"Gutenberg is currently unusable"

Torben Simon Meier Updated on 23.01.2020
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gutenberg is not yet usable

He still has a few teething troubles, but the new WordPress -editor Gutenberg is already in beta an impressive Plugin. Because the new block system impresses during testing and makes you realize the potential of Gutenberg consciously. Unfortunately, there is a big problem at the moment: It is not suitable for live operation.

100,000 active installations: That's the magic marker that Matt Mullenweg put out. Should the new Gutenbergeditor reach that many active installations, it Pluginwould be integrated into the WordPress -Core.

I'd like to give Gutenbergsome extra gestation time as a Plugin, ideally getting it to 100k active sites over the next month or two, before we merge.

- Matt Mullenweg, June 16 on WordPress.org

Currently bobbling Gutenberg but with about 700 active installations and slightly more than 3,300 downloads around. And: In my opinion the limit of 100.000 active users is utopian. Because the beta stage makes the editor unusable for live operation. Too great is the (perceived) danger that WordPress crashes uncontrollably or shatters the Pluginexisting content. And: The share of the content sites with WordPress 4.8 is still too low for this.

Currently, the gutenberg editor has just 700+ active installations.
From Mullenweg's goal the Gutenbergeditor is still a little more than 99,200 active installations away. It is questionable whether this can be achieved without active advertising.

Of course, software in the beta phase still has to fight bugs and errors. In the case of Gutenberg these are for example the table and button blocks. But it is precisely the beta stage and the warnings that come with it that will prevent the spread of Gutenberg in the first place. This is especially true for the majority of WordPress users, who tend not to have their own development environments and Plugintherefore cannot test them safely. It is not yet known when the beta phase will end. Rather, Mullenweg recently announced that 5WordPress .0 is a Gutenberg-centric update is to be.

The gutenberg plugin overview. There is still an explicit warning against the use in live operation.
The explicit warning should make many users without a development environment or the absolute will to test at least think twice.

In addition, it is Gutenbergonly compatible with WordPress installations from version 4.8 onwards. And that is currently only 19.7 percent of the wordpress.org recorded sites. Combining this number with data from w3techs.comthen the estimated figure is 550,000 WordPress sites by which Gutenberg is compatible. Ergo, 20 percent of these site operators would have to Gutenberg installed on their livesite or test environment to overcome the targeted hurdle.

The current distribution of the WordPress versions
Under WordPress.org/about/stats, for example, the current numbers can be viewed via the version distribution.

Granted: this calculation is greatly simplified and certainly there is a better approximation. But it makes clear how long and stony the road to the 100,000 active installations still is. Here it is especially important WordPress 4.9 wait and see. This is because if a version distribution occurs here, as is currently the case with WordPress 4.8 and 4.7, the situation is quite different.

It is still unclear how realistic he considers his own threshold value to be, what changes in plans the team reserves for itself and whether and how Mullenweg would push for integration without reaching the 100,000 mark. Probably also in order to retain the necessary room for maneuver. After all, from all the statements I've heard about the new editor so far, it seems to me as if Mullenweg, if it were Spitz on Knopf, would push for an integration of the new editor.

And after all I've seen of the new editor so far, that would be a good thing too! Because Gutenberg can actually become the "basis for the future of individualization of content inWordPress ", as Mullenweg conjured up.. This is mainly due to its new block system.

The blocks are used to structure and layouting your blog posts and pages as easy as never before. The blocks literally demand the use of paragraphs and subheadings. And in doing so, the creators, Joen Asmussen and Matias Ventura, has already considered many practical functions for publishers: from the design of initials, lists and image galleries, to video integration.

This is what the new gutenberg editor looks like in operation.
This is what the Gutenbergeditor looks like: Tidy, text-centered and clearly arranged.

However, I'm afraid that Gutenbergas long as this Pluginremains a beta version with the mandatory warning, a shadowy existence in Stagingenvironments, page cloning and local test environments will continue. So I am really looking forward to the full version and the next major WordPress update.

However, Mullenweg's goal of reaching the 100,000 installations in the next "one to two months" seems utopian to me. More realistic seems to be the Plans to integrate Gutenberginto 5WordPress .0. Gladly also independently of the 100,000 limit.

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