What You Need To Know About Gutenberg
Gutenberg has been available to use for quite a while now, so you may already be familiar with it as a plugin. However, last month, on 6th December, Gutenberg merged with WordPress and became a permanent part of it.
Gutenberg is a new editor in WordPress that simplifies site and content creation for the average user, whether they have a lot of technical knowledge or not.
Gutenberg is now a built in feature, and you cannot opt out if you update your wordpress site to 5.0.
What has changed?
Gutenberg has become a part of WordPress with the intention of making the text editor easier and simpler to use.
The page is broken up into blocks, making it simple to move them around the page without needing lots of programming knowledge. It also has the added benefits of reducing the need for shortcodes and plugins. This means that your site will have less slowing it down.
Copy and pasting in Gutenberg has been improved
Gutenberg previously had an issue with formatting when pasting text. Formatting was lost and so the page became very messy and broken looking. Thankfully, this is now all fixed, as font formatting is no longer left out when copy and pasting.
Will it integrate well?
Many people have voiced their concerns over compatibility with older wordpress themes, which do not style HTML5 output. Gutenberg uses HTML5 to output blocks, and so margins and padding for these will not be registered. Consequently, the content will look bad.
For many companies sites which are less taken care of, or not managed properly, this will be a big problem. If their WordPress site is set to automatically update (as many are) their site will effectively break in terms of usability.
So, if you have a wordpress site, make sure you are fully prepare your site before you update it! You want this process to run as smoothly as possible. Otherwise, it could take a long time to repair the damage.