Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor

Of Mountains & Printing Presses

The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor around and you’ll notice the different blocks light up with outlines and arrows. Press the arrows to reposition blocks quickly, without fearing about losing things in the process of copying and pasting.

What you are reading now is a text block the most basic block of all. The text block has its own controls to be moved freely around the post…

… like this one, which is right aligned.

Headings are separate blocks as well, which helps with the outline and organization of your content.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.

Beautiful landscape
If your theme supports it, you’ll see the “wide” button on the image toolbar. Give it a try.

Try selecting and removing or editing the caption, now you don’t have to be careful about selecting the image or other text by mistake and ruining the presentation.

The Inserter Tool

Imagine everything that WordPress can do is available to you quickly and in the same place on the interface. No need to figure out HTML tags, classes, or remember complicated shortcode syntax. That’s the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you’ll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and add them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing.

Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already add into your posts that you didn’t know about. Here’s a short list of what you can currently find there:

  • Text & Headings
  • Images & Videos
  • Galleries
  • Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
  • Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
  • And Lists like this one of course 🙂

Visual Editing

A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:

The editor will endeavor to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

Matt Mullenweg, 2017

The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It’s always easy to add it back.

Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to add a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter.

You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.

Media Rich

If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:

Accessibility is important — don’t forget image alt attribute

Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it.

The above is a gallery with just two images. It’s an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher.

Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:

You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here’s a pullquote block:

Code is Poetry

The WordPress community

If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.


Thanks for testing Gutenberg!

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Of all the incredibilities that we have to choose from

At Vicksburg, Miss., on May 11, 1894, a small piece of alabaster fell in a hailstorm. On the same day, eight miles away in Bovina, a gopher turtle fell in a hailstorm. This was reported in Monthly Weather Review, May 1894; Nature, 1894-430; and Jour. Roy. Met. Soc., 20-273. The editor of the Review decided that “apparently some special local whirls or gusts carried heavy objects from this earth’s surface up to the cloud regions.” Fort objects that “of all the incredibilities that we have to choose from, I give first place to a notion of a whirlwind pouncing upon a region and scrupulously selecting a turtle and a piece of alabaster. … There is no record of the fall of other objects.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 89-90 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Doings in closed rooms

The New York Times of June 18, 1880 reported that a woman in Rochester, NY, was found dead in her bed, the bedpost hacked as if with a hatchet. No one had entered the room, and there was no sign of entrance or exit. Her death occurred during a thunderstorm. She had been killed by lightning.

–Charles Fort, Wild Talents, p. 1050-1051 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

If ever anything did go up and stay up

According to Monthly Weather Review, May 1878, a barn and a horse were “carried completely away” in a Wisconsin tornado on May 23, 1878. Neither the horse nor the barn, the report says, were ever found, either in whole or in part.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 88-89 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Beginning Again, or Multiple Ways Through the Aether

Welcome to a new iteration of my Aether Excursions blog. Over the coming weeks I plan to migrate my posts from Live Journal (the interesting ones, anyway) here. I’ll blog about my writing, RPG gaming, and a topic that recently begun to interest me, reinventing yourself. You never know what you’ll find in the aether, so join me on my journey!

Donna