You may be asking…
Really, it took you this long?
When Gutenberg first came out, it was in my peripheral vision. I installed the plugin shortly after that and played with it less than a minute.
Yes, there is a plugin so you can try it before the earth moves.
I thought then, this is something I will revisit.
By now, there have been hundreds of articles, conversations, debates on social, and everything between, all around Gutenberg, and what we can expect from the release of 5.0 and the new editor for WordPress. It’s a pretty huge, freaking deal, yet it’s like most things in technology.
Stuff happens. Stuff changes.
So I sat back. I listened to some pretty interesting conversations. A lot of speculation over the end of life as we know it. But as with most things new, many people jumped the gun and had a tendency to overreact.
But still I held off. I avoided watching any Gutenberg demonstration videos. I ignored the introductory courses, even though it’s still in Beta.
I knew at some point I would be taking my first dive into it. Wasn’t sure when it would be, but knew I would do it before the official release of 5.0. And yes, it took a while. I was even begged to engage in the user testing of it at WordCamp US last December in Nashville. I politely declined.
Now trust me. I know the implications of a big change like this in software. I understand how we get used to things and then have to learn something new. I cannot fathom what the developers of plugins and themes had to do to prepare for this, but I imagine it’s some serious work, and for page builders, some serious thought. I respect that. Most are embracing take the change and working hard to make it all happen seamlessly.
So this is it. I went blindly into Gutenberg, poked around and created a post. You will see what happened in the video. At the end I give my own perspective on Gutenberg. Short, sweet and to the point.
And if you would like to wrap your brain around a complete introduction of Gutenberg, check out my friend’s course, Joe Casabona, over on Creator Courses: An Introduction to Gutenberg.