About Russ Megowan

Russ is our New/Biz Marketing Coordinator and ”swiss army knife“ at Matrix Group. Russ handles writing up news items, creating Matrix Minutes, fielding inside sales leads, updating work requests, and creating custom music for those lovely minutes when clients are on hold. When he's not working, he likes to DJ/produce electronic music, run, and do fire performance (yes, really!)

What is the Gutenberg WordPress Update?

On November 19, 2018, WordPress is set to revolutionize massive swathes of the internet with the introduction of its new editor called Gutenberg. While change can be scary, this update has a lot of promise in terms of new design possibilities and time saved.

Named after Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, Gutenberg aims to provide an updated WordPress experience for its users by letting users create sophisticated design blocks for a drag-and drop website building experience.

Simply put, Gutenberg lets you customize design elements for your website that can be easily reused on any number of pages. The functionality is aimed at providing a simple low code/no code solution for getting websites with a custom feel without as many hours in the design phase. All that time spent on updating plugins, using shortcodes, and page editors may become a thing of the past with this update!

SiteOrigin, a popular plugin and theme creator, has put out a short video about how they are working tirelessly to ensure all of its plugins are Gutenberg compatible. This is good news for many of those that are using SiteOrigin! You can view the video here.

For those who aren’t ready to switch over to the Gutenberg editor just yet, there’s a classic WordPress plugin available that can set classic mode as the default. Wins all around!

Have any questions about Gutenberg or want us to help prepare your website for the Gutenberg update? Feel free to reach out!