Block editor discoveries and homepage improvements

I will grudgingly admit that I am getting used to the block editor.

There, I said it. So sue me.

One of the challenges I had early on was with the headings thingy. Do you use headings in your posts? I sometimes do, I find them useful if I blab on for longer stretches of time. Headings can break up a lengthy post and give you some breathing space when you read all my words. Ha.

I’ll give you a quick lesson here just because I don’t feel like boring you with rants about lockdown today…

When you type and move the cursor up slightly (on a laptop which is where I’m typing this post), a menu bar appears. Like so:

The funny shaped symbol that appears first on the left of the bar is telling you you’re in paragraph mode right now.

If you hover or click on it, a new menu opens up and you will find other options, including how to change your paragraph to a heading.

Type a heading while in paragraph mode, click the paragraph symbol and when the menu comes up as shown above, simply click Heading. It will appear like this.

You can change the size of your heading by clicking H2 and changing it to H3 or whatever…you’ll adjust the size that way.

Incidentally this also is where you go to make lists (although there is another place to do this as well), add quotes, change text to bold or italics, and add hyperlinks.

I’m sure you already know all that. And if you didn’t, now you know. πŸ™‚

There are many things to learn with this block editor, and for someone like me who is relatively comfortable around internet functionality, but not particularly patient, I often have to take time when the mood hits to play around with some of these options. I’ve learned quite a bit when I transformed my blog into a website. I learned about galleries and reusable blocks, where to find the strikethrough, all sorts of things about images and other nifty options.

My home page has changed somewhat… I fixed the footers, added some new pages at the top (books, tarot, youtube) and otherwise fooled around a little with the layout. There is a search field in the right margin (on laptop) or at the bottom (mobile) if you’re looking for something specific.

Do let me know what you think (click image below). Thank you in advance.

Note: The layout looks different in mobile than on a laptop. In mobile you scroll down, in laptop the page appears more like a magazine.

Was the headings lesson helpful to you? I suspect most of you already know how to do this, but perhaps it reached some of the newbie bloggers out there.

Thank you for reading! See you in the comments.

39 thoughts on “Block editor discoveries and homepage improvements

  1. Great tutorial, thank you. At first, I disliked the Block editor, but after watching and reading some tutorials, I set up a test post in my draft folder and played with it. Now I’d never go back to using the Classic Editor. It’s not hard to use, just different.

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  2. For a minute, I was trying to do one new thing each time I posted a new blog. That forced me to learn block editor, and like you, I do like it now. I see how it’s more functional.

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  3. This is nice Claudette, I actually don’t mind using the phone or the laptop. I like the new additions to the site and the photograph at the start looks beautiful just like you that casual photograph! πŸ’•

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  4. The home page looks good🀩
    I switched to blocky when it became inevitable last year πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ I don’t even remember the old wayπŸ˜‚

    I do everything on my mobile. I can see the “desktop” version by clicking the 3-dot doodad in the upper right. I do that sometimes, just cuz I can😘

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  5. I never knew what that funny paragraph symbol was until the other day when I accidentally clicked on something in Office Word and my page was full of those symbols…..after googling I figured out how to turn it off. I don’t generally do heading, but useful to know how. I don’t know how to do the strikethrough though?

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    1. I use that symbol in Word which is how I knew what it meant. But the block editor is not intuitive enough for people to go click on it just because it’s there. I think I discovered it was changeable by accident, like so many things computers… πŸ™‚

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  6. I’ll check out the page for sure! It looks great on this post. The block editing is all I’ve known since I joined WP a year and 1/2 ago. It’s been a learning curve; along with everything else! But I like it! Take care my friend πŸ’›πŸ’œβ€οΈ

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  7. I’m that rare person who has been Team Block Editor from the start. It’s pretty intuitive, if you ask me…I never could understand why there was so much disdain for it. Glad you’re coming around!

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    1. I think it’s just that people don’t like change, especially if they’re getting really good with one interface. They don’t have to think and can just write their stuff…with the new editor people had to stop for a moment and figure things out from scratch.

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