The new editor has the potential to be an amazing experience. While there’s a lot of kinks to be ironed out, there are some less appreciated consequences, that lead to more exciting places! I’m a strong believer that the new Gutenberg editor introduces a landmark shift in WP UX design for WordPress. Similar to the customiser, the new editor goes one step further with a direct manipulation interface, with blocks as its unit of choice. The ability to arrange and assemble content with blocks is powerful, and makes a lot of the existing features of WordPress look obsolete and restrictive when taken to its ultimate conclusion. So lets extend this to its logical conclusion, and see what the future has in store. Content Blocks Replace Shortcodes Content blocks are the new shortcodes. In the new editor, when using a shortcode, it’s stored as a content block. I believe that in the future there will be no need to build shortcodes when content blocks can be used. With better javascript support, and a framework for modifying them with UI’s, content blocks are both friendlier to developers, and easier to use. Content blocks Deprecate Widgets and Sidebars The new blocks API
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