What exactly is Gutenberg?
Gutenberg is a completely new editor for the WordPress platform. It will fundamentally alter the way you create posts, pages, products, and nearly everything else on your website. Gutenberg was included in WordPress 5.0, which was released on November 27, 2018. As a result, it’s critical to get up to speed right away.
Don’t worry if you’re still wondering, “What exactly is Gutenberg?” In this post, we’ll go over the fundamentals and show you how to use the new editor for yourself. Let’s get this party started!
Overview of Gutenberg
The WordPress editor in its current form – powered by the open-source TinyMCE editor – hasn’t changed much since its inception:
This is not uncommon; development on the core WordPress platform is typically slow and gradual. However, this means that some of its components, such as the editor, have become obsolete (at least in the opinions of some users)
More visual and intuitive ways of creating content have grown in popularity across the web. There are simple website builders available, such as Wix and Squarespace. The WordPress community has also contributed to this by developing numerous page builder plugins (such as Elementor and Divi) that allow you to design layouts using distinct elements using a drag-and-drop tool.
Because of this style of content creation, WordPress’ basic Visual editor appears a little ‘bare-bones,’ which is why it’s getting a complete overhaul in the form of Gutenberg:
What exactly is Gutenberg? It’s a brand-new WordPress editor that’s been designed to be more like website and page builder tools. In a moment, we’ll take a closer look at how it works. But first, let’s go over its potential benefits and drawbacks.
We had no idea what to expect when the WordPress block editor, or Gutenberg, debuted in December 2018. Although we’d had plenty of time to experiment with the beta version, we couldn’t predict how smoothly the official launch would go or how enthusiastically users and developers would embrace the new editor.
In the two-plus years since we first published this post, the Gutenberg editor has grown tremendously. It’s progressed from a minimum viable product (MVP) to a more mature project with the goal of creating a unified Full Site Editing experience for WordPress.
To account for these changes, we’ve revisited the Gutenberg editor to walk you through its new look, as well as where it’ll be heading next in the near future.