WordPress has released it’s newest version 5.0 in early December. This new version comes with major changes. The main feature of the new version is to add a new default Editor which is visual by kind instead of the current one. If you are familiar with page builders like Elementor, Beaver Builder or SiteOrigin Page Builder, you won’t be distracted much with the new default WP post editor known as Gutenberg.
What is Gutenberg?
Gutenberg is more than an editor. While the editor is the focus right now, the project will ultimately impact the entire publishing experience including customization (the next focus area). The editor will 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. This new editor is based on blocks mainly. Blocks are the unifying evolution of what is now covered, in different ways, by shortcodes, embeds, widgets, post formats, custom post types, theme options, meta-boxes, and other formatting elements. They embrace the breadth of functionality WordPress is capable of, with the clarity of a consistent user experience.
How WordPress 5.0 May Effect Your Site?
- Some of your plugins might be unusable
Be prepared for some of your plugins to not work when you install Gutenberg. Most major plugin developers are primed and ready for Gutenberg’s launch. But you can’t expect all of them to do the same. Even developers who want to update to support Gutenberg may not have their software ready on time. Updates take work to develop and not every developer is working on their plugins regularly. If you want almost all the plugins to work properly then you should wait a bit and give them some more time.
- Need to develop a new workflow
It won’t be a big issue though. Still, you have to make some changes to get used to the new. It can turn out to be a good one though.
- Increase productivity with formatting options
There are a bunches of formatting options you actually need to make a visually brilliant web-page. The new editor will help you with that cause. Thus the productivity can be increased.
Taking the Decision
Before taking the decision you should consider few facts.
- Are all your important plugins compatible with WordPress 5.0?
- Do you like to have a lot different post editor based on blocks?
- Is now the right time to update?
Obviously, you should update. An update is always for the betterment and eventually, you have to go with the newer things. But picking the right time is important here. If you are adventurous enough, love to welcome new and already have used Gutenberg as a plugin that provided you with good output, then you can for the update right now.
If you don’t like to rush things, our suggestion is going to be: wait a while. With the passage of time WordPress 5.0 will be more stable. By January you may have a stable version in your hands. This new update is really good and some editor blocks are cool enough still we don’t think WordPress 5.0 is not enough stable as it should be. Give some time also to plugins developer to be ready, then go for it.
Things to Do Before Update
If you already take the decision in favor of updating, congratulations then. Before doing it don’t forget to check the to-do list.
- Create a backup of the site and your data (Be safe always)
- Update all your plugins to the latest version and check whether these are compatible with WordPress 5.0
- Make sure PHP is updated to the latest version
- Cache and performance plugins may need a visit
- Be prepared for some changes
Before you change things in your live site, It’s always good to stage and check the whole thing in a different server like localhost or test server. When you are ready there should be no stopping. Good luck!
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