I’ve wanted to try out the Gutenberg WordPress plugin since I first heard about it.
Until recent versions I got a white screen as soon as I activated it.
But when I read that in WordPress version 4.9.5 they were thinking of adding a call-out prompt to install it, I decided to try again.
This time it worked and I could see the editor in all it’s glory.
It Feels Like It Works How I Write
I’m a big fan of page builders and from what I’ve seen so far the Gutenberg WordPress plugin is a step in that direction.
And I’m glad that it will at some point be incorporated into WordPress core.
The way I write feels like every sentence is a block, not just every paragraph.
Gutenberg makes it easy to be more imaginative with blog post design and styling because it uses blocks.
Each block can be styled without knowing CSS or playing around with HTML.
Although you can add a CSS class to each block too.
It’s worth knowing some basic CSS if you want to manipulate blocks beyond what Gutenberg can currently do.
There Are Some Quirks
The Gutenberg WordPress plugin is still in beta at this point so they’re still ironing things out.
I’ve only come across a couple of things which don’t quite work so far.
Adding An Image And Aligning It Left Or Right
When you align an image so that text flows around it, sometimes not all of the text flows properly.
The first couple of text blocks do but then the rest move to below the image.
It leaves a strange white space around the image and looks a bit odd.
Adding A Text Link
I find add a text link to a paragraph quite a frustrating experience with Gutenberg.
Highlighting the link is fine as is clicking on the link icon.
But then sometimes the box for you to type in the URL or search text doesn’t show up.
Even then if it does appear, trying to click on the insert button or choose an internal link is hit and miss.
9 times out of 10, I click on the link or insert button, it doesn’t work and I have to start all over again.
I’m Too Impatient
I’ve used several page builders in the past:
- WP Bakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer)
- Beaver Builder
- Thrive Content Builder
I always had in the back of my mind, what happens when you unplug them from WordPress.
Many leave a garbled mess and that’s not what I want.
But I also wanted more than what the usual WordPress visual editor has to offer.
The Gutenberg WordPress plugin gives me a lot of the functionality I was craving.
The only problem a couple of plugins I use aren’t compatible with it yet.
It’s already too late for some of them because I want to use Gutenberg now.
I’ve started to look for alternatives and one or two have already been given the chop!
What Are Your First Impressions Of The Gutenberg WordPress Plugin?
Do you think integrating what Gutenberg can do into WordPress core is a good thing?
What has your experience been like with using the Gutenberg WordPress plugin?
Please let me know in the comments section below.