Gutenberg – Diving Into the New WordPress Editor (Pros and Cons)

by Anil Parmar

There is a war going on among WordPress users considering the New WordPress Editor Gutenberg v/s other popular WordPress Editor that includes TinyMCE which is already been used by millions of WordPress owners and developers worldwide.

The initial version of Gutenberg was introduced with the WordPress 4.8 release back in the month of June 2017, which is a public beta version that can be used by anyone to try it from their WP-admin.

Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic – the business behind WordPress.com said, “Gutenberg will ship with WordPress 5.0, but the release will come out when Gutenberg is ready, not vice versa.”

When asked for the reason behind the statement above, Mr. Mullenweg added, “The Gutenberg team is still working on the documentation, translation, and marketing efforts and will confirm the release only when his team agrees it’s ready.”

About Gutenberg

Considering popular editors that forces more usage of shortcodes and HTML codes, Gutenberg aims to make the process easy by embracing little blocks of text, buttons, and image- adding more advanced elements to the interface.

Adopting Gutenberg WordPress Editor? Things you need to know

The current version of Gutenberg is still being tested and developed by a number of contributors and is available as a plugin.

Below is the video of Gutenberg’s first impression:

As mentioned in the introduction, it is still in beta version and is not recommended to use for production sites.

However, you can soon expect Gutenberg to be integrated with WordPress 5.0, which is said to be released in December 2017.

Pros of Gutenberg WordPress Editor

Considering organizations

  • Creative interactive templates
  • Replace Meta boxes without tampering existing things and custom posts
  • Update old codes and clients with this new WordPress editor

Considering plugin developers

  • Single and easy-to-learn blocks for adding variety of extensions
  • Easily integrate into every part of WordPress (posts, pages, custom post types, sidebars)
  • Enhanced user interface

Considering theme developers

  • Eliminate the need for bundling tons of plugins or to create your own page builder
  • Rich layout for posts
  • Adopt multi-functional premium themes as per every- changing needs

Considering core developers

  • Work with modern technologies with compatibility
  • Use common set of codes to simplify widgets, menu and editor work
  • Highly responsive (multiple device and browser optimized)

Considering web hosts

  • Improved sign-up rates, as Gutenberg provides an easy to set-up and simplest interface
  • Reduced churn rates
  • Self- assistance (easy-to-use and understand 90%+ of the plugin)

Considering WordPress users

  • Build WordPress site as per your imagination
  • Mobile-friendly
  • Text pasted from Word will be converted to block automatically and instantly
  • Easy to shift from a blog site to a CMS oriented site

Cons of Gutenberg WordPress Editor

Considering the WordPress Editor

  • Currently under beta version and testing purpose
  • Involvement of bugs
  • Integration with third-party plugins (e.g. Yoast SEO)

Considering Reviews

Average-Rating

Want to adopt WordPress Gutenberg Editor?

Gutenberg will be compatible with WordPress version 4.8 or above, and the first step towards accessing Gutenberg is:

Installation

Easily download Gutenberg’s latest version from the WordPress Plugin Repository

Gutenberg-Download

Activation

Once your download Gutenberg plugin, you’ll have to activate it.

Activation

Ready-to-use

Once, you have installed you’ll be able to find the Gutenberg plugin at the left side of your WordPress dashboard and above the “New Post” button.

Ready-to-use

Reactions from WordPress community

Since, the beta release of WordPress New Editor, Gutenberg- there has been mix reactions. It includes positive as well as negative reactions that you see in the image below.

Reaction-Reviews

Final note

The new WordPress editor Gutenberg is still in the development phase, therefore, taking a permanent decision about it may not be wise as of now.

No one can predict future, however, the introduction of Gutenberg is surely allowing a different experience to WordPress users across the globe.

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Comments

  • Thanks for the article. Should WordPress product owners like me (www.wpampninja.com) be worried about Gutenberg or embrace it ?

    • Anil Parmar

      Thanks you Krinal Mehta. Google has recommended to use AMP plugin so everyone should use AMP plugin to build site AMP friendly. I’m sure all WordPress product owners like your plugin and also Gutenberg is going to new WordPress editor so you should try that as well.