“Gutenberg” is a codename for a whole new paradigm for creating with WordPress, that aims to revolutionize the entire publishing experience as much as Johannes Gutenberg did the printed word. The project is following a four-phase process that will touch major pieces of WordPress — Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual.

Following the introduction of post block editing in December 2018, Gutenberg later introduced full site editing (FSE) in 2021, which shipped with WordPress 5.9 in early 2022.

What Does Gutenberg Do?

Gutenberg is WordPress’s “block editor”, and introduces a modular approach to modifying your entire site. Edit individual content blocks on posts or pages. Add and adjust widgets. Even design your site headers, footers, and navigation with full site editing support.

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 be added, arranged, and rearranged, allowing users to create media-rich content and site layouts in a visually intuitive way — and without workarounds like shortcodes or custom HTML and PHP.

We’re always hard at work refining the experience, creating more and better blocks, and laying the groundwork for future phases of work. Each WordPress release includes stable features from the Gutenberg plugin, so you don’t need to install the plugin to benefit from the work being done here.

Early Access

Are you a tech-savvy early adopter who likes testing bleeding-edge and experimental features, and isn’t afraid to tinker with features that are still in active development? If so, this beta plugin gives you access to the latest Gutenberg features for block and full site editing, as well as a peek into what’s to come.

Contributors Wanted

For the adventurous and tech-savvy, the Gutenberg plugin gives you the latest and greatest feature set, so you can join us in testing and developing bleeding-edge features, playing around with blocks, and maybe get inspired to contribute or build your own blocks.

Discover More

  • User Documentation: Review the WordPress Editor documentation for detailed instructions on using the editor as an author to create posts, pages, and more.

  • Developer Documentation: Explore the Developer Documentation for extensive tutorials, documentation, and API references 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 can be found at Discussions for the project are on the Make Core Blog and in the #core-editor channel in Slack, including weekly meetings. If you don’t have a Slack account, you can sign up here.


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

The best place to report bugs, feature suggestions, or any other feedback is at the Gutenberg GitHub issues page. Before submitting a new issue, please search the existing issues to check if someone else has reported the same feedback.

While we try to triage issues reported here on the plugin forum, you’ll get a faster response (and reduce duplication of effort) by keeping feedback centralized in GitHub.

Where can I report security bugs?

The Gutenberg team and WordPress community take security bugs seriously. We appreciate your efforts to responsibly disclose your findings, and will make every effort to acknowledge your contributions.

To report a security issue, please visit the WordPress HackerOne program.

Do I have to use the Gutenberg plugin to get access to these features?

Not necessarily. Each version of WordPress after 5.0 has included features from the Gutenberg plugin, which are known collectively as the WordPress Editor. You are likely already benefitting from stable features!

But if you want cutting edge beta features, including more experimental items, you will need to use the plugin. You can read more here to help decide whether the plugin is right for you.

Where can I see which Gutenberg plugin versions are included in each WordPress release?

View the Versions in WordPress document to get a table showing which Gutenberg plugin version is included in each WordPress release.

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 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018. Additionally, you can follow the biweekly release notes and monthly project plan updates on the Make WordPress Core blog for more up to date information about what’s happening now.

Where can I read more about Gutenberg?


March 1, 2024
I've been using the site editor to build my entire WordPress site and have been impressed how rapidly the user experience and functionality has improved over the last few months. Even in WordPress core, some aspects are still a little rough but it's clear where the tools are heading and how powerful they will be. The Gutenberg plugin with more experimental features fixes up a lot of the quality-of-life issues with site editing in WordPress core and it's good to be able to get new features early even if they are a little rough initially.I don't think without the site editing and block editing functionality I would have chosen the WordPress platform.
February 12, 2024
TBH love this initially felt like that stuck-up middle child but now that I see it has lots of potential when paired with other block plugins just needs some time adjusting yes start was difficult but feels good now and can always opt for the classic editor if I feel so. Anyway, all in all pretty good kudos to the devs keep working hard!
February 10, 2024 3 replies
I always stayed away from Gutenberg, decided to give it a go with a friends website. The design was not super straight forward, but i was 100% sure it could be done on one of the multiple competitors (Elementor, for example).It was totally awful. A lot of options are scattered in multiple places. There are a lot of missing features, especially on the mobile/sizes management of content. And please, don't bring out intrinsic design, not everything can be "intrinsic".Two examples.- I wanted a 5/2/1 column layout from desktop to mobile. Nope, can't do that. All you can have is 5/1.- Sometimes you just need an image in the background, with some background-size/position/cover. Nope, can't do that, you need to navigate up and down in the dashboard, all the way to the theme editor, to find the custom CSS part, and add what you need.Also, a lot of time Gutenberg does stuff that i literally never asked. With some container blocks (I think it was Group/Column/Row) there are !important styles coming from the editor.Then again, for some reason, if i use a "column" and i add a padding, the padding is added to the column width. So a 25% column suddenly becames 25% + whatever padding I added. I ended up nesting everything like a Matryoshka doll.I could go on and on for ages, I literally don't understand how they can think it could be used for FSE, compared to other WYSIWYG editors / WYSIWYG SaaS solutions.
February 6, 2024
Slow, clunky, ugly and confusing user interface. Fortunately, we don't have to use it and after disabling it, we can go one step further by using the Disable Gutenberg plug-in which will kill it completely and save on the unnecessary server requests for its unused CSS and JS resources that it still insists on loading.
February 3, 2024 1 reply
I have had Wordpress sites since they began and used to love them. Being able to write and publish on Wordpress was joyous. Gutenberg is not designed for writers - it is literally impossible to be creative with it and just let your words flow. Now I have to either stick with my cumbersome array of workarounds and plugins to avoid Gutenberg or get rid of them and cut/paste my words in. It's occurring to me that it's time to leave Wordpress, which is sad as I was a huge fan and this is my business. Please don't ask me for the specific thing that's wrong with it which your developers can fix - It's the composing/editing window itself. I have never met a single writer or creative who can work with it. For instance: you cannot see the whole text at once as you write - this is vital. On Gutenberg, you can only see the current paragraph that you're writing - it makes it impossible to think/create/focus. Did whomever designed this want to remove words? Is Wordpress evolving into something more like Tumblr? Anyway, I'm off to research alternatives and somehow allocate time to move decades of content away from Wordpress and Gutenberg.
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Contributors & Developers

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


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