Do Not Use Gutenberg to Edit Pages

The advice in this article applies particularly to clients of  i-Netco Ltd,  if you have a WordPress website I’d encourage you to speak to your web guys about Gutenberg implications.

You may have heard of ‘Gutenberg’, if you’ve logged into the admin of any WordPress website recently you will certainly be aware of it.

Gutenberg represents a major development in WordPress as they work towards creating a more user-friendly interface for building web pages. Overall this is a positive move however there are potential negative outcomes for many WordPress users who should not use Gutenberg and may be confused by the options.

At i-Netco Ltd (including Funeral Director Websites and WP Quicklaunch) we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of WordPress technology and consistently work with leading edge yet proven WordPress tools. We use page editing tools that are superior to the existing WordPress default and the upcoming Gutenberg.

Editing and Formatting Pages – Beaver Builder Page Builder Plugin

Since 2015 all of our websites have been built using the professional version of the Beaver Builder page builder plugin. In simple terms this takes the place of the default WordPress page editor. Our instruction to any clients who edit existing pages that we have built, or create new pages is, to use the Page Builder option (Beaver Builder) as opposed to the default WordPress ‘Edit Page’ option.

It is vital that this advice is understood and adhered to, if a WordPress page previously built with the Beaver Builder page builder is subsequently edited and saved with the default WordPress ‘Edit Page’ option all formatting and layout will be lost. In three years since implementing Beaver Builder this has only happened on one occasion.

Beware of Gutenberg ‘Standard Editor’ Mishaps

In theory, with the advent of the imminent Gutenberg editor nothing should change, Beaver Builder yes, Standard Editor no. There is a strong possibility however of serious mishaps due to the high profile release and prominence on the WordPress dashboard of Gutenberg. Following release as part of WordPress core, Gutenberg will simply be presented as ”Standard Editor’. Some users may feel as though they should use Gutenberg to edit pages. They should not.

The image below from Beaver Builder knowledge base demonstrates the options following the new release due within the next few weeks.

The information below and the image are taken from the Beaver Builder knowledge base

If you open a Beaver Builder layout in the standard editor, you’ll see a warning that doing so will disable the Beaver Builder layout. If you make further edits in the standard editor and then convert to Beaver Builder, you will see your previous Beaver Builder layout. You won’t see the new standard edits that you made. If you publish the Beaver Builder layout and open the page again in standard layout, you will lose the previous edits that you made in the standard editor.

This same loss can occur if you switch back and forth between the classic WordPress editor and Beaver Builder, but there may be more temptation to switch back and forth with the Gutenberg editor.

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The advice in this article applies particularly to clients of  i-Netco Ltd however if you use a page builder plugin this may be relevant to you. In short, on all websites provided by us Do Not Use Gutenberg to Edit Pages.

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