THE GUTEN­BERG WORDPRESS

PC & Tech Authority - - HOW TO WORDPRESS -

Whether you use WordPress.com or WordPress. org on a third-party host, the ed­i­tor is about to un­dergo a mas­sive re­vamp. Part of the rea­son for WordPress’s suc­cess is that it has a gen­tler learn­ing curve than many ri­val CMSes, es­pe­cially for users who aren’t of a tech­ni­cal bent. Guten­berg prom­ises to make cre­at­ing eye-catch­ing posts even eas­ier. First, it brings a much cleaner WYSIWYG ed­i­tor to WordPress posts and pages. Con­tent is or­gan­ised in blocks. So, you might have a head­line block, fol­lowed by a photo, fol­lowed by an in­tro­duc­tory para­graph, and each block can be edited with­out hav­ing to bother with in­tim­i­dat­ing short­codes, cus­tom post types, meta-boxes or hand-cranked code. Insert a fea­tured im­age, for ex­am­ple, and a box ap­pears on the right-hand side of the ed­i­tor let­ting you con­trol the dark­ness of the gra­di­ent on the im­age. Text can be over­layed on the im­age and the align­ment of the im­age can be quickly ad­justed us­ing on­screen but­tons, in­stead of hav­ing to delve in and out of a sep­a­rate photo menu. And all the changes you’re mak­ing are pre­viewed live in the ed­i­tor. Guten­berg is due to be re­leased this year, but you can play with the new fa­cil­i­ties us­ing the live demo at testguten­berg.com. How­ever, the big ques­tion will be how nicely Guten­berg plays with plug­ins and ex­ist­ing themes, es­pe­cially if their cre­ator is no longer sup­port­ing one you have in­stalled.

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