What Is Gutenberg? An Intro to the New WordPress Block Editor

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You might have felt some tremors in the WordPress world. On December 6, we witnessed the release of WordPress 5.0 and with it came the new editor we know as Gutenberg. It’s a new block-based editing environment in WordPress and the impact it’s going to have will be massive. Some welcome it with open arms, while others are critical. There is also a large group of WordPress users who don’t have a clue what’s going on. Here, we’ll introduce Gutenberg: WordPress’ new block editor.


Gutenberg is the first step for a bright new future for WordPress

It’s something many people often gloss over, but Gutenberg is not just a new editor for WordPress. It’s the start of something much bigger. Gutenberg lays the groundwork for incredibly exciting developments. Gutenberg is stage one of a three-pronged roll-out strategy. First, WordPress will get a redeveloped block editor, after that the project will focus on page templates and in the final stage WordPress will become a full site customizer. You can imagine, this gives us endless possibilities and it is a necessary step to keep WordPress the #1 CMS for years to come.

Today, we’re focusing on stage one. The new WordPress block editor landed in WordPress 5.0 arrived on December 6th, 2018. Loads of people have worked around the clock to turn this block editor into a solid and stable product. We had a team working on it as well, both on the editor itself and our integration with it.

Of course, there are scenario’s where updating to WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg the day it comes out isn’t feasible. Or, some people might just want to hold out for a bit. No worries, because the Classic Editor plugin can reinstate the old editor for the time being. The Classic Editor plugin is available until December 31, 2021.


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