What is WordPress Gutenberg ?

WordPress 5.0 ‘Gutenberg’ Editor

You might have witnessed the release of a new WordPress editor named ‘Gutenberg’ on 6th December 2018. Gutenberg is a block-based editor and is going to change the editing experience completely by moving to a block-based approach to content. There are a group of people who welcome the newer version of WordPress editor with open arms, while others are critical.

For those WordPress users who really don’t have any clue what’s going on, we will introduce you to WordPress 5.0 ‘Gutenberg’.


What is WordPress Gutenberg Editor?

As mentioned earlier, Gutenberg is a block-based editor and has now become part of the WordPress core. The word ‘Gutenberg’ comes from the name Johannes Gutenberg, the founder of the printing press.

The main goal of this newer version editor is to revolutionize the approach of content creation and also to bring modern word processing functionality. This new update would ultimately help reducing dependence on shortcode and custom HTML.

More interestingly, Gutenberg editors operate using the new concept of ‘blocks’. Well, by using these blocks you can build more complex designs than the current WordPress editor.


Gutenberg – the first step for WordPress’ bright new future

Gutenberg is not only just an editor for WordPress, but it is the start of something bigger for WordPress. Its significance is quite massive and its future impact in the CMS category will be multifarious. Gutenberg has laid the groundwork of making WordPress an incredible web development platform for everybody. Gutenberg is the first step of the three-prolonged roll-out strategy. Firstly, WordPress will enjoy the redeveloped block editor. Secondly, the project will take care of page templates and thirdly the WordPress will become a full-site customizer. Just analyze, the possibilities will be endless and now there is a need to keep the WordPress as the #1 CMS for coming years.

In this article, we just focused on the first stage. Many CMS community members worked around the clock to turn this new editor into a solid and stable product.


Opening Gutenberg for the First Time

When you first open the new editor you might be looking for the interface that we have been using from the beginning. But the previous editor was now replaced with a new editor called Gutenberg. In this newer version, we will find a very clean writing environment with lots of space for your better content.

Furthermore, on the right-hand side, you will find a cog icon and by clicking that icon, you can open the settings-per documents or per block. Also, by clicking on the three dots you can switch to the code editor and can make your edits on the code side of things.

It is obvious that everybody takes times to accept the new changes when they feel the changes were not necessary. Well, in order to make the WordPress future proof and to present its users with modern technology in an easy manner, many felt for the need of an upgrade. In short, the main goal of this new editor is to make the WordPress simple and enjoyable for the WordPress users.


In Gutenberg, everything is a Block

Gutenberg introduces you with the new way of editing your content by bringing the new concept of ‘blocks’.  With the previous Current Editor, your content used to live inside one huge HTML file. And also for every addition, new shortcodes, embeds, custom post types, widgets etc. had to be inserted. But now, you can make your LEGO set from only one box, using a straightforward and standardized set of instruction.

By using the concept of blocks, you can now find out all the aspects of your content. You can also define their specifications per blocks as well. For example, you can change a single line of text into a quote by changing its block type. Then you will get a new option that you can set. By doing this, you can change the quote type, its placement, and text decoration etc. This can apply for all the blocks. There are blocks for, among other things:

  • Paragraphs
  • Lists
  • Quotes
  • Headings
  • Code
  • Images
  • Galleries
  • Shortcodes
  • Columns
  • Buttons
  • Widgets
  • And a ton of embeds


Reusable Blocks

Reusable blocks are one of the great features of new WordPress. You can save all the blocks along with its settings. For example, if you have created a beautiful layout for the intro of your blog article, then you can save the layout as a reusable block. Later on, if you want to pick your reusable then you need to go to Add Blockà Reusable.

Not only that, but you can also think of a lot more complex uses for this feature like multi-column article template with great typography for a killer blog post. But one thing you must keep it on your mind is if you want to alter one of the images, then you can do it only once because every instance will be updated once you hit the Save button.







Need More? Check this Essential Talk

All these theoretical explanations might have bored you. Well, to elaborate further, we have attached a video link of 45-mins below where you will watch the essential talk by Morten Rand-Hendriksen. In this video, he has explained more about this newer version of WordPress.




Gutenberg has arrived and is now ready to make an impact. Though it takes time to get used to this new editor, it will definitely get success in both content publishing and in WordPress community.

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