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WordPress - What is Gutenberg and what does it mean for you?

by BuxMont Web

WordPress - What is Gutenberg and what does it mean for you?

A New WordPress Editing Experience is on the Horizon

There are major changes in the works for WordPress with the launch of the new Gutenberg editor. It is available as a plugin now for development sites only, with future plans for it to be merged into WordPress core. Gutenberg is a new visual, block style editor that aims to simplify WordPress users’ content editing experience. This is good news for people who want to create their own blog, and it presents a challenge for those with more complex websites that use WordPress as a CMS rather than a blogging platform.

In its early stages last year I wasn’t very impressed with Gutenberg, but it looks like it has come a long way since then. There have been some questions about whether it would support some of the features and plugins that are commonly used, and some of those remain unanswered.

Changes to the WordPress Core Code

Gutenberg is planned to be included in core WordPress 5.0 sometime in 2018, and will replace the current WordPress editor. Don’t panic if you’re not ready for it yet - there will be a Classic Editor plugin which will extend the use of the old editor for sites that may need more time to be redesigned.

Gutenberg will also change the way developers create themes and plugins. The WordPress team is advising that plugins and themes be rewritten to work with Gutenberg blocks. This means many websites will need to be redesigned to work with Gutenberg. If you have a customized WordPress site, it would be a good idea to contact your web developer to discuss how your site will be impacted.

Looking Forward

If you’re planning to launch a new website and considering WordPress, I’d go ahead if it’s a blog site that doesn’t involved a lot of customization and you don’t mind if the look changes. For customized websites I plan to hold off on using WordPress until the dust settles. Gutenberg does look promising and I’m interested in seeing how it develops.

If you’re interested in launching a new website and have questions about available options, feel free to get in touch.