Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months you’ll have heard about the Gutenberg WordPress editor. It’s the new WordPress editor released as part of WordPress 5 last December.
If you’ve seen any of my other content, blog posts, videos, social media posts – you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of this new editor. I swear that if you give yourself a chance to get used to it, you won’t look back.
Creating content within WordPress will become a much more streamlined process with some of the features I’m going to talk about later in this post.
So why create a new editor?
I totally get why WordPress decided it was time to change.
Last year we found out that 30% of the web is powered by WordPress which is HUGE! To keep those numbers WordPress need to stay ahead of the game and keep innovating. If they sit still their competitors will close the gap.
So the new editor was not only necessary but vital to the survival and future growth of WordPress.
It’s had some well documented teething problems, but all software does in the early days. But since it was released as part of core WordPress it’s become much more stable.
My experience with the Gutenberg is that it’s a really nifty editor. I loved it from the moment I created my first post with it. And I’m not easily impressed when it comes to this kind of stuff.
But why do I love it? Let’s find out with 5 things you didn’t know about the Gutenberg WordPress editor
Why call it Gutenberg?
So you might be wondering why the new WordPress editor was code named Gutenberg. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t until I read an article about it that I realized the significance of the name.
Johannes Gutenberg started the printing revolution in Europe when he introduced the mechanical printing press. Calling it the Gutenberg WordPress editor is WordPress telling the world that they’re starting their own revolution.
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Writing blog posts will no longer be like typing a document. Each element on screen, whether it be text or image or anything else, is added as part of a block.
When you add a block to your page you can choose the type of element or content that you want it to hold. Depending on what it is you want to put there WordPress will display different options.
For example if you want to add a quote you can choose to display it in regular size or large size.
This is the jewel in the crown for the new WordPress editor.
Any content that you regularly add to blog posts and pages can be stored in a reusable block to be added with a few clicks of a button.
No more having to copy and paste affiliate disclosures into your blog posts, or fiddling around with email list forms every time you need to use one within your content. You can save both of these elements and more to be added to your site in 2 or 3 seconds.
It’s a really powerful feature that’s going to give you so much more time to focus on pushing your blog or business forward.
Embedding media is a piece of cake
This was what made me really sit up and take notice of Gutenberg.
No longer will you have to copy code from YouTube to embed videos within your blog posts. Never again will you need to fiddle with code to add tweets or Facebook posts into your blog posts. All you need is the URL and it takes care of the rest.
Even as someone who is comfortable with code I’ve found the process of adding content from other platforms a bit of a pain at times. But Gutenberg does all the hard work for you.
Switch it off at first
Even though Gutenberg is now part of WordPress, you have the option to keep using the old editor for a period of time.
WordPress have said they’ll support the plugin to keep the old editor running for at least a couple of years – so you have plenty of time to get used to it before you’re forced to use it.
It’s nice that WordPress have given this option, but I honestly think that you’ll see a huge difference in the time it takes you to add your content to WordPress if you start using it. I know some people don’t like change but, hand on heart, I know that this is a change for the better for content creators using WordPress.
But there are a couple of legitimate reasons you might want to switch it off for a while. You might have an essential plugin that doesn’t play nice with Gutenberg, so you might want to give the plugin authors or Gutenberg time to fix the problem. The same issue goes for themes however, I would be very surprised if plugin and theme writers are not hustling day and night to get their ducks in a row where Gutenberg is concerned.
Why do I love the Gutenberg WordPress editor?
I know Gutenberg has had a bit of bad press, especially a few months ago when it was having a few teething problems. There was also an article published recently saying that there’s still a huge number of plugins not compatible with it.
I was a bit skeptical about it after I’d seen it work poorly at my local WordPress meet up a few months ago. But do you know what? I think it’s brilliant. For me, the much easier way to embed media from other platforms is a huge selling point for me, especially now I’m spending a lot of time recording YouTube videos.