Gutenberg is more than an editor. While the editor is the focus right now, the project will ultimately impact the entire publishing experience including customization (the next focus area).

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Editing focus

The editor will create a new page- and post-building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery. — Matt Mullenweg

One thing that sets WordPress apart from other systems is that it allows you to create as rich a post layout as you can imagine — but only if you know HTML and CSS and build your own custom theme. By thinking of the editor as a tool to let you write rich posts and create beautiful layouts, we can transform WordPress into something users love WordPress, as opposed something they pick it because it’s what everyone else uses.

Gutenberg looks at the editor as more than a content field, revisiting a layout that has been largely unchanged for almost a decade.This allows us to holistically design a modern editing experience and build a foundation for things to come.

Here’s why we’re looking at the whole editing screen, as opposed to just the content field:

  1. The block unifies multiple interfaces. If we add that on top of the existing interface, it would add complexity, as opposed to remove it.
  2. By revisiting the interface, we can modernize the writing, editing, and publishing experience, with usability and simplicity in mind, benefitting both new and casual users.
  3. When singular block interface takes center stage, it demonstrates a clear path forward for developers to create premium blocks, superior to both shortcodes and widgets.
  4. Considering the whole interface lays a solid foundation for the next focus, full site customization.
  5. Looking at the full editor screen also gives us the opportunity to drastically modernize the foundation, and take steps towards a more fluid and JavaScript powered future that fully leverages the WordPress REST API.


Blocks are the unifying evolution of what is now covered, in different ways, by shortcodes, embeds, widgets, post formats, custom post types, theme options, meta-boxes, and other formatting elements. They embrace the breadth of functionality WordPress is capable of, with the clarity of a consistent user experience.

Imagine a custom “employee” block that a client can drag to an About page to automatically display a picture, name, and bio. A whole universe of plugins that all extend WordPress in the same way. Simplified menus and widgets. Users who can instantly understand and use WordPress — and 90% of plugins. This will allow you to easily compose beautiful posts like this example.

Check out the FAQ for answers to the most common questions about the project.


Posts are backwards compatible, and shortcodes will still work. We are continuously exploring how highly-tailored metaboxes can be accommodated, and are looking at solutions ranging from a plugin to disable Gutenberg to automatically detecting whether to load Gutenberg or not. While we want to make sure the new editing experience from writing to publishing is user-friendly, we’re committed to finding a good solution for highly-tailored existing sites.

The stages of Gutenberg

Gutenberg has three planned stages. The first, aimed for inclusion in WordPress 5.0, focuses on the post editing experience and the implementation of blocks. This initial phase focuses on a content-first approach. The use of blocks, as detailed above, allows you to focus on how your content will look without the distraction of other configuration options. This ultimately will help all users present their content in a way that is engaging, direct, and visual.

These foundational elements will pave the way for stages two and three, planned for the next year, to go beyond the post into page templates and ultimately, full site customization.

Gutenberg is a big change, and there will be ways to ensure that existing functionality (like shortcodes and meta-boxes) continue to work while allowing developers the time and paths to transition effectively. Ultimately, it will open new opportunities for plugin and theme developers to better serve users through a more engaging and visual experience that takes advantage of a toolset supported by core.


Gutenberg is built by many contributors and volunteers. Please see the full list in


How can I send feedback or get help with a bug?

We’d love to hear your bug reports, feature suggestions and any other feedback! Please head over to the GitHub issues page to search for existing issues or open a new one. While we’ll try to triage issues reported here on the plugin forum, you’ll get a faster response (and reduce duplication of effort) by keeping everything centralized in the GitHub repository.

How can I contribute?

We’re calling this editor project “Gutenberg” because it’s a big undertaking. We are working on it every day in GitHub, and we’d love your help building it.You’re also welcome to give feedback, the easiest is to join us in our Slack channel, #core-editor.

See also

Where can I read more about Gutenberg?


Massive misstep for WordPress

Have tried and tried to make use of this, but the simple fact is that it gets in my way at every point in terms of writing or adding an image or littering my articles with code I don't want. Perhaps there's some merit to this down the line, but so far, as it's been crammed down everyone's throats, it just doesn't work and should be stripped out or completely revised.

just awful…

cannot be used in any way ..not intuitive .. lacking tons of options ..better buy a plugin like visual composer and rebrand it. i disabled on at least 100 site we administer.

“What were they thinking”?

Just wanted to add some feedback here as a website designer. Most of my customers are artist/creative types who update their sites fairly infrequently. They weren't aware of any upcoming major editor changes until they sat down, logged in, and realized they couldn't find their way around what used to be simple for them. I have only heard one positive comment from one customer - the rest are either ready to throw in the towel and shut their sites down (seriously), or hire me to do updates because they don't have the time or energy to figure out what is very overwhelming to them. As one customer this morning put it: "When I got back from my trip, I tried to write a blog post and found the platform vastly changed and not intuitive at all. I gave up. I felt like I was banging my head against a wall whereas it was easy before. What were they thinking?" I've been installing the Classic Editor for everyone and hope that when support stops for it that Gutenberg will have undergone some major interface revisions so that folks' frustration isn't as intense. Makes me leery to continue as a web developer, as well, promoting WordPress as wonderful.

Flexible, powerful, not inclusive

Love the flexibility this new interface gives me, and I can see the opportunity for even more in the future. I understand the concerns about accessibility which is why I’ve withheld a star—it doesn’t affect me right now, but should be fixed to make it completely inclusive.

What were you thinking?

I could never explain this to a user who just wants to add a post. They want simple and clear, not over complicated spaghetti. As a developer, I'm also resentful that you expect me to learn JavaScript as if that's no big deal. Boo. Make it go away.

Ruined WP

Why they did it. WP was a great before Mullenweg forced his stupid ideas.
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