What’s up with the WordPress block editor (pros and cons)
The current Visual Editor of WordPress has changed little over the years and remained essentially the same. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, many think it’s time for a change. Other platforms such as Medium or Ghost provide a truly unique and refreshing user experience for writers, so why should not WordPress do it? Well, many contributors and volunteers have worked in the background for months on the new WordPress Gutenberg editor. Your goal? Make inserting rich content in WordPress easier and more enjoyable. Today we look at what constitutes the new editor and what advantages and disadvantages the editor brings with it.
- What is Gutenberg?
- Details about the block editor
- Advantages of the WordPress block editor
- Disadvantages of the WordPress block editor
What is Gutenberg?
Gutenberg is the latest editor for WordPress. This editor was code-named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented letterpress printing with movable type more than 500 years ago. From WordPress 5.0 released on December 6, 2018, it became default editor and has been called “WordPress block editor” or just “block editor” to be more precise. This editor requires the use of shortcodes and HTML components to make everything work properly. Their goal was to make this process easier, especially for those who just started working with WordPress. Building blocks are introduced in the form of “small blocks” and you want to add advanced layout options.
Few details about the editor
As you can see, the visual editor looks a bit different than the one you’re used to. The surface of Gutenberg is very similar to that of Medium, which we think is great. If you look at both the block editor and the previous visual editor next to each other, you will notice how much additional space you have for editing, especially on smaller screens. For those who work on laptop computers, Gutenberg will be a convenience. The focus is on writing and providing a distraction-free environment.
If you want to remove the right sidebar in the Gutenberg WordPress Editor, click on the “Post Settings” button. To switch between the visual editor and the text editor, click on the three vertical dots in the right top corner to open the menu and from there you can choose your editor. You’ll see that the individual blocks are now wrapped by HTML comments. For example, this allows you to create a text block.
<!-- wp:core/text --> <!-- /wp:core/text -->
Thus, you can create blocks directly in text mode of the editor. However, this way can lead to some confusion when you are in this mode.
Selecting (just click) a block displays a toolbar, the navigation arrows can move blocks up or down, they can be deleted, or you can access the formatting settings. The content editor is very similar to Medium’s editor.