The Block Editor

Block Editor introduced 26 Aug 2021

This is a very different editor from the Classic Editor we have been using in Glow Blogs.

In the Gutenberg Editor, also called the Block Editor, content is arranged in blocks. Each paragraph, image, or video is presented as a distinct “block” of content.

Each block comes with its own controls for changing colour, alignment and other features.

More information on the blogs Editor will be added to the Blocks blog and this site over time.

There is more information on WordPress Editor

Choosing the Block Editor

Currently the default editor in Glow Blogs is still the Classic Editor. Site Admins can change this. They can set the default editor to either Classic or Block editor and allow other users of the blog to change editor or not.

They do this by visiting Settings-> Writing in the dashboard:

19 Aug 2023 the block editor has matured and been upgraded since we activated it on Glow Blogs.  We would advice  considering activating the new editor.  It is quite different so it is a good idea to try it out.

Creating a post or page with Block Editor

A video from Learn WordPress

Glow Blog e-portfolios profiles do not display the Tiled Galleries from the Block editor. We advise either sticking with the classic editor or using the Classic Block to add Tiled Galleries in e-Portfolios. See the Block Blog for more details. There a few other issues listed on that page too.

Three ways to add a block

There are 3 main ways to add a block.

The Plus Button

Gif of using the plus button in the Glow Blogs/WordPress Block Editor
  • Click on the area where you want to add a block.
  • You’ll see a small plus (+) button appear.
  • Click on the plus button, and a menu with various block options will appear.
  • Select the type of block you want to add from the menu.

This method is very straightforward and is probably the most common way to add a block.

You can also see a plus button appear between blocks when you move the mouse over that area.

The Slash / Command

Animated gif of using the slash command to add a block in Glow Blogs/WordPress
  • Click on the area where you want to add a block.
  • Start typing a forward slash (/) on your keyboard.
  • This will bring up a search bar and a list of available blocks.
  • As you type, the list will filter based on what you’re typing. Select the block you want from the list.

The slash command is handy for users who prefer keyboard shortcuts and don’t want to use the mouse as much.

The Block Inserter

Animated Gif of the Block inserter in Glow Blogs/WordPress
  • When you hover over an existing block, you’ll see a toolbar that appears above it.
  • At the top-left corner of the main toolbar, you’ll find a small plus (+) icon.
  • Clicking on this plus icon will add a new block directly below the block you’re hovering over.
  • You can also drag a block onto the post or page to place it between other blocks.

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