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February 10, 2021 at 9:00 am #4606starman
WordPress comes with the Gutenberg post editor of course and it is built right in, but it actually started out as an optional plugin back in the days when everyone used the Classic editor. You could use either the Classic or Gutenberg editor with a post or page.
Did you know that the Gutenberg plugin still exists? Why is it still there when it is built into WordPress? What’s the difference, if any?
The version of Gutenberg built into WordPress is an older one with fewer features. It is always a few releases behind the plugin. The plugin is the latest version with the most features and it is where you see new features first.
The WordPress version isn’t that old and you aren’t missing much, but if you want to use the very latest features, some of which are pretty cool, as soon as they are released, install the Gutenberg plugin.
Yes, even though you have Gutenberg built in, you can still install the Gutenberg plugin. It is automatically used instead of the older built in version. If you deactivate or remove the Gutenberg plugin, the old version built into WordPress is used again. Be careful going back to the old version because if you use a feature in the new version that’s not in the old one, that feature may not work. If you use the new features, stick with the plugin.
The current version of WordPress is 5.6.1 and it comes with Gutenberg 9.2, but the Gutenberg plugin is 9.9 and has some extra features. Not many, just a few tweaks here and there, but they may be useful to you.
The plugin is always ahead of WordPress, so when WordPress 5.7 is released, it will get Gutenberg 9.9, but by then, Gutenberg plugin may be on 10.0 or something.