22 Comments

  1. Barry Graves

    “Gutenberg isn’t an Automattic project”

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  2. James Farmer

    This looks really really nice! Lovely natural progression 👏

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  3. James

    So they basically want to make Divi?

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    • Stephen Vaughan

      Perhaps, there is no law against that. While it may not gave all the bells and whistles and the usability could do with some improvements, the overall block project is moving at a fast pace. It will be interesting to see how things progress.

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    • Nilo Velez

      Divi, Elementor, WPBakery, Fusion Builder…. like it or not, it’s what users are asking for

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  4. Martin Sansom

    Good luck to the team working on this, but they’ve got a hell of a long way to go before it can compete with Divi or Visual Composer.

    However, if they can make it faster than DIvi it will certainly get my vote. I’ve been using Divi for a few years now after switching from Visual Composer, but with every update they add in, Divi seems to get slower and slower when saving pages.

    Divi also starts to crawl once you’ve got more than 20 or 30 pages in your website (probably because of the way it compiles CSS)

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    • Jack

      I switched from Divi, Visual Composer and Avada to Elementor 2 years ago. And I’m pretty sure I won’t turn back.

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  5. Anh Tran

    That is more full page editing than full site editing. I was hoping to edit menu, header or something. This seems to be like pre-built templates in Elementor.

    Anyway, it’s a great feature for Gutenberg users.

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  6. Marc

    I wonder if they’re keeping an eye out for accessibility, or if it’s still just an afterthought for them.

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  7. Danny Brown

    I remember when Headway 2.0 came out (10 years ago now, I think), and had a site builder feature from the off, where you basically just uploaded your logo, and it would brand the design based on the logo colours.

    That was a game-changer at the time. Surprised no-one’s continued to build upon this, and really make creating sites from scratch super easy.

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  8. Patrick B

    I like the direction in concept. Page templates for blocks is already supported so a user interface to select a template seems like a natural evolution. Clients have always tended to find pages amorphous, especially if creating one from scratch. So having a template you can load in association with the pages creation helps add context. I’ll be interested in seeing how it evolves.

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  9. Paal Joachim Romdahl

    I am hoping this is a joint cooperation with Gutenberg and Automattic. Developing full site editing can at the same time also have a very good influence on the development of Gutenberg. As new specific features might need to be focused on now rather then later.

    Here is an Gutenberg issue from over a year ago in regards to:
    “Starting out blank or with selecting a template layout.”
    https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/5537

    As it shows some initial thoughts on how to begin with a preexisting page layout. It would be great to continue this exploration with the Automattic team who are working on the full site editing experience. There will naturally be many overlapping features that should be worked on as a joint project.

    It would be good to have a discussion about this project during one of the core-editor open office Slack meetings.

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  10. Brooks Manley

    This is really interesting. My agency uses a lot of the themes and frameworks mentioned in comments. Interested to see if this compares / competes.

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  11. Somnath Jadhav

    Hope its not “Just another WordPress plugin”

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  12. Bradley Davis

    This shouldn’t be a shock as this was always going to be the end goal when Gutenberg was introduced, hopefully the community get on board and this makes WordPress an even better platform.

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  13. Pixel Air

    Nothing this exciting and groundbreaking happened to WP in years then suddenly it’s all kicking off! Struggling to keep up. At the end of the day – as long as our clients benefit from easier editing then it can only be a good thing!

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