WordPress 5.0 was released on 6th December 2018 and with it came a new WordPress Editor for creating your pages – Gutenburg. The difference between Gutenburg & the previous editor is quite a contrast. Where before, the editor worked very much like a common word processor, Gutenburg has seen the introduction of ‘blocks’ in order to add content
Gutenburg WordPress Editor
From the Gutenburg site: “Blocks are a great new tool for building engaging content. With blocks, you can insert, rearrange, and style multimedia content with very little technical knowledge. Instead of using custom code, you can add a block and focus on your content.”
Personally, one look at the new editor put me off and I was quick to install a plug-in for the classic editor!
Classic WordPress Editor
Nobody likes change! Whilst Gutenburg is now the default editor for WordPress installs beyond 5.0 it is possible to revert back to the previous editor by installing the Classic Editor plugin. With over 5 million installs it seems I’m not alone in preferring what was there before.
Elementor WordPress Editor
Elementor is very similar to a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. It works as a page builder and is very simple to use. It has the ability to create good looking pages with minimal effort and there are plenty of templates to download and adapt.
I use Themeisle for a number of my own sites and they’ve recently released a new theme called Neve which utilises Elementor. Having viewed their demo site at the weekend I was impressed enough to use on a revamp of one of my own websites. Whilst it took a little getting used to I’ve been happy with the look that was achieved.
I don’t think I’m ready to ditch the classic editor just yet, however it is reassuring that there are other options available should WordPress decide to permanently disable the older software.
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