Get to know the block editor in WordPress.

With the release of WordPress version 5.0 in December 2018, a new era for content creation has begun. The block editor has been integrated into WordPress by default.

The development of the new editor took place and takes place as a plugin with the name Gutenberg. This is based on Johannes Gutenberg, who invented modern book printing.

The Gutenberg Primer is a pun on the Gutenberg Bible. It remains true to the style of a primer: an illustrated manual and reference work for the block editor in WordPress.

The editing view of a post in WordPress 5.5. The default theme Twenty Twenty is used.

Discover the blocks

The heart of the block editor are the blocks. A “block” is an independent component within the content: paragraphs, headings, lists, images, videos are the usual examples.

The block editor comes with 36 different blocks. Blocks like the quote block or the embed block can have several variations.

On the Gutenberg primer you will find a detailed description of each standard block and a video shortly:


With the embed block you can embed many different external media in your posts and pages. For example:

  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Spotify

Learn more about the Embed Block!

Templates and Reusable

New since WordPress 5.5 are the templates, called “block patterns”. These can be specified by WordPress, themes and plugins. Learn more about the templates!

You can create one or more blocks together as a reusable block and use them multiple times in your posts and pages. Learn more about the reusable blocks!

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