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WordPress Editing Basics

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In this section, we’ll discuss the basic WordPress elements that you will most likely deal with when editing your WordPress website.

These elements are:

  • Posts & Pages
  • Theme
  • Editor


📄 Posts & Pages

There are two forms of content on WordPress:

  • Posts
  • Pages
WordPress Posts and Pages
WordPress Posts and Pages


WordPress posts are for dynamic and time-sensitive content. These are usually blog articles. However, if you want you can use WordPress posts for other time-sensitive content too, like events.

The posts are displayed in reverse-chronological order – the newest ones are displayed first. Posts usually have RSS feed and comment section connected to them.

In contrast, WordPress pages are for static content.

Homepage, contact us, about us, privacy policy, and other types of static pages are usually uploaded as WordPress pages.

So, when you edit WordPress, you edit one of these two things – posts or pages.

You can also make edits in the WordPress dashboard, but those edits are usually of technical nature.


🎨 Theme

WordPress theme is a framework that controls the overall design of a WP website and in some cases adds additional functionality to the website.

This additional functionality may vary from none to impressively rich toolsets.

In a standard case, WordPress comes with default WP themes pre-installed.

These themes are usually given years instead of names, such as “Twenty-Twenty-One”:

Twenty Twenty One WordPress Theme
WordPress Default Theme Twenty Twenty-One

✏️ Editor

The current default WordPress editor is called Gutenberg (also known as WordPress Block Editor).

Gutenberg was introduced in 2018 with WordPress 5.0 version. It replaced the previous WordPress editor which is now called a “classic” WP editor (aka TinyMCE).

Default WordPress Editor - Gutenberg
This is how editing a WordPress site with Gutenberg looks like.

Generally, Gutenberg is quite intuitive. It’s based on blocks and every block is a piece of content.

Currently, there are the following Gutenberg blocks available:


General Blocks Formatting Blocks Layout Blocks Widget Blocks
Paragraph Table Separator Archives
Heading Code Spacer Calendar
List Custom HTML Page Break Categories
Quote Preformatted Buttons Custom HTML
Image Verse Columns Latest comments
Gallery Pullquote More Latest posts
Audio Classic Media and Text Search
Video   Group Shortcode
File   Reusable block Social icons
Cover   Row Tag cloud
    Stack RSS
      Page list



This is how some of these blocks work:

  • Paragraph block
Using paragraph block in Gutenberg (WordPress)
This is how to edit text in WordPress
  • Buttons block
How to add a button to WordPress (Gutenberg)
This is how to create a button in WordPress

So, yes, everything is extremely user-friendly and highly intuitive.

How to edit pages in WordPress

➡️Creating new pages and editing existing ones in WordPress is extremely easy.

How To Create Pages on WordPress

To create and start editing a new page on WordPress:

1. Go to pages (or posts, if you want to create a new post) in your WordPress Dashboard. You can also simply hover over it and options will show as below:

Adding new post on WordPress

2. Click “Add New”

3. Gutenberg editor will load

4. Here you can start adding new content

5. Once you are done editing you can either save the page/post as a draft or publish it:

Saving and publishing WordPress posts

How To Edit Existing Content on WordPress

To edit existing content on your WordPress website:

1. Go to posts/pages in your WordPress Dashboard

2. Click on the name of the post or hover over and click “Edit”

3. Gutenberg editor will load

4. Click on anything you want to edit and look for the options that pop up:

Block options in Gutenberg

5. If you want to add a new element (block) click the plus icon (or type /) and choose what you want to add:

Adding block on WordPress

6. Most of the blocks have further customization options in the right sidebar:

Block customization options on Gutenberg

7. Customize things until you get the final output you want


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