Since its inception, WordPress has become the workhorse of the web, powering sites across the globe and offering users powerful website building capabilities.
Its robust, user-friendly content management system (CMS) has seen its popularity continue to grow over the years with approximately 19 million sites using it today.
The latest version, WordPress 5.0 has just been rolled out, with new features and functionality including the brand new Gutenberg Editor.
Gutenberg is essentially a page builder created to integrate with the WordPress core with the aim of modernising, streamlining, and simplifying content creation.
Different kinds of content can be easily moved or deleted to create your page. The idea is to make creating and editing content easier than it has been, particularly for those that have fewer programming skills.
By shifting to a block-based content approach, Gutenberg aims to make WordPress a more reliable and accessible platform, giving users greater control over the design of pages and posts.
Boson Web Developer Will Lawrence has been involved in the design and build of WordPress projects for 8+ years. Will has taken a closer look at Gutenberg Editor to give his take on this latest offering.
“The tools the Gutenberg Editor offers are very powerful and for those who have the time and discipline, it can provide a very flexible way to add and manage content. As with any new tech, there will be the inevitable transition period where users acclimatise to the new system, so anyone wanting to adopt Gutenberg will need to invest the time to fully understand it.
“Once a user is fully versed in the system, the extensive styling tools allow for a lot of aesthetic customisation. Whilst this provides flexibility and opportunities for creativity, customisation may not always be welcome and in the wrong hands, brand consistency could be at risk.
“Too much room for manoeuvre can be dangerous. Administrators will need to be vigilant that content editors remain on-brand.
“What we may see in the future to combat this is web developers limiting options within Gutenberg to ensure that new content remains in line with the established brand guidelines of the business, limiting style and design options to guarantee everything remains consistent. – Will Lawrence, Developer, Boson Web.
How will Gutenberg affect your current website?
For now, we recommend that our clients continue to use the existing editor or the custom solution we’ll have tailored for you. Retrofitting Gutenberg will require cosmetic work to an existing website. If a client would like to move to it, we can look at the options based on their requirements.
For new websites, it’s worth implementing at the start depending on the nature of the company and their website requirements.
At Boson Web, we’re happy to discuss your requirements and make a recommendation that’s right for your business. Get in touch to discuss your website requirements.
The Bottom Line:
- Easier to Use
- Allows easier customisation of pages
- Works well on mobile
- Will require cosmetic work on your existing site
- Flexibility and customisation may not be right for all websites
- The potential for compatibility issues with existing plugins
In summary, Gutenberg is a very exciting and powerful tool in the right hands with the right training, but the risk of brand inconsistencies means it may not be ideal in all situations.
To quote a true hero of the web: “With great power comes great responsibility.” – Spiderman.