Support » Plugin: Gutenberg » Dreadful, Awful, Unusable,

  • I don’t know what the objectives were for this project but this editor is absolutely awful. Please, whatever you do, do NOT release this as a mandatory core function. It is not fit for purpose. Keep it as a plugin so that we can continue to use tinyMCE which is far superior.

    Usability has been decreased:

    a) I am all for making sure that functions are presented in context but you have hidden everything that’s useful.

    b) Now, instead of clicking on a function, I have to guess where it might be hidden, reveal it with a mouse click and then choose the function. So every single edit I do has the mouse click count doubled. Are you kidding?

    Responsiveness has been totally ignored. I use a wide screen monitor. The current editor used the full-screen width. The new one uses a very narrow editing column in the centre of the screen and presents me with blank areas to both sides. Of the available screen width that the editing space could fill, Gutenberg uses 30.8% That’s less than a third of what’s available. tinytMCE uses 100%

    Meanwhile the “Insert” link (pretty important when you’re editing) is placed miles away in the top right corner, out of my focal point, beyond my peripheral vision. Why? Not everybody composes their content on a smartphone.

    I am a software product manager. I can honestly say that in 20 years I have never seen a worse UI and the little I have seen of the UX is just as bad.

    There are some plugins you look at and think “That’s looks promising” that you install and then delete when you see that they are not fit for purpose. This is one of them.

    If this gets released as a mandatory core product, I will be an ex WordPress user quicker than you can say ‘Gutenberg.’

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