WordPress 5.0 has brought the biggest change to the platform it has seen in its entire history.
Gutenberg is an all-new editor that will completely shake the way content is managed in WordPress websites.
Now of course, when you change the structure of a CMS that powers 27% websites of the entire web, it’s bound to cause uncertainty as to how these changes will affect the WordPress users.
But, before we get to that, let’s begin with what is Gutenberg.
Introduction of Gutenberg
Gutenberg is basically a modern version of WordPress CMS that will change the way content is created and published.
It is a block-based editor that is supposed to make laying out and editing content easier and more flexible. Simply put, it is created to be more intuitive through its usage of flexible content blocks and clear interface.
Here’s how it looks when you create a new page or post using the new Gutenberg editor:
In this new Gutenberg editor, all content will be in blocks.
Blocks are basically a new way of adding content to a blog post or a web page.
Overall, the experience of adding and modifying content will look different than before. And for many WordPress users that have got a habit of using old version, this change can be a bit scary.
In fact, the biggest concern of longtime WordPress users is how it will affect their current WordPress website.
If you’re a longtime WordPress user, here’s what you need to know to be prepared for the change.
First of all, you’ll have to make sure that updating to Gutenberg don’t break the design or structure of your WordPress website. For this, you can hire professional help.
In addition to the above, you’ll also have to be wary of how Gutenberg will affect the plugins you’re currently using.
But on the bright side, here’s how Gutenberg will impact existing WordPress websites.
How Does The New WordPress Editor Impacts WordPress Websites?
When WordPress was first launched, it was just as a blogging platform. In those old days, writing a blog post was simple. The majority of the content was text with a couple of images and hyperlinks.
In other words, the old WordPress was a perfect platform for bloggers.
But, as time passed, expectations changed. Users now create a more diverse type of content, which the classic editor couldn’t handle very well.
This is where Gutenberg comes to the rescue!
Specifically, the Gutenberg will impact your WordPress website in the following ways.
1 – Make Media-Rich Content Easier
Media-Rich Content is generally known as the one that entices visitors to interact and engage through video, audio, and other elements.
This can have a significant impact on the time spent by visitors on your website. In fact, media-rich content is expected to increase the attention span of the average visitors.
2 – Organized Content
The block format in the new Gutenberg editor makes it easier to add content by including headings, paragraphs, shortcodes, and images.
In addition, you can also add a variety of content such as columns, audio, and Twitter right inside the body of your web page or blog post. As a result, it becomes easier for visitors to view your webpage in a completely organized manner.
3 – Increases Productivity
Gutenberg is expected to increase the productivity of bloggers and content creators. The new editor provides many formatting options which will help WordPress users to rearrange their content and make changes immediately and easily.
Furthermore, if you’ve written your content offline, let’s say in a word document, the Gutenberg editor will easily convert the text into appropriate blocks by a simple copy and paste command.
All you, as a WordPress user, will need to do is add a classic block and copy paste your entire content and make changes as per your needs. Simple.
4 – Business-Oriented
Since WordPress is being used for a variety of purposes like eCommerce, business websites, and online directories besides blogging, the new Gutenberg editor is designed and optimized to increase the speed at which business websites can be customized and iterated.
As a result, businesses can stop worrying about their website changes after the update. All they need to do is plan accordingly so that the new features of Gutenberg helps to function properly.
5 – Impact on Existing WordPress Websites
As we mentioned before that WordPress is powering a huge amount of websites around the world. And if you too own a WordPress website and worried that how the Gutenberg update will affect your existing website, then you need to relax!
The only major change that WordPress 5.0 is bringing is the Gutenberg editor and nothing more. This means you don’t need to change website structure or buy a new theme in order to adopt the new update.
Controversies About Gutenberg After Its Release in WordPress Community
The Gutenberg editor in WordPress 5.0 update has made a historic change. But, as we mentioned in the beginning, not everyone in the community is happy with this update.
While a part of the WordPress community happily welcomed the new Gutenberg editor, but according to some users, the change was unnecessary. The update, according to them, is forcing them to change their habits and adjust which is difficult.
For instance, Torque Mag, a leading source for WordPress news said that Gutenberg is an essential step in improving the editor experience in WordPress.
Chris Lema, a trusted WordPress advisor, also encouraged the efforts of WordPress Core Team and thinks that they’ve done a great job with Gutenberg editor.
On the other hand, Greg Schoppe, a WordPress developer, wrote an open letter to WordPress Core Team, pointing out 7 technical flaws which need quick fixing.
But, we’ve been using the Gutenberg since it was launched, and we haven’t faced any problem yet. In fact, the new features and blocks system is helping us create content even more efficiently.
The new editor definitely has different implications for different types of WordPress users. But, we’ve to understand that the Gutenberg editor intends to make things easier for us.
Even though we love our classic WordPress editor, the Gutenberg editor is what we need to create multi-media rich content for our modern websites. And while the new editing experience will definitely take some time to get used to, but the more you use Gutenberg, the more intuitive it will become.
Author Bio: Atman Rathod is the Co-founder at CMARIX TechnoLabs Pvt. Ltd., a leading WordPress Development Company with 13+ years of experience. He loves to write about technology, startups, entrepreneurship, and business. His creative abilities, academic track record and leadership skills made him one of the key industry influencers as well.