Every time a new version of WordPress rolls out, there’s always buzz surrounding the new, cutting-edge features and functionalities.
However, few versions have garnered as much buzz as WordPress 5.0 with its new block-based editor—otherwise known as the reason everything looks different when adding and editing your website’s content.
Since the update, the classic content editor you knew and loved was replaced with this new block editor called Gutenberg (named after Johannes Gutenberg who invented the printing press). Gutenberg and the old classic editor are two completely different editors for creating content in WordPress.
How is the new WordPress editor different?
The classic editor was a text editor with formatting buttons very similar to Microsoft Word. The new editor uses a totally different approach called blocks to make adding rich content to WordPress even more simple and enjoyable than before.
What are blocks?
Blocks are content elements that you add to the edit screen to create content layouts.
Each item you add to your post or page is a block. For example, you can have blocks for text, headers, images, videos embeds, buttons, audio files, widgets, tables, and so much more. Each block is its own entity that you can manipulate on an individual basis. In general, these blocks give you more flexibility and in-depth control.
With blocks, you can insert, rearrange, and style multimedia content with very little technical knowledge. Instead of using custom code, you can add a block and focus on your content.
For example, if you wanted to add a table in your content with the old editor, you needed a separate table plugin. With the new editor, you can simply add a table block, select your columns and rows, and start adding content. You can move content elements up and down, edit them as individual blocks, and easily create this media-rich content.
At the end of the day, the new WordPress block editor is easy to use and easy to learn.
Click here to learn more about the new Gutenberg editing experience and try your hand at creating and using blocks. To try it out on your website, simply create a new page or post and start using the new tools!
If you need help or have any questions, Net Designs is always available to assist with this easy-to-use system.
Author: Kendall Dick, Net Designs Writer