Gutenberg block editor & speed

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Since Gutenberg block editor isn’t being used 2 request can be eliminated using Asset Queue Manager plugin.


If you are not using Gutenberg block editor, it should be disabled with a plugin. Then we can dequeue (turnoff) the scripts and styles called block library and block style which load on every page. This is small potatoes but everything helps.


But for extreme optimization, we don’t use any pagebuilders.
Is it worth changing the theme and pagebuilder?
Probably not. Especially if you move to a PHP 7.x server.

Using the Gutenberg block editor is faster than using a page builder plugin such as Beaver Builder. It is adding 127 milliseconds globally to all pages of your site. We recommend using the block editor instead but the conversion is not part of our speed testing.


Gutenberg block editor has matured to the point it imitates pagebuilders like Elementor and WP Bakery. It isn’t the same but it gets better with each new release. We now recommend adopting Gutenberg, instead of disabling the editor.



Steve Teare
performance engineer
May 2021


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