WordPress Gutenberg Editor: Live Webinar + Recording + MP3 Audio + Infographic

By Maria Peagler

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How to Use WordPress' Gutenberg - a Visual Drag-n-Drop Editor

WordPress finally has its own native visual content builder, making it easier to create beautiful website pages and blog posts with columns, responsive multi-media and much more.​​​​

However, with all those features comes a learning curve, so our webinar will get you up and running with Gutenberg in less than 60 minutes! You'll know exactly what you need to get started . . . without being overwhelmed with geeky details small business owners don't need.

Here's what you'll learn in this month's webinar: 

  • why is Gutenberg called a block editor and how do I use it?
  • create beautiful layouts with columns, background colors, pull quotes and more — no coding required!
  • how to edit your existing WordPress pages & posts once you have Gutenberg installed

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Webinar Transcript

Gutenberg is a visual drag and drop editor for WordPress. This is what it looks like on the WordPress editing screen.

And, so, they've moved away from their kind of Microsoft word appearance which it what it looked like before. It really did look like Microsoft word. You had kind of like a document interface with a toolbar. But what you were editing didn't look anything like it actually looked like when you would publish it.

And, so, it was very frustrating and you were severely limited by what you could do. I'm gonna show you that in just a moment.

The visual drag and drop editor allows you to add content using what are called blocks. Content blocks. You do that here from this little plus simple and it drops down this menu and then you can select the type of content block that you want.

You can add a paragraph text block, an image block, a heading, a list. You can do columns. You can even embed videos. You can embed podcasts. You can embed Spotify playlists. I don't know why you'd wanna do that. But you can embed a Kickstart campaign. I'm sure as time goes on, there'll be a whole lot more that you can do.

And, so, really what this does is it opens up the world of WordPress kind of into the 21st century. What we're going to do is recreate this landing page as closely as possible.

So the first thing I'm gonna do is add a title. I'm gonna copy this. Now, I'm gonna just use command C but I could come up here to my browser bar and say edit, copy. Then I'm gonna paste this into Gutenberg.

I can't say that I love that. It's too big of a title really. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna half it. I'm gonna do half and half. So I'm gonna put the title here and a subtitle here. Now, a title in here. I'm gonna save this. This is also something important to know. Save your work as you go along.

Now, the title, I can't really change. That's what it is. I want you to pay attention to this 'cause this is important. Right here, this is a paragraph text block. I know that because when I put my cursor in it, I get this little menu here.

The menu has this icon that is the same as the paragraph content block. So this is a paragraph content block. So what if I wanna change some things in here? Well, from here in the menu, I can change the alignment, I can make it bold, italic, strike through or I can make it a hyperlink.

If wanna do anything more than that, I need to click on the more menu which is this three dot menu and I need to select show block settings next to this gear wheel here. You will do this a lot if you are building or editing any kind of blog post or page on your website.

So, Marge, if you're going in and editing something that somebody else created, you will use this a lot. So here what you see is you can change the font size. Now, they're not giving you a certain point size. You can either make it small, normal, large or huge.

I think actually over here you might be able to do that. So let's see. Let's see. Let's see. Yeah. You can. You can do a point size. So I could do a specific point size. You can do that. You can do drop text.

Here's the thing I absolutely, positively love. You can change the color of your text to even include a background color. So here's what we're gonna do.

This is on a purple background with white text. Now, a title I cannot change. This is controlled by your theme. Now, your theme is the overall decision that you made when you go to appearance and themes. Your theme is what determines what colors you can do on your website. What fonts. Things like that.

That will determine a lot of the decisions and options that you have available to you. I am using, right now, the default theme that comes with WordPress this year which is 2019. It doesn't have a lot of options to it.

So the title is the title. I can't change anything in it. See right here? The options here. There's nothing about- I can't change the- See. Notice here that this changed. The options change when you go to different types of content blocks.

When I'm in the title area content block, I can't change the font size or the color. It is what it is. But I can here. So, Marge, pay attention to this. This is important.

If I can go into the color settings and I can make my background color. Now, see, these are the options that come with my theme. I don't like those. They're kinda boring.

So I wanna go to this custom color picker which kinda looks like a rainbow sphere and I'm gonna pick purple. I don't know why it did that but let's go to purple. There we go. I've got a nice purple background.

But now I wanna change that text to be white. So I'm gonna go again to the color settings and choose white. Look at that. See, again, that's revolutionary. You could not do that in WordPress previously without code. So I just created a colored background.

So I'm gonna save this. It already is. I'm gonna preview it. And you'll preview a lot. Now, here's what I can do and here's what I can't do. This is important to understand. Because of the theme that I am using which is 2019, it will not let me get rid of the site name and the menu.

That is simply a function of the theme and I'll show you where you can find that. I can't change the title. That's the way it looks. But I can change the text.

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