Since 2014, WordPress has been using the TinyMCE as its default visual editor (WordPress 3.9). Over the years, there have been many updates to the TinyMCE but they were primarily security and bug fixes along with some minor changes. While WordPress is the most popular CMS, other CMS platforms have been offering relatively sophisticated visual editors. Hence, it was important that WordPress either upgraded TinyMCE or came up with another editor to offer a similar level of sophistication. The developers decided on the latter and came up with the Gutenberg editor.
What is the Gutenberg Editor?
Gutenberg is a block-based editor simplifying and improving upon all earlier versions of visual editors offered by WordPress. In simple words, unlike the single editor box, users will have separate boxes for each element like paragraphs, videos, images, etc. They will be able to tackle each element of content separately (editing, repositioning, etc.). The Gutenberg editor also allows the users to customize each block according to their requirements.
Pros and Cons of the Gutenberg Editor
|Sr. No.||Pros of the Gutenberg Editor|
|1||As compared to TinyMCE, the WordPress core, themes, and plugins are more tightly integrated with the Gutenberg editor, offering a better editing experience.|
|2||The editing experience is similar to the one used by Medium. Hence, many users who already have experience with Medium will find it easier to use WordPress.|
|3||Unlike TinyMCE, Gutenberg introduces the concept of ‘blocks’. These blocks help you create pages and posts. They are a great way to visualize and create pages/posts while maintaining the functionality of the site.|
|4||Gutenberg has an in-built full-screen option to help you focus on creating pages without distractions. With TinyMCE, you need to download a full-screen plugin.|
|5||The Gutenberg editor is mobile-friendly. The pages created using this editor are mobile-friendly and you can edit your pages/posts using Gutenberg on the go.|
|6||It is user-friendly, especially for the new users|
Currently, the Gutenberg Editor is still in the development stage. However, there are some cons that users of the beta version of the Gutenberg plugin have pointed out which are listed below:
|Sr. No.||Cons of the Gutenberg Editor|
|1||No markdown support. However, it might be added in the future.|
|2||For users who do not have experience working with a page builder , the learning curve can be high. It is quite complicated for beginners and adapting to it will be a big ask.|
|3||In the beta phase, the Gutenberg editor shows a partial support for meta-boxes.|
|4||No unique options for each page (yet).|
|5||No option to hide page titles (yet).|
|6||No support for responsive columns (yet).|
|7||Compatibility of themes and/or plugins with Gutenberg can be a concern|
|8||APIs are still in development|
The Gutenberg Editor is scheduled to be released with WordPress 5.0. While the editor looks promising, there are still many creases that need to be ironed out before it works efficiently in the WP ecosystem. If you are a website owner, then we would recommend that you try the Gutenberg plugin using a test site to see if it works for you. Despite all the pros and cons, the Gutenberg editor certainly brings content to the forefront of your website.
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If you have used the Gutenberg plugin, do share your experience with us in the comments below.