Gutenberg was launched in 2019. After reading the reviews in the official WordPress listing’s review section I decided to install the Classic Editor and not use Gutenberg.
Yesterday, I thought of giving a try to the editor because the editor has reached 200k + downloads and the developers of the editor have introduced several updates for it. Software issues are addressed by software updates. Gutenberg’s developers may have solved several problems. So I gave it a try.
I use the most recent version of WordPress. To make the new WordPress editor work, I removed the Classic editor I had been using for many months.
Gutenberg has a different editor. The classic editor has all the options that the editor supports. The options in Gutenberg will be displayed when needed. After using Gutenberg for a while, I decided to keep it. Here are the things I liked and disliked about the plugin:
What did I like about Gutenberg?
Customization: Gutenberg adds several customization options. It enables you to add background/foreground color of the text, buttons, etc. It allows you to make every post unique.
Free: Gutenberg lets you design pages from scratch. Popular page builders plugins like Beaver builder, WP Bakery, and Elementor are not available for free. Gutenberg is built into WordPress’ content management system.
Drop cap support: In newspapers, you’ll notice that the first letter of the article starts with a big letter. This letter is known as “Drop Cap”. People used third-party drop caps plugins to add drop caps before Gutenberg was created. You can add “Drop Cap” directly to WP or Gutenberg if you are using the latest version of WP.
No need to Cut, Copy, Paste: Each element you add to the editor is a block. The WordPress content management system allows you to change the position of a block by hovering your mouse over it. Gutenberg allows you to reuse the blocks.
Font size adjustment: Gutenberg users don’t have to add custom CSS code to their themes style.css files to increase or decrease the text font size. With just a few clicks, they can alter the size of the text in a block without having to write a single line.
Applying CSS classes to a block: If you want to assign a custom CSS class to a block, you can easily do so in Gutenberg. Simply select a block and click the advanced option in the documents settings to enter the name for the CSS class.
Auto preview: When you click the save draft button, the page that is in the preview mode will be reloaded automatically. You don’t need to click on the preview button to view the content changes.
Post revision slider: Unlike the Classic Editor that shows post revisions below the article, Gutenberg has a separate section for the revisions (editing history). This section has a slider. Drag the slider left/right to see any changes or revisions to the article.
Smart: WP shows the options of the blocks and elements only when required.
What I didn’t like about Gutenberg?
Text: As in the classic editor, there’s no option to see the code of the content.
Post permalink: The classic WordPress editor strips special characters from the permalinks when you click the save button. Gutenberg also includes these characters in the URL. These characters could cause SEO problems for you. Gutenberg is a tool that requires you to be careful.
Elements: The elements are nothing but the blocks. Gutenberg has many cool blocks that can be customized, but interoperability with WordPress’s built-in features does not exist. Gutenberg allows you to create a list with posts, but it doesn’t allow you to enable pagination.
Why poor rating for a great plugin/editor on WordPress.org?
Updates not launched by the developer: The developer of the theme/plugin that has published the plugin/theme may not have launched an update to their template. A user of the template opens Gutenberg and finds that his theme/plugin does not work as expected.
Following people blindly: On the advice of some popular bloggers, people may not have tried Gutenberg. Do not follow the crowd. Try Gutenberg. It’s a great tool.
Final thoughts: Gutenberg is a great alternative to the paid page builder plugins available for the WordPress CMS. It’s easy to use and is free. Gutenberg editor is a great tool and I will keep using it. Adios classic editor and long live Gutenberg.