1. Rick Gregory

    This is great. However, this kind of worries me:

    “WordPress development just became very complicated with the Gutenberg project. I’m also not sure how devs will start writing extensions. Some users might expect them to keep the shortcodes for the old editor. Some might ask for blocks in the new one. Is there an API or back-compat? In short everything is changing and this change has both pros and cons.”

    This feels like something that should be defined by now by the project leads. Not implemented but things like “is there an API, is there backward compatibility” should be known even if something isn’t targeted as a 1.0 release feature.


  2. Mike Schinkel

    “WordPress development just became very complicated with the Gutenberg project

    This is exactly what so many people were concerned about then a small set of developers were promoting the use of React _(vs. Vue)_ when they said “But what we choose will only affect the core developers.” I am paraphrasing, of course.


  3. Ahmad Awais

    Thank you, Sarah — for covering the Gutenberg Boilerplate here!

    Everyone, I want to let you know that Gutenberg Boilerplate needs more reviewers and contributors. If you want to get into Gutenberg development, it’s the high time to do that.

    And if you’re just interested in keeping up with this project then Star the repository to show appreciation and watch it to keep up with the updates :)

    Here’s the link: https://github.com/ahmadawais/Gutenberg-Boilerplate/


    • George

      Everyone, I want to let you know that Gutenberg Boilerplate needs more reviewers and contributors.

      Instead of trying to get more people to use and test it, perhaps it is an idea to abandon the project altogether?

      If you want to get into Gutenberg development, it’s the high time to do that.

      People quite obviously don’t care about Gutenberg and certainly don’t want anything that complicates future development.

      And now with the issue about React not having the right license (see WP Tavern post https://wptavern.com/?p=73216), I think it is time to abandon ship. In a few months time, people will have forgotten that a few weeks were wasted on something that was unnecessary from the get-go!


      • Tim

        Are you suggesting he abandons the boilerplate documentation, or that gutenberg itself should be abandoned?

        In the case of the latter, I’m sorry to say that wordpress will almost definitely replace the current editor with gutenberg in a future version, the people at wordpress are very keen on that. Barring any great disaster this will happen sooner rather than later, so better that we jump on the bandwagon now and make it as good as it can be. And initiatives like this are very helpful to make it approachable to people that aren’t in the gutenberg inner circle right now. So good job Ahmad!

        Also, a ‘few weeks’? Gutenberg has been in development for 6 months now.


        • Ahmad Awais

          Thanks for that, Tim!

          @George — IMHO if you’re not there to talk about your concerns (instead of just writing it off on WPT comments) how else do you think they will get addressed?


        • Jon

          @Tim – Honestly, I think it’s a mistake to flat out replace TinyMCE with Gutenberg. Users/Developers need to be given the choice which one they want to use.

          I liken it to Microsoft’s huge mistake with forcing the Metro UI onto people with Windows 8 without offering them the choice to use Aero (Windows 7’s interface). As a result, Windows 8 adoption after 12 months was a hair short of 50% of Windows 7.

          When you force such a fundamental change on people, you risk them re-evaluating their options. They may either opt to not upgrade WordPress or move to a different solution.


  4. chuck

    This type of fundamental change should really become a plugin or a fork of WP, not stuffed into core. Sad!


    • Matt

      I’d tend to agree considering there’s little to be done in regards to the additional WP editor experience fragmentation that Gutenberg will create anyhow.

      I see WP development falling into 3 categories (at least)…

      1) Become aware of whether you’re running on a system with the old TinyMCE or new Gutenberg and act accordingly. If it’s a plugin that can dynamically alter this fact, that further complicates things but only slightly.

      2) Offer separate v4.x and v5.0 versions.

      3) Stop development of the older v4.x branch versions and only develop v5.x going forward even at the expense of lost users.


    • J. Chuck Mailen

      I’ve been thinking a lot about this and there’s actually some precedent on how to handle this. Personally I always use the text editor in tinyMCE, so much that I often click the “Disable the visual editor when writing” option on the profile page. I think a similar solution could work. By default new installs get Gutenberg, but you have a profile option to use the legacy editor. Maybe even a global setting to set legacy for all new users (or even all users). Something along these lines is probably the closest we’ll get to the best of both worlds.


  5. Matt

    So is the normal PHP way to create meta boxes going away? That’s going to be a huge problem for me, having used that in dozens of client websites, for all kinds of extra custom fields. How am I going to fix all those sites breaking when this is released? This can’t be true.

    I’m absolutely no Js developer so rewriting it in Javascript will be a big problem. And I don’t want to think about how clients are going to react to this, obviously they aren’t eager to pay a lot of money to have me fix a problem that wasn’t there before.

    Really scared about the direction WordPress is developing. It has always been the best option but the future looks dark.


  6. Steve Morton

    Thank you for putting this together Ahmad! I’ve been curious how easy it will be to create custom blocks.

    I’m glad to see some thought has been given to standard PHP meta boxes with this “Extended Settings” mock up. Not ideal but workable.

    One use case I still haven’t seen addressed however is when you have a custom post type that doesn’t require a WYSIWYG editor at all or at least a much less prominent one. This is not uncommon at all in custom work – take for example a store post type for a store locator. Has anyone see discussion on this topic?


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