Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor

Of Mountains & Printing Presses

The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor around and you’ll notice the different blocks light up with outlines and arrows. Press the arrows to reposition blocks quickly, without fearing about losing things in the process of copying and pasting.

What you are reading now is a text block the most basic block of all. The text block has its own controls to be moved freely around the post…

… like this one, which is right aligned.

Headings are separate blocks as well, which helps with the outline and organization of your content.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.

Beautiful landscape
If your theme supports it, you’ll see the “wide” button on the image toolbar. Give it a try.

Try selecting and removing or editing the caption, now you don’t have to be careful about selecting the image or other text by mistake and ruining the presentation.

The Inserter Tool

Imagine everything that WordPress can do is available to you quickly and in the same place on the interface. No need to figure out HTML tags, classes, or remember complicated shortcode syntax. That’s the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you’ll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and add them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing.

Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already add into your posts that you didn’t know about. Here’s a short list of what you can currently find there:

  • Text & Headings
  • Images & Videos
  • Galleries
  • Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
  • Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
  • And Lists like this one of course 🙂

Visual Editing

A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:

The editor will endeavor to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

Matt Mullenweg, 2017

The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It’s always easy to add it back.

Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to add a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter.

You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.

Media Rich

If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:

Accessibility is important — don’t forget image alt attribute

Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it.

The above is a gallery with just two images. It’s an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher.

Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:

You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here’s a pullquote block:

Code is Poetry

The WordPress community

If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.

Thanks for testing Gutenberg!



Makha Bucha day (Mar-1-2018)

Makha Bucha day

Bangkok Temple night

All government offices will be closed this coming Thursday (Mar 1) as Thais all across the country celebrate Makha Bucha day. The sale of alcohol is banned by law on this day.

Makha Bucha is a Buddhist holiday, which takes place annually on the night of the full moon during the third lunar month of the year.

The event marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s first major sermon. On the full moon of the third lunar month, seven months after the Lord Buddha began his teachings when 1,250 monks came together, with no prior arrangement to hear Buddha preach. Buddha ordained these monks and passed to them the basic principles of Buddhism: To eschew all evil, to do only what is good, and to cleanse the mind, along with other teachings which marked a key event in the development of the religion.

Harvest 2015

Harvest 2015

Welcome to Perth Farang..... (e-mail us here with anything including problems with viewing content or using the Forum)29/09/2015



If you have connections in Rural Thailand then you will know this Rice season had a pretty poor start. Drought conditions made it hard for many to judge when to sow the crop. Many who sowed early risked insufficient water to keep the early shoots alive while those who planted late risked problems getting germination happening. Well, it seems most of the crops have managed to scrape through in much of the Yasothan area where my people are based. My wife only did a single sowing this year instead of the double she normally does. For those who don't know what that means - the initial seeding occurs then once it shoots and reaches a juvenile height it is pulled up and replanted at even spacing so the field is uniform density. Where necessary plants are brought in from another surplus field to increase the density and yield of the field. Well, The crop ended up very strong and grew to an unusual height. Eye level with my wife. We had a couple of thunderstorms in the last week that dropped little rain but did produce gusty winds causing many many crops to bend or lay down. Not a lot you can do if the crop is still green. You have to wait for it to become yellow before you can harvest the grain. Well, all came good as a week of hot weather hasted the color change and everybody is harvesting feverishly at the moment. We had the contractor on the farm Saturday. There were storm clouds threatening all day but he managed to get the last load off 30 minutes before a big downpour. See below for a few photos of harvest.           

Harvest 2015 6 Harvest 2015 7 Harvest 2015 8 Harvest 2015 9                                       

Home in Thailand

Home in Thailand

Home in Thailand 10


Our home when In Thailand is not far from this road junction, maybe 50 metres.

I always get homesick when I see this picture.

Ahead to the left is the Temple.

Straight ahead is the road out to Yasothorn.

left is the main street,

and right is the road to the Farm.

Photo by Indy Lom Choy.........

Nollamarra Temple

Thai Temple Nollamara

Nollamarra Temple 11 

20 Nanson Way, Nollamara WA 6061Nollamarra Temple 12


Sunday mornings after the gathering at the Nollamarra Temple, there are a regular group of Thai people offering traditional foods they have prepared for sale. You can also occasionally find some of the harder to find vegetables like the small eggplant used in Thom yum. The gathering is usually held in the hall beside the Temple with the local (and Thai) monks leading a short session of chanting in the Buddhist tradition. Depending on the time of year the offering of food to the monks will happen inside the hall or in the park outside. It is in the park that you will find those selling the Thai food etc.


Mandurah Buddhist Centre – Dharmadatu Sangha

Mandurah Buddhist Centre - Dharmadatu Sangha

The Dharmadatu Sangha is not a new school or tradition. It is the free association of individuals who seek to reach their full potential as human beings & who engage with Dharma & Meditation practice as a vehicle for that realization. You will find on this site details of our public classes together with an opportunity to engage in Dharma study at home with the assistance of one-to-one tutorial by email. All of our classes and study material are free of charge, but we do promote the ethos of generosity by providing an opportunity to make donations on a voluntary basis.

It is our sincere wish that you find our website useful.