Gutenberg is Coming. Are you ready?

Will WordPress Revolutionize Website Content Creation?

If you are WordPress user, you may or may not be aware that WordPress is undergoing some major changes to its post editor interface.

WordPress developers are rolling out Gutenberg, a new way of creating and editing blog posts.

The Gutenberg interface uses “blocks” to segment and lay out content for your blog posts. Right now, Gutenberg exists as a plugin that only works for blog posts, but the WP developers will release a page version as well.

Gutenberg’s aim is to create an easier and more intuitive content creation experience. You achieve this by dragging and dropping elements into your post and customizing each section.

Developers plan to add Gutenberg to the core of WordPress 5.0, which will be released later in 2018. Meaning, it won’t just be an optional plugin, but it will be the default post editor.

So what does this mean for you? 

For WordPress users, at some point in the future, your post editing interface will undergo a significant overhaul. That means a bit of relearning of the WordPress environment.

You can download the Gutenberg plugin directly from the WordPress repository and add it to your site to test out.

If you are already familiar with front-end page builders, the learning curve is pretty easy. But even if you don’t use a page builder, I believe you’ll get a hang of using Gutenberg’s blocks in no time.

And just your luck—I even made a video test driving Gutenberg! Just click the link or the image below to watch how easy it is to create stylish blog posts in the new editor.

What is Design?

Since I started my freelance web development and design business, I’ve given a great deal of thought to the definition of design.

When you think about it, you design things all of the time.

Arranging items on your kitchen counter, aligning framed pictures on a wall, or rotating your canned goods so the labels face outward—all count as forms of design.

As I define it, design is the act of arranging things in a particular order for a specific effect.

Gutenberg’s imminent arrival is the perfect time to starting thinking about how design applies to your website.

I wrote a four-part series on design basics called Design 101: Fundamentals.

The first article in the series, “What is Design?” gives you an overview of the building blocks of design so that you can make more informed decisions about how design enhances your business.

You can read the article HERE.

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