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On WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg Editor

Upon the integration of Gutenberg into WordPress core, ThemeMove team has also worked industriously to adapt and update all of our themes on ThemeForest. Our purpose is to make sure that the user experience won’t be interrupted, and their website would work normally in terms of both visual and functions on the new editor. We are now happy to announce that ALL OF OUR THEMES ARE NOW GUTENBERG READY.

Gutenberg & WP 5.0
All of our ThemeMove themes are now Gutenberg ready!

There are documentation and articles guiding users to use the Gutenberg editor. And if you still find it not familiar enough, you can rest assured as we maintain the Classic Editor on all of our themes. Thus, you can switch to your familiar working space in just a click. Themes from other developers might not come with the old editing tool, however, it’s possible for users to install a plugin named Classic Editor. You can easily find it on WordPress repository and install it on your theme. Or you can follow this link to get it. Gutenberg team has made a promise to support the plugin until 2022. Users still have a great deal of time to prepare themselves before switching totally to Gutenberg editor.

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The Classic Editor on WordPress Repository

WordPress 5.0 & Gutenberg Release

Finally, it is here. The WordPress 5.0 update was successfully released on December 06, 2018, and Gutenberg has now become the default editor of WordPress. There might be unfamiliarity, confusion, and even resistance, but things are all settled. Whether you are ready or not, it’s compulsory to learn and accommodate with the new editor now.

The release of the new editor has been a big leap that brought about an innovative transition in terms of site building experience. This is not an act of spontaneity, but a well-thought-out plan. Gutenberg contributors have been working on it since January 2017. Many people, including quite a number of theme and plugin developers, have questioned the “scheme” of switching to a new editor. They doubted the corruption, interruption, collapse or other bad scenarios that would happen to their products. However, as a theme developer and web design agency, we could assure you, this Gutenberg is for a good cause.

How Gutenberg Works

Gutenberg is often referred to as a block-based editor. It is all about getting to work with blocks. The notion of replacing meta boxes, widgets, shortcodes… with blocks come from the desire to apply a unified interface across all themes and plugins. The greatly varied working space on themes from different developers makes it difficult for users when it comes to site building and theme utilization. Very often, users will have to skim through multiple-page online documentation or articles in order to get the basics. Further clarifications and customization issues are frequent as well.

Now, users won’t have to put that much effort because the utilization of blocks simplifies the process to a great extent. This saves WordPress users from being overwhelmed with information and complicated processes. All they need to know is blocks with the instructions given right at hand from the block settings. Documentations are shorter, instructions are more straightforward and site building process is more intuitive with Gutenberg. Theme and plugin developers will be able to save more time spent on supporting customers as users can handle things by themselves.

Some claim that the actual intention of introducing Gutenberg is to “suppress” and “curb” the rapid growth of market theme & plugin developers. Some say this might be an unfair act for them as they have to spend time making changes for their products to work on Gutenberg. In our opinion, this change is worth it, and it will be beneficial for both developers and users. For developers, the unified interface actually saves them more time to work on upgrading their products’ usability and design. For users, the unification of site-building method reduces the confusion and unfamiliarity when working with new themes. Hence, they have more time to focus on the content and to enhance the efficiency.

What WordPress Users Think

This is a love-it-or-hate-it circumstance. Reading comments and ratings from the page of Gutenberg plugin, you can see that people either give it a full rate or the lowest one possible. With such a thing like Gutenberg, which brings about a dramatic change to how users work with their site, it is totally understandable. Gutenberg teams and WordPress developers expected this and they dealt with the complaints from users patiently and calmly.

The occurrence of changes frequently creates disapprovals of many forms: disappointment, impatience, and even rejection. Abandoning the old and adapting to the new one is never easy because there is always some resistance. Some complained that the new editor, in fact, took them more time to do the same thing as compared to their previous builder. Some claim that the interface isn’t user-friendly in reality, or it just looks nice but hard to work on. Things are not always extremes for Gutenberg. One-fourth of reviewers enjoy their experience with it, just that they think Gutenberg still comes unfinished.

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Rates and Reviews on Gutenberg Plugin

Notably, there are full rating comments with a detailed analysis of the advantages of Gutenberg among thousands of negative comments. The contrast between low and high rate reviews lies in the in-depth analyses enclosed. Optimistic reviewers provide both compliments and suggestions for advancement, which points out how people should deal with Gutenberg. From our view, both theme developer and WordPress users had better investigate deep and long enough into this new Gutenberg. This is not only just to really get the hang of the vision and potential behind, but also to visualize how Gutenberg can fit into the big picture in the long run.

From Our Perspective

Apparently, people who reacted negatively might have missed the point that Gutenberg is an editor for site content, not specifically for building page. Gutenberg has been made into WordPress core for nearly a month, but before that, it has been a plugin on WordPress repository for 13 months and a plugin for content editing on over 7.5 million sites at the present. This can lay the foundation for us to believe Gutenberg is perfectly ready for WordPress users. Of course, further improvements are still necessary.

Gutenberg & WP 5.0
Gutenberg Plugin on WordPress Repository

The integration of Gutenberg into WordPress core will create a foundation for users to better control the content of their website. What is expected from theme and plugin developers is making their theme conform to the block paradigm; while assisting users with page building functions. And end users are expected to learn about blocks.

From our perspective, one of many reasons for the current resistance to Gutenberg might be the brand new editing interface. We are confident that when users spend enough time to explore all the possibilities of this editor, they’ll understand the usefulness and usability intended since the creation of Gutenberg.

To sum up

Optimistically, what Gutenberg and WordPress developers have in store for us is really worth waiting for. Time your time exploring the new editor, try it out and dig deeper into its regime. There will definitely be exciting things coming through your way when Gutenberg team launch the next phase. Another thing for our ThemeMove fans is that we’re going to launch a new theme. We promise a WordPress theme for businesses and corporates that is built 100% on Gutenberg platform. Hopefully, the release of this theme would act as a bridge between you and the block-based editor.

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