WordPress is the most popular open source software that powers approximately 30% of the websites on the Internet. Customizing a WordPress template requires long hours of dedication and potential risks of introducing security bugs. In addition, not many people know HTML, CSS, and PHP. Therefore, visual page builders such as Visual Composer, Divi, Elementor, Upfront Builder, etc. are popular among WordPress web masters because they don’t require any coding knowledge. Gutenberg is one of the latest project under development at WordPress that allows people to create content using block structures without having to write a single line of code. Best of all, Gutenberg is 100% free, open source, and have a large community of people who can provide support.
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
Gutenberg uses block structure to create content such as text, image, video, etc. This allows people an easy and intuitive drag and drop page builder for creating content. What is a block? A block is a fundamental unit of section on a page that provides content through text, short-codes, widgets, and so on. For example, see the block section below
Gutenberg is scheduled to be released with WordPress 5.0 sometimes in 2018. There is an important need to make Gutenberg backward compatible with the previous versions of WordPress because million of websites are running on WordPress. For example, short codes will be compatible with Gutenberg and users can choose to integrate short codes with the rich visual editor. Meta boxes and custom post types are also going to be compatible. Last but not least, Gutenberg will be supported by all major web browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. For more information, see the resources below.
- Overview – https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/
- Documentation – https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/handbook/
- Frequently Asked Questions – https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/handbook/reference/faq/
- Source Code – https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg