I was already aware of WordPress Gutenberg while it was still in beta mode. But I didn’t care to have a look at it until WordPress rolled it out a few weeks ago.
I managed to give it a try when I wrote this blog post last week.
I thought that it would take a while for me to get the post published. But I was glad that it didn’t take that long despite not being familiar with how it worked.
My test-run with WordPress Gutenberg
I won’t deny that WordPress Gutenberg is a different beast altogether. It looks way too different than the classic WordPress editor we all know.
So, how different is that?
For one, it consists of blocks. What it means by that is rather than have everything in one chunk, you have a dedicated block for headings, image and paragraph.
If you write a blog post with ten paragraphs, then you’ll have ten different blocks.
That’s WordPress Gutenberg in a nutshell.
That looks complicated
On the surface, it does look complicated. That is always the case if you’re so used to WordPress’s original layout.
Despite the difference, I realize that WordPress Gutenberg isn’t that hard to use even if you’re using it for the first time.
Sure, the blog post is now consisting of separate blocks. But you can write like you always do. The way we write on WordPress Gutenberg won’t be much different than the way we write using the classic editor.
In other words, WordPress Gutenberg works the same as the previous WordPress editor. The only difference is you see things being organized in one place to make it more accessible than before.
The amazing parts about WordPress Gutenberg
There are many cool things you can do with WordPress Gutenberg. But here are some of the things I love about it that you can’t get in the old version of WordPress editor.
It makes writing a blog post easier
Back then, I have to scroll all the way up if I want to change the heading, add links and even turning some of the words into bold or italic.
With WordPress Gutenberg, I don’t have to scroll all the way up since I can hover the cursor at the block I’m working at and the basic editor will pop up.
Same goes for the image. Click the plus button at the block you’re working on to add images, quotes, and even gallery.
You can do all this without having to scroll up and down. That is convenient for me since it can be tedious to scroll up and down just to format the blog post.
It makes editing easier
Don’t like the paragraph you’ve just written? You can delete the whole block with a click of a button.
Want to turn some of the words into a clickable link? Just highlight the phrase and the editing tool will pop up. You can do that easily without having to scroll up and down.
Want to duplicate the paragraph you’ve written just now? You can do the same with a click of a button as well.
Feel like the first paragraph should be in the second paragraph? You can drag the block to rearrange the order of the paragraph. Yes, this can be done without having you to copy the paragraph and paste it.
WordPress Gutenberg does help with reducing the amount of time needed to edit the blog post since you can do pretty much almost everything with a click of a button.
The not-so-good about WordPress Gutenberg
As much as I enjoy using WordPress Gutenberg to write a new blog post, there are quite a few things that I don’t like about it.
It makes Divi builder difficult to use
This is the only problem that you’ll face if you’re like me who is using Divi builder on your blog post. And that’s what I found out when I was using Divi builder with WordPress Gutenberg.
It’s too bad that using Divi builder isn’t so straightforward when you’re using WordPress Gutenberg.
As a result, I feel like discarding the custom layout that I created with Divi builder.
In case you’re wondering, Divi is compatible with WordPress Gutenberg. It’s just that the interface is somewhat confusing to me. So, it will take time for me to get used to the new interface for Divi builder.
I have to add links on Pretty Link manually
In case you’re wondering, Pretty Link is a WordPress plugin that I use to simplify my affiliate links.
Back then, I can add any affiliate links I want straight from the WordPress editor. But now I have to open the Pretty Link page on a new tab to get the affiliate links I want.
I don’t know if Pretty Link will have a new update that will make the plugin to work well with WordPress Gutenberg. But it’ll be great if they do, though.
I’m so loving it
I admit that there are some things that I find it hard to do with WordPress Gutenberg. But hey, I can live with it.
With so many good things about WordPress Gutenberg, now I’m seeing WordPress editor in a different light.
Will I revert back to the old editor? The answer is definitely no way.