Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0 have officially been released and have been causing quite the uproar. Why the heck are people so frustrated? What’s Gutenberg? And how is this new update going to affect you? If you’re now more confused than ever, we’re breaking it down for you.
What is WordPress 5.0?
Every once in a while, WordPress will release an update to their platform and the latest one, WordPress 5.0 was just released. Similar to the software updates on your phone and to the apps on your phone, most of the WordPress updates are to fix glitches, add new features, improve security features, and more. Typically, these changes are unnoticeable but with the latest update, WordPress also released Gutenberg.
What is Gutenberg?
With the latest WordPress update, Gutenberg, WordPress’s new editor was released. Say goodbye to the days of the text editor we are all used to and say hello to a completely new interface. With the new editor, every element of your website is now a block.
Previously, every time you edited content on your WordPress website, the changes were recorded in a master HTML file. Because of this, some elements could get confused and not work properly, which could result in slow site speed and glitches.
With Gutenberg, you can now add content to your website with a drag-and-drop experience, making the content creation experience more intuitive and straightforward than ever before.
The point of Gutenberg? To improve the user experience.
Missing the old text editor? Install the Classic Post Editor plugin!
What’s New with Gutenberg?
We’ve already touched on this briefly, but now that Gutenberg is actually released, we can see (and use!) all of the awesome new features of the editor.
- Blocks – Say goodbye to the days of shortcodes and other HTML tricks, the new block feature allows you to add elements to a page and customize them however you want! Trying to add text decorations? Columns? You can do all of that and more in Gutenberg.
- Document Outline – Once you’ve added header tags and text to a page or post, you are now able to review the outline extremely easily, which is ideal when it comes to longer posts.
- Tables – Need to add information to your website in a table? You can now do this with a block as well!
- Anchor Support – Do you want your users to be able to jump between different sections of a page? With Gutenberg, you can link each block to different blocks on the page, making it easier to move from one section to another. Not sure how you would use this? Try creating an FAQ page to jump between the different questions and answers.