WordCamp Grand Rapids Attendees Share First Impressions of Gutenberg

While attending WordCamp Grand Rapids I had the opportunity to interview developers and business owners about their first impressions of the new Gutenberg editor. Many attendees I spoke to had not yet heard of the project but were intrigued and decided to install the plugin on a test site. A few attendees were developers who have already contributed to Gutenberg and are experimenting with extending the editor.

Those who have tested the beta have varied concerns, depending on how they use WordPress in their professions. Some are waiting to begin testing until the plugin provides a more consistent experience. One of the most common concerns for developers is how the editor will handle meta boxes. Freelancers and agency owners are waiting to see how the new editor will affect their businesses.

“How much am I going to have to change what my company does as a business to build websites with this new tool?” Topher DeRosia asked.

Agency owner Sara Dunn said she is excited about what Gutenberg will bring to WordPress and undaunted by the prospect of getting clients acquainted to a new interface. She believes the project has a lot of potential to solve some of the most common client frustrations.

“I’m excited about it, because I have a lot of clients who say they can’t stand WordPress because when they look at the backend and update their pages and posts, it doesn’t look how it looks on the frontend,” Dunn said. “I really think WordPress needs this move to compete in the future, and I’m excited about where it’s going.”

John James Jacoby, one of the developers who has contributed to Gutenberg and experimented with extending it, said he considers it to be a very ambitious project.

“It is probably one of the most important projects that anyone has worked on with WordPress in a number of years, in my opinion,” Jacoby said. “My take on it is that everyone has the responsibility to try to influence the direction that it’s going to take. If we care about the open web and the freedom of how people publish to it, then we should all try to join in and help with its ongoing development and make it as good as it can be if it’s going to end up as part of WordPress in the coming months.”

Check out the interviews below to see how attendees weighed in on Gutenberg.

7 Comments


  1. I am definitely going to try it. Not sure about using it on client work tho! Exciting times in the future for it I would imagine.

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  2. Great video. Was cool to hear Mike say how Gutenberg reminds him of Lasso and AESOP Story Engine which it did to me as well. It’s interesting to hear the tone from these people about their concerns which seems drastically different from the tone being set elsewhere in comments on different blog posts.

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  3. Awesome video,

    Version 1.1 just droppped today. I would suggest having a play with Gutenberg now at this stage – the UI has massively improved.

    It’s now at a stage where I would prefer to use it over TinyMCE.

    **Shameless plug** – I wrote a blog (using gberg) about how the current divide in the WordPress community is similar to the divide in the rap community thanks to the new generation of ‘mumble rappers’
    Gutenberg and mumble rap

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  4. A community project should solve problems of that community, not to force users to like something what somebody decide can be good (not vice versa like with Gutenberg).
    Users – community should tempt developers to help them with their goals, achieve their needs.
    Btw. cool PR video without any helpful information.

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    1. How does Gberg not solve the problems of the community? I’ve been using wordpress for 10 years now and I want an easier way to write posts/pages.

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      1. What do you feel is easier way to write page/post in Gutenberg compared to old editor? Is there anybody on the Earth who think/type anything in “blocks”?

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      2. I definitely think and feel in a block mode, when I’m writing I do it in sections and don’t go from top to bottom, so i might start at the end, do a little bit in the middle, do some start – same with how I code.

        Cheers,

        Rhys Clay the IT Team & Breezy Designs s: rhys-theitteam m: 0412 489 937 w: theitteam.com.au / breezydesigns.com.au

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