As freelancers, we’re always learning new things.
And if you’re a freelancer who uses WordPress, you’re in for a major round of re-learning soon.
There’s a big change coming that will have a major impact on the way you create content for your site.
It’s called the Gutenberg Project, after the inventor of the first movable-type printing press.
Just as that printing press revolutionized access to the printed word, this WordPress change wants to revolutionize the way you create content.
Gutenberg has been in beta for a while and Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress, is promising it will be part of WordPress core with the next major release, version 5.0. (We’re currently at 4.9.7.)
It’s a big enough change, though, that you shouldn’t wait before you begin to familiarize yourself with it.
According to Mullenweg:
“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.”
Some are claiming that once Gutenberg is fully deployed, it will do away with the need for WordPress page-building plugins entirely.
The Page/Post Editor
Let’s look at the first area Gutenberg will change, the editor. After all, it’s where you probably spend most of your time in WordPress.
Currently, when you log into your WordPress dashboard and select Add new, you see a screen like this:
Filling it is easy: you type in your title, then you drop down to the main window and start typing. You can use the icons or keyboard shortcuts to style your text, make lists, add a heading, and so on.
With Gutenberg installed, when you go to add a post or page, you’ll now see this:
Does that leave you scratching your head? You’re not alone.
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This article is part of the Gutenberg series.
Series Table of Contents:
- How to Get Ready for Gutenberg on WordPress (and Why You Need To) (This Article)
- How Freelance Writers Can Easily Learn to Love the WordPress Block Editor