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 endeavour 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!


Big Announcement! My EBook is coming soon!

My first book is almost ready for publishing. I am publishing this myself to start, as an EBook and will be selling it on here, by itself and in a package w/a digital course that teaches the lessons from my book.

The book is titled, “Do As I Say, Not As I Did (Learning To Take Our Own Advice)”.

Please check back for updates!!

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There Is Only Now

The most important concept in your spiritual life (not to be confused with religion) is to know that there is only Now. The past and future do not exist.

This moment is all we have. We can not change what has already occurred and the future is not written in stone, so many things including our free will can mold our future.

The second concept I want to name is action as apposed to re-action. You can not control what anyone else does. However what you do is completely in your control. It is the only thing you can have control over. How you act in any situation  is called intention and you must think about your intention at all times.

Going into your life without intention will only bring you sorrow and pain. I used to call this “living by the seat of my pants”. It’s throwing your life to the wind and I don’t recommend it at all. I lived my life this way for the first 50 years. It doesn’t work, but it can be changed. Everything can be changed in the Now. What you do from This moment on can be different. Don’t think for one second that you can not change.

There is a 3 step program of transformation that I developed while I was going through it myself during my 10 year incarceration. The 3 steps are ; creating a true spiritual connection and solid practice, making you health a top priority, and continually educating yourself.

The one thing that pulls this all together is forgiveness. Forgiveness is NOT about the “other” person. In every situation, forgiveness is about forgiving yourself. When we judge another, we are only judging ourselves. What ever it is we see wrong with someone, we actually see wrong in ourselves.

There is a quote that says, “Holding on to anger is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die”. Forgiveness is the Way.