Why is the release of WordPress Gutenberg important?
Gutenberg is not just a new editor for WordPress, it is setting the stage for exciting developments. WordPress has a reworked block editor, which means also that it focuses on page templates and, in the final stage, WordPress becomes a completely customizable by the user.
As many users are considering, Gutenberg is the first step towards a promising new future for WordPress.
This WordPress block editor unloaded in WordPress 5.0 arrived on December 6, 2018. By the plug-in Classic Editor we can still restore the old editor for the moment. The Classic Editor plugin is available until December 31, 2021.
How the WordPress Gutenberg works?
The usual platform is gone. However, the interface remained clean and clear. The writing environment is clean and everything works in blocks to help personalize the site even more. Once you get used to it, it’s easy to set up everything in a very simple way.
The concept of blocks
Previously, content was stored in larger HTML files that required expert intervention for each significant change or enhancement. Now we create the site more like a LEGO house. The instructions to be given are standardized and simple in order to be able to determine each part of the content. For example, in one click, you can change the block type to change its style according to the settings made previously.
There are also several types of default blocks in Gutenberg. For example: paragraphs, lists, quotes, images, galleries, shortcodes, buttons, etc.
Reusable blocks from Gutenberg
Reusable blocks are one of the most interesting aspects of the new WordPress editor. They can be managed as a complete block that you can save with its customized parameters among the default ones. For example, if you have created an attractive layout for the introduction of articles in your blog, you can save it as a reusable block. After that, just go to Add Block -> Reusable to choose your own reusable block. Or to cite a more complex example: when it comes to a multi-column article template with excellent typography for the most important blog posts? Or maybe a complete gallery where all you have to do is insert the images. In this case, if you want to modify one of the images, you will have to do it once, because each blocks with the same structure will be updated as soon as you press the Save button.
It can be said that WordPress 5.0 gives full control over all blocks in the hands of the user.