The ultimate open source project?
Gutenberg cloud is amazing. Not only have the Drupal project, one of WordPress open source ‘competitors’, adopted the editor - but they have created an open source resource collating common blocks.
Currently it’s the website is quite sparse, but WPTavern have given some additional background info.
There’s going to be a WordPress plugin that will allow users to browse blocks from within WordPress, much like we do plugins currently, and then install and use them. This makes so much sense.
Currently the best way to get additional blocks is to install plugins like Atomic Blocks or CoBlocks. However you will, invariably, end up installing a bunch of blocks that you don’t use just so that you can get access to the one or two you want.
Gutenberg cloud solves this nicely. You just install the blocks you want to use. And they will work on WordPress or Drupal (and maybe more in the future?).
I love the idea that WordPress and Drupal can collaborate. The projects themselves are quite different but working together to improve Gutenberg will benefit both projects.
The Tavern also reports that they are considering how to charge for blocks. So not only have we got increased efficiency, but we in terms of only installing what you need, but it’s another potential revenue stream for theme & plugin developers.
All round this is a great development and I really hope it all comes together as they hope. It can only benefit everyone.
The only downside I can see if that all future ‘how to optimize your blog’ articles will include ‘delete any blocks you’re not using’ as one of the items! ;) - Ben.