Gutenberg is more than an editor. While the editor is the focus right now, the project will ultimately impact the entire publishing experience including customization (the next focus area).

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Editing focus

The editor will create a new page- and post-building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery. — Matt Mullenweg

One thing that sets WordPress apart from other systems is that it allows you to create as rich a post layout as you can imagine — but only if you know HTML and CSS and build your own custom theme. By thinking of the editor as a tool to let you write rich posts and create beautiful layouts, we can transform WordPress into something users love WordPress, as opposed something they pick it because it’s what everyone else uses.

Gutenberg looks at the editor as more than a content field, revisiting a layout that has been largely unchanged for almost a decade.This allows us to holistically design a modern editing experience and build a foundation for things to come.

Here’s why we’re looking at the whole editing screen, as opposed to just the content field:

  1. The block unifies multiple interfaces. If we add that on top of the existing interface, it would add complexity, as opposed to remove it.
  2. By revisiting the interface, we can modernize the writing, editing, and publishing experience, with usability and simplicity in mind, benefitting both new and casual users.
  3. When singular block interface takes center stage, it demonstrates a clear path forward for developers to create premium blocks, superior to both shortcodes and widgets.
  4. Considering the whole interface lays a solid foundation for the next focus, full site customization.
  5. Looking at the full editor screen also gives us the opportunity to drastically modernize the foundation, and take steps towards a more fluid and JavaScript powered future that fully leverages the WordPress REST API.


Blocks are the unifying evolution of what is now covered, in different ways, by shortcodes, embeds, widgets, post formats, custom post types, theme options, meta-boxes, and other formatting elements. They embrace the breadth of functionality WordPress is capable of, with the clarity of a consistent user experience.

Imagine a custom “employee” block that a client can drag to an About page to automatically display a picture, name, and bio. A whole universe of plugins that all extend WordPress in the same way. Simplified menus and widgets. Users who can instantly understand and use WordPress — and 90% of plugins. This will allow you to easily compose beautiful posts like this example.

Check out the FAQ for answers to the most common questions about the project.


Posts are backwards compatible, and shortcodes will still work. We are continuously exploring how highly-tailored metaboxes can be accommodated, and are looking at solutions ranging from a plugin to disable Gutenberg to automatically detecting whether to load Gutenberg or not. While we want to make sure the new editing experience from writing to publishing is user-friendly, we’re committed to finding a good solution for highly-tailored existing sites.

The stages of Gutenberg

Gutenberg has three planned stages. The first, aimed for inclusion in WordPress 5.0, focuses on the post editing experience and the implementation of blocks. This initial phase focuses on a content-first approach. The use of blocks, as detailed above, allows you to focus on how your content will look without the distraction of other configuration options. This ultimately will help all users present their content in a way that is engaging, direct, and visual.

These foundational elements will pave the way for stages two and three, planned for the next year, to go beyond the post into page templates and ultimately, full site customization.

Gutenberg is a big change, and there will be ways to ensure that existing functionality (like shortcodes and meta-boxes) continue to work while allowing developers the time and paths to transition effectively. Ultimately, it will open new opportunities for plugin and theme developers to better serve users through a more engaging and visual experience that takes advantage of a toolset supported by core.


Gutenberg is built by many contributors and volunteers. Please see the full list in


How can I send feedback or get help with a bug?

We’d love to hear your bug reports, feature suggestions and any other feedback! Please head over to the GitHub issues page to search for existing issues or open a new one. While we’ll try to triage issues reported here on the plugin forum, you’ll get a faster response (and reduce duplication of effort) by keeping everything centralized in the GitHub repository.

How can I contribute?

We’re calling this editor project “Gutenberg” because it’s a big undertaking. We are working on it every day in GitHub, and we’d love your help building it.You’re also welcome to give feedback, the easiest is to join us in our Slack channel, #core-editor.

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Where can I read more about Gutenberg?


Not intuitive, not good

If whatever comes in 5.0 is like the plugin right now, I hope they’ll have a “classic” option allowing you to go back to the old editor. Played around a bit and it is confusing to say the least. Not out-of-the-box easy-to-use intuitive. The top toolbar disappears completely after converting to blocks. What the heck. Thumbs done for now.

Markdown support, sort of

I know Gutenberg is, and is not, many things to many people. For a long time, my personal quest has been for a better way to write. And for me, that better way is Markdown.

If my test was correct:
1. You CAN paste Markdown into the editor and all is good
2. but you CANNOT write in Markdown (not even with the Jetpack MD editor activated)

At current, if you want to write in Markdown, Gutenberg forces you to write somewhere else and just paste into WP. That’s definitely not my dream come true. It seems to me that Gutenberg isn’t really a new “editor”, it’s more like a Container Pasting System. That may be very useful for some, but it doesn’t seem to let me write any better.

So far, I’d still say the best Blog/CMS platform for me to write in is Ghost. And the best dedicated editor is Typora. In the past these have been better writing experiences than the WP editor, and it seems like they will continue to be better writing experiences than Gutenberg.

A step in the right direction

After my limited testing today, I’m less anxious about what impact Gutenberg was going to have on our development workflow.

From what I can see there will practically be no change for us, but the editing experience will be more robust for clients. For years it’s been far too easy for a client to accidentally delete a shortcode or malform some HTML in the old editor, and problems like that could be mitigated with the new block editing experience.

The Drop Cap option is an odd choice though. If you’re going to have that, why not pull quotes as well? And perhaps other magazine layout tropes? That sort of thing is like cat-nip for content creators. I picture a world where suddenly every WordPress website is going to be drop cap city.

As for the core vs plugin argument, I’m on the fence. Either way won’t have any meaningful impact on our development workflow, but I can understand why developers who rely heavily on page-builders might take issue with this being in core.

That aside, I like what I’m seeing so far.

Resistance Is Futile

I thought that devolution is abstract word until i tried this. While great creative people made exceptional advances in page builders in 2018, this unusable half-product is forced upon us leaving real scent of 15th century. The team behind it is convinced that system of blocks is so modern and progressive. Well newsflash….the way you made it is terrible and dysfunctional no matter what you believe in. The fact that you’re still forcing it upon core despite numerous pleads to do otherwise reminds me of good old Borg…resistance is futile. The only good news is that I have one of those page builders whose team heavily invested to work with this piece of joke, otherwise i would have abandoned WordPress for good.

Question: Why have you set up rating system? I mean if Guttenberg plugin cannot score more than 2.7 you should reconsider release or try to make some revolutionary changes. It worked for many others. Unless, you don’t really care what WP users think. For those Guttenberg enthusiasts it could have stayed plugin they could always install, and you would be able to really see how competitive it can become on the market. But now we will never know, want we?

It does not add any new features. Remove it from

You are irresponsible. The business of millions of people depends on this. Your plugin is useless. All the same as in the classic editor. Only with problems. It does not add any new features.
This is the beginning of the fragmentation of WordPress.
I already turned off core auto-update for my clients.
And I’m not going to install 5.0.0

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  • Ensure the Title uses the same max-width as blocks
  • Center the background of the cover image block
  • Fix formatting controls regression
  • Fix classic editor visual mode regression