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Tired of only having two editing options in WordPress? This week we review the brand new “Gutenberg editor” for WordPress. This is an experimental new block-based editor that may work it’s way into a future version of WordPress. Try the prototype here and let us know which is your favorite version.
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There are currently two editing options for creating WordPress posts; Text & Visual, but two members of the WordPress core team have been working on a brand new experimental editor that just might shake things up.
Joen Asmussen and Matías Ventura are the two developers behind this content block based editor and have recently shared 3 working prototypes of their work online. The project is named Gutenberg, after the famous inventor of the movable type printing press.
Rather than treating the editor as one static area with a toolbar up top and the text and images arranged linearly beneath, Gutenberg breaks up photos, text, and other media into different blocks, which can easily be re-arranged. Clicking on any of these boxes will open a content specific toolbar for the media within.
I love the minimal layout of this editor, but I am a die hard fan of the classic text editor. Despite the name, What You See Is What You Get style editors always seem to break my formating and make my life difficult when sharing Flickr images or Bandcamp embeds.
There are three working prototypes of Gutenberg online and the developers are hungry for feedback so click the link in the description to try them out.
Let us know your thoughts on Gutenberg in the comments below. Which of the three versions is your favorite and why?
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