With the update of version 5.0, WordPress replaced the TinyMCE editor with Gutenberg blocks. This change introduced a completely different approach to create content. Now, people with zero knowledge of coding can create beautiful web pages.
Gutenberg Blocks / WordPress Editor
Gutenberg Blocks was named after the first creator of the mechanical printing press, Johannes Gutenberg. During the development phase, the editor was called Gutenberg blocks. Now, it’s termed as a WordPress Editor or just Block Editor. The current editor is completely different from the earlier equipped TinyMCE editor. It provides a better user interface and user experience in comparison with the TinyMCE editor. You can arrange the layout through drag and drop features. Hence, even laymen with zero knowledge of coding can arrange the content and get beautiful web pages.
For every section, there is a distinct block to present the content. You can grab the desired block from the block library. These blocks have their own set of settings to make the content appealing. The setting is shown only when the block is selected and is displayed in the right sidebar.
There are a handful of blocks in the default block editor library arranged according to the following categories. These are:
- Common Blocks: This category includes frequently used blocks like heading, paragraph, image, video, list, etc.
- Formatting: You can leverage formatting options like pull-quote, table, verse, custom HTML, etc. through blocks available in this category.
- Layout Elements: This category provides additional options for the page layout. Buttons, Columns, Group, Spacer, etc are useful blocks that are included in this category.
- Widgets: Widgets category comprises different blocks that help to display archives, latest posts, latest comments, etc. these blocks are frequently used in sidebar and footer areas.
- Embeds: The blocks within this category help us to embed posts from different social media channels.
It’s true that with the introduction of Block Editor, people with no experience in coding are also able to create beautiful web pages. But it is also a fact that only the default block editor is not sufficient to get awesome pages. Hence, web developers and designers worked together to create new blocks. They not only focused on creating elegant web pages but also to incorporate complex functionality to the website.
You can find different blocks available in the WordPress repository and one of them is Rise Blocks. Rise Blocks is a minimalistic WordPress block plugin. Currently, it has 10 blocks but the team is working hard to provide more blocks soon. Since Rise Blocks is minimalistic and lightweight you don’t have to worry about unwanted codes stored on the website. Additionally, if you are inclined on lightweights then Rise Blocks is best suited for your projects.
Benefits of Gutenberg Blocks and Rise Blocks over Classical editor
With a block editor installed in your WordPress website, you have additional benefits from creating beautiful designs to custom layout. Along with that, there are other benefits of Gutenberg blocks and they are as follows:
With a new editor, you can focus on your content without any distractions. You can enter into full-screen mode and exit when not in use. Even the block toolbar hides while writing. When needed you can position the mouse cursor to the block toolbar position.
Create Complex layout instantly
You can implement a layout like a table, column, etc easily on the web page. It was hard in the previous editor as you need to have coding knowledge. But with this block editor, you can choose the desired layout block to implement on the website. Additionally, you can get other different layouts.
With the easy access and availability of WordPress in smartphones, people are more inclined to create posts through their mobile. Thanks to Gutenberg blocks, users can easily create their posts along with a beautiful layout which was difficult through TinyMCE Editor.
Social Media Embeds
WordPress editor has social media embed blocks that can embed videos, images, and any other form directly into the content. In the previous editor, we had to install a separate plugin but that was a hassle to download. Additionally, the plugin would add up the website size.
With this article, you have an idea about the advantages of using WordPress editor. With this editor installed, you don’t need to worry about complex layouts and responsiveness. It doesn’t mean that the editor has any disadvantages but the benefits overshadow the disadvantages. If you have any questions while reading this article then feel free to leave a comment in the section below.