In the State of the Word 2016, Matt Mullenweg said that one of three main focuses of WordPress in the next year will be the editor, which will be block-based and unify widgets, interface for shortcodes. The result is the new the Gutenberg editor, which was first introduced to the public at WordCamp Europe 2017. However, it raises many concerns with the existing meta box API. In this post, we’ll take a deep look at those problems and the future of the Meta Box plugin (and similar plugins/frameworks). What is Gutenberg?
Gutenberg is a new editor developed with the aim to improve the user experience in creating and writing content. It has been developed since early this year and first introduced to the public at the Q&A session at the WordCamp Europe 2017.
At the moment, Gutenberg is being actively developed. You can download it from WordPress.org repo and test how it works. But it’s not recommended to use on the production sites.
The development team expects to create a revolution in creating content by minimizing the editor UI and making predefined content blocks. Gutenberg might replace the current TinyMCE editor and/or widgets, shortcodes interface. It aims to make