Gutenberg is a plugin featured on the latest WordPress update of version 4.9.8. This plugin, Gutenberg, is to basically give you that drag and drop, live edit, feeling that we were all desperate for. In this article I will be telling you about some of it’s features and the love it, hate it parts.
GUTENBERG’s EDITOR FOCUS “The editor will create a new page- and post-building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take short codes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery. — Matt Mullenweg”
First of all do we all remember the advertisement that Divi made about it’s product on YouTube? If not check it out now:
That’s right! Divi was trying to sell this product mainly because the back-end of WordPress is a hell to create posts and pages in, since you can’t really see that it will look like as you are writing. This is absolutely true! even Kiuloper is using Variant Page Builder.
Now, WordPress is coming for all of these page builders with Gutenberg. I do now wonder how are other page builders going to compete with Gutenberg. True that Gutenberg is newly introduced to us while actually being few years old, it is still in the works, and they still need to add some more features to it, but I think it would be able to replace all other page builders that you need to pay for fast!
This article that you are currently reading is actually written using Gutenberg. Let me tell you! WOW.
First of all its FREE! Gutenberg is giving you the same, more-or-less, features as those expensive page builders that you need to pay for to use.
Second of all its CLEAN! many page builders out there, aside form letting you edit live, have a very bad and messy looking frame. Also if you have other plugins, like Yoast SEO, that you need to fill in for every page or post will be hidden from access in other page builders. In Gutenberg its not like that at all. The actual live build is embedded into the regular WordPress page and you still have access to the extra plugins that it comes in.
Finally, its not CRASHING! many other page builders crash on you or not even save properly sometimes, and this is all aside form the fact that most of them do not even read the CTRL+Z at all. In Gutenberg this is no longer a problem since it saves your work automatically and CTRL+Z works perfectly on Gutenberg.
Remember that I am only comparing Gutenberg to other page builders. If this is your first time hearing about page builders than just leave this article (actually don’t) and just go give Gutenberg a lovely try.
Now we get to the bad parts, the parts that I do not like about it. However, I do not blame Gutenberg for it, since it is very new.
First of all, I am not given much color options and size options which sucks because every other page builder comes with color option and size option for every single row that you have. In Gutenberg you only have access to background and text color.
Some of the plugins that I used to have access to when creating new posts or pages are still not accessible at all. While some are still available, they are places in a very bad place and its kind of hard to see the difference between the extra plugins and the actual frame you are doing your live edit in.
Gutenberg has some basic options, like what if I want to have more than two columns?
Another thing that is going to take some time is for other plugins and common things to create their add-on for this plugin.
Most popular and high-end WordPress templates are connected and designed using other page builders. So who knows when there would be a premium WordPress template coming out with Gutenberg connection to it’s design.
Gutenberg needs a lot more work on to be able to replace all those other page builders out there. However, for being free its awesome.
I do recommend you all to give it a try, and let me know what you think about it. You can download the plugin by going to this link, or if you want to learn a bit more about Gutenberg check out the Project’s Page.