Is WordPress 5.0 headed the Craft CMS way with Gutenberg?

When you look at the respective market share of both the CMSs, WordPress has a clear edge over Craft CMS with 81.9% market share to a feeble 0.14% of the Craft CMS. Over the span of 15 years WordPress has undergone countless cosmetic changes except for a good ole classic editor.

The latest WordPress upgrade changes that with the Gutenberg editor.

Gutenberg beta was released as a plugin before the official inclusion as the default editor. The plugin received a lot of bad reviews but that’s what a beta is about, getting feedbacks and making the product better.

Gutenberg skipped some features from the beta that could have been a good addition to the editor. One of those few things is the ability to resize the editor.

If you’re familiar with other contemporary CMS platforms you’ll notice a staggering similarity between Medium’s editor and Gutenberg. Both the editors follow a minimalistic design language. But the similarity is only limited to the aesthetics.

The principle concept reminds you of content-focused Craft CMS.

Craft CMS has a Lego-like building block situation. It gives you the option to conveniently build your own layout with content blocks.

Gutenberg does the same with the WordPress editor.

We’re not saying that it’s bad to get rid of the classic editor and implement content block approach. It’s great in our opinion. And if you miss the classic editor you can easily switch back. It is available as a plugin now and is supported until 2022.

Craft CMS with its content first philosophy lets you make your own content layout using fields. Whether it’s text, code, or any rich media, you can add a block wherever you please.

Craft fields are meant for page building and it doubles as a content editor, Gutenberg on the other hand is exclusively a content editor. WordPress has other features that handle the page building more conveniently.

Content blocks in Gutenberg

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Creating content blocks in the new Gutenberg editor is quite convenient. Whereas, Classic editor restricts the content creation to a solid block with no room to play around.

The list of content blocks that you get for default is crazy long. It has blocks for almost every type of content in the dropdown.

  • Paragraph
  • Heading
  • Preformatted text
  • Quote
  • Image
  • Gallery
  • Cover image
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Columns
  • Nested blocks

And more. The list is exhaustingly long. Gutenberg provides you with a convenient hot key if you don’t want to struggle. You just have to type forward slash ‘/’ in an empty field followed by the initials of the block that you’re looking for and voila the relevant block pops up for you to add.

As for Craft’s editor it has a decent list of frequently used content blocks that you can choose from. The default list consists of Text, Media, Code, Quote and for specific block needs its customizable interface lets you create new blocks.

WordPress 5.0 Upgrade in a nutshell

Cometh the update, cometh the bugs. WordPress 5.0 aka Bebo is now exception. This update has polarised the WordPress users into three groups. Users who love Gutenberg, users who hate Gutenberg, and users who will be greeting Gutenberg with no knowledge of how the classic editor looked and performed.

The thing about having a large community like that of WordPress is that the bugs are fixed as soon as they appear. After numerous feedbacks on Gutenberg, WordPress is probably planning incremental updates to make the Gutenberg more stable.

For the users who needed creative freedom with the editor, Gutenberg provides that in every way possible. It gives you full control of your content and how will it look and perform. Users don’t need to go through the trouble of migrating to another CMS platform for the sake of a better editor.

So, coming back, is WordPress 5.0 headed the Craft CMS direction?
The answer is yes and it’s a good thing. Gutenberg is still new with this content block approach, it needs time to mature. We bet that all this heat against Gutenberg editor will cool down after few months.

What should you do?

New and shiny upgrades might pique your curiosity to upgrade it yourself, but with the holidays around it might be risky move for your business. You can always trust a WordPress expert to aid the transition. We take precautions and make sure your website remains up & running with the upgrade.

For any queries hit us up here.

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