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October 3rd 2018
WordPress has recently just launched a new update (4.9.8), which has introduced the new beta editor called… you guessed it Gutenburg.
WP is going through a three-stage strategy to help maintain its status as the number #1 used CMS in the world, as well as making it more powerful and easy to use as a CMS. No doubt it’s also responding to the rise of its rivals, such as Wix and Squarespace.
Johann Gutenburg was a German inventor / printer who created moveable-type mechanical printing in Europe around 500 years ago.
WP is replacing the well-known TinyMCE editor, which can require a bit of knowledge of using shortcodes and HTML to make things work. With a more flexible / robust editor that is kind of similar to the invention by Gutenberg of moveable type – a similar approach to how a Medium blog post would be edited.
Well it’s a complete overhaul. What you won’t see anymore is the classic tinyMCE editor but a beautiful clean full width editor.
Gutenberg introduced something called ‘blocks’ into the editor where in the past everything was restricted to one large block. With blocks you are now given the ability to insert, reorder, style and edit content, which gives you far greater control.
What does that mean for editors?
What does that mean for developers?
I’m not ready!
If you don’t feel ready yet to embrace the new change it is only currently an official plugin, which gives you the ability to stick with your favoured TinyMCE editor for now…
It’ll be interesting to see how Gutenberg will evolve. It is certainly a powerful editor but it still has quiet a few flaws since it is only a beta. I think with time and support from the WP community this will hopefully turn into something people will enjoy using because of its greater flexibility.