The Internet has become our main source of information, services, and products so unsurprisingly, websites have become very important for any serious company. When it comes to creating a beautiful and easy-to-use website, WordPress has a big role. It is the most popular and simplest way to build an online platform that will represent your business in the best possible light.
For years, WordPress users have been operating within TinyMCE WYSIWYG editor. However, in the ever-changing world the things were bound to change in this regard as well. With the release of WordPress 5.0, the website developers were faced with one very big change – a new editor called Gutenberg.
What is Gutenberg?
Simply put, Gutenberg is a WordPress editor that helps users create what they need in terms of posts and pages via blocks. So, the main goal of WordPress has stayed the same – providing customers with the best possible experience – but they have decided to use a new tool to bring that to fruition.
You will be able to create visually engaging and content-rich websites thanks to this tool. Blocks are defined by the WordPress team as:
“the abstract terms used to describe unites of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage.”
Website for your business will be much easier organized thanks to this tool. You will be able to design the look of your page by simply arranging these blocks the way you want. The possibility of this will make things easier for everybody and you will not need for developers to go through an extensive coding procedure to make your online platform visually appealing.
The Effect on E-Commerce
If you’re providing e-commerce services to your customers, you were without a doubt affected by this addition. However, you have at your disposal WordPress Gutenberg plugins and resource to help you navigate the editor and create engaging content. Depending on the requirements of your business, you can choose appropriate plugins and blocks that will assist you in building a content faster and in a more efficient manner.
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Building and changing your e-commerce website will be significantly simplified. All you have to do is to create a page by using blocks and insert the products you want visitors to find on your site. Simply, by eliminating the need for code, the management of the products and everything else on the home page is much more relaxed.
Bloggers and Content Creators
Blocks have also affected the way content creators design their webpages. They certainly make things run much smoothly. Adding things like video, images, and text is thanks to the Gutenberg editor easier than ever. If you’re a blogger but lack the coding knowledge, you will appreciate the help you’ll get from the blocks.
Truth be told, the Blocks editor has revolutionized the ways bloggers structure their posts. Not only will the post look good but the creators will also be able to move them around as they feel like it. Another perk is the fact that this tool makes all the necessary changes in real-time.
What About Designers and Developers?
Those who have the responsibility to develop and design a site also had to face changes in their work. Although they were not completely unfamiliar with the blocks prior WordPress 5.0 edition, the difference is that before Gutenberg they needed a third-party plugin. By taking this part out of the process, these professionals are able to work in a faster and more efficient manner.
The WordPress developers don’t have to worry about certain things as owners of the online platform will be able to do it on their own without messing up the code and messing up the website. Building custom themes doesn’t require great coding knowledge anymore. Moving blocks within the custom WordPress theme will allow you to arrange things so they fit your needs.
Some of the features that make a Gutenberg a big improvement when compared to the former version of the editor include, among others:
· Preformatted ‘block’ types (heading, list, quote, paragraph, etc.)
· Drag and drop functions when rearranging blocks
· The possibility to format each of the blocks individually
· Default color options for background and text
In the online world, updates are not necessarily always successful. However, when it comes to WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg editor, the improvement is evident. This move has made things much easier for online businesses and their owners. Thanks to this new tool, changes to the site can be done in a quicker and much efficient manner without the need to know or use code.