Climbing the Gutenberg

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The latest buzzword in WordPress is GUTENBERG! And no – we are not talking about the printing press. Johannes Gutenberg created the Gutenberg press which is the where the name for the new editor comes from. Fun Fact: Johannes Gutenberg created the press in 1440 so that he could print Bibles, as he was a Christian.

Gutenberg is the codename given to the WordPress editor that is penned for release towards the end of 2018.

What is Gutenberg?

Although WordPress has gone through some major changes over the years and has evolved from a simple blogging platform to the Content Management Systems (CMS) platform it is today! (32% of the websites currently in the market are WordPress sites) Gutenberg will be a pretty major change from the norm for WordPress. Because even though WordPress has evolved over the years – the editor (in which pages and posts are typewritten) has mostly stayed the same. Until now…

Gutenberg will be a game changer for WordPress. The backbone of WordPress is evolving into a CMS that is even more intuitive and even more user-friendly for many users than it already is.

How does Gutenberg work?

As with any new feature on WordPress, the most pressing (pun intended) question is how will this look? How does it work? As we already know, Gutenberg will become the new editor for WordPress. It is not altogether that different from most visual builders like Divi, Elementor etc…

It is based on a block system that enables you to arrange prebuilt elements and style them to suit your needs. You can create “blocks” and then inside those blocks, you can add a whole number of elements ranging from images to text or dividers.

With WordPress coming up against other visual building platforms like Wix and Squarespace – this is the perfect time to release Gutenberg!

How will Gutenberg impact me?

The most pressing concern for any site owner or developer is how Gutenberg relates to their current site? This is a very valid concern and that all comes down to the theme that you have chosen and whether it will be compatible with Gutenberg.

So far, the theme that we used on our sites has proven to work well with Gutenberg. However, Gutenberg is still in the BETA phase, so only time will tell. When the final version gets released, we will know the impact it will have.

Where would I use Gutenberg?

It is very important to understand that as of November 2018, Gutenberg is only available as a plugin. According to their official plugin page – Gutenberg will be rolled out in three stages. The first stage will have the same functionality that the plugin does.

You will be able to go into the editor and create blocks to create content. Stages two and three are due to be released in 2019. These stages will include page templates (much like our website layouts) and then ultimately full site customization.

We also need to mention that in its current format – Gutenberg is not a design tool. It will, however, help in producing pages which do not require a whole lot of design work. Pages like terms and conditions for example. These are legal pages and don’t require intense design.

So in conclusion, Gutenberg is going to radically change the landscape of WordPress. It’s important to note that is highly unlikely that Gutenberg will break any sites. Most theme developers are already coming out with versions of their themes that are compatible with Gutenberg.

So let’s “Climb the Gutenberg” together and see what amazing content we can continue to create!