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We all are excited about the upcoming Gutenberg release as we know it is going to out sometime soon along with WordPress 5.0.
However, we have latest updates on Gutenberg from WCEU held on June 14-16, Belgrade, Serbia.
The Gutenberg team put questions from users and developers before diving deep into other specifics of block creation and editor’s design. They also discussed how to further extend the new interface. However, the first question they addressed is the one everyone is awaiting- when will Gutenberg land in core?
There have been 30 releases of Gutenberg Editor since its inception. Some 1,764 issues have been opened and 1,115 have been resolved and closed successfully. Also, 14,000+ websites are using Gutenberg currently. The blocks will be major feature for easy and efficient editing experiences, which is completely adaptive across all devices. The blocks will be optimized for direct manipulation of content. It will also help in optimizing block API with support of dynamic and static blocks and more.
Gutenberg Team Panel Talks Release Timeline @ #WCEU
The Gutenberg team said the team is pretty much close to feature complete. And the team will achieve it in coming few months with version 3.3 release. At this moment, the team is more focused on refining the current experience. Moreover, co-founder of WordPress Matt Mullenweg updated on WordPress current state- where the CMS is heading toward in coming future, and he called to this as a “summertime update”.
There are so many new features that users are awaiting and some of them you haven’t experienced before with WordPress. Matt was most excited about the copy and paste feature, which will make it easier and effective to make something with just copy and paste. Previously, it’s been difficult to make something look great using copy and paste into WordPress.
“Gutenberg not only provides a modern interface, it leapfrogs the best of what all modern web builders are doing out there,” Mullenweg said.
The Theme Building Change with Gutenberg
Gutenberg team design lead Tammie Lister advised developers to get better in creating themes and not to try everything. As you know that the basic purpose of theme is to style the front-end along with providing an editor’s style. She further encouraged the development community to utilize the style guide as she assured that the themes will be a lot lighter in the Gutenberg.
For all that, the team assured that the existing themes will continue to function the similar way it does. However, for now, the rendering engine is not changing. Furthermore, theme developers should look forward deconstructing their themes into individual elements. He advised theme developers about learning to express a theme as a list of blocks as going forward with Gutenberg everything will be replaced with blocks.
Gutenberg and Customization
Customization was improved by shifting widgets to blocks, the new block-based approach where everything will be a block will improve WordPress drastically. You’ll have to customize whatever you want in that block, which will make it easier to update with changes and you can have a preview of it simultaneously without shifting the tab or window. In the last post we’ve demonstrated how Gutenberg is going to transform the editing experience. It will give you a complete idea how easy it will be updating your post with the upcoming block-based editor-Gutenberg.
Also, Gutenberg is not yet ready to replace the customizer, but the next phase is all about exploring experience with block-based customization look like. Will it going to make an editor’s life easy yet effective? We hope that going forward the improvements will suffice the user’s queries and doubts regarding the customization with Gutenberg. The Gutenberg team is working on an experimental feature named ‘tips’, which offers a story walk-through of the publishing workflow. This will make it easier to understand how new features will help users with updating their post using Gutenberg.
If you want to try your hand on the Gutenberg editor, it’s the best time to test and know how to functionalise before you start updating your website with it after the launch. However, Monks will be glad to assist you with the features and function of this new editor.