I really love the blogging experience with Medium.com. The GUI is so intuitive that I often forget about the mundane “technical” aspects of blogging and I’m able to focus on creating great content.
At the same time, I still love WordPress. I like having control over my content and I like the added flexibility of WordPress, particularly in areas such as E-commerce.
So this got me thinking. How difficult would it be to transform my WordPress blog into a Medium-like site? It turns out that it’s very easy, particularly if you’re starting a new blog.
Gutenberg has received quite a bit of criticism from the WordPress community since its release, particularly from developers having a hard time adapting the plugin to existing client websites.
It seems the best option at the moment for anyone seriously considering using Gutenberg full-time, is to run a minimal installation of WordPress using just a few essential plugins such as Akismet, WP Cache and Yoast as well as a simple theme like Integer. This combination worked very well in my tests.
Gutenberg is obviously an attempt by WordPress to enter the Medium.com arena. Over major sites are making similar moves to paired-down, content first approach.Facebook’s recent addition of “Notes” is an obvious example.
Gutenberg takes the standard WordPress composition screen and makes it look and function like Medium’s “block” system with intuitive text editing and media import capabilities.
So if you’re looking for a simple and low cost solution to transform WordPress into a minimal blogging platform, why not give the Integer and Gutenberg combo a try? Let me know what you think.