What is the New WordPress Block Editor: A WordPress Gutenberg Guide

If you manage a WordPress website, you probably noticed the warnings and additional editor plugins that were being promoted over the last year. For a while, there was a Gutenberg editor plugin that would help you to “test” your website. But as of December 6, 2018, WordPress 5.0 and later will use Gutenberg as the default content writer for WordPress. And as a “block editor”, boy, is it different.

Whether or not you’ve updated your site to WordPress 5.0 yet, you’re going to need to learn how to use the blocks and the editor’s other features, to create content on your site. And you might want to make sure you read this through before you jump into that WP5.0 update, because this has a pretty significant impact on your site.

There’s some debate about whether this editor is the “future of website creation” or just a “nail in the coffin for WordPress”. It certainly seems that WordPress came about this drag-and-drop editor well after so many other drag-and-drop editors were popular. So perhaps it was a bit reactionary. However, it does make for some interesting discussion and it definitely allows for a more intuitive experience for newcomers to WordPress.

In this article, we’ll go through the following:

  1. What is Gutenberg?
  2. What does Gutenberg do?
  3. What does Gutenberg change in WordPress?
  4. Pros & Cons of Gutenberg
  5. Accessibility of Gutenberg
  6. Understanding Compatibility Issues

1. What is Gutenberg?

Named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the mechanical printing press, Gutenberg was introduced to the world by Matt Mullenweg at