For a few years now, WordPress has been the content management system (CMS) of choice among millions of website designers. These designers vary, including those from multi-million dollar corporations such as the New York Times to everyday amateur bloggers with personal websites.
But there is a new plugin coming to WordPress that is going to be a game-changer.
The Gutenberg plugin is hoping to revolutionize online website production the same way that Gutenberg’s printing press revolutionized books. Here’s what you need to know about this exciting new WordPress plugin:
Playing With Blocks
First off, Gutenberg is an update that has been slowly rolled out during 2018, with beta releases early in the year to help work out some of the kinks before it goes live.
Later on, however, Gutenberg will replace the editing component of WordPress that most users are already familiar with and substitute a new editing interface called Blocks. The interface will be “drag-and-drop” style and will allow you to add rich content to your site with ease but also with the ability to see it as it will appear online.
Website Building Made Easier
WordPress hopes that this new interface will streamline the process of website building. Instead of having to worry about adding a lot of code to your site, you can simply drag a block onto it and then spend most of your time working on the actual content that goes into that block.
You can also add blocks and bring them all together like a big construction project. The types of different blocks seem almost endless — single quotes, paragraphs, lists, headings, images/galleries of images, codes, and shortcodes, as well as columns, buttons, and widgets. Additionally, once you have blocks set up, you can reuse them easily and add more examples of the same block over and over as you add on to your website.
No Code – No Problem
Let’s look at one example. Let’s say that you are looking to update your business website and you want to feature each of the people who work at the company. You would simply drag in an “Employee Block” to your website for each employee that you want to feature. Then, you have an instant block that gives you the ability to include the employee’s picture and name as well as a brief biography.
No code is needed to add the information, so you can focus on making sure the content is interesting and accurate.
Say Bye-Bye to Plugin Issues
One of the positives of this feature is that it should also eliminate the need for some plugins that currently in use. These plugins often require a lot of memory and slow page loading speeds.
Developers worry that there may be some growing pains with the process as people learn how to use it. However, there is also the option to keep the classic interface so you don’t have to make the switch just yet, or even after the full platform is rolled out.
For now, though, go ahead and download the Gutenberg plugin and begin testing it on your site to see how it will interact with your content and designs. This is just the first part of the Gutenberg plugin. Once the first stage is launched, the programmers will turn their attention to page templates with the hope that Gutenberg will become a full site customizer.
This new platform is set to become “the next big thing” in plugins and editing software for your website. The best bet, for now, is to get in on the ground floor and continue to rise through all of the updates and additions to help grow your website and your business.