Gutenberg 10.0 launched this week, February 17, 2021, marking the one centesimal launch of the Gutenberg plugin; the one centesimal launch of a journey that began greater than 4 years in the past when Matt introduced the undertaking at WordCamp US 2016.
The place We Began
The previous 4 years haven’t all the time been a simple journey. Transport one thing this impactful is just not simple, and there was precedent for preserving the editor because it was: WordPress had already tried to interchange TinyMCE a few instances already. What can be completely different this time round? The concern was “not a lot” and initially, only a few individuals actively joined the undertaking.
Six months later got here WordCamp Europe 2017 and the primary launch of the plugin. The editor was nowhere near being usable, but it surely “clicked” for some. The reactions to the presentation have been hopeful, however afterward, there was plenty of pushback.
Gutenberg was (and is) an audacious undertaking. With a undertaking this large it attracted plenty of consideration, and it grew to become tough to discern constructive debate from mere opposition. We every include our context, and a few individuals had a set thought about what they needed for the undertaking. Some needed to reuse an current web page builder, others needed to revive the Fields API undertaking, some needed it to be front-end-first, others needed it simply to interchange the traditional editor’s content material space, some needed it to be in Vue.JS, others needed no change in any respect. With a product utilized by 40% of the net, you hope to seek out consensus, and when compromises need to be made, it may be tough for these concerned to keep away from feeling that their voice is being ignored.
Now we have additionally made fairly just a few errors: stability wasn’t nice in some releases, efficiency suffered in others, and accessibility as nicely. However we stored pushing ahead, utilizing suggestions to enhance the editor and the undertaking in all facets till its first inclusion in WordPress 5.0, and we’re nonetheless working to enhance it in the present day.
The place We Are
It’s a delight to see some individuals who strongly disagreed with the preliminary imaginative and prescient or strategy to Gutenberg step by step come to get pleasure from utilizing the editor and be part of the undertaking to hold on its imaginative and prescient. Others may nonetheless not prefer it; some received’t ever use it. One factor is definite; we’ll proceed doing our greatest to push ahead, enhance what’s already shipped, and ship new thrilling options. We’ll proceed making errors and hopefully proceed studying from them.
Wednesday marked the one centesimal launch of Gutenberg, and whereas that appears outstanding on the skin, the discharge itself holds what all the opposite releases did. It holds enhancements to the present options, it fixes bugs that customers reported, provides new options, and it highlights experiments with new concepts.
What’s outstanding concerning the launch is the individuals. Those who have been with us from the beginning, those who have been with us however left, those who joined in our journey, everybody who helped alongside the best way, everybody who offered suggestions, everybody who obtained their palms soiled, and everybody who tried to make use of this editor, lengthen it and supply concepts.