- MemberJun 8, 2020 at 9:20 am
I have come across a video on YouTube titled ‘How the Gutenberg Editor is destroying your WordPress Website.' The link to the video is here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz9c72f_kAI&t=268s
I have always defended Gutenberg as I like the fact that you can build great posts and pages as part of WordPress core. My preference is to use Gutenberg as much as possible, and limit the use of plugins and third-party page builders.
I'm not a technical expert, but the video above seems to raise multiple issues regarding Gutenberg and what it currently does to your content database. There also seems to be a lot of agreement in the comments of the video.
I'd appreciate if those in the wpcrafter community can watch the video, and comment on here with your feedback. If there are some real concerns raised, perhaps we could get these concerns over to the teams working on Gutenberg. Adam, your thoughts on this would also be greatly appreciated.
I am working on a large content site which I'm planning to launch next year. I have opted against using some page builders on the project as I've read they leave lots of source code in your content and it's a real pain if you want to change to a different theme. I like to think long-term with websites, and I still have high hopes for using Gutenberg, but have some natural concerns over it making a mess of the content database and making the site slow etc which is a big no-no if you want to rank high on Google.
Looking forward to discussing this further, thanks!
- AdministratorJun 13, 2020 at 9:51 am
You need to look at this video with proper context. There is a long sordid past with that guy and the co-founder of WordPress.
So putting aside that many of the points he brought up in the video were because he doesn't know how to use Gutenberg, which was pretty obvious. And he was just looking for something bad to say, trying the hardest he could. I mean he didn't even try to use the heading block or convert the paragraph block to a heading and that was one of his main points.
You can google his name and read the history, his stance against the GPL, the legal issues with him and Matt Mullenweg, and how he and his business are currently irrelevant.
If he doesn't want to be a part of the direction of WordPress, which is the block builder, he is free to use one of the WordPress forks or the classic editor plugin.
Right now your options are to hand code, use a rigid hand-coded template, use Gutenberg and accept the small amount of markup yet clean HTML output, or a page builder which will add some bulk.
- MemberJul 8, 2020 at 6:19 am
Thanks Adam for the clarification and history, it makes sense now.
For large sites using Gutenberg, would you recommend manually cleaning up the small amount of markup for each post, or is this too time consuming and not worth the benefit of doing so? Thanks
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