Using The WordPress Editor (1)

The WordPress Editor can be a little tricky.  Especially if you’ve upgraded to the latest version of WordPress which utilizes Gutenberg.  Gutenberg is a fantastic editor, but it is very new and the general majority of WordPress users are just starting to get used to it.  For sake of keeping things current, this tutorial will be focused on the latest Gutenberg Editor. As there are so many blocks and block options, I will be slowly building this library of tutorials over time. For now, we’ll cover the paragraph and headings block.

Overview:

Gutenberg is the latest editor for WordPress, it is a “Block” editor, which means it provides block objects that have certain characteristics.  Depending on the block you choose, there will be specific settings and functionality that come with it.  Let’s start with the basic editor paragraph block.

The paragraph block has your standard settings.  Alignment, Bold, Italicize, Underline and Link.  This display by default above the block once it’s created.  Selecting your text, and choosing a styling options, applies that style to the selected text.

Every block has its own settings panel, this is located (by default) to the right of the screen under the tab “Block”.  Here you will find settings specific to the block you have chosen.  The paragraph block has options for font size, drop cap (enables the first letter of the paragraph to be larger and float to the left of the first word in the sentence).

All paragraph blocks can be converted to a heading using the quick switch feature located to the top left of the block when hovered.  Select this option, then select the heading and size you desire.

Headings act differently then paragraph blocks.  The controls are basic, whittled down to simply alignment and size.  There are additional options for headings that are offered by other “Block Editor” plugins.  We’ll dive into that later.