New Content Creation Process Designed to Build Dynamic WordPress Pages Around Blocks
Automattic released a new editor for WordPress web page creation this week as the company prepares to launch a full version upgrade of the CMS this fall. WordPress is the most popular platform in the world for web publishing with an estimated total of 30% of all websites on the internet using the script. The changes introduced with the new Gutenberg editor will affect millions of active users, many of whom are unskilled in the technical issues of web development. One of the most common problems in new software launches is change aversion, which is one reason why platforms with extremely large user communities like gMail, Word, Facebook, etc. keep their popular services standardized for long periods of time. While the Gutenberg editor is relatively easy to use and intuitive, the transition to a new content creation process will undoubtedly upset a few people initially before they learn to operate it. As a consequence, Automattic is making it easy to continue using the old editor for any website publishers unwilling to make the change. Because Gutenberg is an open source project, it has already been ported to work with the Drupal CMS as well. What remains to be seen is how much conflict the new format will have with third-party themes, widgets, & plugins which build around custom-coded solutions. The new Gutenberg editor gives WordPress users an advanced preview of the changes coming with the new WP 5.0 platform release, and is currently available to install on all active websites through the administration panel with one click.