WordPress

The header and footer editor is not ready in WordPress 5.9 yet. Beta is bad, and usually it doesn’t improve on the release. Just so you know, WordPress is trying to catch-up with SquareSpace/WIX/Showit, not the other way round. Since it’s develop from ground-up, it will take times, a lot of time, so users get used to it instead of improved from there on.

This is going to be a disaster, for some time. Yes, we all going to get used to it, but this starter pack, which I hope it’s not going to be released, will be a disaster for most user.

WordPress 5.8 Gutenberg widget

WordPress gives too many options for a sidebar of a website. WordPress gives you the option to write a page content on the sidebar with all the available blocks as the content creation.

WordPress 5.8 widget group

Secondly, there is a little confusion with widget block and grouping. You’ll need to group blocks to work as a widget block. A theme designed with a widget separator will get a hell of lot of support requests.

I often hear people comparing Squarespace and Showit or sometimes Wix to WordPress. I don’t understand how they compare, but at this moment, WordPress does not compete with them.

WordPress Gutenberg editor

However, I’m very optimistic that WordPress can if they want to. With block (Gutenberg) editor, WordPress should go wilder with it.

The so-called Full page editor isn’t going to cut it. It’s just a page editor after all. Provide all the template (or pattern) you want, it’s not what WYSIWYG user looking for. Even with a well-built WYSIWYG editor like Squarespace, Showit or Wix, there is still customization question from the users. So pattern alone doesn’t work.

Gutenberg editor is like a beginner type of WYSIWYG editor, with limited features which are very well thought out, at least it will not mess up the whole layout with a little scales of width.

WordPress Header and Footer selection

The one and only thing WordPress now lacking is the header and footer selection/creation. At least giving a taste of a site builder, then we will see how plugins coming out.

So far, there are very limited good site/page builder plugins. All of them are bloated and required quite some technicality on optimization. So with WordPress fully submerge into site builder, perhaps plugins too will improve.

If you’re planning to use WordPress or already using WordPress as your website, please make sure to update it every 3 years at the maximum.

WordPress always support backward compatibilities, but there is a limit to where it will support.

If your website has been there for 3 years without any update, your website is not that important. Either use a simple HTML website or just forget about having a website.

Funny how website suddenly becomes some important aspect of one business after social media websites.

One feature I am keen about to add into WordPress is the typography. Font or typeface is something everyone going to want to change, and it should be within WordPress just like how menu feature (although fork from WooTheme) in today in WordPress.

WordPress can easily alter the body class to change background colour and image, why can’t it change font family too? I don’t see why it is not possible.

With the recent development of WordPress, it seems they are now changing from a content management system to an entire website builder – Gutenberg. I know, it may seem a bit ambitious to say so, but that should be the direction WordPress is working on.

Note that Gutenberg too does not have typography customization, and if and when WordPress is about to implement it, why not in the system itself instead of just within Gutenberg.

We see how customizer comes to live and everyone seems to be getting used to it, then comes the logo (although fork from Jetpack), favicon and why is it not typography!?

Relax about Gutenberg

I tried to find some issue that I may face with Gutenberg, especially the launching date is drawing near. What I found was… Nothing.

Yes, you get a lot of search result from Google, but those are way technical for the majority of WordPress end-users. The irony is that these majority WordPress end-users are the one that freaks out instead of developers.

Here is the real issue, Gutenberg doesn’t alter your theme or content in any way, the great things about Gutenberg is it included “Classic” editor, and this editor going to house your current content before updating to Gutenberg.

Gutenberg already takes care of your existing content, so there is really nothing at all to worry about if you are simply an end-users. Only developers such as theme or plugins that needed some adjustment.

If you find an issue with your theme and Gutenberg content, well, simply add the “Classic” editor block and you’re back on track.