Matt Mullenweg, the CEO of Automattic and a lead developer of the WordPress project, has announced his intention to release the Gutenberg editor with WordPress version 5.0. The idea is for the Gutenberg editor to replace the TinyMCE editor currently in use in the visual editor.
Gutenberg editor: the future of WordPress?
Opinions vary about the suitability of the Gutenberg editor as a replacement for WordPress’ current WYSIWYG editor, and many question Gutenberg’s ability to challenge “drag and drop” website builders like Squarespace, Wix, or Weebly. Other WordPress page builder plugins, like Beaver Builder, seem to meet this competition more head-on.
For example, Chris Lema doesn’t think it meets this expectation in its current configuration.
“Gutenberg the printing press and the industrial revolution that it was a part of was about replacing the bespoke and artisanal with standardization. But here I am, building open source software on a Linux-powered computer I assembled myself, while drinking locally roasted coffee that I brewed by hand pouring water through my Chemex out of my WordCamp Tampa 2016 mug.”
And accessibility is also a concern with Gutenberg in its current iteration.
In August, RED developer Jamie met up with a local WordPress group for a contributor day. The group decided to work on the Gutenberg editor. Check out Jamie’s blog to see how that went, what Jamie thinks about Gutenberg now, and how you can contribute to the WordPress ecosystem.