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!


The Greatest Love of All!

Did my ancestors know to make position me in choir when this song was popular so that @ 12 I could memorize the words and sing Lead even before I understood the meaning?

Did they know that within the next year my innocence, my accent, my bravery, my cultural identification, my integrity and my very life would be challenged? Challenged by people who looked like me and worse.  Challenged by people who claimed to be my family. (think Killmonger, but more Rapy). I had to chose to live so many times that year, moving away from everything and everyone I knew to a very unwelcoming environment in the midst of puberty!?!?!?!

But in the back of my mind was my little voice staining to sing as loudly as I could that I was created to find my strength in LOVE!

Thank you, #WhitneyHouston! I shall forever try to sing that great…and I will forever steal you hairstyles

#NothingIsWasted #NoWeaponFormedAgainstMeShallProsper

08-23-18 XV The Spooky Devil card

What happens if we face our demons? Lets live today as if our demon have been conquered and then if you like the way that feels, do it tomorrow too. And every day until your reality matches your portrayal! (fake it ’til you make it)

Here is one of the most demonized card in the Tarot. The idea of the Devil has been used to justify so much that the mere word causes unease. I think that is because we haven’t been trained to process thru Shadow. Gimme 3 things that stand out to you on this card.

Devil card

08/21/18 The Emperor

We see this beautiful transition from The Hanged Man to The Emperor.  Check out that leg positioning. Cute that on the other side of a card about changing perspective is a changed perspective of himself!  Today, he sits upon a thrown and instead of his staff holding him upside down, he wields It and he looks back (toward the past) as he synthesizes his wisdom and knowledge to add structure and order to his current incarnation. His hands have gone from bound to holding 2 different forms of power.  From being nude and vulnerable, he is now appropriately clothed with just the right amount of his skin exposed.  He has sufficient resources, but JUST enough (2 disks).  What is interesting about that imagery is that in the Hanged man there is more money 3 disks, but in the Emperor card the money is more effective, more prominent and more balanced.  It speaks to learning to allocate resources.  That is an important trait of a good leader.  What else do you pull from the transition from The Hanged Man of yesterday to The Emperor of today?