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WordPress 5.0
Posted by H9 Admin on 13 November 2018 11:25 AM

WordPress is a robust content management program that is used to create websites. As with any program, there are updates to maintain and improve the functionality. This article addresses the following points regarding the WordPress 5.0 update:

What to Expect with WordPress 5.0

WordPress is key to the development of sites across the world wide web with over 31% of sites utilizing it. WordPress is beneficial due to the flexibility and functionality it provides when creating a website. It is a dynamic content management system that can accommodate the needs of anyone, from those just starting a blog to large universities and corporations demanding dynamic content.

WordPress 5.0 will be released soon, and with this release, there is much anticipation about the addition of Gutenberg into the core editing functionality. While the previous WordPress content editor, TinyMCE, was intuitive and straightforward, it was also very simplistic and limited in its options.  As the digital market for easy to use web builders grows, it is essential that WordPress take steps to update its core and provide a better user experience. The 5.0 release with its focus on media, will enhance usability while providing for dynamic content and mobile responsiveness.

What does Gutenberg bring?

The WordPress 5.0 incorporation of Gutenberg presents a whole new experience in creating content and layout within pages and posts. The foundation resides upon block structure. Blocks are used for individual items that can quickly and effortlessly be moved up, down, set in columns and reused. This framework makes it easy to work across various screen sizes and devices along with the confidence that what is displayed in the editor is what will appear on the website.

What once would require numerous plugins has been simplified into the Gutenberg experience eliminating the need for custom HTML or shortcodes. Gutenberg brings a distinctly new user-experience to WordPress and the edge needed to compete with the various drag and drop builders on the market.

Check out more information about what currently is available with the Gutenberg plugin!

Release Date

At the moment, version 5.0 is slated to be released on November 27, 2018. Many online businesses, web designers and developers are concerned with the new release coming relatively close to the US and global holiday season. There is the potential that if the WordPress developers need additional time to complete the 5.0 version, a secondary launch date is scheduled for January 22, 2019.

The WordPress 5.0 release will not be an auto update to allow website owners and webmasters the option to choose when to upgrade to 5.0. Users may find it beneficial to wait until after the holiday season before upgrading to 5.0.

Pro Tip - Best Practice: Before running any updates on a WordPress website, make a backup copy of the website files and database. If something unforeseen goes wrong during the update, one can restore the site from the backup.

Preparation

With the release date slated for November 27th, website owners and webmasters will want to review their theme and plugins to confirm compatibility with version 5.0 before updating. Those who are currently using a page builder plugin like Elementor, Divi, Beaver Builder, WP Bakery Page Builder, to name a few, will want to review those plugins specifically to see how they will interact with the Gutenberg editor. Some page builders are proactively preparing for the update and incorporating Gutenberg options within their plugin.

Another way to prepare for the 5.0 release is to install the Gutenberg plugin and use the most current version of WordPress (4.9.8) (Pro-tip: Make a backup of site files and database before updating WordPress and installing new plugins). If the site continues to work well with Gutenberg installed, all should go well with the 5.0 update. If the content is not displaying correctly with Gutenberg, install the Classic Editor plugin. By doing so, this will set the post and page editor back to the Classic TinyMCE version. When WordPress is upgraded to 5.0, the Classic Editor will remain the default editor because of the Classic Editor Plugin.

Conclusion

To those who are new to using WordPress, the upgrade to WordPress 5.0 may be a seamless transition. Experienced users will need to check their theme and current plugins to confirm compatibility with the upcoming release.  As always, make sure to make a backup of the site's files and database before updating and installing plugins. Please see the article Create a cPanel Backup for more information.  WordPress 5.0 will change how users create content for sites and provide an overall better user experience.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require assistance.

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