Is Gutenberg the End or a New Beginning for WordPress?

A thorough analysis of the impending Gutenberg editor and its impact - particularly on agencies and others who develop Wordpress sites, themes and plugins. We're still formulating how we're going to handle the update here at Brown Box, and this article will certainly help.

I’ve been loosely following the noise and #wpdrama surrounding Gutenberg for as long as it has been around and honestly for the most part I’ve had negative feelings around it (I don’t like change at the best of times). However, I recently dived in and tried it out and you will never guess what happened next! But seriously. I came to two conclusions: 1. It’s a lovely piece of software 2. It does not belong in WordPress. (Yet. Or WordPress as we know it today) Let me explain.

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We Called it Gutenberg for a Reason

No one could suggest that the WP team have small dreams - according to Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg, the new Gutenberg editor will literally "change the world". While the article is light on details, it's hard not to get caught up in the hype. But will it really serve end-users? Only time will tell.

For those who don’t know we kicked off the Gutenberg project around the beginning of the year, I talked about it and we did our first public releases in June, and the team has been doing weekly updates of the public beta plugin that’s available for anyone to try out in their wp-admin.

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Improve the WordPress Editor by Contributing to the Gutenberg Project

Wordpress is in the process of completely rewriting the editor - i.e. the way that you write your post content. The goal is to make it far more user-friendly and easier to build richer content using a "block"-based approach. Early signs are good, though we wonder how well the new editor will play with themes that are based on various responsive frameworks like Zurb Foundation or Bootstrap. Either way it's certainly a space to watch over the coming months!

WordPress is used by more than 27 percent of the entire internet. The editor plays a huge role in the overall usability of the CMS and the future of it will influence its adoption.

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Improving the User Experience by Rearranging the WordPress Post Editor

The well-know already great WordPress editors is about to get a face-lift based on users' feedback. This is great news!

When the floor was opened up to users for suggestions on what they want to see included in WordPress 4.7, Mark Root-Wiley advocated for Trac ticket #27159. The three-year old ticket was created by Hugo Baeta and suggests that certain buttons in the post editor be removed in order to improve the user experience.

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