What Is Gutenberg?
Gutenberg is the new and updated content editor which will be introduced into WordPress in the 5.0 release availble now.
Gutenberg is a complete redesign of the WordPress content editor, the main change being that users can now format their pages and posts content using ‘Blocks’.
What Are Blocks?
Blocks are units of content. For example, paragraphs, images, quotes, headings and buttons will each be their own ‘block’. If you’ve used a ‘page-builder’ tool, this is esentially the same thing!
Compatibility with Genesis
Genesis is compatible with Gutenberg. The StudioPress engineering team has extensively tested Genesis and it is compatible with the Gutenberg editor. However, kindly note that some genesis child themes may not have Gutenberg block-styling yet. You would still be able to blog as usual, this just means that certain ‘blocks’ may have a different text font, color or size.
You Have a Choice to Use Gutenberg or Not
While the Gutenberg editor is the future of WordPress, you don’t have to use the Gutenberg editor if you don’t want to.
This is the initial release and although there is a lot of hype, it is definately no reason to stall your content calender and rearange your blog about!
Also, all plugins and themes are not yet compatible with Gutenberg… and being the initial release I suspect they will find and fix bugs as they go, after all this is new terriotory!
For these reasons, I recommend if you have an existing blog that is currently working, you aren’t missing anything by holding off Gutenberg.
For my blogs, I wont be using the Gutenberg editor anytime soon. I appreciate the new ‘Page Builder’ upgrade and options for WordPress users, but I think the original content editor is a lot faster and better suited to publishing a blog post!
Turning Gutenberg Off
How to turn off the gutenberg editor
You don’t have to update just yet and if haven’t updated to WordPress 5.0 you can keep using the original content editor just as you always have.
If you have already updated and are running wordpress 5.0, you can still choose not to use Gutenberg. Here are two options:
Classic Text Block
In the Gutenberg Blocks, under Formatting, is the Classic Block.
This will bring up the original content editor you’re used too.
Classic Editor Plugin
You can choose to use the “Classic Editor” plugin which reverts pages to the old editor. (Only availble once you’ve updated to wordpress 5.0)
Configuring the settings like the image above turns the Gutenberg editor off and allows you to continue blogging as usual.
I hope this posts helps you understand what’s coming to WordPress 5.0 with the new Gutenberg editor. Remember it’s your site, it’s your rules, so do what’s best for you and your blog!