Blogging with the new WordPress Editor – are you using the blocks?

Have you made the switch to the new WordPress Editor? I’ve seen and ignored the prompt for a long time. I’d heard it was hard to use and that once you switched you couldn’t go back to the Classic Editor.  But after my blogging friend Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies told me that her new star ratings graphic was an option with the WordPress Editor, I think I’m going to make the switch.

The Learn More link provides a lot of good information about the new block editing feature.

Here are a few facts:

  • Each section of your post is a separate block, for headings, text, quotes, images and more. It lets you move things around more easily. And you can customize the format of each block.
  • If you switch, your existing content will not change. Your previous posts will all be put in what they call a Classic Block.
  • If you use the Business Plan version, you will have more customizing options with plugins than with the free version.
  • You can switch back to the Classic Editor if you don’t like the block editing. This wording makes me think that eventually all sites will need to use the new WordPress Editor, though, so don’t count on this always being an option: “At this time, as we’re introducing the WordPress Editor you’ll be able to switch between the WordPress Editor and the Classic Editor for posts and pages…”
  • The new WordPress Editor works with all themes, but only some may support certain layout features.

Now that I know more about it, and since I’m planning a blog overhaul in 2020, I think I’ll make the switch. Also, it sounds a lot like Constant Contact, a website/program I use at work to create our email newsletter. So I don’t think it will be a big adjustment.

Do you use the new WordPress Editor? Leave a comment and tell me what you think of it!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

72 thoughts on “Blogging with the new WordPress Editor – are you using the blocks?

  1. I tried the new editor when it was first introduced and after working all day on a post that I can usually complete in an hour, I switched back to classic. While I was able to figure out most things, I could never figure out how to assign a color to my subheadings text. My frustration level was so high, I quit at that point. I’ll be interested to see how it goes for you! Keep us laggers updated please!

    1. That’s what I’m afraid of – but at least there’s the option to switch back. I may give it a try, but so far the comments are mixed. Thanks for sharing your experience, Carol!

    1. I tried to make the switch at work, but the new editor made it more difficult to insert photos into a post and have them wrap around text. Not sure if I just was doing it wrong, but it was frustrating to try to figure out. Hope you have more luck with it

      1. I know, I’m a little worried. But if it’s like Constant Contact, which it seems to resemble, I might be okay. I don’t want to have to spend a lot of time learning it, though. Thanks for the visit!

  2. I like most of the features that come with the new editor. One advantage the classic editor had was that it easily converted html, which the new editor doesn’t. At least it doesn’t for me.

    I think eventually the classic editor will go away.

    1. Hi Gina, yes I have a feeling they will phase out the Classic Editor. I’ll have to play around with it and see. I don’t really understand html, so I’ll just hope for the best and if it isn’t good, I’ll switch back for now (while they let me!) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience with it!

  3. I tried it when it first came out because my theme switched to it. I was very frustrated in the hour or so I dedicated to it. I then had to fine a plugin to be able to return to the classic. My impression was, though, that our time with the classic was limited and we’d all have to switch eventually. There is always such a learning curve with all these updates. I really dread it.

      1. Right, same here – I would never pay for a WordPress site. Although when I set up my dad’s site, we did it through GoDaddy and WP, so there are a lot of bells and whistles. Maybe I’ll try it out on his. I’ve been meaning to get back to it.

  4. Putting pictures with words is a nightmare. Still haven’t figured it out. Trying to get a gallery of pics with associated links – still trying. Most of my pages have remained with Classic until …

  5. I’m so thankful for this post! I’ve been curious about the block editing for a while. I tried to use it when it first came out but I struggled with it for too long so I switched back. I’ve been curious, though, if WordPress has made any changes to make it more user friendly, and it doesn’t appear so judging by the comments!

    1. Hi Emily! I know what you’re saying. It reminds me of how Yahoo was pushing its updated email format. They kept switching me to the new one, and I kept returning to the classic email. Then one day, classic was no longer an option and I had to adjust to the new one. And it wasn’t that bad! I guess time will tell. I’ll probably give it a try, though. Thanks for reading and commenting. I’ll give you an update if I make the switch! 🙂

  6. I am not tech savvy, which is the reason I blog on WordPress – it’s so simple to use (at the moment). I haven’t even looked at the new editor and I won’t be until I have to! Why change something when it’s good?!

  7. Barbara, a good summary of Gutenberg. I switched over by accident earlier in the year and was scared I would lose a lot by returning to classic so I stayed the course! It took a little bit to get used to and still feels fiddly to edit each block instead of a whole piece of writing, otherwise no big problems! Having said that, numerous posts by other bloggers about the new editor have helped with the finer details!

    1. Hi Annika, that’s good practical advice, checking out other posts by bloggers who have been using the new editor. I’m glad you’ve adjusted. I will have to see, but I’m thinking I will give it a try soon (next year, though – I’m not too wild!!) Thanks so much for reading and commenting on this. It’s great to have varied input 🙂

  8. Hi Barbara, I’ve been using the Gutenberg editor since January 2019. I’ve read so many myths about what it can and can’t do, many from bloggers who either had not tried it or had not given it enough time when trying it out.

    When I first started using it, I didn’t like it. But then I realised I hadn’t read any guidelines on how it works or watched any tutorials on how to use it. I set up a test post in my draft folder and played around it for a few months. Even today, I still play around with Gutenberg in the test post I’ve set up. As soon as I was comfortable with it, I published the first post I had drafted with the new editor.

    It’s not hard to use, just different from the Classic editor. Almost 12 months on, not only have I seen incredible results to my blog posts by using the Gutenberg editor, but I can also say that I’d never go back to using the Classic editor. For me, doing that would be like going back to watching a black & white TV.

    New bloggers to WordPress now only have the choice of using Gutenberg. This is because, at the end of 2020, WordPress is withdrawing support for the Classic editor. At the end of 2021, they are removing the Classic editor altogether.

    My advice is to start giving the Gutenberg editor a try now. Set up a draft post where you can practice using it. Even if it’s only for a few minutes a day, practice makes perfect. Read guides and watch tutorials on how to use it. With 13 months before support is withdrawn for the Classic editor, that gives everyone plenty of time to practice using Gutenberg. Don’t become one of those bloggers who will get left behind when the changes happen.

    1. Hi Hugh, thanks so much for leaving this thoughtful comment. I am still tempted, despite readers’ preference for the Classic Editor, to try the block editor. Since I use a block editor at work, I’m hoping it is similar in the way it’s structured. Thanks, too, for sharing the WordPress timeline on when this is all going to happen. We have time to adjust to the changes. I read the WordPress guide on the new editor. It didn’t seem too complicated. The only way to know is to try it, though!

      1. Exactly, Barbara. As I said in my comment, it’s not hard to use, just different. I see such a difference in blog posts when comparing those written with the classic editor against those written with Gutenberg. I’m now more likely to read and comment a post written with the Gutenberg editor than those written with the classic editor. If you’re already using a block editor at work, I’m sure you’ll pick it up quickly. Giving it some time is the key to getting used to it and making it work for you (rather than you working for it). Plus, there is plenty of free advice out there on how Gutenberg works and how to use it. Good luck.

      2. Thanks, Hugh. Your comments are encouraging. I actually really like the block format at work. It makes it easy to change things up. And the graphics are good. Wish me luck – I’ll report back 😉

    1. Oh, that’s good to know. Despite all the negative comments, I’m still very curious. I use a block editor at work and it is very handy. And I can make changes easily. I guess time will tell. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Kelly!

  9. Like many commenters say,I’ve tried it, but finding many of the features I use most was such a pain I crawled back to the classic editor. I do have to use the new editor if I do a post on my phone, but that doesn’t happen very often (thankfully).

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Tammie. I’m wondering what we will all do when the Classic Editor is no longer an option? I still feel like the block editor might be very similar to something I use at work, so I’m hopeful I can adjust. It’s good we have either option for now, though!

    1. Eeek – this is what everyone is saying, Luccia. I wonder if and when it will be the only option? That’s what makes me want to get used to it now, but I’m pretty hesitant after reading everyone’s comments. Thanks so much for reading and joining this debate!

    1. I know, I’m curious too. I am tired of my bookmark ratings graphic and have been thinking about doing something else. But I’ll need more reasons than that to try out the new editor. Thanks for stopping by – and here’s to the classics! 😉

    1. Hi Derrick – oh wow. You and a lot of other commenters here. I’m thinking of trying it out, but only because I know I can switch back. I wonder if they are still tweaking it. I’m guessing they are. Thanks for reading!

  10. I’m glad you’re going to give it a try! I’m still mostly using Classic Editor — it’s what I’m used to, and I find it easy. But, what I’m doing right now is starting my reviews in block editor so I can use a ratings block, then switching back to classic to polish it off and get it ready to post. I assume eventually I’ll be more confident with how it all works, but right now as a newbie to blocks, I’m always afraid of making mistakes.

    1. Oh, wow, I didn’t consider that as an option. I do like your stars, Lisa, so I’m curious about what new I can do with my blog. I guess in time we will all have to switch. I’m going to be a forward thinker here and give it a whirl, while I still have the option to jump back to classic. Thanks for the comments 🙂

  11. I’m with Jill – once I “get” something technical (if you call using Word Press technical, and I do) I’m sticking with it. But one time I got brave and went into the new block editor. I H A T E D it. As some of your other readers say, I got frustrated trying to figure out how to get my photos in there, to change colors, etc. I quickly (holding my breath) figured out how to go back to the Classic Editor, and I’m not switching until made to – under threat of losing my Word Press account. 😉 ;–0

    1. Hi Pam – well you are in good company – if you’ve read these other comments. I may switch before it becomes mandatory, but I’m glad we still have the option to return to classic. Thanks for visiting and commenting – hope you are doing well 🙂

      1. You are a braver woman than me. So I’ll let you tell us all how you do when you make the “switch.” All is well here – wonder if you received the foot of snow we did Sunday through Monday. I’m already pining for daffodils. 🙂

      2. I will let you know – probably won’t try it until January. We got no snow. There was a lot of hype for our area, though. Hope you’ve dug yourselves out by now!

    1. Yes, since I’ve written this post, I’ve gone from boldy stating I will make the change, to wavering back to classic and then thinking I should before it becomes mandatory. I think it will be okay, even though I’m now hesitant after all these comments. Thanks for stopping by, Meggy!

  12. I innocently updated my WordPress site and, boom, there it was: block editing. So I rolled with it. It’s fairly intuitive, if annoying at first. I didn’t find it terrible to get used to — but thanks for clueing me into the star rating option, Barb! As you can see, I haven’t exactly mined block editing for its full potential.

    1. Haha – well if we all were paid to blog, we’d be learning this stuff a lot faster, right? We will see how it goes. I think it’s all going to be fine. Change is good! Thanks for the visit, Jan.

  13. I attempted (maybe halfheartedly) using the new editor and didn’t like it at all. The classic is easy and works well for me, so I’ll stick with it UNLESS I’m forced to switch in the future. Keeping up successfully with blogging can be challenging enough, maybe I just don’t want another challenge. Ha!!

    1. Hi Cheryl. I know what you’re saying. Coming back to the blog after the holiday has me thinking that I should just concentrate on getting the posts out, for now. I’ll probably make the switch, but not during these next couple months. Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl!

  14. I tried it first, and didn’t like it, but I must say the way I had my posts formatted didn’t really work with the new blocks system. But when I started a second blog, and everything was new and shiny, and I felt free to experiment, I started using the blocks and realized how easy it was. Now I’m loving it, and switching my current main blog to blocks as well.

    1. I have been thinking about starting a second blog for a while now, with different content. That’s also a good way to see how the block editing works. Glad you’re having success with it. Thanks so much for the visit and comment 🙂

  15. As a hand coder for over 25 years, I abhor the new block editor. I once wrote my own blogging tool (over 20 years ago before WordPress was ready for prime time) and should they ever make the block editor mandatory, I’ll be back to building my own. (A coder in a drag-and-drop/WYSIWYG tool is like a brain surgeon wearing mittens.)

    1. I’m probably going to have to go with the flow, once they make the block editor the only option. My coding skills are not good! Thanks for reading and commenting, Joel.

  16. Hi Barb – I switched from Blogger to WordPress in June 2019 and started using the Block editor right away. I only played with the Classic editor once or twice to see how WP and the two editors function. The Block editor works very well for me. I haven’t had any issue with it and haven’t had to do any extra work. Good luck when you decide to give the Block editor a go.

    1. Hi Natalie – that’s good to know. I don’t think I will have a problem with the block editor. I use one at work and it’s quite handy and keeps things organized. I’m thinking about starting a second blog and will likely go straight to the block editor with it, and practice there before I switch over on this blog. Thanks for the advice and for sharing your experience!

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