An Overview over WordPress 5 and Gutenberg


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WordPress 5 and the new editor Gutenberg in the final version are here! In this article you will learn what's new and how to build great websites with the new editor Gutenberg...

The new editor Gutenberg in WordPress 5

Gutenberg, the new editor for WordPress, will become the new standard editor with the upcoming major release WordPress 5.0. The Gutenberg Editor is a central component and prerequisite for the publication of the long-awaited WordPress Version 5.0. First of all: The classic and previously used editor is retained and can be used further on request, also as a plug-in.

Gutenberg's most important goal is that you can dispense with HTML and CSS when using content - this is a great relief especially for images, galleries, video and audio.

Gutenberg is not "just" a simple new editor - thanks to the many new possibilities, Gutenberg becomes a complete page builder, in English: a page construction kit.

The most important innovations of Gutenberg are the blocks

Blocks - What are blocks and which ones are there?

Gutenberg bets on so-called blocks. These enable content to be inserted, rearranged and designed. The editor does not use separate function lists.

Here is an example of the previous post, written in a WordPress 5 and using the blocks "heading" and "paragraph":

Example article with Gutenberg editor and blocks

The standard blocks of the editor include: Paragraph, heading, subheading, quote, image, gallery, cover image, video, audio, columns, file, code, list, button, embedding, etc.

Here is an overview:

Overview of block types in Gutenberg

Since there are blocks for many types of multimedia content, you don't (anymore) have to make any adjustments to the CSS or HTML code: Blocks work by drag and drop! You'll need less expertise and you'll get great results without programming experience.

Simple media posting with blocks and drag & drop

An example: You want to add an image to your WordPress page. The block for "pictures" in Gutenberg now makes it very easy for you. You select the block for the content "Image" and can then drag and drop the image directly to the appropriate location on your website. Or upload from your hard drive. The article "The first steps with Gutenberg" explains how this can be done step by step.

Mobile Ready

You can also easily edit your page on mobile devices. Gutenberg does not "only" work on a large screen, e.g. on your laptop or desktop. Gutenberg is designed so that you can now edit your page on your Tablet PC or Smartphone.

Less PlugIn - Less Trouble?

Gutenberg is currently available as a PlugIn and will be included in version 5.0 of WordPress. This has the advantage that both WordPress and Gutenberg are "one piece" and work perfectly together. With each update, you automatically receive the latest features, fixes, and security updates. As a 1&1 IONOS Managed WordPress customer, you don't even have to take care of the updates yourself - our WordPress experts will do it for you.

This article was published on 14 Nov 2018 by sebastian.zientek as part of the topic WordPress ###ARTICLEINFO_SENTENCE_END###.