Blocking it in or out?

Are you using the Gutenberg editor yet for WordPress posts and pages?

At first I shied away from trying out this beta version of the content block editor (nothing to do with beta blockers but the frustration of using it might raise blood pressure).

Anyway today I decided to suck it and see as currently there is always the option to revert back to Classic mode for when it all goes wrong – but I believe this will disappear with the WordPress 5 update so thought it best to start learning now.

Basically it is all about BLOCKS – ready-made pieces of code that we drag and drop onto the page

Everything—including content, images, quotes, galleries, cover images, audio, video, headings, embeds, custom codes, paragraphs, separators and buttons—will turn into distinct blocks. 

The complete Anatomy of the Gutenberg WordPress editor

I’m still working my way through the learning process and it’s not as simple as it sounds – so here is the source of the Gutenberg Editor with tour and links to all the blocks and how they work –

Go Gutenberg 

And how has it been received so far?

Not good –  there are many criticisms. I for one feel there are too many bells and whistles whilst the block coding is too restrictive – and frankly too blocky (every paragraph is treated as a separate whole -leaving no individual word editing or even just line break). In short, there is much less capacity for individual control of formatting but I notice that one block is html and another gives the choice of classic formatting so I might have to edit the posts that way – we shall see.

And if you prefer coding you can view the block as visual editor or html simply by clicking on it. And in the right window of the editor, there is the choice of adding more CSS to the block – 

At this development stage it is clunky too – and here is a review well worth reading for a flavour of what we simpler folk  are up against.

7 reasons not to switch to the Gutenberg Editor

But it’s coming to your WordPress 5 soon – in fact 

November 27th, 2018

though that date could be pushed back to January if needed..and I suspect it is

Either way I shall be away from the virtual world by then and enjoying some much needed real time. 

meanwhile here is a much better example of block building
(btw – this is what’s called a cover image – opacity adjustable)

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