WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenberg editor – first impression

WordPress 5.0 is getting a new WYSIWYG editor. And it’s VERY different from what you are used to…
DEMO as a plugin (recommended not to do it on a live site):

I’m going to be the person who likes the new editor in WordPress when they take it live in WP 5.0. Right now it’s available to demo but it’s a bit buggy and the reviews are people hate it and say it’s a UX fail.

I don’t think it’s a UX fail – it just takes a bit of tinkering to learn something new.
I AM worried about client choosing really REALLY bad color combos for their text and I want a way to lock that down but I do think with some tutorials this will actually be easier for clients to use.
It wouldn’t save my post on the site I installed it on but based on what I’m reading it might be an “issue not specific to Gutenberg, it’s global to any WP REST API usage, I don’t know if your webserver is Nginx”…

So next I’ll be trying it on a base install to see if it was a plugin conflict or something server based. Actually it says to not use it on a live site yet but I’ve got a site that’s a play site that I use for this type of thing (I want to see where things break on a real server with real plugins and real content.)

It’s not ready for prime time because of some things it still breaks (settings overlapping for example) but I look forward to using it once it’s ready.


Save Draft & Publish work on a site without a lot of plugins.
Found a few more issues:
  • Editable permalink is something that seems to be on the list of things they are aware of.
  • It seems that Gutenberg won’t update once the post is saved. Going to test that now. Or there’s a problem with taking it to a private post and back to public. Need to search a bit more on Git because I’m not seeing this one.
  • Versioning… where is that going to live? I like having the ability to roll back posts to a previous version in case someone really mucks something upand I’m not seeing that in the current version of Gutenberg.

Trying to make a decision?

The questions are very similar but they should evoke some different responses to help you make a decision and look at the bigger picture on a situation.

  1. What would happen if I did _________
  2. What would happen if I didn’t _________
  3. What wouldn’t happen if I did  _________
  4. What wouldn’t happen it I didn’t _________

Fill in the blank with what you do or don’t plan on doing and are trying to work out an issue. Write it down. How does your response to each of these questions make you feel.

This post was prompted by the content in “Motivation to Move Daily Boost 74 | 4 Questions to solve every problem” podcast. I wanted this typed out for easy reference somewhere in text format instead of audio. It’s based on NLP quantum linguistics; better than a list of pros and cons.