As I’ve been doing this blogging thing a little while now and it seemed a good idea to pass on a few of the things that I’ve learned over the five years that I’ve been doing this. In easy and often geeky steps you’ll be taken through the steps and point out the pitfalls of taking your blog seed and growing it into something really amazing.
The Gutenberg editor has really landed now and is causing much of a stir. All the old ways of doing things have been messed about with and many are confused. I’m here to say to you all – don’t panic (see what I did there? Douglas Adams would have liked that). You don’t even need a towel to cry into, since my last post on the Gutenberg editor it seems WordPress have been making some changes and trust me on this, it’s making our lives easier.
I’m covering a few things in this post which I’ve heard people complain about and some things I’ve notices that are quite sweet.
1. Adding pictures to a post or page
It used to be that a picture was added inline to a post, but this is not the case anymore. Think blocks, everything from a paragraph to a title, picture is now a separate block so when you want to add a picture hover your mouse over the middle of the paragraph or other block and a + is shown.
Click that and scroll to Common Blocks, find image and then you have a familiar image upload / insert command page to use.
Images can be inserted into a block as a background with text over top like this:
Again insert the block, go to common blocks and add cover. Add the image and then write in the text you want. Easy.
These text seems to be set at that size, but it’s a great creative little thing we couldn’t do before.
2. Adding the read more tag
This seems to have confused a few people, but it’s dead easy, easier than it was before…
Add a block (getting the hang of this aren’t we?) scroll to layout and add ‘More’
Done. Clean and no messing about with code.
As a little side note, as you use the blocks they appear at the top of the Add Blocks box as most used so you don’t have to hunt for them. Nice.
3. Ordering Blocks
Remember in the old editor you had a block of text before a picture and then you thought ‘crap, I want it after now!’
Gutenberg has this covered, no copy and paste move the mouse to the left side of the block and some up / down arrows appear – you can change the order. All that needs to be done is that you start thinking in blocks.
4. Copy Post
I missed this and it was annoying me, it’s not quote the same but if you want to copy a post to use as a template go to blog posts under the ‘My Blog’ settings section, find the post you want, click on the three dots and there’s a duplicate post function that works quite nicely. So now even I’m happy.
I hope this is useful, this has taken some time to get used to but seriously, setting aside some time to familiarise yourself with Gutenberg is worth it, this is a really powerful way of giving us far more creativity at our fingertips. It’s cool stuff!
Let me know how you’re finding Gutenberg and what issues you’re having!
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