WordPress’ 5.0 Gutenberg Release Is a Win for the Average User

Laura Giannola Digital

If you work in digital marketing or web development, you’ve probably heard about WordPress 5.0 and its new editing platform, Gutenberg, by now (and no, not the guy with the printing press).

The new content management system replaces the native post editor, which has resulted in noticeable changes in terms of user experience and content development since its release on December 6. Besides the entirely redesigned back-end layout and workflow processes, which have garnered love/hate reviews among tech publications and critics, there are some very helpful new features that WordPress has added to this editor. For the non-coder, the new update provides an effortless UX and content addition experience without needing to know how to write HTML. Take a look at these cool features to look forward to with the Gutenberg rollout:

  • The “Block” Layout —Currently, all editable content areas mimic the classic text/ image editors that most everyone is familiar with (think ribbon of ambiguous icons). Now, all posts are be segmented into “blocks”, which contain various types of content such as paragraphs, subheadings, and image galleries to name a few. What’s great about this block approach is that sections are able to be reordered easily on your post. Want to swap your image gallery with a paragraph? It’s as simple as a quick drag and drop. “Blocks” are also able to be converted into similar elements. For example, if you are writing content into a paragraph block but then decide the section would be better as a quote block, you now can easily toggle the between styles.
  • Custom Blocks—You now have the ability to save custom blocks. That way, you won’t have to recreate elements on similar pages, which eliminates redundancy and saves time. Brilliant. Long story short – blocks make editing easier and more user friendly.
  • The Undo Functionality—This is easily one of the smallest, yet best improvements that comes with Gutenberg. Like many other programs we use on a day-to-day basis, there is an undo functionality included. The back button is here!
  • Page Overview Tool—Want to see the overall structure of your page? The page overview tool provides a quick glimpse, noting where your H1/H2/H3/etc. heading structures are in your overall page layout and flagging incorrect structures. With the click of a button, this fantastic feature helps improve overall page structure while editing your page, which ultimately benefits SEO efforts and readability. 

If you can’t wait until the official release of WordPress 5.0 to check out these great new features (plus many more), you can download the Gutenberg plugin now to give the new editor a try. Before rolling out over your entire website, we definitely recommend testing this plugin out on the staging version of your website to make sure there are no compatibility issues prior to the release of WordPress 5.0, and prior to installing it on the production version of your website. And as always, create a backup of your site before installing anything.

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