Imagine you go to work one day and everything has changed. Your desk is now a touchscreen. Your chair is a giant ball. The bathrooms have been moved. Your boss tells you that it’s all much more efficient and you’ll love it once you get used to it. Right. You want to smash a watermelon.
Well, we’re sorry to break it to you, but that’s what is happening soon in WordPress. The editor, where you add content to your posts and pages, is changing in a huge way. The new editor is called Gutenberg, like the guy who invented printing hundreds of years ago. The Gutenberg editor will change the way you create content on your website in a profound way. Instead of adding text or pictures to the big white board of the existing editor, Gutenberg lets you add blocks for different kinds of content such as text, headlines, images, galleries, videos, even poems! And each of these blocks can be moved around on the page, duplicated, altered with background or text colors. You can add columns or even add blocks within columns. It’s a big bold world of options, but it is not intuitive, and that’s where we come in.
Gutenberg takes time to understand and even longer to get comfortable with. Fortunately for you, we’ve been spending a lot of time with the new editor. Over the past year we’ve tested each new version of the editor, closely following its progress and evolution because it impacts how we create websites and how we train our clients. With all of this Gutenberg experience under our belts, we decided on two things. First, we’re going to make sure that all of our new websites fully support Gutenberg. Second, we’re going to help you learn how to get the most out of the editor.
You may have read some discouraging reports about Gutenberg in the past, but to be frank, it’s not fair to judge anything before it’s finished. A lot of things seem pretty awful before they’re finished, like raw meat before it’s cooked. And Gutenberg is cooking up pretty nicely; every new version is more refined and full of fun surprises.
Sometime this fall Gutenberg, will arrive along with an update to WordPress. Some users may not want to make the change so quickly, and there will be solutions for retaining the original editor for those folks. But many of you will face an uncertain future when you login to your site and are faced by the unfamiliar blocks of Gutenberg. That will be the time to come back to AIM and review our series of Gutenberg Tutorials.