THE GUTENBERG WORDPRESS
Whether you use WordPress.com or WordPress. org on a third-party host, the editor is about to undergo a massive revamp. Part of the reason for WordPress’s success is that it has a gentler learning curve than many rival CMSes, especially for users who aren’t of a technical bent. Gutenberg promises to make creating eye-catching posts even easier. First, it brings a much cleaner WYSIWYG editor to WordPress posts and pages. Content is organised in blocks. So, you might have a headline block, followed by a photo, followed by an introductory paragraph, and each block can be edited without having to bother with intimidating shortcodes, custom post types, meta-boxes or hand-cranked code. Insert a featured image, for example, and a box appears on the right-hand side of the editor letting you control the darkness of the gradient on the image. Text can be overlayed on the image and the alignment of the image can be quickly adjusted using onscreen buttons, instead of having to delve in and out of a separate photo menu. And all the changes you’re making are previewed live in the editor. Gutenberg is due to be released this year, but you can play with the new facilities using the live demo at testgutenberg.com. However, the big question will be how nicely Gutenberg plays with plugins and existing themes, especially if their creator is no longer supporting one you have installed.