I tried out Gutenberg this afternoon, and immediately had a flashback to my days on Squidoo.
On the Squidoo platform, everything had to be put on the page into these separate chunks. You couldn’t, in other words, just type what you wanted for 10 paragraphs, then highlight the parts you wanted to format or remove and be done with it. You had to keep clicking into each separate “chunk” of your “lens” (which is what a page on Squidoo was called) then edit or remove accordingly.
There was nothing wrong with Squidoo, per se. It was what it was, a platform meant to cater to non-writers who wanted to put out fun, splashy pages that focused more on colorful blocs of highlighted text and funky layouts than writing. But it made writing cumbersome for W-R-I-T-E-RS who just want nothing more than to type their entries straight out and use standard formatting (header, italics, bold and link) like in a word processor.
So, coming from a former Squidoo user who’s already used this type of interface, I can tell you that Gutenberg is not a leap forward for your users. It’s a step back to the early days of 2.0. (circa 2005), when platforms were all about providing a “fun” experience for the MySpace/Live Journal crowd, as opposed to providing a platform for writers that was about making the experience of publishing articles as efficient and fuss-free as possible.
So please–do not force this editor on your users. Make it optional. But don’t take the risk of thinking that because you’re the “only” game in town, you can just force this on everyone and not expect people to bail. If it’s frustrating enough, they will. They will bail because WordPress’s primary demographic are writers and professional bloggers.
Remember who your key audience is, WordPress. Writers. Journalists. Businesses. Bloggers. Not soccer moms and high school teens struggling to figure out how to make each header of their blog entry a different color of the rainbow or cram as many cool text and image effects onto one page.
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