WordPress and the Classic editor: Limitations that led to Gutenberg
Before Gutenberg was integrated into WordPress, users had to use the Classic Editor to create content. While it worked, it had some limitations that made content creation challenging. For example, it didn’t have special markup for specific content types and formatting, so users had to rely on HTML and shortcodes. This was difficult for users without technical knowledge or programming skills.
Gutenberg was introduced to address these issues. It’s a block-based editor that gives users more control over content layout and design. With its intuitive drag-and-drop interface and pre-built blocks, creating complex page layouts is now much easier. Gutenberg also includes features like inline image editing and custom block creation, giving users even more control over their content.
Drawbacks of the Classic editor
While the Classic Editor has been a popular choice for many WordPress users, it does have some drawbacks that you should be aware of:
- Limited formatting options: The Classic Editor offers basic formatting features but lacks the advanced capabilities of the Gutenberg block editor, requiring additional plugins or custom coding for more complex layouts or styling.
- Lack of flexibility: The Classic Editor follows a linear content creation approach, restricting the ability to create dynamic and interactive layouts as it relies on a single content box.
- The steeper learning curve for beginners: The Classic Editor requires some knowledge of HTML and shortcodes, making it less user-friendly for beginners or those seeking a more intuitive visual editing experience.
- Limited block-based editing: The Classic Editor predates the block editor concept, limiting the ability to utilize the granular control provided by block-based editing for different content elements.
- Future compatibility: As WordPress continues to evolve, the focus may shift towards the block editor, potentially leading to fewer updates and support for the Classic Editor in the long run.
It’s important to note that while the Classic Editor has its limitations, it still serves the needs of many WordPress users who prefer its simplicity and familiarity.
New core features of Gutenberg
Imagine you have a big box of toy blocks, where each block is a different shape and colour. Gutenberg is like that, but for making websites. Instead of toy blocks, you have blocks for writing, pictures, videos, and other fun stuff. You can put these blocks together in any way you like to make your special webpage, just like building something cool with your toy blocks!
Rich content blocks
These blocks enable users to create visually appealing layouts, add multimedia elements, embed social media content, create forms, and more.
Enhanced layout options
With Gutenberg, users have more control over the layout and design of their content. They can easily arrange blocks in different configurations, customize block settings, and create dynamic layouts without relying on complex coding or third-party page builders.
Block patterns and templates
Gutenberg introduces block patterns and templates that provide pre-designed layouts and content structures.
Adoption and community support
The WordPress community has been actively engaged in supporting and improving Gutenberg by providing feedback, contributing to its development, and creating resources such as tutorials, documentation, and plugins to help users transition smoothly.
Gutenberg represents a major change in the WordPress landscape and sets the stage for future developments. It provides a platform for further improvements and innovations in content creation, editing, and customization. The WordPress Gutenberg project is constantly evolving, with regular updates and enhancements that address user feedback and refine the editing experience.
To learn more about Gutenberg, visit the WordPress website and click on Gutenberg in the left-hand menu.
On the Gutenberg page, you will find detailed information about how to use Gutenberg, including a helpful video tutorial that walks you through the editor’s features and functionality.
You can explore the various types of posts that you can create using WordPress Gutenberg by checking out the official Gutenberg documentation.