What is Gutenberg Content Editor?
WordPress just released version 5.0 with Gutenberg, a brand new content Editor that completely reimagines the experience of website design and creation, using blocks to add and arrange engaging content. Gutenberg replaces the old way of creating content, allowing users to write, edit, publish and design with intuitive ease.
The result? More flexibility for publishing, less requirement for technical know-how.
What you need to know
Out of the box, Gutenberg comes with all the basic blocks you would expect: headings, subheadings, paragraphs, quotes, images, galleries, video, and more. Blocks can be added in any order, re-ordered, removed, and edited with a dramatically improved what-you-see-is-what-you-get experience.
Beyond the basics, Gutenberg includes a vast library of embeddable content blocks for many of the most popular social media services. And if a type of content block doesn’t exist it can be created, allowing you to create a virtually unlimited number of new block types and design patterns for your website.
How does this affect you?
The good news is, if you’re a Leap client with managed services, you don’t need to do a thing. Although there are some challenges, we’ve ensured there are no surprises with the release of WordPress 5.0.
Change isn’t always easy, and for approximately 15% of users, Gutenberg does present a challenge or two. Gutenberg replaces the default editing experience in WordPress 5.0 for all posts, pages, and content types; yet, isn’t backwards compatible with sites built using page builders, and doesn’t work well with many sites built using Advanced Custom Fields. Most existing commercial, community and custom themes are not fully Gutenberg compatible.
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution. Just as for the past year the Gutenberg editor could be optionally installed as a plugin, now the classic Editor can be installed as a plugin to be the default editor. Sites that opt to use the classic Editor plugin can stay with it for as long as they like, and shift to the new editor experience when it makes technical or business sense to do so.
Again, our clients are well in hand. For existing sites, we’ve been busy installing and testing the classic Editor plugin to ensure a seamless transition. New builds in 2019 will leverage this exciting new publishing platform.
Gutenberg is the future
Gutenberg vastly simplifies the WordPress experience, even for first time users. It makes web management and publishing easier, allowing users to see what their design will look like once published. Although WordPress will continue to support the classic Editor until 2022, Gutenberg promises to become the new standard in website content creation and editing.
WordPress 5.0 is not a security update, but it’s important to stay up to date for when the next security update is released. As always, we’re happy to answer any questions you have about your site. In the meantime, to learn more about Gutenberg and take it for a test drive, please visit https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/.