A Review Of The New Text Editor
Gutenberg is a new visual editor that is being rolled out by WordPress. It is the first time since WordPress was introduced that the text editor is getting an upgrade.
Gutenberg is a block-based editor. This means that it uses blocks to handle content. Whether you are creating a single paragraph, a quote, image, button, etc. It will be done in a block.
Is Gutenberg Good or Bad?
It is definitely different, and there are still things being worked out with it. Overall, I think it will be a benefit to WordPress users. Right now, it is available as a plugin if you’d like to try it out. Keep in mind there are some kinks that are being worked out.
CodeinWP gives a great breakdown of Gutenburg and an explanation of block-based editing. Liquidweb President of Products & Innovation, Chris Lema (also known as a WordPress guru), has some insights in a free webinar about the changes, effects, and benefits.
You can download the “classic editor” plugin if you want a safety net when the WordPress 5.0 version is released. Overall, I think that it will open up a lot of possibilities. I will say that right now while trying to use it there are some quirks and errors I have gotten that go away if I switch to the classic editor instead- but I’m sure these are being worked out.
When Will It Be The Default WordPress Editor?
Officially it will update when WordPress 5.0 is released this year.
Will The New Text Editor Replace Page Builders?
As of right now, I don’t think that it will. There are some features that as of this moment aren’t included in Gutenberg. Features that are not currently included:
- Front End Visual Editing
- Advanced Styling Options
- Responsive Design Settings
- There is no option for Columns
These features are definitely found in page builders and are what makes them so easy to use. That isn’t to say that in the future these things won’t be available. I think that as it is now, page builders will have to find a way to add to the new editor but Gutenberg won’t replace anything yet.
Should I Try It Now?
It is worth checking out. You can always disable the plugin if you decide to wait for it to be the default option. I would suggest to go ahead and download the classic editor so that you don’t forget. Change takes time but is good.
Have you tried Gutenberg? What are your thoughts?