Gutenberg

Description

Gutenberg is more than an editor. While the editor is the focus right now, the project will ultimately impact the entire publishing experience including customisation (the next focus area).

Discover more about the project.

Editing focus

The editor will create a new page- and post-building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery. — Matt Mullenweg

One thing that sets WordPress apart from other systems is that it allows you to create as rich a post layout as you can imagine — but only if you know HTML and CSS and build your own custom theme. By thinking of the editor as a tool to let you write rich posts and create beautiful layouts, we can transform WordPress into something users love WordPress, as opposed something they pick it because it’s what everyone else uses.

Gutenberg looks at the editor as more than a content field, revisiting a layout that has been largely unchanged for almost a decade. This allows us to holistically design a modern editing experience and build a foundation for things to come.

Here’s why we’re looking at the whole editing screen, as opposed to just the content field:

  1. The block unifies multiple interfaces. If we add that on top of the existing interface, it would add complexity, as opposed to remove it.
  2. By revisiting the interface, we can modernize the writing, editing, and publishing experience, with usability and simplicity in mind, benefitting both new and casual users.
  3. When singular block interface takes centre stage, it demonstrates a clear path forward for developers to create premium blocks, superior to both shortcodes and widgets.
  4. Considering the whole interface lays a solid foundation for the next focus, full site customisation.
  5. Looking at the full editor screen also gives us the opportunity to drastically modernize the foundation, and take steps towards a more fluid and JavaScript powered future that fully leverages the WordPress REST API.

Blocks

Blocks are the unifying evolution of what is now covered, in different ways, by shortcodes, embeds, widgets, post formats, custom post types, theme options, meta-boxes, and other formatting elements. They embrace the breadth of functionality WordPress is capable of, with the clarity of a consistent user experience.

Imagine a custom “employee” block that a client can drag to an About page to automatically display a picture, name, and bio. A whole universe of plugins that all extend WordPress in the same way. Simplified menus and widgets. Users who can instantly understand and use WordPress — and 90% of plugins. This will allow you to easily compose beautiful posts like this example.

Check out the FAQ for answers to the most common questions about the project.

Compatibility

Posts are backwards compatible, and shortcodes will still work. We are continuously exploring how highly-tailored meta boxes can be accommodated, and are looking at solutions ranging from a plugin to disable Gutenberg to automatically detecting whether to load Gutenberg or not. While we want to make sure the new editing experience from writing to publishing is user-friendly, we’re committed to finding a good solution for highly-tailored existing sites.

The stages of Gutenberg

Gutenberg has three planned stages. The first, aimed for inclusion in WordPress 5.0, focuses on the post editing experience and the implementation of blocks. This initial phase focuses on a content-first approach. The use of blocks, as detailed above, allows you to focus on how your content will look without the distraction of other configuration options. This ultimately will help all users present their content in a way that is engaging, direct, and visual.

These foundational elements will pave the way for stages two and three, planned for the next year, to go beyond the post into page templates and ultimately, full site customisation.

Gutenberg is a big change, and there will be ways to ensure that existing functionality (like shortcodes and meta boxes) continue to work while allowing developers the time and paths to transition effectively. Ultimately, it will open new opportunities for plugin and theme developers to better serve users through a more engaging and visual experience that takes advantage of a toolset supported by core.

Contributors

Gutenberg is built by many contributors and volunteers. Please see the full list in CONTRIBUTORS.md.

FAQ

How can I send feedback or get help with a bug?

We’d love to hear your bug reports, feature suggestions and any other feedback! Please head over to the GitHub issues page to search for existing issues or open a new one. While we’ll try to triage issues reported here on the plugin forum, you’ll get a faster response (and reduce duplication of effort) by keeping everything centralized in the GitHub repository.

How can I contribute?

We’re calling this editor project “Gutenberg” because it’s a big undertaking. We are working on it every day in GitHub, and we’d love your help building it.You’re also welcome to give feedback, the easiest is to join us in our Slack channel, #core-editor.

See also CONTRIBUTING.md.

Where can I read more about Gutenberg?

Reviews

Horrible. Makes everything take three times as long

This new editor really is horrid. It takes three times as long to write anything as you’re always having to click on things with a mouse. And that’s if you can even get it to do what you want.

The editor is missing so much too, such as superscript!

Not fit for purpose.

Could be worse but should be better

I’ve installed this on my client’s new site because it seems that, inevitably, they’re going to have it as an option in a future WP update. I’m using WPML along with Gutenberg and it’s painfully slow.

Some improvements that are sorely needed:

  • The ability to easily extend the core blocks without having to write new blocks (I’m hoping for more documentation and real, working examples)
  • Better function to link internal pages. The current “type a keyword” is really slow and intermittently works (although, the feature of highlighting words and pasting a url that “auto links” it is pretty cool)
  • Improvement on handling autosaves while actively working. The autosaves hang up the editor
  • Fix the conversion from legacy to blocks — some tags are getting deleted such as spans and lists. Not to mention that list conversion to blocks breaks them apart!
  • Bring back the word count tool (bloggers need it!)
  • Wider editing screen – I don’t like having to scroll so far to get to my content

What I like:

  • Once the theme’s CSS is set up correctly, it’s a true WYSIWYG.
  • It seems that it’s easier to embed a variety of media

I’ve been using Gutenberg intensely for the past few days mainly with entering some long and heavily-formatted texts. I haven’t even gotten to the point of coding in some additional meta boxes and custom post types. I’ve read that you can disable Gutenberg for custom posts but some might require and editor along with other special fields. I also haven’t been adding any other graphical items such as videos, photos, and buttons yet so we’ll see how all that goes (especially when working with WPML).

I’m hoping for a better final product and that the folks at WP are really taking these issues to heart. I want to like Gutenberg but right now I’m just putting up with it.

Amazing Leap Backward

Ignore the positive reviews.
I don’t really care editors like Medium.com are gold standard or not. Any decent writing tools – doesn’t behave like this. The 5-star-reviewers are probably those who are friends of developers and contributors of this project.

Not liking it

I installed this on one of my sites as I at least wanted to give it a try but I have to say using it for the last three weeks I am really hating it. Can someone tell me whats wrong with the default editor?? If it aint broke…..dont fix it.

Amazing Leap Forward

Ignore the negative reviews. Editors like Medium.com are the gold standard for writing content these days and this is a substantial step in that direction. While there will be some bumps transitioning to the new editor for some out there, the naysayers are just those who probably overreact everytime Facebook or Twitter moves a UI button.

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Contributors & Developers

“Gutenberg” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“Gutenberg” has been translated into 34 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

Latest

  • Restore min-width to popover.
  • Fix wide toolbar regression
  • Add e2e test for publishing a page
  • Fix typo for removing excerpt block stripping

3.6.1

  • Fixed an issue that caused page publishing to fail.
  • Fixed an issue with the block options menu appearing too narrow.

3.6.0

  • Updated block inserter and library with new icons for all core blocks.
  • Allow showing the sidebar and inspector controls when editing a block in HTML mode.
  • Add new block keyboard shortcuts and consolidate their display in menus:
    • Insert Before / After block.
    • Duplicating block.
    • Toggling the inspector.
    • Remove block keyboard shortcut.
  • Updated block inserter and library with new icons for all core blocks.
  • Allow showing the sidebar and inspector controls when editing a block in HTML mode.
  • Add new block keyboard shortcuts and consolidate their display in menus:
  • Insert Before / After block.
  • Duplicating block.
  • Toggling the inspector.
  • Remove block keyboard shortcut.
  • Add new keyboard shortcuts help modal documenting available shortcuts.
  • Hide keyboard shortcuts on mobile screens.
  • Open new window if prior preview window has been closed.
  • Bring the preview tab to the front when clicking the preview button.
  • Avoid changing the label of the “publish” button if an auto-save is being performed.
  • Update the Block Inserter to allow searching for terms that contain diacritics.
  • Take into account children blocks when handling disabled blocks.
  • Offer chance to add and revise Tags and Post Format during pre-publish flow.
  • Let menus grow based on the length of its elements.
  • Add visual padding to menus.
  • Avoid scrollbars on Audio block when shown full-width.
  • Improve permalink UI and make it responsive.
  • Change color of links in gallery block caption.
  • Simplify the styling of the “Toggle publish panel” aria-region to avoid content jumps.
  • Make active pill button look pressed.
  • Make sure Latest Posts alignment class behaviour is consistent.
  • Show drop-zone background when file is dragged.
  • Reset active sidebar tab on initial load.
  • Apply new checkbox CSS to radio buttons and fix border radius.
  • Add a couple new dashicons for insert before / after block.
  • Add styles for Spinner component (was relying on core before).
  • Add styles for Notice component.
  • Refactor template select field to use SelectControl.
  • Correctly handle per_page=-1 in the queried data state.
  • Create dummy context components for type switch.
  • Add RegistryConsumer export to data module.
  • Add has_blocks function to the repertoire.
  • Add has_block function and unit tests.
  • Add has_block function and unit tests for it.
  • Introduce strip_dynamic_blocks() for excerpts.
  • Fix issue with default appender placeholder on IE11.
  • Fix issue with shortcode block UI on IE11.
  • Fix tag input interface on IE11.
  • Fix issue with custom element serializer on IE11.
  • Fix issue with meta boxes overlapping the content on IE11.
  • Fix invalidation case of custom block classes.
  • Fix unhandled error dialog styling issue.
  • Fix paragraph splits on react native implementation.
  • Fix code block style regression.
  • Fix issue with code font-size on heading contexts.
  • Fix case where crashed block would overlap with surrounding blocks.
  • Fix issue with block styles on IE11.
  • Fix the heading level buttons on IE11.
  • Fix issues with drag and drop over text.
  • Fix small bug with recent blocks hover style.
  • Use argument swapping instead of named arguments for string placeholders.
  • Pass the the search result object to props.onChange on UrlInput.
  • Add localization context to occurrences of “More” string.
  • Add a Heading block implementation for mobile app.
  • Add the react-native entrypoint to all runtime packages.
  • Move MoreMenu specific styling away from Popover CSS.
  • Ensure meta box functions are available in editor context.
  • Ensure the full content integration test is run.
  • Remove client-side document title updates.
  • Remove TinyMCE shim that was removed in WP 4.9.7.
  • Remove the workaround for intermittent multiple-tab preview test failure.
  • Remove Promise.resolve call that’s already handled by the JS runtime.
  • Remove redundant event handlers from default block appender.
  • Deprecate withContext HOC and remove its usage.
  • Some localization & spelling fixes.
  • Update docs for templateLock’s insert option.
  • Extract Core Blocks to a block-library npm package.
  • Add a license checker script.
  • Allow access to the WordPress installation if DOCKER_ENV=localwpdev.
  • Bring the handbook design up to date.