I was anti-Gutenberg, and now I think it’s the best thing since sliced cheese.
Content Written By Henry Dalziel, 2020
Seriously, I mean it. When Gutenberg first launched I didn’t like it and thought it was the wrong direction for WordPress, because after all, WordPress is CMS software, it’s not a design platform.
Gutenberg is amazing and it keeps getting better.
I used Elementor in the past but I’m delighted to be able to ditch that bloated terrible Page Builder and place my faith in Gutenberg.
Gutenberg loads fast, it’s reliable and it has the backing of incredibly talented developers.
WordPress Isn’t Dumb
WordPress, or to be more specific, Automattic, were clearly analyzing their Plugin Repository and noticed that the Elementor WordPress Plugin Builders was racking in millions of plugin downloads.
My point being that Automattic were clearly on top of understanding which way the wind was blowing. The direction the wind has been blowing for a while now with WordPress and CMS’s in general is design to be backed into the package.
Here’s a point in case, I just purchased a license for a Laravel Platform called Nova which I’ll be using in our IT security conference directory, and straight out of the box it has a really nice theme that looks clean and professional.
Ditch Elementor, Use Gutenberg
OK, obviously, this is entirely opinionated to the purposes of my blog and my design but the reason why I personally gladly directed Elementor is because of the reams and reams of code the Page Builder used resulting in a website that is hideously bloated.
Why Do I Like Gutenberg So Much?
It’s just got huge backing – it’s run and managed by Automattic so you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ve got some very talented programmers running the ship.
The other reason I like Gutenberg is the Reusable Blocks. Sure, Elementor has what’s known as “Global Templates” or similar but I just feel it’s all bit clunky.
WordPress is Gutenberg and Gutenberg is WordPress. Elementor is always, and will always be a WordPress Plugin.
What’s The Perfect Marriage?
In 2020, my perfect setup for a new WordPress Project would be GeneratePress and the latest version of Gutenberg.
Why do I look GeneratePress so much? Because of three reasons:
- It’s Incredibly Lean And Fast;
- Their Support Is Incredible;
- I LOVE Their Use Of Hooks, Layouts And Elements
Combining these two bits of software lets me just focus on one thing: churning out content. Gone and the days and the relentless headaches of fixing coding issues with themes and making them work with Elementor.
Good luck with your next project and if you haven’t made the switch over to Gutenberg yet then do yourself a favor and go check it out!