WordPress > Gutenberg

Gutenberg (the default in WordPress 5.0) is the new WordPress Editor.

The major differences:

  • edit in Blocks (visual drag and drop blocks much like drag-and-drop web editors like Wix or Squarespace)
  • Tables – this always used to be a pain

More: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/08/complete-anatomy-gutenberg-wordpress-editor/

See this example post: Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor


  • Categories is a lot bigger. But, instead of being alphabetical it seems to be randomly ordered

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  • The classic WordPress editor is also just a block which you can drop in anywhere on the page


  • The default entrypoint is Blocks. So, if you’re typing every time you hit Enter you get a new Block. I wanted to put in some bulletpoints and had to create a new block
  • It’s not clear in the new block how to add bulletpoints
  • Now that this post is using Blocks I can no longer see how to add images (e.g. the above images were before using Gutenberg). Now, I can’t see how to add an image!
  • You have to select a different tab (i.e. Document) to add Categories
  • You have to hit Publish twice to Publish
  • The Update button stays blue after you’ve Updated your post. i.e. if you return to the page how do you know if the version you’re working on is the latest version or not. I end up just clicking it before I close the page just to be sure.

Personally, I find the disconnect so big (I’ve got a ton of other stuff to work on let alone spend half an hour working out how to do simple things like:

  • add a new line
  • insert an image
  • change text to Preformatted

that I’ve gone back to the Classic Editor which you do by installing the Classic Editor plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/classic-editor/

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