“The only thing laughable here is this smug, horrible take.
That’s what cracks me up.
Gutenberg is a clunky, horrible mess. I can see how the childish building block approach might appeal to an arrogant prick like yourself who believes that every sentence deserves a new line, but to real content creators who actually know how to write, it’s a nightmare. An actual blog, an actual article…something you clearly know nothing about, since you’re committed to this self-congratulatory “I’m smarter than everyone else” drivel you laughably call a blog.
I’m sure you’ll offer up some snarky reply about how it’s for developers and whatnot, forgetting that it’s also about the end-user and content creators. Of course, looking at what you’ve designed here, it’s clear that you don’t really know much about quality content or good design. More’s the pity.
In short, your take is bad, and you should feel bad. Sadly, you won’t. You’ll dismiss this as “hating”, just as you’ve dismissed all the valid criticisms of Gutenberg because, I don’t know, using it makes you feel special, important, and superior? I’m only guessing, but based on the attitude of this post and others you’ve made, I feel it’s a pretty accurate one. But hey, you do you, pal.”
The lady doth protest too much, methinks!
Anyway, notice how there’s no actual explanations here. No reason why. Just “it’s a clunky mess”. One bumbling line about “every sentences deserves a new line”… as if that has anything to do with Gutenberg.
Anyway, this is when you know you’re on the right track.
When, this is the best someone can up with.
Funniest thing is…
I guarantee this “real content creator” will be typing his blog posts in Gutenberg in less than a year from now. In fact, most of the Gutenberg “haters” will. It’s just how this stuff works.
Although, there probably still IS that one guy using Windows XP.
Anyhoo, t’aint no sweat off this gander’s back.
Keep using that clunky old editor if you like…
With your T9-enabled flip phone…
Riding your horse and buggy “into town ma”…
To pick up some spears and loin cloths…
Ok, ok… I digress.
Anyway, if you ain’t into all this debating and just want to dive into Gutenberg without having to learn “yet another piece of software” all on your own, my new Beginner’s Guide to Gutenberg course will show you everything you need to know.
I don’t care what WordPress calls it. What any core committer might say about it… Gutenberg is NOT a page builder. Not yet, anyway. So, if you’re looking at it that way and comparing to other page builders…
Sure, Gutenberg sucks…
As a page builder…
But, that’s the wrong comparison, IMO.
Instead, think of it as a post editor. And, compare it to the old TinyMCE editor. THAT is what Gutenberg is replacing. And, when you do that… trust me, if you actually USE Gutenberg a little bit.
You’ll go back to the old editor…
And wanna blow chunks.
It’s just not even close.
So, use Elementor…
Or Beaver Builder…
That’s how I’m using it.
And, you can throw that nasty TinyMCE editor in the garbage.
In any case, the reality is as a developer and/or a freelancer, your current and future clients are going to be using this thing… whether YOU like it or not. So, you’re gonna have to know how to use it.
If you want an assist…
And, don’t wanna have to figure “yet another” piece of software on your own, I created a crash course on Gutenberg that’ll show you everything you need to know. And, you can get access to it for nothing on SkillShare.
P.S. Here’s an early review of the course in case you’re wondering if it’s any good:
“This course is the ‘JIT’! – Just In Time for the release of WordPress 5.0 featuring the new Gutenberg editor. The course is great for all levels of users wanting to get their feets wet and start learning how to use Gutenberg inside of WordPress. John (as always) does a superb job of covering the topic content with enough depth and breadth to let you get in there and make something useful.” — Mark Zup
I remember when I first showed my mom a smartphone. “What the hell do I need THAT for?” You should see her now. Getting her off Facebook is like trying to get a politician to quit lying.
I remember when Twitter came out.
“This is so stupid. Why would anyone care what I’m doing?”
We see where that went.
And yes, yes… I even remember when the internet came out.
(Old jokes will get you BLOCKED! :D)
There were people who said it’d never be a “thing”.
People are so often horribly, awfully, terribly wrong about technology and what they will and won’t use. Like really, really bad.
Enter WordPress Gutenberg.
People HATE this thing.
Just check out some of these “reviews” on the repository:
“The update NOBODY wanted.”
“This is like hell in WordPress.”
“Please let us keep using Classic Editor!”
You’ve got articles speculating that Gutenberg will be the “death” of WordPress.
Gimme a break.
Funny thing is…
Before Gutenberg, if you ASKED people about the classic editor and TinyMCE… they’d have ranted and raved at you for an hour about how awful it was.
Now, it’s this amazing thing we shouldn’t DARE change.
In any case, my challenge for you and all these people is simple. Use Gutenberg for a week to create all your content in WordPress. Then, switch back to the Classic Editor.
I guarantee you you’ll go, “Eh. This sucks.”
It’s not even close.
Gutenberg won’t be the death of WordPress.
In fact, I predict that a few years from now, WordPress will be stronger than ever… in part thanks to Gutenberg. And, we’ll look back at this and wonder why we fought it at all.
But hey… I’m sometimes wrong.
So, we’ll see.
In any case, if you’re ready to just dive in and learn this thing and want a no-look pass, I just launched a new course on Gutenberg. And, you can get access to it for the big double zero over on SkillShare.
Plugin developers are probably the most insulated from the effects of Gutenberg because it is a visual editor. There’s still plenty plugins can and will do that have ZERO to do with Gutenberg.
Of course, page-builder plugins are on the chopping block.
And, eventually, even theme developers will be forced to deal with Gutenberg as it morphs into a full site-builder.
But, plugin developers are safe, in my opinion.
You will, however, still need to learn Gutenberg. Gutenberg *replaces* the entire default post/page editor. That means, no more meta boxes (as they are today). Those will have to become Gutenberg blocks. There will be some backward-compatibility, but WordPress is strongly recommending you update your plugins. Which, you’d want to do anyway, so they’ll work exactly how you want.
I created a block-building tutorial here. And, if you really want to dig into WordPress development, you can take my full WordPress plugin development course here.