Today was WordCamp Portland, ME. There were around 150 attendees that attended this one day WordCamp, and was packed with great sessions.

One time slot was occupied by a panel discussion about Gutenberg where the panel fielded questions from the crowd about the new editing experience. The attendees at this camp represented a good mix of the different types of WordPress users. Attendees were also able to anonymously submit their questions.

I thought this was a great opportunity to take the pulse of the WordPress community.

The panel was moderated by Sam Hotchkiss. These following people were on the panel:

Below is every question that was asked during this session.

  • When you are talking to your clients, do you tell them about Gutenberg, and what you are going to need to do?
  • What do you think the biggest hurdles to adoption are going to be?
  • How comfortable or uncomfortable are you with the short release timeline? How is this affecting your rollout plans?
  • After the introduction, is there a certain overall timeline for adding functionality? Are you talking years? Or less?
  • Gutenberg pushes itself to the top of the page. Is there a way currently, or do you see a way to push this down and add tabs at the top of the screen?
  • How do you see Gutenberg affecting current page builders?
  • Do you see the future of Gutenberg as a full featured drag and drop theme builder?
  • After 5.0, how long do you think that the Classic Editor plugin will be supported?
  • Can you just not update to WordPress 5.0 and keep running the 4.9 branch of WordPress indefinitely?
  • How concerned are you about the lack of parity between Gutenberg and the Classic Editor?
  • What are the pieces you are the most nervous about with Gutenberg rolling out?
  • What are the pieces you are the most excited about with Gutenberg rolling out?
  • What is the current state of Gutenberg in mobile?
  • What resources would you recommend to someone that wants to get started in Gutenberg development?

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