From WordPress version 5.0 the editor was replaced with a new block editor, known as Gutenberg.
It has been a great addition because it allows for more detailed styling and more control over the layout of your posts and pages. But it does take some getting used to because it is a new way of creating content in WordPress.
Advantages of the Block Editor
The old classic editor was more like creating a Word document: a text editor with formatting buttons. The new editor uses a block creation approach.
Blocks are content elements that you add to the edit screen to create content layouts. Each item you add to your post or page is a block.
You can add blocks for each paragraph, images, videos, galleries, audio, lists, and more. There many blocks for all the common content elements and more can be added by adding various WordPress Plugins.
The block editor is designed to be intuitive and flexible. While it looks different than the old WordPress editor, it still does all the things that you were able to do in the classic editor.https://www.wpbeginner.com/
The Classic WordPress Editor
You can go back to the old classic WordPress editor by adding a plugin but I would recommend persevering with the Block Editor because it will open up new styling options.
Using Page Builders
Of course you do have the option of editing your post and pages in a page builder as well. This is my preferred option because it gives you so much control over the content. My thinking when creating a new post and deciding between the native WordPress editor and a page builder is:
If creating a linear document then use the WordPress Block Editor but if the content requires more layout features and control then use a Page Builder
My favourite page builder that I load everytime is Elementor. There are others out there like Divi, Beaver Builder and Visual Composer but I keep coming back to Elementor for its ease of use and how quickly my clients can pick it up when creating content.
WordPress Block Editor Tutorials
So sticking with the Block Editor? Here are some tutorials that will help:
- How to use the Block Editor by WP Beginner (Text)
- WordPress Gutenberg Editor – Quick Start Tutorial (video)
- WordPress Block Editor – Basic Overview (video)
This post was written using the block editor.