I am not just writing as usual, this time, I am writing with a double-edged smile. Yea!
If you aren’t used to WordPress, then you are very lucky to read this. For those that are already enjoying the CMS, there’s a big news.
WordPress post editor just got a brand new look, design, feature and everything cool. I really don’t know where to start because every single thing on it is extra-cool.
Okay, the reason why I am writing this is not just to tell you the good news, but to help you love it, get used to it and what else, keep enjoying it.
Gutenberg is the new WordPress redesigned post editor that will soon take over the entire platform. Don’t freak out, the classic editor isn’t gone yet. Although it just came alongside the recent WordPress update, it is just for you to try and if you love it like I do, then keep enjoying it until it’s officially released.
Features of Gutenberg New WordPress Post Editor
So, what are the features of this Gutenberg WordPress new post editor?
- It’s completely redesigned
I didn’t want to write this post with the classic WordPress editor because I am a fan of trying out new things. The Gutenberg Post Editor has a look that will certainly get you confused at the first time.
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The entire editing experience has been rebuilt for media-rich pages and posts. The entire experience is now all about blocks. You will get to see a lot of blocks everywhere as you create your rich contents.
I love it because it will naturally make you learn how to make your contents easily readable with paragraphing because of the blocks.
- Installing Gutenberg
If you like to use the old broom again, installing the Classic Editor too is possible via a plugin.
So, what are the benefits
But before that, what does Gutenberg mean?
Gutenberg was a German printer who was the first in Europe to print using movable type and the first to use a press (1400-1468). So I see how the name came into WordPress.
So, let’s quickly go through all the new changes and features in this WordPress post editor called Gutenberg.
Features and updates in Gutenberg
- The entire editor is all about blocks. There are options to remove the blocks, edit the blocks, reuse etc.
Everything on the post editor looks as if the blog is live.
There’s a new Add Block button that gives you a single option to add anything you would like to add. From images, paragraphs, formatting, audio, gallery, cover image, video, file, heading, subheading, widgets, latest comments, inline images, links, and what you might think of. You can also search for a block as well.
Highlighting any text will bring options you will need to edit the text as you wish.
Saving your post is now as cool as you had always wished. Your posts are saved automatically, the preview is done in a magical way and the drafts look like a finished work already.
There’s also the undo, redo and content structure button always at the top left. The content structure button shows you details of your content like, all your H2 tags, the Title, word count, number of paragraphs, number of blocks and maybe more.
On the right-hand side, you have the Block and Document pane where the sweetest features are buried but not dead.
You have the option right away to edit visibility, post format, change author if you have more than one authors, disable comments, pingback, trackbacks, set featured image and other major buttons that you always need.
Once a post is being written, it saves it seamlessly and keeps showing a little sign to alert you. Unless you disabled it to save server resources or CPU usage.
Once you are almost done, the preview button on the top-right will open a new tab in a very gorgeous way and then show you how your content is going to look like. That’s as usual though.
Another cool feature is after clicking the Publish button, it gives you the last chance to give it some finishing touches before actually publishing it. You can edit the publish date/time, make it private or add a password, and change the visibility settings.
To quickly switch between the code editor and visual editor, just hold CTRL+Shift+Alt+M and then it will switch. You can also get the option at the top right of your screen, by clicking the 3 dotted icons just after the Publish button.
If you are used to WordPress shortcuts, you can comfortably use it to do your work as fast as it used to be, even better with the redesigned post editor.
The coloring, formatting and every bit of the post editor has gotten a new leaf. It will only take some boldness and a mind to try out new things for any user to stick to it. Like me, I already love it.
The post editor looks very cool on mobile and PC as well as other devices because of its design.
You can report issues or problems you face as you use it before WordPress 5.0 finally comes with it as a default post editor. You can always go back to the Classic version if you wish.
You can make it more comfortable by fixing the toolbar at the top. Just click on the 3 dots at the top-right of your post editor and select Fix Toolbar To Top.
Adding links, editing HTML, adding CSS etc are all easy as well.
There’s a box on the right to change text settings like making it Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. You can also increase text size by dragging the custom text resizer and also Drop cap/show
For those who love colors, adding Text Colors and Background Colors is also available. The Gutenberg post editor is a modern, rich featured, reliable, clear, flexible, and very versatile post editor that WordPress has just added
To be sincere, I kinda had a little issue getting used to it at first, but because I decided to use it and write a blog post about it, I think I would not switch to the classic WordPress post editor unless someone in my team isn’t patient enough to get used to the beautiful update.
You can drag and drop the blocks like you are playing a game. I love it!
This is a new addition and it wouldn’t be so easy to catch up with if you aren’t open-minded.
I love trying out new things and it makes me learn a lot. You can take a look at the post about the new Gutenberg Post Editor on WordPress at this link.
Feel free to ask questions and give your feedback about this new post editor.
Less I forget, you now have 3 scroll bars at the right which will always help you get around the post editor and your content.
When you open your all posts, there’s an option on each post to edit it with the new Gutenberg editor or use the usual Classic editor.
For those using mobile devices to write contents, I am really sorry to disappoint you.
You would never get an experience as sweet as this when writing contents via your smartphone. I love every bit of it. It looks lovely, well designed and aligned, easier, faster, appealing to the eyes and very flexible like it is on PC.
All I can say to round up is, a resounding thank you to every WordPress developer.
Guess what, I am still exploring the WordPress post editor called Gutenberg and I haven’t had any issues yet. I hope I don’t.
- Do you love it?
- Do you hate it?
- Or you haven’t decided yet?
Still trying to choose between Gutenberg and the Classic WordPress post Editor. Let’s discuss.