“Gutenberg” is a codename for a whole new paradigm in WordPress site building and publishing, that aims to revolutionize the entire publishing experience as much as Gutenberg did the printed word. Right now, the project is in the first phase of a four-phase process that will touch every piece of WordPress — Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual — and is focused on a new editing experience, the block editor.

The block editor introduces a modular approach to pages and posts: each piece of content in the editor, from a paragraph to an image gallery to a headline, is its own block. And just like physical blocks, WordPress blocks can added, arranged, and rearranged, allowing WordPress users to create media-rich pages in a visually intuitive way — and without work-arounds like shortcodes or custom HTML.

The block editor first became available in December 2018, and we’re still hard at work refining the experience, creating more and better blocks, and laying the groundwork for the next three phases of work. The Gutenberg plugin gives you the latest version of the block editor so you can join us in testing bleeding-edge features, start playing with blocks, and maybe get inspired to build your own.

Discover More

  • User Documentation: See the WordPress Editor documentation for detailed docs on using the editor as an author creating posts and pages.

  • Developer Documentation: Extending and customizing is at the heart of the WordPress platform, see the Developer Documentation for extensive tutorials, documentation, and API reference on how to extend the editor.

  • Contributors: Gutenberg is an open-source project and welcomes all contributors from code to design, from documentation to triage. See the Contributor’s Handbook for all the details on how you can help.

The development hub for the Gutenberg project is on Github at:

Discussion for the project is on Make Blog and the #core-editor channel in Slack, signup information.


This plugin provides 4 blocks.



How can I send feedback or get help with a bug?

We’d love to hear your bug reports, feature suggestions and any other feedback! Please head over to the GitHub issues page to search for existing issues or open a new one. While we’ll try to triage issues reported here on the plugin forum, you’ll get a faster response (and reduce duplication of effort) by keeping everything centralized in the GitHub repository.

What’s Next for the Project?

The four phases of the project are Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual. You can hear more about the project and phases from Matt in his State of the Word talks for 2019 and 2018. Additionally you can follow updates in the Make WordPress Core blog.

Where Can I Read More About Gutenberg?


Gutenberg is tragically bad. It is clunky, time consuming, counter-intuitive and unproductive, that makes even writing a simple paragraph of text seem like a chore. The moment I first started blogging with WP, the very first thing I wanted to do was switch it off and find a better method, WP Classic editor- the most popular Plugin in WordPress. Lucky this option still exists as otherwise I wouldn’t even use WordPress at all! Need I say any more? Indeed everything bad about Gutenberg has probably been explained many times over by the thousands of other 1 star reviewers. The developers of Gutenberg really should feel disappointed at producing something of such low quality. It truly is an epic fail worthy of only the trash heap. Don’t use!
Hello, I needed to update a page for a new site I have been working on and encountered the Gutenberg editor, not such a good experience I have to say, it took be six times as long to update this page as it would have done in the past with the old editor, to me it seems very un-intuitive actually slowing down productivity greatly, random blocks appearing in the wrong places, unnecessary code additions in fact it took me back to the days when I first started creating websites and the only options were Microsoft Front Page or Adobe Dreamweaver both very popular editors at the time for those who like to drag blocks about regardless of the underlying code complications which resembled a mess of spaghetti code, being a coder at heart, I find the Gutenberg editor a step backwards for WordPress. The only positive note about the whole experience is that I was able to find this thread which pointed me in the direction of the Classic Editor plugin which I have now installed. I think perhaps that the Gutenberg Editor should be the plugin and the Classic Editor should be in the main WordPress core, I can understand why the Classic Editor Plugin has been downloaded so many times. More modern is not necessarily a good thing, newer is not always better - especially not in this case.
Seriously. This is just a bloat plugin. This project and the way they implement it as forcing user to use block. Sure anyone can disable block but it also mean adding bloat, AGAIN. The people behind wordpress nowaday do not lessen to the user. WordPress today is all about money.
How can such a fantastic CMS platorm as WordPress default to using an editor this terrible. After testing it out, I have absolutely nothing good to say about it. And looking at WordPress plugins, Gutenberg has 200,000 active installations, and the most popular plugin to revert back and use the Classic editor instead has over 5,000,000 active installations - that tells you everything you need to know about Gutenberg. I'm only giving it one star because zero stars isn't an available option.
I am a WP developer with over 50 sites under my belt. To date I have been ignoring Gutenburg in the same way as I ignored the classic editor – I just don't need it. However, I have learned that one behemoths like Microsfot, Adobe, Apple and now WordPress release something new, resistence is futile – eventually, maybe years down the track they will win and then you kick yourself for not trying to learn from day one. So lockdown and the fact that my business is in the bin seemed like the perfect opportunity to take the plunge. I can barely find the words to say how bad this is. It's clumsy, counter-intuitive and, for the most part, entirely baffling. Perhaps the most criminal failing is that it makes using WP for non-coders (a VERY large number of users) MUCH more difficult than the classic. My advice for developers is to have a little play about for an hour at each upgrade just to keep abreast of progress(?) and for amateurs ... higher a developer, shoot yourself or head over to Wix or squarespace.
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Contributors & Developers

“Gutenberg” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Gutenberg” has been translated into 47 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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To read the changelog for Gutenberg 8.1.0, please navigate to the release page.