WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg
WordPress 5.0 is coming out soon. And so is the Gutenberg editor. God knows the real release date. It’s been due release months ago. As WordPress Developer, I had been excited with most of WordPress updates. But this one really is getting me anxious and I won’t be lying to say I am not a big fan of WordPress Gutenberg.
Will Gutenberg be part of WordPress Core?
Hopefully not. Or at least when it’s fully fledged and know to be working. At the point of writing it only have average rating of 2.7 out of 5 – https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/gutenberg/reviews/.
There is nothing to be excited about Gutenberg at the moment. But let me honest, its early days and things will get better for Gutenberg and hopefully so.
Good or bad Gutenberg isn’t well received at the moment. So it will be good if it’s not part of core until it is at stable stage.
Meta boxes – Will they be dead?
I am reading mixed opinions about whether meta boxes will be removed from WordPress. Hopefully they won’t.
This will break so many plugins, themes and hence website around the web. Ideally, even WordPress decided to make meta boxes redundant, it will be good if they provide some time for site owners and developers to make their website compatible with latest WordPress.
Premium Theme and Plugins
If WordPress decided not to support custom meta boxes, this might be death of most of the premium themes and plugins. Especially the ones that rely highly on usage of meta boxes.
Why so rapid changes in WordPress?
WordPress is competing with the likes of Squarespace, Wix and Medium where they have built in Page builders that make life easy for site owners.
WordPress do have many premium page builders that are extremely good. But WordPress do want to avoid usage of third party page builders and replace it with Gutenberg. That’s one of the main reason.
Good or bad
Well I am just staying put until I try the Gutenberg before saying anything. But I personally think it’s not ethical to force installation of Gutenberg with release of WordPress 5.0. Installing it should be optional.
Overall at the point of writing I am not totally impressed by idea of Gutenberg. Hopefully it will evolve in the near future. It will be really harsh if this editor is forced to install by default in WordPress core.