WordPress.COM – NEW Block Editor – My First Attempt and Thoughts

Today, I thought I would finally play around with Gutenberg the New Editor by WordPress.com. Additionally, I hear the classic editor will be discontinued in 2020, so I better get learning it now, and I thought you might find it interesting too.

What better way of showing you what it can do by making this post, demonstrate some of the cool things you can do with it.

Oh by the way, my learning style can be described as winging it. The days of me reading how to use something before using it when out the door in my late twenties a few decades ago…lol…I just go for it now.

Block Editor – aka Gutenberg.

Firstly, I had no clue it was called Gutenberg, I learnt that from Hugh’s blog.

Gutenberg, allows you to create blocks as Heading, paragraphs and images. But, for me the most exciting tools are the ability to create columns and Drop capitals. Also, you can create reusable blocks which I assume you can use on different blog posts. Also, you can move blocks up and down. Oooh So much fun.

Below is a demo of 2 columns, and 3 different text paragraphs, with drop capital and a bit of colour to jazz it up a bit. Note, if you look at this in the reader you will not see the columns in their full glory, but if you visit my site it will (now that is a bit annoying for wp.users), and these 2 columns aren’t visible on my Samsung mobile – also annoying 😔😂.

All the amazing editing options with ….

WordPress New Editor Called Gutenberg.

Read more about Gutenberg at Hughs Views and News blog  who describes it much better than I do and has links to other blogs who demo how to use the block editor as well.

Within a block you can use the classic editor, which I did to created the pingback/linkback to Hughs blog and then converted it back to a block. I only did this way as I could not figure out an easier way. This is only my first attempt.

IMAGES: To resize images is much easier, as the images has handles that move to make the image bigger or smaller. I like this because it a like using word and images in word.

You can also add links to facebook, twitter, Instagram and youtube etc posts and more by using Embed block.

I conclude, based on my first attempt all of 120 mins, the blocks functionality is a bit fiddly. In some places it is not intuitive for a person like me who just wants to dives right into using it. However, it is not impossible to get used to and it allows you to do some cool stuff quite easily especially if you don’t want to learn how write HTML like me. My attempt was a total fly by the seat of my pants attempt and I got the hang of it. But, in Hughs blog post, he gives more details and two links to two very useful post that are worth reading, as there is only so far you can go without reading instructions.

Thank you for popping by, please like, comment , share, like.

Did you find this post useful? Are you using the block editor, what are your thoughts, do comment below? Do you know how to embed facebook if so can you comment below? As I learn more do you want me to blog on how to do xyz with the block editor?

We should always move out of our comfort zones even if it forced- lol. I would like to give thanks to Hugh’s blog post that kicked me into action. Hugh, said something very important on his post, that is, we should use it and if we find any bugs we should report them to word press so they can make the block tool more friendly and bug free as in 2020 we won’t be able to use the classic editor

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18 replies

  1. I am usually so attached to the things that I am already used to and always have resistance to learning new tools 🙂 Reading your post helped me know some of the features to become familiar for eventually if I am forced to use them.

    That reminds me, that until very recently I had it in my to- do list to go back to your posts that you researched on mailchimp, etc. …and that is still on my to do list 🙂 I know I will have to get to that some day soon …I am simply stretching time with lots of other stuff to do, until I cannot put it aside again.

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    • I totally understand as I didnt want to bother learing it. I can be quite last minute about stuff, but I generally figure it out. Today i just thought let me give it ago, and in doing so i have already posted a post when i said i would only post once a week only – lol. I thought about saving this post for next week, but i couldnt wait.. Reading Hughs post was the trigger for action. I did play around once before, but it wasnt a sincere effort.

      It isnt that hard really to use. But do any thing flash with columns it doesnt translate to a mobile or reader and for me that was sad, cause it looks so lovely on my laptop..😂.

      Anyway, it is quite easy so when you do try it wont be bad. Just give it time.

      My blogging tips posts are still there. Mailing link to a youtube video. But they are still there.

      I am excited about my official post that comes out tomorrow on my official schedule
      ..lol

      Have a good nite. Speak later.

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  2. Wow, I’m so impressed with your first attempt at using Gotherberg. Well done for stepping outside of your comfort zone and giving it a go. You’ve even gone one step further than me in that you did some text columns – something I’ve yet to try.

    The display on mobiles and tablets will be different depending on the system you are using. However, manufacturers are always sending updates to improve our viewing experience, so I think all of this will follow. In the meantime, enjoy using trying the new editor. I am sure it will go on to give your readers an even better reading experience.

    Thanks so much for linking to my post about Gutenberg. I’m so glad it inspired you to give Gutenberg a try.

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  3. Kudos to you for trying.

    I tried it once. Or maybe twice, but found it…far from intuitive. Also, I thought that all the new features were unnecessary for me. The final blow was when I couldn’t figure out how to do a pingback/ insert a hyperlink. I haven’t research it, so I don’t know if it’s possible, or not. I use that feature A LOT.

    I knew they would switch, but was hoping that more people would speak out about how terrible it was and they would leave the original one as an option. Thank you for informing me of the 2020 change. It will make me want to figure things out sooner, or later.

    Yes, Please share whatever you learn.

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    • I understand your feelings, it is a pain. I only know how to do pingbacks if i use a classic block.

      Will share what i learn. Look at hughs blog, he refers to two other posts that are quite useful.

      Thank you for reading and commenting

      Have a fab weekend

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      • I went through his post and (I think) the second link he shares is indeed very helpful. There’s A LOT to learn.

        As for pingbacks, I just asked him and he said they work as in the normal editor. I couldn’t find them for the life of me when I played with it before. Now, I just went in, typed a few letters, highlighted them and boom, one of the options above the text was the hyperlink symbol. Maybe it was because I didn’t add a block. I just typed. I thought I’d share that with you.

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  4. Hi Bella, Like Kim I tried the new Editor some time ago and then reverted (I was so frustrated) but perhaps I need to give it another try. Sounds like I’ll have no choice as of next year so I may as well get the hang of it now. Thanks Bella and also to Hugh. I’ll have to go back and re-read his post.

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    • Hugh’s definately useful, especially the two links. But, in all honesty, like i said to Kim, just play with to learn then it wont feel so bad. I too had tried it and got annoyed, but then i thoughts lets have fun with it and create a fun post for my blogger friends and actually in the most part not too bad. I still struggle with links but i have to try harder. Have fun.

      Have a good weekend

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