Since we’re currently working with WordPress 4.9.8, it won’t be too long until WordPress 5.0 is here and there is a lot of talk around this big release. WordPress powers 30% of all modern websites. That is millions of websites running on this free and open source software. One of the biggest reason people are talking about the new WordPress release is the new Gutenberg Editor.
Gutenberg is a new take on an editor for WordPress. It is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented a printing press with movable type more than 500 years ago.
According to WordPress, the new editor provides a whole new way to use WordPress. It’s specifically built to create media rich pages and posts easily.
From Text Boxes to Blocks
Gutenberg introduces the concept of blocks to WordPress pages and posts.
With blocks, you can insert, rearrange and style multimedia content with very little technical knowledge. There are blocks for different types of Text, Media, Quotes, Layout and Code.
Custom Blocks for even more options
Gutenberg’s block-based system also allows users to insert custom blocks for specific use and effects. The many third-party developers who create the thousands of WordPress themes and plugins could also create custom blocks that come with their own preset features, ready to be dropped into a page or post wherever needed. For example, a cooking blog could use a custom block that includes all the formatting needed to insert a recipe wherever appropriate.
Gutenberg provides a less distracting experience with more screen space and it already works great on mobile. Going forward, we can actually see people utilizing this a lot more. Need to make a quick edit on the go? No problem.