I’m curious what thoughts people are having on the new Gutenberg editor.
For my part, I’ve been aware of it but, honestly, I haven’t paid a ton of attention to it. I’ve mostly been of the mindset that it’s something pretty cool that’s up-and coming and the editing experience is going to change quite a bit.
I’ve installed the beta and played around a little, but I’ve not done anything in depth and it’s been a couple of months now. I’m at a new gig and am doing zero WordPress work in my day job, but I am about to embark on a rebuild of my own site and my wife site.
Over the weekend I saw this tweet from the ACF account:
WP ACF Plugin on Twitter: “An eye opening response to Matt Mullenweg, WordPress and Gutenberg ! @gschoppe talks content, metaboxes, compat… https://t.co/s9b42zNey5”
The link is to an article by a guy named Greg Schoppe. It’s definitely worth a read if you haven’t yet.
After reading this I looked around and came across a handful more articles, including a couple more by Greg Schoppe, and truth told what I’m reading makes me kind of glad I’m not working with WordPress so much these days. I’m not going to link to all of them, but I’ll link this one from Jeff Chandler at WP Tavern: Why Gutenberg? and this one from Josh Pollock, of Caldera Forms: Five Ways I’d Like To Be Proven Wrong About Gutenberg
I don’t have the deep WordPress knowledge to know if some of these articles are overly alarmist, but it seems like the new editor is going to break a lot of existing sites. Some of the things that concern and irritate me are:
- Lack of user testing / user profiling (as cited in the tavern article)
- Lack of a clearly defined problem the project is supposed to solve
- Rush to market because “it’s what Matt wants” (again, tavern article)
- Last, but not least, the thought that tons of existing sites may be broken & will have to be upgraded
Truth told, this whole Gutenberg thing makes me kind of glad that I’m not working with WordPress at my day job and I’m on the fence as to whether or not I want to use it for my personal projects moving forward.
I’d love to hear some thoughts and insights from the Roots community. Particularly how you see Gutenberg impacting you, your clients, existing work and future work.