If you want to try Gutenberg, you must first create a WordPress test environment. Because the Gutenberg add-on is still in beta, it could hurt your site and content, so we do not recommend using it on a live site.
How to use the WordPress editor Gutenberg
Once you have your test bench ready, download and install the official WordPress repository plug-in:
When you activate the new add-on, WordPress will use the Gutenberg editor by default when you open any page or publication from its panel. You will also have the option of using the classic editor instead:
The differences between the classic WordPress editor and Gutenberg will become apparent as soon as the last one is released. Gutenberg presents a more elegant and less crowded appearance than other modern page creation tools:
If you are a writer, you could appreciate Gutenberg’s minimalist style. Writing in Gutenberg is very comfortable. However, there are a couple of details that can break the spell. Adding images or subtitles, for example, requires adding new blocks, as seen in the following example, which is a small detail, but a bit annoying:
The blocks themselves are the core of Gutenberg’s experience. Each element that you want to add to your pages or publications involves the creation of a new block. Gutenberg offers you several options, including galleries, lists, budgets and more. More importantly, adding them is very simple. Just click on the plus sign below your existing blocks, and you can choose what type of item you want to add:
Once your block is established, you can write or add the items you want. Recently, Gutenberg also added a feature that most modern site builders included a long time ago: drag-and-drop reordering. You can also move blocks up and down using the arrows on the left side of each block:
Moving on, Gutenberg includes support for columns, which is a feature that the classic WordPress editor lacked. You can add regular text and columns, but only the first one seems to work without problems at this time. Adding more than two regular columns to a block will also quickly turn the editor into a disaster.
The lackluster implementation of columns at this stage of the publisher’s development is a bit worrisome. If you are the type of user that likes to use page creation tools to design pages with perfect pixels, you probably will not leap Gutenberg in the short term.
It is worth noting that Gutenberg is, in fact, a great leap forward of the classic WordPress editor. If you are a blogger, you probably love the new interface, since it gives you many more style options. However, if you are the type of user that relies on WordPress to push more complex websites, it is likely that Gutenberg may not be right for you at this time.
If you’re worried about losing the old editor, do not worry. First of all, remember that the supplement is still at an early stage of development and is subject to significant changes. Also, even when Gutenberg becomes part of the kernel, you can use the Classic Editor plugin to go back to the previous editor at any time.
For a while, many content management systems (CMS) have offered visual builders as their main feature. This approach makes it easier for people with no development background to build their first websites, as it is entirely visual.
Now, with Gutenberg fast approaching, WordPress is ready to jump on the module-based approach to building websites. The new editor is still missing in some areas, but it is easy to use and offers features that its predecessor did not have. It fulfils the promise of a visual editor for WordPress and we are excited to see how it evolves in the future.