Time for a Facelift
Gutenberg is the name of the latest update from WordPress. It’s going to be a big one. In the WordPress world talk of Gutenberg has been going on since Summer 2017 when it was first announced. So in the year since the announcement what have we learned and how can you make sure your site is ready?
Three Men and a Baby
So, what is Gutenberg? Well, Gutenberg is the name that has been given to the overhaul of WordPress’s user interface. The basic WordPress interface has remained the same pretty much since its inception, with added functionality coming from many, many, plugins. While this has worked well for a while, it’s long overdue a tidy. So the hope is that Gutenberg is going to add more basic functionality to the WP interface, meaning we won’t need to run quite as many plugins on our sites.
The changes in Gutenberg will also attempt to make the editing process easier for people who are not WordPress experts. Anyone who has made changes to a web page in WordPress will know that things are not always logical and there is sometimes a disconnect to what you see on the edit page, compared to the live page. While this is something you can learn to ignore, it doesn’t make the learning curve easy for new users. Which in turn could lead to customers taking on more “drag and drop” style solutions like Squarespace. Obviously, this isn’t something WordPress wants.
The biggest change Gutenberg is going to bring in is the use of “blocks”. Blocks will make the back end of WordPress more similar to Mailchimp, or HubSpot. Meaning that you can pull in blocks with certain functions, then edit them to do what you want. For example, you can add a text block, contact form block, or an image block. Then change their location/ size as you want. Again this will make it more intuitive for newer users. And hopefully speed up the editing process for more experienced users too.
Will Gutenberg Change My Site?
Hopefully not. WordPress has been keen to point out that Gutenberg will have backward compatibility and no features will be lost with the new update. So if you had a shortcode doing something on a blog post, it will still work going forward. The same should also apply to the interface, and for a while, you will be able to switch between the two. So all changes should be for the best!
At the moment Gutenberg hasn’t been given an official launch date, but it is on its way. Are you excited to see the new interface?
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