Getting to know Gutenberg

the new WordPress default editor
Gutenberg WP editor and Greatives themes

Getting to know Gutenberg

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There has been a lot of talk going on about the new block editor since its release day.
Whether you liked this editor or not, it is here to stay as the default WordPress editor.

WordPress community is not yet very positive about the new editor. The truth is that it is difficult to change something that you’ve learned and used a lot. So, this is the reason why Gutenberg still receives some negativity.

Despite that, comparing to the Classic Editor, Gutenberg has much more possibilities and a content block system that many popular page builders have. Of course, Gutenberg still has a lot more to improve and change. However it seems that has started to have a growing amount of users.

Even if you’re new to WordPress and website development or even if you are a developer is interesting to take a look at this editor.

Greatives Themes and Gutenberg

Latest Greatives themes are compatible with Gutenberg editor. We follow its development process and we are going to make any future changes from our side if we decide that this is needed.

However if you use Gutenberg you cannot use our handcrafted elements which are coming with the WPBakery Page Builder.

I wouldn’t say that using the WordPress built-in editor is something that we would never think but for sure is not something that is possible in short term future.

WPBakery Page Builder and other page builders are still much more powerful and flexible for page or post development. Especially when themes like ours have created their own elements based on these editors.

By using our themes you have the opportunity to use an advanced grid system with useful options and beautifully crafted elements so you can create much more attractive projects.

Also, it’s important to mention here that it is unfeasible to use WPBakery Page Builder in a page in combination with Gutenberg builder at the same time. You should choose for your pages/ posts which editor you will use on every one individually. Likewise you cannot re-edit any page/post with a different editor than the one that you’ve created it since it is likely to malfunction.

In case you don’t need to use WPBakery or it seems too complicated for you for no reason, you can give Gutenberg a try.

Gutenberg Brief Overview

In Gutenberg you can easily drag and drop blocks and add new content by choosing the relevant block.

When you click the plus button to add a new block you get the above list where you can choose among:

  • Most Used blocks: Easily find what is used frequently
  • Common Blocks: Basic blocks such as Image, File, Paragraph, Heading
  • Formatting: Here you can add Custom HTML, Tables, Code and more
  • Layout Elements: Columns, Space, Button etc
  • Widgets: You can append your widgets content
  • Embeds: You can embed media from many sites such as YouTube, Facebook, WordPress among others

Third party Blocks: Some plugins such as Revolution Slider, WooCommerce and Yoast SEO have their own blocks for Gutenberg so they’re getting easier to use.

Gutenberg Content Blocks

Gutenberg Content Blocks

For example, when you add a new paragraph you can see some text options on the top of the text block.

On the right side you can find useful options. The Document tab contains post options such as Visibility (private/public/protected), Permalink, Categories, Featured Image and so on. On the Block tab you get the block options such as Text and Color Settings.

 

Gutenberg Backend

Gutenberg Backend

Generally, when you add a new block you can find some basic options on the Block tab. Mainly, you can define size, style, colors and extra class name.

Furthermore, there are many keyboard shortcuts that help you use editor quickly and easily.

Gutenberg pros

Let’s dig in Gutenberg’s benefits:

  • Ease of use. The block editor is easy to use and learn. I know at first probably you wouldn’t agree with it but it has an easy drag and drop block system and customizing options.
  • SEO friendly. Gutenberg has options to improve your website SEO.
  • Extension with Plugins. There are many plugins out there that have been created to extend and make Gutenberg easier.
  • More and more plugins are getting compatible with Gutenberg such as WooCommerce and Yoast SEO.

Conclusion

You might not like it but you cannot keep Gutenberg from staying. Although it still has a long way to go and expand its grid and block system, its potentials are great. Additionally, Classic editor probably will not be supported after 2022 according to WordPress announcement.

The future of Gutenberg is based on its development progress, user positivity and high competitiveness of other page builders. However it seems that as long as page builders keep improving every day the level will rise and it will be difficult for one to dominate.

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