Support » Plugin: Gutenberg » Bad, but here is how to improve it

  • The new Gutenberg editor is potentially very good, let down by a bad user interface/experience (UX) for beginners: which is all of us, when we see it for the first time. For the experienced user, the interface is OK.

    Someone who is new Gutenberg MUST have cues and help. There are few of these. Help is hidden in the ⋮ menu, several clicks away. The page is a blank canvass, with no similarity to a document (like the classic editor). Some icons are meaningless, and hovering your cursor over them shows no tooltip.

    In my opinion, the editor needs the following:

    1. On-screen help and cues (that can be disabled when the beginning is comfortable), eg. contained in the sidebar, that can be disabled later
    2. The “page” area to have a different colour to the background (eg. white on grey), ideally corresponding to the selected them
    3. To return to the Admin menu, there should be a “X” and not a W icon which hints at viewing pages.

    Or better yet, the Gutenberg editor should follow the layout of the familiar Appearance/Customise editor, and let us edit in-place.

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  • Thanks for taking the time to try it out and sharing actionable feedback. Much appreciated!

    mixen1

    (@mixen1)

    I think a tool box similar to the classic, but containing ikons for box types instead of tools (lined lefter, cneter, right, etc). Would give an overview, that is needed.

    Maybe a beginning?

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