Reflecting on Gutenberg’s a hundredth Launch

1.0 to 10.0

Gutenberg 10.0 launched this week, February 17, 2021, marking the a hundredth launch of the Gutenberg plugin; the a hundredth launch of a journey that began greater than 4 years in the past when Matt introduced the venture 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 just isn’t 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 fear was “not a lot” and initially, only a few folks actively joined the venture.

Six months later got here WordCamp Europe 2017 and the primary launch of the plugin. The editor was nowhere near being usable, nevertheless it “clicked” for some. The reactions to the presentation have been hopeful, however afterward, there was a variety of pushback.

Gutenberg was (and is) an audacious venture. With a venture this huge it attracted a variety of consideration, and it turned tough to discern constructive debate from mere opposition. We every include our context, and a few folks had a set thought about what they wished for the venture. Some wished to reuse an present web page builder, others wished to revive the Fields API venture, some wished it to be front-end-first, others wished it simply to interchange the traditional editor’s content material space, some wished it to be in Vue.JS, others wished 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.

We’ve got additionally made fairly a number of errors: stability wasn’t nice in some releases, efficiency suffered in others, and accessibility as nicely. However we saved pushing ahead, utilizing suggestions to enhance the editor and the venture in all facets till its first inclusion in WordPress 5.0, and we’re nonetheless working to enhance it as we speak.

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 regularly come to take pleasure in utilizing the editor and be a part of the venture to hold on its imaginative and prescient. Others may nonetheless not prefer it; some gained’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 a hundredth launch of Gutenberg, and whereas that appears exceptional on the surface, 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 exceptional in regards to the launch is the folks. 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 acquired their arms soiled, and everybody who tried to make use of this editor, prolong it and supply concepts.

Thanks all.

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