The Easy Way to Switch to Gutenberg
How & When to Switch to Gutenberg
The #1 question we get from WordPress users and web professionals is, “How and when do I switch to Gutenberg?”
The answer is different for everyone, but here’s the proven way to know when the time is right for you to switch to Gutenberg.
Why Use the Gutenberg Challenge?
Gutenberg is a new WordPress model. If you’ve been using WordPress for a while, you probably already have a favorite theme, page builder or framework to build sites.
If that describes you (like it does most of us), then switching to Gutenberg can seem like a headache and you may not know where to begin. But you also know that 1) the longer you wait, the harder it’ll be to switch and 2) you need to learn Gutenberg to have a long-term career with WordPress.
The truth is that Gutenberg wasn’t ready for most people to switch when it launched. It was good enough for basic blog posts, but not for homepages or other pages with more complex designs.
This was expected since it was new and only had basic functionality. But Gutenberg and the ecosystem around it are evolving incredibly quickly, with improvements every week.
At this pace, it’s possible that Gutenberg will be ready for you to switch in the next year. Let’s talk about how.
The Gutenberg Challenge in 5 Simple Steps
1Try using Gutenberg at least every 6 months. Start using it for simple use cases, then progress to more complex use cases.
- Try writing a blog post with Gutenberg.
- Try writing or updating a complex page with Gutenberg (e.g. homepage, landing pages, etc.).
- Try your next simple website project or rebuild with Gutenberg.
2To save time, use the recommended free set of components (theme and plugins) we recommend below.
3Once Gutenberg meets your needs, start using it exclusively for blog posts and simple pages.
4When Gutenberg meets your needs for complex pages (e.g home page, landing pages, etc.), try using Gutenberg for your next full project or rebuild.
5If Gutenberg doesn’t yet meet your needs, please share feedback on what’s missing in the Gutenberg Challenge feedback form. We’ll share this feedback with the WordPress core team and use it to improve our recommendations here.
Recommended Gutenberg Tools
Free Gutenberg Themes
“Our 2019 default theme is designed to show off the power of the block editor. It features custom styles for all the default blocks, and is built so that what you see in the editor looks like what you’ll see on your website. Twenty Nineteen is designed to be adaptable to a wide range of websites, whether you’re running a photo blog, launching a new business, or supporting a non-profit. Featuring ample whitespace and modern sans-serif headlines paired with classic serif body text, it’s built to be beautiful on all screen sizes.”
“CoBlocks is a beautiful Gutenberg WordPress theme for writers, publishers and content marketers.”
Free Gutenberg Blocks
“CoBlocks is the most innovative collection of page building WordPress blocks for the new Gutenberg WordPress block editor.
With additional blocks and true row and column building, CoBlocks gives you a true page builder experience for Gutenberg.
CoBlocks is powerful but lightweight: it adds functionality to the WordPress editor without bloat. This is the plugin you’ve been waiting for, and it will make you rethink what WordPress is capable of.”
Free Gutenberg Gallery
“Block Gallery is a suite of beautiful gallery Gutenberg blocks for photographers, artists, writers and content marketers. This is the smartest, most powerful photo gallery plugin for WordPress. Block Gallery is absolutely brilliant any way you look at it.”
Feedback on Gutenberg
If Gutenberg doesn’t yet meet your needs, please share feedback on what’s missing below. We’ll share this feedback with the WordPress core team and use it to improve our recommendations here. Thanks!