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The Gutenberg editor isn’t officially part of WordPress core, but there are already several plugins to help add to it. This week we talk about some of those plugins and check in with our friends at WordCamp Europe for the latest news.
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The Gutenberg editor is a new block based editor for WordPress. Though it hasn’t officially been released yet, that hasn’t stopped developers from rolling out a few plugins specifically geared for it.
This week we’ll talk about a few of those Gutenberg plugins plus we’ll have some news from our friends at WordCamp Europe.
The first plugin you’ll probably notice in the repository is the Gutenberg plugin. When Gutenberg officially rolls out, it will replace the current editor in the vanilla version of WordPress, which means there’ll be no plugin required, but for now they team has released a standalone Gutenberg plugin for users to try out the new editor and provide feedback on bugs and issues.
This plugin is currently the only way to try Gutenberg and it’s honestly pretty stable. If you want to go ahead and start making sure your site is Gutenberg editor, you should install it today.
Gutenberg comes with image, text, and several other types of default content blocks. But some of these plugins, like Maps Block for Gutenberg, are designed to add one specific type of content block.
However there are a few plugins that are packed with additional types of content blocks. Gutenberg Spacer Block is a collection of page builder blocks for content marketers. So these blocks include “click to tweet”, GitHub Gist, Social Sharing, and even a GIF block.
Another feature packed plugin is Stackable, which features 17 new gutenberg blocks, with an emphasis on ecommerce. So these blocks include pricing box, video pop-ups, customer testimonials, Notification, and even a spacer block.
Speaking of blocks, there are at least two plugins specifically designed to turn Gutenberg off. Disable Gutenberg is pretty self explanatory. If you are reluctant to use Gutenberg when it officially comes out, this plugin will completely turn it off and replace it with the classic WYSIWYG editor for WordPress.
Gutenberg Manager, on the other hand will allow you to disable the Gutenberg editor on some pages or posts, but not others. Maybe you want to disable on Gutenberg on posts, or maybe you just want to disable certain types of content blocks, we’ll this theme will probably be better for you than the Disable Gutenberg plugin.
Now let’s check in with Jenny Beaumont, the lead organizer for WordCamp Europe to hear whats new.
What is your dream Gutenberg plugin? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out TorqueMag.io for more WordPress news.
We’ll see you next week.