If you’ve been around the tech world for a while, you will have come across WYSIWYG.
I remember the first time I heard the word.
I am still fascinated by the sound the word makes as it slides off your tongue.
Wait – You haven’t heard of WYSIWYG?
WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get
Think – WizzyWig, and you’ve got it.
Never mind what it means, it just sounds cool, doesn’t it?
But WYSIWYG is more than just a pretty
I’m a blogger. I know other bloggers. And we all spend a lot of time writing blogs.
So why would we want to spend heaps of time putting code into a website?
Don’t get me wrong, I love using HTML!
But I’m not trained in HTML – I just dabble in it.
“Google – What’s the HTML for a heading?”
There is something romantic and mysterious about using HTML, but it’s like drinking decaf coffee…. Why would you bother?
I built my website the easy way – on the WordPress platform. And WordPress has Gutenberg. Using Gutenberg is as easy as building with blocks.
That’s a very simplistic description because Gutenberg does a heck of a lot more than that.
If I want to add a Heading with Gutenberg – I just select the heading I want, and Gutenberg does the HTML for me.
WordPress didn’t always have Gutenberg.
Gutenberg launched with WordPress 5.0. I’d been hearing about it for a while at Meetups and WordCamps, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. So when a Beta version plugin was announced prior to the launch, I installed it on my main website. But not without some deliberation.
From the first encounter, I was hooked. And it was the WYSIWYG that snagged me.
Sadly, some of the platforms I write for don’t use Gutenberg, so I still get to dabble in some of the romantic HTML stuff.
But for the rest of my writing?