All of the organizations that we work with are running the latest version of WordPress (5.0). Everything seems to be working properly. You may not see much difference since the Classic Editor is still set as your Default Editor. However, you may notice a slight speed increase.
As I said last week, there are some good introductory videos on the new editor, Gutenberg. I highly encourage you to watch a few of them to familiarize yourself. I will hold off until January before making Gutenberg available for you to use (unless you want to jump in now, in that case just let me know).
- WordPress for Non-Techies released this video six weeks ago using a pre-release version of Gutenberg on WordPress 4.98:
- This short video was released earlier today with WordPress 5.0:
This is a much-anticipated major update and it includes several enhancements, most notably a new visual editor called Gutenberg. The release date has been very fluid with the date pushed out a little more and a little more as developers worked to fix the reported software bugs. For instance, the update was supposed to be released the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but because of the holiday, it was pushed out further. Many people were expecting Automattic (the company that develops WordPress) to push the release date into January.
However, I was very surprised to read yesterday that WordPress 5.0 with Gutenberg will be released tomorrow, perhaps in a lead up to this week’s keynote address at WordCamp US by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg.
Because this is a major update and the perceived issues with client confusion regarding Gutenberg, many developers will postpone the update until the New Year. Others are allowing their clients’ websites to update tomorrow, but without the Gutenberg Editor enabled.
automatically rolling out all of my clients’ websites at once, I have
backed up everything on your website and I will manually install the
update on each website over the next few days, individually ensuring
that the update runs smoothly.
For those of you who do not log into your website to update the content, all of this is just academic. But for those of you who do update your own content, Gutenberg will take some getting used to.
For this reason, I will install the WordPress update without initially enabling Gutenberg. Unless you advise me otherwise, I will plan to enable the new editor in January. But before that, I’ll email some links to some introductory videos so you’ll have an idea of what to expect.
Note: You do have the option to not install the Gutenberg Editor. I believe that Automattic is planning to continue to support the Classic Editor “for many years to come“. Please let me know if you do not want Gutenberg installed. However, I recommend that you try the new Editor at some point. After getting past the learning curve, I think you’ll find an easier editing experience.
I’m sorry to have taken so much of your time. I will keep you updated on the WordPress 5.0 rollout.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
In the meantime, here is a good preview of Gutenberg.
A snicker crept across the auditorium as a room full of website developers awaited a panelist’s answer when asked this question last weekend at
Her response? “How much is a house in Dallas? That all depends on what size house you want and the neighborhood you want to live in!”
Website developers are often asked the question. And many
Do you want a website that is basically a business card that includes your logo, color scheme, and a way to contact you?
Or do you want a website that helps you establish and maintain a connection between your organization and a website visitor? Do you want to include a slideshow of a recent event? Do you want your website visitors to complete a survey? Do you want to sell something on your website? Do you want to give something away? If you’re a church, do you want to provide audio or video your pastor’s recent sermons on your website?
The answer to how much a website
That’s why we ask questions. We don’t want to merely sell you a website. We want to help you establish and maintain a connection with other people.
If all goes according to schedule, WordPress 5.0 and the new content editor Gutenberg will be released in three weeks (November 19). With this new major version upgrade, Gutenberg will move from being a WordPress plugin to being integrated into the WordPress Core.
If you have not installed the new editor, it’s time to do so and get acquainted with the new features.
Until recently, it seemed everyone was cautioning against using Gutenberg on a “live” site because it was seen as being “not ready for prime-time”. Well, we’re down to three weeks, so it’s time to get acquainted with it, even on a live site if you don’t have an option to check it out on a local or a staging site.
You may already have Gutenberg installed on your website as a plugin. If so, go to your WordPress Plugins Menu and enable Gutenberg. If it’s not installed, just Add New and type Gutenberg. Next, Install and Activate it. If you see a plugin called Classic Editor, you will need to disable it.
When you go to create a new Post or Page (or edit a Post or Page you already have written), your screen will look very different.
You are used to seeing this:
Now you are greeted with this:
As you navigate around, you’ll find that Gutenberg is more than a little bit different than you’re used to. But that’s ok.
Admittedly, this is the first post I’ve written with Gutenberg. And actually, it’s not been as bad as I feared. It was surprisingly easy to navigate and insert the pictures.
If you want a little more about navigating around Gutenberg, check out WPCrafter’s tutorial geared for non-techies.