Many of my blogging friends may have been using the new WordPress Block Editor for quite some time. As for me, I’ve been reluctant to do so.
The decision to remain with the WordPress classic editor was based one of my previous lives as a programmer and a ‘not so good’ experience using a WYSIWYG interface. In that experience, I discovered What You See Is What You Get (aka, WYSIWYG) was not always entirely true and back then, I continued to manage coding without the so-called ‘easier’ approach, preferring to remain with what I considered were more precise methods.
It’s funny how our past experiences govern decisions we make years later.
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With WordPress retiring the classic editor on June 1, I have no choice but to start learning how to work within the new block editor environment.
So far, I’ve found some very nice things.
There’s a Cover block with overlaid text and I didn’t even play with all the settings. (This might be a great enhancement now I’ve changed my theme and featured images no longer appear at the top of my posts.)
This is different.
And there’s a new way of showing off photos with Collages. Compare this with how three of the following photos looked in yesterday’s post. (I will be using this.)
Offset image galleries push beyond the page boundary set by my theme. (This is nice.)
There are still the ‘old style’ galleries. (I’ll still use these but perhaps not so frequently.)
And I found a Posts Carousel. I like this and here I’ve used it to highlight posts of Super Moons.
(I’d like to be able to change the font colour, but I’m sure black text will work on other images, just not these ones of the Moon.)
I discovered I can easily include a Citation with quotes. (I’ll be using this too.)
Well, this is fun.I said that
And found a Verse block for formatting poetry. (Not sure about this one.)
How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale! How cheerfully he seems to grin How neatly spreads his claws, And welcomes little fishes in, With gently smiling jaws!
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This (WYSIWYG) block editor has all sorts of nice features that can easily be added to a page or post and it feels like a great way to simplifying the inclusion of enhancements without the need for (or knowledge of) HTML and its associated heartache/headache. Let’s face it, HTML can be a pain and confusing when you are unfamiliar with it.
I’ve had a little bit of fun learning how to use the block editor today. It’s a little slow, perhaps it’s resource-heavy. I did have it lock up on me twice and there are a few quirks I find annoying, but I can see I’ll be embracing this different interface and method approach to writing my blog posts.
And not just because I have to.
Finally, I just found the Separator block and discovered I can apply a custom colour 🙂
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A quick update: I did manage to create and save a reusable block for my personalised separator and, I must say, I’m very pleased about that.
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