Can I just admit I’ve been a bit nervous about the impending release of WordPress Gutenberg? All I knew about it was that it was going to change how we used the post editor and, after 14 years that took me right outside my comfort zone.
I’m really comfortable in my comfort zone!
WordPress Gutenberg is freshening up how we create posts and pages, giving us more functionality and an easier way to create visually appealing content. Yay!
This is by no means an in-depth tutorial. Over the next 6 and a half minutes I’ll give you a quick look at Gutenberg and how it works to demystify it a bit.
Although there was a small glitch with reordering the content blocks, my first impression of Gutenberg is positive (I’m not really sure what I was so worried about before – the unknown I guess).
At first glance you may think that it isn’t particularly different.
Just like the Classic editor, Gutenberg allows you to add a title to your blog post and then get down to the business of writing your content.
But look a bit longer, how do you add images?
Like page builders like Elementor or Divi, Gutenberg inserts different pieces of content as blocks. Each block can be styled independently (seriously, don’t go to town with this).
The point of these blocks it to allow you to use a lot of different types of content that you’ve traditionally had to use shortcode or html to use.
Beyond the standard blocks like images, headings and text there are also embed blocks for tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos and more.
This is a huge improvement and will make things much easier, especially for people new to WordPress.
I’d like to hope that showing people how to break their content up into different blocks will put an end to daunting walls of text.
Ain’t no one got time to read that.
Gutenberg is not the scary, overwhelming thing I’d built it up to be and there’s no reason for you to be worried either.
Even if there are a few bugs along the way, this new way of doing things is going to be an improvement over the Classic editor.
If you have any questions or comments, drop them below.