Never Sure Where to Start

Start at the Beginning

This is very weird, but I often over think things, which causes me to hesitate. I try to follow my favorite rule to start at the beginning. Sometimes that is creating a plan of attack or in this case write anything.

Hot metal typesetting.

So, my plan is to start out by testing several features of the Gutenberg plugin. I began my test by attempting to add an image. With some direction from our fearless leader Sally, I experienced success, but i am not sure I would have figured it out on my own.

This feature will need some direction as it is currently not intuitive,  My first thought was to add an image to the opening paragraph, but the paragraph block does not allow me to do so. I asked Sally how to add and image and float it to the left as I have previously done with the Tiny MCE editor. She explained that users have to add the image first, float it to the right or left and then select the paragraph block. The paragraph block automatically floats opposite the image.

Will clients pay me to teach them about this new editor? That is the question. Will they embrace this new technology or reject it? There is a lot to be concerned about here. —Tumikia Watu-Khuthaza

Moving on to Features that I Like

Moving on, I decided to check out some of the new features presented in the Gutenberg editor. These new features hold great promise. Therefore, they are going to be the things that I point out to clients when pitching Gutenberg. After all, it’s not like my clients have a choice or option to stay with Tiny MCE, I may as well sell them on the benefits of the Gutenberg editor. Below are some of the new features that I like:

  • The Cover Image
  • Text Columns
  • Pull Quote

The Cover Image

Text on top of an image. Nice!

The new Cover Image block (featured above) lets users place an image in the content as a fixed background image with an editable text overlay. Nice!

Text Columns

random number background - vintage letterpress wood type

This is my first column of text below an image of wood-type.

This is a second column of text below an image of wood-type.

This is also a column of text below an image of wood-type.

Text columns is a long over-looked feature by WordPress core but much needed by users largely dependent on theme editors for support of this feature. It’s a start. Unfortunately, users can’t add an image to it with the Add Media feature because it isn’t part of the too. Hopefully, this will be worked out in a future version. I added these image by copying the html code from another area. I switched to Text Mode and added the images to the columns.

Pull Quote

“When that Gutenberg switch is pulled, likely at the beginning of 2018, we are entering a new reality for WordPress and the people who use it.”

Morten rand-hendriksen

It’s probably just me, but I don’t understand the pull-quote options presented by the Gutenberg editor.

What is a Pull Quote?

pull quote (also known as a lift-out pull quote) is a key phrase, quotation, or excerpt that has been pulled from an article and used as a graphic element, serving to entice readers into the article or to highlight a key topic. It is typically placed in a larger or distinctive typeface and on the same page.

Wikepedia

The Gutenberg editor has two options: write quote and write a caption. I can understand citing a quote, but no writing a caption.

Tables

There is nothing fancy about tables. I am glad they are now included in core. I could add rows but not columns.

Table Row 1, Column 1Table Row 1, Column 2
Table Row 2, Column 1
Table Row 2, Column 2
Table Row 3, Column 1
Table Row 3, Column 2

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