Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Install, test, and provide feedback, part of WordPress Essential Training.
- [Presenter] Even thought the Wordpress block editor is still in beta, it's important that you take if for a spin and familiarize yourself with its features today. Here's how to get started, right after this important message. Since the Wordpress block editor and Gutenberg plugin is still beta software, I recommend installing it in a test environment either on your computer or on a staging server. While the block editor is pretty stable and shouldn't cause any issues, it's a good idea to take it for a test drive in a safe environment as you get familiar with its new features.
Upgrading your Wordpress site to the new block editor is a straightforward process. Go to the backend of your Wordpress site and select Plugins from the main admin menu. And select Add New to search for new plugins. Make a search for Gutenberg. And when you find the plugin with the fancy logo, click Install Now to install it into your Wordpress site. And then Activate to activate the plugin. Once the plugin has been activated, you get a new option in the main admin menu here at the bottom called Gutenberg.
To get started, go to this menu option and select Demo. This takes you to a demo post in the Gutenberg editor showcasing many of the new features including the cover image block at the top, where text is superimposed on top of an image. You can now edit this post to your heart's content, and even publish it so you can see what all these new blocks look like on the front end. This brings me to an important point. Since the block editor is new, many themes have limited support for it.
That means what you see on the back end may not match what you see on the front end exactly. In particular, if you are using the wide or full width content options. This is also one of the reasons why you should take the block editor for a spin today. To find out if your current theme takes full advantage of the new block features. One you install the Gutenberg plugin, the new Wordpress block editor becomes the default editor for both posts and pages. As you familiarize yourself with this block editor, keep this front of mind.
Wordpress is an open source project built for the people who use it, by the people who use it. That means you, too. So, when you come across something unexpected, or have an idea for a new feature, or just a question about how something works, go to the Gutenberg option in the main admin menu, and select from one of two options: Feedback or Documentation. If you provide feedback, that feedback will be sent straight to the developers.
If you click on documentation, you'll find the official documentation for the block editor. And finally, if you want to take a more active role in the development of the Wordpress block editor, you can also visit the GitHub repository for the project at github.com/wordpress/gutenberg. Here you can submit bugs and feature requests in the form of issues. And take part in the discussion about the future of Wordpress. So, install the Gutenberg plugin and start using the next version of Wordpress today.
Note: This course covers WordPress 4.3. We will update the training as WordPress evolves.
- Creating posts and pages
- Formatting text
- Publishing and scheduling posts
- Adding images, audio, and video
- Bulk editing posts and pages
- Customizing themes and menus
- Using widgets
- Extending WordPress with plugins
- Editing users profiles
- Configuring settings
- Getting new readers
- Keeping WordPress up to date and secure
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know WordPress
What is WordPress?3m 30s
2. Getting Started
3. Creating Posts
4. Adding Images and Media
5. Creating Pages
6. Managing Content
7. Changing the Appearance of Your Site
8. Extending WordPress with Plugins
9. Users and User Profiles
10. Configuring Settings
11. Getting, and Interacting with, Readers
12. WordPress: Behind the Curtain
13. Maintenance and Security
Keeping up to date6m 59s
14. Diving Further into the World of WordPress
Going further with WordPress2m 29s
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