Gutenberg vs WordPress Builder: What are they and how they work?

You heard about Gutenberg months ago. Gutenberg is powerful and more importantly, it is a facelift for WordPress. For years, WordPress has been sitting on the back seat allowing third party tools and plugins to take charge in visual building.

In this post, let’s talk about Gutenberg and WordPress builder, shall we?

What is Gutenberg?

Gutenberg is a take on a new editor for WordPress. It is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented a printing press with movable type more than 500 years ago. The current visual editor requires a lot of us to utilize shortcodes and HTML to make things work. Their goal is to make this easier, especially for those just starting with WordPress. They are embracing “little blocks” and hope to add more advanced layout options. You can check out the official example.

To be fair to the developers and the team working on this, it is important to note that this is currently in its beta and testing phase, it’s not ready to run on production sites yet. But we wanted to dive in and see for ourselves what all the hype is about. We will make sure to keep this post updated as improvements and changes are pushed out. It appears that before this will be officially merged into WordPress core that Matt Mullenweg (the founder) is hoping to get 100,000 active installs. Which makes perfect sense, as this will work out a lot of the bugs, issues, and allow them to process new ideas and feature requests.

Gutenberg is all having a built in WordPress editor within the WordPress core itself. Thus, eliminating the needs to have a seperate tool or plugin.

Advantages using Gutenberg

  • Free to use
  • Intuitive editor (better than stock WordPress editor

Disadvantages using Gutenberg

  • Still in beta stages
  • A lot of bugs
  • Doesn’t come with much features compared to other WordPress builders

What is a WordPress builder?

WordPress visual editor or WordPress builder are tools that we use to build WordPress websites fast and without using a single line of code.

There are many reasons why bloggers and website owners use WordPress builders. For me, it is simply because it is easy to use and allows me to create website fast. As a blogger and website owner that don’t love coding, using WordPress builder definitely saves me a lot of time (to say the very least).

Third party WordPress builders have issues just like Gutenberg. For example, some WordPress builders are known for being slow and high learning curve. Some are known for its high price tag.

Advantages using WordPress builders

  • Many third party tools to choose from
  • Low learning curve
  • Highly affordable for beginners and advance WordPress users

Disadvantages using WordPress builders

  • Comes with a price tag

Recommended WordPress builders

My top favorite would be Thrive Architect and i pick it because it is extremely versatile. As a website owner, I don’t have the luxury of time and yet, I need to create a website fast without spending too much money and effort.

Using Thrive Architect, you can do a lot of customization such as these:

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If you want to read more about WordPress builders such as Thrive Architect, here’s a great article to start with: Drag And Drop Website Builder 2018 — Comparing The Top 5 WordPress Editors

Tell me what you think in the comments below!

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