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  1. Bastian

    I find a bit puzzling that the columns block, a big selling point for Gutenberg, is still in beta at this stage and is so poor (no responsiveness? no ability to set different-width columns?) compared to the rest of blocks.

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    • Zebulan

      The Columns block was not initially intended for phase one. It ended up being created as a way to test and discover bugs with nesting blocks. So the reason it is so lacking in features is probably because it was created earlier than expected simply for the sake of testing new functionality, and the focus is not yet on layout-related functionality. That comes in phase two.

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      • Peter

        Seriously?! This is what the plan behind GB was? Not actually implement at least a working prototype but just tell some cool sounding idea? If all that you wrote is true then i rather doubt phase two will be less anticipated than the first phase. May i just question who is GB team developing GB for? For the community or just for themselves with great sounding but never tested ideas?
        Until now i just thought at least those who sit near the fire know exactly what they have under their sleeves and it is for sure worth all the struggle with phase 1… but after reading this i really can not imagine that would be the case. Sorry but this whole GB project is much ado for nothing really useful at the end. I think a ton of junk features and at the end gazillions of junk-styled websites will we get as a result.

        By the way how will responsive design work in practice with GB? Can someone please explain that? I mean if you can layout the content in 1 given resolution…then how will that look just right on all the possible displays? Either my imagination is limited or those design and PR gurus forgot about this problem until it was too late to confess.

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      • Zebulan

        I’m not sure I understand your comment?

        In terms of responsive design, it really isn’t that hard to make that happen. It’s just CSS. The hard part is deciding what options should be there, how those options should work, and how much control is provided to the user in the core blocks. Should there be predetermined breakpoints? Should the breakpoints be provided by the theme? How many breakpoints should there be? Should CSS Flex or Grid be used? How do you organize the features? What do the controls look like? What is the proper way to implement varied-width columns and how do those affect responsiveness?

        If the devs tried to focus on that now, they would not be able to fix the more pressing issues of getting bugs fixed with the current features. I’ve already seen people complain about the devs focusing on stuff like fullscreen mode and spotlight mode instead of bug-fixing, which is funny since both of those features were introduced because of user feedback. As far as I can tell, the plan was always to have Gutenberg release in WordPress 5.0 with a focus on blog posts and a solid core that can be expanded to page building and soon entire website building in phase 2 and beyond.

        But instead of getting information second-hand from me, which may be misinterpreted or miscommunicated by either or both of us, perhaps you should go ask the devs yourself or check out the existing handbook and various other documents that have been released. I’m sure they can explain things far more easily and more accurately than I can.

        https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/handbook/
        https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/handbook/outreach/articles/
        https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/handbook/outreach/talks/
        https://make.wordpress.org/core/
        https://make.wordpress.org/chat/

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    • Rhys C

      Ive got a codepen showing how to add responsive support for the columns block:

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  2. Stephen Vaughan

    While not sold on Gutenberg I did try Caxton today and the layouts do a fairly good job within the limitations of Gutenberg. Kadence looks good as well so must give it a spin on my test install.

    I’ll stop now before I get too enthusiastic. 😮

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  3. Samuel

    Unbelievable. I have installed it and I am thrilled what is possible with it. I’m curious how other big PageBuilders will respond.

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  4. Andre

    I just built Camer Pro, a theme for Blogging Theme Styles, which has full Gutenberg support. Although the default blocks are styled within the theme, the idea of plugins to enhance/add further blocks is probably something we will start to see theme and plugin shops develop as time moves on.

    As this article points out, already has started, and I know Array Themes with their Atomic Blocks was one of the first I seen come out.

    I think it’s only a matter of time as themes start to add Gutenberg support at least, but plugin options will grow into a new market.

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  5. Anh Tran

    Looks like a new era for page builders!

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