Stop Worrying About Gutenberg
Okay everyone can stop worrying about Gutenberg. There’s been plenty of erratic conversations when it comes to the next major release of WordPress and what the new Gutenberg Editor is going to mean to the way we design and develop websites.
Whether you are willing to recognize it or not, we are already designing and developing websites using blocks. Think about this for a brief moment. Regardless of which page editor you are utilizing, each of them are using blocks to put together a website, they’ve just been referred to as “Content Modules.”
It really doesn’t make any difference whether you are a part of the Divi, Elementor, or Beaver Builder communities you are already using blocks. Elementor is one of the first page builders to change over what has commonly been referred to as content sections to “Blocks.”
I think people become really hung up over a mere name change to how we are going to refer to segments to any website. Let’s think about this, if you will, from a Geometry aspect for just a moment. Now I do not know about the rest of you, however, every website design I release was designed in segments. When I begin wireframing a website for a client, the various pieces of architecture are referred to as blocks.
S-T-O-P throwing rocks at me about the fact that the new Gutenberg Editor goes beyond that. No really!
Whether you want to take things to the finite perspective of how the very core of WordPress is placed together, at the end of the day it is done in chunks, segments, lines, and yes even in blocks!
Worrying About Gutenberg? – What About Page Builders?
Personally, I don’t foresee any major changes to the major players in the page building arena. In fact, I can see endless possibilities for content plugins to create a new suite of design tools at the tips of our fingertips.
Personally, I see the move to Gutenberg Editor as a wonderful thing. Let’s step out of our comfort zone for just a moment. However, what has made the leading competitor so uniquely popular? It’s the fact that they have already been using “Content Blocks,” already as a part of their design process to make it simpler for their users to put together an awesome design.
Does that mean that it provides all the functionality that we are able to achieve using WordPress, probably not? But here is the thing. It works for them!
If anything, I think it ups the game for the design and development teams around the various communities that are in charge of the current page builders that are currently being used.
So if you’re still worrying about Gutenberg, let me offer this as a word of encouragement. I see this as a blessing and that it should now open doors to being able to cross-develop sites and applications to use within our site builds easier to both develop and manage.
Stop worrying about Gutenberg. Just as with anything else that was outside the “Normal” box with WordPress, many worried themselves sick over the changes that were packed full of unknowns. With the passing of time, those too fell off into the abyss and we continue to develop and design amazing websites.
I don’t foresee any major hiccups coming with this new implementation. It may require that each of us do our homework first, but I think after a short while of using the new WordPress Editor, we will see that all the fuss and worrying was for nothing.
I think that Adam, from WP Crafter, has the best explanation and thoughts on the overall outcome of the new anticipated WordPress Editor. Take a minute an watch his video below if you haven’t seen this already.