
All in all, compatibility won’t be an issue with the editor, as significant progress has been made in this area. And if you’re not satisfied with the editor, you can always switch back to the Classic WordPress editor.
Why Should you Embrace the Gutenberg Editor?
If you’re a writer or a content creator of any sort, the new editor is a good fit. It offers a simplistic and intuitive design with a mix of creativity.
The flexibility coupled with its compatibility with mobile devices and tablets would help you make quick changes on the go.
What’s more, developers can add their custom block into the Gutenberg editor without missing a thing.
Finally, the editor is optional — you can revert to the previous classic editor.
Flaws of the Gutenberg Editor
The new editor may be good, but it’s not perfect — there are improvements to be made.
First off, there’s a learning curve as newbies would have to discard most things they know about a WordPress editor.
Also, there are still meta boxes and shortcodes compatibility issues — more work is to be done in this area.
Finally, third-party plugin developers have to make dozens of amendments before integrating their plugins into the Gutenberg editor.
Conclusion — Gutenberg; Good, Bad, or Evil?
Just like the way that Johannes’s printing technology revolutionized the media space of the 15th century, the Gutenberg editor may cause monumental changes in the WordPress universe.
Simply put, the Gutenberg editor is an ambitious project, and if properly executed, it would create an all-in-one solution platform for all WordPress users.
It’s too early to judge the Gutenberg editor, but excellent detailed feedback would help the developers know how to improve the editor.
In the next couple of months, we may witness dramatic changes in the editor. And these changes may be mind-blowing.
What do you like the most about the new Gutenberg editor?