Last week the four phases of the Gutenberg editor were made public. Ok, maybe they were public before WordCamp US, but they were never discussed. The larger initiative fell under the radar as the WordPress community was very sensitive to anything related to Gutenberg.
Oh, Gutenberg, WordPress’ answer to retaining market share, competing with other CMS’, and to help us all better structure our WordPress site’s content (and stay relevant with all of the build it yourself web solutions.).
I have always felt that many WordPress developers pay so much attention to the homepage layout and design and too little time is spent structuring the interior pages to be intuitive to the audience.
Organizing content on a WordPress page/post isn’t intuitive and I love the way Gutenberg seeks to solve that problem.
What I don’t like is a “Phase 1” product being shoehorned into core before it’s truly ready. #wcus
— carrie dils (@cdils) December 8, 2018
Gutenberg has four distinct phases for rollout between December 2018 and 2020. Here are the key points for the WordPress releases and how it plans to shape the future of online publishing.
Four Phases of the Gutenberg Editor
1. Fundamental blocks for writing and editing in the backend editor. (Rolled out as of WordPress 5.0)
2. Customizing outside of the page/post content is next on the list. This may include widgets, menus, and miscellaneous content. (2019)
3. Collaboration, multi-user editing in Gutenberg, and workflows. (Think Google Docs) (2020+)
4. “An official way” for WordPress to support multilingual sites. Goodbye translations and WPML. (2020+)
If the next releases and roll-outs of the Gutenberg editor is done properly, and with organized chaos — tbe next few years look very exciting for the WordPress Development community.
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