The Gutenberg Editor for WordPress

The block editor puts a spotlight on
your website's most important feature: content.


A Developer’s Adoption Guide to the WordPress Gutenberg Editor
Our practical guide helps you match the editor to new and existing projects. It outlines the various levels of adoption and highlights the ways Gutenberg is different from TinyMCE.

Gutenberg and WordPress

The WordPress mission is to democratize publishing. The Gutenberg project revolutionizes the WordPress publishing experience by empowering content creators with new features and immediate feedback, while simultaneously opening the door for developers to craft user experiences that were once impossible.
In fact, the 2018 release of WordPress 5.0 signified the biggest change to WordPress in years; Gutenberg’s content editor changed the face of the CMS permanently. Matt Mullenwegg, creator of WordPress, called Gutenberg’s release “one of the most important and exciting projects” in the CMS' 15 year history. And the impact of the new block editor is still felt today.

Clean Design

The block editor's minimal design holds all the tools you need to craft customized and engaging pages. In the most productive web teams, content editors are empowered to craft landing pages and update page functionality to better respond to changing audience needs and engagement. This tool enables that level of ownership, and reduces the blockers sometimes caused by design or development backlogs.

Publishing Features

The new editor overhauls the main text area, called the body field, that content creators use to write and edit WordPress posts. It organizes the field into a series of blocks that allow content editors to easily see separation between their paragraphs and more complex content like image galleries, tables, and embedded videos.

Visual Feedback

WordPress has claimed to have a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor for a long time. In reality, though, those experiences often diverged heavily between views. The Gutenberg project’s goal is to make those experiences the same across. The block editor allows you to immediately see the impact of your changes, so you don't need to guess what it will look like on the front end. Give your content editors more block options by adding plugins like our Google Maps Embed plugin.

Is Your Site Ready?

For those sites that aren’t compatible with the new editor, the Classic Editor plugin will give you a couple of years to convert the editor experience to the new block editor. You may have to manually adjust your content to take full advantage of all Gutenberg has to offer. Things like shortcodes, for example, can move to their own blocks. For more advice, read our Developer’s Adoption Guide ebook.

Gutenberg Continues to Improve

Phase 1 of the Gutenberg project brought us the new "Block Editor." Yet, the overarching Gutenberg project is still in progress and continues to bring innovation to WordPress. For more information on some of those specifics, check out the Gutenberg Project’s milestones.

The editor has improved with each release but perhaps most important have been the accessibility improvements. When it was originally released, an accessibility audit identified that the editor had “significant” issues. Thanks to the hard work of many contributors, over the proceeding releases, many accessibility improvements and fixes were added. Release features have also included new blocks and performance improvements. 




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