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What is Gutenberg?

You might have heard about Gutenberg recently which is the editor for WordPress. Previously it was launched as a plugin so that you could install and test it on your WordPress site. Till that time it was not mandatory to use, but with WordPress 5.0 update, Gutenberg becomes the default editor for WordPress.

WordPress 5.0 (The “Bebo”) update is mostly about the Gutenberg and Twenty Nineteen theme.

Moreover, Gutenberg is not only an editor, but it is much more than that. If you have used Wix or other website builders, you might feel familiar with Gutenberg editor since it is quite similar. You can set your content, images, and videos in different small blocks to form an attractive layout for your blog post. It is all blocks in Gutenberg. In the older editor, your content used to be in an HTML file and for adding new formatting, we needed shortcodes, widgets, custom post types, etc. But, since now everything is block, you can customize your content to agreater extent. Every block can have its ownlayout and settings. Blocks can be saved as reusable as well which you can use later when needed. The reusable block is really a great feature which enables you to save a block as reusable. Suppose you have designed a block really well by applying various settings, and you feel that you can use it later as well. So, here you don’t need to design the same thing again as you can save that block as reusable, and later when you want to use, just go to AddBlock >> Reusable to pick the block which you saved as reusable.

Due to block feature, you can design your content the way you want. You can move blocks up and down just by drag & drop as well.

When you open the editor, you will see just the same as you can see in the  above screenshot. This might look odd to you but don’t worry, it is quite obvious because we have been using the old WordPress editor since ages. So, the shift from that to Gutenberg might not be that easy. But, gradually as we get our hands on it, and get used to of it, we will be fully shifted to this.

As you can see in the image above, there are two options in the right pane:  Document and Block.

Document contains all the features that you had in the classic editor such as adding featured image, selecting categories, uploading images/featured images, etc.

Blocks are the predefined templates for particular sections in the article. For example, the Table Block will give you the option to add table in whichyou can define the number of rows and columns.

Apart from various main features,there are few more:

  • Built-in buttons that can be dragged and dropped anywhere inside the post.
  • A separate block to embed social profiles.
  • Word and block count.
  • New alignment options via a specific block.
  • Table of contents and anchor support
  • Text Styling.

How to Use Classic Editor if you don’t want to use Gutenberg?

Though Gutenberg has a lot of features, and it is quite robust, there are many users who are finding it tough to shift from old classic editor to Gutenberg. Even, I when used Gutenberg, Ifound it taking a lot of time to set the content. I was really irritated of using it since I was in hurry for publishing an article, and it was taking. So, I tried finding the way to use the old classic editor. Finally, I found the way for this. I have downloaded Classic Editor Plugin which you have to install and activate on your site. Now, from Setting >> writing, select“Classic Editor”.

I am still using the old editor on my blog but I will surely use Gutenberg, and gradually shift to it.

But, this doesn’t mean that Gutenberg is not good. It is indeed the next generation editor with lots of features. It makes things quick in fact. But, shifting from the old to new will be tough for many, and I am being one of them. Moreover, I will soon switch to Gutenberg again, and get my hands on it. If you are finding it tough to use Gutenberg editor to create a post, you should read this article.

A few FAQs by WordPress users:

  1. Will Gutenberg affect my older published content?

No, it won’t. But, if you edit your old post, and convert it blocks, then it might affect the way it looks. So, you have to make some adjustment.

  • Does Gutenberg come with incompatibility issues with Themes?

Though it is designed to work well with all the themes and plugins, some themes may have issues displaying the blocks well because of CSS overrides and clashes.

Most of the theme developers are making their theme compatible with the block styled editor.

  • May I use old editor than Gutenberg?

Yes, as I have mentioned above in the article that you can use the Classic Editor plugin to use the old editor. But, this won’t be available forever as WordPress team commits to support classic editor plugin till 31st December 2021. They kept this time frame so that they will make sure Gutenberg works seamlessly on WordPress, and also the users get adapted to it gradually.

Conclusion

WordPress 5.0 was a big update and this was about Gutenberg and Twenty Nineteen theme. If you feel comfortable using Gutenberg, you must go for it. If not, you can use the way to use the old classic editor.

Atish Ranjan

Atish Ranjan is a blogger from India who has been blogging since 2010. He loves to learn, implement, and share online. He is a full-time blogger, and managing his popular blog - www.techtricksworld.com for years.

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