Just like its namesake, the Gutenberg block editor promises to revolutionize the way WordPress users manage their online content. Since WordPress will phase out its support of the classic editor by the end of 2021, we wanted to introduce you to the new block editor. So what is the Gutenberg block editor and how will it affect churches using the WordPress content management system?

What is the Gutenberg Block Editor?

The Gutenberg block editor offers a fresh way to add and edit content in WordPress. It grants users the ability to create pages and posts using content blocks. Types of content blocks include text, headings, images, videos, and more. Unlike other page builders like Elementor or Divi, users manage their content blocks exclusively on the backend of WordPress. This new content editor exists to “make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable”. WordPress’ classic editor is already incredibly user-friendly and intuitive but the new block editor seeks to dismantle even more obstacles for users who want to develop amazing content without using code. 

Gutenberg Block Editor and Churches

The block editor will become WordPress standard over the next couple of years. As a result, it’s important for churches to become familiar with the new editor and how it will impact their content creation process. 

For churches that include a pastor’s blog on their website, the block editor will certainly change the way the blog content is added to the website. Whoever is responsible for adding the content, whether the pastor or an administrative staff member, will be able to easily add blocks of text, images, and more when creating blog posts. 

In addition, sermon audio can be embedded straight into a page or post using the Audio block. Overall, the Gutenberg editor will provide churches with a more flexible and customizable way to add content to their website. It simplifies the process of adding content in WordPress and opens it to people with little or no web development experience. It is truly as beginner-friendly as WordPress can get, while also offering considerable customization opportunities.

Next Steps

As mentioned above, WordPress is phasing out its support of the classic editor by the end of 2021. This means that the Gutenberg block editor is here to stay and will soon become the standard way to add and edit content in WordPress. In light of this, it’s important for WordPress users, including churches, to become familiar with the editor now and make a smooth transition. 

There are a number of helpful guides to understanding the new block editor. Want to learn more about the details of the Gutenberg editor? Start here. Experimenting with the editor is also a useful way to learn how it works and get comfortable with it.

The Importance of WordPress Care

The rise of the Gutenberg block editor is a great reminder of the innovation of WordPress. WordPress is being constantly improved upon and changes are made with each new version. For busy church administrators these changes may go unnoticed until the church website is broken. That’s why it’s essential for each church using WordPress to have a WordPress care plan in place. This might involve a church member who is knowledgeable about WordPress to take point to consistently update and follow the ebb and flow of WordPress innovation. It may also require experienced professionals to take care of the details and WordPress maintenance. This option is worth it because it enables churches to continue to communicate their message online without hiccups or interruptions. 

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