What is Gutenberg Block Editor?

Gutenberg is the block editor interface introduced in WordPress version 5.0. It replaced the earlier Classic editor version with much expectation. However, it failed to meet user expectations due to slow interface, missing drag and drop feeling and insufficient blocks.

Using Gutenberg Block Editor

Currently, entire WordPress development is focused to improve Gutenberg editor interface in terms of speed and number of blocks. You can access the editor by navigating to “Posts > Add New” or “Pages > Add New” in your admin panel. Gutenberg editor offers the following blocks as of WordPress 5.4.2.

Gutenberg Editor
Gutenberg Editor

Customizing Editor

You can remove the clutter by using the following two options after clicking on the three dots settings button on the top right corner of the editor.

  • Block Manager – this helps you to disable unused blocks on your editor.
  • Options – use this to disable unused document panel like meta boxes added by plugins.

Blocks, Patterns and Library

Gutenberg offers three types of blocks:

  • Individual blocks – there are more than 70 individual blocks are available under different categories.
  • Patterns – choose one of the pre-defined patterns.
  • Library – hidden library function. If you can’t find a block, use the search box to find it from the block repository. WordPress will install the corresponding plugin at the backend and activate the block. However, you can instantly start using the block without leaving the editor.

Note: Gutenberg editor also offers a “Classic” block for using Classic Editor within Gutenberg.

Article last updated on November 6, 2020

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