Gutenberg is the codename for the new WordPress editor. It’s fast, flexible, and opens up a new world of possibilities for creating your content your way in all parts of your site.

If you’re keen to get the latest and greatest improvements, you can use the Gutenberg plugin on your site. With releases done nearly every two weeks by numerous contributors, it’s being tested by thousands of different people all over the world, from big news organizations, to small businesses, to professional and personal bloggers.

23.3 million active installations
130.5 million posts written*
229 thousand written yesterday*

* The post statistics on this page are obtained from WordPress.com sites and sites running Jetpack — which report whether Gutenberg was used to author the post. The post statistics only include posts created since late August 2018. The actual number is higher.

A Few Statistics Of Note

The top 10 blocks in usage across WordPress.com and sites running Jetpack are:

  1. Paragraph: 56.5%
  2. Image: 14.7%
  3. Heading: 12.4%
  4. List: 4%
  5. Spacer: 3.3%
  6. Separator: 1.8%
  7. HTML: 1.5%
  8. Group: 1.4%
  9. Columns: 1.3%
  10. Button: .9%

Of note is that web pages these days are, on the average, filled with images — via the Image block — in a significant ratio of roughly 1 or more images per every four paragraph blocks.

The relative proportion of Gutenberg blocks indicates an attempt by the author to minimize the amount of writing they need to do and an effort to begin building out their content by including:

  1. Lots of lists.
  2. Lots of header text.
  3. Lots of images.
  4. Lots of separators, columns, and spacers to improve legibility and build structure.
  5. Lots of buttons.

Another interesting note is that the dominant embed type is the YouTube block. The next closest embed type is Twitter, with YouTube blocks outnumbering Twitter blocks by approximately 4:1.


Resources

If this page has you feeling excited about Gutenberg and the future of the WordPress editing experience, consider getting involved in future Gutenberg development. You can do so by heading on over to GitHub, reading the latest updates on what’s next and what’s new, and joining the conversation in WordPress.org slack’s #core-editor channel.