The Gutenberg editor was a significant leap forward for WordPress (WP). Yet, many people took one look at the new editor and immediately installed the classic editor plugin. The reluctance of some users to embrace Gutenberg is not surprising. After all, when you have been using something for many years, and it works well, why go through the pain of learning something new?
However, the WP Gutenberg does offer some significant advantages of the old WordPress editor. And, once you get used to it, the Gutenberg editor is nowhere near as awkward to use as it might first appear. But, if you are one of the millions of Classic editor plugin users, you might need a bit of convincing to switch. So here are ten reasons to start using the WordPress Gutenberg editor.
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Easy to Use
Switching from the old editor to the Gutenberg blocks might seem like a lot of hassle to the long-term Classic editor user. However, the new way of composing a page is much less challenging for new, non-technical WordPress users. And experienced users will love the new functionality once they get used to the new interface.
One of the significant advantages of Gutenberg is that it removes the need for some plugins and page builders. And an excellent example of that is that using Gutenberg allows you to add columns to a page. What’s more, if you change your mind, you can switch the column format around at any time and add or remove columns from any block.
Another plugin you can say goodbye to is the one you use to create tables. Because adding tables is a standard feature of the Gutenberg editor, too. Tables, like columns, are one of the many block types available with Gutenberg. To add a table, you simply select the table block type, specify the number of columns and rows. Then you can enter your data into the table.
Switch to HTML Within a Block
Most users won’t need to switch to HTML when they are creating content with Gutenberg. However, for those more advanced users who want to edit the HTML, this process is more manageable with Gutenberg. Gutenberg allows you to view and edit the HTML of a single block at a time. So, this is a vast improvement on searching for the relevant line in the full-page HTML view of the classic editor.
Saves Draft Without Screen Refresh
The entire screen refreshes when you save a draft of a post with the classic editor. But the Gutenberg editor saves drafts without a screen refresh, in much the same way as saving an MS Document does. Now, that may not appear to be a significant advantage of switching to Guttenberg. However, it does get annoying waiting for WordPress to refresh if you like to play it safe and frequently save the WordPress page you are currently editing.
Create Galleries and Slideshows
Creating image or video galleries and slideshows is a breeze with the Guttenberg editor. And you can switch between the various display options too. Simply select gallery, slideshow, or tiled gallery when creating a new block. Or there is a search function that allows you to locate the various block types by typing in text.
Move Content Around
Each element on a page is a block in the Gutenberg editor. And each block can be dragged and dropped anywhere on a page. So, inserting new content into an existing page is much easier with Gutenberg. And you can drag and drop blocks to reorder content, too.
You may have avoided switching to Gutenberg because you thought you couldn’t easily copy and paste new content into the editor. Well, you don’t have to worry on that front, either. You can copy and paste an entire page, and Gutenberg will select and separate the appropriate block types. The editor may make a few mistakes. It might treat a one-line paragraph as a heading, for example. However, the Gutenberg editor generally selects the correct content- type. Then you can quickly fix the few errors that might have been made.
There will be no more creating buttons in a third-party tool when you start using the Gutenberg editor. The new editor has a built-in button function that creates basic buttons in a few clicks. Of course, there are ways to get around the limitations of the classic editor. Still, having options like button-creation built into the editor’s functionality will save you a lot of time overall.
Gutenberg supports many types of embeds, too. Select a platform from the list, drag and drop the icon on your page, type in your parameters, and you’re done! There are embeds available for video sites, like YouTube and Vimeo. And most of the major social media platforms are catered for, too.
Gutenberg is the Future
Like it or not, Gutenberg is going to be the future of WordPress. Yes, you can switch back to the classic editor using the plugin. But more and more functions will be added to Gutenberg as time goes by. And third-party developers are now creating customer block-types, too. It can also be assumed that there will be no new developments in the classic editor. So, if you continue to use the classic editor, you could be missing out on future WordPress developments and enhancements.
Change is always challenging to some degree. And at the existence of the Classic editor plugin has made it a bit too easy for people to stick with what they know. However, the Gutenberg editor is easy to use, and it offers some tremendous time-saving functionality. So, why not give it a go? You can always swap back again to the classic editor, for the time being, anyway.