1. News Manager

    I still think the experience is subpar and the development should drastically change direction into building two different modes – build and write. First would be suitable for designers, geeks, coders and devs to build the overall look of the website and the second mode should be for this who write the content on an ongoing bases. Writers can’t deal with blocks, it’s an unfamiliar experience which alienates them from the platform. I am hearing more and more people to jump out of the ship due to the second one.


    • Peter Shaw

      This is exactly right. The Gutenberg team don’t appreciate that most writers come from ms word or google docs. When they try to use Gutenberg they find it confusing and clunky

      Gutenberg is great, but having one mode and trying to be all things to all people will alienate half the users.


      • News Manager

        And it is not just home staying bloggers or small businesses, it’s about professional journalists, news editors, reporters, professional writers. They all need a known text experience.

        Don’t get me wrong, I am all for blocks, I am in favor of blocks, but Gutenberg needs modes. A journalist doesn’t build the website. No journalist from CNN edits the design, the widgets, the navigation of CNN.com. His job is to write a story.

        Gutenberg team should understand that journalists, writers, editors, they are not web builders most of the time. We need Iceberg-like modes that work well without performance hit like Iceberg.


    • richard Ginn

      Well Page builders are in and Gutenberg is one of them. At least this gets constant updates.


    • Greg

      A writing mode would be amazing – I have clients who put me on an actual retainer simply so they can email me blog posts to put up because they don’t want to deal with Gutenberg. Meanwhile, as much as I think Gutenberg is nowhere near ready to be an actual site builder, I also don’t know how I’d function without it at this point. A writing mode with a full-featured toolbar that appears as a doc but saves as blocks would be a gamechanger, and frankly I’d be happy to give up the retainers in exchange for not having other people’s blog posts to care about.


    • Alex

      As a journalist running an online newspaper I would need to change to another CMS if there were no alternative to Gutenberg. I, too, love Gutenberg – but it is utterly useless for my daily work. Some days I have to publish 30-40 articles, which is just impossible with Gutenberg. Additionally, with the classic editor I can delegate articles to my colleagues, but they would be totally lost with Gutenberg.
      Regarding the “modes” you mentioned – wouldn’t that be simply switching between classic editor and Gutenberg? That’s the way we do it. I have classic editor set up as default editor for the team, and IF I really need a builder I simply switch to Gutenberg …



  2. Fränk

    It’s highly encouraged to upgrade to 9.2.1. Especially for those interested in the experimental Full Site Editing feature.

    Gutenberg version 9.2 contained a lot of bug fixes, but not enough 😉


  3. Slavi

    Using Markdown for writing content would easily solve that issue. There are quite a few plugins offering that. We live in a modern world and learning new skills is necessary.


    • News Editor

      This is not about learning new “skills”, it’s about professionals expecting to have a known UI/UX for writing, not managing blocks. If you open your source code editor tomorrow and it’s block based, how would you react?

      Iceberg is an idea that is a good idea, but the implementation is a huge performance hit. That’s why this “write” experience should be built-in Gutenberg.


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