Amazed to see so many negative reviews. I note that they are all generally very emotional and fail to articulate genuine concerns or provide constructive feedback. How disappointing.
I really like the new Gutenberg editor. I can really see the immediate benefits in the initial rollout and I can see the potential as well.
As someone who regularly trains “average users” in content management using WordPress, my first impression is excellent. Watching a rookie use the Gutenberg editor on first attempt they seem to get the hang of it so much faster than the old editor. The blocks seem natural to them, drag and drop features are great, being able to re-arrange blocks and add new blocks in between blocks etc. makes the end user feel they are really in control of the layout. The clean and responsive interface is great and it’s very user-friendly and a lot of it is self-explanatory.
New users seem to get the hang of Gutenberg quite quickly just being hovering their cursor around the icons. Watching new users try to get their head around the old editor was at times exhausting! I felt their pain and tried to remind myself that unlike me, they can’t just switch to the HTML tab – it’s a foreign language.
I think too many of the complaints about Gutenberg forget that it’s not a website builder for developers to manage theme styles/design/layouts. It’s a content editor for managing articles and page content.
Combining the new Gutenberg editor with a website builder like Elementor has been very successful. It’s the best of both worlds – initial template (header and footer) and style/design management with Elementor and daily/regular content management and post writing with Gutenberg.
I’m really looking forward to Phase II of Gutenberg with “navigation” blocks and renaming the widget section “Sidebars” as it should have always been. That way we can finally do away with the confusing terms “widget” and “menu”. No more widgets, just different types of flexible blocks!
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