WordPress Gutenberg Review Pros and Cons

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WordPress Gutenberg Review Pros and Cons

The current WordPress visual editor hasn’t had too many changes over the years and has stayed pretty much the same. Because of that, many people think it is time for a change. 

Gutenberg editor is going to completely change the editing experience by moving to a block-based approach to content.

Anything you create, whether a text, paragraph, video, embed, button, widget, or image, will be a block within Gutenberg. Essentially, Gutenberg replaces the single edit field of the current WordPress TinyMCE editor with lots of individual “blocks.” These blocks will allow you to build more complex designs than those permitted in the current WordPress editor. Gutenberg aims to eliminate the need for page builders for most “standard” content.

Advanced Gutenberg is an excellent choice if you need a plugin that has adopted Gutenberg and helps to enhance your experience with it. This plugin includes several useful and practical functionalities which take Gutenberg Editor to the next level.

In the following article, we will try to find an answer for this by evaluating the pros and cons of WordPress’ new editor. However, it is essential to note that this is a subjective review and can vary for all depending on preferences.

Pros Of Gutenberg Editor

Many Different Block Types

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In the Gutenberg edition, everything is a different block, i.e. each paragraph, image, heading, blockquote, video, audio etc., is created as a separate Gutenberg block. Now, why is this a pro?When some people claim that they bring no good to WordPress. However, this block-based editor allows you to build more complex and customizable designs as compared to the classic WordPress editor and can make work far more convenient. For example, to add and customize a button, use the settings of the Button block, and from there, you can easily configure the colour, style, and action of the button as per your choice.

Other than buttons, Gutenberg also comes equipped with columns, spacers, separators, in-post widgets, and a variety of different content types to the visual editor, where each item is a separate block.

The Tinymce Editor Is Still Available

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Other than buttons, Gutenberg also comes equipped with columns, spacers, separators, in-post widgets, and a variety of different content types to the visual editor, where each item is a separate block.

The Classic block works precisely as the TinyMCE editor did. In this block, you can create headings and paragraphs, add images and code blocks, etc. This is an excellent option for anyone who needs time getting used to the Gutenberg editor or does not find it convenient.

Old Posts Are Automatically Refactored

All your work, the posts and pages that were made before Gutenberg editor are now refactored into a single Classic block. Here, nothing essentially changes for the viewer while also making your previous work more compatible with the new editor. This way, you don’t have to worry about your previous content, as Gutenberg takes care of it all. You can also choose to refactor these posts with the new content options available with the Gutenberg editor.

Blocks Are Searchable

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With so many block options available with the Gutenberg editor, it can be pretty challenging to find the block you need. But worry not, the Gutenberg editor comes with an excellent built-in block search that can help you quickly find the blocks you need. It also displays the most frequently used blocks on the top for you to find them even before you search.

Customizable Blocks

Each block in the Gutenberg editor can be moved easily with the up and down arrow icons in the top left corner of each block. You can also simply drag and drop the block as you need.On the right sidebar of the visual editor, each Gutenberg block has its own settings. Here you can use it to configure a block as per your requirement and change its size, font, colour etc., to make it look more appealing on your website.

Cons Of Gutenberg Editor

The New Ui Has A Steep Learning Curve

The Gutenberg editor’s UI is very different from that of the TinyMCE editor. Since the content gets broken into separate blocks, to begin with, everything seems haphazard. Initially, with TinyMCE, people chose WordPress since the editing experience is quite similar to that of word processors such as MS Word, but that has changed entirely now.

For example, to delete a block, instead of the direct delete option, you have to go on the “Hide option” icon in the floating toolbar and from there choose the “Remove Block” menu. This seems like a lot of unnecessary work for a frequently used feature.

It Might Break Existing Themes And Plugins

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Another issue faced with the Gutenberg editor is that it might not be compatible with existing plugins, themes, and frameworks. Although WordPress has tried to make the Gutenberg transition as smooth as possible, there are always exceptions and unpleasant surprises to be found that can hinder the functionality of your WordPress website.

To be on the safer side, it is recommended that you thoroughly check if your plugins are compatible with the WordPress 0.5 version before updating it.

Competing Features With Page Builders

Unfortunately, Gutenberg is not a page builder, and you still need to work inside the WordPress admin to edit your content. However, it does offer competing features with the front-end page editors including, letting you add and customize visual design elements like a button.

Gutenberg editor and page builders

Some Of The Old Keyboard Shortcuts Don’t Work Anymore in Gutenberg Editor

This is probably one of the most inconvenient things for a frequent TinyMCE user. With the Gutenberg editor, many of the keyboard shortcuts don’t work anymore. Such as you cannot simply hit the Alt + Shift + 2 key combination to quickly add an H2 heading. But luckily, these shortcuts still work in the classic block editor.

Indeed, the introduction of the Gutenberg editor marks a significant milestone in the history of WordPress. However, the WordPress community has mixed feelings about the editor, primarily because of how used to they were of their beloved TinyMCE editor. This is especially tough for non-tech friendly users as they will have to learn from scratch. And almost everyone is scared of the possibility of plugins and themes breaking down.

On the other hand, experienced developers are excited and see this as an opportunity to build complex designs and add new features to make better websites. Hopefully, everyone will get used to it and be just as happy in the near future.