Introducing a new way to WordPress

Update  April 2019

Gutenberg is now the default wordpress editor and whilst it does glimpse the way ahead it is not proving an easy change and many are disabling it.

A lot of users are finding it hard to use and are choosing to keep the classic editor, the classic editor plugin now has 4+ Million Active Installations

Original Article Nov 2017

A new editing experience for WordPress is in the works, with the goal of making it easier than ever to make your words, pictures, and layout look just right — without the use of code. You may have heard of this project already (Gutenberg is its codename), but you might not know what it means for you. Let’s start with who will see the most difference and what it will change for your everyday workflow.

We love that so many people think WordPress is the easiest and best way to get their ideas on the web. Right now, it’s easy to unlock the power of WordPress if you know how to write code. The Gutenberg editor aims to make building rich content for the web even easier and more intuitive.

Be the first to try the new editor

You can experience this new way to work with WordPress by going to your site’s dashboard, under the Plugins menu item. Click on Add New, and type “Gutenberg” in the search box.

Alternately, you can download the Gutenberg plugin here, and add it to your site.

A word of warning: this plugin is still in a very early stage of development, which means that this it might cause issues with your website. It’s always best to only test plugins on websites where it’s ok if things go wrong temporarily.

Help build Gutenberg

Gutenberg is being developed on GitHub, and this documentation is a great place to start getting to know the project.

The team working on this project is eager to hear your feedback! This is a great chance to have a real impact on the future of WordPress. Explore and use Gutenberg, then give feedback via this form. You can use this form to share your thoughts as many times as you want!

The most targeted way to help the people building this new user experience right now is to test the editor using a particular script and set of tasks. Please follow the form here for the test; you can report each test using the same form.


Follow the “Gutenberg” tag on to stay up to date on the project’s development and design. If you’re wondering what this project might mean for your plugin/theme/extension, check out this this FAQ.