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WordPress Gutenberg is AWFUL compared to the classic editor

I got this comment yesterday on a Gutenberg video of mine:

“Anybody who knows HTML/CSS hates the damn thing. They should have incrementally introduced it.  Personally, I think it sucks. All the assumed functionality is has been removed.”

And I asked him:

“Compared to the Classic Editor?”

And he responded:

“Yes…I love the concept but the layout and how it works is not intuitive. This, in my opinion, is a fail. I’m sure it’s better. I just hate it.”

I honestly don’t get it.

What can you do in the Classic Editor that you can’t in Gutenberg?

Like, if you just wanna type a blog post like you did in the old editor, you can 100% do that. And, your experience will be almost exactly the same. Adding images is easier, IMO. And, there’s far more options now in Gutenberg for layouts, etc.

No, it’s not perfect.

But, compared to the Classic Editor?

It’s just not even close.

As for the rollout…

Mullenweg was talking about Gutenberg at least as early as the summer of 2017. There’s been a Gutenberg plugin out for almost a year and a half. If this took you by surprise, it’s the slowest-moving “curve ball” you’ll ever see.

So yeah…

Call me crazy, but I don’t get it.

The only way it seems you can call Gutenberg “crap” is if you compare it to other page-builders like Elementor or Divi, etc. Okay… but it’s just NOT one of those things right now. It’s a post editor.

And, in that sense it’s a massive improvement.

But whatever…

You do you.

You’ll be using Gutenberg soon enough.

It always happens.

And, there’s a lesson in that. 

People are horrible at “predicting” what technology they’ll use. How many people said the internet was dumb and they’d never use it? Smartphones? Social media? And, how many of those people ARE now using all of those things?

And, so it goes.

If you can predict this stuff, you can get ahead of the curve.

Get an advantage over everyone “swearing” they’ll never use XYZ.

Build products and services.

Out-compete those who get left behind.

Etc.

You just gotta have the guts to assess things for yourself.

And, not always follow the tide of what people “think”.

In any case, if you’re just ready to do that with Gutenberg, dive in and learn this thing and don’t want to learn yet another piece of software on your own, then check out my Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Gutenberg course on SkillShare.

Here’s some early reviews in case you’re wondering if it’s any good:

“John is so well-spoken and his passion for web development definitely peaks through. This class really helps the transition from the classic WP post/page editing to Gutenberg block editing. Thank you John, I feel confident tackling my first project using Gutenberg.”

— Karen Butler

“Excellent course for getting started with WordPress Gutenberg editor.”

— Jane D

“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. Thanks John!”

— Mark Zup

So, there you go.

Link to get no-cost access to the course is here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John​​​​​​​

December 18, 2018

Gutenberg is a clunky, horrible mess

Spaketh the troll:

“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.”

–Troll

Oof!

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.

And, access won’t cost you a buffalo nickel.

Deets on that are here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John​​​​​​​

December 9, 2018

Gutenberg is NOT a page builder

This is the mistake everyone keeps making.

I’ve heard it probably a dozen times now.

“As a page builder…”

“Compared to Elementor…”

“If you’ve used Beaver Builder…”

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…

For now.

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…

Or Layers…

AND Gutenberg.

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.

All the deets on the course and how to get no-cost access are here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John

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

No-cost access: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

December 6, 2018

Gutenberg. The death of WordPress

People crack me up.

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.

So, no.

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.

All deetsies on that are here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

Johannes “Gutenberg Ain’t S!@#” Morris

December 5, 2018

NEW COURSE: The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Gutenberg

If you don’t know…

Gutenberg is the new editing experience for WordPress 5.0 and beyond.

And, it is a drastic shift in how post and page creation works in WordPress… moving from one large block of text in the Classic Editor to small, individual blocks of text and media in Gutenberg.

And, the big thing is… this is only the beginning.

Gutenberg will continue to become more and more apart of WordPress moving into full-site layouts and theming and even, eventually, into the WordPress admin area.

So, if you’re using WordPress and haven’t yet…

It’s time to learn Gutenberg.

Which is why I created this new course.

The goal is to get you up to speed with Gutenberg.

What it is and how to use it…

So, if you’re a content creator, you’re not just prepared for the change, but can push Gutenberg to its limits to create rich content and layouts on our site.

Or, if you’re a WordPress developer, you can get familiar with the concept of “blocks” and how your clients’ editing experience will change so YOU can help prepare and educate them.

In the course, you’ll learn all about the new WordPress “blocks”, creating rich content, the convenience of “reusable blocks” and more.

Plus, we’ll build an entire site from scratch using WordPress Gutenberg.

Best part…

You can get access to the course for nothing over on SkillShare. All the details on getting that no-cost access is here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John

P.S. If you’re a Patron, the course is waiting for you here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/course-beginners-23124757

December 4, 2018

Will WordPress Gutenberg Obsolete Plugin Developers?

tldr; No, I don’t think so.

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.

Notes

May 15, 2018