Adding, Moving, and Deleting Blocks in WordPress
In this video we’re going to look at the different ways you can add, move, and delete blocks while you’re writing and editing your WordPress posts and pages.
Starting off with a new post or page you’ll want to give it a title and then save it as a draft.
Now just start typing. The default block is the Paragraph. Most of your content will be text so if you don’t stipulate which kind of block you want to use you’ll get a Paragraph block.
Hit the enter key and WordPress will automatically create a new Paragraph block for you to continue writing.
If you want a heading instead of a paragraph just click on the first icon in the toolbar and select one of the options e.g. Heading.
The toolbar can be floating so that it appears just above the block you’re working on or it can be fixed to the top of the page. Your choice and you can change your mind about this as often as you want. You’ll find the option for this under the three dots top right.
While we’re on the subject, explore the icons top right and top left. You’re not going to break anything and you may discover stuff you’re not expecting.
We’ve covered paragraphs and headings so now we’ll look at adding other types of blocks.
Use the “/” forward slash key to get a popup list of block options. Start typing the name of the block you want to filter the list to make it easier to find the block you’re looking for.
/v will help you find all the options for video blocks as well as a few other blocks that may actually be better than the block you had in mind.
You want to add a new block in between existing blocks? No problem. Put your mouse at the end of the paragraph that is above the place you want your image to go and hit the Enter key. This will give you a new block to play with.
You’ll spot a + icon on the right of your new empty block. Go ahead and click on it. You can now search for a block if you know its name or choose Browse all to get the complete list of blocks sorted by types.
You can also access this complete list by using the + icon at the top left of your screen.
Your new block will be added just below the block you were last working on.
If a block is not exactly where you want it to be then click into the block and use the second icon in the tool bar to reposition the block.
Want to move more than one block at a time? Click on the first block you want to move then hold down your Shift key and click on the last block you want to move. This will select your group of blocks. Now you can use the up and down arrows to move the entire group. Easy peasy!
Now, last on the list for this lesson, let’s remove a block. Click on the block you want to remove then click on the three dots in the toolbar. At the bottom of the popup you’ll find Remove Block. Job done!
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