Gutenberg

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“Gutenberg” is a codename for a whole new paradigm for creating with WordPress, that aims to revolutionize the entire publishing experience as much as Johannes Gutenberg did the printed word. The project is following a four-phase process that will touch major pieces of WordPress — Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual.

Following the introduction of post block editing in December 2018, Gutenberg later introduced full site editing (FSE) in 2021, which shipped with WordPress 5.9 in early 2022.

What Does Gutenberg Do?

Gutenberg is WordPress’s “block editor”, and introduces a modular approach to modifying your entire site. Edit individual content blocks on posts or pages. Add and adjust widgets. Even design your site headers, footers, and navigation with full site editing support.

Each piece of content in the editor, from a paragraph to an image gallery to a headline, is its own block. And just like physical blocks, WordPress blocks can be added, arranged, and rearranged, allowing users to create media-rich content and site layouts in a visually intuitive way — and without workarounds like shortcodes or custom HTML and PHP.

We’re always hard at work refining the experience, creating more and better blocks, and laying the groundwork for future phases of work. Each WordPress release includes stable features from the Gutenberg plugin, so you don’t need to install the plugin to benefit from the work being done here.

Early Access

Are you a tech-savvy early adopter who likes testing bleeding-edge and experimental features, and isn’t afraid to tinker with features that are still in active development? If so, this beta plugin gives you access to the latest Gutenberg features for block and full site editing, as well as a peek into what’s to come.

Contributors Wanted

For the adventurous and tech-savvy, the Gutenberg plugin gives you the latest and greatest feature set, so you can join us in testing and developing bleeding-edge features, playing around with blocks, and maybe get inspired to contribute or build your own blocks.

Discover More

  • User Documentation: Review the WordPress Editor documentation for detailed instructions on using the editor as an author to create posts, pages, and more.

  • Developer Documentation: Explore the Developer Documentation for extensive tutorials, documentation, and API references on how to extend the editor.

  • Contributors: Gutenberg is an open-source project and welcomes all contributors from code to design, from documentation to triage. See the Contributor’s Handbook for all the details on how you can help.

The development hub for the Gutenberg project can be found at https://github.com/wordpress/gutenberg. Discussions for the project are on the Make Core Blog and in the #core-editor channel in Slack, including weekly meetings. If you don’t have a Slack account, you can sign up here.

FAQ

How can I send feedback or get help with a bug?

The best place to report bugs, feature suggestions, or any other feedback is at the Gutenberg GitHub issues page. Before submitting a new issue, please search the existing issues to check if someone else has reported the same feedback.

While we try to triage issues reported here on the plugin forum, you’ll get a faster response (and reduce duplication of effort) by keeping feedback centralized in GitHub.

Where can I report security bugs?

The Gutenberg team and WordPress community take security bugs seriously. We appreciate your efforts to responsibly disclose your findings, and will make every effort to acknowledge your contributions.

To report a security issue, please visit the WordPress HackerOne program.

Do I have to use the Gutenberg plugin to get access to these features?

Not necessarily. Each version of WordPress after 5.0 has included features from the Gutenberg plugin, which are known collectively as the WordPress Editor. You are likely already benefitting from stable features!

But if you want cutting edge beta features, including more experimental items, you will need to use the plugin. You can read more here to help decide whether the plugin is right for you.

Where can I see which Gutenberg plugin versions are included in each WordPress release?

View the Versions in WordPress document to get a table showing which Gutenberg plugin version is included in each WordPress release.

What’s next for the project?

The four phases of the project are Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual. You can hear more about the project and phases from Matt in his State of the Word talks for 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018. Additionally, you can follow the biweekly release notes and monthly project plan updates on the Make WordPress Core blog for more up to date information about what’s happening now.

Where can I read more about Gutenberg?

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ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 17, 2024
I really can't understand why this terrible thing still exists and even get some new features and updates. It's so bad - the first thing I do on all websites is disabling it and installing classic editor.
ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 16, 2024
I am converting all my posts in Gutenberg. There are 2 benefits: faster site smoother site (cpu usage) Time to write is not better, not worse. Equal. I even start to use Gutenberg on products. I think it's the right time to do it. Switch in future will be dramatically harder, and the logic of Wordpress makes a lot of sense. Many things will become simplier later. I am impressed by the improvements that were made. Of course, the editor lacks a few elements, but they are easy to find elsewhere. But I am on content quality, but not on visual gimmicks. Of course, there is a learning curve, that's always the case when you change your way to work.
ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 6, 2024 5 replies
We still can't find a place for Guts as we lovingly call it. I cant train clients to use it, I personally dont see anything that will help my work flow as a web dev and I really cant handle the HTML code and the messy messy way they setup the raw code views. I spend most of my time removing Gutenberg's frankly horrid code from users' sites so they can get back to an editor that is not confusing and very black-box. As a dev I just cant see an advantage, the HTML is so mangled as its created. Also the recent block changes to WooCommerce really messed up a lot of sites I manage. I have used a variety of builders and just hard code in the classic editor as for me this is the ceiling of what site owners want and also what they can handle. I think this is being built by folks who with all respect dont use WP in a real world way. This is a nice idea, but there are so many builders that work, these could be aquired easily and brought into core. This is not working as is, there has been years and years of this and its barely at alpha stages, it also is not faster or easy to use straight out of the box, it is missing features. When Guts is done I fear it will be either anemic for features or like JetPack just a total overload. Not a single new business inquiry related to Gutenberg either, other than folks who dont know what it is, but that their site looks defaced, after the builder messed something up. This project needs imo to be scrapped or moved out of core, how likely this is now I dont know. But it has no real goal, no real way to measure what it meant to do and where it is going.
ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 5, 2024 1 reply
Gutenberg seems to be fraught with bugs, and its features feel quite restricted. For instance, adding gallery columns fails to insert any class, disrupting the design, and the drag & drop functionality for elements is far from smooth. Based on my 14 years of experience with WordPress, I believe that immediate improvements to Gutenberg are necessary to prevent detriment to WordPress's overall usability and reputation.
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Contributors & Developers

“Gutenberg” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

To read the changelog for the latest Gutenberg release, please navigate to the release page.