What is Gutenberg and how will it impact Providence College?

There is a major update to the back-end of WordPress coming soon to all Providence College sites. It’s nicknamed Gutenberg, after Johannes Gutenberg, the famous German printer. The following link describes the update in more detail. What is Gutenberg? What do Web Editors need to know? How will this update impact the editing experience? Will […]

A woodcut of Johannes Gutenbergs print shop
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There is a major update to the back-end of WordPress coming soon to all Providence College sites. It’s nicknamed Gutenberg, after Johannes Gutenberg, the famous German printer. The following link describes the update in more detail.

What is Gutenberg?

What do Web Editors need to know? How will this update impact the editing experience? Will this affect people viewing the Providence College web pages?

  • Currently there is no firm date from WordPress on when Gutenberg will be released, but the Web Services team is preparing in anticipation of the roll-out. We’re working with our hosting company – CampusPress – to test a beta version of Gutenberg with our theme. So far tests are very positive.
  • CampusPress has let us know that they are also in the process of conducting tests on their end with the beta version of the update. They are providing us with a test environment so that we can adapt our current theme to Gutenberg.
  • As soon as we get a confirmed date, Web Services will communicate this to the Web Governance Committee and to the Web Editors- we will let you know in advance.
  • Initially we don’t anticipate dramatic changes to the editing experience, however in time the experience will change- for the better. Currently some elements of the editing experience that we consider to be standard- columns, callouts etc- will become better integrated into WordPress with the update. The editing experience will become simpler and more user friendly.
  • Anyone viewing the Providence College web pages will not be affected by this update.

If you have any questions or concerns, please drop the Web Services team a line at web@providence.edu or give Dan a call at x1755- happy to talk with you regarding this or any other web-related questions.

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