Gutenberg – A New Editor For WordPress

A New Editor For WordPress Is Due To Land

If you use WordPress for your website and regularly write pages and posts for your website then you need to know that the editor you’re currently using is about to change. 

Gutenberg Overview and Tutorial Video

A new release of WordPress, version 5.0 is to land this year – November is being touted as the arrival date. Within this new release, there will be a brand new editor – known as Gutenberg.

Below is a snapshot of how the new and old editors look.

The Classic Look versus the New Look!

Classic WordPress Editor
Gutenberg New Editor

No getting away from it. The new editor will be installed as default replacing the old one. The good news is you can continue to use the old editor but only by installing a plugin called “Classic Editor”.

You can carry on using the classic editor but it may be worth taking the plunge and moving to the new editor for 2 key reasons:

  • it offers some new editing options that you will like, allowing you to style your posts and pages flexibly than previously possible with the old editor.
  • the new editor is here to stay and the folks that run WordPress have invested heavily in it. It’s going to continue to be developed with further creative options that it would be a shame to miss out on. 

While the learning curve might put you off I’m sure the style choices of the new editor will appeal.

Don’t worry about the content you currently have on your website created using the old editor this won’t be impacted by Gutenberg. You can if you wish covert it to Gutenberg to take advantage of the new features but you don’t have to.

Gutenberg Blocks

The new editor is based around the concept of ‘blocks’. Every element of content with a post or page is a block – a paragraph block, a heading block, an image block etc. You get the idea blocks are the core. 

So when you first go in to edit a page with Gutenberg you’ll need to create a block before you can do anything else. As I’m writing this post in the new editor each paragraph is a block. The images are each blocks, the bulleted list a block. Many blocks make up a post or page.

You really need to see Gutenberg in action so click on the video below for a walkthrough of Gutenberg.

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