Testing Gutenberg WordPress Block Editor

I’m currently writing in the new Gutenberg Block Editor, which is in beta at this point in time and available for testing via the WordPress plugin.

… ooph… yeah… It’s definitely still in “beta”…

For instance, even as I type this there are a bunch of things that are not working well, like shortcut keys and even that one hyperlink that I created above froze my screen for a bit and couldn’t quite get what I wanted a “link” and not a link right.

I’m having a hard time finding the “page break” and I can’t drag-and-drop images into the editor as I have in the past. I’m not upset and I generally think it’s off to a really great start. I, of course, wanted to give it a spin and see how it feels.

But I think it’s off to a great start. Here are a few pictures of the experience so far. I’ll walk you through the experience…

First, this is what it currently looks like:

What it looks like right now…

And then, of course, here’s the plugin! Looks good… I’m so excited…

Let’s do this.

Oh. Wow, yes… the warning…

DO NOT RUN ON PRODUCTION!

Welp… Here we gooooooo…

What it looks like now…!

Okay… slick… let’s try typing out this post…

Okay… this looks familiar…

And let’s try adding new sections…?

Very cool.

And how about… the body?

Yikes. Seems busy.

Okay. So, that’s as far as I’ve gotten at this point. I’m going to give it a few more tests in the next few days but it’s not something that is usable for production (hence their recommendation to not use it on production environments)!

But, it is inevitable that this experience will make it into the core software of WordPress so if you’re inclined to give it a spin and provide some feedback then you should go for it.

I might be alone in this…

One final throw-away thought: Although I am excited for continued innovation I’m not convinced that Gutenberg, as it stands today, is the “innovation” that we need. It feels over-engineered and ultimately I’m not sure if my experience is exponentially better. I’m not sure it’s even incrementally better.

I’ve been writing all of my content in “one block” for so long and I’m pretty happy with that. Of course, I also spend time in Desk App and MNML but that’s besides the point.

Breaking up the experience of writing into these blocks feels like a sharp move away from what writers need: A consistent workspace to capture thoughts minimizing any discomfort or decisions in the moment. Just allow us to write, pure and simple.

Sure, this is very much a pen-to-paper type of thing (you don’t have “blocks” when writing a draft on a typewriter or by hand on each piece of paper) and I guess I’m old school.


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