As we mentioned last week, WordPress 5.0 was just released and included their shiny new “Gutenberg” page editor. It’s a great step forward, but it’s just the first of many steps for Gutenberg.
Read more about these plans and ideas over on this post on the Make WordPress Core blog.
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If you’ve not played with the new “Gutenberg” editor in WordPress yet, you should. It takes some getting used to, but it makes most kinds of pages and posts much easier to create.
However, while Gutenberg makes it easier to create pages and posts, there are big plans for the future of it. A post on the Make WordPress Core blog goes into great detail (and we’ve linked to them in our show notes), but here are some of the things you can expect to see in future years:
Widgets: This one seems fairly obvious, as widgets and the new blocks are similar in many ways, so expect some changes here.
Customizer: The WordPress customizer is in a weird place right now, as some themes have their own customization features that you need to use instead. However, as Gutenberg begins to take over the customizer, it should become much more powerful and easier to use.
Menus: The plans here are less clear, but they’re always looking for ways to improve the menu system.
Inline Editing: This is further down the road, but in theory, some day, you’ll be able to just edit any part of your site (header, footer, content, menu, whatever) from one place.
There’s lots to look forward to with Gutenberg. If you’ve not played with the current version, I encourage you to try it out, and if you’re not familiar with it at all you’ll find tons of videos and resources online to help you get started.