It's pretty funny (or sad) depending on how you look at it – that I have waited until today to try out the Gutenberg WordPress Editor.
Don't get me wrong – I have been a good blogger and update my WordPress install regularly.
But I always had the Classic editor activated. So I never saw the building blocks side of things that Gutenberg is famous for.
But I have been curious.
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So, today I made the leap and turned off the Classic Editor.
This is my first post written using Gutenberg.
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What is Special About Gutenberg?
So, Gutenberg is all about using blocks to build your posts.
You can add in a text block, a headline block, an image block, video blocks – and more stuff that I am sure I will learn along the way.
There are also some fancy things that you can do in Gutenberg:
Create a button:
Change the Background Color of a Paragraph
Change the background color of a text block. (I was hoping that this would work for headlines and and lists – but apparently not.)
Create a Gallery
You can use Gutenberg to create a gallery of images and insert them into your post. I have included a gallery of images below from a recent Valentine's Day post that I wrote – just as an example.
I like that it has settings to automatically crop images and also adjust the size of an odd number of images to fit a grid.
I wish that I could link the photos to the actual post but that is not an option. (If you are interested you can find my Cricut Valentine's Day Projects post here.)
Quickly Embed a YouTube Video
I love how the WordPress Gutenberg editor makes it easy to embed a YouTube video.
This morning I wrote this post in the Classic editor on how to set up the right click on a Mac and embedded the video that you see below.
If you switch over to that post – you will see that the video appears small and misaligned. But here, using Gutenberg, the video shows up large and centered.
Different Options for the Editor
There are also different ways to use the editor on the back end.
You can go into Fullscreen mode which will hide your left hand menu bar in WordPress and also your top menu bar in WordPress.
There is also Spotlight mode that lets you focus on a single block that you are working on.
To switch out of any of these modes you just click the three vertical dots in the upper right hand corner of your editor.
WordPress Gutenberg Does Even More Fancy Stuff
WordPress Gutenberg makes it easy to do even more stuff like create columns, make your images full width, create a header image for your post, and even create reusable blocks.
Similar to Other Block Builders
A lot of people, myself included, were afraid to try out Gutenberg.
But I am finding that the back end is very similar in feel to Squarespace and even Thrive Architect. So if you are familiar with using those platforms, then Gutenberg should be easy for you to get used to.
NoFollow Plugins Won't Work
One annoyance with Gutenberg is that your NoFollow WordPress plugins don't work with it.
As a blogger, you probably do some type of affiliate marketing to make money.
All of your affiliate links should carry the nofollow tags. In the Classic Editor you could use a WordPress plugin to do the job – but now you will have to add the HTML to the link yourself.
Also, I was dismayed to see that my Pretty Links shortcut in the visual editor is gone in Gutenberg. The Pretty Links plugin still works – I just have to copy and paste my links into the Gutenberg editor and I assume ad the nofollow attribute manually – although it is not incredibly clear to me if this is the easiest way to do it.
Do You Use the WordPress Gutenberg Editor On Your Blog?
If you have tried the WordPress Gutenberg editor on your blog – tell me how you like it in the comments below.
For now, I think that I will stick with it – but I could change my mind.
What I am happy about is that I use the Magazine Pro WordPress Theme from StudioPress on my site which is specifically optimized for Gutenberg – so that makes the choice a little easier.