Here we are at the dawn of a new WordPress era. Gutenberg, the new block editor from WordPress, released back in December 2018. With the release of Gutenberg, things will be changing in the world of web development and also with blogging. It is said blogging will be easier — easier to add content as well as images.
What’s in a Name
The name Gutenberg was chosen because of how revolutionary this new editor will be in our time. It will change how we do website programming and blogging.
Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1439, almost 600 years ago. He used mechanically moveable type to introduce mass-production of printed books. His goal was to make reading material available to everyone. It has permanently changed every society. Imagine never having books, newspapers, magazines or even blogs to educate us!
The Gutenberg WordPress Building Blocks
WordPress sites and blogs will now be built with blocks. Gutenberg uses content blocks to add builder-like functionality to every up-to-date WordPress website. It will replace tinyMCE, an HTML rich text editor, as the default content editor. Until now, you would need to learn HTML and shortcode to bend your WordPress website to your will. Gutenberg is making this easy with greater flexibility in design.
WordPress has always been about the user experience, and that needs to continue to evolve under newer demands.
– Matías Ventura
Gutenberg improves the user-friendliness, which was the original drive of WordPress. Those who are used to the tinyMCE editor may have a bit more learning than someone new to WordPress. Overall, we are excited to see Gutenberg come to life.
Getting Used to Change
You will need to learn some new things. We all will. This isn’t a bad thing – we grow stagnant when we stop learning. As with anything new, Gutenberg will present a learning curve. There are already many learning tools available to help speed the process along. The Gutenberg plugin is full of helpful resources, and WordPress has an interactive blog on all things Gutenberg.
Instead of using custom code, you can add a block and focus on your content.
Those who run blogs through WordPress will perhaps have the easiest time of switching over. Theme developers and plugin developers will have a lot of work to be compatible with Gutenberg. As programmers, we will need to be aware of any issues and transition with any themes we use. This may seem like a downside to Gutenberg, but in the end, it will make for a better WordPress.
Aside from the method of how website pages are built, Gutenberg should not change the experience of the website visitor. It may even improve user experience as website builders use Gutenberg to add greater functionality to their websites.
What Happens Next
Learning the ins and outs of Gutenberg is a must. As Gutenberg is rolled out to all websites, the plugins originally used will become obsolete. Themes will need to be updated to ensure advanced blocks work the way they should. As we learn this together, we grow.
At Art Unlimited we are committed to growing and learning. We will continue to embrace this inevitable, yet exciting change. We deliver dependable results even when technology throws us new challenges. If you want to learn more about how we can help you with the Gutenberg transition, give us a call. There is no contract to work with us; we are happy to work on a month to month basis with you.