In early 2017, the WordPress Foundation initiated a project to make the back-end text editor simpler to use and more capable. As anyone who uses the current WordPress text editor knows, the visual tab doesn’t come close to matching the ‘look-and-feel’ of what’s actually published on a WordPress web page. Gutenberg is the WordPress Foundation’s latest attempt to get what’s written in the text editor to look and feel as close as possible to what web visitors view.
When will the WordPress Gutenberg Project ‘Go Live’?
Gutenberg will be incorporated into the core software and be introduced for general use in WordPress version 5.0. As of this writing, the current release of WordPress is version 4.9.1. Yes, the software versions do tell the story… 5.0 is very close to being released.
Right now, a beta plugin version of Gutenberg can be downloaded from the WordPress repository. Considering that this is in beta and meant for testing, the plugin’s use is not recommended for public-facing production websites your business relies on.
Plan for a WordPress Gutenberg Rollout
Don’t Wait for a Website Crash
Not only will Gutenberg have a significant impact on post publishing, but because plugins and themes employ the current text editor for customized processes, Gutenberg may crash WordPress websites with incompatible software.
With WordPress powering 30% of the entire Web, tens of thousands of themes and plugins need to be redesigned for WordPress 5.0 compatibility. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough developers to fulfill such a task by the v5.0 release date. Users and owners of WordPress websites should only count on the most reputable themes and plugins to be Gutenberg-ready at release time.
Now is the time to inquire with your WordPress software manufacturer(s) about their Gutenberg rollout plan. If your vendors have no Gutenberg roadmap, then consider migrating to alternate vendors with “Gutenberg-compatible” software prior to the version 5.0 release.
Looking for a WordPress Gutenberg Demo?
The following video contains excerpts from WordCamp US 2017 conference (December 2, 2017). It begins with a backgrounder on Gutenberg’s development (1min.), followed by a 16-minute demo on how to publish a WordPress post using the Gutenberg interface.