Are you a website owner or a regular user?
If yes, you might have definitely heard about WordPress. It is one of the widely used and accepted content management system simplifying the process of website creation and promotion. WordPress has been in the industry for quite some time now and accounts for nearly 33% of the total websites residing over the web.
WordPress has a simple, intuitive interface, and the fact that it doesn’t impose any frontend development cost, small scale organizations, and individual bloggers find it an ideal platform to get started with. Apart from this, WordPress has a well-built community of developers and support engineers that help fix bugs and errors.
To top this, WordPress keeps rolling out new features and tools, enhancing its overall functionality. While most of the updates are themes or plugin-based, recently WordPress launched a whole new editor, Gutenberg editor.
For the uninitiated, WordPress for years has been deploying its classic editor for creating and posting content. So, rolling out Gutenberg was a big decision and now that the editor is already pushed into the industry, we shed light on what is Gutenberg editor and how is it different from the age-old classic WordPress editor.
What is Gutenberg Editor?
To begin with, Gutenberg Editor is the all-new WordPress editor with blocks embedded within it. Unlike the traditional editor that required you to embed HTML codes or shortcodes to get the site optimized and running, the Gutenberg editor is pretty simple and largely straightforward.
The developer community sought to simplify the working around the editor, enhancing the layout of the entire interface. These blocks are sorted and aim at adding functionality to the website. It is equipped with drag and drop tools giving users the ease to decorate and customize the site with much ease. While the editor is still in the beta testing phase, knowing what to expect and what not is always a plus, right?
Pros and Cons of Using Gutenberg Editor
With that being said, let’s have a quick look at the perks and the bottlenecks of working on the Gutenberg Editor.
1. Exceptional Editing Experience
The basic WordPress Editor is highly reliable on the TinyMCE and this limits the features and functionalities of the same. Also, too much dependence on the core TinyMCE tends to slay off the editing experience. On the contrary, Gutenberg Editor is different in the sense it has significant blocks that offer the ease to edit the website in a matter of clicks.
Further, the editor gives you the ease to connect and integrate with plugins, themes, etc. All of this enhances and optimizes the way WordPress works, improvising the overall editing experience.
2. Medium Style Editing Experience
In case you are looking for a medium editor to work and operate on, the Gutenberg also gives you the ease to embed a medium style editing experience. For users, that urge to obtain a medium-type experience, Gutenberg would serve the purpose best.
3. Leverage From The Block Interface
If we have to define Gutenberg in one word, then that would be blocked. The entire notion of Gutenberg is based on blocks. Whether you wish to add a line or a paragraph, insert an image or attach a file, Gutenberg does an in the form of blocks. Wpbricks offers a wide range of easy to use blocks packed with diverse elements to simplify the process of content creation.
With the help of these blocks, you can add much more flexibility and agility in the website. To top this, Gutenberg blocks help you integrate diverse content in the posts with the help of commas, widgets, separators, and columns. It is also believed that these blocks would take over the menus soon. What’s best about the editor is that it allows you to reuse the blocks on different pages.
Imagine that you have created a beautiful design or added a piece of content that you wish to integrate into multiple pages. With Gutenberg blocks, you can simply replicate them and add them to every page.
4. More White Space
Stuffing too many words disrupts the look and feel of the page. In fact, a page with limited or no white space accounts for a poor user interface and less engagement. When using the basic editor, determining how many spaces to add and where is difficult.
Surprisingly, the Gutenberg editor has a built-in ability to embed more spaces between the content. What this means is that the editor can smartly position the content in a way that offers a visual treat. The full-screen mode provided by the editor adds to the customizing experience. In case, you feel obstructed by the sidebar, the editor gives you the ease to minimize the same and use your entire space to design content.
5. Mobile-friendly Interface
For the early WordPress users, this might come as a rescue. Even though WordPress managed to be one of the best CMS, it had plenty of drawbacks. One being the inability to gel with the mobile interface. If you have had your time with optimizing content for the mobile devices, the launch of the Gutenberg editor would please you more than anyone else.
Not only that, but the editor also gives the flexibility to edit and create pages on the mobile itself. The fact that more and more users are switching to the mobile interface, modifying the site to be mobile-compatible adds another feat to the WordPress community.
6. One-stop-shop Solution
For bloggers who are worried about how to check and detest their content, the editor excels here too. It has a small i icon that displays all of the needed information in a click. From the block count to the number of words, this handy tool will uncover all insights for you.
What is Classic Editor?
Now that we have a decent idea of what a Gutenberg editor is, let’s uncover the definition of the classic editor.
For users that have been using WordPress for ages, they will surely relate to the same. Classic WordPress Editor is a basic text-based editor similar to the Word or notepad editor. While this was the default editor of WordPress for years, the onset of Gutenberg has replaced the same.
In case, anybody wishes to continue using the old editor, one would need to download the classic editor plugin and activate the same.
Note: WordPress will rescind all updates and support for the traditional editor w.e.f. 2021.
Comparison between Classic Editor & Gutenberg Editor
With the basic definition of a classic editor and Gutenberg editor being clear, we now draft a comparison between the two.
At first glance, you will be stunned with the look and feel of the Gutenberg Editor. The visual view of the editor itself is different from the traditional one and offers the ease to get started with your website in a matter of clicks.
With a modern and user-friendly interface, the editor has a top header where you can write your page title. Following this, the editor displays several blocks. On the right side, you will see a plus (+) sign. Using this, you can add different blocks. You will be surprised to see the options provided by the editor. From text to image, paragraph, quotes, files, and audio, the editor gives the flexibility to pick your own choice of content and design your site.
Besides you can also download third-party plugins for the editor and access them via the block editor. What’s best about the platform is that the block can automatically detect the type of content, so you need not select the content every now and then. All you need to know to add the name of the block followed by a slash and there you see the block automatically embedded in the post.
How to edit?
Block editing is very easy and doesn’t require you to wander here and there. Simply, click on the block and right-click, all of the settings would appear on the right side. And that’s not the end, the page also hosts settings related to the document, featured image, permalink, etc.
Too much, isn’t it?
A simplistic editor with options of formatting and decorating the content, the classic editor doesn’t allow you to add several components or design elements. You won’t find any blocks to add images or links and if at you wish to ornament your site with media, you would need to manually embed the same in the HTML part of the page.
Another difference between the classic and the Gutenberg editor is in the placement of the settings tab. While the document settings here are found at the right sidebar, the permalink is visible at the end of the page. While most of the elements would appear the same as that of the Gutenberg editor, the integration of blocks has revamped the way users work on WordPress.
Ease of Usage: Simplicity in Hand
Had there not been any update made by the WordPress developer community, WordPress would have experienced in the shift to page builders.
Yes, that’s right. Long before the update was made public, we have had WordPress users switching to page builders. The fact that this provided ease to control and power the website with media elements, users prioritized it over the basic editor.
So, the point being that block editing wasn’t something new to WordPress users. It is pretty obvious that the classic editor wasn’t something WordPress users preferred. Everything to be added was done manually.
The release of Gutenberg Editor was a table turner as it enables users to edit and customize their website on the go. Adding, editing, and even removing elements is easy and anybody with sound knowledge of using the editor can work on it.
It incorporates a hassle-free approach towards customizing the WordPress website and adding more value to the same.
Stating that the classic editor is tough to use would be wrong. Classic editor too has a simple and intuitive interface, enabling users to write content, add videos, images, etc.
The reason why the classic editor isn’t as efficient as the Gutenberg editor is lack of features. The classic editor has a limited number of options when it comes to adding components. On the other hand, Gutenberg editor has a one-click integration solution, making it easy for all to operate and work on the website.
Now, this is one of the most debatable aspects of the comparison. So far now, we have seen how the all-new Gutenberg editor has been packed with blocks, tools, and features. Though all of these definitely add to the efficiency and productivity of the WordPress platform, critics considered the additional blocks to deteriorate the performance.
The fact that the editor would have so many elements, it might slow down the performance of the site and even stoop to a low level when the content structure is complicated and long.
Cutting the clutter, such is not the case. The Gutenberg editor has been in the industry for quite a long time and the performance hasn’t suffered a bit.
On the contrary, the classic editor experiences bugs and issues when long content is posted on the site. Also, if there are multiple tabs working, the editor again freezes and stops working.
Gutenberg has definitely made it easy for the bloggers and the WordPress website owners to build and create blocks of content within their website. In case, you aren’t sure how to get started with designing your website, WPbricks readymade templates and blocks would further make it easy for you.
It has an array of themes and tools enabling users to leverage from the designs and add more to their website. What makes them one of the best is the responsiveness provided by the elements and the design options of WPbricks. All in all, it redefines the way you build and design a WordPress website, apparently in a super flexible way.
So, what are you thinking? Which of the said editors is best for you?