The visual editor for WordPress is a staple for millions of content creators who rely on WordPress to keep their blogs and websites going. The default editor, however, is not always the easiest to navigate for users. For beginners, or those looking for more personalized features, this is particularly true.
WordPress recently rolled out a more intuitive and functional editor with that in mind. With WordPress 5.0, the Block Editor (also known as Gutenberg) is now a part of the platform by default. Moreover, for beginners and experienced users alike, it has many enticing features to sell.
We’ll introduce you to the new Gutenberg editor in this post. This will include a look at its key characteristics, its advantages, and disadvantages, and what its use could mean for WordPress’s future. Let’s start now!
What Is the WordPress Gutenberg Editor?
The implementation name for the new editor that is now integrated into the heart of WordPress was Gutenberg. This replaced the long-standing visual or ‘classic’ editor, which was a functionality that, over the years, saw little change. The Block Editor is often referred to as Gutenberg. This is because it operates by offering a library of individual content blocks. These are broken down into groups, such as blocks for text formatting and embeddable blocks for media elements. These can then be modified in a way that is equivalent to several plugins for third-party page builders.
For content developers, the Block Editor provides a more immersive, drag-and-drop experience. Another advantage of this feature is that it gives you the option of inserting placeholder blocks to your content for later editing or more quickly moving content across the page or article.
Why Choose Gutenberg Editor Over Others?
WordPress has chosen to implement the Gutenberg editor at its heart because it helps its users build content blocks with less hassle than when using the old editor. WordPress theme developers will create themes for content block sites more quickly once the new editor has been officially launched. The editor will allow native themes to support such layouts instead of using a visual editor. As a result, since there would be no need for bulky content block plugins, the app would significantly reduce load times on WordPress pages.
Conversion of theme eases.
Another advantage that Gutenberg is supposed to offer WordPress users is that it is easy to move from one theme to another. It can be a complicated process to switch themes, especially those embedded with content block builders, for example, Divi. Therefore, the editor will bring great relief to users who want to change themes on their websites. Also, Gutenberg can render compositions that do not contain blocks once integrated into WordPress by default. Therefore, they would not need third-party themes to provide content builders, unlike how they currently work.
Shows the exact look of a site’s content
Content appears the same way in the Guttenberg editor as it does when publishing on a website. This will allow a website administrator to glimpse how the content will finally appear on the website without posting it.
Gutenberg is intended to operate on handheld devices such as tablets and smartphones, desktops, laptops, and computers. This is an enormous plus! About why? Since most other plugins for content blocks are not well-compatible with mobile devices. If you use Gutenberg on your desktop or mobile device, its features will be consistent.
A modern way of managing content options is another improvement that the WYSIWYG interface brings. Gutenberg can only offer you choices relevant to the particular block you are currently editing instead of a static toolbar coupled with various settings strewn across the main editor.
For example, you can only see the formatting options and other vital settings to that block if you are editing a text paragraph. This helps you quickly get a sense at any given time of what choices are open to you. You’re only just looking for what you need, which in the long run, helps prevent misunderstanding. Of course, when users can struggle to locate a currently secret option (since it does not relate to the current block), this function can also contribute to some initial uncertainty. Although settings are still available for the entire document, it can be tricky to get used to this change first. However, if you do, you will benefit from a more seamless experience free of clutter.
The content creation on WordPress is entirely reimagined with the Reusable Blocks feature. You can now save several blocks with Gutenberg as one reusable block that you can export and import to your other sites as well.
For instance, let’s say that with the editor, you’ve created a high-converting landing page. Now, the combination of blocks can be saved and used to create another powerful landing page.
You also can delete, export, and even import your reusable blocks from other sources by handling them.
Drag and Drop
All of the blocks can be dragged and fell after putting blocks on the posts and pages. Using its drag and drop feature, you can do it if you think of restructuring used blocks.
On the left side of each block, there’s a six dot drag option. Drag the block between the blocks of your choice and remove it. When bringing blocks up and down, the up and down arrow comes in handy. It’s easy enough.
All about blocks is Gutenberg. You may want to change some blocks you used when working with multiple blocks on a single post or website. Gutenberg provides you with a block navigation option for that. After you have used the first block on the top bar’s left side, the navigation menu appears.
When clicking on the navigation menu, all of the used blocks will appear there. It will take the order in which you put your material. The navigation menu will be influenced by any update you make to the order. You can go straight to any block’s edit mode right from the navigation menu.