Support » Plugin: Gutenberg » Gutenberg is a clear winner…(edited as of 5.3.0)

  • For the most unintuitive software/tool/plugin/extension I’ve ever had the misfortune of using. I might be wrong, but I think the team behind this are about to get a sharp reminder of the technical competency some users possess – and that isn’t a knock at anybody – it’s a reflection on the awful UI design of Gutenberg.

    It’s far too heavily reliant on hover based functionality. There’s no visual indicators of blocks as individual elements. None. Nothing that represents to the user at a glance of how the current layout is progressing. Combine that with the need to hover perfectly over each block, or the element within to select what you want, and it’s just an awful experience. I would estimate at least 1/3rd of a 22″ screen remains unused whitespace – why?

    The design of the Gutenberg editor should have led by the single, mandatory requirement, to make a new block based editor as easy as possible to use for any level of user. If that was the main consideration, I just can’t believe this is the end result. To me personally, it looks and feels much more like a vanity project that disregards years of well honed interface design. And that’s going to bite hard when this is railroaded into core.

    We gave you blocks, but kinda hidden them 😉 Maybe your mouse can help…but only if you hover on right spot 🙂 Ignore anything that momentarily flashes, those aren’t the blocks you’re looking for.


    Updating this review after testing 5.3.0 – the block outlines for hover and selected states, along with those states being indicated in the block selector drop-down, are a huge usability improvement for me. I’m now actively testing block plugins to extend Gutenberg and finding it much easier to use. My only gripe is when adding a block from a 3rd party plugin i.e. – CoBlocks, empty paragraph blocks are added and can only be removed by deleting them in the code editor. Otherwise, the latest update is the best yet. Looking forward to seeing continued improvements 🙂

    • This topic was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by Paul Bursnall.
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