WordPress is developing a brand new text Editor called Gutenberg code named G7G. As the name suggests, this is a revolutionary and critical step in the evolution of WordPress. The way we see it this could be a great addition to the publishing toolkit, provided it could be selectively activated, on a page by page basis. The Classic Editor has its limitations, for sure, but takes minutes to learn and for workaday publishing is a breeze to use. The focus of Gutenberg seems to be on helping publishers create complex and versatile layouts, using page building tools which some of you may already be familiar with. Great for landing pages, promotional pages, front pages, and special pages, but perhaps OTT for long form editing and shorter newsy contributions and suchlike, which the classic editor does admirably. Mercifully, in our tests, we have found we can still use the Classic editor, even with G7G installed.

Some may feel that is exactly what they are looking for, to spend more of their valuable time creating great looking pages or prettifying tired looking ones.  Others may bemoan the inability to quickly move paragraphs around, rather having to shunt orphaned texts around, one by one, as if it were a game.

But what do you think? Feel free to give it a try:

If you have strong feelings either way, we will need to know.

For now we are thinking of sticking to the classic editor, but giving users the option of enabling Gutenberg and in the fullness of time perhaps adopting it for new sites that come on stream. At the time of writing both editors are shipping as plugins, which can be activated on a site by site basis if you desire. We’re looking into the implications, particularly those of you with page building tools already built into your template.

Follow the journey here:

Update on Gutenberg