Does Gutenberg Work For You?

I’ve become comfortable with Gutenberg as of late. For my basic use case of text and a few extras it works great.

While my bubble might be relatively small, I do think I’m more in touch with WordPress professionals than most, particularly on Twitter. Here the reaction to Gutenberg (or the block editor if you want to talk about the stable version) is very different. A handful of folks seem to love it but it seems like most people hate it.

While undoubtably some of this hate comes from a lack of willingness to change, dismissing those who hate it as a whole, as I’ve seen plenty of, isn’t helping the situation.

I’ve seen so many tweets on its lack of stability and usability from WordPress professionals who have been building sites for years. These aren’t folks who are just dismissing it for the sake of change but professionals who do understand how WordPress and its editor work. In other words, these are the people who should be its biggest champion in the community and yet their experience with the new editor has been nothing but problematic.

So here’s my question: does Gutenberg (the block editor) work for you?

The comments are open and I’m really curious to see what y’all think about it.

6 Comments

  1. As someone who manages websites for nonprofits, Gutenberg is such a massive step in the right direction in terms of empowering content creators who aren’t professional developers to be able to build and maintain sites themselves. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely the right direction. Because of it I’m now moving my organization towards using WordPress exclusively going forward for our web assets.

  2. That depends. I like Gutenberg for creating content. Together with ACF Blocks I’m able to do exactly what I want. I can include some rich content parts with one click.

    But when it comes to FSE… here I’m still skeptical. I never have been a fan of page builders and nothing changed in this department. I’m still observing how it’s developing and trying from time to time, but there is no chemistry 🙂

  3. I hated the rollout of it. It wasn’t ready and there were major issues with accessibility. I currently happily use it on my site though. I’ve built a number of themes with it in 2021 and was pleasantly surprised with how it worked for theme building.

    I still find the documentation to build your own custom blocks terrible. Can we really consider it “ready” when all the documentation is terrible for building with it?

  4. I like writing content in the block editor. It’s MUCH better than the classic editor imo.

    FSE: The UI is not as good or as powerful as existing page builders. I understand that the scope and problems are very different though. Also most popular page builders have been around for >5 years. So maybe it’s just a matter of time! I generally think people are judging this on the wrong scale. Rather than looking at it right now, it’s better to think about where it could be in 5 years.

    Having said that, I think it’s also tough to expect WordPress agencies and freelancers to sit around for 5 years and keep abreast of all the changes while also running their business. It’s HARD.

    Finally, I’m not excited about the thousand new ways plugins/blocks/patterns can takeover your site. This is tongue-in-cheek though. Not actually a bad thing, I’m just complaining! :p This problem has always been around. And is the other side of the “WordPress is infinitely extensible and easy to build on” benefit.

  5. I recently left WordPress , but not because of Gutenberg. Gutenberg is actually the thing I miss the most from WP. I think it’s a superb way of producing content.

    Sure, it’s not perfect (what is?) but it’s very, very good at what it does, IMO.

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