Why is technology being forced upon us when it’s still buggy and not yet fully supported?
It’s how I’d sum up all the ranting done about the latest WordPress Gutenberg block editor.
- Gutenberg sucks!
- It’s buggy!
- Too hard to use!
- Doesn’t work!
- Can’t do fancy things like my pagebuilder!
Yes, I’ve heard it all. And despite all the technology advancements we’ve had in the past decades, it seems people (once again) forget how technology works.
The chicken-and-egg analogy
What comes first? The chicken or the egg?
Or in tech-speak, what comes first…the format or its adoption? How do you force users onto a new format/platform/technology? You allow it as an option for a good amount of time, and then force them over.
- Do you remember when CD’s and BLU-RAY discs were an option before becoming a standard?
- Or when USB was an option before becoming standard? And now USB-C is becoming standard?
- Or when Apple ditched the old connectors for the new lightning ones?
Every time there were changes, people cried foul because all their 3rd-party devices and attachments became obsolete overnight. And then what…they learned to love the new technology and practically turned their noses at anybody still on the old format.
Gutenberg is being pushed now because it’s damn time. Now that it’s officially released (already been for over a year now?), all third party themes and plugins can integrate with it.
Gutenberg is good enough for production use
Sure…not for everyone *eye roll*, but at least for trendsetting developers.
If you can code and/or extremely savvy around new technology, Gutenberg works just fine despite some annoyances here and there.
Does that mean all newbies and regular users can use it? Judging from the constant complaining I hear, I’d guess no. But good news for them. They can still use Classic Editor until A) they become familiar enough with Gutenberg, B) Gutenberg gets easier to use, or C) stay with Classic Editor which still works with WordPress!
Why does Gutenberg have to be the future?
Because the future of technology is always evolving.
I know some people would rather die with their classic text editor and bloated pagebuilder than to ever use Gutenberg. That’s a fair position to take. I have grandparents who refuse to use text messages, too.
But that isn’t everyone else’s stance. We want cool shit. New and easier ways to build content and content layouts. Sure…Gutenberg isn’t easy for everyone…I do notice that. But it certainly allows so much more flexibility in WordPress natively. So many more things developers can do now without hacking on other crap (like pagebuilders). And it’s only the beginning.
Once all 3rd-party themes/plugins get onboard with Gutenberg, we’ll start to see the limitless potential than an archaic Classic (text) Editor would have never been able to do.
When does Gutenberg get better?
Things get better when more people use it.
Widespread adoption brings helpful feedback under real-world conditions. Developers improve it, and everybody wins in the end.
The question really isn’t whether Gutenberg gets better. That train was already set in motion a long time ago and so much progress has already been made.
The real question is at which point do you want to jump on the train? When it’s still new and imperfect? Or when it’s absolutely mature and overtaken all other alternatives?
That really depends on you.
Does Gutenberg benefit you now? Does it improve your project or give you chances to improve your development skills? Or is it a waste of time and unhelpful distraction from your tried-and-true methods?
FWIW, I think most people should get familiar with it ASAP. Because it’s going to be so much more than a content editor. It will soon overtake widgets and also theme design.