Part Two – Don’t Panic

  ‘A Guide To The Gutenberg Blocks Editor” Parts One and Two – From Weekly Prompts

This post is a second response to the Block Editor concerns of some of our blogging friends and colleagues, but in view of confusion (see Comments) we’d also like to add this edit and make it clear we are not Word Press! 

Links to our own printable and downloadable guides are located at the end of this post. 

The guides are basic introductions to the Blocks, intended for bloggers who simply want to write a blog post and insert a few images, pretty much what most of us want. And as said previously, don’t let the number of blocks put you off, we’re guessing the majority of bloggers will only ever use a handful.

Part One dealt with composing a post using the Block ‘Classic Editor’, this is a version of the old Classic Editor previous to the existing default Classic.

Three Editors named Classic – what were they thinking? Confusing to say the least!

Classic EditorI’m guessing from some of the comments I’ve read, that many of you will continue to use the Classic Editor that is the present default editor(see above image), and why not? Why should anyone be forced into using something they’re not comfortable with? 

Everything is easy once we find out how, but until then, the learning curve can be painstakingly time-consuming. If you’re happy with the Classic, then stick with it. For those of you who’d like to begin to use the blocks (or not), our guides to the three text editors could ease the way.

cropped-blocks-screen-1-a.jpg-with-text-1As you can see, the Classic Editor Block above is almost identical to the Classic Menu that most of us normally use; one slight difference is the location of the Media file. And talking of Media, I used the Tiled Gallery Block to show the images below, though if you’re using a phone to view this then I’m afraid there’s no way you’ll see the best possible tiled view.

For my example, I used a random selection of images, both portrait and landscape from my files. As is my norm, to conserve the WP storage allowance, the images were resized to less than half the original pixels before uploading to the media file.  Click an image to view the slides.

This post has been created by using a mixture of blocks. The first section used the Classic Editor Block for the text input. The latter section used the default text block.

Click the link below to view our downloadable and printable guides.

Update: Our Weekly Prompts How-To section has created step-by-step guides – to the three WordPress text editors. Default Blocks Editor – Classic Block and WP Admin ClassicAccess Here 

We are more than happy to answer any queries.


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31 thoughts on “Part Two – Don’t Panic

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  1. I used it exclusively for 5 posts before becoming so frustrated with it that I switched back to the classic editor. I have realised that I can’t simply abandon WordPress and go back to writing my own HTML without some hardware upgrades. While I don’t have a problem tweaking the HTML in WordPress using this tablet I seriously doubt that I could write HTML from scratch on it.

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    1. I have forgotten all I ever learned about HTML. I abandoned it after being accused of using Microsoft while doing a Uni course. It wasn’t true and I was mortified that all my hard work had resulted in a downgrade!


      1. I had an online portfolio that was all handwritten HTML and close to a thousand pages when I closed it down. I will sometimes flip over to the HTML and edit that in the classic editor to tweak the layout. But I need a big screen and proper keyboard to write complete posts in HTML.

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      2. Sorry to be so bad-tempered. I have just had it with WordPress treating me like an annoyance rather than a customer. I pay them. They might consider fixing their old issues before they add new issues. If they force this black editor on me, that’s going to be it for me. Eight years of them stripping away all the things I loved to turn this into a business site. I’m not a business. I will never be a business and I’m tired of paying them to push me around. It would be a pity to give up, but I’m weary and I don’t feel like fighting with them anymore.

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      3. As you’re no doubt aware the Gutenberg (the Blocks Editor) will become the default editor from Monday 1st June. However, WordPress has informed us that for those who’d prefer to continue with our present editor there will be an option to continue using the Classic.


      4. Oh thank you, thank you. I not only don’t want to work like that, I simply don’t have the focus to go through another long learning curve. It has been a very hard few months and it isn’t over yet.

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  2. Working professionally designing documentation and other technical material for publication, I use Adobe Framemaker which was a block editor for authors, especially technical authors. It enabled you to track indexed and glossary items across chapters AND across books and to place graphics exactly where you wanted them and not (as in MSWord) have them roam freely. I had my own copy and used it when I wrote a book. It enabled designing left, right, and front pages, gutters, page numbering (left, right, center), and using any number of appendices, glossaries, all linked to chapters and books. It was a real book editor and for what I did, it was a great (if extremely complicated) tool.

    I don’t need that anymore. It was life or death in the professional world, but now it’s just extra work. I would have loved to see better, more precise adjustments to type and text, but instead, we now have a choice of tiny (unreadable), small (barely readable) medium (can be any size depending on the font), huge (ugly). Boy oh boy do I miss being able to select the size of the type by points or pixels rather than the meaningless sizes you’ve put in place. I had hoped to see frames for pictures so you could place them where you wanted them and have them stay put. Fewer typographical glitches would be gratefully received.

    But blocks? For a non-genre blog? Sort of like using a helicopter to go to the grocery store.

    There are so many text/font/spacing problems already, you have now created yet another version of the format without fixing the previous errors. Messy. You need people to beta and alpha test your software — preferably WRITERS AND ARTISTS WHO REALLY USE THE FORMAT — before publishing it.

    I remember the year you decided we didn’t need an edit button because who would want to edit a post after writing it? Taking away the spell-checker — actually useful — and unlike the external ones, it worked. Grammarly sometimes works, then sometimes decides you have to pay them, but it does successfully block the Chrome spellchecker (which isn’t very good anyway).

    The biggest frustration is that you don’t test your software and have “happiness engineers” who tell me that I don’t write well enough and that’s why all my posts are missing from the database.

    My ability to write has nothing to do with placement in a database and your engineers wouldn’t have anything in their background which gives them the right to judge a writer’s work. And having to hunt down what might have been the ONLY engineer who understood what I meant by a “database” took WEEKS.
    All the engineers who never checked the database to see if it was corrupted (it was ). I spent YEARS designing and documenting databases. it was insanely frustrating.

    Now, I can’t even try the new format without getting locked into it. I might like it, though I’m not optimistic, but if you force me to try it without leaving me the option to decide to NOT use it? Seriously? Would you buy into that?

    Maybe Microsoft can get away with this, but you can’t. Most of us are doing this as a hobby. We aren’t working anymore. We don’t need a long learning curve. We just want to be able to write a piece, pop in a few pictures, and move along. Maybe your business clients like the block format, although honestly, I think it’s too complicated for any blog, even business.

    Why not fix the classic editor so that people who understand type sizes can adjust to what they REALLY want and fix all the spacing glitches that have been around for at least all of the 8 years I’ve been blogging. THAT would be a huge help. You need to fix OLD errors before you pile on new software. You need engineers who know what a database IS and know the difference between authorship and software glitches. Most of the people I’ve talked to don’t know a database from their elbow.

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    1. Gosh, thank you for your response. Marilyn, I’m assuming your comments were meant to be addressed to WordPress and not me personally here on our blog.
      We are bloggers who are attempting in a small way to assist our blogging friends. But thanks anyway.

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      1. After 8 years of blogging and writing all kinds of material on the forum and NEVER getting a positive response to anything, I have no faith in Word Press’s willingness to actually work with customers AS customers and not as “the enemy.” They have developed a really BAD attitude towards the very people who made gave them the power they have — writers, photographers, authors, musicians and more. We are the people that — for free — created a place to which people come to read, to look. Yet never, before implementing major changes in the software, have they EVER considered even so much as surveying users to find out what they actually want or need. The irony is that people like me pay them. We aren’t freebies who will post for three months, discover they aren’t getting famous and leave. We’re the people who have hung in there for a long, long time, since WordPress was a company that actually cared about their customers. They got a new CEO and it has been all downhill since. NO normal blogger needs a block editor. All it does it make what was simple, twice as complicated.

        I don’t like them and I also don’t trust them.

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  3. I actually thought you weren’t going to trap me into the block format again. But you did it again. I hate it, nothing looks the way it ought to. The fonts are HUGE and there’s no way to control them and I can’t see what it will look like. Please release me from this format because I hate it. Really HATE it.


      1. I do. But since I got sucked into this AGAIN, now I need to know how to back OUT OF IT. This is a genuinely ugly format. You can’t see your font in the proper size and nothing flows. there”s no link to contact anyone anymore and frankly, this is a step over the line for me. I didn’t think it would be THIS bad. I though I might be able to find a way to work with it, but I need to see what I’m doing as I do it. A huge oversized blocky title at the top of the page is really hideous and deforms the rest of the page. There no way to select font sizes (what was I thinking?) and if this is what I have to look forward too, I just can’t do it. if I was being paid, I’d work for my money, but this is free, you know? We are CUSTOMERS. I PAY them. I’m not a short term freebie.

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  4. Hi Sue. I’d just like to say hello to my amateur blogging friend who does not get paid for anything she posts, is not employed by anyone at all, and is trying her best to help out those fellow bloggers who are a little perturbed by the imminent imposition of the change to The Gutenberg Blocks Editor. You are doing a fine job. Please keep it up!

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  5. Sue, I’m finally trying to get my head round Blocks. I agree with much of what Marilyn says but realise that none of this is your fault, and that on the contrary you are trying (and it’s working!) to help. Largely, I’m OK with text I think, but photos, which I use a lot and in a mixture of gallery formats usually, remain an unsolved mystery. Off to do battle now!


    1. Hi Margaret,

      I’m glad you are getting your head around the new default editor.

      Take a look at the How-To help guides on our Weekly Prompts site if you’re still having a bit of a headache with the images.

      All three guides to the different editors cover working with images.

      Personally, I don’t think the default block editor is flexible enough when working with text. Having to edit block by block is a bit of a pain. It’s impossible to justify a whole document or move individual lines of text into another paragraph. It’s not a WordProcessor and I think for many of us that’s the chief problem.

      So I’ve begun using the online Classic editor that is available via WP-Admin on our dashboards. Why use blocks when something better is available? I actually now prefer it to the defunct Classic! Never thought I’d say that!

      Once you realise that some things are in a slightly different position to the other Classic toolbar it becomes a doddle to use.

      My first clash with it came when I couldn’t find some of the options until I realised that part of the usual sidebar was below my post but that’s not a problem, still easy to access.

      WordPress have been doing a few updates and access to the Admin Classic has changed for some free sites. There is a guide for this editor too, you might even prefer it.

      All the guides have been updated and recently I added Using the Mobile App –  Access All Here.

      Hope this is of some help to you. Happy to help further if you have problems


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