Is Gutenberg the beginning of the end of WP?

Is Gutenberg the WP Waterloo? An editor too far? The doomed charge of the CMS brigade?

Is Gutenberg the beginning of the end of WP
The Battle of Waterloo by Clément-Auguste Andrieux

Ah, no. At least I don’t think so, although there is a lot of speculation about it. Moving Gutenberg into WP core is an inexplicable misstep by the WP People in Charge (PIC), an arrogant act of incompetence, an imposition of the unwanted on the unwilling by the unaccountable. But it’s not like WP PIC haven’t stepped on their dicks before and recovered from it.

As I relate in another post, I have test driven Gutenberg and – despite its still-persistent bugs – I don’t hate it. It works about as well for me as the classic TinyMCE. What I do hate is the arrogant, despotic tyranny of forcing it on a community of loyal users who overwhelmingly do not want it. But will this kill WP?

Again, I don’t think so. The PIC – reluctantly, I imagine – provided a reasonably easy way to stick with TinyMCE and evade Gutenberg, at least for the time being. Also, WP is way too popular, way too excellent in very many ways, and generally well-maintained and supported by the usually-awesome PIC, to slip into permanent decline over this kerfuffle.

What would I do – switch to Joomla? I would have to change the name of this blog to JoomlaPOV, and that’s not even alliterative.

WPPOV supports freedom from Net Neutrality and the GDPR. The Internet of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.