Gutenberg is Coming: Exploring the Latest WordPress Page Editor

Have you heard of the Gutenberg Page Editor for WordPress? By 2019, the default page editor you’ve come to know (and have finally come to understand) is getting a major overhaul. Although this will be a big change when you’re creating new pages and posts, it won’t have any effect on the functionality or appearance of your website. Gutenberg will have a learning curve for many, but its creation by WordPress is forward-thinking and a step in the right direction.

A big change to your WordPress website is heading your way.

So, a big change is coming, but what does that actually mean for you? Well, let’s take a look at the standard page editor in WordPress:

Default WordPress Page Editor

You’ve probably had some type of website training that showed you how to use this page. In fact, I was probably the person to deliver that tutorial. You enter the page name, type the body text, add a featured image, and click publish. Easy peasy.

Well, with the implementation of Gutenberg next year, the default will now look like this:

New Gutenberg Visual Editor

The Gutenberg WordPress editor is a new page builder that is being designed to integrate with WordPress core. Gutenberg will add content blocks and page builder-like functionality to every up-to-date WordPress website. When in use, it will replace TinyMCE as the default content editor. With Gutenberg, content is added in blocks of various types from the WordPress backend.”

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This new format is called a Visual Editor because it’s much more focused on images, video, and other graphic elements of a page or post. One reason WordPress likely developed Gutenberg was to stay competitive with other visual editing platforms such as Square Space and Wix. From the standpoint of an end-user (aka…you), the new default editor will be much easier to use. Here’s a short video tutorial exploring Gutenberg:

For some clients, we probably have you using a plugin called WP Bakery, which means your page editor looks like this:

WP Bakery Visual Editor

If that’s the case for you, then you don’t need to worry about Gutenberg. WP Bakery is a much more robust visual editor than Gutenberg, so you’ll want to continue as is by disabling the Gutenberg Editor in the WP Bakery settings page.

Don’t Fear Gutenberg

This might sound daunting, but it really won’t be a big deal for the vast majority of our clients. If you’d like to chat about Gutenberg and what it actually means for YOU, please don’t hesitate to email me at or give me a ring at (651) 295-7333.

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