The New WordPress Editor: What You Need to Know about Gutenberg – VIP

Following WordCampUS late last year, Steph Yiu gave a great overview to’s VIP users and their support teams on the changes coming to the WordPress Editor with Gutenberg. I hope this overview will give you some additional information about the coming roll-out of Gutenberg as well.

As you read Steph’s overview keep in mind that the VIP and regular platforms are very different, with different support networks, but also that the regular platform has far fewer customization needs or options.

The New WordPress Editor: What You Need to Know about Gutenberg

In 2018, WordPress will modernize, streamline, and simplify the content creation experience with Gutenberg. It represents the biggest change to the WordPress user experience in several years. In fact, in the State Of The Word 2017 Matt Mullenweg described its enduring importance as “the editor for the next twelve years.”

via The New WordPress Editor: What You Need to Know about Gutenberg – VIP: Enterprise content management platform

N.B. If you’d like to try out the Gutenberg plugin, but don’t have a standalone  install handy, you can set up a temporary site on and then install the Gutenberg plugin from the WP Admin plugin dashboard. Feedback is welcome on Github.

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7 thoughts on “The New WordPress Editor: What You Need to Know about Gutenberg – VIP

  1. I’m playing with The Gutenberg plugin on a self-hosted blog – just to get a feel for it. I’ve used front-end editors before, so it’s easy to start using Gutenberg – but I guess there is a lot more one can do with it – time will tell how it works out but I don’t think it’s intuitive for a newbie – which I thought was what was/is driving the project?

    1. Hi David, What are your overall impressions of it so far? You mentioned that it’s easy to start using, but how much easier than the current Editor?

      It seems like the adoption of Gutenberg is to bring WP up to parity and compete with other site builder hosting like Squarespace, Wix, etc., which is what plugins like Beaver Builder and Divi are already doing on self-hosted sites. So I’m still scratching my head about the push to bring this functionality into core and don’t feel it will make WP more *intuitive* for newbies, because there’s still a learning curve involved. In my eyes this is a real gamble when you run 29% of the web, which I hope pays off.

      In any event, here are a few more links which I missed in my last post: and

      1. I went to a WordPress Meetup last night, to a talk given by Tammie Lister, the design lead on Gutenberg. Several of the people in the group are developers with scores or hundreds of clients or people using their themes. They are worried that the transition will not be smooth.

        And listening to the problems that the Gutenberg team are facing with things like nested blocks and columns, and then to hear ‘it’s a conversation, get involved’ – does not give me confidence.

        Watching Tammie work through a few posts makes me think what I thought before – I am sure Gutenberg will work eventually, but I think it is attempting to solve the wrong problem. I do not think newbies will find the back end easy nor will they find that what blocks offer is enough to compensate for the difficulties, or even what they need.

        I’ve been reading the posts on the WooCommerce blog – and that scares me. I have snippets in custom functions files on our e-commerce site as well as plugins – and yet I read that the Woo team are still working on the problems that Gutenberg introduces and are a long way from solving the issues. You only have to look at the issues that come up with incremental updates to WooCommerce as it is now to see how complex it is to get it right.

        Tammie gave us her details and I just googled for a bit more about her and found this on her blog.

      2. Thanks for coming back with your impressions and thoughts from the Meetup you attended. It throws a spotlight on how difficult this transition is going to be, when it happens. If the deadline is April, there is a lot more work needing doing!

      3. April 2018 has been mentioned in several articles as the date Gutenberg is expected to be integrated with WP core v5.0. At this rate, however, it could be a moving target. As you said, time will tell!

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