The WordPress editor has existed for almost as long as the platform itself. It does not make sense and is easy to use, but it is not as ingenious as some modern page creation tools. That’s where the Gutenberg editor comes in.
Gutenberg is WordPress’s attempt to modernize its editor and simplify the creation of websites for inexperienced users. With Gutenberg, it is easier to create sites using a visual interface, adding elements and reorganizing them quickly, which is something that many people will undoubtedly welcome.
In this article, we will talk about how Gutenberg came to be and what WordPress means to move forward. We will also show you how the editor works by reviewing its main features. Let’s do it!
An introduction to the Gutenberg editor (and what it means for WordPress)
The Gutenberg project was announced during WordCamp Europe 2017 as a revision of the existing WordPress editor. For the time being, you can try it by installing the add-on that is still in the beta test phase. However, once Gutenberg is ready for primetime, he will replace the classic WordPress editor altogether.
Unlike other modern content management systems (CMS), the WordPress editor has never provided users with a true front-end editing experience. In other words, the content you see in the editor can look very different on the live site. Several favorite site creation tools allow you to build your site with a WYSIWYG interface, but WordPress itself has remained true to its editor based on TinyMCE until the end. Gutenberg will change that, with an editor that offers a more visual approach to page creation, based on the use of prebuilt page blocks.
To be clear, Gutenberg is still in beta, but the response has been mixed so far. Some users are
Gutenberg’s supporters, on the other hand, argue that Gutenberg is precisely what WordPress needs: a step forward. At this moment, WordPress is the undisputed king of CMS, with almost 30% of the market of all sites. Although, refusing to adapt to a more intuitive approach to page creation could be the death of the platform. We decided to take a closer look at the new editor before casting our vote, and this is what we found.