Understanding the WordPress Gutenberg Update

There are a lot of changes with WordPress lately. It seems like there is a new change every week.

The latest change, called the Gutenberg Update is coming soon. The creators have been testing it for awhile and are rolling out some gradual changes. (Read all the cool nerdy updates on the WordPress website.)

The Gutenberg update will (eventually) turn the backend editor of every WordPress website into a “drag and drop” development area.

Per the WordPress peoples:

The editor will create a new page- and post-building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery. — Matt Mullenweg

I think this change is going to be awesome. I like the idea of drag-and-drop web development. It’s like putting a puzzle together. Typically, you had to purchase a premium theme to get beautiful drag-and-drop features. So it’s nice that eventually, “drag-and-drop” functionality will be standard. IMHO

Anyhoo, you can test drive the plugin in the backend of your website. However, keep in mind that EVERYTHING ON in the editor will look DIFFERENT.

gutenberg screenshot

IF you are using a premium WordPress theme that already has a drag and drop editor, some elements may clash with each other.

But don’t be alarmed, you can always switch to the Classic Editor to keep your backend like you’re used to (until you’re ready to make the change over to Gutenberg). (NOTE: THIS IS WHAT I DID FOR MY SITES)

classic editor plugin

If you’re working with a web developer, they’ll take care of it for you. I will do so for my clients who are on my maintenance plan.

If you are doing it yourself, there are some helpful tutorials that can walk you thru the process.

Here are a few additional helpful tutorials (and information) below:

Enfold Theme usersCan choose to use the Classic Editor Plugin and use the Enfold Avia framework (and not Gutenberg)

Divi theme usersSupport Desk

How to Build Your Website with Gutenberg


In Conclusion (for now)

Will you try the new Gutenberg plugin or nah? Or will you leave the tech details to your web developer?