What is Gutenberg for WordPress?

Gutenberg by WordPressWordPress recently announced that it has created a simple way to edit and add content on your site called Gutenberg. From WordPress: “We call the new editor Gutenberg. The entire editing experience has been rebuilt for media-rich pages and posts. Experience the flexibility that Blocks will bring, whether you are building your first site, or write code for a living.”

Gutenberg is currently offered as an application.  Coming soon, it will be included with all updates when WordPress moves to the 5.0 version, which is planned to be released by the end of 2018.

There are a few changes behind the new edit-area layout that their site explains:

  • Fewer plugins will be needed – their Gutenberg has incorporated those uses and requests
  • Layouts for your posts or pages can easily include more multi-media parts, called Blocks
  • Updates to your site will work immediately for all screens – computers, tablets, or cellphones

Many site creators may be nervous about this big change to Blocks.  WordPress lets us know that changes will still hold your “older” pages and blog posts as they were written:  “We recommend migrating features to Blocks, but support for existing WordPress functionality remains. There will be transition paths for shortcodes, meta-boxes, and Custom Post Types.”

You may not be sure you will like this change.  Well, head directly to their Gutenberg page and play around with it!  It will let you edit and even add a lot of Blocks!

If you really dislike Gutenberg, you will then have to add the Classic Editor as an application to your WordPress sites (version 5.0 or higher).

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