Support » Plugin: Gutenberg » My Thoughts on Gutenberg

  • Based on the features presented in this plugin I’m optimistic on how Gutenberg could be utilized in the future. I understand that this is a work in progress and some of the changes I mentioned could be in the works already.

    First, I would like to say that I support the idea of having a front-end content editor. I feel that using a front-end editor makes content writing feel natural and saves time. Doing the basic content editing such as adding headers, creating links, and modifying text felt pretty familiar. Also I feel that a feature like this would be more helpful for clients that I work with that want to be involved with creating content while avoiding the back-end area.

    Why I’m Optimistic
    Gutenberg has me excited because I have some ideas on how it could be useful for site development for clients. If the options for these modules are extendable it opens up an entire new gateway of how WordPress websites function. You could have more unique layouts but still maintain consistency with use of module templates instead of post / page templates.

    For example say you have a custom post type for Team Members and you want feature a list of those team members that incorporate your custom fields for contact information. On part of the site we may want team members to have phone numbers but on another part of the site maybe we only want to display a featured image and a name. By creating an option you could easily turn one on and one off with simple conditionals.

    My only true worry of incorporating page builder features is that it makes it easier for people to use features in unintentional ways. This is true especially on larger sites that could have multiple content authors.

    Suggestions
    Here are a few suggestions that I thought could improve functionality for Gutenberg.

    • I would like for the images and other types of media to have drag and drop features to reorganize modules. I feel that this would make the UI more intuitive.
    • I would prefer that the Move Up / Move Down option be re-located next to the Gear / Trash Icons. This would reduce amount of movement needed for clicking from one option to the next and it simplifies the UI.
    • Keyboard shortcuts would be nice for example using shift and shift+tab to navigate through content sections while using the front-end editor. Also this would be helpful for accessibility.
    • The “Insert” button feels a little awkward where it is located in the top right. If this was moved closer to the modules it could reduce extra movement when creating content. It’s also not obvious where your new object will be inserted since there is no indicator
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  • wellbeingtips

    (@wellbeingtips)

    Im also optimistic and support the idea and like how thy already implemented it.
    Great review, agree with your points.

    Great review, agree with your points.

    Plugin Author Tammie Lister

    (@karmatosed)

    @mikeengland this is such a good review. As things have moved quite rapidly I wanted to let you know some of your suggestions have already been added to the project:

    I would like for the images and other types of media to have drag and drop features to reorganize modules. I feel that this would make the UI more intuitive.

    That is already in place, it works for when you are in a block.

    I would prefer that the Move Up / Move Down option be re-located next to the Gear / Trash Icons. This would reduce amount of movement needed for clicking from one option to the next and it simplifies the UI.

    This is interesting, there are some efforts to minimise and work on the the interface. A lot of usability testing also needs to happen. Could be interesting to test both that your suggestion and the existing one.

    Keyboard shortcuts would be nice for example using shift and shift+tab to navigate through content sections while using the front-end editor. Also this would be helpful for accessibility.

    A few more of these have been added, would be great to see what you think on the latest version.

    The “Insert” button feels a little awkward where it is located in the top right. If this was moved closer to the modules it could reduce extra movement when creating content. It’s also not obvious where your new object will be inserted since there is no indicator

    There are 2 ways to insert now, one right where you are typing and one right up top.

    Again, thankyou for taking the time to write such a useful review. It’s great to get solid feedback like this as it will help shape Gutenberg into the product it should be for everyone.

    @karmatosed I really appreciate you taking the time to follow up on this I’ll definitely give the plugin another go this upcoming weekend and update my review. I’m very glad that I’m not the only optimistic person about Gutenbeg. I’ve been following the updates when I can.

    @ranjithsiji @wellbeingtips Thank you for your great feedback and I’m glad there are others that share my views.

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