Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor

Of Mountains & Printing Presses

The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor around and you’ll notice the different blocks light up with outlines and arrows. Press the arrows to reposition blocks quickly, without fearing about losing things in the process of copying and pasting.

What you are reading now is a text block the most basic block of all. The text block has its own controls to be moved freely around the post…

… like this one, which is right aligned.

Headings are separate blocks as well, which helps with the outline and organization of your content.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.

Beautiful landscape
If your theme supports it, you’ll see the “wide” button on the image toolbar. Give it a try.

Try selecting and removing or editing the caption, now you don’t have to be careful about selecting the image or other text by mistake and ruining the presentation.

The Inserter Tool

Imagine everything that WordPress can do is available to you quickly and in the same place on the interface. No need to figure out HTML tags, classes, or remember complicated shortcode syntax. That’s the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you’ll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and add them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing.

Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already add into your posts that you didn’t know about. Here’s a short list of what you can currently find there:

  • Text & Headings
  • Images & Videos
  • Galleries
  • Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
  • Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
  • And Lists like this one of course 🙂

Visual Editing

A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:

The editor will endeavor to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

Matt Mullenweg, 2017

The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It’s always easy to add it back.

Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to add a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter.

You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.

Media Rich

If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:

Accessibility is important — don’t forget image alt attribute

Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it.

The above is a gallery with just two images. It’s an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher.

Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:

You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here’s a pullquote block:

Code is Poetry

The WordPress community

If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.


Thanks for testing Gutenberg!

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City Accepting Hotel Occupancy Grant Requests

The City of Duncanville is now accepting Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant requests until June 4, 2018. 

Hotel Occupancy Tax Grants are grants awarded to events significantly increasing overnight tourism in Duncanville. The multiday events must take place in Duncanville, and grant requests must meet all State of Texas requirements in order to be considered for funding.

For more information, please contact Jessica James Director of Economic Development at 972-780-4997 or jjames@duncanville.com. For more information about the Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation, click here.

Duncanville Police Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Police Department is offering a Police Civil Service exam on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Individuals interested in a rewarding career in Law Enforcement are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam.

The Duncanville Police Department has great opportunities in a variety of aspects of police work. If you are interested in a law enforcement career, submit an interest card by 3 pm on June 15, to be eligible for the exam on June 23.

Click here to fill out an interest card.

Town Hall Meeting Scheduled

A Town Hall Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 6 pm and will be held at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center (206 James Collins Boulevard). This public meeting offers citizens the opportunity to share input about the Budget and Capital Projects (Bond).

City Hall Closed

City Hall will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018, in observance of Good Friday. City Hall will resume normal business operations on Monday, April 2.

Recycling and trash services will still resume as normal.

Lane Closure

The westbound lane at the 100 block of W Fairmeadows Drive and Duncanville Road will be closed today until 3 pm for a street repair. Thank you for your patience!

Duncanville Fire Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Fire Department is offering a Civil Service exam on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Individuals interested in a rewarding opportunity protecting lives and property with pride and tradition are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam.

The Duncanville Fire Department has great opportunities within its divisions: fire administration; fire prevention; fire suppression; advanced life support; and emergency management.

For an opportunity to work with the department, submit an interest card by end of business on Monday, March 19, 2018, to be eligible for the exam on March 24.

To fill out an interest card or learn more about the Duncanville Fire Department, click here.