Gutenberg is on the Launching Pad

    Gutenberg is the pet name for the new WordPress editor, since backend text editors apparently need to be named, and the WordPress world is making a big deal about it. A very big deal.

    It's WordPress' attempt at keeping up with user wants. That's hard to do with legacy software at the scale WordPress has. Especially when you have certain licensing issues that arise, as was the case with WordPress. They worked it out with Facebook, who licensed the code WordPress was using to build the new editor, but that was a pretty big managerial blunder. That could have ended up being kind of an ugly situation.

    What WP is going to do is make the editing experience more like their competitors, Medium's. That involves lots of Javascript, which is something WordPress avoided for as long as possible, living in a clunky PHP world. Javascript is eating the internet. The reliance on PHP is out of some necessity, of course, since WP relies on database inquiries. But WP fell behind fast sticking with that language so stoutly.

    I'm using the Gutenberg plugin on this site as well as a few other sites I own, and in a few months, with the release of v. 5.0, Gutenberg will be official. Then what? I don't know. The roadmap has been focused on Gutenberg mostly for a pretty long time now.

    Affinity Themes has taken it upon themselves to keep tabs on Gutenberg, God bless them. I'll put a link to their news site over in the sidebar as well. I used to try and provide resources like that, but at the end of the day, it's a lot of work, time, and even money that isn't really recouped in any way. In other words, it would need to be a passion project, and I'm fine letting Affinity Themes handle that. 

    While I like the writing and experience of Gutenberg, it's nothing that's going to knock anyone's socks off. It's all been done before. What people wrestle with when they use WordPress isn't really the editing part of the process. It's the configuration, which was address somewhat by the Customizer. But the admin panel still is a forboding page to most people who are unfamiliar with WP. There aren't any easy solutions readily available to that, however.

    In any case, I think we're ready for WordPress 5.0 to debut, I'm sure with much fanboy fanfare, and a lot of grumbling and complaining and developers pointing out problems of all sorts. Picky bunch, considering it's open-source software.  But the hooplah will be well-deserved- it's a lot of work to do what they're doing. 

    Are you looking forward to Gutenberg? What do you think WordPress will focus on next as the major project? Security certainly could be improved, in my opinion. What do you think?

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