It may be old news, but in case you haven’t heard: WordPress is currently developing a new tool that will eventually replace the post editor you’ve been familiar with for years. It’s called the Gutenberg editor.
Gutenberg aims to change the way we think about our WordPress post content. Similar to a page builder plugin, Gutenberg uses the concept of “blocks”. Some of the basic blocks are:
This is a big change to an area of functionality that has largely remained unchanged since WordPress was conceived.
Plans are for Gutenberg to be introduced to WordPress core in version 5.0, sometime later in 2018. Right now you can try it out by installing the Gutenberg plugin.
What does this change mean for your WordPress site?
The new Gutenberg editor has implications for content creators and theme/plugin developers alike. Content creators will need to learn the ropes of this new user interface – though, from the testing we’ve done, it seems fairly intuitive and user-friendly. If you use a page builder plugin like Visual Composer, this change might not affect you much at all.
For developers, the change may require a bit more consideration. Many themes and plugins include custom post types and custom field meta boxes, both of which will be affected by Gutenberg.
Custom Post Types
Custom Post Types that include the editor will show the new Gutenberg editor if the post type supports REST API (show_in_rest = true).
Custom Field Meta Boxes
Right now you can follow along with Gutenberg development on GitHub or read up on the official documentation. If you’re averse to change, fret not: WordPress has created a plugin that will restore the original editor once Gutenberg is included in core (which there is no official date for yet). But we hope that this change will make the WordPress experience easier and more enjoyable for all of its users!