For the past few weeks I’ve been playing with Gutenberg on a test platform I built on my Mac. I figured it would be a low risk way of trying out the latest iteration of the ever popular site management software.
To be blunt, I’m disappointed enough to start thinking about migrating away.
Much is being made of the UI’s drag and drop capabilities, but this is smoke and mirrors. Few bloggers I know write directly into the browser. They create in Word or Pages or Google Docs and only shift their content to WordPress after it’s been through ProWritingAid, or whatever their weapon of choice for editing. For those of us who like to do a little bit more, we value being able to set individual classes on images and links to style them the way we need. Or create custom fields and types to manage specific content types.
So far all of this is gone.
What’s more, the minions who are looking after Gutenberg on GitHub seem to think “hey, you missed something fundamental” are enhancements.
The next iteration of my sites will be built on WordPress, but will force the “classic” editor on the platform. Longer term it looks like the increasing demands of trying to manage a more technologically complex platform will drive me away to an alternative.