The text editor is the source to creating and editing content in WordPress. It’s where you can add text, media, designs, and widgets all on a page. You have the flexibility to change font colours and size, add buttons, change layouts to have multiple columns, insert headers, and endless possibilities to create a page that centres around your content.

The supported text editor at KPU is the block editor (Gutenberg). The block editor is mainly used for simple editing and it just works out of the package. The once supported text editor, Elementor is no longer being supported (May, 2023).

For the avid WordPress user who may have used the classic text editor before, note that the classic editor is being decommissioned by the end of 2021. Hence, we will not cover how to use this editor here.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • add text, images, embeds, widgets to a page/post
  • identify which text editor is most suitable for your needs
  • use the block text editor efficiently

Using the Block Editor

Open any page or post (more on what the differences are later) from the side menu. Watch the video below to begin adding text to your page/post.

There are six types of blocks that will assist you in building your page/post. Let’s take a closer look at these in the video below.

Block Patterns and Reusable blocks have similar purposes. They are predefined layouts made up of blocks in the Gutenberg text editor that aims to help you create your site with ease. With a blank canvas, it could be intimidating to build from scratch. So patterns and reusable blocks makes it a lot easier for you to begin building. Let’s take a look at how to use them in the video below.

Now that you have a better understanding of the Gutenberg text editor, you are on your way to creating. Here’s a few other useful tips to help you along the way.

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