Support » Plugin: Gutenberg » Still a lot of unanswered questions

  • At this stage of development (1.8.1), I cannot see how this is a warranted change to the WordPress core. The sheer volume of comments/issues on Github clearly demonstrates that this is not just a cosmetic change with a few added WYSIWYG features; it could mean rebuilding entire WP sites due to framework and tech stack changes.

    As a developer who relies heavily on ACF and who builds custom themes from the ground up, I am concerned about metaboxes being treated as legacy, therefore I’ll be following the discussion carefully. From a UX/Accessibility point of view, it is disappointing to see the block options hidden under a plus icon, instead of utilising the available space (given there is not an extensive number of blocks) and creating a visually beautiful toolbar akin to successful word processing apps.

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  • Plugin Author Tammie Lister

    (@karmatosed)

    Firstly, thanks for your feedback @angejann. I’m interested when you say about a toolbar, do you not feel that having everything on display would be too much for users? In testing the ‘+’ has been pretty intuitive. That said, there needs to be a whole lot more testing before this gets into 5.0 and that is a good point to test around.

    Thanks for your reply @karmatosed. I understand the accepted practice to hide options under a single icon and this makes sense for smaller devices (e.g. hamburger menus) but research suggests that showing options is better than hiding them. Given it appears the target audience for Gutenberg is bloggers & non-developers, would WP consider a layout similar to the MS ribbon toolbar which is very successful for first timers and low computer literate users? There are not many blocks in Gutenberg, therefore I don’t see it being too much for users; in comparison to say Visual Composer.

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