If you have a WordPress website like a good percentage of the Internet, you might notice some big changes happening before the end of the year. WordPress Gutenberg is the name of the new editor experience which supports a new “block” format to allow for more diverse and media-rich posts. WordPress is planning to roll out updates before the end of the year and when WordPress 5.0 is released, Gutenberg will be the new default.
What are Blocks?
If you are familiar with WordPress, you’ll know that WordPress was made for writing blog posts. It made combining different media easy within a single post. However, there were definitely limitations when building other pages. Often one would have to install different plug-ins to enable different types of functionality on a website, which could lead to issues.
Blocks are a new concept for WordPress Gutenberg. By placing each element into it’s own block, it will be easy to:
Move Around the Page
The new block system allows for a large selection of default blocks, including:
And many more!
WordPress Gutenberg – Too Much, Too Soon?
There are already a number of available blocks, and the ability to download customized blocks. There seem to be a lot of benefits, but not everyone is happy. Look no further than the review section of Gutenberg. It is currently sitting at a 2.3 star rating, which seems generous, considering the 748 1-star reviews out of 1,313 reviews (ouch!). People are even upgrading to then download a plug-in to make it work similar to older versions of WordPress. Hard to believe huh?
Curious about WordPress Gutenberg? WordPress is providing a look at Gutenberg and the ability to upgrade here! From what I’ve read, there are a few warnings, including this one: Try upgrading on a test site before about doing any real changes to your existing site.