WHAT IS THE NEW WORDPRESS PAGE BUILDER, GUTENBERG?
The geniuses behind WordPress have been working hard on a new viable competing page builder to rival competitors like SquareSpace, Wix or Weebly.
We prefer self-hosted websites versus managed hosting websites, and welcomed the announcement of a new WordPress page builder. Encouraging ease, the Gutenberg page builder will be embedded right into the content management system (CMS for short) of WordPress.
When using the new Gutenberg page builder, content is added in blocks of various types from the WordPress backend instead of formatting the text you paste in from another source (or writing directly in it).
Take a sneak peek and even try it for yourself to test it out
THE GUTENBERG PAGE BUILDER WILL AFFECT YOU IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE A WORDPRESS WEBSITE.
Unlike most core updates with WordPress, this is one update you’ll definitely notice if you’re the one in charge of updating your site on a regular basis.
Now’s the time to look at how you’ll be able to use and edit your website copy going forward (this editor will also replace the Classic editor you see now when uploading a new page or post).
HERE’S A LOOK AT THE CLASSIC EDITOR YOU’VE COME TO KNOW AND LOVE
THE NEW GUTENBERG PAGE BUILDER WITH WORDPRESS SNEAK PEEK
The difference is quite noticeable and will be a shock if you’re used to editing your site one way, however, it’s really a good thing.
The biggest pain point we get from clients when determining which content platform to use – is usability. And WordPress is the platform people complain about the most (even though it’s also the one most recognized as the strongest option of them all).
With this new page builder, the bigwigs at WordPress are working hard to change that belief system.
THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING TO SCALE THEIR ONLINE BUSINESS – REJOICE
You can start quick and easy with WordPress, and when you’re ready for a robust website, online membership, shop or wherever you see your online business taking you – you’ll already be on the most powerful website platform of them all and be one step ahead of the game.
HOW TO GET PREPARED FOR THE BIG SWITCH AND THE NEW PAGE BUILDER
There are two ways to get prepared for the big switch (that is going to happen with the next major release of WordPress in 2018).
- Start learning on a test website with the Gutenberg page builder plugin. If you don’t have a test site or don’t know how to set one up, you can play around with this demo site WordPress has up: https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ and see how the blocks are laid out and have some fun.
NOTE: This is not a live site and isn’t on your server or computer so don’t put anything private or anything you’re not prepared to lose after customizing it.
- Install the Classic Editor until you feel comfortable using the new page builder with WordPress. You can grab a copy of the plugin here or by searching the WordPress plugin directory from within your WordPress dashboard.
BONUS: If you’re already familiar with your WordPress dashboard and your WordPress is up to date you should be seeing this on your dashboard:
NOTE: I suggest doing this BEFORE the WordPress core updates to default with Gutenberg so while you’re learning how to navigate the Gutenberg page builder plugin, your website as you know it (and how to edit it) remains the same and familiar to you.
THE GUTENBERG WORDPRESS PAGE BUILDER TRAINING
In light of all these changes, we’re currently working hard updating our DIY: Website Whiz Course to include an updated Gutenberg training and how to best use it for your site.
Sign up to our resources library and in the meantime, treat yourself to free WordPress trainings in our Make Yourself Elaborate library.