Hello, Gutenberg! How Can We Get Rid Of You?

Nicholas C. Rossis

WordPress 5 Gutenberg | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksWordPress 5.0 was released on Thursday, and many people (those who are self-hosting, for example) were in for a nasty surprise: their entire way of adding a new post will have changed dramatically. The new release replaces TinyMCE with Gutenberg; a completely new way of adding content to your blog or website. In case you’re unfamiliar with the lingo, here is what TinyMCE looks like:

TinyMCE screenshot | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

A Block, but not the Writer’s Kind

Gutenberg introduces a so-called Block Editor. Users of Elegant Themes’ Divi’s Visual Editor or even MailPoet or MailChimp will be familiar with the concept of composing posts through blocks. Basically, you build the page by selecting among a collection of premade kinds of content like Images, Text etc:

Gutenberg Blocks | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Still confused? Perhaps the following video will shed some light:

Thanks But No Thanks

If you are not ready to use the new WordPress 5.0 post editor, that’s ok. You can…

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