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7 features to try out in WordPress Gutenberg

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Gutenberg is the next evolution in WordPress, introduced in December 2018. The interface has been completely redesigned to use a system of “blocks,” to construct a post. Now that we’ve been using WordPress’s blocks editor for a couple of years, we’ve listed the 7 features that make our daily publishing easier on this very blog.
  1. Using the /(slash) to quickly insert blocks in WordPress Gutenberg
  2. Creating columns of text with WordPress Gutenberg
  3. Using Markdown formatting supported by WordPress Gutenberg
  4. Insert a photo gallery (as opposed to inserting photos one on top of the other)
  5. Edit your images directly in WordPress Gutenberg
  6. Group blocks
  7. Insert anchors with WordPress Gutenberg

What is WordPress Gutenberg?

WordPress Gutenberg is a block-based editor that was launched December 6, 2018. It replced the previous WordPress editor (which today is called the “Classic” editor or TinyMCE). Unless you choose to deactivate it, WordPress Gutenberg is the default editor for all WordPress sites. In other words, if you’ve used WordPress since 2018, you’ve used Gutenberg. WordPress’s developers wanted to make publishing on the internet more accessible to a wider range of users. So it’s no coincidence the project was named Gutenberg, referring to the printer and inventor of the printing press, which made it possible for the general public to access knowledge and information. WordPress Gutenberg is a tool that’s primarily intended for those who are not web professionals, or at least are not technically oriented. Content creation with WordPress Gutenberg is based on blocks. A paragraph is a block, an image is a block, a form is a block, a button is a block, etc. The integration of external content is also made extremely easy. Tweets and YouTube videos can be integrated in a few seconds using the embedded content block.

The WordPress Gutenberg interface

The WordPress Gutenberg interface is has been refined so that users can concentrate on content. There are 3 main parts of the interface:
  • Content: The article takes up almost the entire screen, enabling you to have some idea of what the public version (front) of your site will look like
  • Upper toolbar: The very discrete toolbar along the top of the page helps you insert new blocks, cancel or redo an action, and access other essential settings
  • Righthand column: the column on the right has two tabs. The Post tab lets you configure your article’s settings (categories, tags, featured image, etc.). The Block tab shows settings applicable to the block selected (font size, background and text color, block alignment, etc.)
To add a new block and to integrate content on Gutenberg, there is a + icon under all existing blocks. The six most used blocks will display by default, but a search bar gives you access to all types of blocks. There are 5 block categories.
  • Text – titre, paragraphe, image, etc.
  • Media – tableau, texte préformaté, code, etc.
  • Design – colonnes, boutons, etc.
  • Widgets – derniers articles, catégories, shortcodes.
  • Embed —  (YouTube, Twitter…)
To move blocks, up and down arrows show up when clicking the block that you can use to easily move the blocks. For more major rearrangement, you can use the drag-and-drop option by using the “six points” icon to the let of the arrows. People with a more advanced level of technical competency can, of course, dig around a bit more in the code by showing the HTML version to access the code.

7 WordPress Gutenberg features that you should test

1. Use / (slash) to quickly insert blocks in WordPress Gutenberg

Using “+” to insert blocks can get tedious pretty quickly for lengthy content. For a more fluid experience without having to leave your keyboard, there’s a much quicker way to insert blocks by using the / on your keyboard (i.e. slash) After pressing “Enter” to call a new paragraph block, type / then the first few letters of the name of the block you want to insert. In this example, we’re creating a Title block.
Using slash to add a heading
You’ll see a list of all the blocks that match your request. Navigate using the arrows and select the one you want by pressing “Enter.” And the new block will be inserted!

2 . Create text columns with WordPress Gutenberg

You might need to create a page layout using two or more columns, with a paragraph of text. The “Columns” block makes that very easy. You can choose the structure and the ratio of the columns.
Adding columns in WordPress Gutenberg
Here we’ve chosen the 50/50, two column layout. With this layout, you’ll see two equally sized columns with + icons in them.
To insert content, you can click on the + icon to open the interface to insert blocks. Here, we’ve added the “Paragraph” block in each column.
With text columns, you can add any number of text blocks in-line. If you need to add or remove any, there’s a cursor in the “Block” tab of the column on the right. If you don’t see it, be sure to verify that you selected the entire “Columns” block and not just the Paragraph block within your Columns block 😉

3. Use the Markdown format supported by WordPress Gutenberg

Are you maybe used to using Markdown syntax to create content, like most Gandi developers? WordPress Gutenberg supports limited use of this syntax, principally for titles. For example, to insert an H3 title, you just need to type “###” and then press the spacebar. WordPress Gutenberg automatically converts the Paragraph block into an H3-level title.

4. Insert a photo gallery (as opposed to inserting photos one on top of the other)

If you need to add a set of images as a gallery in your post (for a slideshow, for example), the Gallery block is for you. Adding a Gallery block works either by uploading images or by selecting images from the WordPress Gutenberg. Once you’ve made your selection, click on “Create a new Gallery.” An intermediary screen lets you arrange your photos. You can then insert your gallery.
Galerie photo avec WordPress Gutenberg
This block’s options let you define the number of columns to display, depending on the number of images that you’ve added to the gallery. Images automatically resize when you adjust the number of columns. Here’s the result of our example above:

5. Edit your images directly in WordPress Gutenberg

With the most recent updates, you have the ability to edit images directly in WordPress Gutenberg (resizing, rotation, positioning and zoom, etc.). This feature can be a real time saver that helps you avoid having to use Photoshop or another altnerative tool.
Editing images in WordPress Gutenberg
Here, we’ll resize a 16:9 image to make it square, without leaving WordPress Gutenberg. We can click directly on the crop icon above the image and choose the “Square” ratio in the drop-down menu. And that’s it!

6. Group blocks

Certain users reproach WordPress Gutenberg for being cumbersome to use, since each paragraph is its own separate block. For long articles, it can be difficult to manipulate text. Some prefer to write their posts in a different editor and then only afterwards paste the next into WordPress Gutenberg when it’s ready to go. It is, however, possible to group paragraph blocks. For example, on the below paragraphs, we didn’t have to use the righthand column to, for each block, indicate that we want white text on a background color. We first grouped the paragraphs.
Grouper des blocs sur WordPress Gutenberg
And in a few clicks, we defined the background color for the entire section.
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7. Insert anchors with WordPress Gutenberg

Anchors are internal links that link to another place in the same document. It’s what we used in this post’s introduction. Each entry in the summary is clickable and sends you directly to its associated section in the body of hte article. Users, then, can direclty access the section that interests them, without having to scroll all the way down. Go to the block options (in the column on the right) where you’ll find the section “HMTL Anchor” in the “Advanced” menu. For this seventh feature, the word “Anchor” is our anchor 😉
Adding an anchor in WordPress Gutenberg
In the summary, we can then create an internal link towards this anchor by inserting #anchor as the URL linked to. That’s the equivalent of adding an “id” to an HTML element and linking with #anchor as the URL.
Linking to an anchor in WordPress Gutenberg


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