Project Gutenberg

Written by Duane Storey on Nov 8th, 2017

For those of you who may not know, the team behind WordPress has been working hard for the last year or so on a brand new interface called Gutenberg. Gutenberg is a pretty revolutionary change for WordPress, with the primary goal being to replace the typical Page/Post editor with far more powerful editor that consists of independent blocks. The end result will be a more user friendly way to edit content, similar to what other website creation tools, such as Wix, employ.

To say it’s been a bit controversial would be an understatement. While many users of WordPress embrace change, this is a pretty fundamental shift in the platform itself, and it’s possibly going to create a lot of friction with current plugins and themes. That said, there are tremendous upsides in terms of content creation and additional possibilities with WordPress itself.

Here is the screenshot showing how editing a current post in WordPress looks like:

Editing this post with the current editor

Here is a view of what it looks like to edit this same posting using Gutenberg:

Editing this post with Gutenberg

While the official release of Gutenberg likely won’t happen until sometime during the first few months of 2018, it’s available as a plugin today to install and play around with. If you’d like to take a look, simply go to the plugins section of WordPress, click “Add New”, and type in Gutenberg.

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