New WordPress post editing features with Gutenberg

How to prep your site for Gutenberg

Give Gutenberg a Try!

In the next few days, WordPress 4.9.8 is scheduled to be released. It will include the option to ‘Give Gutenberg a Try’, which will automatically install the Gutenberg plugin.  

Gutenberg refers to big changes to the WordPress editor.  These changes currently exist as a plugin, however based on Matt Mullenwig’s Gutenberg Roadmap, someday very soon, this new, dynamic editor will be a part of WordPress Core.

If you are not already familiar with Gutenberg, the change to your site’s editor may seem quite drastic. However, the goal is to make WordPress websites easier to customize. Gutenberg arranges posts and pages into ‘blocks’ of content, images, text, videos, etc. that can then be moved around the page. Their style and functionality can be edited and the user can see how the changes will look right away.  You can combine blocks and even save them as a template to use again later.

If you have been using WordPress for awhile, these changes may seem challenging at first.  However, the overall experience of using WordPress will be vastly improved and once you have made the switch plus, you’ll have access to a whole bunch of cool new features that you can use to make your site more engaging. We think you’ll be glad you made the switch!

Test Gutenberg on Your Site

Before installing Gutenberg on your live site, you may want to set up a staging site so that you and your staff can try out the new editor features without disturbing your users. Once you have your staging site setup and have installed the Gutenberg plugin from your plugin dashboard, click on ‘block’ to see the new layout and features:

As you can see, once you switch to blocks, right away it becomes a lot easier to change fonts, text sizes and colors. Each block and content type has its own set of features and controls.  

Don’t worry, your meta boxes are still there, just click ‘Document’ to see them.

Shortcodes still work too!

Visit our demo site to see shortcodes in action on a Gutenberg page: http://chamber-beautiful.chamberdashboard.com/business-directory-summary/

Test Gutenberg before Installing

An even easier way to give Gutenberg a try is to visit TestGutenberg.com where the plugin has been setup as a front-end demo that you can play around with to start getting a feel of how it works.

Deactivate Gutenberg

If your chamber or membership organization is simply not quite ready for Gutenberg, there are several plugins that will deactivate Gutenberg features until you are ready to turn them on.  

Gutenberg Ramp
Allows you to enable / disable Gutenberg on a per post basis.
Gutenberg Manager
Also allows you to disable Gutenberg for an individual page or post as needed.
Classic Editor
Disables Gutenberg so you can edit your posts and pages as you have been.
Classic Editor Addon
Includes option to turn off ‘Gutenberg Nag’ button scheduled for release in v 4.9.8.