The Gutenberg editor has revolutionized how we write in WordPress.
Gutenberg didn't only change how we write posts, but it also exposed many more WordPress features. In the old, "Classic" editor, you had a formatting toolbar that looked like Microsoft Word. In Gutenberg, you have the formatting options, but also easy access to extra features. Two of those new features are Widgets and Embeds. These are WordPress features that were previously very difficult to access when writing posts.
Video introduction to Widgets and Embeds
This video is part of our Gutenberg class on YouTube and explains how to use widgets and embeds in Gutenberg.
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How to add Widgets in Gutenberg
At the moment, only 4 of the default WordPress widgets are available in Gutenberg, but more are coming in future versions. Currently, Gutenberg offers these:
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To be honest, in the near future, we'll probably stop referring to "Widgets" and just referring to these items as blocks. The WordPress team are working to convert all widgets to blocks. When you want to add a "Search", "Tag Cloud", or even a "Navigation Menu" to your site, you won't be using widgets ... you'll be using blocks.
To access Widgets in Gutenberg, click the + icon in the top-left corner of Gutenberg, as shown below:
How to Add Embeds in Gutenberg
Embeds have long been a mysterious feature in WordPress. Some people knew that you could add a YouTube URL into your posts, and then it would automatically convert to a video. However, there was no obvious sign that this was possible, and many people missed it.
Now, when you add a new block in Gutenberg, you'll see a list of specific blocks. No longer do you have to guess whether or not WordPress supports a particular site that you want to use.
This embed feature has already been extended. Check out popular plugins such as EmbedPress that add on even more embed options. In the image below, you can see that EmbedPress has added Gutenberg support for Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms, Google Drawings, Google Slides, and Google Maps.