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WordPress Content Editor Interface – Settings Section

WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor Interface – Settings Section

This tutorial is part of our WordPress Gutenberg: The Ultimate Guide For Non-Technical WordPress Users series.


As discussed in this tutorial, the WordPress Gutenberg content editor interface consists of three main sections:

  1. Editing Toolbar
  2. Content Area
  3. Settings Section (this section)

In this tutorial, you will learn about the ‘Settings’ section of the editor.

For tutorials on the other sections of the Gutenberg content editor interface, go here:

WordPress Content Editor: ‘Settings’ Section

The Gutenberg content editor interface contains a ‘Settings’ section for:

(WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor – Settings Section)

Block Settings

The ‘Block Editor’ (located above each block in the content area) includes most of the settings you need to configure your blocks.

The Block Settings in the right-hand content editor sidebar let you configure additional settings and options that are specific for each block type …

(Block Settings)

To learn more about using ‘blocks’ and configuring individual block settings, see this tutorial:

Document Settings

‘Document Settings’ apply to the post or page that you are working on (i.e. think of these as your ‘Post’ or ‘Page’ settings rather than individual block settings) …

(Document Settings)

Different settings will display in the ‘Settings’ section, depending on whether you are working on a ‘Post’ or a ‘Page’ …

(Gutenberg Content Editor Settings: Posts vs Pages)

These settings are explained further below.

If you need help understanding the main differences between WordPress Posts and Pages (and when to use which type), see the tutorial below:

Post Settings

‘Post’ settings include:

Page Settings

‘Page’ settings include:

Each of these sections is covered below:

Status & Visibility

If you’re not sure what different post or page statuses mean, this will hopefully help you:

Page/Post Status

In WordPress, Posts and Pages can be assigned the following status:

To learn how to assign user permissions in WordPress, see this tutorial:

Page/Post Visibility

(Visibility Settings)

Select different visibility settings for your posts and pages:

(Post Visibility)

The Status & Visibility section includes additional settings.

Page/Post Publishing

Modify your post/page publishing dates and times in the ‘Publish’ settings section …

(Status & Visibility: Post/Page Publish Settings)

Note: You can navigate the calendar using various keyboard shortcuts …

(Status & Visibility: Post/Page Publish Settings)

Page/Post Scheduling

Schedule your posts or pages to be published at a later (or earlier) date or time …

(Schedule Posts/Pages For Publishing Later)

To learn more about scheduling posts/pages, see the tutorial below:

Post Format

Depending on the Theme being used on your site, you may see a ‘Post Format’ option displayed, allowing you to select a format for your post from a dropdown menu …

(Post Format)

To learn more about posts formats, see the tutorial below:

Create Sticky Posts

Create sticky posts by ticking the ‘Stick to the Front Page’ checkbox …

(Create Sticky Posts)

To learn more about making posts ‘sticky,’ see the tutorial below:

Change Post Author

If your site has more than one user with a minimum privilege of ‘Author’, you can assign/reassign your post/page to a different author …

(Change A Post Author)

To learn more about changing post authors, see the tutorial below:

Pending Review

Set draft documents to ‘Pending Review’ by ticking the ‘Pending Review’ checkbox …

(Pending Review)

Note: The ‘Pending Review’ checkbox will not display if your post/page has already been published. To view the ‘Pending Review’ settings, save your published post/page as a draft by clicking on ‘Switch to Draft’ (see Editing Toolbar section for details) …

(Switch to Draft)

Move To Trash

Delete your posts or pages by sending these to the trash …

(Move To Trash)


Autosaving is automatically enabled for all WordPress posts and pages and does not overwrite your published content …

(WordPress autosaves your content)

Also, every time you save your content, WordPress stores a revision in your database …

(Page/Post Revisions Panel)

This lets you go back and compare different versions of the same post or page if you need to recover some of your previously-written content …

(Post Revisions)

To learn more about using WordPress Autosave and Post Revisions, see the tutorial below:


(Permalink Settings Panel)

About Permalinks:

(Post/Page Slug & Permalink)

WordPress automatically creates a permalink as soon as you save or publish a new post or page based on their title …

(Post/Page Permalink)

You can manually change your permalink URL without editing your post/page title by editing the slug …

(Changing the Permalink)

To learn how to set up and use permalinks in WordPress, go here:

Post Categories

(Category Settings Panel)

About Post Categories:

The Categories settings section lets you assign posts to categories …

(Assign posts to categories)

And add new categories ‘on the fly’ while creating or editing your posts …

(Add new categories to posts)

Note: If the ‘Categories’ panel is not displaying in your content editor’s settings section, check that the panel is enabled in your ‘Options’ settings (More Tools & Options > Options> Document Panels).

To learn more about setting up and using categories, see the tutorial below:

Post Tags

(Tags Settings Panel)

About Post Tags:

To add new tags to your posts, type your tags into the ‘Add New Tag’ field (separate tags by commas), and press the ‘Enter’ key …

(Add New Tags)

WordPress suggests existing tags when you’re entering new tags into this section. This allows you to keep your posts tightly grouped by using the same tags added to other posts on your site …

(Post Tags)

Note: If the ‘Tags’ panel is not displaying in your content editor’s settings section, check that this option is enabled (More Tools & Options > Options> Document Panels).

To learn more about setting up and using tags, see the tutorial below:

Featured Image

(Featured Image Settings Panel)

About Featured Images:

(Featured Images Settings)

You can add, replace, and remove featured images from your posts and pages using the Featured Image settings section …

(Featured Image)


To learn more about using featured images in your posts and pages, see the tutorial below:

Post Excerpt

(Post Excerpt Settings Panel)

About Post Excerpts:

(Excerpt Settings)

Note: If the ‘Excerpts’ panel is not displaying in your content editor’s settings section, check that this option is enabled (More Tools & Options > Options> Document Panels).

To learn more about using post excerpts, see the tutorial below:


(Discussion Settings Panel)

About Comments & Discussions:

You can allow/disallow visitors from commenting on your posts and pages, and allow/disallow Pingbacks and Trackbacks by selecting/deselecting the checkboxes in the Discussion settings panel …

(Discussion Settings Panel)

Pingbacks & Trackbacks

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Note: If the ‘Discussions’ panel is not displaying in your content editor’s settings section, check that this option is enabled (More Tools & Options > Options> Document Panels).

To learn more about configuring Discussion settings for your WordPress site, see the tutorial below:

Page Attributes

(Page Attributes Settings Panel)

Pages have an additional ‘Page Attributes’ panel that lets you configure options such as:

(Page Attributes)


To learn more about the properties of WordPress ‘Pages’, go here: How To Create A New Page In WordPress

Congratulations! Hopefully, now you know how the WordPress Gutenberg content editor works and how to use the sections, features, settings, and options of the content editor interface.

For the previous tutorials in this series, go here:

For more tutorials on using the Gutenberg content editor, go here:


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