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Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor

The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor around and you'll notice the different blocks light up with outlines and arrows. Press the arrows to reposition blocks quickly, without fearing about losing things in the process of copying and pasting.

What you are reading now is a text block, the most basic block of all. The text block has its own controls to be moved freely around the post…

… like this one, which is right aligned.

Headings are separate blocks as well, which helps with the outline and organization of your content.

A Picture is worth a Thousand Words

Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you'll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.

Beautiful landscape
Give it a try. Press the "wide" button on the image toolbar.

Try selecting and removing or editing the caption, now you don't have to be careful about selecting the image or other text by mistake and ruining the presentation.

The Inserter Tool

Imagine everything that WordPress can do is available to you quickly and in the same place on the interface. No need to figure out HTML tags, classes, or remember complicated shortcode syntax. That's the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you'll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and insert them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing.

Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already insert into your posts that you didn't know about. Here's a short list of what you can currently find there:

  • Text & Headings
  • Images & Videos
  • Galleries
  • Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
  • Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
  • And Lists like this one of course 🙂

Visual Editing

A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:

The editor will endeavour to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

Matt Mullenweg, 2017

The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It's always easy to add it back.

Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to insert a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter.

You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.

Media Rich

If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:

Accessibility is important don't forget image alt attribute

Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it.

The above is a gallery with just two images. It's an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher.

Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:

You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here's a pullquote block:

Code is Poetry

The WordPress community

If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.


Thanks for testing Gutenberg!

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Sample post with advanced post formatting

Sample post with advanced post formatting

There are lots of powerful things you can do with the WordPress editor

If you’ve gotten pretty comfortable with all the basics of writing in WordPress, then you may enjoy some more advanced tips about the types of things you can do!

As with the last post about the editor, you’ll want to be actually editing this post as you read it so that you can see all the cool stuff we’re using.

Special formatting

As well as bold and italics, you can also use some other special formatting in the editor when the need arises, for example:

  • strike through
  • highlight
  • *escaped characters*

Writing code blocks

Code elements can be created in the editor by switching the text style to Preformatted. Code is formatted by wrapping any word or words in pre tags, <pre>like this</pre>. Larger snippets of code can be displayed across multiple lines like this:

.my-link {
    text-decoration: underline;
}

Full width images

One neat trick which you can use in WordPress to distinguish between different types of images is to add a class value to the image itself from the Advanced Settings tab, and then target images containing the class with special styling. For example:

which is styled with…

img.full-width {
    max-width: 100vw;
}

This creates full-bleed images in the Corporate Pro theme, which stretch beyond their usual boundaries right up to the edge of the window. Every theme handles these types of things slightly differently, but it’s a great trick to play with if you want to have a variety of image sizes and styles.

Full HTML

Perhaps the best parts of the WordPress editor is that you’re never limited to just WYSIWYG. You can write HTML directly in the WordPress editor and it will just work as HTML usually does. No limits! Here’s a standard YouTube embed code as an example:

Sample post with basic formatting

Sample post with basic formatting

This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many posts as you like in order to share with your readers what is on your mind.

Formatting text

The WordPress editor allows you to use keyboard shortcuts for quickly applying styles to text. The most common shortcuts are of course, bold text, italic text, and hyperlinks. These generally make up the bulk of any document. You can type the characters out, but you can also use keyboard shortcuts.

  • CMD/Ctrl + B for Bold
  • CMD/Ctrl + I for Italic
  • CMD/Ctrl + K for a Link

With just a couple of extra characters here and there, you’re well on your way to creating a beautifully formatted story.

Inserting images

Images can be inserted directly into the post content by clicking the Add Media button:

Computer

This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many posts as you like in order to share with your readers what is on your mind.

This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from.

Making lists

This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many posts as you like in order to share with your readers what is on your mind.

  1. Crack the eggs over a bowl
  2. Whisk them together
  3. Make an omellete

or

  • Remember to buy milk
  • Feed the cat
  • Come up with idea for next story

Adding quotes

This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from.

A well placed quote guides a reader through a story, helping them to understand the most important points being made

All themes handles blockquotes slightly differently. Sometimes they’ll look better kept shorter, while other times you can quote fairly hefty amounts of text and get away with it. Generally, the safest option is to use blockquotes sparingly.

 

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