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The WordPress Gutenberg Editor

If you host with Pressable, or if you’ve updated to WordPress 4.9.8, you may have noticed a big change in your dashboard. That’s right. The WordPress Gutenberg editor is finally here! While it’s currently only here in plugin form, this is a big step toward full integration with WordPress 5.0, and you should get ready for some big changes coming soon.

What Is the WordPress Gutenberg Editor?

The WordPress Gutenberg project has been going on since Matt Mullenweg announced it in 2017. The initial focus of the project was on updating the default WordPress editor to help all users create rich, compelling content without having to understand HTML code. The project would be named after Johannes Gutenberg, the man who brought the written word to the masses.

What Is the WordPress Gutenberg Editor Like?

Simply put, the Gutenberg editor is all about blocks. To understand the reason that so many individuals pushed for a new WordPress editor, we should first take a look at the current state of WordPress development and how we got here.

The Current WordPress Editors

There are currently two methods available for creating posts and pages in WordPress: using the visual editor with TinyMCE, or with plain text.

The visual editor gives users basic ‘what you see is what you get’ functionally, but it never quite looks exactly the same on the live site as it does in the editor. It can also create some strange HTML happenings, which can be fixed by using the plain text editor. But the plain text view can be difficult to understand if there are a bunch of HTML tags present.

Shortcodes were then added in WordPress 2.5 to allow more flexibility when creating a layout. Shortcodes are great…if you can remember them and how they work. The concern that early WordPress developers had was that non-technical users would be confused by the shortcodes.

In the meantime, competitors like Squarespace and Wix have been creating feature-rich editors that allow non-technical users to create stunning websites. In order to compete, WordPress needed an overhaul. And Project Gutenberg was born.

How Can You Prepare for the WordPress Gutenberg Editor?

If you currently use a page builder or any kind of shortcode, then you’ll want to pay attention, as Gutenberg may cause some problems with your site. At the very least, you’ll want to install the Classic Editor plugin to prevent any potential issues. If all posts and pages in WordPress are done with plain text or default HTML in the visual editor, then your site should work fine with the new editor; however, in the long run, Gutenberg is going to become a default feature of WordPress, so you’d better get used to it!

But, if you want to be stubborn and continue with business as usual, there are a couple of ways you can get around Gutenberg.

  1. You can install the classic editor plugin.
  2. You can completely disable Gutenberg with the following code.

add_action( 'init', function() {

 remove_action( 'try_gutenberg_panel', 'wp_try_gutenberg_panel'; );

});

As we said before, it would greatly benefit you to learn more about Gutenberg since it will eventually be installed as part of the WordPress core. If you’re worried about the change, don’t! There are plenty of resources at your disposal.

Gutenberg Developer Guide

Gutenberg Design Principles

Building with Blocks in Gutenberg

Blogs about Converting to Gutenberg

Gutenberg Theme Support

But if you do all the research in the world and are still having trouble understanding the new Gutenberg editor, Pressable’s support team is here for you! Just fill out a ticket to contact one of our support team members. We’ll be glad to help you with any problems you might encounter.

No go out there and get building!