WordPress 5.0 is coming, although when has not yet been confirmed.
To get us ready, WordPress is offering a preview of the new editor that will come with with the major update. ‘Gutenberg’ promises to make it easier than ever to create feature rich posts without additional plugins.
We've installed Gutenberg on one of our many test sites to find out what it does.
The good stuff
It's worth noting at this stage that Gutenberg is only compatible with WordPress version 4.9.8. First off, installing Gutenberg hasn't broken our test site. It takes what is already there and gives pages and posts extra features to assist with editing.
Products are altered slightly, with the short description becoming a post excerpt.
Content blocks, such paragraphs, titles and images are presented in a much more ‘WYSIWYG’ (What You See Is What You Get) editor compared with the existing WordPress editor.
And if you don't like it, you can always uninstall it and everything just returns to business as usual.
The not-so-good stuff
Sites already using themes or plugins that allow you to edit your posts with blocks may struggle with Gutenberg, as it could be incompatible. However, at SYPO, we can help with this by:
- taking a copy of your site,
- carrying out any updates required,
- and then checking that the site still functions after every update.
Based on the current live site, we would do everything that we can to make sure that the copy site looks the same before carefully updating the live site in the same way.
We are well versed in updating WordPress and fixing any issues that crop up because of incompatible plugins. Updating to Gutenberg should be no different.
Should you consider updating?
When WordPress 5.0 finally arrives sometime later this year or early next, the post editor will be very different to anything that's come before. Installing Gutenberg now gives you the chance to experiment with the new features and get ready for the biggest change to WordPress since its launch in 2003. But we would always recommend that you install major plugins like this on a test version of your website first. If you would like our help with that, please get in touch with us.