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How Will WordPress Gutenberg Affect the Enterprise?

crowdfavorite.com | 11 days ago | 12 min read

This is an interesting perspective on how Gutenberg affects clients. Even if you're not working with enterprise-level sites, there are still some great talking points in here for discussing Gutenberg with your clients (and make no mistake: you need to be talking with them about it).

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John Locke

Your point is valid, Carrie. Gutenberg will affect not only enterprise clients, but everyone who uses WordPress for their website. I couldn't help but feel the underlying tone of this article was "you're already committed to WordPress as your technology stack, and things change constantly, so everything should turn out good, right?"

While I'm sure the end result will be fine, the idea of trying to mitigate risk when you aren't sure of what the finished product will be yet is highly unsatisfying to me. I'm sure this is something that WordPress products (plugins and themes) are also working through as best they can.

carrie dils

Yeah, the ambiguity around release date and lack of time for people selling WP products and services to acclimate is very frustrating. Did you happen to read Morten's article here? mor10.com/gutenberg-and-the-future-of-wordpress-conditions-for-success/

John Locke

I just read it, and there are some things springing to mind.

There are a lot of sites that run on ThemeForest themes that are no longer being updated. When Gutenberg drops, and some of those sites don't look right anymore, the site owners will blame WordPress (the brand), not the theme, or the unmaintained plugins. For these reasons alone, a WordPress Classic option might a good idea.

I totally get that everyone reading this has already established a good deal of their online identity around WordPress, and that Matt has to go make WP a moonshot, because VC money, which will most likely be strictly for the benefit of .COM. But a large chunk of the internet will still be wondering what happened, no matter how much lead time there is before integration. (Believe me, about 80% of the agencies that use WordPress are not up to speed, or completely unaware that Gutenberg is coming).

Some positives that may come out of willfully breaking backwards compatibility will be forcing hosts to upgrade to a version of PHP that is not already well past end of life. In the long term, it will make layouts easier (hopefully), but that's probably a few iterations down the road.

The biggest thing inside the community right now is the main players in the plugin and theme markets making sure their products are compatible with Gutenberg-Press. So far, this looks to be 100% with the plugins I rely on the most.