If you’ve been using WordPress, you’re probably used to the standard content editor, which you can use to create posts and pages on your website. It has the default title field and the content box for your text, along with helpful icons that allow you to add formatting such as bold or italic font, center alignment, blockquotes, links and images.

screenshot of the original WordPress content editor

Not to be outdone by newer website builders such as Squarespace or Wix, the WordPress team has created a new content editor called Gutenberg.

In fact, as you log into your website dashboard, you may see a message recommending you give Gutenberg a try.

Screenshot of "Try Gutenberg" message

What to know about Gutenberg

  • Gutenberg provides blocks you customize to set up your content
  • It’s meant to make the process of content creation simpler & more intuitive, with advanced formatting and layout options without requiring extra coding
  • It’s good for blog posts if you want to create columns of content without installing a page builder
  • In it’s current incarnation, It is not made for designing page layouts (for this, looked at a page builder plugin such as Divi or Elementor)
  • If you want to try it, click the Install Gutenberg button to activate it and use on selected posts, or check out the test page that WordPress set up on their site: https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/

Can I keep the old Editor?

The Gutenberg editor is very new so it’s still being tweaked as more and more WordPress users give it a go. If you don’t want to bother with trying out a new editor right now, install the Classic Editor plugin so that you can continue using the WordPress editor you’re used to.