Gutenberg WordPress Editor – 8 Pros and 7 Cons
Here is my review of the new WordPress editor, Gutenberg.
Will be interested to hear your views…
- Overall, greater range of content possible, and easy to set up
- Particularly good for images: lots of different options re size, background etc.
- Good visual impact also, with lots of styling options: text colours, background colour, drop caps etc.
- Wider range of formats possible beyond just text, e.g. tables and columns
- Flexible and quite good fun to use
- Works well on mobile (apparently)
- Smooth insertion of Social Media and other links – Slideshare, YouTube, etc.
- Can revert to Classic Editor (plugin available till 2022) – even for only one ‘block’.
… And also ‘Negatives’
- Overall, for the first-timer in particular, WordPress no longer feels quite as easy to use as before (or as other software, e.g. Word). Rather a headache when you get started. Somewhat fiddly menus, etc.
- You could quickly waste a lot of time doing all the formatting – whereas using a page-builder theme would be a lot quicker
- Two/three different menus, which isn’t neat; and Classic Editor has only an abbreviated menu
- Occasional gremlins and some unusual features of questionable usage (e.g. Verse mode; Markdown)
- You can’t format small passages of text without putting it first into a separate block – and you lose formatting if you cut and paste text from Word
- Plugins, and themes from small companies, may not have been updated to work with Gutenberg
- Rated poorly for people who are blind, visually impaired and dexterity impaired
One other negative …
It is surprising that there isn’t a simple list of menu options for Gutenberg blocks …
So here is mine:
MOST USED – For example
(as above plus…)
Classic (old editor)
LAYOUT ELEMENTS (arrangement on page)
Media and Text
And many more
Untitled reusable block