Support » Plugin: Gutenberg » Nice UI – but what about backwards compatibility?

  • Craig

    (@catholicservant)


    Longtime WordPress user here, and have built many sites on the platform.

    The minimal UI is nice to look at – although I have doubts about UX. I suspect a large number of less sophisticated users will overlook and miss key elements to editing. Once they wrap their head around it – should be OK, but definitely a significant change.

    Most of the sites I build contain extensive use of Metaboxes (e.g. ACF, Toolset, etc.). Will I lose this functionality? Will I be able to customize the Gutenberg experience so that the sites I build can be more finely-tuned for the client?

    My biggest concern is the push to core. I ask that this is reconsidered. From what I’ve seen so far, I would only enable this on 10% of my current client sites. Does this mean 90% of my client sites will be rendered obsolete without extensive modifications?

    Since I have heard close to nothing about backwards compatibility, that tells me this isn’t a concern of the project. Maybe there’s a statement out there somewhere, I’ve only read a few articles before installing this.

    Count me concerned.

    4 stars for the actual tool and interface

    0 stars for significant concerns about this breaking functionality of current sites. That should be a Top 3 goal of any project – if not #1.

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  • Plugin Author Tammie Lister

    (@karmatosed)

    First, thanks for giving feedback. All feedback matters and counts as the project grows and shapes what will eventually be the final version. There is a lot of discussion around metaboxes right now, so the community is working on a solution.

    If you are able, I would encourage you to check out the discussion over on Github: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/952. It’s really an extensive discussion and worth checking out.

    The project is still evolving and being worked on, thank you though for testing this early and giving feedback.

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