What is Gutenberg?
Gutenberg is the new editor that will perfectly replace the current TinyMCE Editor in WordPress. Gutenberg doesn’t show any resemblance with any of the known editors and leaves behind its old reliable parent behind. It is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented a printing press with movable type more than 500 years ago.
WordPress plans a release of the new style editor in 3 parts with the first part being planned for release with WordPress 5.0. Gutenberg is still in the testing phase, you can participate in testing, open an issue on GitHub. Or join the discussions in #core-editor on the core WordPress Slack
All new concept for content creation and editing is based on the blocks. Forget about bullet lists, numbers, copy and paste options for the text, it isn’t there. The content will be copied to a different block. If you want to revise the content pieces you need to move the blocks instead of copy/paste options.
- Here is what you see in Gutenberg when you open a blank post or page: (see images below)
- Opening a new page or post in Gutenberg.
- Clicking on the + symbol opens the block menu. You can see a lot of blocks to choose from.
- Clicking on the + symbol opens the blocks menu.
- When you copy-and-paste, your content is put into separate blocks – each and every single paragraph!
- Copying from MS-Word will put your entire document into separate blocks – each and every paragraph.
WordPress will replace the traditional text editor with a block-based one. This will be the new default editor for WordPress 5.0.
WordPress promises it will completely change the editing experience.
Each element of your page will be a block (the header, text, image, etc) that you can arrange both on your desktop or on the go with your mobile device.
How to install WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg Editor WordPress 5.0?
Gutenberg can be downloaded from the WordPress repository or by searching for it within your WordPress dashboard under “Add New” plugins. We recommend installing this on a test site.
To Install Gutenberg WordPress editor plugin
1. Go to “Plugins > Add New”
2. Search for “gutenberg”.
3. Install and activate the Gutenberg plugin.
4. You’ll have a “Gutenberg” menu at the bottom of your left-side toolbar. That’ll be good for the “Demo” if you want a more complete post so you don’t start with an old or demo one.
5. You’ll also get the Gutenberg experience when you create a new post while the plugin is running
New Gutenberg WordPress Editor (Pros and Cons)
While coming forward to the new version we should not forget discussing the pros and cons of WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg Editor. Here are the listed ones:
- For all those writers who prefer the newer Medium style editing experience, they are most likely to love the WordPress Gutenberg editor.
- Offers a less distracting experience with wide screen space.
- Blocks and the new alignment options are fun to use with a full-width template and responsive sites.
- Can surely make a quick edit on your phone while on the go? No problem.
- The ability for theme and plugin developers to create their own custom blocks.
- Easier to use for beginners.
Discussing few cons in the current Gutenberg editor. Let’s not forget that it’s still in the testing phase, so a lot of these things will probably be fixed or added.
- Currently missing Markdown support.
- For few it may be easy to use but for some it may turn out as a difficult task.
- As of October 2017, Gutenberg does now support meta boxes. However, this is only initial support and it will require developers hopping on board. However, it’s a step in the right direction.
- Doesn’t support responsive columns yet.
- With so many themes and plugins out there, backwards compatibility is going to be a huge issue going forward.
Many of you might be wondering, will Gutenberg be optional or not? The answer is obviously NO. When Gutenberg will be officially rolled in the WordPress core you won’t be able to turn it off. This will become the official editor for WordPress. However, there is a free plugin Classic Editor that can be used to restore the old post editor.