I’ve decided to give Gutenburg a whirl. Right now, it is only available as a WordPress plugin, but word on the street says it will be included in WordPress 5. I like to be ready for these changes whenever possible.
Always something new …
Seems like I spend half of my life learning new things. This is fine. I like learning, but some times I’d prefer to be earning than learning. If I don’t try Gutenburg and learn its ins and outs, I’ll be on the outs with my clients. So, head down and ready to learn.
Trouble in editville
Already, I see issues that will cause headaches for professional developers. Not in the way the tool works – I’m finding it easy to use – but in the details.
My responsive images are not performing as expected, so I disabled the Gutenburg plugin to find the error. When I did, I expected the plugin to remove any redundant and excessive code.
It’s all in here. Cluttering up my page. I’m going to strip it all manually.
There is no magic elixir
No matter what we try, there is no magical way to make creating web sites simple. People trained their whole lives to layout magazines, and then computers took over. Everyone thought they could layout a magazine, but not well. Same thing happened with the web. Everyone thinks they can design their own site because the tool lets them drag and drop.
That just isn’t so. Web development takes time and effort and experience. Does your drag and drop site take in to account operating systems, browser configurations, Section 508 compliance, corporate style guidelines, best SEO practices, fast-loading pages?
Long story short
I’m ok with Gutenburg the plugin. I think it will be helpful for most users.
As a developer, I do hope there are alternatives and the ability to shut it off when it becomes core.