I use WordPress Gutenberg Blocks and the Genesis Framework for site development. These options deliver the fastest loading pages (ESPECIALLY ON MOBILE DEVICES) and the most forward compatibility.
I have used Gutenberg since its release in December of 2018, so I am completely proficient in its implementation, as well as capable of custom Gutenberg Block development. I’m not getting up to speed, I have been using this development method from the start.
Gutenberg blocks are the default WordPress page/post editor components. This interface is being developed by WordPress to compete with drag and drop site-builders like Wix and Squarespace. The side-effect is that the editor is displacing WordPress page builders like Elementor.
A big part of the reason for this displacement is the page loading advantage of Gutenberg generated content:
- WordPress Gutenberg Improved Site Performance
- Gutenberg vs Elementor – Page Speed Comparison
- Damn. Gutenberg Smokes Elementor
Also, the library of Gutenberg blocks is constantly growing on the strength of the WordPress plugin development community which is over 50,000 strong. New blocks and coordinated block libraries are continually being released and optimized, providing every functionality imaginable.
The WordPress core development team continues to optimize the interface, both from the standpoint of usability and page load speed. With the commitment to Gutenberg on the part of WordPress and its army of plugin developers, this interface is clearly the way forward in website creation.
The Genesis Framework has been a WordPress staple since February of 2010 and has been updated to coordinate and optimize Gutenberg.
Genesis delivers schematic HTML which optimizes Search Engine and page load performance. Genesis partners with WP Engine, one of the leading WordPress Hosting Providers to offer ongoing support and optimization of the Genesis Ecosystem.
I have added my own functionality to Genesis streamlining and optimizing the page by page incorporation of Gutenberg Blocks into Headers and Footers.
The Bottom Line:
The combination of Gutenberg Blocks and the Genesis Framework provides website development that will be search engine compliant, mobile-optimized for speed and display and with an unlimited array of display choices. Additionally this system is sure to be supported going forward for the foreseeable future.