“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.

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?


June 22, 2022
Congratulation with the latest update! You managed to NOT make any improvedments in logic and userfriendliness of the Gutenberg tool. I would suggest to scrap this project and go on the market place and just purchase any of the excisting pagebuilder. It doesnt matter if it is DIVI, Elementor, Oxygen og which ever, then you can claim any of these to be the official WordPress builder and you can start make money. Done deal, no more waste of time and everyone can get on with their websites.
June 16, 2022
For accessibility, you absolutely must add the option to turn off add-a-block previews on hover, and/or make the preview only appear after your cursor sits on a block option for at least 0.5 seconds. (Preferably add both.) Moving my cursor from one block to the other makes the preview image flash in and out, and it's causing eye strain and giving me headaches/nausea, which makes it totally unusable. I'm switching to the classic editor until this is fixed.
June 15, 2022
For those of us that require things to work, and don't have time to play...this is absolutely the worst editor ever. We immediately install the Classic Editor plugin on every client site we create.
June 13, 2022
The worst part: Gutenberg is not a WYSIWYG editor. It has its own styles that have nothing to do with the appearance of the site. The site's theme should have separately specified styles for the editor that would match the site's style exactly. It is impossible for the theme developer to maintain this exactly. A lot of unclear states. Absent or weak indication of the selected object. Due to the fact that in the left column grouped Adding new blocks and List of blocks, and in the right column grouped Post and Block settings is not always clear what we're working with - with a block, the structure or post settings. It would be better to never hide the Block List, and in another column group Add New or Selected Block Settings. The interface blinks and changes location. For example, after selecting a block, a Settings container appears above it that overlaps the block above. Another example, when you select a block, it may enlarge, showing some hidden options that for some reason aren't placed in the right column of the block's settings. And a very unpleasant example: constantly closing the List of used blocks on the left, causing the field with the main content to expand, changing the view and location. Uncompact interface. Only a few elements fit into the height of the screen. Very large labels above the fields, large indents between the fields, large fonts. The settings are grouped in Accordion of large heights. Often it is not possible to see all settings at once. As a result it requires a lot of scrolling. Excessive number of icons. Very many actions are encoded in pictograms. It is not at all clear what all those different kinds of arrows and sticks are responsible for. Too many blocks. There are different blocks with little variation in features. Widget blocks and structure blocks are in the same pile. Lots of rarely used blocks. Blocks can be disabled - to do this, you have to click on each one in a separate menu. Lack of common and basic style settings for blocks. Example: indents, colors, background, sizes. Since there are many blocks, not all are designed to display well in any theme. This not infrequently forces you to customize the appearance of the block through additional CSS. Not designed for plugins. Editor plugins often add a large number of customizations. In the Classic Editor, these settings were placed at the bottom in the wide part of the editor. In the Gutenberg, some plug-in settings can only be placed as one of the Accordion elements in the narrow column on the right. As a result, the narrow column is overloaded and long.
June 13, 2022
My client says every WordPress update creates new confusion and also makes his PC very slow. As a good CMS it must be user-friendly with lower settings as possible. The new editor is very hard to use even with simple post, he says. He want to switch to other alternative CMS.
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Contributors & Developers

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


“Gutenberg” has been translated into 53 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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To read the changelog for the latest Gutenberg release, please navigate to the release page.