New Gutenberg WordPress Is On The Way
If your website runs on WordPress, get ready because the new WordPress 5.0 is coming soon (currently slated for November 27), and it’s a game changer. WordPress 5.0 includes the long-awaited Gutenberg editor that functions much like a drag-and-drop website builder.
Gutenberg will replace the TinyMCE text block editor that you’re used to, and will be included in all new WordPress hosting installs after the official launch date. In short, WordPress is going to look totally different than what you’re accustomed to.
The new editor is called a “block editor” in that you can select “blocks” – such as images, paragraphs, headings, pull quotes, and more – and place them wherever you want on the page. The Gutenberg editor breaks the typical page layout, allowing you to create multimedia-rich pages and layouts without any special coding experience.
Plus, you can use “custom blocks” to create more unique features and templated content for your website.
Some of our favorite features include:
- Use blocks to insert, rearrange, and style content exactly how you want.
- Create rich multimedia layouts, even with limited technical experience.
- Create custom-designed pages with the blocks exactly where you want them.
- More functionality with less plugins.
When’s Gutenberg coming?
The new WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg editor is currently slated for release on November 27. The release could be delayed a bit if the final bug fixes don’t go exactly as planned. However, we encourage you be prepared for November 27 launch. You’ll get instant access to Gutenberg after installing the WordPress 5.0 update. Double check to see if you’ve signed up for automatic updates.
Learn more about optimizing your site for WordPress 5.0 on our knowledge base.
What if I don’t like it?
If you aren’t ready for the Gutenberg editor, you can install the Classic Editor plugin, which is the editor you’re familiar with. You can install it as the default editor, even after you upgrade to WordPress 5.0.
We don’t know how long the Classic Editor will be supported, but we do foresee that at some point, you will be heavily encouraged to upgrade to Gutenberg. For example, new plugins and features could be compatible with Gutenberg, but not the classic editor.
How do I prepare for Gutenberg?
Familiarize yourself with the new editor before it launches. Check out the live demo on the WordPress website.
For advanced users, you can install the WordPress Beta Tester plugin on your site to see how your site design will look or function with the new editor. However, remember that WordPress 5.0 is currently in its third beta phase, and is not recommended for live production servers. If you have a test site or staging tier, consider setting up a test site with Gutenberg installed in order to play with the new editor. You may see some changes to page layouts, but it shouldn’t “break” your website.
Ultimately, we recommend that you try the live demo on the WordPress.org website. You’ll want to be familiar with the different features before you install WordPress 5.0 with Gutenberg.
As always, we recommend that you run a backup of your website files and database before you install any new updates or plugins. Read about how to create a full website backup.