Learn the Basics of Using WordPress Block Editor, Step-By-Step

In 2018, WordPress moved away from its long-time editor to one it dubbed “Gutenberg”.

Unlike the editor of old, WordPress users now use a modern drag-and-drop block editor to build and customize websites, publish content, and sell their services and products online.

Whether you’re a long-time user trying to make sense of the new editor, or you’re brand new to WordPress, this guide will teach you the ropes. You’ll learn:

  • How Gutenberg blocks differ from the classic editor.
  • How to use the block builder to create and edit pages.
  • What the Gutenberg blocks do.
  • How to unlock extra settings with the sidebar.
  • How to use the toolbar to be more productive.

Use The Classic Editor vs. Gutenberg Blocks

The switch from classic editor to Gutenberg blocks is a huge leap for WordPress. Let’s look at how the editor has evolved.

This is how the content would display on the website once published. But you would only be able to confirm that everything translated okay from the editor to the page by using the “Preview” function.

There was no way to write content within the actual context of the page. In addition, it took a certain familiarity with HTML or an over-reliance on plugins to be able to build more advanced designs and layouts.

In 2018, WordPress set out to rectify these limitations by releasing the new WordPress editor (i.e. Gutenberg).

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