Do you have a WordPress website or a blog? Well, then you must have got the notification for the WordPress 5.0 upgrade.
Since the upgrade hit the market on Dec 6, 2018, there has been a lot of question regarding the block editor included in the update.
And if you haven’t yet upgraded to WordPress 5.0 because of the Gutenberg editor, well, you are not the only one to do so.
Most of the users haven’t switched to the newest editor version yet and that’s because everyone has a common question regarding their old posts.
Of course, it’s important to know what will happen to your old posts when you upgrade your editor.
If this is what is stopping you from upgrading your blog editor, then keep reading and hopefully you will find a good solution to your problem.
Is there any difference at all?
Before you go ahead and start upgrading your WordPress editor, it’s really important to understand whether there is any difference at all or not.
Well, the old editor or the so called Classic editor looks a lot like the Microsoft Word. It’s a simple text editor with different formatting options.
You find the formatting toolbar on the top of the editor.
The Gutenberg editor is a bit different than the classic one. Instead of having a formatting option overall, it has blocks.
You can create blocks that will include all the contents and you will be able to format all the contents separately within those blocks.
So, basically whatever element you need to format, your content it shows up as a block.
You can add blocks to your posts according to your needs and that will of course include elements like images, texts, paragraphs, gallery, buttons, etc.
In case you need more blocks or widgets, you can get them using plug-ins or in case your theme has them by default.
So, you wish to add a new post or upgrade the old ones, you will have to add blocks and you are done.
How to update your old posts then?
Although there aren’t a lot of changes in the editor to deal with, but you will have to update your old content, and that is where you need to know how you can do it using the new block editor.
Well, to get started you will need to upgrade your WordPress blog to 5.0.
Unless you do that, you are not going to get the Gutenberg editor as your default editor.
Once updated, you can see the block editor as the default one.
The very first thing you will notice is that it does not affect your content, images, or any of your customizations that you made while posting.
In order to edit your old post, you need to go to your “Dashboard”, find your post list under the option “Post”.
Now click on Edit like you would do for the classic editor. Once the editor opens, you will be able to find your content wrapped in a single block.
You should notice that everything in your post is same and intact, the only change is in the way it is organized.
And obviously that’s because of the block format introduced by the new block editor.
However, it does not affect your content or the way it is shown on your blog page, it remains the same as it was.
Once you are on the editor page, you can choose to either carry on with the classic block or you can choose to use the new block editor and convert your old content to the new format.
If you go with the first option, it will allow you to use a similar interface that of the classic editor and you will have all the old formatting options as well.
In case you wish to try out the new block editor and are ready to convert your old posts, then you need to go for the second method.
If you look at the Menu option at the right hand side (3 dots at the top), you can find a drop down.
Click on it and you will have the option that says “Convert to Blocks”.
Once you click on it, the editor will separate all the contents into different blocks and convert them.
While editing them on your new block editor, just remember that every single block now has its own options for style, design, and formatting, so you can use them appropriately.
Think them as small classic blocks grouped to design your old post.
For example, if you wish to change an image block, just click on the image and you will have access to all the options that you can use to edit the image or how it will appear on the post.
You can realign it, change width, add text to it, change dimension and even add links to it.
Similarly, you can make changes to all the blocks as per your requirement.
Once done with the editing, click on “Update” button at the right top corner of your screen and you are done.
Just remember one thing before you start using the Gutenberg theme completely.
Make sure that your theme and the plug-ins you are using are compatible with the new editor.
The best thing to do is test the compatibility before switching to the new editor and your website will be safe.
Are you ready yet?
After going through this article and of course, reviews on the online forums and posts, you must have understood that using the editor is one of the best, flexible and easiest way to create and manage content on your WordPress sites.
However, if you are not yet convinced, you can actually keep your classic editor.
All you have to do is disable the new editor and you are done.
Technically, you have plenty of time to get used to the new editor, to be exact till 2022.
So, until you are “Okay” with the new Gutenberg Editor, make sure you keep on using the classic editor and prepare to switch to the new editor at the earliest.