What Do You Think of the New WordPress Editor?

Full disclosure, I actually avoided the new editor for ages when they were first introducing it on WordPress.

It is very versatile and a lot less “clunky” than the old editor. That is just my opinion and I’ve only been using the new one just today but so far so good.

This post was written over a couple of days as I was uploading content to the blog and I have now become a lot more familiar with the interface of the new editor.

I did think at first that there were some options missing from the older version but I’ve since discovered that is not the case. In fact, if you type the character “/” into a new block space, you will see just how much more you can add to your posts now! It’s really quite amazing.

For instance you can type / and then the drop-down list of options will appear and you can do all sorts of things like include GIFs directly from the Giphy website (a favourite of mine!)

One thing I did notice however, is that you cannot use Grammarly with the new editor. At least not that I can see. Whenever I try to edit now, the Grammarly icon at the bottom of the page has disappeared. If you know how to get Grammarly working with the new block editor, please let me know!

And also, let me know how you are finding the new editor overall yourself? Are you having any issues with it that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments as I’d love to chin-wag about it with you šŸ˜

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12 thoughts on “What Do You Think of the New WordPress Editor?

  1. šŸ™‚ I am one of the few people that learned to like the Block Editor. I have been using the Block Editor since it was in beta.

    However, I am displeased that WordPress discontinued the Classic Editor (It forced the non-tech-savvy bloggers to learn how to use the Block Editor).

    Some of the contributors to my blog use the Classic Editor; I would not be receiving guest posts from them until they learn how to use the Block Editor.

    So, even though I am okay with the Block Editor, it has slowed things down in the area of guest blogging.

    That is right, WordPress users cannot use Grammarly with the new Block Editor.

    Grammarly works fine in Google Docs by the way. Compose your blog posts in Google Docs and when you are finished, cut your blog post from Google Docs and paste it into the Block Editor.

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    1. Ahh thank you so much Renard! I never thought of that, sounds like a great plan I shall do that with my next post šŸ™‚ And yes, my blog is small and humble so I don’t have to worry about guest bloggers (as yet!). I never thought of that before but yes, that would be a little annoying for your guest bloggers. Do you think learning the new editor would be difficult for those not used to it? I know all about “non-tech savvy” in my day job it’s a common thing with customers and internal staff who do not know how to use technology very well.

      I guess that means anyone that isn’t familiar with it needs to learnn how going forward šŸ™‚

      Thanks for dropping by and for that wonderful tip šŸ™‚

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      1. šŸ™‚ One of my guest bloggers is an old college professor. She has used the internet to interact with her students online. She also mentioned to me that she is willing to learn how to use the Block Editor.

        Yes, people who are not used to the Block Editor can learn how to use it. I recommend that they read tutorials that teach people how to use the Block Editor and also watch tutorials on YouTube that give them step-by-step instructions on how to use the Block Editor effectively.

        Also, it was a pleasure visiting your blog.

        Do enjoy the rest of your day.

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  2. I use a free plug in called Language tool, which works on chrome and Firefox. I like the new editor, especially creating reusable blocks – Which I actually managed to break. The happiness engineers deleted my error. Renard’s cut-and-paste suggestion is also a very good way to create your posts, Unless you like me and make it up as you go along. LOL. The block editor does not work on my android phone, which is probably a good thing. There are a lot of WordPress features that I rarely use, I tend to experiment with them on a private blog before unleashing them

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    1. I am actually using prowritingaid for everything I do unless its “on the fly” lol as I go like you šŸ™‚ But I have paid for Prowritingaid because it is amazing for writers particularly. So I am just going to use that instead of Google Docs. I used to just double check my work in Prowritingaid but avoided it before because I thought it was adding html code which did something weird in WordPress. I will test it again and see how I go in tomorrow’s post šŸ˜€

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  3. Hello there, I have converted to the Block Editor and used in conjunction with LibreOffice it has made my blogging much easier. I compose my (few) structured posts in LibreOffice and insert lines of text to indicate where I want an image gallery block or link etc to be, then I cut and paste the Libre text into the Editor. I can then easily delete the “placeholder” lines for a gallery and WP thinks I’m starting a new block in the space created…then all I have to do is click the + button and select the Image/Image Gallery block and it inserts into the space!
    This method also works great for me as I have two sources of backup/draft saving (whether I am typing in Libre or transferring it to WP) just in case my laptop crashes!

    However I can still type posts off the top of my head on the fly.

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    1. Hey FT šŸ™‚ Yeah well I do use another program for editing which is prowritingaid so I can just prepare my text there and then put it into the block editor in WordPress. I guess we all have to add one more step if we want out the text to read properly and be grammatically correct šŸ™‚

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