Tech Help Tuesday #6

Welcome back to Tech Help Tuesday! I can’t believe we’re in September already, where have the summer holidays gone? It’ll be the dreaded C-word before we know it. You know that one that brings with it the fella in the red suit with the white beard? That one.

Anywho, this month I’m going to do an FAQ on Gutenberg, because I know that a lot of bloggers are talking about it and have started using it.

Most of these questions have come from members of my new Facebook group, The Blog Tech Women that I co-run with Aleena from Mummy Mama Mum. The group is all about making tech help accessible, jargon-free and most importantly judgement-free. So if that sounds like it could be up your street you can find us here.

What is Gutenberg?

First up this week is Kerry from Blissful Domestication who asked:
What is Gutenberg and do I need it in my life?

So Gutenberg is WordPress’ new visual editor for creating new posts and pages. At the moment it’s available to download as a plugin, but when WordPress version 5 is released later this year. There’s no word on exactly when it will be released yet, so we’ll just have to watch this space.

The old editor looked and behaved like something you’d use to write a letter or an essay. Gutenberg lets you build posts using blocks.

Blocks are small sections of the screen that have a specific type, for example there are blocks for paragraphs, images and embedding YouTube videos.

In my view, it’s definitely something you need in your life. It’s going to revolutionise the way you create blog posts for the better.

Adding a Gutenberg block

Will it break my old posts?

Jade from About ASD asked:
Once you are on it, and you want to amend or update an old post will this mean lots of changes to the old post?

At the moment if you install Gutenberg, you’ll have the option to use Gutenberg or the classic editor. Depending which one you choose you have a few options.

If you choose to edit an old post, not originally written with Gutenberg, the body of the post will be displayed within Gutenberg as a classic editor block. Nothing will change unless you specifically tell it to.

If you choose, you can ask Gutenberg to convert the post into blocks. If you select this option, Gutenberg will change your original post into Gutenberg blocks as best it can.

Or you can just choose to edit it in the classic editor as if Gutenberg never existed.

So just to re-iterate, Gutenberg will have no effect on your old posts unless you tell it to.

You can choose whether to add/edit posts with Gutenberg or the Classic Editor

What have they done with permalinks?

Adrienne from Working Mum Cambridge asked:
Where is the permalink editor in Gutenberg?

I’ll be honest, I had to go looking for this one myself, because it’s not obvious at first glance.

The toolbar at the top of the screen in the classic editor has been completely revamped in Gutenberg. No longer will you find your post title and permalink separate from the body of your post. The post title now appears within the main body of the editor and, like I said, the permalink isn’t always on display.

To view the permalink for a post you need to select the post title, and then the permalink will be displayed above it. There’s also an edit button for you to change the permalink if you want.

Select the title to see the permalink displayed above it

Want to know even more about Gutenberg?

You can get my complete guide as a downloadable PDF, right now!

In it I go really deep into how to use Gutenberg and the individual blocks. Join my VIP list right now, and you’ll get it as a welcome gift.

How do I make a reusable block?

Kelly from School Runs and Shopping Trolleys asked:
How do I make a reusable block? You won’t believe just how easy it is.

  1. Create a new block as you would any other.
  2. Click the More options button at the top right corner of the block when you hover over it.
  3. Select Add to Reusable Blocks.
  4. Give the block a name and click Save.
  5. The new block will now appear under Reusable blocks when you click the Add Block button in the top left toolbar on screen. 

Reusable blocks are going to be massive. Along with embedding media from other platforms within your post, reusable blocks are my favourite Gutenberg feature.

Often, as bloggers, we find ourselves writing posts that have a similar structure. Bloggers who host linkies will have regular posts that are almost identical, an intro to the latest linky, a featured post from the last linky, instructions on how to join in with the linky. All these things can be done over and over again really easily.

How many of us have a certain signature that we use at the end of a post? I always end my posts with a list of 3 other of my posts that are related to the one you’ve just read. Every time I write a post I have to go looking for related posts, copy the title and then add the link. Now I can create a collection of reusable blocks with links to my top posts from different categories.

Step 3 – Select Add to Reusable Blocks
Step 4 – Give your reusable block a name
Step 5 – Reusable block ready to be used

Where have they put the word count?

Rhiannan from Mummy of Four asked:
Where is the word count option on Gutenberg?

This is another cleverly concealed stat that I had to go looking for too. In the classic WordPress editor it was always displayed at the bottom of a post. In Gutenberg it’s displayed as part of the information displayed when you click the content structure button at the top left of the screen.

Here you’ll find your word count, number of paragraphs, headings and blocks too.

Gutenberg is honestly nothing to be worried or scared about. I promise that it will change the way you create blog posts for the better.

Want to know what all the fuss is about? Watch my video and see

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The Complete Guide to Gutenberg

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