Now it's time to Stop writing in Wordpress's Gutenberg editor

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Now it's time to Stop writing in Wordpress's Gutenberg editor

WordPress Gutenberg Editor has one of the worst writing experience

Gutenberg is not a WYSIWYG editor

TLDR; Use Google Docs for writing your Blog Posts.

It has its own styles that have nothing to do with the appearance of the site. The site’s theme should have separately specified styles for the editor that would match the site’s style exactly. It is impossible for the theme developer to maintain this exactly.

A lot of unclear states

Absent or weak indication of the selected object. Due to the fact that in the left column grouped Adding new blocks and List of blocks, and in the right column grouped Post and Block settings is not always clear what we’re working with – with a block, the structure or post settings. It would be better never to hide the Block List, and add New or Selected Block Settings in another column group.

The interface blinks and changes the location

For example, after selecting a block, a Settings container appears above it that overlaps the block above. Another example, when you choose a block, it may enlarge, showing some hidden options that for some reason aren’t placed in the right column of the block’s settings. And a very unpleasant example: constantly closing the List of used blocks on the left, causing the field with the main content to expand, changing the view and location.

Uncompact interface

Only a few elements fit into the height of the screen. Very large labels above the fields, large indents between the fields, and large fonts. The settings are grouped in Accordion of large heights. Often it is not possible to see all settings at once. As a result, it requires a lot of scrolling.

An excessive number of icons

Very many actions are encoded in pictograms. It is not at all clear what all those different kinds of arrows and sticks are responsible for.

Too many blocks

There are different blocks with little variation in features. Widget blocks and structure blocks are in the same pile. Lots of rarely used blocks. Blocks can be disabled – to do this, you have to click on each one in a separate menu.

Lack of common and basic style settings for blocks

Indents, colours, background, sizes. Since there are many blocks, not all are designed to display well in any theme. This not infrequently forces you to customize the appearance of the block through additional CSS.

Not designed for plugins

In Gutenberg, some plug-in settings can only be placed as one of the Accordion elements in the narrow column on the right. As a result, the narrow column is overloaded and long. Editor plugins often add a large number of customizations. In the Classic Editor, these settings were placed at the bottom in the wide part of the editor.

What’s the solution?

The block editors are good for quick notes but not good for writers who are trying to produce Good content on daily basis. The better solution is to use Google Docs for all of your blog posts. It does have version history and real-time collaboration which makes writing easy in teams.

If you use a tool like DocsWrite, then you can very easily publish your Google Docs to WordPress

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