First post with Gutenberg

This is the beginning of the next chapter of publishing. I’ve been feeling relatively stagnant online recently, as a lack of recent blog posts shows. There hasn’t been anything I’ve been excited to learn, and with other interests becoming more of a priority, technology has taken a back seat.

Writing with the new Gutenberg experience, I feel inspired to learn something new. While there is a constant pressure to keep up with “the latest thing” in technology, this direction feels like more of a paradigm shift in the core of how WordPress will function in the future, and not just a fad.

I’ve gone back and edited some of my previous posts to learn how some of the content blocks work. You may seem some visual changes to various content types such as images and videos. I also started using a new theme to take advantage of some of the new features, and it just felt like the right time for a new design for this space.

It’s Not Perfect

At first, I was hesitant to test Gutenberg, because I’m not a fan of drag-and-drop designing. I’m a bit worried it will make a lot of websites look the same (more than they already do) and design will take a backseat to content creation. I guess trends are unavoidable.

I have noticed a few issues on the backend while writing that are not fully functional yet, but overall the experience has been an easy transition. For instance, the Preview button doesn’t work unless I first manually save my changes, otherwise , the preview page just shows the message below:

Please wait…

Generating preview.

Since it’s still a work in progress, I’m sure these minor issues will be worked out before the official release.

The Good Stuff

The blocks are intuitive both in creating and editing them, and it’s easy to move things around as you play with the layout. Once you figure out where everything is in the new editor, the experience of virtually front-end editing is quite efficient.

The editor is miles ahead of the WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor that hasn’t really changed much in the last decade within WordPress. There still may be a temptation for some people to spend too much time over-designing the layout, but it doesn’t really distract me from the writing process.

Overall, I’m happy to say I’m glad I finally jumped on the Gutenberg train and am excited to see where it goes. Even in the early stages of development, I see a lot of potential for the future of digital publishing.

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