How I’ve started using Gutenberg. Ramp!

If you’re familiar with the world of WordPress you’ll know that the next version of WordPress will ship with a new editor called Gutenberg. You can read all about Gutenberg over here and try it out too.

I confess I’ve been a late adopter till now; sure I’ve experimented with Gutenberg locally but I haven’t used it on a production site, mainly because on the one public site I currently personally manage, I simply didn’t have the time to be concerned with Gutenberg  compatibility and also I didn’t want all post types edited with Gutenberg.

What is Ramp?

I work within VIP at Automattic and today we released a new plugin to help with Gutenberg testing and transition called Ramp.

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Ramp basically let’s you control how you enable Gutenberg on your site. From the download page it says. Continue reading “How I’ve started using Gutenberg. Ramp!”

A great case for WordPress

I recently switched one of my family member’s blogs over to WordPress from Drupal 7. It was a good experience and here is why.

I have more experience with Drupal which is why I initially set up a site for them in this technology, but eventually some downsides became painful. Media handling even if set up nicely with wysiwg and image uploading is really clunky and unintuitive, the admin interface was a bit overwhelming for them and I was always tweaking it to make it useable for them. But the key thing that made me want to switch was support and usability.

I had made a nice application in Drupal that worked fine as a blog but it was still a custom application and I was getting so many requests for help with this and that I soon didn’t have the time to help any more. They just didn’t get it. So I switched them to WordPress and made a new site with that.

There were some real advantages in the end, WordPress is super usable, media handling and content editing is a dream and the best thing of all, it was a standard solution. When the support requests came in, I was able to redirect them to tutorials and help pages online, and even bought them a WordPress book. Their instance of WordPress was so straightforward that they were up and running on their own, it just worked. No custom application, just a standard install that did the job with a wealth of help material if they needed it.