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My Gutenberg Review

October, 22, 2019 | Articles,CMS

I still cannot find any reason for this upgrade from the TinyMCE Most of us are so accustom to. I gave Gutenberg a test run and it created unnecessary learning curves that tends to hinder ones main objective.

For starters, the editor is blank, when you access it.  If you are new to WordPress or a casual user like so many in my family, this might put you in a weird place at first. I always like to go back to Steve Krug. It’s almost as if the Usability Police went on a permanent sabbatical.

 

Document

After clicking on all the links, Document reveals some familiar options on the right side of the page. Now you can start to flesh out your content.

Editor Toolbar

Once you click on the canvas or board, a toolbar like the Classic Editor will appear at the top of the content area. You are now in familiar territory, and no longer in the UpsideDown World.

Using Blocks

The true power of Gutenberg is the ability to create an entire new section of content in your post, Just by clicking on a blank space. You also have the option to adjust the position of the content you create by dragging on the left side of the new block. This is perfect people that are not big on planning.

What I do find cumbersome is the headaches you have to endure when adding images to a post. I am certain their is a proper way to add images, but this is where I lost my patience and installed a plugin for that classic editor. Gutenberg is at the early stages of development, I am sure they will eventually tweak this to perfection.

Old School Love

The first time I used WordPress back in 2008, I did not have to learn how to use the TinyMCE. It all seemed quite intuitive, and ready for use right out of the box. The first time I heard about Gutenberg, I actually thought it was going to be a page builder like Elementor or something. I never really paid much attention to it or even read up on till a few weeks ago. It’s a work in progress, I will ride it out with the Classic Editor for now.