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43 points by janvdberg on Dec 6, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 7 comments

I've been playing around with Gutenberg for the last few weeks or so, and to be honest?

It's just not the right setup for a post editor. It's okay as a site builder if you put a decent amount of work into creating your own blocks and what not, and I suspect it may have a niche on very large media sites which have a bunch of overly complicated article layouts.

But for your average Joe, it's just awkward and makes posting simple posts more tedious/waste more time than it needs to be.

It also shouldn't have been merged into core already either, given the software clearly isn't ready and basic things like accessibility aren't up to par. It's also really poor timing given that many sites are getting ready for Christmas, and retailers likely won't want to have to teach their staff a whole new editor in order to add products or deals at the most lucrative time of year.

God help any agencies too. Those guys will be working round the clock to try and fix client sites broken by the new editor (or angry customers yelling at them about how they can't figure out how to write content any more).

Not a good move guys.

Okay, I've now tested it on my main site, and I can definitely confirm that it's not a good fit for blog posts/news articles. Took me forever to post a simple 300 word article, in part because of all the random spaces it kept removing when I copied in paragraphs from my text editor.

It's also way too 'big' in general; the UI is a pain to scroll past and find things in. Definitely gonna go back to the Classic Editor if the next few posts don't go better than that one.

I'm stoked on gutenburg and all. When it gets there with a11y, I'll be happy to endorse it for our users.

But it's also been fun to try and come up with some tooling so we can automatically install the classic editor plugin on the 300 or so sites that we manage on a variety of hosts, with a variety of methods of managing them.

What's been extra fun is that one of our main hosts is finally forcing everyone from PHP5.6 to PHP7.2 this month, so I've been having to go in and hand test every site and install shims for stuff like mysql_real_escape_string.

To be clear, I think that both GB and PHP7.2 are necessary advancements. I just wish that I had better testing strategies in place... but that is my own fault. I've been lighting candles for the folks who have fewer technical skills and resources than my small company has.

PHP 7.3 just released today, too.

The Classic Editor Plugin is a life saver for small freelance Wordpress Developers. The big problem with Gutenberg is not the editor itself, but the many ways in which it breaks largely used solutions like Advanced Custom Fields. Building the new Blocks is an infinitely more convoluted and complex way to extend the editor than custom fields. I wish Gutenbger just had a better support for that.

This version is the last straw which makes clear that I need to move my business (and clients) away from WordPress.

The new block editor doesn't offer anything for our purposes, and in fact breaks most existing sites built as content management systems (custom post types and fields). Sure, they say I can install their "classic editor" plugin on all the sites - but, aside from sites of clients with whom I've lost touch (in which case the sites will just break upon core update), I'm disappointed in how they've rolled out this change seemingly without regard to a significant portion of the community raising concerns. I mean, just look at the reviews in Gutenberg's plugin repo..

For me, it means using a fork of the last "good" version (4.9.8) - possibly ClassicPress - for the near term, and transitioning to other solutions (static sites, React/Preact fullstack) over the long term. During the process, we plan to "encapsulate" WordPress for use as a headless CMS, as a data backend to be swapped out eventually.

I tried Gutenberg and uninstalled it in less than 10 minutes. It might be awesome but the onboarding didn’t get me there. Builders like Divi and Visual Composer can have a steep learning curve but at least they lead you through it.

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