WordPress 5.0 and other changes you NEED to know – An Alberon guide to Gutenberg

WordPress’ new editor, Gutenberg, may or may not have been on your radar. However, it is likely you will get to know Gutenberg soon enough. Scheduled for November 2018 (although now delayed), the WordPress 5.0 update will make the Gutenberg editor fields become the standard content editor on WordPress. As always, some users are reluctant to change whilst others expect it to be a powerful tool and believe it will have a positive impact on the future of WordPress.

Paving the future

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This is just the first stage of the master plan, with the overall goal being a more dynamic, customisable and user-friendly platform, especially for beginners. Many plugins have already got behind it, for example, Yoast SEO has worked with it since their version 8.0 release

Building blocks

Much of the new system will transform the current, one-dimensional interface into a multi-block system that will organise your page more dynamically – it can look more like how you want it to look. Once set-up and integrated, it won’t require much coding knowledge, making it accessible to even the most novice WordPress user. The block system helps you determine every aspect of your page, this includes:

  • Headings
  • Paragraphs
  • Images/Galleries
  • Columns
  • Quotes
  • Widgets

Another advantage of blocks of data is that it is much easier to re-arrange them for mobile use. This means the mobile user will not have to scroll left to right as well as up and down. As each block has a type, WordPress knows what to do with it, e.g. scale photos, rewrap text, etc. It is important to note, Google has announced they are going ‘mobile first’, so keeping your content responsive is key.

Of course, WordPress showcase Gutenberg themselves, offering an opportunity to use each block. That is just scratching the surface. With so many changes it is important to be prepared for full Gutenberg integration. Things may break. It might be handy to download the plugin to get used to using it in your own time and get a professional to check if anything breaks on your site.

It is your decision

It is totally up to you whether you choose to take the Gutenberg update. Or at least, this is true for the time being. You can choose to keep the ‘old’ classic editor system if you are used to it. It is important to get someone who knows what they’re doing to install and test Gutenberg, to ensure there are no detrimental knock-on effects on your site.

The classic editor is still supported well by the WordPress community, it has been confirmed it will be worked with, in some capacity, until December 2021. Alberon will be recommending to clients that, at least in the short-term, they keep the classic editor. Besides, the update date could be pushed back even further.

Still deciding?

If you have any questions or would like help deciding the best way to take your website forward – our experts can help, please do get in touch.

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