WordPress Gutenberg Notice in Your Dashboard

WordPress Gutenberg Notice: WordPress is going to add a whole new experience to the posts editor in version 5.0. If you have logged into your WordPress dashboard recently you will have seen the new welcome screen which asks you to try the new editor.

WordPress Gutenberg Notice Screenshot

The WordPress Gutenberg Notice from the WordPress dashboard

WordPress Gutenberg Notice

WordPress Gutenberg Notice

The notice says, “A new, modern publishing experience is coming soon.” And it gives you two options

  1. Test the new editor today
  2. Not Quite Ready

People love new options and this can be very deceiving because Gutenberg is still under development and has been receiving massive changes. We do not recommend installing it at this moment if you want to try it please visit. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ to test it out.

Gutenberg is available as a plugin today and will be included in version 5.0 of WordPress. The classic editor will be available as a plugin if needed.

Current Recommendation: Install the Classic Editor and wait for Gutenberg’s development to finish

WordPress Gutenberg Vision

Everything is a block. Text, images, galleries, widgets, shortcodes, and even chunks of custom HTML, no matter if it’s added by plugins or otherwise. You should only have to learn to master a single interface: the block interface, and then you know how to do everything.

All blocks are created equal. They all live in the same inserter interface. We use recency, search, tabs, and grouping, to ensure the blocks you use the most are easily within reach.

Drag and drop is additive. Only when explicit actions (click or tab & space) exist, can we add drag and drop as an additive enhancement on top of it.

Placeholders are key. If your block can have a neutral placeholder state, it should. An image placeholder block shows a button to open the media library, a text placeholder block shows a writing prompt. By embracing placeholders we can predefine editable layouts, so all you have to do is fill in the blanks.

Direct manipulation. The block technology we are building optimizes for the user experience of manipulating content directly on the page. Plugin and theme authors will have the ability to compose together the different tools core will provide to create their own tailored and specific blocks that give users a WYSIWYG environment for creating on the web.

Customization. What previously required using complicated markup and shielding users from breaking it—through shortcodes, meta-fields, etc. becomes easier and more intuitive. With blocks, a developer would be able to provide a theme-specific block that directly renders a portion of a layout (a three columns grid of features, for instance) and clearly specifies what can be directly edited by the user. That means the user gets a WYSIWYG experience where they can’t ruin the markup established but can easily update text, swap images, reduce the number of columns, etc, without having to ask the developer for it and without fear that they will break things.

Ultimately, the vision for Gutenberg is to make it much easier to author rich content. Through ensuring good defaults, wrapping and bundling advanced layout options blocks, and making the most important actions immediately available, authoring content with WordPress should be accessible to anyone.

Additional WordPress Gutenberg Resources and Intro

John Bunka - Simplex Studios

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