Gutenberg: A new way to create blog posts in WordPress

You may or may not be aware that WordPress is about to make big changes to way posts and pages are edited. The current options will be replaced by a shiny new editor which is designed to make writing quicker, easier and more fun.

Grab a coffee! Let’s take a look 🧐 ☕

Say hello to Gutenberg

The new content editor is codenamed “Gutenberg”. The goal is to create a better post/page editing experience that makes it easier to make more dynamic layouts. It also adds cool new features such as dropcaps, columns and various other improvements.

a screenshot of the new editor

Side note: this is Tsuki. She’s a vital member of the pipdig team 😻

Here are some of our favourite features:

  • Parallax images
  • Columns – making it easier to add add images and text side by side
  • Much easier text formatting/size options
  • Drag and drop paragraphs/text into different places vertically
  • Dropdcaps
  • Easily embed HTML within post content
  • Improved image gallery options
  • Stylish quotes
  • Add spacers between sections
  • Easy integration with our Shopr plugin

How can I try the new Gutenberg editor?

There is a publicly available online preview of the Gutenberg editor at https://testgutenberg.com/.

Launch Preview

Will Gutenberg work with my pipdig theme?

Yep! We’re very happy to confirm that all pipdig themes and the Shopr plugin are 100% compatible with Gutenberg, well ahead of the official launch date in WordPress. You will be able to use all Gutenberg features in our themes, and we’ll also be adding some custom features of our own too (watch this space!).

If you’re currently blogging on Blogger/Blogspot, now would be a great time to switch to WordPress :)

When will Gutenberg be available in WordPress?

Gutenberg is scheduled to be included with WordPress 5.0, which is expected to launch around September/October 2018. It is possible to give Gutenberg a try before it is officially launched. To encourage more people to try Gutenberg, WordPress version 4.9.8 will show the following message in your dashboard:

Gutenberg dashboard notice WordPress 4.9.8

Please note, if you are not experienced with installing/uninstalling plugins, we highly recommend not activating Gutenberg until it is officially launched. Currently there are some bugs which need to be fixed before it is a perfect system.

There is a safe and free to use online preview of the Gutenberg editor at https://testgutenberg.com. Take it for a spin!

Can I go back to the old editor?

If you would like to switch between the new and old editing options, you can install the Classic Editor plugin.

What happens if I install Gutenberg, then disable it in future?

Your post content will mostly remain the same, however you may lose some styling on elements/text. We highly recommend that you do not use Gutenberg on any blog posts/pages on your live site. You could create a testing draft page to have a play with the features.

Will switching to Gutenberg affect my existing content?

No, unless you go back to edit an older post with Gutenberg, the content will remain the same.

Can I edit existing content in Gutenberg?

Yes, however we recommend that you avoid doing so. It will be best to use Gutenberg for new posts only as this will help prevent any formatting/styling issues.

I’m already using a page builder plugin, do I need to change to Gutenberg?

If you’re already using a page builder plugin such as Beaver Builder, SiteOrigin or Visual Composer, we recommend disabling Gutenberg by installing this plugin before WordPress 5.0 is launched. Your current page builder plugin will continue to perform the same actions available in Gutenberg, so there is not much point in having both. Over time, those plugins will probably integrate further with the new Gutenberg editor. You may wish to contact the plugin’s support team to check what they plan in future and what they recommend. For example, the Beaver Builder team have some information here.

I have feedback about Gutenberg, how can I contact the team at WordPress?

If you experience any bugs or problems with Gutenberg you can post an issue on Github (for technical stuff) or via this page.

Your thoughts on Gutenberg

We would also love to hear what you think about the new editor. Feel free to leave a comment below or ask any questions!

If you have any questions about Gutenberg in relation to a pipdig theme, you’re welcome to comment below or contact us via our support site.