Have You Used The New Gutenberg Editor?

Thank you to Hugh Roberts for featuring my blogging question about the Gutenberg Editor. He has given me just the push I need to give it a try.  Have you used the new editor on Word Press? If so, do you agree with Hugh?

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Thank you to Donna Connolly, who blogs at Retirement Reflections, for asking me a question about blogging after reading my recent blog post ‘Do You Have A Question About Blogging…’

Here’s Donna’s question in full.

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Yes, I’m using the Gutenberg editor, Donna. I’ve written this post using it.

I’ve read more blog posts complaining about the new Gutenberg Editor than those that give it any praise or credit. I found that to be of great shame, given some of the circumstances surrounding the reviews it’s been getting.

Many of those who complained about Gutenberg hadn’t even attempted using it. They’d ended up getting to it by mistake; many panicking as soon as they saw what was in front of them on the screen.

Others had tried using it but had not given it the time it deserves. Just like learning to ride a bike, or ice-skating for…

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80 Replies to “Have You Used The New Gutenberg Editor?”

    1. Hi, Janis – I’m sold on the features that you mention as well. I had always planned to try Gutenberg, but after my ‘BIG SWITCH’ to WP.com this past summer, I wanted to give myself a little break first. Then somehow, I just got comfortable here! 🙂

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  1. Hi Donna – I haven’t used Gutenberg. From Hugh’s post, it sounds like a useful editor. Sometimes we need to step outside our comfort zone and try something new. Finding a ‘free’ afternoon to do it may be the biggest challenge 🙂

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  2. Hugh’s post was very helpful, Donna. I’ve shied away from Gutenberg only because I’m happy with the classic editor. But I do like two of the enhancements he mentioned (subheadings and the moving around of paragraphs/blocks). And now I finally understand what the heck a block is. 🙂 Thanks! – Marty

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  3. Donna – I have been using Gutenberg since it was first offered. It did take me a while to figure some things out but generally, I have had no problems with it. I was still in my first year of blogging so I wasn’t entrenched in the Classic Editor as others might be. I agree with Hugh – you just need to jump in and start using it. Now I can’t imagine using anything else!! Good luck!!!

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  4. Hi Donna I made the leap and started using Gutenberg in the trial stages. I do prefer the Classic Editor which I still use (depending on my mood). Like anything we have to be patient and open our minds to new things. I think I’ve mastered Gutenberg now but yes I still prefer Classic – Classic in everything for me – style, fashion and blogging! Have a great week and thanks for asking Hugh the question. xx

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      1. Hi Donna, yes you can. There is actually a box you can click on in Gutenberg to use the Classic Editor. Gutenberg isn’t difficult it just takes some getting used to. Thank you for sharing at #MLSTL and I’m sure you aren’t alone in feeling the challenge of making the change. xx

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  5. I think I’m still using the editor that predates Classic (assuming Classic is the one that looks like the app). I’m just traditional 😉. Eventually I’ll move but at the moment it works and I don’t have time to think about it. When I give my blog the complete overhaul i’ve been promising it for aeons perhaps!

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  6. Hi Donna

    This is great. I was just involved in a chat with a WP Happiness engineer since I was having some issues with editing. He said I could go back to the Classic Editor, but when I asked for a link for a tutorial to the new editor, I didn’t get fone. I think the Happiness Engineers are overwhelmed – I couldn’t even get access to chat one day ! So I took lots of cues Hugh and archived the links he posted so I can go to them later. I am such a dinosaur – whenever I used to get new software, new email, new wordpressing, I was… “waah, waah, waah” 😦 ha ha. I think any time we are presented with something totally new, it can come as a bit of a shock and we need time to adjust.

    Speaking of adjusting to change: My 36 year old son (who does have mechanical skills) bemoans the fact that vehicles have the hood opening latch in all kinds of different places now. He says what’s the matter with having it in the middle of the hood where it was always on cars for many many years and easily operated. We go through this every time I ask him to open my hood and I have to go pull out my manual! My point being, some things are better left alone.

    Thanks for sharing this new knowledge with us, Donna! I’m going to try to expand my thinking and try to give this a chance. We shall see.

    Greetings from rainy northern California,
    Susan

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  7. HI Donna, I am surprised so many have not tried it yet. If I was to have one New Year’s resolution, it was to post using the editor. I’m really happy with it. FYI, when I make adjustments to my PAGES, I still use the classic editor…but for posts, it is SO much more creative. Example, I use headings more often now, which makes layout nice. Plus, you can highlight a block (a paragraph) in a color to set if off from other words in the layout. Plus if I’ve just edited an image but already started the post I can simply upload the image using the editor right into the post without having to go back and add it to media library. That action saves it to your media library. I am still slow and steady at it, and using the basics now, but I am very happy with it and other bloggers will find it easier. I even updated a older post and had no difficulty. You can see everything I have post this year is with the Gutenberg Editor. I did view a couple of tutorials which helped a little. Best thing is to just sit down and do it. Oh and I schedule my post as one of the last steps.

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  8. I love those little elves at the help desk that are always waiting for my next question 🙂 Have I used the new editor, yes I have, and yes I still use the Classic, a simpler version. Why fix something that wasn’t broken. Though having said that my husband loves to change computer programs on a regular basis, I won’t let him near mine 🙂

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  9. I think you’re pretty much reflecting all the WP users I’ve seen online Donna – they hate the change, but know that once they get used to it, it will all be fine. I’m happy that Blogger hasn’t made any big changes since I’ve been blogging – I’m not a fan of change (although change seems to happen regardless!)

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    1. Hi, Leanne –
      Yup, change does seem to happen if we like it or not.
      If only things could stay still long enough so that I can catch my breath! 🙂
      I’m glad that Blogger has been treating you well. Your site looks great — and hassle free is always the way to go!

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  10. Hi Donna – so interesting to read this and to go through Hugh’s post relatively thoroughly … though I use blogger – life may well change. Take care and thanks for pointing us towards Hugh for the Gutenberg editor … and I love your pink set up!! So clean … cheers Hilary

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  11. Thanks for this question, Donna. I’ve tried the Gutenberg editor but didn’t stick with it. You and Hugh have inspired me to try it again. I’ve been in denial about the classic editor going away but 2020 is right around the corner. I am usually an early adopter to change (that was my reputation when I was working) but this one had me stymied. As with so many things, patience and continued working with it are the answer. I’ll try again!

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  12. This was really helpful and I saved it for future reference. I tried Gutenberg briefly and didn’t like it. First I was angry because my blog had updated to it with no notice. I was in a hurry one day and there it was! I quickly converted back to classic editor. I need time to work with it and learn to use it. I am happy with the classic editor, so I am not very motivated to try it soon!

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  13. Thank you so much for this post! I didn’t write many posts last year and was unaware that WP had introduced Gutenberg. I started to see complaints about it in posts I was reading and thought I ought to have a look to see what all the fuss was about. I still haven’t got around to it, I’m afraid but you have encouraged me to have a go now and see how I get on.
    Thanks, Donna and Hugh!

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  14. Hi Donna,
    I’ve avoided some of this by just doing the visual builder in the DIVI theme…there were some minor adjustments which I made…I’m newbie enough that even small changes mess with me so I’m sticking with what I know and is working for me.

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  15. I am a bit scared of gutenburg! I installed a plug-in that allows me to toggle between gutenburg and the classic editor but I don’t! I stick to the classic. I did have a bit of a play with gutenburg but I didn’t like it. I guess I need to make some time to give it another try! 🙂

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    1. HI, Min – Hugh’s post caught me right in the middle of vacation planning (always a priority for me), so I haven’t yet gone ahead to experiment with Gutenberg. But, Hugh did give me the confidence and encouragement to do so. I now look forward to trying it out soon. I will let you know how it goes!

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  16. I spent a few fitful weeks worrying about the new editor, but eventually decided to install the Classic Editor and leave well enough alone for now. I know we will all be using Gutenberg soon enough, since they intend to suspend support for the Classic. I just don’t feel I can give the energy to learning anything new right now—that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! LOL But thanks, Hugh and Donna, for bringing it forward!

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    1. Hi, Diane – I agree that our timing for learning new things makes all of the difference in the world. If we have too many other things going on, one more thing can truly upset the apple cart. Sounds like a good decision to me.

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  17. Hugh’s explanation was very thorough. As a user of Blogger, learning to use Gutenberg doesn’t apply to me, however. When Blogger introduces changes, they are usually in the backend – new templates, more functionality, etc. – that don’t change the feel of the program at the front end.

    Jude

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  18. Not yet, waiting until they work out all of the bugs. Tried it on a clone of my site and didn’t like it as it is at the moment.

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  19. I’m using it on my astrology site and on my author site (not that I’ve written much there of late). I’m not enjoying it, but I am getting used to it. I found it interesting that one of the “pros” in your linked post talks about subheadings – the exact issue I’m having problems with & disliking…a reason for me to look further into how I’m using it, I suppose.

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  20. I left my comment on Hugh’s post, but yes, I’ve been using the new editor since it was introduced and although it does require a bit of a learning curve, I adapted quickly and I love it. Great post by Hugh. I agree with everything he said!

    … now if only they would give me the word count back. I suspect my posts might be getting a bit long 😉

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    1. Hi, Joanne – I agree that Hugh did an awesome job on this post. I’m happy to hear that you are regularly using Gutenberg and are enjoying it. I must confess that I am sensitive to “long posts.” I have never found your entries to fit into that category. You do break up your text with pictures which I greatly enjoy!

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      1. Thanks for the nice feedback. I used to watch the word count very carefully to try to keep my posts under 500 words. Now I’m left just hoping I haven’t drifted too far.

        I know some bloggers compose in Word and then paste it into WP, but I compose around photos so that approach doesn’t work for me.

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      2. Hi, Joanne – I was just commenting on your recent post while you were commenting on mine. Since I’m all about the ‘conversation’, I LOVE when this happens. Composing around photos is a great idea and works wonderfully on your blog!

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  21. Donna – I’m so behind the times I don’t even know what you are talking about? There are different editor options in WordPress? Once my all-consuming projects are over, I’ll have to explore.

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  22. Thanks to your question Donna, and Hugh’s helpful response I have been pushed into using it and I’m going really well! No major dramas and I’m starting to convert my older posts over too. I have had an issue which I mentioned in a comment to Hugh, and he suggested I talk to the Happiness Engineers. I did that today and it seems the theme I use has a few bugs and so what I was trying to do can’t be done just yet, but they’re now aware and working on a solution. I feel quite pleased with myself and thanks again for asking the question as I was putting it off…

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    1. Hi Debbie, if only other bloggers would take your example and report bugs to WordPress, it would make their blogging experience so much better. Many would have said that the bug you reported was something to do with Gutenberg and probably went on to give it a bad review.

      As I already said to you on your blog, your blog posts now standout. I especially like how you have displayed photos on recent blog posts. Well done for taking the leap to Guthenberg and making not only your blogging experience better but those of the visitors to your blog who are now seeing and reading blog posts that stand out from those on other blogs they visit.

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      1. All thanks to you Hugh! and Donna for asking the question. I’m always keen to improve my skills and learn new things.

        I’m so glad you can notice the difference in my posts, especially my photos, it’s so good to hear that.

        I always have good experiences with the Happiness Engineers and appreciate their help. They will update me once the bug has been investigated which is all I can ask for 🙂

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  23. I tried–I really did!–but couldn’t adapt. I installed a plug-in that puts me back to the classic approach. Really, I don’t need the stuff that comes with Gutenberg. What I need is simplicity.

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  24. Pinning to #mlstl board because I’m scared to attempt fixing something that I don’t feel is broken. However, I know change can be good for me. Someday I will be brave and give it a go 🙂

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  25. Hi, Molly – Thanks for dropping by. My understanding is that you definitely have a bit of time before you will be required by WP to make the change. If you have any questions, WP Happiness Engineers have been very helpful for me.

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  26. I did an update and wound up with Gutenberg. Tried to figure it out for an hour or so, with little luck. Realized I could return to the good ole way of posting and did so promptly. Not in a frame of mind right now to add another puzzle to my life. Going to pin this post in case the fog clears over here and I can think straight again!!

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