What is the significance of the emergence of the Gutenberg editor?

Any WordPress updates will inevitably cause a surge of interest to this CMS. Developers, testers, and users are making enough effort to get comfortable with the new functions and capabilities. Gutenberg editor is the most important feature of version 5.0. Therefore, it is not surprising that his upcoming emergence became one of the most discussed events of the 2018 year.

The developers claim that this innovation will expand the user’s capabilities, but will require new skills from them. Someone is waiting for this with impatience, and someone wants to keep the Classic editor. What to the category of users do you belong? What does the Gutenberg editor mean to you? Before you answer, let’s look at the essence of the question in more detail.

What opportunities will the Gutenberg editor provide to users?

Users will get increase the comfort of text editing due to changes in the interface. Moreover, is using it they can create attractive themes and page templates, even without a strong knowledge of HTML and CSS.

Eventually, you can almost wholly build a simple website, including landing pages and other essential elements of content. However, the help of a professional developer will still be needed to make more flexible settings and add complex functionality.

How will the Gutenberg editor operate?

This kind of editor will be used to create separate blocks for different types of information: text, images, video, buttons, tables, etc. You can set the desired parameters for height, width, the background color for each block in one field. Therefore, you will be able to make more flexible settings for the page, by changing the design of each element separately. If necessary, you can create blocks yourself using plugins.

Will the old themes be combined with the new ones?

Even though Gutenberg editor is intended to work with any WordPress themes, we recommend using modern themes compatible with it. This approach will give you some advantages. Indeed, themes will be able to offer built-in styling for the Gutenberg blocks. Moreover, they can load specific styles inside the editor. Therefore, you can see the real look for your blocks as you create your content.

What will happen with the old content of the website after upgrading the CMS to version 5.0?

First of all, don’t worry. Old content won’t disappear anywhere. But when you activate the Gutenberg editor on your website, then all previous content will automatically be placed in a unified classic block. It is based on the TinyMCE editor, but it will also be embedded into the Gutenberg editor.

If you are not ready to go to the editor Gutenberg, then you can stay on the classic editor by installing the plugin.

Can the Gutenberg editor be considered a tool for the full construction of pages?

Not exactly, at least soon. The implementation of Gutenberg editor in CMS WordPress will be divided into 3 stages.

At the first stage, all efforts will be focused on the implementation of the idea of creating and managing blocks of information. The application of the block system will allow the user to assess in advance how the content will look after publication and make its display more qualitative.

This change will set the foundation for the second and third stages, which are planned for the next year. They will provide users with ample opportunities to create page templates. The initial version of the editor Gutenberg is perfect for blogging. However, to create landing pages with functional elements, it will lack the flexibility of the settings.

However, its creation is already a significant progress for the popularity among users CMS. Therefore, we look forward to future updates from developers. We remind you that it will officially become part of the CMS on the day of WordPress 5.0 release – on November 19. Read more about what we should expect from the new version of WordPress 5.0 in our previous article.