WordPress and Gutenberg Blocks

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an incredibly popular content management system (CMS) used to create websites around the world. The software is open-source and free to download. It is also relatively easy to use – you don’t need much technical knowledge to get your blog or even eCommerce store up and running. That is why “43% of the web uses WordPress”.

Building a website is a daunting challenge, but WordPress is a great option if you want to deliver a fully realised product that meets all the codes and conventions your target audience expects to see when they visit your site.

If you are new to WordPress and you would like to learn exactly how it works, the following guides and tutorials will help get you started.

The Gutenberg Editor

The Gutenberg Block Editor is the default content builder in WordPress - it's where you go to write your awesome content. It is a powerful tool and relatively easy to use, but the following articles will help develop your understanding of this essential aspect of the platform.

Publishing Posts and Pages

Now you know your way around the editor, it is time to start publishing content.

Managing Your WordPress Site

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Media Studies and WordPress

For many Media Studies courses, you are expected to deliver a fully product which is fit for purpose and meets the requirements set out by the brief, but you are allowed to use design apps, content software and html templates. This is where WordPress comes in to help.

It is a very accessible content management system which allows you to select a theme and integrate plugins to give your website the right look and a terrific user experience.

If you are not sure about what you need to produce for your coursework, our guide to indicative content might help. Remember, all the images, audio-visual materials and written content must be your own work. Create your own stories!


Having a good understanding of WordPress puts you in control of your website. From the casual user who simply wants to publish their own blog to the more advanced developer who needs to add specialised modifications, WordPress offers a cheap and intuitive system to manage your content.

Why not give WordPress a try by signing up for a free (but limited) site at wordpress.com. Or you could host the open-source version on your own computer to experience the software’s full potential.