I’ve waited a long time to write anything substantial about Gutenberg, the proposed new content creating and editing experience in WordPress. Since
By and large I agree with Hendriksen, Gutenberg will change what WordPress is and what WordPress is for. Thing is, there will come a response.
Some will be what he expects, a turning to other platforms. In other cases expect efforts to return WP to its old purpose, that of a blogging engine. I expect that a party will appear to fork WordPress, may be call their effort something like “BlogPress”. The purpose of BlogPress being to make blogging easier.
Already there is a plugin to take the place of Gutenberg, giving the user the old editor back. Unfortunately I’m blanking on the name – you can credit that to age, autism, and a low grade infection.
I’ve also noted that Gutenberg – as presently configured – doesn’t entirely offer what you’d think it would. Most specifically in the matter of text columns. As that module is currently set up, what you get are not text columns, but a table. Thing is, CSS columns can be done, and they predate CSS Grids and Flexbox, so if the Gutenberg people want to implement text columns in Gutenberg they have corrections to make.
And speaking of text columns, in talking with a couple of people on their respective plugins it has occurred to me that they hesitate at incorporating CSS columns in their products because all too many people keep on using old browser technology, for when it comes to the unknown we can be rather conservative.
But still peope – and apparently not just me – keep insisting on text columns, and I expect that we’ll get them. Either the Gutenberg people will make it part of the core, or people will write a plugin or two that adds that feature.
So changes are coming, and those changes will see changes. For my part I’m going to keep on using WordPress, for the most part because I am not competent at stuff like migrating sites and I don’t want to lose what audience I’ve built up again. So for the old-fashioned posting I may just turn to Pressit in WordPress, or one of the independent apps available out there.
That’s my take.