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Who is running is this site?

My name is Birgit Pauli-Haack. I am the owner and senior developer of Pauli Systems, a boutique WordPress agency. I also contribute to WordPress as a WordPress Meetup organizer here in Southwest Florida. For the last 3+ years, I have been volunteering on the WordPress Global Community team as a deputy.

What excites you most about the new Gutenberg editor?

A question, Drew Gorton, Director of Developer Relations at Pantheon asked me for a blog post about our collaboration. Here is my answer

The answer is two-fold: I started building websites because I wanted to put content on the web that was missing on the German Internet at the time. This was the late 1990’s and web content management systems didn’t exist yet, so I had to hand-code my navigation, pages, links, everything. So I know the pain of a content creator through all these generations of the web and we still haven’t solved the WYSIWYG idea that people know from Desktop Publishing, MS Word, or Adobe Insights. The proliferation of page builders for WordPress illustrated the need. Their implementation, however, is clunky and hazardous. Despite WordPress being an open system, most page builders and Themes lock you in. You might as well use Squarespace and Wix, get better support, and surrender to the fact that you have to rebuild your site from scratch if and when you want to leave those systems.  

Gutenberg is the first editor that makes WYSIWYG possible in native WordPress. And it’s so elegant and beautiful. It takes technology out of the process of creating visually attractive content. It seems to hide all the difficulty a content creator encounters when writing for the web—the image positioning, the copy/pasting from Google Drive, the way you can highlight paragraphs, sharing blocks. Instead of knowing HTML or configuring yet another plugin, I just grab the button block, add the URL, and give it a nice color. It is a joy to work in Gutenberg every day. Your content not only shines on the desktop, but also on mobile,tablets, and phones. Yes, it’s still rough around the edges, but that’s to be expected. This is a ground-up re-imagining of the web WYSIWYG and that’s a huge task. It’s also not released yet and it keeps getting better.

The other piece of the answer is that it’s built in a modern Javascript framework, ReactJS. It’s fascinating how that space has evolved over the last 8 years. I am excited to learn Javascript for the 3rd time. Learning ReactJS and ES6 is a great joy. I understand the theory and mechanics how blocks, shared blocks, and block templates will make a lot of things easier to build… once you are past the—admittedly huge—learning curve. I can’t wait to finish my first React/WordPress website.

Read the whole interview: Gutenberg Times + Pantheon: Spreading the Guten Word

Why Gutenberg Times

First on Storify then on a Gutenberg driven website, I have been curating Community voices about Gutenberg, the new visual editor for WordPress since June 2017, ever since I saw a demonstration of it at WordCamp Europe in Paris.

Some dev team members asked if I could create a newsletter so people get notified when there were new updates. Also, Adobe announce end of life for their Storify services. I realized I would need a different way to curate all the links and then have a method to send out the links once a week. I do this already for other publications. In order to make it possible I needed a WordPress site. – Gutenberg Times.

All editorial content is curated by me personally, and although I try to post inclusive and diverse opinions and perspectives, I am not without my own bias. The content posted here is only my own opinion, doesn’t reflect official views of the Gutenberg team nor of WordPress as a whole. I respect the good faith rules of WordPress meetups find then applicable to for content posted.  The comment section is moderated and is governed by WordCamps’ Code of Conduct.

For our call for sponsors we will stay within the WordCamp rules for Sponsors.

Infrastructure and Support

We just signed our first sponsor, Pantheon, providing support that goes towards our time curating, researching and participating on the discussions about Gutenberg. Thank  you to Pantheon.

This site runs as a Kusanagi Virtual Machine  on Microsoft Azure VM. We are testing Kusanagi for NPTechProjects’ WP4Good Club. running on Microsoft Azure Sponsorship. Thank you to Microsoft Philanthropies and TechSoup .

Our MailChimp account is sponsored by Pauli Systems, so is the domain name, the Brand24 account and all staff time attributed to Gutenberg Times content collection and curation.