I have some exciting news for you, WordPress users. We have a new page and post editor coming our way. If you have logged into your website recently, which I really hope you have, you may have seen an announcement on your dashboard to enable the Gutenberg Plugin. So today I wanted to give you some insight about this new editor. The WordPress team is rolling out the Gutenberg editor because, as they say, they want to continue to make WordPress and enjoyable experience for all users. Gutenberg is really similar to Squarespace in my opinion and that you can have blocks to add different content like image blocks of video blocks and that kind of thing and you can even have columns within your page as well.

So you can easily put images side by side, which isn’t so easy to do natively in WordPress right now. But one thing that is different with Gutenberg and Squarespace is that Squarespace is very drag and drop and Gutenberg is not. But Gutenberg will make it easier to do more with your website, with less plugins and help you create more visually interesting pages, which obviously makes a more visually interesting website.

If you have a theme now that you’re using that does not have a visual editor or drag and drop capabilities, then most of the time you’re kind of just stuck putting your content like all in one column and it’s just really not that interesting. Now if you are using a theme that does have drag and drop capabilities like divvy, Beaver Builder, Elementor or anything else, you will want to be cautious about enabling Gutenberg. Personally.

Gutenberg will have block. Blocks are a great new tool for building engaging content. With blocks, you can insert, rearrange, and style multimedia content with very little technical knowledge. Instead of using custom code, you can add a block and focus on your content. There are blocks for:

  • Paragraph
  • Heading
  • Subheading
  • Quote
  • Image
  • Gallery
  • Image
  • Cover Image
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Columns
  • File
  • Code
  • List
  • Button
  • Embeds
  • and more!

As a Divi user, I will be enabling the classic editor plugin. This enables you to keep your standard WordPress dashboard, like we currently have.  I’m doing this because we’re not entirely sure how Divi is going to interact with Gutenberg yet. So if you are using one of the themes or builders that I mentioned, you should probably contact the support team for that theme and see what they advise you to do regarding your website.

Now going back, as I said at the beginning, you may have seen this announcement to install either of the editing plugins. If you don’t install either, you will be automatically upgraded to the Gutenberg plugin when it rolls out with the next WordPress update. If you do install the classic editor plugin like I’m doing, you will not be upgraded. If you decide to activate the Gutenberg plugin right now, you just get to try it out and start using it and it will be the same capability when it’s rolled out as part of WordPress.

Just right now, it’s only available as a plugin. So all in all, I do think Gutenberg is going to be great. I think it’s going to make WordPress more user friendly and allow people to make better websites. There will be a learning curve at first as there always is. So if you have any specific tutorials you want to see over on my youtube channel or my blog, let me know.

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