The Outstanding and Simple Introduction to The Gutenberg Editor

The Outstanding and Simple Introduction to The Gutenberg Editor

In this tutorial, we’re going to give you a birds-eye view of the Gutenberg editor. Introduced in WordPress 5.0. It’s the brand new way to create one of a kind pages and posts in WordPress. 

What’s So Different About This Editor?

The entire editing experience has been re-designed from the ground up. Now with new tools that allow you to go on a creative journey like never before. Creating just about any type of layout you can imagine. 

Gutenberg introduces a new tool to WordPress called blocks. With blocks, you can insert, rearrange and style several kinds of content with ease. You do this by simply adding your block to your page or post. Then you only have to focus on creating your content for that block. 

This simple and powerful block-based editor doesn’t change the way your content will look to your visitors. What it does do is allow you to insert different types of media in any order. No coding required simply rearrange your content however you like.

Are you beginning to see how terrific this is yet?!

Each piece of content is contained within its own block. With this in mind, these blocks will be easy to edit, change styles and help you build your own custom layouts. 

single gutenberg block
Individual Block

What Kind Of Blocks Do I Get?

The Gutenberg editor comes pre-installed with over a dozen different blocks. These represent the types of content most used in pages and posts. We’re talking about text blocks for paragraphs, headings, and quotes. You can add multi-media like images, photo galleries, videos and more. 

Other equally important blocks that allow you to create custom layouts include columns, code snippets, bulleted lists, and buttons. 

The wonderful thing about the Gutenberg editor is that there are hundreds of blocks being created by third-party developers every day

Additional block plugins: 

Gutenberg Blocks – Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg 

Page Builder Gutenberg Blocks – CoBlocks

These plugins add a superhero punch to The Gutenberg editor. Enhancing the overall look and feel of your website. 

In future tutorials, we will show you around the editor and you will get a first-class look at each of these blocks. 

For now, hopefully you can see how powerful this new block-based editor is. It opens up so many more opportunities and possibilities, that simply were not available before. 

The Classic WordPress Editor 

If you do a quick forum search on Gutenberg you will find mixed feelings about its arrival. We understand anything new can be intimidating. Especially when it interrupts your workflow and slows down production (at first).

Maybe you’re not a fan of the Gutenberg editor, or perhaps you’d just prefer to use the classic editor which is more familiar to the masses. Whatever the reason, adding the classic editor plugin is very easy to do. 

classic wordpress editor
The OG Editor

From the dashboard navigation menu, choose add new from the plugins menu. Search for the classic editor plugin ( it should be on the first page of the add new plugins screen). Click the install button, once installed click the activate button. That’s it!

The classic editor plugin will install the previous version of the WordPress editor. and the edit post screen. This will allow you to use a more familiar editor. The older editor is it’s still supported by WordPress. It will be supported through the end of 2021.

Pro Tip: There is a Classic Editor Add-on that can help with other plugins that you install, keeping your website running smoothly. Find out more at

Try Gutenberg

If this blog has sparked your curiosity about the Gutenberg editor, we suggest taking it for a spin at This is the live demo site WordPress allows you to use. Here you can experiment with various types of blocks described above. 

The best thing about this environment is there is no risk of damaging anything. When you’re top-notch and ready to move your Gutenberg skills to your site, simply uninstall or deactivate the classic editor plugin and boom!! you’re ready to roll.

A wonderful article written by discusses some new updates just done for Gutenberg. Making this block editor even more versatile.

Now you should be crystal clear on the new WordPress editor. Furthermore, be excited and get started creating your own rich and beautiful pages and posts in WordPress.

We hope you have enjoyed this introduction about Gutenberg. and if you have questions please leave a comment. Find more beginners’ content on our YouTube channel

Until next time,

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Writing about software and technology is my passion. When I am not writing, I am building responsive webpages, learning about marketing, or reading about business. As a Saas and technology copywriter, my obsession is to continue learning my craft and offering unique and useful content to businesses, entrepreneurs, and WordPress beginners.

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