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Gutenberg – More than a WordPress Editor

These years, WordPress has seen the introduction of numerous editor plugins. To name some, there are visual editor, drag & drop editor, code editor, rich text tags, content blocks, etc. Lately, the debut of Gutenberg, which is expected to become “the future of WordPress users”, has tossed a stone into the still pond. We have investigated into this new editor and how it works. It is indeed a really promising editor for WordPress whose focuses are put on simplicity, usability, and creativity. This article is written in order to get our dear readers familiar with this and share some of our insights into Gutenberg editor.

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The Gutenberg plugin on WordPress.org

Brief Introduction

The origin of the name Gutenberg

You have probably heard about a new WordPress editor named Gutenberg. This name comes from the founder of a printing press called Johannes Gutenberg. If you would like to learn more about this man, feel free to read here. We know that most of the traditional editors are built from codes. In order to ensure a theme or plugin has visually beautiful layouts, the developer must have worked hard day and night with complicated calculations and coding texts.

Gutenberg developers’ intention

The major purpose of building Gutenberg is to simplify the theme or plugin building process. This will save developers more time and effort to create better layout options for users. Gutenberg has its base placed on the content ‘blocks’. Imagine a webpage made of numerous blocks of different kinds. Now, users need to edit each block separately and review their work while building. Visual editors claim to give users a straightforward and vivid review of how a page would look through Live Customizer. Gutenberg can do the same: it allows you to review your work while working and support dragging & dropping ‘blocks’ to rearrange page elements. Sounds simple and useful, right? Below is how Gutenberg editor works things out.

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Gutenberg Editor Preview (Credit: Gutenberg team)

Using Gutenberg, the editing job can be done in less time and effort. The result can closely keep up with the one obtained from coding process. All you have to do is just click on the block to be edited then fill in with your contents. The famous plugin WPBakery Page Builder and other editors focus on elements, here Gutenberg emphasizes the role of blocks. Even for new WordPress users, it’s easy to use this new tool after going through just a few simple instructions. Simple, intuitive and responsive, Gutenberg will blur the boundaries between the experienced and the inexperienced in page building. You can read more about Gutenberg and its feature in this description on wordpress.org.

Gutenberg’s outstanding features

Simplicity

As we have said, simplicity is the very apparent feature of this new editor. Even when you have next to zero knowledge of coding and other technical matters, you can still utilize other existing editors, in order to properly use them for page creation, users still need to refer to the documentation before getting their hand wet. Page options and customization vary greatly from theme to theme due to the style of its developers. This is what makes it harder to master these editor than Gutenberg. Moreover, the documentation of visual editor like WPBakery Page Builder needs more explanation and illustrations than Gutenberg’s.

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A Gutenberg theme – Openlane by ThemeMove

Usability

Concerning usability, it’s the most valuable feature of Gutenberg as remarked by WordPress users. Gutenberg makes your site respond and load faster, hence bringing about higher SEO efficiency. This reduced waiting time to a great extent. This also encourages readers to interact more with your website. Normally, we often have to sacrifice loading speed in order to gain better visual effects. On the contrary, Gutenberg provides acceptable visual effects with high responsiveness. The light-weight size makes thing easier for users and minimize potential issues in terms of cross-browser display and adaptability.

Creativity

With Gutenberg, the sky is the limit. Users have the freedom to create any kind of content for pages following predefined or self-defined layouts. A page can be as simple or complicated as how the user want it to be. Blocks do not necessarily be single, you can add blocks inside blocks. Freely arranging them into columns or rows is possible, too. In other words, anything you can think of, you can build it from the premade blocks provided in Gutenberg editor in just a few clicks. All of these features are enough to make it one of the most powerful editors in WordPress when developers add more options into blocks for users. Thus, in our opinion, Gutenberg’s prospect is very bright.

Gutenberg’s prospect

It is said that Gutenberg is going be integrated into the core of WordPress 5.0. This emphasizes the determination of WordPress developers to create a platform that would benefit everyone equally with simplicity and usability. Gutenberg is now operating as an independent plugin on wordpress.org, but soon every WordPress user will need to get themselves acquainted with this. Although currently the number of Gutenberg active users is only over 40,000, but this will definitely change by the time of its integration into WordPress’s core. So be prepared.

The introduction of the new editor has shown certain influences on businesses operating in theme development, plugin development, training platform and book as well as WordPress hosting businesses. There are many Gutenberg themes have been released on marketplaces like themeforest.net. Our newly developed theme Openlane is one such theme. We hope to bring out the best from Gutenberg to our customers through this theme. Here are some preview of our theme for you, take a look:

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A Gutenberg theme – Openlane Home 2 Preview by ThemeMove
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A Gutenberg theme – Openlane Home 3 Preview by ThemeMove

Conclusion

As a brand new editor, Gutenberg is a very promising tool for WordPress, though now it hasn’t reach its full potential yet. Reading through the comments of users about Gutenberg on wordpress.org, we can see that there are rooms for improvements and Gutenberg team is trying their best to accomplish it. So what we need to do now is to be patient and wait for new updates from development team. One more thing to note is that this WordPress is not going to change the editing experience completely, the Classic Editor will still be available, so don’t worry if you are still unfamiliar with this new tool. If you wish to learn more about Gutenberg, stay tuned for our coming articles about Gutenberg through its comparison to other editors on ThemeMove’s website.

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