Support » Plugin: Gutenberg » Terrible Idea

  • Forcing our hand here is not the answer. If I wanted a visual editor, then I would install a visual editor. Let me clue you in on something, most of my clients aren’t that bright. When it comes to making edits to their sites the old editor where they can bold, italic and if they’re feeling especially crafty maybe even add a link or two is about the extent of what I can expect from them. Again, forcing users to use this new visual style editor is only going to force this WP dev of going on 10 years to have to look at other solutions.

    Rumor is this may be 5.0 release? I hope not, or at very least make it voluntary. Does it work with insanely popular plugins like ACF or Yoast? It appears not well, at least.

    Please think about what you’re doing to the community and for developers who have hundreds of installs out in the wild before you flip the switch on this one.

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  • Moderator Marius L. J.



    Thank you for taking the time to try out Gutenberg, we appreciate it!

    You are correct that Gutenberg will be in WordPress 5.0 (We are intentionally not releasing a new major version of WordPress until Gutenberg is finished, however long that might take).

    The editor should actually be simpler for the use case you mentioned, as it removes a lot of distractions, and by default only surfaces basic formatting if you are just sitting there typing or marking existing text.

    Gutenberg isn’t ready yet though, and performance is always one of the last items to be addressed, so I’m not too worried about that (I’m even seeing improvements between version 2.4 and 2.5 of the plugin in this regard).

    As for compatibility, we’re doing our best to make sure it’s as backwards compatible as possible, some minor breakages may occur, but we’re hoping that we can detect and prevent any of those by having this plugin out there as a very public beta. If something does declare that it doesn’t support Gutenberg, we will have a fallback to the old editor, you can see our plans on the Gutenberg information page if you’d like some more details around this.

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