Did you experience the new Gutenberg editor in WordPress (Pros/ Cons)?
The most awaited new core element in WordPress is here i.e. the Gutenberg editor. This latest version of WordPress makes it easy and enjoyable to use for everyone. Let us in detail discuss about this new editor along with its Pros and Cons.
About Gutenberg WordPress Editor
Gutenberg, the new edition of WordPress is named after Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press with movable type 500 years ago. The current WordPress editor requires to use short codes and HTML to get things to work. WordPress has already come up with several visual editors like Elementor, Beaver builder and so on. In order to make things more easier for the users especially for the beginners, WordPress is incorporating its own “little content blocks”.
This particular software is still under beta and testing phase. This Gutenberg new edition soon will be shipping with WordPress 5.0. The team working on it are further encouraging users to try this new WordPress and to comment on its performance.
One can download this latest version of Gutenberg from the WordPress repository and even by searching for it in your WordPress dashboard under “Add new” plugin’s. In order to use this new version, you require WordPress version 4.8. Currently, this plugin has over 20000 active installs with over 290,000 downloads with a 2.5 rating out of 5.
Once installed, you will find links under your posts which allows you to open the Gutenberg Editor. Another good thing is that they didn’t replace the default WordPress Editor. On the repository, the latest version supports custom page types and pages as well.
• Another major function is that, once WordPress 5.0 is released, the Gutenberg will be the default editor. Under this latest version, if you come across compatibility issues, you still have the option to install the classic Editor.
• This Gutenberg further adds a new menu in the WordPress dashboard which contains a Demo and offers the ability to create a new post.
• Gutenberg Editor has more writing space especially on smaller screens when compared to the current visual editor.
• In this latest Gutenberg WordPress editor, you can remove the right- hand sidebar by clicking on the “Post Settings”.
• One can switch between the visual editor mode and text editor mode using the dropdown in the top left.
• Gutenberg works very well on Mobiles. It makes it very easy to insert an image or to add a paragraph before publishing a post.
• The TinyMCE toolbar you were using till now is now replaced with a drop- down menu under the Insert button.
Some new block additions of Gutenberg Editor
1.Table Block and Text Column Block
2. Live HTML Block
3. Drag and Drop Images
4. Recent Blocks
5. Cover Text Options
6. Slash Autocomplete
7. Table of Contents and Anchor Support
8. Word and Block Counts
9. Pull Quotes Block and New Alignment Options Button
10. Embed Options
Few Pros of Gutenberg Editor
• Reduced reliance on TinyMCE.
• Gives you the Medium style editing experience.
• More screen place which reduces distractions.
• Customize the Blocks effortlessly for your posts or pages.
• It is a Mobile friendly system
• Has user friendly interface
Few Cons of Gutenberg Editor
• It lacks markdown support
• Has compatibility issues with few popular plugins like Jetpack
• Does not support responsive columns
• API is still in the development phase
Tryout this latest Gutenberg WordPress Editor, as it is the milestone in the history of WordPress. Though it has few cons, you will still definitely be impressed with its brand new features.