Gutenberg is a new WordPress theme editor designed to create and edit posts and pages. Gutenberg project aims to completely replace the default WordPress editor in the nearest future, and it is currently being tested as a plugin to become the part of the WordPress core in the short term.
Gutenberg offers a lot of content sections and blocks and provides extended functionality, simplicity and a great user experience.
Let’s have a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks to evaluate the product and understand if it is worth it.
The project is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who presented a printing press to Europe long ago. His work made knowledge and information accessible to the people and started a social revolution. Developers follow the same principle of trying to make the editor affordable for any user.
Over the years you had to be rather knowledgeable about HTML and CSS to work with WordPress. That was not a problem for coders, but regular users experienced so much inconvenience.
Later, WordPress introduced various visual editors, and now we are talking about the Gutenberg project with a block concept at its basis.
Gutenberg is popular for its blocks. There’s no need to have any programming knowledge to edit your content with the help of block elements. All you need to do is just adjust and locate your content blocks to get the preferable layout. The editor’s aim is to make a hassle-free web page experience with rich post layouts being used. And, no CSS and HTML skills are required.
- Each and every element is presented in a form of a block.
- All the blocks are equally easy to use and customize.
- Placeholders. Now you know where to fill in the blanks.
- The editor offers a WYSIWYG environment for working on the web.
- Easy to edit a layout with no doubts some part of the system can be broken.
Gutenberg provides accurate documentation. Go to its website to get access to the guides and instructions on how to work with its blocks. Tons of blocks and 34 embeds are currently available.
You are entering the URL to embed, and the editor will complete the rest. Everything is simple, clear and hassle-free.
Today, Gutenberg editor is a WordPress plugin.
Its version 3.5.0. is fully compatible with WordPress version 4.9.8. You can get it either through the WordPress Plugin Repository or install it as a plugin using the admin control panel.
Gutenberg editor is still a beta version, and it is better to use it on a test website.
|Easy to work with.||It is still a beta version.|
|Simplicity of the writing and layout process.||It is still recommended that you use it on a test website.|
|Visual part.||Poor reviews.|
|Content is displayed as blocks.||Overall poor rating.|
|No tech skills are required.||Bugs.|
|Creating complicated layouts with no tech experience.||No support for responsive columns. Some features are not available yet.|
|Quick embedding.||Not for beginners.|
|Embedding from 34 websites is supported.||Complaints about new problems appeared.|
|No misleading - only relevant tools are shown.||Gutenberg APIs are still being worked on.|
|Mobile friendly.||It is still a question.|
Plugins and extensions
Gutenberg editor allows you to create content with the help of blocks. The number of blocks can be increased with additional plugins and extensions, which are available for the editor.
Let’s check them out.
JetGuten plugin is designed by Zemez to expand the functionality of the editor. The set of blocks includes the following items:
- Pricing Table
- Circle Progress
- Countdown Timer
- Advanced Map
- Animated Box
- Progress Bar
- Inline SVG
- Image Comparison
Try this premium plugin and get a professional e-mail/chat/ticket support. You can play with the styles, animation effects, layouts, and user-friendly interface. Zemez support manager will be glad to help you any time in case a problem appears.
Get more functionality and customization options with Advanced Gutenberg plugin:
- get any level of access to the blocks of the plugin while you work on users’ profiles;
- choose any tool to customize a profile;
- add and enjoy lightbox feature working with the galleries;
- display ALTs and captions in gallery lightboxes;
- make and apply custom CSS styles to different blocks;
- insert Gutenberg post summaries;
- make complex button blocks with additional styles;
- create complex list blocks with more styles and formatting options;
- create complex table block with additional styles and formatting options;
- make an accordion block;
- make tabs block;
- make testimonial block and apply further customization;
- make counter block;
- create advanced video and image blocks;
- create separator and tweak their styles;
- create custom social links block.
If you decide to get more custom blocks to the editor, you can do this with the help of this plugin. You just need to activate Gutenberg editor on your web page.
Make sure to use the plugin on a test website since this plugin is in the beta stage also.
WooCommerce block is helpful when you want to add WooCommerce products as a single block via Gutenberg editor.
Here you will be able to filter the products by categories, sale statuses, etc.
WooCommerce Products block is considered to be the easiest option to add any items to posts or pages.
Looking for background customization tools? That’s a perfect solution. Customize your block’s background with different images, colors and gradients. Note that Block Background is still in the development stage, so wait a bit until you can use it in a production website.
That’s the plugin to make and share color palettes on your web page. Once you install this plugin, you will notice a new block ‘Color Palette’. When it is added to your page, you will be able to play with new colors and preview them via the editor.
With this plugin, you will get a ton of design blocks and features to the Gutenberg editor. 17 blocks are available so far.
Meet numerous customization options and capabilities to work on your content:
- Pricing box
- Count up
- Video Popup
- Team Members
- Call to Action
- Blockquote (Improved!)
- Number box
- Button (Improved!)
- Ghost Button
- Expand / Show more
- Divider (Improved!)
- SpacerEvery block can be easily edited (colors, sizes, background images, hover animations, etc).
If you are looking for WYSIWYG experience, this plugin is exactly what you need. When Gutenberg editor will be injected into the core, the blocks-set will be increased substantially.
It is a helpful plugin to display personal profiles on your web page. The Organic Profile Block allows you to add a profile image, title, name, biography, social media links, links to a user’s social media accounts, and email. Try this great solution to make author profiles on posts, staff or employee sections, and testimonials.
Inject any contact form to any part of your web page with this Contact Form 7 Block plugin.
Easy Blocks has 16+ custom blocks, which are enough to design your post or page. Most of the blocks are dynamic, and you can see what you are doing in the backend editor.
You will get some common blocks within default Gutenberg Block editor. Check out the following block's it covered so far.
- Alert or Notification
- Author Profile or Box
- Call to action
- Click To Tweet
- Feature Box
- Feature Grid
- Hero Image
- Instagram Block
- Image & Content
- Pricing Table
- Social Share
- Title & Subtitle
- Testimonial Slider
Frankly speaking, it is too early to predict a great future for Gutenberg editor, but at the same time, it offers numerous useful features and shows good potential. To be completely ready to be used in the WordPress ecosystem, the editor still needs to be developed further.
We recommend you wait for the release of the editor. In case you are not going to wait any longer, try it on your test website. Make sure everything is fine to proceed further.
Have a great Gutenberg experience!