WordPress is constantly changing to make the lives of its users easier, and give them more control over their websites. WordPress 5.0 introduces a whole new editing experience, which is based on blocks. Say hello, to Gutenberg:
The idea of Gutenberg is to make the editing process a lot easier, and more modular. Gutenberg is built with “blocks”. Blocks are effectively a section, which can be moved around, carrying everything inside of it. So say you want to move an image up the page, simply drag and drop, it’s done.
Gutenberg allows developers (like me) to build custom blocks, meaning as a business we can provide more tailored and fine tuned solutions for you.
Gutenberg or Visual Composer?
Many of our sites are built with Visual Composer, a page builder plugin which at present is a LOT more powerful than Gutenberg. VC is a well known page builder, with a lot of support, but will it fade with the upcoming release of Gutenberg? I’m not too sure. Visual Composer isn’t powered by React or a similar framework, however it’s very well built and is constantly changing to be more efficient on the frontend, as well as in the backend editor. VC has a *ton* of addons, all which integrate with other plugins such as Contact Form 7, WooCommerce, modals, counters, carousels, and loads more. At the moment, VC is years ahead of Gutenberg, however with Gutenberg being merged into core later this year, we’re going to see thousands of developers building addons for it.
Can I try it?
You sure can! If you log into the backend of your WordPress site, you should see a notice, telling you about Gutenberg. Click the blue “Install Gutenberg” plugin and let WordPress do its thing. After a few seconds, you’re ready to rock and roll! Head on over the create a post or a page, and test it out!
Your existing content should work with Gutenberg, allowing you to separate things out and move it around how you like. Have a play and let us know how you get on 🙂
At the moment, Gutenberg will be installed as a plugin. Later this year it will be part of core, and you’ll see it disappear from the plugin list. No need to worry about this.
What Happens if I Don’t Want It?
If you don’t want to install Gutenberg, you don’t need to do anything yet. Once WordPress 5.0 is released, your site will use Gutenberg automatically. In order to use the default editor with the new version of WordPress you’ll need to install the classic editor plugin. This will revert you back to what you had in the first place.