The release date for 5.0 is getting closer and closer.
It’s time to dive into plugins and see how our favorite developers are adjusting. Luckily, popular plugins such as Gravity Form’s have been at the forefront of embracing Gutenberg, incorporating “blocks” into creating and posting forms. Other than forms, you’re likely running an SEO plugin.
Yoast SEO has redeveloped their essential plugin for Gutenberg, and it appears to be pretty slick.
First off, you’ll notice Yoast is now a sidebar rather than underneath. Transitioning to a sidebar might not be met with open arms, but Yoast makes it feel as seamless a possible. The introduction of collapsible headers makes this evolution to sidebars possible and keeps things organized. Don’t worry, readability and focus keyword grades are still front and center. The only difference is readability now appears above your focus keyword analysis, rather than being a separate tab.
It is also interesting to note the integrating of internal linking into the meta description box instead of being its own section. Yoast has stated they are very excited about this new feature and the future development that follows.
One section that appears lost is the Snippet and Social previews. Since Yoast is contained to a sidebar, incorporating previews was an issue. For now, snippets stay restrained to the old meta box. As noted by Yoast, “snippet and social previews present a unique challenge because you cannot reduce these to 280px.”
Regardless of these challenges, we’re excited to see how Yoast plans to continue evolving as Gutenberg grows.
As the update draws closer, Trinity Web Media, an NJ WordPress Development company, will continue to publish information regarding the effects of Gutenberg.